The Best CBD Gummies for Vegans and Vegetarians

Hemp-derived CBD is the definition of a plant-based product. But what if we told you that the most popular vehicles for CBD – delicious fruit-flavored gummies – very often aren’t plant-based at all?  

In fact, many of the fruity, chewy treats you love are made with gelatin, a protein derived from the bones and connective tissues of animals. So those gummies you’re enjoying may taste like mango or strawberry, but that sweetness is actually covering up the flavor of dissolved pig tendons. Gross. 

So, what are the best CBD gummies for vegans, vegetarians, or anyone who believes fruit-flavored gummies should be made with… you know… fruit? Products like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies, which achieve their chewy texture by using fruit-derived pectin rather than gelatin! 

Of coursethe benefits of choosing a vegan CBD gummie go beyond simply “not chewing on cow bones.” Here are the top reasons for picking a truly plant-based CBD product. 

An Inclusive Dietary Option 

At Wana Wellness, our mission is to enhance lives – as many lives as possible. That means creating a product that a wide variety of people can enjoy.  

And we didn’t stop at making a vegan product! Wana Wellness gummies are also made with all-natural flavors and coloring, organic sweeteners and NO high-fructose corn syrup. Plus, they’re kosher-certified and completely gluten-free. While you should always consult the ingredients list to make sure a product is safe for you, the odds are good that you can enjoy all the benefits (and great taste) of our hemp gummies, no matter who you are or how you eat. 

Environmental Impact 

It’s a simple fact that plant-based products are more environmentally friendly than those made with meat, largely because of the number of resources that go into raising animals. For example, The Guardian has outlined a 2010 study which measured the amount of water required to produce fruit and vegetables as compared to livestock: “While vegetables had a footprint of about 322 liters per kg, and fruits drank up 962, meat was thirstier: chicken came in at 4,325l/kg, pork at 5,988l/kg, sheep/goat meat at 8,763l/kg, and beef at a stupendous 15,415l/kg.” Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that cows produce nearly 10% of the harmful methane gas contributing to climate change. 

While we certainly don’t judge anyone for enjoying meat and dairy products (especially in moderation), sustainability is important to us. There’s no earthly reason that a fruit-flavored, plant-derived CBD product should have the same environmental impact as a Porterhouse steak. 

Deliciousness 

Obviously, Wana Wellness gummies – or any pectin-based CBD option – are not made with only vegans and vegetarians in mind. And maybe, if you’re neither, the idea of a gelatin-based gummie doesn’t sound like the end of the world to you. 

But while we maintain that a fruit snack made of groundup animal parts has a pretty high “ick” factor, there’s another very simple reason to stick with fruit-derived pectin: texture! If you don’t believe us, just try a little experiment. Compare a traditional gelatin-based product next to a Wana Wellness Hemp Gummie. One will have a tough, rubbery consistency and one will be soft, chewy, and thoroughly satisfying. We’ll leave it to you to figure out which is which. 😉


Does CBD Give You the Munchies?

 It’s a truth universally acknowledged that smoking (or ingesting) marijuana can make you want a snack… or a lot of snacks. We’re all familiar with the cliché of blazing-high cannabis user ransacking the kitchen cabinets. There are even whole TV shows about the imaginative culinary concoctions created by super-stoned chefs. But do the same rules apply where there is no high? In other words, does CBD induce the same ravenous effects as its psychoactive cousin, THC?  

It’s a fair question, especially since many CBD consumers are looking to enhance their wellness routinenot induce an impromptu fast-food binge. So 

Does CBD give you the munchies?  

NoCBD does not trigger your appetite the same way THC does. 

