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Frequently Asked Questions

Why Better Ways LLC?

At Better Ways LLC we have taken on the task to painstakingly analyze, assess, and collaborate with the top CBD companies and leaders in the country before our inception.  We are only willing to work with family-owned, completely organic companies that share our similar vision for the education and betterment of all willing to learn and use these products. 

 

The products we offer are the same ones that we take in our own daily regiment.  Since our caliber and expectations are the utmost highest for what we intake and the results we expect, it is the same offer and experience we wish to share with our community.  Through education, collaboration, and the daily practice of using these products, a more balanced lifestyle can be achieved.

What is the Endocannabinoid System?

The endocannabinoid system or eCs is an intricate regulatory system found within all complex animals.  The primary capacity of the endocannabinoid system is to regulate bodily functions and maintain the body’s homeostasis (intrinsic stable state).  The bodily functions governed include but are not limited to bone growth, immune response, memory, motor function, appetite, digestion, inflammation, protection of neural tissues, blood pressure, pain, and internal and external injuries. 

 

Regardless of the bodily function, the endocannabinoid system’s intention is the same throughout: to help the body achieve and maintain homeostasis.  The body’s internal mechanisms are in constant daily flux through external environmental changes. That is why having a balanced endocannabinoid system is essential if one wants to have a balanced body and lifestyle.

What is the Gut Microbiome?

There are approximately trillions of microorganisms that exist within the human gastrointestinal tract (GI tract) comprised of protozoa, fungi, bacteria, and some viruses.  The complexity of this microbiome is responsible for a number of direct and indirect functions in the body including functional digestion, helping control the immune system, controlling brain health, overall nutrition, sleep and mood, inflammation and infection in the body, and skin health just to name a few.

The management and stabilization of this critical ecosystem are imperative for one's path to balance.  Working together with brain health through natural neurochemistry and the overall body balance through the endocannabinoid system, the gut biome is another tantamount system that we must educate ourselves about and seek out natural ways to adjust our own individual levels.  It's not just what you eat for yourself and nutritional support, it's also what you intake that provides nutrition and balance for trillions of living creatures inside of you and your GI tract.

For more details and information on the Gut Biome here on some helpful articles we have found:

National Center for Biotechnology Information - The Human Gut Microbiome in Health and Disease

Abbot - Gut Health: What Is The Microbiome?

What are the Benefits of Using CBD?

The benefits of using CBD and other hemp derived products containing CBD and other cannabinoids are far-reaching.  We also understand that these benefits are unique per every individual, what works for one person may not for another.  Overall the main benefit and effect that CBD has, is balancing the endocannabinoid system. 

Since this system is in constant flux and governs major bodily functions, taking a daily CBD regiment helps stabilize the endocannabinoid system and ultimately the rest of the body as well.  That is why we welcome the community to come into our shop, meet with our staff including a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Sciences with a focus on Behavioral Pharmacology and get educated about how the endocannabinoid system works and how these CBD products can help one achieve a path to balancing the body and mind.

These are some very informative articles we have found that help elaborate a little more on the importance of daily CBD use and the variety of benefits that ongoing research uncovers.

What is the Legality of Hemp and CBD in the United States?

December 20th, 2018 was quite the watershed for the hemp industry.  The 2018 Farm Bill included an amendment, The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, making the use and sale of hemp and hemp products federally legal.  It was with this announcement that Better Ways LLC was formed with the intention to bring awareness and the highest quality CBD products from around the country here to Connecticut. 

Should I Consult My Doctor Before Using These Products?

Whether you feel confident enough with your own research or have consulted a physician we ARE NOT licensed clinicians or medical professionals in any capacity.  If you have any concerns, please contact your own medical professional or doctor.

How are Hemp and Marijuana Different?

While both plants are a part of the Cannabis genus their chemical makeup is quite different which is why hemp is non-psychoactive contrary to marijuana. 

The main chemical difference between the two is due to certain enzymes.  Cannabigerol (CBGA) is found in both plants primarily in the flower bud part of the plant.  The marijuana plant has an enzyme, which converts to CBGA into THC while the hemp plant enzyme converts CBGA in CBD (cannabidiol).  While trace amounts of THC can be found from hemp plants, only cannabis plants with less than 0.3% THC are legally classified as hemp.

