HOW TO READ A CBD THIRD PARTY LAB TEST
Securing third-party lab tests and making those results available for each individual product we offer is a commitment Remedy Tree takes seriously. Providing a premium CBD product means being committed to transparency and direct access to our CBD product lab tests.
This is common practice here at Remedy Tree, where we provide premium CBD products for people, pets as well as other businesses through our blank bottle and wholesale programs.
Here is a quick breakdown of how to read our CBD lab reports – the results from our labs and those from third-party labs.
Certificate of Quality Assurance (COA)
To begin, let’s start with the Certificate of Quality Assurance. The Certificate of Quality Assurance or COA is the document telling you exactly what is and isn’t in the product.
Initially you will see product information, including the manufacturing date, the lot number, and active and inactive ingredients. Below that, you’ll see an analysis of the bulk oil. The analysis shows you the terpenes, CBD content and physical attributes of our USA grown hemp oil.
The COA contains detailed information about the CBD oil we use to produce the product you and your pets ultimately consume in the form of tinctures, softgels, gummies, treats and more. It also shows buyers that Remedy Tree is in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill.
CBD Third-Party Lab Reports
Finally, you’ll see the third-party reports. Third party reports reference the end product — the products you use at home, work and on the go.
There are a few detailed things you will want to understand in those reports:
Cannabinoid Content: This is a view into the isomers of CBD and THC. Some labs report ND or non-detectable for THC content. Other labs use <LOQ or Limit of Quantitation, meaning the test product did not contain enough of the ingredient for sensitive lab equipment to measure. For the product to be considered THC free, ND or <LOQ must be indicated.
Heavy Metals: The strictest rules in the country regarding heavy metals come out of Californina, these are the rules that Remedy Tree adheres to. Heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic can be found in the soil or be present on manufacturing equipment.
Pesticides: Similar to THC measurement, you’ll see a reporting of <LOQ or ND if no pesticides are present. We test for 59 different pesticides and all of our hemp is grown in the USA without pesticides.
Microbiology: This covers microbial contamination. Remedy Tree abides by USP regulations in regards to limits on microbial and we focus on salmonella, E. coli, yeast and mold. Our lab testing looks at current contamination and the ability for those microbes to grow as the product sits on our shelves.
Why is CBD lab testing important?
To show that what is on the label is what is in the product.
Lab testing verifies a product’s safety and potency.
Providing direct access to our lab reports and being completely transparent are key to our foundation at Remedy Tree. We want to provide easy access to our lab reports on every product we sell. It all comes back to serving our customers with the highest quality products on the market!
If you have any further questions about reading our lab reports, please email us at email@example.com
How does CBD benefit Athletes?
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
There are many benefits that CBD can offer any athlete. The following are some of those benefits in more detail along with a comparison to over the counter medications (OTC) and why CBD as an all natural method may be a better choice.
CBD is a great alternative to things like advil, bengay or lidocaine. Over the counter drugs can give a false sense of your ability to read when you are hurt or injured, often times creating brain fog. CBD is a much more effective way to combat discomfort or injury.
Improve Race-Day Nerves & Focus
Because of its strong anti anxiolytic properties, CBD is a great alternative to things like Prozac, Xanax and Zoloft. These prescription medications are harmful and habit forming with negative side effects.
Many athletes struggle with nerves on race day no matter how much time and energy goes into training. CBD may benefit athletes and provide improved race day focus and settled nerves.
Faster Recovery Time
Nagging injuries and substantial ones are sometimes part of being an athlete. Pushing our bodies to their limits takes its toll, and there is only so much stress our bodies can take. At some point we all go through things like plantar facsciitis, muscle soreness, tendonitis, etc. Injuries are inevitable.
Traditionally we have turned to things like Percoset, Vicodin and Naproxen. Choosing CBD will allow you to combat injuries as well as speed up recovery time, all without any harmful side effects.
NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen, can cause serious long-term side effects, despite the fact that they’re readily available to the public.
These side effects include:
- Increased risk of strokes or heart attacks.
- Heart issues.
- Stomach and bowel problems, like ulcers and bleeding.
- Liver damage.
CBD will help you get back to training and racing much faster than any OTC medication will. It is grown in the earth, not concocted in a lab. Hence, it is not hard to see why more athletes are choosing CBD to treat their injuries.
Does CBD affect the Immune System?
You spend weeks, months, even years working and training for an event and then right before go time, you get sick. Life as an athlete can be tough, your schedule revolves around training sessions, travel plans are made for races so you want to ensure that you’re immune system is functioning at its peak at all times. Enter CBD.
CBD is high in antioxidants, great for your heart health and helps lower your risk for infections. Staying healthy during peak training seasons, especially the winter months is crucial.
Can CBD Help You Sleep Better?
Our bodies do the most recovering when we are sleeping. But as an athlete, you probably knew that already. You probably also know that most people don’t get the right amount of sleep every night.
The Endocannabinoid System has been shown to play an important role in assisting us in getting more sleep and rest during the night.
Studies have shown, for example, that CBD can affect the sleep-wake cycle.
In 2016 the US National Institute of Health and Northeastern University did a study that showed stimulating endocannabinoid receptors can help improve sleep stability, especially during the non-REM stages of sleep.
Is CBD right for you?
Athletes lead lifestyles that require special products to meet their needs.
With many new studies and findings teaching us about the benefits of this all natural alternative, CBD is taking the athletic industry by storm. Remedy Tree offers many different types and potencies of CBD products perfect for any athlete.
After all, we are the official CBD partner of the Hartford Marathon Foundation!
What to know before using CBD for your pet
As many of us are becoming interested in using CBD for our pets, it is important to understand the basics in effectively and safely incorporating CBD into your pet’s regular routine.
What Is CBD for Pets?
Similar to CBD products made for humans, you will find several similar CBD products for pets. From CBD topicals that can be rubbed directly into the skin, to CBD infused pet treats and CBD pet oil tinctures CBD pet products can be administered in several ways.
Why are so many humans so interested in giving CBD to their pets?
Simple…..like humans, animals can benefit from CBD. The endocannabinoid system isn’t just unique to us, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system.
While the science is still being studied and it hasn’t been determined just how CBD works within your pet’s system, it has been suggested that it is similar to the process that occurs in humans.
Using CBD for Your Pets
If you are interested in joining other pet owners who are choosing to give their pets CBD, read below to do so as safely as possible.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Giving CBD to Your Pet
1. Choose CBD for your Pet Wisely
The most important thing you want to be sure of is that you are giving your pet quality CBD. We all know that not all CBD products are created equal. It is important to do research on the products and the company you are interested in buying from. Using the AKC’s guidelines when choosing a high quality CBD product for your pet, here are a few things to look out for.
Search for premium ingredients. These include ingredients that are free from fungicides, pesticides and other contaminants. A formula that has been veterinary formulated is also a good sign in ensuring a high quality product.
Refrain from price shopping. Toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides or heavy metals could be present in cheaper options. Typically, the higher the purity and quality, the higher the cost. Be sure you are looking for CBD pet oil that is free of additives.
View Lab Test Results. Be sure that there is little or no THC in the CBD pet products you are researching. The company should have direct access to their third party lab test certificates on their website which will verify that CBD is indeed in the product. If a company doesn’t offer these lab results, you’re better off finding one that does.
2. Talk to Your Vet
If you are interested in giving your pet CBD it is not a bad idea to speak with your vet. Often times they can answer any questions you may have.
3. Gradually Introduce Serving Sizes of CBD to Your Pet
Some vets recommend introducing CBD to your pet slowly. Starting pets out with 1mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight once or twice a day. Always observe your pet when introducing CBD pet products into their routine.
