5 Tips for Storing Your CBD Oil

MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil is a premium, pure product. When stored properly, you can expect high-quality CBD oil to retain its potency for up to two years. MARK3 CBD Oil is 100% organic, which means you do not have to worry about ingesting pesticides or other harmful chemicals. However, this also means there are no preservatives present to extend the shelf life artificially.

MARK3 CBD oil has a shelf life of two years. 

Here are five tips to maximize the shelf life of your CBD oil.

1. Darkness is Good for CBD

Light can break down many chemical compounds including cannabinoids. Furthermore, light can alter the taste of edible products. This is one reason why most beer bottles are amber. Likewise, you’ll notice that your MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil bottles are also amber colored in order to shield light from the contents.

You can help extend the life of your CBD oil by keeping the bottles in a dark environment. You should avoid storing the bottles near sunlight, such as on a windowsill. A closed pantry or cupboard is an ideal location for both temperature regulation and minimizing exposure to light.

2. Heat is Bad for CBD

Like light, heat can also break down molecules. Avoid letting your CBD oil get hot by storing it in a climate-controlled area. You need to ensure that your bottles are not near a stove, oven, or any other appliance that generates heat.

If you carry your CBD oil in your vehicle, don’t leave it inside. We all know how hot the interior of cars can become, especially during the summer. MARK3 is currently developing a leak-proof container for your CBD tincture, so you can take your CBD oil everywhere you go.

3. Avoid Freezing CBD

The cold will not degrade your CBD oil like light or heat. In fact, some people freeze their CBD oil for long-term storage, but this is a bad idea for one simple reason: thawing. If you freeze your CBD oil, you may have trouble with thawing. Once frozen, it can be difficult to restore CBD oil to a uniform consistency. You may be left with a slushy mess instead of a smooth, easy-to-consume oil.

4. Avoid Refrigerating CBD

Your fridge may seem like a perfect place to keep your CBD Oil. After all, it is usually dark and certainly not too warm. However, storing CBD oil in a near-freezing environment can cause it to thicken, making it difficult to dispense from the dropper. Additionally, low temperatures may change the taste of your oil or make it cloudy.

5. Limit CBD Exposure to Air

Just as with light and heat, exposure to air can degrade CBD oil quality. To avoid this problem, simply keep your MARK3 CBD Oil in its original bottle and be sure to tighten the cap snugly when not in use. If you must transfer your oil to a new container, make certain the container is airtight, securely sealed, and protected from light.

FDA Approves CBD Oil for Seizures

New Therapy for Patients Who Suffer from Debilitating Seizures

Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome are two extremely severe forms of epilepsy that both typically appear in early childhood. Dravet syndrome is also called severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI) and affects roughly one in 20,000 children. It is a disorder of the autonomic nervous system – the body’s processes that are not consciously controlled, like body temperature. Dravet syndrome is often accompanied by other problems such as delayed speech, learning difficulties, orthopedic issues, and chronic infections.

Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS) is even rarer, affecting 0.2 in 100,000 children. Like Dravet syndrome, LGS is associated with developmental delays. The seizures caused by LGS are catastrophically severe and debilitating. Until recently, LGS was resistant to all known anti-seizure medications.

CBD as a New Drug for Epilepsy

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved a new drug called Epidiolex for the treatment of these conditions. In essence, Epidiolex is nothing more than highly purified cannabidiol (CBD) oil.

Scientists have long suspected that CBD oil can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in some cases of epilepsy. However, legal roadblocks have prevented research from progressing. For example, the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is known as a leading medical research institution in the United States. But due to legal restrictions in Alabama, researchers at UAB were not permitted to begin investigations into the health benefits of CBD until 2016.

The situation was so dire that families of children with seizure disorders in Alabama were moving out of state to seek legal CBD treatment. Thankfully, with the approval of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD oil is now legal in every state, allowing patients to seek the treatment they need.

The fact that CBD oil was ever illegal in the first place is confounding to many. Some forms of CBD oil, such as MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil – a purified and organic product – contain no THC at all. THC is a cannabinoid compound that produces a psychoactive effect in users, causing a “high.” CBD and the other cannabinoids found in MARK3 CBD Oil have no such psychoactive impact.

