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What Is the Entourage Effect?

If you’ve ever taken CBD oil before, then you already know how good the CBD molecule can be for your health. 

But did you know that there’s way more to CBD oil than just…CBD? 

It’s true! CBD may be great on its own, but it becomes even better when a compound-to-compound synergy known as the entourage effect begins to kick in. 

Keep reading to learn more about the entourage effect and why it’s so important. 

  • What’s in CBD oil?
  • Cannabinoids and the entourage effect
  • Terpenes and the entourage effect
  • Flavonoids and the entourage effect
  • Is full spectrum better?
  • The best products for engaging the entourage effect

What’s in CBD oil?

The most effective CBD products contain a blend of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that remains as true to nature’s full spectrum design as possible. 

After all, cannabinoids are just one class of hemp’s many ‘active ingredients’. The mature hemp plant contains:

  • Cannabinoids: CBD, CBDv, THC, CBC, CBG, and CBN 
  • Terpenes: Myrcene, pinene, limonene, linalool, and more
  • Flavones: Canflavin A, B, and C

As you can see, there’s a lot going on here. It’s estimated that hemp may contain up to a hundred cannabinoids — and as many as 400 plant compounds total! It’s a botanical novelty. Not many plants contain the ‘essences’ of so many other plants.

Cannabinoids and the entourage effect

CBD oils that feature a full spectrum of hemp’s cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavones fully engage the entourage effect. 

Some scientists think that THC is also needed; THC, like the terpenes we mentioned earlier, may also ‘open up’ endocannabinoid receptors so that CBD can bind to them more fully. 

One of the researchers who discovered anandamide, Lumír Hanuš, said this about the future of whole plant synergy in an interview with Leafly: [3]

“I can see two different directions. One will focus on production of derivatives of active compounds that could be patented and sold […]. The other direction puts patients before profit and focuses on the use of the whole plant and synergistic effects of its compounds.”  

Terpenes and the entourage effect

Terpenes also play a highly important role in the entourage effect. Research shows that they can actually change the shape of endocannabinoid receptors, allowing larger amounts of CBD to pour in. The science world calls this amazing phenomenon conformational change. [4]

Terpenes also function as“permeability enhancers” that could make topical CBD more effective. All this, in addition to their impressive anti-inflammatory benefits! 

Flavonoids and the entourage effect

Flavonoids may not be quite as well-known as terpenes, but they’re another class of hemp-specific molecules that contributes to the entourage effect. 

Two flavones, appropriately called cannflavin A and cannflavin B, are only found in the cannabis plant family. Research from as far back as 1985 has found that these flavones have muscle-soothing properties. [5] Cannflavins are so strong that some researchers are hoping they can be used to replace/reduce opioid use.

Is full spectrum better?

So…is full spectrum CBD better than other alternatives?

That depends on what you’re looking for. Pretty much every choice in life, after all, has pros and cons associated with it — and choosing the ideal CBD product is no exception. 

The research does make it clear that full spectrum CBD is stronger. In 2015 a pioneering team from the University of Israel proved this pretty clearly. Their study compared CBD isolate to more enriched cannabis extracts, and found the full spectrum extracts to be both more potent and easier to dose. [6]

It turns out that CBD synergizes with other cannabinoids, which synergize with terpenes, which synergize with everything else. The result is that hemp’s active ingredients are actually stronger than the sum of their parts would imply. 

It’s well known that CBD ‘activates’ the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It’s much less well known, however, that cannabinoids aren’t the only thing to have this effect. Terpenes like beta-caryophyllene can interact with endocannabinoid receptors, too. [7]

It’s also less well known that CBD communicates with other systems beyond the ECS.  It may relieve TRPV1-mediated inflammation, improve muscle function via modulation of adenosine A2A receptors, and more. 

While it’s not super important to know all the specifics, our hope in listing them is that you’ll come to see the endocannabinoid system as a physiological web that connects virtually everything in the body to everything else! It’s been accurately described as a metaphorical bridge between body and mind. [8]

The best products for engaging the entourage effect

In general, full spectrum products are best for fully activating the entourage effect. At Medterra we’ve gone the extra distance to develop a wide variety of such products. 

True Full Spectrum™

True Full Spectrum CBD contains a 5:1 ratio of CBD to other beneficial hemp compounds, plus the one compound that we’ve historically left out— the THC. Every serving of True Full Spectrum contains up to 2mg THC. Read more about it here

Ultra Broad Spectrum™

CBD evolved. Experience Medterra’s Ultra Broad Spectrum™ and upgrade your CBD experience with full-plant benefits.

Medterra Ultra Broad Spectrum™ has an industry-first 10:1 ratio of CBD to additional active cannabinoids (CBG, CBN, CBC, CBDV, plus terpenes and flavonoids). Our Ultra Broad Spectrum™ extract delivers a high-potency combination of active cannabinoids in convenient, long-lasting liquid capsules. Read more about it here

Summing things up

All in all, the entourage effect is pretty amazing — and definitely worth pursuing. 

True Full Spectrum™ and Ultra Broad Spectrum™ CBD products are more than up for the task. 

And be sure not to neglect CBD isolate, either! While it may not activate the entourage effect as fully as other alternatives, it’s still deeply nourishing to your body’s endocannabinoid system.