Here’s why: 

The Wrong Receptor 

While “the munchies” are often a source of cultural amusement, THC’s appetite-stimulating properties may actually have life-saving benefits. For example, THC products can be a godsend for people struggling with disordered eating, and they’ve long been used to alleviate the nausea experienced by chemotherapy patients. It works like this: THC activates your body’s CB1 receptors, found mostly in your central nervous system, to send a variety of messages to different cells in your body – messages like, “Thanks, back, you can stop hurting now,” “Thanks, brain, you can calm down and let me sleep,” or, of course, “Hey, stomach, it’s time for a snack.” This is all part of a nuanced interaction with your own endocannabinoid system (ECS), a complex network of stimulators and receptors that help the body to maintain balance. 

CBD also interacts with your ECS, but in a different way. It binds instead to your CB2 (not CB1) receptors, which are primarily connected to your immune system and typically associated with effects including anti-inflammation and stress relief. (CBD also interacts with other receptors, including your 5-HT1A serotonin receptor… but that’s a story for another blog post).  

All this is to say: CBD does not appear to push the “hungry” button in your body the way that THC does. Which is good news for those of us looking to enhance our calm without increasing our calorie count! 

The Anti-Munchies? 

CBD doesn’t appear to have much to do with appetite at all, but there may be another cannabinoid that works in exact opposition to THC: Tetrahydrocannabivarin (also known as THCV). A relatively rare molecule found in the cannabis plant, THCV does not appear to produce any kind of high. And unlike THC, which stimulates the CB1 receptor, THCV may actually inhibit that kind of stimulation. Research suggests that the result may be enhanced focus and a less intense appetite. 

While THCV is a relatively new arrival to the cannabis market, the research is promising enough that it’s beginning to appear more frequently in commercial products. So, if you’re interested in a non-psychoactive option that can help you make more mindful choices about what to eat, you may want to look for a product infused with THCV! 

The Takeaway 

To summarize, there is no reason that a fear of the munchies should keep you from enhancing your life with all the benefits of CBD. But for extra assurance, make sure you choose a completely THC-free* option like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies or Fast-Acting Tinctures. Made with premium broad-spectrum hemp oil, these products contain naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds with NO appetite-inducing THC to speak of. 

Because when you decide to enjoy that extra-large hot fudge sundae, it should be because YOU feel like it… not because your CBD product told you to. 

*Contains no more than five parts per million of THC 


The Truth About Sublingual Tinctures

If you’ve ever gone shopping for a quality CBD tincture, you’ve likely encountered a buzzy (and sciencey- looking) little adjective on many prospective products’ labels: “sublingual.” The word sounds complex –and maybe even a little gross –but its definition is actually pretty simple. Sublingual tinctures are meant to be deposited, held, and absorbed under (sub) your tongue (lingual).

So what’s wrong with good old-fashioned swallowing? Many companies claim that, when you hold their tinctures under your tongue for 30-60 seconds, you allow all the good stuff to “travel through your mouth’s tissue and directly into your bloodstream, skipping digestion and first-pass metabolism in the liver to achieve ultra-speedy results. Sounds too good to be true…but is it?

Well, yes and no. Sublingual absorption is possible. But the reality is that most so-called “sublingual” CBD tinctures are actually made up of molecules that are too large to fit between the cells under your tongue. While you can hold them in your mouth until the cows come home, they’ll ultimately end up running down the back of your throat and passing through your digestive system like any other beverage. Will they still work? Yes! Will they work quickly? Probably not. You’re looking at a 30-60 minute onset time, depending on how full your stomach already is at the time of ingestion.

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If you’re looking for a truly sublingual tincture, your best bet is to find one made with a nanoemulsion–for example, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Hemp Tincture. Now, the science behind nanoemulsion technology actually is pretty complicated, but we can break it down into two basic concepts:

  1. SIZE –While the molecules of traditional tinctures tend to clump together in oily globs that measure as much as 1000nanometers in size, the particles in the nanoemulsified Wana Wellness Tincture are actually MUCH smaller –somewhere in the neighborhood of 25nanometers. That’s smaller than bacteria, or even a human gene! Small enough, in other words, to actually fit between the cells under your tongue.
  2. SNEAKINESS–One reason typical CBD tinctures can take awhile to kick in is that cannabinoids like CBD are lipids, or fats. Your body is 70% water. Since water and fat don’t like to mix, it’s difficult for your system to absorb the CBD efficiently. Not only does it take longer, but it means as much as 80% of the milligrams you ingest are eliminated from your body without effect. But the nanoemulsion in Wana Wellness Tincture encapsulates these fatty molecules in a thin, water-soluble layer. It’s like a disguise that tricks your body into absorbing the CBD!

