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review of CBDistillery cbd oil products

Whenever I look for a CBD oil, I want something that is 100% pure. At least that’s what I thought. But when I got turned on to the oils from CBDistillery, I noticed that there are two ingredients, and not just one. In addition to hemp extract, it also has MCT oil. What is MCT oil and why does it make this CBD oil even better? Continue reading below to get the answer.

About CBDistillery Oils

Just like with NuLeaf Naturals (reviewed here) and Thought Cloud (more info here), the oils at CBDistillery are cultivated with care in Colorado. That state is pretty much the breeding ground of many of the brands on the market today. Marijuana was first legalized on the state level there before anywhere else, and the climate (and educated workforce in this particular industry) create the perfect environment for growth and cultivation.

cbd oil products at CBDistillery

CBDistillery’s CBD products are made with pride and care and it shows in their work. They aim to provide high quality, yet fairly priced products all across the spectrum of uses. They have hemp-derived products in oils, capsules, isolates, wax, topicals, and many other forms. If you can dream it, they probably have it. Another area they specialize in, which has become quite popular, is in pet products.

All of these are made with the most advanced extraction method to keep the highest amount of terpenes and cannabinoids as they possibly can. Together, these two plant-based chemicals make for extremely effective products. Even better – their prices are some of the best around!

Soil Conditions

Another thing I liked reading about CBDistillery is their knowledge of the soil and environment in which they grow. Hemp is what is called a “soil remediator”. By that, I mean that it cleans the earth around which it grows. It can absorb toxins from the soil and filter it out, leaving a cleaner soil all around. With their knowledge of this, CBDistillery cultivates their hemp in the most prime conditions possible, and their care shows in their end-product.

While many other CBD brands grow their hemp indoors using hydroponics or aquaponics, CBD’s hemp is grown outdoors with natural sunlight. All of their plants are pesticide-free and non-GMO as well.

Extraction Method

Unlike with other brands, this brand is not particularly up-front about their extraction methods. There are two methods that are most commonly used. One is to use solvents, the other is to run it through pressure and temperature. It is unclear which method CBDistillery uses. It is helpful to know, as the extraction method can affect the end product, determining whether any residual substances could be in the oil.


So I teased this at the beginning of the post, so it’s time to explain about MCT oil. Usually, I’m looking for a 100% product, but after reading the reasoning, I’m willing to let it slide with this brand. All of CBDistillery’s products are made up of hemp cannabinoid extract, in addition to fractionated coconut oil (also known as MCT).

So what does this mean? Well, to get the most benefit from CBD oil, the oil needs a carrier. That’s where MCT comes into play. This carrier oil, or carrier fluid as it is sometimes called, helps to increase absorption of the product.

Best of all, coconut oil is just one of many different forms of MCT – but it’s also the best. It is rich in lauric acid. Lauric acid is noted to have antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial benefits that make it a great delivery system for the CBD. What you get with these two ingredients is easier, cleaner absorption of the product. That’s what you want, right?

The Bottom Line

At first, I was skeptical when it wasn’t 100% pure CBD oil, but now I’m a true believer. Having tried these products myself, I can attest that they are just as, if not more, effective than any other brand I tried. You can shop for their products on their website here, where there’s also a wealth of other company information. Definitely check them out! For more options, you can also check out all the CBD brands I review here.

NuLeaf Naturals

NuLeaf Naturals CBD Oil review

If you are looking for a CBD oil that doesn’t have any additives and is just pure USA-made clean hemp, then NuLeaf Naturals is just the brand for you. At NuLeaf, you will get nothing but 100% pure organic hemp oil and nothing else. No artificial fillers or binders or additives, just nothing but the good stuff.

Their products are grown and cultivated on NuLeaf’s farms in Colorado and brought to the mass market to bring the cleanest product available to customers. If you like what you’re hearing already, keep reading below for my full review.

What to Know About NuLeaf Naturals

To start off, let’s get into their cultivation process at NuLeaf. They make their natural CBD oil by using a combo of subcritical and supercritical CO2 extraction methods. There are a few reasons why this is important, so stay with me here. By using a CO2 extraction method, this means that they do not use chemicals or other harsh solvents to do the extraction. The end result is a much cleaner product, not to mention safer for the user.

