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BlueBird Botanicals…Why We Love Them!

March 15th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

Who is BlueBird Botanical?

At Green Wellness Life, we love the manufacturers we partner with and we are very proud of the products we carry. So much so that we wanted you to know a little more about some of our brands!

Quality in Farming

Bluebird Botanicals, of Louisville, Colorado, is a company that prides itself on both the quality of their CBD products, and their environmental consciousness. In particular, they have three points that all of their products conform to: quality in farming, quality in CBD extraction, and quality in manufacturing. They pride themselves on locally sourcing from Colorado farms, many of which are USDA Organic, and ensuring that their hemp is bred specifically for CBD and terpene content. This local sourcing allows them to closely monitor their product quality, and have a minimal carbon footprint, enabling them to stay true to their environmental mission (and to deliver high-quality products to their customers). 

Quality in CBD Extraction

Bluebird Botanicals also stays true to their mission to deliver clean, quality products to their customers while remaining environmentally friendly by extracting their CBD from cannabis flowers and buds using both alcohol and CO2 extraction systems, which differ slightly in regards to how the cannabis flowers react to the process (don’t worry, I’ll cover all of this in a later blog).

Manufacturing

Their manufacturing standards are high, claiming on their website that “Bluebird’s final products are made in accordance with Current Good Manufacturing Practices (CGMPs). We test every batch using third party labs before delivering to your front door,”. This uncompromising attentiveness to product quality assures customers that they will receive only the finest CBD products from Bluebird.

Knowing what is in our products can be daunting.

As many readers know by now, I hold information in high regard. I think that it is absolutely key to know what you are putting in your body, what it does, and whether or not it is safe.  It is important to know whether or not a product is contaminated with substances that your body does not naturally produce, or your body will reject. I’ve often found myself frustrated with the lack of clear information about foods and supplements that I find in the local grocery store, especially when comparing two similar products. 

Like me, I am sure you have asked similar questions like “is this, better than this or “didn’t I read somewhere that this is bad for me?”  How about “What does this long, complex word mean? or “How can I know that this won’t make me sick?” These and many more are the types of questions that run through my head.  There have been many times when I get home, I have had the daunting task of trying to find information on what I have just purchased. Information which is often spread all over the internet. Since I don’t feel like a research project every time I need multivitamins or cereal, I give up and resign myself to hoping that whatever I purchased is safe enough.

CBD & Full Disclosure

Bluebird Botanicals, unlike so many companies, gives full disclosure of all their test results for each batch, along with helpful tips, ingredients, and reviews. These batches are all compiled into a single, easily searched database on their website, and are arranged by date. Even if you aren’t keen to look through the test results (they can be a bit technical), it is reassuring that this company is willing to offer those to the public for oversight; I don’t know of many companies that do that. Period. For our customers security of mind it is our commitment at Green Wellness Life to not only check these test results regularly but to also never sell anything we would not take our selves or give to our families.  We do not post all our products test results on line as the test results of products change with every batch.  However these test results are available for our customers to request at any time!

Bluebird Botanicals committed to fighting for good hemp

This is also a company that is committed to fighting for hemp in the United States. Over the past two years, the founder, Brandon Beatty, and the Bluebird Botanicals team have been heavily involved with the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. This is an organization that Green Wellness life not only believes in but also supports as well. The U.S. Hemp Roundtable is a 501(c)(4) non-profit lobbying organization consisting of dozens of hemp companies and the industry’s major national grassroots organizations. Their mission includes focused lobbying efforts in state capitals to fully legalize hemp and hemp-derived products, facilitating information exchange with law enforcement and federal agency officials, and continued long-term legislative advocacy on other major policy issues.

We look forward to following the progress of this great company, and appreciate the work that they are doing to expand the rights of citizens both in accessing hemp products, and informing consumers about the products that we use.


