Wondering about CBD oil and hemp? I had been wondering about it too, and what I found out was simply fascinating.
Here's the story of our CBD experience--I think you'll be as amazed as we were. Truly, CBD oil has changed our lives.
This is a post that I never thought I would write.
A post about my family and CBD--as in hemp. Seriously.
Well, I'm writing this.
CBD, CBD oil, medical marijuana, and hemp oil have all been in the news a lot recently.
And it's all created quite a stir. People have been touting the beneficial effects of the hemp and marijuana plants (they are 2 different things), but I remained fairly skeptical. I mean, I really love this Vegan Ranch Dressing that's loaded with hemp seeds, but this?
I saw articles about people feeling better while using marijuana for medicinal purposes, and I would hesitatingly think I supported this kind of use, but something always held me back.
Well, I'm glad that "something" budged.
This is going to be a VERY long post, so here are the different sections that you can skip to if you'd like:
We haven't used medical marijuana, but we did end up using a CBD-rich hemp oil, and it has literally changed our lives.
A number of months ago, I became aware of a company that was selling CBD oil. I showed my husband the information and he said, "Get it."
He had just seen an article by a conservative author who had been a former skeptic turned "believer" when she tried medical marijuana on her child.
So, I got it.
Long story short, I started doing research and was pretty excited about what I found, but I kept digging and digging and of course wanted to try it on my family before saying anything to my readers.
Now I have a story to tell.
What is CBD Oil?
CBD-rich hemp oil is not marijuana or pot.
And it's not hemp oil like the kind you put on your salad or make dressing from. That hemp oil is made from seeds (like the hemp seeds in this vegan ranch dressing). This is made from industrial hemp. Hemp is a relative of marijuana, but it isn't marijuana.
CBD stands for cannabidiol and CBD-rich hemp oil is made from hemp that is cultivated to have higher amounts of CBD. CBD is only one of 85 different cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, one of which is THC (the one that makes you high).
CBD has many health benefits that you can read about on the internet. You can also do an internet search for "CBD & ____" filling in the blank for health conditions and see what the research says. You will be shocked!
Anyhow, I was nervous about medical marijuana and all. I'm not one for big government and them regulating things, but still, marijuana makes me nervous.
But this is different.
This is "Healthy--Not High."
And CBD Oil is also not Copaiba Oil (an essential oil that is often compared to CBD oil. If you've heard that they are the same, you can read this post on Copaiba vs. CBD to find out how those two differ.
Well, today I'm sharing something with you that I NEVER expected I would be writing.
First, because it has to do with hemp, and secondly because of the AMAZING impact this had on our lives.
Get ready to be amazed. My eyes are literally welling up with tears as I write this.
My Family's CBD Experience
Following are our experiences with CBD oil. We tried several companies and I have continued to research to make sure I have good products to recommend to you.
My Son's CBD Experience
PANIC EPISODES - GONE!
Literally, since the day he started taking CBD oil, my son has had none. ZERO panic episodes.
None. Here is his story in detail.
Two to three weeks after he started using CBD oil, we had an incredibly stressful week. My sister and her boyfriend came into town and we went around town with them and stayed up 'til the wee hours of the morning talking.
And talking. And not just about simple things--these were deep talks about intense topics. They were actually amazing, but stressful in a good way.
MORE STRESS - AND STILL NO EPISODES!
My son was diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome (which is on the autistic spectrum) about 9 years ago. One of the symptoms of Asperger's is focused attention, or an obsession, about a certain topic, or topics.
My son's main obsession is sports. He loves watching sports, listening to sports, reading about sports, memorizing sports rules, learning sports statistics, and playing sports. Sports, sports, and more sports. Did I say "sports" :)?
Hockey, however is his favorite sport of all time.
Anyhow, the week that my sister and her boyfriend were visiting overlapped with his hockey camp.
My Son's CBD Experience--Stress Test #1:
We were in the middle of preparing a late dinner and my husband took my son to his camp. About 20 min after they left, the phone rang.
It was my son.
Son: "Um...Mom, I got the times wrong and today's camp is over. They changed the schedule and I missed the email."
Me : (worried) "I'm sorry. Well, at least you get to come home and spend time with us."
Me: "Are you OK?"
Son: "I'm fine. See you soon."
I seriously asked him again if he was OK because I couldn't believe my ears. He repeated that he was OK and they came home and we had a great rest of the evening together.
Now, typically missing something sports related, especially hockey, would have resulted in a LOT of stress. As in a panic episode.
But this time--nothing.
