You may have already seen CNN’s three part series, Weed, in which Dr. Sanjay Gupta apologizes for dismissing medical marijuana and illustrates its successes. Gupta is an assistant professor of neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine, associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Gray Memorial Hospital and CNN’s chief medical correspondent.
I’ve been interested in Cannabidiol (CBD) oils since I first heard of their use in helping children with Dravet’s Syndrome and I wrote about them in my posts, “What is CBD Oil” and “Medical Marijuana.” I know parents and others who are looking for something to help a child or loved one with an intractable condition.
But, how does one know if CBD oils are an option? What oils can be trusted? What is the right dosage amount? The answers to these and other questions about CBD oils are not easily available so I’ve created a criteria for evaluating CBD Oils to help in their selection.
CRITERIA FOR EVALUATING CBD OILS
The first one I am evaluating is Dose of Nature’s Redstrap CBD Oil in Hemp Oil; I was recently sent a review sample of this product and have just begun using it.
NAME OF PRODUCT
Redstrap CBD Oil in Hemp Oil.
NAME OF MANUFACTURER
Dose of Nature is a company committed to the Triple Bottom Line (People, Planet, Profit). According to their website, “If a business isn’t working toward improving all three bottom lines together, then it is not sustainable long term for humanity, and ends up being a parasite to the world.”
Their product focus is:
- Low-dose oral consumption
- Water soluble
- Rapid bio-availabilty at cellular level
- Advanced cellular hydration
Dose of Nature achieves increased bio-availabiltiy and improved cellular hydration through the use of nano technology; nano sizing speeds nutrient uptake and absorption. According to CEO, Richard Richardson, Dose of Nature has been using nano technology in other products for nearly a decade and has seen no safety issues. Richardson believes nano sizing is appropriate for products we ingest because the body is a natural nano-sizing machine and normally breaks down what it ingests into nano size particles before digestion.
WHAT IS THE PERCENTAGE OF CBD IN THE PRODUCT?
65 to 80%.
This is the highest percentage of CBD among legal hemp extract products. Other companies advertise the following percentages of CBD in their products:
WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THE CARRIER OIL?
Each of the four base oils—apricot kernel oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, and olive oil—are 100% organic, extra-virgin, cold-pressed oils sourced from JD Edwards in Massachusetts.
HOW IS THE OIL EXTRACTED?
The oil is extracted from the leaves of the industrial hemp plant using super critical CO2 extraction, the extraction process commonly used in the industry and one that results in a sticky paste. Dose of Nature runs this paste through a de-waxing process that removes resins, and other constituents—removing the waxes from the paste increases the bioavailability of the CBD. The result is a clean product that is deep red, viscous and looks like blackstrap molasses. This molasses like substance is next dissolved into one of the carrier oils.
HOW IS THE HEMP GROWN?
All of the hemp products at Dose of Nature are grown from Certified EU Strains of non-GMO Hemp, and grown to strict organic standards in France, Spain, Germany, and Czech Republic.
ARE PESTICIDES USE TO GROW THE HEMP?
The hemp products are tested to ensure that they are pesticide and herbicide free.
HOW IS THE CBD DELIVERED?
IS ANYTHING ADDED TO THE PRODUCT?
Vitamin E is added to prevent oxidization.
WHAT IS THE COST?
$79.95 for one fluid ounce
WHAT IS THE DOSE?
20 drops, or 1 milliliter, or 1 dropperful once or twice a day.
It is absorbed best if taken alone without food, but it can also be mixed in a smoothie or a salad dressing or squirted inside a cherry tomato.
WHAT IS THE COST PER DOSE?
At 30 doses per bottle, each dose costs $2.67.
WHAT CONDITIONS IS IT USED FOR?
This product is not evaluated by the FDA and thus can make no claims as a treatment for disease. However, US Government Patent #6,630,507 says that “Cannabinoids have been found to have antioxidant properties,” which makes them useful in age-related, inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. “The cannabinoids are found to have particular application as neuroprotectants,”…following stroke, and trauma, or in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases.
According to Richardson, CBD has anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and pain relief benefits. The bioavailability of Redstrap is especially helpful for people with sensitive GI tract and some customers have reported success with ADHD and autism. However, Jennifer May, co-founder of Hope 4 Children With Epilepsy, doubts that the legal hemp extract products have enough CBD or are affordable enough for children with severe seizures.
Before proceeding, Richardson recommends that customers get advice about dosing and on choosing the most appropriate product. Call 801-607-5096 with your questions. And, as their label says, contact a healthcare practitioner if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or want to give this product to a child.
HOW LONG BEFORE YOU NOTICE AN EFFECT?
While some may feel an effect quickly, the company recommends allowing two to three weeks to evaluate the effect of CBD on your condition.
WHAT ARE THE SAFETY CLAIMS FOR THIS PRODUCT?
The FDA currently considers non-THC hemp based cannabinoids, including CBD, to be “food based” and therefore “sale-able.” They are considered to be nutritional supplements rather than pharmaceutical treatments. However, the FDA has not evaluated the safety of this product.
WHAT ARE THE CLAIMS OF EFFECTIVENESS
No claims can be made.
ARE CLAIMS BACKED UP BY COMPANY OR THIRD PARTY RESEARCH?
Company research is in process. Extensive third party research has been done on the effectiveness of cannabinoids, but none on the Dose of Nature CBD products at this time.
FOR MOPE INFORMATION
Dose of Nature
97 Mountain Way Drive
Orem, UT 84058
Tel: +1 801-607-5096
Peggy O’Mara is the editor and publisher of peggyomara.com. She was the editor and publisher of Mothering magazine from 1980 to 2011 and the editor-in-chief of Mothering.com from 1995 to 2012.. The author of Having a Baby Naturally; Natural Family Living; The Way Back Home; and A Quiet Place, Peggy has conducted workshops at Omega Institute, Esalen, La Leche League, and Bioneers. She is the mother of four and grandmother of three.