CBD Honey Mask: Brighter, Clearer, Radiant Skin

How much do you pay attention to your skincare products? When you think of clean green beauty, what comes to mind? For us, plants are a staple. Above all, what we love most about products sourced directly from Mother Earth is their organic ability to work with our body rather than against it. The beneficial properties of cannabis, in particular hemp, have the power to optimize your overall health, which is why we use it in everything from our morning coffee and food dishes, to our skincare routine.

A homemade avocado honey mask is not only super easy to make but raw honey is full of antioxidants to help support radiant, glowing skin. Furthermore, honey is a natural antibacterial (which helps to prevent and fight acne), a purifier (unclogs pores) and a moisturizer. Avocado honey has moisturizing and softening properties and is known to protect the skin from solar radiation, which is perfect for the onset of summer. Most noteworthy, when you use supercharged CBD infused avocado honey in The Keeper’s Stash, hydrating and soothing your skin while also encouraging tranquility, elevating your mood and providing a natural stress release. Just what you need for a DIY spa treatment.

We turn to organic foods and holistic remedies to promote a more balanced, supported life. Here are our favorite CBD avocado honey masks using The Keeper’s Stash!

CBD Infused Avocado Honey

For dry skin: 

1 tablespoon The Keeper’s Stash (or raw honey of your choice) 

1/2 mash ripe banana 

1 teaspoon avocado oil (or jojoba, sweet almond) 

1/2  avocado (mashed thoroughly) 

 

For oily skin: 

1 tablespoon The Keeper’s Stash (or raw honey of your choice)  

1 tablespoon yogurt 

1 teaspoon fresh squeezed lemon juice 

1/2  avocado (mashed thoroughly) 

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For problem skin (acne, blemishes, etc.): 

1 tablespoon The Keeper’s Stash (or manuka honey for maximum results) 

1 tablespoon yogurt 

1 teaspoon turmeric powder 

1/2  avocado (mashed thoroughly) 

 

For aged, sun-damaged, or wrinkling skin: 

1 tablespoon The Keeper’s Stash (or raw honey of your choice) 

1 egg white 

1 teaspoon cocoa powder 

1/2 avocado (mashed thoroughly)

cbd infused avocado honey with rosemary and garlic

For dull, congested Skin: 

1 tablespoon The Keeper’s Stash (or raw honey of your choice) 

1 tablespoon powdered bentonite or green clay 

1/4  teaspoon cayenne pepper 

1 tablespoon aloe vera gel 

1/2  avocado (mashed thoroughly) 

 

Directions and Application: 

Blend all ingredients until a smooth paste is created, apply to clean face and neck and leave on for about 15 minutes. To remove, wash with warm. A second wash with cool water brings the skin back to normal temperature. A toner after removal will help to remove any residual mask. Lastly, apply your favorite moisturizer. Your skin should be brighter, clearer and more radiant as a result of these luxurious masks! 

You can also use avocado honey for silky, healthy hair.  Stay tuned for more wonderful recipes using The Keeper’s Stash for haircare! 

 

Have you ever used avocado honey in your skincare routine?  What about CBD infused avocado honey? Have you ever tasted it or used it?  Please share it with us! 

Balancing Life: The Plant That Helps Keep Us Sane

In an age when everyday living can seem chaotic and overwhelming, many people are looking for easy, realistic ways to mellow out and de-stress—monthly spa vacations and a team of personal assistants tend to be out of reach, and even if you do have the bank to make it happen, you could still feel unsettled spiritually and emotionally.

That’s why boosters like adaptogens, superfoods, and crystals are gaining in popularity. These approaches can support and balance the body from the inside out, strengthening your immune system, gut health, emotional resilience, and spiritual resonance.

But did you know there’s one plant that may give you all those benefits? You guessed it – cannabis.

 

Adaptogens

For thousands of years, and across every culture, herbal medicine has provided relief from a stunning breadth of physical ills and mental wrangles. Within this realm, adaptogens are a unique class of healing plants that are geared toward increasing balance and normalizing physiological functions.

Adaptogens include ginseng, licorice root, holy basil, astragalus, ashwaganda, rhodiola, eleuthero, and maca. They work by improving your body’s ability to handle stress, usually by decreasing cortisol, the hormone most responsible for your “fight or flight” response. When cortisol is lowered, it allows happier chemicals like serotonin and dopamine to surge.

