We don’t carry the U.S. Hemp Authority Seal and here’s why

We don’t carry the U.S. Hemp Authority Seal and here’s why

Let’s face it, you have many options when it comes to shopping for CBD products. At first glance, Natural Ways seems to be “just another CBD retailer,” right?

The fact is, Natural Ways has set the bar incredibly high when it comes to helping customers understand what CBD is and how it can help.

We think you will agree that whoever you’re buying your CBD products from should be able to give you answers you can understand and use to make good decisions.

Remember, you’re buying products you’re either going to put in or on your body! Don’t you deserve to know what’s in them, how they were made, and where they were made?

Knowledge is power

If your CBD retailer can’t tell you the difference between a full and a broad-spectrum CBD product, maybe you should look elsewhere. Did you know that this lack of knowledge could cause you to lose your job?

If your CBD retailer can’t tell you how much CBD you’re really getting per piece or per serving, you might want to head for the door, too. This information is helpful for making sure you get the right amount. Too much CBD or too little can make a big difference. When it comes to CBD, what works for one person may not work for another, but if you don’t know how to read the labels or do the math, how can you know you’re getting what you need?

There are several ways to deliver CBD to the body. Do you want to vape your CBD? Take it as a tincture? Eat a CBD gummy? What’s the difference between these and how do they affect your personal CBD experience?

Your CBD retailer should be able to clearly explain the differences between various CBD delivery methods. If they can’t or won’t, move on!

Natural Ways employees are required to undergo continuous training and education. We don’t focus on just new products we bring in, either. We regularly provide our staff with educational materials, articles, videos, and even opportunities to learn while they’re on the clock.

Education never stops at Natural Ways because the science of cannabis and cannabinoids, public policy, and the laws that address it are cannabis are constantly evolving.

If you’ve been reading our ‘blog, or if you’ve been in one of our stores, you know Natural Ways is extremely proud of its commitment to transparency and customer education.

Our customers tell us they learn more from Natural Ways than from any other CBD retailer they’ve visited.

In fact, it’s what keeps them coming back AND it’s what makes them feel good about recommending Natural Ways to their friends and family

We don’t need to buy approval

If you have shopped for CBD products elsewhere, you may have seen something about an organization called the U.S. Hemp Authority and felt reassured that some sort of official agency is dedicated to ensuring the quality of your purchase.

Some companies even boast about how their products are guaranteed to be pure and potent because the U.S. Hemp Authority says so, and they use the USHA seal in their marketing campaigns.

Natural Ways doesn’t carry the U.S. Hemp Authority Seal because it doesn’t mean anything. Here’s why:

  • A business must pay thousands of dollars every year to use the USHA seal, and it does not guarantee the quality or efficacy of any CBD product you buy! It’s essentially “pay to play” and we think our customers deserve true product integrity, not just a bought credential.
  • The USHA program is not unanimously accepted or endorsed by members of the hemp industry.
  • The cost of the program is prohibitive for small manufacturers and retailers like Natural Ways. It adds even more regulation to regulations already in place by the FDA and USDA, and the cost to procure the certification is passed along to consumers.
  • USHA labeling requirements do not mandate information about where the CBD hemp in your product came from. We think our customers prefer U.S.-grown hemp to anything cultivated and shipped from overseas. We sure do!
  • USHA labeling does not require a designation for synthetically derived CBD. We think any CBD hemp certification program should stipulate that the best CBD comes from actual plants. All products carried in Natural Ways stores contain CBD extracted from hemp plants only.
  • The U.S. Hemp Authority is not a governmental regulatory body. It was established by a small handful of corporate interests in the hemp industry who all paid to join.
  • We don’t need the USHA to police us, we already do that ourselves. Natural Ways CBD requires lab reports from the vendors we use to make sure their products meet our own high standards and comply with state and federal regulations. We also spot check batches of product, paying for our own 3rd party testing to ensure the integrity of everything we carry.

