Our Hearts are Broken

While we never got to meet dear Charlotte, we’ve shared her story with thousands. Offering hope, inspiration and showing how one family made the ultimate commitment, and not only defied the odds, but helped countless move beyond their negative view of this most giving plant.

Our love to her immediate family, her extended Stanley family and to all those she moved in the beautiful time she shared with us on this planet.

Read a beautifully written piece by local Colorado newspaper here.

Faith’s Journey

Faith was a beautiful and faithful 12 year old German Shepard.  It was so very clear to me, the mutual love these two shared. It was Jill’s primary goal to slow the progression or reduce of size of the tumor which was on the right side of the anal gland, to provide control pain, and promote comfort and quality of life for her as much as possible.

Jill was very thorough and patient in her process and exhausted every measure she could to provide Faith with as much relief as possible, which included cannabinoids.

Here is the last email we received from Jill:

“I wanted to let you know that Faith made her transition into spirit this past week.  While we did not change the cancer, I know the CBD and all of your assistance was so vital to help Faith be more comfortable in her last months.  I so appreciate the time you took to answer all of my questions, as I certainly learned a lot and felt more empowered to make informed decisions regarding CBD and her care.   Thank you!”

Jill also shared this beautiful quote:

When people have love, they are no longer at the mercy of forces greater than themselves.  For they themselves become the powerful force.  ~Leo Buscaglia

I hope their story and Jill’s powerful words of love provide you with hope and courage.

FREE Webinar – Friday, April 3

FREE CBD for Pets Workshop 

It’s been an interesting few weeks and we hope that you and your family are staying well, safe and sane. We are grateful to our clients who continue to utilize our services and the fact that we were already set up to conduct our business virtually.

Like many of you, we would be lying if we said we weren’t uncertain about what the future brings, but as always, we remain ever optimistic. And we’re lucky that we know how much CBD can help to quash that anxiety and stress when it creeps up on us.

So instead of worrying, we’re using the time to catch up with our clients, reading up on the latest cannabinoid research and updating our programs to better serve those who seek us out.

One Minute Cannabist was created to help people understand this giving plant called cannabis, help them move past the stigma surrounding its use, empower them with knowledge for making good choices when selecting products and providing practical knowledge of how to use those products for achieving the best results.

To help as many as we can during this time, on Friday, April 3, we’re offering our Pet Program FREE of charge.

Safe & Effective CBD Use for Pets 

Live Webinar at 11:30am PDT

It’s easy to join from any device and from any location.

We serve customers across the USA so please feel free to share far and wide.

Want to Take an Active Role?
So many of our clients have achieved significant successes with their pets (and themselves) and because we depend so much on word of mouth, we ask that you please forward this invitation to any of your family or friends who you think may benefit.

If you would like to participate by sharing your own success, please let us know so we can add your name to the agenda.

This will be a live, interactive webinar with a presentation, customer successes and participant driven Q&A.

Click to learn more and REGISTER

ps –It just happens that April 3 also marks our 3rd anniversary as a cannabis education business, giving us another good reason to get together

We’re Here For You

At One Minute Cannabist, our clients are like family and we want you to know we’ll be here for you -and those you know- who may benefit from our services.

At this unprecedented time, we’re taking appropriate steps to ensure we all stay safe, healthy and are doing our part to aid in reducing the spread of COVID-19. We continue to monitor the situation carefully via the CDC and will abide by all guidelines as set forth at national, state and local levels.

Until further notice, we’ve revised as our operations as follows:

All Consultations will be done via phone/online.
The majority of our clients already utilize this method of meeting with us. Through the use of technology, we’re able impart information and share screens, making it feel like we’re in the same room, but without the hassle of travel or geography. We’ve helped people across the nation by utilizing this mode of operation since we formed. It has served us well and will continue to through this shelter in place period.

Appointments are available Tuesday – Saturday and may be scheduled here:

Pet Consult       Human Consult 

Delivery or Shipping.
If your home or office is within 10 miles of our office, we offer FREE delivery on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s. If you are outside of that range, we’ll ship your product via USPS for a flat rate of $6-$8.50 (depending on your location). If you have special circumstances or requests, please do not hesitate to ask.

When we pack your product(s), be assured that our team will always disinfect surfaces and wear appropriate protective gear prior to handling all product packaging and shipping materials.

In-Person Consultations and local product pick-up are temporarily suspended.
We regret that we will not offer in-person consultation or product pick-up. When the world gets back to a normal state, we’ll resume these usual offerings.

