Full Spectrum CBD Oil

(111 customer reviews)


Full Spectrum CBD Oil LifeElixir™ sublingual delivery Complete Spectrum CBD tinctures fortified with BioPrime™ nano-particle targeted CBD delivery technology providing maximum bio availability and efficacy.


All LifeElixir™ Full Spectrum CBD Oil sublingual CBD tinctures are bio-enhanced with our proprietary blend of natural hemp derived monoterpenoids and flavonoids for a complete "entourage effect" and conversion at CB2 receptor.

Vitality LifeElixir™ CBD Full Spectrum CBD oil sublingual tinctures are available formulated in your choice of non GMO C8 MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) or organic non GMO Hemp Oil carrier oil bases. for those looking for even more complete plant profile CBD supplementation.

We recommend selecting "Hemp Oil" as the carrier for those looking for an even more complete full spectrum CBD oil supplementation.
We also recommend selecting "Mint" as the flavor option for those with taste sensitivity when choosing Full Spectrum CBD Oil.

Additional information

Weight 0.078 kg
Dimensions 3.5 × 3.5 × 10.5 cm

250MG, 500MG, 750MG, 1000MG, 1500MG, 3000MG




Original, Mint

Carrier Oil

MCT, Hemp

111 reviews for Full Spectrum CBD Oil

  1. Sandstorme (verified owner)

    I have been selling CBD tinctures for the past year at my store in Calgary and Vitality CBD outsells everything else combined for the simple reason IT WORKS!!!! Nothing but great reviews from my customers on both the tinctures as well as the sea cream topical. Thanks Vitality CBD!!!!

  2. Lmackenzie23 (verified owner)

    This is the best CBD oil! It has helped my anxiety tremendously and has also lowered my blood pressure! This is a total game changer. I highly recommend this product to anyone and everyone.

  3. DHarrison (verified owner)

    By far the most effective CBD product I have tried, shop with confidence!

  4. Antoinette (verified owner)

    I bought the mint flavor with hemp oil. The taste is pleasant. You can feel it working in your body. It is a far superior product than the one that we used before. We are very happy with it and this is what we will buy from now on.

  5. Ruby Ward (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with the product. I ordered it in 1000mg Hemp Oil and the taste is good, the effect is working on anxiety and I am going to order for my elderly parent who has dementia as well

  6. trewcharlie (verified owner)

    After suffering from anxiety and depression after moving from the UK due to no work whilst waiting for my work visa, I did a lot of research on CBD and its benefits. I was skeptical at first but decided to try it as I’m not a huge fan of prescription drugs. I reached out to Vitality Health and they answered all my questions. Ordered the 1000mg Isolate. It pretty much worked instantly and within three days it was like I never had any anxiety issues ever. Un real no side effects either. I recommended it to my sister in law who had trouble sleeping with back pain and she enjoys some nights without pain also. Highly recommend this product and their customer service.

  7. Tamara_Bannick (verified owner)

    This CBD works amazing my husband gets anxiety and suffers from chronic back pain daily and uses this every day and has had no anxiety since he has started taking it

  8. Aaron (verified owner)

    Fantastic product. I’m very happy with my purchase.

  9. Audrey (verified owner)

    I bought the 1000 mg tincture for my father and it has been really helpful for his chronic pain and to help him sleep without interruption.

  10. Karen Popoff (verified owner)

    I cannot use anything with THC in it so am happy to have access to a Full Spectrum CBD oil in MCT oil base for my use. This product is helping me with my anxiety and the side benefit is I have less pain and sleep better. Overall it is now my go to for CBD because it feels ‘clean’ in it’s delivery method and is helping me a great deal. The only thing I would like to see is other option for flavour as I am allergic to mint.

  11. Rhonda (verified owner)

    This is by far the best cbd product that I have used.

  12. Candice Taje (verified owner)

    I bought this to use for my dog’s anxiety actually, it definitely helped him to relax during storms. I use it for myself as well for general health care, I have no complaints at all!

  13. Darius Hunter

    This was really helpful for focus and anxiety, I never used it before so I took the 250 mg, and I found it quite helpful, but it didnt alter any personal characterisitics which was nice.

