We Review the Ardent FX, the „Easy-Bake Oven for Cannabis” | Westword – Westword

Cannabis legalization has brought forth several interesting at-home gadgets to enjoy the plant in concentrated or edible forms, but something presented as „the Easy-Bake Oven for cannabis” plays on both weed intrigue and nostalgia.

With precision heaters and timed cycles specifically tailored to decarboxylate and infuse food with THC, CBD and other cannabinoids, the Ardent FX attempts to take the guesswork out of making edibles and tinctures at home. Created by Boston attorney Shanel Lindsay, the FX decarboxylates (the process of heating cannabis to activate the cannabinoids before infusion) and infuses up to one ounce of flower or concentrate into butter and oils, but the machine doesn’t stop there: after infusion, the FX undergoes a „bake” cycle, which actually cooks and bakes infused goodies inside of the same device.

As someone who has screwed up countless batches of edibles and never got that Easy-Bake oven on my Christmas list, I was excited to give it a try to see how smooth and effortless the FX really was. Retailing for $350 online, the FX is pricier than most other cannabutter and oil infusion devices on the market, but Ardent also promises more.

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What struck me upon opening my FX package was how different the machine, presented in a sleek purple cylinder, looked from what I expected. Anyone unfamiliar with photos of the FX wouldn’t have an idea about what the machine does — and that seems to be the point. There’s no pot leaf motifs or other telling imagery on either the packaging or the actual device, and given that one of the main selling points of the FX is that it’s allegedly odorless, discretion seems to be one of Ardent’s top priorities.

There’s no minimum amount of material needed to use the FX, so I started with a quarter-ounce of Mystery #98 flower, a high-CBD cannabis strain. Activation of the cannabinoids lasted anywhere from one hour and 45 minutes to just over two hours, including preheating and cool-down time. I quickly noticed that the top would not stay firmly attached during the process. As condensation was released from the plant material, it continuously pushed the lid up, releasing some of the trapped odor.

The FX power button started flashing, meaning the activation cycle was complete and cool-down had started after just under one hour, and cooling down took about forty-five minutes. Even after cooling down, the machine was very hot, so don’t skip the cool-down period or rush the machine. After adding about a cup-and-a-half of olive oil to my decarbed bud (noticeably different in color and smell, indicating a successful activation), I began the infusion cycle.

The infusion cycle lasts almost three hours, but Ardent’s tests have shown that the potency of the infusion will be the same whether the cycle runs for one hour or two hours, so three just seemed unnecessarily long to me. Ardent’s advice is that the length of the infusion cycle is up to us, but suggests running it for at least 45 minutes and a maximum of one complete cycle. To be safe, I let it run for 90 minutes before shutting it off manually and removing the lid to cool the contents faster.

My first impression was that the Ardent FX is a very cool gadget, and virtually foolproof if you read and follow the instructions carefully. However, users should realize that it’s no way an instant process. Making an infusion will take two to three hours, not including straining. But without having to check on it, stir, or adjust the temperature, you don’t have to be actively engaged.

Ardent also infuses with cannabis concentrate, enabling more potent edibles. The length of the cycles will change based on the type of the material used, but I wasn’t expecting it to take so much longer with the concentrate than it did with the flower. For my 1.5 grams of shatter, the decarb cycle took 90 minutes, but the cool-down period seemed endless. After waiting over an hour for the device to cool down, I decided to shut it off manually and open the lid to speed up the cooling. (It was already plenty cool, and I felt a little silly for having waited so long, but Ardent suggests only ending the infusion cycles manually, so I was hesitant to shut it off during an activation cycle.)

The Ardent instruction guide (emailed once your device is registered) mentions that the THC activation cycle’s high temperature actually works better than the infusion cycle to infuse kief or concentrates into oil. So instead of going through the infusion cycle the next time, I decided to put the decarbed shatter and a few scoops of coconut oil back into the FX, and run another activation cycle for thirty minutes (Ardent’s suggested time). I was skeptical, but it did the trick in half the time. The shatter was fully melted and incorporated into the coconut oil, and the result tasted surprisingly good.

