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What Is CBGA

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The cannabis plant is full of life-enhancing compounds called cannabinoids, and no one knows precisely how many there are; the number may be as high as over 140! We are still discovering more about cannabinoids and their uses every day.

One of these cannabinoids is cannabigerol acid, or CBGA. This non-psychoactive cannabinoid compound has many valuable properties and is one of the few cannabinoids that has received substantial scientific investigation. Here, we cover what you need to know about CBGA and share what we know about this unique compound.

CBGA’s Botanical Function

When a hemp plant starts growing, it only produces one cannabinoid: CBGA. All of the others are derived from this cannabinoid. CBGA is a precursor compound produced in the hemp plant’s trichomes. In the plant, it triggers targeted cell necrosis in the leaves, essentially telling them when to die so that the plant can put more energy towards the flower.

As a precursor compound, CBGA is a foundational compound of the cannabis flower’s other major compounds as a precursor compound. This means that it is at the top of the chain reaction that produces the three major cannabinoid lines: THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid), CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), and CBCA (cannabichromenic acid). These, in turn, become THC, CBD, and CBC. CBGA can also convert to CBG, but in most strains of cannabis, CBGA converts into THC or CBD. This has made CBGA extremely important in hemp research!

Most of what we know about CBGA comes from research on the compounds it turns into. In the 1960s, Israeli researchers isolated CBG; in the 1990s, Japanese researchers discovered that it came from CBGA. Since then, most CBGA research has focused on how to convert it to other cannabinoid compounds. Primarily, this involves synthesizing THCA (and often subsequently THC) for research and pharmaceutical purposes.

The ability to synthesize CBGA is important because it is difficult to keep intact. While CBGA is found in large quantities in young plants, exposure to heat immediately starts the chain reaction that converts it to another molecule. Additionally, most of the CBGA a cannabis plant makes over its life becomes THC or another compound through the plant’s own biological processes.

This has led to advanced research in biosynthesis, and as recently as 2019, researchers discovered how to synthesize CBGA and other cannabinoids in yeast. This means that research on this compound and what it can do will be much easier going forward, as the researchers are not limited to harvesting the minute quantities that the hemp plant naturally produces.

How Does CBGA Work?

CBGA, like all cannabinoids, acts by binding to the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system of receptors is dispersed all throughout the body and only activates in the presence of cannabinoids. When CBGA is converted to CBG, it binds to CB1 receptors that act directly on the brain and nervous system without having a psychoactive effect. CBGA on its own, binds to CB2 receptors, which are involved in the immune system and gastrointestinal system.

What Can CBGA Do For You?

Most of the existing research on CBGA focuses on its transformation to THCA, CBDA, or other cannabinoids. This means that most research on the benefits of CBGA is connected to its use after that transformation. But as we learn more about CBGA, researchers are finding that it has many potential benefits of its own.

COVID-19 Prevention

One of the most recent findings is that CBGA, along with CBDA, may successfully prevent COVID-19 transmission and infection. The cannabinoids prevent infection by binding to the SARS-COV-2 spike protein. This prevents it from entering the cell and reduces the chance of infection. It also shows promise in preventing and treating new variants of COVID-19. While these are preliminary findings and substantial additional research and testing are necessary before truly being considered a treatment for COVID-19, this research is very promising.

Cardiovascular Disease

In vitro studies of CBGA have found that the compound significantly inhibits the enzyme aldose reductase. This enzyme is a major contributor to oxidative stress that leads to heart problems, as well as other negative effects on the body. This research is valuable because synthetic inhibitor drugs have severe negative side effects for many patients. A plant-derived inhibitor drug based on CBGA could help millions of people who suffer from cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular symptoms of metabolic diseases like diabetes.

Inflammation Relief

Rodent studies show that CBGA has a powerful positive effect on some of the metabolic receptors that trigger inflammation. Additionally, CBGA can also inhibit the action of cyclooxygenase enzymes, more commonly known as COX inhibitors. COX inhibitors reduce the production of prostaglandins, which are chemicals that the body produces to help reduce inflammation. By inhibiting the inhibitors, CBGA helps reduce inflammation and pain in the body.