In addition, the man who runs the league had basically chewed him out for missing the practice, even though the confusion was partially the team's oversight due to the way they notified kids in an unmarked email.
Typically, getting reprimanded by an authority figure is another thing that would set my son, but he weathered this OK too.
My Son's CBD Experience--Test #2
The next day, our company left. We had little sleep the night before (as in, the worst bedtime we had ever had) and said good-bye to them after spending some time at a local large botanical garden in 90+-degree humid weather.
Humid ickiness PLUS bad sleep.
We went home, got some things together and then headed out the door, planning to drop my oldest off at hockey camp before heading to a cookout, but we were running late.
When we were almost there, my son realized that he had forgotten his socks. (Note--it was summer - typically he doesn't have to remember socks since he's normally skating in the winter.)
So Dad got mad at him, but my son said calmly, "That's OK--I'll just go to the cookout with you."
Now, this might not seem like a big deal to you, but again, we're talking hockey, and we were already late (a stressor) and my son didn't really want to go to the cookout since he didn't think any of his friends would be there.
TYPICAL PANIC EPISODE
Typically in this situation, the following would happen:
Oldest would start panicking and Son #2 would start teasing Son #1. Then Son #1 would get REALLY upset and Dad would be yelling, fearing an accident. Yup - total family CHAOS!!
This time? Nothing.
Now we realized something was really going on.
Something had changed.
What would have normally led to a full-blown episode was just no. big. deal.
Over the next week or so, we noticed other things that had changed. He had:
Flexibility - While doing family exercise (we love T Tapp), he was able to bend farther and is more flexible overall.
Social Skills - when approaching and interacting with other kids and when talking with other adults, things are so much smoother and his eye contact is better!
Household Chores - No one likes doing these, but our oldest has struggled with not knowing what to do and needing direction pretty much all the time. Well, since starting CBD oil, he's a different kid. He actually walks around finding ways to help. Without being asked.
One weekend, we ran into a friend at Costco. We talked forever (she's that kind of friend :)), and she was shocked at the changes in him. So much so that she came over that week to buy a bottle from me.
My Husband's CBD Experience
Focus, Motion Illness, Sleep, and Improved Digestion (yup--poop is better!)
My husband LOVES books. He is an English Professor and has LOADS of books. I like books, but not moldy books (see this post on mold toxicity to see why).
Well, he has a lot of old books in his office and every time we go there, the boys and I don't feel well from the mold that's obviously in them. I've asked him to ditch them for years, but he didn't--well, MAYBE he'd ditch one or two. After using this oil for about 2 weeks, we went to his office and I started begging him to move some more books out. He wasn't happy, but soon he was doing it too.
The next day--get this--he called from his office telling me he'd gotten rid of 100+ books!
I've also heard from others that CBD oil has helped them to focus and get things done that they somehow hadn't been able to do before.
Flying and my hubby don't get along well. Typically, every 4th flight or so he would vomit on a plane. Well, when he returned from a trip soon after starting the CBD, he texted me from the driveway "4 flights--no nausea!"
I didn't know what to think, but I quickly googled "CBD + motion sickness" and sure enough--it was the oil!!
For years, poor digestion has been one of my husband's "issues". Well, since starting the oil, he's actually maybe been in the bathroom more than usual so I didn't think to talk about it and wasn't really expecting anything.
Well, about a week ago, a friend asked me about a digestive autoimmune condition that she has and I remember that my husband had the same diagnosis. So I went and asked him how "poop" was going.
I said, "So I've noticed you've been in the bathroom more recently. Can you tell me if you've been in there longer because you've been having the same issues in the bathroom or have you been reading books on your new cell phone?"
To which he answered:
"I've been reading."
And then he told me some things about his poop that you don't need to know.
Let's just say pooping is a lot better :).
Son #2's CBD Experience
Our other son has severe head pains that led to vomiting on occasion. He hasn't been as consistent in using CBD oil but these have been significantly reduced.
So now I just need to get him to be more consistent and see where this goes :).
What are the Health Benefits of CBD?
If you're wondering if this can help you, or someone you love, there are many things that people are seeing CBD benefits. Just google any illness or condition and CBD.
Prepare to be amazed because the information is vast and it's gaining a lot of interest.
Projectcbd.org is a good place to investigate too. (Just be aware that there are 3rd party sites advertising on here and some links to companies that aren't necessarily reputable.)
Is CBD-rich Hemp Oil Legal?
I used to have information in this post stating that unless an oil was sourced overseas and only from stalk and (possibly) seed, it wasn't legal to sell it across state lines.
This doesn't appear to be the case.
