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Last winter several people in Utah became seriously ill from a poison outbreak linked to synthetic cannabinoids. Last spring there were 56 reports of severe bleeding in Chicago and other areas across Illinois where synthetic cannabinoids were suspected to be the culprit. Two of these 56 people died in what a spokesperson for the Illinois Department of Public Health said was “the first time we’ve seen an outbreak of this magnitude in the area.” Last summer similar stories were seen in Connecticut, where more than 70 people overdosed on synthetic marijuana. Just a month before this, there were some 300 synthetic cannabinoid overdoses in Washington, D.C. in a two-week period.

The Synthetic Cannabinoid Crisis

Experiencing adverse reactions to synthetic cannabinoids is nothing new. America is, if you will, in the midst of a synthetic cannabinoid crisis. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has traced numerous outbreaks of synthetic cannabinoids poisoning across the country, in what has become a trend that continues to rise.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement in July warning about the “significant health risks of contaminated illegal synthetic cannabinoid products” linking their use to “severe illnesses and deaths” in several cases over the past few months in various states across the country.

One version of synthetic cannabinoids is designed to mimic the effects of cannabis. It won’t show up in a drug test, offering a viable alternative to individuals who want to get high, but for whatever reason can’t have any THC in their system.

The poison outbreaks in Utah last winter, however, were a bit different. The individuals who became ill didn’t purchase the synthetic cannabinoid commonly known as “K2” or “Spice.” They bought what they believed was CBD. And rather than experiencing the wellness benefits associated with the non-psychoactive cannabinoid, they ended up in the emergency room instead.

Understanding the Dangers of Synthetic Cannabinoids

Synthetic cannabinoids first became available in the U.S. in 2008 and their use has since surged across the country. But synthetic cannabinoids are not the same thing as the cannabinoids that come from the natural plant — and they can be very, very dangerous.

According to the CDC, most synthetic cannabinoids are illegal at the federal level. To skirt around this issue, manufacturers of synthetic cannabinoids alter the chemical composition, which brings about new and “presumably legal” compounds. Keeping track of the chemicals used in synthetic cannabinoids is difficult because manufacturers are constantly changing their chemical composition to stay “legal.” Because the chemical composition of many synthetic cannabinoids in unknown and constantly changing, synthetic cannabinoid products can contain substances that have the potential to cause radically different effects than the user was hoping for.

In the case of overdoses reported last spring in Illinois, the severe bleeding in over 50 people and two deaths was attributed to brodifacoum, a rat poison commonly sold in hardware stores that is a known anticoagulant and has been shown to cause brain damage. While this is the first known occurrence of rat poison found in synthetic cannabinoid products, how it got into these products remains a mystery.

There’s been little research on exactly what synthetic cannabinoids do to the body. What is known, though, is that they’re extremely dangerous. And unlike natural cannabinoids like THC and CBD, they’ve not only been shown to contain a myriad of negative side effects but are also known to be psychologically and physically addictive.

According to the CDC, some of the effects of synthetic cannabinoids include:

  • Neurological symptoms such as irritability, sleeplessness, dizziness, confusion, difficulty concentrating, incoordination, stroke and seizures
  • Psychiatric symptoms such as violent behavior, delusions, hallucinations, psychosis and suicidal thoughts
  • Physical symptoms such as hypertension, tachypnea, tachycardia, chest pain and heart attack, severe nausea and vomiting, kidney failure, rhabdomyolysis and death

For those who don’t have a severe reaction to synthetic cannabinoids the first time they use them and continue to use them for long periods of time, physical and psychological dependency has been known to develop. Those who frequently use synthetic cannabinoids report symptoms like extreme anxiety, headache, trouble sleeping, sweating, nausea and vomiting. And if someone stops using them abruptly, they can expect to experience some very real withdrawal symptoms including seizures, rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, heart palpitations and chest pain. The severity of withdrawal is determinate on how much a person used and how long they’ve been using.

Beware of Synthetic CBD: Synthetic Cannabinoids Aren’t Just Made to Mimic the Effects of THC

With the increasing popularity of CBD, there are more “synthetic” versions of the cannabinoid finding its way into products all the time. While the FDA did just approve a synthetic version of CBD known as Epidiolex, it’s vital to understand that this isn’t the same as the synthetic CBD sold on shelves at your local smoke shop.