Natural Ways strives to cultivate your trust and continued patronage – not because we have paid for a symbol to appear on a bottle or jar, but because our products are clearly labeled, regularly tested, and produced using best practices.

Visit our newly redesigned online store to learn more about what we carry. While you’re there, check out our great selection of health and beauty products, great-tasting gummies and high-potency tinctures, and our growing line of quality Delta-8 goodies.

Go On, Get Ready for Bed!

Go On, Get Ready for Bed!

This cannabinoid may help you get a good night’s sleep

When we started Natural Ways, we focused almost exclusively on CBD, the cannabinoid found in the greatest abundance in hemp. After all, CBD is the Swiss army knife of cannabinoids: It’s the go-to for customers wanting natural solutions for a variety of wellness needs, and it’s also versatile enough to add to edibles and beverages as well as beauty products and pet treats.

But time – and science – march on, and that’s a good thing! Researchers continue to discover that hemp, the cannabis with less than 0.3% THC, is chock full of powerful constituents that benefit humans and animals.

Here at Natural Ways, we follow the research, and that’s why we began offering a lesser known, but very effective, cannabinoid called CBN.

 

CBN, or cannabinol, is shown to support restful sleep.

Origin of CBN

When THC is exposed to prolonged heat or other natural elements, it eventually breaks down into CBN.  Known as a “degradation” of THC, the presence of CBN can be accelerated when dried cannabis is exposed to oxygen and heat. It’s considered to be mildly psychoactive, but research suggests that it’s only one-fourth as potent as THC.

CBN is typically found in small amounts in most cannabis strains; however, many cannabis-based options such as topicals, edibles, capsules, tinctures, vape cartridges, and sublingual sprays may contain higher levels.

CBN will be present in some amount in any full or broad-spectrum CBD product.

As the first cannabinoid to be isolated by scientists, CBN was also thought to be responsible for the psychoactive effects of cannabis before the discovery of THC.

How does CBN work? What does it do?

CBN and THC have similar chemical compositions. It is thought to bind primarily with the CB2 receptor, but it may also interact with the CB1 receptor. CBN acts as an agonist to a naturally produced protein in our bodies that regulates several biological systems.

Higher levels of CBN in any cannabis product may provide a particularly effective option for supporting sleep and/or a sense of relaxation.

Research in mice has shown that CBN can prolong sleep time. And in combination with cannabinoids like CBD and the therapeutic percentage of THC found in full and broad-spectrum CBD products, CBN may demonstrate its greatest effect.

Consuming 5 mg of CBN is the equivalent of taking 10 mg of Valium – but with only 10% of Valium’s psychoactive effects!

Over the years, researchers have studied cannabinol and other cannabinoids as potentially effective anti-inflammatory drugs.

CBN in particular works on the the pain-sensing TRPV2 receptor, but some studies indicate it may also work on the CB2 receptor which also transmits pain signals to the brain.

There’s more!

A 2008 study found CBN one of several cannabinoids (including CBD) effective in treating MRSA, a bacterial infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

As you can see, CBN is revealing itself to be a potential all-purpose solution to many different issues.

For now, though, it is available through Natural Ways as both a tincture and a gummy (with Delta-8 THC in a 1:1 ratio of 12.5mg each).

Our customers like both, and we invite you to explore our online store to try CBN for yourself.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep!

Terpenes Are Important, But What Are They?

Terpenes Are Important, But What Are They?

One of the most important jobs we have here at Natural Ways involves talking to customers about cannabis and how it works to support health and wellness.

Customers want to know why terpenes are such a big deal. They’ve seen the word thrown around in online forums or used in articles about cannabis, but they aren’t sure why it’s important.

We hope to clear up the confusion, but the short answer is that terpenes in cannabis are incredibly important because they make CBD and other cannabinoids work better.

That’s why you want to make sure your CBD products are made with an emphasis on preserving as many terpenes as possible.