  14. Angela Cheyne (verified owner)


  15. Adam Merkosky (verified owner)

    I deal with really bad anxiety and insomnia. I’m coming off of medication that I no longer want to be on. This has helped me tremendously! It’s allowed me to parent my kids better.

  16. CannaRemediesYGK (verified owner)

    I ordered the 250mg FSO for my step-daughter. She suffers from mild anxiety which causes a lack of focus. She would use 10 drops under her tongue when she would feel anxious and it was enough to take the edge off and allow her to focus on the task at hand. This has helped her immensely in her school studies and her job!! Thanks Vitality for a great product!!

  17. Miguel Veloso (verified owner)

    Nice calming effect and helped with body aches

  18. LRae (verified owner)

    This was my first time trying a product like this and it definitely works! If I was feeling extra anxious it helped to calm me, took away headaches and sore knees. I was skeptical but it does work! The taste takes some getting used to, but definitely get the mint flavour.

  19. Francoise Loiselle (verified owner)

    Tried 500mg with hemp oil base and I’ve felt the difference in my anxiety within 24h. Very happy.

  20. fluidlegend (verified owner)

    Both the full spectrum and isolate work very well in reducing pain and anxiety.

  21. memama (verified owner)

    Have been very impressed with quality of this product. I had been ordering same from 2 different companies out of the USA. This product matches the quality of results I was getting from one of them. Unfortunately had to find another source and was recommended to try Vitality . Very happy I chose to. Will be trying some of the other products in the near future.

  22. Julie1976 (verified owner)

    Excellent for pain relief!

  23. Louann (verified owner)

    I have a friend who convinced me to try this as I was never one to take anything for anything. I can’t believe the difference it has made in my mood and overall well being.

  24. StacieK (verified owner)

    I actually order the 1000mg tincture for my English Mastiff. She is a lemon and was on 3 different meds to control an array of issues. With the CBD oil (half ml 2x a day), she is now on only 2 meds and they have been cut in half. My big girl is finally a happy girl in less pain!

  25. Loretta Paszkat (verified owner)

    We use the full spectrum 500 mg for insomnia, muscle pain/strain & restless leg syndrome and always find great relief from all of our ailments.

  26. Justin Graham

    Love utilizing this oil for inflammation in the body. As a registered Aromatherapist I mixed some for topical application with my blend and took the inflammation down dramatically within 24 hours. Totally supercharged my essential oil blend pain and inflammation! Will be buying more… can I get it in bulk?

  27. Carlos Guarany (verified owner)

    Very good quality CBD. Just the container should be improved. Sometimes it’s hard to open and measure.

  28. veronjanzen

    “I initially had my doubts due to past experience with sub-standard CBD oils that did not work; but seeing others raving about the efficacy of the CBD tincture made me want to try it. And it blew my socks off – within 2 weeks of dosing twice daily, I began to feel relief from my severe arthritis pain; now more than a month later, I wake up without ANY pain (when it used to be the norm). Now I myself cannot help but rave about this product with my family and friends – because when you know about a good thing, you must share it! I especially like the detailed information on the website that I can share with friends, and the quick & efficient response from the Vitality Health team whenever I have questions.”

  29. Cindy Ellams (verified owner)

    Definitely a high quality cbd oil. Helps relieve my son’s chronic pain from GERD and after a week or so, I am seeing some evidence of gut healing in him!

  30. Curtis (verified owner)

    Awesome, really works

  31. RobSmith (verified owner)

    have been using the 3000 mg hemp oil for a few months. best product so far and we have tried a few different ones(from US). just overall wellbeing is achieved for us despite suffering from a number of neurological symptoms associated with a poor diagnosis. helps with sleep and anxiety and mood. we are very happy with Vitality.
    july 14/2020 continue with the 3000mg product but are taking smaller amount, .5ml three times a day and find that stabilizes mood and great improvement in depression. much better sleep and have been able to stop the prescription antidepressant with no ill effects. also have been able to stop blood pressure medication and BP is holding in the high normal range which is excellent for me.

