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New wellness product may aid athletes with training goals

Our latest formulation, a blended CBG + CBD salve, created in partnership with Synaptix CBD,is an innovation in wellness which provides the best of both CBD and CBG – broad spectrum treatment of effective, non-psychoactive cannabinoids, and multiple anti-inflammatories in one easy to use topical!

You’ve probably heard of CBD, but what is CBG? Cannabigerol, or “CBG” has been increasing in popularity amongst natural wellness practitioners and cannabinoid scientists. Dubbed “the mother of all cannabinoids”, CBG is one of the first cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant. CBG frequently develops into CBD or THC, depending on the individual genetics of the plant, but breeders and geneticists have begun finding innovative ways of isolating the cannabinoid for topical and oral use. If you’d like to learn more about CBG, we have a more lengthy article on CBG here.

Muscle recovery – An increasing number of our users are serious athletes. Many train high intensity contact sports like jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts. These practices can be hard on a body, especially when it comes to muscle recovery. More athletes are discovering the anti-inflammatory benefits of products like our therapeutic salve. Reducing inflammation tends to dramatically reduce associated pain, thereby reducing recovery time and helping our users achieve training goals.

CBD may aid athletes with muscle recovery

Joint pain – One of our customers is a long distance endurance runner, competing in multiple ultramarathons every year. This activity causes massive stress on his joints. After using our salve, he has found reduced inflammation in and around his joints, and as a result, is able to recover faster and push his limits. A 2016 study, published in the European Journal of Pain, found that the application of CBD significantly reduced joint swelling in rats. The study concluded that topical CBD offers therapeutic potential for pain-related inflammation.

Our topical salve is a favorite with long distance runners!

Anti-proliferation – While the FDA and other US based entities have not concluded research on CBG, some international studies have been conducted and may be worthy of consideration. A 2014 study conducted on mice indicated very promising results in CBG’s anti-proliferation qualities. What does that mean in layman terms? CBG may be effective at inhibiting tumors. Click here to read the 2014 study! We’d like to emphasize that we are not making any health claims in this regard, and you should consult with your healthcare professional about any and all cancer related treatments.

We invite you to try both our therapeutic CBD salve, as well as our new CBG + CBD salve. Whether you’re an athlete, or suffer from a chronic issue for which you’d like to try our products, we’re happy to help!

This product has not been evaluated by the FDA, and is not intended to treat or cure any disease.

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Recycle Your Christmas Tree for Biochar!

Rather than send your Christmas tree to the dump this year, consider burning it instead! Why? You can use it as a supreme soil amendment – Biochar!

What is Biochar?

Biochar is basically burned, or charred organic material. Plants need light + three things to thrive – Nutrients, water, and micro organisms. Biochar is excellent for absorbing nutrients from the soil, thus making it more bioavailable for your plants. Biochar also does a great job of capturing moisture, and creates a perfect environment, a “luxury condominium” for micro organisms. This translates to richer soil and greater crop yields.

Humans have been using biochar for millennia, though the practice has fallen out of favor with the advent of industrial farming. It is thought that ancient Amazonian civilizations used a form of biochar, “Terra Preta” as the foundation of vast agricultural operations.

When burning for biochar, the goal isn’t to reduce the material to total ash, but simply to bake it to a nice crispy black charcoal. Ideally that char is then ground up to increase it’s surface area, and then seasoned – much the same as you might season a compost pile. Seasoned biochar teems with all the best sorts of life you’ll need to grow great plants!

At Old West Hemp, we’re actively building soil using Biochar, grass-fed cow manure, worm castings, and other natural soil ingredients. This is a perfect complement to our pesticide-free field, and a truly ideal growing environment for our all natural Hemp flower. And as the holiday season winds up, we’ll be chopping up and burning our Christmas tree to add to our ever growing Biochar pile!

Note: Before you start a burn, make sure to contact your local fire department to make sure no burn bans are in effect, and be careful to burn in an open area, on a day with little to no wind!