Quality Over Quantity — Picking the Right Product For You

CBD is as much a lifestyle choice for many as it is a product.  While this endlessly enthusiastic mindset is incredibly exciting for newcomers, it makes choosing the right first product for them an almost daunting task.  Everyone has their favorite brands or products that they swear by, and they all have their opinions on what is best for those trying to test out the waters.

Not only can the quantity of CBD products available intimidate newbies, but trying to find high-quality CBD products isn’t as easy as sorting by “highest rated” on Amazon. An unfortunate reality of supplements is that they often have labels that aren’t entirely truthful.  Because CBD is classified as a supplement, cursory studies have found that certain companies’ product descriptions don’t quite match up with the product they claim they are delivering. Products may incorrectly list the percentage of CBD in their wares, or might even leave out products from the ingredients list entirely. Whether these inaccuracies are accidental oversites or intentional omissions, it makes product-buying difficult without some sort of screening system.

How can you be sure that the product you’re interested in is the correct one for you?

Certificate of Analysis

A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is the answer to any questions you may have regarding the purity or authenticity of your product. It is a report including calculation of the ingredients in a product, and a verification of what a product’s label is telling you. These COAs are produced by third-party laboratories, and work to ensure that companies are producing carefully made and accurately labeled commodities.

Another benefit to a COA is that it can give you measurements of other potential hazards within your products. Hemp is an agricultural product, and runs the risk of being contaminated as it is transformed from plant to product. Because of concerns of these sorts of contaminants, COAs will also include breakdowns of concentrations of pesticides in your product, or heavy metals that may have been present in the soil when the hemp that your product is made from was planted.

Oftentimes COAs can be found on the label of the product, in the form of a QR code.  If you are purchasing a product from an online store and don’t have access to the product’s packaging or otherwise cannot find the information you’re looking for, reach out to the company that makes the product.  If they don’t have a COA available, consider moving on to a product that does have one available. A company not having their products sent out for third-party review doesn’t automatically mean they’re being dishonest about the materials they use, but it does mean that you have no way of knowing what it is that you are actually purchasing. Being careful about checking COAs is the best way you as a consumer have to make sure that you’re getting the product you want.

“Hemp” products vs. “CBD” products

Many marketplaces such as Amazon cannot sell items containing CBD, but a variety of hemp products exist on their storefronts. This can easily confuse someone who is unfamiliar with the difference between hemp and CBD, which we covered in this post.  Some of these companies are very truthful about the difference between hemp and CBD and make sure to elaborate on the fact that their product is specifically a hemp product.  Other companies are rather clever with their marketing and can trick customers looking for CBD products who don’t know any better.

If you aren’t quite sure whether the item you’re looking at is just hemp-based or actually contains CBD, a good idea would be to look at the ingredients list and see if you can find “cannabidiol” or any other sort of cannabinoid.  If you can’t, it’s safe to say it’s probably hemp-based. This is another situation where only buying from companies with readily-available COAs can save you time, money, and a lot of frustration!

Thankfully, you don’t have to worry about the quality of our stock here at Spectrum Relief. We carry only the best products, readily available either in our online store or in-person for your convenience.  If you have any questions about the products we carry or just need some expert advice about where to start, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask!

CBD Oil and Chronic Pain

Does CBD relieve chronic pain?

Chronic pain ─ which can result from improperly healed injuries, arthritis, or a variety of other means ─ is often symptomatic of deeper issues, but is absolutely debilitating in its own right. It can also result in a whole host of further issues such as sleep disorders and fatigue, mental health issues such as anxiety or depression, and even cause physiological changes such as heightened blood pressure and heart rate.

CBD can help to tackle these issues by suppressing the breakdown of anandamide in the body. Anandamide is a neurotransmitter that can help lessen how intensely one experiences pain, which explains why CBD can be a vital part of an effective pain management strategy.