The laws can be murky but most companies feel that legally it's fine to buy CBD oil in all 50 states. Some companies take a more conservative approach.
New Oil CBD Experience
Here are some of our son's experiences since trying out the newer CBD oils on this page.
Mornings are usually VERRRRRRY slow for my son.
Typically we've all been downstairs and taken our morning supplements (probiotics and such) and our oldest is still upstairs. He's either spending too much time on his routine, or daydreaming and dawdling to excess.
Not this morning. He was there in the kitchen earlier than usual. I asked him what was up with that and he said,...
"Well, I realized in the middle of what I was doing that I didn't need to do that right then and that I should come down and do what was more important."
I almost fell over.
THIS is one of the BIGGEST things that we have been hoping for--his being able to get "unstuck" with different behaviors.
The next day or so, he was sitting in a chair in the living room, tossing a ball back and forth from hand to hand. And he was doing it pretty quickly.
He commented, "Look, Mom, don't you think I'm more coordinated than usual?"
Um--yes. He was right.
I keep looking at him in different situations, realizing how much more connected he is. It's just so great!
I feel more motivated and have more energy.
Here's an example: We are having some issues with the windows in our house with condensation, and we had an appointment (I thought) with a window repairman. Well, I thought he was just going to be looking at 3 rooms, but when I woke up in the morning, MOST ALL of our windows had condensation on them, and I'm REALLY allergic to mold. So visions of toxic mold filled my mind and I realized that now we had to get our WHOLE house ready for someone to go through it and inspect windows.
Seriously--we cleaned the whole house. In about 4 hours.
AND I did most of the work.
Typically, I would have collapsed after something like this, or due to adrenal fatigue, my adrenals would have tanked and I would have slept horribly.
Neither happened. I had a lovely night out at a church's Christmas dinner and slept 8 hours through.
IMPORTANT UPDATE-- I have found since that when taking some CBD oils, I got anxiety after a few days. This happened with all of the oils that I tried until I tried the new one in this post--LivLabs. I think it's that I don't do well with any THC.
Now I'm sleeping better and have more energy and just feel really good overall.
Where to Buy CBD-Rich Hemp Oil
There are many many CBD companies out there, and just like when I sought to find the best essential oils company, I found that things in this industry can be confusing too--there's a lot of monkey business going on.
(Don't get me started about untruths in the personal care industry. I've had to remove several skincare and cosmetics companies off of my blog due to mislabeling, ethics, and other issues--there is a bunch of slipshod stuff going on all over the place like not disclosing artificial fragrances, not testing for heavy metals in cosmetics, lying about ingredients, and more.)
My trust is hard earned.
I try my best to work as hard as I can to find the best--but sometimes I make mistakes.
The first two companies that I worked with were just mistakes. Things started out OK later all kinds of things went wrong including questions not being answered--never a good thing!
The first oil we tried was from a direct sales company that had scientist behind their oils who is highly regarded in the holistic community as a mastermind of detox.
We tried the oil and my son and husband had the results that I originally shared in this post.
As time went on, however, things became more complicated and then the issues became so prevalent that I had to make a change. There were times when affiliates weren't paid, labs without chemist's signatures, misleading pricing statements, and more.
Each time, it's been hard to move, since we liked the results we were getting, but each time, thankfully, we've been pleased with the new oil--and actually are in a great place right now.
What to Look for in a CBD Company
One of the things to look out for is clean sourcing.
This is CRUCIAL since hemp is a detoxifier and has even been used to clean up toxic waste. It takes up toxins from the soil so you don't want hemp that isn't grown organically, and even more than organically grown, you want NO pesticides and herbicides and also test results showing no toxins remaining.
This is a supplement that you will likely be taking each and every day so don't mess around.
There are varying thoughts on this topic, but keep in mind that there is almost always residue of whatever is used to extract the oil. One company, CW Hemp, uses isopropyl alcohol to extract much of their hemp.
Just like with evaluating essential oils companies, you want a copy of the lab results with the chemist's signature visible.
Full Spectrum vs Isolate
Although there has been a lot of research on CBD isolate, it's well known that there are more benefits from a full-spectrum oil than from an isolate.
It's not necessarily bad for an oil to have additives, but you want them to be healthy additions to the final product rather than fillers or toxins.hem
My Recommendations for CBD Oil
Following are a variety of companies that I feel confident recommending to you. I will update this post as needed, but know that I am doing my homework as much as possible.
LivLabs is a fairly new addition to this post, but it's backed by a company with many years of formulation and genetics and it's showing great promise. I was looking for a zero THC option and wasn't happy with most of the ones that are on the market for several reasons, but this one is something special.
