The way you start each day has a tremendous impact on how the rest of the day unfolds.

How do you typically start your day?

Are you up at 6 a.m.? Do you slowly sip on your coffee or tea while contemplating the day ahead and making a mental (or physical) to-do list? Are you meditating and engaging in a relaxing yoga flow before heading out the door, ready for whatever the day may bring?

Not so much?

Don’t feel bad.

Most people don’t start the day off with a mindful morning routine. We hit snooze on the alarm clock until we force ourselves out of bed. We rush around madly trying to make it out the door and end up scattered, unfocused and feeling rushed all day, never quite getting done what needs to get done.

We then complain about how our day went, without even realizing what a profound effect simply starting our day out differently could have had on how our day unfolded.

Why a Morning Routine Matters

If all this rushing around and morning madness sounds familiar, it’s time to incorporate a bit of mindfulness into your morning routine.

Mornings are when the magic happens. Don’t believe us? Some of the most successful people in the world have a dedicated morning routine.

Oprah Winfrey’s mindful morning routine starts out with 20 minutes of meditation, which she says gives her “hope, a sense of contentment and deep joy.” She then exercises for at least 15 minutes, then “tunes herself in” by going for a walk, preparing a meal or listening to music. Her morning routine always ends with a healthy meal.

Tim Ferris, author of the 4-Hour Work Week, starts out his morning by making his bed, which he contends fills him with a sense of pride and makes him feel like he’s immediately accomplished something. He then meditates for 10-20 minutes, exercises for at least 30 minutes and drinks a strong cup of tea. He completes his mindful morning routine by journaling for a bit, something he says assists to “push the ball forward and feel better throughout the day.”

At Joy Organics, we’ve developed our own version of a mindful morning routine. Staying true to our roots, our mindful morning routine incorporates CBD.

If you’re ready to stop hitting snooze and finally make the most out of your mornings, we’re happy to share our tips for a relaxing, mindful morning routine. We can even supply the CBD.

6 Ways to Create a Relaxing, Mindful Morning Routine

1. Set Your Alarm for 20 Minutes Earlier

What if, instead of hitting snooze on your alarm for 20 minutes each morning, you actually got up 20 minutes earlier? Don’t underestimate the power those extra 20 minutes can have on your day. Imagine a morning where you’re not rushing around like crazy, but rather letting the day unfold with an increased sense of calm.

Getting up earlier each morning can improve your sleep cycle, improve productivity levels, improve concentration and more. If you’ve never been a morning person, you’d be amazed at how quiet the world is early in the morning. We like to think the world is just a bit softer at 6 a.m. Getting up this early is the first step to creating a mindful morning that will help you make the most out of the rest of your day.

2. List 5 Things You’re Thankful for Before You Get out of Bed

If you’re like most people, your mind starts racing from the moment you wake up — thoughts of what needs to be done today, what happened yesterday, what went wrong the day before and a million other things.

Did you ever stop to think about the fact that waking up in itself is something to be thankful for?

Want to create a mindful morning routine that will help you greet each day like the gift it truly is? Think of five things you’re thankful for before you even get out of bed. It could be something that happened the previous day, the fact that you have a job to go to (even if you hate it) or that you have a roof over your head. Seriously, there’s always something to be thankful for each day.

Practicing gratitude is one of the habits of happy people. Giving thanks can help you experience more positive emotions, increase your sleep quality, be a more kind and compassionate human being and support your physical health. Starting the day by listing five things you’re thankful for sounds way better to us than scrolling social media — which just so happens to bring us to our next step in a mindful morning routine.

3. Don’t Look at Your Phone

Did you know that research shows that 80% of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up? Whether this is checking their email, updating their social media status (“hey world, just woke up”), stalking someone’s Instagram story or any of the million other things a smartphone allows you to do, reaching for your phone is a big no-no if you want to start your day off a bit more mindfully.

Your phone isn’t going anywhere. The emails can wait. So can the status update or any stalking (which we don’t really recommend any time of the day). According to Jeff Sanders, author of The 5 A.M. Miracle, “I highly recommend you don’t watch television, or even check email until you have completed your most important morning habit. Technology is enticing, but it’s also a major distraction that prevents us from doing what we know is best for us.”

If you want to bring more mindfulness to your mornings, do yourself a favor and skip looking at your phone first thing when you wake up.

