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CBD Safety: Know your product. Know your CBD.

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Do you really know what is in your CBD product? 

Do you really know what you are ingesting? 

Do you really know what you are using on your skin?

On July 8th 2020 the FDA reported to congress on their testing of nearly 150 randomly selected CBD products.

Results showed that less than half contained the stated amount of CBD on the label!

  • 18% contained less than 80% of the amount of CBD stated
  • 45% were within 20% of the amount of CBD stated. 10% is the standard for pharmaceuticals.
  • 35% contained more than 120% of the amount of CBD stated on the label.

And this is just testing for CBD!

For your safety you need to dig deep. You must seek out the information beyond what your product is claiming.

The hemp plant is nature’s bioaccumulator… consider hemp to be soil’s own vacuum cleaner! Hemp has been used for years to clean and recondition contaminated soil and its impressive ability to remove waste has been termed bioremediation or phytoremediation. This mean it can soak up EVERYTHING…. So if your hemp product’s origin is not well-regulated, tested and maintained, the hemp plants that were used to make your items could have many unwanted and often toxic contaminants.

Did you know hemp was planted around the Chernobyl nuclear disaster? It demonstrated its incredible ability to remove dangerous heavy metals, pesticides, solvents. 

Put simply, the hemp plant by nature sucks up and removes contaminants efficiently… a feature that’s GREAT for farmers of course, but it should make you truly question what could be lurking in your hemp products, especially your CBD!

If your product states “we have certificates of analysis (COA)”. Great, but is that COA only analyzing potency? Is there a full analysis of toxins, chemical, etc? This is important. View an example of a COA with Full Panel Testing.

You need to seek out full COA documents that go beyond just potency. Full panel batch testing for solvents, pesticides, microbials, mycotoxins, mold, filth are expensive. Very few CBD companies validate their product claims and protect you with extensive full testing.

For your safety and protection look for products that:

  1. Use ISO 10725 accredited laboratories for Full panel testing. There are very few companies that value your safety over their dollar bottom line. Sad but true!
  2. Facilities that are FDA compliant and FDA registered and inspected. 
  3. Facilities that are cGMP registered and compliant.
  4. Use only USA hemp grown for CBD content.
  5. Have a scannable QR code (quick reference code). You can scan this and it should take you to their website and testing. Hopefully FULL testing.

Consumer protection IS coming, but until that time you have to do your homework. You will be surprised how few products are fully tested, proven safe, effective natural products from a manufacture that values your trust, safety confidence more than their bottom line.

At Azure Botanics from our conception it has been our mission to provide safe, effective and fully tested products. We value your trust and confidence by providing you the facts in a sea of false claims and unsafe products.

If you have taken the time to read this, we hope you will join our growing family of Azure Botanics friends and clients. Feel free to reach out to tell us if you enjoyed this article: info@devsite6.wpengine.com

Attention: Florida ingestible CBD that are sold, purchased or shipped into Florida Require by law. Labeling Law S.581.217(7).F.S. and 21 CFR Part 101…

 

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CBD Benefits, Knowledge and History.

Hemp, Nature’s Gift of Wellness and Health Revealed…..again.

Did you know?

Hemp is Cannabis but contains less than 0.3% THC and is non-psychoactive. THC is one of 100 plus natural chemicals in cannabis. THC is the only one that is psychoactive, produces a high. Hemp is indigenous to Central Asia. Cultivation of hemp for cloth and other basic necessities can be traced to 2,800 BCE (before the Christian era).

Modern research has confirmed that ancient cultures knew about hemp’s amazing properties and medicinal value. The hemp seed contains a vast array of nutrients and essential fatty acids. Ancient cultures relied on the hemp seeds as a stable, nutritious and natural food source.

In recent times the use of cannabis (high THC) plant to produce a psychoactive high has over shadowed the stellar use of hemp in large industries for cable, cloth and paper. The demise of public opinion was in most cases orchestrated by big business that were offering synthetic options for natural hemp products. The petro chemical and textile industries knowing the monetary value of hemp set in motion a vicious public opinion smokescreen. Their goal was to sway public opinion starting in 1930.

This lead to the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937.

This is the first legal restriction of cannabis/hemp. Later the Controlled Substance Act of 1970 without regard for current research hemp (less than 0.3% THC) was lumped in with marijuana (high THC), heroin, LSD, ecstasy, methaqualone, and peyote as a Schedule 1 class drugs. https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling Codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl, and others are Schedule 2 class drugs. https://www.dea.gov/drug-scheduling

The Farm Bill of 2014 defined hemp as containing less than 0.3% THC. This allowed legal growing of hemp for agricultural research and in all 50 states.

