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Why You Should Avoid Gas Station CBD

Wondered why you shoud avoid buying CBD from gas stations? Here is the answer

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Here’s what you need to know about gas station CBD items and why you should avoid them. Pixabay

Shopping at a gas station is convenient. You can run in, grab a drink and a few snacks. Just as gas stations sell cigarettes, these mini stores have also started to stock other convenience items, including CBD products.

With all of the benefits that you’ve heard about CBD, you may be tempted to pick up a bottle of CBD oil or a bag of CBD edibles in order to get some relief. But, should you buy CBD products from a gas station? While these items are cheap and convenient, chances are that they’re also low quality.

Here’s what you need to know about gas station CBD items and why you should avoid them.

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Lack of Oversight & Regulation

While the 2018 Farm Bill set forth certain rules, requirements, and regulation for hemp-based CBD plants, the fact remains that there is still very little oversight. There’s no federal Agency that is responsible for ensuring that all CBD products that hit the market are high quality, let alone safe.

Because the CBD industry isn’t regulated, chances are that the gas station CBD products you see are low quality, hence the low price. There are many dangers associated with low quality CBD.

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Just as gas stations sell cigarettes, these mini stores have also started to stock other convenience items, including CBD products. Pixabay

First, you aren’t likely to get the results or experience that you want. It takes high quality CBD in order to get high quality results. There is also the risk that the CBD product contains harmful compounds, including a higher dosage of THC than what is allowed.

Risk of Higher THC Levels

Under the 2018 Farm Bill, legal CBD products must contain no more than 0.3% THC. And while a gas station CBD product may advertise that its THC contents are within the legal dosage, there’s no way of fact checking what is advertised.

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While CBD won’t get you high, too much THC can. This means if you buy a CBD product that contains higher levels of THC, you’re at a risk of experiencing the psychoactive effects. A high dosage of THC can cause many negative side effects including:

  • Anxiety
  • Paranoia
  • Headache/nausea
  • Impairment
  • Lowered inhibitions

Aside from the side effects, using a CBD product that has a high amount of THC can also cause job issues for some. If your employer requires drug testing, you could fail the test because of gas station CBD. Don’t risk losing your job for the affordability and convenience of these CBD products.

Aside from the side effects, using a CBD product that has a high amount of THC can also cause job issues for some. If your employer requires drug testing, you could fail the test because of gas station CBD. Don’t risk losing your job for the affordability and convenience of these CBD products.

Lower CBD Dosage

Consumers buy CBD for in order to get some relief. Whether you’re interested in trying CBD for pain relief, improved sleep, or to help reduce stress and anxiety, the efficiency of the product all comes down to the dosage of CBD. A product may advertise that it contains a certain amount of CBD, but again, there is no guarantee that what’s on the label is the truth.

This means that you could waste money on a product that doesn’t give you the results you desire because it contains low grade CBD or because it doesn’t contain the specified dosage.

Existence of Harmful Compounds

How and where hemp plants are grown has a huge impact on the quality of the CBD that is used to make oil, edibles, or some other product. There are many companies that use low quality hemp plants that are grown outside of the United States. Other brands source CBD from farms that use pesticides and GMOs, which pose potential health risks.

Inferior CBD is also often extracted using a solvent-based product. Solvents, such as butane, are used to extract the oil from the plant. More often than not, some of the chemicals used seep into the oil, which means you then consume it.

How to Choose a High Quality Product

With this said, the good news is that there are tons of premium, high quality CBD products on the market. The bad news is that you’re unlikely to find it at a gas station or any other kind of convenience store.

If you want to buy superior CBD, your best chance of finding it is online. Of course, there are also low quality CBD products on the digital marketplace as well, so it pays to know what to look for in order to decide if a product is worthwhile or not.

Determine Where CBD is Sourced and How

The top CBD manufacturers are all about transparency. This means when you check out the company’s website, you’re likely to see information about where hemp plants are grown and how they’re grown. You’ll also find information about how the CBD is extracted.

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While a gas station CBD product may advertise that its THC contents are within the legal dosage, there’s no way of fact checking what is advertised. Pixabay

Companies that produce high quality CBD products typically use USA-grown hemp that is farmed using no pesticides and no GMOs. Many CBD brands proudly display USA-grown and non-GMO verbiage on their products.

Aside from learning about where and how the hemp plants are grown, it’s also important to ensure that the company uses a non-solvent extraction process. CO2 extraction is the other process that manufacturers use. CO2 extraction is done inside of a lab in a safe, controlled environment.

Read the Certificate of Analysis (COA)

One of the best ways to determine the quality of a CBD product is to look at the certificate of analysis (COA). A COA is the data that is verified after a product’s contents have been tested by a third party lab.

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A COA will provide all of the information you need, including CBD content, THC content, as well as the existence of other compounds such as pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals. If the product uses full-spectrum CBD, there will also be test results for other naturally occurring compounds in the hemp plant such as terpenes, amino acids, and other cannabinoids.