Now that I had made my oils successfully, I wanted to try the alluring bake cycle. The bake cycle uses the highest temperature, running at over 300 degrees Fahrenheit for a little over two hours. Unsure what the Ardent FX was capable of cooking, I looked at Ardent’s online recipe guide and found recipes for cakes, pastas, sauces, rice, oatmeal, pies and more. But as I perused the recipes, I realized that just because I can make anything in the Ardent FX, that doesn’t mean I should. If using it to cook pasta, for example, it would take an hour and fifteen minutes. Personally, I would rather just boil my pasta on the stove and then toss it in infused oil.

Be warned, any solid food you bake in the FX will take this funny shape.

Be warned, any solid food you bake in the FX will take this funny shape.

I also noticed that most of the recipes instruct using the machine’s activation cycle to bake or cook, leaving me wondering why they even bothered with the bake cycle. According to Ardent, some recipes do require the bake setting, but some recipes still use an activation setting to cook more efficiently. Additionally, their recipes are designed for both the FX and the cheaper Ardent Nova device, a decarbing machine that doesn’t have the baking function. The bake setting is recommended in particular for baked goods, pastas, and sous vide meats, but most of their recipes can be made with either Ardent device.

I picked Ardent’s High 5 Chocolate Birthday Cake recipe to test out the FX’s cooking and baking capabilities, but rather than going through their instructions on how to make the exact amount of cannaoil needed for the recipe, I just used the infused coconut oil I had already made (which was much more potent than their suggested amount). This recipe called for using an activation setting rather than the bake setting, so that’s what I did. After three hours with no sign of cool down in sight, I had to shut the device off (Ardent warns that no cycle should last more than three hours).

The result was a weird, dense little cake. It wasn’t unpleasant, and was surprisingly moist for something that baked for three hours. However, I would probably just use my oven to bake next time, and stick to using the FX for activation and infusion. Anyone who’s eaten a cupcake cooked under a lightbulb in a real Easy-Bake Oven has probably felt a similar revelation.

I could see the Ardent FX being a good option for home-growers trying to efficiently preserve a harvest, or anyone looking to make infused cooking oils in bulk. A $350 price tag is definitely an investment, but if you’re frequently wasting money on low-dose edibles from the dispensary, it saves money in the long run. Being able to infuse such a large amount brings a lot of potential to the table, but I personally don’t want to wait hours for only a small quantity of infused butter or oil. I also think calling it a „portable” cannabis kitchen is a bit misleading: The FX is compact and lightweight, with a handy carrying case, but it needs to be plugged into an outlet and operate at room temperature, so it’s not the type of gadget you could take camping or on the road.

What I love most about the FX is the convenience. Having one device to activate and infuse, even if not used for baking, cuts out so many annoying dishes and eliminates transfer waste. The FX is also dishwasher safe, so the cleanup is even more quick and simple. Though some odor is released when condensation pushes the FX lid up, the process is relatively odorless compared to traditional activation and infusion methods, which stink up most of the house.

Even though the FX isn’t instantaneous, it still whips up infusions faster than most traditional methods. Plus, the machine is pretty much guaranteed to work whether you know what you’re doing or not, so no need to worry about wasting time or good weed on something that may not turn out a usable product — a risk many new cannabis cookers fall prey to. While I wouldn’t call the FX a must-have for casual cannabis consumers, it’s worth the investment for anyone who wants to make infusions at home. 

Real Estate Sale-Leaseback Transactions Free Up Capital For Cannabis Operators – Benzinga

Over the past year the cannabis sector experienced its first sustained contraction in capital markets transactions and capital availability. Here are the numbers according to the Viridian Cannabis Deal Tracker. In 2019 the number of capital raises declined by 12.6% and the total capital raised fell by 17.8%.  So far in 2020, the decline has been even more significant. Through the first 8 months of 2020, the number of capital raises fell by 52.5% and the total dollars raised shrank by 72.9% compared to the same period in 2019.

What caused this sharp decline?

  • Disappointing financial results from Canadian LPs and MSOs causing Canadian/U.S. equities analysts to lower forecasts and stock ratings
  • As public stock prices began to fall, companies were forced to raise capital at increasingly dilutive levels, if at all
  • Numerous capital and M&A deals were cancelled or re-priced
  • Public cannabis companies, long the most aggressive acquirors, were weakened with falling stock prices and shrinking cash balances
  • Management cracks began to appear as inexperienced operators faced a challenging capital markets environment for the first time
  • The lack of progress on key U.S. industry legislative initiatives, particularly the SAFE Banking Act.

The Sale-Leaseback Transaction Emerges in Cannabis

As capital availability has dried up cannabis companies have looked for alternatives to generate growth capital.  Several larger, vertically integrated operators have looked to their balance sheets to free up assets, in particular the real estate underlying their cultivation, processing and manufacturing businesses.  The emergence of the “Sale-Leaseback” transaction in cannabis has arrived.

See also: Despite Recent 7-Figure Raises, Cannabis Investments Remain Slow In 2020

A sale-leaseback traditionally involves a company selling the real estate it owns and subsequently leasing it back from the investor/buyer, thereby freeing up capital. This transaction provides several key advantages:

  • Can return the full value of the real estate asset’s capital back to the company, vs. traditional financing which may only bring a percentage of the asset’s value
  • Provides off balance sheet financing
  • Shrinks liabilities on the balance sheet
  • Can provide much less dilutive financing and lower cost of capital

Over the past nine months the cannabis industry has seen several high-profile recent transactions that illustrate this trend.

  • July 2020: Multistate cannabis operator Columbia Care Inc. (NEO:CCHW) (OTC: CCHWB) announced that it had sold the its dispensary, cultivation and manufacturing facilities in Vineland, New Jersey, totaling approximately 54,000 square feet to San Diego- based Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE: IIPR) in a sale-leaseback deal valued up to $14 million. This is the second sale-leaseback deal New York based Columbia Care has done in 2020.
  • July 2020: Multistate cannabis operator Cresco Labs Inc. (CSE: CL) (OTCQX: CRLBF) announced that it had sold its Fall River, Massachusetts-based property which covers 118,000 square-feet of industrial space, including cultivation space, a processing facility, and dispensary.to San Diego- based Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE: IIPR) for $28.8 million.
  • March 2020: Multistate cannabis operator Green Thumb Industries (CSE: GTII) OTCQX: GTBIF) announced it has sold an Illinois cultivation and processing facility to San Diego- based Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE: IIPR) in a sale-leaseback deal valued up to

$50 million. This is the largest of three sale-leaseback deals Chicago-based Green Thumb has done with the California real estate investment trust.

  • February 2020: Grassroots Cannabis announced that it signed a $19.7 million sale- leaseback deal with NewLake Capital Partners, whereby NewLake is buying and leasing back 10 marijuana retail stores in six states from Grassroots.
  • October 2019: Innovative Industrial Properties (NYSE: IIPR), the real estate investment trust (REIT) completed a sale-leaseback deal with multistate dispensary company PharmaCann, paying $18 million plus transaction costs for a 48,000-square-foot industrial property in Dwight, Illinois.
  • October 2019: Acreage Holdings, Inc. (CSE: ACRG.U) (OTC: ACRGF) (FSE: 0VZ) and GreenAcreage Real Estate Corp announced the closing of a series of sale-and-leaseback transactions for the sale of certain properties and facilities from Acreage Holdings to GreenAcreage for an aggregate of approximately $18 million to Acreage Holdings and approximately $23 million overall including payments to a third-party seller. The locations funded and closed today include facilities in Massachusetts, Florida and Pennsylvania.
  • August 2019: Curaleaf Holdings (OTC: CURLF) announced that it entered into a sale- leaseback transaction with Freehold Properties valued at approximately $28.3 million for six of its properties in Florida, Massachusetts and New Jersey.


Capital is the fuel for any company in an emerging industry. We will continue to see a more diverse range of financing for cannabis companies as legal and legislative initiatives emerge and businesses mature. For now, sale-leaseback transactions have become an attractive option to unlock cash on the balance sheet by removing ownership of real estate assets.

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High Tea: How To Start Sipping Cannabis – Benzinga

This article was originally published on Flowertown, and appears here with permission.

There’s nothing quite like a relaxing cup of tea to help you unwind. Why not improve an already great habit by adding some flower to the mix? Cannatea is a cozy alternative to inhaling smoke or vapor and can spice things up for veteran tea drinkers.  

Whether you usually just use the tried and true tea bags or prefer rituals like matcha ceremonies and loose leaves in a teapot, brewing up some cannabis tea is a great DIY way to relax. 