  32. Courtney Milne (verified owner)

    Cbd helps me and with anxiety and depression and my son for adhd

  33. mikAkimolA01 (verified owner)

    If your looking for high quality CBD oil, this is the one. The fact that they allow you to even choose your carrier oil (Hemp vs MCT) , taste and the size is a big differentiating factor from other sellers. I wish there were companies like this closer to me so I didnt have to pay shipping fees, but until then, This is going to be my source.

  34. Robyn McGauley (verified owner)

    The 750mg Relieved my aches and pains. I was able to sleep more soundly. The 500mg didn’t help as much. Will try the 1000mg

  35. Nicholas Berta (verified owner)

    Great product excellent quality and nice tasting

  36. Jane Butson (verified owner)

    Love that it is a pure source of CBD

  37. JohnnyV51427 (verified owner)

    very helpful for my anxiety and sleep

  38. Larry Rice (verified owner)

    Works well for my Anxiety!

  39. Amanda Flodin (verified owner)

    1000mg has helped me alot. Great products!

  40. Laura Santoro (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with the customer service and quick delivery. Most importantly, this is top quality cbd tincture. I’ve used cbd oil from other companies in the past and this one has been the most effective in relieving my symptoms. I also feel confident knowing I am consuming a healthy, clean product.

  41. sugiee5@gmail.com

    I would like to review the customer service I have received so far! Amazing!

  42. Clydesowner (verified owner)

    Started taking this product 2 months ago and have seen many great results. This was the third CBD product (all different companies) I have tried and this one truly feels you are getting results. I feel relaxed and it does help me sleep soundly. I battle Tinnitus and anyone else who does knows how this can’t negatively effect your sleep and well being. It allowed me to come off of years of use of a nasty habit forming sleeping pill. I am currently awaiting surgery for lower back stenosis and hip replacement so I know I am not yet fully feeling how good this oil will make me feel once I get these issues out of the way. My only complaint and this goes for all CBD oils is the costs to purchase it. Hopefully one day it we more affordable especially for seniors on fixed income.

  43. Jamie Forrest (verified owner)

    It’s very hard to find pure forms of CBD and this one is. Our family uses it for sleep, anxiety, depression with great results. My dog uses it for allergy relief and has successful results.

  44. Khealth (verified owner)

    I started taking 5 drops of Vitaity Health Full spectrum CBD oil every morning and every night before bed, what amazing results ,I have been getting great sleeps and feeling well rested in the morings Highly recommend this product

  45. Courtney Milne (verified owner)

    Love this product. Both my son and I use it.

  46. Fred Mackenzie (verified owner)

    I appreciate the stated quality and effectiveness in a full spectrum product. Initial results are promising.

  47. Ivan Celuszak (verified owner)

    This is the most complete, high quality CBD oil I have tried. It is effective at reducing daily work stress, aches and pains, and also aids in increasing sleep quality and duration. Overall this product has enhanced my quality of life.

  48. srah98 (verified owner)

    The full spectrum 500mg CBD was really helpful at calming my anxiety.

  49. Kim Bakker (verified owner)

    The full spectrum CBD oil has been simply amazing for our daughter. She has a complex illness and this CBD oil has been the only thing to finally stop her severe headaches, decreased her joint pain and has helped reduce her nausea. She has tried several brands of medical CBD but non have worked nearly as well as this one.

  50. mike mitchell (verified owner)

    Ordered this for my wife and my dad.
    It really helped my wife with her anxiety and her sleeping. My father has really bad arthritis and has seen a big improvement in his mobility since he started using cbd.

  51. rach1624 (verified owner)

    have suffered with chronic neurological back pain for years due to an accident, during this time I have endured numerous pain medications, sleeping pills, steroid injections, as well as having radio frequency ablation to burn the nerves. After all this I still had a significant of pain, no more than 3 hours a night of sleep. it had become a vicious cycle having a negative effect on my body and greatly reducing my quality of life. I started using full spectrum cbd oil several months ago and my life has changed dramatically the pain is greatly diminished, I’m now sleeping through the night, finally I am enjoying my life and all it has to offer

  52. Gregory Elliott (verified owner)

    This is the first time I’ve used CBD and I can say that this take the edge off my anxiety. I’m going to reorder!

