Texas Bans Delta 8

Unfortunately as many of you have heard on the news Texas has decided to ban Delta 8 in any form. Here at Natural Ways CBD we realize that this is going to cause an issue with most of you as Delta 8 has been immeasurable in helping many medical conditions with you, our customer base.

We wanted to explain what happened and what’s still happening.

Back in about February of this year DSHS (Department of State Health Services) decided to ban Delta 8. They are required to have a public meeting on the matter in order to properly list Delta 8 on the Schedule 1 banned substances list.

DSHS did in fact have this meeting but they did not properly advertise that it was going to happen, they buried the link to the meeting in a very obscure public notice that no one was able to find or be made aware of. This meeting happened, no one showed up to voice their objections so DSHS proceeded to put Delta 8 on the banned list. They then in turn notified no one that this happened. Manufacturers and retailers continued to make and sell Delta 8 products under the assumption that we were selling a legal product.

Delta 8 is a derivative of Hemp which makes it a legal product according to the Federal Hemp Bill and the Texas Hemp Bill, both passed in 2018 and 2019. As a matter of fact, neither of these laws have changed and still state that it is legal. The DEA even had the option to make Delta 8 a banned substance but declined to do so, but Texas took it one step further and banned it. Texas has the right to add any substance to its schedule 1 banned list even if the federal government does not.

Fast forward to last week.

A person Named Zachary Maxwell had been doing some research and was in discussions with DSHS and realized this ban took place. Zachary started notifying everyone and even the news who picked up the story and ran with it. This blindsided the entire industry.

On October 20th two companies, Hometown Hero based out of Austin and Third Coast Blends based out of Houston filed a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO). They are not contending that the state did anything wrong and in fact does have the right to place Delta 8 on the schedule 1 banned list, but the State went about it inappropriately and did not give the public its chance to contest the ban.

Link to Hometown Hero’s 1st video – Watch here

The TRO was filed in court on October 20th; the judge is giving the state a chance to rebut the TRO, which we were notified of yesterday, October 21st. Today, October 23rd the court offered both Hometown Hero and Third Coast Blends and the State of Texas a 1PM meeting to present final arguments before he rules. At this time we do not know if the state accepted this timeline.

2nd Update from Hometown Hero – Watch here

We are guessing if the state does not accept this 1PM meeting the judge may rule anyhow, as this cannot drag out forever considering the massive impact this will have on manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers in the state.

The next step would be the plaintiffs having the chance to object to the ban on Delta 8 in court. If the TRO is granted, Natural Ways CBD will resume selling Delta 8 until the court issue is resolved.

Now, what does this mean for you?

We realize you have been using Delta 8 for many medical issues where traditional pharmaceuticals do not work, or where Delta 8 simply works better. Hearing from our customers the list includes:

Sleep aid

Pain relief

Tourette Syndrome relief

Nerve and neuropathy relief

Lupus symptom relief

And many more issues.

One thing Natural Ways CBD is doing to help you is to bring in a new line of products that have a legal amount of Delta 9 THC, adhering to the .3% legal level. This product will be in the form of gummies and will have up to 10 mg of legal Delta 9 THC. In support of Hometown Hero we have ordered from them and expect delivery today of a limited amount of these gummies. More should be arriving soon and we are looking for other sources for the same product.

It is important to keep your Endocannabinoid system active promoting relief. Full spectrum products can help as well in which we offer a full line of products.

Now, if the TRO should be approved, we will put Delta 8 back on sale for as long as we can legally do so alongside these new Delta 9 THC gummies. Both products should continue to give you the relief that you have come to expect.

We expect to hear back from the courts by 3-4PM today if the TRO is granted, at which time we will send out another update on the issue.

We are very sorry for this shocking change but what the state of Texas did was wrong and unfair.

More updates to follow.