Stocking Products.
We’ve been in contact with our vendors and, at this time, there is no concern as to the supply chains for our products, so there is no reason to stockpile. If, however, you prefer to order more than your usual, we’re happy to assist you. We do ask that you give us a 7-day advance request so we can special order the quantities you desire, thereby keeping regular stock available for those who need it.

Anyone ordering two or more products will receive shipping at no charge.

Click here for our easy REFILL form

During this time, please take care of yourself, your family members and your fur kids. Eat clean-healthy foods, take your supplements, go for a walk (keeping that 6-foot distance from others) and find some quiet happiness for yourself and with those you love.

And remember, as we always say: CBD isn’t a magic pill or a cure-all, but we can all benefit from taking a little bit everyday as it can reduce our anxiety & stress levels and help to keep our endocannabiniod system in balance.

If you’re only using CBD for your dog or cat, consider taking some yourself. We’re happy to send you a complimentary human dosing guide. Like you, we hope that the situation stabilizes quickly and doesn’t worsen.

Be well. Be safe. And , please contact us if we may be of service.

 

What Type of CBD is Best – Part 2

Understanding What You Are Getting.

 

In part 1 of this post, we explored the different classifications used by CBD manufacturers: Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate and Water-soluble. When you’re ready to select a product,  how will you know what the label states is what you are actually getting? It begins with validation.

Validating the Classification & Compounds in The CBD Product

How do you know if the product you are considering is truly full spectrum, broad spectrum or an isolate? And how do you know if the amount of CBD (or THC) in the product is what is claimed on the label? In an unregulated marketplace there is only one way to be certain, ask for the Certificate of Analysis (COA**).

Any credible manufacturer in this space will package their products with clear labels following accepted standards for supplements which should include at a minimum: the brand name, supplement facts, ingredients and a batch number. In addition to clear labeling, the manufacturer or retailer should happily provide you with a Certificate of Analysis (COA).

How to Read the Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Once you have this document for the product you are considering, follow these steps:

1. Look at the date the batch was tested. I generally like to see six months or less.
2. Ensure the batch # on the COA matches the batch # on the product you purchased or are considering.
3. Review the following sections of the COA .

Cannabinoid Profile 
On the COA you will see a section that breaks down the total cannabinoids present in the package, usually titled Cannabinoid Profile.

Look for a column heading labeled Total mg/mL (in the example below, this is the far right column). In this section you will see the various cannabinoids such as CBD and this should closely align with the total mg of CBD in the bottle as stated on the package.

The label of the product this COA goes with states there is 750 mg CBD in a 30 mL bottle. The COA values for CBD tested at 27.7 mg/mL Multiply that number by the bottle size (30 mL) and the result is 831 mg CBD, which is actually more than the label states. When it comes to most cannabinoids, this is a bonus.

Look for values of other cannabinoids that are present. In this product, we see delta 9 THC at 1.01 mg/mL, CBG at 0.31 mg/mL and CBD at 1.19 mg/mL. These are all compounds I personally like to see present.

For hemp CBD products, the combined delta 9 and delta 8 THC values should be between 0.0% – 0.3% by weight (Wt%). This is the legal limit under which a product may be called Hemp. In the COA above,  the delta 9 THC is 0.11%, well beneath the 0.3% maximum limit, yet still measurable enough to better activate the CBD.

TIP: Actual THC will vary, but I always look for values of at least 0.5mg/mL and I always look for at least 0.3mg/mL of the other C- cannabinoids, the higher these numbers are, the better the formulation, in my humble opinion.


Buyer BeAware:
If the CBD value is far less than the package states, you aren’t getting the full value. For example, if the product states there is 300 mg CBD in a 30 mL bottle, the value on the COA should be at least 10 mg/mL (300 mg divided by 30 mL bottle). If the COA value states 2 mg/mL, then the product would only contain 60 mg CBD, far less than the product label suggests.

I also see many products that state 1,000 mg Hemp Oil on the package. Review of the COA often reveals far less than this amount. This is because the manufacturer is counting all compounds which usually also represent the total mg of hemp seed oil (usually the carrier oil). These practices are among my biggest pet peeves with the CBD industry.


If the only measurable results you see on the COA is CBD or if the values of the other compounds are less than 0.05 mg/mL, then the product is likely not truly a full spectrum or broad spectrum product in the traditional or intended meaning of the term.

