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I want to preface this post by saying that I’m a huge believer in the benefits and power of cannabis. The plant has enhanced my wellness and self-care routine, relieves joint pain, makes my skin radiant, helps me sleep better, and helps to relieve stress. By writing about it, I hope to help normalize it’s use.

I’ve been using CBD for a few years now, but when I started hearing a lot about CBD products I thought it was just a function of moving from the East Coast to the West Coast. California definitely has a more laid back, open vibe, and I just figured I was hearing about CBD and cannabis more because of that. I think it’s safe to say, however, that cannabis has swept the nation and isn’t just for stoners on a dorm room futon anymore. I’m using it, your dad is using it, your coworkers, and even your dog. I figured I’d share with you some of the pros and cons of cannabis and CBD in my opinion, and introduce you to one of my personal favorite brands, Beboe.

This past spring, I was excited to be invited to a women in cannabis luncheon for wellness-minded women and it sparked my interest in learning more about the “green rush” in the food and beauty industries, which are two passions of mine.

A cannabis plant is made up of many chemical compounds called cannabinoids. Cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are two of the most abundant and well known of these, with a primary difference being that THC is intoxicating/psychoactive and CBD is not.

CBD is said to help with anxiety, insomnia, inflammation, and chronic pain and can provide a sense of peace or wellbeing without experiencing a high. It can come in many forms, including sublingual oil in a tincture, creams, edibles, infused drinks, and more. One con of using CBD oil is if it contains even trace amounts of THC in the product, a drug test can potentially read positive which could interfere with professional and personal obligations.

You can purchase CBD products across the United States without a prescription, while only a few states in the nation (ahem, Cali!) allow the purchase of cannabis containing THC without an Rx. Recently, I had a photoshoot for an incredible luxury brand of cannabis products - both with or without THC - called Beboe / Beboe Therapies and I’m 100% obsessed with them. 

Beboe has both beautiful branding and high quality products from Pastilles candies to an incredible face serum. I particularly love using their skincare line’s face mask. A 30 minute sheet mask full of AHAs, Vitamin C, Aloe, Algae Extract, and 50mg of CBD (among other ingredients) leaves my face glowing and feeling rejuvenated .

While cannabis usage is obviously a personal preference, to me the calming and centering effects of CBD are tops. And no hangover or high effect is pretty great too. I’d be interested in hearing what you all have to say about the cannabis industry, both CBD products and THC where it has become legalized. Reach out and let me know! If you’re interested in checking out CBD products, check out Missgrass.