What the world needs now is Marty McGruff: The Crime Dog!
Every night I sit down to watch my programs, Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy. It is a dream of mine to be a contestant on The Wheel, but that is another story. Anyway, I love me some Alex Trebek! He is one fine Canadian Export. And, the other night the Final Jeopardy Clue was, ““Jack Keil’s team created this animal character rolled out in 1980, the year of the USA’s highest recorded murder rate”. One of the contestants was roasted on the internet for not knowing the answer. I knew the answer and I screamed at the TV from my couch, “Who is Marty McGruff?”
This got me thinking that about the Corona Virus and COVID-19 and the grip it has on the entire world. There is so much messaging on the importance of social distancing, washing our hands and taking all the extra precautions to stop the spread of this disease. Yet people are not following guidelines and paying attention to what world leaders and healthcare workers are asking us to do.
In a world held hostage by something we can’t see maybe a mascot for hygiene could help spread a positive message. If McGruff fought crime and Smokey the Bear fought fires, why couldn’t there be a mascot to fight germs? Perhaps, that mascot is Mr. Clean? Although, I think we need something fresh!
Even Remedy Tree has its own mascot: Digger the Beagle. What better mascot than that sweet face to represent the brand. Remedy Tree’s favorite non-profit is Running for Rescues and often runs sales to donate proceeds to their cause. If we have a mascot to support the causes we care about, what better cause than hygiene prevention to keep people healthy.
So, without further ado please join me in introducing to the world: SUDDS! Sudds is a soap mascot created to help everyone understand that individual actions can help flatten the curve and keep us all healthy.
We know that washing your hands WILL help, therefore, Sudds’ motto is “Our future is in your hands!” Pick your favorite twenty second song (The Alphabet, Jolene by Dolly Parton or I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor) and while singing and washing your hands please know you are doing your part to keep us all safe.
Please, everyone, take good care of yourself and practice social distancing!
Why Use CBD?
Why CBD Should Be A Year Round Resolution
CBD may not help you magically lose five pounds, exercise more, quit smoking, or go to bed earlier, but we are hopeful that regular use of CBD can help change your life for the better.
Let’s take a look at why you should incorporate CBD into yours!
New Year, New You: Using CBD to Benefit your Daily Routine
Now that we are a few months into 2020, what are some of the changes you’d like to implement into your own life? In 2019, some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions people made included the following:
- Eat healthier/diet (71%)
- Exercise more (65%)
- Lose weight (54%)
- Save more/spend less (32%)
- Learn a new skill or hobby (26%)
- Quit smoking (21%)
Maybe you want to spend more time with friends and family or create new, more fulfilling relationships. Implementing more self-care so you can feel your best or creating a morning routine that helps the rest of your day run smoothly is often a popular choice. Maybe you want to travel more or make time to get to the gym daily.
Whatever your reasons for improvement are, we believe that making CBD a regular part of your routine could help improve other areas of your life. Here are a few reasons why CBD can help you stick to your wellness-based resolutions in 2020.
Could CBD Help You Achieve Your Goals?
No matter what your reasons for improvement are in the New Year, CBD could play a roll in helping you achieve these goals. No, it’s not magic , but it can play a significant role in your well-being.
This idea all has to do with the way CBD influences the endocannabinoid system (ECS). It has been detailed that the ECS is the most important physiological system in the body. The endocannabinoid system is key to maintaining homeostasis throughout the entire body. The ECS has an influence on muscle function, sleep, appetite, mood, and more. CBD positively influences the endocannabinoid system, supporting its normal functions.
Regular use of CBD can help support the systems within the body that give us the focus, energy and strength to stick to our goals. Making a commitment to use CBD, ultimately helps us to make a commitment to ourselves to better support our health and wellness.
When we feel good, we do better. Deciding to use CBD as part of our regular wellness routine offers the opportunity to bring balance to our bodies. It could also bring the support we need to inspire change in our lives.
Can CBD Be Used as Part of Your Workout Routine?
Despite knowing how beneficial regular exercise can be, many of us fail to meet the fitness goals we set out for ourselves year in and year out.
NFL players, PGA players, MMA fighters, MLB players and fitness enthusiasts nationwide have been making CBD part of their fitness routines. You can find stories from various athletes and how they have incorporated CBD into their training and racing routines.
You may consider supporting your pre and post-workout recovery with CBD. Many athletes are finding that adding CBD to a morning coffee or post workout smoothie to be beneficial after a long training session.
Could CBD Help You Keep Calm All Year Long?
Most of us experience stress on a regular basis, and we all know how it can impact your life. Introducing CBD into your routine might help.
CBD is commonly used by people because they say it helps them feel calm and relaxed. Replacing that daily stress with a calm, balanced feeling may have you looking towards your goals with a more stable approach.
Instead of feeling rushed or frantic, approach life with a calm mood, allowing you to better focus on what’s important to you. Think about increased productivity, improved sleep, better focus, less stress, increased productivity and more. With regular use of CBD, this could be your new normal.