CBD oil has been proven to have anti-anxiety benefits without psychoactive effects. Millions of people use CBD oil successfully to help with sleep, relieve anxiety, and even lessen the effects of depression.

FDA Approval of CBD Products

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has notoriously high standards for approval of new drugs. Approval will not be granted until the drug has been demonstrated to be effective in humans and safe under most conditions. In the case of seizures, CBD oil has now passed these hurdles successfully.

Promising Research Shows CBD Mitigates Breast Cancer Migration

Breast cancer is the second most common type of cancer among American women, and over 250,000 new cases are diagnosed each year in the United States alone.

Limiting the Spread of Cancer Cells with CBD

Discoveries that can prevent the spread of breast cancer are welcome news. In recent years, researchers have been studying the effects of cannabidiol (CBD) on breast cancer. As far back as 2006, scientists were publishing studies on the anti-tumor and anti-proliferative (stopping the spread of cancer) effects of CBD and other cannabinoids.

Until now, research efforts, especially in the United States, have been hampered by the legal status of CBD. The 2018 Farm Bill signed last December should change that. The bill made CBD oil legal at the federal level, permitting its shipment to all 50 states. Now, scientists will have much better access to CBD to continue their research and advance their studies.

What We Know About CBD and Cancer

As this study in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics explains, a gene called ID-1 often regulates breast cancer aggressiveness. CBD is the first non-toxic substance discovered that can inhibit ID-1 expression, effectively making breast cancer less likely to spread.

Based on this research, CBD has not demonstrated any negative side effects and is non-toxic, making it a type of “holy grail” for cancer therapy.

There is far more evidence for CBD’s potential cancer benefit than this single study. This article from The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics conveys the promising results from not only CBD but also associated cannabinoids found in MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil.

The Current State of CBD and Cancer Research

Studies to date have been conducted in cell cultures (in vitro) or in laboratory mice (in vivo). These are the first steps in medical research, and the anti-cancer effects of CBD have not yet been proven in human trials.

However, the relaxing of anti-CBD regulations will likely lead to an explosion in research and proven beneficial effects in humans. For now, you can certainly try CBD oil supplementation for your situation with the approval of your physician.

Further Reading about the effect of CBD on cancer:

Why Some CBD Products Are Ineffective

There are several key factors in an effective CBD product

A modest-sized cup of coffee at a coffee shop could cost you around $5. Now, go to a mom-and-pop store in an expensive market, and you may be paying $7 for a cup of Joe. At other coffee chains, the price just goes up from there. But there is also a single cup of coffee available for $17 in places like San Francisco. Why? The answer is a single dropperful of cannabidiol (CBD) oil. 

These days, you can find CBD in almost everything: coffee, gummy candy, chocolate, and sprays. Many of these products are made by reputable companies, and the CBD is of high quality and effective. Unfortunately, some products lack essential ingredients and are no more beneficial than snake oil.

Proven Effects of CBD

Let’s be clear. When administered correctly, CBD oil has definite, proven benefits. Research and evidence show that CBD oil can help alleviate sleep difficulties, seizures, anxiety, inflammation, joint pain, and a host of other ailments. Studies in laboratories have also shown that CBD exhibits potential as a treatment for breast cancer and colon issues. CBD is certainly not snake oil, but you need the right type of CBD in the right dose to fully experience its benefits. 

Full-Spectrum CBD Oil

The first thing you should look for is full-spectrum CBD oil. This term simply means that the oil contains an entire range of cannabinoid compounds in addition to cannabidiol. Sure, CBD is great, but many studies have demonstrated that a variety of cannabinoids together are more beneficial than CBD alone.

Your condition may respond better to one of CBD’s cousins rather than CBD itself, which includes these compounds:

  • Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)
  • Cannabinol (CBN)
  • Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • Cannabichromenic acid (CBCA)

MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil contains all of these cannabinoids for maximum health benefits.

CBD Concentration

Dosing is another important factor. A few drops of CBD oil every week is probably not going to help anyone, as is the case in the coffee example above. Many conditions require at least a dropperful every day, sometimes even two dropperfuls.