Seizure Treatment

CBGA is a potentially powerful anticonvulsant treatment for seizure disorders like epilepsy. Cannabis has been used to treat epilepsy for thousands of years, and today’s modern hemp-derived epilepsy treatments contain little to no THC. Instead, other cannabinoids are the primary focus. The best known and best understood is CBD, but minor cannabinoids like CBGA show a lot of promise in anticonvulsant research. CBGA has been found to react with numerous seizure-related receptors and is highly effective in certain induced seizure conditions in mice. This could translate into support for an increase in CBGA as a treatment for seizures in humans as well.

Metabolic Disease

CBGA may also help patients with metabolic disorders due to its reaction with peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPARs) that regulate metabolism. When PPARs do not function properly, people accumulate lipids excessively and develop metabolic diseases like diabetes and high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. One study shows that cannabinoid acids like CBGA are PPAR agonists, which means that they can help regulate PPAR expression. Another study found that cannabinoids positively regulate PPAR-associated genes that control lipid metabolism.

Neuroprotection

In addition to regulating PPAR activity, CBGA also has other regulatory properties. One of these is its ability to protect against the neurodegenerative effects of Huntington’s Disease. In this study, it was found that acidic precursors like CBGA are demonstrably more effective than their
subsequent cannabinoids. This was seen in both cell line studies and rodent studies and is a very promising line of research.

Additionally, CBGA may protect against the neurotoxicity that stems from the stress of oxidation particles, hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), and rotenone, which causes mitochondrial dysfunction. In this in vitro study, a high concentration of CBGA dramatically reduced the rotenone-induced neurotoxicity. CBGA is also shown to prevent the formation of superoxide radicals, which eventually reduces oxidative conditions that lead to neural degeneration. In other words, it’s a powerful antioxidant that can help protect your cognitive function as you age.

Colorectal Cancer Treatment

While it is important to note that the research is in very early stages, CBGA may one day be a vital treatment for patients with colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death, so additional therapies and treatments will save many lives. As we mentioned previously, CBGA has cytotoxic or cell-killing effects that tell the plant to redirect energy to the flower instead of the leaves. Its primary job is to tell cells when to die. The effect may not be limited to cells in the hemp plant.

Research shows that these cytotoxic effects also have an effect on colon cancer cells. In experiments on colon cancer cell lines, CBGA killed colon cancer cells, sped up early cancer cell death, and stopped the cancer cell cycle. Additionally, the research is encouraging in regards to preventing the growth and spread of cancerous polyps, which grow into potentially lethal carcinomas.

How To Get CBGA

CBGA is found in all varieties of the hemp plant, including hemp plants that produce low amounts of THC. This means that it’s legal in all 50 states! While CBGA is not mentioned specifically by name in the 2018 Farm Bill or other cannabis laws, it can be derived from hemp plants that contain virtually no THC. Additionally, CBGA is not psychoactive, so it is generally treated with the same considerations as other non-psychoactive cannabinoids. Since CBGA is completely legal, it can be found in a number of locations. Hemp shops and CBD retailers will likely carry CBGA products, as will shops that cater to specialty health concerns and wellness, such as Myriam’s Hemp. Be sure to specify that you are looking for CBGA and not the more commonly-known CBG, as the two have different effects!

How To Take CBGA

If you’re interested in trying CBGA, there are several different ways you can consume it. Remember, CBGA is very susceptible to heat, and as soon as it is exposed to heat, it begins the reaction that changes it into another cannabinoid, typically CBG. That means you probably won’t have much luck consuming it through any leaf-based method, as most of those involve heat.

Even if you keep the temperature low, the drying and curing process itself can also have an effect on the amount of CBGA available to consume. Smoking, vaping, or baking into food will transform your CBGA into CBG, so those routes just are not ideal if you want the full CBGA benefits. And while CBG is helpful in and of itself, it provides different benefits than CBGA!

Tinctures, on the other hand, are a much more reliable way to take CBGA. CBGA can be synthesized in a lab and distilled into a tincture that you can take just like any other cannabinoid tincture. When you choose a CBGA tincture, you should make sure to choose one from a company that is transparent about lab testing and one that uses all-natural ingredients for your safety.

You should also know that cannabinoid precursors, including CBGA, are not present in all types of tinctures. A CBG tincture is not going to contain CBGA. A broad or full spectrum tincture may contain CBGA, along with many other cannabinoids, to enhance the entourage effect.