What’s the Difference Between THC and CBD?

THC (marijuana) and CBD (hemp) are both under the umbrella of plant chemical compounds known as cannabinoids.  Throughout the human body, there are many different cannabinoid receptors, which delineate into CB1 and CB2 receptors.  CB1 receptors are found predominantly in the brain while CB2 receptors can be found in the lower body and immune system.

The euphoric or intoxicating effect associated with THC is due to its ability to mimic anandamideAnandamide is a mood altering substance that naturally occurs in the body and binds with CB1 receptors to create a sense of happiness.  THC is able to bind to the anandamide’s CB1 receptor even more effectively than anandamide, therefore, creating a stronger response in the form of elation or high.

CBD’s properties are quite different, causing it to weakly bind to CB1 and CB2 receptors throughout the brain and the body; stimulating and blocking them simultaneously.  Through this gentle activation of the receptors, it is believed it causes the body to create more cannabinoid receptors, a process known as upregulation in cellular processes.  CBD also causes an increase in the natural levels of anandamide. With this increase in CB receptors, the body becomes more responsive to the endocannabinoids already being produced by the body.  By taking CBD, the individual will experience an uplifted mood and improved pain tolerance without the euphoric response found in THC, or in layman’s terms, you don’t get high.

What’s the Difference Between CBD and Hemp Oil?

Hemp oil is manufactured by pressing hemp seeds to extract the natural oils found in the seeds.  This oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids and other fatty acids, but not significant amounts of cannabinoids for medicinal benefits.  The chemical component CBD is extracted from the flowering part of the hemp plant, not the seeds.  If it says hemp oil, there are no CBD benefits.

What’s the Correct Dose of CBD?

The average recommended dose of CBD is anywhere between 10-50 mg, one to three times a day.  Depending on the desired effect and treatment plan, higher doses are recommended as well.  Some individuals will experience benefits at the lower end of the dose range, but most adults will need between 15-30 mg to feel any effects.

Here at Better Ways LLC, we recommend low and slow when introducing these CBD products to your system.  Then as your body acclimates you can gradually increase the dosage to attain the desired effect of relief and balance you are looking to achieve overall.  Benefits have been reported almost immediately while some experts support that habitual, daily usage will achieve full benefits after a few weeks.  As always:  do what feels best for you, your mind, and your body.

What’s the Difference Between CBD Isolate and Full-Spectrum CBD Oil?

CBD isolate is just one of the many chemical compounds (phytocannabinoids) that can be extracted from the hemp plant.  It interacts with the body very specifically versus the effects from full or broad-spectrum CBD oils.  Let’s go over their differences.

CBD isolate is cannabidiol (CBD) in its purest form without any other of the beneficial chemical components and cannabinoids of hemp.  CBD isolate is recommended to those that are new to using CBD products or strictly want to use the isolate without any other compounds.

Full-spectrum CBD oil contains all of the beneficial components kept in the hemp plant.  This whole plant extraction is essential to get all of the ingredients from the hemp plant that facilitates the entourage effect.  The entourage effect is believed to be the most effective way that all the helpful components of the hemp plant work in unison to apply the best relief and overall desired effect.  This whole plant extraction does contain < 0.3% THC which is how the hemp is classified.  Again this amount is negligible and doesn’t result in any psychoactive effects.

Broad-spectrum CBD oil is the full-spectrum CBD however with the trace THC amount removed. Similar to CBD isolate, this is not as effective as full-spectrum CBD oil described above.

Consuming cannabis products that are comprised from full plant extraction gives the user the same medicinal benefits that the plant itself gets.  Cannabinoids, terpenes (the organic chemical shapes that give things taste and smell), and other chemical compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant functionally support the plant’s regulatory properties, provide it with potent antioxidants, and protection from harmful microbes and insects.

By having all of the chemical compounds from the cannabis plant working in unison, this entourage effect has been found to be the most effective way for all the medicinal benefits to be absorbed into the body.

If you have any other questions or concerns please stop by our shop located at 1122 Main Street Branford, CT 06405 or email us at betterwayscbd@gmail.com.

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