CBD continues to sweep the nation, as it’s one of the few growing businesses (despite a struggling economy) during the COVID-19 pandemic. The CBD and hemp industry is not only surviving these trying times, they are thriving – and there’s a good reason for it. CBD offers a holistic, natural type of support that you simply can’t find over the counter anywhere else, and it’s unbelievably versatile, too.
It makes sense that, when experiencing all-time high levels of emotional fatigue, consumers are seeking all-natural, non-addictive solutions. Especially lately, everyday Americans are experiencing heavy emotional burdens as they face:
- Job loss, cutback of hours, or furlough
- Personal illness
- Caring for a sick loved one
- Homeschooling children
- Balancing working from home with other responsibilities
- General fear during these uncertain times
- …and many other unique, challenging circumstances
To get through this difficult time, eager customers have begun bulk ordering their favorite CBD products, just to make sure they have them on hand when they need them. We understand the thought process here, because peace of mind is just about as important as the toilet paper many have been hoarding. But there are a few things to consider before stockpiling too much of your favorite products.
Before Panic Purchasing, Things To Consider:
First, we can confidently say that CBD isn’t going anywhere, so you don’t have to fear that you won’t be able to find your favorite products. Industry leaders, like The Hemp Doctor, not only stay ahead of the curve by ensuring the most cutting-edge CBD products are available to you, but they also are manufacturing products quickly and diligently to keep up with demand. If you see a good sale, definitely buy a few bottles, try new product releases, and plan ahead to support your own mental and physical health. But remember, while these products are taking the wellness industry by storm, they are the most potent and effective when used sooner rather than later.
That brings us to the topic of product shelf life. It is the most important reason to not get too out of control when buying in bulk.
In general, your CBD products should be stored indoors in a room-temperature, dry place. Even portable products made to be used on-the-go, like CBD gum or CBD freeze cream, should be kept in a bag or purse and shouldn’t be kept in direct sunlight or left in your vehicle.
Most favorites, like CBD Softgels and CBD Tinctures, have a shelf life of 18 months. What this essentially means is, as long as you store your CBD product properly, the specially-formulated compounds (and the supplemental ingredients) will be optimally effective for about 18 months.
Does this mean your products will be completely ineffective after 18 months?
But they are unlikely to be as potent and fast-acting, as the active ingredients will have likely begun to degrade. It doesn’t mean your product needs to be thrown in the trash immediately, but they may not be as helpful because, frankly, they’ve gotten old and sat too long. We don’t recommend letting your valuable CBD products go untouched for several months. It is not only a waste of your hard-earned money, but it’s relief you could have benefited from, which would be a shame in itself.
Potential Shelf Life Outliers
Many wellness products are shelf-stable for a year or more, so the 18-month shelf life for CBD Softgels and CBD Tinctures makes perfect sense. However, we encourage you to closely read the package of any CBD product you purchase, because there may be outliers. Because CBD is so popular and versatile, high-end companies are getting very creative with their products. There are various types of edibles or beverage mixes that may be single-use, like a CBD lollipop or energy drink packet, for example. Simply reading the package to be sure of your product’s shelf life will help you maximize your purchase.
The Hemp Doctor: Your Hemp Professionals
At The Hemp Doctor, we specialize in all things hemp and CBD-related. We have experienced the benefits of high-quality CBD first hand, and it truly changed our lives. Because of that experience, we set out to make sure everyone had access to the highest quality CBD on the market so they can experience everything it can offer, too.
When you shop with us, you will not only have an excellent trusted retailer, leading the nation in cutting-edge CBD products; you’ll also have a health and wellness advocate on your side. We offer customers a completely transparent experience so they can shop with confidence. When you visit our website you will be able to:
- Get to know our personal story, and see why we are so passionate about hemp and CBD.
- Browse our versatile inventory of Premium CBD and Hemp products. We offer every tried-and-true customer favorite as well as an ever-growing number of innovative, highly effective products you won’t find anywhere else.
- Learn all about our rigorous organic farming process, our scientifically-advanced extraction technique, and our highly-sophisticated production methods.
- View the third-party lab results that verify every claim we make about what’s in the bottle (and what’s not!).
- Fill out our online contact form, where you can ask questions or seek personal product recommendations from our knowledgeable hemp and CBD experts.
