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When you eat in a restaurant, it’s natural to assume the establishment follows safe food handling practices. When you purchase a product, like shampoo for example, you likely trust the manufacturer not to use harmful ingredients that could damage your health or your hair. You are asked to continuously place your trust in numerous industries, knowing that reputable companies routinely test their products to ensure quality, safety, and reliability.

In many industries, quality control standards are mandated. In others, the requirements are not as clearly defined. Therefore, it’s up to product manufacturers to take the initiative to ensure the health and safety of their customers.

We take our responsibility to our valued customers quite seriously. All CBDistillery™ products are sent to an independent third-party lab to ensure the products you select are pure, potent, and safe for consumption. 

What is CBD Lab Testing?

CBD lab testing is the practice of sending products to an independent testing facility. At the lab, products are tested by an unbiased third-party to assess cannabinoid content and verify that products have not been contaminated during any phase of the manufacturing process.

The Importance of CBD Testing

Hemp-derived CBD is extracted from the stalks and stems of industrial hemp plants. Industrial hemp is known for its ability to absorb heavy metals, chemicals, and other toxins from soil and water as it grows. That’s why it’s essential that the products we offer are tested for purity.  It’s our responsibility to ensure your safety. We also believe consistent third-party testing and sharing results provides:

What is CBD Tested For?

Third-party testing facilities screen products for chemical contamination, heavy metals, and bacteria. Test results help product manufacturers optimize their processes and identify areas that may need improvement. CBD products are commonly tested for:

CBDistillery™ Lab Test Results

CBDistillery™ was one of the very first (if not the first) manufacturers to provide customer access to the third-party test results of every product offered. We made that decision because we want our customers to feel confident about purchasing CBDistillery™ products. You can find all of our lab test results posted within the images of every product we offer. You can also access this information by scanning the QR code on every CBDistillery™ product label.

What to Look for When Purchasing CBD

CBD product descriptions and manufacturer claims are helpful but don’t necessarily tell the entire story. An unfortunate number of companies are selling low-quality products at premium prices. You can protect yourself from misleading claims when you know what to look for when purchasing CBD. The following suggestions could help you make an informed purchasing decision:

The Verifiable Quality of CBDistillery™ Products

When purchasing CBD, look for manufacturers willing to verify the purity and potency of the products they sell. Since any company can claim their products are third-party tested, it’s important that you reserve your trust for companies that allow you to verify those test results.

At CBDistillery™, we have full control over every aspect of product production, from the planting of our non-GMO hemp seeds to the distribution of our quality products. As a leader in the CBD industry, we were also one of the first companies to give our customers full access to third-party test results.

For CBD tinctures, capsules, topicals, and CBD vape products visit CBDistillery™. Our products are tested by the leading accredited lab in the cannabis industry to ensure they meet the quality and safety standards established by the Colorado Department of Agriculture and the production standards required for US Hemp Authority™ certification. 

Additional Sources

  1. Live Science. (2017 May 18) What is THC?
  2. Midwest Laboratories. (2018) Shelf-Life Testing: Understanding the Basics.
  3. ProVerde Laboratories. (2018) Industrial Hemp/Cannabidiol (CBD).

CBD and CBN are both cannabinoids. If you are new to the terminology, a cannabinoid functions similarly to a neurotransmitter. While many people are becoming more familiar with the plant-based cannabinoids CBD and THC, far fewer realize that researchers have identified close to 120 potentially beneficial cannabinoids.

Although researchers identified the cannabinoid cannabinol (CBN) long before CBD, CBN has not been studied as extensively. That being said, it may be important to know that preliminary investigations suggest CBN has significant health and wellness potential of its own.

CBD vs. CBN: Understanding the Differences 

While CBD and CBN are both cannabinoids, they do not function in the same manner. Knowing the differences between CBD and CBN can help those investigating the wellness potential of hemp-derived products appreciate the value of each of these potentially beneficial cannabinoids. Consider the following differences:

Where Do CBD and CBN Come From?

There are two potential sources for plant-based cannabinoids, the cannabis plants hemp and marijuana. While both sources contain ample amounts of CBD, the CBN levels are generally quite low. Full-spectrum hemp oil contains both CBD and CBN. 

