It’s important to understand the differences in each of the cannabinoids, though we know little about many of the other compounds found only in marijuana, the truth about CBD has been proven; so much so that it is now legal in all 50 states. There is THC, which is the psychotropic chemical found in the female flowering portions of the cannabis plant, which does indeed ‘get you high.’ THC is only legal in the states that have legalized cannabis or medical marijuana. But CBD is now available across the board, which is huge news for many suffering from a myriad of health issues and other debilitating diseases. The difference is that CBD doesn’t get you high, at most you may feel a calmness, which if you’re like me (who suffers from crippling anxiety at times) is a godsend.
While all health claims are based purely on personal experience, most people who try CBD find that it may help with calmness, anxiety, sleep and appetite right off the bat. CBD is the non-psychotropic cannabinoid found in hemp, the male non-flowering part of the plant, which has been found to have inflammatory and immunomodulatory effects, as well as sedating, hypnotic, anti-epileptic and anti-dystonic effects, among other healing attributes. CBD does not ‘get you high,’ as they say, but it will relax you, soothe pain, help regulate sleep patterns, control certain cancers, stimulates bone growth, and stops the growth of bacteria, as well as it suppresses muscle spasms and convulsions, slows inflammation, reduces blood sugar levels, reduces the risk of artery obstructions, decreases pressure in the blood vessel walls, helps control epileptic seizures, reduces risk of nerve damage, and eases nausea.
I also tested Steve’s CBD Hemp Oil, which is similar to the CBG in that it is also full spectrum, but it is also more CBD heavy than CBG, and is combined with with raw CBD hemp oil, CBD isolate, local Colorado honey and non-psychoactive terpenes to bring a more synergetic effect to your treatment. I really like using their CBD in the morning, especially on days when I feel a sort of underlying tension inside me, because what often happens is my mood is down and I’m easily aggravated and frustrated even with menial tasks, but the CBD helps smooth things out per say by bringing along an easing sensation that balances me out and helps me to find my center.
Steve’s Goods also let me try their amazing CBD Girl Scout Cookies shatter and their CBD Distillate Wax, a product that may confuse some newbies to the world of cannabis. Shatter or wax is essentially a concentrate in the form of either a gritty, crystalized which is known as shatter, or a waxier form which is of course known as wax or distillate wax; both of which are typically used with a vaporizer. Vaping the shatter and wax is one of the quickest ways for treatment. Steve’s Goods makes shatters that contain the smell, taste and healing properties of THC strains while limiting the questionably illegal status of the product by removing the actual psychotropic cannabinoid. Their Girl Scout Cookies shatter has a beautiful and intoxicating scent of sweet, earthy, floral spiciness, which can be tasted when vaped. Beyond the effects I mentioned earlier, the Girl Scout Cookies shatter really brings home the enjoyable aspects of using this medicinal treatment, because of course the taste and smell are very agreeable, but also because of how it makes me feel: almost like being soothed inside, as if being cuddled by a giant pillow.
Lastly, Steve’s Goods sent me their Wowzer Relief pain cream, which I found to be perhaps the most helpful in my daily struggles. Topical applications of CBD have been shown to help with aches, pains, and bruises, while easing other unwanted internal sensations. I’ve had trouble with back and neck pain for sometime now, and it’s gotten so bad over the last six months that I was having trouble sleeping in the middle of the night. I would fall asleep just fine, then within a few hours, I would awaken with troubling back and neck pain and disease to where I would have trouble going back to sleep at all. But with the application of Steve’s CBD pain cream, I found relief in the middle of the nights. The Wowzer Relief cream is a topical salve made up of avocado oil, shea butter, beeswax, hemp seed oil, full spectrum hemp flower extract, vitamin e, cajeput, camphor, lavender, eucalyptus and other essential oils. While all of the natural ingredients are helpful as a topical, like that of camphor, lavender, and eucalyptus, it is the cannabis extracts that lend the most powerful healing effects. The camphor brings on a sort of tingly, icy hot sensation that numbs the pain, while the CBD and other cannabinoids go to work at actually healing the issue. Even if it’s only soothing the pain for a day, this salve is a lifesaver.
All in all I came away very impressed with Steve’s Goods products. They are very high quality, very powerful, and they smell and taste amazing. As mentioned prior, many CBD companies care little about the taste, letting the natural earthy tastes take over in their product, but Steve’s Goods has thought through every aspect of their products, and for that I give them an A-grade on my whimsical system of not-really-grading. I’m a big fan of their products, and would suggest them for my closest family. So if you found something that relates to what you go through in your own life and are looking for a safer remedy without the nasty side effects, why not give them a try?
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*This article is for entertainment use, and should not replace the diagnoses of any disease or the subscribing of any medication. Always consult with your doctor or a medical professional for any and all health-related advice.
Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen