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CBD Podcast with Christian Rasmussen from MN Nice Botanicals

With all the curiosity surrounding CBD, we figured it would be helpful for our customers to have a source other than literature to learn about CBD.

Christian Rasmussen, Co-Owner and CFO of MN Nice Botanicals went on Marlena Maxfield’s Wellness For Real Podcast in late January and discussed some ins and outs of CBD and broke down our mission here at MN Nice Botanicals.

You’ll learn about how we are looking to change the (unfortunately greedy) CBD industry by offering prices that are unmatched in this current business.

You’ll learn about the Endogenous Cannabinoid System (ECS) and how CBD and THC regulate the ECS. You’ll learn about the difference between Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate. You’ll learn about the benefits of ingesting CBD and topical CBD.

Marlena discusses how our products have stood out from other products, in quality and in price. She discusses how the products have helped her, and Christian goes into how CBD has helped him personally.

If you’re interested in learning more about CBD, or more about MN Nice Botanicals and why we do what we do, be sure to give the Wellness For Real – CBD Chat With Christian Rasmussen podcast a listen!


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Different Types of CBD Products

CBD seems to be the new craze. Not only is everyone talking about it, but it seems to be on the shelves of nearly every store, from the local supermarket to Ma and Pa gas stations. With all the CBD products available, it can be quite the headache to try and find the CBD product that makes the most sense for you. In this article, we will go over the various types of CBD products on the market, give some reasons our customers have told us they use the products, as well as some anecdotal comments we have gathered from our customers explaining what the products do for them.

Types of CBD

First it’s important to understand that not all CBD is created equal. There are generally three different types of CBD available for consumers; Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate. For more information on the different types of CBD, please read this article this article noting the difference between CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD, and Broad Spectrum CBD .

Types of CBD Products

  1. CBD Oils and Tinctures – CBD Oils and Tinctures are simply CBD suspended in an oil or an alcohol solution. CBD Tinctures are the most popular form of CBD on the market today and are taken orally. Many customers state CBD oil/Tinctures help them with anxiety or with an overactive mind. Tinctures are placed under the tongue (sublingually) for a minute or two before swallowing, which increases bioavailability, increasing effectiveness. I’ve personally used CBD tinctures successfully for anxiety, pain management, stress management and sleep.

Some of our customers have this to say about our CBD tinctures:

‘It helps me feel a sense of peace, of calmness. I take a dropper a day and sometimes another one at night for sleep.’
‘[CBD tinctures] give me better sleep and lessening of pain from working out’
‘Helps me sleep.’
‘[CBD tinctures] relieve stress and anxiety by taking my tincture every night and as needed during the day.’

  • CBD Edibles – CBD Edibles are CBD contained in a food. CBD Gummies and CBD drinks fall in this category. Gummies work similarly to tinctures, although with tinctures, users generally hold the solution under their tongue for a couple minutes, which increases bioavailability, whereas gummies are swallowed, and the effects come from absorption in the stomach.

Here’s what some of our customers say about CBD edibles:

‘CBD gummies helped me to stop drinking, helped with insomnia, and day to day stress’
‘I like CBD gummies; they help me manage my stress.’

  • CBD Topicals – CBD topicals are any CBD product that is applied topically to the skin. This includes CBD Salve, CBD Lotion and CBD creams. Many of our customers use topicals for joint pain, muscle pain, or nerve pain. Topicals and tinctures are by far our top selling products. I personally use our CBD salve whenever my back is hurting. Our CBD massage oil has some magical properties for me, and for my wife!

Here’s what some of our customers say about CBD topicals

‘When my hands or knees are aching, I rub them down with the salve. Within minutes the ache has subsided.’
‘The salve really helps with my Chronic Pain.’
‘I gifted [MN Nice Botanicals Full Spectrum Salve] to my mom. She’s a cake decorator so uses her hands a lot and they’re always sore. She said the salve REALLY helps her soreness and really works. My mom loves it and she’ll definitely buy more (or I’ll end up buying it for her bc old people and technology don’t mix lol) But she FOR SURE would let me know if it didn’t work so I will definitely recommend it to others bc she speaks so highly of it.’

‘Really helps alleviate sore muscles after working out.’

  • CBD Vapeables – CBD Vapeable products are any CBD product that can be vaporized. This includes CBD pods and CBD cartridges, or CBD oil that is meant to be added to an E-Cigarette. Many people prefer vaporizing CBD for its quick onset and its increased effects. We’ve found that many people who take CBD for anxiety like taking tinctures daily, but also like having CBD vapeables around for quick relief when needed.

