HEMP FAQ

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Since I've started sharing my experiences with Hemp, there are a lot of questions I keep hearing. I'll answer them to the best of my ability below!

Q: WILL HEMP GET ME HIGH?

A: No. Hemp's cousin, Marijuana is the plant with large amounts of THC in it, which is the component that gives a feeling of being "high". Hemp does not contain enough THC for that to be a factor.

Q: WILL I FAIL A DRUG TEST?

A: This brand of Hemp has well below the federal THC limit of .3% THC. While I can't promise anything, I've known people who have been screened by their employer while taking Prime My Body Hemp, and have passed with flying colors.

Q: CAN I TAKE THIS WHILE PREGNANT?

A: Always contact your healthcare practitioner, but the short answer is yes, it is very safe for pregnancy and helps the development of your baby. There are countless women using Hemp with the a-okay from their doctor.

Q: CAN I USE HEMP WHILE BREASTFEEDING?

A: Yes! Our bodies already produce cannabinoids, it's what helps baby to suck.

Q: IS THIS SAFE FOR CHILDREN?

A: Extremely. Dr. Shade is known for having great success with children - there are countless  things that Hemp supports, and giving it to our little ones is an excellent way to promote healthy bodies and minds.

Q: WILL I BECOME DEPENDENT ON HEMP?

A: Not at all. Hemp contains little to no THC, so it does not stimulate the brain’s dopamine-based reward system.


I hope this series has been encouraging and educational for you. If you have found Hemp to as supportive as I have, I'd love to chat! Any other questions, don't hesitate to ask!


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Which Hemp is Best? + Why I Chose Prime My Body.

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When it comes to what our families uses and which companies we support, I'm very particular. Of course I have a few trusted friends who are amazing resources, but still, we do a lot of research. Hemp is no different, especially since it is something I/we ingest.

If you've ever googled Hemp or CBD (really anything you google), you'll know there are endless options to choose from. But how to know which is best for your family? Word of mouth? Certainly. Amazon review? Always. Hours of your own research? Imperative. There are a few key things I look for when it comes to what we put on and in our bodies. A few are:

  • Made in the good ole US of A
  • Naturally based (free of harmful junk)
  • Company whose principles and morals I can get behind
  • Organic when possible

Some products we use daily include Monat, Dr. Bronners, Young Living, and now Prime My Body.

Understanding what Hemp is exactly, and what it isn't was the first step for me. I tried a few different brands over the last year (Charlotte's Web being one) and wasn't finding results until I ordered a bottle suggested by my friend Tristian. She had been using it with her entire family for a while and raved about the support and changes to their health.

After endless research I began to understand why exactly Prime My Body was working as well as it has been, and because I'm all about educating myself, I'll share my findings below. It's a lot of... science, but I'll explain in terms that makes sense to those of us who are not world-renown chemists!

The Chemist

Dr. Christopher Shade (a former goat farmer!) is the founder of Quicksilver Scientific and a man passionate about heavy metal detoxification. He earned his Ph.D. from University of Illinois studying the environmental and analytical chemistries of mercury and advanced aquatic chemistry. Shade's lab is in Boulder, and he's the main reason that this Hemp is what it is, and what sets it apart. This man is brilliant, and I've been fascinated by the numerous videos + interviews I've been watching from him.

CANNABINOIDS

The science behind why this Hemp is so great is based on the Human Endocannabinoid System. It's an intricate part of our immune system and when activated by taking phyto cannabinoid diols, humans and animals have better ability to fight, resist, and assist in supporting + repairing the mind and body.

EXTRACTION

Dr. Shade uses a two-part Ethanol and Simulated Moving Bed Chromatography extraction process to get compounds off of the plant. It's a really sophisticated purification process, where plant waxes, natural compounds, and THC are pulled. This leaves very pure extracts which are tested again and again to ensure purity.

Here's a list of things that are not ever included in this oil:

  • pesticides
  • herbicides
  • mold toxins
  • heavy metals
  • microbes

It's also certified gluten free + GMO free.

