Discovering Hempy’s

August 16th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Discovering Hempy's

Quinton By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Posted August 16th, 2019

What is Hempy’s?

Would I buy more of Hempy’s apparel and accessories? Would I recommend it to friends? Would I purchase it as a gift, wrap it in some tacky wrapping paper, put a bow on it, and give it to my little sister? All 100% yeses. Reliable? Sustainable? Comfortable? Fashionable? Guilty on all counts.

Tell me about the company?

Hempy’s started in the mid 90’s when Albert Lewis pulled his surfboard from his truck and began to wax his board. He unwrapped his surf wax and the plastic wrapper blew away. As he was chasing the wrapper down the beach, he thought: “what if I could make a reusable surf wax bag?” He searched for the most sustainable fabric possible and found the answer: Hemp! Thus, Hempy’s was born!Grey Hemp T-Shirt

An origin story like this really highlights the ethics that the company still cultivates to this day. This is common in the CBD and hemp industry, and it is refreshing to see. I care very much for the planet, and it’s nice whenever I can lend my support to businesses, like Hempy’s, that are committed to business models that place the planet first, while still offering high-quality products at a reasonable price.

Product quality

Hempy’s makes sure that their products are some of the highest quality on the market and some of the most sustainable. They still maintain the commitment to the environment that they started with. Their clothing is made in the United States, and they are committed to sourcing sustainable hemp for all of their clothing. I can attest to their quality (I wear their clothing regularly!). I’ve also noticed that all of their clothing is either a blend of organic cotton and hemp, or just pure hemp. The good thing about both of these fabrics is that they breathe well, and don’t itch or irritate.

Are they just clothing?

Candle Rain Water

No! Lucky for us, they’re not just a clothing company. They may have started as a company that produced hemp textiles and clothing, but now they have branched out. One product that we carry of theirs is a scented hemp candle (don’t worry, there’s no hemp smell). I really enjoy the scent of their Rain Water candle. I’m not sure if it is because I love rain, or if the smell is really that good. Either way, check out their candles (they’re just as high quality as the clothing!)

Interaction

What I really enjoy about Hempy’s is that they don’t just try to sell a product to you; their blog is a great source for information on hemp (like ours!), and they will often try to answer questions that people have about hemp. These blogs take the form of short op-eds, summaries of history, little anecdotes on growing hemp, and much more! I always love when I see a company that is engaged with the community and is really pushing to inform the public about the benefits of hemp. Of course, their product is great, too.

Style

Hempy’s walletsThe styles of Hempy’s clothing that we offer are diverse enough to fit any style, and are comfortable to boot. We have several colors of hats, beanies, and scarves (I personally like the blue hat most). But what if you’re not big on wearing your hemp? We also carry some rather stylish and durable wallets. I personally don’t have one of Hempy’s wallets (I’m still waiting for my leather wallet to fall apart), but I have several friends with them and I have heard nothing but praise; I’ve also held them and, like the clothing, they seem indestructible (but that doesn’t mean that they are! Don’t be reckless!). One of the best aspects of Hempy’s style is that you don’t find any large or obnoxious logos. The logo either blends into the garment itself (like on my hat), or it is only present on a small, removable tag.

Price

I’ve found that the price of our Hempy’s clothing is on par with that of most apparel chains, and, in many cases, cheaper. This is a godsend to a college budget, and it allows me to be environmentally-conscious, while also wearing clothing that is comfortable and looks good!

The Hempy’s products that we carry:

  • Hemp Road Tripper Trucker Mesh Hat (Blue with White mesh): $34.00
  • Hemp Baseball Cap: $32.00
  • Hemp Beanie: $32.00
  • Bamboo Organic Cotton Infinity Scarf in Navy, Black or Ash: $22.00
  • Hemp Slim Line Wallet in Blue with Black Trim: $24.00
  • Hemp Tri-Fold Wallet in Green with Green Trim: $30.00
  • Hemp Candle – Egyptian Amber & Sandalwood: $14.00
  • Hemp Candle – Rain Water: $14.00

My Hempy’s experience

Sabrina Beach Hempy

I’ve talked a lot about what I like about Hempy’s, so I’ll spare you the long stories. That being said, I need to make it abundantly clear that I wear my Hempy’s hat daily… Daily! One of my good friends was visiting me for a weekend, and she needed a hat for the sun. Without thinking, I handed her my Hempy’s hat. I almost didn’t get it back at the end of the day! When I did get it back, she asked where I had gotten it (I think I sold a hat that day…), and I promptly showed her to our site. I still haven’t found a better hat for keeping the sun off of my face and out of my eyes, while still circulating enough air to prevent my head from sweating. Overall, Hempy’s is a brand that I plan on incorporating in my life for the foreseeable future.

Giveaway

Well Behaved T-ShirtsIf you want to incorporate this ethical, practical, and fashionable brand in your life too, get excited. This week we are giving away a hat AND shirt of your choosing. All you have to do is follow us on Instagram, @GreenWellnessLife and comment #GWLwinner to enter! Hurry, the giveaway ends August 23rd at 12:00pm EST!


National CBD Day Sale

August 7th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

National CBD Day

Hannah Laing

By Blogger Hannah Laing 

Published August 7th, 2019

Why are we celebrating?

August 8th may not be marked on your calendar, but it sure was on ours! Although National CBD Day does not have its own parade, we plan on celebrating nonetheless. When discussing the best way to celebrate the cannabinoid that has impacted our lives in a variety of ways, it seemed only fitting to make our favorite products more accessible to our customers. That is why we decided to slash prices on the following products for a very short time. Each of the following products will be 25% off from August 7th, 2019 to August 14th, 2019. We never run products this deeply discounted and there’s no coupon code needed.  You won’t want to miss this!!!

Our favorite 0% THC product

Select cbd drops lemon ginger

The battle for the title of “favorite” 0% THC product was pretty fierce, but in the end the Select CBD Drops remained victorious. In the words of my 9th grade English teacher, “keep it simple stupid,” and that is exactly what Select does. With hemp-derived CBD, and MCT (fractionated coconut oil) carrier oil, essential oils, and Stevia being the main ingredients for each tincture you can rest assured that you know what you are putting into your body.

Our favorite new product

Strawberry Lemonade Vape pen

It’s always hard to choose between the new and shiny toys, but by far my favorite new product is the CBDistillery disposable vape. What makes this vape unique is that you can actually see the oil in the vape, so there is no guessing game as to when the pen will die. This vape also has a Tec Temper oil base, which is formulated with a special blend of terpenes with antioxidants and anti-irritants for a smoother vaping experience that is Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA. And most importantly of all, in my opinion, is that we carry the strawberry lemonade flavor. It’s my all-time favorite vape flavor.

Our favorite booster

MedCBDX Chewing Gum

Sometimes, taking CBD orally every day isn’t enough to get us through the chaos that is life. When I encounter those stressful moments, I like to use what we call a “booster,” meaning something that is fast acting but doesn’t last as long as a product that goes through our digestive system. We have several products  that can give you a little boost to get through that situation. My favorite booster is the MedCBDX chewing gum. Each piece of gum has 10 mgs of CBD and because it is just gum, your body can process the CBD through the cheeks and the membrane under your tongue much faster than any tincture or capsule.

Our favorite topical

Endoca Hemp Salve

When talking about topicals for chronic pain, there is only one salve that I keep going back to and that’s the Endoca Hemp Salve. This salve has 750 mg of CBD/cannabinoids and the company claims ‘it’s so natural you can eat it!” I can’t say that I have eaten the green paste myself, but I do use it for my chronic neck pain, bug bites, and I even use it to heal my cat scratches (love scratches, I’m sure.) If you have not tried this salve you need to!

Our favorite pet product

When it comes to our furry friends, you will not see a fiercer group. The safety and well being of our pets is always at the forefront for us here at Green Wellness Life.  That is why one of our go-to pet products is Purfurred CBD drops for both cats and dogs. This tincture has 200 mg of full-spectrum CBD and is one of the few tinctures that comes in at such an accessible price (even before our super awesome sale) at only $26.99.