4. Meditate (Or Just Sit in Quiet Contemplation for a Few Minutes)

These days, it seems that everyone from CEOs to celebrities to soccer moms are embracing a regular meditation practice. Some of the most successful people in the world swear by meditation. Oprah. Michael Jordan. Russell Brand. Steve Jobs. The list goes on and on.

There’s a reason meditation has gone mainstream. It works. While studies on mindfulness and meditation are scant, the research that has been conducted shows that slowing down the mind can significantly impact the brain, ultimately changing our behavior and the way we react to the world.

Meditating for just 5-10 minutes each morning has the potential to radically transform your day. Not only does it set the tone for calm and relaxation for the rest of the day but can also boost energy levels, increase focus and productivity, and increase an overall sense of wellbeing. A morning meditation practice can help instill a sense of mindfulness that spills out into the rest of your day, allowing you to face whatever you encounter with a greater sense of ease and grace.

If you aren’t a meditator and/or have no desire to start meditating, simply sitting in quiet contemplation for a few minutes each morning before you start your day can help instill a sense of mindfulness. It’s also much more relaxing than immediately rushing into whatever the day might bring.

5. Get in a Serving of CBD

It’s estimated that 64% of Americans drink at least one cup of coffee every day. Americans also consume more coffee than any other country in the world. At Joy Organics, we’re no strangers to drinking coffee in the morning. But before we do so, we take our daily serving of CBD. You see, we’ve seen CBD have a tremendously positive impact on our own lives and know from experience that it may be used to help maintain a state of general wellness.

We believe that part of a mindful morning routine includes being mindful of what we put in our bodies. Starting the day off with things we know could potentially benefit our overall wellness only makes sense when starting each day out mindfully.

A typical morning for us might include taking a CBD tincture before our morning cup of coffee. Then there are the days we feel we need an extra boost and prepare our own version of bulletproof coffee to start the day. When we have a bit more time in the mornings, we’ll mindfully prepare a superfood CBD smoothie.

Seeing how much CBD has benefited our own lives, it only makes sense to us to include it in our mindful morning routine. Since CBD may help support a sense of relaxation and focus, we think it’s one of the best additions anyone could incorporate into the way they start their day.

6. Commit to Mindfully Moving Your Body

Getting up 20 minutes earlier each day allows you to squeeze in at least 15 minutes of mindful movement. Did you know that mindfully engaging in a gentle form of exercise for even 10 minutes each day can have a significant impact on the rest of your day?

Try taking a walk around the block, engaging in a relaxing yoga routine or taking up Tai Chi. Take things a step further and hit the gym, jump in the pool or take the kayak out on the lake for 20 minutes.

Committing to mindfully moving your body is an excellent part of an established morning routine and will increase energy levels, enhance your mood, improve your sleep and more.

Things to Keep in Mind When Establishing a Mindful Morning Routine

When it comes to starting out the day, everyone is different. Our mindful morning routine might look much different than yours.

One of the most important things you can do when establishing a mindful morning routine is listen to your intuition. On different days, your body might need different things. Honor this.

Keep in mind, however, that engaging in a mindful morning routine can improve your life in more ways than you might ever begin to imagine. We also strongly believe that taking CBD each morning could do the same.

What are some of the ways you mindfully start your mornings? We’d love to hear about them in the comments below.

The rapidly rising popularity of CBD has led to countless new products hitting the market on a regular basis. While CBD tinctures are undoubtedly one of the most popular options, there are quite a few other forms of CBD available. One of these options is CBD crystals, also known as CBD isolate.

What are CBD crystals, though? If you’re confused about exactly what CBD crystals are, you’re not alone. Not everyone is familiar with this particular form of CBD. Tinctures and capsules are more mainstream than any other method of CBD, with vaping close behind.

So what exactly are CBD crystals, then? How are they different from other forms of CBD? And how do they work?

Here we’ll take a look, offering a better understanding of this form of CBD so you can decide if CBD crystals are a good option for your personal needs.

What Are CBD Crystals?

CBD crystals are the purest form of CBD available on the market today. Through additional extraction and purification processes, everything is removed from CBD oil that is extracted from the hemp plant, leaving a fine white powder that is at least 98% pure CBD.