We’ll go over some best practices for how to infuse cannabis into your tea as naturally as bergamot into a cup of Earl Grey. While we can’t read your tea leaves for you, we do know that there are some floral, budsy and delicious drinks in your immediate future.  

Cannabis tea for drinking weed

The easy way 

If you’re a busy bee who loves tea, adding a pre-made, food-grade tincture to your regular cup of tea works just as well. But we know that not everyone is into the DIY approach and, luckily, cannabis comes in a number of different forms that are designed to support your lifestyle.

While tinctures are an excellent way to easily infuse cannabis into your Chamomile tea, Kikoko is already one step ahead of you by infusing it themselves.

To decarb or not to decarb 

But if you are, in fact, into the DIY approach and want more control over how much cannabis you put into what, you’ll have to know more about a thing called decarboxylation.

Decarboxylation is the process of turning THCa into regular THC.

THCa doesn’t have the psychoactive effects of THC and is how the chemical exists organically within the bud.  

Decarbing happens naturally from either immediate flashes of high heat – i.e., when you smoke or vaporize it – or through low and slow exposure to heat – i.e., when you incorporate it into foods or beverages through a cooking process. 

Decarb machines may seem intimidating at first but require the same know-how as a Crock Pot. These gadgets help you get the full effect of your cannabis without adding fats to the mix through a heat-induced process. If you’re looking for something more mellow, healing, and productivity-friendly, you can leave your flower as is. 

Cannabis tea for drinking weed

Brewing cannabis tea 

But for those looking to steep it themselves, all roads to great cannabis tea start with a good grind.  

You can use a grinder or a mortar and pestle to get your flower (let’s not go above ½ gram here) down to a tea-like consistency, not complete powder. How finely you grind your flower impacts how you plan to steep/strain the tea as well as the tea’s taste.  

You can also make tea solely out of stems for a lighter experience. 

The simplest way forward is to replace a regular tea bag’s contents with your ground flower, or you could use a metal steeper. Leave the bag for 5–10 minutes in some hot water, and then you’re ready to curl up with your tea and a good book.  

Adding milk will increase the potency since THC dissolves easily in fats. 

Brewin’ up something stronger 

If you want a stronger high without any gadgets, make your tea bulletproof. Mix your ground tea with butter or coconut oil and start steeping. In this case, you would keep the cannatea bag in a simmering pot of water for up to half an hour. Keep your eye on the prize — and water level — during this step. 

Once your cannabis tea has cooled down, you can start sipping and binging your latest show. The effects should wash over you by episode two! 

Cannabis tea for drinking weed

Spice it up & show it off 

You can get much more creative in either method and add your favorite spices and ingredients to the mix. You can even add a conventional tea bag in the final steeping moments to get a more classic tea taste. 

If your meal prep is the envy of all your friends, there’s yet another way to sip your way to tranquility. You can blend your flower with your favorite milk/milk alternative, butter and/or coconut oil (let’s say a teaspoon of each fat, for your arteries’ sake), and whatever flavor agents you desire. 

After letting this mixture rest for an hour or so, you can heat it up on the stove for 10 minutes, adding any other ingredients that suit your fancy. Strain through a fine sieve and raise your mug! 

As you start to explore more creative ways to incorporate the benefits of cannabis into your everyday routines, take a look at how we recommend using it in your summertime BBQs or as a great pain reliever for arthritis or injuries.

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What are your Thoughts on the Medical Use of Cannabis? – Curetoday.com

On social media, CURE® recently asked its readers what their thoughts were on the medical use of cannabis. Here, we share some of their responses.

Each week on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts, CURE® asks its readers to share their thoughts with the #CureConnect discussion question. This past week, we asked: “What are your thoughts on the medical use of cannabis?”

Here’s what our readers shared:

  • “I’ve asked my oncologist about it. He said it’s not known how it may affect treatment. But given this caveat, he would OK it as long as patients let him know they are using it. I’m stage 4 as well and doing pretty well for now, four years after diagnosis. But I would definitely consider in the future if I feel it would be helpful.” – Y.S.
  • “If it helps, use it. I use CBD oil and cream without THC because I don’t like feeling foggy. All the meds prescribed left me sleepy and loopy and didn’t knock out the neuropathy.” – T.C.
  • “I’ve never had it, but if you’re a person living with chronic pain and it can improve your quality of life, and it is doctor recommended, well, it is worth a try.” – D.L-P.
  • “Helps me cope with pain. Relaxes body and distracts my mind. Helps with sleep. Not addictive. I do tell my doctors.” – T.L.
  • “I really don’t know. I’m one of the few that grew up in the ‘60s and never tried it. Just saw a comment where someone said it helps with their neuropathy, I’m all for that. Nothing seems to help me.” – B.T.
  • “If it helps and doesn’t effect treatment, I’m all for it.” – R.B.

