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5 Signs You’re Not Getting Enough Sleep (And 5 Ways to Fix It)

Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the simplest and most crucial things we can do for our health. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, a third of American adults are struggling to get the recommended 7 hours per night. 

Our friends at Athletes for CARE, a non-profit advocating for the health and safety of all kinds of athletes, asked us to help spread awareness about this alarmingly widespread problem. So here are 5 signs you’re one of those unlucky sleep-deprived citizens — and 5 things you can do to get some more shut-eye. (Spoiler alert: taking CBD is one of them.)

Warning Signs You Aren’t Getting Enough Sleep: 

  1. You need an alarm clock to wake up.
    It’s tough to find a hard-working American who doesn’t set their alarm before bed each night. But it turns out, alarm clocks are best used as a back-up method to your body’s own internal rhythms. If yours is ripping you out of a peaceful slumber every morning, reports the University of California Medical Center at Irvine, that means your body just isn’t ready to be awake yet.
     
  2. You’re frequently in a bad mood.
    What’s the sleep-deprived equivalent of hangry? Zzzzangry? Sleepvil? Whatever you call it, we all know that being overly tired can make us quicker to snap, cry, or feel burned out. According to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard, better sleep means a brighter day!
     
  3. You’re having trouble focusing.
    There’s a reason 20% of car accidents are caused by sleep deprived drivers. When you’re not getting enough shut-eye, your brain gets foggy and your response times dulled – which can lead to memory problems, difficulty concentrating, and reduced performance at work. The next time you’re feeling spacey or distracted, consider whether a bad night’s sleep is to blame.
     
  4. You’re craving unhealthy food.
    The CDC has linked poor sleep to a host of health problems , including obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Maybe that’s because a sleep-deprived body is believed to produce less of the appetite-suppressing hormones ghrelin and leptin, according to the Mayo Clinic. That makes us more inclined to snack, while feeling exhausted may make us less inclined to exercise.  So as counterintuitive as it may seem, sleeping soundly is just as important to your fitness routine as consistent exercise!
     
  5. You get sick a lot.
    Ever find yourself coming down with a bug during a really stressful or inconvenient time, like just as you’re trying to cram for a big presentation at work or move all your belongings from one house to another? That’s no coincidence. Consistent, quality sleep is essential to a well-functioning immune system, according to the Sleep Foundation (and virtually any doctor you care to ask). Neglecting your nighttime routine can put you at increased risk of both short and long-term illness.

Solutions For Getting a Full Night’s Sleep: 

  1. Go to bed at the same time each night.
    2017 study conducted by Brigam and Women’s Hospital in Boston found that going to sleep at the same time every night is just as important as the number of hours you snooze! While it can be challenging given the busy lives many of us lead, making regular bedtime a priority goes a long way toward improving your health, mood, and energy levels.
     
  2. Try a natural sleep remedy, like CBD or melatonin.
    One challenge people often face when it comes to keeping consistent sleep and wake times is that they just don’t feel sleepy when it’s time to go to bed at night. Maybe they’re physically restless, or they can’t mentally unwind after a stressful day. Here’s where a gentle, plant-derived sleep aid can come in. We’ve written before about the sleep-promoting benefits of premium CBD products like Wana Wellness hemp gummies and tinctures. And our fast-acting “Rest” tincture, which contains both CBD and the natural sleep hormone melatonin, is custom tailored to help your eyelids feel heavy in just 5-15 minutes.
     
  3. Cut down on screentime before bed. 
    You’ve probably heard this one before. And most of us are so addicted to our phones, we don’t like to admit it works. But the Cleveland Clinic reports that engaging with texts or social media before bed may keep your brain too stimulated to sleep — and the blue light from your phone, tablet, and TV screens can actually deplete the sleep hormone melatonin!  Unplug at least an hour before you hit the hay. If you need an activity to unwind, try listening to the radio or reacquainting yourself with a good old ink-and-paper book instead.
     
  4. Create optimal sleep conditions.
    Who can sleep well in a noisy, bright, chaotic, or otherwise uncomfortable environment? Treat your bedroom like the sanctuary it is so that you can feel safe and calm as you drift into dreamland. Partner likes to stay up with a reading light on? Try a dark sleep mask. Noisy neighbors keeping you awake? Invest in some soft earplugs or a white noise machine. And be sure to keep your room cool! According to the Sleep Foundation, the ideal temperature for sleep is somewhere around 65 degrees Fahrenheit
     
  5. Talk to your doctor.
    While there are plenty of things you can try at home, poor sleep can be linked to both physical and mental health conditions, particularly anxiety and depression. If you’ve tried all of the above remedies and still can’t seem to get a good night’s sleep – or if you feel like you’re sleeping too much without really feeling rested – talk to your doctor about what else may be going on.

At Wana Wellness, we obviously believe in the power of CBD and other plant-derived wellness solutions to help you sleep. But, as with all things related to a healthy lifestyle, getting a good night’s rest requires a well-rounded approach. And if you use this list as a starting point, you should be living your most well-rested life in no time! 