To start off, they use a fractional extraction in the beginning, a process whereby the oil is extracted at low pressure and temperature to remove the volatile oils that are lighter and more temperature sensitive. After that, they extract it again at a higher pressure and temperature to get rid of the oils that remain. According to NuLeaf, this results in a blend that is higher potency because it preserves a wide range of cannabinoids, phytochemicals, and terpenes.

If you’re lost in all that – don’t worry. Suffice it to say, using CO2 extraction is the top method for the best extraction, and is something you should look for in any CBD oil brand you evaluate. NuLeaf does it right in that regard.

Viscosity and Color

NuLeaf’s products look just like you would expect from the extraction methods that they use. This pure 100% organic hemp oil comes out with a gold tint and is very thin and clean. The more gold it is, the higher purity it is, and this is one of the most golden looking lines of CBD oils around. This color is a result of no additives or artificial ingredients added. If your brand of CBD oil does not have a gold hue, you aren’t getting the pure stuff.

NuLeaf’s Scent

As you are getting a 100% pure product, you can take a guess that it smells exactly like it should. It has a pungent, leafy smell to it that tells me it is of high purity.

NuLeaf’s Taste

Just like with the smell, these products taste just like a pure CBD product should. It has a very plant-like taste to it, I would call it “woody” if you get what I mean by that. It has a little bit of tartness to it as well. Some people enjoy the taste, while it’s not the best for others. It’s not repulsive, don’t get me wrong, but I wouldn’t call it the most pleasant. It is kind of like when you take a wheatgrass shot if you’ve ever had one before.

NuLeaf Naturals cbd oil products

With other brands, the taste gets masked by other additives. With the 100% purity of this product, you’ll get that plant-like taste to it. I’ll take a higher purity, and more effectiveness, over a slightly better taste any day.

Where to Buy

NuLeaf Naturals is by far one of the leaders in this industry, and their pride in the cultivation of their products shines through in their purity and effectiveness. You can find all of their products available on their website here. There are a number of different product options to choose from, depending on the milligram dosage you want as well as the size (milliliters) of the bottle. The pricepoints jump around depending on those two product options, but they have great value buys for those on a budget, as well as some very powerful products for the enthusiasts.

All in all, this is a top-notch brand in the CBD oil industry and I fully endorse their products. Check out more about this company at their website below. Also, for another brand similar to this that I have enjoyed greatly, check out my Thought Cloud review as well. You can also find all my CBD reviews on this page.

CBN for Sleep

Thought Cloud Full Spectrum HIGH CBN Blend

Most of the time I sleep like a baby. I work hard at my job and I hit the gym hard most days of the week, that by the time I lay my head down, I’m lights out as soon as I turn out the lights. However, there are some days where I have a bit of a bout with insomnia and I just can’t get some shut-eye no matter what I do.

Looking for ways to naturally put me to sleep, I knew I could turn to one of my most trusted brands, Thought Cloud CBD oils, to provide the perfect remedy for that sleeplessness.

CBN Oils for Better Sleep

If perhaps you read my post that explained the difference between CBD and CBN, you will remember that I described CBN as an extremely powerful sedative. Put away your melatonin, this stuff will knock you out lickety-split. The pure hemp oil provided in Thought Cloud’s High CBN Nighttime Formula provides 600 mg of cannabis extract — 300 mg of which is CBN (cannabinol), and 300 mg of CBD (cannabidiol).

What It Does

This pure cannabis extract provides two major benefits that correlate with CBN and CBD. As for the CBN aspect, it is a powerful sedative that can combat bouts of insomnia and restlessness. As for the CBD component, it is one of nature’s most powerful pain relievers as well as an anti-inflammatory (as described in this post about CBD and COPD). When using this hemp oil at nighttime, I feel such relaxation and relief and just shrink into my bed and sleep like a baby.