Take the case of what went down in Utah last December. All the patients that experienced the poison outbreak had taken what they believed was cannabis oil that contained CBD, and many had purchased it at a local smoke shop. When lab tests of the products patients had used were performed, not one of the products contained CBD. Instead, they were a mix of synthetic cannabinoids and chemicals, including 4-cyano CUMYL-BUTINACA (4-CCB), which is actually a synthetic cannabinoid meant to imitate the effects of THC.

Eight out of the nine products tested that showed positive results for 4-CCB were branded under the name “Yolo CBD Oil.” Out of the 52 reported poisoning cases, 33 of the individuals had taken Yolo CBD.

Roberta Horth is an officer with the CDC’s Epidemic Intelligence Service and says, “Synthetic cannabinoids, such as 4-CCB, act on the same cannabinoid receptors as THC, but the effects of synthetic cannabinoids can be unpredictable and severe or even life-threatening. Based on reported side-effects of 4-CCB in case-patients, they appear to be more severe than THC. Fatalities following the use of 4-CCB have been reported in Europe.”

While there haven’t been any reports of synthetic CBD overdoses since then, this isn’t a trend that’s expected to end. It’s been going on for over a decade with other synthetic cannabinoid products, and with CBD there aren’t any regulations set in place. Basically, anyone can make synthetic CBD, slap a label on it and pass it off as the real thing.

A 2017 JAMA report showed that up to one-third of CBD products bought online might be labeled incorrectly. Horth says, “It is possible that other products could contain 4-CCB or other dangerous synthetic cannabinoids.”

Just Say No to Synthetic Cannabinoids

The dangers of synthetic cannabinoids are very real, and extremely serious. Buying synthetic CBD isn’t worth the risk. Take the 52 patients in Utah, 33 of whom were treated at the emergency room, for example.

There are countless imposters out there. The chemicals they’re mixing and passing off as CBD oil could cost you your life. If you’re interested in CBD, it’s vital to ensure the products you purchase are made from pure, pharmaceutical-grade CBD — not a mixture of dangerous chemicals.

 

 

 

 

 

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the active compound found in hemp-derived CBD oil. Does regular CBD oil use cause a CBD tolerance buildup? Building up a tolerance means that over time, with regular use, you require more and more of something to get the same effect. There is also something called reverse tolerance in which lower doses are required over time to produce the same effects.

A good example of tolerance buildup would be alcohol. The first time someone drinks alcohol, just a little might intoxicate them. But if they drink alcohol on a regular basis, it takes more of it to cause the same effect.

Does this happen with CBD? Will someone who takes CBD oil to help them sleep or reduce anxiety need more CBD oil to get the same effect as time goes on? In order to answer this question, let’s take a look at how CBD works and its most common effects.

How Does CBD Work?

CBD has a wide range of effects, which we will go over in a moment. Let’s start with how CBD works to produce these effects.

CBD is short for cannabidiol. Cannabidiol is just one of a group of naturally-occurring chemicals found in hemp which are known as cannabinoids. Full spectrum CBD oil contains not only CBD, but also trace amounts of other beneficial cannabinoids such as cannabigerol (CBG), cannabinol (CBN) and cannabichromene (CBC). These cannabinoid compounds produced naturally in hemp are collectively known as phytocannabinoids. That just means they were made in plants.

The human body also naturally produces a variety of cannabinoids. These cannabinoids produced by the human body are called endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids are considered signaling molecules. This means that they relay signals from the brain to individual cells. They are part of a larger system known as the endocannabinoid system. This system includes not only the cannabinoid chemicals but also cannabinoid receptors, or microscopic pockets on the surface of cells throughout your body with which cannabinoids interact.

The purpose of the endocannabinoid system (ECS for short) is to regulate bodily functions on a cellular level. Just like traffic signals tell individual drivers how to behave on the road, these cannabinoid signaling molecules tell cells how to behave.

Cannabinoids also produce medicinal effects which do not involve cannabinoid receptors such as reducing inflammation. Inflammation is what causes the swelling, redness, heat and pain resulting from an injury or infection.