 

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"CBD is Addictive” and Other Common Cannabinoid Myths

As popular as CBD has become over the last few years, there’s remarkably little scientific research to guide consumers’ decisions about itSo it’s understandable that some people might be confused or even downright misinformed about America’s favorite cannabinoid. But worry not – we’re here to shed light on five of the most common CBD myths. 

Myth #1: CBD is ”snake oil.” 

Until CBD receives the rigorous research and regulation it deserves, it’s perhaps not surprising that some people might question whether it’s really worth the hype. After all, its effects are often subtle and long-term, and some products simply aren’t as effective as others… but more on that in a moment. 

So is the modern CBD craze essentially a mass placebo effect? No! While the science has barely scratched the surface, a number of studies do suggest that CBD can offer a range of benefits, from relieving stress to improving sleep to helping treat more serious conditions. In fact, the FDA recently approved the use of CBD in an epilepsy medication!  While CBD certainly isn’t a cure-all (and when in doubt, you should always consult your doctor), there’s plenty to recommend it as a very real, very valuable addition to your existing health and wellness routine. 

Myth #2: CBD can get you high. 

CBD comes from the cannabis plant. So does THC, which is known for producing a euphoric “high.” Because of that, some people assume that CBD can also impair your cognition. But is it fair – or more importantly, scientifically sound – to lump these two cannabinoids together? 

Well, yes and no… but mostly no. CBD on its own has ZERO intoxicating effects. You can take it in the morning before work, or even safely drive under its influence. That said, there are some CBD products which may also contain a not-insignificant amount of THC… enough to make you feel high. 

Luckily, there’s a simple way to avoid these potentially intoxicating products: If the label just says “CBD” or “CBD isolate,” that means it contains only CBD and won’t impair you at all. If the label says, “broad-spectrum hemp oil,” even better! That means it contains CBD and other beneficial compounds from the hemp plant, but still no THC. (Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies and Tinctures are a great example of THC-free* broad-spectrum products.) 

But if the label says “full-spectrum CBD” or “full-spectrum hemp oil,” that means it can legally contain as much as .3%. That may not seem like much, but the percentage is proportional to the net weight of the product itself. A 4-gram gummie could contain as much as 12 milligrams of THC… which is more than enough to get you high! So, if you want to enjoy the wellness benefits of CBD without any mental fuzziness, it’s best to opt for broad-spectrum every time. 

Myth #3: CBD is addictive. 

As with substances like melatonin, it is possible to develop an increased tolerance to CBD – meaning that, over time, you may need to take more and more of it to achieve the same results. But this should not be confused with a physical or psychological addiction. 

“CBD does not appear to have any addictive properties in the current scientific evidence,” says Mike Hennesy, head of Innovation at Wana Wellness. “This is believed to be because CBD does not activate reward centers of the brain like other drugs such as alcohol, tobacco, or opiates. So it never leaves our brains craving more.” 

Of course, if you’ve previously struggled with addiction and are hesitant to take CBD, you should consult with your physician and do what feels right for you. But nothing in the existing research suggests that CBD should pose a threat to your sobriety. 

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Myth #4: The more milligrams of CBD, the more potent the product. 

This is probably the most widespread and persistent myth about CBD. And it’s easy to understand why… after all, doesn’t it stand to reason that more milligrams of CBD would lead to stronger effects? 

Well, not necessarily. That’s because cannabinoids like CBD are lipids (or fats), while your body is made of 70% water. Fat and water don’t really mix, which means that CBD is pretty tough for your body to absorb… in fact, as much as 80% of the CBD you ingest is eliminated from your body without making it to your bloodstream! 

One solution is to focus less on the milligrams in your CBD product and more on the technology that delivers them. For example, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures are made with an advanced nanoemulsion that encapsulates the CBD in a water-soluble layer. This works as a kind of disguise that tricks your body into absorbing those fatty little molecules up to 5x faster and more efficiently. So while you may actually consume fewer milligrams, you’re actually feeling more of them — and getting much more bang for your buck – than you would with a larger (and largely wasted) serving of a traditional CBD product. 

Myth #5: All CBD is more or less the same. 

Let’s bring it full circle. If you’ve ever bought  into Myth #1 (“CBD is snake oil”), it might be because you simply haven’t tried the right CBD product. There are all kinds of things to consider when it comes to getting the most out of your CBD, from the quality of the ingredients to the trustworthiness of the manufacturer and beyond. We’ve put together a handy checklist to help guide you. And we have no doubt that, once you find the product that’s right for you, you’ll want to share the truth about CBD too.  

*Fewer than 5 parts THC per million. 


Tastes Funky; Feels Great: Five Bad-Tasting, Good-for-You Products

Some of the healthiest things in life taste pretty strange. Here are five of them. 

It’s no secret that some of the things your body likes best don’t taste great going down. When it comes to wellness, sometimes you need more than a spoonful of sugar! 

But there’s a reason your parents made you finish your veggies before you got dessert — research shows that bitter flavors often signal the presence of ingredients our bodies crave. It turns out that, when it comes to healthy living, sometimes bitter really is better!  