CBD can even help treat pain caused by inflammation, a type of pain that is exceedingly difficult to treat properly. Inflammation is the body’s way of indicating that something is wrong, and that the body is working on fixing it. Prolonged inflammation can lead to pain, stiffness, and a whole host of other nasty complications. It can cause problems, or make existing problems even worse if the inflammation continues. Without reliance on narcotic painkillers or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), each with laundry lists of side effects, it can be difficult to treat. CBD not only helps to ease this difficult-to-treat pain, preliminary studies have even shown that CBD may help to suppress inflammatory responses.

A powerful part of any pain management strategy

Opioid-based narcotic painkillers certainly have their uses. They are great for short-term usage after major surgeries or injuries, but long-term use can lead to dependence and a whole host of other nasty side effects on a person’s physical and mental wellbeing. Long term NSAID use is exceedingly difficult on one’s stomach lining, liver and kidneys, and many can thin users’ blood, affecting the time it takes for blood to clot after an injury.

While it’s not accurate to say CBD has absolutely no side effects whatsoever, these side effects are typically minimal — it may dry out a user’s mouth, result in nausea, drowsiness or diarrhea, and other such symptoms. That being said, it’s still a good idea to consult with a doctor before trying CBD oil for pain management purposes or making any drastic changes to pain management routines.  The goal with speaking with your physician first is to ensure that you aren’t on any medication that would interact with your CBD usage. They may also warn you of any side effects beyond those mentioned above that you may be susceptible to based on your medical history. Although research into the benefits of CBD lacks long-term monitoring of users, preliminary studies have not shown any indication that CBD will result in more serious side effects throughout the life of the typical enthusiast. Remember, CBD is an excellent supplement to pre-existing pain management strategies, not a replacement.

Powerful pain management potential and a lack of major downsides has shoved CBD into the spotlight in recent years, and for good reason. Health-conscious consumers who may not want to commit to long-term narcotic or NSAID use finally have a strategy more reliable and consistent than “ice or heat where it hurts, and one to two ibuprofen when it gets bad”.

If you’re looking to revamp your pain management strategy, our Lake Worth and Deerfield Beach locations host some of the best CBD products on the market, and some of the most knowledgeable experts in the area. If you’re still on the fence, either drop by one of our stores or send us a quick message, and we’ll do what we can to help! If what you see interests you, take a look at our online shop. We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Hemp, CBD, and You: Demystifying This Helpful Compound

There’s no denying that the word “cannabis” has a lot of weight to it. Everyone reacts differently to the idea of the plant, and usually, those reactions are strong. But as the federal relationship with cannabis and hemp changes, thanks to new legislation, more and more people have the opportunity to reexamine the hemp plant and products like CBD oil. 

Here at Spectrum Relief, we want our clients in Lake Worth to be empowered with the knowledge they need to make smart purchasing decisions about their CBD oil. So for those new to the world of cannabidiol, let’s take a look at some of the most common misconceptions.

It Takes a Lot of CBD to Feel the Effects

For so many things, the line of thought goes that “more is better,” but this isn’t always the case with CBD. The fact is, everyone is going to react differently to CBD, and you might find that it doesn’t take much at all for you to feel the effects. Conversely, others might need to take more to get the same results. To make this a little more complicated, and to meet your “word of the day” requirements, it’s worth noting that CBD has biphasic properties. That means in most people, taking a little bit of CBD could work to stimulate you, while a lot could actually sedate you. 

CBD is Only Useful for Chronic Pain

While this is true, CBD is useful for so much more than that! While those with chronic pain conditions like MS may benefit from the use of CBD, many more people use it for much more mundane things like anxiety, difficulty sleeping, and even skincare. It’s the unique nature of the CBD compound and how it interacts with our body that allows it to be so useful. Our bodies have what’s called an Endocannabinoid System that processes and makes use of the CBD we introduce through products like CBD dried fruits, tinctures, and coffees.