CBD Global Sciences Provides Update on Filing Q2 Financial Statements and MD&A – Yahoo Finance

The Company will be relying on the temporary exemption pursuant to ASC 51-519 in respect to the following provisions:

  • the requirement to file interim financial statements for the six month period ended June 30, 2020 (the „Interim Financial Statements„) within 60 days of the Company’s second quarter as required by section 4.4(b) of NI 51-102

  • the requirement to file management discussion and analysis (the „Interim MD&A”) for the period covered by the Interim Financial Statements within 60 days of the Company’s second quarter as required by section 5.1(2) of NI 51-102; and

  • the requirement to file certifications of the Interim Financial Statements (the „Certificates” and together with the Interim Financial Statements and Interim MD&A, the „Interim Filings„) pursuant to section 5.1 of National Instrument 52-109.

Other than as disclosed in the Company’s press releases, there have not been any material business developments since the date that the last financial statements of the Company were filed.

www.aethics.com) and CANNAOIL (www.cannaoilshop.com), which include CBD Oil tinctures (liquid products), CBD capsules, CBD topicals and CBD hydration products. CBD Global’s hemp-derived CBD extracts are sold through select distributors, brick and mortar retailers, and online.” data-reactid=”26″>CBD Global Sciences Inc., is a vertically integrated hemp-based CBD producer, extractor, and branding investment vehicle which currently owns two product categories, branded under the name AETHICS (www.aethics.com) and CANNAOIL (www.cannaoilshop.com), which include CBD Oil tinctures (liquid products), CBD capsules, CBD topicals and CBD hydration products. CBD Global’s hemp-derived CBD extracts are sold through select distributors, brick and mortar retailers, and online.

CBD Global Sciences, through its wholly owned subsidiary, Strasburg Pharms, grows and operates irrigated land in Colorado that grows hemp with only all-natural Colorado water, soil, sun and nutrients that is NEVER sprayed with pesticides or chemicals. Our genetics are hand selected and maintained to present the best cannabinoid profile with extremely high CBD. The extraction/processing facility, operated by CBD Global, is located approximately 40 minutes from the farm.





Global Vaporizer Market to Register Growth in Incremental Opportunity after COVID 19 pandemic – StartupNG

The vaporizer market has seen tremendous growth in the last few years, growing into a market of a few billions dollar. A vaporizer is used to carry out vaping. Vaping is an act of inhaling and exhaling the water vapour that is produced by an electric device like a vaporizer or an e-cigarette. The water vapour in the vaporizer is in the form of e-liquid that is in gaseous state which is inhaled and exhaled with the help of vaporizers. The smoke from vaporizers is usually thicker but it gets dispersed in the surrounding air more quickly, and it smells much better, usually like mint, fruit or candy depending on the type of flavour used. Vaping is a tobacco free, and sometimes even nicotine free version of a traditional tobacco cigarette, but as there is no smoke involved, it cannot be compared to smoking.

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The e-liquids used in vaporizers usually consist of propylene glycol (PG) or vegetable glycerine (VG) or both. A combination of PG and/or VG is used to create different type of exotic flavours that are unique and are tobacco free. There are many different parts in a vaporizer. Some of them are mouthpiece, battery, cartridge, atomizer or cartomizer and a circuit with the sensor. The cartridge contains the e-liquid or the e-juice while the atomizer contains a heating element, usually in the form of a coil that gets heated up by the power generated by a battery. The way the vaporizer works is that when a user takes a drag on the mouthpiece, the coil in the battery gets heated up. Simultaneously, a cotton wick soaks e-liquid from the cartridge. When this liquid gets in contact with the coil, which is hotter than the boiling point of the e-liquid, it naturally turns into a vapour. This vapour is then inhaled and exhaled by the user and the process of vaping is carried out. The e-liquid consists of a blend of PG/VG, nicotine and other flavours.

