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CBD is one of my favorite natural remedies. In case you’re not familiar, CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is a compound extracted from the cannabis plant. While marijuana is from the very same plant, CBD products contain little-to-no THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana that makes you feel loopy.

 

CBD and its sister extracts, like CBN and CBG, have been a topic of conversation these days largely due to the legalization of marijuana in several states combined with an influx of new studies about their benefits, which include reducing anxiety, redness and muscle soreness, while also helping with sleep.

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I’ve written about CBD products before, but I wanted to start from scratch and find all new and innovative options to share with you. I’ve been tasting and testing for the past few months and am delighted to share my findings!

Food & drink

Aurora Elixirs ($16 for 4):

A refreshing beverage to drink any time, these sparkling, lightly sweetened, CBD-infused drinks come in four sophisticated flavors; rosemary grapefruit, blackcurrant spruce, lavender orange and cayenne citron, each containing 25 mg of broad-spectrum hemp CBD. Drink them on their own or as a mixer.

cbdMD Drink Mix ($12.49/10 pack):

A 2022 Product of the Year winner, these fruit-flavored CBD-infused drink mixes make for a tasty beverage when blended with cold or hot water. Available in peach, kiwi strawberry, lemonade and fruit punch, each packet contains 2 5mg of broad-spectrum hemp extract and up to 29 mg of vitamin C. I tried peach and lemonade, and they are both delicious.

Extract Labs x Bearded Man CBD Coffee ($30-$38):

A unique and delicious way to enjoy your morning Joe, these coffees are available in different strengths and in compostable pods or whole bean options with about a 20 mg dose of CBD per serving.  Some CBD-infused coffees I’ve tried taste bitter, but these do not.

​​Hemp Division Soba Tea ($40 for a 10oz. 1000mg CBD bag):

This yummy, gluten-free loose tea has become a favorite in my house. Soba is Japanese buckwheat that makes for a very hearty tea with the relaxing effects of CBD (about 20 mg CBD per serving). I drink it plain, while my husband adds sugar and a dash of oat milk. We also like Hemp Division’s Focus CBD Tea and their CBD seltzers.

Her Highness CBD Manage-Mints ($24)

I love a 2-in-1 product and these mints, which come in a cute gold tin, have 10 mg of CBD plus breath-freshening ingredients. Great for grabbing fresh breath and a little chillout on the go.

​​CBDistillery Full Spectrum CBD Dark Chocolate Bar (regularly $35, now $25)

Indulge your sweet tooth and enjoy the benefits of CBD at the same time! This yummy, 72 percent cacao vegan chocolate bar has 30 mg of CBD per piece, which means that one piece is probably all you need to take the edge off.

Black Dahlia CBD Sea Salt Caramel Bon Bons ($60 for a pack of seven)

If you’re looking for something a little fancier, each of these rich chocolate bonbons contains 20 mg of nano CBD-rich hemp oil, and they are decadent enough to be served to guests after a lovely meal. The bonbons contain browned butter caramel ganache and are topped with gold leaf.

Black Sheep CBD Meringue Cookies ($7.50 per bag)

These yummy, melt-in-your-mouth meringues are available in nine different flavors, including strawberry (which I tested), mint chocolate, cappuccino and more. Each pouch contains 50 mg of CBD, and you’re meant to eat about half the bag at a time, making them a perfect afternoon or evening snack. From April 15-30, you can get them Buy 2 Get 1 Free.

Red Belly Honey Snap Packs ($15.49 for 5)

Honey lovers rejoice! According to the brand, this is the only raw, full-spectrum CBD hemp honey that is infused by bees. The CBD honey is made when free-range bees pass CBD and other terpenes from hemp plants onto regular honey, which increases the bioavailability of the CBD and terpenes. These snap packs are handy for on-the-go (straight or in tea), and the honey is also available in jars. The reported milligrams of CBD per serving is closer to 2 mg, but according to the brand, the increased bioavailability means that you need fewer mg of CBD to enjoy its benefits.

Tinctures, oils and softgels

Highline Wellness Energy Oil ($40)

This tincture contains premium hemp extract including CBD and green tea to increase energy and mental clarity.  Unlike many tinctures, it actually has a pleasant, mildly fruity taste, and I find that it helps me think more clearly on those days when a regular cup of coffee isn’t doing the trick.

Muscle MX Relax Drops ($79.99)

If you have trouble feeling calm, especially right before bed, this daily tincture helps to promote a positive and relaxed state of mind while also encouraging a good night’s rest. It has a mildly sweet, dessert-like taste, and it’s a blend of Ashwagandha and broad-spectrum CBD and CBN, an ingredient combo that I find very helpful on nights when I’m feeling restless. I also really like their CBD balms for sore muscles.

MDcalm Softgels ($14.95 and up)

These softgels can be very effective for combating anxiety in stressful situations. They contain full-spectrum hemp with adaptogens, botanicals, and magnesium L-threonate. I took one before a dental appointment and despite some unexpected news about dental work I had to have done, I remained surprisingly calm and sailed through the cleaning and X-rays.