If you’re looking for specific CBGA responses, however, your best bet is to choose a full spectrum CBGA tincture with a higher concentration of CBGA compared to the other cannabinoids to allow the cannabinoid to shine through. In the coming weeks, we will be releasing our own all-natural CBGA tincture for healthful relief.

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Our cannabinoid products are created with quality at the forefront, and we are constantly striving to enhance our offerings. Our online store features a variety of CBD, CBG, CBN, CBDA, and soon, CBGA products that may provide you with the relief you’re looking for and help you to manage your health without total reliance on traditional pharmaceuticals. Shop Myriam’s Hemp online and order your cannabinoid products today.

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Can CBDA Help Prevent COVID-19? A New Study Says YES!

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Science says yes

It’s common knowledge that CBD from hemp can help lower inflammation and strengthen your immune system overall. A new study done by Oregon State University researchers has found that CBDA, a parent molecule to CBD, may actually help in the prevention of the COVID-19 virus and its variants.

 

How Does Cannabis Help with COVID? What the Study Says

Researchers have already known for a while now what CBDA can do to alleviate inflammation, digestion, and much more (see the last section in this article for more information about that). What an exciting new study at Oregon State University found out recently, however, was what this CBD precursor may be able to do to protect against the virus that produces COVID-19 as well.

A team of scientists at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR, in partnership with investigators at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, recently discovered that both CBDA (cannabidiolic acid) and CBGA (cannabigerolic acid) have the ability bind to SARS-COV-2 spike protein. Both of these cannabinoids are found in hemp variations of cannabis.

This is a huge discovery because it means that CBDA and CBGA may have the ability to prevent the spike protein from entering cells and causing COVID-19. The Oregon State University report was published January 10th, 2022 in the Journal of Natural Products. (1)

 

Can CBDA Also Protect Against New COVID Variants?

According to the University of Oregon researchers, the answer could also be yes.

Dr. Richard Van Breeman, principal investigator at the Linus Pauling Institute and professor of chemistry at Oregon State, commented in a recent interview that CBDA and CBGA may be effective against emerging COVID variants as well. Two variants mentioned in the study include “B.1.17” (Alpha variant) and “B.1.351” (Beta variant).

Both Alpha and Beta are currently classified as “VBM” (Variants Being Monitored) by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. (2) According to Yale University, the Alpha variant was first discovered in the UK in November 2020. Until the emergence of Delta, it was the predominant variant amongst infected individuals in the US.

Also, according to Yale, the Beta variant was discovered in South Africa at the end of 2020. So far it has not been as widespread. Experts state, however, that it is about 50% more contagious than the original virus and potentially 20% more contagious than the Alpha variant. (3)

“Orally bioavailable and with a long history of safe human use, these cannabinoids [CBDA and CBGA], isolated or in hemp extracts, have the potential to prevent as well as treat infection by SARS-CoV-2,” the report authors state.

 

More on CBDA

A lot goes into the creation of the cannabinoids most people are familiar with that are found in both medical marijuana and hemp. CBDA and CBGA, which are major players in the formation of CBD, CBG, and CBN are considered “parent molecules”. In other words, those cannabinoids are created first and then CBD and other cannabinoids eventually emerge from them.

 CBDA specifically is considered a powerful healing substance in its own right. That being said, CBDA actually works much differently than CBD and THC cannabinoids in the body. The main difference is that CBDA does not interact much with the endocannabinoid system. It does not bind with CB1 nor CB2 receptors. Instead, it interacts with receptor sites for certain brain and nervous-system precursors such as 5-HT. 5-HT is a chemical needed for the production of serotonin. CBDA also interacts and influences key enzymes to produce its healing effects.

CBDA also affects the production of serotonin itself and the way this hormone interacts in the body. Serotonin is mostly known as a neurologically influential hormone that produces feelings of happiness and fulfillment.

Serotonin does a lot more than this in the body overall, however. It is a key hormonal substance for emotional regulation and the proper functioning of motor skills. It also influences digestion, sleep cycles, and cardiovascular health. According to a 2017 study conducted at the University of Freiburg in Germany, serotonin also plays a part in cytokine and T cell production in the immune system, amongst other things. (4)

Besides being a potential preventative against various strains of COVID, research into CBDA has found that it can also be beneficial for depression symptoms, digestive issues such as nausea and vomiting, brain and nervous system conditions, such as seizures, and for lowering inflammation overall. (5) (6)

 

How Can I Obtain CBDA?

