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CBD Oil and Coffee !!


By Amanda O.

While CBD Oil will not promise you instant euphoria or give you immediate laser sharp focus, it will give you realistic benefits that can enhance your overall wellness and wellbeing.

Why should you put CBD Oil in your morning cup of coffee? To put it briefly, CBD can balance out the negative side effects of caffeine and boosts its effectiveness throughout your body. To better understand these benefits first we need to look at how CBD and caffeine interact with our bodies separately.

in your morning cup of coffee? To put it briefly, CBD can balance out the negative side effects of caffeine and boosts its effectiveness throughout your body. To better understand these benefits first we need to look at how CBD and caffeine interact with our bodies separately.

You may know a lot or just a little about CBD, either way we are here to help educate our community the best we can. To fill you in on the basics of CBD, it stands for Cannabidiol which is, one of over a hundred natural compounds found in the hemp plant. One familiar cousin to CBD is THC, (tetrahydrocannabinol) which is responsible for the “high” associated with the green plant. However, CBD carries no intoxicating effects making it perfect to combine with your morning cup!

Although CBD doesn’t give you the ‘high’ THC does, it does work with your mind and body, with our endocannabinoid system. CBD is a cannabinoid, a phytocannabinoid to be exact. We have cannabinoids present in our body called endocannabinoids, they work throughout our endocannabinoid system. Simply put, this system is constantly working to keep our bodies balanced. When our bodies are out of balance is when we experience discomfort, whether it be through pain, anxiety, mood swings, inflammation, and so forth.

Instead of thinking of CBD as making you feel a certain way, try to think of it as decreasing a negative feeling you have in your mind or body. If you feel anxious it may lower your anxiety, if you feel pain, it may lower your pain, and if you feel depressed it may decrease your feeling of depression.

What about coffee? We know we drink it to wake up and/or to feel more alert, but what coffee is doing, specifically the caffeine , is tricking our body to replace the drowsiness chemical Adenosine ( which makes us feel tired and sleepy) with caffeine. When caffeine enters our body it actually looks like this chemical Adenosine. So, our bodies switch from the depressing chemical and start using caffeine which, we know is a stimulant. This results in faster nerve cells which causes your body to produce more of the hormones adrenaline and dopamine. This is the reason why caffeine makes you feel good and alert.

However, that good feeling might not be so good for everyone. In some cases, caffeine can cause a feeling of anxiety and stress, due to the increased bodily function we experience. Whether this applies to you or not, CBD Oil may be able to curb the negative side effects that come with coffee consumption while still allowing you to reap the positive benefits coffee has to offer. Such as: improving circulation, help you burn more calories, improve memory, make you more energetic, just to name a few.

So, CBD Oil and coffee together create a balance. While coffee can heighten our experience, it can also make us feel jittery and unfocused. Adding CBD Oil to your coffee may give the ability to decrease your anxiety and increase focus, all while adding the other benefits of CBD such as reducing inflammation and pain management. CBD & coffee both have antioxidant properties that help rid the body of toxins. And while coffee increases brain function, CBD acts as a neuroprotectant, protecting your neurons from degeneration in your brain.

You probably won’t be in a state of complete bliss when drinking CBD coffee, but you potentially feel sharp and focused rather than jittery and anxious.

The only way to know if you’ll enjoy this combination is to try it! You don’t need to go to some fancy café to do so. Consider buying CBD Oil and mixing into your favorite morning cup yourself.

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CBD Oil vs. CBD Gummies

When people walk into the Catalyst CBD retail store for the first time many are interested in understanding what product is most effective, a CBD oil (commonly referred to as a CBD tincture) or a CBD gummy. The reality is, both are effective in providing relief for the issues that CBD helps to resolve, in my case reduced inflammation specifically. My recommendation is generally, whatever product you are going to use with confidence and consistency is the best one for you.