You Need a Doctor’s Prescription to Use CBD

While it’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before you start using CBD, CBD is legal for use and possession in all 50 states, without any kind of prescription. This might change according to your local laws, but the truth is that you can order Spectrum Relief products without worry. This misconception stems from the closely related field of medical cannabis which requires you to meet with a doctor before you can purchase medical marijuana.

Hemp Oil and CBD Oil are One and the Same

Well, kinda. While both are oils and both are derived from hemp, that’s where their similarities end. The differences between the two are quite pronounced. Hemp oil is made from hemp seeds. This makes it more like olive oil than CBD oil. That said, hemp oil is an excellent way to get enough fatty acids in your diet, so it’s great for those who follow vegan or vegetarian diets. CBD oil, however, is extracted from the hemp plant using specialized methods. The result is a product that is used for a myriad of reasons beyond simply cooking.

All CBD is the Same

This couldn’t be further from the truth. Just like there are a million different ways to make a cup of coffee, there are a million different ways to grow, cultivate, and process hemp. The result is a wonderfully wide range of products made by a group of talented manufacturers. Here at Spectrum Relief, we’re proud to carry some of the best CBD oils and other products on the market. 

Not only that, but the quality of CBD products can vary dramatically between producers. Some cut corners and use low-quality hemp as a base. Others extract their CBD with alcohol, which can make the CBD caustic to consume if it’s inhaled. And still, others mislabel their products with inaccurate concentrations of CBD. Of course, this is more out of ignorance than malice. 

CBD Oil is Hard to Find

Fortunately, this one isn’t true either. That’s because Spectrum Relief is your go-to source for all things CBD oil and hemp-derived in the Lake Worth area. From CBD infused dog treats, to vape cartridges, tinctures, and more, we’ve got everything you could ever want and more. Stop by and see us today and get your CBD!

The History of CBD

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The history of humans and the use of the cannabis plant stretches back for millennia. It is hard to know exactly how long homo sapiens have been taking advantage of the cannabis plant’s medical benefits. However, historians and scientists know that for as long as humans have inhabited the earth, they have looked to the earth to heal ailments and provide relief for diseases and conditions. The earliest recorded use of medicinal plants dates back over 5,000 years ago to the ancient civilization of Sumer. We know that, at least by that time, various plants such as cannabis were being cultivated and transformed into drugs for popular use. Hemp, and the CBD it contains, originated in Central Asia before later spreading across the rest of the world. The CBD extracts and hemp products we now use today stem from a long history of medicinal use, as well as from a more recent history of suppression and stigma.

What Is CBD? 

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound that can be extracted from the cannabis plant, also known as hemp. Hemp and CBD are different from marijuana and THC in that CBD does not contain the psychoactive properties that are responsible for getting you “high.” Your body processes CBD through naturally-occurring receptors in the body called the endocannabinoid system. Therefore, your body naturally contains receptors that are specifically designed to receive chemical compounds such as CBD and introduce them into your system. Ancient humans may not have been aware of the endocannabinoid system, but they were aware of the positive effects of consuming cannabis. As modern medicine developed further in the 19th century, scientists and doctors began investigating the properties and potential uses of CBD. The first recorded active extract obtained from hemp didn’t occur until 1840. 

A century later, the history of CBD would take a dark turn. In the early and mid-20th century the United States government became concerned with the use of substances such as alcohol and cannabis. In the wake of the Era of Prohibition, the fear of “reefer madness” led to the criminalization of cannabis, including both hemp and marijuana. At that time, the courts did not distinguish between the plants and labeled all cannabis as a Class I Scheduled drug. This, unfortunately, led to a sharp decline in medical investigations into CBDs positive benefits. It would take several decades for the stigma around cannabis to begin to lift. 

Despite the strict laws and social stigma, medical research concerning CBD did continue throughout the world. In fact, in 1946 the compound that would come to be known as CBD was isolated and identified. This researcher continued his work over the next several decades and uncovered more about CBD’s potential to treat certain diseases. A few decades after its criminalization, the dark cloud over CBD began to lift. 