What I Like About The Formula

There is so much to like here, I’ll just spell it out in bullet form:

  • Lab-tested purity
  • 100% organic and natural
  • No pesticides, no herbicides, no chemical fertilizers used
  • 0% THC – no psychoactive component
  • Made in the USA
  • Contains soothing coconut oil
  • Deeper, more immediate sleep and relaxation
  • Relief from aches and pains

What Others Are Saying

I knew I wasn’t alone in touting the awesomeness of this sleep aid and pain reliever, so I took a look over at the Thought Cloud website to see how others felt about this product. I’m not surprised by the overwhelming praise, sampled below:

  • “Best sleeping aid. I suffer from chronic pain and had not slept well in years, I feel so rested after trying this product. It has saved my mind and body.”
  • “This is my daily bedtime ritual. I ride horses and work out and my body usually hurts a lot in the evenings. It’s not that the pain is gone but when I wake up in the morning I feel less creeky and I loosen up faster. I also experienced deeper sleep aka not being as tired in the morning. If you have sleep and pain issues, I would recommend this without hesitation!”
  • “Amazing product! After struggling with insomnia for the few years I finally came across this product. It helps me fall asleep and sleep the whole night without feeling groggy in the morning.”

Where to Buy

For this High CBN Nighttime Formula, as well as other CBN and CBD products, you can find them all on ThoughtCloud’s official website here. Best sleep I’ve ever had – it’s become a nighttime ritual for me!


how CBD helps with COPD

When you think about the leading causes of death in the U.S., you think of the usual suspects like cancer or heart attacks. But did you know that COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the third leading cause of death in the United States? It blew my mind when I heard that. The worst part about it, it is irreversible. There is no known cure at present.

However, there are a number of medications that can be taken that can help alleviate the symptoms and improve lung function. One such medicinal compound is CBD (cannabidiol). In this post, I’ll take a look at how CBD helps with COPD and the best way to take it for the most benefit.

How Does CBD Help With COPD?

As a little background, I should go into greater detail on what COPD entails. It is a progressive lung ailment that is estimated to affect more than 10 million Americans.

Symptoms of this lung illness include chronic cases of bronchitis as well as emphysema (damaged air sacs in the lungs). You can probably guess what a root cause of this lung disease is.

Yep, cigarette use. However, environmental factors can also bring about COPD as well.


Those afflicted with COPD may exhibit the following signs:

  • Coughing up of mucus
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Labored breathing

How CBD Helps

There is no known ultimate cure for COPD, but studies have indicated that the use of CBD (not to be confused with CBN) can provide great relief from many of its symptoms. It does this by acting as a bronchodilator which eases the constriction of the airways. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, swelling in the lungs is lessened, which opens up airways and allows for easier breathing, relieving tightness in the chest, and easier clearing of mucus build-up.

Getting more specific on how this occurs, CBD interacts with the cannabinoid receptors CB1 and CB2, in the body which helps to restore a state of homeostasis in the body. By stimulating these receptors, inflammation is reduced in the airways. Particularly, triggering the CB1 receptor can promote the function of the gentle muscle that surrounds the lungs, ensuring more proper respiratory function.

Best Delivery Method of CBD for COPD

As COPD is a lung ailment, it won’t surprise you that smoking, vaping, or inhaling this medicinal herb is not the recommended route for administering this drug. Smoking can introduce more irritants to an already weakened respiratory system.

Instead, it is suggested that those who suffer from COPD use CBD oils (like these I review here) or ingest edibles. You may also consider using a CBD inhaler, taking CBD capsules, topical treatments, tinctures, or crystals that can be dissolved into a beverage.

In Summary

Studies on the effects of CBD on COPD are still ongoing. If you are afflicted with this lung disease it is recommended that you refer to your doctor before beginning any kind of treatment. However, there is strong evidence to suggest that it can provide great relief for a truly awful affliction.

To find the best CBD products, I have put together all my brand reviews here:


difference between cbd and cbn

When you think of cannabinoids, you probably know the two main types: THC and CBD. If you’re familiar enough with those terms, you probably know the difference between them. THC is the psychoactive element of the cannabis plant, while CBD is responsible for the medicinal aspects of cannabis.

However, there is a third kind of chemical compound found in these plants that has come to light lately, which is called CBN or cannabinol. You can find this in the subspecies of Cannabis Sativa, Indica, and Afghanica and it is used for therapeutic purposes. Its name and its medical nature make it very hard to differentiate it from CBD (cannabidiol), so I felt it necessary to go in-depth on the difference between these two to clear up any confusion.

What is the Difference Between CBD and CBN?

What is the Difference Between CBD and CBN?

Let’s take a look at the different properties of these two compounds found in cannabis to see how they compare and contrast.