The Hemp Doctor is America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary because we offer an unparalleled shopping and wellness experience. We strive to educate our family of customers so they are equipped with the information they need to make the best decisions possible for their health and well-being. Whether you shop online and contact us digitally, call us, or stop in to meet us at our Mooresville, North Carolina shop, you will be treated like family.
We know that starting any new health or wellness regimen can be a challenge, but we also believe that it’s important to invest in yourself. You deserve to live a life with enhanced mental clarity and energy, and a mind and body that feel good. We are here every step of the way, and we can’t wait to see our unparalleled CBD help you achieve your goals!
CBG is quickly gaining traction in the wellness industry, and consumers, retailers, and even researchers are becoming highly intrigued by it. CBG has many similar traits to the superstar compound you may already know and love: CBD.
Hemp-derived CBD began dominating the headlines in 2018 when The Farm Bill was passed. Essentially, this lengthy legislation legalized all hemp-derived CBD products containing.3% THC or less for purchase and consumption in the United States. Immediately, eager consumers began giving it a try, and the rest is history. To this day, CBD receives praise in online reviews, message boards, and in many personal anecdotes. People love the all-natural, non-addictive compound because it is so versatile, and it delivers results.
CBG hasn’t gotten the same glitzy start as CBD, but it’s mostly because the wellness potential of this rare, elusive compound remains untapped. There are still many questions about CBG, but thanks to some recent hard work from diligent researchers and dedicated farmers, we have many more answers now than ever before – and the future of CBG is looking bright.
What Is CBG?
CBG, short for cannabigerol, is one of the many dynamic compounds extracted from the hemp plant. Like CBD, this compound is among over 100 other cannabinoids that team up to naturally deliver emotional and physical relief to daily discomforts and fatigues.
Recently dubbed “the Rolls Royce” of cannabinoids, CBG is quickly establishing a shiny public image. Because CBG is promising to be so effective, yet it is only found in approximately 1% of the mature hemp plant, it can be more challenging to extract large amounts of it to use in wellness products. This is making CBG more intriguing and sought after, as curious consumers can’t wait to give it a try.
Fun fact about CBG:
You may not realize this, but many of the other vital compounds in your favorite wellness products only exist because of CBG!
CBG begins its life cycle as CBG-A (cannabigerol acid) and, through the fascinating process of photosynthesis, the acids are converted into cannabinoids. This means CBG plays a crucial role in the hemp plant’s production of CBD, THC, and other well-known, hemp-derived compounds you may have in your medicine cabinet right now.
CBG is found in a bit more abundance in the younger stages of plant development because, as we mentioned earlier, it eventually converts into other cannabinoids. In order to maximize how much CBG can be extracted from a healthy hemp plant, cultivators have worked hard to pinpoint the perfect moment in the plant’s life cycle to harvest and extract the high-end compound.
With impeccable timing and commitment, this hard work has paid off and we are now finally able to yield higher amounts of CBG during extraction and purification. This will result in a CBG market debut that stands to take the wellness market by storm.
How Is CBG Extracted?
Because CBG is a cannabinoid, it is extracted using the same standard methods as CBD and other compounds extracted from hemp. There are several ways to extract cannabinoids from the leaves and stalks of the hemp plant, but here are the methods used by the most reputable brands:
1) The CO2 Extraction Method
The CO2 extraction method uses Supercritical carbon dioxide – that is, CO2 that contains both liquid and gas properties – to extract the compound from the hemp plant. The process involves the use of three pressurized chambers:
- The first chamber contains the pressurized Supercritical CO2.
- The second chamber contains the hemp plant.
- CO2 is pumped from the first chamber into the second, exposing the hemp to Supercritical CO2, which causes the oil to separate from the plant.
- Next, both the CO2 and the oil are pumped together into the third chamber. After the gas evaporates, the final result is pure, concentrated oil.
2) The Solvent Extraction Method
The Solvent extraction method uses a solvent – like ethanol, butane, or propane, alcohol, or isopropyl – to strip the hemp plant of it’s concentrated cannabinoids. Hemp flowers and plant trimmings are soaked in the solvent, and the powerful liquid disintegrates the plant’s natural waxes, leaving behind only the beneficial compounds. Then, an evaporation process eliminates the residual solvent and the concentrated cannabinoid oil remains.