Although it’s not often included on adaptogen lists—most likely because it’s not legally available everywhere—is cannabis, which meets the definition of adaptogens as nontoxic herbs that protect the body from physical and emotional stress while improving its functions.

Cannabis has all the properties of more “traditional” adaptogen choices, since it can both calm and energize at the same time, as well as reduce stress and lower fatigue.

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Superfoods

Much like adaptogen lists, the range of superfoods usually doesn’t include cannabis either, but their properties are vast.

Superfoods are defined as any food that’s rich in compounds—such as antioxidants, polyphenols, fiber, or fatty acids—considered beneficial to a person’s health. These foods boast a breadth of benefits, such as increasing energy, regulating cholesterol and blood pressure, and lowering inflammation. Common superfoods include choices like salmon, blueberries, and broccoli.

Another big superfood? Hemp. The plant has been touted for its health-boosting properties, thanks to being rich in essential fatty acids, protein, and vitamin E. The combination of these confers numerous health advantages that can lead to better physical and emotional balance.

Although hemp gets the spotlight for its superfood action, consider that cannabis and hemp have similar genetics, so it makes sense that they would share the same nutrient profile.

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Crystals

Much like herbs and superfoods, crystals have been used for centuries as a tool for achieving better emotional balance, particularly choices like malachite, lepidolite, moonstone, rose quartz, amethyst, and sodalite.

Cannabis may have the same effect. In a recent study, researchers noted that molecules present in cannabis could help relieve depression associated with chronic stress. They pointed out that endocannabinoids are naturally produced chemical compounds in the brain that affect motor control and cognition, but also have a profound effect on emotional health.

These compounds are similar to the active ingredients found in cannabis, leading the researchers to suggest that the plant could be used to restore endocannabinoids levels in the brain. That would be a significant boost toward restoring emotional balance.

Bottom line is that if you’re seeking to get all your systems—physical, emotional, and spiritual—into reset mode, adding cannabis to your mix can be a powerful strategy.

We often think of balance, self-care, and tranquility as lofty goals that are impractical to achieve, and that pursuing them would, ironically, lead to more stress and anxiety. This is simply not true. Balance can be accomplished and maintained through small measures like the ones mentioned above, particularly with the addition of cannabis products throughout your daily self-care routines. Like the sprinkles on a bowl of your favorite flavored ice cream, cannabis products like ours can make all the difference when it comes to maintaining equilibrium and happiness. Cannabis drops, oils, and honey contain all of the necessary properties to gently push you toward a full-bodied state of peace every day that you use them.

 

Why Wellness is the New Black

Diving into Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re talking about the thing that goes hand-in-hand with healthcare and mental healthwellness.

You probably hear about it more and more these days, the concept of “wellness.” What is wellness? Depending on where you search you will find a number of answers including programs, centers, and coaches who can get you on the right path. But how did we get to this point? Why did “wellness as the new black” start becoming a thing?

We sat down with our founder and fearless leader, Amy Duncan to hear about her experiences with healthcare, her predictions for modern-day healing and why wellness has been a powerful force in the mental health and healthcare communities:

 

I’ve been in the field of healthcare for the past 9 years and a caregiver for the past 7 years. This life experience has provided me with visibility into the industry of healthcare from a number of perspectives. I’ve watched the movement of social media influencers start to educate and inform their communities on mental health, wellness, and now even sexual wellness. Both emerging and tenured talent in the holistic health space now have a powerful platform unlike any other in the history of healthcare. This has started a shift, an awakening, a proactive approach to our well being. After all, we are the awakened generation. This is exactly why I shifted from traditional healthcare into wellness.

So I decided I’d take a moment to provide some background and context to my understanding of the current state of the healthcare system and the transition to a focus on wellness. Studying our healthcare system is one of my hobbies; I enjoy extracting applicable knowledge of the system and overlapping it with trends I see in order to forecast where we will be in years to come. I see our generation approaching their health far different from our parents, the Baby Boomers. We actually have influence over the Baby Boomers….at least those with an open mind….who haven’t fallen into the Western Medicine traditional healthcare mindset. But this angst for taking control of your health has become a strong movement. And here are the reasons, I believe, why.

A combination of the three items below is what is driving a dynamic movement in wellness. Too many people, mostly millennials like me, are fed up and ready for a change. Fed up with paying for insurance we don’t use and costs too much. Our inherent nature is to uncover and uproot the status quo. We grew up in an era of technological change, creating transparency in every aspect of life. And we know the same changes can occur in our healthcare system and break down the lack of focus around mental health.

