Hemp Blog – Hemp Helps https://www.hemphelps.org Hemp Helps Fri, 17 May 2019 14:58:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.1.1 https://www.hemphelps.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/cropped-hemp-helps-icon-32x32.png Hemp Blog – Hemp Helps https://www.hemphelps.org 32 32 Reef CBD Review https://www.hemphelps.org/reef-cbd-review/ https://www.hemphelps.org/reef-cbd-review/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 04:33:59 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2124 Reef CBD is a newer, hemp-derived CBD company based out of Southern California – which is precisely what you’d expect when you first look at their product line. A few months back we received an unexpected package from Reef CBD, we were reviewing Cannaterra skincare (which you can find on Reef CBD’s website). The package […]

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Reef CBD is a newer, hemp-derived CBD company based out of Southern California – which is precisely what you’d expect when you first look at their product line. A few months back we received an unexpected package from Reef CBD, we were reviewing Cannaterra skincare (which you can find on Reef CBD’s website). The package included their full line of 250mg CBD tinctures and a bottle of their 10mg sour soft chews. After doing some independent research, we agreed as a team to give Reef CBD a chance.

What our team was initially drawn to was the beachy feel of the packaging and names of the tinctures. Each tincture was named after a popular beach: Cardiff (Blue Raspberry), Cocoa Beach (Peppermint), Newport Beach (Orange Citrus), and Venice (Lemon Citrus). We had high hopes that these tinctures would make us feel like we were in the sunshine with our toes in the sand.

Unfortunately, after a few weeks of testing, our team came to a unanimous decision that the 250mg tinctures were not necessarily right for us. Since we are all used to using higher levels of CBD oil, we found that to find relief we were taking much more than usual. Luckily, this isn’t too big of an issue because Reef CBD does offer 500mg and 1000mg tinctures.

Tincture Ingredients: Premium Hemp Seed Oil, Proprietary Blend Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract Oil, Fractionated Coconut Oil, Flavored Essential Oils, Stevia Extract

Now, the gummies are a different story. We LOVED the gummies! They were soft, flavorful, not too sour, and 10mg each. Sometimes CBD gummies are such a novelty that we find ourselves reaching for them and eating them like candy, with the Reef CBD sour gummies we were able to control ourselves. Maybe it was the fact we got the sour gummies and not the sweet, but the gummies passed the Hemp Helps review process, and we would recommend them!

CBD Soft Chews Ingredients: Corn syrup, sugar, water, modified corn starch, gelatin, fortifier, less than 2% citric acid, natural flavor, canola and/or palm oil, natural colors, and confectionery glaze.

Some Key Takeaways

Reef CBD markets their products as being scientifically developed; using the finest sourced, natural, organic components from around the globe. Throughout this process, they have been able to assist the body’s natural balance by stimulating the endocannabinoid system through the use of harmonizing essential oils, with other active ingredients allowing for increased uptake, and higher therapeutic value.

Their products are rigorously tested to ensure the highest quality standards, contain only non-detectable THC levels, and are independently lab tested by a third party to ensure the highest standards, proving that they are providing a quality product each and every time.

We found that Reef CBD does include updated lab results available on their website (yay!), although while looking through it seems that some of their products contain less CBD than the labels claim. To avoid this, be proactive and look at the lab results before you purchase and we also encourage you to reach out to Reef CBD to ask questions!

We’ve also noticed that since we received our package of products, they have added new products to their lineup. Some of those products include honey sticks, vape oils, capsules, flavor shots, and hemp flower. If tinctures and gummies aren’t what you’re looking for, you may be able to find something else from Reef CBD you enjoy!

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Great-Grandmother Arrested for CBD at Disney! https://www.hemphelps.org/great-grandmother-arrested-for-cbd-at-disney/ https://www.hemphelps.org/great-grandmother-arrested-for-cbd-at-disney/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 16:57:20 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2112 What an outrage to see in this day in age! A 69 year old woman was arrested and spent over 12 hours in jail due to a police officer finding a small bottle of cbd tincture in her purse. This happened in Orlando, Florida, right outside of Magic Kingdom, which is part of the world […]

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What an outrage to see in this day in age! A 69 year old woman was arrested and spent over 12 hours in jail due to a police officer finding a small bottle of cbd tincture in her purse. This happened in Orlando, Florida, right outside of Magic Kingdom, which is part of the world famous Disney resort/experience.

