CBD for Me | One Year Along

Here I am one year along after first hearing about CBD. For me, its been an interesting and eye-opening journey. A lot can happen in one year. Especially when that year is 2020. Who would have imagined where we would be one year ago? Let’s go back to late November 2019. To the start of my relationship with CBD.


I had heard about cannabis and CBD earlier in life. Like many people, I equated them as being the same and didn’t really think much about it. Fast forward to late 2019 when I was made aware of CBD by a friend of a friend. I was looking for some extra income so was introduced to the idea of selling CBD. And so began my education of this product.

Cannabinoids are compounds found in the cannabis family of plants. The most notorious and well-known is THC which is the psychoactive component of the marijuana plant. Cannabidiol or CBD is another compound found in the cannabis family of plants. This is non psychoactive and has many reported health benefits. Marijuana plants have high THC and low CBD content. Hemp plants have high CBD content with low THC content.

What I’ve Learned

For me it’s not possible to sell something that I know nothing about. Therefor, I’ve educated myself about cannabis and CBD in particular. Here are some of my findings.

  • There are lots and lots of products out there! Not all CBD is created equal and there are different methods used to extract the CBD from the plants. It is important to know what you are buying. Because the industry is not FDA approved there is little or no regulation when it comes to the products.
  • These products, with few exceptions, have not been tested or approved by the FDA. As a result, medical claims can NOT be made regarding the efficacy of CBD products.
  • Most claims as to the efficacy of CBD products are anecdotal. There have also been animal tests that have shown promise but need further research.
  • CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC are legal under Federal law.
  • Not many clinical studies have been done for CBD products. The best known study has resulted in the only FDA approved drug to date. This is Epidiolex which is used for the treatment of certain types of epilepsy.

CBD Products

The CBD industry is booming! There are lots of companies and products available on the market. Some products are really good. Due to the lack of FDA testing and regulation, there are also lots of scams out there as well. The trick for consumers is in learning to tell the differences and find the good products.

Here are a few things to look out for when doing your research. First thing I look at is the labeling on the product. It should have information about the hemp from which it is derived eg non GMO. Also, not grown with pesticides or weedicides as these chemicals are absorbed into the plant and can affect the purity of the CBD. The label should also include how much CBD is contained in the product. As well as other ingredients and/or THC.

You can get more information from the company’s website. Reputable companies would have good websites with triple lab tested products. As well as lab reports for their individual products. You can also check the company information and reviews of their product. Some of the really good companies have a charitable presence on their websites as well.

My Experience with CBD

As said before, we cannot make any claims as to health benefits of CBD products. I can only say how it has seemed to help me personally. There are lots of anecdotal evidence presented out there. And I myself have spoken to many people who have reported amazing benefits from taking CBD. But for this I’ll report only my personal experiences.

“These products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

I was first introduced to CBD just over a year ago. It was something I had heard about but never paid much attention to. To be honest I equated it with Marijuana and that was the extent of my knowledge. A casual meeting with a new friend got me interested and I’ve been hooked ever since. I’d heard all the stories and done tons of research before I settled on a company and product to try.

I started off with their CBD Isolate. That is a product that is pure CBD extracted from Hemp in which there is no other cannabinoids, terpenes or THC present. I must admit that I was skeptical but thought to give it a try anyway. From doing the research I knew that each person is different and results and dosage differ individually. It could take some people up to 3 months to see any change or results. So, after talking with my doctor, I started off taking 50mg per day.

My main issues when I started were stress and anxiety which were affecting my sleep. I was waking up 3-4 times during the night and also having problems falling back to sleep after.

After just 3 days of taking the CBD I had the best night’s sleep in months, if not years. I could not believe that it worked so well. The proof was that the next night I slept great too! Now a year later, I’m still sleeping well. Generally I wake up only once or twice a night and have no problem falling back asleep. Also, find that the quality of my sleep has improved in that I wake up feeling refreshed. Because CBD is all natural and not a narcotic, there is no grogginess when I wake up. I wake up feeling alert and refreshed.