Electronic cigarettes are the most common type of vaporizers.  These type of vaporizers mimic the function of a normal tobacco cigarette, except that there is no tobacco present in e-cigarettes, only the e-liquid is present. Though some safety concerns have been raised on the subject of vaping, using a vaporizer or an e-cigarette is exponentially safe than smoking a real cigarette. As far as drivers of the vaporizer market are concerned, more than one third of the total population of the United States are cigarette smokers. Smoking related illnesses account for every one of five deaths in the United States. In addition, nearly 70% of the smokers report that they want to quit smoking to lead a healthier life and 42% of the smokers have tried to quit smoking unsuccessfully. Hence, it is obvious that there is a huge market for e-cigarettes and vaporizers in the United States alone, and the potential for other regions of world if included, then it would be a gigantic market.

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Thus, using a vaporizer in the form of vaping is the best bet for smokers who want to quit smoking or never fall in the trap of nicotine in the first place. The main advantage of vaping is that it is tobacco free and is odourless. Less harmful chemicals and toxins are used in e-cigarettes and in the form of the choice of e-liquid, one can control the intake of such chemicals in the body. Studies have shown that almost three quarters of people felt fitter after switching from smoking to vaping. In addition, almost a quarter were assessed to be medically fitter than they were during their smoking days. Hence, using a vaporizer or e-cigarettes is the best way to counter the menace of tobacco and nicotine and is poised to be a huge market worldwide.

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19-Year-Old Faiz Warsani On How He Grew His CBD Brand „Sweet Dreams” – Influencive

Hemp-derived CBD is legal in all 50 states and statistics have shown that over a quarter of the United States has tried CBD at least once, and one out of seven of those people say that they use it daily. CBD is dispensed in many forms including pills, vapes, edibles, drops, creams, lotions, and much more. CBD can be used for stress, anxiety, general wellness, joint pain, and sleep. Faiz Warsani is a pioneer in the CBD industry for sleep purposes with his company Sweet Dreams.

Faiz Warsani is a 19-year-old entrepreneur from Chicago, and I had the pleasure of interviewing him regarding his success.  Warsani began his career with a clothing company called Paradise Avenue. In 2015, he discovered Shopify drop-shipping, which is a discovery that would change his life. After a few months of steadily growing income, Warsani was able to generate a five-figure a day revenue at the young age of 16.

Warsani convinced his parents and teachers to allow him to graduate high school early by taking extra classes. At this point, he was already generating 30 thousand dollars a month in profit. In my interview with Warsani, he stated that he didn’t even have time to show up to his high school graduation. 

Fast forward to 2020, Warsani began selling CBD sleep products. He realized quickly that there was a huge gap in the market where there weren’t specific products available for sleep even though CBD could be used for such. That’s when he developed Sweet Dreams CBD.

Sweet Dreams is Warsani’s current CBD brand, and, in our interview, he explained how he has always been a big advocate for all-natural sleep products. He also expressed how he loves building his brands and having fun. 

During our interview, I was able to ask Warsani, the owner of Sweet Dreams CBD, the following questions about his keys to success and you may find his answers very interesting.

What was your inspiration when you first started?

I was inspired by making money and landed on YouTube. I saw entrepreneurs who were making money and traveling the world after most of them had dropped out of school. I didn’t understand how they could become so successful in building their online presence, but even at a very young age, I knew I wanted to be my own boss.

How did you get to where you are today?

It began in March of 2017, with my clothing brand, Paradise Avenue. I was able to begin drop-shipping, which allowed me to earn 5 thousand dollars a day as a 16-year-old. I decided I wanted to build a company that was built to last and CBD was the industry I wanted to build it in.  The industry is growing rapidly and there is a niche sleep market. I wanted to build my sleep brand and be a pioneer in this industry. Why not be one of the youngest people to do it, right?

How did you set your ideas into motion?

I am a believer of manifestation, like writing down your goals and visions on a physical piece of paper. You have to know what you want. I wrote down the amount of revenue I wanted to make the first year of creating Sweet Dreams and I followed my heart from there.

What sets you apart from everyone else?