CBD crystals are pure CBD and nothing more. All other compounds present in the hemp plant are removed through an extraction and refinement process. This means there aren’t any other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids or other compounds that are typically present in broad spectrum CBD options.

One of the biggest benefits of CBD crystals?

You can get a perfectly measured serving each and every time. If you’re someone who takes 50mg of CBD oil every day, all you need to do is measure out 50mg of CBD crystals instead of assuming you’re getting the exact amount you need.

How Are CBD Crystals Made?

Like all other forms of CBD, CBD crystals start out as a mature hemp plant where CBD oil is extracted. CBD crystals, however, take the initial extraction process a step further. In order to remove various compounds still present in the CBD oil, a purifying process ensues after the initial extraction.

The purification process includes a filtration process where any residual plant material is removed from the extracted oil. Following this, another process known as “winterization” occurs that removes anything left over after the filtration process.

What’s left is pure CBD and nothing more. After extraction, filtration and winterization, you’re left with 98-99% pure CBD.

How Do You Use CBD Crystals?

If you’ve recently purchased or are interested in trying CBD crystals, but aren’t sure how to use them, don’t worry. While they can seem a bit intimidating at first, CBD crystals are actually extremely versatile and can be used in a number of different ways. Both odorless and tasteless, CBD crystals give you the option of using them pretty much any way you want.

Some of the easiest and most popular ways to use CBD crystals include:

Mixing CBD Crystals in Beverages

Looking for an easy way to get a regular serving of CBD? Try mixing CBD crystals into your favorite beverages. CBD crystals make a great addition to your morning coffee or tea, and you can’t even taste it! If coffee and tea in the morning isn’t exactly your thing, CBD crystals can also be mixed in with juice or a smoothie.

Here’s another thing. CBD crystals can also be mixed into your favorite cocktails. Think CBD and alcohol don’t mix? Think again. CBD cocktails are actually creating quite a “buzz” in several cities across the country and have become one of the hottest trends CBD has seen. According to Food and Wine, CBD cocktails are “taking over bar menus everywhere.”

Click here for some of our favorite CBD cocktail recipes, some with a boozy twist, as well as others that don’t contain any alcohol whatsoever. In each recipe, simply swap out the CBD tincture for 5-10mg of CBD crystals and you’re good to go.

Taking CBD Crystals by Mouth

Most people associate this method of consuming of CBD with tinctures or drops, but it is one of the easiest ways to consume this form of CBD. Simply place the desired milligram amount of CBD crystals in your mouth and swallow.

Create Your Own CBD Sweetener

Want to sweeten up the way you get your regular serving of CBD? Try adding CBD crystals to honey or agave. To create your own CBD sweetener, simply heat up honey or agave nectar in a double boiler (or something comparable) and mix in the desired milligram amount of CBD crystals you want your sweetener to contain until it’s completely dissolved.

Make Your Own CBD Vape Juice

Vaping CBD is a quick method of delivery. CBD crystals can be added to vape juice (e-liquid) and then vaped. This is done by mildly heating up your vape juice, then slowly adding your measured CBD crystals into the warm vape juice and stirring until completely dissolved.

Creating Your Own CBD Topicals

If you’re someone who likes to get crafty and are down to make your own CBD topicals, CBD isolate is your go-to ingredient. CBD topicals, such as CBD salves, lotions and creams, are easy to create and make awesome gifts. Anyone who’s ever made lotions or creams in the past will find that making CBD-infused options is no different. CBD crystals will dissolve into your carrier oil and allow you to create any type of CBD topical you desire.

Mix CBD Crystals with Oil

Want to always have a bottle of CBD oil on hand? CBD crystals will mix well with virtually any oil, so you can always have a bottle when you need it. The best oils to mix with CBD crystals are coconut, olive or hemp seed. The oil you choose will need to be slightly heated to allow for the CBD crystals to dissolve.

Are CBD Crystals Right for You?

Knowing what you do now about CBD crystals can help you decide if this particular form of CBD is the best option for you. They’re extremely versatile, can be precisely measured for accurate servings and are completely taste and odor free.

CBD crystals are CBD in their purest form. That being said, one gram of CBD crystals contains approximately 990mg of CBD. Basically, for every one milligram of crystals, you’re getting almost one milligram of CBD. This is an excellent way to gauge exactly how much you’ll need to achieve the effects you desire.