Full Spectrum: This product is full spectrum, including not just CBD, but the other cannabinoids and terpenes as well.
Extraction: The oil components (as is the case with most full spectrum zero THC CBC oils) were not removed and added back in as the company has a proprietary technology that allows them to remove ONLY the THC while leaving the remainder of the oil intact.
Potent: This oil is nano and liposomal and also water soluble, making it highly bioavailable. I'll write more about this later, but it's truly 5-7 times stronger than regular CBD oil.
Results: My son seems to be doing better than ever and I am sleeping so much better--sleep makes all the difference! I've been so much more productive and am thrilled with my results.
Although I haven't had the oil on my blog for very long, I have only had 2 reports back from readers and they have been great reviews--one is sleeping great and waking up refreshed, which she said is very unusual for her. The other is having good results on a long standing issue that nothing would touch.
This oil is legal in all 50 states.
There is no THC in this product.
There are drops and extended release capsules, as well as a very potent 1000 mg salve. Some people like to use a combination of the drops and capsules--to combine the benefits of both. The capsules have other active ingredients such as curcumin for inflammation. Most people use about 1/2 ml twice a day of the drops.
This CBD is extracted using a proprietary process to remove the THC while leaving nearly all the other terpenes and cannabinoids intact. Other companies that are "THC-free / full spectrum" remove the THC and other endocannabinoids and terpenes and then try to add them all back in. LivLabs removes only the THC so the other beneficial compounds remain intact.
Due to the nano liposomal processing, this water-soluble oil is 50 - 75% bioavailable, compared to other oral CBD products that are much less bioavailable (from 6 - 36%).
The hemp is grown organically with no pesticides or herbicides, and the company has control over the whole process from seed to bottle. It is triple purified.
The genetics are unique to the drops. Many companies buy hemp that you can buy from other companies as well, but that is not the case with the LivLabs drops.
The pricing is on the site-there are retail pricing as well as wholesale pricing ($20 off each product) for autoship or promoters.
Referral Rewards Program:
If you are on autoship and refer at least 3 people to autoship, you can get product free every month.
30 day return policy
Shipping starts at $9.95
The capsules and dropper are used orally while the salve is used topically.
2. 4 Corners Cannabis - 10% off
4 Corners Cannabis has very interesting oil. It seems to be quite potent, so even though it costs more, you could possibly get the same results with less oil.
The oil is grown from the flowers of a specially cultivated hemp plant and extracted using ethanol (they say this yields a complete extraction as opposed to a full one), and they have been growing hemp for decades.
Note - I used to have information in this post stating that ethanol extraction removes some of the components of the plant, but that doesn't appear to be true.
You can shop here and use code wholenewmom to get 10% off your order.
Legal in all 50 states
Guaranteed Amount of CBD
The dropper is convenient, but we had a hard time getting the top off of the bottle. Once it got totally stuck. Others have said they didn't have that problem so perhaps it was just us :).
If you are unsatisfied, you can return your unopened bottle(s) within 30 days.
The company has pet products and a lovely salve.
Shipping is $5 flat rate.
Which CBD-rich Hemp Oil Should You Buy?
1. If you were to experience a false positive on a drug screen test, would that be a problem?
The LivLabs oil is the best option in this case, either the dropper or the capsule.
Additionally, since this oil is much more bioavailable, you most likely need to use less than other oils.
2. How much CBC-rich hemp oil should you take?
Our son is 17 and takes only about 6-12 mg a day, but we hope to increase that a bit. Everyone is different. Some take 50 mg or more a day, but we have found that we don't need that much.
We started him on 3 drops of the LivLabs oil and he's doing great on it--best oil he's ever tried. We are all playing around with how much to take. We've tried a bunch of oils and each one is a little different. We hope to try more in the future.
Most people start with 10 drops of the LivLabs in the am and 10 in the pm.
Something Else Our Son LOVES
Our son actually really likes taking CBD oil along with this high quality omega 3 oil from green lipped mussels. From what we can tell, he does best taking 1 capsule of the oil one day and 2 the next and a small amount of the CBD oil daily. Of course everyone is different, but this is his sweet spot for now. The Green Lipped Mussel Oil in the capsule is super potent---way stronger than fish oil and other omegas.
He also likes their astaxanthin product as well-and they have a fantastic money back guarantee so you can try it without risk.
Of course you could try another GLMO or other omega 3 oil to see how you like it.
I hope this has been helpful. If need be, I will change the companies in this post, but as of now, these are companies that I feel confident about.
Have you heard of or tried CBD?
I would love to hear about your CBD experience!