I feel like everything I’ve done is different. I always try to be unique and pay attention to detail. The product works and looks friendly compared to the majority of these CBD products that look like medicine. There are a lot of terrible quality products and I want to be a natural solution. We don’t support opioids and big pharma, so I am trying to eliminate the need to take pills with a healthy substitute. Sweet Dreams tastes good and makes you feel better, just as advertised, nothing more or nothing less.

What can we expect to see from you in the future?

I am growing Sweet Dreams and would like to make it one of the largest CBD companies of all time. My goal is to help millions of people sleep better. I also want to build up this company, grow my team, and document everything on my YouTube Channel.

What is the best advice you’ve been given?

To always stay consistent and make small changes to your life every day. Take things slowly and patiently, especially with projects you adore. This is the technique that I’ve applied with Sweet Dreams.

What tips do you have for young entrepreneurs?

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What Is CBD? How Does It Work? We Asked Experts to Find Out – Teen Vogue

What is CBD? It’s in everything from beauty products to lattes, but those three letters are thrown around so much that you’d be forgiven for not knowing what CBD is, exactly. More importantly, you might be wondering, is CBD safe?

Despite how widespread it is, CBD isn’t regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and more research needs to be done on its safety and effectiveness, particularly for young people. According to the FDA, there are some potential health concerns associated with CBD—ones that might not be immediately obvious to you if you take it.

Still, many are using CBD, so it’s worth knowing what exactly we’re dealing with. No, it’s not marijuana, but it’s not just some made-up branded nonsense, either—as per usual, it’s a little more complicated than that. We asked experts to break down what CBD is, how it makes you feel, how you use it, the FDA’s stance, and what the compound’s future looks like.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, an active ingredient derived from the cannabis sativa plant that “does not cause a ‘high’” on its own, according to a 2018 article posted on Harvard Medical School’s Harvard Health Publishing site.

Of the over 100 biologically active chemical compounds in marijuana, CBD is one of the most common found in the plant, second only to delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

Unlike THC, cannabidiol won’t cause any kind of high, whether it’s extracted from hemp or marijuana (two types of cannabis sativa plants).

So, while CBD can be found in marijuana, ingesting it certainly wouldn’t make you feel the same way marijuana would. Dr. Akash Bajaj, M.D., MPH, medical director of Remedy Pain Solutions, has found in his practice that CBD has helped his patients find balance. “In medicine, we tend to segment sleep, stress, anxiety, and other symptoms separately, but in reality, they are all tied together. If I have a patient in chronic pain, they will not sleep well, which will lead to higher stress and anxiety levels the next day,” Bajaj told Teen Vogue.

How does CBD work?

“CBD works by interacting with receptors throughout the body, none of which cause a euphoria or ‘high,’” Bajaj told us. “Generally, CBD users may feel a wave of calmness, certain types of pain relief and better sleep.”

Those receptors are part of the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS), explained Bajaj.

But what the heck is an “endocannabinoid system”? (And why are all these words so long?)

The ECS is a network of receptors located throughout the body—and CBD attracts many of those receptors.

According to a September 2019 paper published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, the ECS is „globally involved in maintaining homeostasis in the body, connecting all of the body’s organs and systems.” Research has found that the ECS has been implicated in a variety of ailments, from „chronic inflammatory conditions … to anxiety and migraines.”

While the ECS is supposed to keep your body running smoothly, it was theorized in one study from 2004 that ECS deficiencies could lead to notoriously treatment-resistant ailments like chronic migraine, fibromyalgia, and irritable bowel syndrome—but more research needs to be done.

Though some have found pain relief with topical CBD products, CBD generally isn’t the way to go for an instantaneous effect. “It is one of those things that you may not feel immediately, but over time, you will notice improvements,” Bajaj said. But, the FDA cautions that we don’t know the impacts of using CBD for an extended amount of time.

FDA approval, research, and other sticky things about CBD

While anecdotally, many say CBD has helped them with pain relief, sleep, and more, it’s certainly not a magic cure-all, just like other wellness products. Many doctors are still understandably unsure about CBD.

CBD oil for dogs and cats suffering with trauma – Augusta Free Press

dogWhen an animal’s instincts reveal a threat to their safety, they instantly develop stress and fear responses. Once the danger is eliminated, behavior resumes as normal. In the wild, this perception is critical because it has the potential to prevent harm. But in a domestic pet’s situation, these can progress into cases of chronic or irrational fears.