  53. Cpaulton (verified owner)

    Product works very well to calm anxiety

  54. Rachel Jacob (verified owner)

    Wow. Normally with CBD i feel my body relax a bit. With this one i dont feel that (1000mg)…HOWEVER. I SLEEP. LIKE. A BABY! It is amazing. Havent had a restful sleep like this since I was a kid, and I’m not even someone who has an issue sleeping really, but its an incredible difference. Best tincture I’ve found.

  55. Joe Cardiff (verified owner)

    Instant relief. Noticed an improvement in sleep quality, fatigue levels and mind clarity the first day. Highly recommend.

  56. EDVINAS PECIULIS (verified owner)

    The Best CBD product in Canada

  57. Diane (verified owner)

    This is the third CBD product I have tried. I feel this one has worked best for me. I have battled sleep issues for years and this one has allowed me to go off the sleeping pill I was on. The earthy flavour of the hemp gives me the feel I am using a legit healthy non additive filled oil. I would recommend this to anyone as it has worked for me.

  58. Jerry Richardson (verified owner)

    My wife and l had bought from another Web site/Vendor and did a comparison on how it was working for us. The results were day and night. We now have other family members buying these products.

  59. countrybumpkin777 (verified owner)

    First i must say that i have had amazing customer service from this company. The website is amazing with all the information provided as well as their communication through email.
    I have been taken this product for over a year now. I have chronic muscle and joint pain. I have also been dealing with night sweats during menopause. I started with 500mg once a day. within two weeks I increased my dose to 1000mg a day and saw a significant change in my pain. I was able to sleep pain free through the night. During the day If having any anxiety due to pain I could take it and notice it help me within a 1/2 hr. After 3 months I increased my dose to 1000mg twice a day and this is when I noticed my hot flashes stop at night.
    This is how it has helped me.

  60. jeff Roi (verified owner)

    I have now been talking vitality full spectrum cbd oil for over 6 months ,my anxiety level has dropped significantly and my aches and pain are gone I have never slept better . I know have my daughter taking this product.

  61. Verlynn Alexander (verified owner)

    I purchased a cbc oil at a recreational store in Calgary, AB and found the colourless liquid to have quite a sharp aftertaste that worried me. I associate that taste with chemical processing. . . The mouth dryness was bothersome.
    When I got my 3000mg/bottle Vitality CBD tincture in hemp oil, it wasn’t colourless it was dark green and strong tasting but still clean tasting compared to the last colourless product. I didn’t have the mouth dryness.
    Huge help with anxiety, bowel regularity, sleep and general body fitness (less little aches n pains), immunity help (take a little extra when sensing a cold coming on etc). Absolutely a sense of just helping the body do what it is meant to do, better!

  62. Karen Wentzell (verified owner)

    This product made a noticeable difference in lowering my anxiety.

  63. Heyli Dallaire (verified owner)

    Life changer. Helps ease daily pain and anxiety. The mint flavour definitely helps make it more palatable. Would recommend

  64. Sonja Fogg (verified owner)

    I was surprised upon arrival on the colour and taste of this CBD oil as it is completely different than anything I’ve ever used
    from a government store. I used one 500mg bottle and have been headache free for over 2 months. I feel my Headaches coming back now and I’m ordering more!

  65. Meg (verified owner)

    Tried the 750mg and found it very helpful for reducing anxiety and helping with sleep. Going to try the 1000mg next.

  66. Amber Jay (verified owner)

    Great quality! and I like the mint flavor.

  67. Dave (verified owner)

    Purchased 1000mg, works great for joint pain and getting a good nights sleep.

  68. Krista Schroeter (verified owner)

    I ordered the full spectrum tincture for my daughter,who has been taking it regularly for a few months to help with depression/anxiety. While it hasn’t been a magic wand,she’s found it helpful enough that we are ordering her a third bottle. Appreciate the clear website,quick and warm email responses,& good delivery time.

  69. Garth Burnett (verified owner)

    I tried a few other tinctures, but this is the best one! I like that it comes in mint flavor and works well. It’s a Canadian Company and it arrives discreetly right to my mailbox in just a couple of days! I re-order regularly.

  70. Michael Hutchinson (verified owner)

    This is my first time buying from Vitality, after 2-3 weeks have noticed inflammation is down, seems like its working. Will order another bottle and see how it does using it over 2 months. Product is on the expensive side, wish more rebates were available, especially if buying multiple products.

  71. Monika Kardos (verified owner)

    Tried many different brands this was the only one I found that has real cbd oil. Stuff does wonders, all the other guys sold fake oil.

  72. Charles Turner (verified owner)

    I haven’t finished order yet but I do see a bit of improvement in my back pain. I was expecting faster results but I think it will take a bit more time to get the full results.

  73. Brooke Jackson (verified owner)

    Already occasionally suffering from anxiety, after the birth of my 2nd child my anxiety significantly increased. I found Vitality online and it was the ultimate solution. I’ve been using this product for the past 6 months and my anxiety is basically gone. I have energy and am focused. When things that would have normally triggered me come to mind I am able to easily let it go. I am thankful for this product. My only complaint is it doesn’t com in larger sizes and the dosage recommendation on the bottle is far too much for the average CBD user. Thank you for the amazing natural solution !

  74. Christine Kufske (verified owner)

    Have been using this Full Spectrum CBD Tincture 1000mg since 2019 and we can’t live without it. Both my husband and I use it for anxiety and arthritis. We’ve recently run out and notice the difference when we don’t use it. So happy to have found this company!

  75. shemphill (verified owner)

    Have been using this CBD for several months and am extremely impressed with the quality and efficacy. Highly recommend this product.

  76. tlc-ella@hotmail.com (verified owner)

    First time I have purchased from this site. I bought the Full Spectrum, CBD tincture to help calm my anxiety. I found it works great. It was also the best on-line price from a reputable company. Delivery took about a week. I will most definitely purchase from Vitality Health again!

  77. Kaila Slomka (verified owner)

    We use this to help minimize our dogs seizures. It is believed she suffers from epilepsy. Since on CBD she has only had 3 in 15 months which doctors are shocked every time we tell me what we have her on!

  78. Kkhan (verified owner)

    Tried many different CBD products but this is my first full spectrum. Taste is great, i take it before bed and it helps a lot with helping me fall asleep. Im almost done my first bottle and will continue with Vitality.

  79. KaylaMarie (verified owner)

    This stuff is great! I got my mom on it as well as my in laws on 1000mg and everyone says they can feel it working, even if it’s just a little! I can feel it helping my mood quite a bit, it helps with my mild anxiety almost instantly

  80. Brittany Shoebridge (verified owner)

    I have a 10 year old Pug that tore both ligaments in his legs and he has been doing amazing on this! I have him on the 500mg and he gets a full dropper daily. He still has a limp but it’s not nearly as bad as it was before!

  81. Marina Clark (verified owner)

    I was ordering Full-Spectrum CBD oil from the US to help with joint pain and an autoimmune disease and it worked very well. Then all of sudden they were no longer able to ship to Canada. After trying a few different companies within Canada, I found the CBD to be inferior with a lot of additives and was not effective. I was happy to be able to find Vitality and so far after almost being done my 2nd bottle, I am starting to again feel the effects of this oil. Highly recommend and definitely ordering again. Thank you!

  82. Sherry (verified owner)

    Ive taken other oils before & got them from the US & these are better than the ones I was taking. Plus they are in Canada, less hassle!! Was so happy to find this company in Canada. They work great for my little aches & pains & I sleep much better. Ive been taking the 500, but decided to get the 1000 this time to use less drops.

  83. Beverly Thomson (verified owner)

    There has been a noticeable modifying effect of both anxiety and depression. Definitely helping with my moods. Thx!

  84. Jeannette Burnett (verified owner)

    This full spectrum cbd oil sure helps with me with anxiety and sleep. I recommend you try it for sure! The quality is much better than what you’d buy at a corner outlet plus I appreciate the mint flavor! Two thumbs up!