In 2018, The Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 or better known as The 2018 Farm Bill allowed hemp production and products containing less than 0.3% THC by dry weight as legal in all 50 states. Note that most states provide legal guidelines for hemp labeling and testing requirements of CBD products. https://nifa.usda.gov/industrial-hemp

In closing. There are some gray areas, and a very large percentage of less than reputable procurers ignore the testing, labeling and safety of you the consumer.

At Azure Botanics it is our mission to inform, educate and help our friends and clients make safe and verifiable decisions. The vast industry is the “Wild West” enter at your own risk. We at Azure Botanics are active at the State, Federal, and legitimate trade groups to seek industry-wide full transparency and testing. It is our goal to protect our clients and friends, you the consumer.

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER!

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The Endocannabinoid System – What Is It?

Blog Post: The Endocannabinoid System - What Is It?

You may remember learning about the 11 systems of your body that work together to maintain life and ensure your body’s survival (i.e. homeostasis)…

But what if I told you that the textbooks, commonly written by Big Businesses (Pharma), left one of these systems hidden? A system so big and so essential to everyday life that it is constantly working in synchronicity with all the other systems…

This hidden but incredibly important system is called the Endocannabinoid System and it holds the keys to unlocking the greatest mysteries of the human body.

The Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, remained undiscovered until the early 1990s when scientists found specific receptors, revealing the existence of naturally occurring neurotransmitters called endocannabinoids. The ECS is now known as an essential regulatory mechanism in the body’s biochemistry and physiology, and its name derives from the fact that all higher animals have natural cannabinoid receptors. When an imbalance is detected, our body synthesizes endocannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid receptors. This stimulates a chemical response seeking a return to a natural physiological balance, homeostasis.

In the human body, there are two primary endocannabinoids: 1. Arachidonylethanolamine (AEA), nicknamed anandamide from the Sanskrit word for “bliss” and 2. 2-arachidonylglycerol (2-AG). These two are the star players in a growing group of endocannabinoids found in the human body. Some other endocannabinoids seem to be inactive when tested on their own, but when combined with AEA and 2-AG many experiments have demonstrated an “entourage effect” (a synergy or boosting effect) caused by these entourage compounds enhancing relief on pain and inflammation in the body.

To understand how this works, imagine the endocannabinoids as keys to a corresponding receptor lock.

The primary ECS receptors are Cannabinoid Type 1 (CB1-R) and Cannabinoid Type 2 (CB2-R) receptors, which can be unlocked by endocannabinoids, phytocannabinoids, or synthetic cannabinoids. CB1-R is best known as the neuromodulatory receptor in the brain where we can see THC’s effects on short-term memory, pain, emotion, hunger, etc. CB1-R is the most abundant protein coupled receptor in the brain, which speaks to its importance for cerebral function in health and disease because it regulates the brain back into balance. It is also found in the spinal cord and peripheral nervous system (key role in regulation of pain, itch, and muscle tone), gastrointestinal tract (key roles in propulsion and secretion during digestion), endocrine function and fertility, and cellular functions (key role developmentally or in the uncontrolled growth and spread of cancer). CB2-R is a non-pyschoactive receptor that is typically found outside of the brain in the periphery gut, spleen, liver, kidneys, bones, blood vessels, lymph cells, endocrine glands, and reproductive organs. CB2-R is primarily known for its key roles in mediating the immune system, signal processing of the brain, and seeking natural balance and well-being.

Like many locks and keys, a certain lock will only accept specific keys. In the human body this process is called signal transduction, where a specific cannabinoid or a combination of cannabinoids binding (or unlocking) to a specialized receptor triggers an event (or series or events) in the cell, resulting in a change in the cells activity, its gene regulation, and/or the signals that it sends to neighboring cells. This signal transduction is so essential to our life because it regulates and balances the important functions our body needs for growth, metabolism, and survival.

In 1998, Professor Di Marzo summarized the basic functions of the ECS as relax, eat, sleep, forget and protect. When we see a general decline in our overall health (especially in those areas), we may be seeing a result of Cannabinoid Deficiency.

Since the human body produces its own endogenous cannabinoids, without a healthy, sufficient supplementation into our diet of those cannabinoids the ECS operates at less than peak performance.

Our products naturally supplement your endogenous cannabinoids to avoid deficiency and secure natural well-being and health as nature intended.