There are other ways CBG can be extracted, but these are the two primary methods used by the most reputable retailers. These methods are not recommended to try at home, as they are quite complex and can be very dangerous. However, there is a popular at-home alternative some adventurous consumers have tried.
In the comfort of your own kitchen, you can finely chop up hemp plant trimmings, place them on a cookie sheet, and bake them at 225º for about an hour. This helps the acids in the plant evolve to their non-acidic forms – a process called decarboxylating. Once cool, add the trimmings and olive oil to a double boiler, lightly simmer (not boil!) water over the double boiler for 2-3 hours, letting the hemp infuse the oil. It’s important the temperature remains very low because high heat can compromise the integrity of the important compounds. Once infused then cooled, use a cheesecloth to strain the trimmings from the oil. You’ll be left with a cannabinoid-infused oil to use in your favorite recipes! Note: This method yields only small concentrations of these compounds compared to the products you’d buy in stores or online.
The Best Hemp Products Are at The Hemp Doctor
These extraction methods are quite complex and scientifically advanced, and often, they are very costly. However, the nation’s top CBD retailers, like The Hemp Doctor, will never cut corners to save money, especially on something requiring impeccable precision like compound extraction.
Only expert extraction and purification using cutting-edge equipment will ensure that the final product is preserving every valuable compound while removing every unwanted, unhealthy ingredient like residual solvents, molds, and pesticides. Our proprietary process is precise and rigorous and leaves only the highest quality cannabinoids on the market.
There are many places to buy hemp-derived products like CBD oil, CBG oil, and other phytocannabinoid-rich wellness products. This is why The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, works hard to stand out from the pack. From our extraordinary personalized customer service to our unparalleled inventory of cutting edge products, we offer an educational, supportive wellness experience. Contact us today to get started!
Every day, there’s new information about the coronavirus swimming around on the internet. Eager people are desperate to have daily life get back to normal, so they’re relying on online articles and promising products to offer miracle cures. COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into the plans of millions across the nation (and the world) as proms, graduations, vacations, sporting events, and concerts have all been canceled, leaving people disappointed, to say the least. We know deep down that missing an event is a small price to pay to avoid spreading a potentially deadly virus, however, it still stings. We so desperately want a solution.
Now, we know this is obvious, but it has to be said: Everything you read on the internet is not true. Of course, you know this, but it doesn’t stop hopeful everyday folks from believing false information because they saw it online. That being said, we have to make this absolutely clear:
At this time, there is no known anti-viral for the coronavirus – including CBD.
It’s a disappointment, we know. But it’s true, and don’t let the internet tell you otherwise. No matter what you read, CBD is not an antiviral for COVID-19. If you suspect that you are sick, seek professional medical attention immediately and don’t rely on unsubstantiated internet claims for at-home, anti-viral remedies.
CBD – What This “Wonder-Supplement” Can Do
While CBD isn’t a cure or anti-viral for the coronavirus (and we have yet to find one thus far), it receives enthusiastic praise every day for the many things it can do. If you are new to CBD and you don’t know what it’s capable of, here are a few of the top reasons people use the all-natural compound every day as part of their wellness routine.
❖ To start the day, CBD is taken to provide a sense of clarity and offers a natural mental boost. Consumers typically take a CBD softgel or tincture with breakfast. Another popular option for many is to make a CBD latte or CBD smoothie.
❖ Throughout a hectic or strenuous day, when consumers need midday support, many reach for a CBD energy drink or tea. Delivering quick, sustainable relief for the wound-up mind, these CBD products make it easier to get through a busy day.
❖ After a challenging fitness routine, when muscles and joints are fatigued, CBD balm or freeze cream is applied topically to deliver prompt relief. Topical CBD products offer targeted, nourishing support to aid in the post-workout recovery process.
❖ Before bed, when the body and mind are feeling exhausted yet the mind struggles to lull into a restful slumber, a CBD Softgel + Melatonin is a popular ideal solution. Harnessing the power of both CBD and all-natural melatonin, the body can more easily relax and unwind. The product continues to release into the bloodstream throughout the night, helping to ensure individuals not only fall asleep, but stay soundly asleep until morning.