About CBN

While CBN is not shown to provide the same level of health and wellness potential as CBD, researchers are not overlooking the potential benefits of the cannabinoid. While investigations are still preliminary, the research into the effects of CBN is quite intriguing.3 CBN is shown to be non-intoxicating.

While CBN is a byproduct of the breakdown of THC, this cannabinoid is not considered psychoactive, at least not in the same manner as THC. Some researchers believe large amounts of CBN could be considered mildly psychoactive, but confirm that CBN does not cause the psychoactive effects THC is known for.

The Therapeutic Potential of Cannabinoids Working Together

CBD and CBN both interact with the Encannabinoid System (ECS), the network of messengers and receptors that regulate nearly every crucial function in your body. Because CBN has an affinity to the same receptors as THC, researchers have credited CBN with a variety of potentially helpful effects.

CBN is one of the many plant-based cannabinoids found in full-spectrum CBD oil. The cannabinoids in full-spectrum hemp oil mimic the messengers and influence the receptors of the communication network that regulates nearly every essential function critical to your health, your ECS.8 Supporting the function of your endocannabinoid system with plant-based cannabinoids helps keep this vital system functioning efficiently.

Many CBD enthusiasts believe full-spectrum CBD products are the most potent because of a fascinating phenomenon known as the entourage effect. It’s the entourage effect that explains how each plant element, including the cannabinoids CBD and CBN, magnify and multiply the health and wellness potential of the others. 

Choosing Between CBD and CBN

While it’s interesting to compare the effects of different cannabinoids, you don’t need to decide between CBN or CBD. In fact, it would be quite challenging to find a product that contains significant levels of cannabinol (CBN).

You can find CBN in full-spectrum hemp oil products, the products we commonly refer to as CBD oil. Full-spectrum hemp oil contains a significant amount of CBD and small amounts of CBN. Since each of the potentially beneficial cannabinoids in full-spectrum magnifies and multiplies the effects of the others, the CBN in full-spectrum CBD works together to maximize the potential of full-spectrum products.

Selecting the Ideal CBDistillery™ Product for Your Preferences

It’s important to note that full-spectrum hemp oil contains <0.3% THC. While not enough to cause intoxication, those who are not comfortable using products with trace amounts of THC have the option of using products made with a purified form of CBD, CBD isolate. While products made with CBD isolate do not contribute to the entourage effect of additional cannabinoids like CBN, CBD isolate is flavorless, odorless, and contains 0% THC.

For high-quality, full-spectrum CBD and products formulated with CBD isolate, visit CBDistillery. Our hemp-derived CBD products are created from non-GMO industrial hemp grown using natural farming practices and processed using food-safe CO2 extraction. You can verify the purity, potency, and cannabinoid content of our products by viewing third-party test results on our site or scanning the QR code featured on every product label. CBDistillery™ is U.S. Hemp Authority certified.

Sources: 

  1. Psychology Today. M Breus (2019 March 21) How CBN Can Improve Your Sleep, Mood, and Health.
  2. Physiology.org. A Lingresti et al (2016 September 14) From Phytocannabinoids to Cannabinoid Receptors and Endocannabinoids: Pleiotropic Physiological and Pathological Role Through Complex Pharmacology.
  3. Medical Marijuana, Inc. (2015 October 29) Medicinal Value of Cannabidiol (CBN).
  4.  Chemical and Pharmaceutical Bulletin. H Yoshida et al. (1995 February) Synthesis and Pharmacological Effects in Mice of Halogenated Cannabinol Derivatives.
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  6. Steep Hill (2017 October 31) Cannabinol (CBN): A Sleeping Synergy.
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  8. Project CBD (2019) The Endocannabinoid System.

When the federal government legalized industrial hemp, the industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. Many believed federal legalization would eliminate the confusion and alleviate the concerns about including CBD in consumable products.

Unfortunately, there seems to be more confusion than ever before. Several states currently prohibit the sale of CBD-infused foods and beverages because the FDA has not approved CBD as a product ingredient. Since FDA regulations are often complicated, a significant number of news organizations, product vendors, and CBD users are having difficulty navigating regulation specifics.