There was also a topical salve that I used for pain relief that is excellent. It’s great for soreness and stiff muscles. I’ve also used it on some dry skin patches that I had on my elbows for years. It cleared that up too. Another friend uses it for pain relief from his arthritis.


I’ve been using and experimenting with different CBD products over the past year. What I’ve learned is that it worked on making my sleep better and so helping with my stress and anxiety. It also helped with some skin conditions as well as the temporary pain relief from sore muscles or inflammation.

I’m also convinced that it is helping in other not so obvious ways. This is the first year in my life that I’ve not caught any flu. From all I’ve read and researched, CBD is supposed to work really well on promoting homeostasis in the body. This is done internally by boosting your immune system and dealing with inflammation in the body. I have no personal evidence of this but believe it to be true.

CBD has now become an integral part of my day to day life going forward. I can safely say that I’ll be using this for the rest of my life. I’ll continue to share personal experiences and if anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask or comment below.

CBD Salve for Pain

Let’s start with the definition of a salve. A salve is a medicine-infused concoction wherein one applies the medicine (in this case CBD) directly to the skin. Some people also refer to them as ointments or balms. These are for topical use as opposed to CBD oils which are meant to be ingested.

Ingested vs Topical CBD

Basically CBD oils are made to be ingested into the body. That is in order to get into the bloodstream where it can move about the body and interact with the Endocannabinoid system. This can happen in 3 ways.

  • Sublingual: by holding the oil beneath the tongue for 60-90 seconds before being swallowed. This way, it can be absorbed directly into the body via the mucous membranes in the mouth.
  • Ingestion: Swallowing: the CBD, in either oil or capsule form, is swallowed and passes through the digestive system and liver before entering the bloodstream.
  • Inhalation: through vaping the CBD molecules go directly into the bloodstream via the lungs.

These methods each have their pros and cons as to which is the best. The time it takes to get into the bloodstream and how effective it is are the biggest factors.

Salves are products that are made to be absorbed into the body topically. That is, by external application directly through the skin.



For this article we will be concentrating on salves and how they work. Studies show that trans dermal CBD application has therapeutic potential for the relief of arthritis pain and inflammation. Here is where the differences between salves and oils become important. Taken internally, the CBD takes some time before it can be applied to the pain and inflammation areas in the body. Whereas, if applied directly to the troubled areas topically, it can have a more immediate effect.

When applied topically, CBD does not have to get to the bloodstream to be effective. Instead, it can interact directly with the Endocannabinoid receptors in the skin. This brings us to how salves are concocted in order to be absorbed through the skin. Which, after all is the body’s first line of defense.

All salves have 3 types of ingredients. 1) a natural wax 2) a fatty oil base and 3) a therapeutic or medicinal component. The wax (normally beeswax) is basically to bind the salve ingredients together. The fatty oils work as a carrier for the medicinal component which is CBD in this case. Generally the more fatty acids in an oil is the more CBD it can carry. Also, the skin is quick to absorb these lipids based oils. Many salves also contain additional herbs, vitamins and minerals.

Salves are generally a good choice for muscular and joint pain and skin specific conditions.

Kannaway Salve

In their own words: “Kannaway Salve is a vegan topical product that combines sustainable full-spectrum hemp CBD oil with a unique ancient Asian herbal formula, beeswax, almond oil, ginger root, camphora essential oil, and additional natural botanicals. Kannaway Salve is made with all-natural ingredients only– no additives or dyes are used! It comes in a handy 1.3-ounce jar with a total of 500 mg of CBD.”

The source of the CBD in this salve is from their full spectrum hemp oil. It also contains Vitamins A B C D and E as well as Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.

This salve can be applied directly to tired or sore muscles. Like after a tough day at work or a hard workout. It is also good for moisturizing and rejuvenating trouble areas of your skin. Kannaway salve can be used for sun damaged skin and sunburn relief. Some people have also reported relief from arthritis pain and inflammation. Reports also claim relief from Eczema and Psoriasis.

Like most CBD products there has not been a lot of testing done and because of this, the FDA does not approve of claims being made as to products efficacy. Like with all products related to your health, it is always wise to consult with your doctor before trying. Some studies have been done and there are lots of anecdotal evidence claimed.