    Here’s what some of our customers are saying about CBD vapeables:

    ‘I wasn’t experiencing much from CBD until I tried vapeing it. Well, now I experience STRONG effects.’
    ‘Vapeing CBD is the only thing that actually touches my anxiety.’
  • CBD Concentrates; Isolates and Distillates – CBD Isolates and Distillates are pure CBD products that are able to be mixed into any number of items. Many users dab these or vaporize them, others mix them in with food or create their own tinctures or topicals out of them.

Here’s what some of our customers say about CBD Isolates and Distillates

‘I use CBD concentrates for stress, pain and anxiety’
‘I like dabbing concentrates. I also make my own E-Cig liquid out of CBD Isolate’
‘Concentrates are nice because they offer a heavy dose and quick onset.’


No matter what you are using CBD for, there is likely a product that will fit your needs. We hope this article has helped explain some of the different types of CBD products on the market, and helped you narrow down which CBD product is right for you!

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CBD Dosing – How to dose CBD

In this article we’ll dive into our most frequently asked question here at MN Nice Botanicals; How to dose CBD.

What is CBD

CBD, or Cannabidiol, is one of over 60 active compounds in the cannabis plant known as cannabinoids. Cannabinoids work with the bodies Endocannabinoid system to help regulate things like sleep, appetite, pain, metabolism and mood among others.

Unlike THC, CBD’s sister compound, CBD will not impair the user, making it ideal for many users who are looking for the benefits of cannabis without the intoxication that it is normally associated with. Studies have shown these benefits range anywhere from;

  • Reduction in Anxiety[1]
  • Pain Management [2]
  • Helping Inflammation[3]
  • Aiding Sleep[4]
  • Maintaining a healthy heart by modulating blood pressure[5]
  • And much else![6]

Dosing Factors

There are many factors that come into play when deciphering which dose is right for you.

First off, it is important to remember that everybody’s own physiology is different, and what might work for some may not work for others.

Second, it’s essential to realize that different ailments may require different doses for the individual, yet again, one size won’t fit all.

And third, since CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA, dosing guidelines aren’t available, and from the studies that we do have, it has been found that it likely doesn’t make sense to have a set dosing guideline for CBD use, as everyone is affected so differently.[7]

So, without further ado…

How much CBD should I take?

The goal should always be to find your personal sweet spot, which as we mentioned can vary depending on physiology and what your personal goals are. If a dose is too low, the user may not experience any benefit. Where if the dose is too high, they might experience drowsiness, fatigue, or another undesirable side effect. The best way to find your optimal dosage is to simply titrate up, starting small and increasing dose until you find what works best for you, your personal sweet spot.

Here at MN Nice Botanicals, we’ve found most users sweet spot is generally between the 50-100mg range, 2-3x daily. Many users report that they prefer smaller doses during the day and boost up their dose at night.

Plenty of users also find that somewhere between 25-50mg is their sweet spot, and others find that they require even less, sometimes as little as 5-10mg per dose, to get the benefit they are looking for.

It’s also not uncommon for users to require more CBD, where doses upwards of 200-300mg 2-3x a day are preferred (I personally fall into this category). Rarer, but not entirely unheard of, are users that report needing upwards of 500-600mg at a time to get the benefit they’re looking for.

Thanks to a 2017 review done by the WHO,[8] we know that CBD use up to 1,500mg a day is well tolerated and generally considered safe for humans. This study also didn’t test higher doses, so the dose ceiling could be considerably higher for some.

Our products are all measured out specifically to cater to the users dosing regimen. Our droppers are all metered, so the user can take a fraction of a dropper and know exactly what dose they’re getting. Furthermore, our tincture bottles specify how much CBD is in each individual drop right on the label, making it extremely easy to titrate dose up slowly.


Regardless of what your intentions are with CBD, finding the right dose is essential. Since the everyone reacts differently, and CBD doesn’t have specific dosing guidelines, it is always recommended to start small and work your way up.