Because Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Hemp Tinctures are made of these tiny, water-friendly molecules, they actually can be absorbed under your tongue and into your bloodstream without taking a detour through the digestive tract or liver first.
This results in an onset time of just 5-15 minutes (as much as 12x faster than your average so-called “sublingual” tincture).

AND–good news for your wallet –it drastically increases the total amount of CBD absorbed, making it both more efficient and more cost effective than competing tinctures.

So remember: just because a label tells you to hold some tincture under your tongue doesn’t mean it’s actually sublingual. If you’re looking for a CBD tincture that can be absorbed rapidly and efficiently under your tongue, trust one with the technology to back it up


How to Choose the Best CBD Gummies (or Tinctures)

We’re living in a golden age for CBD products… or so it would seem. But with so many options on the market – and not much in the way of FDA regulation – it can be tough to predict which ones will actually do what they claim. Here are a few simple rules for identifying the best, most effective CBD gummies (and tinctures) money can buy.

Choose Broad-Spectrum Hemp Oil Over CBD Isolate

Many gummies and tinctures are infused with CBD isolate that’s been extracted from the hemp plant all on its lonesome. And don’t get us wrong – CBD is awesome. But when you isolate it from its natural chemical companions, you’re missing out on a lot of the benefits Mother Nature intended.

That’s why you should always choose a product made with broad-spectrum hemp oil, which contains not only CBD, but other beneficial plant compounds including terpenes (the compounds that give all plants their unique taste, smell, and effect). These elements work together to stimulate different receptors in your body through a phenomenon known as the entourage effect. So your best bet for a truly effective CBD product is something like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies (or Tinctures), which are all about broad-spectrum-ing your horizons.

And a quick note: broad-spectrum hemp oil (which contains no THC), should not be confused with full-spectrum hemp oil (which can contain up to .3% THC). While both are federally legal, a large enough dose of full-spectrum hemp oil runs the risk of making you feel high – or showing up on a drug test. Broad-spectrum is simply less risky.

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Birds Eye View of Wana Wellness Hemo Gummies and flowers on turquoise background

Consider the Ingredients

If you’re looking to make CBD a part of your wellness routine, chances are you don’t want a product loaded with sugar or artificial sweeteners. Always check the ingredients list to make sure you feel good about the full picture. Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies, for instance, contain all-natural ingredients, organic sweeteners, and only two grams of sugar per piece. They’re also kosher, gluten-free and, because they’re made with fruit-based pectin rather than animal-derived gelatin, completely vegan.

And if you’re using CBD for a specific purpose, you may also want to consider functional ingredients – meaning added ingredients that can help boost the hemp oil’s desired effect. For example, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures come in a “Rest” formulation that includes melatonin to further promote a good night’s sleep, while the “Relax” blend includes herbal components like skullcap extract and rose oil, which have been linked to stress relief.

Look for Lab Results

The most trustworthy CBD companies are the ones which openly publish their third-party lab results. Lab testing is really the only way to ensure your gummies or tinctures are potent, safe, and consistent. Look for a company that allows you to enter a batch number and confirm that the product you hold in your hands is everything it claims to be.

Don’t Judge by Milligrams Alone

Determining your hemp product’s potency might seem like a no-brainer… the more milligrams of CBD it contains, the more effective it’ll be. Right?