Sure, CBD crystals can seem a bit daunting at first. But then again, trying a CBD tincture for the first time probably felt similar. Trying anything new can be intimidating but can also lead to some seriously beneficial changes to your life.

Trying CBD crystals are no different. Is this form of CBD right for you? You’ll never know until you try. We hope we’ve provided all the information you need to make an informed choice to decide if CBD crystals are best for your personal needs. Still have questions about CBD crystals? We’re always here to help.

Elavon, one of the largest CBD merchant processors in the United States, has decided to no longer do CBD processing. Why would Elavon make such a hasty decision? After doing some research, a series of reasons as to why such a mammoth merchant processor is pulling out of the cannabidiol game becomes clear.

The good news? Even though an approximate 13 thousand CBD companies will be affected, this is far from the end of the CBD industry. Instead, it’s the start of a better-regulated industry full of higher-quality competition that truly cares about the products being sold and the ingredients that go into them.

Today, we’re going to look at not only the reason why Elavon is cutting ties with CBD companies but also what that means for the future of the CBD industry and companies within the industry. 

Uncertainty in the Industry’s Future

Many influential industry leaders believe the FDA chairman stepping down in early March of 2019 created uncertainty as to how the FDA and our federal government will be treating CBD in the future. As it stands right now, only FDA-approved CBD drugs like Epidiolex have been recognized as a schedule 5 drug; meanwhile, other hemp-derived CBD products, even protected under the 2018 Farm Bill, are not recognized and instead defined as a cannabis derivative.

Many believe that this change in the FDA set back merchant processing opportunities by at least six months. We try to look on the bright side — every time there’s a new challenge in the CBD world, it just means there’s less competition for the CBD brands that are truly serious about moving forward. 

Association with US Bank

Elavon is associated with US Bank. With the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill came people across the country flooding US Bank branches and wanting to open CBD merchant accounts. An even bigger issue was the people wanting to open merchant accounts for their marijuana businesses. A lot of marijuana companies were going in, saying they were a CBD company, and because of the lack of an approval process, the US Bank accepted them without looking over the products they had for sale.

It became too overwhelming for US Bank branches to accept or deny all the cannabis companies trying to set up merchant processing accounts at each location. Without the knowledge of what makes a reputable CBD brand, the branches were lost on how to sort between all the marijuana companies posing as CBD brands.

Elavon Wasn’t Prepared for the CBD Industry

There was a massive series of chargebacks in the first few weeks of Elavon accepting CBD brands for merchant processing accounts. Elavon came into the industry and wanted to shut everything down within six weeks of beginning, showing little preparedness in knowing how to handle the CBD industry.

Now, thousands of smaller CBD businesses across the country are scrambling to try to find merchant processing. With only a few banks that do accept CBD transactions right now, it’s unlikely many of those smaller CBD businesses will have much success in securing a new processor. These financial institutions are not looking for startups so are seldom interested in assisting with a CBD business that doesn’t generate at least $100 thousand a month or more in processing.

CBD Industry’s Future

Although many CBD companies are being impacted negatively, there is a silver lining in Elavon jumping ship. The CBD companies that want to throw in the towel or can’t handle the rapid changes in the industry will quit. The brands that thrive through this will step up as new industry leaders and keep propelling the market further forward. This is a short-term challenge, and solutions will start to show themselves soon.

Note of Advice

If you’re a CBD brand that hasn’t yet received an email or letter from Elavon about getting shut down, you may be in the clear. If the financial institution didn’t flag you as a CBD company and you can keep making transactions, then you are under the radar until it’s otherwise brought to their attention.

Elavon also mentioned that they are only cutting ties with companies that primarily sell CBD. If CBD is just a small portion of the products you sell, we advise you to call Elavon and put in a formal complaint that they want to cut ties with your business under false grounds.

We anticipate the bank will be getting calls about quite a range of issues over the next few days, so make sure your voice is heard and be part of the movement that makes change happen. Together, we can make sure the next financial institution that accepts CBD merchant accounts is here for the long haul.

If you’re interested in selling CBD, it’s vital to purchase your product from the right manufacturer. All CBD is not created equal, which means that not every CBD distributor is carrying a quality product.

In order to be a success in the rapidly growing CBD industry, you’ve got to offer consumers the highest quality CBD you can find. Don’t forget that there are new CBD companies created all the time, meaning that the CBD industry is extremely competitive. If you’re not selling one of the best products consumers can find, it’s a given that they’ll quickly take their business elsewhere.

At Joy Organics, we’ve partnered with the largest grower, manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived products in the U.S. This is who makes the compounds used in Joy’s products. We understand exactly how important it really is to choose the best manufacturer possible.

When looking for a manufacturer for your own CBD company, keep in mind that Joy Organics does offer wholesale and private label options. Going this route and purchasing from us wholesale or with your own private label could be easier than choosing a manufacturer and buying in bulk.

That being said, here are some things to consider when looking for the top CBD manufacturers available.

What to Look for in a CBD Manufacturer

Before choosing a company from which you’ll source your CBD, it’s imperative you do your research. What exactly makes for a good CBD manufacturer? We’re glad you asked. Following are a few things to look for when choosing the company that will supply your CBD:

  • Proof of a real manufacturing facility. To date, the CBD industry has been largely unregulated. This means that oil can be extracted pretty much anywhere, and no one would know the difference. When researching various CBD manufacturers, make sure the product they’re offering is made in a legit manufacturing facility rather than in someone’s garage or storage shed.
  • Information on where the hemp comes from. Where does the manufacturer source the hemp from which their CBD is made? Is it grown sustainably and in accordance with the highest cultivation standard? Is it grown in the U.S. or is it sourced from overseas? The top CBD manufacturers will let you know exactly where the hemp that is used to create their products comes from.
  • Knowledge of the entire process from seed to sale. Have you ever stopped to think of the entire process of making CBD oil? From seed to sale, there are several things involved. “Seed to sale” is a system that can be used to track the entire process including cultivation, harvest, extraction, production, distribution and sales. These tracking systems often contain a combination written records and software in a single database that can be used by cultivators, processors, manufacturers, transporters and others involved in the process that provides a thorough history of the product.
  • Appropriate regulatory licenses and proper manufacturing certifications. While CBD has been largely unregulated up until now, there are certain regulatory licenses and proper manufacturing certifications that the best CBD manufacturers will carry. Regulatory licenses will vary from state to state and manufacturers should be clear about the regulatory licenses they carry. ISO is also something to keep an eye out for, which is a quality management system that helps organizations ensure that they meet the needs of customers and stakeholders while meeting statutory and regulatory requirements related to CBD. Some manufacturing certifications top CBD manufacturers will hold include Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) certification and Governance and Professional Practice (GPP) certification.
  • Certificates of analysis (COAs) for each product they sell. A certificate of analysis (COA) is a laboratory report regarding the contents of a product. In the case of CBD, a COA will include cannabinoid content and other tested compounds, such as pesticides, mold and heavy metals. COAs ensure the customer knows exactly what is in the product they’re purchasing. Not only does this create transparency, but also ensures that the product contains exactly what it claims. A 2017 study found that almost 70% of CBD products sold online aren’t labeled correctly, having either considerably less or more CBD than advertised. CBD manufacturers should offer the most recent COAs of the products they provide.

There are plenty of CBD manufacturers out there to choose from. We can’t stress enough how important it is to make sure you choose the right one.

That being said, here are the top 6 CBD manufacturers to help get you started on the road to success in the ever-expanding CBD industry.

The Top 6 CBD Manufacturers

1. Folium Biosciences

Folium Biosciences is the largest vertically integrated producer, manufacturer and distributor of hemp-derived CBD in North America. Founded in 2014 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Folium Biosciences has been a part of the CBD industry almost from the very beginning.

Processing, extraction and purification is all currently performed at a 300,000 square-foot, FDA-registered facility located in southern Colorado. The vertical integration used by Folium Biosciences allows them to control every aspect of production, from seed to sale. State-of-the-art extraction techniques are employed, which is then followed by rigorous in-house testing.

Folium Biosciences holds a Certificate of Free Sale and a Manufactured Food Establishment License by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Aside from carrying all of Colorado’s food and cosmetic licenses, Folium Biosciences also holds GMP certification, GPP certification, Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) licensing, EU Pharmaceutical Manufacturing licensing, Kosher and Halal certification and ISO Certified Clean Rooms for processing.

2. Global Cannabinoids

Global Cannabinoids has partnered with the leading U.S. genetics company to provide their farmers with clones from unique proprietary hemp strains high in CBD, CBN, CBG, CBD and other naturally occurring cannabis compounds.