This salve is a very good product which I myself use on an almost daily basis. It helped with dry skin on elbows and with relief from muscular pain for me. This was the first CBD product that I tried. Mostly for the fact that it was topical and not ingested. I’ve since moved on to where I take CBD every day as a supplement and must say that I personally feel better for it. If anyone needs any further information or has any questions on CBD as a whole, please feel free to contact me. If you want to check out the products on your own please follow this link for Kannaway.

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Kannaway Pure Gold CBD | Review

Name: Kannaway Pure Gold CBD

Website: https://kannaway.com/

Price: $35.99 – $187.99

Parent Organization: Medical Marijuana Inc.


Kannaway Product Overview

Kannaway is a company that manufactures and markets CBD supplements sourced from one of the world’s oldest natural resources – cannabis. They are a subsidiary of Medical Marijuana Inc. which is one of the pioneer companies in the CBD space. They helped break down many of the barriers that prevented CBD being brought to market. From technology to production and extraction they have been at the forefront of the industry.

From soil to sale, Kannaway is in charge of production. The hemp itself is produced on farms in Europe that have been growing hemp for generations. The hemp is non GMO and is grown without harmful chemical agents, pesticides and weedicides.

The product is triple tested by independent laboratories. Firstly, after harvest, then on arrival into the US and finally of the finished product. They are extremely serious about providing the best quality CBD extracts without any added toxins or chemicals.

They have quite an extensive product line. This includes salves for topical use. Premium oils, capsules and Vape pens. They also have beauty and skin care products as well as a line of pet meds.

Kannaway is also heavily involved with the charitable organization Echo Connection. This group provides support for special case families and individuals that count on cannabinoids for a variety of reaKannaway Pure Goldsons.


Pros and Cons


  • Product is sourced from sustainably grown non GMO hemp without use of chemical agents.
  • Decarboxylation is the process whereby the CBD is extracted using CO2 and not by using chemicals.
  • Rigorous industry leading triple testing through all phases of production.
  • Extensive product line.
  • Clear and accurate labeling of contents so that you know what and how much CBD etc is in it.
  • Company gives back to the community through its charity work.
  • You cannot get “high” from this product.


  • Products are more expensive than their competitors


For the purpose of this article, I’m reviewing one product which is their premium cannabidiol blend, Pure Gold. This is a broad spectrum hemp oil rich in CBD with only a trace amount of THC (less than 0.3%). I should mention here that you cannot get high from this product. Also, it is federally legal as it contains less than 0.3% THC (THC being the psychoactive component of the cannabis plant).

This is a great dietary supplement that helps with a lot of wellness issues. From personal experience I can say that it really helped with my anxiety, stress and sleep. Of note here, is that in 2019 Pure Gold was the first CBD product to be included in the Prescriber’s Digital Reference (PDR). Also, known as the Physicians Desk Reference, this is an invaluable resource to support the prescribing decisions of health professionals.

I am using a scale of 1-10 to rate this product in the following categories. Quality, Safety, Labeling, Price and Charity.

  • Quality: I give it a 10 out of 10 for its non GMO and chemical cultivation. As well as the CO2 extraction process.
  • Safety: Also, 10 out of 10 for the industry leading triple testing by independent labs.
  • Labeling: I give it an 8 out of 10. The labeling is clear on the amount of CBD contained in the bottle as well as an idea of dosage. I think they could have done a better job listing the other beneficial ingredients as well.
  • Price: I give it an 8 out of 10 as compared to the prices of its competitors similar products.
  • Charity: 10 out of 10 for the wonderful work of Echo Connection in giving back to the community.

Kannaway’s Pure Gold scores 46 out of 50 from me.


I would say that Kannaway’s Pure Gold is probably the premium CBD oil product on the market. Not only do you get the highest quality CBD with the least impurities. But the labeling ensures that you know what and how much you are getting. Even though it is more expensive, I believe that is a small downside when compared to the quality of the product. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the packaging is also made from Hemp cardboard! My verdict on this is that it is a totally legit product.