Our favorite raw product

tasty drops spearmint 1000

Chronic pain is a complicated and painful mess that no one understands more than me. As someone who was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia (is it still juvenile if you’re 18?) I understand the importance of CBDa. ”Raw” products have CBDa, the acidic version of CBD that is unheated. This specific cannabinoid has been shown to be really beneficial for reducing chronic pain. Many of our clients have seen great benefit using our raw products. One downfall is the flavor profile, it sure doesn’t taste good. If you can stand the taste of grass and dirt, I envy you. If you’re looking for a raw product that is a more palatable option, your best bet is the Tasty CBD Drops. This tincture comes in berry, spearmint, and vanilla (spearmint is my favorite) but none of them disappoint.

How will you celebrate?

At the end of the day, National CBD Day is about celebrating the cannabinoid that has withstood the test of time with origins dating all the way back to 2800 BCE. This plant is both deeply rooted in history and in the lives of many, myself included. You can either celebrate with a coupon code or by taking your CBD with a smile on your face, nonetheless, I hope you have an amazing National CBD Day.


Can CBD Help Pet Allergies?

August 2nd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Dog's Allergies

Quinton with dog
By Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles 

Published August 2, 2019

Does your pet have allergies?

Once again, it’s time to talk about our favorite family members: our pets. A lot of people don’t know this (and those who do, wish that they didn’t), but dogs and cats can have allergies as well. Just like humans, they can be sensitive to certain allergens in the air (such as pollen or dust); and, like their masters, they can lose out on a lot of life by constantly being burdened by these allergies.

How do pets display allergies?

Allergies in animals work very similar to allergies in humans; symptoms can include itchiness, runny noses, red or inflamed eyes, and sneezing. However, despite these similarities, animals will often have allergy symptoms manifest themselves in the pet’s skin. This is due to the high prevalence of “mast cells” (a type of white blood cell) in the pet’s skin. Normally, these cells help combat germs and infection, but they can become overwhelmed by allergens at times.

How do I know if my pet has allergies?

KittiesHow can you be expected to know if your animal has allergies if you didn’t even know that they could have them? It’s simple. Here are some common symptoms of allergies to look for in your furry best friend:

  • Is your pet constantly scratching themselves? This is a tell-tale sign of allergies, especially if it seems to get worse after you have been outside.
  • Your pets can chew and lick areas with allergies.  Paws are one of the areas you will see them lick.
  •  Maybe they’re breaking out in rashes and hives? This can occur when they are exposed to an allergen.
  • They can also display inflammation in areas. Look on their belly and feet, particularly in-between the toes, as these are the parts of their body that touch the things like grass or pollen the most. Ears can be another area that gets inflamed due to allergies.
  • Rubbing on furniture, the floor, or any other surface might also be a sign of allergies. Some pets will try and rub their entire body across a surface to alleviate the itchiness caused by an allergy.
  • If your pet’s ears are being bothered by allergies, your animal will shake his head often, due to the irritation. They may also not want you to touch their head.
  • Allergies will also give animals red skin near their mouth, chin and paws. In some circumstances, the anus will also become red and inflamed.
  • Just like humans, pets with allergies often get puffy, red eyes.

So your pet has allergies. Now what?

If your pet displays any or all of the above-listed symptoms, it is likely that he or she has allergies. Now, don’t panic yet. Think of all the times that you had a runny nose in the springtime; this is no different. In fact, you may be experiencing similar symptoms to your animal. Many of the allergens that affect humans are those which cause responses in animals. Since this is the case, the first step in helping your canine companion is exactly like what you would do for yourself: locate the allergen! I acknowledge that this is easier said than done. But think for a moment about what could be causing your pet’s reactions. Is it the indoor cleaners, solvents, or scented oils in the house? What about chemicals used outdoors, like pesticides & herbicides? Animals can even have reactions to medicated pet shampoos and highly concentrated chemicals in flea & tick collars. Are any of these things replaceable at home? Before adding anything to your pet’s diet and life, think about what you could take out that would improve its health.

Are there things that can’t be taken out, or things that are out of your control? No worries, that’s where CBD comes in.

CBD? For my animal?

Yes, CBD can work in animals. Just like humans, animals do have an endocannabinoid system (ECS for short. Check out my prior blog about it). This system helps the cells regulate their function, and can give a boost to the immune system, while also working to reduce inflammation! So if you can’t get rid of an allergen, and your pet is still experiencing the symptoms of allergies, it is a good idea to think about adding some CBD into their daily routine. I know that I wouldn’t want my pet to go on suffering from allergies.

What should I give them?

The other aspect of helping out your pet with CBD is deciding how to give them it. Unfortunately, most animals are unlikely to just swallow a pill or capsule with a glass of water in the morning after breakfast. But capsules and pills aren’t the only way to get CBD into your pet! A very popular option with pets and their owners is, yes, you guessed it, treats. These things are great. Tasty, with plenty of CBD, they make giving your animal what it needs easy. After all, what pet is going to say no to a tasty treat?

Another way to give your animal some CBD is via a tincture. This can be as simple as a treat by just dropping oil in their food.  If your pet is not a good eater and leaves food in their bowl this can be a bit more challenging but can offer something that a treat can’t: isolation. What I mean by this is that tinctures are relatively pure. If your pet turns out to be allergic to an ingredient that is used to make a treat, it will be a bit moot to give them more treats to try to solve the problem. A tincture, with limited ingredient drops in your pets’ mouth, gets around this problem (although, if the treats work fine, no need to stop!)

Mike and Mo

When looking for CBD for your pet, always make sure to look for products that are from hemp and have minimal .3% or less THC content. At high doses, THC can be toxic to pets. But don’t let that scare you away from using potentially helpful CBD; our products for pets are all safe (our own furry family members use them – just ask Molly and Mike on the left).

When do I start?

As I’m no veterinarian, I always advise you to talk to your vet before changing anything up with your pet’s diet or lifestyle. I offered all the information that I could, and hope that it’s helpful. No owner wants to see their pet suffer with allergies, and many have found relief with CBD,  but it isn’t always as easy as adding a new treat or tincture. This is why I  advise first looking at what you can take out of your pet’s life that causes allergies before adding something new. I hope that, in no time, your pet can be out enjoying life without any allergies! And try some CBD treats or drops, they’re delectable!


Does the Type of CBD I Take Matter?

July 18th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Synthetic

QuintonBy Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Published July 18, 2019

There Are Different Types of CBD?

I’m sure that by now you have run into different ingredient listings on your CBD. These names, like “Isolate,” and “Full Spectrum,” and maybe even “Synthetic,” could have made complete sense to you, or could have been no more than words. Maybe you didn’t even notice them. My job in these next few sections is to help you to understand what those words mean when they are on your CBD, and maybe help you make some informed decisions about your next purchases. Ready to dive in? Let’s go!

First, I have to say that, yes, there are different types of CBD. The most common names that you will find are isolate and full-spectrum, but others, such as “Synthetic,” and “Broad-Spectrum,” are out there. Now, unlike in a lot of dietary supplements and health foods these days, those words actually mean something and are not just meant to be exotic or attractive. But not everyone calls them by the same name. And what are they?

Isolate

One of the most common forms of CBD that I come across is labeled “Isolate,” or “CBD Isolate.” In fact, the bottle on my desk right now (our exceptional Select CBD Drops, which are peppermint flavored) is an isolate.  It actually says “CBD Hemp Extract,” on the side. It’s in small lettering, so one could easily miss it, but it is important to know what that is. Bear with me for the science-y sounding words.

There are more than 80 cannabinoids, or compounds, found in the hemp plant. CBD isolate is simply telling you that the CBD has been isolated, and is the only one of those 80+ compounds that is included as an active ingredient in the product in your cabinet. It’s purified CBD that has been extracted from the hemp plant and separated from the other cannabinoids. Not too hard to remember, right?