Global Cannabinoids hemp is cultivated sustainably on farms in Oregon, Colorado and North Carolina. Each farm is registered with its state’s Department of Agriculture, with some of Global Cannabinoids farmers issued some of the first hemp farming licenses under the 2014 Farm Bill. They are the largest GMP and FDA manufacturers and employ the highest rated cannabis testing and certification labs. All of their products are manufactured in one of their GMP or ISO certified facilities.

Plants are tested both before and after harvest, where state-of-the-art extraction methods are then utilized to create both full spectrum oil and CBD isolate. Once oil has been extracted, it goes through two rounds of testing. All Global Cannabinoids products are guaranteed with seed-to-sale traceability.

3. HempMeds

Established in 2012, HempMeds is a CBD wholesaler with experience in the industry and refers to themselves as “your trusted CBD source.” The team at HempMeds understands that trust in a product comes from quality and consistency.

All HempMeds products are sourced from sustainably cultivated hemp grown on a cooperative of 750 farms in northern Europe. After extraction, every batch of products created goes through a triple lab testing process that authenticates cannabinoid content, quality and purity (no mold, heavy metals or contaminants) at three various points throughout manufacturing. Certificates of analysis are available for every product they provide. Lab tests can be requested to wholesalers to confirm testing before purchase.

HempMeds was the first mainstream CBD hemp oil distributor and retailer in the U.S., was the provider of the first CBD products in Brazil and is the provider of the first and only CBD products in Mexico.

4. Hemp Depot

Hemp Depot is a Colorado Springs, Colorado-based CBD manufacturer that provides hemp CBD oil, hemp flower, hemp seeds and hemp clones that are all grown and processed in the USA.

Involved in all aspects of how their hemp oil is made, Hemp Depot monitors every step of the production process from seed to sale. The hemp cultivated to source their CBD oil is grown sustainably in Colorado, using growing practices without chemical pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers to produce all-natural, non-GMO crops.

Hemp Depot carries several certifications to ensure you’re getting the highest possible quality hemp products you can find. These include the CHPHE manufacturing license, Denver Public Health and Environment (DHE) certification, Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) seed registration and industrial hemp registration, and the U.S. Hemp Authority certification. Hemp Depot is also a member of both the Hemp Industries Association (HIA) and the National Hemp Association (NHA).

Third party testing is applied to all the products they offer.

5. Stock CBD Supplements

Stock CBD Supplements is a CBD supplement manufacturer with a 177,000 square foot FDA-approved, GMP facility. They maintain a fully independent quality control department to ensure that all their products meet the highest standards for quality and documentation.

Not only is Stock CBD an FDA-registered company, but they are also audited twice a year by NSF International (a global public health and safety organization) to ensure they are in full compliance with GMP. Raw material to source their products is sourced from high-quality producers, who must undergo a thorough qualification procedure before Stock CBD Supplements will partner with them.

The products Stock CBD Supplements offers are tested several times for cannabinoid identification, quality, potency and contamination. Third-party testing labs are also employed to ensure consumers receive the highest quality CBD oil possible.

6. Kazmira

Kazmira is based near Denver, Colorado and operates out of a 200,000-square-foot facility. They produce THC-free, broad spectrum CBD oil, CBD isolate and water-soluble CBD derived from industrial hemp grown in the USA. Kazmira has also planted 240 acres of industrial hemp with partners across the state of Colorado.

Quality is of paramount importance to Kazmira, which is why they follow ISO quality management standards and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). They also carry a Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) license that allows them to process hemp plants in Colorado as a food product. Kazmira also has permits for all the solvents they use in the extraction process.

From seed to sale, the Colorado-based company also tracks the entire lifecycle of their product. Kazmira is “committed to operating safely and complying with applicable laws, regulations and policies.” Every business decision they make is said to be guided by their commitment to provide a safe and healthy workplace and operate with the highest safety standards while protecting the environment, natural resources and local community.

Choose a CBD Manufacturer That Makes Quality a Priority

As you can see, there are more than a few options to choose from when it comes to CBD manufacturers. CBD is a big business and is only expected to grow. This means that the number of CBD manufacturers will increase as the industry expands.

If you’re interested in becoming part of this rapidly growing industry, finding the best manufacturer is paramount for your success. We’re here to help in any way we possibly can.

