Help! Why is CBD So Expensive?

If you are interested in CBD, you may have looked at some products and wondered, “Why is CBD so expensive?” and “Is cheap CBD available?”

It’s certainly not because of a lack of demand. In 2019, 64 million Americans said they had tried CBD in the past 24 months. And it’s not a lack of supply: The range of CBD products is extensive, with everything from CBD oil to gummies to bath bombs pillows vying for consumers’ attention. There’s tea, coffee, skin care products, clothing, sprays, suppositories, edibles, and beverages, with new products coming out every day.

So why are CBD products so expensive, and are there sources of inexpensive CBD out there? We’ll address both those questions.

How Much Does CBD Cost?

If you’ve shopped for CBD products recently, you’ve probably seen a wide range of prices. The cost of CBD oil, for instance, averages between $0.05 to $0.20 per mg of CBD. To put that in perspective, a $140 bottle of CBD oil that contains 1500mg of CBD costs about $.09 per mg. Here’s a CBD oil price comparison for some popular brands.

The costs can add up to a lot of money over 12 months. CBD oil for just you and your pet can be $2,400 a year or more. And don’t forget all the other CBD products that are available aren’t cheap, either: CBD bath bombs can be $10-$30 each, while a CBD-infused pillow sells for $129. A CBD pillow? Seriously? But that’s a topic for another blog.

While the cost may be prohibitive for some, it certainly hasn’t hurt sales: In 2019, CBD sales amounted to about $5 billion; Estimates are that number will rise to $20 billion in the US alone by 2023.

What to Look for When Buying CBD

CBD bottles. How to buy CBD.With CBD, as with many products, you get what you pay for. If you’re buying mystery CBD from an unreputable brand, it may cost less. But it also may be non-organic hemp grown overseas in contaminated soil, and it may lack third-party lab analysis that ensures it’s pure and free from THC, pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and bacteria.

Or – especially if you are shopping on Amazon – you may be buying hemp oil, rather than CBD oil. Hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same things. CBD uses the entire hemp plant, and the result is pure CBD. Hemp oil is usually pressed just from hemp seeds and contains no CBD. 

Here’s what to look for when buying CBD:

Has a third-party lab tested the product?

If the products aren’t lab-tested, there’s no way to ensure there are no harmful chemicals or contaminants in the bottle. You may not be getting the amount of CBD (or THC) listed on the label.

Does the company post the results of the lab tests on its site?

If not, are the reports easy to access somewhere else? If you can’t get the lab results, beware.

How recent is the lab report?

If it’s from five years ago, again, beware.

Has the product been tested in a third-party lab?

A good, reputable lab has accreditation from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

Does the product have .3% THC or less?

If not, it may not be legal in your state. And if there’s too much THC, you may get psychoactive effects that you don’t get with pure CBD.

Where is the hemp sourced?

Hemp can grow in many places, but the growing conditions in the US make it the best place to produce quality hemp.

Are the ingredients all-natural?

Are there additives and hard-to-pronounce ingredients? If so, be sure you know what you’re getting.

What type of CBD is used?

There are three types to consider:

CBD Isolate, which is pure CBD extracted from the hemp plant and isolated from other cannabinoids. The result is pure CBD.

Full-Spectrum CBD is the “kitchen sink CBD.” In other words, it has everything the plant contains, including THC. Because it contains THC, it may not be legal where you live.

Broad Spectrum CBD is a full-spectrum CBD with NO THC.

So, Why is CBD So Expensive?

Hemp farmer examining seeds

When you buy CBD from a reputable supplier, here’s what you’re paying for:

1. The cost to grow hemp

As with any crop, farmers need to pay the costs for land, seed, water, specialized equipment, and labor. They often have to pay high licensing fees to the state. After all that, they need to generate a reasonable margin with their crops to make a profit.

2. The cost to extract CBD

The cannabis plant is the source of CBD. Each plant provides a relatively small amount, so you need a lot of plants to get enough raw material to produce a small amount of CBD oil. The cost to extract the CBD involves time, specialized equipment, and labor. Again, to make a profit, a reasonable margin needs to be realized.

3. The cost to test CBD

Buy a product that is labeled correctly and is free from contaminants. The way to do that is to buy CBD tested by an independent third-party lab. Lab testing incurs another cost.

4. The cost to sell CBD

There are a variety of costs associated with selling any item, and CBD is no different. There are packaging, advertising, and shipping costs to consider. Brick-and-mortar retailers have a lot of overhead, so products are marked up so retailers can make a profit.

As you can calculate from above, the cost to grow, extract, test, and sell CBD can quickly add up. And then there’s:

5. Unscrupulous and greedy sellers

Because CBD sales have exploded, there are sellers out there who are just looking to make a quick buck. Their goal is simply to manufacture the compound and sell it for as much as they can get for it. You don’t know what you’re getting if the hemp is grown and manufactured overseas or lacks third-party testing. The product and have more (or less) THC and CBD than shown on the label, or it may contain contaminants. Be sure to look for a reputable brand that grows its hemp in the US, has third-party testing, and has excellent reviews.

Wait a minute, Is there such a thing as cheap, quality CBD?

