CBD topicals, oils or edibles?

Do you know when it’s better to use CBD topicals, edibles or oils? The answer isn’t as cut and dried as it may seem. Each form of CBD has different effects on your body, so you’ll want to understand how each works. Let’s break it down. CBD: the common denominator A couple of things to … Read more

The CBD essential oil connection

What is the CBD essential oil link? If you’ve read the ingredient lists on the Lost Remedy products, you know they are heavy on essential oils. There’s a really good reason for that. Essential oils come from plants; the oils are extracted either by steam distillation or CO2 extraction, depending on the particular plant. These … Read more

Are CBD topicals just a fad?

As popularity grows, are CBD topicals more than just a fad? Although I don’t know the definitive answer to that question, I would assume no. The lotions, balms, salves and creams have become an industry staple and I don’t think that will change. Skin is the first line of defense against biological, chemical, mechanical and … Read more

CBD, terpenes and the entourage effect

How much do you know about CBD, terpenes and the entourage effect? When should you use full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO) CBD or an isolate? The reason I ask that last question is that an isolate is just that. The purest form of CBD taken from the hemp, leaving behind everything else. Full spectrum CBD, however, contains all the natural chemicals found in the whole plant, including other cannabinoids, flavonoids, essential oils and terpenes. Let’s take a closer look at the differences.

CBD isolate

As I’ve noted, the CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD with no additional terpenes, cannabinoids and even trace amounts of THC that make an FSHO product.

So, if you are a bit unsure of the components of an FSHO, you may be considering a CBD isolate. However, a 2015 animal study showed that CBD isolate may provide certain health benefits, yet not as significant as with a full-spectrum CBD product. Also, according to that research, a CBD isolate may not be as effective  against pain and inflammation and may only occur at a certain dose. The effects of full-spectrum products, on the other hand, increase as the dosage does.

This is the reason people who wish to take high doses of CBD may prefer an isolate. This is not necessarily a negative quality of CBD isolate. Some people may prefer a product without THC, or they might be sensitive to this substance.

Full-spectrum CBD

It’s important to note that all of Lost Remedy products are made with FSHO. Here’s why. FSHO contains all the cannabinoids and compounds found in the hemp plant. In addition, it contains many essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, proteins, chlorophyll, fiber, flavonoids and terpenes. It also contains dozens of cannabinoids. The most abundant is CBD, which makes up 90% of this full-spectrum oil. Other cannabinoids contained in hemp oil are CBD, CBG, CBN and trace levels of THC (under .2%).

FSHO contains all the cannabinoids and compounds found in the hemp plant.

Extracted FSHO also contains vitamins A, C and E, as well as B complex vitamins such as riboflavin, thiamine and niacin. In addition, it’s a source of vitamins not sufficiently present in many diets including beta-carotene. As stated above, this FSHO includes numerous minerals, fatty acids, proteins and a host of other components, all of which work together to enhance the healthful benefits of this unique oil.

A word about terpenes

I wouldn’t be able to discuss FSHO without including terpenes, which are a vital part of the entourage effect. Terpenes – found in most plants – are the aromatic compounds t

Terpenes infographic

hat in the hemp plant play an important role in helping CBD compounds reach optimal effects. In fact, the scent of terpenes has been found to support physical and mental health.

Although the hemp plant has around 200 terpenes, here is a list of the most notable, which are also found in other plants:

  • Linalool. The same terpene found in lavender has a sweet, floral scent.
  • Limonene. Limonene can also be found in lemon rind, orange rind, and juniper.
  • Myrcene. Found in lemongrass and hops, which contributes to the scent of beer.
  • Alpha and beta-pinene.Found in pine needles and have an earthy, woody aroma.

CBD and the entourage effect

Essentially, the entourage effect is when all the components of the CBD work in concert to support your health. CBD is just one of many components derived from hemp. True the others appear in lesser quantity than CBD, but they are important in supporting what CBD does in our bodies.

When you take CBD, you also receive a lot of botanical compounds. Each compound comes with its own effect and benefit, but which can change upon encountering other compounds. So, if you look at the dictionary meaning of entourage you’ll see it is a group surrounding or attending an important person. So, think of these lesser compounds such as cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes and other phytochemicals in the hemp plant as the group surrounding or attending CBD. Together these compounds can amplify each other’s chemistry, making the overall plant more effective in addressing symptoms.

As I’ve often mentioned in this blog, everybody (human or animal) has an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for maintaining balance within our system. This balance is called homeostasis.

In 1998, Raphael Mechoulam, renowned CBD researcher, Israeli organic chemist and professor of Medicinal Chemistry at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel, worked with fellow researcher Shimon Ben-Shabat to understand how our ECS demonstrated the entourage effect. An October 19, 2019, article explained that, “According to the duo, various inactive metabolites and related molecules boosted the activity of the primary endogenous cannabinoids [cannabinoids that naturally occur in our bodies]: 2-AG and anandamide. They said it helped explain why botanical drugs were often more effective than isolated ones.”

So, now you have a basic idea of 1) the entourage effect and 2) why Lost Remedy CBD topicals are made with FSHO.

CBD topicals for inflammation

If you are looking for information about CBD topicals for inflammation, you’ve come to the right place. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you have inflammation. So, first things first. What is inflammation? Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself from infection. White blood cells surround a supposed threat and try to eliminate it. … Read more

What to know about CBD topicals

What do you know about CBD topicals? Well, I don’t know everything either so that’s why I write this blog. To learn. To educate. So, let’s start with the basics of what to know about CBD topicals. First, CBD from hemp has an important distinction: you don’t get high. With that in mind, let’s proceed. … Read more

CBD cream for exercise

Why use CBD cream for exercise? It seems to happen every year. New Year’s resolutions fallen by the wayside. Well, if you resolved to get in shape only to lose that resolve because of injury or pain, I have good news. Among athletes, CBD has become the go-to for sports recovery. Training for a sport … Read more

CBD topicals to relieve PMS

Can CBD topicals relieve PMS, or premenstrual syndrome? PMS has gotten a short shrift. People make jokes about cranky women and seem to roll their eyes at the idea that there is such a thing. If you have PMS, however, you know it’s real. The symptoms vary in severity from woman to woman, and they … Read more

Why seniors can benefit from CBD topicals

There’s a growing population of seniors who could benefit from CBD topicals. As we keep hearing, the baby boom generation is a population with clout. Not only are boomers the wealthiest segment of our population, with 70% of discretionary income, they are credited with 50% of the money spent on consumer goods. On top of … Read more

CBD topicals and Valentine’s Day

Have you ever thought of giving CBD topicals to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day? Now I know that CBD topicals health and beauty products aren’t always considered romantic or glamorous enough to give to your Valentine. But, I’m here to help you rethink that notion. First, CBD topicals are natural products, made with CBD, carrier … Read more

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