CBD Today

As research continued into hemp and the potential health benefits of CBD, legislators and researchers began to place greater distinction between hemp and marijuana plants. CBD can be found in both types of cannabis plants, but hemp specifically contains less than 0.3% active THC compounds. This means that there is not enough THC contained in the plant fibers, leaves, or buds to get you “high.” Focusing research on the hemp plant, instead of marijuana, allows scientists to isolate and emphasize the numerous potential medical benefits of CBD, without having to worry about concerns of additional intoxicating effects.

In 2018, the United States Congress legalized industrial hemp. This means that farmers and researchers across the United States were free to work with hemp plants, as long as they contained a THC content of less than 0.3%. Not only was hemp no longer considered a schedule I controlled substance, but federal subsidies were made available to hemp farmers and research grants were made available to scientists. Hemp is now much closer to being treated the same as any other plant in the United States.   

Numerous CBD products are now widely available for consumers to purchase, no matter which state they live in. Hemp extracts, hemp oils, CBD tinctures, CBD salves, and more are available to alleviate symptoms for a variety of ailments. Foods with added CBD and CBD dog treats are even available! Spectrum Relief has an excellent selection of products that can be found both online and in one of their two Florida locations. Shop today for all your CBD needs. 

Cooking With CBD

Since the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill that legalized hemp on a federal level, CBD has exploded in popularity. These days, you can find CBD in coffee, cocktails, sweets, and even dog treats! With an abundance of edible options for CBD, many home cooks have begun infusing their favorite dishes with this potent compound. If you’re looking to join the pack, here are some tips for incorporating CBD into your cooking. 

Cooking with CBD Tips

Temperature Matters

When it comes to cooking with CBD, one of the most important factors you will consider is temperature. While warming your CBD oil can increase its efficacy, too high of a temperature can kill certain active components. CBD begins to evaporate at 320 to 356 degrees Fahrenheit, so make sure you’re staying below these temperatures when you’re cooking on the stove. Note that this doesn’t mean you can’t put CBD in the oven at a higher temperature, as the food will not reach as high of an internal temperature. 

Avoid overheating CBD by not putting it on direct heat. Overheating can mean losing the terpenes, which will both reduce its effectiveness and bring out a more bitter flavor. 

Use a Light Hand

When cooking with CBD, it can be tempting to think that more is better, but that’s not true. Adding too much CBD oil to your recipe will result in a waste of oil, gross flavors, and potentially side effects like nausea. Less is more, especially when you’re first learning to cook with CBD. 

You may also benefit from cooking smaller batches initially. This allows you more freedom to experiment without fear of wasting your CBD product. This will also give you the opportunity to figure out different dosages so you can make the most out of future dishes. 

Use Fat

Cannabinoids bind well with fat, which means that your CBD needs an oil in order to provide the level of bio-availability you need to have an effect. Fortunately, our CBD tinctures are made with hemp seed oil, so they naturally provide a fat that can be used in cooking. You may also consider making a CBD butter or ghee for baking. 

Try Sweet or Savory

CBD is often used in baked goods because it’s a lot easier to cover up the bitterness of the hemp with sugar or chocolate. However, CBD also makes a great addition to savory dishes if you use it strategically. For example, adding a teaspoon of CBD into your guacamole is a tasty way to get the benefits of CBD in a dish that can handle the inherent bitterness. CBD also makes a simple and delicious addition to salad dressing, soups, and sauces. 

Stir Often

Whether you’re making peanut butter cookies or butternut squash soup, stirring is a crucial step to cooking with CBD. This is the key to ensuring that the compound is evenly distributed throughout the batch so every bite is equally potent. Stir often, even more than you really think is necessary. 

Drizzle If You Need

In order to achieve the best flavor and most effective method of dosing, it’s recommended that you mix your CBD oil directly into your ingredients. However, if you don’t have the time, it’s also perfectly acceptable to drizzle your CBD oil directly onto whatever you’re eating. While the flavor will be affected, it can still offer the same effects. 