Sunrise CBD productsThere is good news: The answer is “Yes,” you can get cheap CBD that’s high quality. Sunrise CBD has the cheapest (we prefer “inexpensive”) CBD oil, as well as other CBD products, anywhere. Our CBD is organic, pure, all-natural, and vegan-friendly. It has no contaminants. We have our products tested by a third-party lab to ensure that you get what it says on the label. That’s important: One study found that of 84 products from 31 companies tested, only about 31% of tested products contained the amount of CBD shown on the label. Almost 43 percent had more CBD than stated, and 26 percent had less. That means some 70% of products did not contain the strength of CBD shown on the label.

Our goal is to have a successful business that also helps people lead better lives. That’s why our focus is on quality and price. How do we do it? First, there’s no fancy packaging, so you’re not paying for that. Second, you can’t buy Sunrise CBD in stores. Our products are available only online. That means there’s no intermediary to drive up prices. Because we ship directly to you, we can sell at prices that are as much as 80% lower than other brands. 

So, if you’re looking for high quality, low-cost CBD, head over to https://sunrisecbd.com/shop/ and check out our prices. Trying our products is risk-free. Your complete satisfaction is our primary mission, so we offer a 100% money-back guarantee. If you’re not happy for any reason, we’ll refund your money. And we’ll even send you a return label via email.

CBD and Men: What You Need to Know

Despite what you may have heard, CBD and men are a great match. A study by Project CBD found that CBD use tends to skew towards women, but that’s really no surprise as two of the most common conditions for which people use CBD are pain and anxiety – conditions which affect women in the greatest numbers. However, CBD can also be an effective part of men’s wellness regimen. CBD can ease several men’s conditions, often by addressing the underlying root of the problem, such as anxiety. And CBD is safe, non-habit forming and doesn’t require a prescription.

What is CBD?

CBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in both marijuana and hemp. CBD is found in very high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. It is widely regarded to possess great medicinal value,

What is CBDMost CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high.” It has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana. CBD was first discovered in 1940, and is the second-most prevalent of about 113 identified cannabinoids in cannabis plants.

CBD is non-intoxicating and won’t produce the effects of marijuana. Many users do, however, report feelings of calm and relaxation. Marijuana has an abundance of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive substance in marijuana that produces a “high,” while hemp contains almost none. Hemp-based CBD must contain less than 0.3% THC, so you don’t have to worry about that marijuana “buzz.”

CBD is available in many forms: Oil, capsules, pure isolate, and edibles, to name a few.

CBD and Men: The Benefits

Before the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp, it was on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Because of its status under the CSA, up until now studies on its medicinal properties were few.  However, there’s one thing many researchers already agree on: that data so far provides a case for further research to learn more about the therapeutic potential of CBD. Now that hemp is legal, more studies are underway.

One of the major conditions for which CBD has shown great promise is anxiety. In one study of 57 men, researchers gave one group oral CBD and another a placebo 90 minutes before undergoing a simulated public speaking test. The placebo had little to no effect on the men’s anxiety in speaking publicly; but 300mg significantly reduced participants’ anxiety during the test.

A 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics concluded, “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” including seasonal affective disorder, general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Chronic pain

Whether it’s a high school sports injury that never went away or chronic pain caused by other conditions, CBD has been shown to work to relieve neuropathic and inflammatory pain. Chronic pain not only causes physical discomfort, it can affect you emotionally and mentally as well. In some cases, pain can lead to misuse of medication, such as opioids, which are addictive. By treating the pain, medical professionals hope to reduce reliance on opioids, the use of which has reached a national crisis.

Pain from Exercise

Man exercising on a stationary bikeCBD also is finding increasing acceptance with athletes. Many people feel pain after working out. That pain can last a day or even several days. The reason for the post-workout pain is delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS), according to the American College of Sports Medicine. Microscopic damage to muscle fibers during exercise likely cause pain. “Activities which cause DOMS all cause muscles to lengthen while force is applied. This is eccentric muscle action,” according to the ACSM. “The severity of soreness depends on the types of forces placed on the muscle.”

Many people use ibuprofen or another non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) after a workout, but NSAIDs come with their own risks: In a Stanford study, ultra-marathoners who took one pill every four hours during a 50-mile ultra-marathon, doubled their risk of acute kidney injury.

CBD is safe and non-addictive. It interacts with brain receptors to produce anti-inflammatory effects that reduce pain, reduce pre-event anxiety, and help you sleep so you heal faster.

Dr. Alan Beyer told US News & World Report that CBD is most promising as a way to help patients recover from exercise-related injuries. He said he often recommends that his patients apply a CBD cream to an injured area.

Erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is very common and as many as 1 in 10 adult males suffer from ED on a long-term basis, according to the Cleveland Clinic. The cause is often medical: chronic pain, for instance, can affect libido. But the cause can be psychological, too: Anxiety can dampen libido and affect performance. Using CBD may help relieve anxiety and calm the mind, decreasing performance anxiety and making you feel more at ease, all of which can enhance your sexual experience.

High blood pressure

Doctor Measuring Blood Pressure on ManHigh blood pressure (also known as hypertension) is quite common – and very dangerous. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 1 of 3 U.S. adults have high blood pressure: only about half of those people have their blood pressure under control.

Known as “The Silent Killer” because it often has no obvious symptoms, high blood pressure can increase the risk for heart disease and stroke, two leading causes of death in the US. According to the American Heart Association, a higher percentage of men than women have high blood pressure until age 45. From ages 45–54 and 55–64, the percentage of men and women is similar; after that a much higher percentage of women than men have high blood pressure.

