This blog post was written by Bend Soap Company co-founder, Marilee Johnson.
With the recent announcement of our partnership with Mission Farms CBD, we’ve received quite a few questions about this whole CBD thing.
- Do we really need CBD? Why put it in soap?
- If CBD is so amazing, where has it been all our lives?
- Is CBD a food or just a fad?
- Is CBD for everyone? What will it do for me?
- Where does CBD come from?
If you’re like many of us, you may be a bit confused as to what all the hype with CBD is about, so in today’s post, we’re getting a little nerdy and diving deep into the science of CBD! But first, we want to share the reason we started down this new road.
The Milk Bath Factor
Do you enjoy your goat milk bath? Soaking in the goat milk and natural oils from the soaps (not to mention the therapeutic benefits from the essential oils) is one of the most nourishing things we can do for our skin. The alpha hydroxy acids found naturally in fresh goat milk help exfoliate our skin and keep it looking youthful. After this exfoliation, the nutrients from the olive, red palm, and coconut oils can more easily penetrate the skin, providing additional benefits. All in all, it’s a highly beneficial routine we can offer our bodies. And, the luxury of it all as well? Yes, please.
Soaking in a milk bath can also create the perfect environment for other nutrients to enter the skin. Have you ever had a foot massage that targeted certain areas of the bridge, arch, and heel? Some professionals have shown better results in their patients from soaking in a milk bath (foot bath) first before the massage, as the “pathways” are open and the pores are more receptive to the pressure and concentration. Interesting, huh?
When the CBD movement started to gain traction, Dwight began researching the benefits of this interesting ingredient. Not one to jump on the band-wagon, he was skeptical and did tons of research — something we’re very used to here in the Johnson family! After learning about many of the benefits that hemp and CBD (see below) have to offer, Dwight wanted to add CBD to the milk bath, knowing that by soaking in it, the benefits could be experienced even greater.
Pain exists for so many of us from injuries, misalignment, internal factors, or any number of other reasons. Obviously, the most common treatment or remedy for pain is medication and drug administration. But what if a natural option was available for helping with pain? What if, by soaking in a milk bath, you could not only receive the benefits mentioned above, but the soothing properties of the CBD could also be absorbed and experienced, minimizing pain and giving relief? Necessity being the mother of invention once again, a new product was born and is now serving this new need.
While launching an entire Bend Soap Company line of CBD-infused natural products was on Dwight’s radar, he chose to partner with Mission Farms instead, taking advantage of their expertise in the CBD world.
CBD Oil is Kind of Like an Essential Oil
Essential oils have similarities. As you probably already know, essential oils carry a wide range of therapeutic benefits that affect our cells in various ways both topically and internally. Some essential oils work by stimulation of the cells, such as with cinnamon or clove. Some by relaxation, like lavender. There are even some essential oils that have additional antibacterial and antifungal properties for combatting infection or disease. While there is generally no “nutritional” benefit to these oils, we know their value in helping to support and encourage natural functions of the body and helping deal with intrusions. Medicinally speaking, they’re quite invaluable.
The hemp plant is simply another plant with amazing properties, from which an oil is extracted, much like an essential oil. This oil is called CBD, which stands for cannabinol.
While essential oils and CBD have similar properties, the extraction of oil from the hemp plant is a little different from the extraction of essential oils. In fact, it’s more like the way olive oil is extracted from olives, using ethanol (although none remains in the oil after extraction).
The product from the first extraction is called “crude.” After a series of purification, they get a form called “distillate” which is rich in nutrients including various amounts of THC. THC is the part of the plant most folks are perplexed by and concerned about (with its association to marijuana), but the quantity of THC remaining in the final CBD product is so low, it’s almost like the amount of alcohol in kombucha or a medicinal tincture. The permitted level of THC in a hemp plant must be under .3% or else the plant is destroyed before harvesting. Hemp farmers take their jobs very seriously and monitor their THC levels so as to comply with federal laws and provide the highest quality product to the market.
A final process, which removes all THC, produces what is called “isolate” CBD oil. While isolating CBD oil has wonderful benefits as well, new studies show that including trace amounts of THC with the isolate provides a better opportunity for CBD absorption and compatibility in the body while excluding the associated side-effects of THC.
Where Has Hemp Been All Our Lives?
While hemp only recently became legal nationwide, hemp plants have been grown for generations in several different varieties. Traditional industrial hemp, for example, can grow to over 16 feet tall in some parts of the country with its fibers being used for making ropes, rigging for ships, fuel, textiles, bioplastics, building materials and all sorts of other materials dating back before the days of George Washington!
In fact, in the 1930s, with Henry Ford being a big proponent, the hemp industry was poised to be a billion-dollar industry (source). In World War II, the production of hemp was encouraged and increased to be able to support our military needs. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were great advocates for the hemp industry, considering it part of the future of our nation.
While the fibers of the hemp stalk provide many uses, other parts of the hemp plant, like the seed and leaves, can be used as food (does anyone else buy hemp seeds to put on their salads? Mmmm 🤤). Hemp, with its high omega profile, can also be turned into protein and used as a protein alternative in powder form. Hemp milk is also gaining popularity.
Even Our Bodies Produce Endocannabinoids!
Yes, it’s true! Cannabinoids are the class of chemical compounds responsible for interacting with the endocannabinoid receptors in our brains. Aside from the cannabinoids found in THC and CBD, the body produces approximately 113 endocannabinoids on its own!
We’ve hardly heard about this system in our body, which includes neurotransmitters, nerves, brain function, and a variety of physiological and cognitive functions, but it is receiving more and more research daily.