4:52 pm | September 28th, 2021

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Difference Between Full Spectrum Gummies & Isolate Gummies

At first glance, you might think that CBD is CBD — universally helpful and good. 

But the truth is that not all CBD products are created equal. 

Seriously — sometimes it’s the little details of a CBD product that matter most. The results you get from CBD gummies depend largely on the form your gummies’ CBD comes in. 

The different types of CBD gummies

CBD gummies come in three primary forms: 

  • Full spectrum gummies
  • Broad spectrum gummies
  • CBD isolate gummies

This blog will take a close look at types 1 and 3, full spectrum gummies and CBD isolate gummies. 

What does full spectrum mean?

A CBD or hemp product that’s full spectrum contains a full range of hemp’s most important natural ingredients. The hemp plant itself is full spectrum, too. 

Full spectrum products check all the boxes: they contain CBD, THC, other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and more. [1]

Modern science has recently confirmed what our ancestors knew for eons — hemp does best when all its components are taken together. That’s because cannabinoids and terpenes actually work together to synergize each other’s effects. Scientists call it the entourage effect. [2]

All in all, hemp contains hundreds of active ingredients. The select few cannabinoids and terpenes that get most of our attention are really just the start! It’s only fitting that the godfather of cannabis research, Raphael Mechoulam, would call cannabis a “pharmacological treasure trove.” [3]

What is in full spectrum gummies?

As you might expect, full spectrum CBD gummies contain all the good stuff we’ve mentioned above. Here are the highlights:

  • Cannabinoids
  • Terpenes
  • Flavonoids
  • Chalcones

Cannabinoids

CBD is the best-known cannabinoid, but it’s only one of the dozens of similar compounds found in hemp. Full spectrum hemp gummies also contain small amounts of THC, CBG, CBN, CBC, and more. This type of hemp/CBD gummy may even contain ‘acid’ cannabinoids like THCa and CBDa. 

These other cannabinoids may be present in only trace amounts…but don’t discount them. Research shows that they can make CBD stronger by opening up your body’s endocannabinoid receptors. [4]

Terpenes 

The terpenes in full spectrum gummies can be thought of as hemp’s scent molecules. Hemp’s top terps include pinene, guaiol, limonene, myrcene, and b-caryophyllene. (Different strains of hemp contain different terpene blends.)

And terpenes do more than just smell nice. Scientists have found that terpenes like beta-caryophyllene activate your endocannabinoid system just as strongly as CBD does. [5]

Flavones

Flavones are a special type of antioxidant found throughout the natural kingdom. Hemp contains a special class of flavones, the cannflavins, that aren’t found in any other plant! The cannflavins in hemp include Cannflavin A and Cannflavin B. Research has found that these compounds may reduce both oxidation and inflammation. [6]

Chalcones

Chalcones are fatty, crystalline molecules that may help shift your metabolism into a healthier state. [7]

It’s unclear if the chalcones actually make it into a finalized hemp gummy, but it doesn’t hurt to try said gummies for yourself and find out! 

As impressive as hemp’s active ingredients are, they do even better together. When it comes to full spectrum hemp gummies…1 + 1 + 1 doesn’t equal 3. It equals more like 10! [8]

What does CBD isolate mean?

CBD isolate is simply pure, isolated CBD. It’s still CBD, but it’s been completely stripped of other cannabinoids and terpenes. CBD isolate usually takes the form of white, shiny crystals. 

CBD isolate is super pure. That’s because there are no terpenes present to activate the entourage effect. 

What is in CBD isolate gummies?

CBD isolate is the primary active ingredient in CBD isolate gummies. Intuitive enough, right?

CBD isolate gummies may actually be the perfect choice for people who undergo drug tests at work. It’s also great for those who are sensitive to THC — or still fearful of THC-related stigma. Finally, CBD isolate seems to work for those who are dealing with a lot of stress. [9]

So…which type of CBD gummy should you choose?

We’re happy to announce that the choice is totally up to you. When it doubt, try CBD isolate gummies first — if they’re not working, switch to the enhanced full spectrum gummies. And don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

4:52 pm | September 28th, 2021

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Best Ways to Use CBD

CBD comes in all shapes and sizes. 

With so many options available, you may have a hard time deciding what type of product is right for you. 

The truth is that virtually any type of high-quality CBD can work wonders. This article, however, is designed to help you find your very favorite CBD product. Because why settle for better when you can have best

  • Oral Drops
  • Gummies 
  • Topicals/Creams
  • Capsules
  • Elixirs

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Oral Drops

Oral drops, also known as CBD oils or tinctures, are the most tried-and-true type of CBD of all. 

Millions of people have used CBD oral drops over the past few years — with the overwhelming majority of these people walking away satisfied. As Quartz says, “Americans are turning to CBD as a cure-all for the modern condition.” [1]

What makes oral drops so great?  Several things: they’re convenient, shelf-stable, fast-acting, and easy to measure. The bioavailability of oral drops is pretty high, too. [2

CBD oral drops have been used in almost all the studies that’ve shown CBD’s efficacy. [3] We like to think of this product type as the foundation for any CBD-centric wellness routine. 