Together we can make a difference by bringing CBD to the lives of as many people as possible. Please contact us with any questions you might have on finding the best CBD manufacturer to fit your needs. If you’re interested in offering CBD products to your customers, check out our wholesale and private label programs to see if they might be a good fit for you.

We need balance. Whether it be work and life or healthy food and garbage, most everything works better when there is balance on all sides. The same can be said for our biological networks. With the rise of CBD products, science and technology have uncovered that our endocannabinoid system plays a role in regulating our body. Cannabinoids in CBD interact with receptors throughout our network to support balance. For those who don’t supplement with CBD products, our system fosters balance by creating its own cannabinoids.

Endogenous (internal) cannabinoids are known as endocannabinoids. They play a crucial role in how the endocannabinoid system operates. Therefore, endocannabinoids are also significant in promoting balance. Let’s learn a bit more about the body’s natural endocannabinoids and their integral role in your system.

What Is the Endocannabinoid System?

Think of your body as a government. It was designed with checks and balances to ensure that everything runs smoothly. Recent research suggests that the endocannabinoid system provides the body those checks and balances.

There are three major components to the endocannabinoid system. They are:

  • Cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2).
  • Enzymes (FAAH and MAGL).
  • Endocannabinoids (Namely Anandamide and 2-AG).

Science indicates that the endocannabinoid system exists to keep us in balance. When inflammation springs up, a virus invades or free radicals destroy tissue, the balance gets disrupted. This disruption is a trigger for the endocannabinoid system to spring into action.

The first line of action is the cannabinoid receptors. Our body has thousands of these throughout the body.

CB1 receptors tend to hang out in areas essential to the central nervous system and vital organs such as the lungs and kidneys, whereas CB2 receptors influence the digestive tract and immune cells.  

Together, CB receptors impact the following functions:

  • Mood.
  • Appetite.
  • Eye health.
  • Memory.
  • Reward mechanisms.
  • Immune responses.
  • Digestive process.
  • Cell rejuvenation.

These important functions don’t even scratch the surface of the influence our CB receptors exhibit. When the receptors pick up on something that may tip the harmonious balance within the network, they send a signal out to the system.

Neural tissues on the receptor transmit an axon across a synapse that reaches the mind. Based on the brain’s interpretation, the body will draw on fat tissues to create endocannabinoids. Depending on the endocannabinoid produced, these endogenous cannabinoids interact with metabolic enzymes. This interaction causes the unsavory symptoms we experience to subside. Thus, we have balance within the system.

Types of Endocannabinoids

Research on cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system is still in its early stages. In fact, scientists are still trying to figure just how many endocannabinoids there are in the first place!

Although cannabis-based products have been used unknowingly to target the endocannabinoid system since early recorded history, the first endocannabinoid was scientifically discovered in the 1980s. To this day, it’s still one of the most important regulators of our mental health. Let’s look at the first endocannabinoids scientists have uncovered and what they might mean to our system as a whole.

Anandamide

This particle got its name from the Sanskrit translation for “joy.” Anandamide is an essential omega-6 fatty acid that acts as a neurotransmitter. When our system secretes anandamide, we are rewarded with feelings of happiness.

Our system uses anandamide as we would use a dog treat. When we eat, our body releases anandamide. Sure, the food tastes good, but the body is also rewarding you for providing it with energy. In the same respect, if you are feeling emotionally low, the body will produce anandamide to try to counteract those feelings.

Research indicates that this critical endocannabinoid plays a role in:

  • Appetite.
  • Cognitive Function/Memory.
  • Depression/Mental Health.
  • Fertility.
  • Pain Perception.

When anandamide enters the system, it interacts with the metabolic enzyme fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH). FAAH allows our body to absorb this endocannabinoid.

2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG)

This omega-6 fatty acid ester was the second endocannabinoid discovered. Research indicates that this endocannabinoid is abundant in brain tissue. Oddly enough, it’s also mostly attracted to the CB2 receptor, which is scarce in this area of the body.

For your body to absorb 2-AG, it must come into contact with the enzyme monoacylglycerol lipase (MAGL). Research indicates that, once activated, 2-AG exhibits potent anti-inflammatory properties, making this essential endocannabinoid a powerful neuroprotectant.