  85. Laura Santoro (verified owner)

    I started using this product for anxiety and sleep. It has literally helped me so much. My parents are not I’ll, but both suffer from arthritis and inflammation. After they saw my positive results, and after uneducated them on CBD and told them how pure and clean Vitality products are, and how much I trust this company, they tried it. A year later, they are doing well! When they run out and before I order them more, their pain returns. For them, this has been the solution to their pain and they are not dependent on any other drugs since taking Vitality CBD.

  86. Amanda Grant (verified owner)

    Really helps me sleep!

  87. Forgetaboutit (verified owner)

    Best full spectrum cbd I can get in Canada!!!

  88. Bradley Driedger (verified owner)

    I have found this product very effective, helps with sleep as well as general soreness. Take at night before bed and have a great sleep, wake up rested and not sore even after a hard workout the day before.

  89. April King (verified owner)

    Noticeably reduced pain and inflammation after 3 days. Significant improvement after 7. I would recommend to others (Friends, doctors, vets) if it was more cost effective.

  90. Youngmark2 (verified owner)

    Great product- helps greatly for my sleep and calms me when I needed.

  91. Elizabeth Kleiman (verified owner)

    This is great quality cbd. and love that it is full spectrum. I prefer cbd from hemp and recommend the mint as it makes it much more palatable as well.

  92. Brandie St. Martin (verified owner)

    I find the 1000mg gives me a noticeable change in my anxiety and pain levels. Will definitely continue to buy this product

  93. MichelleB (verified owner)

    I’ve been suffering from sinus inflammation for years. Nothing worked to help me. I had constant sinus congestion and sinus infections. I happened upon this CBD oil before my wedding last year hoping that it would help me. It’s been a miracle! I’ve never been able to breathe easier in my entire life! 100% would recommend!

  94. Natalia Ikonostasova (verified owner)

    I have intense period pains and this oil always helps so much!

  95. NelsonB (verified owner)

    Excellent pain relief! This product has greatly changed my life for the better. I suffered a horrible accident two years ago, only pain relief I have ever used not once have I touched a prescription for pain relief. CBD all the way!

  96. Doug41 (verified owner)

    Excellent product, works great for my pain and anxiety. If I skip a day I really notice the difference. Also helps with my sleep. I highly recommend this product.

  97. Nachocourt (verified owner)

    Excellent product! I use it for myself and make bath bombs with it and love it.

  98. KEG (verified owner)

    This is an excellent product. I’ve been purchasing for many months now – the quality is consistent with each bottle (no variation in colour or taste). It is mild tasting and very effective for calming anxiety and pain.

  99. gilbert manaigre (verified owner)

    I have been taking full spectrum since November 2020. After seeing the results my girlfriend had with her migraine headaches and IBS, I have decided to take it for health maintenance. She had suffered severe migraines, some rendering her bedridden, since she was a child. Now she rarely suffers from them with only one dose/day and the IBS is all but gone. I figure if results like this are possible then cbd will only make me healthier.

  100. Nachocourt (verified owner)

    Bought the Full Spectrum CBD and love it! It helps so much with my anxiety.

  101. Jake2014 (verified owner)

    Been looking for an effective CBD for a long time and this works great. Good company, quick replies if u have questions. Give it a shot.

  102. daniela rotaru (verified owner)

    Very good quality cbd. Very fast shipping. Helps my insomnia and food sensitivities. Thank you!

  103. john greville (verified owner)

    Great product, reduces inflammation pain and improves sleep quality for me!

  104. Monique Notaras (verified owner)

    The only thing that eases my debilitating cramps and has definitely helped with the anxiety. That was just a bonus.

  105. Jeannette Burnett (verified owner)

    I buy the Full Spectrum CBD oil, mint flavored. It’s easy to use and works very well for anxiety!

  106. Lisa MacDonald (verified owner)

    I buy this for my horses. They love it. My old one gets it for arthritis and my other one for COPD breathing issues (I haven’t had to give her steroids at all since I started her on CBD).