Oral Drops Pros

  • Easy to measure
  • Easy to travel with
  • Safe + effective
  • Long shelf life

Featured Oral Drops product

Medterra’s True Full Spectrum™ CBD Drops harness the full range of the hemp plant —  including THC — to bring you enhanced relaxation, rest, recovery, and well-being. Our Oral Drops provide an easy way to access the goodness of hemp. 

Gummies 

CBD Gummies are another common type of CBD product.

They’re also an ideal gelatin based delivery method for those who struggle with digestion. 

CBD gummies are also great for people who don’t want to take CBD frequently. It takes time for your digestive system and liver to break down CBD gummies, which allows their active ingredients to remain in your bloodstream for much longer. [5]

Gummies Pros

  • Tasty!
  • Fun to take
  • Time-released
  • Effective for gut health

Featured Gummies product

Medterra’s True Full Spectrum™ CBD Gummies harness the full range of the hemp plant — including THC — in the tastiest way possible. Try our Original Gummies for a deeper CBD experience, or wake up feeling refreshed with our Deep Sleep Gummies.

Topicals/Creams

CBD topicals and creams exploded in popularity as soon as people realized how easy it was to suspend CBD within healthy fats. 

In other words…CBD’s solubility makes it the perfect candidate for topical use. All cannabinoids are fat-soluble, actually! [6]

Topicals/Creams Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Fast-acting
  • Calming and soothing
  • Effective at relieving discomfort

Featured Topical

Our Wellness Cream combines the natural goodness of CBD with renewing manuka honey and menthol. Expect this Cream to kick in faster — and more powerfully — than you might be used to. [7]

Also note that topicals/creams can take the form of a spreadable roll-on for easier delivery. 

Capsules

Capsules are another popular type of CBD product. They’re basically just oral drops in an encapsulated form! 

As far as effects go, CBD capsules pretty much combine the best of oral drops and edibles. They’re highly bioavailable and time-released. Capsules also make dosing incredibly simple; our CBD capsules, for example, contain exactly 50 milligrams of cannabidiol each. 

Capsules have another practical benefit, too. For those who are intimidated by ‘regular’ cannabis/hemp products, they offer a streamlined CBD product.

Capsules Pros

  • Easy to take
  • Easy to measure
  • Ultra-convenient

Featured Capsule product

Medterra’s True Full Spectrum™ CBD Capsules provide a precise, simple way to get the full benefits of the hemp plant for enhanced relaxation, rest, recovery, and overall well-being.

Elixirs

Elixirs are similar to drops/oils/tinctures, with an added twist: they contain other botanicals, too. 

It’s highly likely that the elixir was the original CBD product. After all, the ancient cultures that prized hemp also thought highly of other plants. It would’ve been pretty easy for these cultures to combine hemp extracts with any other fragrant, fat-soluble plant or herb. 

Surprisingly enough, modern science confirms that this is a great idea. That’s because there’s some overlap in the terpene profiles of hemp and other herbal plants like lavender or hops. The terpenes in these other plants might actually make hemp even stronger by complementing its entourage effect. [8

Elixirs Pros

  • Easy to measure
  • Easy to travel with
  • Safe + effective
  • Long shelf life
  • A totally novel product
  • A stronger entourage effect

Featured Elixir

Our Wellness Elixir features CBD together with advanced botanicals to zero in on immune health by boosting antioxidants and building up a strong defense against pathogens and other foreign invaders. Denser than traditional CBD tinctures, these elixirs are loaded with superfood nutrition. Just be sure to shake well before using.

Summing things up

They say variety is the spice of life. 

When it comes to CBD, that’s actually pretty accurate. One of our goals at Medterra is to provide suitable CBD products to everybody. Regardless of your CBD preferences, we probably have something for you!

4:52 pm | September 28th, 2021

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What is CBC? Cannabichromene Explained

CBD’s popularity has been booming for over four years now. Amazing how time flies, right?

Now it’s CBC  time to shine. 

As the research on cannabinoids progresses, cannabichromene has came into the spotlight for its pleasantly surprising effects. Here’s what you need to know about CBC — what it is, what it does, and how it could supercharge your health.  

  • What is CBC?
  • How does CBD work?
  • CBC top health benefits
  • How to use CBC
  • Dosing CBC
  • Summing things up

What is CBC?

Alongside CBN, CBC is one of the most powerful trace cannabinoids. It’s in the same family as CBD, CBN, CBG, THC, and many more. [1]

CBC is also one of the hemp’s “big six” cannabinoids, and though it’s not quite as popular as the other five yet, we’ve gotta admit that it has a pretty cool name. 

CBC is similar to CBD and THC in that it comes from the same precursor: CBG, or “the mother cannabinoid.” [2] It also has a similar molecular mass and chemical formula. 

How does CBC work?

Like CBD, CBC is non-psychotropic, meaning it won’t get you high. 

Unlike CBD, though, CBD has a greater binding affinity  for pain-sensing receptors than it does for the “traditional” endocannabinoid system. It binds to TRPA1 receptors, TRPV receptors, and more. 

Studies hint that CBC may reduce inflammation by helping your body to produce greater amounts of the endocannabinoid anandamide. [3] Other research has shown that CBC’s anti-inflammatory benefits may carry over to skincare; another study found that CBC reduced the severity of acne. [4]

In other words, the CBC you ingest goes to different molecular targets than CBD or THC do — and confers a slightly different set of benefits in the process. 