What Are CBD’s Effects?

The ECS is responsible for regulating a very wide variety of bodily functions. Its job is to keep health in balance. When the brain detects that something has gone out of balance, it produces endocannabinoids to signal cells to change their behavior in such a way as to bring balance back to the system.

For example, it’s the endocannabinoid system that regulates appetite, sleep, mood and much more. When you need rest, the endocannabinoid system makes you sleepy, and when you’ve had enough rest, it wakes you up. When you are low on nutrients and energy it’s the endocannabinoid system that makes you feel hungry, and when you’ve eaten enough, it makes you feel full and dampens your appetite. And when you are in danger, it’s this system that puts you on edge, and when the danger passes, it makes you feel relaxed again. There are other systems in your body have a role in maintaining health, but cannabinoids play a very important role.

As it turns out, CBD and other phytocannabinoids produced in hemp have very similar effects on the human ECS as our own naturally-produced endocannabinoids. Cannabinoids also provide powerful inflammation-reducing effects. Reductions in inflammation are often associated with reductions in pain.

Here is a short list of just a few of the most commonly reported effects of CBD which have also been the subject of scientific studies:

  • Pain reduction
  • Sleep aid
  • Anxiety relief
  • Antidepressant
  • Digestive aid
  • Nausea reduction
  • Improved brain function

This is just a short list. The actual list of benefits is much longer but these are the most common. Symptoms such as pain, sleep problems, anxiety, depression and nausea are involved in numerous medical conditions and are also common side effects of prescription medications.

So let’s answer the question of whether or not it takes more CBD to produce these effects as time goes on with regular use of CBD oil.

Research on CBD Tolerance Buildup

In a report on a clinical study of CBDs effects on stroke patients written back in 2010, researchers claimed that the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and neuroprotective effects of CBD made it a good candidate as a treatment for a variety of serious health concerns. But, most importantly for this discussion, they found that patients given CBD oil did not build up a tolerance to the CBD compound. Another study done in 2012 reached the same conclusions.

Then in 2017, researchers looked at all the available CBD research to date in order to determine the safety and side effects of CBD oil. Their report claimed that not one of the studies they looked at reported a tolerance buildup to CBD.

It is possible that in addition to CBD not causing a tolerance buildup in most users, it may actually result in reverse tolerance. What this means is that, over time, a lower dosage of CBD might be required to produce the same effects.

To summarize, the scientific evidence shows that the regular use of CBD does not produce a tolerance buildup. Furthermore, regular use of CBD might actually result in a reverse tolerance in some patients resulting in the same effects at lower doses.

For this reason, it’s important to maintain a particular daily dose of CBD and pay close attention to the effects so that you can notice whether or not the effects diminish or increase over time, or remain consistent.

If the effects diminish — which is uncommon with CBD — then a tolerance break of a few days to a week might bring the required dosage back down. And if the beneficial effects seem to increase over time, which is much more likely, you might be able to use less.

 

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system is a specialized system in the human body embracing a network of cannabinoid receptors, the endocannabinoids and the enzymes that form and break down these cannabinoids.

The history behind the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)

Dr. Mechoulam, the pioneer of cannabis research, was the first to isolate the cannabinoids THC (Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) from the plant. Scientists made a major breakthrough by finding out that THC lodges in a specific receptor, dubbed as the cannabinoid receptor type 1, or CB1, in the human brain. Later, this led to the discovery of cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2), which occupies the immune system.

It wasn’t much longer before it became obvious that the CB1 and CB2 receptors couldn’t be present inside the human body only to interact with seldom consumed, plant-derived cannabinoids, which meant there were probably some natural agents in the body to bind to these receptors. Hence, the research stretched out from learning about the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant to the cannabinoids inside the human body.

Finally, cannabinoids inside the human body were revealed and labeled as endocannabinoids. Endo is a Greek word meaning internal or within. Two endocannabinoids were isolated from the human body, namely anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).

The experts entitled this complex of cannabinoid receptors, the endocannabinoids and the enzymes that form and split these cannabinoids as the endocannabinoid system, or ECS.

