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CBD & Pregnancy

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With the popularity of CBD oil growing, the reported benefits of this have grown as well. Benefits include minimizing pain, nausea, anxiety, and insomnia, providing postpartum relief, and more – all common symptoms of pregnancy.

When nausea and aches hit, you may wonder if you can continue with your pre-pregnancy CBD routine. The overarching consensus is to avoid all CBD use during your pregnancy, and while breastfeeding. We’ll break down how experts arrived at this recommendation below.

Before you read on, we know numerous moms have used CBD oil throughout their pregnancy, and immediately following. And, due to the minimal traces of CBD that can be transferred through breast milk, and the lack of research available, this may be something you are actively considering using. If this is something you are contemplating, discuss it with your doctor or healthcare provider first to gather all the information and determine a plan.

What is CBD oil? 

If you haven’t heard of CBD oil, you’ll hear about it soon. CBD oil doesn’t contain THC and doesn’t give you the “high” that most cannabis does. To make our CBD oil at Oregon Hemp CBD, we use a cold extraction process to refine our hemp flower into an oil form.

What are the risks associated with using CBD oil during pregnancy? 

The use of CBD oil during pregnancy, or while breastfeeding, has not been widely researched and more research needs to be conducted. The research that is in place, is tied to marijuana products so experts believe CBD oil will have the same effects, despite the lack of specific research. Because of this, the FDA advises against using CBD oil during pregnancy. They cite this as a huge cause for concern because there is a chance, like marijuana, it could be dangerous to your child’s development. In general, CBD has known risks such as extreme sleepiness, liver damage, and harmful interactions with other drugs and the FDA worries that there are many more risks that we aren’t aware of quite yet.

When CBD was researched with pregnant animals, those animals had problems with the reproductive system of their developing male fetuses. It’ll take time to fully gather substantial research specific to CBD, but the FDA is looking to expand their findings and examine how similar the risks are to THC. The FDA worries that since THC can enter a fetus’ brain from the bloodstream of their mother, CBD could run this risk as well. Like THC, CBD could also have the potential of increasing the risk of your child having a low birth weight, premature birth, or even stillbirth.

What are the risks associated with using CBD oil while breastfeeding?  

While some moms may consider CBD oil during pregnancy to combat pregnancy symptoms, new moms may turn to it to relieve stress or postpartum depression. Like during pregnancy, the use of CBD oil while breastfeeding is not FDA recommended. While breastfeeding, the FDA believes that CBD will inevitably be transferred to the baby through some quantity of breast milk.

The “pump and dump” method doesn’t work either because through other marijuana research, those cannabis products that were used days or weeks before breastfeeding, still found their way into breast milk.

The FDA is looking to research more about this topic such as to what extent does the presence of CBD in milk harms the baby or the mother’s milk production. The FDA is also looking at how THC affects a child while breastfeeding and is cautious that CBD may have those same effects. If a baby is exposed to THC through breastmilk, they can experience issues with brain development such as hyperactivity or poor cognitive function. And since certain medications can be passed onto babies through breastmilk, the FDA worries this could also happen with CBD.

The biggest risk with using CBD during pregnancy or while breastfeeding is that there is no research on the short-or long-term effects and it could affect your child’s brain development.

Has the FDA ever approved any form of a CBD product? 

Many feel that because CBD is unregulated by the FDA, it is a red flag. Without the FDA’s regulation, there is much uncertainty around if CBD is safe and effective to treat diseases, what dosage is safe, how it works in partnership with other drugs, and other safety concerns or dangerous side effects.

Since CBD oil doesn’t need FDA approval to go to market., you then run the risk of purchasing CBD products that have been contaminated with harmful substances. This is another reason why you might want to stay clear of this while pregnant or breastfeeding. At Oregon Hemp CBD though, you can be sure our CBD oil is only the highest quality. All our oils are produced on our small family farm and are third-party tested.

Given the risks and limited research, we recognize this is a personal decision that varies for everyone. We, at Oregon Hemp CBD, are available to help you navigate our CBD oil collection when you’re ready to resume using our CBD oils.