NANO-EMULSIFICATION / liposomes

This is a really cool process, and it's the delivery of this oil that makes it unique to other kinds. Basically being nano-enhanced is what makes the absorption fast and complete, with exceptionally high bio-availability (basically the degree and rate a drug is absorbed by the body). We absorb these nano-particles so quickly and fully, in just 30 seconds it's entered your blood stream. It passes the blood brain barrier and peaks around 30-40 minutes after being taken.

The liposomes are essentially little vehicles that looks exactly like a cell wall membrane, so when we take it? It's absorbed strait into our cells. This liposomal formulation brings the amazing power of IV therapy into a more convenient, oral delivery for super rapid uptake. Really, this isn't an oil per say, it's a nano-emulsification of an oil. Wild huh?

PRIME MY BODY VS OTHER BRANDS

The biggest difference as I mentioned is the delivery of the Hemp. Prime's Hemp is pumped under the tongue, where it's received and immediately, literally, immediately absorbing. The nano particles just get RIGHT in there.

When you swallow another brand, eat a CBD-enhanced candy, or have a hemp-drink, you have to wait for absorption. Charlotte's Web for example, is dispersed in MCT oil (which yes is a good, healthy oil!) however it has to get through your GI track and emulsify with your bile to absorb. By the time this happens, only a small % is being absorbed, due to time and travel, and many other obstacles. It isn't that other brands (like CW) are bad, or that the product isn't solid - it's HOW it is absorbed.

If other kinds of CBD had a Dr. Shade, creating liposomes for their Hemp? There would be competition. Delivery, delivery, delivery. That is the key.

How To Use It

PMB's Hemp comes in a 50ml bottle. This bottle gives you 100 pumps, which you'll place right under your tongue. They suggest doing it on an empty stomach, 10 minutes or so before eating. I don't follow this rule, hard core, as I take it as needed / throughout the day based on my own schedule. Hold under your tongue for 30 seconds, then I swish it around some. A drink of water after is acceptable, the Hemp has a citrus tang to it, which at first I wasn't a big fan of. But it neutralizes quickly and I'm now 110% fine with it.

You can not overdose on this, Hemp is so so so good for you, the more the better! But suggested dosage is 1-2 pumps 2/day. You can go up to 2-4 pumps 4/day if needed. It all depends on what you're working to support and how you respond. Many people feel a calm wash over them immediately, I do not, but that doesn't mean it isn't working! Quite the opposite. Consistency is KEY here. It was about seven days of use 2/day when I began to feel balance coming on, I wasn't as tense, it was a slow process, but so very worth it. You can read more about my own Hemp story and process here.

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All About Hemp - CBD Oil

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I've been chatting on my Instagram a lot lately about wellness, specifically about how I've started using hemp oil. I also wrote it here. Authenticity and openness are things I've always prided myself on, sharing the many ups and downs life has brought my way, and this is no exception.

Just this week I shared a lot in my stories about why I sought out hemp oil, how it's helped, and why I chose the company I chose. Buttttttt, it was a lot of stories, and I believe there's power in the written word (also for ease of coming back to), so I've decided to share a condensed version here on the blog. If you'd like to check out the stories on this topic, head to my Instagram and check out the highlights titled Hemp!

WHAT IS HEMP

Let's start off with a little lesson. A common misconception is that Hemp is the same thing as Marijuana, that if you're using Hemp you're getting high. They're not. They are in the same family, yes - as in they come from the Cannabis plant, but there are some distinct differences.

  • MARIJUANA contains high amounts of THC - this is what gives you the feeling of being "high".
  • HEMP contains trace amounts of THC, therefore you don't experience the "high" but get all the benefits of the CBD. The brand of Hemp I use is well below the federal THC limit of .3%. After multiple drug screens from his employer, my good friend Tristian's husband has never been tested positive and Hemp is a part of his daily routine (I know this is a concern for many who have required testing through work).
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Hemp Oil (also known as CBD) has so very many benefits, I believe there are more than 250 different ways it can support the entire body. Initially, I sought it out to bring balance to my nervous system - which has been pretty much shot since dealing with anxiety, trauma, PTSD, and general emotional upheaval. What I didn't realize were all the many things it would be doing "behind the scenes" to help repair my cells from the inside out.