The best way to begin is to start with a smaller serving size and monitor your pet’s reaction. From there, you can then adjust the daily dose up or down, depending on the results.
Incorporating CBD Into Your Pet’s Regular Routine
Now that you’ve made the decision to support your pet’s quality of life with CBD, here are a few great ways to incorporate CBD into your pet’s routine.
Using CBD Pet Oil Tinctures
There are a few ways to introduce CBD into your pet’s daily routine using the CBD oil tincture. Giving them their daily dose by mouth is one option for dogs that may see that approach as a welcomed treat. If so, simply drop the CBD oil right into their mouth while being careful not to allow them to contaminate the dropper. If your pet is not a good fit for this style, a tincture can be added directly to their food or treat. You know your pet best!
Often times, giving CBD oil to cats, can tend to be a bit tricky as they are more finicky. Adding a CBD pet oil tincture to their food may work better.
Turn CBD into Treat Time
CBD pet treats are another way to give your pet the benefits of CBD.
Not all pets will enjoy the oil tincture process so CBD treats for pets are a great alternative to taking a tincture. The majority of pets love treats, which can make giving them CBD in this manner much easier.
Support Your Pet’s Skin With a Topical CBD Product
Similar to CBD topicals that humans use, CBD topicals for pets work in a similar manner. Often times, CBD topicals are used to support a pets joints, muscles and skin penetrating deep into the skin’s tissues to target specific areas.
CBD topical is great for an older pet that doesn’t quite get around like they did when they were younger or for a pet that has skin irritation issues like itching and scratching. An aging pet can really reap the benefits of using CBD.
Best CBD Oil for your Pet
As most of you know, Remedy Tree was born in part because of how successful using CBD was for Digger. If you have any questions about how to incorporate CBD into your pet’s routine we are here to help!
The Endocannabinoid System: What is it?
The endocannabinoid system is a specialized system in the human body embracing a network of cannabinoid receptors, the endocannabinoids and the enzymes that form and break down these cannabinoids.
The History Behind the Endocannabinoid System (ECS)
The pioneer of cannabis research, Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, was the first to isolate the cannabinoids THC (Δ9-Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol) from the plant. Scientists discovered that there is a specific receptor that THC lodges to in the human brain, this was called the cannabinoid receptor type 1, or CB1. Cannabinoid receptor type 2 (CB2), which occupies the immune system, was later discovered.
It didn’t take long before it became obvious that the CB1 and CB2 receptors could not be present inside the human body only to interact with seldom consumed, plant-derived cannabinoids. This meant there were more than likely some natural agents in the body to bind to these receptors. As a result, research naturally went from learning about the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant to learning about the cannabinoids in the human body.
Endocannabinoids became the name of the cannabinoids inside the human body. There are two endocannabinoids that were isolated from the human body, anandamide and 2-Arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG).
Anandamide gets its name from the Sanskrit word ananda, or “bliss.” It was discovered in the 1990’s. This molecule operates throughout the endocannabinoid system and is involved with memory, pregnancy and appetite, just to name a few of its functions. It has even been identified as the source of the “runner’s high” experienced during or after intense exercise.
2-ArachidonoylGlycerol (2-AG) has been suggested by recent scientific findings that it is just as important as its famous sister molecule, anandamide. 2-AG has been linked to many things including our emotional states, protection from seizures, and maintaining cardiovascular health.
What is the Role of the Endocannabinoid System?
Now that we know what the ECS is, let’s learn more about its functions and mechanisms.
The endocannabinoid system is vital in keeping a stable internal milieu (scientifically known as homeostasis). It regulates pain perception; helps us cope with stress; promotes mental and physical health and wellness; influences appetite, energy storage and nutrient transport; crosswalks with the immune system.
The knowledge of how the ECS works can be crucial to understanding numerous conditions and functions of the body.
All the elements of the ECS work together to help accomplish its actions.
