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February 13th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

Valentines

Quinton

 

by op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Valentine’s is here!

With Valentine’s Day upon us, we shift our attention to expressing our affections to the people we care about.  You may even want to show yourself a bit of love.  Why not accomplish both of these tasks with the help of some CBD.  How in the world can I do that with CBD you ask?

With recipes, lets start with dinner: CBD-infused Penne Rosa

CBD-infused Penne RosaNormally, I like to focus on CBD in the form that it comes in, but (as much as we all love CBD!) I don’t think a lot of us would like to get a bottle of capsules or a tincture for Valentine’s Day. So, for this blog, I’m going to give you a couple recipes that are easy, yummy, and can include CBD to as well as a few fun gift ideas. 

A romantic dinner or a nice meal is always a good way to start an evening on Valentine’s Day. How about adding some CBD to it? 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakesSocial CBD Lavender DropsValentines: Social cbd drops unflavored
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups fresh spinach
  • ½ cup marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces whole wheat penne pasta, cooked
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 teaspoons CBD tincture (Social CBD Unflavored/ or Lavender for a bit of a twist or similar tincture; ¾ teaspoon per serving) as desired

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet with lid, heat olive oil over medium-low heat.
  2. Add in garlic and red pepper flakes. Cook until garlic softens – about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in mushrooms, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms start to release their water – about 5 minutes.
  4. Add in spinach and cover skillet. Let spinach wilt for 2 minutes.
  5. Remove lid and stir in the pasta sauce. Remove the skillet from the heat, and let rest for 5 minutes.
  6. While the vegetable sauce mix cools, use a small bowl to  Social CBD Liquid into the Greek Yogurt. Stir thoroughly.
  7. Stir in Greek Yogurt-CBD oil mix into the sauce, and then add the penne pasta. Toss until pasta and vegetables are coated.
  8. Divide into pasta bowls and top with grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Once you’ve finished this, you’ll probably want dessert. What is there to have?

Do you like chocolate?Cheesecake

Chocolate usually has a romantic connotation. I am sure many of you have even received a little heart with chocolates on the inside. There is even a chocolate named “Hershey kisses!” With this in mind, why not try  a chocolate CBD cheesecake?

‘No Bake’ Dark Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake:

  • 20-25 Oreo cookies (pick your favorite flavor)
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • 2 ½ cups cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 4 triangles (40 milligrams) of your favorite CBD dark chocolate bar (like Therapeutic!)Valentines: Dark Chocolate
  • 1 ½ tablespoons dark cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon powered sugar (optional, for decorating)
  • 1 ½ cup raspberries (optional, for decorating)

Directions (bottom layer):

  1. Lightly grease a 9-inch round baking pan.
  2. Put the Oreo cookies in a food processor or blender and pulse until they are fine cookie crumbles.
  3. Melt the butter and add to food processor or blender, pulsing until the cookie crumbles resemble wet sand. Pour the Oreo mixture into your pan and press down firmly, forming an even layer. Refrigerate for an hour.

Directions (top layer):

  1. Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a large mixing bowl; beat until smooth and creamy.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat the whipping cream until it forms soft peaks.
  3. In a small microwave-safe bowl, melt the dark chocolate chips and infused dark chocolate for 20 seconds at a time. Stir until smooth. Add to your cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth.
  4. Gently fold the chocolate cream cheese mixture into the whipped cream. Pour the chocolate cream cheese mixture into the pan and refrigerate for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. Decorating is up to you! You can add a layer of raspberries on top, dust each slice with powdered sugar, top with more melted chocolate, or all the above!

Valentine’s Gifts

Dinner may sound great but you can also celebrate one another with a gift (or you can treat yourself),just in case dinner and chocolate cheesecake wasn’t enough!; why not make that gift hemp-related?