Until state and federal regulatory standards on CBD are more clearly defined, your access to CBD-infused foods and beverages will likely depend on your location.

The Legality of CBD

The signing of the 2018 Farm Bill removed industrial hemp from the federal list of controlled substances and opened the doors for legal hemp cultivation throughout the country. To be classified as industrial hemp, a cannabis plant must contain 0.3 percent THC or less. A plant that contains more THC than allowed is considered marijuana. While CBD sourced from industrial hemp is now legal at the federal level, some states do not allow vendors to sell foods and beverages containing CBD. 

The FDA’s Stance on CBD Infused Food and Drinks

The FDA recently approved CBD as the active ingredient in a drug called Epidiolex. This medication contains 100 mg of CBD per ml, plus dehydrated alcohol, strawberry flavor, sesame seed oil, and sucralose1. While the formulation seems simple enough, Epidiolex can cost patients up to $32,000 per year.2

Many CBD advocates initially believed the FDA approval of Epidiolex would simplify the legal status of all CBD products, including foods and beverages. That simply didn’t happen.

Since CBD is now the active ingredient in an approved medication, the FDA considers CBD a drug. FDA regulations specify that manufacturers cannot add medications to food, without exception. The FDA also has the authority to change its regulatory parameters. The organization is currently evaluating its options.3

States Legislators are Taking the Initiative

While the FDA may reconsider its stance on the legality of CBD infused edibles, many states are opting to override federal restrictions by passing legislation legalizing beverages and foods containing CBD. For example, a bill in California was unanimously approved by the state’s Health and Appropriations Committee. Senators will revisit the legislation June 12.4 Illinois and Colorado have already made the decision not to wait for FDA approval and currently allow the sale of foods and beverages containing hemp-derived CBD. 

Why Hasn’t the FDA Fully Legalized CBD Foods and Drinks?

The role of the FDA includes protecting consumers from potentially harmful substances and misleading sales practices. While the FDA recognizes the significant amount of public interest and support for products containing CBD, over the past few years the FDA has had to issue warnings to numerous companies for making unsubstantiated medical claims or selling products that contain less CBD than manufacturers claim.5 Some believe this suggests a need for establishing additional regulations on the industry as a whole.

The organization has not fully legalized CBD as a food additive because there is a lot more work to be done. The FDA is currently focused on gathering information to learn more about the safety of CBD, identifying any risk factors associated with CBD use, and investigating their regulatory options. A public hearing on the topic was held on May 31.

The public hearing held by the FDA was an opportunity for the organization to hear testimony from those who support and oppose granting CBD FDA approval. Some of the many topics of concern included:

More than 500 people registered to attend the public hearing, and more than 800 registered for remote access to hear more than 100 speakers. The FDA will continue accepting electronic and written comments until July 16, 2019.6

The Farm Bill Preserved FDA Jurisdiction Over CBD-Infused Food and Drink

While the 2018 Farm Bill legalized the cultivation of industrial hemp and hemp products, including hemp seeds, hemp seed oil, and plant extracts, the bill preserved the FDA’s authority to regulate products containing CBD, including CBD-infused food and beverages. Consider the following points:

CBD is not a medication or treatment for any illness or disorder. If you have a known medical condition or take medication, it’s important to consult your healthcare provider before using any product containing CBD. This naturally occurring cannabinoid can interact with several medications.

To learn more about hemp-derived CBD products, download The Ultimate CBD User Guide from CBDistillery™. While you are there, consider our quality assortment of CBD tinctures, capsules, topicals, and CBD vape products. CBDistillery™ is U.S. Hemp Authority™ certified. U.S. Hemp Authority™ certification identifies companies who have met the stringent regulatory guidelines established by the hemp industry.