Topicals for the face

Balans Labs CBD-Infused Night Cream ($28.49)

This hydrating night cream contains many good-for-you ingredients, including coconut fruit extract, sea buckthorn, hyaluronic acid, CBD and Phytocannabinoids to nourish, condition and soothe the skin. My skin is normal to dry, and I’ve found that it’s a nice day cream as well. I also love that it comes in a convenient pump bottle instead of a jar. This brand is available at CVS, and they also have a face serum that I’ve enjoyed using.

BISA Vital Hydrating Oil ($52)

This ultra-moisturizing oil is a blend of apricot, sweet almond, marula oil and full-spectrum CBD. It smells absolutely incredible – like a fine spa – and it can be used to soften the skin on the face and body.

ColorUp Mushroom Madness Hydrating Masque ($19)

ColorUp is one of the first CBD brands I ever tried, and I love their products. This new mask is made in-house in Denver and is a blend of cacao, seven types of mushrooms, CBD and more.  I find it to be cleansing and hydrating, leaving me with soft skin after use. It’s also easy to apply and remove.  I have also enjoyed their CBD-infused aluminum-free deodorant and their vitamin C serum.

Figaro Apothecary Botanical Face Serum ($135)

This luxurious, rich, anti-aging serum hydrates and nourishes the skin with powerful organic botanical oils, like rosehip, pomegranate, evening primrose, fig, vitamin E and their proprietary CBD and Cannacomplex. I like to massage it into my skin at night with a gua sha or face roller.

Aforé by Dr. Few The CBD Effusive ($79)

This is the first face mist to combine water-soluble CBD with plant extracts and antioxidants, like green tea, vitamin C and witch hazel, according to the brand. I enjoy using it each morning to treat, protect and refresh my skin. The brand also has a really lovely CBD face cream.
Topicals for the body

VRB Labs MOAB Bath Bomb ($35.99 for 3)

Named the “mother of all bath bombs,” this fragrant jumbo bath bomb is packed with Epsom salts, lavender, peppermint and broad-spectrum CBD, to soothe aching joints and relax the mind as you bathe.

Melach 33 Luxe CBD Body Butter ($74)

If you struggle with dry skin, this body butter will soften you up in no time. It’s a rich blend of Dead Sea minerals, antioxidants, shea butter and 1000mg of broad-spectrum CBD, so it nourishes the skin while helping to soothe any soreness and inflammation. I struggle with dry skin, and this is one of the best body butters I’ve tried.

Vital Tonics THE SCENT n.01 ($62)

Who said that applying moisturizer couldn’t be fun? This candle sets the mood and melts into an oil that you can massage onto your (or someone else’s) skin. The alluringly scented Scent n.01 candle is a blend of coconut and apricot waxes, vitamin E, jojoba oil, castor oil and sweet almond oil, and of course, relaxing CBD. The vessel is beautiful and reusable.
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This article originally appeared on TrueTrae.com and was syndicated by MediaFeed.org.

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39 facts about marijuana we’re betting you didn’t know

 

 

Cannabis is a booming business in states where legalization has been in effect for years and the trend seems on pace to continue.

In fact, more
and more U.S. states have legalized marijuana for medical and/or recreational uses. In fact, most
states
have some form of legalization.

So
with so much talk of marijuana out there, it’s time to separate the
facts from the fiction. Here are 39 of the most surprising and unusual
facts about marijuana that you may not know:

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According
to a study,
“9 percent of those who try marijuana develop dependence.”
Compared to other substances like cocaine and heroin, marijuana
dependency is low. However, marijuana is also much more widely used
than other substances.

 

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Even
with all the confusion around laws and its history of illegality,
researchers
say that 42% of Americans have tried marijuana.

 

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Multiple
studies have found that marijuana is safer than alcohol.

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We
tend to think of Colorado and Washington when we think about legal
weed, but both Alaska and Oregon legalized recreational marijuana use and possession just a few years later.

 

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Scientists
at California Pacific Medical Center studied a compound derived from
marijuana and discovered that it may
prevent metastasis in some aggressive cancers
. The scientists
were studying CBD, the substance in marijuana that is non-psychoactive.

 

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Despite
pushes for legalization, there are still a
lot of arrests
made in the U.S. for marijuana possession. In
2015, 650,000 people were arrested because of violations related to
marijuana. That’s 40% of drug arrests in the country and one arrest
every 50 seconds! And these arrests are still disproportionately
focused on black and Latino communities.

 

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Illegal
marijuana tends to be stronger
than legal marijuana
. This is partly because legal marijuana is
more carefully measured for consistency and potency.

 

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While
there are conflicting reports on the effect of marijuana on
teenagers, in adults negative cognitive effects like changes in
memory, perception and thoughts tend to be temporary. There is
currently no evidence that marijuana
use
, even among heavy users, will permanently damage an adult’s
memory or cognition.