A 2017 study with a small group of healthy, adult males found that a single 600mg dose of CBD reduced blood pressure. And a 2012 study published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology reported that CBD reduced cardiovascular response to various types of stress. CBD may prove to be an effective treatment for controlling hypertension and maintaining heart health, when coupled with improvements in diet and increased exercise.

Insomnia

Many people report better sleep and decreased insomnia when they use CBD, which works by decreasing pain and anxiety. CBD also helps control the endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood and other biological processes.

So, as you have learned, there are many reasons CBD may be an ideal supplement for men’s wellness. CBD has few, if any, side effects, even at higher doses. Minor side effects may include dry mouth, low blood pressure, headache and fatigue. Often simply changing the dosage can help.

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Seniors and CBD: What You Need to Know

Many people think CBD is a young person’s wellness trend. But seniors and CBD are a great match! The fact is, the majority of CBD users are over age 44, and some 20% are over the age of 64. 

And that makes sense because users report CBD aids in lessening menopause symptoms, improves sleep and eases gastrointestinal issues. Studies also indicate that CBD can decrease pain and inflammation – including the symptoms of arthritis. It also may help with neurological disorders such as dementia. These are all issues many adults face as they age.

Almost 10% of seniors surveyed have tried CBD for health-related reasons and 51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. So, if you’re an adult “of a certain age,” you may want to consider adding CBD to your health regimen.

CBD vs Pharma

Prescription meds and prescription padPhysicians usually prescribe medication for seniors’ health issues. Multiple prescriptions, in many cases. In fact, more than half of adults 65 and older (54%) report taking four or more prescription drugs. Of course, many of those drugs carry side effects. If you’ve ever watched a television ad for a popular medication, you’ve probably heard the narrator read a long and frightening list of possible side effects.

According to Good Rx, the eight most common drug side effects in the elderly (and the drugs that cause them) are:

  • Muscle pain and weakness: Statins including simvastatin, atorvastatin and rosuvastatin
  • Bone loss: Proton pump inhibitors such as omeprazole, esomeprazole and pantoprazole. 
  • High potassium levels: Antibiotics such as Bactrim; ACE inhibitors such as lisinopril; and ARBs such losartan.
  • Nerve damage: fluoroquinolone antibiotics such as levofloxacin and ciprofloxacin
  • Falls and delirium: Benzodiazepine receptor agonists such as Zolpidem (Ambien), eszopiclone (Lunesta), and zaleplon (Sonata).
  • Heart and gastrointestinal problems: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Aleve).
  • Joint pain: Diabetes medications known as dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP-4) inhibitors such as Januvia, Tradjenta and Onglyza.
  • Low sodium levels: SSRI antidepressants such as sertraline, escitalopram, fluoxetine and paroxetine.

CBD Side Effects

Side effects of CBD are rare. If they occur, they are minor and include nausea, dry mouth, fatigue and irritability. Clinical trials have prescribed CBD doses up to 1,200 mg daily for months without observing any serious side effects. And a US Government patent concludes that “No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers … even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day.”

However, CBD may interact with some over-the-counter medications. If your doctor has prescribed you a medication and warned you against eating grapefruit, you should not take CBD with it. CBD is not recommended during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

The Cost of Prescription Medication

Coin with upward trend for drug costsAside from side effects, there’s another downside to prescription meds: cost. Americans spend more on prescription medications than any other country in the world. The cost of drugs in the U.S. is higher than any country in the world.

Seventeen percent of our total national healthcare spending goes to prescription drugs. And prescription medications have seen an annual price increase of 9% for oral medications and 15% for injectables from 2008 to 2016. That compares to an inflation rate of 2%.

That cost is difficult for many elderly Americans to bear. An AARP Policy report said that “for a consumer who takes 4.5 brand name prescription drugs on a chronic basis, the annual cost of treatment would have been more than $26,000 in 2015” (the most recent year for which data is available). And that comes with a second cost: health. According to one study, about one-fifth of older adults don’t take medications as prescribed because they can’t afford them.

Using 50mg per day (an average starting dose for specific ailments), a bottle of Sunrise CBD Oil will last about 30 days. So, depending on the strength (1,500 or 3,000), a year’s worth of CBD will cost between $600 and $1,050.

What is CBD?

Tablet with CBD and stethoscopeCBD is an acronym for cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in both marijuana and hemp. Certain strain of hemp have it in very high concentrations in certain strains of hemp. CBD is widely regarded to possess great medicinal value.

Most CBD (cannabidiol) comes from the agricultural hemp plant, a fast-growing member of flowering plants in the family Cannabaceae. Marijuana belongs to the same family of plants. While marijuana and hemp are similar in many ways, they differ in their phytochemical composition. Hemp has lower concentrations of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is the psychoactive compound in marijuana that gets you “high,” and it has higher concentrations of CBD, which doesn’t produce the “high” of marijuana. 

While many people are just now learning about CBD, cannabis and hemp have long been used for a variety of purposes. Evidence of hemp rope was found via an imprint in broken Chinese pottery from about 10,000 B.C. A remnant of hemp cloth dating back to 8,000 B.C. was found by archaeologists in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iran and Iraq). Up until the cotton gin was invented, hemp was the most popular fiber for textiles. As far back as 2700 B.C., CBD was used for therapeutic purposes.