Turns out it’s not that simple. See, cannabinoids like CBD are technically lipids, or fats. Your body is made of mostly water. Fat and water don’t like to mix, so it’s actually very difficult for your body to efficiently absorb CBD. In fact, as much as 80% of the CBD in your average product passes right through your body without having any effect. That means, when you pay $75 for 1000mg of CBD, you can expect that as many as 800 of those milligrams – and 60 of those dollars – will basically go down the drain.

So rather than think in terms of milligrams, think about bioavailability – a term which refers to the ease and speed with which a product’s CBD can be absorbed. For instance, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures are made with nanoemulsion technology, which encapsulates the fatty CBD molecules in a thin, water-friendly layer. This layer acts as a kind of disguise which tricks your body into absorbing the CBD faster and up to 4x more efficiently.

The result? A CBD product that works in just 5-15 minutes, cuts down drastically on wasted milligrams, and delivers the most bang-for-your-buck of any tincture on the market!

So how do you choose the best CBD gummies and tinctures? In summary:

  1. Choose a product with broad-spectrum hemp oil.
  2. Pay attention to ALL the ingredients, not just the CBD.
  3. Check for third-party lab testing.
  4. Instead of considering how many milligrams a product contains, think about how easily those milligrams can be absorbed.

With these four simple rules in mind, you can cut through all the noise of a booming – and sometimes confusing – CBD industry to find the perfect product for your wellness journey.

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3 Cannabinoids You Should Know (Besides CBD)

If you’re reading this article, you’ve almost certainly heard of the cannabinoid known as CBD, or cannabidiol. Though this friendly little chemical compound is technically derived from the cannabis plant , it doesn’t get you “high” and therefore isn’t subject to the same federal regulations as its psychoactive cousin, THC (tetrahydrocannabinol). And because many people find it helps them with sleep, relaxation and more, the market for CBD-infused products – like Wana Wellness gummies and fast-acting tinctures – is booming.

But you might also be starting to see some new acronyms pop up in news articles, advertisements, or on the labels of your favorite infused products – probably most commonly, CBN, CBG, and THCV. These letters refer to just a few of the 100+ “rare” or “minor” cannabinoids that occur within the cannabis plant. And though they’re less abundant (and less understood) than the heavy-hitters, CBD and THC, they’re rapidly making their mark on the industry. But what do they actually do?

Team Work Makes the Dream Work

First, we need to understand that CBD or THC alone do not a quality cannabis product make. For example, the most effective CBD supplements (like Wana Wellness gummies and tinctures) derive their CBD from broad-spectrum hemp oil, which also contains terpenes – the chemical compounds that give all plants their unique taste, smell and effects – and other beneficial plant compounds. All of these components work synergistically to create a more holistic, effective experience than you could ever get from CBD alone.

So it makes sense that scientists and consumers alike would take an interest in some of the lesser known cannabinoids, which can further enhance this “entourage effect” – and may even provide new benefits of their own. Here’s what some of the market’s buzziest rare cannabinoids might be good for.

CBN Cannabinol Chemical compound

CBN

CBN, or cannabinol, is considered rare because it’s found primarily in aged or heat-exposed cannabis. The jury’s out on whether even large amounts of this cannabinoid can be considered psychoactive – but on its own, and in the low doses found in commercial cannabis products, CBN isn’t likely to get you high. Chances are good you may have seen CBN advertised as part of a CBD or THC-infused sleep formulation. While there isn’t much scientific evidence to suggest that CBN aids with sleep per se, there are indications that it has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain-relieving properties.  So, if pain or stress are the main barriers between you and a good night’s rest, CBN just might just be the rare cannabinoid you didn’t know you needed!

CBG Cannabigerol Chemical compound

CBG

While pure CBG is especially rare – and therefore presents some cost barriers to many companies looking to add it to their lineups – research into its benefits has yielded some pretty exciting results. It won’t get you high, but it does appear to have significant anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial  effects. Some scientists are hopeful it can even aid with cancer treatment!