We decided to celebrate this paradox with five not-so-great-tasting products your body will love (even if your taste buds aren’t so sure):

Green Juice 

With its murky swamp water shade, green juice doesn’t look like the tastiest beverage. And since the most effective formulations often include bitter ingredients like dandelion greens, kale, and matcha powder, green juice usually tastes as off-putting as it looks. But the veggies in your green juice are the source of beneficial plant compounds and a host of essential vitamins and minerals. They also contain large amounts of prebiotics, which nurture your microbiome. So taste issues aside, it’s wellness in a glass!

Apple Cider Vinegar

There’s a reason apple cider vinegar (especially the funky-looking raw kind with the mother floating at the bottom) is such a classic home remedy. It contains a high dose of acetic acid, which can help prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying in the gut. And it gets better; several promising studies suggest it may aid in weight loss by increasing feelings of satiation, preventing overindulgence in empty calories. These powers make it well worth the pain of bolting down a tablespoon after meals.

Cocoa Nibs 

When we think of chocolate, we think of something sweet and delicious, with a creamy mouthfeel. Maybe a chewy Snickers or the gooey center of a freshly baked chocolate chip cookie. Cocoa nibs are… not exactly that. These crunchy little sprinkles might be the base for your favorite candies, but their taste is anything but sweet. But unlike a chocolate chip, cocoa nibs pack a nutritional punch, delivering a potent dose of antioxidants, fiber, and heart-healthy flavonoids. Nestle who?

Brassicas 

The villain of many a childhood dining table, brassicas like cabbage, kale, and the dreaded Brussels sprout are difficult for some to take. In fact, like cilantro, brassicas’ unpleasant aftertaste might be more detectable for people with a genetic predisposition for tasting bitter flavors. Even if you’re one of those unlucky folks, you still might want to try to overcome your brassica aversion for the sake of the health benefits they carry, including compounds that help regulate inflammatory systems, support eye health, and even may help prevent cancer. It looks like Mom was right — you really do need to eat your vegetables.

Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures

Last but not least, our favorite good-for-you substance of all: our line of Wellness Tinctures! 

Packed with naturally occurring CBD, essential terpenes, and other active plant compounds, these tinctures might not be as tasty as our fruit-flavored hemp gummies, but they provide a potent punch. If you’re looking to rest, relax, or restore your body, adding a few drops of one of these targeted tinctures to a small glass of water (or depositing them directly under your tongue) is a shortcut to targeted relief when you need it the most. 

Our REST tincture, for example, includes CBD and other beneficial ingredients like Skullcap, Melatonin, and GABA to help you get the restful sleep your body craves. 

And unlike most CBD tinctures, we make ours with innovative nanoemulsion technology, which produces tiny, water-encapsulated molecules (smaller than a human gene) so your body truly absorbs them sublingually; they enter the bloodstream almost instantly through the cells beneath your tongue. 

It’s a powerful remedy that delivers results in just 5 -15 minutes!

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But Does it Work? CBD Tinctures are Your Unique-Tasting But Beneficial Friend

Some of the funkiest tasting things can positively impact your body, brain, and spirit. 

CBD tinctures are becoming increasingly popular for various reasons like ease of use, dosage predictability, and convenience. But if you can’t get past the sometimes questionable taste, you’ll never realize the potential benefits. 

If you’re interested in exploring the world of tinctures, let’s dig in and learn more about this funky tasting but highly effective concoction.

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What is a CBD tincture?

Let’s start with the basics; what is a CBD tincture? Tinctures are ancient. People have made and consumed tinctures for thousands of years. And while the recipes can change, tinctures are a well-established form of herbal relief used worldwide in homeopathic applications, Ayurveda, and more. 

Manufacturers (and herbal practitioners) traditionally make tinctures by infusing alcohol or glycerine with a medicinal plant. In the case of CBD tinctures, the base is usually CBD-infused oil that’s combined with supplemental herbs to help consumers achieve a specific effect. For example, our REST Tincture includes CBD, stress-relieving passionflower, and calming skullcap to help you snooze your worries away.

But are CBD tinctures effective?

Consumers often wonder whether CBD tinctures are as effective as their THC-based counterparts. The answer is yes! While CBD doesn’t provide the psychoactive (intoxicating) effects commonly associated with THC products, they’re still highly effective (and if you don’t want to feel high, they’re ideal!). 

Many people prefer using CBD tinctures to soothe aches and pains, promote emotional wellbeing, or relieve general anxiety. That’s why we supplement our Fast-Acting Hemp Tinctures with beneficial herbs and other functional ingredients. The combined ingredients and our proprietary nano-emulsion technology help you quickly enjoy CBD’s soothing effects (within 5 -15 minutes). 

We’ll admit, the taste isn’t ideal, but the effects are worth the momentary discomfort (you only have to hold the tincture under your tongue for 30-seconds).

How do I use a CBD tincture?

Once you get past the flavor, you’ll love the ease and convenience of our CBD tinctures. There are two popular methods of using a tincture: sublingually and adding a dose to food or drink.

Taking a CBD Tincture Sublingually 

The sublingual method is the fastest route to tincture absorption. If you’re using a Wana Wellness CBD tincture, you’ll place four pumps beneath your tongue, hold for thirty seconds, and swallow. It’s that simple!

Here’s the sublingual advantage (assuming your tincture is truly sublingual, click here to learn more); the effects kick in fast. For example, with our tinctures, you’ll feel the soothing effects in just 5 – 15 minutes because the membranes beneath your tongue absorb the CBD immediately. The only downside is the somewhat unique taste that takes some getting used to. 

Adding a CBD Tincture to Foods or Drinks 

You can tone down your CBD tincture’s funky flavor by adding it to a glass of water or other beverage (careful, you don’t want to amplify the already questionable taste). Just add your daily dose to water, juice, or any food, or stir into a scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt for a relaxing summertime treat. The only drawback is onset time. It’s significantly slower than the sublingual method, often taking up to two hours to kick in.

How will a CBD tincture make me feel? 

Your CBD tincture experience depends on a few factors, like dosage, consumption method (sublingually or added to food or beverages), and additional ingredients (like melatonin, GABA, or skullcap, for example). 

Promising research shows that CBD tinctures like ours promote feelings of relaxation, which can help soothe anxiety, and cause an uplifting effect. It’s less dramatic than the psychoactive one-two punch of CBD and THC, so it’s a more sustainable everyday option that won’t leave you feeling high. 

For example, our  REST tincture (as we mentioned above) can positively impact your sleep without intoxication. And as most Americans today know, sleep is essential for daily wellness, and most people aren’t getting enough of it. So if you can get past the initial taste, our REST tincture will help you get your sorely needed Zzz’s. 

CBD tinctures are a quick route to relaxation and relief. They’re the perfect (if slightly funky tasting) addition to your wellness routine.


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10 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your CBD Products

These days, CBD is everywhere. But we’re still in the relatively early stages of research and regulation… so with so many different brands out there, how can you be certain you’re choosing the best CBD available? And just as importantly, how can you make sure you’re getting the most out of the products you do spend your hard-earned money on? While everyone’s wellness journey is different, here are ten of the most important things you can do to make sure you’re getting the most out of your CBD products.

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1. Think about what you want.

The best way to gauge how well your CBD is working is to focus on concrete results rather than vaguely defined “benefits.” Are you looking for better sleep? Stress relief? Help recovering after a workout? When you have a clear goal in mind, it’s easier to measure whether or not your CBD is helping you achieve that goal.

2. Do your research (and trust your gut).

When considering a new CBD product, you can always check out their online reviews. But remember that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. “Some manufacturers are making egregious health claims about CBD such as calling it a cure-all,” cautions Mike Hennesy, VP of Innovation at Wana Wellness. “But this is just not supported by science right now. High quality reputable manufacturers do not try and overstate the benefits of CBD oil.”

3. Choose broad-spectrum hemp oil over CBD isolate.

Many products on the market are made with CBD isolate, which is exactly what it sounds like – CBD that’s been isolated from the rest of the hemp plant. But hemp contains many other beneficial compounds that can work together with the CBD to provide optimal benefits. Your best bet is to seek out a product made with broad-spectrum hemp oil, which contains all the good stuff nature intended (minus THC, which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana). You can also explore full-spectrum hemp oil, which has a legal THC limit of 0.3%, but be warned that it’s possible to feel impaired or “high” with some full-spectrum products, or even to fail a drug test.

4. Consider the quality of the non-CBD ingredients.

If you’re taking CBD to enhance your health, you probably don’t want it in the form of a gummie laden with processed sugar or corn syrup. Go ahead and read that ingredients label carefully. You’ll want to look for products like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies, which are totally vegan, gluten-free, and sweetened with organic sugar.

5. Explore functional ingredients.

Some CBD products contain herbal supplements and other ingredients that can help you achieve the specific effects you want. For example, Wana Wellness Fast-Acting “Rest” Tincture is enhanced with melatonin to help you fall asleep, while the “Relax” Tincture contains herbal ingredients like rose oil and skullcap, which are believed to help relieve stress.

6. Try more than one product form.

There are a lot of ways to consume CBD, from gummies to pills to vaporizers and beyond. Many people go the gummie route because their delicious taste and discreet form make them easy to incorporate into a daily routine. Others may prefer tinctures, which typically have faster onsets – a lot faster if your product uses the right technology – and can be mixed into smoothies or other drinks. All product forms come with their own unique advantages… you just have to find the one that best fits your lifestyle.

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7. Experiment with serving size.

Every body is different, which means the amount of CBD required to achieve optimal results varies from person to person. To find your perfect serving size, Mike Hennesy recommends a process called titration: “Start with a small amount, and slowly increase it every day or two until you are feeling the benefits.” It’s worth noting that you would need to take an absurd amount of CBD to put yourself in physical danger (something like 1000 20mg gummies), but too much could result in drowsiness or dizziness, so it is best to increase slowly and lower your serving size if you start to feel uncomfortable.

