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After evaluating nearly 1,000 CBD products from the largest and most established CBD brands in the U.S., shopCBD produced exciting lab results that showcase an unbiased assortment of reliable and trustworthy CBD. The company wanted to evaluate CBD products on the market to ensure they were safe and truly contained the labeled cannabinoids. shopCBD’s lab results showed that 43% of products contain less CBD than advertised, and among products deemed dangerous for human consumption, 52% contained arsenic or lead. These results were particularly alarming with products tailored for body and skin care, where 42% of products contained elevated levels of contaminants such as pesticides or heavy metals.
For those concerned about choosing the right body and skincare products, there are several brands that safely and reliably provide muscle and joint relief; soften skin; and offer a natural remedy to sunburns. Here are 8 tested options that include creams, balms, and sprays:
1. Medterra CBD Rapid Cooling Cream
Bearing a long list of incredibly powerful plant extracts and oils that will help to relieve your aches and pains, CBD Rapid Cooling Cream 750mg by Medterra contains menthol, arnica, rosemary, ginger root, and 750mg of CBD isolate. When you rub this cream onto the skin, you will detect a hint of a minty aroma. The texture is also adequate for fast absorption and relief.
2. Green Roads Muscle & Joint Heat Relief
Providing a similar sensation to a conventional icy hot pain cream with the addition of 750mg of broad-spectrum CBD, Green Roads Muscle & Joint Heat Relief contains menthol and arnica. This roll-on will help to reduce pain and inflammation; improve circulation; as well as reduce headaches and migraine pain.
3. cbdMD Freeze Pain Relief Roller
Containing powerful anti-inflammatory ingredients such as arnica and menthol along with 750mg of broad spectrum CBD, the cbdMD Freeze Pain Relief Roller has the cooling sensation of menthol along with the moisturizing properties of aloe vera and vitamin E. This roller is a good choice for those that have aches and pains or catch sunburns.
4. Plant People Salve Plant Balm
The Plant People Salve Plant Balm is a beeswax based CBD salve that helps to create a calming effect on the skin using strong essential oils, along with 420mg of cannabinoids per container. A bonus to this product is soft and silky skin.
5. Social CBD Hemp Derived CBD Muscle Rub
Some of the ingredients included in the Social CBD Hemp Derived CBD Muscle Rub include arnica montana, menthol, tea tree, MSM, and 250mg of CBD. The rub absorbs fast into the skin and embellishes the surface with moisture rich aloe vera and vitamin E.
6. Papa & Barkley CBD Hemp Balm
This Colorado farm-based product, Papa & Barkley CBD Hemp Balm, prides itself on being made from all-natural ingredients including beeswax and essential oils such as lavender, eucalyptus and peppermint. The balm creates warming and cooling sensations when rubbed onto the skin.
7. PlusCBD Extra Strength Balm
Your back or neck aching is a serious distraction, but you can use PlusCBD’s extra strength CBD balm, created to soothe muscle aches. Some of the properties of the balm include hydrating plant oils; medicinal essential oils; 100mg of full-spectrum CBD; and willow bark, which has been called nature’s aspirin.
8. Vertly Cooling Body Spray
Those that engage in active workouts will benefit from the lavender and lemongrass scented Vertly Cooling Body Spray solution which relieves sore muscles. Some of the anti-inflammatory ingredients include Vertly Cooling Body Spray comfrey, peppermint, MSM, magnesium, and 125mg of full-spectrum CBD.
1 in 3 young adults are vulnerable to severe coronavirus infections, a new study suggests. Smoking could be to blame.
- One in three young adults have at least one risk factor that could result in severe COVID-19 infections, a new study found.
- The researchers determined that smoking was the most prevalent risk factor for people in their late teens and 20s.
- Other factors like underlying diseases or genetic differences could also put young people at risk of severe infection.
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It’s become almost common knowledge that young people are less vulnerable to severe coronavirus infections.
Adults from 18 to 49 made up around 25% of hospitalized coronavirus patients in March, whereas those 65 and older represented around 43%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Adults 18 to 44 years old made up just 2% of coronavirus deaths from February to May, while people 65 and above represented nearly 80%.
But certain factors that can put anyone at risk of serious illness, regardless of age. A new study from researchers at the University of California, San Francisco determined that one in three young adults ages 18 to 25 are vulnerable to severe COVID-19 cases.
Patients were considered vulnerable if they had least one risk factor, including a smoking habit or chronic illness like heart disease, diabetes, asthma, obesity, autoimmune disease, or liver problems.
The researchers discovered that smoking was by far the most prevalent risk factor for people in their late teens and 20s. Of the roughly 8,400 young adults in the study, around 25% said they had smoked tobacco, e-cigarettes, or cigars in the last 30 days.
By contrast, only about 16% reported having a chronic illness. Asthma was by far the most common: Around 9% of young adults reported that they were asthmatic. That’s compared to around 12% who said they’d smoked tobacco in the last 30 days and around 7% who said they’d used e-cigarettes.