Below is an example of a product that where the label states: Full Spectrum CBD 150 mg. The COA validates that the 150mg of hemp is actually CBD (147.4mg is pretty darn close), but as no other cannabinoids presented, all other values are zero, using term full spectrum on the label is misleading.


Terpenes Present
Next, look at the terpene section. Except for isolates, you should see at least two to three dominant terpene values. In this product, we see a tiny amount of a-pinene (0.07 mg/g) and measurable concentrations of b-myrcene (3.77 mg/g), z-b ocimene (3.34 mg/g), linalool (3.64 mg/g) and e-nerolidol 3.84 mg/g).

The terpenes listed with the label showing <LLOQ means these compounds were beneath the levels measurable by the machinery, therefore not present in the formulation.


Tip: Look for values of 1.0 or greater for best synergy with the cannabinoids.
If you see the letters NT in the results column, this means the compound was Not Tested.


Organic Matters

Hemp is a bio-accumulator, therefore selecting products that are produced using organic practices is very important. We are now beginning to see the USDA organic stamp on some hemp products. And while this is a good start, the only way to be certain that your product is truly organic is to review the COA for pesticide residuals.

I always look for ND which means None Detected when I review these tests. If your CBD product manufacturer will not provide the COA to validate this or if the COA does not show a test for pesticide residuals, I recommend going with one that will.

Other areas you should look for an ND result include: Microbiols, Mycotoxins and Heavy Metals. Truly ‘pure’ and top quality CBD products will be free from all these contaminants and other potentially hazardous substances.

Key Takeaways

  • Full Spectrum products will show measurable values on at least three or four cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Broad Spectrum products will show values of THC at zero and measurable values on at least three or four cannabinoids and terpenes.
  • Isolate and most Water-soluble products will show CBD values only.

We hope this overview has been helpful. Be sure to tune in for Part 3 where we’ll explore the pros and cons of each product type and we’ll even provide basics of how to use each type for most effective results.

 

**Whether you purchase direct, online or from a dispensary, the COA should be available to you on request. If you are told is not available, my best suggestion is to find a product manufacturer/retailer that will provide this information as it is the only way to confirm 100% what is in the product you are purchasing.

What Type of CBD Is Best? – Part 1

Understanding the Classifications.

 

CBD is everywhere and the information about this beneficial compound has become increasingly overwhelming -and- confusing for many.

This week we dig into the “classifications” of the thousands of CBD products that are available today. Many manufacturers in the CBD industry have settled into using the terms Full Spectrum, Broad Spectrum, Isolate or Water-soluble to describe their products, but what do they mean to you, the consumer?

To make informed choices, consumers must:

  1. Understand the intended or traditional meaning of each classification
  2. Understand how an individual manufacturer interprets and uses each classification
  3. Ultimately decide which category is best for their unique circumstances

It is important to know that CBD products derived from the hemp plant (as defined as the Cannabis sativa L. containing less than or equal to 0.3% THC by dry weight concentration) are largely unregulated at this time.  Further, because there are no universal industry standards, any manufacturer can choose to interpret what these classifications mean, which may not necessarily match the intention or traditional definition.

These are just two reasons why accurate consumer education is so important. Having watched the evolution of the growing acceptance of CBD over the past twelve years, here’s my perspective.

Full Spectrum

Full spectrum means all compounds of the plant: cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are present and used in the formulation.

Full spectrum CBD products can be derived from industrial hemp, non-industrial hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana). If the product is derived from industrial hemp, these compounds may be present in the final product, but generally in much lower concentrations than compounds that are derived from non-industrial hemp or marijuana.

Some manufacturers use the term full spectrum to denote all parts of the plant: root, stalk, stem, leaves and buds (if applicable). The traditional use of the term Full Spectrum means that all the compounds found in the plant are present in some concentration

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum means all parts of the plant: cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are present EXCEPT for the THC. Broad spectrum CBD products can be derived from industrial hemp, non-industrial hemp or cannabis (aka marijuana). The THC is purposely removed through extraction prior to infusing the cannabis extract into the final product.

Some manufacturers are choosing to remove all the THC from their products for a number of reasons. Some believe the THC is unnecessary and a barrier to purchase for those fearful of this compound. Others are removing it to ensure they are not in violation of local laws pertaining to THC in various states or parts of the world where they wish to do business.