Vegan CBD Brownies Recipe 

Makes 24 servings

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • 1 tbsp of baking powder
  • 2 cups of applesauce 
  • ½ cup of honey
  • 1 cup of milk 
  • 1.5 cups of coconut oil 
  • 2 tbsp of CBD oil 
  • 1 tbsp of vanilla extract
  • 2 cups of chocolate chips

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. 
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir till smooth. Fold in chocolate chips. 
  5. Pour batter into two 9×12” baking pans lined with parchment paper. 
  6. Bake for 12 minutes. 
  7. Let brownies cool before cutting each pan into 12 portions.

When you’re looking for CBD oil for your next dish, make sure to shop Spectrum Relief! We offer CBD tinctures that are perfect for cooking sweet or savory dishes. Get yours today!

CBD — A Quick Primer

Why CBD?

CBD is an incredibly versatile substance and can be consumed in a variety of different forms.  Whether infused in coffee or tea, massaged into the skin via lotions and salves, or even inhaled, CBD is the product of choice for many to help ease what ails them. While it isn’t a magical cure-all, recent studies have shown that it can at the very least have significant pain relieving properties.  Because many CBD users attribute an increase in mental wellbeing to their usage of CBD products, people are starting to flock to CBD-based remedies for themselves, their loved ones, and even their pets!

CBD vs. THC

Early in the 21st century, CBD and THC were pushed to the forefront of a national debate on the re-legalization of recreational marijuana. Although proponents for and against this push were very firmly entrenched in their positions, not many had more than a surface-level knowledge of marijuana vs. hemp, or the differences between CBD and THC. Because there still seem to be a number of questions and common misconceptions about hemp and marijuana in general, we wanted to take a second to clear the air regarding CBD.

What are CBD & THC?

CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of over one hundred different cannabinoids found within cannabis. Hemp refers to strains of the Cannabis sativa plant that consist of very low THC content; whereas, marijuana refers to cannabis plants that are above a certain threshold of THC percentage. TCH is responsible for inducing the psychoactive effects commonly seen in marijuana when ingested or smoked.

Hemp is an incredibly fascinating subset of the cannabis plant, because it can form the basis for a whole host of products. The CBD-based oils or lotions we all know and love are just scratching the surface. Marijuana, on the other hand, is typically only created with recreational or medical consumption in mind.

Legality

Cannabis has sat in an odd sort of legal limbo since conversations on legalization took place, prompting Colorado and Washington to lead the charge to re-legalize recreational marijuana usage in 2012. Hemp, however, has found itself much more widely accepted than its psychoactive cousin. Legalization permitting the industrial growing of hemp for commercial products such as CBD oil was formally passed at a federal level last year, after the “Farm Bill” of 2014 legislation allowed industrial hemp to be used in a research capacity. Alongside a Congressional ruling from earlier this year protecting the autonomy of states to dictate their own laws regarding hemp and marijuana, cannabis as an up-and-coming industry seems to be here to stay.

What Can’t CBD do?

CBD can’t replace long-term medication.  While initial research into CBD’s medicinal properties is incredibly positive—so positive, in fact, that an experimental drug known as Epidiolex has been developed for young children suffering from seizures—there’s still a long way to go before a strict determination on CBD’s full medicinal capacity is made. Like other analgesic lotions and salves, CBD-based products can be an amazing addition to pre-existing healthcare strategies, but shouldn’t be relied on as an independent cure-all.

CBD’s variety of uses make cannabis a plant that has an incredibly bright future ahead of it. Its potential for usage in everything from paper and clothing to the tinctures, lotions and CBD-infused snacks enthusiasts all know and love practically promise long-term success for CBD, which is excellent news for all of us!  It also makes now a perfect time to dive stop into Spectrum Relief’s Lake Worth or Deerfield Beach locations to learn more about these products from some of the most knowledgeable specialists around! On the other hand, if you’re already convinced and just want some of the best products around, our online store is stocked with some of the highest-quality products around!