[1] Long-term antidepressant use: patient perspectives of benefits and adverse effects (

[2] Pharmacotherapeutic considerations for use of cannabinoids to relieve pain in patients with malignant diseases (

[3] Cannabidiol: State of the art and new challenges for therapeutic applications – PubMed (

[4] Cannabidiol in humans-the quest for therapeutic targets – PubMed (

[5] High Blood Pressure: The Leading Global Burden of Disease Risk Factor and the Need for Worldwide Prevention Programs (

[6] 7 Benefits and Uses of CBD Oil (Plus Side Effects) (

[7] An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies (

[8] An Update on Safety and Side Effects of Cannabidiol: A Review of Clinical Data and Relevant Animal Studies (

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What is CBD?

MN Nice Botanicals, CBD Salve and Tincture

What is CBD? The cannabis industry is booming. But these days, it’s not just users looking to catch a buzz! As an abundance of new information comes to light regarding Cannabis and its constituents, science is just starting to realize its potential to impact the health and spirit of humanity in a positive way, without leaving the user in a daze.

Enter CBD.

As we learn more and more about Cannabinoids and the bodies Endogenous Cannabinoid System, we begin to see potential for a natural revolution in medicine that’s unparalleled in recent history.

What is CBD?

CBD or Cannabidiol, is one of the two main cannabinoids found in Cannabis (the other being THC). CBD is recognized as generally safe and nonaddictive, and does not cause impairment, which makes its benefits more accessible to most users.[1] CBD gives its effects by acting on the bodies Endogenous Cannabinoid System or ECS. The ECS, discovered in the 1990s, is responsible for maintaining internal homeostasis, which simply means it helps maintain consistency with certain biological functions. Functions such as sleep, appetite, pain, metabolism, mood, and inflammation among many others are all effected by the ECS. [2]

Where does CBD come from?

CBD is generally extracted from the hemp plant, although it can be extracted from any type of cannabis. Hemp is simply a Cannabis plant that has less then the federally mandated .3% THC limit. CBD can be extracted in a number of different ways, all with their own distinct advantages and disadvantages, which we will cover extensively in future articles.

How does CBD affect the body?

Users of CBD tout the myriad of medical benefits. But let’s take a look at how CBD benefits users. What’s its function in the body?

Seeing as studies regarding the ECS and cannabinoids are so recent in our current scientific story, we aren’t currently aware of all of the functions of CBD, but we do have a good basis for understanding. The ECS has two main cannabinoid receptors, appropriately named CB1 and CB2, which are interestingly enough the most common receptors found in the body. CBD binds to CB1 receptors in the brain as well as CB2 receptors throughout the body, giving it the ability to affect a wide range of functions. CBD also interacts with the Endogenous Cannabinoid systems by modifying the activity of its transport proteins and enzymes, which in turn affects the concentration of Anandamide, the body’s main endogenous cannabinoid. [3]

(Interestingly enough, the name Anandamide stems from the Sanskrit word ‘Ananda’, which means bliss or joy. Sounds about right to us!)

How might CBD benefit me?

As we mentioned, CBD affects many different functions in the body, this gives CBD a wide range of potential benefits for users. Let’s take a closer look at a few benefits.

Anxiety –

It appears that a large portion of users claim their anxiety is greatly reduced by the consumption of CBD. This partly a result of the effects of CBD on the 5-HT1A receptor, a serotonin receptor.[4] There may be other reasons CBD affects anxiety, including the reduction of inflammation throughout the body, the lowering of cortisol, the bodies stress hormone, or the stopping of the degradation of Anandamide, our ECS’s happy cannabinoid.[5] Although there is much more data needed, the scientific data we have, as well as the anecdotal reports of CBD users all point to CBD being an effective treatment for anxiety.

Sleep –

Certain users are finding that CBD use is putting insomnia to rest once and for all. Again, more data is needed to determine all the factors contributing to better sleep, but the data we do have paints a pretty clear picture. As we mentioned, CBD has been shown to lower cortisol levels in users.[6] This could greatly aid users in getting their much-needed shut-eye as many people with insomnia tend to have higher cortisol levels at night, contributing to insomnia. Another simple study we like to reference here at MN Nice Botanicals touts the fact that CBD dosed at 160mg effectively increased sleep duration in study participants.[7]

Pain and Inflammation –

Many users also find that CBD greatly reduces pain and inflammation, which can be a literal lifesaver for some. As we know, inflammation is a silent killer. Certain users even find that they are able to decrease or eliminate medication that works on pain or inflammation when using Cannabidiol. Studies have found that CBD directly effects Adenosine, which is critical neurotransmitter that effects things like anxiety and inflammation.[8] In the same study, it was shown that CBD also interacts with the TRPV1 receptor, which mediates the perception of pain and inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation is a complicated process, and there could be other factors contributing to the potential management of pain and inflammation, as well. Regardless, anecdotal evidence finds a lot of users that swear by Cannabidiol for pain.