Isolate

Isolate refers to single compound formulations. In these products, only a single cannabinoid, such as CBD is extracted and used in the final product formulation. Some manufacturers believe that the isolate form of CBD is best. You will often see the terms pure or purest CBD to describe these products. When CBD is extracted from any cannabis plant, molecule for molecule, it is exactly the same. It is the entourage effect of the CBD working synergistically with all the other compounds that can often make it more beneficial.

Water-soluble

Water-soluble refers to a laboratory process where the CBD is isolated and then a technology referred to as nanotechnology is applied. Nanotechnology uses soundwaves that breaks down CBD clusters into micro-sized particles. You’ll see the term bioavailability intertwined with products using this technique.  While it may all sound fantastic, be aware that cannabinoids are naturally fat soluble, not water soluble. Therefore, manufacturers taking this approach are manipulating the natural state of these compounds with the promise of improved absorption.

 

What makes one type of CBD better than another?

At the end of the day, it is what works for the individual. We are all unique and it is the present state of our endocannabinoid system and how that system utilizes the compounds we take that determines the results we will yield.

When people ask me what is the best product, my answer is always, “The one that works for you”. Understanding what you are buying and how to use it are the first two keys to success.

Now that you have a base understanding of each classification, be sure to tune in for Part 2 & 3 where we’ll provide you with the information you need to validate the manufacturer claims of what is in their product and explore the pros and cons of each product type and we’ll even provide basics of how to use each type for most effective results.

Super Monday Gratitude

Sometimes there aren’t enough hours in the day and I get frustrated that I can’t get it all done. Those are the moments that I remind myself to take stop, breathe and remember. I remind myself to remember all the things I have been able to accomplish, all that I have been so very fortunate to experience and that my best work is always yet to come.

As I was going through that exercise this afternoon, I came across this picture from last Fall. A moment that I am ever so grateful for. Had I told myself I was too busy for this conference or that I couldn’t afford to go, this moment would have been missed.

With me in this photo is Dr. Raphael Mechoulam. If it wasn’t for his work, my work wouldn’t exist. They call Dr. Mechoulam the grandfather of medicinal cannabis. He was the first to characterize THC and CBD at the molecular level and his research led to the discovery of the endocannabinoid system. His tireless work since the mid 60’s has given us so much understanding of ourselves and this giving plant.

Feeling grateful to have been able to shake his hand, look him in the eye and say “thank you.”

(Oh and that man with the brilliant smile in the background is Cameron Hattan, co-founder of Fiddler’s Greens, one of my favorite cannabis companies here in California and a remarkable human being)

 

Is CBD Safe for My Dog (or Kitty)?

The short answer is an emphatic “Yes”.

Cannabis has been used therapeutically for centuries around the world. Prior to 1937, in the US, cannabis was among the top three prescribed remedies and widely used in Veterinarian medicine. There are tens of thousands of published studies on the therapeutic value of cannabinoids and the US government holds the patent on cannabinoids for their neuro-protective and anti-oxidant properties.

Even the DEA Law Judge Francis Young, in 1988 went on record stating “Cannabis is one of the safest therapeutically active substances known to man.” Sadly, as a result of prohibition, we have lost more than 80 years of information.

The good news? The negative and highly stigmatized position about plant is changing.

That said, my caveat is that not all CBD products are created equally (or safely), nor are all products exactly how they are marketed. Knowing what you are purchasing for your dog is key to safety and success, and that’s where we come in.

TIP: Following our rigorous (and snobbish) product selection process, we recommend only a handful of brands, but can help you evaluate any product you are interested in purchasing.

 

Looking for personalized guidance for your dog (or kitty)?
Schedule a Pet Consult today.

 

Share the Love

February is a month of love. What better way to show your love to a family member or a friend by referring them to One Minute Cannabist so that they too may benefit from our 12 years in helping pets and their humans achieve maximum results from the use of CBD or Cannabis products.

For everyone you refer in the month of February who purchases a product or schedules a service, we’ll give you $5 off any product or service of your choice. No restrictions on how many credits you can accumulate.

Just tell your family/friends to give us your full name and use code word: “LOVE” when calling, ordering or scheduling.

Fine Print: Discounts will be applied to your account to be used against product orders or consults scheduled. May not be combined with other offers. No cash value. Offer expires February 29, 2020.

Need a CBD Refill?

We’ve made it even easier for our clients to refill CBD products from One Minute Cannabist. Simply go to our REFILLS page and complete the simple form.

Need some more guidance or want to change it up? Call us at 760-760-2020 for personal assistance.