Sources:

  1. RxList. (2019 June 03) Epidiolex Generic Name: Cannabidiol Oral Solution.
  2. The Philadelphia Inquirer. S Wood (2018 August 09) First Marijuana-Derived Prescription Drug Will Cost $32,500 a Year
  3. Hemp Industry Daily. L Drotleff (2019 June 05) California May Soon Join Other States in Legalizing CBD Foods, Bypassing FDA.
  4. FDA. (2019 June 19) FDA is Committed to Sound, Science-Based Policy on CBD.
  5. FDA. (2019 April 02) Warning Letters and Test Results for Cannabidiol-Related Products.
  6. FDA (2019 May 31) Scientific Data and Information About Products Containing Cannabis of Cannabis-Derived Compound; Public Hearing.

 

It’s easy to add the health and wellness potential of CBD into your busy lifestyle. CBD is a versatile supplement that can be found in just about anything, from anti-aging skin care products to delicious gummy candies.

Since CBD is so remarkably versatile, many people who enjoy the numerous potential health and wellness benefits like to change things up from time to time,  enjoying CBD- infused beverages. Whether you prefer the convenience of purchasing your CBD isolate or enjoy the versatility of adding CBD to your personal favorites, you’ve come to the right place. We offer the best CBD isolate formulation for adding to drinks.

What are CBD Drinks? 

A CBD drink is much like any other beverage with one important difference. CBD drinks are infused with the health and wellness potential of cannabidiol. Abbreviated as CBD, cannabidiol is a non-intoxicating cannabinoid found abundantly in the extract of cannabis plants. CBD is shown to provide significant health and wellness potential.1 Since most of the CBD available to the general public is sourced from industrial hemp, beverage companies are adding the health and wellness potential of CBD to numerous types of beverages including sparkling water, soda, wine, beer, coffee, and kombucha, a fermented tea.2 

Can I Add CBD Oil to Drinks? 

Yes, you can certainly add your CBD oil to your beverage of choice, but tinctures may not be your best option. CBD tinctures are made with a blend of hemp oil (or CBD isolate) and a carrier oil. Since oil and water don’t mix, your CBD oil may not blend as well with your beverage as you might like. If you are using a full-spectrum tincture, adding CBD to your beverage could give your drink a somewhat earthy or grassy flavor, the flavor of hemp oil.

CBD Formulation Powder 

For the best CBD to add to your beverages or cocktails,  consider the benefits of CBDistillery’s™ CBDelicious Formulation Powder. Created for the purpose of adding the health and wellness potential of CBD as an ingredient in your favorite recipes, CBDelicious is more than 99 percent pure CBD and has 0% THC. This finely-milled powder is flavorless, odorless, and dissolves effortlessly into any liquid.

Infusing Drinks with CBD Isolate

When you add CBD to your beverage of choice, you can add as much or as little CBD as you like. Some CBD enthusiasts prefer adding their daily dose of CBD to their morning coffee, while others prefer to add smaller amounts of CBD to their beverages throughout the day to keep the effects going strong. Adding CBD to your beverages may be easier than you realize. Just follow these three simple steps:

 Infusing Your Beverages with CBD Isolate from CBDistillery™

While you have the option of purchasing pre-made CBD-infused beverages, many CBD users prefer adding CBD to their beverage of choice. Adding CBDelicious Isolate Formulation Powder to your favorite beverages gives you full control over the amount of CBD in your drink at significant savings compared to purchasing ready-made CBD drinks.

For a quality selection of hemp-derived CBD products, including our CBDelicious Formulation, CBD tinctures, and CBD vape products, visit CBDistillery™. All CBDistillery™ products are made with naturally sourced ingredients and third-party tested to ensure their purity and potency. 

Additional Sources:

  1. Physiology.org. A Ligresti et al. (2016 September 14) From Phytocannabinoids to Cannabinoid Receptors and Endocannabinoids: Pleiotropic Physiological and Pathological Roles Through Complex Pharmacology.
  2. Healthline. J Leach (2018 August 29) 8 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Kombucha Tea.
  3. Livestrong.com. S Lama (2019 February 08) Erythritol vs Stevia vs Xylitol.

Professional athletes put a lot of stress on their bodies to maximize their strength, endurance, and athletic performance. An intensive training schedule and rigorous competition can cause muscle pain, inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness. Because training and recovery are essential to their health and their careers, a steadily increasing number of professional athletes are turning to hemp-derived CBD to potentially help enhance their recovery.

