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Caroline! Tell the stunt community about yourself and how LongevityCBD started.
I grew up in a very active and health conscious family. We were always into natural medicine so naturally I became a licensed acupuncturist and functional medicine practitioner.
I had a clinic in Southern California where I treated thousands of patients and the majority of these patients were coming in for chronic pain and chronic illnesses which affected their ability to live the life they want.
I eventually started prescribing CBD to patients and saw the wonderful benefits of it. I found that there was still a stigma to CBD, many associated it with marijuana, and it was difficult to find a good trustworthy product.
I did a ton of research and decided to start Longevity CBD to offer high quality CBD products, geared towards those in extreme sports and those who live an active lifestyle and want to maintain that lifestyle.
I also decided to offer products that have zero THC (no psychoactive compounds) so that drug tests wouldn't be an issue.
Discuss CBD and the benefits to someone who has never heard of it before.
CBD (Cannabidiol) is a compound naturally found in the hemp plant. Studies and anecdotal evidence have shown that CBD is completely safe and has many potential health benefits including acting as a powerful anti-inflammatory, reducing pain, helping with anxiety & depression, improving sleep, boosting the immune system, among many other benefits.
For someone who participates in extreme sports such as those in the Stunt community, this can mean better recovery from the stressors placed on your body as well as reducing pain from minor injuries and relieving sore muscles. CBD isn't the only cannabinoid compound found in the hemp plant. There are many other minor cannabinoids such as CBG (cannabigerol), CBN (cannabinol), and CBC (cannabichromene) that are naturally found in hemp and also have numerous health benefits.
These all work together for an 'entourage' effect and are present in our Broad Spectrum CBD products. In a couple of our products, we also combine optimal dosages of these minor cannabinoids with CBD for more targeted benefits.
Tell the story about the moment you knew CBD changed your life for the better!
I personally use CBD almost daily to help with everyday stressors and mainly as a preventative right now. When I first tried CBD years ago, it was for insomnia.
I went through a very stressful period in my life and struggled to sleep well. I wasn't able to fall asleep deeply and I constantly woke up throughout the night. Sleep is so important so that really affected my health and how I felt.
I didn't want to turn to pharmaceuticals such as Ambien so I was in search of something natural. I tried everything including Valerian root, melatonin, Chinese herbs and Magnesium. Those helped a little bit but I still didn't get the deep restful sleep I needed. So I decided to try CBD.
After taking CBD nightly for a week or two, I finally achieved good restorative sleep. I was sold on CBD at that point and started doing more research on it. I now use Longevity CBD's Rest & Recover nightly. It's become part of my nightly bedtime ritual.
Talk about how CBD can positively affect the life of a stunt performer or an extreme athlete.
Extreme sports athletes including stunt performers tend to push their bodies to the max. This creates a lot of stress on the body and pain, inflammation, and injuries often follow.
For performers that may not yet experience pain or injuries (especially for younger performers), the truth is any extreme physical activities can create undetected inflammation and stress on the body. This can set the body up for future injuries and problems.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can help reduce pain, relieve sore muscles, as well as help the body recover quicker from any injuries. Stunt performers are also in a competitive industry and face a lot of pressure and high expectations to perform difficult stunts which can create stress and anxiety for the performer.
CBD can help reduce anxiety and potentially improve mood so performers can better focus on doing what they love.
What distinguishes Longevity CBD from other CBD brands?
Longevity CBD was created specifically for extreme sports athletes, outdoor enthusiasts, and those living an active lifestyle. Our products were created to offer more targeted relief for common complaints experienced by those who push their bodies to the limit.
We combine CBD with other minor cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN along with researched backed botanicals and terpenes to maximize the therapeutic effects. We offer premium CBD products and focus on quality and safety. There are cheaper CBD brands out there but we're not interested in cutting any corners when it comes to the quality of our products.
Our CBD is extracted from 100% organically grown hemp from Oregon and we use strains that yield a high range of cannabinoids, Our products are also natural.
We don't use any artificial or even "natural" flavors in our tinctures and our topicals are free from parabens, phthalates, mineral oils, petroleum, and chemicals,
With Longevity CBD you are getting a very clean, pure and natural product.
Tell us about the interesting process from seed to bottle.
Our hemp comes from a 300 acre farm in Central Oregon and is grown using 100% organic farming methods. The nutrient-rich soil and climate in Oregon offers ideal growing conditions for hemp.
Once harvested we test the hemp to make sure it is clean and free from heavy metals and pesticides. If that passes the hemp moves onto the extraction process (where the CBD and other minor cannabinoids are extracted).
We use a cryogenic (very low temperature) extraction method using food-grade ethanol. This method extracts the most cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids from the hemp plant without destroying any of the delicate compounds.
The extract then goes through a chromatography process to have THC (the psychoactive component) removed. We test the extract again for any contaminants such as residual solvents. If that passes, we use that extract to formulate our finished products.
We test our finished products once again for potency to ensure that the amount of CBD and other cannabinoids listed on the label is accurate. These lab results can be found on our website or scanned via QR code on the packaging.
What ‘101 advice' would you give someone who wants to get into natural, healthy living?
As an alternative health practitioner, I always recommend a more holistic approach to natural healthy living. This means focusing on proper diet, adequate exercise, maintaining a healthy mind and spirit, and avoiding external/environmental toxins.
The proper diet can be different for everyone but if you can avoid processed foods, chemical additives, and eat more natural whole foods that can go a long way in keeping you healthier and preventing health issues down the road.
In Western culture, we tend to focus on quick fixes and pharmaceuticals. Pharmaceuticals certainly have its place and can save lives, but diet and simple lifestyle changes can do wonders in terms of achieving optimal health and preventing future health problems.
The focus should be more on prevention.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell or share with the community?
We're excited to partner up with the stunt community and bring the benefits of CBD to the community.
It's an exciting and thrilling industry and we're so grateful to be a part of it!