[Sources:]

https://americanpregnancy.org/healthy-pregnancy/is-it-safe/cbd-oil-during-pregnancy-75586/

https://www.fda.gov/consumers/consumer-updates/what-you-should-know-about-using-cannabis-including-cbd-when-pregnant-or-breastfeeding

https://www.parents.com/baby/breastfeeding/cbd-and-breastfeeding-is-it-safe/

https://www.chicagotribune.com/marijuana/sns-tft-pregnancy-cbd-breastfeeding-20200519-csiwoq4zfzhcnkpy4n7zspob7u-story.html

https://www.mydosage.com/cbd-guide/cbd-during-pregnancy-and-breastfeeding

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/fda-says-to-not-use-cbd-thc-products-while-breastfeeding

 

Why You Should Always Check Your CBD Product’s COA

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Not all hemp products are made alike. With the rising popularity of CBD, many unscrupulous companies are marketing hemp and other oils as therapeutics — but these products often have little to no benefit.

So, how can you identify legitimate products? All CBD companies are required to obtain a Certificate of Analysis (COA) for each of their products. These aren’t always made available to their customers. As a responsible consumer, it’s up to you to review a product’s COA. Here’s how to read this technical document and identify high-quality CBD products.

Beyond the packaging: Is that CBD product safe?

Opportunistic CBD companies are quick to label their products as real CBD, free of THC and potent enough to have health benefits. Unfortunately, this young industry isn’t consistently regulated, which allows fake CBD products to come into the market. Other products don’t meet the (few) federal standards for CBD products or make claims that are not FDA-approved.

Consumers who aren’t fully educated on CBD products may inadvertently purchase:

  • “CBD” products that are actually hempseed oil — which does not contain cannabidiol — or worse, dangerous synthetic cannabinoids
  • Highly diluted tinctures with only trace amounts of CBD
  • Products that contain more than the federal limit of 0.3% THC for non-prescription hemp products
  • CBD sourced from hemp that is grown with lots of pesticides or processed in facilities with pathogens or heavy metals

Some companies attempt to maximize profits by cutting corners on production or even masquerading non-CBD oils as authentic, properly sourced hemp products. In best-case scenarios, these products are simply a waste of money. Worst-case, they can cause unwanted psychoactive effects or toxic side effects.

If you’re wondering if fake or poorly crafted CBD products are really that common… they are. A JAMA study found that 70% of product labels misrepresented the actual chemical composition. Keep in mind that many CBD companies don’t have an internal laboratory. They may also source their hemp from what they believe is a sustainable source. So when reviewing a potential CBD product, know that even detailed labels may not tell the whole story.

That’s where the COA comes in.

How a Certificate of Analysis can help

A Certificate of Analysis (COA) is a verified laboratory report of a hemp product’s chemical composition. It also includes safety screenings to check for heavy metals and other contaminants. Even if a CBD company seems to be above-board, it’s always a good idea to ask for the COA.

The COA documents several key characteristics of legal, safe CBD products:

  • Less than 0.3% THC. Everything from improper harvesting to the fraudulent use of cannabis plants rather than the domesticated industrial hemp. (Note: While full-spectrum CBD products do contain THC, the ratio must be below 0.3%.)
  • The ratio of CBD to the carrier oil or other medium. This describes the product’s potency. A COA will also list the “Action Level” of the product, which indicates whether it’s within safe consumption levels.
  • The absence of pathogens, heavy metals, chemical solvents, and mycotoxins.

Note that because CBD is harvested and processed in batches, you can and should obtain the COA for each batch. Always check that the COA’s batch matches the batch listed on your product. Some unscrupulous companies will get the labs done on legitimate products, then start cutting corners but keeping handing out the old COAs.

What happens if you consume a fake or unsafe CBD product?

You may be wondering: is it really necessary to do all this homework before buying some CBD gummies? Yes, absolutely. Due to patchwork legal guidance, unregulated processing plants, and potential cross-contamination with other botanicals including THC-rich cannabis, it’s easy for subpar products to get into the market. As we mentioned, 70% of tested products had substantially lower levels of CBD than advertised, and some were substantially higher to the point of being unsafe.