THCV Tetrahydrocannabivarin Chemical Compund

THCV

THCV, or tetrahydrocannabivarin, may be only one letter removed from THC, but it doesn’t produce a high. Sometimes referred to as the “skinny cannabinoid,” THCV may in fact aid with weight loss. But it’s got nothing in common with calorie-burning, jitter-inducing diet pills. Rather, THCV seems to stimulate your CB1 cannabinoid receptors in a way that naturally curbs cravings. Research also suggests it can relieve anxiety, sharpen focus, and help you feel more in tune with your body, which may further aid in making mindful choices about what you eat.

So What Does All This Mean for You?

Plenty is still unclear about the future of minor cannabinoids – including exactly how they should be regulated. But when deciding whether a CBN, CBG, or THCV product is right for you, a good rule of thumb is to look at the whole picture. Are the cannabinoids derived from broad-spectrum hemp oil rather than isolate? Are they working in tandem with other compounds and functional ingredients (such as melatonin for sleep, or L-theanine for relaxation)? And does the research actually suggest that these rare cannabinoids can do what the label claims they will?

At the moment, hemp-derived CBD is still the only cannabinoid found in Wana Wellness products. But as the research advances, the potential for new, rare cannabinoid-infused formulations is certainly growing. One thing’s for certain: you can always be sure that Wana Wellness products will remain potent, lab-tested, and grounded in the very best data science can offer.


Stop Wasting Your CBD (And Your Money)

Choosing a CBD product seems as simple as looking at the label: the more milligrams of CBD it contains, the more effective (and expensive) it must be. Right?

Wrong.

Actually, your body only absorbs a fraction of the CBD in most products – in some cases, as much as 80% of the milligrams are lost. At Wana Wellness, we hate to see all that good CBD go to waste. So, we harnessed an innovative nano-emulsion technology to create three Fast-Acting Tinctures that work in just 5-15 minutes… and allow your body to absorb CBD four times more efficiently than the average product.

Tincture Dropper with blurred cannabis plants in the background

Why the difference? For one thing, traditional oral CBD products have to take a detour through your digestive tract and liver before you start to feel effects. Even tinctures that claim to be “sublingual” are typically made of particles too big to really be absorbed through the cells under your tongue, and you end up swallowing most of them the same way you would a gummy or capsule.

For another, CBD tinctures are made of oil. Your body is made of (mostly) water. Oil and water don’t mix, so it’s hard for your body to absorb the CBD in a standard tincture.

But nano-emulsion technology addresses both of these problems. First, it shrinks particle size drastically, so Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tincture can truly be absorbed through your oral tissue and straight into your bloodstream. Second, it encapsulates the oil molecules in a thin water-soluble layer, which makes them much easier for your body to absorb.

The result:

Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures are among the fastest and most efficient CBD products on the market. And not only that… they’re the most cost effective!

No more paying for wasted milligrams.

But don’t take our word for it. Try Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures for yourself! Made with Colorado-grown broad-spectrum hemp oil, they contain naturally occurring CBD, crucial plant compounds, and other all-natural ingredients (like melatonin and skullcap) to promote things like stress-relief and a good night’s sleep.

Try one of our three unique blends: “Relax,” “Rest,” and “Restore.”

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Should you take CBD in the morning or night?

“What is the best time of day to take CBD?” is a question we get often, even from long-time CBD users. Whether you’re trying CBD for the first time or you’re curious about experimenting with different times of day, the next logical question is…

Are there actually different benefits if you take CBD in the morning versus at night?

Before answering that question, it’s important to understand how CBD works in the body.

Cannabidiol, AKA CBD, is a cannabinoid, and like other cannabinoids, it interacts with the body’s endocannabinoid system. This little-known system is an essential regulator of many bodily functions like memory formation, appetite, coordination of movement and possibly emotions.

Our bodies use the endocannabinoid system to help maintain homeostasis, which can be thought of as optimal functioning. It’s the ideal equilibrium state.

So, the way that CBD interacts with the body on a biological level is the same no matter what time you take it. But, users can have a different experience with CBD based on what they’re experiencing in their daily life at that time.