From Fox 35 Orlando:

“I have really bad arthritis in my legs and in my arms and in my shoulder and I use it for the pain because it helps,” she told the outlet, adding that she had a doctor’s note in her purse.

 

Burkhalter’s CBD oil tested positive for THC, the chemical responsible for the high that accompanies marijuana — despite the fact that the bottle reportedly claimed it contained zero milligrams of THC.

She was booked on third-degree felony charges of possession of hashish, according to the affidavit. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s laws regarding CBD are hazy, as hemp is illegal in the state, but there is no consensus among officials as to whether or not federal law, which differentiates hemp from marijuana, trumps Florida law.

Burkhalter was released from jail after posting a $2,000 bond, online records show. Eventually her charges were dropped according to Fox 35. Let’s hope this shameful act puts a spotlight on real legalization of cbd products, nationwide, and the national rescheduling of cannabis.

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CBD for Dogs: CBD & Canine Health https://www.hemphelps.org/cbd-for-dogs/ https://www.hemphelps.org/cbd-for-dogs/#respond Wed, 08 May 2019 12:58:02 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2100 In recent years, CBD (cannabidiol) has become more popular due to its potential health benefits. Perhaps surprisingly, CBD isn’t only for humans anymore, but many brands also now carry CBD products for your pets and farm animals! Let’s dive into the potential benefits of CBD for each respective animal.   CBD Benefits for Dogs Commonly, […]

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In recent years, CBD (cannabidiol) has become more popular due to its potential health benefits. Perhaps surprisingly, CBD isn’t only for humans anymore, but many brands also now carry CBD products for your pets and farm animals! Let’s dive into the potential benefits of CBD for each respective animal.

 

CBD Benefits for Dogs

Commonly, dogs get many of the same ailments that humans do with old age. For example, dogs are prone to arthritis, cancer, and depression/anxiety.

Some quick facts about CBD and Canines:

  • Dogs, like humans, often pass away due to cancer. Many studies have show the anti-cancer tumor reducing effects of CBD (source 1, 2, 3, 4)
  • Dogs often get anxiety, commonly separation anxiety, which can cause detrimental behavior and aggression or depression in your dogs. CBD has been shown to help relieve anxiety in dogs, and possibly may even help with depression. (source 1, 2, 3)
  • CBD can be used to manage chronic pain, often with much less detrimental side effects than traditional pain relief for canines (source 1, 2, 3)
  • CBD has been shown to reduce seizure activity in dogs with seizure disorders and epilepsy that does not respond to typical treatment (source 1, 2, 3)

Canines respond well to unflavored cbd oil added straight to their food or water, but for maximum bio-availability and effect, you may want to manually drop cbd tincture for dogs into your dogs mouth. The sublingual intake method, just like in humans, has been shown to be most effective in absorbing hemp extracts.

 

Popular CBD Products for Dogs

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Have you tried using CBD products for your dog? How do they like it so far? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Charlotte’s Web Full Strength Tincture vs Relive Everyday 1200mg Tincture https://www.hemphelps.org/charlottes-web-full-strength-tincture-vs-relive-everyday-1200mg-tincture/ https://www.hemphelps.org/charlottes-web-full-strength-tincture-vs-relive-everyday-1200mg-tincture/#respond Mon, 06 May 2019 13:46:49 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2105 Written by a Hemp Helps staff member About seven months ago, I began my CBD journey. Like most others, I had no idea where to start when it came to delivery methods, strengths, and brands. A simple Google search for “high-quality CBD oil” left me feeling slightly overwhelmed, but ready to dig in and become […]

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Written by a Hemp Helps staff member

About seven months ago, I began my CBD journey. Like most others, I had no idea where to start when it came to delivery methods, strengths, and brands. A simple Google search for “high-quality CBD oil” left me feeling slightly overwhelmed, but ready to dig in and become more informed before making any rash decisions.