If you consume a CBD product that was manufactured unsafely or that contains THC, you could experience:

  • Unwanted intoxication by and illegal possession of THC. If a product measures above 0.3% THC, it is automatically classified as Schedule 1 cannabis, not hemp.
  • Bacterial infection, usually by Listeria. This can cause severe intestinal distress, flu-like symptoms, and even seizures.
  • Heavy metal contamination. Regular consumption of arsenic, mercury, lead, and cadmium can lead to infertility, cognitive issues, psychosis, and even organ failure.

We’re not trying to scare you but rather keep you safe so you can enjoy the benefits of CBD worry-free. Here’s how to read a COA to be sure your desired product is safe and legal.

The anatomy of a COA

A COA is basically a lab report that can be daunting to read. Here’s how to find the most important information.

  1. Start at the top and find the laboratory name. Make sure that the laboratory is not associated with the CBD company; it should be a third-party independent analysis.
  2. Check that the batch number and testing date match what’s listed on your product.
  3. Scan the QR code, if available, to verify the COA and make sure it wasn’t altered.
  4. Head down to “Cannabinoid Profile.” Here’s where you can check that THC is below 0.3% and that CBD is high enough to have an effect (usually about 17-20%). In addition to the percentage result, the COA will also list the weight of the product (usually displayed as mg/g or mg/mL).
  5. You’ll also see a bunch of other cannabinoids, including CBN, CBG, and CBC. These substances have specific effects such as anti-insomnia, anti-inflammatory, and antidepressant benefits, respectively. So if you’re buying a product to help relieve insomnia but your COA says the product is very low in CBN, it may not have the effects you want.
  6. Check the Heavy Metal and Pesticide Analysis sections. The COA will list the allowable limits and what the product actually contains, then give a pass/fail determination. Obviously, look for “pass” across the board.
  7. Review the Terpenes Profile. Terpenes are the plant-derived aromatics that enhance a product’s taste, smell, and sometimes benefits as well. As with the cannabinoids themselves, different terpenes have different properties. Check that your product will have the synergistic benefits you want. For example, valencene and eucalyptus can boost CBD’s anti-inflammatory effects while terpinolene has antioxidant properties.

After you’ve reviewed the COA, remember that a product’s potency varies by how it’s consumed. For example, a package advertising 1000 mg CBD may not actually contain that amount. The COA is a better indication of the actual amount of cannabidiol you’re buying. Multiply the mg/g or mg/mL of the volume listed on the package. For example, if you purchase a 30mL bottle of CBD tincture and the COA says the weight is 40mg/mL, the bottle contains 1200 mg of CBD.

Wrapping up

We hope you’ve found this guide useful. As part of our commitment to making hemp products safe and sustainable, we’re eager to help educate consumers on this emerging industry. Should you have any questions about our products, please do request the Certificate of Analysis so you can make an informed decision.

 

 

Oregon CBD Terpenes

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While researching which CBD products to use, you’ll likely come across the mention of terpenes. The effectiveness of the product you choose doesn’t just depend on the strength of the CBD, it also depends on whether or not the product has terpenes.

In order to make an educated decision about CBD products, you will want to understand terpenes and the role that they play.

What Are Terpenes?

Terpenes are the compounds that determine the smell of many plants and herbs. Thanks to this fundamental function, they are highly aromatic and recognizable by their aroma. Think of rosemary or lavender. The smell of these iconic plants are created by the specific terpenes they have.

When terpenes are isolated, they create the flavors and scents of many products we use in our everyday lives, like perfumes, food products, and body products. These pungent chemicals work to attract pollinators in some plants, ward off predators for other plants, and even play a role in the physical health of plants.

When a plant becomes damaged, terpenes can help them recover from the damage. Incredibly, they also play a role in the plant’s immune system, working to fight off infectious germs.

When talking about cannabis products, it’s important to know that terpenes and terpenoids aren’t the same thing. Terpenes are a natural compound that comes from a live plant that can be isolated and added to products. However, when a plant is dried and cured, such as with cannabis, the terpenes oxidize and turn into terpenoids, which still have many health benefits.