Oregon State University researchers present hopeful research for the possible natural prevention of this dreadful virus that has changed the way the whole world functions. Recent research has found that CBDA in particular is more readily absorbed into the bloodstream and body than regular CBD. What’s more, both CBDA and CBGA are found in hemp. This means that they are legally available in most regions of the US.

You should know, however, that these cannabinoid precursors will not be found in regular CBD products. CBDA, however, can be purchased as super high-quality full-spectrum CBDA oil or as a CBD/CBDA blend right here at Myriam’s Premium Hemp Products!

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CBD Gummies vs. CBD Oil

Before diving into the differences between CBD gummies vs CBD oil, it may be helpful to know more about CBD itself. Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted from the hemp plant, which, unlike cannabis,contains only trace amounts of the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). There are many products on the market that are infused with CBD from vapes, lotions, and oils to chocolate, tarts, and gummies, that have been crafted to provide consumers with the associated benefits of CBD.

Out of all the CBD products available, the two most popular products are CBD oils and CBD gummies –probably because both are discrete. Oil is simple to take while you’re on a quick break, and gummies are easy to stash away in your purse, backpack, or briefcase. We’ll look at the additional benefits and differences of these two products so you can determine which is best for you.

CBD Oil

Sometimes referred to as a CBD tincture, CBD oil is an oil that contains a cannabidiol (CBD) extract. The most effective way to take CBD oils is by placing drops of the oil underneath your tongue and letting it absorb into your bloodstream. This method is called the sublingual method, and it enables the CBD to get to work very quickly because it doesn’t need to travel through your digestive system first, and effects can be felt in as little as 15 minutes.

CBD oil tends to have a distinct hemp flavor that some describe as bitter. If you would prefer to mask the flavor, CBD oils can easily be mixed into a variety of drinks and foods such as coffee, tea, smoothies, and soups. Ingesting CBD oil instead of placing it under the tongue may delay its absorption into your bloodstream. Whether you choose to take your CBD oil sublingually or orally, it’s important to remember that as it is a natural product, it is important to store your CBD oil properly to prolong the life.

CBD Gummies

CBD gummies have become increasingly popular with consumers who are looking for a fun and tasty way to take a controlled dose of CBD. Gummies are usually infused with a CBD isolate which is pure CBD without any of the other naturally occurring hemp elements, making it perfect for those who want to avoid THC in its entirety. As expected, CBD gummies are enjoyed orally and therefore provide a delayed release into your bloodstream. Although CBD gummies don’t provide a quick response, they do last a bit longer as they are metabolized slower than an oil taken sublingually. Anyone with a sweet tooth will be reaching for CBD gummies over CBD oil, and with a range of fruity and tart flavors, they are a fan favorite.

CBD Strength and Dosing

Regardless of which product strikes your fancy, you should be aware of the strength of the product and the appropriate dosage. Droppers of oil can allow you to have more control over your dosage while gummies can provide you with more control over CBD levels. Either way, allow time for your body to digest and adjust before taking more CBD.

Choose What Works for You

Even with their differences, oils and gummies are both great products that allow consumers to enjoy the benefits of CBD. In the end, it is up to you to determine which product best suits you and your needs. If you need help choosing the right product, Myriam’s Hemp is here to help you explore your options for better relief. Myriam’s Hemp CBD Gummies are coming soon!

Results of CBD Liver Safety Study

Study Reports Preliminary Results of CBD Liver Safety

A patient-centered clinical trials company called ValidCare has recently concluded a 7-month study of the effects of CBD use on the liver. Overall, their findings have been advantageous to the consumer as their “investigators report to FDA no evidence of liver toxicity in the 839 adults consuming oral CBD”. This study was in response to the FDA’s request for science-based data to help determine the appropriate regulations for hemp derived CBD products.