CBC top health benefits

CBC research is just beginning to pick up. That means there aren’t all that many studies to choose from when sifting through the cannabinoid’s benefits. 

What we do have, though, looks pretty promising. A 2014 review concluded that CBC “exert[s] a  direct anti-proliferative effect on tumors of different origin.” [5] Another study found that CBC may block the pain of collagen-related osteoarthritis. [6] CBC may also contribute to the entourage effect. 

Neurological health

Animal studies hint that CBC may benefit brain cell function. A 2013 study in mice found that CBC benefitted neural stem progenitor cells (NSPCs), a type of cell required for healthy brain function. [7]

Skincare

CBC’s anti-inflammatory properties may allow it to inhibit acne. One study found that CBC could suppress lipid overproduction within the skin’s sebaceous glands. This same study discovered that CBC reduced the conversion of unhealthy fats like arachidonic acid (AA) into inflammatory prostaglandins. [8]

Mood

Yet another great CBC study found that this cannabinoid amplified CBD And THC’s antioxidant effects. The entourage effect includes CBC, after all! [9].

How to use CBC

Since CBC-only hemp products are very rare, the easiest way to take CBC is to simply accept how it comes to us in nature. 

Medterra’s Ultra Broad Spectrum™ products have an industry-first 10:1 ratio of CBD to additional active cannabinoids, including CBC. This Ultra Broad Spectrum™ extract delivers a high-potency combination of active cannabinoids in convenient, long-lasting liquid capsules.

CBC can also be infused into all sorts of different stuff, including edibles, topicals, and capsules. As we said earlier, though, CBC-specific products are very rare — for now. 

Summing things up

The amount of CBC in a full spectrum product may be small, but don’t worry! Only a small amount of CBC is needed for the entourage effect to kick in. 

All in all, CBC is an underrated cannabinoid that’s definitely worth trying. It rounds out the effects of CBD and THC perfectly, and makes us suspect that nature really does know best after all…

4:53 pm | September 28th, 2021

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What Does CBD Feel Like?

Chances are pretty good that you’ve heard about CBD and its potential health benefits. 

But have you experienced CBD’s power for yourself? If not, you might’ve been missing out! You might be wondering: 

What does CBD feel like?

This article will be taking a close look, so keep reading to learn more. 

The History of CBD

Our understanding of CBD has been quietly building for over 50 years, ever since a young Israeli scientist named Raphael Mechoulam took the world by storm in the early 60s by discovering both CBD and  THC.

Fast forward to today and Mechoulam is known as the godfather of CBD research. Along with countless other brilliant minds, he’s ushered in a new wave of highly controlled, highly telling CBD studies. 

And while these studies are diverse in their topics and methodologies, they seem to be testifying to something more singular: CBD works. It usually works in a way you can feel!

CBD and Mood

Who isn’t stressed from time to time? Anyone? It’s practically a part of the human condition. 

More often than not, the feeling of stress seems to be a trickle-down effect of a stressful lifestyle. Just think, who’s more stressed: the businessperson juggling client calls while stuck in traffic, or the retiree chilling on the beach?

 “It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it,” endocrinologist Hans Selye explained decades ago. [1]

The good news is that CBD may help deal with stress. A 2019 study found as much when it looked at CBD’s impact on stress; older studies show CBD may tangibly reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Research on rats has unveiled CBD’s ability to reduce the formation of fear-induced memories…hopefully clinical research on humans will soon back this fascinating feature up! [2][3]

Another clinical study backed by Mechoulam and other leading researchers looked at a very different (but equally intense) source of stress: simulated public speaking. [4] Public speaking is scary, as many clinical psychologists have pointed out, because it leaves one’s inner being totally exposed to the judgment of others. 

Could CBD be the catalyst needed to release the real you without fear or shame? 

That may sound cryptic, but the research is promising. The study above, for instance, exposed 57 people to simulated public speaking and found that a single high dose of CBD was enough to make speakers calmer, less self-conscious, and more confident — both on the perceptual and objective (i.e, hormonal) levels. 

A nearly-identical study from 2011 summed things up best: “Pretreatment with CBD significantly reduced […] cognitive impairment and discomfort in their speech performance.” [5]

This amazing effect seems to go back to CBD’s activation of endocannabinoid and serotonin receptors, both of which are known to stabilize mood. Other research implies that a deficiency in internal cannabinoids like anandamide may predict emotional health, but boosting anandamide is as simple as eating well, exercising, and taking CBD. [6]

To sum things up: CBD usually feels deeply calming and relaxing. 

CBD and Sleep

Related to humanity’s stress problem is the difficult relationship it has with sleep.

Thankfully, CBD may help in this area too — mostly indirectly, by setting the stage for a calm, collected bedtime routine. 

It may also benefit your body’s circadian rhythm. What’s that, you might ask? Good question. Circadian rhythm refers to our body’s own internal clock, and it sets the stage for when we eat, when we sleep, and what times of the day we feel our best. 

Recent research has shown that circadian rhythm (like virtually everything else!) is overseen by the endocannabinoid system.

The implications of this biological match are only just beginning to be validated by human research. A 2019 Review Study affirmed what we know so far: [6]

  • Higher servings of CBD (160 mg) increased the duration of sleep 
  • Cortisol levels decreased with oral CBD intake, leading to a “sedative effect” 
  • Higher servings of CBD is more sedating than lower servings of CBD or no CBD at all

If you’d like to sleep better with CBD, the research is clear. Opt for a slightly higher serving of CBD than normal, a few hours before bed. 