Some CBD products are not concentrated. For instance, certain CBD-infused lotions and balms on the market contain only about 150mg of CBD. This is a very low dose. If you rub these on your skin to relieve pain or joint inflammation, you are probably not absorbing the entire dose transdermally. So what are you paying for?

The same is true of CBD oil. If your CBD oil is diluted, you are not only missing out on the benefits, but you are also getting ripped off. It’s like paying $10 for a box of five pens or $10 for a box of 50 pens. Which is the better value? MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil is powerful and effective, containing 1,000mg of cannabinoids in each bottle, so you can be assured of receiving excellent value in every drop.

Pure CBD Oil Does Not Contain THC

The final factor you need to consider is the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in your CBD oil. While CBD is legal in every state, the same is not true of THC. THC is the psychoactive compound found in marijuana. MARK3 CBD Oil will not cause a “high.” Instead, you are getting exactly what you are paying for: the beneficial healing effects of CBD and other cannabinoids.

FTC Judge Finds Evidence Large Dental Manufacturers Conspired to Block Dental Buying Groups

Healthy competition is a cornerstone of the American economy. While price is largely a result of supply and demand, everyone should be able to come to the playing field and compete in a free market. Market forces should determine who is competitive and successful and who fails due to poor quality or inflated price tags. But when big businesses collude together to fix prices artificially or block smaller competitors, it is the consumer who suffers. This concept is true for any product, including dental supplies.

A Federal Trade Commission (FTC) administrative judge recently found compelling evidence that three large dental manufacturers/suppliers – Benco, Schein, and Patterson – conspired to prevent dental buying groups from accessing legitimate discounting and discouraged them from offering competing products to their customers. Also known as group purchasing organizations (GPOs) or buying clubs, buying groups are composed of independent dental practitioners who collectively negotiate savings on dental supplies. These groups provide small “mom and pop” dentists with the same discount opportunities that large group practices or corporate dental groups enjoy.

The big three companies mentioned above feared the effect this group buying power could have on their profits. Instead of competing honestly for buying groups’ business, Benco, Schein, and Patterson agreed to shut out these buying groups. In other words, they conspired to withhold discounts from buying groups and even collectively refused to negotiate with these groups.

The directive to “blacklist” buying groups came from the highest levels of these powerful companies, and the FTC judge found that they likely violated the antitrust provisions of the Sherman Act. The executives’ actions were egregious, and the evidence was overwhelming. For example, here is an excerpt of an email that Chuck Cohen, the managing director at Benco, sent to other Benco officials when he heard that Patterson was considering offering discounts to the New Mexico Dental Cooperative buying group:

“We don’t recognize buying groups… I’ll reach out to my counterpart at Patterson to let him know what’s going on…”

Cohen sent an email to Paul Guggenheim, the president of Patterson, and Guggenheim responded:

“Thanks for the heads up. I’ll investigate the situation. We feel the same way about these.”

Guggenheim then ordered his vice president of sales to pull out of the New Mexico partnership. These are just small examples of the conspiracy. The emails and phone calls went on and on, with Schein taking part as well. The three companies canceled appearances at buying group trade shows and continued to encourage each other not to work with buying groups.

Fortunately, this unethical and illegal conduct has not gone unanswered. The FTC has denied a motion put forth by Patterson for summary dismissal of the charges, and the case will go to trial.

Although it seems like the big companies will use every dirty trick to stifle competition and keep prices artificially high, some businesses still work for the little guys. While huge outfits like the three companies in the FTC action are beholden to their shareholders and ultra-wealthy executives, Noble Dental Supplies works for the benefit of our customers – no matter how small or large.

We have been in the dental supply industry for 40 years and remain dedicated to providing high-quality products at significantly discounted prices. We built our reputation on personal relationships, and we will never compromise on quality or dependable service.

New Farm Bill Makes CBD legal in the entire country

Hemp and hemp-derived products now legal in all 50 states

Late last year, on December 20, 2018, President Trump signed the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 into law. Better known as the Farm Bill, this piece of legislation includes descheduling of certain cannabis products from the controlled substances list.