CBD for Me

If you are reading this it probably means that you have at least heard about CBD. And, you are probably wondering “Is CBD for me?” There is so much information and misinformation out there. It can be very confusing to try to sift through it all to get to the so called “truth”. Let me see if I can provide some clarity here from my own research.

What is CBD

Let me say up front that I’m not a scientist or doctor. Just an average Joe that heard about CBD about a year ago. And decided to educate myself about it. I will try to explain things as simply as possible to suit the average person. Won’t go into too much scientific details. There is more than enough of that available on the internet.

First off, the basics. CBD or Cannabidiol is one of about 80 chemicals or cannabinoids found in the Cannabis family of plants. This genus comprises the marijuana plant and the hemp plant. Most people may be more familiar with the marijuana plant and its recreational use to get “high”. While there are cannabinoids and CBD in the marijuana plant, the higher occurring chemical is THC. THC is the psychoactive component responsible for the “high”. The hemp plant on the other hand is made up with a majority of CBD with only trace amounts of THC present. You cannot get high on CBD.

OK, so the legalities. CBD products derived from hemp and having less than 0.3% THC are legal to possess under federal law. The problem is that CBD can also be processed from the marijuana plant and could have a higher amount of THC. This is still sold as CBD but is technically illegal. Therefor, it is really important to know what you are buying and using.


The confusion is further compounded, because federal legality doesn’t automatically mean state legality. Depending on which state you live in it could be completely illegal. Or, legal with restrictions eg. can’t be used in food and beverages etc. It is important to check out the specific legalities for the state that you live in.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is in charge of making the federal regulations for the CBD industry. This is a work in progress as it is not a simple project. A lot more information from scientific testing is needed and that is very expensive. Only one product so far has been approved as a pharmaceutical drug. All other products fall under the category of “supplements” which allow them to be sold over the counter. Because of the lack of FDA regulations at this time, any and everything is being sold out there. While there are many good products, there are also scam products out there. It is basically up to the consumer to research the different brands and their ingredients etc for themselves.

The FDA prohibits brands from making medical claims about their products. This is because the thorough testing has not been done to substantiate those claims. So, what is the average person to do? Most of the information around is hearsay and advertisement by companies and their “experts”. I personally do my own research and listen carefully to people that have had actual results. Both positive and negative. Having now found the right product for me through trial and error. I can share a little about how I arrived at where I am now.

What CBD is Good For

Depending on who you talk and listen to, CBD is a wonder drug and can cure everything. I’m sure you’ve heard many urban legends of a friend of my girlfriend’s brother’s boss’s best friend’s uncle being cured of brain cancer in 3 months. Because there are few scientific test results available most information is anecdotal. But like detectives from long ago we can ask questions and do research into these claims. Not all of them are real, but not all of them are fake either.

I can tell you that I have heard some of the stories. I listened and sorted through and found people that actually had results. As well as my own personal experiences. I will only share what I know has worked for me as well as for others that I have actually seen the results myself. For me, I tried a few products and have settled on one product now which I have been taking for the last 6-7 months. I can definitely say that it has helped with my stress and anxiety and has also increased my quality of sleep every night. THC also a common result that I hear from most of the users that I talked to. I will do some product reviews in another blog. But if you want further information, please feel free to comment or contact me.

What to Look For

I decided which CBD product to try after long research. Really questioned the sellers and also customers who were using the products and learned lots. First thing, where and how is the hemp used in your products grown? Is it GMO? Do they use pesticides and weedicides in the soil? Hemp is known as a bio accumulator. This means that it absorbs whatever chemicals are in the soil and this will end up in your products.

Are the products triple lab tested? This means that the product is tested 3 times by accredited labs along the manufacturing process, from harvest to final point of sale.

Does the packaging tell you the amount of CBD actually contained in it? This is very important especially when it comes to working out your own personal dosage. These are some basic questions you should look into when choosing a product. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or want any more information.


Is CBD for Me?

How do you know if CBD is right for you? Obviously, the first thing to do is to consult with your doctor before starting. Especially if you have other health issues. As a supplement for basically healthy people, it is very good. It is all natural with no artificial chemicals added. You can choose products that contain only CBD or with some THC. Depending on what ailment you are attempting to treat. Everyone is different and so what might work for one person will not necessarily work for another. But there is a good variety of products on the market so there is something for everyone out there. Hope this was helpful and look forward to hearing from you.

