Holistic Meds

It can be easy to believe that we are just here on earth rather than a part of it. When you begin down the path of holistic medicine and begin to look at your life’s similarities to other living things, your understanding and connection grows as well. Makes most of us feel understood when we aren’t the only one going through something. 

Disclaimer: because science does not R&D into any promising studies when it comes to holistic medicines, all this information may be true. 

Going to give you some descriptions of some plants and their matter that can be found in CBD products. CBD and other cannabinoids have the potential to do great things for our wellness and it will be in here as well, but we all know, “we are greater than me.” One of the best things about CBD products is that most are loaded with other cannabinoids, terpenes, or other other potential plant benefits. 

 

Not from Cannabis but common in CBD products

The base for a majority of our oil based products is going to be MCT oil. It’s sourced from either palm oil or, primarily, coconut oil, which has about 54% of MCT. MCT oil can be recommended into one’s diet as a source of energy if following a ketogenic diet. This base is used because both MCT oil and CBD are fatty acids and are easily mixed together.

Melatonin is still found in many CBD products to promote good sleep, even though CBN is quickly taking over the realm of sleep aid. Originally, and still, melatonin is a neurotransmitter produced in the pineal gland of the brain and is used to promote sleep. Even though melatonin is found in many plants, the main production of melatonin is fabricated synthetically. Another sleep aid is valerian root and is commonly used in CBD products.

Popular in a majority of the CBD topical is menthol. Menthol is very popular and is often made synthetically, but this is found in nature and is considered a terpene. The menthol terepen is derived from Peppermint and other mint plants. Menthol creates a sensation of cooling heat that is great relief when applied directly to a sore area. Menthol can also block voltage-sensitive sodium channels, reducing neural activity that may stimulate muscle. For some association to CBD talk, which can be overwhelming for some people, how cannabinoids react with our CB receptors, well, menthol reacts with our GABAA receptors. 

Chamomile is found in many different CBD products. It is thought that chamomile is beneficial as a sleep aid because of its reaction to muscles and easing tension. It is not recommended to take blood thinners while ingesting chamomile.

You have probably heard of this flower known as ashwagandha. This is used in many CBD products as well as a powerful supplement on its own. This plant has been used in many cultures for thousands of years for numerous benefits to improve your body and brain function. These are some of the things that have been mostly proven; improve concentration, increase energy levels, lower blood sugar levels, induces apoptosis (might be anticancer), reduces cortisol, reduces stress and anxiety, may reduce depression, increase testosterone and male reproductive health, may increase muscle mass, reduce inflammation, decrease cholesterol, brain function, improve memory, and increase one’s reaction time. 

To boost some of the potential benefits of cannabinoids, Stinging Nettle is often added. The research is limited when it comes to stinging nettle, but it may reduce inflammation, aid blood sugar control, treat enlarged prostate symptoms,and lower blood pressure.

 

What else is in CBD Products that come from Industrial Hemp 

 

Many things that come from the hemp plant can be beneficial for our bodies including the vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. The hemp plant contains large amounts of vitamin E, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron and zinc. 

The big time player in CBD products are the other cannabinoids. There are about 120 cannabinoids in the industrial hemp plant and if you would like to learn more click here. The other big time player in CBD are the terpenes that are found in the industrial hemp plant. There are over 200 terpenes that are associated with the plant and if you would like to learn more about them click here.

In short none of them have been proven to have any effects, but these are prominent cannabinoids research will be investigating first.

 

THC- gets you high 

CBD- repairs imbalance 

CBG- is the “Mother cannabinoid” 

CBN- is a sedative 

CBC- brain food 

Intro to terpene profiles

Into to Terpene profiles

One of the greatest discoveries that have come from the minute amount of R&D that have come from the cannabis industry is terpene profiles. Terpenes have been known and involved in many industries, but never their specific properties. 

  These compounds are hard to go unnoticed because they announce themselves in a bold fashion by way of our noses. The strong odors that the terpenes put off are thought to repel predators and attract pollinators to enhance the plant development. In addition to our noses their effect to our taste buds can be very bold as well. For these reasons it is why terpenes have been used in many industries for their aromas in products such as: perfumes, wine, cosmetics, cleaning products, foods, and beer. 

There is a vast range of terpenes found in the hemp plant, more than 100 different compounds that are starting to change how we view terpenes. The more the studies are done the more we find out about the profiles in these compounds, what they are doing for plants, and what they could do for mankind. 

Hemp plants do not always carry the same levels of cannabinoids, but they almost always have the same terpenes or smell coming off of them. The amount of terpenes vary on where and conditions they are grown, but will make up about 10-29% of the resin of the plant. In fact the terpenes vary often based on the plants experience and can vaporize in heat, 

The research does not suggest that there are any terpenes that are psychoactive, but they may interact with our endocannabinoid system. When paired with CBD or other cannabinoids terpenes can provoke a feeling that is known as the entourage effect. 