  107. Sean McGrath (verified owner)

    The full-spectrum CBD is good at taking the edge off my anxiety. The mint flavor is very soothing. I also like the fact that it has zero THC as I have a bit of a predisposition to it.

  108. Clydeshiloh (verified owner)

    This product is a life saver. I searched and searched for a CBD product that helps my body pain and allows me to sleep. If I forget a dose, my body really notices it. Great product!

  109. Julie1976 (verified owner)

    Excellent, pain just melts away!

  110. Nikolay Shchitov (verified owner)

    Very good product. Helps for my insomnia. Much better than prescribed sleeping pills.

  111. BDriedg (verified owner)

    We have been using this product for a couple of years. It has helped with joint pain and sleep. We have tried some other brands but find the vitality full spectrum works best.

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Benefits of CBD Oil

Over the past few decades, informed consumers have begun a major shift away from synthetic pharmaceutical drugs with their long lists of debilitating side effects, in favor of health-enhancing natural remedies. Cannabidiol, CBD, from hemp is providing that all-natural solution for many, and word of its success at providing an amazing variety of therapeutic benefits for a host of physical and mental disorders is being spread by the many grateful users who consider CBD from natural hemp oil to be a godsend.

What was once a rare gray market staple of head shops has now gone mainstream as CBD finds its place in beauty aisles, physical fitness regimens, and even doctors’ offices. Organizations such as Athletes For Care* and the MMA are endorsing CBD for professional sports training, concussion, and injury recovery, citing the need for alternatives to addictive opiates and opioids for long-term pain management.

Singer Olivia Newton-John has publicly endorsed CBD as part of her 3-decades-long battle against breast cancer. The singer uses CBD in conjunction with traditional treatments such as chemotherapy and targeted radiation and has founded the Olivia Newton-John Health and Wellness Center to promote CBD for the fight against cancer.

CBD, the Endocannabinoid System, and Current Research

Research on cannabidiol, what was once mistakenly thought of as “the inactive cannabinoid” explains just how CBD can work so well for treating such a wide variety of ailments. The key to CBD’s success is the exciting discovery of the endocannabinoid system in humans and in fact, all mammals.

As it turns out, we already have natural, or “endogenous” CBD in our systems working to our benefit, hence the term “endocannabinoid”. This is why CBD from hemp is considered to be a supplement and not a drug. When we take CBD from hemp we are merely supplementing our body’s own natural supply of CBD, not introducing any foreign chemical substance. Scientists refer to this as “manipulating the endocannabinoid system by raising the CBD baseline”.

The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is centered in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain, vitally important areas which just happen to control critical functions such as sleep, mood, immune response, inflammation and injury response, memory, anxiety, and stress response. The ECS also includes an extensive network of CBD receptors throughout the body, which form a complex biocommunication feedback system for regulating biological processes and maintaining an optimized state of well-being which scientists call “homeostasis”. We can begin to see now, how CBD can be so effective for such a wide variety of conditions and disorders.

The US National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health has published an enormous volume of research on CBD and the endocannabinoid system* as a compelling source of therapeutic benefits for treating disparate diseases and pathological conditions including:

mood and anxiety disorders
movement disorders such as Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease
neuropathic pain
multiple sclerosis
spinal cord injury
myocardial infarction
obesity/metabolic syndrome

CBD’s known beneficial properties have been proven in preclinical laboratory research with animals, which identified the cannabinoid’s exciting healing potential. Preclinical findings can help explain the enormous volume of testimonials about successful treatments which CBD consumers have endorsed publicly in numerous online reviews and forums around the world.

The well-known therapeutic characteristics of CBD include:

Antiemetic- CBD is known to reduce nausea and vomiting. This is just one of the characteristics which makes it so beneficial as a part of traditional cancer treatments such as strong chemo and radiation therapy where nausea is the most frequent unavoidable side-effect of treatment.

Antitumor- CBD has been shown to block the blood vessels which cancer cells need to survive. Research with mice shows that CBD’s antitumor action can kill tumors and cancer cells without harming the healthy cells around them.

Anticonvulsant- CBD has proven to be very successful at suppressing seizure activity. In 2018 the FDA approved a purified CBD* drug for treatment of seizures caused by epilepsy in children.