What is the role of the Endocannabinoid System?

Now that we know what the endocannabinoid system is, let’s dive into the functions and mechanisms of this system.

The endocannabinoid system is integral to keeping a stable internal milieu (scientifically known as homeostasis). It promotes both physical and mental health and wellness; influences appetite, nutrient transport, and energy storage; crosstalks with the immune system; seizes fits; helps you cope with stress and regulates pain perception.

The knowledge of how the ECS works can be crucial to preventing or even treating various chronic health problems.

All the elements of this dialed-in system work in unison to help accomplish its actions.

1. Endocannabinoids (eCBs)

Anandamide, from the Sanskrit word “Ananda,” meaning supreme joy, is the “bliss” chemical. It’s the same compound that gives you the happy feeling after biting into a yummy chunk of chocolate.

Anandamide binds to only the CB1 receptors, whereas 2-AG can attach to both the cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the brain and the rest of the body.

The enzyme that splits anandamide is fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), whereas 2-AG is inactivated by monoacylglycerol lipase.

Endocannabinoids display unique properties:

Endocannabinoids do not follow the typical course

The eCBs are unique in that they go against the natural flow of chemicals and signals in the brain.

Usually, all the information flows from a nerve cell known as “presynaptic” to the target nerve cell that contains receptors for that chemical and is labeled as “postsynaptic.” The endocannabinoids, on the other hand, travel backward — i.e., from the postsynaptic to the presynaptic nerve cell. That is, contrary to the classical process, it is the postsynaptic cell that forms and releases eCBs.

In the presynaptic nerve cell, the endocannabinoids then come across the CB1 receptors. CB1 receptors function as traffic cops here by blocking the flow of other chemicals out of the presynaptic cells.

After doing what they are designed to do, eCBs are finally taken back into the cell and degraded by their respective enzymes. Inhibition of the enzyme that degrades anandamide (such as by the plant-derived CBD) can get this endocannabinoid back in the system.

Endocannabinoids have a short duration of action

Endocannabinoids have a short lifespan, and your body does not have stores of them all the time. It makes eCBs only on demand. These chemicals then act locally and are degraded immediately. Thus, their effects do not last very long.

2. CB1 Receptors

CB1 receptors can bind to both of the endocannabinoids. They are present in the:

  • Brain (distributed throughout the brain)
  • Fat cells
  • Muscles
  • Gut
  • Liver
  • Thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Male and female reproductive systems
  • Lungs
  • Kidneys

Depending on their location, these receptors perform different tasks.

Stimulating appetite

Although scattered throughout different sites within the brain, the CB1 receptors are also highly concentrated in the appetite centers. CB1 receptor activation in the feeding centers makes you crave food, which can make you gain weight. Scientists are therefore targeting the blockade of CB1 receptors to fight obesity.

Buildup of body fat

As mentioned above, CB1 receptors occur on fat cells. In order for your body to maintain its internal homeostasis, the ECS should be carrying out its job perfectly. This means that any underactivity or even hyperactivity of the ECS can create problems. For instance, an overactivated ECS can cause you to put on more weight by influencing the release of chemicals involved in fat metabolism.

The use of CBD in such cases can help you lose weight as this cannabinoid can turn white fat into brown fat as well as break down the stored fat. Brown fat, as opposed to white fat, has a knack for promoting weight loss.

Providing relief from anxiety and triggering anxiety

CB1 receptors particularly localize on the nerve cells that release excitatory and calming nerve chemicals. On activation by high doses of endocannabinoids, CB1 receptors suppress the release of these chemicals.

When speaking of anxiety, the ECS exhibits dual properties. That is, the endocannabinoid system combats anxiety when low doses of endocannabinoids activate the CB1 receptors. But, at the same time, it can also trigger anxiety when high doses of cannabinoids suppress the release of the relaxing-nerve chemical called GABA (gamma amino-butyric acid).

Moreover, the ECS can drive anxiety by stimulating another group of brain receptors named transient receptor potential vanilloid type 1 channel (TRPV1) that can be considered an extended part of the ECS. While CBD (cannabidiol) does not interact much with the cannabinoid receptors, it can also cause similar effects by interacting with TRPV1.