I began researching top brands like Charlotte’s Web and Green Roads; those were two brands that I knew about before starting my very own CBD journey. After some thought, I decided to purchase a bottle of Charlotte’s Web Full Strength CBD Oil in Mint Chocolate. I knew that I wanted to use the oil sublingually because from my research I learned that this is the best delivery method for not only your body but your pockets!

When my bottle arrived, I made the promise to myself that I would give it a genuine chance and do all the things by the book. I took the suggest serving size once in the morning, thirty minutes before I would typically become overly anxious. I recorded what I was feeling in a journal and continued this schedule for about a week. After noticing significant changes in my daily anxiety, I decided to try another dose at night to help get to sleep faster. Within just a week of this new routine, I was feeling overall much better, mentally and physically.

As my bottle began to run low, I started looking into more affordable options that would be similar to the CW oil I had been using. Throughout the first bottle, I began to dive into CBD research, and I felt confident enough to try a different brand. This is how I found Relive Everyday.

I was fascinated by how personalized Relive Everyday’s tincture selection felt. I was able to choose from three levels: 600mg, 1200mg, and 1800mg. Then, I got to choose from three different flavors: Natural, Watermelon, and Refreshing Mint. I decided to purchase RE-LIVE 1200mg Watermelon Hemp CBD Tincture. Making the switch, I saved $10 and was getting more CBD per serving.

Just like I had done with the CW oil, I took my new RE-LIVE tincture morning and night and recorded the results. I noticed very similar results, which to be honest I wasn’t really expecting. I had seen such significant changes with the CW oil that my standards had been set pretty high.

I can understand how foreign it may feel for someone just starting their CBD journey, I was there not that long ago. Take the time to do your research and don’t settle on one brand because they may offer the cheapest products on the market. I started with a more expensive, well-known brand, and ended up falling in love with a smaller brand that has some really high-quality products that I may not have found if not through trial-and-error. Luckily for me, I didn’t have to experience much error before finding the right brand and product for me!

What CBD brand do you currently use?

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Carl’s Jr Testing a CBD Cheeseburger! Gimmick gone bad or genius pairing? https://www.hemphelps.org/carls-jr-testing-a-cbd-cheeseburger/ https://www.hemphelps.org/carls-jr-testing-a-cbd-cheeseburger/#respond Thu, 18 Apr 2019 16:53:25 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2096 Another 4/20 gimmick? Carl’s Jr. announced a new addition to the menu for one day only and at one location only. That new edition? The Rocky Mountain High Cheeseburger Delight. A cheeseburger consisting of two beef patties, topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, fries, and CBD-infused Santa Fe Sauce. This announcement is significant because […]

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Another 4/20 gimmick?

Carl’s Jr. announced a new addition to the menu for one day only and at one location only. That new edition? The Rocky Mountain High Cheeseburger Delight. A cheeseburger consisting of two beef patties, topped with pickled jalapeños, pepper jack cheese, fries, and CBD-infused Santa Fe Sauce. This announcement is significant because Carl’s Jr. is the first major fast-food chain to put CBD on its menu.

If you live in the Denver area and are at least 18 years old, you can get this burger for $4.20 on April, 20th (4/20). While it’s all in good fun, let’s talk about why we wouldn’t waste our money on this 4/20 special.

The burger contains just 5mg of CBD. If you know anything about CBD, you know that when you use CBD in the form of an edible, you are already losing some of the CBD due to a process known as first pass effect. During this process, CBD is metabolized by the liver, lungs, gastrointestinal tract and blood. This causes a significant reduction in the amount of CBD that actually enters the bloodstream with the rest being stored in fat cells.

We love CBD edibles, especially gummies, but this is why when we recommend edibles they have at least 10-20mg of CBD. So, if you’re looking to try the Rocky Mountain High Cheeseburger and feel some sort of effect from the CBD, don’t get your hopes up. If you want to try it for the novelty, then by all means enjoy!

Do you think the Rocky Mountain High Cheeseburger is worth the hype – let us know in the comments below.