Thank you,

Natural Ways CBD

If you would like to voice your dissatisfaction to the state, you might try e-mailing DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt to express your disappointment. His email is john.hellerstedt@dshs.texas.gov

Endocannabinoid System Part 2: CB1 and CB2 receptors

Endocannabinoid System Part 2: CB1 and CB2 receptors

Cannabinoid receptors unlock benefits of cannabis

(Part 2 of The Endocannabinoid System)

If you’ve been reading our ‘blog for awhile now, you know Natural Ways believes strongly in cannabis education. Everyone from our staff to our customers is encouraged to learn and share their knowledge about CBD and cannabis, and we strive to make sure the information we present is accurate and useful.

ECS Part 2

ECS Part 2

Last week, we explored the Endocannabinoid System, or ECS, a system within the bodies of all humans and animals that works in the background to establish and maintain a state of balance called “homeostasis.”

ECS Part 2

ECS Part 2

When a person or animal achieves homeostasis, their body is operating at peak functionality. Factors that affect homeostasis negatively include illness, inflammation, stress, poor diet, and drug/alcohol abuse.

Image source: By Valeri Natole

Throughout the body, including within the ECS, are receptors, molecules that receive and transmit signals to cells. These receptors are found either on the surface or in the interior of cells.

 In the case of the ECS, the information carried by the receptors is critical to the body’s ability to restore and maintain its overall functional balance.

Check out this short video from PBS Nova for a quick overview of the ECS.

ECS Part 2

ECS Part 2

Researchers have identified two receptors known as CB1 and CB2 (for “cannabinoid receptor 1” and “cannabinoid receptor 2”) that are responsible for determining how the body will respond to an intake of cannabinoids, including CBD.

Have you ever experienced the soothing benefit of CBD or the relaxation from CBN? That’s your endocannabinoid system with the CB1 and CB2 receptors firing on all cylinders to support your physical and mental wellness!

 

So, really, how does it work?

Before we dive into how CB1 and CB2 operate, it’s important to differentiate between endocannabinoids and phytocannabinoids.

Endocannabinoids are made by your body. They are the body’s own version of cannabis compounds. They can bind to either or both CB1 and CB2 receptors.

Phytocannabinoids develop naturally in the cannabis plant, whether that plant is low-THC hemp or high-THC marijuana. When introduced into the body, phytocannabinoids also bind to the CB1 and/or CB2 receptors.

First, let’s look at endocannabinoids, the cannabinoids your own body makes as it needs them:

Experts have identified two key endocannabinoids so far:

  • anandamide (AEA)
  • 2-arachidonoylglyerol (2-AG)

These naturally occurring cannabinoids are made by the body “on demand,” so it is difficult at this point to know exactly what constitutes an optimal level of either one. What we do know is that their levels can fluctuate and be affected by what’s going on elsewhere in and outside the body.

When it comes to the CB1 and CB2 receptors, your body’s own endocannabinoids bind to them in order to signal that the ECS needs to act. The result you ultimately experience will depend on where in the body the cannabinoid receptor is located, and which endocannabinoid binds to it.

  • CB1 receptors are mostly found in the central nervous system
  • CB2 receptors are mostly found in your peripheral nervous system, especially immune cells

Now let’s explore phytocannabinoids, the cannabinoids made in the cannabis plant that you can ingest or absorb by eating, drinking, smoking/vaping, or applying to the skin in a topical form.

When phytocannabinoids are introduced into the body they, too, bind with the CB1 and/or CB2 receptors. Some phytocannabinoids bind more strongly to one receptor than another. Some act as “agonists,” meaning they do not bind well to either receptor but instead make it more difficult for other cannabinoids to do so.

The best example is CBD (cannabidiol), the cannabinoid found in the greatest abundance in hemp.

CBD doesn’t bind well to either CB1 or CB2 but instead it “stands in the gap” to modulate the degree to which other cannabinoids do bind.

ECS Part 2

ECS Part 2

Scientists have discovered that CBD reduces the potency of the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. When taken together, as in a full-spectrum CBD product, the CBD modulates the psychoactive effects (“high”) of THC.

CBD allows you to achieve an overall body benefit without the head high that many people either don’t like or don’t need.

Even though CBD doesn’t bind well to either CB1 or CB2 – because that’s not its primary function – it does bind well to other receptors in the body, and it activates still others! These various actions contribute to CBD’s “Swiss army knife” profile.