Seniors and CBD

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp. Before that, it was on Schedule I of the Controlled Substances Act. Because of its status under the CSA, up until now it was difficult to do research on its medicinal properties, so studies were few.  However, there’s one thing many researchers already agree on: that data so far provides a case for further research to learn more about the therapeutic potential of CBD. Now that hemp is legal, more studies are underway.

Here are a few disorders aging adults experience that may be alleviated by using CBD.

Menopause

According to Psychology Today, “Women who experience insomnia and with symptoms of anxiety or depression during menopause, as well as women who have aches and pains as a menopause symptom, may find relief from CBD.”

Arthritis

Elderly woman with arthritisThe European Journal of Pain published one study that concluded “use of topical CBD has potential as effective treatment of arthritic symptomatology, and a 2012 study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine said “cannabinoids may represent a novel class of therapeutic agents for the treatment of chronic pain.”

For more information, The Arthritis Foundation has published “CBD Guidance for Adults with Arthritis.”

Anxiety

A 2015 study published in Neurotherapeutics concluded, “Evidence from human studies strongly supports the potential for CBD as a treatment for anxiety disorders,” including seasonal affective disorder, general anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Insomnia

Older adults commonly have secondary insomnia – that is sleeplessness brought on by another disorder such as pain or anxiety – as well as sleep issues that are a result of aging. CBD probably helps people sleep better by decreasing pain and anxiety. CBD also helps control the endocannabinoid system, which regulates mood and other biological processes.

Gastrointestinal

CBD may aid in reducing gastrointestinal problems. A 2016 study published in Current Neuropharmacology concluded that cannabinoids and the endocannabinoid system “represents a promising target in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases and gastric mucosal lesions, ulceration and inflammation.” It’s believed that CBD helps by stimulating cells in the gastrointestinal lining and helps reduce symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, inflammatory bowel disease, and Crohn’s disease. CBD helps to ease pain and cramping that are a result of gastrointestinal disorders.

Neurodegenerative Disorders

The United States has a patent for cannabinoids. According to the patent, cannabinoids can act as a neuroprotectant, or agent that preserves neuronal structure and/or function. CBD limits damage to the brain, central and peripheral nervous system after “stroke and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and HIV dementia,” according to the patent.

Who Uses CBD & Why

Happy senior womanA study by Project CBD found that the average CBD user is a white, well-educated female over 45. Overall, the age of CBD users skewed older. According to the study, “This finding may be explained by CBD’s popularity for treating pain and sleep problems, ailments that are common among the elderly, particularly in the US where half of older adults report suffering from chronic ‘bothersome’ pain and half report regular sleep disturbances.”

Participants leaned toward hemp-based CBD in the form of tinctures and topicals. The most common medical issues they use CBD for are pain, mood, insomnia, and general wellness. According to Project CBD, most were using CBD for multiple disorders.

Efficacy

When it came to participants’ perception of the effectiveness of CBD, the study found:

  1. 90% of participants reported some improvement in the frequency and duration of their pain, with 60% reporting that CBD made these aspects “much better.” 
  2. When it came to pain intensity, participants reported a 60% reduction – from an average pain score of 6.85 to an average score of 2.76.
  3. Participants reported getting to sleep more quickly when taking CBD, reducing the average time from about an hour to 20 minutes. They also reported waking up 1.4 times per night        after CBD versus 4.3 times.
  4. 92% of participants experienced some relief of anxiety, and 68% reported that feelings of nervousness were “much better” with CBD.
  5. Study participants reported CBD was highly effective in addressing mood disturbances and pain associated with PMS and menopause. It also appears to help mitigate night sweats associated with menopause.
  6. They also reported CBD was extremely helpful for relieving abdominal cramps or pain, nausea or vomiting, and indigestion associated with gastrointestinal disorders.

In another study by Hello MD and Brightfield Group, 60% of CBD users find it more effective than prescription medications and 75% found CBD more effective than over-the-counter products.

The Bottom Line

The FDA doesn’t allow us to make medical claims about CBD. But, as you can see above, studies and users make the claims for us. We can say we believe that CBD is useful for treating many health issues, as well as improving overall health, so seniors and CBD are a perfect match.

However, CBD is not for everyone. As already mentioned, those who can’t consume grapefruit with medications shouldn’t take CBD, nor should nursing mothers. A recent study by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine suggests CBD use during early pregnancy can affect fetal development, so pregnant women should not use CBD.

CBD works differently on different people, so results may vary. And we don’t recommend stopping prescription medications or mixing them with CBD without talking to your physician first.

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CBD for Addiction Treatment? Studies Show Promise

There’s no question about it: heroin and opioid use is a national crisis. Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die from opioid overdoses.

Recent studies spark new hope that using cannabidiol (CBD) for addiction treatment can work. It may even prevent relapse. While research is in early stages, medical experts say they hope CBD can be used as a tool to help fight the opioid crisis.

Yasmin Hurd was the lead researcher on a recent study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry that found CBD suppresses the cues or triggers associated with heroin use. “The intense craving is what drives the drug use,” Hurd, director of the Addiction Institute of Mount Sinai, told CNN. “If we can have the medications that can dampen that [craving], that can greatly reduce the chance of relapse and overdose risk.”