8. Consider the timing.

The best time for you to take your CBD will depend on what you’re taking it for. Want better sleep? Take it before bed. Looking to relieve tension throughout the day? Take it in the morning or at lunch time. Timing your consumption correctly can have a big impact on whether or not you achieve the results you want. And taking it at the same time each day can also help you gauge whether it’s working consistently.

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9. Record your results.

Nobody likes homework, but jotting down how you feel before taking your CBD – followed by how you feel an hour or two afterwards – can really help you keep track of the impact it’s having. It will force you to stay in touch with how your mind and body are responding and make a more conscious, self-aware decision about whether a product is really working for you.

10. Stick with it.

“The best advice I can give to someone interested in using CBD is to be patient and willing to try different ways to use products,” says Hennesy. While you may not find instant success with the first CBD product you try, a little research, self-awareness, and a healthy dose of trial-and-error will have you reaping all the benefits of CBD before you know it!


Why Your CBD Gummies Keep Melting (And How You Can Make Them Stop)

Have you ever stored a package of gummies too close to the oven in your kitchen? Or taken them on a hike in the middle of summer? Or left them in your car on a hot day? Did they melt into a gooey blob in your cabinet, pocket, or glove compartment? Don’t worry, we’ve all been there. 

When it comes to regular candy, this kind of melting is an annoyance. But when you’re dealing with CBD gummies, it can mean a lot of cash down the drain! It can also create a huge sticky mess, and even make the gummies less effective, since it’s impossible to judge a serving size accurately when they’ve coagulated into one giant, ugly Frankengummie. 

So is the answer to be extra vigilant with where you take your CBD gummies, never bringing them with you on summer errands or an outdoor adventure – or even out of the fridge? 

Luckily, no. There is a simple way to take your stress-relieving gummies with you wherever you go, without worrying that they’re about to dissolve into a useless glob. And that way is to buy gummies that just don’t melt! 

Why Some Gummies Melt and Others Don’t 

Any melted gummies you’ve encountered in your life have almost certainly been made with gelatin. A protein derived from animal byproducts like bones and connective tissue, gelatin is used to create a chewy or jelly-like texture in products like Jell-O, marshmallows, and (of course) gummies. It also has an extremely low melting threshold, typically getting gooey at just 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius). That means they won’t withstand an hour outside on an average summer day! 

Luckily, there is a more reliable (and more palatable) alternative to gelatin: pectin. Derived from the cellular walls of fruit, pectin is a crucial ingredient in jams and jellies. In gummies, it can withstand temperatures up to 175 degrees Fahrenheit (79 degrees Celsius). So while you probably shouldn’t shove your pectin-based CBD gummies in the oven, you can rest easy knowing they’ll survive a trip to the beach or an afternoon in your parked car. 

Long story short: Gelatin-based CBD gummies melt in warm weather. Pectin-based gummies don’t. If you want a CBD product that can travel anywhere, choose one made with pectin, like Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies. 

Other Benefits of Pectin-Based Gummies 

Even if you never plan to take your CBD gummies out of the cool, dry comfort of your air-conditioned home, there are plenty of great reasons to look for a pectin-based product over a gelatin one. 

For one, as we’ve mentioned in a previous post, pectin is suitable for vegan and vegetarian diets, whereas animal-based gelatin is most decidedly not. (And if you’re truly on a clean eating kick, look for all-natural gummies like the ones made by Wana Wellness, which are also gluten-free and organically sweetened with no high-fructose corn syrup). 

For another, pectin-based gummies are more sustainable to produce, since the cultivation of livestock like pigs and cows (the primary sources of gelatin) is among the biggest contributors to climate change. Sure, a good burger can be fine in moderation, but why put additional stress on the planet by adding meat to your fruit-flavored gummies? 

Finally, pectin tends to produce a chewier, less rubbery texture than gelatin. While individual taste is subjective, there’s something that just feels more premium about the firm, springy consistency of a well-made pectin gummie. 

In Conclusion…  

There’s really no earthly reason you should ever open your cupboard to find ruined CBD again. Simply check the ingredients list for “pectin” instead of “gelatin,” and you’ll have unlocked the secret to finding vegan, delicious, melt-proof gummies! 


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Is CBD Safe? - 4 Things Everyone Needs to Know About CBD Safety

CBD is sweeping the nation! But for all its popularity – and its wellness-boosting benefits – researchers and consumers alike still have a lot to learn about all the myriad ways this stress-relieving cannabinoid affects the human body.  

While you should always consult your physician if you have any concerns or hesitations about introducing CBD to your wellness routine, there are a few basic questions we can answer to help put your mind at ease. Together with our partners at Athletes for CARE – a non-profit organization advocating to improve global standards of health, safety and quality of life for athletes of all ages – we’ve compiled 4 essential things to know about the safety of CBD. 

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Can CBD Get You High? 

Short answer: no. Unlike its cousin THC – the active ingredient in marijuana – CBD does not produce intoxicating effects. You’re fine to take it in the morning, go to work, run errands in your car, or anything else you might normally do in the sober light of day.  