Most importantly, we have decided we can’t wait 50 years for it to happen. So, we will create a movement ourselves. Enter wellness and holistic healing.

As I look at our current “stagnant” healthcare system the following are true:

1. We are talking about outcomes but still not focused on them. Your doctor has been compensated for many years based on the amount of care he/she provides to you. Every shot, pill, surgery, stitch, blood pressure check, consultation visit, and therapy session is a billable code. Whether these checks, remedies, visits or tests actually make you better isn’t so much your doctor’s concern and definitely not his/her financial incentive. He/she is being paid for treating you. Put yourself in their shoes for a moment. Imagine if you were being paid for the quantity of services and patients you see rather than making them better. Would you care if you improved their overall health and wellbeing once they left your office? You may “do your best” but it wouldn’t make sense to sit there for hours trying to identify the root cause. When Obamacare came into effect (this is not a political discussion) we started a shift toward value-based care. This means, for some diagnosis’ and procedures, your doctor is now compensated based on the outcome – your good health – or his/her quality of care provided. Yet even with the change, still only 3% of health systems provide more than one-half of all care under value-based contracts (2017), and while health systems may have value-based contracts, many still compensate their physicians primarily based on volume.

Bottom Line: Your doctor is paid for volume. Seeing more patients and doing more medical procedures, tests and consults all add up to more money in their pocket. When you walk into the doctor’s office after finding tumor regrowth on an MRI, your first thought shouldn’t be how much it’ll cost to heal yourself. It’s deeply unfair how often the sick must pit their health problems against their financial problems.

 

2. Insurance companies rule everything. Your insurance plan dictates your care. You pay more and more money on premiums for less and less coverage. Now while you are questioning your doctor due to #1, your insurance company is questioning your doctor as well. Implementing prior authorizations increases costs for your doctor and slows your access to treatment. Insurance companies steer doctors to a “fail first” method – fail the treatment or medication and then try the second therapy (which may be the better option to start). They’ll tell you to get an x-ray first and then an MRI. Why? Sometimes they discontinue coverage of medication because they deem it too pricey or unnecessary. They know your body and health better than you do after all, right? Your insurance company has care plans for you to follow depending on your diagnosis. These are standard. They are not tailored to you.

Bottom Line: As insurance premiums rise we aren’t getting anything more. The cutting-edge treatments still aren’t covered (easily at least if at all). Your choices are to navigate your own care or put faith in your insurance company and doctor, with the latter two in cahoots. For me personally, I have a problem when I need to write a clinical appeal to get my husband’s seizure medications covered after he’s been on them for 5 years? What changed? Oh…..that’s right, you just found them unnecessary. What do I pay insurance for again?

3. Surface level care will not make you feel better. Due to the two reasons above, the care we receive from our doctors barely scratches the surface of determining the root cause of any illness. We have generic blood work taken on a panel of 10 tests comparing it to a baseline of the general population – a generally unhealthy population. Why wouldn’t you be compared to your baseline over time? Doesn’t that make a little more sense? In order to get more tests performed to look at a holistic view of your Health you have to beg, go to a functional medicine doctor, order online lab tests on a guess, get a holistic health coach, and pay cash. Rarely, if ever, are you asked about the foods you eat, the supplements you take, the stresses of life you take on, how much you get outdoors, or how often you drink or smoke. Your genetics, which has about 10% impact on your health, is a second thought as they aren’t “completely understood” and aren’t typically covered by insurance.

Bottom Line: We are a sick-care system. It’s more common to perform standardized symptom-based treatments to mask the problem. We treat based on symptoms and do not work on the root cause because the root cause is not covered by insurance. I want to know more and I believe you do too.

 

I stand in confidence that self-care is the greatest form of healthcare. Learning to heal and deeply care for your body and your entire self shouldn’t depend on doctors, bills, insurance, paperwork, and other healthcare boundaries. This is how we come to find the healing and restorative nature of holistic health. Fueling the body and mind with simple, plant-based, natural ingredients creates organic restoration and returns us back to early self.

 

Coming up…..I’ll provide my insight into the movers and shakers of the wellness industry and how to navigate staying well.