CBD May Help with Pain That Leads to Addiction

While studies show the use of CBD for addiction treatment may be effective, it’s unclear exactly how it works. One theory, Hurd said, is that CBD may affect “how brain cells that have been damaged by opioids communicate with each other.”

CBD Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland is former assistant professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. She said CBD goes a step beyond reducing the anxiety and cravings associated with addiction.

“It also diminishes the original pain and inflammation that leads to opiate use in the first place,” Holland told CNN.

Shereef Elnahal, M.D., the commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Health agrees. “CBD has promising effects on pain, which could make it an effective substitute for opioids,” he told Yahoo News.

Mount Sinai Study on CBD as an Addiction Treatment

In the Mount Sinai study, researchers found that when compared to a placebo, CBD reduced drug cravings and anxiety. The test subjects included 42 men and women who formerly used heroin, but who were not current users.

The study subjects were put into three groups. Each group was given either an 800 mg dose of CBD; 400 mg of CBD; or a placebo twice a day for three days. For two weeks afterward subjects were shown nature scenes and drug use paraphernalia images. They were asked to rate their cravings and levels of anxiety. The subjects who had been given CBD had a two- to three-fold reduction in cravings when compared to the placebo group. There was not much difference between the two CBD groups as far as cravings and anxiety, Hurd said.

Relief of addictionThe results of the studies suggest that high doses of pure CBD (400-800 mg) can reduce response to heroin triggers and decrease anxiety. After dosing for three days, the participants experienced relief for up to a week.

At the very least, researchers see the potential of CBD for addiction treatment. “CBD’s potential to reduce cue-induced craving and anxiety provides a strong basis for further investigation of this phytocannabinoid as a treatment option for opioid use disorder,” researchers reported.

The report also noted there were no significant, adverse side effects. The few minor side effects that were reported included mild diarrhea, headache and tiredness.

A Safe Opioid Treatment Is Needed

In 2017, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported more than 2 million people in the U.S. have an opioid use disorder. There is an acute need for a safe, non-addictive and effective means to help treat addiction and prevent relapse.

“A successful non-opioid medication would add significantly to the existing addiction medication toolbox to help reduce the growing death toll, enormous health care costs, and treatment limitations imposed by stringent government regulations amid this persistent opioid epidemic,” Hurd said in a news release.

Opioid epidemicStudies to date have been few and far between. A big reason is the legal status of cannabis up until last December when the 2018 Farm Bill (The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018) removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

There’s also a stigma related to CBD because it, like marijuana, belongs to the cannabis family. However, pure CBD is made from hemp and doesn’t contain THC like marijuana does, so it doesn’t get you high.

Another study, published in Neuropsychopharmacology in 2018, found drug-seeking behavior was reduced in rats after they were given alcohol and cocaine, and then administered CBD.

According to researchers, the results are proof of principle that CBD has potential for addiction treatment and relapse prevention. They said the study results can inform debate about the medical benefits of non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Preliminary data from a 2015 study suggests that CBD may be beneficial in cannabis and tobacco addiction in humans, as well.

Still More Data Being Sought

Dr. Hurd’s research team will do two follow-up studies. “One delves into understanding the mechanisms of CBD’s effects on the brain,” according to a press release from Mount Sinai. “The second paves the way for the development of unique CBD medicinal formulations that are likely to become a significant part of the medical arsenal available to address the opioid epidemic.”

Studies of CBD for addiction treatmentWhile the studies show promise, more work needs to be done. Julia Arnsten, M.D., is chief of general internal medicine at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. She told Yahoo News she is weaning some patients off opioids using medical marijuana with CBD and THC. But, she said, it’s still early.

“We’re probably going to need to see thousands of patients before we get enough to say, yeah, this is really successful.”

There’s always one caveat when using CBD to treat medical or mental issues: Talk to your doctor or health professional to make sure there’s no risk of drug interactions. Also, your doctor can give you the best information and support available. If your provider isn’t familiar with CBD, ask if they can refer you to a medical professional who is.

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What is CBD Isolate?

You’ve probably heard plenty about CBD oil by now, but do you know about CBD isolate? If isolate is new to you, you’re in the right place! Here’s everything you need to know about the purest form of CBD available. It’s great for making your own oils or lotions, and for cooking, too!

What is CBD isolate?

CBD isolate is 99% cannabidiol. During the extraction process, the hemp plant is broken down and all the active compounds and phytocannabinoids, including THC, are stripped away. What’s left is CBD in its purest form, either a crystal or powder, depending on the process used. It is tasteless and odorless, but very versatile.

CBD isolate makes it easy to measure exact doses. The weight of the isolate is exactly equal to the CBD content in milligrams (mg), so if you need 10 mg of CBD, just measure out 10 mg if CBD isolate.

How to take isolate orally

You can consume isolate orally by placing the desired amount under your tongue and holding it there for about 60 seconds. The CBD is absorbed by the mucous membranes and goes directly to the bloodstream. When used this way, the product doesn’t have to go through the digestive system and liver, so it provides relief faster than oils or capsules.

CBD isolate can also be used in vaping and dabbing.