For example, our customers might take CBD in the morning…

  • For a sense of clarity and calm to start the day
  • To boost creativity or focus
  • To balance the morning coffee jitters
  • Before or after a morning workout, tennis match or hike
  • Before morning meditation or yoga
  • Before a challenging day of being a stay-at-home employee and parent
  • Before a big presentation, public speaking event or a deadline-filled day at work

And, our customers might take CBD in the evening…

  • After that one notorious coworker or client sends an end-of-day request… and it’s already after 5 p.m.
  • After an evening workout or long day of hiking
  • To wind down after an overwhelming day
  • To calm a motor mind before bed
  • When their partner’s snoring can’t be drowned out with a pillow

For the nighttime users, it’s not that CBD necessarily triggers a restful state. Or, for the morning users, it’s not that CBD is just the perfect sidekick to their morning cup of coffee (although we’re big fans). But, achieving the desired effect of CBD is more about how CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system and that system helps regulate and balance the body.

Getting to that state of homeostasis, of optimal functioning, is beneficial no matter the time of day. But, when you take CBD in the morning versus the night time, the bodily systems that are out of balance might be different based on what you’re experiencing. So, your experience with CBD may also be different.

One of the best benefits of a broad spectrum hemp oil CBD supplement is that it doesn’t contain THC. Which means there are more options to take CBD at different times of day and explore the benefits without getting “high.”

Thinking about trying CBD for the first time or testing out CBD at a different time of day? Here are some guidelines.

First, it’s important to have a goal in mind when taking CBD. What are the benefits you’re looking for? And, if you’re changing the time of day, are you looking for different benefits? Keep these goals in mind as you begin taking CBD or change your dosing time. That way you can gauge effectiveness and determine dosage.

Everyone reacts differently to supplements of any kind, and with CBD, it does take some experimentation to find the right dosage. The “right” dosage for you might vary based on the time of day that you’re taking it.

A general rule of thumb when taking hemp products is to start at a lower amount and take the same amount consistently at the same time of day for one week. Then, consider increasing the dosage based on your experience.

Even if you’re a long-time CBD user, if you’re considering changing the time of day or the type of CBD product you’re taking, we recommend going back to this basic rule of thumb and taking a lower amount. Many people start by taking a single Wana Wellness gummie or one serving of a Wana Wellness tincture per day.

While we’re advocates of experimenting with CBD at different times of day, consistency is also key. Taking CBD daily – in the morning or evening – is a great way to get the fullest benefits. (And, daily use is pretty easy – and delicious – with Wana Wellness.)

So, are you a morning CBD person or evening? And do you think you’ll experiment with different times of the day?


5 potent natural relaxers (AND why we mixed them with CBD)

Well, to put it lightly, 2020 has been a whirlwind. How do you cope with the series of curveball challenges and the rapid pace to which we’ve all had to adapt?

Meditation, yoga, intense workouts, getting out in nature, walking the dog excessively, binging a Netflix series? Those all seem to be popular go-to’s.

But, there are also natural herbs and compounds that are commonly used to enhance relaxation and help maintain a calm and balanced mind throughout the day.

Here are the top five natural relaxers we think everyone should know about and why we’ve mixed these ingredients with CBD.

#1 – GABA

Gamma-Aminobutyric acid, or GABA, is a neurotransmitter that tells the brain and body to slow down and creates a calm, balanced mood. GABA is naturally produced in the body, but it can also be found in supplements and some foods, like lentils, walnuts and spinach.

Gamma-Aminobutyric acid, or GABA
5-HTP

#2 – 5-HTP

It sounds more like a man-made chemical, but 5-HTP is actually an amino acid that is naturally made in the body and used to produce serotonin. Serotonin is known as the “feel-good” hormone. For most, it’s associated with happiness, elevated and stable moods or feelings of well-being. 5-HTP is also a common ingredient in supplements designed to promote relaxation.