A hemp plant contains lots of different parts (like CBD, THC & terpenes), and an isolate removes everything that isn’t the CBD oil from the mixture. This can be useful for people who are looking for pure CBD oil and want to ensure that their product does not contain even a trace amount of THC (which the hemp plant does, though it is only a trace amount of .3% or less on a dry weight basis.) There are CBD isolate products in nearly every category, from capsules to tinctures to e-liquids and edibles. Isolated CBD is flavorless. That fact and the lack of THC make it appealing to both consumers and manufacturers. We hear great results from customers looking for benefits like mood-stabilization and inflammation relief from CBD isolates.

Full-Spectrum

Another popular form of CBD is known as “Full-Spectrum.”  In my experience, these are some of the most advertised and lauded in the market. So why is that? I think that a lot of it has to do with the potency and “naturalness” of the product. In order to produce an isolate, the hemp plant has to be heavily processed – those additional natural compounds are stripped away. Full-Spectrum means that everything that grew in that plant in the ground has made it to the bottle on your shelf. Full-Spectrum CBD contains a variety of essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, terpenes, flavonoids [1], and fiber along with those cannabinoid compounds. When referring to CBD in the hemp plant, it’s important to understand that hemp contains a large number of cannabinoids (in trace amounts), but the main compound is cannabidiolic acid (CBDa). As CBDa is more abundant in the hemp plant, manufacturers must decarboxylate the oil. The decarboxylation process heats and filters the oil, converting that natural CBDa into CBD. Wow. Let’s unpack that.

In full-spectrum CBD, you’re getting a lot of natural oils and compounds that you otherwise would lose in an “Isolate.” Many of these are just parts of the plant, such as chlorophyll and fiber, while some have a direct effect on your body and the CBD, such as terpenes (I wrote a blog a little while ago on terpenes. Check it out if you haven’t already!) A major result of this abundance of compounds is that full-spectrum CBD is less processed than an Isolate.  It’s heated and filtered, which can increase the concentration while retaining all that plant matter.  It’s often stated to be more potent than an isolate.  All these compounds(cannabinoids) working together creates a synergistic effect known as the “Entourage effect.”  That’s it. Pretty easy, right?

Many people report whole plant extract not only providing faster and better relief [2] , but the effects also lasting longer. This is why an increasing number of companies in the CBD industry are selling full-spectrum CBD oil as a rule.  Do keep in mind, though, that the trace amount of THC will remain in a full-spectrum extract as well.  If you’re subject to drug testing or have a sensitivity to THC, this may be something that you want to avoid.  We hear great feedback specific to full-spectrum products for customers living with chronic pain.

Broad-Spectrum

So we’ve covered isolate and full-spectrum. Another popular option is broad-spectrum. It’s sort of a hybrid if you will.  Rather than isolating and using only the CBD, it’s the THC that’s isolated and removed. This results in a 0 THC product that still retains the other compounds and plant matter. This is the newest option in processing methodology.  Some manufacturers are able to simply extract the THC, while others are separating all of the compounds to an isolated state and then adding them all back into the product on your shelf. We expect to see this option continue to grow in popularity.

A Word on “Organic”

In the United States – all products labeled “organic” should be derived from organically certified hemp grown in the United States. Hemp grown in the European Union (EU) is grown in accordance with EU standards, which can prove the lack of pesticides, mold, and heavy metals through current test results.  Hemp is a porous plant and it’s important to work with a company that lab tests to ensure that there are no harmful agents in the soil making it into that end product. This is less of a concern with a more processed CBD isolate that’s further removed from the plant growing in the ground.

Synthetic

This is the newest and most controversial form of CBD. Just like any other beneficial product that grows naturally, it’s human nature to try to make it better/faster/cheaper. How often, though, does better/faster/cheaper equal healthier?  Not often, in our opinion. We do not carry any synthetic CBD products on our website. But why? The short answer is simply that we don’t trust it. A lot of research points to CBD from the hemp plant as being healthier and more beneficial, yet the race is on for medical biotech companies to create a version of CBD that’s cooked in a lab rather than grown in a field.  Synthetic CBD (and synthetic pretty much anything) is lower cost and easier to mass-produce.  We don’t have to rely on pesky things like sunshine and rainfall. That certainly doesn’t make them better.

As a nation, we’re returning to whole foods and natural products. This is evident in the resurgence of farm to table restaurants. We firmly believe that this should hold true for supplements in our bodies as well. If you need documentation [3], leading international medical cannabis researchers in Israel have documented that CBD extracts made from the whole cannabis plant display superior medicinal properties compared to synthetic single-molecule cannabidiol (CBD.)

So if the plant-based is better for you, more potent and is the safer option, why wouldn’t we only offer natural CBD? Enough said. I’ll get off that soapbox now.

So what should I look for when buying?

We say it over and over again, but truly there is no one size fits all. If you need to avoid even a trace amount of THC, stick with an isolate or broad-spectrum. An isolate is also a great fit if you have concerns about plant terpene allergies.  If you’re looking for the most holistic option, definitely look to full-spectrum.  You’ll generally pay a little more per milligram of active ingredient, but you should be able to see a benefit with a lower serving size.  Keep in mind, though, that full-spectrum is the whole plant – including that trace amount of THC that naturally occurs in the hemp plant.

I would advise you to steer clear of any “Synthetic” CBD. There is still a lot to learn about it, and the research that we have points to it not being as safe or effective as natural CBD.

As always, we at Green Wellness Life are willing to help and answer any questions that you have. Shoot us an email, call, or message us on any of our social media accounts. We’re always here to help!

Resources

  1. https://www.marijuanabreak.com/what-are-flavonoids
  2. https://www.marijuanabreak.com/entourage-effect-thoroughly-explained
  3. https://www.endoca.com/blog/cbd-extract-vs-synthetic-cbd

Athletes Turning to CBD

July 3rd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Athletes Turning to CBD

Quinton

By op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Athletes use CBD?

While many people know of the beneficial effects of CBD, and use it daily, many are unaware that it can be immensely helpful for athletes. Now, I’m not talking about just Olympic-level athletes here. Anyone who leads an active life, or wants to start leading an active life, could benefit.

Anti-inflammatory properties

One of the main reasons that CBD is so complementary to exercise and why athletes are switching from other anti-inflammatory drugs (such as ibuprofen) is CBD’s purported anti-inflammatory properties [1]. Several studies have even shown that CBD can effectively regulate swelling in some inflammatory and autoimmune diseases [2]. Swelling is a natural part of athletics, but to be able to neutralize that response can shorten recovery time.

So why the switch?

Chronic use of over-the-counter pain relievers (i.e. NSAIDs like ibuprofen and naproxen sodium) poses greater health risk than previously known, and we are in the midst of an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdoses that kill tens of thousands of Americans annually. In such a landscape, athletes are rightly curious about and eager for cannabidiols’ (CBD) promises of pain relief and reduced inflammation without the risks associated with NSAIDs or opioids [3]. The option and availability of safe, alternative, and often affordable CBD is leading to many athletes switching over to CBD as a supplement to alleviate their pain.

Is it legal?

Wada Logo

I can already hear the question: “but what about anti-doping rules and rules against performance-enhancing drugs?” CBD is not prohibited under either. Starting at the beginning of 2018, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from the list of prohibited substances – in or out of competition [4]. This means that, even if you’re a competitive athlete, you don’t have to worry about using CBD to treat those sore muscles!  It is key to look for CBD products that are THC free if you are having to undergo drug testing as it is possible to test positive for THC when using products that have that small percentage of THC in them.  This can either be an isolate or a Broad spectrum product.  We would recommend a broad spectrum over an isolate because it has more of the components present in the plant and can be beneficial with inflammation.CBDfx Gummies

CBD and running

Anyone who regularly reads these blogs knows that I like to talk about my active lifestyle in relation to how I use CBD. I thought that it would be pertinent to bring up what I know about CBD and how it relates to my running.