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Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Soap Product Review https://www.hemphelps.org/dr-bronners-peppermint-hemp-soap-product-review/ https://www.hemphelps.org/dr-bronners-peppermint-hemp-soap-product-review/#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 16:11:41 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2085 Dr. Bronner’s is not just a company with a product, but instead a story of man and his family who happen to have a passion for soap and love. It’s not just a soap though, it’s an amazing 18 uses in 1 product, from cleaning your vegetables to dishes and laundry. It’s strong peppermint and […]

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Dr. Bronner’s is not just a company with a product, but instead a story of man and his family who happen to have a passion for soap and love. It’s not just a soap though, it’s an amazing 18 uses in 1 product, from cleaning your vegetables to dishes and laundry. It’s strong peppermint and hemp oil combine for a potent and refreshing miracle solution. In fact, Dr. Bronners Hemp All-in-One Soap can be used for the following:

  • Hair
  • Laundry
  • Dishes
  • Dog bath soap
  • Clean fruits and vegetables
  • Bug spray for plants
  • Shaving face, underarm, and legs
  • All purpose cleaner
  • Floor cleaner

But wait! That’s not all! Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Hemp Soap gives you so much more. One of the first things that people notice is the label. It has writing ALL over it! Upon closer inspection, you’ll find that the bottle has quotes and snippets of knowledge about love, god, and life. It will take you a full shower to read it, and I guarantee you will be a fan of it, as it not only is entertaining for those boring showers, but also positive and inspirational.

The text on the bottle comes from the insights of the founder of Dr. Bronners soaps, Emanuel Theodore Bronner. Emanuel was in his families 3rd generation of soapmaking. His grandchildren are still directly involved in running the business, with his grandson David Bronner as CEO. Emanuel Heilbronn was born in Germany, to the Heilbronner family of soap makers. He came to the U.S. in 1929, and became a citizen in 1936. He started making his castile soaps at home, and was known for his trademark labels we mentioned above. They are sources from Jewish and Christian religious literature, but also famous writers such as Rudyard Kipling and Thomas Paine. Emanuel referred to his label text as the “Moral ABC” and “All-One-God-Faith” You can read the Dr. Bronner’s famous label yourself here.

About the Peppermint Hemp Soap

It sounds ridiculous to call it a wonder product, but truthfully, that’s how I feel about this soap. I’ve used it (along with the lavender variety) for years now, and can’t recommend this unique company enough. Let’s get to the nitty gritty though, starting with ingredients:

Ingredients (from official website): Water, Organic Coconut Oil*, Potassium Hydroxide**, Organic Palm Kernel Oil*, Organic Olive Oil*, Mentha Arvensis, Organic Hemp Oil, Organic Jojoba Oil, Mentha Piperita, Citric Acid, Tocopherol
*CERTIFIED FAIR TRADE INGREDIENTS
**None remains after saponifying oils into soap & glycerin.

Official product description: Our most popular scent & with a peppermint burst so pure it tingles! Scented with organic peppermint oil to cool skin, clear sinuses and sharpen mind. Our Peppermint Pure-Castile Liquid Soap is concentrated, biodegradable, versatile and effective. Made with organic and certified fair trade ingredients, packaged in a 100% post-consumer recycled bottle. All-One!

The ingredients are short, simple, and if you Google them, you’ll find they are relatively harmless. Limited chemicals and organic ingredients when possible, my personal favorite! The coconut and olive oil helps to keep your skin smooth, while the hemp and jojoba provide vital minerals and vitamins. Caution: the peppermint variety is very strong and potent, so water down when using on your privates or on places like your armpits, it has a slight burn if you use it straight up. The lavender and other varieties do not have this issue.

Check out this awesome video on the 18 uses of Dr. Bronner’s!

Another helpful item they have is their Dilution Cheat Sheet!

 

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Cannatera: Cannabinoid-Rich Hemp Extract Skincare Product Review https://www.hemphelps.org/cannatera-skincare-review/ https://www.hemphelps.org/cannatera-skincare-review/#respond Fri, 12 Apr 2019 05:35:30 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2086 Refresh. Revive. Renew. When you work in the hemp industry, you begin to incorporate hemp-derived products into every step of your daily routine. This is especially true for all of us here at Hemp Helps; as our team often tests and reviews products so we can inform our readers on which products are worth spending […]

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Refresh. Revive. Renew.

When you work in the hemp industry, you begin to incorporate hemp-derived products into every step of your daily routine. This is especially true for all of us here at Hemp Helps; as our team often tests and reviews products so we can inform our readers on which products are worth spending their money on.

