Using CBD products at work to manage and treat painful conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, back pain, repetitive stress injury should be as simple as taking ibuprofen, but due to a number of factors that we will discuss in this article, it can be a little more complicated than that. We’re here to break down some of the common misconceptions and complications that are associated with using CBD in the workplace, and give you a few helpful tips to help you achieve a healthy Work/(Nibanna) Life Balance.

Many of the chronic conditions that we live with each day can be traced back, at least in part, to our jobs. Whether your muscles and joints ache from putting in long hours on a construction site, or your wrists throb and your head hurts from typing and staring at a computer screen all day, you can find relief with the correct dosage of CBD. Unfortunately, since CBD/hemp are so closely related in many peoples’ minds to THC/marijuana, there is a stigma attached that may make them hesitant to use CBD while on the job. Some users are self conscious about the vaguely marijuana-like odor of some brands of oils and tinctures. If this sounds like you, we recommend using oils and tinctures at home, but switching to capsules at work. Other customers are worried that CBD products will cause them to fail drug tests. While this is a slight possibility for users of full spectrum CBD products which contain THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, it is practically impossible when using CBD isolate products, which contain only CBD. <Link>

One major benefit that isn’t as widely reported as it should be is that the feeling of relaxation and alleviation of stress that CBD helps to promote can actually be a fantastic creativity booster for those who work in industries that require a lot of creative thinking. This is especially true for full spectrum CBD products, which contain minute amounts of THC and terpenes that give marijuana its intoxicating effects. Although they don’t contain enough THC to make you feel “high”, many users of full spectrum CBD products do report a feeling of mellow creativity, where ideas come more easily and thoughts flow more freely, making them better able to translate some of their most creative impulses into tangible results in the form of design, literature and art. <Link>

No matter which type of CBD product you decide to use, we highly recommend consulting your HR department at work to make sure that you aren’t doing something that is against company policy. No matter how undetectable or covert you are when using CBD in the workplace, if it is against company policy, then you’re taking a big risk. If you ask first and are told that it’s against company policy, you can always try to calmly and rationally explain that CBD is a legal, non-intoxicating supplement that you use to alleviate work related conditions. You may just end up being the pioneer who helps to spark change in your workplace, opening the door for you and your fellow employees to use CBD to treat common workplace issues and enhance productivity.

As CBD products gain popularity (a recent Consumer Reports study estimated that 64 million Americans have tried CBD products), there has been an explosion in the number of products and brands available in the retail space. Unfortunately, this has made finding quality products from reputable companies very difficult for the average consumer. Without the proper research and knowledge, you could end up with a product that contains little to no actual CBD, or that contains contaminates and other substances that could potentially harm you.

As with many products that fall under the broad category of supplements, quality control and product testing standards can vary greatly from company to company. This is because, unlike food, pharmaceutical and many other industries, the supplement industry is loosely regulated at best. In fact, several independent studies have shown that products labeled as containing CBD often contain vastly different ingredients than their labels suggest. A recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association found that nearly two thirds of the CBD products that they tested were mislabeled, some containing more CBD than listed, but many containing less or even none at all. Even worse, toxicologists have found traces of pesticides, heavy metals, bacteria, and other dangerous compounds in cheaply manufactured, low quality CBD products. This contamination can occur when the hemp that is used to make these products is grown in bad soil, or has certain types of pesticides applied that linger after harvesting and refinement. Fun fact: many of the aromatic terpenes that are present in the hemp plant actually work as a natural repellent to a wide variety of crop destroying agricultural pests.

You’re probably already beginning to see these low quality CBD products beside the register of shady truck stops and gas stations, probably in brightly colored packaging designed to appeal to teens and young adults. They may be cheaper than the reputable products that you see on our shelves, or they may be priced about the same, bought cheaply by store owners and sold for a large profit. They may actually contain what they claim, but they probably don’t. Whatever the case, you’re playing a game of CBD Russian Roulette with your health if you buy them, with a good possibility that you’re hurting your body instead of helping it. As much as we hate for it to seem like we’re trying to use scare tactics to keep our customers from buying from a competitor, we felt that this is important information that everyone should be aware of before making a decision that will affect their health.

Here at Nibanna Life, we offer only the highest quality CBD products from the most trusted brands that we have personally tested ourselves, after extensive product research. In fact, many of the brands that we carry even offer lab certified test results that show the CBD and THC content of each individual batch of product that they produce. Contact us or stop in to learn more about our trusted brands and inquire about the certified lab results that they provide.

Here at Nibanna Life, we offer a wide range of CBD products, from oils and tinctures to CBD gummies and topical creams, but we think that one of the most misunderstood methods of use, smoking the actual hemp flower itself, suffers from an unfair stigma, mainly because of its perceived similarity to another leafy green product that doesn’t enjoy the same legal status. In fact, since hemp flower is nearly identical to full THC cannabis in both looks and smell, some people are reluctant to try it, for fear of misunderstanding and judgement by friends, family, neighbors or police. We’ve decided to dedicate a full blog article to help our customers enjoy this natural and relaxing method of enjoying CBD hemp flower while avoiding the stigma that some people still have about cannabis products.

Communication is Key (with Friends and Family):

You’re not doing anything wrong or illegal by smoking hemp flower, so why would you need to hide it from your friends and family? Being open and direct about what CBD is and how it helps you will frame the conversation in a positive light and help people understand that smoking hemp flower has therapeutic benefits that improve your life without the feeling of intoxication that comes with full THC cannabis. There are plenty of great opportunities to do this in everyday conversation, like when a relative mentions a painful chronic condition that they are experiencing, or a friend notices that you’ve been in a better mood lately. You can easily use these moments to casually turn the conversation to the benefits of CBD and hemp flower, and maybe even introduce them to something that will help them in their own lives. We have plenty of educational materials on our site from Project CBD to help you learn and share information about the benefits of CBD.

Avoid Smoking in Public Places (Around Strangers):

Although the open and honest approach works best for people that you know well, you may want to take the opposite approach when it comes to strangers, who may assume that you are smoking full-THC cannabis and respond by calling the police. Unfortunately, many people are still not aware of the differences between CBD and THC strains, and they’re probably not going to want to sit through your educational speech on the matter, no matter how entertaining and engaging it is. You will also want to avoid smoking while driving, or even riding as a passenger in a friend’s car, to avoid the possibility of a misunderstanding with the police. You obviously won’t face any fines or jail time for using a legal product, but you may have your hemp flower supply taken for testing.

Disguise the Smell of Smoke:

When it comes to the smell of smoke, even your own backyard is only semi-private, and your neighbors may be able to smell the sweet aroma of hemp flower from a distance. While there are quite a few types and brands of smokeless ashtrays on the market that are designed to suck in and filter smoke, there is a very easy and cheap Do-It-Yourself solution that smokers have been using for years. Just take a cardboard paper towel roll, fill it with laundry dryer sheets, then take a rubber band and secure another dryer sheet around the end of the cardboard tube. Exhale the smoke into the open end of the tube, and it will come out the other end smelling like fresh laundry.

As the popularity of CBD grows, the stigma of smoking hemp flower will fade away, but in the meantime, use these tips to help introduce your friends and family to the benefits of CBD hemp flower, while being careful to avoid unpleasant situations with strangers and law enforcement. Happy Hemping!

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