In short, anandamide acts as an anxiolytic (calms your mind and nerves) on the CB1 receptor and as an anxiogenic agent (promotes anxiety) on the TRPV1.

Slowing down the firing of the nerve cells

By curbing the excitatory chemicals, CB1 receptors can stop the nerve cells from firing too much, which accounts for the role of the endocannabinoid system in epilepsy.

A buffer system for emotional and traumatic situations

The endocannabinoid system regulates the release of stress chemicals and impacts your ability to react to stressful situations.

Also condensed in the reward, memory and fear-regulating centers of your brain, CB1 receptors can help blank out the frightful memories in response to a threat such as that associated with post-traumatic stress disorder.

While CBD does not directly interact with the CB1 receptors, it can boost the levels of anandamide, which in turn acts on the CB1 receptors and extinguishes the fearful memories.

Modifying your sensitivity to pain

CB1 receptors also occupy the nerve cells in your spinal cord, where their activation can suppress the incoming pain signals.

Connecting the brain and gut

The ECS is the axis through which the brain and gut can communicate with each other. Chronic stress can prompt a loss of CB1 receptors and heighten your sensitivity to pain as occurs in irritable bowel syndrome. Endocannabinoids that act via CB1 can help relieve tummy discomfort as well as relax your nerves.

Giving you the “high” of THC

CB1 receptors also mediate the psychoactive high of THC.

Slowing down gut motility

In the digestive tract, activation of the CB1 receptors slows the bowel movements. In contrast, a messed up function of the endocannabinoid system can accelerate gut motility and is also one of the factors underlying diarrhea-predominant irritable bowel syndrome.

3. CB2 Receptors

The CB2 receptor pockets can slot in only 2-AG. These receptors occupy the immune cells and organs such as the spleen, bone marrow, tonsils and digestive tract. Similar to the CB1 receptors, the actions of the CB2 receptors depend on their location.

Combating inflammation

Owing to their presence on immune cells, CB2 receptors can activate cells of the immune system, which have the potential to fight inflammation.

Endocannabinoids can cool the bowels via the cannabinoid receptors. Once activated by the cannabinoids, CB2 receptors in the gut serve to minimize bowel inflammation as occurs in inflammatory bowel diseases as well as inflammation elsewhere in your body. Pain and inflammation most often go hand in hand. Thus, activated CB2 receptors can undo the inflammation associated with painful gut or other conditions.

Maintaining heart health

CB2 receptors are heart-friendly. Their activation can slow down the buildup of fatty plaques in your arteries, which can otherwise lead to heart disease.

Supporting bone health

CB2 receptors on the bone cells boost the number of bone-forming cells while inhibiting the growth of cells that break down the bone. CB2 thus opens up new roads for the treatment of osteoporosis — a condition in which the bones weaken due to a reduced bone mass.

Controlling nausea and vomiting

Cannabinoid receptors also live in the brain centers that regulate the vomiting reflex. Hence, their activation by cannabinoids can also control nausea and vomiting.

What happens if the ECS isn’t up to par?

Deficiency of the endocannabinoid system can wreak havoc on your body’s internal balance (homeostasis).

Because cannabinoid receptors are spread throughout the brain as well as the rest of the body and endocannabinoids are interacting with their receptors everywhere, the endocannabinoid system serves as a potential bridge between the body and mind. Imagine if this bridge breaks down or doesn’t function the way it is supposed to — several systems of your body can go haywire.

According to Dr. Russo Ethans, ECS deficiency can trigger a plethora of health problems, including but not limited to:

  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Migraines
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Degenerative brain conditions
  • Failure to thrive
  • Painful menstrual periods
  • Repeated miscarriages

The good news

Even if your endocannabinoid system isn’t up to the mark, you don’t need to jump right to worrying about it. Supplementing with CBD can help the ECS overcome its deficiency via its interaction with this system in the brain as well as other body sites.

Let’s play a game. Try to imagine the health and beauty section of a grocery store. Does your mind automatically go to a brightly lit wall littered with cover up for hiding your blemishes and expensive creams that will leave your pockets empty with not many benefits? These things don’t sound like health. And if that’s their definition of beauty, then count us out.