First, a fun fact that I love sharing is that your body already uses CBD when you run. Well, sort of. It uses a chemical known as “anandamide,” which is a part of your Endocannabinoid system. What this chemical does is induce a euphoria, also known as “runner’s high.”

So what happens when you take CBD? Well, While CBD doesn’t activate cannabinoid receptors in the brain (like the anandamide does), it has shown to moderately inhibit the degradation of anandamide by working against the enzyme responsible for breaking down the bliss molecule. This means a prolongation of the “runner’s high” that makes running such an enjoyable activity (at least for me) [5].

But that’s not why most people, most runners, use it. It all goes back to the anti-inflammatory properties. Running is constant stress on your joints, and that can lead to swelling if you’re not careful. I’ve found that, with my daily CBD supplements and proper stretching, I never suffer from swelling or pain in my joints after running. All I feel is that sweet burn and satisfaction of having sweat it out!

What should I do?Cedar Citrus

Take some CBD supplements and get out there! You don’t have to be sprinting around a track to benefit from the salutary effects of exercise. Take a bike ride, go for a swim, walk the dog, whatever you can do to get outside and move around is good enough. If you’re an athlete, know that there are other, better options than opioids and painkillers and that these options can manage inflammation and swelling, too. If you’re just trying to get or stay fit, or if you’re already a weekend warrior, look into trying out a CBD supplement. As always, keep an open mind and think about what I’ve offered as you search for what works best for you!

Resources

[1] https://www.outsideonline.com/2296261/athletes-ditching-ibuprofen-cbd-marijuana

[2] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2828614/

[3] https://trainright.com/cbd-for-athletes-cannabidiol/

[4] https://trainright.com/cbd-for-athletes-cannabidiol/

[5] https://www.cbdschool.com/cbd-for-runners/


Oils and Capsules and Drops oh my!

March 22nd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Oils and capsules

How much CBD should I take?

I’ve written about CBD and the aging process before, though only focusing on ailments common in aging bodies. I want to discuss something that could present a problem to anyone using CBD: dosage or as we know it in the CBD industry serving size. Often, I hear that people are unsure of what amount of CBD that they should take for this or that. Maybe they want to “supplement their mood”, try to “fix their insomnia”, or attempt to “lessen the effects of the natural process of age,” or any number of other issues that people choose to try CBD.  In most cases, we find people are unsure where to start in terms of serving size for CBD.

CBD bottles have recommended serving sizes

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CBD Is Everywhere, Helping You Choose

January 23rd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Is Everywhere

By Brandy Palmer Founder and Owner of Green wellness Life

BrandyWhen I started working in the hemp industry 4 years ago, it was a whole new world for me.  I could name maybe 5 uses for hemp – and none of them had anything to do with balance in our bodies. The CBD industry at that time was still new. I definitely couldn’t spell cannabidiol and my family and friends hassled me with a lot of pot jokes!  Fast forward to 2019 and it seems that CBD is becoming a common household item. It’s everywhere – from your inbox (seriously – I have three emails TODAY inviting me to participate in CBD studies, from companies I can’t pronounce) and Facebook feed, to your local discount shoe store and hair salon. That is awesome and challenging all at the same time. This is a compound that we are putting in and on our bodies. Many of the people hawking CBD today don’t know a thing about it. This is bad for both the people that are buying and selling it. CBD can be confusing especially for someone trying to find the best choice for their unique system and circumstances. Here’s hoping that this article can help you to know what to look for when buying CBD.

Time in the Industry

New companies that manufacture CBD products are popping up daily. The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal to grow and produce a multitude of products with hemp in the United States. This bill also came with a number of restrictions. These restrictions created some barriers for manufacturers. Many of these restrictions were effectively wiped out with the 2018 Farm Bill update, and the floodgates are effectively opening. Some of these new companies offer great products; However we also know that in the US 1 in 3 businesses will fail in the first year. They may have an awesome product, but marketing and managing a team is an entirely different animal to tame. There’s nothing worse than coming to rely on a product for your family and then learning that it’s no longer an option for you! I’m still pretty angry at TGI Friday’s for getting rid of their grilled vegetable sandwich and there was significantly less at stake there, than on the CBD I take daily. So make sure that the company you’re buying from has been in business for a little while.

Product Knowledge

There are a lot of areas that I am not knowledgeable about. Ask me about computers or why your car engine is making a funny sound, and I’ll stare at you blankly. Ask me about CBD, though, and I know some things. You need that knowledge if you’re new to hemp and the compounds it’s made up of.  It’s great to start with a company that you heard about from friends or family, but your needs may be unique from theirs. It is key to call that company and ask them questions. You’ll know pretty quickly if they know what they are talking about or NOT! If it’s the latter, steer clear! You need an knowledgeable company to help you to be an educated consumer.

There’s a tanning salon in my town that’s selling CBD. They have big posters in their window and a cutesy display on their counter. I went in and asked some questions and knew in about 1 minute that the adorable girl working had NO CLUE what she was selling. That’s not only bad business, it’s likely a turn off to people who will try products. It is easy to take CBD but when you do not know which kind or how much you need to take and how to increase in order to see results you can easily get frustrated and deduce that you saw no results…“CBD doesn’t work!” Make sure that the company you’re working with knows the product.

Avoiding Medical Claims

I know I’m a broken record here, but there really is no “one size fits all” with CBD. Can I promise it will heal your <insert problem here>? No, I can’t. No one can. If they promise a specific medical result, that’s not only unethical – it’s potentially predatory. Many people see a real benefit from CBD, once they have determined the right product and serving size and are taking it consistently. “Many” doesn’t mean everyone. I’ve told people directly that I don’t think that they will see what they are looking for from CBD, which is not an easy thing to say. I’ve also told people that I thought they would see a real benefit and they didn’t. At the end of the day, every system is unique and each person will see varying results with CBD. If the company that you are working with tells you anything other than that, find a new company.

Customer Service

As the CBD market grows, it can be easy to find multiple companies selling the same products.  When that happens, the key difference will be the service. Look for customer reviews and check out their return policy. If your initial choice isn’t a great fit, make sure that the company you’re working with will, at a minimum, swap it out for another product. Be sure to ask if all sales are individual or if you’re signing up for a monthly subscription program? There’s certainly nothing wrong with subscriptions – I get my vitamins like clockwork and that’s pretty convenient; but they can get us into trouble sometimes. I like those meal subscription services. They do pile up quickly and I tend to forget to cancel a week. This results in lots and lots of cooking and freezing meals. Oops. Make sure that you have some flexibility and are fully aware of the cost if you do go the subscription route.

Product Options

I like to buy as many products as I can from one source. I blame Amazon for spoiling me, but it’s reality. If I can find one source I trust, I stick with them. The same should be true for CBD. I give cannabidiol to my dog and two cats, my son, and my husband. We use a variety of products from tincture to e-liquid and salves and there is a real value in being able to get them from one place. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to CBD, so when a company has a variety of options, it means that I have a better chance of finding my best fit without having to look to another source.

Clear Labeling & Descriptions

CBD is one of the more than 80 different compounds in hemp and marijuana plants. Many CBD products that you buy contain all of those compounds, while others are strictly the isolated CBD. You should know that from a clear label and product description. We go into greater detail in another blog…see more. The amount of CBD in a product should not be a guessing game. While some manufacturers do call it different things (Hemp Extract, Phytocannabinoid Blend, Phytocannabinoid Rich Oil to name a few,) you should always see the total milligrams of that active CBD on the product label.  You should also know that test data is available and be able receive that detail when you ask for it. That test data will show you that what you want is in there, and what you want to avoid (think high THC, pesticides, heavy metals) is not present. If the label and description aren’t clear, and you can’t get the detail you need from Customer Service, take a pass.