For almost 40 years, marijuana, cannabis, and related products have been listed as Schedule I drugs. This classification is one of the strictest implemented by the federal government. The United States government considers Schedule I drugs to have no known medical benefits and high potential for abuse.

Today, most Americans and a clear majority of the experts believe that cannabis products are misclassified as Schedule I and that the classification is nothing more than a result of the “reefer madness” scare from the late 1960s and early 1970s. 

A Huge Step in the Right Direction

With the recent farm bill, the government is admitting that cannabis and hemp have no known potential for abuse. Although the Drug Enforcement Agency has had a policy of not pursuing cannabidiol (CBD) products in the federal jurisdiction, the new farm bill makes it official. CBD oil and other products are effectively legal throughout the United States.

This shift in policy makes perfect sense, especially when you consider that some brands of CBD oil - like MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil - contain no THC, the psychoactive substance in marijuana. Simply put, MARK3 CBD Oil cannot get you "high". The pure cannabinoids in MARK3 CBD have many proven benefits, including pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, seizure control, anxiety relief, and as sleep aides. Researchers have seen even more uses on the horizon, like cancer-fighting ability. 

What Does Legal CBD Mean for You?

Dozens of states have already begun decriminalizing marijuana, and many more have allowed CBD products to be sold to the general public. Now we can ship MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil to all 50 states, helping people in need across America.

For now, marijuana is still illegal at the federal level, although the DEA is showing little interest in enforcing these outdated laws among individual patients. Hopefully, official decriminalization will arrive soon. But the farm bill puts CBD products like MARK3 CBD Oil fully in the legal column, meaning you can now benefit from this non-addictive, organic product no matter where you live. Start living pain-free, anxiety-free, and sleeping better.

One Guy’s Experience with CBD Oil

I write medical articles for a living, but this is probably the only time I’ve written a piece in the first person. I’m doing so to share my story with you. Let me begin by saying that, although I am not a doctor, I’ve worked in the medical field my entire adult life. While I certainly realize that anecdotes are no substitute for clinical evidence or the gold standard of double-blind, placebo-controlled, peer-reviewed studies, I hope that my tale will be of some benefit to you, especially if you are considering trying CBD oil for yourself.

A Bit of Background

I’m 39 years old and in generally good health. However, I have suffered from sleep problems for over a decade now. It’s not that I cannot fall asleep. I have no issues there. Instead, I can only sleep for four hours at the most.

Like most people, I need about eight hours of sleep per 24-hour period to function well. Being limited to four hours at a time means that I tire quickly. I can work or play for about eight hours and then I need another sleep period. Frankly, it’s a lousy cycle, and I thought I had tried everything.

New pillow? Check. Temperature adjustment in my bedroom? Yep. I’ve consulted with a sleep specialist and undergone a sleep study. The results were “inconclusive.” I tried a CPAP machine with little benefit. Melatonin did help some, but the effects lasted less than a month. Doctors have recommended sedative medications, but these drugs can be habit-forming and make me lethargic when awake. No thanks.

Trying CBD Oil

Initially, I was not too enthusiastic about cannabidiol (CBD) oil. It’s not that I was afraid of side effects. I read medical literature on a daily basis, and I knew that CBD had no reported negative side effects. Rather, CBD oil simply sounded too good to be true. Anxiety relief, better sleep, even help with PTSD and seizures? I smelled snake oil.

But I figured I had little to lose. Upon first receiving my bottle of MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, I read the instructions. A few hours before bedtime, I took one dropperful and washed it down with a glass of water. That night, I slept like a baby for eight hours.

Total bunk, right? Well, I guess the first night was only a placebo effect because night two and three saw me back to my usual four hours of sleep. Night four was different, however. After four days of taking MARK3 CBD Oil, I found sustained sleep again – and have enjoyed a full night’s sleep ever since with no negative effects.

I’m very fortunate that I don’t suffer from anxiety, depression, arthritis, chronic pain, or many of the other conditions that CBD oil can alleviate. As for my sleep, I truly thought I’d have to endure that frustrating cycle my entire life. Now, I can sleep when I want and enjoy true rest.

