Recommendations for Non-Residents

One of my biggest frustrations as a cannabis advocate and writer is being limited in who I can and cannot help. Being open about our journey from Minnesota to Colorado and the miracle we found through responsible cannabis therapy, we often have people confide in us their own problems, health issues, and struggles. As a compassionate person, I wish I had the ability to help every single person who comes to us, but laws and logistics frequently get in my way.

As a badged member of the Colorado cannabis industry, I value that little piece plastic with my photo on it; and breaking the law by transporting cannabis over state lines, would severely jeopardize my future in the legal cannabis industry, as well as, my livelihood. While I never blame people for asking, especially when they are suffering from pain or insomnia, the answer is always, “I’m sorry but, no.” The risk is just too great for Colorado-produced, THC-based products.

However, the ever-expanding market of legal cannabidiol, or CBD, may be the answer for many living outside of a legal cannabis state.

What is CBD and what does it do?

Cannabidiol, is the non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. While it cannot get you high, the benefits of CBD have far-reaching potential.

Through studies, anecdotal stories, and scientific evidence, the benefits of CBD have been well-documented. The US Government even holds a patent (Pat. # 6630507) on the anti-oxidant, neuroprotective properties of CBD. In addition, CBD has been shown to provide relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, psychosis, seizures, spasms, and other conditions including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections (like MRSA), epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.

CBD Legalities

Although a quickly growing market in the US, the legality of CBD’s remains up in the air. Manufacturers will tell you it’s perfectly legal because of US Hemp-growing laws, or because they outsource their hemp outside of the US, the fact remains the DEA is threatening a crack-down on all forms of CBD intended for human consumption, because by their standards, no marijuana extract is intended for human consumption. All the hemp currently grown in the United States is categorized as “industrial hemp” – which is legal to grow in the US, but the law also specifically states it is not to be used for human consumption.

I am very particular about recommending CBD products. A lot of companies are simply seeing dollar signs in the vastly huge market of health and wellness, with little regard for the product itself. Project CBD outlines how outsourced hemp can mean pesticides, herbicides, and contaminants which do more harm than good, and as unregulated supplements, testing the oils is not required. As a consciences writer, I won’t recommend a product I haven’t tried myself, and trust, so my list of approved CBD products is very small.

Drink your CBDs?

One of the most innovative ways to supplement with CBD I’ve seen thus far, is from CBD Living Water. In a world filled with sugary, high-calorie edibles lacking any nutrition, being able to drink your CBDs in a refreshing bottle of zero calorie water definitely has some appeal. Using nanotechnology, they shrink the size of the CBD molecule and encapsulate it within water molecules. This process not only allows water to be infused with cannabinoids, it increases your body’s ability to absorb it.

Not to mention, CBD water is a great way to incorporate CBD supplementation into your fitness routine. Besides just the general benefit of staying hydrated, CBD water can help with post-workout recovery, reducing inflammation, and quieting pain receptors. Although, I’m no longer a drinker, others claim CBD water is amazing for hangovers, too!

In addition to their water, CBD Living carries a full line of other products including edibles, topicals, vape cartridges, and more. CBD Living Water ships to all 50 states, so whether you’re living in a legal state or not, you can reap the benefits of CBD supplementation through a trusted source.