The 7 Month Testing Process

With the help of twelve CBD product companies and 839 participants, ValidCare carried out a 7-month study of the effects of CBD on the liver. The study began in August 2020 and came to a close in February 2021. It may seem like conducting a study during the pandemic would prove to be problematic, but the “use of ValidCare’s decentralized clinical research platform and partnership with national laboratories enabled participants and principal investigators to successfully complete this first cohort” and the FDA and brands involved were delivered results within six weeks.

The main purpose of this 7-month study was to “observe any potential liver effects in adults ingesting oral forms of hemp derived CBD for a minimum of 60 days”. To successfully complete this study, ValidCare needed a minimum of 681 participants, and with the help of the participating product companies, they were able to have over 830 participants complete the study.

ValidCare’s Findings

Over the course of the 7-months ValidCare has found “no evidence of liver disease in the 839 participants and no increase in the prevalence of elevated liver function tests when compared to a population with a similar incidence of medical conditions”. Three participants were reported to have three times the normal levels of the liver enzyme ALT, but they were all taking prescription medications that are known to elevate liver enzymes.

The results of the study have been encouraging as it provides sufficient science-based data to the FDA, for them to take action on safety regulations for CBD in the future. That being said, this 7-month study has only been the first cohort, and ValidCare will continue to analyze real-world data and perform a second cohort to add to the statistical certainty for liver safety. ValidCare is “excited for [their] principal investigators to continue, expand and report out on this foundational work in the next few months. Once completed, safety results of this study will be shared with participation brands and the FDA.”

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CBD as Potential Treatment for COVID-19

Recently, a study was conducted by a team of researchers in Illinois at the Rosner Lab at the University of Chicago to analyze if cannabidiol could be a potential treatment for COVID-19. In March 2021 Rosner Lab released their latest findings with evidence demonstrating the inhibiting effect of CBD on the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This study highlights CBD and its active metabolite as potential preventative agents and therapeutic treatments for SARS-CoV-2 in the early stages of infection.

Why Was This Study Conducted?

With a wide and rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2 across the globe, researchers began to look for alternative ways to reduce the spread and effects of COVID-19. Colleagues at Rosner Lab say that the fact that the virus is still spreading even with the rollout of vaccines highlights the need for alternative approaches. This is especially true for populations with limited access to vaccines.

What Did the Study Involve?

The SARS-CoV-2 virus enters host cells via the binding of a surface viral protein to the human host cell receptor ‘angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE-2). To test the effect of CBD on SARS-CoV-2 replication, researchers at Rosner Lab pretreated A549 human lung carcinoma cells expressing exogenous human ACE-2 receptors for 2 hours with CBD, before infecting them with SARS-CoV-2. Then after 48 hours had passed, they monitored and analyzed the cells to see if the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 had been inhibited.

The Findings

Overall, the researchers at Rosner Lab have concluded that they have evidence that CBD inhibits the replication of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. In addition to that, they have also released some key findings broken down in simpler terms for the public to understand:

  • After viral entry, CBD acts to block virus replication.
  • CBD has the potential to not only act as an antiviral agent in the early stages of infection but also protect the host against an overactive immune system during the late stages.
  • CBD inhibiting replication of at least one other coronavirus raises the possibility that it may also inhibit other human coronaviruses that could arise in the future.
  • 7-OH-CBD (a metabolite of CBD) is an effective inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Analysis of participants taking FDA-approved CBD showed up to ten times a decreased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection compared to a set of control participants.

Although these findings represent a significant process in the alternative treatment of COVID-19, there are still “several issues that require close examination before CBD can be considered or even explored as a therapeutic for COVID-19”. For example, it appears that the presence of THC may counteract the antiviral efficacy of CBD. And of course, other concerns would need to be addressed, such as the means of administration like smoking or vaping that could potentially cause lung damage. In short, further studies would be needed to determine optimal methods of delivery, and clinical trials should be performed to test the promise of CBD as a therapeutic for SARS-CoV-2.

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Does CBD Oil Expire?

CBD oil comes with a wide range of medicinal benefits that may help you to overcome various aches, pains, and other ailments. Given its known properties and the sophisticated way that it is extracted from the cannabis plant, finding, and purchasing CBD oil can be an investment in your health and wellbeing. As such, it’s likely that you’ll want to make sure that it lasts and remains effective for as long as possible so that you can access the benefits without the need to purchase more too frequently. So, the big question is, does CBD oil expire?