Morning to night time, there are versatile uses for this well-rounded wellness product. Between diligent researchers and eager consumers, new benefits are being discovered on a regular basis, making CBD a truly ideal holistic option for just about everyone.
CBD 101: A Basic Guide
Now that you know some of what CBD is capable of, you may be wondering if it’s too good to be true. The internet is full of misnomers on this topic as well, and many people are hesitant to give it a try because they are confused about what CBD actually is and whether it’s legal and safe. Because we know you are eager to reap the benefits of this amazing compound, we are going to clear up any questions you may have so you can be confident as you shop for CBD.
✓ CBD is an all-natural, plant-derived compound.
✓ CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of many compounds extracted from the hemp plant.
✓ Hemp-derived CBD is completely legal in the United States and has been since The Farm Bill of 2018 was signed into law. The legislation legalized all hemp-derived CBD containing .3% THC or less for production, purchase, and consumption.
✓ Hemp naturally contains extremely low levels of THC, short for tetrahydrocannabinol. THC is the ingredient that produces the “high” feeling typically associated with marijuana. Because hemp contains such small amounts of THC, it does not produce psychoactive side effects, making it a popular option for many.
✓ Hemp is in the cannabis plant family but is a different plant variation than it’s cousin, marijuana. It is important to distinguish the difference because hemp-based products are legal across the United States while marijuana (and products containing it) have a more complicated legal standing. To be clear: hemp-derived CBD products are completely legal.
✓ You can purchase CBD products with miniscule amounts of THC. Or, for your added peace of mind, you can purchase THC-free CBD products. You can easily tell the difference by reading the labels. Look for:
- “Full Spectrum:” Products with this designation have small amounts of naturally occurring THC.
- “Broad Spectrum:” Products with this designation have been processed further to remove small traces of THC.
Note: Full Spectrum and Broad Spectrum CBD products do not cause mind-altering side effects.
✓ CBD is non-addictive, which makes it a more appealing, safe, dependable wellness product.
Hemp and CBD – Quality Matters
As with any health and wellness product, the quality of your hemp or CBD is important. If you plan to consume a product or apply it to your skin, you should be able to trust what’s inside. At The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, we don’t cut corners to save time or money, which results in a final product you can rely on.
Our hemp and CBD products are pure and robust, so they are guaranteed to be effective. We also diligently purify our products to ensure they are free of unwanted substances like harsh metals, chemicals, and molds. For an added layer of quality assurance, our products are third-party lab tested and you can view the lab results online at your leisure. We believe in a fully transparent CBD experience, and we are here to make sure you reap every benefit our organically grown CBD and hemp has to offer.
If you are ready to start experiencing more relaxed, tranquil days, contact us to see how our cutting-edge products can help. We look forward to joining you on this road to increased wellness!
There’s so much to think about lately. In some ways, we are engaging in a daily balancing act to keep everything running smoothly. Staying up-to-date on every state and government restriction, making sure we are following the proper safety precautions to stay healthy, doing everything we can to keep our families healthy while also maintaining employment so that we can still buy groceries, pay our bills, and prepare for the unexpected – and that’s not even half of it.
If you have children, you are probably juggling additional roles: acting as a teacher, a tutor, and a coach, doing everything you can to shield children from the inevitable challenges that COVID-19 has brought to our everyday lives. Everyone is doing their best each day, and by bedtime, most of us feel pretty maxed out. The idea of “self-care“ sounds almost impossible, and even reading the words may make you laugh. The idea of adding anything additional to your day sounds daunting, and it probably sounds unrealistic. If you’re reading this, you may have just one free moment on your hands and you’re going to be very thankful you used it to read this.
Yes, things are hectic, but it won’t be like this forever! If your mind is tired and your body is weary, you are not alone – not by a long shot. But rest assured, you will get through this stronger than ever, especially if you take just a few moments each day to take care of your mental health.
Taking Care of Your Mental Health: A Necessity, Not a Luxury
You may have forgotten to think about your own mental health. With everything else you have to manage, it may sound like a luxury or maybe an unnecessary burden. You might not realize that taking good care of your mental health can help you every single day in your usual tasks because, if you feel good, all of your burdens feel a little lighter!