Cost

The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true here to a point.  You want to be looking at the cost per milligram of CBD. That cost per milligram will be higher on things like gummies and chocolate because of the other ingredients. Some manufacturers have a perceived brand value and will charge more per milligram, but you should otherwise see fairly close pricing for the same type of CBD. It’s important to compare apples to apples – a CBD isolate product will not be the same cost as a full-spectrum, but if you’re looking at two 1000 mg bottles of full-spectrum tincture (even if those bottles are different sizes!), they should be fairly close in price.  If not, ask why and steer clear of both overpriced and under priced products.

These are exciting times, where we as consumers have more access to information than anyone who came before us.  We can take control of our own health and well-being and that of our families. Was it Spiderman that said “With great power comes great responsibility?” I may have my superheroes mixed up, but you get the point. Making smart choices about what we put in and on our bodies is definitely a great responsibility – here’s hoping that this article has helped lift that burden, if even a little bit.

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Body in Balance (The Best CBD for you)

January 17th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

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By Cara Oorbeck & Brandy Palmer – The Green Wellness Crew!

Isolate, Full Spectrum or Raw?

Finding the right CBD for your needs and body can be confusing. We answer customer questions all day long and we have found that there is no one size fits all. Each individual is different and finding the right fit for you can be confusing. So let’s take a look at the different forms of CBD: What is the difference between them? Who would use which version, and why?

What exactly is CBD, and where does it come from?

First of all, it’s important to understand that cannabidiol (CBD) is only one of the major compounds that are present in the cannabis plant – both hemp and marijuana. It happens to be one of the most studied compounds by scientists because of its powerful potential and the fact that it occurs in greater quantities in the plant than some of the other more than 80+ compounds. As evidence of its interest to scientists and researchers, CBD has been used in multiple pharmaceutical solutions. One of the most recent to be approved by the FDA is Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug used to treat childhood epilepsy.

Despite its fame, CBD is not the only major component in cannabis sativa. There are a range of other compounds that make up the plant, though CBD garners most mainstream attention these days.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil: A Rainbow of Compounds

This is a lot like it sounds: full spectrum CBD oil means that manufacturers use the whole plant and all the cannabinoids found therein instead of just the CBD.

Full-spectrum is unique in that it can introduce the user to the possible positive effects of the other components of cannabis working together, often referred to as the entourage effect. Though there are many different cannabinoids in the plant, here are a few of the better-known ones included in full spectrum products.

1. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Full-spectrum CBD from the hemp plant does include trace amounts of THC, which is well-known as the psychoactive element of cannabis – or the part that makes you high. It’s can’t be more a .3% concentration when coming from a hemp plant, so it has no psychoactive effect. There is technology that is isolating the THC out of some full spectrum products making it what is now being referred to as a “broad spectrum.” This means that it started as a full spectrum, but the THC was isolated and removed from the other cannabinoids. These products will usually specify 0 THC. Examples of this are KOI Tincture and Natural Leaf softgels

2. CBN (Cannabinol)
This component of cannabis does not occur in as great a quantity, so we don’t know quite enough about it yet. What science is finding is exciting, though. Some early studies are showing that there may be real benefits for people struggling with sleep issues.

3. CBG (Cannabigerol)
Interestingly, CBG has been shown to stimulate growth of new brain cells and stimulates bone growth. These unusual properties make it a fascinating compound for researchers to study.

4. THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
THCV has a similar molecular structure to THC and is also psychoactive. Research is finding that it’s very similar to CBD as well, in working to balance and neutralize cells.

All of these compounds—and far more—interact in a full-spectrum product. Who would this form of CBD work for? A full-spectrum CBD oil would work great for someone who wants to work with all the elements of the cannabis plant for a holistic approach. It would be very useful for those who are interested in other compounds, like CBG and THCV, and their effects. It’s important to keep in mind that unless clearly stated to be a 0% THC product (ie broad spectrum,) full spectrum products will likely contain a trace amount of THC. That legal limit, if coming from hemp, is 0.3%.

CBD Isolate: Pure CBD Oil

In a CBD Isolate, only one compound is present—CBD. It’s been individually extracted from the plant without any of the other cannabinoids, terpenes or plant matter. Some might say that the isolate is missing some of the other compounds that make full-spectrum oil special. While this is true to an extent, there are plenty of reasons why someone might want just pure CBD oil.

For one, maybe they’re only interested in specific CBD oil effects. If a user has discovered that CBD works best alone to treat their particular disorder or ease their symptoms, then they would definitely want to stick with what works. Other users might feel uncomfortable with even trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC in full spectrum; in this case isolate CBD is a perfect solution.

Others may actually be allergic or have had bad reactions to other cannabinoids. In this case, a CBD isolate would be the best choice to make sure he or she only consumes a product that’s pure with no trace of other compounds.

Raw CBDA-CBD

“Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a chemical compound found in the resin glands (trichomes) of raw cannabis plants.” In this case, raw means unheated and uncured. Many of the conditions that respond with CBD also respond well to CBDA but there is a growing body of information that is talking about the benefits of raw or CBDA having a greater affect on people living with chronic pain. There is also a patent pending by GW Parmaceuticals using CBDA in conjunction with CBD for anxiety and psychotic disorders.

Whatever your choice when it comes to CBD, it’s important to make sure you’re thinking with a comprehensive view of what you body needs at a given time. If you don’t have any allergies or issues with compounds in a full spectrum product, maybe compare its effects in your body to pure CBD isolate and see what makes you feel better. Every system is unique. We know it’s heard to hear, but there is no one size fits all. At the end of the day, the best CBD for you is the one that you will reap benefit from!


New Product Education Videos!

August 9th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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One of the things we pride ourselves most in doing at Green Wellness Life is adding new, high-quality products to increase your choices as a customer!

However, we know that having such a wide range of options can be confusing, especially when you’re trying to tell the difference between products or learning how to use a new one. Sometimes the best way to learn this kind of information is to see it firsthand! That’s why we have a YouTube page dedicated to product education. Each of these videos is filmed by our wonderful founder and owner, Brandy Palmer, to help you put a face with the name.

If you have questions about how products look, taste, or function, then this page is the resource for you! Check out some of our most recent videos below.

All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen

First, the All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen is an amazing choice if you prefer vaping. Not only is it a high-quality product, but it can be used with every single e-liquid we have to offer, regardless of concentration or e-liquid base! However, with the adjustable voltage option and convenience of the product also comes a range of button-click combinations to hit the right setting for the right liquid.

Listen to Brandy explain these various settings in a quick and easy way, here:

Bluebird Botanicals

Another great product line we carry is the Bluebird Botanicals tinctures. This brand is a natural, organic option with a simple list of ingredients – no added flavoring or coloring! Within this product line, you have three main choices (with a variation in size and concentration):

  • Hemp Classic Oil
  • Hemp Complete Blend
  • Hemp Signature Blend

We believe that each option is an awesome one, but everyone’s individual needs are quite different, meaning that the right product for you might not be the same as the right product for someone else. That’s why we also offer a sample pack of each of these three options for you to try!

If you’d rather learn more about each first, Brandy’s here to help!

Plus CBD Oil Applicator

Our raw Plus CBD Oil is one of our more intimidating options, but it shouldn’t be! These applicators are surprisingly simple to use. Just turn the applicator until you here the right number of clicks, and the predetermined serving size is dispensed for you.

There are two of the raw oil applicators available – the Gold Formula and Total Plant Complex – both with the same easy applicator pen. If you want to learn more about the difference between the two or actually see and hear how the pen works, watch the video below!

If you want to stay updated on future educational videos or learn more about Green Wellness Life, subscribe to our YouTube channel, here!


Welcome to Green Wellness

February 21st, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

Brandelle PalmerHi there,

I expect that I am a lot like most of you reading this – I’m a wife and a mom. I’m busy working and raising my middle income family in a pretty conservative area in West Michigan. I have two kids (not the 2.4 that is the societal norm, but it’s pretty close) and a dog that likes to escape for walks with the labrador down the street. Oh, and I’m a hemp advocate.