“The risk of being medically vulnerable is halved when smokers, including e-cigarette users, are removed from the sample,” the researchers wrote. Only about one in six young adults who didn’t smoke were vulnerable to severe COVID-19 illness, the study found.
The findings came just days after the World Health Organization warned about the link between smoking and severe coronavirus cases.
“Smoking kills 8 million people a year, but if users need more motivation to kick the habit, the pandemic provides the right incentive,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press briefing on Friday. “Evidence reveals that smokers are more vulnerable than non-smokers to developing a severe case of COVID-19.”
Smoking habits differ among men and women
The UCSF study found that the risk of severe coronavirus infections from smoking or e-cigarette use was highest among young, white males with lower incomes who were uninsured for at least part of the year.
Research has shown that white people are more likely to be daily smokers compared to other racial groups, though people of color face other coronavirus risk factors that weren’t included in the study. Black and Hispanic people, for instance, are more likely to hold service-industry jobs that increase their risk of coronavirus exposure. The results may also be skewed by the fact that the study examined far more white adults (55%) than Hispanic (22%) or Black (13%) adults.
Around 16% of the young adults who reported smoking in the study were men. Only 9% were young women.
But women in the study had higher rates of asthma and autoimmune conditions like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. On the whole, that mostly offset the fact that fewer women smoke: 30% of young women in the study were vulnerable to severe COVID-19 infections compared to 33% of young men.
Genetic factors could also increase the risk severe infection
Since the coronavirus attacks the respiratory system first, patients who already suffer from smoking-related lung damage or inflammation could develop more severe respiratory problems as a result of COVID-19.
Research also suggests that smokers have higher expressions of ACE-2 receptors — the cell receptors that the coronavirus uses to invade the body — in their airways. People with more ACE2 receptors seem to have a higher risk of severe COVID-19 infection as well.
But even young patients without a smoking habit or underlying health conditions could still be at risk of a serious case of COVID-19. People ages 18 to 29 make up more than four times as many coronavirus hospitalizations as they did a few months ago: around 38 hospitalizations out of every 100,000 people as of July 4, compared to nine hospitalizations out of every 100,000 people on April 18.
Some young, healthy patients have also reported feeling sick for several months, with lasting symptoms like chest pain and shortness of breath. That could be the result of genetic differences that result in a higher expression of ACE2 receptors or that trigger a more aggressive immune response.
But unlike many risk factors, smoking is one that can be prevented.
“Efforts to reduce smoking and e-cigarette use among young adults would likely reduce their medical vulnerability to severe illness,” the UCSF researchers wrote. Their findings, they added, underscore “the importance of smoking prevention and mitigation.”
For years, there wasn’t a hotter investment opportunity on Wall Street than marijuana. With tens of billions of dollars in sales being conducted in the black market, it seemed only logical that North America’s legal cannabis stocks would benefit after Canada became the first industrialized country in the modern era to legalize adult-use weed, and two-thirds of U.S. states OK’d marijuana use to some varied degree.
But marijuana, in a general sense, began taking a back seat in late 2018 and throughout much of 2019 to a more niche movement: cannabidiol (CBD).
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CBD was hailed as the greatest thing since sliced bread
As many of you are probably aware, CBD is the nonpsychoactive cannabinoid that doesn’t get users high, but is perceived to have medical benefits. Since its users won’t get buzzed, there was the belief that the market potential for cannabidiol would greatly exceed that of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)-containing products — THC being the psychoactive cannabinoid often associated with smoking or consuming marijuana.
Just how big? According to estimates from the Brightfield Group, CBD sales in the United States in 2018 were expected to come in slightly above $600 million. By 2023, these U.S. CBD sales were projected to total $23.7 billion. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s a forecasted compound annual growth rate of more than 100%! That compares to annual growth estimates for cannabis that typically range from 20% to 30%.
Aside from being able to attract a broader swath of customers relative to cannabis, CBD was also expected to benefit from the signing of the Farm Bill by President Trump in December 2018. This bill allowed for the industrial production of hemp and hemp-derived CBD — hemp is a low-cost crop that’s low in THC and often rich in CBD, making it perfect for extraction purposes — and gave general retailers like Kroger, CVS Health, and even your local gas station convenience store the ability to offer CBD-containing products.
It seemed like nothing could possibly go wrong for CBD in the United States. But it did.
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The CBD party has come to an abrupt halt
Today, the CBD hype train has most definitely derailed, and that can primarily be traced to three issues: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), safety, and efficacy.
One of the biggest lures of the CBD industry was the expectation that it could be added to food and beverages. But this was a decision that was to be made by the FDA. Ultimately, the regulatory agency decided to take a cautious stance on CBD and chose not to green-light adding it to food, beverages, and dietary supplements.
To build on this point, former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has cautioned that establishing guidelines for a new compound as a food or beverage additive can typically take the agency two or three years. Since CBD is a more complex compound, it could take even longer for the FDA to come to a decision. As a result, CBD’s ceiling has been drastically lowered, with topicals and oils remaining the primary source of CBD sales.