About Me

That was Then

Mark Loe was living the life! He was living in the Caribbean and working at what he loved! Mark had his own sail loft where he made and repaired sails. Was actively involved in racing sailboats, as well as living the quintessential “island boy” lifestyle. Sailing, surfing, fishing and enjoying life, he was making a decent living. But life changes, and as kids grew up and island economics started to no longer add up, he moved to the US with his family.

This is Now

Now in his second half of life, with kids in college he is starting over. Mark has found a new passion in Online Marketing, and in particular, in the CBD space. He has taken it upon himself to self educate on the blossoming CBD industry from soil to sale so that he can better provide value for his customers. Please contact Mark if you want to learn more about CBD. Whether it be educating, marketing or supplying of product Mark is the man! To see and learn more about our products please check this link: https://markloesales.kannaway.com/

Let me Know how I can Help

Currently the CBD industry is not regulated as it’s products (with one exception) have not been tested and approved by the FDA. As a result, not all products are created equal. This is why Mark stresses education as his mainstay to marketing the product. All of our products are triple lab tested and have QR codes in their labeling that specify their contents. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or just want to chat at mark.loe@markloesales.com. Or if you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,


CBD and Anxiety and Stress

Cannabis is one of the earliest crops cultivated in the history of mankind. It was used as both food and medicine. The earliest oral use of cannabis as a treatment for anxiety appears in a Vedic text around 2000 BC. This has been one of the most common uses of the plant throughout history and across many different cultures.

Studies of the cannabis plant in more recent times have discovered the main active ingredients THC and CBD. THC is the psychoactive component of the cannabis family of plants and occurs in higher concentrations in the Marijuana plant. It has been shown to increase anxiety in some patients while reducing it in others.

CBD on the other hand is found in higher concentrations in the Hemp plant. This is the non psychoactive ingredient. High CBD cannabinoids can be very effective in reducing chronic anxiety and stress. They can also protect the body from the physiological effects of both.

In 2012 a number of international studies concluded that CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety, and in particular social anxiety. More clinical trials are called for. In 2014 an animal study related to stress and the endocannabinoid system was conducted. It determined that “augmentation of the endocannabinoid system might be an effective strategy to mitigate behavioral and physical consequences of stress”. For more information I highly recommend the book CBD A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. https://amzn.to/3gLzLde

On a personal note, I’ve noticed a significant reduction in my stress and anxiety levels since starting taking CBD. I’ve also noticed an improvement in my sleep quality. My regimen is 50mg of CBD from a broad spectrum Hemp oil daily. Dosages vary from person to person so it is always a good idea to consult your physician before starting a CBD regimen. For more information http://markloesales.kannaway.com

Brief History of Hemp in the US

Colonial Times – WW1

Hemp is believed to be one of the first crops ever cultivated by early mankind. There is some debate as to whether it was already present and cultivated by the early native American indians? Or did the European settlers bring it with them? Either way, records show it being farmed in the Jamestown area from about 1611.

The early settlers and farmers grew the crop for it’s food, oil and fiber. This produced rope, paper and lantern oil. Over the years hemp became such a staple crop in the colonies that it’s cultivation was legally mandated by England. Hemp production continued to grow in the early colonies up to and beyond the War of Independence. The crop played a prominent role in the development of early America right up until the early 1900’s.

WW1 – WW2

After WW1, the availability of cheaper hemp fiber from foreign sources like Russia, led to farmers starting to move away from the crop. Added to this was the federal government’s anti drug efforts which culminated in the passing of the Marijuana Tax Act in 1937. This placed heavy taxes on the sale of cannabis. The combination of these factors led to the rapid decline of the hemp industry.

During WW2 outside hemp supplies were cut off by the Japanese. There was a temporary suspension of the Marijuana Tax Act to allow locally produced hemp. However, after the war it was reinstated and hemp became illegal again.