A CBD tincture is going to have an almost immediate uptake within the body. The data suggests that a CBD tincture has an onset time of 15 minutes or less. A primary concern with CBD tinctures for some people is a CBD tincture can be a little intimidating, due to measuring or counting drops. If consumers are properly educated about how much to use given the strength they choose, the intimidation factor can be easily erased. At the Catalyst CBD we always take the time to educate and show the proper use of CBD tinctures to get the correct amount of CBD desired given the potency of the CBD tincture purchased. We use a guide based upon the weight of the individual to determine the initial dosing a person should take. Breaking down the dose and understanding how much they need helps consumers and allows them to judge the effectiveness of the suggested dose. All our GUD Life CBD tinctures have measurement lines on the dropper used to measure the proper dose. Once the consumer understands their proper dosing the intimidation of measuring CBD tinctures is eliminated. Tinctures require a bit more thought while taking your CBD. There is no determined level of CBD that could be harmful but taking more than is necessary is wasteful and more expensive to use.

CBD gummies take out all the guess work out. Take one of our GUD Life CBD Gummies and you have 15 mg, which based upon your body weight may be enough. Take two and you know you have 30 mg of CBD. The primary difference besides the easy dose calculation is the time it takes a CBD gummy, or any CBD edible takes to be metabolized. Generally, a CBD gummy will take up to two hours to begin to create the desired anti-inflammatory affect that makes CBD so useful to our bodies. Our CBD gummies use nano-emulsification to reduce the time it takes the CBD to begin metabolizing. Although our nano-emulsified gummies absorb faster than other options on the market, they still don’t absorb as quickly as a CBD tincture.

The difference is a CBD tincture acts more rapidly and more precise doses can be measured at home. With a CBD gummy your dose is either one gummy at X mg of CBD or twice that if you take two gummies. I agree that a person can cut up the gummies into smaller pieces to approximate different levels of dosing, although depending on where you use your CBD might be an inconvenience. The SIMPLE THOUGHT use the CBD product that you are most comfortable with. Both are effective.

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CBD for Pets

I think most pet owners would agree with me when I say our pets are like our family. We care for them the way we would for a child, we physically care for them, and we emotionally care too. That’s why its hurts us when we see our pets in pain or discomfort.
CBD has been known to help humans with many different ailments, pain, inflammation, and anxiety. It does this through our endocannabinoid system which plays a major role in pain and inflammation modulation. The thing is all animals have this endocannabinoid system! Which means the same relief us humans get from CBD our pets can too! And it’s not just dogs and cats; horses, guinea pigs, rabbits, and any other pet you may adopt into your family can find relief with CBD. A clinical study done by Frontiers in Veterinary Science showed that with the use of CBD oil, 80% of the dogs studied showed a significant decrease in pain and an increase in mobility.
Not only could CBD helped with your pet’s pain and limited mobility, it could also help with any anxiety or stress your pet may be experiencing. Many dogs (and cats!) will suffer from anxiety from fear (like fireworks), separation anxiety, and age- related anxiety. Not only does this have a negative effect on your dog’s well -being, it could influence yours too. Many dogs who are unable to find comfort when left alone will urinate and defecate in the home, they may destroy your furniture, and annoy your neighbors by barking the whole time you’re gone. Also, as your dog ages and their cognitive function and awareness start to decline, this can lead to confusion and anxiety in your older dog. Anxiety can also lead to dogs being aggressive, making it hard to have them around guests or children. The same goes for an anxious cat.
If you’re thinking you want to try CBD for one of your pets but you’re not sure where to start, well, it’s simple! If you know the basics you can be on your to helping your furry family member! There is a good amount of pet products out there like treats and tinctures, rubs, and salves. The most important thing is to pay attention to the amount of CBD in the product. Once you know that you’ll decide how much of the product to give you pet based on their weight. The recommended dosage is 1-5mg of CBD for every 10 pounds of body weight. Some animals may respond well to a smaller dosage and some may need more. The best way to figure it out is to experiment, start with a lower dose and if you see no results within the first 30-60 min increase the dosage. And just like us humans, on some occasions it may take more than one treatment to see improvement.
At this point you may be wondering what product you should use on your pet, and the answer is: whatever works best for you and your pet! If the product contains the dosage your pet needs the difference in the products is just whatever is most convenient for you and your pet! You can give your pet a treat or two or add a CBD tincture directly to their food or even put it directly in their mouth. The most important thing is your pet is getting their recommended dosage to find the relief you both are wanting!