Can CBD be the answer?
Believing in and using CBD might seem small, but it could inspire some significant changes. It may not be at the top of your list, but one that could impact your health and wellness for the better. We hope that we have given you a few reasons to consider giving it a try!
HOW TO READ A CBD THIRD PARTY LAB TEST
Securing third-party lab tests and making those results available for each individual product we offer is a commitment Remedy Tree takes seriously. Providing a premium CBD product means being committed to transparency and direct access to our CBD product lab tests.
This is common practice here at Remedy Tree, where we provide premium CBD products for people, pets as well as other businesses through our blank bottle and wholesale programs.
Here is a quick breakdown of how to read our CBD lab reports – the results from our labs and those from third-party labs.
Certificate of Quality Assurance (COA)
To begin, let’s start with the Certificate of Quality Assurance. The Certificate of Quality Assurance or COA is the document telling you exactly what is and isn’t in the product.
Initially you will see product information, including the manufacturing date, the lot number, and active and inactive ingredients. Below that, you’ll see an analysis of the bulk oil. The analysis shows you the terpenes, CBD content and physical attributes of our USA grown hemp oil.
The COA contains detailed information about the CBD oil we use to produce the product you and your pets ultimately consume in the form of tinctures, softgels, gummies, treats and more. It also shows buyers that Remedy Tree is in compliance with the 2018 Farm Bill.
CBD Third-Party Lab Reports
Finally, you’ll see the third-party reports. Third party reports reference the end product — the products you use at home, work and on the go.
There are a few detailed things you will want to understand in those reports:
Cannabinoid Content: This is a view into the isomers of CBD and THC. Some labs report ND or non-detectable for THC content. Other labs use <LOQ or Limit of Quantitation, meaning the test product did not contain enough of the ingredient for sensitive lab equipment to measure. For the product to be considered THC free, ND or <LOQ must be indicated.
Heavy Metals: The strictest rules in the country regarding heavy metals come out of Californina, these are the rules that Remedy Tree adheres to. Heavy metals including mercury, lead, cadmium and arsenic can be found in the soil or be present on manufacturing equipment.
Pesticides: Similar to THC measurement, you’ll see a reporting of <LOQ or ND if no pesticides are present. We test for 59 different pesticides and all of our hemp is grown in the USA without pesticides.
Microbiology: This covers microbial contamination. Remedy Tree abides by USP regulations in regards to limits on microbial and we focus on salmonella, E. coli, yeast and mold. Our lab testing looks at current contamination and the ability for those microbes to grow as the product sits on our shelves.
Why is CBD lab testing important?
To show that what is on the label is what is in the product.
Lab testing verifies a product’s safety and potency.
Providing direct access to our lab reports and being completely transparent are key to our foundation at Remedy Tree. We want to provide easy access to our lab reports on every product we sell. It all comes back to serving our customers with the highest quality products on the market!
If you have any further questions about reading our lab reports, please email us at [email protected]
How does CBD benefit Athletes?
What Are the Benefits of CBD?
There are many benefits that CBD can offer any athlete. The following are some of those benefits in more detail along with a comparison to over the counter medications (OTC) and why CBD as an all natural method may be a better choice.
CBD is a great alternative to things like advil, bengay or lidocaine. Over the counter drugs can give a false sense of your ability to read when you are hurt or injured, often times creating brain fog. CBD is a much more effective way to combat discomfort or injury.
Improve Race-Day Nerves & Focus
Because of its strong anti anxiolytic properties, CBD is a great alternative to things like Prozac, Xanax and Zoloft. These prescription medications are harmful and habit forming with negative side effects.
Many athletes struggle with nerves on race day no matter how much time and energy goes into training. CBD may benefit athletes and provide improved race day focus and settled nerves.
Faster Recovery Time
Nagging injuries and substantial ones are sometimes part of being an athlete. Pushing our bodies to their limits takes its toll, and there is only so much stress our bodies can take. At some point we all go through things like plantar facsciitis, muscle soreness, tendonitis, etc. Injuries are inevitable.
Traditionally we have turned to things like Percoset, Vicodin and Naproxen. Choosing CBD will allow you to combat injuries as well as speed up recovery time, all without any harmful side effects.
NSAIDs like aspirin and ibuprofen, can cause serious long-term side effects, despite the fact that they’re readily available to the public.
These side effects include:
- Increased risk of strokes or heart attacks.
- Heart issues.
- Stomach and bowel problems, like ulcers and bleeding.
- Liver damage.
CBD will help you get back to training and racing much faster than any OTC medication will. It is grown in the earth, not concocted in a lab. Hence, it is not hard to see why more athletes are choosing CBD to treat their injuries.
Does CBD affect the Immune System?
You spend weeks, months, even years working and training for an event and then right before go time, you get sick. Life as an athlete can be tough, your schedule revolves around training sessions, travel plans are made for races so you want to ensure that you’re immune system is functioning at its peak at all times. Enter CBD.