1. Endocannabinoids (eCBs)
Anandamide, is the same compound that gives you the happy feeling after a great workout or eating a delicious chunk of chocolate.
Anandamide only binds to the CB1 receptors, whereas 2-AG can attach to both cannabinoid receptors (CB1 and CB2) in the brain and the rest of the body.
2-AG is inactivated by monoacylglycerol lipase, whereas the enzyme that splits anandamide is fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH).
Endocannabinoids Have Their Own Course
The eCBs are unique in that they go against the natural flow of chemicals and signals in the brain.
Typically, information moves from a nerve cell known as ‘presynaptic’ to a target nerve cell containing receptors for that chemical titled ‘postsynaptic’. Endocannabinoids, however, travel backwards. The postsynaptic cell forms and releases eCBs. Endocannabinoids then come across the CB1 receptors in the presynaptic nerve cell. Functioning as traffic police, the CB1 receptors block the flow of other chemicals out of the presynaptic cells.
After the eCBs are done doing what they are designed to do, they are taken back into the cell and degraded by their respective enzymes.
Obstruction of the enzyme that degrades anandamide can get this endocannabinoid back in the system.
2. CB1 Receptors
CB1 receptors can bind to both endocannabinoids. They are present in the:
- Brain (distributed throughout the brain)
- Fat cells
- Thyroid and adrenal glands
- Male and female reproductive systems
These receptors perform different tasks, depending on their location.
Emotional and Traumatic Buffer
The release of stress chemicals and your ability to react to stressful situations is regulated by the endocannabinoid system.
CB1 receptors can help block out the fearful memories in response to a threat like those associated with post-traumatic stress disorder (PSD) in the fear-regulating and memory centers of the brain.
Anxiety and Triggering Anxiety Relief
The nerve cells that release calming and excitatory nerve chemicals are where CB1 receptors particularly localize. When high doses of endocannabinoids are activated, CB1 receptors suppress the release of these chemicals.
The ECS exhibits dual properties when it comes to anxiety. When low doses of endocannabinoids activate the CB1 receptors the ECS combats anxiety. At the same time, when high doses of cannabinoids suppress the release of the relaxing-nerve chemical called GABA (gamma amino-butyric acid) anxiety can be triggered.
Anandamide acts as an anxiogenic agent (promotes anxiety) on the TRPV1 and anxiolytic (calms your nerves and mind) on the CB1 receptor.
Pain Sensitivity Modification
CB1 receptors also occupy the nerve cells in your spinal cord, where their activation can suppress the incoming pain signals.
Littered throughout different areas in the brain, CB1 receptors are also highly concentrated in the appetite centers. CB1 receptor activation in the appetite center makes us crave food, which can lead to weight gain. Therefore, science is targeting the blockade of CB1 receptors to combat obesity.
Increased Body Fat
The endocannabinoid system must be carrying out its job perfectly in order for our body to maintain its internal homeostasis. Meaning, any under-activity or even hyperactivity of the ECS can create issues. An over stimulated endocannabinoid system can cause us to gain weight by influencing the release of chemicals involved in metabolizing fat.
Connecting the Gut & Brain
The endocannabinoid system is the basis through which the gut and brain can communicate with each other. Your sensitivity to pain can be heightened by chronic pain as it occurs in irritable bowel syndrome which, as a result prompts a loss of CB1 receptors. Stomach discomfort can be relieved when endocannabinoids act via CB1. The activation of CB1 receptors slows the bowel movements in the digestive tract. On the other hand, an ECS that is not functioning properly can speed up gut mobility and is an underlying factor in diarrhea-predominant IBS.
3. CB2 Receptors
2-AG are the only place the CB2 receptor pockets can slot in. These receptors occupy the immune cells and organs such as the digestive tract, spleen, bone marrow and tonsils. The actions of the CB2 receptors depend on their location, similar to the CB1 receptors.
Controlling Vomiting & Nausea
There are many cannabinoid receptors that live in the brain centers which regulate the vomiting reflex. Therefore, their activation by cannabinoids can also control vomiting and nausea.