But there’s a longer and more complicated answer to consider as well. While CBD on its own won’t get you high, there are some CBD products which do contain trace amounts of THC. If your tincture or gummies contain CBD isolate (CBD by itself), you’re probably good to go. Similarly, you can choose a product made with broad-spectrum hemp oil, which contains naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds but no more than .01% THC (though this limit may vary a bit by state). 

However, if a CBD product is made with full-spectrum hemp oil, that means its legal limit for THC content is .3%. That may not seem like much, but it’s relative to the net weight of the product. For example, a full-spectrum gummie that weighs 4.5 grams could theoretically contain as much as 13.5 milligrams of THC! That’s more than a regulated recreational marijuana product is allowed to have – and more than enough to get you well and truly high. 

So, to keep your feet planted firmly on the ground, it’s best to stick with CBD isolate or broad-spectrum hemp oil. May we recommend Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies or Tinctures? While they contain all the natural, non-psychoactive goodness hemp has to offer, we’ve made sure that Wana Wellness products are completely THC-free. 

*Contains no more than 5 parts per million THC. 

Is it Safe to Mix CBD and Prescription Medication? 

This one is above our pay grade! ALWAYS check with your doctor about mixing CBD with your prescribed meds. Another great resource is the free Leaf-411 hotline, which is staffed by trained nurses ready to answer all your cannabis-and-health-related questions… but there is really no replacement for your personal physician. 

What we do know: CBD is metabolized by the CYP450 family of liver enzymes, which is the same group that processes some other medications. Interactions are not known to be common, but mixing CBD with some drugs – especially blood thinners – could put you at risk for an adverse reaction. 

Can You Mix CBD and Alcohol? 

Again, not much research exists to support a conclusion one way or the other. CBD in high amounts can cause drowsiness (that’s why many people use it to help them sleep). For this reason, it seems rational to conclude that CBD might exacerbate some of the sedative effects of alcohol. So, when in doubt, it’s probably best to keep the CBD and the booze separate. 

Is it Possible to Take Too Much CBD? 

Again, research is needed to give you a definitive answer on whether or not there is an unsafe serving of CBD. Again, high quantities may cause some drowsiness, which you may find disruptive to your day. More importantly, the FDA has expressed some concern that CBD in very high amounts – we’re talking 1000mg or more – may have harmful effects on your liver. But 1000mg is way more than the average person would even consider taking, so overconsumption is generally not a huge concern in the CBD space. 

To find your own perfect amount, it’s really a process of trial and error. Start by taking a low-ish serving (10-25mg) every day at the same time for a week. If you’re not feeling the effects you want, try slowly adding milligrams until you find what feels right. But maybe stop short of pulling a Martha Stewart and popping 20 gummies a day. 

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In Conclusion… 

With the limited research available on CBD, it’s important to use caution and common sense about how you consume it. Anecdotally, CBD seems to fit into most people’s lives without issue – but it’s worth repeating that only a doctor can give you the OK to mix it with certain lifestyles, medications, and conditions. So if you’ve still got questions, consult the pros… and make whatever choice feels right for you! 

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Let’s Talk About the Entourage Effect

Let’s assume that, if you’re reading this, you’re not terribly new to the wonderful world of CBD. Maybe you’ve tried a few different products, experimenting with tinctures here or gummies there, shopping around for the best deals and online reviews. If that’s the case, you’ve probably noticed that not all CBD products are created equal –some may produce noticeable effects, while others are more subtle. With some, you may wonder, “Is this doing anything at all?”

Those differences can be chalked up to a lot of different factors, from the quality of ingredients to the potency of the CBD itself. But one thing consumers rarely consider is how a well a given product might actually activate existing systems in their own body. To figure that out, it’s important to understand a remarkable scientific phenomenon known as “the entourage effect.”

So what is the entourage effect?

No, it’s not the latest bingeworthy TV reboot. Put simply, it refers to a biological process by which different molecules work together to activate various receptors in your brain and body synergistically. And here’s why it matters.

How CBD Works in the Body

To understand the entourage effect, you first have to understand that your body is home to a complex network of transmitter molecules and receptors known as the endocannabinoid system(or ECS). Cannabinoids –which can be produced naturally by your own body (“endocannabinoids”) or derived from the cannabis plant (“phytocannabinoids” like CBD and THC)–stimulate biological receptors to help regulate natural functions like sleep, stress management, appetite, and more.

For example, let’s say you’ve had a super stressful day at work. You’re home now, but your shoulders are still tense, and you can’t seem to unwind. That’s because your central nervous system is still sending distress signals to your brain, keeping you alert and on your toes for whatever crisis you may have to manage next. So let’s say you turn to your favorite CBD product for relief–maybe a delicious Wana Wellness Hemp Gummie. The cannabinoids in those gummies (in this case, CBD molecules) will bind to the receptors in your body that regulate your fear response to say, “Hey! We got the message! You can stop sending those stress signals now.”CBD and other cannabinoids (including the ones your body produces itself) may act in similar ways to disrupt other signals, including those related to pain, inflammation, or sleeplessness.

So Where Does “The Entourage” Come In?