Does CBD Oil Go Bad

How Long Does CBD Oil Last?

In most cases, a bottle of CBD oil should last you anywhere from 14 – 24 months if it is stored correctly. As with many other perishable products, you’ll want to avoid keeping it in direct sunlight or anywhere where it will get too hot. If you’ve purchased high-quality full spectrum CBD oil it will last longer than some of the less expensive products simply due to the minimal processing that is required during manufacturing. The extraction method itself also plays a significant role, as it can be agreed that oil manufactured using a supercritical CO2 extraction method will last longer than products developed with butane extraction.

Does CBD Oil Go Bad?

High-quality CBD oil is unaltered and doesn’t have any preserving chemicals added to it. It’s just pure CBD. Over time, the potency of your CBD oil may start to deteriorate, especially if it hasn’t been stored properly. This means that potential benefits such as pain relief may no longer be achievable, and you’ll need to purchase a new bottle.

How to Know if Your CBD Is No Longer Effective

If your CBD oil has gone bad or isn’t as effective as it once was, don’t fret – it isn’t going to make you sick. In most cases, the decline in potency will be the worst of it. However, there are three major signs that you can look for to determine if it has gone bad:

  • Expiration Date. Your CBD oil has an expiration date just like anything else, and it is an easy way to tell if the oil has gone past its useful shelf life.
  • Texture & Color. Thick, foggy, or cloudy oil as well as any visible separation can indicate that the product has begun to break down and won’t be effective.
  • Smell & Taste. Bad CBD smells…bad. You’ll know if you ever smell it, and the taste will be different from what you’re used to.
Does CBD Oil Expire

The Best Way to Store CBD Oil

To avoid your CBD oil going bad before its expiration date, there are a few steps you can take:

  • Make sure that you tuck your bottle away somewhere that is dark and cool
  • Ensure that the cap is on tightly to prevent any unnecessary oxidization (this will cause faster break down of the oil)
  • Store your bottle upright so that no leakage can occur
  • Keep your bottle away from direct sunlight
  • Always keep your dropper clean and free from residue

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Can You Travel with CBD Oil?

With all of the new laws and subsequent restrictions surrounding CBD products, one big question comes up with immense frequency: can you travel with CBD oil or other CBD products? Certainly, with international travel, there are more stringent restrictions that should always be checked in terms of the airline and also the destination country. But what about domestic flights within the United States? Permission to fly with CBD oil isn’t something that should be assumed, and there are several points that you should be familiar with before you pack your bags and head out – which is why we’re here to help you get to the bottom of it.

Can You Travel with CBD Oil

TSA Restrictions

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) sets guidelines for travel and until recently, had prohibited flying with CBD products. This restriction has now been lifted and any products that are FDA approved or that contain hemp-derived CBD oil are permitted, but with a few restrictions in place.

CBD Oil

TSA states that air travel with CBD oil is permitted and would be viewed the same as someone traveling with regular, over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen. CBD oil is also permitted in both checked bags and carry-on luggage, as long as it meets the requirements for carrying liquids, gels, or oils in a carry-on bag.

THC Limits

According to the TSA’s website, you can travel with CBD oil provided that it contains less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). It isn’t the priority of the TSA to search for THC or other drugs, but if you are found with THC products, TSA agents will hand you over to local law enforcement. We recommend going to directly to the TSA website for the most accurate and up-to-date information on what you can and cannot bring on your upcoming flight.

Electronic Cigarettes/Vape Pens

The TSA has further restrictions on how CBD can be used or consumed while traveling via air. Electronic cigarettes or vape pens are permitted in carry-on baggage, however, the use of these devices while in flight is prohibited across the country. This is due to the lithium batteries that many of these devices use.

Benefits of Traveling with CBD Oil

For many, the thought of flying can cause some situational anxiety for one reason or another. CBD boasts a wide array of health benefits and may help to reduce the stress associated with air travel, making it a top choice for many who desire a more relaxing experience. In theory, you could take CBD before your flight but not carry any with you during travel. This would eliminate any potential issues with bringing CBD oil on board, but you won’t have what you need once you land at your destination unless you find a new retailer who can help you.

Bringing your CBD oil on board with you during domestic travel enables you to purchase from your regular, quality store and continue using the products you are comfortable with.