Hemp is a non-drug variety of cannabis that is grown legally

1970 – Present

Conflict with other big business interests eg Tobacco and the anti Marijuana movement led to even further decline. This culminated in the passage of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. This classified THC as a Schedule I substance so making all cannabis and hemp cultivation federally illegal.

Finally in 2004, businesses were allowed to import dietary hemp products. This was followed by the 2014 Farm Bill. This empowered individual states to allow hemp to be grown and processed for pilot projects and research.

Then came the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp was deemed federally legal so that it could be grown, transported, processed and sold commercially, including the extraction of CBD oil. Over 40 states have already passed legistation relating to hemp cultivation and production.

The hemp and CBD industries are rapidly growing with experts predicting that the market by 2022 will be worth $22 Billion. As a result of this rapid growth the industry is not regulated very consistently. We can look forward to the FDA getting more actively involved and also the coming of regulation. Maybe even total legalization may be possible in the not so distant future. Who knows? History in the making.


The CBD industry can be very confusing. There are lots and lots of companies and products out there. Different products help with different ailments. The amount of CBD present in the various supplements also varies from brand to brand, as does the dosage. Each person is different so what works for one may not necessarily work for another. There is also a lot of misinformation out there that I will attempt to clear up here.

Hemp and Marijuana and CBD and THC

Lets clear up some confusion. The Hemp and Marijuana plants are different plants that belong to the same Cannabis family or genus of plants. Sort of like Orange and Lemon belong to the Citrus family of plants. In simple terms,the Marijuana plant has high levels of THC and some CBD, while the Hemp plant has high levels of CBD with some trace amounts of THC in it’s make up.

THC is the compound that has psycho active properties while CBD does not. Generally therefor, products made from the Hemp plant have no psycho active effects and are high in CBD content. CBD extracts from the Marijuana plant can have psycho active effects depending on the THC content after processing. This is why it’s important to know if your CBD products have been made from Hemp or from Marijuana plants.

CBD Hemp oil
Composition with hemp oil on wooden table

CBD and the FDA

Hemp containing less than 0.3% THC is no longer an illegal substance under federal law, however the FDA continues to regulate cannabis products. Also, different states have different regulations which can range from legalization (subject to certain restrictions) to prohibition. Any cannabis product marketed with a therapeutic claim, whether derived from hemp or otherwise, must recieve FDA approval before it can be sold. As a result, marketers must walk a fine line in promoting their CBD products without making therapeutic claims. Without FDA testing and approval no therapeutic claims can be verified. Anecdotal evidence can be used but you still have to be careful not to run afoul of the FDA.

Not all CBD is created equal…

Without FDA testing and approval, and depending on which state you live in, the guidelines for labelling and contents of products can be problematic for the customer. This ranges from companies that have proper labelling and ingredients as well as how much CBD is cotained in the product. Some also have QR codes on the packaging and maybe even certified by the US Hemp Authority. On the other end of the scale are hand written labels or none at all with verbal information from the seller. Be careful and do your own research and checks.Not all hemp is grown and processed equally either.

Hemp is a “bio accumulator” plant which means that it accumulates in it’s cells what is extracted from the soil. Therefor if it is grown using lots of fertilizers, weedicides or pesticides then these chemicals are absorbed into the plant and into the CBD oil extract. Mold is also a problem and some affected plants could end up in the extraction process. The extraction method used could also affect the finished product. Some use solvents eg butane and ethanol etc. so it’s good to know where the hemp itself is grown and processed.

Dosage and Usage

How much CBD is enough? Which tincture or product should I take? Can I give it to my children? These are just a few of the questions I’m asked on a regular basis. I am not a doctor so I cannot give medical advice. What I can say is that every person is different and these CBD products are completely organic so are not “drugs”. I personally started out on 25mg per day but I had no underlying medical issues and my quality of sleep improved within a week.

Best to do is check with your doctor before starting on CBD and also the person supplying the product. Normally they would have a wealth of anecdotal and personal experience and can help advise you. I hope this was helpful and perhaps cleared up some misconceptions about CBD for you. Please feel free to contact me at mark.loe@markloesales.com if you have any questions or want to chat. If you want to check out our products please follow the link http://markloesales.kannaway.com