It is why CBD can address so many different issues including bodily comfort and mobility as well as enhanced mental and emotional health!

Supporting your ECS

When your endocannabinoid system isn’t functioning at its best due to stress, illness, poor diet, or other environmental factors that affect wellness, supplementing with phytocannabinoids like CBD, CBN, CBG, or Delta-8 THC may help.

Note that we always recommend our customers consult their physician before adding cannabinoids to their wellness regimen, especially if you are currently taking prescription medications or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

We believe in giving our customers choices and that means we offer a variety of enhanced tinctures featuring higher concentrations of cannabinoids like CBN, CBG, or CBC.

Of course we also carry premium quality CBD products including tinctures and edibles in full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolate.

Visit our online store and explore the different categories under the Shop tab.

You’ll be amazed at what Natural Ways has to offer, and you’ll love our competitive pricing!

Experience the Natural Ways difference and be sure to share our website with your friends and family so they can browse, learn, and shop, too.

There’s something for everyone at Natural Ways!

The Amazing Endocannabinoid System Part  1

The Amazing Endocannabinoid System Part 1

Natural Ways CBD sets itself apart from other CBD retailers simply by taking the time to talk with our customers and answer their questions.

Customer education and quality products are the foundation upon which our company is built; when customers don’t feel comfortable with their own understanding of hemp CBD products and other legally derived cannabis extracts, they probably won’t come back to shop with us.

Natural Ways believes that the more our customers learn – and the more our staff works to keep abreast of the latest developments in cannabis research and legislation – the more our company and its customers will thrive.

Today’s ‘blog post tackles what may be the most complicated aspect of the hemp CBD story and the one our staff has studied most diligently to understand and articulate to customers – the endocannabinoid system or ECS.

Stay with us! Don’t run from the science! Knowledge really is power!

The endocannabinoid system – YOUR endocannabinoid system – is the reason cannabis has such positive effects on your body and brain!

(Remember, when we talk about cannabis, we are talking about low-THC cannabis also known as hemp. Hemp and its constituents like CBD (or CBN, CBG, and CBC) are legal in all 50 states.)

Where is the ECS? Can I see it? Can I feel it?

ECS

ECS

The endocannabinoid system is found throughout the body. It isn’t localized to any one organ or limb, and it doesn’t regulate only one or two specific functions. Think of it as an umbrella system working in the background to support all the other bodily systems including digestive, neurological, immune, vascular, and reproductive.

The ECS is a complex cell-signaling system identified in the early 1990s by researchers exploring THC, a well-known cannabinoid found in abundance in marijuana.

Note: Cannabinoids are compounds found in all cannabis, whether it’s high-THC marijuana or low-THC hemp.

Because the discovery of the ECS is relatively new – and it can take decades to fully understand a bodily system – there is still a lot we don’t understand. Preliminarily, though, scientists now know the ECS plays a role in regulating several bodily functions including sleep, mood, appetite, memory, and reproduction and fertility.

In other words, all this time the ECS may have been the missing link in efforts to understand how other aspects of the human body work!

UCLA’s Cannabis Research Initiative reports in its research that the endocannabinoid system is incredibly old, “having evolved over 500 million years ago. Moreover, it is present in all vertebrates—mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, etc., all produce endocannabinoids.”

The ECS keeps bodily systems balanced, a state known as “homeostasis.” When our bodies are balanced, we are functioning in every capacity at our best. When we are out of balance because of things like inflammation, poor diet, stress, or illness, our ECS needs support to do its job.

Cannabinoids like CBD can support the work of our naturally produced endocannabinoids.

In fact, many scientists now believe CBD’s most important function is to prevent endocannabinoids from being broken down. This allows them to have more of an effect on your body. Others believe that CBD binds to a receptor that hasn’t been discovered yet.

Ethan Russo M.D., Director of Research and Development of the International Cannabis and Cannabinoids Institute, has theorized that something he calls “clinical endocannabinoid deficiency” or CECD could be the cause behind irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, migraine, and other treatment-resistant syndromes. He published his theory and findings in a 2016 article that includes a review of more than 10 years of research.