(You might also take note of clinical studies from other fields of medicine, which have found that preventing nighttime blue light exposure can help people secrete more melatonin and sleep better.) 

To sum things up: CBD may have you feeling and sleeping better.

How to find CBD that makes you feel good

If you’d like to experience what the latest research is saying, we’re here to help. 

At Medterra we’ve made it easy to feel CBD’s full power by creating truly full spectrum CBD products — products that allow CBD to synergize with hemp’s other amazing ingredients. 

For a product to be truly Full Spectrum, it needs to include meaningful amounts of terpenes, flavonoids, and minor cannabinoids. Most companies use isolate to increase the amount of CBD in their products, thereby diluting every other part of the hemp extract.

We do it differently…and you’re going to feel the difference. 

12:39 pm | September 30th, 2021

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5 Ways How to Use CBD Creams & Topicals

Have you tried a premium CBD topical yet?

What about a high-strength CBD+ cream?

If not…you might be missing out. CBD topicals and creams are a worthy addition to virtually anyone’s daily wellness routine. Here are 5 ways to use them. 

  • Reduce discomfort
  • Before sleep
  • Randomly — as needed 
  • After workouts
  • For massage therapy

What are CBD creams and topicals?

First things first, though: let’s review the basics. What are CBD creams and topicals?

Despite their names, both products are designed to be used topically. And they both feature CBD infused into a carrier to make application easy. 

The only major difference between a cream and a topical is that a cream has a water base, while a topical usually has an oil base. 

Since CBD is fat-soluble, CBD creams must be emulsified for their CBD component to stay effective. 

Applying CBD Cream on Shoulder

Way #1: Who Doesn’t Want Less Discomfort?

CBD topicals and creams provide a natural way to relieve discomfort. 

Unlike other CBD products, topicals and creams can be used to target problematic areas directly. 

CBD topicals work by targeting two major receptor systems within your body. The first system to be activated is the endocannabinoid system; CBD can bind to CB2 receptors located throughout your skin. [1]

What’s less well-known is that CBD also acts on a completely different type of receptor: the TRPV receptor. [2] By acting on TRPV1, CBD may temporarily block the painful effects of chronic inflammation. 

Way #2: Before sleep

CBD topicals and creams can also be used prior to sleep. One recent study found that CBD could calm the mind enough to promote more relaxing sleep sessions. [3

If you’re trying to relax and find that night time discomfort is holding you back, don’t worry. Just apply a little bit of your favorite CBD cream/topical!

Way #3: Randomly — as needed 

One of the best things about CBD topicals is that application is easy. It’s not all that hard to just find your relief by feel

Think of CBD oils and tinctures as your daily baseline — and CBD topicals as the proverbial icing on the cake. If your daily serving of CBD oil isn’t quite cutting it, just add a little bit of topical CBD into the mix…wherever, and whenever it’s needed!  

Way #4: After workouts

Is there anything better than a good workout? We think so: feeling good after a good workout. 

But if it’s been an hour since your last running session and your legs are still hurting, something might be missing. You may have subjected your body to more inflammation/oxidation/lactic acid than it can handle. [4

Thankfully, escaping this type of post-workout discomfort is doable. Just use some topical CBD! CBD may quench the discomfort caused by intense workouts. [5] While more research is still needed in this area, pro cyclists, golfers, MMA fighters, and strongmen are already praising CBD’s recovery-boosting properties. [6

Way #5: For massage therapy

We saved the very best way to use CBD creams and topicals for last: during massage therapy. 

CBD salves of all sorts can be used in place of regular massage oils without any inconvenience. 

If anything, they might amplify the already-awesome effects of massage! Some research has found that both CBD and massage therapy exert their mood-boosting effects through the endocannabinoid system. Why not use them together? [7

Summing things up

Consider using a CBD topical when nothing else will work. It might just give you the direct boost you’re looking for! 

And even if you’re already completely happy with your CBD-infused wellness routine, don’t neglect the benefits of CBD topicals and creams.

12:40 pm | September 30th, 2021

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Flying with CBD – What is currently allowed?

When it comes to flying with CBD, it’s always a good idea to stay as informed as possible as to what is allowed. This means checking in with the TSA (Transportation Security Administration), who is in charge of determining what’s allowed on planes, both in carry-ons and checked bags. 

The TSA states on their website that CBD products must comply with the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 [1] in order to be allowed on flights. This means that the CBD product must “contain no more than .3% THC on a dry weight basis,” or be “approved by the FDA.” [2] 

Fortunately, you can find a wide variety of CBD products ranging from THC-free CBD Isolate to Full Spectrum CBD that meet these regulations. We also recommend that you stay up to date by checking the travel status of whatever you may want to bring on the TSA website. [4]

It’s important to source your CBD from a quality source like Medterra that uses third party testing to ensure consistency and quality across all products to ensure that they comply with federal regulations. 

This is especially true when traveling internationally, as “international rules and regulations on CBD are less clear,” and “some countries have much stricter drug laws,” according to Smart Travel writer, Ashley Rossi. [5]

For now, if you’re traveling with CBD, research the laws on the location you’re traveling to, and be prepared to leave any products containing THC at home. 