Anxyolitic/Antidepressant- CBD combats anxiety and depression disorders. Bear in mind that the ECS functions in the limbic and paralimbic regions of the brain which control these responses.

Anti-inflammatory- This CBD action can reduce inflammation (swelling) and pain from arthritis, muscle stress, spasms, dental pain, gout, backache, and other inflammatory conditions.

Antioxidant/Neuroprotective- CBD is an even more powerful antioxidant than vitamin supplements taken for that purpose, reducing the number of free radicals responsible for many of the negative effects of aging. Preclinical results indicate that CBD’s neuroprotective properties can be effective for treating debilitating neurodegenerative diseases including:

Glutamate toxicity
Multiple sclerosis (MS)
Parkinson’s disease
Neurodegeneration caused by alcohol abuse

CBD as An Analgesic: A Natural Pain Management Alternative to Opiates and Opioids

Systematic research covering dozens of trials and studies on CBD for pain relief concluded that there is substantial evidence that CBD works as an effective treatment for chronic pain in adults, according to the 2018 report at Medical News Today*, “Does CBD Oil Work For Chronic Pain Management?”

That’s no surprise to the fortunate people who have tried CBD for themselves. Pain relief is among the most common reasons for trying CBD, along with insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Forbes reported on a combined survey by Brightfield Group and HelloMD which showed that nearly half of those who try CBD stop taking traditional OTC medicines such as Tylenol, and addictive prescription drugs such as Vicodin. 80% of those who tried cannabidiol as an alternative analgesic characterized CBD as either “very or extremely effective”.

After a quick look at the long list of serious side effects associated with opioids such as Vicodin and Percocet, it’s easy to see why those who have discovered the many health-enhancing benefits of cannabidiol choose to leave these risky Schedule 2 narcotics behind them permanently.

Along with increased anxiety, unpredictable mood changes, loss of coordination, constipation, seizures, rapid heartbeat, nausea and vomiting, opioids also carry a dangerous risk of dependence, addiction, and fatal overdose.

CBD on the other hand, is often sought out to alleviate the very conditions induced by opiate and opioid use. Working in natural harmony with the body’s own endocannabinoid system CBD promotes optimized homeostasis, a state which some scientists refer to as “the Goldilocks Zone”, where all physical and mental systems are “go” and everything is just right.

Many CBD users have been pleasantly surprised when they begin a CBD regimen to alleviate specific pain or inflammation symptoms, and then find also that anxiety is reduced, stress is more easily managed, sleep, blood pressure, and heart health improve, and they are enjoying an overall sense of well-being which they had never expected.

CBD is Set to Outpace Medical Marijuana

The life sciences sector has long been anticipating an expansion of the cannabis industry, including both cannabinoids, CBD from hemp and THC in medical marijuana to reach $20 billion by the year 2020, but CBD’s incredible rise in popularity has taken market experts by surprise. If growth continues at the current pace, CBD from hemp alone will outpace marijuana and spin off into an astounding $22 billion market by 2022, as reported by cannabis industry analysts The Brightfield* group.

According to a recent Rolling Stone exclusive report*, CBD has found its way into a wide array of products including topicals for bug bites, skin care, and face masks. The benficial therapeutic oil is being used for everything from MS, PTSD, epilepsy, anti-inflammation, to cancer-fighting, post-injury recovery, athletic training, stress and pain management and it provides all of these benefits without getting the user high.

CBD’s non-psychoactive action is an important factor as part of a health regimen for users with an active lifestyle and those working under drug-free employment policies which rule out THC-laden marijuana. CBD from hemp has less than .03% THC. CBD is also found in marijuana, but the benign non-psychoactive cannabinoid actually moderates the mental high caused by its THC cannabinoid cousin. It is literally the “buzzkill” component in marijuana which keeps the psychoactive action of THC regulated.

CBD is also one of the safest substances a consumer can keep in the medicine cabinet. With no risk of fatal overdose, it’s safer than aspirin and many other popular OTC medications, which is an important consideration for consumers with young children in the household.