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HOW DOES HEMP HELP?

  • Better Focus + Energy
  • Brings Calm, Helping Sleep
  • Soothes Tension
  • Reduces Saddness
  • Balances Feelings of Anxiety
  • Supports Joint + Cartilage Function
  • Disease Prevention
  • Better Overall Health
  • Homeostasis
  • and sooooooo many more things

Let's chat quick about this one: Homeostasis. One of the biggest things Hemp is known for is bringing the body to a place of Homeostasis. It's in this state that our bodies work their best, fighting off disease and ensuring a proper environment for living our best lives. In the Greek language the word Homeostasis breaks down to: HOMEO = similar and STASIS = stable. So putting our bodies into a stable environment, without being in constant fight or flight, balancing the wild upheaval of disease and inflammation and so on, really should be a goal for everyone.

Have you used Hemp, how has it helped you? I'd love to hear more from you!

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My Hemp Story - CBD Oil

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If you've been around any amount of time you will know I am no stranger to grief. You can click here or here to jump down the rabbit hole that is my story, but I'll give a small glimpse for those of you who may be new - it all ties into why I decided Hemp might be something that would help.

Loss #1 (2013)

In the fall of 2013 I lost my best friend (my mama) to a very aggressive and rare cervical cancer. She died just six months after her stage 1b2 diagnosis and we were all absolutely devastated. She was the glue that held our family together, she had a deep-rooted love for the poor + homeless, and she was just two months shy of fifty. The weeks and months, and years really, following that loss propelled me into a dark, dark, space. My marriage crumbled, my relationships broke, my soul was full of anger and hate. All that was once good, was gone.

I had already been struggling with anxiety and some depression the majority of my life - so this loss did me no good. My dad was battling his own demons of addiction, and I felt in many ways I lost them both that chilly day in October.

Fast forward a few years, I felt as though I was finally getting somewhere in my grief. I'd been seeing a therapist off and on, and was working through some deep embedded issues from my childhood. My siblings and I were making better attempts to see one another more (we are spread all over the country), and my dad and I had begun to find a new relationship based on endless grace and so much forgiveness.

Loss #2 (2017)

I was sipping my morning coffee when I got the call. It was a bright February morning, just four days after his 29th birthday, and my brother was dead. An accidental overdose of Fentanyl (he thought it was Heroin) took him instantly. Life came to a sudden and crashing halt. My sisters and I rallied, heading back east to deal with all the things our father couldn't, and I knew in my heart, the darkness would return. It did, in a different and vicious way.

His loss felt harder than losing my mom, though I'm not totally sure why. Perhaps the tragedy of his young age, the ache of his addiction, the absence of his sweet and hilarious spirit. I had been writing about addiction prior to Joel's passing, but suddenly became hungrily obsessed with breaking the stigma. I felt it was my life's mission to tell the world addicts are just like the rest of us, just a bit more prickly to hug. I soon began EMDR with my therapist, and slowly put the pieces of a broken life back together.

That fall my sister got married beneath the canopy of our grandparent's trees. The whole was gaping, where our mom and brother should have been, but our dad was there. He was sad, quiet, but he was there. We were re-building life again, fragile and broken, but building none the less.

Loss #3 (2017)

Just two weeks after the wedding, around the 4th anniversary of our mother's death, we got another call (I've since had to change the ringer of my phone, PTSD triggers are the worst). Our dad was in the ICU and on life support. As his Power of Attorney, and after the blatant urging of his doctor, I got the next flight I could and met my sister for a future yet again, unknown. We didn't know what we were walking into, but we did it side by side, as we have so many times before.

Seven days that felt like an eternity we spent by his side. The sound of classic rock filled the room, we covered his walls with photographs, and shared some of the hardest words we've had to speak, to a man who had given us the best and worst years of our lives. Our dad was not getting better, his condition (an infection that ravaged his body) was declining, and it came to a decision no person wants to, or should ever have to make.