#3 – L-Theanine

L-Theanine is an amino acid that’s naturally found in green and black tea. It’s also a common staple in supplements designed for mood-boosting.

L-Theanine

#4 – Skullcap

Skullcup is an herb found in North America that’s been used for centuries by Native Americans and herbalists. But, in today’s world, it’s most commonly seen when perusing the ever-growing tea aisle in the grocery store. It’s usually blended with other herbs that are designed to create a sense of calm.

#5 – Rose 

This one might surprise you. In the U.S., we don’t typically think of rose as something you’d consume. Even though roses can be edible and are sometimes found in herbal tea blends, when it comes to relaxation, you might be more familiar with rose in the form of essential oil or rose water. Both the oil and water are often found in bath bombs or skin products.

These five natural relaxers are sometimes found as stand-alone supplements or they’re blended together.

We blended all five ingredients with CBD in our Relax tincture. Here’s why.

CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid. Like other cannabinoids, CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system in the body, which is thought to regulate several essential body processes, including memory formation and possibly control of emotion.

We believe in tapping all of nature’s resources to support well-being and enhance our life. So, we did something cool and combined these five ingredients with hemp-derived CBD.

With each serving of our fast-acting Relax tincture, there is 10 milligrams of CBD derived from broad spectrum hemp oil along with 5-HTP and a proprietary blend of GABA, L-theanine, skullcap and rose flower oil.

And, we made the tincture 5x more effective than traditional hemp tinctures.

All Wana Wellness tinctures are 5x more effective than other hemp tinctures on the market, and that’s because of the bioavailability of the CBD. That means there’s a greater ability for the body to absorb the CBD in each serving because of the quality of the product and the way it’s formulated through nanoemulsion technology. Nanoemulsion technology is an advanced way to formulate oil-based compounds, like CBD, and make them more compatible with water so the compounds can enter our bodies more easily.

So, when choosing a CBD product, it’s not always about the CBD milligrams per serving, but more about the bioavailability of those milligrams and whether there are added benefits of other natural compounds or herbs.

Because the Relax tincture acts within 5-15 minutes of taking a serving, many customers reach for Relax when an immediate use is needed. Think about before a high-stakes presentation at work or a particularly challenging day of juggling the roles of stay-at-home parent and work-from-home employee. Relax can be used daily or just when you need it.

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CBD buyer’s guide: How to choose the right CBD Products

With hundreds of CBD products to choose from, how do you find the right CBD product for you? And, how do you make sure it’s high-quality?  

We believe CBD shopping should be easy, and not stressful. But not all CBD products are created equal. Here’s how to evaluate a CBD product, look for red flags and choose the right supplement for your needs.

Is the product lab tested by a third party?

You may want to look for third-party test results that back up the claims made by the brand on potency, consistency, purity and even the amount of CBD and hemp oil stated on the label. 

(Yes, we’ve even seen some companies mislead customers to think their products contain more CBD and hemp oil than they actually do. And, some products have even been tested and didn’t have any CBD whatsoever!) 

Ideally, you’ll see something like “lab tested for quality” on the label and you’ll be able to learn about the brand’s testing on their website. A reputable brand will also give you the ability to search test results for each batch of products using the batch number on the product label. 

That way you know that the hemp has been thoroughly tested for quality in every product and you can verify it with your own purchase. 

Is the hemp sourced from the U.S.?

Fun (and alarming) fact about the hemp plant – it can act like a sponge when absorbing toxins, so organic growing practices are extremely important. 

Hemp grown in the U.S.  is required  to be licensed by a state regulatory agency in alignment with the federal rules to ensure non-toxicity. When hemp is imported from other countries, the hemp isn’t U.S. government-registered. 

We recommend choosing a product that is sourced in the U.S. from organic growers. 

A reputablehemp-derived CBD supplement company will place their sources in plain sight. Check their website, and if the location of their hemp source is nowhere to be found, that’s a red flag. (Wana Wellness products use hemp grown in the U.S.). 