Since the ECS is present throughout every major bodily system, its dysfunction can theoretically cause such a variety of conditions.

Having CECD may explain why some people suffering from certain chronic conditions get relief when they use CBD or other cannabinoids.

If CECD does play any kind of role in these conditions, targeting the ECS or endocannabinoid production could be the missing key to treatment, but more research is needed.

Do all cannabinoids interact with the ECS the same way?

They do not!

The ECS includes many different receptors. The two most studied are CB1 and CB2. You can think of these receptors as locks and cannabinoids as keys. When the cannabinoids connect (or unlock) the ECS receptors, something happens.

ECS

ECS

CB1 receptors are found in abundance in the head and neck. CB2 receptors are found primarily in the trunk and limbs. These receptors help activate the immune system.

The wide range of different cannabinoids can strongly or weakly bind to these receptors, some of them as “agonists”, some as “antagonists”, thus exerting a variety of potential effects.

It’s why some cannabinoids will exert a psychoactive effect while others address inflammation, for example.

CBD, the most abundant cannabinoid in hemp, binds both to CB1 receptors in the brain and to CB2 receptors throughout the body, enabling it to support mental as well as physical health.

ECS

ECS

CBD is like the “Swiss army knife” of cannabinoids.

Additionally, CBD modifies the activity transport proteins and enzymes in the ECS. This, in turn, modifies the concentration of anandamide, the body’s naturally produced “default” endocannabinoid.

The cannabinoid CBC (cannabichromene) interacts with receptors in a way that increases the level of endocannabinoids in the body. An example of this is an increase in the production of anandamide, which is known as the bliss molecule.

The cannabinoid CBN (cannabinol) has no psychoactive properties, but it can interact with both CB1 and CB2 receptors, making this cannabinoid the subject of much research. Because CBN can interact with CB1 receptors without producing a feeling of being high, it could be helpful for addressing certain conditions. That’s because CBN could cause appetite stimulation and act as an anti-nausea agent without the overwhelming effects of THC.

These are just a few of the cannabinoids currently being studied out of the more than 120 cannabinoids identified in cannabis to date.

The Natural Ways commitment to customer education

Because studies into the myriad uses of cannabinoids from hemp are ongoing, Natural Ways is committed to keeping our customers informed as we learn more ourselves.

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ECS

Look, we know there are a lot of other places you could buy your hemp CBD products, but we invite you to visit our online store or, if you’re in the Houston area, visit one of our four brick-and-mortar locations.

 

Once you do, you’ll see why we’re so confident we offer a better selection with far greater quality than anything else on the market.

We promise you won’t find junk, no cheaply produced stuff with labels you can’t decipher or questionable ingredients.

You will find a carefully curated selection of the highest quality CBD edibles, hemp flower, tinctures, teas, topicals, bath and beauty products, and products for pets all in one place.

You will also find educational materials in our stores and on our website designed to support your own journey with hemp CBD. If you have questions or don’t understand some of the terminology you’ve seen online or heard people discussing, come see us. Our staff loves to talk with people about cannabis. It’s not just our job, it’s our passion!

ECS

ECS

Educated customers are satisfied customers, and we can’t wait to do a deep dive next week into more of the science behind cannabis and its benefits to people and pets!

CBD Bath Bombs – Do they really work?

CBD Bath Bombs – Do they really work?

With so many bath and beauty products flooding the market – especially those that claim to contain hemp CBD – it’s hard to know what works and what doesn’t. Is it all hype?

We caution our customers to do their homework when purchasing CBD bath and beauty products. Many of these products will have some amount of CBD, but they will pair it with synthetic fragrances, chemical preservatives, or other ingredients you probably don’t want anywhere near your skin.

Natural Ways has a longstanding policy of not carrying any CBD bath and beauty products that contain anything not found in nature.

There’s just nothing beautiful about fake ingredients.

Can CBD in a bath bomb really provide effective relaxation and relief? The answer is YES!

