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Why Take CBD? What We've Learned and Our Experience

Why Take CBD? What We've Learned and Our Experience

 

Many people have heard that cannabidiol (CBD) is “helping” people all over the world, but, for some, it is still a mystery and confusing as to what the product actually is and why it may be helping millions of people right now! This blog post will give you some insight into our knowledge of CBD and our experience with CBD products.

What We've Learned:

For starters, we are talking about CBD from hemp, NOT marijuana. Although CBD can be found in both types of cannabis plants, only HEMP based CBD is legal in all states due to the 2018 Farm Bill (if you are a lawyer like me, or just enjoy reading 1000 page statutes, feel free to take a gander at the bill by clicking here!). The main difference between hemp and marijuana is that hemp plants have less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) meaning you can’t get "high" from them.
OK, now that we’ve cleared that up, back to the lovely world of CBD. CBD is one of the main cannabinoids (or compounds) found in hemp (there are over 100 cannabinoids in the hemp plant and more being discovered every day!). Researchers have found that there are many benefits to CBD including, but not limited to, relieving anxiety, depression, pain (move over Tylenol and Advil), inflammation, improving sleep, and more (see attached article). How amazing is it that? We have an all natural way to relieve pain, inflammation and help get our bodies back on track.
Without getting too scientific here, from what we’ve learned, the body has an endocannabinoid system. This system produces endocannabinoids, which are neurotransmitters that bind to or stimulate certain cannabinoid receptors (this can occur with cannabinoids found in the hemp plant) (see attached resource). Wait, so our body is already set up to accept and react to these cannabinoids? YUP! And people are finding that the cannabinoids in hemp have therapeutic properties without getting you high? YUP! And it’s 100% legal? YUP AGAIN!
Where do I sign up?! ;) But seriously, this is a fascinating plant that has been found to get your system working properly again. We don’t necessarily see it as a be all end all, but if you truly believe in the power of plants (which we do!) and you have some deficiencies right now (who doesn’t?!), then CBD may be worth a try. Plus it has also been found to not have many negative side effects. So while we have seen it truly help a lot of people, including ourselves, others may not find it as helpful, but that usually means their endocannabinoid system is working properly (yay for them!). Since most bodies are lacking something, CBD could be a good way to start to get your body back on track and living a happy, healthy life.
Also, don’t forget, if you get oil or lotion that is a “whole plant extract” or “full spectrum” like our products, then that means you are getting ALL of the cannabinoids from the plant in your products, not just CBD. Some researchers suggest that having all the cannabinoids in a product is better because the cannabinoids can work together to give you the most overall benefits from the plant.

Our Experience: 

As for my experience (Courtney here!), I have been taking our very own Addison Farm 600 mg CBD Oil for months now. If you know me, you know that I am a bit of a health nut when it comes to what I put in my body. When I was pregnant with our daughter, I only ate organic everything, drank plenty of water, never had a sip of soda or anything caffeinated, no alcohol (obviously!), stayed away from candy and sweets all together, worked out almost everyday and switched all of my hair/makeup/skin products to all natural products. After having our daughter, Addison, I continued with the healthy stuff up until this day! One reason was because of nursing and wanting to give my daughter the best I could and two because I believe that health starts from the inside out. What we put into our bodies and how we treat our bodies (former soccer player here) will mold our health (complexion, hair, weight, strength, ability to fight off illnesses, etc.).
So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I started getting terrible stomach aches after having our daughter. They were debilitating, to the point where I would be in a ball on the ground for 30-60 minutes before they subsided. It was awful! I got every test, scan, ultrasound and numerous blood work done to try to figure it out. And the doctors came back with NOTHING! I was “fine”, but clearly I wasn’t fine. I was a healthy 34 year old that was shocked by terrible pain everyday for no reason. They suggested that I take some sort of antacid everyday (what would that end up doing to my system?!) or some other over-the-counter pain medicine. Not wanting to take medicine for no reason (there was no diagnosis), I decided to take a different route. I decided to try our very own Addison Farm CBD Oil to see if I could get my system working properly again with a natural remedy that had a number of other benefits too. Fortunately, we had just finished formulating our CBD oil from our organically grown pesticide free hemp, which was organically extracted and mixed with organic MCT Oil (wow - that’s a lot of “organic” in one sentence!). And the results? I can honestly say I have not had a debilitating stomach ache in 2 months since starting the CBD oil! What?! How is that possible? Since I am not a doctor or scientist, I don’t know for sure, but my guess is that my gut was somehow inflamed and the anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties of the hemp plant calmed it down. It has changed my life!! I could not be happier and I feel so much better! The pain is gone, I seem calmer throughout the day, I sleep better and I feel a more overall sense of wellness. I know it’s hard to believe that it could help that much. People are quick to push plants to the side, but there are some wonderful properties of this plant that may be worth checking out. All I can tell you is the information I’ve learned along the way and my personal experience with CBD. So for what it’s worth, there it is!
In conclusion, everyone is still learning about this plant, but from what we have seen so far and from our own experiences, it has shown a lot of potential!  If you want to give it a try, feel free to check out our product page or send us a message/give us a call with any questions!  
As always, we are not doctors and these are our personal thoughts and experiences.  All the statements herein have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration and are in no way intended to treat or diagnose any physical ailment or disease.

Hemp - Sourcing and Testing!

Hemp - Sourcing and Testing!

The world of hemp is not easy to navigate.  There are a lot of products out there and a lot of misinformation or no information.  When it comes to using or buying raw or processed hemp, here are our thoughts:

KNOW WHERE YOUR HEMP COMES FROM

First, know the source of your purchased hemp.  This is especially important for raw hemp since you are using the actual plant.  When it comes to processed hemp (such as oils or lotions), there are different ways that companies make their CBD products.  Some use their own hemp that they grew themselves (like us at Addison Farm).  Others either (i) buy raw hemp biomass to extract themselves and use it in their products or (ii) buy extracted hemp (such as crude oil or distillate) from an extraction company, which can include hemp from one or more farms.  This matters to some people because they want to know how the underlying hemp was grown (organically, whether pesticides were used, etc.), which research can only be done if you know the source of the hemp.

TESTING, TESTING, & MORE TESTING

Second, testing of the raw hemp and final product is so important!  Hemp absorbs a lot of what is in the soil, that is why heavy metal and pesticide testing is key.  Clearly you don't want to be ingesting heavy metals or pesticides so make sure the test results show that the raw hemp or processed hemp "passed" (meaning it is within the appropriate levels).  The other testing you should look for is the cannabinoid profile testing.  This includes results for how many cannabinoids (including CBD) and how much of each, are contained within the plant or the product.  These results include the percentage of CBD in the plant or product.  If you buy raw hemp, and want to calculate how many milligrams (mg) of CBD is in your raw hemp, you will use the percentage of CBD to do these calculations (examples of these calculations can be found on our raw hemp product pages).  If you buy CBD oil or lotion, the amount of CBD within the product has already been calculated and should be listed on the label.  CBD is absorbed differently for everyone so there is no specific amount that someone is recommended to take.  We always say start small and build up!

ADDISON FARM'S PROCESS

At Addison Farm, all of our hemp comes from our family owned and operated farm in Granby, CT.  Our hemp is organically grown without pesticides.  For our processed hemp, we partnered with Northeast Processing in Brattleboro, VT to extract our hemp and formulate it into CBD oils and lotion (coming soon!).  As for testing, we always use a third party lab to test our raw hemp and our final products!  You can find the test results on our product pages.  We want to be as transparent as possible and give everyone the best (and safest) product we can!

Whether you use Addison Farm hemp/products or get it somewhere else, we always recommend doing your research!!  Businesses should be transparent with the source and the testing results.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

*All of the pictures in this post are from our 2019 hemp season - showing our organically grown, pesticide free hemp, which was grown and harvested at our very own Addison Farm in Granby, CT.

Ways to Use Raw Hemp Flower

Ways to Use Raw Hemp Flower

[Addison Farm Raw Hemp Flower]

Raw hemp flower is rich in cannabinol (CBD), which is one of the many wonderful cannabinoids in hemp.  It has a myriad of benefits for our overall health and well being, but what the heck can you do with it?  We get this question a lot and we think the possibilities are endless, really!

We, at Addison Farm, have tried a couple of different things that have worked for us so we wanted to share them with you:

  1. Coffee:  Grind up raw hemp flower (or trim) and sprinkle it into your coffee (we use 0.2 grams).  Hemp is not water soluble so it helps to add some sort of fat to your coffee (for example, milk, MCT Oil, or butter) to help absorb the hemp.

  2. Pumpkin Bread (we call it Hempkin Bread in our house!):  Grind up raw hemp flower (or trim) (we use 3.5 grams) and use it in the delicious Hempkin Bread recipe (see recipe at bottom of page).  This recipe makes 3 loaves and we cut each loaf into 7 pieces, for a total of 21 pieces (or 21 days worth of CBD).  It can be frozen as well.

  3. Another Option:  A lot of people are making homemade CBD oil.  Even though we are in the process of getting our own Addison Farm CBD Oil (yay!) to sell, we think buying the raw hemp flower and making your own is a great option too!  Here is a recipe from Wake + Bake, for all of those willing to try it themselves:  Healing without the High: Homemade CBD Oil Recipe

Our advice - be creative!  Using the raw hemp flower can be a great alternative to taking CBD oil or other CBD products.  With raw hemp flower, you are getting the entire cannabinoid profile at a fraction of the cost.  It takes a little more work to calculate the amount and put it into your drinks or food, but we think it’s worth it.  Remember, everyone metabolizes and absorbs CBD at different rates, and will respond differently to it once they metabolize it.  Therefore, you may want to start small and build up to see what works best for you.

The information provided in this blog post is for informational purposes only.  We are not medical professionals and are not claiming to provide any medical advice.  We created these recipes for our own use and wanted to share them with our Addison Farm community!  We encourage everyone to do their own research and try their own recipes.  Please feel free to comment or ask questions below!

Hempkin Bread Recipe:

 

[Addison Farm Raw Hemp Flower prior to Decarboxylation]

[Left Picture: Everything Nice Jar; Right Picture: Sugar and Spice Jar with Decarboxylated Hemp]

[Finished Product - 1 loaf of Hempkin Bread!]