We’ve tried so many different hemp/CBD products in the past few months to review, most of which didn’t get the seal of approval from our team, so we’ve been wary on what we try lately. For the past few months, we’ve really been diving into skincare. We tried Cannuka’s line and absolutely loved the products! Last month, we were sent a package from Cannatera: a luxury, phytocannabinoid rich, broad spectrum skincare line.

When it comes to skincare, we are a little more cautious with what products we are trying and make sure we put them through an extensive review process. We had never heard of Cannatera, so the first task at hand was research. What is Cannatera, what’s in the products, and what makes this company and its products different?

Emphasizing the need to bring to market a natural alternative to skin care, Cannatera is formulated with the luxury consumer in mind, who seeks a natural skin care regimen they can feel good about from the seed to their face! Derived from industrial hemp grown in the sun of the Colorado Rockies and watered by pure artesian waters, our origin material is among the richest in total cannabinoids and compounds for the healthiest skin imaginable so that the consumer can put their best face forward! No fillers, no additives, nothing unnatural about it, just pure, clean, natural plant science anyone can feel good about!

After doing some independent research, our team was curious if the product line would live up to the description. Cannatera’s Ageless System is a three-step skincare system that includes a cleansing gel, facial serum, and a facial moisturizer. One member of the Hemp Helps team offered to swap their current skincare products out for a month and use the three-step system.

Cannatera Review

Finding natural skin care products that work well can be sort of complicated, so when I had the chance to try a “luxury, natural skincare system” I was excited. The three-step skincare system has been a total game changer for me.

I began using it only at night, and after a couple of days of absolutely loving it, I started using the cleanser and moisturizer in the mornings as well. I noticed that the cleanser left my skin feeling refreshed and so smooth. I usually have the most issues with cleansers, leaving my skin feeling dull and dry – this was not the case with the REFRESH cleanser. The RENEW moisturizer was another big win and a new staple in my skincare routine. The moisturizer was light and didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy. I was worried that the moisturizer would clog my pores, but it didn’t, and instead, it left my skin feeling great.

The only part of the Cannatera system that wasn’t a hit was the REVIVE serum. To me, the serum was sticky, and I didn’t see any changes. On the website, the serum is said to increase cell turnover, resurface the skin, and reduce breakouts while keeping inflammation at bay. I didn’t notice any of those things happening, and when I took the serum out of the lineup, my skin looked and felt so much better. It’s also worth noting that the serum is the most expensive product of the three!

Overall, I am happy that I had the opportunity to try out the Cannatera skincare system. I sort of became spoiled using this luxury skincare because I did fall in love with the cleanser and moisturizer – which is unfortunate because they are more expensive items than what I used before. I’m not sure if I will purchase them again just because of the cost, but I do recommend that if you can afford them to give them a try; your skin will thank you!

What are some CBD skincare items that you want us to try and review? Let us know in the comments!

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Hemp Crate Review – Hemp Crate Co. Subscription Box Review https://www.hemphelps.org/hemp-crate-review-hemp-crate-co-subscription-box-review/ https://www.hemphelps.org/hemp-crate-review-hemp-crate-co-subscription-box-review/#respond Mon, 08 Apr 2019 18:39:08 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2080 About 70% of the items I use daily were discovered through a subscription box that I ended up falling in love with and purchasing again. When our team received an email from Hemp Crate Co a few months ago offering to send us a box, we were all instantly in agreeance that we wanted to […]

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About 70% of the items I use daily were discovered through a subscription box that I ended up falling in love with and purchasing again. When our team received an email from Hemp Crate Co a few months ago offering to send us a box, we were all instantly in agreeance that we wanted to see what this company was all about. We love CBD & hemp, we love subscription boxes; let’s do it!

Hemp Crate Co is a monthly subscription box for hemp and CBD products. Each month they curate products from trusted brands and cultivators of industrial hemp and CBD and include them in their monthly crates. You can choose from 3 unique crates: Health & Wellness, Man’s Best Friend, and Hempa the Explorer and you can further personalize the crate by choosing the starter or pro size.

We asked that they send us whichever box they wanted to, and we are so happy with the result. Hemp Crate Co sent us their Hempa the Explorer Pro Box, which retails for $69.99. The box was shipped and arrived at our office in just two days.