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How to Get the Most out of Your CBD

It isn’t uncommon for many who use CBD to become frustrated or fall out of sync with it. CBD can be highly beneficial for many people, but continued use is paramount due to the way that it interacts with our bodies. Falling out of your CBD routine could occur because you aren’t feeling the positive effects of it, or it could just be that you aren’t sure how to fully maximize its potential in your day-to-day life. CBD acts differently for different people and finding your rhythm can be a daunting process – but the end result is a life that is more balanced, more fulfilling, and less painful. If you have a bottle of CBD that you bought to try out, received as a Christmas gift, or simply feel stuck in a bit of a rut with your dosage lately, focusing on new ways to get the most out of your CBD can help. One or more of these solutions could help you reach the place where it all clicks, and you can begin to enjoy the benefits of CBD in your everyday life.

Make Sure Your Dropper Is Always Clean

This may sound trivial, but if your dropper isn’t clean it can degrade your CBD with impurities. Without cleaning, your dropper can develop mold and ruin the precious bottle altogether. If you’ve had your bottle of CBD oil for a while, a good first step is to clean the dropper. You can use mildly soapy water to clean the dropper thoroughly and ensure that any impurities are washed away. This will provide you with a properly clean vehicle to deliver CBD into your system.

If You Don’t Enjoy the Taste, Mask It with Food!

Everyone has different tastes. If you aren’t enjoying the taste of your CBD oil, try mixing it into food so that the flavor can be disguised. By consuming CBD you’ll still be able to enjoy the benefits of it, but there may be some break down before it enters your bloodstream. Make sure that you’re taking the correct dose that will allow you to consume it directly without taking away from the natural benefits that it provides. If you’re stumped for ideas, try adding it to salad dressing, mixing it into your baking (be sure to get the amounts right!), or spreading it on toast along with butter or avocado. Read our ultimate guide to cooking with CBD oil for even more ideas! For those who don’t like the natural flavor of CBD, Myriam’s Hemp also offers Vanilla flavored CBD oil!

Adding CBD to Food

Add CBD to Your Drinks to Get Your Daily Dose

Drinking your CBD oil could be the easiest solution and get you back on track with taking it daily. You can take it with a glass of water at a set time each day or try a variety of other drinks to help mask the flavor and give yourself a reason to continue with it. Add a few drops of CBD oil into your morning coffee, afternoon lemonade, or evening iced tea, and enjoy the experience.

Contact the Team at Myriam’s Hemp

At Myriam’s Hemp, our goal is to help you succeed on your CBD journey and support you with options to suit your life. If you aren’t feeling the effects of CBD after several weeks of continued use, it is probably time to increase your dosage. Once you’ve hit the mark, you can fully enjoy CBD and make it an important part of your day. Browse our CBD products online and purchase CBD oil to help you take control of your pain, stress, inflammation, and more.

CBD Dosing and the Bell Curve Effect

Many customers often wonder about CBD dosing and what amount of CBD they should be taking in an effort to alleviate an assortment of common ailments. As each person is different, it can be confusing to find the right information that will provide you with the most effective benefits. It’s common for many to start off with a small amount of CBD to be safe and get a feel for it, and then increase their CBD dosage in small increments until they reach their desired outcome. But it’s important to understand that CBD isn’t like other substances such as alcohol where the more you consume, the more prevalent the effects will be. In fact, too much CBD won’t do much of anything at all, and that’s why it’s important to reference the Bell Curve Effect for best results.

CBD Dosing and the Bell Curve Effect

What is the Bell Curve Effect?

The Bell Curve Effect indicates the optimal CBD dosage and illustrates a fairly simple formula: a low dose of CBD will provide a low benefit and a high dose will…also provide a low benefit. Cannabinoids don’t provide the standard dose-to-effect result that alcohol or other substances do, but instead are non-linear. This means that if the goal of your CBD intake is to provide the maximum effect (which it most likely is), too much or too little won’t help you succeed.

Your body utilizes CBD differently depending on dosage, and there are various interactions that can take place as a result of the amount that you take. CBD interacts with multiple receptors in your brain as opposed to one singular receptor where a simple dose-to-effect would be more likely, so there’s no use in cautiously underdosing. In order to achieve the maximum benefit indicated by the Bell Curve Effect, your CBD dosage needs to be just right.