Because there are many different kinds of receptors in your ECS, different molecules will stimulate them in different ways–sometimes all at the same time! For instance, CBD taken along side another phytocannabinoid, like CBN, CBG, or THC (if that’s your jam), may produce different or more powerful effects than just CBD on its own. That’s the entourage effect at work.

But when it comes to CBD products, the entourage effect can happen even when other cannabinoids aren’t a factor. That’s because the hemp plant (where CBD comes from) also contains hundreds of chemical compounds called terpenes, as well as other beneficial molecules that can join forces to super charge the effects of your CBD.

For example, there’s a terpene called “linalool” which is found in lavender (as well as many strains of hemp)and often associated with feelings of calm.By virtue of the entourage effect, a product containing both CBD and terpenes like linalool is likely to have stronger stress-relieving effects than CBD on its own could provide!

What This Means for Your CBD Shopping

Ok, so you understand how the entourage effect works. But how can this newfound knowledge help you choose a better CBD product?

Well, for one thing, you now know that a high CBD content is not the be-all-end-all of a product’s efficacy. Many gummies and tinctures are made with CBD isolate, meaning the CBD is extracted from the hemp plant without any of the other good stuff Mother Nature intended. These products are unlikely to produce an “entourage effect” and probably won’t provide the best bang for your buck.

On the other end of the spectrum are products made with “full-spectrum hemp oil,” which contains naturally occurring CBD, as well as terpenes and other plant compounds. This blend of hemp-y goodness is much more likely to produce an entourage effect. The only drawback: full-spectrum products have a legal THC limit of .3%. While that may not seem like much, it’s relative to the weight of the gummie or tincture itself –which means it could be enough to actually make you feel impaired (or put more formally, “high.”)

Your best bet for achieving an “entourage effect” without any kind of high is to look for a product made with broad-spectrum hemp oil, such as Wana Wellness Hemp Gummies or Fast-Acting Tinctures. These products contain all the terpenes and other compounds to complement CBD’s effects on your endocannabinoid system –minus any THC.*As an added bonus, some Wana Wellness Tinctures –like the “Rest” and “Relax” blend –also contain functional ingredients like melatonin or rose oil to further enhance their stress-relieving effects.

At the End of the Day…

There are many things worth considering when selecting which CBD product to spend your hard-earned money on. But one of the most crucial –and, ironically, the least known –is making sure you choose a gummie or tincture with hemp-derived ingredients can work together in harmony. When it comes to the entourage effect, it really is like theyd say: team work makes the dream work!

*Wana Wellness products contain fewer than 5 parts THC per million.


How Long Do CBD Gummies Take to Work?

Picture it: you’re in the middle of a stressful day at work – maybe your inbox is overflowing, maybe you’ve got a big presentation in a few hours, or maybe your coworker is just being a grouch. Then you remember the CBD gummies you have in your bag. You know a lot of people use CBD to ease anxiety and relieve stress, among other wellness benefits. You pop one in your mouth and chew. But you’re stressed out now, and you want to feel effects fast. So how long do you have to wait for your CBD gummies to work?

The answer is, roughly, 45-90 minutes. But there are a number of factors that can affect that window, and several alternatives for those times you just don’t want to wait. Here are the basic things to consider when calculating your gummies’ onset time.

Listen to Your Gut (Literally)

The thing about CBD gummies is, for all their wellness benefits, they’re ultimately a food. They need to be digested and metabolized, passing first through your digestive tract and then through your liver before the CBD enters your bloodstream and produces effects. What’s more, CBD molecules are actually lipids (or fats), which means your body – which is made of 70% water – has to do a lot of work to absorb them. All of this takes time and explains why your CBD gummies aren’t providing relief instantaneously.

Now, even though your gummies can’t skip this process, there is one big variable that will affect their onset time: how full you are at the time of consumption. Have you ever had a beer or a glass of wine on an empty stomach? The effects hit you harder and faster than they do after, say, a three-course meal at your favorite Italian restaurant. While CBD gummies are not intoxicating, they do follow the same principle. A heavy meal right before taking one will probably push you to the far end of that 45-90 minute onset window.

With that said, if you’re a daily CBD consumer (and you want to speed up onset time), consider taking your gummies in the morning before breakfast. Your empty stomach may make it easier for the gummies to move speedily through your system!

Faster Alternatives

CBD gummies have loads of benefits: they’re delicious, convenient, and effective. But when you’re ready to relax, 45 minutes can seem like a long time to wait! If you’re not big on planning ahead when it comes to your CBD consumption, consider exploring the wonderful world of CBD tinctures.

Let’s be clear: most CBD tinctures on the market are not miraculously fast. A lot of them will claim to be sublingual, meaning they can be placed under your tongue and absorbed directly into your bloodstream through your your sublingual artery. In reality, though, their molecules clump together in oily globs that are really too large to fit between the cells under your tongue – so you mostly end up swallowing them like you would any other food or beverage. Still, their liquid form is easier for your body to break down, generally resulting in an onset time of 30-60 minutes.