Luckily, a cultural shift is coming to skincare and cosmetic products. I’m talking about a product that celebrates our beauty for what it is, rather than shaming us to cover it up. That product is CBD. Currently, CBD products are a $1 billion industry. In less than four years, this industry is projected to hit upwards of $22 billion.

Over these next few years, you can be sure there will be an influx of CBD products hitting the health and beauty market. As a matter of fact, the field is already getting quite saturated. So, let’s take a look at the top 10 CBD skincare and cosmetics products.

A Word of Warning on CBD Products

CBD can come from hemp or from cannabis, which is still a federally illegal schedule 1 controlled substance. The CBD industry is only starting to grow as more states overturn the prohibition of medical marijuana.

While CBD products can’t get you high, they are still considered an alternative form of therapy. Studies on the efficiency and long-term effects of CBD products are still in their infancy. Therefore, these products are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This lack of regulation has led to a vast amount of mislabeling on CBD products sold online. The Journal of American Medical Association found that out of 84 CBD products, 26% contained less CBD than the label stated.

Be sure to research the product before you make a purchase. Don’t be afraid to contact a company and ask for accuracy and consistency reports on their product. Organic CBD products that are third-party tested will be your safest bet — finding companies that go the extra mile will ensure you are getting a high-quality CBD product. In the meantime, I’ll help you pick out the best 10!

Top 10 CBD Skincare and Cosmetic Products

1. Im·Bue Em·Body 25 Mg CBD Lip Balm

Whether it’s the hot summer sun drying them out, or the harsh winter winds blistering them up, you need to protect your lips. One of the best ways to prevent chapped lips is with Im·Bue Em·Body 25 Mg CBD Lip Balm.

One of the things that gives CBD its therapeutic benefits is terpenes. These are the aromatic molecules that give cannabis plants and essential oils their distinct scents. Within these terpenes lie cannabinoids that are potent antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential in regenerating the dead cells that have caused your lips to end up cracked and dry.

Im·Bue Em·Body also contains peppermint essential oils. Not only does this give your lips a divine cooling tingle, but it also promotes healing. That’s because peppermint essential oil increases blood circulation. With CBD working to bring homeostasis to areas experiencing trauma like the lips, peppermint essential oil in Im·Bue Em·Body helps direct and circulate oxygenated blood to the affected area.

2. De La Beuh Coffee Scrub

You’ve probably heard of coffee and CBD used for a morning kickstart. However, for a beauty regimen? Oh, it’s true…and effective with the De La Beuh Coffee Scrub.

Coffee may seem like an odd component to add to your cosmetic routine, but hear us out. It checks three must-haves when it comes to leaving your skin radiant:

  • Exfoliates your skin
  • Massages as you scrub
  • Antioxidants rejuvenate cells

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery Association says using any facial scrub is a massage for your face. Moving around the skin cells on your face can help with lymphatic drainage and lessen the appearance of cellulite. By using two sources rich in antioxidants such as CBD and coffee to scrub off dead cells and rejuvenate epidermal tissue, you are only strengthening your beauty routine.

3. Joy Organics CBD Salve

The most valuable cosmetics are ones that address more than one issue. We’ve already discussed how CBD skincare and cosmetics products may rejuvenate skin. However, some are also formulated to alleviate symptoms associated with pain.

Arthritis is one of the most commonly studied conditions when it comes to CBD. Just underneath our skin lies a series of receptors and neural pathways known as the endocannabinoid system. Whenever we feel joint pain, there is an inflammation in the affected area.

As the inflammation spurs up, it sets off the cannabinoid receptors just under the epidermis. This sends a negative signal to the brain, producing substance P, our pain receptors. This is why we fixate over our aches and pains when we have arthritis. It’s because our joints are constantly sending “May Day!” signals to the brain.

CBD skincare and cosmetic products such as Joy Organics CBD Salve stimulate the cannabinoid receptors. Through this process, the receptors send out neural signals to the brain that cause a sedative-like effect.

4. Sunday Goods Bath Bomb

A great way to relieve stress is to draw a nice bath. One way to take that destressing process up a notch is by adding CBD. By soaking in CBD-enriched bath bombs, your cannabinoid receptors all over the body are stimulated as the cannabinoids easily permeate the skin. When this happens, CBD works to bring homeostasis to the system.