When we opened the box, the first thing we noticed was all of the literature. As an educational site, when we see any sort of educational resources, we are thrilled. They sent us their welcome guide (packed full of great information) and a Green Lotus hemp guide. Under the literature was 7 products. Those included:

  • Green Roads CBD Daily Dose – Pineapple Express Terps
  • Green Roads CBD Tea – Chamomile
  • Two (2) Sample-Sized Hemp Hearts Shelled Hemp Seeds
  • CBDMD Bath Bomb
  • CBDMD 300mg Tincture
  • Koala Bars CBD Chocolate Bar – Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Two (2) Hemp Crate Co Chapsticks – Jasmine Green Tea and Banana Taffy

We weren’t too sure about what to expect from Hemp Crate Co, or what brands would be in the box. We were pleasantly surprised when we saw brands like Green Roads and CBDMD in the box. A big bonus was how delicious the Koala Bars CBD Chocolate Bar was – a new brand that is now on our radar!

Overall, the entire process was great. Hemp Crate Co has fantastic customer service, reputable CBD brands and products in each box, and so many useful educational resources for customers. If you’re looking for a CBD/hemp subscription box, go check out Hemp Crate Co!

Use code FIRSTTIMER for 10% off of your first time purchase, store order, or subscription box!

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The Benefits of Hemp Protein – Everything About Hemp Protein https://www.hemphelps.org/the-benefits-of-hemp-protein-everything-about-hemp-protein/ https://www.hemphelps.org/the-benefits-of-hemp-protein-everything-about-hemp-protein/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 21:30:16 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2068 So you want to up your protein intake? Perhaps your nutritionist or primary care doctor suggested an increase in protein, or maybe you’re just trying to get jacked for the summer beach season. Whatever your motivation for exploring the many options in protein supplements, we hope this can help! We will compare and contrast the […]

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So you want to up your protein intake? Perhaps your nutritionist or primary care doctor suggested an increase in protein, or maybe you’re just trying to get jacked for the summer beach season. Whatever your motivation for exploring the many options in protein supplements, we hope this can help! We will compare and contrast the other popular protein sources, from whey to soy to hemp.

About Hemp Protein

Hemp protein is beneficial in numerous ways. It’s derived from the hemp plant seeds, and it consists of two globulin types of proteins, edestin and albumin. Edestin is generally rich in essential amino acids. It has a very high rate of digestibility compared to other proteins, as found in a study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. The rate of digestiblity of proteins is important, as the more digestible a protein, the more efficiently your body can use it.

Once scoop of hemp protein provides the following nutrients (approximation – changes depending on brand):

  • 113 calories
  • 12.6 grams of protein
  • 7 grams of carbs
  • 4.8 grams of fiber
  • 3.4 grams of fat
  • 15 percent of the RDA of calcium
  • 23 percent of the RDA of iron

Hemp Protein vs Whey Protein

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Both hemp and whey protein contain all nine essential amino acids, as well as a variety of From Livestrong.com:

Like whey, hemp contains all nine essential amino acids. As far as hemp protein digestion goes, this supplement is slowly absorbed into the GI tract, fueling your body over several hours. Therefore, you may consume it between meals or before bedtime to provide your muscles with a steady supply of protein. It’s important to note, though, that hemp has a lower biological value compared to whey.

Hemp protein does have the advantage of being plant sourced, which is better than whey for people who are allergic to milk or suffer from lactose intolerance.

Hemp Protein vs Soy Protein

Soy protein is a great alternative to hemp or whey protein sources. Soy protein is created from soybean meal that has been dehulled and defatted. It can be very beneficial, but perhaps not on par with the quality and benefits of hemp or whey protein. A 2014 clinical trial in Nutritional Research journal showed that whey protein is more effective at regulating appetite and improving body composition (muscle to fat ratio) when compared to soy protein. Hemp sees have been shown to promote cardiovascular health due to their ability to lower blood pressure and reduce cholesterol levels.