The potential to fight inflammation can be noted in the presence of CB2 receptors being activated on immune cells. When activated by the cannabinoids, CB2 receptors in the gut serve to minimize inflammation in the bowels as well as the entire body. Inflammation and pain often go hand in hand. So activated CB2 receptors can reverse the inflammation associated with many painful conditions.
Bone Health Support
The number of bone forming cells are increased when CB2 receptors are present on the bone cells. At the same time, they inhibit the growth of cells that break down the bone. This allows more opportunity for the exploration of CB2 and treatment possibilities of osteoporosis.
What Happens if the ECS isn’t Up to Speed?
A deficient endocannabinoid system can wreak havoc on your body’s internal balance (homeostasis).
The endocannabinoid system serves as a potential bridge between the body and mind. Cannabinoid receptors are littered throughout the brain and the rest of our body and endocannabinoids are interacting with those receptors. When this bridge is compromised or fails to function properly, several systems go awry.
- Digestive problems
- Trouble sleeping
The Up Side!
Even if your endocannabinoid system isn’t up to par, you don’t need to panic. You can support the work that your endocannabinoid system does every day through natural means.
We are here to help guide you in using those natural means and provide quality products you can count on. Visit us in the Tanger Outlet Mall at Foxwoods Resort in Casino in Ledyard, CT!
It was never 4:20 at my parents house…..
Growing up, it was never 4:20 at my parent’s house. Let’s just say, it is no secret that it is at mine. My step kids know this and so will my nieces and nephew. Teehee! Being an Auntie means I get to spoil my sister’s kids with my whole heart, as well as, share my wicked sense of humor, too.
I remember the first time I released my famous boisterous laugh in my nephew’s presence. He was only a few weeks old, and he wailed. Get used to it kid, Aunt Betty knows a good time.
Although, nowadays, I am at that age where I’d rather invite people over for a cup of tea and a puff. Aunt Betty can’t handle her liquor like she used to but still loves to socialize and spin a story.
Back in the day, weed was taboo and thought of as an illicit drug that we were taught about in elementary school through the 1980’s ‘Just Say No’ campaign.
Therefore, when I began to experiment with Mary Jane in high school there was no telling mom and dad. And, I had to bribe my sisters to keep their mouths shut.
Fast forward, 29 years later, and I hear my own father ranting about the politics of marijuana and saying things like, “Who cares if someone wants to smoke a joint? It’s their business”. The same man who thought it was a gateway drug to bad life choices is now open to pot smoking being a normal habit for other people. In Canada now, you can pick up a gram at the liquor store with your six-pack of beer after work. No big deal.
Wait, have I been smoking dope for 29 years? Damn, I am old. As kids we would experiment with different ways to smoke it, building crazy apparatuses, rolling stoopid size cannons and straight chiefin’ like we were Snoop Dogg. It was part of the ritual with our friends to take it too far.
Now my husband and I like to have a puff before bed to unwind from the day. Maybe a few more on the weekend and when we are on vacation. All of this to say, that times have changed. Not just in my world, but in how society views the hemp plant.
So, when your more conservative sister tells you she is going into the CBD business it comes as a shock. Not only was I surprised, I was intrigued. Is my sister smoking pot? Far from it!
I had to learn from my sister the difference between CBD and THC. You would think that someone who has had a lifelong relationship with weed would know more about CBD and all its benefits. The only thing I know is that it doesn’t get you high. How am I just now learning that this herb has so much more to offer?
I keep hearing story after story about how this person or that person has some connection to CBD and how they believe it is helping them through many aspects of their life. It gives me hope to see that society is starting to reduce the stigma around cannabis.
I know I need to learn more about CBD and its power to heal. And, although, my parents may never smoke up in their house at 4:20, they no longer care or judge someone if there is a natural mystic smell in the air.
xo Aunt Betty