How to Determine the Right Amount for You

This all leads back to the original question, “how much CBD should I take?” and the answer is not as simple as guessing based on your ability to handle other substances. Depending on your level of pain and discomfort or your particular lifestyle, your CBD dosage requirements will vary compared to that of others. Starting with either a high or low dose isn’t necessarily going to help you, and can easily lead some people to the early (and false) conclusion that CBD isn’t going to work for them.

Instead, research the CBD dosage amount that others are taking who share the same ailments as you and start from there. With a tasteless, isolated CBD oil you can easily alter your dose up or down until you find the right fit that works for you. If you’re experiencing a high level of pain, a higher dose of full-spectrum extract may be the best option as it contains multiple cannabinoids that can interact with your brain to produce the desired effects.

Myriam’s Hemp Can Help

At Myriam’s Hemp we have the knowledge and experience to help guide you through your CBD experience. Our CBD products are all lab-tested and contain less than 0.3% THC – just enough to activate the CBD – and contain only natural ingredients grown right here in the United States. Our goal is to provide you with information and assistance so that you can make educated decisions about your health and choose a CBD dosage that will offer you the maximum advantage. If you need further assistance with dosing, our team is happy to refer you to a medical professional that will be able to give you in depth advice the right product and dose for your needs. Contact us to learn more about CBD and what health benefits you may experience or browse through our store and purchase all-natural CBD products today.

What is CBN and What are the Benefits?

Cannabinol, or CBN, is a naturally occurring cannabinoid found in cannabis plants that results from the oxidation process of THC. At one point in time, it was suspected that CBN was the active ingredient in marijuana that produced the high, but we now know THC to be responsible for that. So, what’s the deal with CBN? CBN is what is produced when the THC in cannabis oxidizes or is left out to dry in the heat for an extended period of time. As oxidation occurs, the levels of THC in the flower decrease and CBN is created in its place. CBN won’t give you a high like THC will, though it does bind itself to the same receptors in your brain. Strength-wise, it measures around a quarter of the potency that you can expect with THC but instead CBN boasts a number of other benefits that can make it an attractive option for many people.

What is CBN

Benefits of CBN

There isn’t a lot of detailed research surrounding CBN, however more studies are beginning to pop up as many strive to learn more about the properties and potential benefits of cannabis. CBN and CBN oil have been the subject of studies that, while not published by peer-reviewed journals, produced a few noteworthy benefits, including:

Improved sleep. CBN has the potential to aid with sleep disorders and issues that prevent healthy sleep patterns. If you have access to poorly stored marijuana, there’s a chance that it could give you what you need for a few solid hours of shut-eye.

Decreased inflammation. CBN has been used to promote a normal inflammatory response in studies, meaning that it has potential for use as an anti-inflammation aid.

Appetite stimulant. THC is known to be an appetite stimulant, but studies show that CBN may be able to offer the same benefit without the need for the user to feel the intoxicating effects that they would with THC.

How to Use CBN

CBN is commonly manufactured into CBN oil, which can be consumed as a tincture in liquid form. CBN tinctures are increasing in popularity as more information is uncovered about the potential benefits, and there are numerous available flavors to make the use of CBN tincture an attractive option for those seeking therapeutic effects. Our own CBN tincture products available at Myriam’s Hemp are made using premium hemp extracts that contain a wide array of phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and are administered under the tongue using a standard dropper syringe.

Where Can CBN Be Purchased?

CBN is legal at the federal level as per the 2018 Farm Bill and isn’t considered an official drug, though some states have banned the sale of products such as CBN tincture while others have regulation on how it can be sold by public retail outlets. CBN tinctures are available for purchase from Myriam’s Hemp, and we have it available in 150mg and 300mg options.

Our CBN oil and CBN tincture use full spectrum hemp extract and are manufactured and tested here in the United States. We exclusively use 100% natural ingredients to make our CBN tincture products, all of which are formulated for maximum absorption and efficiency. On top of that, they are free from sugar and wheat, vegan friendly, and contain less than 0.3% THC. Our goal is to bring you the highest quality in natural cannabis products, and we ship to all 50 states to help you easily discover and access the right products for you. Browse our store online and purchase a CBN tincture from Myriam’s Hemp today.

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