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About Cannabinoids

A cannabinoid – found in the Cannabis Sativa plant – is one of a class of diverse chemical compounds that acts on cannabinoid receptors in cells that alter neurotransmitter release in the brain. The most notable cannabinoid is the phytocannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the primary psychoactive compound in cannabis – the component that gets you high. However, a special breed of cannabis sativa plants have been bred purposely to minimize the THC compound to less than 0.3% of the plant’s composition to be considered hemp. Hemp is our focus.

Cannabinoids are naturally occurring antioxidants and neuroprotectants found in hemp, which is non-psychoactive…meaning it won’t get you high. Cannabinoids may quiet excessive electrical and chemical activity in the brain. They may also bind to pain and anxiety receptors to help restore balance to the brain.

Learn more about cannabinods from WebMD

Source: CNN’s Sanjay Gupta “This is your brain on weed”. Courtesy of jot Reyes on Vimeo.

CBD is legally allowed in 44 States. In the 28 states where medical marijuana is legal, CBD products are covered by those same medical marijuana legal protections. Only six states completely outlaw CBD: Idaho, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, and West Virginia. Most states with CBD-only laws allow possession, but do not allow licensed dispensaries, home cultivation, or any other supply infrastructure.

The United States Farm Bill of 2014 classified industrial hemp as containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry-weight basis, which allows manufacturers – by U.S. Federal law – to conveniently ship to your doorstep. Manufacturers will cultivate what is legally considered “hemp” to have high amounts of CBD and the legal limit of THC. This is the loophole companies use to get CBD to the hands of patients needing relief. However, the DEA still considers ANY cannabis plant as illegal – in which industrial hemp is classified as a cannabis plant. As a result, it is riskier to sell CBD oil than to possess it. The DEA sets its focus on the largest manufacturers rather than the consumers, since you have many states who deem any cannabis plant legal for medical purposes…and even legal for recreational use.

However, anything above 0.3% would be considered marijuana – which would either be completely illegal in your state or legal only to those who hold a medical marijuana card issued by the state. Medical marijuana cannot be transported across state lines, making ordering marijuana online or from out of state sellers illegal.

For a deeper understanding, read Leafly’s article “Is CBD Oil Legal? Depends on Where You Are and Who You Ask“.

The use of cannabinoids can produce different results for everyone. Some will notice its therapeutic benefits very quickly, while others may take days or even weeks before they begin to notice a difference. It depends on the reasons the hemp extract is being taken. It is common, however, for people to notice the therapeutic benefits disappearing when they stop using their hemp extract.

Beginning cannabinoid therapy is a trial and error process in finding what works best for each individual. Some may need to take as little as 10mg a day while others may require as much as 300mg a day. This is why we recommend speaking to Realm of Caring (RoC) prior to purchasing your product to ensure you are buying the right product and starting off with the correct dose.

RoC assists in educating and guiding individuals who are beginning their journey into cannabinoid therapy. Usually these individuals have doctors who either choose not to recommend or is not knowledgeable enough to assist in exploring cannabinoid therapy as an alternative or supplmentary therapy or option. The Realm of Caring Foundation does not give nor is a substitute for medical advice. There are no medical professionals on-site. It is important that you remain under a physician’s care. They are to be considered as guides and educators.

Not all hemp products are safe. Some hemp products are genetically modified or contain dangerous levels of pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers. It is a “buyer beware” market since there are no state and federal regulations that require pesticide testing and oversight. Our own family personally worried about who we could trust when looking for a trusted hemp extract manufacturer.

This is why we only recommend manufacturers who take quality seriously in their products. These manufacturers ensure strict standards are being kept, where products are not genetically modified; do not contain dangerous levels of pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers; and tested by third-party laboratories with lab reports available upon request. Some of these manufacturers were vetted by the non-profit organization Realm of Caring – who take quality and safety seriously when it comes to recommending products to their clients.

We also prefer hemp extracts made in the United States, since they are under some regulation by the 2014 Farm Bill, the USDA, and to some extent the FDA.

There are hundreds of hemp products on the market, but we only trust a handful of manufacturers to provide hemp extract products that are safe enough to give to a child.