Medical Use

When it comes to its use medicinally, CBD is used to treat medical issues such as headaches, pain, migraines, schizophrenia, epilepsy, and spasms. I provide a comprehensive list of the uses of CBD in this post.

There is also testing being done to determine its medicinal use as an anti-cancer therapy, as well as its use for recovery for heart attack and stroke victims.

Additionally, most commonly you will know of its calming effects for relaxation and to reduce anxiety.

If you're looking for the best CBD products, I provide my rankings here.

medical use of CBD and CBN

As for CBN, it is similar to CBD in that it can be used to treat muscle spasms. On top of that, it may also alleviate symptoms for those who suffer glaucoma, as well as accelerate the pace of bone healing. It may also be used for the treatment of burns on the skin and is popularly used to treat insomnia and other sleep disorders as it is an extremely powerful sedative. In regards to disease, it has been shown to be beneficial to those who are afflicted with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s.

Psychoactive Effects

There are no psychoactive properties in CBD, so it will not make you high no matter the method of consumption (check out Thought Cloud for all the different ways you can get it). The majority of CBD products that you can purchase, regardless of the form, are extremely low in THC content and high in CBD.

On the other hand, CBN is considered to be “mildly” psychoactive. It will not produce a similar high to that of THC, it will have more of a sedative and euphoric effect. When you get high from cannabis, it is the THC acting as the psychoactive element, and not CBD or CBN.

Side Effects

The adverse reactions of either of these compounds are far outweighed by the benefits they provide. The negatives of both of these are very mild. With CBD, you may experience dry mouth. It may also interact with blood pressure medications, making them less effective, so it is best to stay away from this compound if you are on that type of medication. As for CBN, the only real drawback is that it can make you drowsy and lethargic, as most sedatives do.

October 17, 2018

Limb Lengthening Surgery to Grow Taller

gain height with limb lengthening surgery

Some people go to extraordinary “lengths” (pun intended) to grow taller, but this method takes the cake as the most painful and expensive.

Have you ever heard of limb lengthening surgery? It’s a real thing, and some people are actually going through with it in order to gain 3, 4, 5, or even 6+ inches to their height.

Growing Taller With Limb Lengthening Surgery

Limb lengthening, sometimes called height lengthening, is actually a guaranteed way to grow taller. But that doesn’t mean that it’s for everyone. It is certainly not an option for me. Most candidates tend to be very short and desperate to get a little taller. If you’re just looking for a couple inches, don’t have an immediacy to getting there, there are other natural ways to go about this.

So I’ve beaten around the bush a bit – what is limb lengthening? This is a surgical procedure in which the bones in your leg are intentionally broken. It can be either the shin bones or the thighs (femur). The science behind it is that when the bones are broken, they biologically heal back together again. When the bones are broken in this procedure, a device is implanted along the bone that stretches the crack apart. Rather than the bone just fusing back together how it normally way, your body is forced to form new bone in the new crack that is formed.

This process is repeated — breaking the bones, stretching the gap, forming new bone in between — multiple times until you have reached your desired height. Sound risky? It is.


  • Effective for huge increases in height – some patients grow up to 5 to 7 inches
  • Can correct deformities like bow legs, knock knees
  • Guaranteed steady growth


  • Painful – you’re breaking your bones!
  • Super expensive
  • Downtime – you’re going to be on rest, in a wheelchair, etc. for months while your legs heal
  • Risk of infection
  • Issues like insomnia or nervousness can result from the pain and stress

My Thoughts

I wouldn’t even think to begin with this kind of operation. It sounds absolutely painful. It costs way too much money. You’re off your feet for months and months, depending on how many iterations you go through. The people who go through something like this are either absolutely desperate, have an inferiority complex about their height, and will do anything to gain a few inches.

My Recommended Methods

Save yourself the unbearable pain to your body and your wallet and avoid this kind of height lengthening surgery at all costs. There are many natural ways to increase your height that save you from this pain and suffering.

You can take a supplement (like this one: that naturally stimulates the growth hormones in your body that are responsible for your height. You can perform exercises like these to grow taller, all from the comfort of your own home! Another thing that I do at home is relaxing on an inversion table to decompress the spine. It stretches out my vertebrae, and with the massage and heat pad on the Innova Inversion Table I own, I’ve never felt better!