Domestically, the TSA’s main concern is issues related to security. It is “designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers,” and that doesn’t include legal, hemp-derived CBD products.  

But keep in mind that TSA regulations still apply for carrying on tinctures and creams, so make sure that your bottle is under the 3.4oz TSA limit. 

The Best CBD Products for Traveling

Traveling can cause a host of issues, such as shoulder and back pain from lugging around bags, problems falling asleep in strange beds, sunburn and skin irritation, and even added stress for your pets. 

If you’re planning on traveling with CBD, we’ve got some TSA safe recommendations on the best products to bring with you to suit all of your travel needs.

Relief + Recovery Roll On

Nobody wants to be sore on vacation. If you’re worried about heavy luggage or cramped plane rides taking a toll, then our Relief + Recovery Roll On is a perfect travel companion. 

Made with CBD and organic and natural ingredients like Menthol and Arnica, this cream goes on easily, instantly cooling and soothing aching muscles. This small package provides powerful, long-lasting relief, making it easy to stash in your bag and take with you anywhere. 

CBD Gummies

Stress is the worst part of traveling, and early mornings, late nights, strange beds, and airports can cause a lot of it. Be prepared for all of them with our CBD Gummies

Lightweight and easy to store, our gummies can be tossed into your suitcase, purse, or backpack without a problem. With 25mg of CBD Isolate + specifically curated botanicals, they’re designed to help you feel calm, boost your immunity, sleep better, and stay alert. 

CBD + Manuka Cream

Scrapes, cuts, sunburns, and scratches always seem to find a way to mess with travel plans. Be prepared for any little mishap that comes your way with our CBD + Manuka Cream

With potent New Zealand Manuka Honey and either 125 or 250 mg of CBD, this powerfully soothing cream will ease discomfort by nourishing the skin. Available in a small, spill-free jar with a screw on lid so that you can take it with you, no matter what you’re doing. 

CBD Calming Pet Chews

Travel can be rough on pets. Whether they’re coming with or staying at home, it can create a lot of added stress. Thankfully, pets can get the same calming benefits from CBD as humans! 

Made with 10 mg of CBD and calming ingredients like Tryptophan, our Calming Pet Chews will keep your pet happy and relaxed. They’re perfect both for pets spending time at home with the sitter, or those who are in over-stimulating new situations like airports and plane rides.

5:12 pm | September 28th, 2021

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Summer CBD Must Haves

Summer is here, and it’s time to get out of the house and enjoy the sun! Whether you’re barbecuing, swimming, hiking, biking, or just lounging around on the back porch, we’ve got the CBD you need to help you have a summer free of stress and discomfort. 

CBD is great for helping with relaxation, physical discomfort, and finding balance, making it perfect for helping you make the most of your summer. Our CBD summer selection is specially curated to help you care for everything summer can throw at you, be it sunburns, summer colds, or helping you (or your dog) recover from long days out in the sun. 

CBD + Manuka Cream

If you’ve been spending more time inside than usual lately, it can be really easy to overdo it with the sun, and under-do it with the sunscreen. We’ve been there, and we’ve got a cream for that. 

Made with New Zealand Manuka Honey, our CBD + Manuka Cream is a perfect summer addition to your skin care routine. This potent honey makes our CBD + Manuka cream strong and effective at relieving, cleaning, and restoring. It is blended with either 125 or 250 mg of our CBD to create a cream that soothes the skin, no matter what it’s been through.

Relief + Recovery Roll On

Summer weather means it’s time to get active. But if it’s been a while since you last exercised (or even if it hasn’t), getting active can mean soreness and aches in your muscles and joints. 

Our Relief + Recovery Roll On is designed to target aches at the source with a powerful combination of CBD + Arnica and Menthol. The cooling effects of this powerful trio penetrate deep into sore spots to provide immediate relief. And with a roll on stick designed for convenient on the go application, you’ll be able to bring it with you to all of your favorite activities. 

Immune Boost Gummies

Summer goes very quickly and the good weather only lasts so long. There can be a lot of pressure to make the most of it, and running from activity to activity can wear you down. 

If you’re looking to bolster your immune system, we recommend keeping some of our Immune Boost Gummies on hand. Made with our THC-free CBD Isolate and natural immune system super supporters like Vitamin C, Zinc, and Elderberry, these delicious gummies will give your immune system the boost it needs to keep you going all summer.

Pet Tinctures

Summer is one of the best times for pets. But it also brings a lot of things that can stress them out. Travel, you returning to work, and 4th of July fireworks can all make this a difficult season.

CBD can help your animals relax in the same way that it helps you. Our CBD Drops for pets, will help keep your favorite friend relaxed and calm during those stressful times. Available in three flavors (Chicken, Beef, & Unflavored) to cater to picky palates, these precisely dosed drops are perfect for helping your pet find the same sense of calm and relaxation that CBD brings you. 

Pet Joint Support Chews

Long walks in the park, running down hiking trails, and getting out and about make this an amazing time for pets. But with all that extra activity comes extra stress on their joints. 