Natural Ways is committed to making sure every full spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD product we carry has been made using extraction methods that preserve the greatest amount of terpenes.

Terpene-rich extracts mean more effective CBD products and better results for you!

Now for the science:

Terpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in all plants. They give plants their smell, taste, and sometimes even their color. When you sniff a rose in bloom or taste the bite of an onion, you’re taking in terpenes.

Cannabis plants are no different than that rose or the onion; they have terpenes that give them their own distinctive tastes and smells, too. But unlike roses or onions, the terpenes in cannabis are being studied for their potential protective and medicinal attributes.

Some studies suggest that cannabis terpenes may have antioxidant properties and may boost the efficacy of cannabinoids (like CBD) found naturally in cannabis.

Interestingly, terpenes don’t just benefit humans. They support pet health, too, and they also help plants protect themselves against other plants!

Cannabis terpenes, while a critical component of full and broad-spectrum CBD products, are easier to detect in CBD flower than in oils.

Customers visiting the bud bars at Natural Ways stores are always amazed when we open up the jars of our hemp flower. The aromas range from sweet and tangy to sharp and skunky with all varieties in between!

The best way to experience cannabis terpenes is to smell them wafting up out of a jar of flower buds!

Terpenes

How do terpenes work in CBD flower?

Research is showing that terpenes, more specifically the combination or proportions of certain terpenes, give cannabis flower its “sativa” or “indica” leaning.

That means some terpenes will result in a more uplifting experience (sativa) and others will have a more relaxing effect (indica).

Terpene blends also give different cannabis strains their flavor.

There is no indication that terpenes cause an intoxicating effect. This is true regardless of whether the cannabis is hemp (less than 0.3% THC) or marijuana (more than 0.3% THC).

Hemp flower contains many different terpenes. The list below gives you an idea of some of them. Note, too, that some of the terpenes listed aren’t unique to hemp but are also found in other plants!

 

Pinene

Also found in pine trees, pinene is one of the most common terpenes in hemp, and it appears to have antioxidant benefits.

Humulene

Humulene is an earthy terpene that is also found in the hops used to make beer.

Caryophyllene

Caryophyllene is one of the most common terpenes found in hemp, and it’s also the only terpene known to stimulate the CB1 and CB2 receptors in the brain. It has a spicy taste and is also found in black pepper.

Limonene

This terpene is common in hemp flower and has a powerful citrus aroma that resembles lemon zest. Chemically, limonene is very similar in structure to CBD, and it is found in all citrus fruits.

Myrcene

Every strain of Cannabis sativa contains at least some myrcene, and in most strains, myrcene is the dominant terpene. This terpene has an earthy aroma.

Want to experience the power of terpenes?

Visit our brick-and-mortar stores if you’re in the Houston area or shop with us online for the best selection of quality terpene-rich products. We carry an incredible array of American-grown hemp flower strains, sublingual oils for people and pets, effective and aromatic CBD topicals, and a wide assortment of gummies and other edibles that all contain full or broad-spectrum CBD (terpene rich) extracts.

Terpenes make the difference, and we can’t wait to show you how!

CBD and CBG a powerful combo

CBD and CBG a powerful combo

CBG

Last week, we explored the cannabinoid called cannabigerol, or CBG for short. This cannabinoid is the latest constituent of hemp to undergo closer scrutiny as researchers work to tease apart its many benefits and to better understand how different cannabinoids work in the body

Science has already shown us that certain cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and CBN when extracted and isolated have their own unique profiles.

When cannabinoids work together, it’s known as the “entourage effect,” and research reveals that together, CBD and CBG make a powerful combo!

Here at Natural Ways, we follow the science. We know that full spectrum CBD products (those with CBD plus other minor cannabinoids, plant terpenes, and 0.3% THC) offer customers wellness support that CBD isolate products do not.

We also know that broad spectrum CBD products (those without detectable THC) work amazingly well.

This means that the cannabinoid THC is not necessary for our CBD:CBG topicals and tinctures to result in substantially positive results!

