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These 9 CBD Oil Products Might Just Change Your Life

This totally legal form of weed could be the salve your body needs
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Before you even ask: No, CBD (short for cannabidiol) will not get you high. It's lacking in the psychoactive effects of its 420-friendly cousin, THC. But some evidence suggests the plant compound found in hemp and marijuana, two varieties of the cannabis plant, may ease pain, anxiety, sleepiness, inflammation, nausea, and, in the right dose from a doctor and in combination with other medicinal compounds found in the cannabis plant, may even treat everything from seizures to withdrawal.

According to Bonni Goldstein, MD, a former pediatric emergency physician turned medical director of CannaCenters and medical advisor of Weedmaps.com, CBD is most effective for treating serious medical issues when combined with THC and derived from a marijuana plant rather than hemp stalks. Unfortunately, non-hemp stalk derived CBD is still considered a Class I illegal substance by the federal government, and isn't available in most states. But with the gradual decriminalization of marijuana, weed-based products are more prevalent than ever. To date, 29 states have approved marijuana for medical or recreational use. And CBD by itself is legal in all 50 states, as long as the accompanying THC is less than .3 percent.

Goldstein, having tested many of the products her patients bought on the internet herself, warns that many CBD products sold on the internet are often produced from poor-quality hemp. As a physician, Goldstein can't endorse specific cannabis products, especially without having tested them. Instead, she recommends buying products only from companies that provide analytical testing results that include the profile of phytocannabinoids and terpenoids, and contaminant/microbial, pesticide and solvent levels.

Biochemist Samantha Miller, founder of Pure Analytics, a cannabis safety and potency testing lab and chief scientific officer at Hmbldt, says that she's heard from some patients who swear by hemp-derived CBD as the only thing that works for them — and she's also heard the opposite. "A given patient or disease can have totally different responses to the same type of cannabis due to the chemical complexity and sheer number of active ingredients present," says Miller.

As the stigma of marijuana-based treatments slowly fades, we'll see a lot more CBD products coming down the pipeline — Miller says that one former CEO of a major cosmetics company predicted 80 percent of cosmetic ingredients would have a botanical origin within the next 10 years. If you're looking to use CBD for a serious medical issue, see a doctor or only buy from companies that provide testing results. But if you're just looking to dip your toes into the weed waters, here are a few (tie-dye- and patchouli-free) options.

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A combination of menthol, camphor, arnica extract, aloe extract and CBD work together to provide relief to aching muscles and general body pain when sprayed topically.

Availability: All 50 states

Besides 99 percent purity CBD procured from hemp stalks and stems, this shaping and tightening serum contains skin-saving ingredients like aloe juice, hazel nut seed oil, macadamia nut seed oil and green tea, licorice root and and cucumber extracts. Scented with clinical grade essential oils in lavender and chamomile, no one will be the wiser that your supple skin was obtained with the help of a cannabis plant.

Availability: All 50 states

With a carrier oil derived from avocado, this body oil is simple, yet effective. Lavender, chamomile, frankincense and cannabis form a combination that is calming, both to your senses and your body. The medium-weight oil is perfect for hydrating dry skin, or using as a calming agent when applied to the temples, chest and pulse points.

Availability: All 50 states

These cinnamon-flavored drops contain a one-to-one ratio of THC to CBD, meaning there are equal parts of each compound in the formula. The company says the ingredients are triple lab tested and the THC provides a "milder high" to help reduct anxiety, pain and inflammation.

Availability: Dixie stores are in Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and California. It's illegal to cross state lines with products that contain more than .3 percent THC, even if the state being crossed has legalized marijuana, so those four are it for now.

JUL 20, 2017 | SHARES
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