There are a multitude of situations that can bring trauma to an animal whether they were rescued from an abusive situation, if they were a shelter dog, or if they were stray when you found them. In some cases, dogs view living inside a house as a ‘captive’ scenario instead of  being free outside which instills a type of stress.

Technically, that makes sense. We create an environment where our furry friends have to depend on us for every aspect of their lives. Then we leave for entire days at a time. For a dog or a cat that’s an eternity. They have no idea how they will survive inside this huge box if we decide to not return – fear, stress, anxiety, trauma.

Treating Trauma For Our Companion Pets

Many animals suffer from some form of trauma whether it’s of their own volition or preexisting conditions. The first step in helping a domestic pet with these issues will be a professional, either a vet or a behavioral specialist. In many cases when health issues are ruled out as the potential cause for the issues, the plan of care involves prescribing medication.,

If for instance, an anxious episode erupts when there are loud noises, such as thunder, or when it comes time to travel in a car, anti-anxiety medications are the solution. In addition, daily prescriptions are required if there are chronic situations at home. These pharmaceuticals are strong, chemically-laden, meant-for-human- consumption, medications with the potential for harmful side effects for our furry friends, including the potential to increase their stress and anxiety.

When you give a companion animal already unsure and scared, a substance that further impairs them, the fear and stress become amplified. There are instances, of course, where doctor-prescribed medication is critical, and often the only option. But there are also instances where it is just a ‘presumption,’  instead of  assessing the situation and properly attempting to eliminate the sources causing the problems.

Cannabidiol As An Alternative To Pharmaceuticals

Despite the debates that pet parents and pharmaceutical companies can go around regarding the harsh side effects experienced by their pets when ingesting the substances, they are at times the only viable option for treating serious medical conditions.

As pet parents, the ultimate goal is to ensure the animal is taken care of to the best of our ability and that of the medical community for the condition they’re suffering. Often, depending on the severity, these types of drugs are imperative.

But in addition or as an alternative in some cases, there are organic, nontoxic substances that can be incorporated boasting the ability to potentially relieve symptoms associated with some of these ailments as well. Claims suggest that cannabidiol or CBD oil derived from the hemp plant offers a solution for pets suffering with varying degrees of trauma. For guidelines on CBD relating to dogs go to this link.

There are minimal scientific studies with CBD specifically relating to companion animals suffering with anxiety in order to show evidential effects. But because all mammals have an endocannabinoid system or ECS which similarly mediates cannabis, a ‘metadata’ study finds it will affect all mammals the same. Scientists have not figured out precisely how the compound helps anxiety in mammals, but through a multitude of studies on other species, they know that it does work.

Claims suggest in its capacity, CBD has the potential for boosting levels of serotonin in the brain, improving overall mood, helps with recall or memory, and alleviates symptoms of stress. It also boasts reducing symptoms relating to physical issues like chronic pain. This can often trigger moments of reactivity or anxious episodes in itself.

Moments Or Chronic Episodes of Trauma And Fear

CBD oil products are incredibly versatile in their use. Check online with companies like Pet Hemp Company to learn the various options. The claim is these have the capacity for use on an ongoing basis for those pets who suffer with chronic conditions.

Fortunately, cannabidiol is an organic, nontoxic, non psychoactive derivative of the hemp plant with minute side effects, if any. That means your fur baby can take it regularly and, depending on their body chemistry, should have no adverse reactions.

There are some pets, though, who won’t need to be subjected to ongoing treatment. Some animals have momentary fears and phobias that just need to be handled in that instant, like if there’s a thunderstorm, or if they need to take a ride in the car. A simple one-time dose to get the critter through the trauma experience and then they’re back to normal.

Final Word

As pet parents who adopt or rescue animals, we’re not always privy to what they’ve been subjected to in their previous life. These dogs and cats can’t speak their truth to us. When they show their fear and upset, we need to react immediately to bring comfort to their little souls. Click to read about animals treating using cannabidiol through rescue organizations.

It may run much deeper than you know or it could just be a trigger that passes when the activity stops. It doesn’t matter. Chronic, momentary – as their new parents, it’s our responsibility to stop it and keep it from happening again. We are here to make their journey peaceful, joyful, loving, and well, however we need to make that happen.

Story by Luka Young