No, you cannot. Hemp does not contain the psychoactive properties found in marijuana. In fact, hemp is known to be anti-psychoactive, which means, if you want to get high, you want to stay far way from hemp. Some growers could not sell marijuana plants with a low THC composition because it was considered garbage to those looking to get high.

The FDA wants to ensure you understand these statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

You can find some interesting studies on cannabinoids effect on several conditions in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine:

To learn more about hemp and its potential benefits, go to the National Center for Biotechnology Information and type in the search bar your reason for seeking to use cannabinoids.

No. Because the CBD oil products we recommend is being marketed as industrial hemp (0.3% THC or less). Federal law allows for the cultivation, processing, and marketing of hemp products. Low THC CBD oil that is labeled as industrial hemp by the manufacturers we trust is not considered a drug – it is a non-psychoactive, non-narcotic product of the cannabis sativa plant – although the DEA would say otherwise.

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The FDA wants to ensure you understand these statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

You can find some interesting studies on cannabinoids and the human body in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine:

To learn more about hemp and its potential benefits, go to the National Center for Biotechnology Information and type in the search bar your reason for seeking to use cannabinoids.

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Dosing is always a problem for everyone since there is no general consensus on how much one should get depending on age and the condition. This, of course, is due to the fact that cannabis is an individualized treatment – it works differently for everyone and everyone will require different dosing depending on what the body is calling for. This makes it frustrating for doctors and patients.

However, there is a general industry rule in dosing – that you ALWAYS start off at a low dose and slowly titrate until you get relief. The industry will generally say to add a couple of drops every couple of weeks and monitor your results and take notes. Of course, this should NOT be done without your doctor’s supervision, as you can have an interaction with prescription meds or certain conditions.

The good thing is, you can’t really overdose on low-THC cannabis like you can with prescription medications, but you can get some side effects – such as diarrhea or sleepiness. However, as I mentioned earlier, if other meds are involved…you must be very careful.

But generally, most in the industry would say to increase the dose by 1.5 times the current daily dose in milligrams until symptom relief. And to decrease the amount of CBD with any worsening of symptoms. So if you are taking 40mg per day, 40 X 1.5 = 60mg. If you are taking 50mg per day, 50 x 1.5 = 75mg. This is the general consensus in the industry, but here is a credible source for a general guideline that can be discussed with your doctor:

Dosages are individualized based on guidelines that the Realm of Caring (RoC) can help provide. The most common problem is underdosing (i.e. taking 1 or 2 doses when 3 or 4 are required). This is why we recommend you consulting with RoC to get maximum results with proper dosing plans.

Here is a video by Dr. Terry Himes, Board Certified Neurologist, and Sleep Medicine Physician practicing in Colorado. He is Board Certified by The American Academy of Neurology and Psychiatry and The American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He has treated hundreds of children and adults with intractable epilepsy – which treatment is closely related to autism:

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As mentioned earlier, depending on the reasons hemp is being used, the effects of cannabinoids can vary from each individual due to a number of factors – including the current condition of the body and age. However, the general consensus is that cannabinoids provide positive therapeutic benefits in improving health and wellness.

When you discontinue your hemp extract, the only effects that have been described by customers is the loss of the therapeutic benefits the extract was initially providing.

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Although the long term side effects are not known at this time, they are assumed to be minimal at most. There are no reported deaths or severe side effects from the use of hemp in comparison to pharmaceutical drugs.

Some describe a “mellowing but not mind altering” effect, which helped relieve anxiety and promote calmness. Some report an “awakeness”, while others report relaxation where it is easy to fall asleep. According to WebMD, some reported side effects included “dry mouth, low blood pressure, light headedness, and drowsiness” (Source: WebMD)

Due to a lack of information and long-term studies, it is suggested that those that are pregnant or breast-feeding avoid use.

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Although you should not have to make any adjustments to your current medications or supplements, we strongly suggest you contact your doctor first to be sure. There could be a handful of medications that could have its effects intensified with the use of hemp extracts.

If your doctor is unaware of cannabinoid therapy, contact the Realm of Caring. They will have both online resources and Care Specialists that can help guide you in answering some of your questions.