Since so many athletes are speaking out on behalf of CBD products, you may naturally wonder why professional athletes are using CBD. Knowing why athletes are using CBD may help you determine if CBD could be right for you.

4 Professional Athletes Using CBD 

Hemp-derived CBD is being used by numerous professional athletes representing a significant number of sports. Several of these elite athletes have joined our mission to spread awareness about hemp-derived CBD products as CBDistillery™ Brand Ambassadors.  For a glimpse into the many reasons professional athletes are using CBD, it may be helpful to introduce you to the influential men and women who have joined the #CBDMOVEMENT™:

1. Yoga: Chelsey Korus

“Being a yoga teacher who is always on the go, CBD has become an integral part of my post-flight routine. It had been hard to adjust when traveling between time zones, so I’ve become a big fan of CBDistillery’s PM Gummies, which help me get the rest I need.”

Chelsey Korus has been a yoga instructor since the age of 15. A lifelong learner in numerous movement practices, this renowned yoga instructor and philosopher designed a “total package lifestyle,” the concept of AWAKE. Chelsey is passionate about helping others learn to be aware and present in their own lives through movement, meditation, and excursions through nature.1

2. UFC: Michelle Waterson 

“I love to use my CBDistillery gummies to help me recover. It puts my mind and body at ease, bringing everything back into balance.”

Mixed martial arts is a challenging sport, both physically and mentally. Considered one of the most dynamic of the full contact combat sports, mixed martial artists rely on a combination of punching, throws, holds, kicks, and takedowns to achieve dominance over the competition. Michelle Waterson uses CBD to help calm her mind, and enhance athletic recovery.

3. UFC: Anthony Pettis 

“CBD has become an integral part of my training and post-fight regimen helping my body’s natural healing process.”

Mixed martial artist Anthony Pettis competes in the Lightweight division of the UFC. Anthony was the final WEC Lightweight Champion before the organization’s merger into the UFC. Anthony Pettis uses several CBDistillery™ products to take full advantage of CBD’s health and wellness potential during training and recovery. 

4. Submission Grappling: Gordon Ryan

“Training 3-4 times a day, recovery is vital. I have to make sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. I take CBD 30-45 minutes before sleeping. It’s amazing.”

Submission grappling is a demanding martial art form that requires a significant amount of strength and strategy. As one of the top competitors of his generation, Gordon Ryan also uses multiple CBD products including our CBD Night Time Gummies so he can fall asleep easier and wake feeling rejuvenated and ready to start a new day.

CBD Products and Packs for Athletes 

Professional athletes have sore muscles, aching joints, and difficulty sleeping, just like the rest of us. Their livelihood depends on their ability to rest and recover. If you are looking for a safe, natural product to potentially help alleviate similar concerns, the following products could help you recover like a professional athlete:

When Should Athletes Take CBD?

CBD can be used at anytime before, after, or during your workout. When you choose to use CBD depends on your needs. Many professional athletes start their day with a CBD capsule or tincture, then use topicals, vape products, or night time gummies as needed.

CBD is not a medication or treatment for any disorder. This supplement can work with the receptors of the system responsible for regulating nearly every essential function in your body, your endocannabinoid system (ECS).2 Since the ECS helps regulates metabolism, muscle function, inflammation, pain perceptions, and sleep cycles, supplementing your ECS with hemp-derived CBD has numerous potential benefits.3

A Natural Supplement to Support Athletic Recovery

A vigorous workout can disrupt the balance of your endocannabinoid system. That may be why so many professional athletes, including our elite team of brand ambassadors, are supplementing their endocannabinoid system with hemp-derived CBD.

To learn more about your endocannabinoid system and what CBD could do for you, visit CBDistillery™ to download The Ultimate CBD User GuideWhile you are there, consider the value of our CBD tinctures, topicals, gummies, and CBD vape products so you can recover like a professional athlete. 

Additional Sources:

  1. ChelseyKorus.com. (2019) Awake with Chelsey Korus Retreat.
  2. Project CBD. (2019) The Endocannabinoid System.
  3. USNews Health. K Fetters. (2018 May 11) Can CBD Improve Your Fitness Results?
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