Does it have artificial sweeteners, dyes or mineral oil?

A lot of hemp supplements have added artificial sweeteners or mineral oil, which are actually known to cause stomach upset. Because hemp naturally has a bitter taste and a less than desirable aftertaste, a trustworthy wellness company will likely add natural flavoring to products. They might also use natural coloring from fruit and vegetable juice. 

So, make sure to check product labels. We’ve seen brands tout third-party testing, organically grown hemp and health benefits while still including artificial flavors and artificial dyes like yellow #5 or red #40.  

(And, just in case you were curious, you won’t find artificial sweeteners, artificial dyes or mineral oil in any Wana Wellness hemp-derived CBD products.)  

Should I look for broad spectrum hemp oil, full spectrum hemp oil or CBD isolate?

Hemp contains naturally occurring CBD, and hemp can be extracted in three forms – broad spectrum, full spectrum and CBD isolate. 

Broad spectrum means that the extracted hemp oil contains other beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes in addition to CBD, but it doesn’t contain THC. So, there’s no risk of intoxication or feeling “high.” 

Full spectrum, like broad spectrum, also means that the extracted hemp contains other cannabinoids and terpenes as well as CBD, but full spectrum is not THC-free, and could lead to failing a drug test. 

CBD isolate, also known as “pure CBD,” doesn’t contain any other cannabinoids or terpenes – it’s just CBD – and there’s one big downside with that. 

There’s a theory known as the “entourage effect,” which suggests the effects of CBD can actually be enhanced when consumed with other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant, including other cannabinoids and terpenes. Terpenes are the organic compounds found in hemp that are responsible for the aroma and flavor qualities. You’ll also find terpenes in other plant-derived oils, like essential oils, and they’re known to have their own therapeutic effects.

Although there are high-quality products on the market in all three forms, Wana Wellness products are made with broad spectrum hemp oil for a well-rounded hemp-derived CBD supplement that’s also THC-free*. 

Quick quality check for broad and full spectrum hemp oil supplements

Here’s a little-known quality tip when comparing supplements with broad or full spectrum hemp oil.

Take a look at the milligrams of hemp and the milligrams of CBD listed on the product label. On a high-quality CBD product derived from broad or full spectrum hemp oil, you should see a CBD potency of 80% or greater. For example, in Wana Wellness gummies you’ll see there are 25 milligrams of hemp in each serving and 20 milligrams of naturally occurring CBD, an 80% ratio. If there’s a lower percentage of CBD to hemp, that means the hemp is lower quality.  

How many milligrams should be in a serving? 

Hemp supplements can affect every body differently, so finding the “right” serving size can take some experimentation. Many people start with a 10 to 20-milligram daily serving of CBD and increase as needed based on their experience. 

Gummies? Tinctures? Or both?

You can choose the delivery method just based on personal preference, but gummies and tinctures can have different benefits and they also work well when used together. 

Here’s the skinny – gummies are an ideal daily supplement for ongoing health support. Tinctures can be used daily too, but they’re particularly powerful when an immediate benefit is needed. And, there’s a scientific reason to back that up.

While we can’t speak for every hemp-derived CBD gummie on the market, the CBD in Wana Wellness gummies acts within 30-90 minutes, peaks at about two hours and stays in the body for 8-12 hours. 

Most customers make CBD a part of their daily routine to consistently reap the benefits. Plus, Wana Wellness gummies are delicious and easy to take daily.

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Tinctures are faster-acting and offer quick, on-the-spot effectiveness. Think about when the mind just won’t shut off after a hectic day, before you give a big presentation or when you just finished a killer workout. 

Our tinctures – Rest, Relax and Restore – kick in within 5-15 minutes, making them perfect for daily use or just when you need them.

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Many Wana Wellness customers take the gummies for daily baseline benefits and then use a tincture when they need a little extra. 

So, are you a gummie person, tincture fan or do you use both? Comment below and tell us!