Until about a year ago, I didn’t know much about hemp. Like many other people, the term “cannabis” just meant “weed” to me. Which, I smoked in college but hasn’t really been my thing for a while. I’ve been interested in a more natural and organic lifestyle for my family, assuming that it’s readily available and won’t cost us a billion dollars, but that’s about the extent of it. Then I took a part time Project Management position with a hemp company. Not because I was enthralled by the plant, but rather because I wanted to go part time to spend more time with those not quite 2.4 children. Once employed, I started to learn about the plant. And I fell in love.

Tinctures and EdiblesAs it turns out, cannabis is a plant genus that includes several species – including both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana and hemp are the same in the same way that miniature poodles and wolves are the same. You can cross breed them, but you wouldn’t really consider them the same creature. I’m not opposed to marijuana and I do believe it should be legalized, but my love affair is not with that plant. There are medicinal benefits to the THC that is naturally occurring in a high quantity in marijuana plants, but, the bulk of the medicinal benefit comes from another compound – CBD. CBD occurs in low amounts in marijuana and much higher amounts in hemp. Hence the love.

I’ve done lots of research and there are some really exciting studies into CBD. Studies showing shrinking tumors, reduced anxiety, lowered joint pain, seizure free children. Impressive, right? More than that, I’m hearing stories from people. I’m hearing “thank you” and “amazing!” and “miracle!” Pretty cool. Now, the FDA has not done all of their homework or given a stamp of approval on CBD. And I’m not a doctor. I don’t prescribe, treat, or cure anything. But I’m seeing that this works. And it’s helping people. I want to be part of that. And I hope you do, too.

Thanks for reading, friends. I’d love to hear your stories and questions so we can continue this journey together. We’ll talk more soon.

Brandy


Can CBD Help Relieve Stress?

July 26th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Relieve Stress

QuintonBy Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Published July 26, 2019

Are you stressed or anxious?

Stress is common. Really common. All said, around 40 million Americans suffer from some sort of anxiety [1]. That’s a big number, and could very well include you. Even more concerning is the possibility that chronic stress may have irreversible impacts on the brain [2], permanently altering its chemistry. It can also lead to behavioral changes like smoking, drinking excessively, eating too much or too little, and loss of sleep – all of which negatively impact your quality of life.

Now I’m stressed about stress

I get it. You try not to be stressed, but this just leads you to be stressed about your stress. I’ve felt this more times than I would like to admit. So what are the ways out of this? Well, most solutions are going to take some sort of investment, whether that be time, money, or sacrificing something in your life that causes you stress.

What are my options?

You could use expensive prescription drugs and pharmaceutical remedies that have long lists of side-effects. Many people do and see great improvements and an overall better quality of life. But, when I tried this in the past, I found myself lethargic, sluggish, and having lost my vigor. I may have not been anxious, but that was because I didn’t have the energy to be!

So, if not medications, then what? Well, we at Green Wellness believe that there should always be a balance in the body and in what you do. You can’t just expect that a magic prescription will fix everything; you have to be proactive about decreasing your stress. One great and natural way to do this is to do what I call “micro-yoga.” Unlike the yoga that calls to mind sweaty mats, tight pants, and displaying your general lack of flexibility to a roomful of strangers, “micro-yoga” occurs entirely within your head, and can even be done at your desk during a slow moment at work. What you do is close your eyes (or keep them open) and pick a repeating sound from around you. Focus on this sound, and maybe identify where it comes from. Now that you have both the sound and its source, clear your mind and breathe slowly. Think of nothing more than the sound and where it comes from. You can do this for one, five, or even ten minutes. I find that it helps to center me and place everything into perspective. (Brandy also told me I HAD to insert that regular yoga is also awesome for stress. She’s a huge fan!)

But what does this have to do with CBD? Our physical health and well being is connected to our state of mind and CBD when combined with other methods of relaxation and balance can be incredibly helpful. So, I’m here to talk to you about stress and CBD. There is no panacea that has been invented that will rid you of all stress. Since most of us can’t leave our jobs or schools that cause us stress, we have to find ways of managing it. The first step in this is having the right strategies for relaxing in our day. After these stressful moments have been put in their place by stepping back and breathing we begin to talk about how CBD can help us stay in that state of calm.

So what does CBD do for you?

I can’t speak for what it will do specifically for you, but I do know how it has helped me.

I work and go to school, so you can imagine that I have a lot of stress from day to day. While my “micro-yoga” is a godsend, there are other symptoms that aren’t so easily managed as overthinking things. One such symptom is headaches. I often get them when stressed, or when stress has led me to get less sleep. What I’ll usually do (and what I find helps me the most) is to take some of my topical CBD oil and roll it onto my temples(we are giving a free sample with orders this week). Usually, my headache will disappear and I’ll be able to focus my energy on completing the tasks at hand without stress and its symptoms holding me back.

Sleep Tablets

I mentioned that I sometimes lose sleep due to stress. So how do I deal with this? There isn’t a pill that gives you a full night’s rest (wouldn’t that be convenient, though?), but there are many products that help you relax and get the sleep that you need. For this, I’ll usually take the MedTerra sleeping tablets that we offer. When I remember to take them (I’m famously forgetful), I find that I can get a well-needed rest in order to face the next day.

Also a daily regimen of CBD can be beneficial in stabilizing our mood and evening out the highs and lows.  Many people report it relaxes and evens out their mood,  making the stress factors and anxiety seem more manageable.

select cbd vape pen spearmint

Vaping is also a fantastic way of managing stress for me; I’m not kidding! What better way to relax and calm down than to force yourself to take deep breaths. I turn to the Select CBD Disposable E-liquid Pen when I am under a lot of stress from a particular situation. That and because the CBD enters through the respiratory system I am able to feel the calming effects within only a few minutes. Also, the spearmint flavor tastes like gum so I have a nice minty and refreshing feeling when I exhale.

If vape is not your thing, I have also found Panacea Fast Tabs or some of our MedCBDX gum or mints can act in the same fashion as a vape when your stress seems to be over the top.  These products act quickly and are not the same as a daily, oil-based CBD regimen.  We refer to them as “boosters” because they get to work more quickly than something that you have to process through your digestive system, but they won’t hang out as long in your system to keep working for you.

Don’t just take my word for it

Beyond the testimonials of people who successfully treat their anxiety with CBD oil (like me!), there is also a growing body of scientific evidence that CBD works. Most research has been done in rodents. A recent review discusses 32 different rodent studies that tested CBD’s effects on anxiety — and only one of those whiskered little fellas didn’t see useful results [3].  There’s certainly a lot more research that needs to happen on the whisker-less variety, but it’s a start.

It’s not just the vague term “anxiety” that CBD can help with. One of the researched ways that CBD helps is through regulating serotonin in the brain. Most people associate serotonin with happiness. However, the role of this neurotransmitter is actually very complex, and its effects depend on where it is and what it binds to. (Contrary to popular belief, more serotonin is not necessarily better — dysfunction can stem from low or high levels of serotonin, as well as from malfunctions with their receptors.) Serotonin has at least 14 different receptors, but CBD specifically binds to5-HT1A which is thought to have the strongest role in anxiety disorders. The anti-anxiety drug Buspirone also binds to this particular receptor, which explains the anti-anxiety effects of CBD on rats exposed to stressful situations [4].

Don’t sweat it!

If you’re reading this blog, you’ve already taken the first step to manage your stress. That’s a good thing! There are lots of additional tools out there to help you on this path.  Perhaps start off with that “micro-yoga,”  or even a more traditional yoga, then look at some CBD products that have good reviews (chances are that other people are using CBD for similar reasons); maybe even ask your friends about how they manage their stress, and if they don’t, tell them to read this blog for ideas! As always, if you have any comments or questions, feel free to send us an email or message us on social media; we’re always willing to help and share our stories.