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The Stigma Is Strong For Cannabis Consuming Mothers https://www.hemphelps.org/the-stigma-is-strong-for-cannabis-consuming-mothers/ https://www.hemphelps.org/the-stigma-is-strong-for-cannabis-consuming-mothers/#respond Thu, 04 Apr 2019 21:14:46 +0000 https://www.hemphelps.org/?p=2075 By Marissa Fratoni, Holistic Nurse Stigma is discrimination based in disapproval for a group’s perceived differences. It tends to be steeped in misunderstanding and prejudice. Stigma is something that most cannabis users face at some point, simply because they choose to use a substance that has stood on the outskirts of counterculture for the last […]

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By Marissa Fratoni, Holistic Nurse

Stigma is discrimination based in disapproval for a group’s perceived differences. It tends to be steeped in misunderstanding and prejudice. Stigma is something that most cannabis users face at some point, simply because they choose to use a substance that has stood on the outskirts of counterculture for the last eighty years for racist and political reasons, not because it was ever a public health issue.

As cannabis prohibition comes to an end the world over, stigma still exists amongst certain groups. Arguably, the most stigmatized group of all cannabis consumers and enthusiasts are mothers. Why? For one thing, most mothers have been criticized for their parenting practices and decisions. In fact, according to a poll conducted by the  C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital at the University of Michigan, six in ten mothers of children ages 0-5 have been criticized about their parenting skills in some way, shape, or form. Breastfeeding, formula feeding, cloth diapering, disposable diapering, discipline, sleep training, co-sleeping, bedsharing, diet, lifestyle, homeschool, no-school, public school. Anything related to the care, feeding, and nurturing of children could become a topic of criticism. So it’s really no surprise that moms who choose to use cannabis face stigma and criticism, sometimes in extreme ways.

 

Stereotypical stoner image clashes with that of the good mom

Ask anyone to conjure up thoughts of a person who consumes cannabis and most will respond with some fairly stereotypical imagery. Cheech and Chong-like characters surrounded by clouds of smoke with squinty, red-tinted eyes and permanent grins splashed on their faces. These characters are completely devoid of any motivation to do anything other than consume more weed or eat junk food. They are entirely intoxicated and impaired, unable to complete important tasks and function optimally.

Now conjure up the image of a “good” mother. Moms are held to high standards of functionality. The variables that define a good mom are numerous and subjective, but in most cases, good moms are fully committed to their family’s needs. They are excellent jugglers who keep all of the balls in the air, thereby maintaining the peace, calm, and functioning of their well-kept households and equally well-kept children.

Jumping off of that lofty image of the good mom, well-kept home and children and all –  it’s relatively easy for some people to have a difficult time understanding how a mom could function well, meet the needs of her family, and also happen to consume cannabis whether it be medically, therapeutically, or recreationally. After all, stoners don’t get anything done, and they certainly don’t have the awareness needed to maintain the health and safety of children. At least, that’s what the stigma says.

 

Banish the stigma – good moms do consume cannabis

You’ll find them on social media, supporting other moms through criticism and challenging decisions. You’ll see them taking their kiddos to the library for early learning time, or to the park so their kids can run, breathe in fresh air, and learn about all of the flying, furry, and feathered creatures that live there. You’ll find them pulling nutrient-dense meal recipes for kids off of Pinterest, and trading at home-activity ideas for rainy day fun with other so-called “good” moms. You may also find them consuming cannabis discreetly to treat any number of symptoms they are struggling with, ranging from pain to PMS to anxiety and depression. Their goal is to feel better, not to be high or impaired. Or you may also find them tucking in their kids at night after reading a book or two, and then slipping out to the porch for an evening puff instead of a glass of wine.

 

So what’s the problem with stigma?

For all people who are raising children, the notion that it takes a village is very true. Every mother depends on her village to help her as she raises her children in some way. But stigma is isolating. It harms the very people who rely on their villages to raise healthy children who grow into healthy adults. Harming mothers — the typical primary caregivers for the next generation of human beings since the beginning of time — hurts all of us. It’s time we rise above stigmas like this for the benefit of each other and the benefit of our fellow humans. Support good moms who consume cannabis. It’s not that difficult.

Sources:

https://www.uofmhealth.org/news/archive/201706/mott-poll-nearly-two-thirds-mothers-%E2%80%9Cshamed%E2%80%9D-others-about

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