Also Found in Nature
Cannabinoids don’t just come from hemp, though. They can be consumed from other sources including cacao, black pepper, echinacea, and many other herbs! Chocolate lovers… You’ve had it right all along!
Terpenes are a “large and diverse class of organic compounds” from many types of plants, mostly noted for their aroma and scent. Terpenes are found in various plants, fruits and herbs, as well as in the hemp plant! They are the “primary constituents of essential oils” responsible for the scent, but they also interact with the body’s receptors in multiple different ways, from terpene to terpene. Found in hemp, they often have a strong pine, citrus or minty smell. (source)
Examples of common terpenes found in nature include:
- A pinene is found in orange peels.
- Linalool is found in lavender.
- Myrcene is found in lemongrass.
- Limonene is found in citrus and peppermint.
- Terpinolene is found in tea tree.
- Terpineol is found in eucalyptus. (Source)
The Interesting Benefits of CBD
Do you see why CBD oil from hemp so interesting? With its high concentration of cannabinoids, there are so many ways we can utilize the benefits of this oil, with more being discovered all the time!
To sum it up, some of the most prominent benefits to the body include:
- Ease aches and pains associated with sore muscles and joints
- Improved sleep (without feeling drowsy the next morning)
- Decreased inflammation
- The diminishment of seizures and Parkinson’s tremors caused by nerve damage
- Positive feelings of accomplishment, like those after a good workout or run
- A reduction in the painful symptoms of skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis
Taken internally or administered topically, CBD can really benefit the body. We hope you enjoy these products as much as we are. Our current family favorite? The CBD Relieve CBD Joint & Muscle Gel.
If we’ve piqued your interest and you want to give these fabulous products a try, use code BENDSOAP to receive 20% off your first order with Mission Farms CBD! Adding the CBD oil, either internally or topically, can be a beneficial part of your daily regimen.
Mission Farms Answers Frequently Asked Questions!
Looking for even more answers to your CBD questions? Mission Farms has you covered. We’ve pulled a few of our favorites Q&A’s from their website to share with all of you.
Q: Is CBD legal in all 50 states?
Mission Farms CBD Answer: Yes, CBD is completely legal. Since the product only contains trace amounts of THC, our CBD oil is non-psychoactive and legal in all 50 states without a prescription. CBD Oil and other hemp products are considered to be food-based. As such, there are no restrictions on the production, sale, and consumption of hemp extract oil (CBD) in the United States.
Q: Is it possible to get high by taking your CBD products?
Mission Farms CBD Answer: No, you cannot get high taking any CBD products from Mission Farms CBD. Our Mission Farms CBD products are all made from hemp, not marijuana. Our products are all lab-tested by a third-party and we can guarantee that they have less than .3% THC in them. This is the legal limit of THC in any CBD products, therefore, you can rest assured you will not get high using our products.
Q: Where is Mission Farms CBD made?
Mission Farms CBD Answer: Mission Farms CBD products are all hand-crafted in Bend, Oregon. The nutrient-rich, volcanic soil from central Oregon helps us grow the healthy, tall, and lush hemp plants used in the CBD products. Our plants are planted, tended, and harvested by hand. We then press the oils and infuse them with organic flavorings and essential oils for the purest, most high-quality product possible.
Q: What ingredients are in your products?
Mission Farms CBD Answer: Our products are as pure as they can be, with no fillers, no pesticides, no preservatives, and no ingredients that you can’t even pronounce. Our coconut oil, essential oils, and flavorings are certified organic. For the exact listing of which essential oils and flavors we add into our products, visit each unique product page on our website.
Q: What third-party testing do you perform on your CBD products?
Mission Farms CBD Answer: We are required to perform third-party testing by an independent lab. These test results verify the amount of CBD and THC in our oils, as well as the fact that they are chemical-free and pesticide-free. We cannot sell any CBD products unless they are confirmed to have less than .3% THC in them. So, you can be assured our products are safe and pure for you.
Q: Are these products safe for my kids?
Mission Farms CBD Answer: For legal reasons, we shy away from publishing information on our website about using CBD with kids. That said, we do have many customers who have children with autism, ADHD, anxiety, and skin issues who have seen improvement with their children using CBD. A significant study was published recently showing dramatic improvement in kids with autism, and more studies are being done on children.
We encourage all parents to do some research on their own and learn from other parents who are using CBD with their kids, whether in person or online. A typical dose for an adult is .75ml of oil (25mg of CBD), so you will want to take the body weight of your child into consideration when providing a smaller dose.
Q: What if it doesn’t work for me? Do you have a return policy?
Mission Farms CBD Answer: If you are dissatisfied with your product, we will grant you a refund for the same dollar value of your product purchase, once you return your product to us. When we receive your returned product, you will then be granted a full refund of your purchase price. This can be granted as either a refund on your credit card or as store credit to your account, whichever you prefer. To begin the process of returning your product, please contact Support@MissionFarmsCBD.com. You must contact us within 30 days of your purchase in order to receive your refund.
Back to You
Mission Farms is currently selling CBD Milk Baths and CBD Soaps that we make for them here on our farm. The only difference is that we infuse CBD into the soap and milk bath products that we make for Mission Farms CBD. You can see their full line of twenty-two CBD products on their website. Just remember to use code BENDSOAP to receive 20% off your first order with Mission Farms CBD!
For further clarification or to get answers to any additional questions you may have, please send an email to Support@MissionFarmsCBD.com and one of the friendly Mission Farms CBD customer service representatives will be in touch.
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