2-Arachidonyl glyceryl ether (2-AGE or Noladin Ether)

No, you do not see double.  This endocannabinoid is slightly different 2-AG. Like 2-AG, 2-AGE stimulates both CB receptors. While 2-AG takes more of a liking to the CB2 receptor, 2-AGE focuses most of its efforts on CB1.

One of the primary functions of 2-AGE is to trigger the protein mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK). MAPK directs the body to fight off potential problems such as osmotic stress (gastrointestinal issues that can damage cells on the gut wall) and lower the intensity of interocular pressure.

N-Arachidonoyl dopamine (NADA)

NADA is anything but nada to our system. There are high concentrations of this endocannabinoid in our brain, namely the hippocampus and cerebellum. Suffice it to say that NADA has a tremendous influence on our cognitive abilities.

Research on NADA has found this endocannabinoid exhibits potent antioxidant properties. It also helped smooth muscle contraction and relaxed blood vessels. That means NADA has a relaxing effect on the body. This quality allows blood to flow through arteries more efficiently and the digestive system to remove toxins easier.

Virodhamine

This the last of the most well-known endocannabinoids. While more research needs to be done on virodhamine, early studies do indicate this endocannabinoid regulates our body temperature.

Virodhamine got its name from the Sanskrit word for “opposite.” This endocannabinoid earned this moniker because it reacts the opposite way that the most common endocannabinoid, anandamide, does.

Their opposition begins at their genesis. Virodhamine comes from esters in fatty acids whereas anandamide is derived from amide compounds.

Once they enter the system, the differences continue onward. Anandamide has a penchant for the CB1 receptor whereas virodhamine is an agonist for the CB2 receptor.

The odd relationship between anandamide and virodhamine doesn’t end there. Concentrations of these two endocannabinoids are plentiful within the hippocampus. However, you’ll find an abundance of virodhamine-stimulating CB2 receptors in peripheral tissue.

The Risk of Endocannabinoid Deficiency

Endocannabinoids are much like other vitamins, minerals and hormones in our body. We take for granted all the hard work our system does. Eventually, the hardest of workers will get burned out if they remain unappreciated. The endocannabinoid system is no different.

Many outlying factors may result in your body creating fewer endocannabinoids. Some of these stressors are manageable while others are beyond our control. Whatever the case may be, some of the following scenarios may lead to an endocannabinoid deficiency:

  • Poor dietary decisions.
  • Adverse reaction to medications.
  • Viral infections.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Genetics.
  • Disease.
  • Chronic stress.

As there are so many factors that may cause an endocannabinoid deficiency, the symptoms vary as well. However, if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, there is a chance you may have an endocannabinoid deficiency:

  • Stress.
  • Insomnia.
  • Anxiety/Depression.
  • Sexual dysfunction.
  • Digestive issues.
  • Mood swings.
  • Lack of focus.
  • Breakouts on the skin.
  • Weight gain.
  • Loss of appetite/Increase in appetite.

Clearly, the endocannabinoid system reaches far and wide! With its ability to influence so many things, you can imagine that it’s important to give your ECS as much help as you can. 

CBD Products and the Endocannabinoid System  

While research on the human endocannabinoid system is still in its founding stages, we have done a bit more research on hemp. Currently, scientists confirm the hemp plant has over 100 known phytocannabinoids.

Phytocannabinoids are cannabinoids inside of plants. Hemp has high levels of these cannabinoids, namely cannabidiol (CBD).

Humans produce endocannabinoids on-demand. The endocannabinoid system relies on receptors to let the body know which endocannabinoids it needs. An invader will trigger the receptor, which calls for the production of the endocannabinoid, which then needs to meet up with the correct enzyme. It’s an exhausting process!

Cannabinoids in hemp are not the same as cannabinoids in humans, but they still have the ability to interact with the endocannabinoid system (although usually indirectly). 

Supplementing an Endocannabinoid Deficiency with CBD Products

While we want our body to be as self-sufficient as possible, even the greatest workers need a hand. CBD products are there to jump in if your ECS needs some assistance.

Just use some CBD tincture every day or a couple of CBD softgels with a meal to support the ECS. The beautiful thing about supplementing with CBD is that you can tailor the serving to meet your need. The key is to listen to your body and follow your instinct. If your instincts lead you to CBD, then you’re in good hands with Joy Organics.

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