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Does Charlotte’s Web CBD Really Give You “The Best Sleep of Your Life?”

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Charlotte’s Web is a Colorado based company founded by the Stanley brothers, seven amazing young men who set out not to start a company but to fulfill a mission and later on, a promise. In 2012, at just 6 years old, Charlotte Figi – who Charlotte’s Web is named after – was already suffering from as many as 300 seizures a week from a rare, drug resistant form of epilepsy called Dravet’s Syndrome.

Her parents, Paige and Matt, exhausting all medical possibilities both traditional and non-traditional to help ease her suffering, turned to the Stanley brothers to try out something many deemed controversial at first and later, as Charlotte’s story unfolded, inspirational. They had Charlotte try out what would now be known as Cannabidiol or CBD oil – the non psychoactive compound found in all Cannabis plants.

While all Cannabis plants contain varying amounts of both CBD and THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol; the compound that gets you high), plants bred to contain 0.3 percent or less of THC and a whole lot more of CBD is termed Hemp and is considered federally legal in most states and is the source of all CBD products. Charlotte’s seizures have gone down to just 1 a week after that first dose and she began experiencing a quality of life that neither she nor her parents had not even dared to dream of – a normal life of a little girl. Although not cured (Dravet’s is incurable and while phenomenal, CBD is not a miracle drug), Charlotte and her story paved the way for children like her to be able to experience life as it should be lived – with awe and wonder and love. And it is Charlotte’s story that helped support the U.S legislation on medical marijuana and Charlotte’s Web was named in her honor.

Sadly, Charlotte has passed away due to complications of pneumonia earlier this year but that one tiny seed, that little plant that could has borne a world of infinite possibilities that could help millions of little boys and girls around the world who are just like Charlotte.

Buy: CBD Sleep Gummies, $29.99 from CharlottesWeb.com

CBD Melatonin Sleep Gummy Review

Coming in at 30, 60 and 90 count bottles, Charlotte’s Web CBD and Melatonin Sleep gummies are formulated with full spectrum hemp extract and contain 10mg of CBD per serving with an added boost of 3mg of melatonin to help you drift off to Neverland. Melatonin promotes natural sleep patterns and is commonly used as a sleep aid. These raspberry flavored Sleep gummies help promote regular sleep cycles for those of us who suffer from insomnia while also help in providing a better and more sound sleep quality.

While the reviews have been raves, a few people have found that the recommended serving size of 2 gummies per serving gave them a mild headache, owing to the melatonin content but they have remedied that by taking only one gummy before bed.

Charlotte’s Web recommends taking the recommended dosage 30 minutes before bed and as with anything that may cause drowsiness, please do not drive or operate any heavy machinery when taking the Sleep gummies. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding or have a medical condition, please consult your healthcare provider before use.

All of Charlotte’s Web products are made with whole plant extracts from their own meticulously bred hemp plants and are all natural and vegan. 

Buy: CBD Sleep Gummies, $29.99 from CharlottesWeb.com

Charlotte's Web CBD Sleep Gummies in jar
Charlotte’s Web infuses their CBD gummies with sleep hormone melatonin

Review: Active Sport CBD Pain Relief Stick

Primarily made for those with active lifestyles, those of us who are not quite so active may also benefit from Charlotte’s Web Active Sport CBD Pain Relief Stick – especially those whose joints are beginning to creak ever so slightly. Formulated with a THC-free hemp extract, the Pain Relief stick was designed for use on aching muscles and tired joints.

Packaged in a 30 gram solid stick, Active Sport helps relieve pain from minor muscle and joint distress, strains, sprains and bruises without the icky, lathered in pungent smelling goo feel. Containing frankincense, clove, honeysuckle and myrrh, I’m half expecting my very own harem to feed me almond filled dates while I lounge about in a lush, velvet tent in the middle of the desert.

While there have been no complaints so far, the worst being that it was slightly sticky upon first application (I mean, it is a balm), the Active Sport’s quick effectiveness more than makes up for it.

Long has CBD’s praises been sung about its ability to help in pain management and the Active Sport Pain Relief stick does not disappoint.

As with all of Charlotte’s Web products, the Pain Relief Stick is botanical based, naturally and ethically sourced and vegan as well as cruelty free.

Buy: Active Sport Pain Relief Stick, $39.99 from CharlottesWeb.com

Charlotte's Web Active Sport Pain Relief Stick
Charlotte’s Web created a pain relief stick designed for athletes and it’s *amazing*

Maximum Strength Extract CBD Oil: Our Verdict

Offering their highest concentration of CDB per ml, Charlotte’s Web Maximum Strength CBD oil contains 60mg of CBD per 1ml of liquid. Coming in at 30 and 100 ml bottles, that’s  a whopping 1800mg and 6000mg respectively! This extract is ideal for those who want to step up their CBD game or for those with a higher tolerance, the Maximum Strength CBD Oil is marketed for those who are already familiar with CBD and are ready to up the ante.

With flavors such as Mint Chocolate, Orange Blossom and Lemon Twist, Charlotte’s Web Premium Extract oil is designed to help support a sense of calm to maintain focus, manage everyday stresses, recover from activity induced inflammation and maintain healthy sleep cycles. Containing only Charlotte’s Web Premium Extract, a carrier oil and flavor, this is as pure as it gets. 

Extracted through CO2 extraction which leaves no negative impact on the environment, Charlotte’s Web CBD oils do not use additives or dyes to standardize the color of their products so color may vary from batch to batch. Charlotte’s Web CBD oils are whole-plant extracts that include a variety of beneficial compounds including phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and essential fatty acids – and no, none of the psychoactive THC.

Touted for promoting a sense of calm and wellbeing by those who tried it, a few people have complained about the lack in flavor choices so if one of the Stanley brothers is reading this (call me), they may need to look into expanding their flavor repertoire.

Most people who have tried the Maximum Strength Extract CBD have reported better sleep and a sense of calmness after taking it. Be forewarned that in due time, your tolerance may increase so the effects may begin to lessen. While the next logical course would be to up your CBD dosage, further studies are needed in order to regulate dosages to those who have developed a tolerance. For now, this is Charlotte’s Web highest dosage offering and it already has a devoted following.

Buy: Max Strength CBD Oil, $119.99 from CharlottesWeb.com

Charlotte's Web Max Strength CBD Oil
Charlotte’s Web Max Strength has *even more* CBD

What is CBD and how could it help you and me?

The human body has a vast network of receptors, the endocannabinoid system, which helps us maintain overall wellness and keep many of our physical processes moving in the right direction. CBD fits perfectly into these receptors, helping the body in a myriad of ways from pain management to anxiety alleviation to promoting a sense of peace and calm, which today, can sometimes be a difficult thing to achieve.

While the difference between hemp and marijuana is just a matter of semantics and legality, there is no denying that Cannabis is a plant that has been beneficial to mankind since around 500 B.C, when ancient cultures in Asia discovered its medicinal properties. Making its way up to Europe and the rest of the world, Cannabis cultivation began in the Americas with colonists growing hemp for textiles, rope and food. Somewhere along the way, the psychoactive properties of Cannabis were discovered (although research has shown that the desert nomads of Central Asia have long known about its mind altering effects; often inhaling smoke from burning its dried flowers and leaves) and thus was born a revolution as painful as it is bloody that still rages on to this very day.

Today, as Europe and North America have woken up to the many redeeming qualities of Cannabis and have begun opening up their restrictions and legalizing medical marijuana – albeit bit by bit – people around the world continue on lobbying for its use in mainstream healthcare.

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