If a product doesn’t have a COA posted, contact the manufacturer and ask if the product has been lab tested. Products that don’t have a COA are extremely risky, as there’s no guarantee as to what the CBD product contains.

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Conclusion

While it may be cheaper, quicker, and more convenient to buy CBD at a gas station, chances are that you aren’t buying a high quality product. In order to experience the benefits that the best CBD oil offers, you must buy a superior product that uses superior CBD.

When buying your next CBD product, be sure to check where the CBD is sourced and how it’s extracted, and of course read the COA. This way you can buy with total confidence. 

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Oil Pulling: An Ayurvedic Treatment to Boost Immunity

Oil pulling is an ancient treatment dateing back to more than 3,000 years

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Oil pulling can boost your Immunity. Pixabay

Oil pulling is regarded as an ancient Ayurveda treatment that dates back to more than 3,000 years.

Considered as a detoxification therapy, it is done by taking a spoonful of cold pressed virgin oil (preferably coconut oil) and swishing it in your mouth for about 5 minutes, similar to using a mouthwash. The purpose of oil pulling is to swish the oil around in your mouth, between the teeth to get rid of bacteria in the mouth, spit it out and immediately rinse with some warm water.

Nutritionist Sheryl Salis shares how oil pulling that can help improve your immunity, uses of virgin coconut oil and the method of oil pulling:

Oil pulling is an alternative health practice gaining traction in recent times not only for oral health but also as an immunity boosting measure. As the mouth is a home to millions of microbes including bacteria, the oil pulling process helps get rid of these bacteria through swishing oil in the mouth and in-between the teeth. Swishing the oil for a prolonged period cleanses the mouth and decreases the bacterial load. Not only does this promote oral hygiene, this technique aids in overall health and well-being.

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Other than basic precautions like sanitizing and washing hands, immunty is the key factor to protect yourself from COVID-19 pandemic. Pixabay

With the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, it is recommended to build and maintain a strong immune system to help combat the risk of being infected. While external precautionary measures like sanitizing and washing hands are essential, maintaining basic hygiene measures and eating healthy to build one’s immunity is of utmost importance.

Using virgin coconut oil to build immunity

Cold pressed virgin coconut oil is a superfood recommended for its myriad health benefits; it is a rich source of naturally occurring Lauric acid and contains Vitamin E which helps to improve body’s immunity. The medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs) that contain lauric acid and caprylic acid strengthens the immune system and has anti-viral properties. Therefore, Adding 2 spoons of virgin coconut oil to the diet every day can help improve the immunity and maintain a healthy, holistic lifestyle.

In most Indian household’s, virgin coconut oil is a staple for consumption and beauty practices and is slowly making its way in the mainstream wellness community for oil pulling. Known for its immune boosting properties, virgin coconut oil can be introduced as an effective technique into your heath regime.

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Virgin coconut oil is a staple for consumption and beauty practices. Pixabay

How to do it?

eStart by swishing it in your mouth on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning

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eTake about 1 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil in the mouth and swish it for about 3-5 minutes.

eDiscard the oil by spitting it out. Do not swallow the oil as you will ingest the toxins with it as well

eRinse the mouth with warm water and brush your teeth as usual

eRepeat the process 3-4 times a week. (IANS)

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Lockdown Diaries: Online Sales of Gardening Products Shoot Up

Online sales of gardening products hint at home-gardening bloom in lockdown

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Many Indians have turned into gardeners during lockdown. Pixabay

By Siddhi Jain

Two months of lockdown has turned many Indians into avid gardeners. As people explore their green side by growing a variety of plants, sales of gardening products on an e-commerce site seem to have shot up notably in this period.

As per Snapdeal, the overall sale in the gardening category for mid-March and mid-May 2020 is more than double the sale in the same time-frame last year.

“Over the last two months, users have bought seeds to grow a range of vegetables including brinjals, bottle gourd, bitter gourd, chilli, coriander etc. Seeds of everyday-use items like lemon and tomato were the most searched for seeds on Snapdeal. Combo vegetable seeds pack with multiple varieties of seeds priced under Rs 300 was another popular pick amongst Snapdeal shoppers,” the online marketplace told IANSlife.

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People have bought a variety of seeds amid lockdown. Pixabay

What made it to e-carts and search bars?

As kitchen gardens blossomed, so did a collective desire to build immunity against the novel Coronavirus.

Since late April, Moringa (drumstick) seeds remained high in demand for immunity-boosting properties.

For those looking at summer flowers, Roses, Zinnia, Petunia and Marigold have been a top pick, since they grow well in summers.

Enthusiastic gardeners also bought a range of supplies including garden tool kits comprising trowels (‘khurpi’), clippers and weeding forks, green net to save plants from birds, spraying can, and seedling trays, Snapdeal shared.