Secondly, there are clear safety concerns. In a Nov. 25 consumer update, the FDA provided new information on its research into CBD. Although there were numerous points made, the agency was straightforward in its views that CBD has the potential to harm users, that it could cause side effects that users may not notice, and that the long-term effects of using CBD aren’t fully known yet.
And third, CBD’s presumed medical benefits have been far from bulletproof in clinical trials. GW Pharmaceuticals‘ (NASDAQ:GWPH) Sativex, which is a THC- and CBD-containing oral therapy approved in more than a dozen countries outside the U.S., failed a cancer pain study in the U.S. in 2015.
If you want something more recent than GW Pharmaceuticals’ 2015 flop with Sativex, look no further than Zynerba Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ:ZYNE). On June 30, Zynerba announced that its Zygel CBD gel did not achieve statistical significance in its primary or secondary endpoints for the treatment of Fragile X syndrome. Both GW Pharmaceuticals and Zynerba have shown that CBD isn’t the pharmaceutical cure-all that it was seemingly touted to be.
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CBD can be a success, but it’s going to take time
The fact of the matter is that all next-big-thing investments, including CBD, need time to mature. Keep in mind that this doesn’t guarantee CBD will be a long-term success, as the FDA’s ongoing guidance will play a key role in determining the ceiling for the industry and CBD stocks. However, it does suggest that patience can pay off for investors in a niche industry that targets a broad audience.
Besides GW Pharmaceuticals, which rebounded strongly from its Sativex failure to see lead CBD-based drug Epidiolex approved by the FDA to treat two rare types of childhood-onset epilepsy, Charlotte’s Web (OTC:CWBH.F) appears best-suited to handle any challenges in the CBD space.
Although market share in the U.S. CBD industry is highly fragmented, Charlotte’s Web is the current leader, with a presence in more than 12,000 retail locations, including the three largest U.S. pharmacy chains. While the FDA’s ruling that CBD not be added to food or beverages was a disappointment, Charlotte’s Web has long been a leader in CBD topicals and oils. Thus, the FDA’s decision isn’t a business model destroyer for Charlotte’s Web, or the CBD industry as a whole.
Furthermore, Charlotte’s Web has been greatly increasing its online sales in recent quarters. By shipping directly to consumers, the company may be able to lower its overhead costs and improve margins.
The point is that there can be winners in the CBD space. However, it’s going to take time for the industry to mature and for the FDA to produce concrete guidance on a path forward for its use in food and beverages. For the time being, the best suggestion I can offer is this: Be patient.
Sean Williams owns shares of CVS Health. The Motley Fool recommends Charlotte’s Web and CVS Health. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.”>
Unless you’re a regular cannabis user, you might be surprised to learn that the plant itself is basically just that — a plant. It’s not until you put cannabis under high heat that the process of decarboxylation breaks down that raw form into the psychoactive compounds that can actually benefit the body.
This unlocking process is why most people smoke cannabis and take in benefits like CBD, which is being studied as a natural alternative pain and symptom reliever for those who suffer from anxiety, depression, acne, heart disease, and even cancer.
Of course, the heating process under an open flame or even when cannabis is baked in an oven is often uneven and haphazard, causing the loss of over 50 percent of the available cannabinoids. The Ardent Flex All-in-One Portable Kitchen handles the whole process seamlessly while retaining those psychoactive properties that most users seek.
The Ardent is a device created to decarb cannabis with a single button press. Just put up to 4 ounces of your herb inside, hit the button, and in 90 minutes, you’ve got fully baked cannabis or help with a maximum potency, ready to be used in your own edibles, topicals, suppositories and more for a fraction of the price they’d cost at the dispensary.
The hyper-concentrated cannabis is particularly important for medical marijuana patients, but every cannabis enthusiast can benefit from the decarbed herb, even if they use a vaporizer. The Ardent also heats the plant enough to kill any spores or microbes inside that could adversely impact your health.
The whole unit is less than 18 inches tall and can easily sit unobtrusively on a kitchen counter for regular use. And unlike smoking or oven baking, the Ardent produces little to no smell, one of the biggest detractors from most decarboxylation processes. The base also detaches for easy cleanup.
Regularly $350, you can save $50 off the price of the Ardent Flex All-In-One Portable Kitchen right now with this deal, cutting your total down to just $299.99.
Prices are subject to change.
Amazon used a China firm on U.S. blacklist for thermal cameras to monitor workers for COVID-19 fever
• Amazon’s new Chinese thermal spycam vendor was blacklisted by U.S. over allegations it helped China detain and monitor Uighurs and other Muslim minorities
Financial Times journalist Mark Di Stefano accused of accessing private Zoom meetings, then publishing the information
Mark Di Stefano of the Financial Times is accused by The Independent of accessing private Zoom meetings held by The Independent and The Evening Standard as journalists were learning how coronavirus restrictions would affect them.
Hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier in March, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread, Reuters reports. Security experts blame an advanced cyber-espionage hacker group known as DarkHotel. A senior agency official says the WHO has been facing a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks since the coronavirus pandemic began.
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