CBD isolate topicals

CBD creams
Isolate is a great ingredient for many DIY CBD products. You can make your own oil by adding the isolate to MCT, grapeseed or olive oil. You’ll know exactly how much CBD you’re getting that way.

You can mix your own CBD topicals as well. Topicals with CBD give quick, targeted relief from chronic pain and inflammation. Many people have also found topical to be effective for a variety of different skin conditions, including acne and eczema.

Sunrise CBD offers a fast-acting, long-lasting pain cream, but if you want to try your hand at making your own CBD topical, here are some recipes for you with some guidance from CBD School. It may take some experimentation to get exactly the results you want:

Ingredients Needed:

Oils – MCT (flavorless), jojoba, almond, sunflower seed, avocado, coconut or olive oil.

Emulsifiers – Beeswax, soy wax, or candelilla wax.

Essential oils – Lavender, eucalyptus, almond, peppermint, tea tree, lemon, ylang-ylang. Choose essential oils depending on what you plan to use the topical for. A light oil (ylang-ylang) is best for a face cream; choose a warming oil for muscles (peppermint); for sleep, consider using lavender, which is known to promote good sleep.

Remember: A little essential oil goes a long way.

Salve

  • Heat 1 c. oil and 1 oz. of emulsifier in a double boiler (or pot filled with ¼ water brought to a boil, then simmered with a glass pot fitted on top of pot containing oil and emulsifier) until the emulsifier melts, stirring well.
  • Add 3 grams CBD isolate (or adjust to your needs) and simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally until combined. Make sure not to overheat.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool.
  • Allow your salve to cool but not become solid. Once cooled, add the essential oils of your choice.
  • Once all ingredients are incorporated, pour your salve into your storage container (glass jars with a tight-fitting lid work best) and allow to cool completely before use. 

Cream

To make a cream, use the above recipe, but instead use ¾ c. oil and ¼ c. distilled water, and.5 oz. -1 oz. of emulsifier.

  • Heat oil and emulsifier together in a double boiler (or alternative) until wax melts, stirring well.
  • Add CBD 3 grams isolate and stir well over low heat until fully incorporated.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding essential oils of your choice.
  • Slowly add water until your cream is desired consistency. 

Lotion

Lotions are even thinner than creams. Follow the recipe for cream above but use a ¼ c. oil and ¾ c. distilled water.

  • Heat oil and emulsifier together in a double boiler (or alternative) until wax melts, stirring well.
  • Add CBD 3 grams isolate and stir well over low heat until fully incorporated.
  • Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before adding essential oils of your choice.
  • Slowly add water until lotion is desired consistency.

CBD isolate and cooking

CBD smoothie with isolate

Other ways to use isolate:

  •         Mix into your morning juice
  •         Add it to your coffee
  •         Use it as a smoothie ingredient
  •         Add it to dissolved sugar or agave syrup, for a CBD sweetener.

To infuse CBD isolate into your food, you need about an ounce of oil (MCT etc.). Use the double boiler method above. If you mix a gram of CBD isolate with an ounce of oil, you’ll end up with a mix that’s close to the amount of CBD in a bottle of 1000mg CBD oil. 

After you make an oil from isolate, you can add it into baked goods, pasta sauces and other kinds of sauces, as well as foods such as guacamole. You can also bake with the oil, but keep in mind, CBD loses most of its benefits at over 350°F. That’s why sauces and other types of foods that don’t require high heat are ideal for CBD oil.

Also keep in mind that when you get your CBD through food the bioavailability (the amount that gets into your body and produces the desired effect) can be lower than some other methods, such as straight isolate, taking the oil orally and vaping.

As you can see, isolate can be used in several ways, and if you do some research on the internet, you can find plenty of recipes and suggestions. All you need is to get the ingredients and get started!

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And, of course, if you don’t want to be bothered making your own CBD oil, we carry that, too! https://sunrisecbd.com/product/sunrise-cbd-oil/.

 

What’s the big deal about third-party testing of CBD?

You may have seen some CBD products that show on the label that they have been tested by an “independent, third-party lab.” Did you wonder “What’s the big deal about third-party testing of CBD? Aren’t all CBD products tested for quality?”

The short answer is no. The longer answer is that as CBD sales boom and as many people discover the benefits of this natural plant extract, more people want to cash in. But CBD is not yet regulated by the FDA, and unscrupulous merchants sell inferior products simply because they can. They can put a pretty label on their products and make any claims they want because there’s no professional, legal or regulatory oversight. So, several things can happen:

  1. The hemp plants might be grown in a place where the ground contains heavy metals and foreign substances.
  2. There may be less or more CBD than listed on the label. That means you may not get the results you’re looking for because you’re not getting the amount of CBD you think you are.
  3. There may be more than the allowable amount of THC than indicated on the label. That will affect the way you feel and may cause you to fail a drug test.
  4. Finally, there may be harmful chemicals or contaminants present in the product.

The FDA Doesn’t Regulate CBD

The FDA has taken some steps to prevent companies from producing and selling low-quality or deceptive products and making false claims. However, so far, there’s no nationwide FDA standards for CBD, so it’s up to the industry to regulate itself. Unfortunately, not everyone will do that. In fact, one study found that of 84 products from 31 companies tested, only about 31% of tested products contained the amount of CBD shown on the label. Almost 43 percent had more CBD than stated and 26 percent had less. That means some 70% of products do not contain the strength of CBD shown on the label.