 

Until then…

Be well. xx Amy

 

Five Benefits of Sweet Almond Oil for Skin Care

 

Cleopatra liked to bathe in a luxurious mix of sweet almond oil, honey and the milk of a young donkey. The Romans believed almond oil could help reduce wrinkles. The Persian-Greek medicos recommended it for softening dry skin. Originally grown in the Mediterranean region of the Levant, almond trees were cultivated in Greece and Italy. They became an important source of commerce in Central Europe during the Middle Ages, and herbalists soon realized the benefits of using almond oil on the skin. John Gerard, the English botanist, wrote that: “The oil of almonds makes smooth the hands and face of delicate persons…” The ancients had excellent reasons for applying rich and fatty almond oil to their skin. Almond oil contains several antioxidants, including vitamins D and E, as well as essential minerals and fatty acids that help the skin in several ways. Why not follow the lead of the wise Romans and Persians by trying this plant-based oil? Learn more about how it can benefit you, and why it is a key ingredient in our topical oil, One For All.

1. Cleanse Your Skin with Almond Oil

Cleanse your face with almond oil before going to bed each night. Joanna Vargas, a celebrity makeup artist, explains, “Oil cleansers break up makeup on the face in a gentle way instead of stripping the skin so skin won’t feel irritated after.” Oil-based cleaners work because the molecules in the oil react with your body’s natural oil, which shares a similar composition.

2. Almond Oil Makes a Wonderful Moisturizer

Almond oil contains a large amount of Olein Glyceride Linoleic Acid, a rich fatty acid, so it softens and rejuvenates the skin and helps prevent wrinkles. This soothing and calming oil will soon make your complexion look brighter if you use it every day. Dermatologist Soma Sarkar recommends using several plant-based oils on your skin, and she especially recommends almond oil as a moisturizer for dry skin. Spending long periods in the sun causes skin damage as we grow older. Almond oil helps prevent the harmful effects of UV radiation, and it slows down the aging process, according to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology. Avoid tough and leathery skin by moisturizing with this natural oil and using UV creams in the sun.

3. Almond Oil Helps Skin Problems

Suffering from red, itchy and flaky skin can be a nightmare. The topical application of almond oil may provide some relief, partly because it contains Vitamin D, which has a “healing effect on the skin.” Almond oil has been used to treat eczema and psoriasis for centuries. Zeeshan Ahmed states in his study published in Complementary Theories of Clinical Practice that the ancient Chinese, Ayurvedic and Greco-Persian schools of medicine used it to treat these skin conditions, and that the mineral-rich oil has inflammatory properties that result in a calming effect on the skin.

 

4. Almond Oil May Minimize Stretch Marks

Applying certain natural products to the skin during pregnancy may reduce unsightly stretch marks. Dr. Alyssa R. Golas at NYU Langone Health recommends almond oil, according to an article in the Australian version of PopSugar. The smooth, lightly scented oil is well-absorbed by the skin, and it doesn’t contain harmful chemicals.

 

5. Almond Oil Helps Reduce Under-Eye Circles

Who wants to see ugly dark under-eye circles when they wake up? These circles have several different causes, including allergies, heredity and asthma. Natural aging and lack of sleep are some other reasons for shadows under the eyes. Massaging the delicate skin around the eyes with a few drops of moisturizing and anti-inflammatory almond oil every night will soon chase those circles away!

 

The Woods Heal: Why Forest Bathing?

“You’re surrounded by steam rising off the mineral water in a claw foot bath, rose petals floating on the surface. Scents of pine from the surrounding forest, the dense trees providing your privacy. You’re naked. You don’t hear a sound, other than birds chirping, a squirrel scuffling on the trees above you. All your senses are awake and alive. You’re experiencing the ultimate recharge.”

“I’m in,” my friend says. “Where do we do this… forest bathing.”

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Grown for Good

Our mission is to craft products where every ingredient matters, transparency fuels growth, and reverie and reality are in perfect balance. Our love for our products and helping you find true wellness is secondary only to our commitment to giving back to those who inspire and enrich the holistic wellness community. Kindness towards others is an ongoing act of leaving our imprint on the planet, and more than anything we create, we want it to be our legacy, our character mark. So, with that in mind, we’d like to introduce you to Grown for Good; our way of contributing to the new healthcare, the wellness community, in best way we know how. Mowellens donates one dollar from every purchase to Grown for Good to share the gifts of education, support, and guidance with those who need us most.

Grown for Good is rooted in your voice. What does this really mean? It means we want you to share your perspectives with us. It means you, our Mowellens community, decides how our Grown for Good funds are spent. It means for every $10,000 in funds contributed, you’ll receive a note inviting you to share your opinion on how we distribute our donation.