These are just a few of the many potential benefits of CBD, which is providing a new frontier for study, health, and personal development. We here at MN Nice Botanicals are excited to be at the forefront of this great development, this natural revolution, and are excited to provide you with free, high quality information and affordable, high quality CBD, day in and day out.

As CBD becomes more popular and more scientific studies are done, we imagine it will take a larger role in our world and our society, giving people back the ability to take certain matters into their own hands, using a natural and effective remedy that has been intertwined with humanity for thousands of years.

Looking to purchase CBD? Click here to shop for Affordable CBD Products.

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more informative articles!

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Difference Between Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate

Here at MN Nice Botanicals, your Minnesota Local CBD suppliers, we are often asked the difference between Full Spectrum CBD, Broad Spectrum CBD, and CBD Isolate. Although we answer this question briefly in our FAQ, we wanted to take the time to offer up a resource with a more in-depth answer. So, without further adieu… 

The Difference Between CBD Isolate, Full Spectrum CBD and Broad Spectrum CBD – 

The answer is relatively simple – Full Spectrum CBD is the extract of the entire plants cannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid profile, Broad Spectrum is Full Spectrum with the THC removed via a process known as Chromatography, and CBD Isolate is purely Cannabidiol (CBD) isolated from the rest of the plant. But what does this mean for the final product? And what are the differences or benefits from one to another? Let’s take a closer look at each. 

Full Spectrum CBD – As we mentioned before, Full Spectrum CBD is an extract of the entire plant’s cannabinoid, terpene and flavonoid content. The final result is an oil that crystallizes over time. Full Spectrum CBD generally contains low amounts of other cannabinoids; CBG, CBN and THC to name a few. Each cannabinoid has its own effect, and each cannabinoid works together synergistically in what we in the industry like to call ‘the entourage effect’, giving more benefit with less material. Terpenes and flavonoids also add to this effect, and although covering the individual cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids is out of the scope of this article, we will be following up with articles on each cannabinoid, the science behind each, and some anecdotal perceived effects. Generally speaking, Full Spectrum CBD is more desirable than CBD Isolate or Broad Spectrum CBD, because of the entourage effect we just discussed. However, many people don’t want any THC in their CBD for various personal reasons. If they’re still looking for the entourage effect, they might try Broad Spectrum CBD. 

Broad Spectrum CBD – Broad Spectrum CBD is Full Spectrum CBD run through a process called chromatography to isolate and eliminate individual substances from the final product, in this case, THC. Broad Spectrum CBD has a similar consistency and flavor to Full Spectrum CBD, it’s an oil when initially extracted that crystalizes into a solid over time. Broad Spectrum CBD is a fantastic alternative for anyone who does not want any THC in their product but are still looking for the synergistic entourage effect found when combining multiple cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids. Many however, don’t like the taste of Full Spectrum CBD or Broad Spectrum CBD products, many also prefer only CBD in their CBD products, in which case CBD Isolate may be preferred. Here at MN Nice Botanicals, your MN Local CBD Supplier, we plan on offering Broad Spectrum CBD products a little more down the road.

CBD Isolate – CBD Isolate is the isolated CBD compound. CBD Isolate is a crystallized product, often appearing as a powder of fine crystals. Although the entourage effect won’t be experienced, many people prefer CBD Isolate to Full Spectrum CBD or Broad Spectrum CBD, noting that the other cannabinoids change the experience in an undesirable way, or that they simply don’t notice much of a difference between the Full Spectrum and the Isolate. Remember, Cannabinoids affect everybody differently depending on a large variety of factors. CBD Isolate products are also generally a little less expensive than Full Spectrum CBD products, and even less expensive than Broad Spectrum CBD products, which may be helpful to those on a budget.  Another advantage to CBD Isolate is that it is odorless and flavorless, opening the door for added flavors, making the consumption of the tincture itself more enjoyable. 

Everyone is different, what works for some might not work for others. Although it may take some experimentation to find what’s right for you, we hope this little guide has given you the information necessary to make your CBD purchase an informed CBD purchase.

Our Minnesota Local CBD store offers affordable Full Spectrum CBD and CBD Isolate products currently, and we are gearing up to offer the most affordable Broad Spectrum products on the market as well.

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