In addition, you might not have realized that there is scientific evidence linking mental health very closely to physical health, and excessive mental burdens can lead to a weaker, less effective immune system. While masks, excessive hand-washing, and sanitizing everything might seem like the only way to stay healthy, taking care of your mental health does your body good as well!
There are several things you can do on a daily basis that take just a couple of minutes, which can have lasting, long-term positive effects on your mental health. Imagine starting your day knowing you have a long list of things to do, but feel perfectly calm and collected anyway. It’s possible and easier than you think!
Here are three incredibly simple ways to take good care of your mental health so that, when this crisis is over, you can sail smoothly back into your normal routine without undue stress.
1. Take a deep breath!
This might sound simple, but there is overwhelming scientific evidence showing that deep breathing exercises support mental health. If it’s backed by science, that’s convincing motivation to give it a try. If you spend just three minutes per day practicing any deep breathing exercise, you will notice a significant difference in your overall ability to cope with stress. There are several techniques to try, and each of them takes your attention away from everything else going on for just a few moments and shifts your focus to your breathing. Filling your lungs with clean air and enjoying a moment of peace is a free, intentional stress reliever. You’ll be surprised how easy it is.
2. Focus on the good things!
Despite everything going on in the world, we all have something to be thankful for. Some days it could be big things, like the fact that you still have a job, or have a spouse that is supportive and loving when you need it most. Other days it could be small things, like the weather or your favorite song playing on the radio. No matter what, there is good in each day! We sometimes get so caught up in our commitments and responsibilities that we forget to be thankful for what we have. Another easy activity (with results that are scientifically proven) is to simply be grateful each day. You could write down what you’re thankful for, simply name three things you are grateful for before you go to bed, or even just think quietly about what you’re thankful for. The method is not as important as the intentional action – just take a moment and be grateful for three things each day. This activity could take less than one minute before you go to bed, but it can help you feel calm, improve how you sleep, and change your overall outlook on life.
3. Explore natural solutions to support your mind and body!
When you’re feeling overwhelmed, natural, organic solutions are the most sustainable, effective options.
★ Try to add more wholesome, nutritious foods to your diet, especially vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables. Consuming processed foods, artificial sugars, and excessive alcohol can make you feel sluggish and can weaken your natural immunity.
★ Try incorporating an organic, high-quality CBD product into your daily routine. Even in a tumultuous economy, CBD is becoming more popular than ever because of the all-natural way it interacts with the body, encouraging peace of mind and emotional clarity. Because CBD is non-addictive and highly versatile, it has become a staple in the daily lives of many because it offers support when you need it most.
The Hemp Doctor: Peace of Mind Delivered to Your Door
Every intentional action you take to support your mental health now will reap immeasurable benefits later. At The Hemp Doctor, we know exactly what you’re going through, and we do everything we can to help support you during these uncertain times. We are America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, and we take our commitment to your wellness very seriously. We continue to innovate, creating excellent CBD products to make a positive impact on your life.
We know first-hand what a high-quality CBD product is capable of doing. That’s why our organic, Premium Grade CBD is derived from only the very best hemp, processed to perfection, and manufactured using the most advanced technology to produce dozens of cutting edge products to meet your needs. If you’re curious about what CBD can do for you, contact us today for a recommendation! Our friendly professionals look forward to speaking with you, and we can’t wait for you to join The Hemp Doctor family.
We will all get through this together, and we will be stronger than ever. We can’t wait to hear from you!
With so much going on in the world each day, just watching the news can leave the average person feeling a bit stressed. From controversial political topics to threats of severe weather, most of us can connect to world events personally – and those burdens can feel heavy. Now that COVID-19 has dominated most headlines and even our social media outlets, there’s no avoiding the nerve-racking topic, even when you feel like you need a mental reprieve.
Yes, we need to stay informed. It’s absolutely essential to be up-to-date on the latest information from the CDC as well as state officials. At the same time, it can feel overwhelming. At The Hemp Doctor, we care about you, and we want to help you find healthy ways to navigate through this challenging crisis so you can emerge from it well-informed, but also healthy. We don’t encourage ignoring the information because the knowledge, especially during a pandemic, will help keep you safe. However, we do encourage striking a healthy balance whenever possible.