 

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Despite
North Korea’s strict stance on other drugs, marijuana is not
even considered a drug
in the country.

 

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In
the 1700s, both George Washington and Thomas Jefferson grew
hemp
and in the 1800s marijuana was sold in some drugstores for
relief of migraines and menstrual cramps.

 

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Marijuana
started
to get banned
in the U.S. in the early 1900s. The 1930s saw the
country’s first drug czar, Harry Anslinger, who started to make
claims that marijuana turned youth into homicidal maniacs.

 

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In
2013, Uruguay
became the first country in the world to allow its citizens to grow,
sell and consume marijuana legally.

 

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The
ACLU
has tracked multiple cases where people were sentenced to
life in prison without parole for marijuana possession. In one case,
the person possessed 32 grams of marijuana (that’s just over an ounce). In another, they acted as
a go-between for the sale of just $10 of marijuana.

 

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In
2010
, legalization produced such a boom in Colorado that medical
marijuana dispensaries outnumbered Starbucks stores by a ratio of 3
to 1.

 

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In
2015, legal marijuana was the fastest-growing
industy
in the U.S., with a market of $2.7 billion.

 

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James
Munch served as the U.S. Official Expert on “Marihuana” from 1939 to
1962. During that time he testified under oath that marijuana had
turned
him into a bat
.

 

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The
earliest
recorded use
of cannabis is from China in 6,000, B.C., when
cannabis seeds were used for food.

 

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The
oldest stash of marijuana ever found also came
from China
. Researchers discovered 789 grams of dried cannabis
“cultivated for psychoactive purposes” in a 2,700-year-old
tomb in China.

 

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In
India, Bhang shops
sell cannabis-infused drinks like bhang lassi and bhang thandai,
particularly during the celebration of Holi.

 

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In
1971 or 1972, the first
online transaction
happened, well before Amazon or eBay. What was
it? Marijuana sold between students at Stanford and MIT.

 

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Bob
Marley was
buried
on May 21, 1981, along with his red Gibson Les Paul
guitar, a Bible open to Psalm 23 and a stalk of marijuana.

 

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Overdosing
on marijuana
is technically possible, but extraordinarily
unlikely. In theory, a person would have to consume almost 1,500
pounds of marijuana in just 15 minutes to overdose, making it a
practical impossibility.

 

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In
2015, legal marijuana outsold
Girl Scout cookies
.

 

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Sales
of marijuana are on
the rise
. Sales in 2020 grew 46% according to one report.

 

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By
2022, yearly
marijuana sales
in the U.S. could hit $22 billion. This is partly
due to more and more states opening medical and sometimes
recreational marijuana markets.

 

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After
California changed its marijuana laws in 1976, prankster Danny
Finegood hung curtains over the Hollywood sign to change it to
Hollyweed.” It happened again on New Year’s Day, 2017, when another prankster scaled Mount Lee to change the sign.

 

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In
1982, a man with a rare and painful type of bone tumor condition,
Irvin Rosenfeld, sued the federal government for access to marijuana
medicine
– and won, paving the way for others with qualifying
conditions. Today, he gets his marijuana from the federal government,
picking up 300 joints every 30 days.

 

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A study of pipe fragments from William Shakespeare’s garden revealed traces of cannabis.

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On
his 20th birthday, Bill Murray joked about having bombs in
his suitcase while in an airport. When agents searched his luggage,
they instead found $20,000
worth of marijuana
.

 

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In
2017, farmers in Italy started cultivating
cannabis
in order to decontaminate polluted soil. The plants
helped pull heavy metals out of the ground.

 

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As of
2020, 34 U.S. states have legalized marijuana in some form.

 

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A
study
of 6,000 teenagers in the U.K. found that high-achieving
teens were more likely than their peers to drink alcohol and use
cannabis.

 

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There
was a real Mary
Jane
. Mary Jane Rathburn, or Brownie Mary, baked and distributed
marijuana brownies for AIDS patients.

 

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The
Easter Island statues may have moved. How? With ropes
made of hemp
, the fibers of the marijuana plant.

 

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Estrogen
levels may make some people more
sensitive to THC
, the active ingredient in cannabis. Female rats
were at least 30% more sensitive to the properties of THC, including
pain relief.

 

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Marijuana
may have some therapeutic
benefits
for sick pets. But proceed with caution. Dogs and cats
can also die from marijuana toxicosis.

 

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People
can be allergic
to pot
. Experts found that people are sometimes, though rarely,
allergic to the pollen or smoke of the marijuana plant.

 

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Marijuana
can cause “cannabinoid
hyperemesis syndrome
,” a condition characterized by “cyclic
episodes of nausea and vomiting.”

 

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During
World War II, the Office of Strategic Services investigated marijuana
as a means of inducing detainees to spill
their secrets
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