Want a peek at some of the topics that support our mission? We’re always open to collaborations and ideas aligning with our mission:

– Education on benefits, research, and impact of functional medicine, epigenetics, or phytomedicine.
– Adventures for brain tumor patients helping them escape from reality and live life to the fullest.
– Food sustainability programs to educate on how we feed the world without damaging the environment or threatening human health.
– Plant-Based Health cooking programs.
– Meditation and mindfulness experiences to bring back peace and vision in difficult times.

 

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Is CBD for me? Why I started a CBD company.

Some people may wonder why I decided to start a CBD company. 

In 2012, my husband was diagnosed with a malignant glioblastoma brain tumor. After 4.5 years of clean MRIs it came back, twice. With 20 rounds, and counting, of chemo under his belt, the last MRI was clean yet again.

Image on the right (March 2017) shows the regrowth in white (bottom left of hole). Image on the left (May 2017) shows clean MRI.

Cannabis has helped me return to optimal health and wellness after escaping the rigors of the executive suite in the healthcare industry.

Cannabis has helped my friends – mothers, fathers, wives, husbands, athletes, professionals, grandmothers, and grandfathers. Normal people turning to a different approach for a solution.

For me, it started in the summer of 2016. With the topic of cannabis rumbling around in California for many many many years, I was rather late to the table. But I was in healthcare, corporate America. And cannabis nor marijuana definitely is not talked about, or at least wasn’t being talked about in the hospitals I was in. Maybe because it could help the patients in the hospital. But that is another story. Regardless, it was on my mind. For my husband had seizures. Not grand mal seizures but petite mol. This meant that at random times, roughly once every 60 days, his face would begin to clinch, his arm would go numb, and his ability to speak clearly, and in sentences one could comprehend, would escape him. In the 60 minutes or so that would lapse, his brain would need to “reboot” as we call it. This isn’t something new. This is our normal.

Baseball was life. A World Series Champion at the age of 25, I now was watching as a 31 years’ young man, healthy, in a flash, from thriving to fighting for life. This changed my perspective on things. A year after we were married my husband was diagnosed with a glioblastoma brain tumor. No, I would rather not talk about the words associated with this diagnosis. Insert GBM or glioblastoma into Google search and the absolute worst shows up. Well we decided to not let the Google results sway what we thought was possible. Instead, we waited for the one year anniversary of clean MRIs and then we moved from St. Louis, MO to a warmer climate in Southern California. I picked up the pace with my career to help support us and he began to balance his quality of life.

For four years, we lived in eight week segments, with an MRI providing the reassurance that all was well. And then it happened, it showed up again. In September of 2016, the area of the brain known as the cerebellum, started to appear blurry on the MRI. It was strange because the original tumor was in the left frontal lobe, no-where near this area of new concern. Immediately, thoughts ran through our heads of the worst possible thing. It’s incredible the crazy thoughts you have in these circumstances. One thing I knew for sure, I needed to walk away from my 9-5. It wasn’t for me anymore. No longer did I want anything in my life to make me wake up and realize I wasn’t living my best self. I wasn’t doing what I loved.

Chris works for 101 ESPN radio out of St. Louis and balances his life with a weekday sports talk radio show from 11-1 PST. He enjoys golfing 3-4 times per week. He works out often, attempting at times to return to the ball field…..I’m kidding. Travelling and adventure are his escapes and provide a change to the day-to-day. Travelling also keeps us moving forward, not staying stagnant in our circumstances. Overall his quality of life is even keel, with his love for baseball still a high priority. I, on the other hand, rose out of bed at the crack of dawn and hustled, meeting upon meeting, confined to an office. I ran a clinical genetics laboratory and returned home after dark. I wasn’t healthy. It wasn’t long term. It wasn’t me. For months, I would bring home this message to my husband, “I’m only there for the money. I want my own company in the health and wellness space. I’m not health and wellness right now and I need to get back to it.” It drove me nuts. I knew how much working out meant to me, yet, when I got home from work the last thing I wanted to do was go to the gym. I knew recharging my mind was essential but I couldn’t let go of those projects at work with deadlines. They ran circles in my mind. My mind. The essence of my success in all things in life. I don’t like it altered – by anything. Until cannabis.