Natural Ways CBD has carried bath bombs from other vendors before. In fact, we still have some in our stores and online. But along the way, we decided we could build a bigger, better bath bomb, one that would provide our customers with a whopping 300mg of full spectrum CBD in combination with natural essential oils and non-staining naturally derived colors.

After all, no one wants to get out of their relaxing CBD bath only to have to turn around and scrub a ring out of the tub!

Our bath bombs are HUGE! Think slightly smaller than a baseball and just about as heavy. The scents? They’re all derived from natural essential plant oils that, when coupled with CBD, give you the full-body relaxation you want with the right blend of terpenes to complete the experience.

And we don’t give you just one or two scents from which to choose, we give you FIVE!

Our bombs are such a great value for their size and content, consider buying a different scent for almost every day of the week!

Each scent has been specially formulated to provide what its name suggests:

If you need more balance in your life, there’s Balance, an earthy herbal experience with hints of patchouli and ginger.

For soothing comfort, there’s Comfort with undertones of vanilla and sugar.

Our Invigorate bath bomb has been created to do just that; it features eucalyptus and mint for a clean, clarifying experience. This is a great option for the guys!

Our Refresh bath bomb with sea salt is quietly elegant. Its scent is floral without being overpowering, with notes of orchid and lily.

Uplift offers a floral, more feminine energizing scent.

We like to remind our customers that in keeping with our company ethic to offer products with the most natural ingredients out there, our bath bombs contain no artificial colors, preservatives, or synthetic fragrances.

How does CBD in a bath bomb work? How does it get into your system?

In previous ‘blog posts, we’ve discussed the benefits of CBD and other cannabinoids from hemp, and we have touched on the ways in which these cannabinoids work in the body to bring about something called homeostasis.

Homeostasis, simply put, is a state of balance.

Most people think about CBD and other cannabinoids in terms of eating, drinking, or vaping/smoking them to deliver the benefits to the body.

But CBD in topical form – a cream, lotion, salve, and yes, even a bath bomb – is also a very effective delivery method! It’s especially good for those who seek a full-spectrum CBD experience but who cannot, for various reasons, have THC in their system. And the best CBD in terms of full effectiveness is, you guessed it, full spectrum.

Remember, full spectrum CBD extract has not only CBD but proportions of other minor cannabinoids such as CBN, CBG, and CBC along with a very small but therapeutic among (0.3%) of THC.

Moreover, the highest quality full-spectrum CBD, like that found in our Natural Ways CBD Bath Bombs, is obtained from the hemp plant using the CO2 (carbon dioxide) method of extraction. This method preserves more of the CBD and other cannabinoids than any other extraction process.

One of the best things about CBD topicals is that there are no studies showing unwanted side effects from CBD delivered to the body in this way. The rare side effects from CBD use typically come from ingesting it.

When you soak in a warm bath full of CBD bath bomb fizz, the warm or hot water opens the pores of your skin, allowing the full-spectrum CBD to be absorbed.

Heat also causes vasodilation of the blood vessels, further enhancing the absorption of CBD.

When CBD meets the skin, it penetrates the first layer of the epidermis and binds to receptors located directly underneath. Its action on these receptors supports the comfort of the body. While topical CBD is best suited for certain conditions, technically, anyone can benefit from it. CBD topicals are especially useful for supporting healthy skin, bones, joints, tendons or muscles.

One handy tip to make sure your Natural Ways CBD bath bomb gives you the greatest benefit is to fill your tub only to the lowest level you require to get coverage.

Natural Ways CBD Bath Bombs deliver 300mg of full-spectrum CBD. That’s an incredible amount of relief and relaxation, so you don’t want to miss out on the full experience!  

The less water you have in the tub, the more concentrated your CBD and other ingredients will be as the bath bomb dissolves.

Soak in your warm or hot CBD bath for at least 20 minutes or until the water starts to cool off. This helps to ensure you’ve absorbed as much of the nourishing CBD as possible for an all-over body effect.

Now that you know a little bit more about how CBD works in a bath, and about the fantastic options available with Natural Ways CBD 300mg Bath Bombs, head on over to our online store and pick up a couple for yourself. These also make great gifts for the athletes, new moms, and stressed-out members of your family, too!