Valentines: CBD ChocolateValentines: Hemp Braided BraceletIf it’s more chocolate that is being craved, we carry all sorts of flavors of Therapeutic’s chocolate, from just plain dark chocolate to peanut-butter filled! It’s one of my favorites to snack on, and it makes a great gift.

Sling bagMaybe you’re stuffed from dinner and dessert (and rightfully so!). In that case, maybe a gift of a hat, scarf, or bracelet would be better? They are made from organic cotton and hemp (which is great for the environment). Not only are they comfy (I wear my hemp shirt all of the time), but the natural fibers are better for the planet and it looks good, too!

Not sure what to get, but know that your significant other likes CBD and hemp? We have the option of buying gift cards; you won’t have to stress about what hemp or CBD product is best for your significant other, and they will be able to get what they enjoy most. You both win!

Other Hemp Gift Ideas:

Blackberry MagnoliaBeanie TealCBD Massage Oil

Have a happy Valentines Day

No matter what you decide to do on this Valentines Day, know that the team from Green Wellness is wishing you a happy one. Take some time to enjoy yourself, your significant other, and some hemp. If you already have CBD at home, try out one of the recipes above; if you’re curious about what all this CBD and hemp is, feel free to reach out to us on social media or to give us a call! We are always more than happy to answer questions and chat. Happy Valentine’s Day!


8 Reasons to Add CBD to Your Morning Routine

December 5th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

8 Reasons to Add CBD: Holidays

Hannah and QuintonBy Op-Ed Bloggers Quinton Charles and Hannah Laing

Posted December 6th

Why the holidays?

December is upon us, meaning snowy weather, holiday music, and stress galore. I think it is safe to say that no matter who you are, the holidays can be a stressful time. From preparing dinners to finding the perfect gift for that awkward family exchange to traveling to see relatives; there is a lot on everyone’s plate.

Why CBD?

By now, you’ve probably seen CBD in a local health and supplements store, heard about it from your friends, or seen it mentioned by an Instagram influencer; but maybe you still have questions. In past blogs I’ve discussed the many benefits of CBD, and how it can be a great addition to your daily life. But just in case you forgot, CBD is a cannabinoid that works with your endocannabinoid system to try and bring your body back to a neutral state, also known as homeostasis. This neutral state can look very different for different people with different systems, but the big three benefits we see are pain relief, stress relief/mood stabilization, and skin issue relief.  Now all you have to do is add it (if you haven’t already) to your routine. Read the rest of this entry »


Hemp in the Winter

November 22nd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Hemp in the Winter

QuintonBy Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Posted November 22nd

Almost December!

Depending on where you live in the U.S., it may or may not feel like winter. But one thing is certain: December is almost here, and we are entering that time of year when the days are shorter, colder, and all we want to do is stay in bed. I know, because I’m already feeling this way and it’s only November.

If the short, cold days weren’t reason enough to be glum, there is the air: dry and desiccating. It’s the time of year that lotion, lip balm, and other moisturizers become necessities. Need some help figuring out how hemp can make this winter a breeze (a warm one, we promise)? Look no further!

Whether it is mood stabilization, moisturizing, or a boost in energy levels, hemp can help you out this winter and I’m going to discuss how. Let’s dive in.

Keep that skin soft!

No one wants alligator skin (not even gators!). I know that I struggle with my skin drying out in the winter months, and I’ve found that lotions help. However, not all lotions are equal (and there are some that I swear by); some lotions work miracles, while others just feel slimy.CBD Silk Lotion

But why is some sort of moisturizer necessary? Great question. When winter comes along, humidity in the air drops (unless you live in a naturally dry region, in which the humidity is always low). Your skin, which normally relies on some water in the air to remain hydrated, loses that moisture to the air around it. This loss of moisture to the atmosphere is bad enough on its own, but can be coupled with dry skin that is the result of aging or excessive usage of soap.

So, what are some ways of combating this dryness? It may seem an uphill battle (and, in some ways, it is), but you can prevail! All it will take is some understanding of what products are designed to solve these issues and how CBD can help.