Resources

[1] https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/any-anxiety-disorder.shtml

[2] https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0014299908000277

[3] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4604171/

[4] https://www.foriawellness.com/blogs/learn/how-cbd-oil-vape-helps-stress-anxiety


What’s New? CBD NEw Product Highlight

July 12th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

New Products

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By op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Published 7/12/19

Sleepy yet?

MedTerra capsules have been with us for a while (I take them every morning), but now we have the pleasure of introducing the MedTerra Dissolvable Sleep Tablets! I know what you’re probably asking: What’s the difference? Well, the Sleep Tablets have something that the regular MedTerra tablets don’t: melatonin. So what is melatonin? The technical answer is that it is a hormone produced in your pineal gland that is produced to help regulate sleep cycles and initiates when you enter into sleep.

How are they?

As I already mentioned, I take MedTerra capsules every morning with breakfast. I find that they help me to relax and tackle the day’s responsibilities. So what did I think of a MedTerra product that helped me to maintain a healthy sleep schedule, especially after a long day of work or study? I loved them. I had taken melatonin before (several times in high school,) and found that it helped me return to a normal sleep schedule. However, the melatonin alone is nothing compared to the CBD + melatonin!  And because they are sleep tablets that dissolve instead of the traditional capsule that you swallow, you can feel the effects of the CBD and melatonin without having to wait for your body to digest it. I find that the CBD relaxes me, while the melatonin does what it’s intended to do, resulting in a very sedate, sleepy me.

Woof.

New Products Pets Tincture

While I’m on the topic of MedTerra’s laudable products, I have to mention the new MedTerra Pets Tincture that we just on-boarded. Sadly, my furry child lives back with my parents, but I have several friends who have dogs and cats that I absolutely adore. At this point, I’m almost expected to bring some sort of treat or toy when I visit. I’ve shown up with all sorts of CBD treats, and now I’ve got a new one to bring with me! I didn’t taste this one (I usually taste the pet new products because I’m either curious or secretly Shaggy from Scooby-Doo) as the two flavors offered are beef and chicken, neither of which appealed to me in droplet form. Despite my lack of appetite for these flavors, I’ve yet to hear a complaint from my furry friends.

Something for the balmy weather

I’m oily… Really oily. This causes problems for me when it comes to lotions and balms (many are oil-based). However, I’ve found that I can apply them to my neck or body and have no issues (but I have to avoid the face!). For the last couple of months, I’ve been using the Endoca balm for everything from general moisturizing to sunburn treatment. Now, there’s a new balm in my life: Lazarus Naturals Cedar Citrus CBD Balm. I know, it’s a mouthful (and a lot of C’s; check out that alliteration!). With all those C’s comes an organic, potent balm. I really mean “potent.”  2 oz contains 1200 mg of CBD – this makes it one of our most highly concentrated balms! That’s a lot of CBD goodness, and I love the smell of cedar.

Tropical Breeze… or Chocolate Mint?

Tropical Breeze

Lazarus is on a roll with smells and flavors (but don’t try to eat the balm!)  I prefer the flavor of the Tropical Breeze to the Chocolate Mint. Chocolate Mint is the flavor that you would expect, combined with that earthy taste you find in full spectrum products. What does a Tropical Breeze taste like? It’s like a Starburst, only more subtle. Although I prefer the flavor of Tropical Breeze to the Mint Chocolate it is important to note that the Tropical Breeze is not a full spectrum product but rather an isolate. In contrast, the Mint Chocolate is a full spectrum product so it offers more of those pain and inflammation fighting cannabinoids along with many other benefits. It packs a multitude of benefits at a great price and can aid in many different issues with our bodies.  It is a quality product if you don’t mind the earthy taste.  In addition to flavor, both Lazarus tinctures are very potent, with each having 3000 mg per 2 oz bottle (I’m noticing a trend of strong CBD from Lazarus; keep it up!)   It also has a great price point.   All in all, a great product and company!

Disposable Heaven

Products Strawberry Lemonade Vape pen

When it comes to e-liquid/vaping, I’m not the most experienced. I am not a smoker and I had always heard terrible stories about popcorn lung. Honestly I just avoided the whole mess. It wasn’t until recently that I discovered that vaping CBD can help me manage my anxiety and stress. Now when I find myself getting anxious, my new go to is the CBDistillery disposable vape pen. What makes this pen different is that the chamber that holds the liquid is clear, so I can actually see how much life is left in the pen.  It also allows me to have a bit more control while inhaling. Plus, with flavors like Strawberry Lemonade, Grape, and Lavender Vanilla, it is just simply delicious and again another great price point for an e-liquid/vape pen! If you have never vaped, this has no nicotine and as a disposable you do not have to invest in hardware to see the benefits e-liquid can offer.

Feeling the burn yet?

I recently started swimming laps again and, despite the satisfaction that comes with the workout, my muscles have been sore. Usually, I would just default to the “rub it and say ouch” mentality and suffer through, but I don’t have to anymore. Like many athletes (who I talked about in my last blog), I’ve turned away from medications like ibuprofen and Advil and have started to use CBD alternatives. One of these alternatives is the that we just on-boarded which I have found works like a charm is the Green Roads CBD Roll-On.  It is fantastic for all of my sore muscles after an intense swim workout. It’s a heat relief roll on, so I feel the burn a bit after my workout, but it means that I get to escape a much worse burn later on. I’ve also noticed that the tighter my muscles are, the more intense the heated sensation is. The roller is also conveniently sized, which means that it often comes to the gym or pool with me, instead of sitting at home in the mirror cabinet. This has become a new favorite of the Green Wellness Staff and although it is a bit pricier than other topicals we offer, it is worth it!

New for you

I’ve tasted, smelled, rubbed, and lathered the new products as much as I can. What are you waiting for? Enough of what I think of them; get some for yourself and let us know what you think!


Empower Highlight

June 28th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Empower Highlight

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By op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Tell me about the Company? 

Empower set out with the mission to “provide safe, high quality and effective topical products that empower our customers to reduce their discomfort and lead more fulfilling lives.” It’s a pretty lofty goal, but I think that they’re doing an exceptional job. 

Product Quality

All of Empower Body Care’s products are non-toxic, hypoallergenic, anti-inflammatory, non-psychoactive, vegan, non-GMO, and gluten-free. This is a non-addictive approach to pain management. This is a big commitment for a company, and it has worked well for them. In fact, for two years, in 2016 and 2017, they won a Dope Industry Award for Best Topical Company! To me, this says that not only were other industry insiders impressed but that they also made a positive impression on all of their customers with their commitment to quality and organics.

They offer two types of products, with convenient (and polar) labels to delineate between the two. Their “Black Label” products are those which contain both THCA (Tetrahydrocannabinolic Acid) and CBD, while their “White Label” denotes products containing only Hemp CBD. This system is remarkably minimalist while serving as an instantly recognizable and ergonomic style.Hannah with Empower Oil

Involvement

Empower isn’t just all talk when it comes to their commitment to providing safe and high-quality products to more people, either; they get involved! They are involved in three large organizations, who make it a priority to promote quality and access in the CBD market nationwide and statewide: the National Cannabis Industry Association, the Craft Cannabis Alliance, and the Oregon Cannabis Association. For those who haven’t heard of them and are learning of what they do for the first time, the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) has as its mission “to promote the growth of a responsible and legitimate cannabis industry and work for a favorable social, economic and legal environment for the industry in the United States.”

Price

The price of our Empower products is not prohibitively expensive, and the soaking salts are on par with what you would find at any cosmetics or hygiene store. I personally have never had any problem with Empower’s prices, even on a student’s budget. They are proof that products can be healthy, earth-friendly, and affordable!

The Empower… Products We Carry.

Enough about what I think –  what do we carry?