Help keep your pet feeling their best with our Peanut Butter flavored Joint Support Chews. These precisely dosed CBD chews are great for older pets who are having trouble with their joints, or helping younger pets stay active. Glucosamine, MSM, and Chondroitin work together with CBD to soothe, protect, and care for aching joints, and help your pet feel their best. 

True Full Spectrum Capsules

After a long day at work or out in the sun, it’s great to be able to kick off your shoes (or sandals) and really unwind, but sometimes it’s hard not to bring the stress of the day home with you. 

Our True Full Spectrum Capsules are perfect for diving into a deeper, more relaxing CBD experience. Made with the full range of beneficial cannabinoids found in the hemp plant – including 2mg of THC – these vegan capsules are designed to help you unwind. They’re great for relaxing on the couch, channeling your creative side, or having an alcohol-free get together. 

Medterra Wellness

As the days get longer and the nights get warmer, it’s important to be able to take the time to enjoy the summer. And to really enjoy it, you need to be feeling your best from morning to night. 

With the Medterra Wellness line, we’re bringing you nature’s greatest hits – powerful adaptogens, botanicals, and natural ingredients paired with our Ultra Broad Spectrum™ CBD in a variety of different forms. Fight stress, improve sleep, bolster your immune system, and relieve discomfort with all-natural gummies, elixirs, and capsules for all of your CBD needs. 

Summer and stress just don’t mesh. Make this summer a stress-free one for yourself, your family, and your pets with Medterra CBD.

12:39 pm | September 30th, 2021

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What is Hemp Oil? A Guide to the Benefits of Hemp Oil

We at Medterra are always getting questions about the difference between hemp oil and CBD oil. So…we thought we’d put together this amazing guide for you. Enjoy!

Hemp oil, also known as hemp seed oil, has been around for thousands of years. [1]

Often a staple of body and beauty care, hemp seed oil is made by pressing the seeds of the hemp plant. [2

Rich in nutrients and fatty acids, it contains many useful compounds while not holding the same sedative properties often believed to be associated with hemp or cannabis-based products. Keep reading to learn more about the many uses and benefits of hemp. 

  • Hemp: one plant, many uses: food, nutrition & skincare
  • Hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil
  • How to tell the difference between hemp oil and CBD 
  • How to read ingredient labels

Hemp: one plant, many uses

The hemp plant can be broken up into all sorts of useful things. This includes stalks, leaves, flowers, and, yes — the seeds. The seeds are highly nutritious which is why they’re able to be found at a grocery that may sell health and nutrition items. If they’ve been shelled, they’re usually called “hemp hearts.” 

Here’s a shortlist of hemp seed oil’s top uses:

  • Food
  • Seasoning
  • Cooking oil (low temp only)
  • Protein powder
  • Natural skincare 
  • General health supplement

Hemp seeds as food

This edible seed can be eaten raw, roasted, toasted or ground for a hemp powder to be added to recipes or smoothies. Either way, they’re delicious!

When pressed, the oil from hemp’s seeds can be used in many ways. It can be used/ingested by itself — like any cold pressed oils — or included in products. This oil can be a base for salad dressings and other dishes. One may try using it as the oil of choice in making homemade hummus or other dips, too.

Because hemp oil has a low flash point (it will begin to degrade and smoke at lower temps than other cooking oils), it is best used as a “finishing oil” and consumed closer to its raw status. [3]

Hemp seed nutrition

Hemp seeds are loaded with fiber, nutrients, high-quality fats, and proteins. Whereas Chia and Flax — additional types of nutritious, edible seeds — average around 18% of their total calories coming from protein, hemp seeds have a fitness-loving amount of 25%. This is why it is a popular base ingredient in many available protein powders or supplements. [4]

These magical nuggets of nutrition also carry an impressive 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. Many health studies have shown that a lower ratio of Omega 6 and 3 (such as the one that is in hemp seeds) is helpful for the body in areas of heart health and inflammation. [5]

Interestingly enough, hemp seed’s omega 6:3 ratio means they can indirectly affect your body’s endocannabinoid system. [6]

Hemp seed oil for skincare

In topical forms, such as in beauty products, hemp seed compounds help retain moisture, soothes dry, irritated, and inflamed skin while also stimulating cellular strength. They’re high in antioxidants, too, which are a pretty essential part of any body care routine. [7]

Hemp seed oil can be used by itself as a skin oil or blended with other skin-friendly oils like Jojoba.

Hemp seed oil vs. CBD oil

Hemp seed oil and CBD oil might both come from hemp, they’re not the same thing.

While both hemp seed oil and CBD oil come from the hemp plant, they’re different in their construction and potential usage. Hemp seeds have been available for a multitude of years — much longer than hemp-based CBD products have been available. 

This is because the seeds carry a very low level of CBD, or other compounds, that are found in CBD oils on the market today. CBD-based products are made from the extraction of the other parts of the plant and not the seeds. 

According to the Hemp Industries Association, the level of CBD in the hemp seed is only 25 parts per million (ppm) whereas the amount of CBD in the rest of the plant is around 150,000 ppm. [8]

How to tell the difference between hemp oil and CBD 

With hemp-derived CBD oil products being made available to the masses, it is easy to understand how there may be some confusion as to which is what. A little due diligence will go a long way when it comes to selecting the right product. In a local grocer, the non-CBD hemp oils are most often found with the other recipe oils like Olive and Avocado.