I would urge you to give MARK3 CBD Oil a try, even if you’re skeptical. Just like me, you will likely find the relief you seek.

CBD Industry Sees Massive, Sustained Growth

CBD expansion and availability due to health benefits and changing laws

The recent big news for cannabidiol (CBD) products is the signing into law of the 2018 farm bill. This legislation legalized CBD and other hemp products at the federal level, allowing MARK3 CBD Oil to be shipped legally to every state. While this is incredibly good news and will certainly drive the CBD market even higher, the fact is that the CBD industry was already doing quite well.

Attitudes toward hemp-derived products and even marijuana have changed dramatically across the United States in recent years. Quality research and unbiased reporting have informed the public of the many health benefits of CBD oil and the fact that many CBD oils, like MARK3 Full-Spectrum CBD Oil, contain no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the molecule in marijuana that causes a psychoactive “high.” MARK3 CBD Oil, on the other hand, only contains other cannabinoids like CBD, which can provide health benefits ranging from arthritis relief to better sleep and control of epilepsy.

As the public has become better educated the benefit of the cannabis plant, many states have relaxed their laws regarding marijuana, hemp, and CBD products. Of course, several states have completely legalized marijuana. Other jurisdictions have at least allowed the sale of CBD products that contain no THC. These changes, along with the outstanding health benefits mentioned above, have made the CBD industry robust. The new farm bill and federal legalization will only grow the industry even further.

What is the Current Status of CBD Sales?

As reported by Market Watch, the CBD industry nearly doubled in size between 2017 and 2018. And this was before the 2018 farm bill. During 2018, experts estimate that CBD sales reached just over half a billion dollars. If this trend had continued, CBD sales should have been at approximately $1.8 billion by 2022. That’s impressive enough, but the signing of the farm bill means that projection is no longer valid. Sales of CBD are now anticipated to grow even more.

What Does the Future Hold for CBD Products?

Revised estimates for CBD sales are astronomical, and the experts all agree on the massive growth now that the farm bill is law. In fact, CBD is projected to dominate the cannabis market completely within just five years. Conservative estimates place CBD revenue at $2.1 billion by 2022, and that is just in the American market. The experts at The Street agree. This number will likely be ten times higher globally, as detailed in a Rolling Stone report.

Cannabidiol (CBD) Research

The numbers above also take into account future CBD research. Some effects of CBD are well-established, like anti-inflammatory benefits, better sleep, and pain relief. However, there is nascent research into a plethora of further uses, such as anti-tumor actions. The new farm bill is widely expected to help drive further research into CBD and related cannabinoids. As new benefits are inevitably discovered and published, CBD sales will continue to grow, and this new horizon in healthcare will continue to flourish.

Many pundits are also predicting that the DEA will reclassify marijuana in the coming months from its current status as a highly-restricted, schedule I drug. Of course, if this happens, it will make even more research available and increase the knowledge base. The future of CBD is truly looking bright.

CBD Oil May Help with Cancer-Related Weight Loss

Everyone knows that cancer is often a horrible disease, but excessive weight loss is often one of the overlooked symptoms of a cancer diagnosis and a side effect of many cancer treatments. Cancer patients need to maintain their strength, which can be incredibly difficult when battling the disease. In fact, up to 90% of people with late-stage cancer suffer from some degree of anorexia or cachexia.

The term “anorexia” here is not the same as anorexia nervosa, the well-known eating disorder. Instead, it refers to reduced nutrition intake due to a loss of appetite or nausea. Cachexia means wasting or becoming underweight due to illness.

There are multiple causes of anorexia among cancer patients including:

1.     Little to no appetite due to the cancer itself or from treatments like radiation and chemotherapy

2.     An inability to keep food down from nausea and vomiting, usually resulting from cancer therapies

3.     Problems swallowing, especially with gastrointestinal tract cancers

CBD As An Appetite Stimulant

The standard of care for cachexia in cancer patients is to concentrate nutrition, usually through liquid supplements or shakes. Sometimes, oncologists opt for what is called parenteral nutrition, such as through a feeding tube.