And while you’re shopping, be sure to check out our other premium CBD products for people, pets, and anyone else you know who could benefit from the all-natural relief found at Natural Ways CBD.

Natural Ways CBD water soluble isolate is versatile DIY option

Natural Ways CBD water soluble isolate is versatile DIY option

Did you know Natural Ways sells water soluble CBD isolate for customers who want to add it to their own products? The name gives it away; CBD isolate contains no terpenes and no cannabinoids other than CBD. This also means it’s THC-free.

Keep reading to learn more about isolate and its many uses!

 

Isolate

Isolate

 

What is CBD isolate? How is it produced?

CBD isolate, also known as single-molecule CBD, is a crystalline solid or powder of pure CBD. It has no distinctive smell or taste because it has lacks terpenes, the compounds in all plants, including cannabis, that give them their taste or smell.

Isolate 2

Isolate 2

CBD isolate is produced by one of several different processes used to extract compounds from cannabis. The preferred method is known as CO2 extraction:

In a pressurized chamber called a closed-loop extractor, CO2 gas is compressed until it becomes a liquid. The liquid is forced over the cannabis material where it strips away cannabinoids like CBD. The entire solution is brought back to temperatures and pressures at which the CO2 reverts to gas and evaporates, leaving behind the CBD extracted out of the cannabis plant material. The crystals of CBD left behind are then ground into a powder.

(The CO2 method results in a stronger, purer full-spectrum CBD extract, too.)

Another common extraction method – the solvent method – uses ethanol, butane, or propane in a closed loop system. The solvents are washed over the cannabis to extract the cannabinoids including CBD. This is a cheaper method of extraction, but it results in a less potent CBD. Additionally, the solvents used in the extraction process may release impurities that give the final result an unpleasant taste or smell.

All Natural Ways CBD products, whether full spectrum, broad spectrum, or isolate, are made with CBD that has been extracted using the CO2 method.

NOTE: Natural Ways does not recommend that its customers attempt CO2 extraction at home. The equipment to perform this process is very expensive and the CO2 must be run at extremely high pressure. Unless you know what you’re doing, you could cause a dangerous explosion!

It’s better to obtain high-quality CBD extracts in products from a reputable dealer like Natural Ways.

Water-soluble CBD isolate makes customizing so simple!

Natural Ways makes using CBD isolate even easier! We carry a water-soluble form our customers use to enhance their coffees and teas, and even their baked goods. Because it comes in a 30ml bottle with a dropper, you don’t have to mess with CBD powder getting everywhere. The liquid form is portable, too, so you can take it when you go out to eat.

Water-soluble CBD is different from traditional powdered CBD extract in that it mixes easily with water. CBD, by nature, is an oil. The process to make water-soluble CBD involves “hiding” a CBD oil molecule in a bubble called a “micelle” made of water-loving substances. As a result, CBD in water-soluble products dissolves easily in the bloodstream to carry its benefits throughout the body. The process also allows CBD isolate to be mixed into liquids without separation.

Isolate and Pets

Isolate and Pets

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Some customers even add a couple of drops to their pet’s food or drinking water. Since the isolate has no taste or smell, it isn’t repellant to dogs or cats with sensitive noses.

There is no standardized dosing for CBD; everyone is different and the amount that works for you might not work for someone else.

Is CBD isolate still beneficial without the other cannabinoids or THC?

One study showed CBD isolate is beneficial for some types of inflammation; however, it does not provide the same range of benefits that full-spectrum CBD extract does. Remember, full spectrum CBD includes not only CBD but cannabis terpenes, lesser amounts of other cannabinoids like CBN, CBC, or CBG and 0.3% of THC (a therapeutic dose with no psychoactive effect).

CBD isolate is exceptionally useful for anyone who wants the benefits of CBD generally but who does not want or cannot have any THC.

An isolate is also going to be a good choice for anyone with sensitivities to certain plant-based compounds including terpenes.

Be sure to visit our online store for an incredible selection of CBD products – full, broad, and isolate.

You will find the quality and potency of Natural Ways CBD to be second to none!