In another case, an NBC affiliate in Miami bought 35 CBD products from seven different companies and had them tested. The results? Twenty of the samples had less than half of the amount of CBD advertised on the label. Some samples had no CBD at all.

And Fox LA teamed up with Doctor Oz to test more than a dozen CBD products purchased locally. They found one product was contaminated with a deadly strain of E. Coli bacteria. In addition,  two samples contained potentially dangerous levels of ethanol and five samples had no detectable traces of CBD. Only one of the products actually contained what was claimed in its label. Some gel capsules had almost 3 milligrams of THC per capsule – enough to get an adult high.

Third-Party Testing of CBD is Important

So, what’s a consumer to do? Buy only products tested by an independent, third-party lab; it’s the only way to really know what’s you’re getting in that bottle of CBD oil or those CBD capsules. An independent, third-party lab is used so that the product can be tested and certified by a neutral, unbiased source. The labs can test cannabinoid levels (CBD and THC), and look for traces of heavy metals, pesticides, and solvents that could be dangerous to your health.

A Lab test for Sunrise CBD
Example of a lab test report for Sunrise CBD.

Trustworthy, quality CBD manufacturers want you to know what you’re buying, and they’ll not only have their products tested by a third party, which adds to their costs, they’ll also provide the lab results on their website where they can be easily seen.

So, To sum it all up, here’s what you should look for when you buy CBD products:

Tested

Look for the results from an independent, third-party lab.

Organically grown

Look for a product that contains organically grown hemp, when buying CBD. It should come from the United States, especially Colorado, which is where many believe the best hemp is produced. When you buy in the US, you know you are buying a product that’s been manufactured using good manufacturing practices.

No THC

The industry and legal standard for CBD products labeled “THC-free” is that the product contains less than 0.3% THC by weight, or up to 3 parts of THC for every thousand parts of oil by weight. Make sure the product you buy is less that 0.3% THC by weight.

The amount of CBD

Consider the concentration of CBD in the bottle. If you get a 300mg bottle of CBD oil that holds 4 oz., you’re getting about 75mg per ounce, which is less than the amount you need to realize any benefits. Or, look at the servings. A 300mg, 1 oz., bottle, with 60 servings has only about 5mg of CBD. We recommend a minimum of 25mg per day to start, so you can see 5mg isn’t enough to get the most benefit from the product. A higher concentration may cost more, but you’ll be using less.

Sunrise CBD uses hemp organically grown in Colorado and is lab-tested by an outside third-party that verifies the content of each batch, so we can guarantee the products you receive are free of contaminants such as pesticides, heavy metals, residual solvents, and bacteria, and contain no THC. Test results can be found under our main menu, as well as on every product page. You can shop for our products at sunrisecbd.com/shop.

What to look for when buying CBD

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How Much CBD to Take For Pain Relief

CBD has many uses and is beneficial for many conditions, including pain. If you have chronic pain and are considering CBD, the first thing you’ll probably wonder is how much CBD to take for pain relief.

The answer isn’t simple. The FDA doesn’t regulate CBD products, so there are no government guidelines for dosing. Everyone’s body handles cannabidiol differently. And there are several factors to consider when determining a CBD dosage.

The most effective dose varies from person to person and depends on factors such as body type, body weight, CBD tolerance, and the consumer’s level of pain or discomfort.

Another factor is the CBD quality. One study found that only about 1/3 of tested products contained the amount of CBD shown on the label. Almost 43 percent had more CBD than promised and 26 percent had less. That means there’s a one in four chance you’re not getting the strength of CBD that you think you are.

Purity and concentration are also factors. The product should be made from 100% pure CBD, and the label should also show how much CBD there is per mg. Reputable brands, such as Sunrise CBD, have their CBD tested by a third-party independent lab, and the results are posted on the website. That way you can be sure you’re getting the amount of CBD on the label and that the product is free from THC, contaminants, and other harmful substances.

How You Take the CBD Makes a Difference

Different ways to take CBD

When determining a dosage, consider how you’ll take the CBD. Consider what kind of pain you’re targeting. If it’s localized, try a cream or lotion. Our customers have reported relief from back and muscle pain using our 1,500 mg CBD cream. Simply rub it on the affected area as needed. Keep a container in your gym bag for after-workout pain relief and recovery.  

If your pain can’t be reached by a topical, try taking CBD orally. Vaping or dabbing CBD isolate powder is the quickest way to get relief, but that requires extra equipment. Also, some people prefer not to take any smoke into their lungs.

The best bet is oral CBD oil. Place the drops under your tongue and hold it for 15-20 seconds. You should feel some relief within 90 minutes. If you don’t feel the pain subsiding, try a slightly higher dose. 

If you are looking for a daily maintenance dose of CBD or you don’t like the taste of the oil, try capsules. They’re pre-measured, so you know exactly the amount of CBD you are getting every time. They don’t reach your system as quickly as a CBD oil, but are a convenient way to maintain a consistent dose of CBD. The CBD is released more slowly so the effects last a little longer. 

No matter what method you choose, the key is to start with a low dose and slowly increase it until you get the relief you’re looking for. Monitor your intake and keep track of your pain level to determine the best dose for you.