So what does CBD do for dry itchy skin?

Winter: Abinoid MoisturizerCBD helps to decrease inflation, as I talked about in a previous blog, but it also helps to keep the skin hydrated when used in topical form. “One reason CBD-infused skincare is more effective is because hemp molecules are extremely small, making the penetration into the skin far easier than most creams,” according to Dr. Andrew Kerklaan, president and founder of Dr. Kerklaan Therapeutics[1].

I personally find that lotions, such as those from Empower and Abinoid, are the best for keeping my skin moisturized during the dry seasons (where I live, that’s all year). Not only do they help in keeping my skin from becoming too dry, but they also aid in combating that dreaded winter itch. I know I’m not the only one who notices that I have itchier skin in the winter. Luckily, CBD has been a great way to stop my not so welcome scratching habit. The restorative properties of CBD topicals I’ve found assist with the dryness, but the ability to reduce inflammation helps alleviate my itchiness.

Lip service

And what about all those chapped lips that occur during the wintertime? Don’t worry, there’s a solution to that as well. I like to use our hemp-based lip balm to keep my lips un-chapped. The nice thing about the lip balm that we carry is that it contains no petroleum whatsoever, so it’s better for the planet (and your skin).  While it does not contain CBD, it’s packed full of moisturizing hemp seed oil.

Feeling moody?

Don’t worry. Seasonal depression gets all of us at some point. As the days grow shorter and darker, it gets harder to get your necessary sunshine (and how is someone supposed to be sunny without any sunshine?!). What are you supposed to do when the sun isn’t out, and your mood won’t improve? I’ve found that CBD helps.

And it isn’t just me that thinks so. I’ve heard countless other anecdotes about how CBD has helped people to balance their mood, and there is some research indicating that it can, indeed, help. Authors of a review from 2018 also noted that many studies have shown the anti-stress and antidepressant activity of CBD in animal models. The compound exhibits a clear anti-stress effect after short- or long-term use. In certain tests, CBD acted as an antidepressant[2].

These findings aren’t conclusive, and I’m not a doctor, so I can’t give medical advice, but I can inform you about what has worked for me and what research has currently been done.

Running on empty…

Another common problem that I’ve noticed occurring in the wintertime is a lack of energy. You wake up, feel good, eat some breakfast, and by noon, Social CBD Boost Gel Capsulesyou’re too tired to do anything else. Caffeine might help, but it’s likely that you’ll crash later if you take that option. What else is there? Naps? I’m sure that we all wish we could take a midday nap, but, sadly, the workplace won’t allow it.

How about CBD?

That could work. Several types of research based on CBD showed that cannabinoid chemicals boost energy levels by strengthening individual body cells. CBD oil helps in regulating the normal energy by promoting wakefulness and ensuring that the body cells are in good condition throughout the day[3].

I’ve talked a little bit about how CBD has helped me and other people balance energy levels throughout the day in previous blogs, but I just wanted to reiterate it again here. I use CBD every morning to help me stay energized throughout the day. I particularly enjoy Social CBD’s Boost capsules. Some people might know them under their old name of Select CBD, but they recently underwent a name change. Either way, I find that these capsules are great for helping me remain energized throughout the day.

Get ready for winter!

No matter what problems you face during the winter, chances are that CBD can help to solve them! Whether you face dry skin, mood swings, or energy depletion, you can take solace in knowing that many other people with similar difficulties have found what they were looking for in CBD. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to catch up and chat, feel free to call us, message us, or email us!

Once again, thanks from us at Green Wellness!