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How CBD Oil Works

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By Hiram O.

I have read several books on CBD and how it works and here are the simplest explanations I can come up with. With the simplest explanation being CBD enhances the body’s ability at the cellular level to achieve balance and homeostasis.

CBD works throughout a recently discovered system that exists within all mammal bodies called the Endocannabinoid System. We as mammals actually produce our own endogenous cannabinoid compounds just like the cannabinoid compounds found in hemp products that working in your endocannabinoid system. This system is primarily responsible for regulating an extensive network of neurons, neural pathways, receptors, cells, molecules and enzymes that exist within our bodies to maintain homeostasis; a balanced internal environment despite what is going on in the outside environment. Ok, that was a little complicated.

To simplify a bit, what I have discovered is that CBD oil makes it easier for the body to regulate and create balance within a variety of functions that may be overactivated. The homeostasis, or the balance the cells in our endocannabinoid system are trying to achieve will sometimes get out of whack. CBD, in simple terms, allows the systems that are out of balance, or are overreacting to things like pain, inflammation, anxiety, ect. to come back more into balance with ease. Providing our bodies additional cannabinoid in the accessible form found in CBD, enhances our bodies ability to balance itself at the cellular level. We are simply enhancing nature, naturally, using one of the gifts in the form of CBD to help our bodies maintain better balance and feel healthier.

When we are young our bodies are in great shape and our endocannabinoid system is generally working in perfect harmony with the other systems within our body. In our youth, we don’t generally have the stress, the poor eating habits, poor overall health habits, or the other environmental impacts that will inevitably, over time reduce our bodies ability to maintain the balance (homeostasis) our bodies need to fight the outside environment. Our bodies may overreact to external and internal stimulus creating anxiety, stress, inflammation and generally a feeling of malaise, that we as younger people were never really affected by. This is not to say that both young and old are not negatively affected by our body’s overreaction to both internal and external stimulus, obviously some maladies attack regardless of age. What CBD Oil seems to do is act to help our cells more easily reach a state of homeostasis removing the need for overreaction in any bodily function.

To quote Dr. David B. Allen regarding the endocannabinoid system:
“The discovery of the endocannabinoid system (ECS) is the single most important scientific medical discovery since the recognition of sterile surgical technique. As our knowledge expands, we are coming to realize that the ECS is a master control system of virtually all physiology.”

In the simplest terms, CBD oil acts to add additional cannabinoids to our system to help us in the internal balancing of our cells.

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Skin Care and CBD Oil

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By Amanda Oilar

When hearing about CBD and its uses we hear a lot about its pain-relieving properties and how to use CBD for pain management and stress relief. However, CBD has so many different uses!One of my personal favorites is skin care!

As a teenager and in my early twenties skin care for me was an afterthought. I would wash my face but that would be the extent of my skin care routine. As I got a little older and started wearing less and less makeup, I realized how important having a good skincare routine is and the best part to any great make-up look is great skin.

I first started using facial oil after having a conversation with my best friend in which I was complaining how I felt my skin was lack luster and could really use a boost. She recommended a Vitamin E facial oil to me and within days I noticed the positive impact on my skin. My skin felt softer, looked brighter, and my skin tone was evening. This is when I began my research into all the different skin care products out there, and I am to this day, obsessed with finding the best natural skin care products.

Fast forward a year or so and my brother is telling me about a natural skin care line he was developing with CBD, and the first thing I recommended was a facial oil! Then the Naturally Beautiful Facial Oil was born. When making Naturally Beautiful the goal was to ensure the products were made with the best natural ingredients and void of any harmful chemicals. What was created was an oil that is hydrating, toning, healing, anti-aging, and more!