CBD is high in antioxidants, great for your heart health and helps lower your risk for infections. Staying healthy during peak training seasons, especially the winter months is crucial.
Can CBD Help You Sleep Better?
Our bodies do the most recovering when we are sleeping. But as an athlete, you probably knew that already. You probably also know that most people don’t get the right amount of sleep every night.
The Endocannabinoid System has been shown to play an important role in assisting us in getting more sleep and rest during the night.
Studies have shown, for example, that CBD can affect the sleep-wake cycle.
In 2016 the US National Institute of Health and Northeastern University did a study that showed stimulating endocannabinoid receptors can help improve sleep stability, especially during the non-REM stages of sleep.
Is CBD right for you?
Athletes lead lifestyles that require special products to meet their needs.
With many new studies and findings teaching us about the benefits of this all natural alternative, CBD is taking the athletic industry by storm. Remedy Tree offers many different types and potencies of CBD products perfect for any athlete.
After all, we are the official CBD partner of the Hartford Marathon Foundation!
What to know before using CBD for your pet
As many of us are becoming interested in using CBD for our pets, it is important to understand the basics in effectively and safely incorporating CBD into your pet’s regular routine.
What Is CBD for Pets?
Similar to CBD products made for humans, you will find several similar CBD products for pets. From CBD topicals that can be rubbed directly into the skin, to CBD infused pet treats and CBD pet oil tinctures CBD pet products can be administered in several ways.
Why are so many humans so interested in giving CBD to their pets?
Simple…..like humans, animals can benefit from CBD. The endocannabinoid system isn’t just unique to us, all mammals have an endocannabinoid system.
While the science is still being studied and it hasn’t been determined just how CBD works within your pet’s system, it has been suggested that it is similar to the process that occurs in humans.
Using CBD for Your Pets
If you are interested in joining other pet owners who are choosing to give their pets CBD, read below to do so as safely as possible.
Things to Keep in Mind Before Giving CBD to Your Pet
1. Choose CBD for your Pet Wisely
The most important thing you want to be sure of is that you are giving your pet quality CBD. We all know that not all CBD products are created equal. It is important to do research on the products and the company you are interested in buying from. Using the AKC’s guidelines when choosing a high quality CBD product for your pet, here are a few things to look out for.
Search for premium ingredients. These include ingredients that are free from fungicides, pesticides and other contaminants. A formula that has been veterinary formulated is also a good sign in ensuring a high quality product.
Refrain from price shopping. Toxic substances such as pesticides, herbicides or heavy metals could be present in cheaper options. Typically, the higher the purity and quality, the higher the cost. Be sure you are looking for CBD pet oil that is free of additives.
View Lab Test Results. Be sure that there is little or no THC in the CBD pet products you are researching. The company should have direct access to their third party lab test certificates on their website which will verify that CBD is indeed in the product. If a company doesn’t offer these lab results, you’re better off finding one that does.
2. Talk to Your Vet
If you are interested in giving your pet CBD it is not a bad idea to speak with your vet. Often times they can answer any questions you may have.
3. Gradually Introduce Serving Sizes of CBD to Your Pet
Some vets recommend introducing CBD to your pet slowly. Starting pets out with 1mg of CBD per 10 pounds of body weight once or twice a day. Always observe your pet when introducing CBD pet products into their routine.
The best way to begin is to start with a smaller serving size and monitor your pet’s reaction. From there, you can then adjust the daily dose up or down, depending on the results.
Incorporating CBD Into Your Pet’s Regular Routine
Now that you’ve made the decision to support your pet’s quality of life with CBD, here are a few great ways to incorporate CBD into your pet’s routine.
Using CBD Pet Oil Tinctures
There are a few ways to introduce CBD into your pet’s daily routine using the CBD oil tincture. Giving them their daily dose by mouth is one option for dogs that may see that approach as a welcomed treat. If so, simply drop the CBD oil right into their mouth while being careful not to allow them to contaminate the dropper. If your pet is not a good fit for this style, a tincture can be added directly to their food or treat. You know your pet best!
Often times, giving CBD oil to cats, can tend to be a bit tricky as they are more finicky. Adding a CBD pet oil tincture to their food may work better.
Turn CBD into Treat Time
CBD pet treats are another way to give your pet the benefits of CBD.
Not all pets will enjoy the oil tincture process so CBD treats for pets are a great alternative to taking a tincture. The majority of pets love treats, which can make giving them CBD in this manner much easier.
Support Your Pet’s Skin With a Topical CBD Product
Similar to CBD topicals that humans use, CBD topicals for pets work in a similar manner. Often times, CBD topicals are used to support a pets joints, muscles and skin penetrating deep into the skin’s tissues to target specific areas.
CBD topical is great for an older pet that doesn’t quite get around like they did when they were younger or for a pet that has skin irritation issues like itching and scratching. An aging pet can really reap the benefits of using CBD.
Best CBD Oil for your Pet
As most of you know, Remedy Tree was born in part because of how successful using CBD was for Digger. If you have any questions about how to incorporate CBD into your pet’s routine we are here to help!