On a clear day in early November, my sister and I awoke, dressed, and headed to the 6th floor at OSU to walk our daddy into Heaven. Those days are a blur and they're my most vivid nightmares. When I arrived home after two weeks away, I did something I'd not been able to do thus far: I stepped OVER grief, and avoided as best I could.

I knew in my heart it was not the wise way to approach it, but I decided to focus on the holidays, my kids, and a new business venture. Each day I questioned it, and resigned to the fact that nope, I wasn't ready to go back to the dark place again. My therapist called, emailed, reached out, and I avoided him. I knew seeing him again would throw me headlong into it all, and I frankly, refused.

Early spring of this year, the inevitable happened, as I knew it would, and the darkness came. And it came hard. I returned from a trip to see my sister in Texas - a visit filled with so much good, and yet, a realization that we didn't know how to be sisters away from trauma. We were used to rushing to the hospital for rounds, conference rooms at funeral homes, writing eulogies and going through the remaining items of three people's entire lives. Being together, by choice, proved to be a challenge. It was a good and much needed time together, but I returned home and could fight it no longer.

I had been on a low dose of medication for the better part of the year, but I was a wreck (and did not want to up my Rx). I gave in, and headed back into therapy. Soon after I finally gave my friend Tristian a call. She had been using Hemp for a while with such amazing results, and I was desperate for relief.

How I was feeling

I poured my heart out to this dear friend of mine, sharing how bad my anxiety had gotten. I felt as though every nerve ending in my body was shot, from the tips of my fingers to the bottom of my feet. Noises shook me to my core - the slam of a cabinet, the scream of a child, the accidental dropping of something heavy. It's as if I was in constant fight or flight. And yet, I was doing neither any fighting or flighting. I was stuck, neck deep, in the worst quick sand possible: avoided grief.

I couldn't concentrate or stay focused, I struggled to find joy. All I wanted to do was sleep. My social anxiety mixed with being a Type 4 on the Enneagram, and a Highly Sensitive Person, left me not wanting to see anyone - even those I love dearly. I felt broken, jarred, cracked, shattered. Tristian encouraged me and she educated me on the amazing ways Hemp could support me and I said okay, let's do it. I would commit.

Finding Relief

Some people are more sensitive to the properties and feel a sense of calm right away, I am not one of those people, but I knew going into this that it could take time. I took 1 pump twice a day and about a week in my husband mentioned that I seemed more balanced, less tense. So often we can't feel a shift, but when those around us feel it? You really know something's changing. I was so thrilled to hear him say that and began to notice that noises weren't bothering me as much, it's almost like I felt a softening. Where before every day was akin to bone grinding on bone, I started to feel like there was a gentleness to how I felt, instead of bone on bone, new joints were forming.

This was just, so very, huge.

As luck would have it, I ran out of Hemp. I hadn't been paying attention to the amount left in the bottle, (even though I knew there are 100 pumps in a bottle) - I wasn't thinking about the fact that after having my eyes read through Iridology (confirming a very weak nervous system among many other things this plant would support) I upped the amount I was taking to 2 pumps 3/day. I wasn't too worried about running out, but really was curious if I'd feel a shift back to where I was pre-Hemp.

As gradual as it began to help, it did something similar when I ran out. Nearly a week after my husband and I were driving, and I had a really tough day. I was tensing up on the steering wheel, breathing heavily, generally feeling pretty all over the place. "Babe?" he asked. "Any more of that Hemp coming?" I whipped my head towards him and snapped, "Why? Is it that bad?" and he sort of laughed - a nervous laugh.

It had been bad. I felt it. And so did he.

If I wasn't a believer before, I certainly was at that point. A new bottle arrived shortly and I decided I wouldn't run out again. Knowing how much I feel the change when I'm consistently using Hemp, blows my mind to think of all the good it's doing that I can't feel. Wellness is so very much a part of my focus anymore - I've lost too many people, and growing old to see my babies have babies, and to feel alive and joyful for the lot of it? Goals. So many goals.

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