Take a Break, Take a Breath
For starters, when you can, designate a certain time of the day to check your preferred news outlets. Perhaps check the news briefly in the morning and again briefly at night, and that’s all. If you fear that you may miss breaking news, consider turning on “breaking news” alerts on your cell phone through your news outlet of choice. Otherwise, spend the rest of your day managing the many other responsibilities you have, which inevitably will keep you busy.
Throughout the day, we recommend taking a few moments to yourself to gather your thoughts and clear your mind. This short break can be a mere 3-5 minutes but, if used correctly, it can help you lighten your emotional burdens and enhance your ability to cope with life’s stressors. Here are two incredibly short and easy breathing techniques you can pencil in a couple of times a day that will work wonders on your emotional coping abilities.
Before we get started, we know that you may be unsure about the simplistic idea of breathing to reduce stress, because breathing comes so naturally. You might be wondering if any breathing technique can be effective in emotional management. We understand that skepticism, but insist you give it a try anyway. We only share information backed by science and research, and the results are conclusive: Breathing to reduce stress works!
Here’s the thing about just about every breathing exercise: It works when you truly engage in it and shift all of your focus to your breathing during the entire exercise. This can be difficult, but you can do it and it’s worth the effort. Let’s get started!
Stress-Eliminating Breathing Technique #1: Deep Breathing
Again, this sounds incredibly simple, but dedicate a few minutes to focus on the activity and watch how quickly you reap the benefits. Here are step-by-step directions to complete this breathing exercise properly:
- Find a comfortable place to lay down.
- Put a pillow under your head for support.
- Bend your knees.
- Place one hand on your stomach below your ribcage, near your belly button.
- Breathe in deeply through your nose, noticing your hand rising as your belly fills with fresh, clean air.
- Breathe out somewhat forcefully through your mouth, like you’re trying to blow out a candle. Release all of the air thoroughly. Your hand should have lowered to its original position as the air is eliminated from the lungs.
- Repeat three times.
Note: If you prefer sitting up, this technique can be modified to accommodate it. Simply begin by sitting up comfortably in a chair instead of laying down.
If you engage fully in this breathing exercise, you may feel slightly uncomfortable at first. Be patient with yourself, and take a break if you feel lightheaded. This is common when you begin deep breathing, and it’s temporary. As you keep practicing, it will feel more natural and you will feel the relaxing benefits more promptly.
Stress-Eliminating Breathing Technique #2: 4-7-8 Breathing
Not only is this technique incredibly easy, but the directions are also in the name of it! Once you give it a try, it won’t be easy to forget. Here’s the simple, yet effective technique, step-by-step:
- Find a comfortable place to sit or lay down.
- Take a deep breath in, then push out all of the air in your lungs.
- Breathing from your nose, quietly inhale for four counts.
- Remain still, and hold your breath for seven counts.
- Exhaling from your mouth, release the breath forcefully for eight counts.
- Repeat this routine up to four times.
Pretty easy, right? Inhale for four, hold for seven, exhale for eight. One cycle takes only nineteen seconds! You can surely make time to give this a try. And, if you give it a try and it feels challenging, you can easily modify it by inhaling for two counts, holding for three and a half counts, and exhaling for four counts.
Both of these breathing techniques are quite simple, but they have lasting emotional benefits if you incorporate them into your daily routine. So do yourself a favor and breathe! We believe in you, and we know your mind and body will thank you.
The Hemp Doctor: A Breath of Fresh Air
At The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, we believe wellness doesn’t have to be complicated. We offer dozens of top-notch, all-natural products in our inventory that prove just that! Our commitment to supporting your overall emotional and physical health guides us each day. That’s why we offer educational materials in addition to the nation’s best CBD and hemp products. We want you to have a true wellness advocate, not just a nameless, faceless online retailer.
Our premier products, just like the techniques listed above, are a breath of fresh air to our loyal customers because they are guaranteed safe, effective, and non-addictive. We make sure that shopping for a wellness product doesn’t have to be a time-consuming chore. Our strict, detail-oriented processes – from organically growing the healthiest hemp plants to scientifically-advanced extraction and purification – separate us from our competitors. That’s why The Hemp Doctor continues to be consumers’ top choice across the nation for all things CBD and hemp.