Of course, none of this really helps with appetite. However, new therapeutic ground is being broken as cannabidiol (CBD) oil has been shown to reduce nausea and stimulate appetite. Research is still in the early stages, but – because CBD oil has no identified negative side effects – CBD products can be worth a trying for patients suffering from weight loss due to cancer or other illnesses.

In summary, more investigation is needed into CBD’s effects in mitigating cancer-related anorexia and cachexia. Hopefully, these studies will be forthcoming soon. In the meantime, you should decide for yourself, and in consultation with your physician, if a trial of MARK3 CBD Oil is right for your situation.

Potential Benefits of CBD Oil

Appetite stimulation is crucial in cases of cancer-related anorexia and cachexia, since oral intake of nutrients is optimal. But nausea, pain, and anxiety from cancer and cancer treatment can make oral ingestion untenable, leading to feeding tubes and intravenous (IV) nutrient delivery. In turn, reliance on these feeding methods increases anxiety for both patients and their families.

Not only does CBD oil supplementation potentially increase appetite, but it also has an anxiety-relieving effect. These benefits can be amazingly effective for cancer patients suffering from appetite loss or anorexia. Furthermore, MARK3 CBD Oil is purified and organic – important features for patients with weakened immune systems.

Finally, there is no evidence that CBD oil use is associated with overeating. Overindulgence in food is typically not a concern for cancer patients, but no side effects of appetite overstimulation have been reported in conjunction with CBD oil.

CBD Products Can Reduce Colon Inflammation

CBD for intestinal discomfortMillions of Americans suffer from colon inflammation. Perhaps you or someone you know copes with diverticulitis, inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBS), colitis, or other intestinal disorder. A singular cause for the widespread incidence of such health problems has yet to be identified by the medical community. Diet and eating habits are likely contributing factors. In any case, what is certain is that people who suffer from colon inflammation or intestinal discomfort often have difficulty finding the relief they seek. 

In addition to chronic, often severe pain, symptoms of colon inflammation include the following:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bowel irregularity
  • Cramping
  • Bloating
  • Gas

While there are pharmaceutical drugs available to treat such symptoms, many of these medications trigger negative side effects or are potentially addictive. For example, taking anti-inflammatory medications can irritate your stomach. This is hardly something you want to face if you are experiencing bowel difficulties.

Biologics are a new class of drugs that many patients use for IBS and other colon problems. These drugs can be effective, but they are usually injected. Additionally, biologics can greatly weaken your immune system, leaving you open to dangerous infections.

Even when the root cause of the malady is treated, as in the case of bacterial infection, the problem often returns. Doctors may prescribe antibiotics for certain colon infections, like in the case of C. difficile bacterial overgrowth. However, these antibiotics can kill off helpful bacteria as well as the harmful pathogens, leading to more diarrhea and cramping. Also, there is nothing preventing the pathogen overgrowth from returning once you finish the course of antibiotics.

CBD Research Studies

There is evidence that cannabidiol (CBD), which is derived from the hemp plant, has significant anti-inflammatory effects on the human colon. Additional studies will be conducted, but researchers have already confirmed that the healing properties of CBD are effective in cases of both acute and chronic cases of colon inflammation.

What Does CDB Therapy Mean For People With Intestinal Inflammation Or Disorders?

In short, people with colon problems have a new weapon in their fight for better quality of life – a therapy that is not habit-forming and exhibits virtually no negative side effects. With MARK3 CBD Oil, you can be confident that your cannabidiol product is 100% organic, so there’s no need to worry about pesticides or other potentially harmful substances that could further inflame your gut.

Chronic colon inflammation is also thought to increase the likelihood of colon cancer. Furthermore, even when chronic colon inflammation does not lead to cancer, long-term inflammation can degrade the colon to the point that symptoms become severe and constant. Therefore any supplement, including CBD oil, that reduces inflammation without stomach irritation or other side effects is a valuable therapy for those who suffer from intestinal discomfort.

Reduced inflammation leads directly to fewer symptoms: fewer episodes of diarrhea, excessive gas, belly cramping, and abdominal pain. Try MARK3 CBD Oil for your colon symptoms and get on a path to better intestinal health and a better quality of life!