You may be wondering what is CBD oil and why would I want to put it on my face?

Well, CBD is short for cannabidiol a non-psychoactive chemical compound found in the cannabis plant. It is “non-psychoactive” meaning it will not get you “high” the way cannabis containing THC will.
There are a great deal of studies and research going into the healing and pain-relieving qualities CBD has. What has become clear from the various studies into the benefits of CBD is that it has incredible anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and when applied topically to your skin it can have a wonderful impact on the way your skin looks and feels.

Because CBD has such powerful anti- inflammatory properties, CBD will help support the skin’s natural healing process, including shortening the lifespan of breakouts, or even eczema/ psoriasis flare-ups. Acne is an inflammatory condition and the soothing properties in CBD can help diminish breakouts and reduce redness in the skin. One of the major components in CBD oil is an antioxidant that is even more powerful than Vitamin C, E, A, or omega 3 fatty acid.

Now let’s talk about the anti- aging properties of CBD. We know that wrinkles can occur because of outside factors such as smoking, sun exposure, and long periods of high stress. But we also get wrinkles because of the simple fact we’re humans and we are aging every day. As we age the elasticity in our skin begins to breakdown. The body also becomes less effective at fighting inflammation, retaining moisture, and repairing itself. So, if we look at all the reasons, we get wrinkles we can also understand why CBD would be so effective at fighting them. For one, Cannabidiol has naturally high levels of anti-inflammatories. This will fight any inflammation caused to your skin by outside factors such as sun or pollution exposure, as well as skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. As is true with its antioxidant properties doing the work of reducing damage to your skin caused by sun or pollution. Antioxidants help stop damage caused by free radical production and will protect cells from damage, including the skin cells on your face.

CBD is just one of the wonderful ingredients in the Naturally Beautiful Facial Oil. Our oil includes coconut oil, argan oil, rose hip oil, avocado oil, vitamin E, Retinol, sea buckthorn oil, and Abyssinian oil. Some of these ingredients may sound very familiar for example coconut oil, which replenishes the skins surface and resists moisture loss; or avocado oil which moisturizes, softens, and heals dry or aging skin. Then there is sea buckthorn oil, that sounds like something you would get out of the ocean, right? Well what it really is, is a berry or a “super fruit” rich in antioxidants which protect against free radicals that cause skin damage and cancer. It also has a wonderful refreshing scent and the ability to make your skin glow from the inside out. Another ingredient I had never heard of was Abyssinian oil which comes from a seed and it protects your skin from moisture loss. Abyssinian also contains Linolenic Acid, an Omega 3 which is an anti-inflammatory, cell- communicating and skin conditioning fatty acid. We also included rose oil which is used to treat scars and other damage to the skin and its used often to combat stretch marks, wrinkles, pigmentation and other different signs of aging.

While our facial oil is a wonderful addition to your skin care routine. It shouldn’t be the only thing you do! It is very important to cleanse your skin so our oil can get to work on a clean surface! Exfoliation is also great for your face because it will get rid any dead skin hanging out and it will even out your skin tone. Drinking lots of water is also especially important for healthy skin! Dehydration can leave your skin dry, cause chapped lips, and leave your skin looking dull.

I use my Naturally Beautiful Facial Oil every day, twice a day! In the mornings, I wash and tone my face and use a small amount of the facial oil (maybe a quarter dropper) and rub it down my face and neck. I leave it on and put on moisturizer and make- up if I feel like it that day. In the evenings I wash, exfoliate (about 3-4 days a week), and use a toner. I then put a generous amount (half to a full dropper) on my face then I smooth it into my face, neck, and chest. Some nights I finish with an overnight mask or just let the oil get to work! I wake up with my skin feeling super moisturized and my skin glowing!

I absolutely love this facial oil and I hope you do as well!