Some terpenes you’ll likely recognize by smell are:

Name Smell Benefits
Limonene Citrus ●      Anti-oxidant
●      Anti-inflammatory
●      Antiviral
●      Antidiabetic
●      Anticancer
Pinene Fresh, bright

(like pine, rosemary)

●      Bronchodilator
●      Anti-inflammatory
●      Fight infectious germs when inhaled
Linalool Lavender ●      Anti-inflammatory
●      Antimicrobial
●      Neuroprotective
●      Antidepressant
●      Anticancer
●      Antianxiety
Myrcene Found in hops, lemongrass, and thyme ●      Antioxidant
●      Protects heart tissue
●      Anti-inflammatory
●      Prevents breakdowns of cells
Beta-caryophyllene Found in many herbs and veggies, like cloves and black pepper ●      Anti-inflammatory
●      Reduces pain from inflammation and nerve pain
●      Analgesic
Humulene Found in hops, clover, and ginger ●      Prevents allergic reaction
●      Helps with asthma
●      Reduces allergic inflammation
●      Protective to some cells
●      Could guard against cancer

Terpenes vs. Cannabinoids

When it comes to cannabis products, two of the most common terms we use are cannabinoids and terpenes. If both provide therapeutic benefits, what’s the difference and which is most important? To answer that, we need to compare the two types of compounds.

As we look at terpenes and cannabinoids, the similarities are striking. Both are compounds found in cannabis and both provide benefits through the endocannabinoid system. Cannabinoids work directly with the endocannabinoid system, while terpenes are absorbed and used in a different way.

Benefits of Terpenes

There are a couple of ways that terpenes are proving to benefit our health. Consider lavender and lemongrass. The scents of these plants benefit us through aromatherapy. Terpenes work the same way. Inhaling the fragrant terpene chemicals is thought to improve your emotional wellbeing.

Examples of beneficial terpenes include linalool from lavender, limonene from citrus, and pinene from sage and conifer trees. The linalool can have a calming sedative effect. The limonene can elevate our mood, and the pinene can improve our alertness and memory retention.

A study of the effects of terpenes on the body was done by observing the Japanese practice of forest bathing and its possible benefits. It was found to have anti-inflammatory, anti-tumorigenic, and neuroprotective benefits, showing that terpenes can have an impact on our physical well being, as well as our emotional well being.

Finally, the big benefit is that it enhances the cannabinoids in a CBD product. The key is the entourage effect, which suggests that the terpenes present in certain cannabis strains can enhance the effect of the cannabinoids, leading to better therapeutic effects. So, while the cannabinoids are likely what you’re feeling when you feel the benefits of a cannabis product, the terpenes could be making the effect more impactful. In fact, the higher percentages of terpenes on your flower, the more beneficial it will be for you.

Buying Your CBD with Terpenes

For a quality CBD product that includes all the benefits of terpenes, visit OregonCBDHemp. With all products grown on the small family farm, including flowers with very high percentages of terpenes, you are guaranteed a quality product every time!

Oregon CBD Wax

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When you hear the term “dabbing” you likely first associate it with the popular gesture from 2015. Since then, dabbing has adopted a different meaning and has taken the CBD market by storm. It’s hard to not feel overwhelmed when you’re shopping for a CBD product with all the endless options available to you. Whether you are a veteran dabber, or a first-time user, at Oregon CBD Hemp we are here to help you get more familiar with this latest way to consume your CBD.

So, what is dabbing? 

Simply put, dabbing is a method of using CBD that is 100% concentrated. What makes this method so popular, is that because it has a high potency, once you inhale the CBD wax, it is fast-acting and quickly effective. Unlike edibles that take longer for you to feel the effects, our wax is best for quick-acting, short-term effects.

The act of dabbing is most similar to using a CBD vape pen. There are several tools you can use to dab including a bong or a vaporizer that is suitable for concentrates, but the most popular, and best tool for beginners is the dab rig. Once you purchase our CBD dab wax, all you need to do is scoop it out of the tub and heat the wax to the point that it vaporizes. A little goes a long way, so our package will last you a while!

What is CBD dab wax? 

To begin dabbing, you’ll need our CBD dab wax which is high in CBD and low in THC. Our wax is made from extracting a high CBD/CBG flower, using butane extraction methods. By doing this, we are turning our flowers into a honey-like, highly concentrated CBD/CBG wax. This extraction process allows for our wax to consist exclusively of the cannabidiol molecule, which causes the high potency that other CBD products lack. Whatever dabbing method you choose, our wax can be used to provide you with that fast-acting CBD/CBG effect that you can’t experience any other way.