Cannabinoids operate along a completely separate biochemical pathway – the endocannabinoid system  – from any products or medications you currently use. You can add cannabinoid therapy alongside your existing regimen of products, and should expect to feel the cumulative benefits. However, we STRONGLY suggest you check with both your doctor and Realm of Caring to ensure safety.

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As mentioned earlier, depending on the reasons hemp is being used, the effects of cannabinoids can vary from each individual due to a number of factors – including the current condition of the body and age. However, the general consensus is that cannabinoids provide positive therapeutic benefits in improving health and wellness.

When you discontinue your hemp extract, the only effects that have been described by customers is the loss of the therapeutic benefits the extract was initially providing.

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Yes – however, if you are reviewing this product for potential use for a child, we advise that you first test the product yourself to gauge personal response, and then speak with a physician AND Realm of Caring about potential applications for your child. This is a common approach used by many of our clients.

We recommend CW Hemp’s Charlotte’s Web or Functional Remedies Clarify line for children since Charlotte’s Web was named and created specifically for a little girl named Charlotte Figi – who was the first to use cannabinoids for her uncontrollable seizures under the supervision of her parents. Charlotte’s Web has been proven safe for Charlotte, many children around the world, and even infants.

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Although there is scientific research dating back to the 1970’s showing no difference in children whose mother’s used cannabis while in the womb, it is suggested that those that are pregnant or breast-feeding avoid use due to a lack of current research and long-term studies.

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Hemp oil contains 0.3% of THC, which is a minuscule amount (parts per billion) in our hemp extract products and is considered federally LEGAL. However, that small trace of THC COULD show up in a drug screen. No one can guarantee that you will or will not pass a drug screen due to the amount of variables.  So, the general rule followed by the industry is that 0.3%  is equal to or less than 1%. Drug screens vary and some can be more sensitive than others. If you have to take a drug test, it is best to not use hemp products.

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Most tinctures come with an included dropper for easy use. Keeping the dropper clean and avoiding any bacteria is essential for your health and the preservation of the oil. If you choose to use the dropper for oral application, take special care to keep it from coming in contact with the interior and exterior of your mouth. It is recommended that you clean the dropper after each use, especially if it comes in contact with your mouth, with an alcohol swab to ensure proper storage of the product.

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The manufacturers we recommend typically have a shelf life of one year when refrigerated and two years when frozen.

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Keep your hemp products in a cool, dark place – preferably refrigerated.

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If you have minor to moderate mind and/or bodily stresses, low to moderate doses may work. If you have severe mind and bodily stresses (especially things that are chronic or under a doctors care), high doses of hemp may work best.

There is a concentration level of cannabinoids that your body needs in the bloodstream to feel any positive effects – which the Realm of Caring (RoC) can assist you with. So regardless of the potency, you will have to make sure your body gets the recommended amount of milligrams per day. This means that if you purchase a hemp product with a low potency, you will have to take a larger dose per day in comparison to a highly potent product. The stronger the product, the less you need to take, and the longer your product will last.

So for example, let’s say the Realm of Caring suggests you take 100 milligrams of cannabinoids per day. If you purchase a 200mg bottle of hemp, you may need to take a full dropper of oil or (6) 15mg capsules per day. Alternatively, all you would need is a 1/4 dropper full of oil using a 500mg bottle of oil or (3) 35mg capsules per day.

Contacting the RoC is a very important step in your therapy. This will ensure you will have a greater chance in seeing results and not walk away saying hemp doesn’t work for you.

If cost is a factor, please understand that there are cheaper products being sold online, but just be aware that they do not tell the public or provide proof as to where their hemp comes from and how it is cultivated. There is a lot of hemp grown in China, and there are a lot of manufacturers using GMO’s, pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and other contaminants. There are also companies that are not selling what they claim. They even provide false or altered lab reports. The FDA has caught a couple of manufacturers selling hemp with less cannabinoids than advertised.

The companies we recommend have been vetted and proven to have no contaminants and to actually contain more cannabinoids than advertised. We only recommend companies we would trust to give to our own children.

