Monday, March 16, 2015

Dose of Nature CBD in Hempseed Oil - Product Review

About two weeks ago I received an e-mail from a representative of "Dose of Nature" a Utah-based company offering me a free sample of their product to try out and review on this blog. Though I was skeptical at first I thought "ah well just go for it and see what happens."


So what is this product, You may ask.  Well, it is hempseed oil infused with cannabidiol or CBD derived from the cannabis plant - aka Marijuana.

But what is CBD?  This is a compound found in cannabis not to be confused with the more famous and more psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. CBD  has created a buzz lately for its ability to treat some illnesses such seizures in children.  Unlike THC, CBD does not produce a "high" per se but seems to have the mellowing effect of consuming more traditional cannabis based products like smoking bud, or eating weed-infused edibles like chocolate brownies or bars or hard candies.

In this short video originally made for CNN by Dr. Sanjay Gupta the effects of CDB on the brain are explained concisely, despite the fancy graphics.




(I used this copy of the video from Vimeo instead of the original from CNN, linked above, because the CNN copy did not easily allow blog embedding)

Though there are a wide variety of CBD based products available from Dose of Nature they chose to send me the Redstrap CBD infused in hemp oil.

The recommended dose of 8 milligrams is housed in about 20 drops of the oil. The bottle (pictured above) arrived in a bubble-wrapped package in a small cardboard box. There are instructions on the bottle that say the product can be used directly or on food such as in salad dressing but should not be heated (probably as the complex CBD molecules might degrade upon heating). The oil has a distinct taste including a tang, grassy flavor. It immediately soothed my tongue, and after a few seconds I tasted more complexity, earthy notes with hints of hops (lupulin) and hay. The color of the oil looks like it was infused with fresh-cut grass.  After 20 minutes I started to feel calm and focused without any of the paranoia of other cannabis products that contain THC.  On the other hand I did not feel any of the euphoric
feelings associated with THC. There was no "high." As a healthy person with no major medical problems I could see using this product much like other herbal supplements or teas. If I were having trouble sleeping I would try this product to quiet my mind before sleep.

Overall, I had a positive experience with the Redstrap CBD in Hemp Oil with no apparent side effects. As a scientist I have to say I am a sample size of one and I can not parse out weather or not the effects I felt were due to the placebo effect or not.  However, If this product continues to be generated in accordance with all federal and state laws I see no reason not to allow its use everywhere especially if it can help people with neurological disorders especially childhood epilepsy.  I would like to thank Dose of Nature for finding me and sending me this sample in exchange for reviewing their product on my blog.



Saturday, February 21, 2015

Chromatophores on Display

This amazing footage of a caribbean octopus quickly changing its color to match its background was captured by Roger T. Hanlon of the Marine Biological Laboratory at Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Dr. Hanlon is a professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at Brown Univeristy in Rhode Island.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Swedish "Genital Song" goes viral, makes it past You Tube censors

Today I woke up to a dancing cartoon penis and vagina singing to me how awesome and elegant genitals are (even on old ladies). The song and accompanying video were written for a Swedish Children's program. Though the video is "graphic" it has so far made it past the you tube censors. Well here is one way to celebrate freedom of expression through cartoons in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris... Thanks to my friend Mindy Weisberger for originally sharing this video.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Free Community College in the US?

On Thursday January 8th President Obama announced a proposal to make the first two years of community college free for anyone who is willing to work for it. This plan is marvelous for so many reasons. It will serve to further diversify the workforce, make for a more informed electorate, and drive the economy. Here's hoping for the follow-through.