CBD Relief Lotion

  • Empower Topical CBD Relief Oil: (60 mg – 216 mg per bottle)
  • Empower Topical CBD Relief Lotion: (175 mg CBD per 1.7oz)
  • Empower CBD Soaking Salts: (15mg CBD per 4oz)

 

My Empower Experience:

CBD Soaking Salts

I’ve been able to use the soaking salts several times now, and I can say, without any doubt, that I’ve been converted. Per each package of soaking salts, I’ve been able to enjoy around 1-2 baths. And yes, each one is worth it.

 

My mother Cara who works for Green Wellness and who many of you have spoken to on the phone or through email says ” My favorite Empower Product is the Empower Relief oil in the roll-on.  I always carry one in my purse.  When I have a headache, I roll it on my temples.  If my knees or hip are achy I am able to roll it on without notice.  It is small and discreet and easy to use on the go.”

Do I feel Empowered?

I’m excited to see more of this company. Their commitment to quality and access, while still ensuring that their products have a minimal footprint on the earth is reassuring, and as a runner and hiker, it is good to know that my tired feet can be rejuvenated after the day’s running and hiking with their soaking salts. I just come home, take a bath, and am empowered for the next day’s activities!


CBD and Skincare

June 21st, 2019 by Hannah Laing

CBD Skincare

 QuintonBy op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

Talk Talk Talk…

I’ve heard much about CBD skincare products; what is their deal? Well, I think that I mentioned this before, but “Cannabinoids are potent anti-inflammatory agents.” That means that CBD is helpful in combating inflammation in cells, which includes skin cells!

But what’s so bad about inflammation?

Okay, I can already hear some of you out there: “inflammation is the body’s natural reaction to damage or bacteria.” Correct, it is natural, but it isn’t supposed to last forever. Like all things, it’s only good in moderation. So, while inflammation is helpful, even beneficial to your skin in small amounts, it can occur too often, which can lead to wrinkles.

How does it lead to wrinkles?

Well, it doesn’t. At least, not directly. I’ll talk about how wrinkles form in a minute. Right now, what needs to be understood is that skin health is much more than trying to prevent wrinkles. I know that a lot of people just want to prevent wrinkles, even I do (I’m in my twenties), but healthy skin will do so much for you in the long run.

Inflammation causes problems like acne, rosacea, and general swelling. When you get sunburnt, your skin becomes inflamed. As you get older, your skin becomes less capable of dividing its cells, which means that fresh, new, and young skin cells become less numerous. These older skin cells also are less able to hold moisture, as glands called Sebaceous glands produce less oil over time . In men, only a minimal decrease is seen, often after age 80, while women gradually produce less oil after menopause. The general decrease in oil in your skin doesn’t seem so bad, but this can make it harder to keep the skin moist, resulting in dryness and itchiness… and inflammation.

How can I avoid this?

Hemp Whipped Body Butter

There’s no real way to avoid these symptoms; they’re a normal part of aging. But you can mitigate their severity, and make conscious, healthy decisions that can keep your skin looking and feeling better, longer. For starters, ALWAYS USE SUNSCREEN. I cannot stress this enough. I’m guilty of constantly going out without sunscreen, and I need to change that. When you have neglected sunscreen (like me), always try to soothe the skin and reduce the inflammation and burning as soon as you can. For this, I recommend using the Endoca whipped body butter that we offer. I find that it decreases both the pain and inflammation of my sunburns. And Science shows why this is the case: “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch, and pain,” says Joshua Zeichner, MD, a New York-based dermatologist. “This explains why it has a soothing effect on the skin. Just as other natural oils are used in skin care, the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hemp seed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.”

Transform CBD Face Crème

You can also use a CBD-based moisturizer at the beginning of the day, and at the end. That’s what I do, and I find that it keeps my skin refreshed and without those pesky bits of dry skin that I would sometimes get before I regularly used CBD moisturizers. The Panacea Transform Natural face cream has been my go to moisturizer for the last few months.

And acne?

I struggled horribly with acne throughout high school, and even into college. I can’t help it; I have naturally oily skin. Because of my glut of oil, I can’t use any type of moisturizer that adds oil to your skin. Or so I thought. CBD oils in moisturizers have never given me any problems. I only have isolated pimples here and there when I eat too much sugar (diet is important for skin health, too!).

So What?

When thinking of the benefits of CBD, you probably didn’t think of avoiding wrinkles and sunspots. I know that my first thought is chronic pain and the elderly, but we know that that isn’t the whole story. Although skin care comprises diet, topical care, and environment; CBD skincare can be helpful in keeping up appearances. 😉


Summer is Here and so is CBD

June 14th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Summer

 QuintonBy Op-ed Blogger Quinton Charles

Summer is Here!

Finally, summer has arrived. Well, depending on where you live, it may have been here weeks ago. But don’t worry! There are all sorts of hemp-based products to have you feeling (and looking) good in the summer sun.

Thirsty?

Number one concern for most people during summer is staying hydrated. I often hike on the various nature trails near where I live. It is a great way to get away from the city for a while, but I often find that I have to carry water with me (that summer sun dehydrates quick!). So how can I both stay hydrated and take my CBD? With Hempdrinx! Just like other mix-in powders, Hempdrinx can easily be added to any bottle of water (like the one I often carry with me while hiking) and comes in convenient, single-serving packages. As for the flavor… I’m biased; I love orange almost as much as I love ginger, and the mix that we offer combines the two. I’m swooning.

Sunburn easily?

The problem with loving to hike is how it leads to my getting sunburnt on the trails. So how does hemp help me with this? A hat! I had never tried using any hemp clothing prior to three weeks ago, and I regret not having tried it sooner. It breathes so well, and shades my face!

While I’m talking about hemp clothing, I have to mention my t-shirt as well. I have to admit, I was skeptical. When I had thought of hemp clothing, I always thought of those baggy, itchy sweaters that stoners wear. Nevertheless, I got a t-shirt that was a 50/50 blend of organic cotton and hemp. Wow. I don’t think that my mind has been so drastically changed in my entire life. After receiving it in the mail, I wore it for 4 days straight (I’m not kidding; don’t ask about the smell).

And if I burn?

Man in Hemp Hat

So we don’t offer any CBD sunscreen (yet), but we do offer an Endoca body butter that I have been using both before I go out (with sunscreen added over-top) and to soothe any sunburns that I may acquire while at the beach or out on the trail! This latter use is what helped me relieve my sunburn after only a couple of days just 3 days ago (I got it while hiking, big surprise!).

 

My poor, tired feet

I find that, after long days outdoors, my feet are sore (even if I wear my Birkenstocks). Lately, I’ve been soaking them in a bath filled with our Empower soaking salts. They’re pretty good for rejuvenating my feet, keeping pesky blisters at bay, and keeping me moving when I have so much to do outdoors (seriously, I love summer weather).

Think of the furry children!

furry children

Summer wouldn’t be complete without our best friends (or fur babies, whichever suits you best). While I don’t have a dog anymore, I often find myself stopping to pet every German Shepherd and Husky in sight. I’ll regularly give treats to my friend’s dog, as well. But shouldn’t I treat the dogs in my life to CBD? Of course! That’s why I really like Treatibles dog treats (I’ve tasted them: not too shabby!), and, judging by the dogs’ reactions, they also do! But please enjoy the picture of one of the many fur-less babies to visit the office (thank you Brandy).

Who’s hungry?

I love snacks. Most people seem to also love snacks. CBD snacks? Yes, please. I had the pleasure of trying Weller Caramel Coconut Bites (which contain 25mg of CBD per package) and was impressed. It was the perfect bite-sized snack for a trip to the beach or a day spent sitting in the park with a nice book. A few cookies per package, it is small enough to carry in my back pocket and take anywhere I go. Here’s to more adventures with Weller Bites!

Go out and enjoy the summer!

No matter what CBD product you enjoy this summer, make sure to go out and take advantage of the great weather! Have fun, be safe, stay hydrated, maybe get a tan, and connect with mother nature in one of the best seasons that the year has to offer; we at Green Wellness Life hope for nothing more than for you to have the best summer that you could have.