So in December of 2016 and in November of 2017, our worst nightmares happened, the tumor came back. I guess you can say we were prepared or semi-prepared after the MRIs started shifting in September. But you are never REALLY ready for that moment. We had changed to a ketogenic diet in September, and executed it poorly. We ate out often, not at the worst restaurants, but definitely not where we were sure it was grass-fed, antibiotic free, hormone free, and organic. We ate bacon. Man was it good, until it wasn’t. Until the cancer returned. This was the only change we made in four years. And this I believe triggered the return. Although we will never know for sure, we switched back to incorporate foods that were alive, heavy in the plant department, ensuring all meat was antibiotic and hormone FREE and ORGANIC. And we added cannabis. Good cannabis, clean cannabis, lab-tested cannabis.

By combining my knowledge obtained through an 8-year career in healthcare, networking with some of the greatest cannabis researches and cultivators, and of course, historic high school knowledge, I realized that while cannabis is still coming out of the darkness, the products we consume sometimes are riddled with pesticides, mold, fungus, mildew used or contaminated by the farmers during grow. Processed sugar, refined flours, and unhealthy ingredients counterbalance the beneficial properties of the cannabis products, rendering them “harmful”, in my opinion. Or, even worse, ingredients are not shown at all. How could a patient, or anyone for that matter, ingest this?

This would be my mission. To provide cannabis products – clean, pure, and free of toxins, with whole ingredients that matter. To improve the quality of life for anyone looking for a solution. Whether it was someone with an illness or someone stressed from everyday challenges of life, parenting, caregiving, or work. With a belief that self-care is the greatest form of healthcare, I decided to build a company with a drive from my soul, a hip vibe, a reason for existing, and a commitment to ingredients that matter.

Welcome to Mowellens.

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How CBD jump-started my creativity (and my health)

I’ve always prided myself on my creativity as a freelance copywriter, producing a steady stream of high-quality marketing content for websites, publications and print campaigns. Recently, however, I felt stuck in a creative rut. To make matters worse, I didn’t even feel particularly good in any sense of the word, thanks to a combination of stress, hormonal imbalances, and chronic aches and pains — not a terrific recipe for original thinking. But when someone told me I ought to give products containing CBD (cannabidiol) a try, I thought they were joking. Cannabis to boost creativity? It sounded more like a justification from one of my old college roommates than a genuine argument for any kind of health and wellness benefits.

After a few more days of staring uselessly at the computer, I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain, creativity-wise. To my great relief, I was right. One idea was now leading to another, not-so-obviously related idea in a flurry of imaginative, original thought. By doing some snooping around in health and wellness journals, I discovered that this process is known to neurologists as hyper-priming.

But where was this newfound ability coming from? Was it the cannabis talking, or was my brain simply working better? Turns out that the correct answer was — both. Research indicates that CBD can direct extra blood flow to the frontal lobe of the brain, the region tasked with creative problem solving and emotional processing. Since blood is the delivery system for glucose, the brain’s main energy source, I found myself firing on all cognitive cylinders once again.

CBD also triggers the release of dopamine, a “feel-good” neurotransmitter that encourages emotional receptiveness. As a result of this happy combination, I wasn’t just bouncing from idea to idea more easily; I was also feeling free to accept those ideas, let them float around, play with them, pull them apart, put them back together again, and generally explore them to the fullest. And that’s pretty much what the creative process is all about, whether you’re making marketing content or looking for a new way to cure the common cold.

Speaking of health, somewhere along the way, I noticed that I no longer felt like the entire losing team in a particularly brutal rugby game. Wait, so now cannabis is helping my physical health as well as my mental health? Time for another stroll through the medical literature. I discovered that CBD contains fatty acids that can help normalize hormonal complaints such as PMS while also knocking out the pain receptors that feed headaches and other chronic pain conditions.

In addition to offering anti-inflammatory and analgesic benefits, CBD was reducing my stress and anxiety to a manageable level, while the boost in creative brainpower gave me less to feel stressed and anxious about. I soon found myself sleeping, eating, and moving better in everyday life, even as my brain was moving with more assurance in my quest for new creative frontiers.

The CBD had done the trick. The marketing content that emerged from my keyboard had regained its freshness, energy, originality, and unpredictability. The role CBD has played in my success forced me to use my newly open-minded, creative brain to rethink my attitude toward cannabis — especially when I found out that such major thinkers and success stories as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Carl Sagan, and Neil deGrasse Tyson had all extolled its virtues. If it was good for those king-sized cortexes, I realized, it was certainly good enough for me.

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