How Much CBD To Take For Pain Relief 

Again, there’s no standard dose for CBD products. Everyone’s experience is different.

Clinical trials have prescribed CBD doses up to 1,200 mg daily for months without observing any serious side effects. And a US Government patent concludes that “No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers … even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day.”

So, even at high doses, you shouldn’t experience any negative side effects from CBD. Says Dustin Sulak D.O., director of Integr8 Health with offices in Maine and Massachusetts: “Start low, go slow, and don’t be afraid to go all the way!”

For pain, we recommend starting with 50mg of CBD once a day

Dosage guidelines

 

The amount of CBD in Sunrise products:

CBD Oil

  • High Potency, 1,500mg – 25mg CBD per dose.
  • Max potency, 3,000 mg – 50mg CBD per dose.

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CBD Capsules

  • Regular strength, 1,000mg – 16.7mg CBD per capsule.
  • High potency, 3,000mg – 50mg CBD per capsule.
  • Max potency, 6,000 mg – 100 mg per capsule.

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CBD Cream

2 oz. container contains 1,500mg CBD

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CBD Isolate Powder

1g container contains 1,000mg CBD

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Why Doesn’t CBD Work for Me?

So, you’ve heard all about CBD and you’ve decided to try it for insomnia, headaches, pain or some other reason. You order a bottle of 500mg CBD oil and you take it in the morning for a migraine, but nothing happens. You’re understandably upset: You just paid good money for that CBD oil and it’s not fulfilling all the claims you’re heard about it. But, before you return it or whip off an angry email to the CBD company, just hang in there for a moment. There are a few reasons why CBD doesn’t work for you; some fixable and others not. Here are some to consider:

The Brand

How to Buy CBD OilThe US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t regulate CBD products. That means there are no official standards or requirements in place for selling CBD products. But they’re wildly popular, so some people looking to make a quick buck are selling inferior, untested CBD products. In fact, one study found that only about 1/3 of tested products contained the amount of CBD shown on the label. Almost 43 percent had more CBD than stated and 26 percent had less. That means there’s a one in four chance you’re not getting the strength of CBD that you think you are.

Reputable brands have their CBD tested by a third-party independent lab and the results are posted on the website. That way you can be sure you’re getting the amount of CBD on the label, and the product is free from THC, contaminants, and other harmful substances.

The Amount of CBD

It makes sense to order a product with a low concentration of CBD to start, but the amount you start with might not be enough.

Here’s what we recommend for dosages:

  • For general wellness, start with 25mg once a day.
  • For specific ailments, start with 50mg once a day.
  • If needed, increase dose to twice a day.
  • Increase in 25mg increments until desired result is achieved.

CBD dropperA bottle of one brand’s 250mg CBD oil has about 17mg of CBD per 1ml dose (1 dropper). So, as you can see, taking that brand once a day doesn’t meet the minimum amount we recommend starting with for general wellness – and certainly not as much we recommend for specific ailments. Our 1500mg CBD oil contains 50mg CBD per dropper. Take half a dropper (1/2 ml = 25mg) for the perfect concentration to start with.

You need to experiment to find the perfect dose for you. Don’t worry that at more than 50mg you’re taking too much. A US Government patent concludes that “No signs of toxicity or serious side effects have been observed following chronic administration of cannabidiol to healthy volunteers (Cunha et al., Pharmacology 21:175-185, 1980), even in large acute doses of 700 mg/day.”

How You Take It

The fastest way to get CBD into your bloodstream and start to feel results is with vaping, but that has its own issues as does taking any kind of smoke into your lungs. The second fastest delivery method is taking it sublingually: place the CBD oil or isolate under the tongue and hold it for a minute or so. These methods also take into account bioavailability, or the portion of CBD that gets into your system. Numbers vary by source, but in general vaping has a bioavailability of about 30% to 40%, while taking CBD sublingually has a 20% to 35% bioavailability. Taking CBD with food or in a capsule has a bioavailability of 5% or so.

Here’s more from Ministry of Hemp:

How Long You Take It

If you take CBD once and expect relief, your expectations aren’t realistic. As with many things, it takes time for your body to adjust. If you take it for a week and don’t get results, don’t give up! It could take several weeks – or even months – to feel the intended effect. Give things as much time as you – and your wallet – are able.

Genetics, Gender, Lifestyle

gender symbolsYes, these are all things that can figure into how CBD affects you. Women are more sensitive to CBD. Some people have naturally high amounts of endocannabinoids in their bodies, so CBD doesn’t have much effect on them. Others have a deficiency, so the effect may be more pronounced. Everyone is different and there are physical, genetic and biological factors that are simply out of your control.

You May Build Up a Tolerance

As with other substances, after prolonged use it may be possible to build up a tolerance, which causes the CBD to be less effective. An older study reported there is no tolerance with CBD, but a  new study involving adults and children who were taking CBD for epilepsy found a tolerance developed in about one-third of the patients. If you’ve been using significant amounts for, say, years, try cutting back for a time to “reset” your body, then start again.

The bottom line is that nothing works for everyone. Just as some medications work for some people better than others, CBD is effective for many users, but not effective for some. If you’re one of those few, it’s unfortunate because so many people find relief and general well-being once they find the right dosage and CBD brand for them. But, be sure to take everything into consideration before determining that CBD “doesn’t work.”