Natural Ways CBG is a proven problem solver

Remember how we told you last week about the promising studies suggesting a neuroprotective effect from CBG? Even though there is still much to learn about CBG, Natural Ways is making sure our customers have access to it now! One of the best parts of our job is listening to and collecting your testimonials; we feel a sense of accomplishment when something we carry solves someone’s problem after they have tried everything else.

Our one-to-one ratio CBD:CBG topicals and tinctures give you the best of both cannabinoids in a THC-free formula. This is perfect for anyone who, for whatever reason, does not want or need THC.

In fact, our CBD:CBG Salve has actually turned skeptics into regular customers. That’s how well it works! This salve features a whopping 3000 mg of CBD and 1000 mg of CBG. No wonder it has fast become a customer favorite since its debut earlier this spring.

We challenge anyone to find a better, more effective product for the money.

Our CBD:CBG tinctures come in either full or broad spectrum formulas and are available in strengths of 500 mg each of CBD and CBG or 1000 mg each of CBD and CBG. Did you know that a sublingual tincture is one of the best ways to get the most CBD:CBG into your system quickly?

If you’ve tried CBD alone and still feel like you need something more, visit our online store for our CBD:CBG products and experience the entourage effect for yourself today!

CBG, the Mother of All Cannabinoids

CBG, the Mother of All Cannabinoids

The cannabinoid CBD is so popular these days that when customers new to Natural Ways see our tinctures, topicals, and fresh hemp flower marked “CBG,” they either think it’s a misprint or else they look confused.

CBG

CBG

What is CBG?

CBG stands for cannabigerol. It is a minor cannabinoid found in strains of cannabis with a low-THC content like hemp. CBG has no psychoactive properties and cannot get you high. CBG — and any other cannabinoid isolated from hemp — is legal in the U.S.

CBG Triangle

CBG Triangle

(Source: zamnesia.com)

Discovered in 1964, CBG is the first cannabinoid that forms in cannabis. As a cannabis plant ages, CBG breaks down into other cannabinoids like CBD, CBC, CBN, and THC.

Some scientists refer to CBG as the “mother” of all cannabinoids.

What are the benefits of CBG?

CBG influences our endocannabinoid system as well as other parts of the body in much the same way as CBD.

Research suggests that the presence of CBG seems to increase the levels of one of the main endocannabinoids made by our own body called anandamide. This, in turn, helps to promote balance in the body, a condition also known as homeostasis.

Published studies are revealing the potential of this cannabinoid:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Antibacterial
  • Supports bladder and bowel health
  • Neuroprotective properties
  • May reduce the process responsible for certain chronic skin ailments
  • Appetite stimulant for counteracting unwanted weight loss
  • Anti-tumoral

Why Does Natural Ways Carry CBG?

The science is clear on the many benefits of various cannabinoids working in the body in concert, a phenomenon dubbed the “entourage effect.” Natural Ways offers CBG in a one-to-one ratio with CBD in both full and broad spectrum tinctures. We do this because it makes good sense: Cannabis plants are formed from complex processes, and it seems only logical that the compounds found in the plants work better together.

Natural Ways CBG:CBD tincture is formulated to be taken in doses similar to our full or broad spectrum CBD oils. Our CBG flower, “The White,” is distinctive for its snowy colored buds.

CBG Flower

CBG Flower

As with CBD, there is no standard dosing recommendation for CBG. Everyone is different and the needs they are addressing will be different, too.

We also note that comparing the many benefits of CBD versus CBG isn’t very helpful at this point. Research has largely focused on CBD and relatively little is known about CBG in isolation. If the studies on CBD are any indication, however, there is still much to uncover about the beneficial properties of CBG!

Our customers trust us to search out the best products to support health and wellness. Natural Ways believes CBG is yet another useful tool to help you achieve this. We will continue to follow the science as more and more studies focus on CBG and what it has to offer.