When shopping online, however, being able to differentiate the two can often seem difficult, especially if the consumer is new to learning about hemp and CBD. It is vital to take the time to read the ingredient label and to research the manufacturer.

How to read ingredient labels

If shopping for CBD, the ingredients should state “CBD” or “Cannabidiol”. There should also be a number of milligrams printed on the label — this is the amount of CBD within the product. Under “supplement facts,” usually found on the back label, there will be a breakdown of serving sizes and milligrams per milliliter of CBD that each serving will contain. [9]

Non-CBD products like hemp oil won’t have these descriptors and amounts with them, as they don’t have the cannabidiol element that the rest of the plant’s extracts hold.

When taking the time to check out the product’s manufacturer, a CBD brand will need to be compliant with regulatory bodies and also provide access to their Certificates of Analysis, or “COAs,” as they’re often called. These test results will list the compounds in the finished product as well as their amounts. [10]

If the product is hemp seed oil, on the other hand, then COAs are not necessary.

Summing things up

No matter which type of hemp-based product you’re looking for, there are all sorts of options available!  

Hemp is one of the most diverse plants in agriculture. And with tens of thousands of uses…its popularity is only continuing to grow.

12:39 pm | September 30th, 2021

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Pets & Separation Anxiety – How CBD Helps

Has your furry friend been acting more anxious recently?

If so, you wouldn’t be alone. Anxiety rates in both people and pets have been rising in the last year! 

That’s why this special Q&A article will be bringing in a true pet expert, Dr. Lisa Lippman. As NYC’s premier veterinarian, Dr. Lisa is one of the most followed and socially influential veterinarians in the United States. 

Here’s what she has to say about separation anxiety — and how you can help your pet escape it. 

The pandemic = increased stress for pets

I’m not the only vet who’s noticed a huge uptick in adoptions during the pandemic. 

It’s estimated that there’s been over 11 million adoptions since the start of the pandemic. This trend has been great for shelters and great for owners. We expect adoption numbers to continue to rise. 

Interestingly enough, most of the people adopting pets right now are first-time pet owners. But all sorts of people are considering welcoming more pets into their families. 

The signs of separation anxiety

We humans aren’t the only people feeling extra-stressed right now. Many of our pets are feeling the heat right now, too!

Below are some of the top signs of separation anxiety to look for. 

  • Whining
  • Pacing
  • Panting
  • Indoor accidents
  • Excessive vocalizing

The signs are pretty diverse, and they can range from mild to severe. Some pets will damage the house or themselves when feeling extra stressed. This type of behavior can continue until the underlying cause of your pet’s anxiety has been addressed. 

Most of the pets are similar in the way that they are dealing with separation anxiety. The signs can vary from pet to pet, but they overlap.

What I recommend for pets with separation anxiety

Getting your pet on a good routine is very important. 

If they know when they’re going for a walk…when they’re going to eat…when they’re going into their kennel, that really helps. 

You can also use treats or CBD Calming Soft Chews as distractions. For maximum effect, give them the Chews 1-2 hours before you leave the house. That way they’ll be nice and relaxed once their alone time starts. 

Other ways to combat pet anxiety

Crate training can also help. Your pet should view their crate as a safe, comforting place. Don’t make a big deal out of coming or going — I’ll give my dog a distracting treat when she’s transitioning into her kennel. 

Another important thing: helping your pet become more independent is a process. Try to give your pet more time alone and allow them to get comfortable without you. And try to stay patient! 

The importance of social time

Social time can also really help your furry friend unwind. 

A dog who’s tired from a day spent socializing is a happy dog. Everyone should have two dogs, at least — that way they can always be social with each other.  

The role of games and toys

Another thing to try: puzzle toys. Any type of basic obedience training that provides mental and physical stimulation may also help, so try it out and see how your pet responds!

Separation anxiety: act early!

If you’re starting to see signs of separation anxiety, act early. Make positive changes to your pet’s environment and also consider using supplements. 

You can give your pet Medterra’s CBD Calming Chews 1-2 hours before you leave to make their transition to being alone easier. You can even begin the night before by giving them an extra dose. 

The best type of CBD products for pets

For overall health and relieving discomfort benefits, tinctures are the way to go. I personally use a tincture every day in my dog’s food. 

For a little extra help when it’s needed most, chews are great. In addition to making your pet’s alone time more bearable, CBD Chews can help your pet sleep through the night. Good sleep allows for healing and restoration. It makes everything better!

The chews are also great for when you’re traveling with pets. You never know how your pet is going to act in a new environment, so bringing chews along provides some extra assurance. They tend to take the sting out of any potentially stressful events.

How the pandemic is affecting veterinarians

Pets aren’t the only ones who stand to benefit from CBD right now. Vets can benefit, too! 

Vets are really busy and there’s more critical cases. Some vets have a 3-4 hour wait time and a 500% increase in caseload. As a veterinarian myself, CBD makes me feel good and allows me to give it my all for the pets I work with. I recommend it to colleagues all the time. 

Summing things up

Medterra’s CBD is good enough for my dogs — so that’s what I use.  I wouldn’t settle for anything less than the best for my dog Chloe. And you shouldn’t either.I know what’s in Medterra Pets products…I know how they’re made…I know they’re GMP-certified. I trust their process.

12:40 pm | September 30th, 2021