Why should you choose our CBD dab wax? 

At Oregon Hemp CBD we value our customers. All our waxes are produced from only the flower grown on our small family farm and have all been third-party tested. Our CBD dab wax is super concentrated and comes in many different strains for you to choose from and try! Each strain of wax matches a strain of our flower!

If you’re still not sure about dabbing, research it more for yourself, or just give it a try to see what the hype is about. With our CBD dab wax, you’ll see firsthand why our customers keep coming back for more and you can purchase it for yourself here: https://oregoncbdhemp.com/product/dab-wax/.

At Oregon CBD Hemp we’re here to help you get started so please reach out with any questions, especially since this is a new CBD trend. As with any new CBD product, experiment with what makes sense for you and what can help you achieve your desired outcome. If you’re a new user, always start with a low dosage and work your way up.

 

 

Why and How to Use a CBD Pain Relieving Salve

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You’ve likely heard about CBD’s many benefits for a range of health concerns, from sleep and mood to digestion and metabolism. One of its key benefits is relief for pain and inflammation. For topical treatment, the best option is a CBD salve: mixture of cannabidiol, wax, and select herbals to provide long-lasting topical pain relief. For example, at Oregon CBD Hemp, we offer a unique CBD salve composed of full spectrum hemp oil, eucalyptus, calendula and other healing ingredients all grown outdoors on our family farm.

With fully organic, au naturale growing methods and hemp of superior genetics, our farmers at Oregon CBD Hemp produce high-quality cannabidiol. This makes our salve a truly artisan product packed with healing power!

Here’s why you should use a CBD salve for topical cannabidiol treatment, and how to best use our salve to treat joint pain, muscle stiffness, and more.

How Does CBD Relieve Pain?

Cannabidiol is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. It works by balancing out the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), which handles everything from cell turnover and tissue repair to cognition and metabolism. CBD helps keep the ECS’ receptors open, allowing your body’s natural healing to continue.

Whether due to injury, aging, stress, or disease, those processes can slow down or even stop. For example, older people’s connective tissue doesn’t repair itself as quickly. That’s why the constant wear and tear on joints can eventually lead to arthritis. CBD reduces arthritic inflammation and may even promote tissue repair.

While CBD is available in several consumable forms, it’s often better to go directly to the problem. A topical CBD solution reduces inflammation and promotes healing — without having to be digested and carried throughout the body.

Why Use CBD Salve?

Standard CBD tinctures or pure oils can be drying for the skin — or simply too thin to take effect. The skin is full of ECS receptors, so unlike many other topical remedies, a CBD salve can be effectively absorbed through the skin. Research shows that salves are excellent for localized treatment, especially on inflamed joints, bruised skin, or areas suffering from eczema or psoriasis. Many salves are also made with rejuvenating herbs and essential oils that provide aromatherapeutic and other benefits. While CBD gummies or tinctures are easily consumed for digestive or metabolic health, there’s nothing quite like soothing sore muscles or bruised skin with an herb-infused CBD salve. They are much more fragrant and moisturizing, and you don’t have to wait for your CBD edible to reach your pain points.

Making the Most of Your CBD Salve

CBD gummies and tinctures are intended for regular consumption and therefore have lower levels of cannabidiol. Salves are typically highly concentrated, so a little goes a long way! Remember, there are other active ingredients as well. Start with a small amount and assess the results before you slather on the salve.

Always massage in the salve to help your skin absorb it better. This also stimulates blood flow to the area, which promotes healing. Note that some salves are made with essential oils, herbs, or spices that can be quite potent. Avoid using your CBD salve on broken skin. It’s best for relieving joint pain, muscle cramps, and bruising. You can also apply it as part of a localized massage to promote myofascial release.

Wrapping Up

For internal issues or chronic pain, CBD consumables or pure oil are a good choice. But to provide focused relief to sore muscles, joints, or skin, try a protective, herb-infused CBD salve such as ours from Oregon CBD Hemp. It’s ideal for athletes recovering from practice, people who work on their feet all day, patients with arthritis or eczema, and anyone else who would like to nourish their skin and joints with the power of CBD.

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