With over 20,000 terpenes produced in plant’s biology they are out there in large amount in some plants and not so abundant in others. Of course there are particular ones that are sought after in the hemp industry and associated with specific strains. Terpenes are not choosy what species of plant they are always found in and they’re thought to the same profile of qualities wherever they are found.

What terpenes can do for you 

Same disclosure different blog post: these statements are based on studies that have been performed on mice or humans, but there is nothing that has been proven when it comes to cannabis benefit.

With over 100 terpenes available and each with their own profile of effects, we have a chart that can help find some of the major terpenes commonly found in CBD products.

As you can see, terpenes are going to have similar traits of cannabinoids, probably because they are both engaging with the endocannabinoid system, which regulates these areas in the body and the brain. 

The other thing to take note of is the associated stains. This is noteworthy because there are many product lines of CBD that will label the product with a strain name rather than listing all the terpenes and or cannabinoids. 

 

Important takeaways from the chart should be that there is not a terpene found yet that is going to counteract CBD only enhance it, but some will reduce the anxiety that THC can induce.

Terpenes in plants and other foods 

You can find terpenes in most plants and different foods. Depending on your desires these could either enhance affects or hinder others. 

 

Alpha-Pinene is found in pine trees, rosemary, sage, frankincense, and eucalyptus.

Limonene is commonly found in citrus fruits like lemons, grapefruits, and peppermint.

D-Linalool is primarily found in lavender, which can commonly be found on CBD.

Caryophyllene is high in black pepper, cloves, and cinnamon.

Pinene is one of the most common terpenes in nature and is found in pine nuts, dill, and basil.

Myrcene is found in hops, lemon grass, and mangoes.

Beta-Caryophyllene In many spices like black pepper, cloves, basil, cinnamon, oregano, and hops.

 

Taking Oils & Tinctures

Introducing CBD into your body can be done in many different ways. One of the most popular choices is using a tincture. Other terms for tincture include: drops and oil. Traditionally, “tinctures” are an ethanol (alcohol) base, as it is solvent; however, many CBD manufacturers have switched to MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil. Generally, most high-quality CBD companies are using MCT oil because it is one of the easiest oils for our bodies to digest and metabolize. It can also hold more molecules than other bases. MCT oil is generally isolated from coconut oil, but can also be isolated from palm oil, butter, or whole milk. The bases are stripped of their fatty acids (triglycerides) through fractionation, making the concentrated medium-chain triglyceride oil. 

Tinctures can range from 100mg to up to 10,000mg. For the most part, tinctures come in a 30 mL bottle and all have a 1 mL dropper that is used to dispense the tincture. Each full dropper contains 1/30 of the total milligrams stated on the label. For instance, a full dropper from a 1,000mg tincture will be roughly 33mg. 

Finally, every individual’s body responds differently to CBD. Your body’s make-up, your diet, your epigenetics, and your history with cannabinoids are all factors to how your body will respond. 

 

How Do I Get CBD Into My Body  

There is many ways to gain from CBD and many different products to take through your skin or your digestivesystem. The most effective way to use tincture is to take it sublingually. Sublingually is Latin for, “under the tongue” and is a well-known route of administration for years.

There are large mucous glands predominantly under your tongue that flow directly into different arteries. It is then pumped directly into your bloodstream. The advantage of taking tincture sublingually is the amount of time it takes to get into your bloodstream. It is the fastest and most effective way to get CBD into your bloodstream. From there, the body will determine where it needs aid. 

 

How to Take Sublingually 

  • Thoroughly shake the tincture before dispensing it. 
  • Place your desired serving under your tongue
  • Hold under tongue for 30-120 seconds 
    • After 120 seconds, if any oil remains, move the oil with your tongue to the inside of your cheeks or swallow the oil. 
      • The oil is safe to swallow, but your bioavailability goes down when traveling through your digestive system.
      • NOTE: Overtime your glands will be more receptive to the sublingual administration. 

 

Other Forms of Tinctures 

There are a few companies that will add alcohol to their tinctures. Alcohol-based tinctures are created to open up your glands and allow for a rapid sublingual process to occur.

Nano tinctures, on the other hand, are in a category all on their own. There is no oil in these types of tinctures and the CBD has been nano-enhanced. Nano-enhanced tinctures are water-soluble and it is believed to increase the bioavailability of the CBD. Given the tincture is water-soluble, it can be added to anything you would like. 

 

KEYNOTE: If the label says it is a nano tincture, the main ingredients should be water or nano CBD, and not some form of oil (unless defined).

 

**These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. CBD products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.