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Many enthusiastic gardeners also bought a range of supplies including garden tool kits. Pixabay

Apart from greening lawns and balconies, people also bought indoor plants like money plant, areca palm, rubber plant, and fiddle-leaf fig. Succulents were also widely searched and liked but seldom bought due to its high maintenance nature and difficulty to survive Indian weather conditions, the e-commerce platform said.

When it came to pots, plastic pots in a variety of shapes, colour and sizes were in high demand and the popular price range of these were Rs 50-250. Most users bought multi-packs of 4-12 pots. Traditional terracotta pots were also searched for but were not available due to difficulty in transporting the same. Grow bags which are a cheaper alternative to pots were a hit too, Snapdeal said.

“Gardening is a fun and relaxing way to get in touch with nature. In the lockdown period, we saw increased interest from our shoppers in this category, as they spent more time at home. From the nature of buying, we can infer that users are attempting to grow everyday use fruits and vegetables at home. Our sellers also received queries for bulk supplies from those users who intend to grow organic produce for regular commercial sale. Seeing the demand, we have onboarded new sellers in this category to ramp up supplies,” a Snapdeal spokesperson told IANSlife.

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Regional demand

Seaweed solution bottles were popular gardening picks among the metro audiences to save the trouble of keeping packets of compost. The non-metro audience, on the contrary, continued to buy compost. Cocopeat, which can absorb water for longer than normal soil, was widely bought in north India to beat the sun.

Shoppers from Tier 2 cities bought most of the gardening supplies. Most orders came from Bhopal, Chandigarh, Nagpur, Dehradun, Gurgaon, Jamnagar, Lucknow, Mysore, Ranchi and Raipur.

Orders for some of these items were placed mostly when deliveries of these products were prohibited and are now being delivered post the lockdown restrictions being removed, the brand said. (IANS)

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How to Build the Ultimate Ecommerce App with Builder.ai’s Studio Store

Businesses all over the globe have gone digital during the Coronavirus pandemic

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The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up. Pixabay

Not too long ago, NASDAQ predicted that by the year 2040, as much as 95% of shopping will be facilitated by ecommerce. Similarly, Shopify Plus estimates that by the year 2021, worldwide retail ecommerce sales will reach $4.9 trillion – a number that will now be amplified as a result of the recent events. The world of e-commerce is growing fast and businesses need to catch up.

For good or for bad, the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns have left businesses little choice but to go digital. Gone are the days when goliaths like Walmart would build ecommerce apps just to indulge a handful of customers. Today, it is either go digital or go home.  So, for all businesses looking for an ecommerce mobile app builder, Studio Store could be an interesting option.

Launched recently by Builder.ai with the goal of helping businesses directly impacted by COVID-19, Studio Store is a new range of pre-packaged apps – beginning with e-commerce and delivery – designed to bring businesses online faster and at a fraction of the cost of building from scratch. With Studio Store, Builder.ai is furthering its mission to democratize the software market by offering pre-built software for a fraction of the price, giving more companies than ever the opportunity to use technology to grow their business.

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Here’s how you can get an ecommerce website to flourish your website. Pixabay

So, if you’ve been wondering how to build an ecommerce app, then here are the key problems Studio Store solves with features that are most noteworthy:

  • Most apps take 6-9 months to develop, depending on the complexity. 

Unlike most ecommerce app builders, Studio Store ecommerce app by Builder.ai will serve the specific needs of businesses across e-commerce – such as flower shops, grocery stores and clothiers – and be delivered to customers in eight weeks.

  • Most app development journeys are complicated and take months of back and forth to just nail down basic feature sets. 

The Studio Store’s e-commerce app makes selling to an ever-mobile customer effortless, and retailers can showcase their goods with a scrollable carousel and offer a wide range of secure payment methods. The app includes features that will handle the soup to nuts of most e-commerce experiences.

  • For most ecommerce app builders, their job ends as soon as an app is handed over to the customer, with little to no customer service after. 

Studio Store by Builder.ai offers 3 months of free aftercare that keeps the app thriving and the cloud needed to run the app and scale the business.

  • App developers charge hefty down payments even before a project begins.

Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees (so you’ll only pay those charged directly by a payment gateway). Builder.ai only requires a one-month deposit at the beginning of the engagement.

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Studio Store is priced at a reasonable $500 per month and Builder.ai does not take any cut of sales or transaction fees. Pixabay

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  • With SaaS app builders, each customer gets complete ownership of their code.

The biggest drawback of SaaS applications is that the source code remains the same for all customers. In cases where new features are rolled out, they’re rolled out universally. But with Studio Store, the customer gets a copy of the code after 24 months.

All in all, if you are looking to build an ecommerce app online, then Builder.ai could be the best choice. You can check out the Studio Store for yourself by clicking here.

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