[1] https://www.forbes.com/sites/katieshapiro/2018/12/13/how-cbd-infused-products-can-save-your-skin-this-winter/#45602fc06ce6

[2] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324846.php#3

[3] https://www.redstormscientific.com/cbd-oil-help-improve-mood-energy/


Gratitude

November 8th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Grateful
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” – Cynthia Ozick

Brandy SelfiePosted November 8, 2019

By Brandy Palmer

Gratitude

Winter has finally arrived here in West Michigan. With that comes blustery air, falling leaves, and scarves galore! The other thing that comes with winter is the holiday season and (hopefully) a reflection on the year that has passed. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always loved the holidays. As a kid, it was always about gifts and stolen cookies. Now as an adult, it’s an opportunity to slow down and really appreciate the things that matter in my life. I have a tattoo on my forearm that says “grateful.” It’s a constant reminder, as I’m whining and complaining about snow or shopping lines, to take a minute and focus on what matters. I believe that gratitude is powerful. I definitely have a lot of things in my life and my business to be grateful for.

Grateful for New Hemp Legislation

Hemp has really come a long way since I started Green Wellness Life in 2015. There’s definitely still work to do — but we’re getting there. When I started in this field, federal, state, and local legislation all had differing opinions on hemp legality. Don’t even get me started on the DEA, which had hemp ranked up there with heroin in terms of medical value and usefulness. Anyone with any hemp experience knows that’s beyond laughable! The 2018 Farm Bill really helped clear things up. Today industrial hemp and CBD from hemp are fully federally legal. The Farm Bill also started to establish pathways for industry standardization, by utilizing organizations like the Hemp Industry Association, to strongly encourage hemp and CBD manufacturers to align their verbiage and labeling practices.

The USDA policies that allow US states to grow hemp are also a welcome change. Did you know that when we started in this industry, the only legal CBD we could carry had to be grown out of the country and certified to come strictly from hemp seeds and stalk? Bananas! We want to support our local US farmers. Local growing allows us to better control quality hemp sources here at home!

Another area where CBD companies like GWL really struggled (out of the spotlight) dealt with financing. It was difficult to get and keep a bank account and a credit card processor, because hemp was viewed as so risky. We used to have to process all of our credit card transactions with a UK  based credit card processor. This made customers leary, made us look less credible, and was inconvenient and costly. Some of you may even have received a call from your bank confirming that you really did want to make a purchase from us. Boy, that was a fun conversation to have over and over again. Not to mention that we paid 3x what a “normal” small business would pay to process credit cards. The hemp amendments in the SAFE Banking Act are putting a stop to this and allowing hemp businesses to function just as any other small business would in the US. We are so grateful for this!

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Managing Pain: How One of Ours Does it

August 23rd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Managing Pain
Quinton

By Op-ed Blogger, Quinton Charles & Hannah Laing

Posted August 23rd, 2019

Are you living in pain?

We at Green Wellness Life are aware that a lot of our customers (and a lot of people in general!) live with daily pain. We also know how isolating it can be to be in a room full of people living their lives without having to constantly manage their pain levels. One of our staff members, Hannah Laing, is 19 years old.  She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at 15 and Fibromyalgia at 18. The following interview is an attempt to offer insight into how Hannah and many others function while living in pain.

Hannah

Interview

Quinton: So Hannah, tell us a little about the pain that you deal with.

Hannah: Because I suffer from Fibromyalgia, my pain often comes in flairs. Some days I’ll wake up a little stiff, but it’s still manageable. Other days I’ll wake up hurting and throw up. Those are the days that I can’t (and don’t even want to) work up the energy to get out of bed. That’s how bad the pain can be. I find that, sometimes, my body just shuts down and I’ll sleep for twenty to thirty hours without being able to keep my eyes open, no matter how hard I try. As you can imagine, having to sleep a day away every once in a while makes being a young human extremely difficult. What I wasn’t prepared for was the mental aspect of living with pain. I thought I was going crazy; I’m too young to be this uncomfortable in my own body and doctors rarely took my concerns seriously because I looked so healthy and was young!

Q: I can’t imagine how difficult that is. Was it always this bad? Read the rest of this entry »


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