At times of stress, our body creates the hormone cortisol. When stress becomes chronic, the cortisol production line keeps on pumping. It’s sort of like I Love Lucy in the chocolate factory. It gets to the point where our body feels like it’s at an all-you-can-eat hibachi dinner and the chef is throwing more food into your mouth. Complete cortisol explosion!

CBD helps stimulate the production of happy neurotransmitters and hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. As a result, your mind feels at ease and the adrenal glands no longer feel the pressure to secrete cortisol and all is happy in the world.

Now, how do you want to customize your bath experience? Do you need a burst of energy and a fresh start? Get the Sunday Good Bath Bomb – Invigorating. This bath bomb contains sweet orange essential oils. In studies involving essential oils, sweet orange oil shows promising results in combating fatigue.

Want to take a bath and shut off your mind, rather than wind it up? Then wind down with Sunday Good Bath Bomb – Tranquil. The essential oil de jour in this one is lavender. Lavender essential oil shows promising results in lessening anxiety and creating feelings of drowsiness.

5. Kana CBD Lavender Sleep Mask

Speaking of lavender, you get a 2-for-1 deal here with Kana CBD Lavender Sleep Mask. This product contains 28 all-natural botanicals that are shown to improve collagen production. Collagen is essential for our skin to retain its elasticity. It gives structure to our skin. This compound is what’s responsible for the youthful glow we desire.

At the same time, your body needs to rest to carry out these functions optimally. During our waking hours, the body is constantly fighting off the germs and stress that others bring into our daily lives.

During sleep is when the real work happens. Your body is free to do its thing without outside forces interfering with the process. So, using a Kana CBD Lavender Sleep Mask will assist you in not only getting your sleep but making sure it’s a beauty sleep!

6. Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara

CBD products have such a viable future in the world of cosmetics much in thanks to the high sustainability of the cannabis crop. That’s what makes Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara the best choice for eye makeup.

Most mascaras are made up of beeswax. While beeswax is a much better source for cosmetics than synthetic ingredients, it’s also not vegan-friendly. By leaving the wax as food for the pollinators, Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara uses CBD oil to create high volume for the lashes.

CBD oil goes on with a creamy feel that doesn’t goop. You can wear Milk Makeup KUSH High Volume Mascara all day long, feeling good about how your eyes look and how your cosmetics were sourced.

7. Joy Organics Softgels with Curcumin

I know what you’re thinking. Why is a dietary supplement on a list of the top 10 CBD skincare and cosmetic products? Hear me out! As the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates, famously said, “All disease begins in the gut.”

At the root of many skin conditions is inflammation. Inflammation stems from foreign substances such as dead cells, bad bacteria and viral infections setting up shop inside your microbiome.

Gut health and skin conditions have been studied over the last couple decades and results show a strong correlation that when one is on the downfall, so is the other.

These studies include:

One of the most reputable herbs in traditional Chinese medicine for improving gut health is turmeric. This is due to the root’s main chemical compound, curcumin. Curcumin has exhibited excellent anti-inflammatory properties.

By combining curcumin with CBD in Joy Organics Softgels, the chemical compounds in these plant-based products creates an entourage effect that helps balance out an acidic microbiome. In turn, less inflammation should spur up around the body. Thanks to cause-and-effect, your skin should bring back the healthy glow you know and love.

8. Malin & Goetz Hair Pomade

CBD is a complete protein. Therefore it contains all of the essential amino acids that we can’t produce on our own. Additionally, it’s a valuable source of omega-3 fatty acids. All of these fatty acids are essential in creating protein.

Protein is what gives our hair follicles their strength. Without it, our hair would be brittle and break — or not grow at all! That’s why CBD and hair products are a match made in hairdresser heaven.

By using Malin & Goetz Hair Pomade, you can style your hair while strengthening it at the same time. While this product has a strong hold on your hair, it has a lightweight feel on your head. So, work it in without piling it on!