If that still doesn’t seem fast enough, there is at least one CBD product on the market that can deliver the rapid results you’re craving: Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures. They’re made with innovative nanoemulsion technology, which produces miniscule molecules (<25 nanometers) that are smaller than a human gene. That means they’re tiny enough to truly be absorbed sublingually, entering your blood stream almost instantly via the cells under your tongue. And remember those fatty CBD molecules? With nanoemulsion technology, they’re encased in a water-soluble layer that makes it much easier for your body to absorb them quickly and efficiently.

The result? A potent, efficient CBD tincture that actually delivers results in just 5-15 minutes.

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Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

We’ve established that there is at least one fantastic option for those CBD consumers who just can’t wait for results. But remember that speed isn’t everything. Gummies provide advantages ranging from great taste to easy, convenient consumption, and there is no evidence to suggest that they are less effective than tinctures when it comes to providing all the wellness benefits CBD is known for. Particularly when you’re dealing with a premium product (like vegan, gluten-free, organically sweetened Wana-Wellness Hemp Gummies), a little bit of waiting seems like a small price to pay for great results.

If calculating onset times is giving you grief, why not try making CBD gummies a daily part of your wellness routine? By taking them every day at the same time and under the same circumstances, you’ll quickly learn how your body responds to them, how long it takes you to feel effects, and exactly how you can use CBD to enhance your life.


Can CBD Help You Sleep?

Sleep is important. Like, really important–we’re talking in terms of your mental, emotional, and physical well-being here. Sleep deprivation can lead to everything from irritability to trouble concentrating to a weakened immune system and worse. Yet roughly 164 million Americans report having trouble sleeping at least once a week.

There’s a whole industry comprised of chemical solutions to this distressingly widespread problem. But over-the-counter sleeping pills can hit harder than intended and leave you feeling hazy the next day. That’s why many sleep-starved citizens are turning to gentler, plant-based alternatives to help them get some shut-eye: namely, a powerful little cannabinoid called CBD.

So, can CBD really help you sleep?

The science suggests it can! But there are a few things it’s helpful to understand before adding CBD to your nighttime routine.

It May Help Regulate Your Body’s Natural Sleep Cycle

When it comes to the full extent of CBD’s effect on the body, scientists are still in the early stages of research. That means there’s no definitive answer as to how much or for how long CBD might aid with sleep. But the existing studies are promising, according to the American Sleep Association, and there’s no shortage of anecdotal success stories among happy CBD consumers.

It’s believed to work like this: many of your body’s natural processes –like pain and stress management, appetite regulation, and sleep –are kept in a state of balance by a complex network of molecules and receptors known as the endocannabinoid system (ECS). CBD promotes our bodies’ production of endocannabinoids, the natural transmitters (or message carriers) of the endocannabinoid system. It’s also one of several cannabinoids that can bind to your ECS receptors itself to help ferry messages between your brain and the rest of your body… messages including, “Hey, it’s time to go to sleep!” Put another way, CBD works with your endocannabinoid system to help get an out-of-whack circadian rhythm back on track.

And while it’s likely that CBD (especially in relatively high doses) does actually make you drowsy, its impact on your ability to nod off is multi-faceted –because CBD is also believed to relieve stress and even help you physically relax. So if a racing mind or a stiff back are what’s keeping you up at night, CBD may help clear a path towards Dreamland.

You Can Boost CBD’s Power with Other Natural Ingredients

While CBD can help make for a peaceful night’s rest, it’s not exclusively a sleep aid–in fact, many people prefer to take it during the day. So if you’re really in need of something to help you catch some Zs, you might want to look for a product that contains other natural ingredients to complement CBD’s sleep-promoting properties.

One such product is the “Rest” formulation of Wana Wellness Fast-Acting Tinctures. Like all Wana Wellness products, it’s made with broad-spectrum hemp oil containing naturally occurring CBD and other beneficial plant compounds. But it also contains ingredients like melatonin (a sleep-regulating hormone), GABA (a calm-inducing neurotransmitter), skullcap and passionflower (both plants believed to have stress-relieving properties), and more. This carefully curated blend is designed specifically to send you into a deep, gentle sleep without grogginess the next day. Plus, Wana Quick Tinctures are powered by advanced nanoemulsion technology to improve our bodies absorption of CBD and deliver results in just 5-15 minutes –which means no more tossing and turning while you wait for your sleep aid to kick in!

Be Strategic About How You Use CBD to Help You Sleep

There’s nothing in the research to suggest that cannabinoids like CBD are physically addictive. But, as with virtually all sleep aids, it is possible to build up a tolerance to CBD –meaning, if you take it often enough, your body will start to need more and more of it to produce the same results.

For this reason, it’s a good idea to think critically about how you use CBD to help you sleep. Long term, taking it every single night may not be as effective as saving it for those evenings you’re feeling especially stressed out, keyed up, or otherwise AWAKE. And if insomnia is a chronic problem for you, make sure to consult your doctor about the best course of treatment.

All in all, if you’re one of the 164 million Americans struggling to drift off every night, there’s no reason not to make CBD a part of your sleepy time toolbox. The only thing left to say is: sweet dreams!