At the end of the day, you are paying for both quality and safety. Be wary of cheap hemp products – something that is naturally expensive and time-consuming to cultivate and manufacture.

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Forms of CBD

If you have digestive issues, a sensitive digestive system, or have a sensitive palate where you are easily nauseated – pills, suppositories, or vaping are the best forms to use. These forms have little to no taste and will bypass the digestive system while giving you the cannabinoids you need.

Also, with the exception of vaping, these forms will allow you to monitor your dosage accurately. Vaping is not a dependable form to use if you need to take a specific amount of hemp per day due to the inconsistencies in how much is inhaled vs the oil it is mixed with.

Other than the reasons mentioned above, oils and pastes will do just fine.

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Pet Health

The FDA wants to ensure you understand these statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act requires this notice.

To learn more about the potential benefits of cannabinoids for your pet, read the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s (JAVMA) 2013 article “Veterinary marijuana?” This article was published before the discovery of hemp’s non-psychoactive benefits, but has some insightful findings.

Another interesting source is the Journal of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association’s (JAHVMA) article, which first appeared in Volume 42, Spring Issue, 2016. – CONSUMERS’ PERCEPTIONS OF HEMP PRODUCTS FOR ANIMALS.

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Absolutely not. Low THC CBD products are not psychoactive in any way and federally hemp, which contains 0.3% of THC (the legal limit). Anything above 0.3% is considered marijuana, and can produce the feeling of being “high”.

The only thing your pet may experience is a mellowing effect – but not mind altering – which may promote calmness. Giving too much of our product to your pet may cause some temporary drowsiness.

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There should be none as long as the suggested serving allotments are followed. When adding cannabinoid therapy to your dog or cats daily regimen, be mindful not to administer too much oil, as it may cause temporary drowsiness. Additionally, too much of any type of oil, in general, can cause dogs to have an upset stomach and potential diarrhea. Stick to the recommended serving sizes to ensure a healthy and happy pet!

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The manufacturers we recommend are tested by third-party labs to ensure the extracts are from non-GMO hemp that is grown without the use of herbicides, pesticides, or chemical fertilizers. All of their products were created under the strictest of standards.

All products are made with only 100% food grade ingredients and no GMOs. If you have any remaining concerns over specific ingredients, ask your veterinarian. If your pet has sensitivities, it is best to use capsule or liquid products, rather than treats found on the market (which have many more food ingredients). If your furry friend doesn’t like taking capsules, simply open the capsule, then sprinkle the contents into your pet’s approved food.

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Although you should not have to make any adjustments to your current medications or supplements, we strongly suggest you contact your Veterinarian  first just to be sure.

Hemp extract pet products operate along a completely separate biochemical pathway – the endocannabinoid system – from any products or medications you currently use. You can add cannabinoid therapy alongside your existing regimen of products, and should expect your pet to feel the cumulative benefits. However, we STRONGLY suggest you check with your veterinarian first to ensure safety.

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Hemp products are considered safe enough to be administered to any vertebrate animal. Hemp extracts are NOT pharmaceuticals. It is an organic, plant-based, non-GMO nutritional product that you can feed your pet with total confidence and ease. The hemp products we recommend are not genetically modified and do not contain pesticides, solvents, herbicides, and chemical fertilizers.

For more information, read these articles from dvm360 magazine, and DogsNaturally magazine.

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Shopping for CBD

Please understand that there are cheaper products being sold online, but just be aware that they do not tell the public or provide proof as to where their hemp comes from and how it is cultivated. There is a lot of hemp grown in China and shipped and processed in the U.SA. And there are a lot of manufacturers using GMO’s, pesticides, herbicides, chemical fertilizers, and other contaminants. There are also companies that are not selling what they claim. They even provide false or altered lab reports. The FDA has caught many manufacturers selling hemp with less cannabinoids than advertised.

The companies we recommend have been vetted and proven to have no contaminants and to actually contain the correct amount or more cannabinoids than advertised. Natural Healing Supplements only trust products we would give to our own children.

At the end of the day, you are paying for both quality and safety. Be wary of cheap hemp products – something that is naturally expensive and time-consuming to cultivate and manufacture.