The benefits of CBD for our pets

February 12th, 2019 by Nicole Skinner

CBD for our pets

By Quinton Charles Op -Ed Blogger

We love our pets

We as Americans, love our pets. We may even love them more than we love apple pie (I know that I prefer cherry) and rock-n-roll. I have no doubt that this love is the reason people go to great lengths to cure their pets of all ailments, no matter the price. While noble, it can lead to expenses far exceeding what one would expect to pay for any reasonable cure. Much to the chagrin of their owners, pets are usually not completely cured, which can lead to further costs and symptoms in the animal. While the benefits of CBD on pets has not been clinically proven, anecdotal evidence in support of the benefits of CBD for our pets is growing and you can read example after example from veterinarians, as well as pet owners, that illustrate the benefits of CBD use for pets.

Although I fully acknowledge that the types of pets that people own are as diverse as they could possibly be, I am narrowing this article to cats and dogs. In no way does this reflect any animosity towards other types of pets (I used to own a bird), but rather reflects the available information on the effects of CBD in pets.  This is a tricky subject to find information out there. However based on recent advances in cannabinoid administration in humans, it is believed that CBD is both safe in humans and animals. So Lets Talk Dogs!

CBD & Dogs

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I grew up with dogs and it seems that near everyone either has a dog, or knows someone with a dog. Though our dogs may seem unaffected to all illness, as they run around and wag their tails, they are affected by diet, climate, and mood as much as a human is.

There are two parts to caring for your dogs health, and they are very simple: what you can avoid, and what you can’t. For many ailments, such as canine obesity, poor mood, and lack of appetite, a simple change in diet, frequent play and walks, and changing food types can solve the problem. For more serious, chronic issues, sometimes additional help is needed, and this can come in the form of CBD. Some of the potential benefits of CBD in both dogs and cats can include reduction in anxiety, pain and inflammation, protects the nervous system, helps with epilepsy and seizures, and aids in a healthy heart and blood sugar levels.

One anecdote mentions an Australian veterinarian:

“A senior Staffordshire Terrier had a 6cm mammary tumor and metastasis  that disappeared in 3 months and didn’t come back. A Jack Russell Terrier had a severe heart murmur and painful arthritis and, after a month, he wanted to go for long walks and his murmur was much improved. These are two examples of how Australian veterinarian Edward Bassingthwaighte discovered how CBD oil could be a critical part of his holistic veterinary practice. “I simply can’t explain the improved heart murmur” says Bassingthwaite. “They normally don’t get better.

So how does it work? CBD has similar effects in dogs as can be found in humans. It has been shown to reduce pain and swelling, and I’ve talked in the past about how it can combat epilepsy. It can decrease the activity of liver enzymes used to metabolize many prescription drugs, so if your dog is on medication, you might want to check with your vet before using CBD.

CBD and Cats

Soft Chews for CatFor people who own cats, CBD can have similar benefits. Once again, this is based on anecdotal evidence, since, although there have been no scientific studies that specifically investigate the impact of cannabis on pets, Dr. Gary Richter, a holistic veterinarian and owner and medical director of Montclair Veterinary Hospital and Holistic Veterinary Care in Oakland, California, says that CBD oil is generally safe for cats. However, there can be some adverse effects to giving your cat CBD oil, including gastrointestinal upset(this is normally due to the specific carrier oil used, look for olive oil based tinctures for cats) It also can have some sedation affects depending on the cat, both of which can be relieved by discontinuing the use of the oil.  It is worth noting that while CBD oil and hemp are typically quite safe for cats and dogs, cannabis plants are not. “There is plenty of documentation of marijuana toxicity in cats, for those that nibble on the plants,” says veterinarian Dr. Liza Guess.” 

Overall, pet owners should consult with their pet’s veterinarian before administering any CBD oil. Once the go-ahead has been given, you should be more than ready to give your pet a holistic treatment and, hopefully, a cure to whatever ailment besets them.

If you have questions don’t hesitate to contact us!  We are passionate about our pets at Green Wellness Life!

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February 7th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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