9. Myaderm CBD Blemish Cream

Studies on CBD and acne find promising results that CBD exhibits the ability to inhibit one of the key pro-inflammatory agents behind acne flare-ups known as AA. With cannabis’ anti-inflammatory abilities, this makes Myaderm CBD Blemish Cream a great choice for acne skin care.

While sebocytes are essential for our skin to create moisture, they also can be harmful to our skin microbiota. That’s because these compounds respond to stimuli from bad bacteria as well as the good. The proliferation of sebocytes are decreased in the presence of CBD. Therefore, other moisturizing agents in Myaderm CBD Blemish Cream such as organic coconut oil and organic aloe vera are used instead to hydrate the skin while CBD fights off the pro-inflammatory cells.

10. CBD Skincare Company Shea Honey Oat Body Bar

One of the keys to keeping your skin hydrated is to nourish it when you dry it out the most — in the hot shower. Hot showers can lead to red, blotchy skin littered with dry patches. Try to repair the damage while you’re doing it by using an ultra-moisturizing soap such as the CBD Skincare Company Shea Honey Oat Body Bar.

CBD Skin Care Company Shea Honey Oat Body Bar contains all-natural ingredients such as sunflower oil and rosemary extract that will leave your skin glowing. Most importantly, this is a full spectrum CBD bar. Therefore, it contains all of the cannabinoids present in the cannabis plant, minus the THC. This will further the entourage effect of all these ingredients, making the CBD Skin Care Company Shea Honey Oat Body Bar a truly hydrating experience.

Meet Joy Smith, Founder

Mom, Grandmother,
Philanthropist & CBD Entrepreneur.

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"My caretaker can hardly believe what she sees in my mobility. I have not slowed down. Every day since taking the softgels I have been walking without arthritic pain. It indeed is like a miracle."
- Don

  • OUR UNIQUE PROCESS

    Joy’s processes ensure that her products provide an effective solution while remaining at an affordable price point.

    Each of our hemp oil droplets is between 4 to 200 times smaller than the industry standard. This means that they’re more easily absorbed into the blood whether consumed orally or applied to the skin.

    Our solution was to create a water-soluble nanoemulsion technology. This patent-pending technology transforms active compounds into nano-sized emulsions.

    Our highly bioavailable products are not only extremely effective, they’re also extremely economical. You’ll get the same results from a much smaller amount of what we create than you would from our competitors. This is better for you and your wallet.

  • JOY’S STORY

    Joy is a wife, mom and grandmother. As a self-proclaimed “health nut”, her story begins in a place that many of us know very well – persistent pain and trouble sleeping.

    While researching natural solutions, Joy learned of the benefits of CBD and began trying the top brands.

    What she found was distressing: only one of the seven biggest CBD oil brands gave her the relief she desired.

    After more research, the answer became obvious. Today’s CBD oil industry is a mess. There is minimal government oversight. No enforcement of false label claims and a huge variety of ineffective extraction and delivery methods.

    As Joy’s frustration grew, so did her passion for creating a product people could trust. She then put together her team to create the most pure, organic, and bioavailable THC-free full spectrum hemp oil on the market.

  • 12 BENEFITS OF JOY

    Zero THC – THC is the psychoactive compound in Marijuana
    Free Shipping – Complimentary shipping anywhere in the US.
    No Risk – All products come with a 30 day money back guarantee.
    High Absorption – Our softgels are 4x more absorbable than a standard tincture oil.
    World-Class Customer Support – Here for you to make sure your questions are answered!
    USA Proud – All products are organically grown, processed and manufactured in the USA.
    Full Spectrum – All products include all of the cannabinoids present in the hemp plant.
    Pharmaceutical Grade – Our products considered pharmaceutical grade because they are manufactured in a GMP certified facility by the FDA.
    Consistency – All our hemp oil comes from the exact same extraction process in the same facility, which ensures consistency.
    Every Batch is Tested – Each batch is tested to ensure the highest quality hemp oil available without any metals, pesticides or THC.
    Chromatography Process – Only company in the world with the chromatography process which removes THC, waxes and chlorophyll and leaves all the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids
    Family Owned & Operated – Our company owned and managed by Joy’s family.
    Veteran Friendly – All three of Joy’s brother’s served in the US military.