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Flow Botanicals is bridging the huge gap of education in this industry. Our focus is to provide our customers with the necessary tools to make informed decisions on their health & wellness.

CBD Education

 
CBD, or cannabidoil, is a compound in hemp that offers all the benefits without the psychoactive high.
 
Most people have heard of THC, which is the ingredient in marijuana responsible for the high. But recently, attention has shifted to another compound in marijuana called CBD,. CBD is also found in HEMP. CBD appears to be helpful for many health conditions, including epilepsy, anxiety, chronic pain, and more. While research is still in its early stages, doctors are generally supportive of CBD because it has very few side effects. Today, hemp-derived CBD is available in a variety of products ranging from oils, tinctures, edibles, skin products, and vaporizers. 

CBD is one of over 113 compounds found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids.Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. The Hemp Plant has near zero percent THC making it ideal for enjoying the benefits of CBD.

Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. While many people enjoy the marijuana high, health professionals prefer treatments with minmal psychoative properties. CBD does not act on the same receptors as THC. The medicinal benefits to consuming hemp-based botanicals is not about the high, it is about the physical & mental health advantages it has to offer.

Cannabigerol (CBG) is a non-psychoactive compound produced by cannabis plants, though usually only in trace amounts. Scientists refer to CBG as the “stem cell of cannabinoids,” as it is the precursor to CBD, THC, CBC, and other minor compounds. Pure CBG plants can be isolated by skilled breeders, but–until now–have not been commercially available anywhere in the world. We believe it is one of nature’s truly rare gifts and are ecstatic to be the first to provide it to consumers.

Our seed genetics team has worked for 3 years to create high cannabinoid content, CBG predominant plants (Type IV) using traditional breeding techniques at their federally-legal industrial hemp research facility in Oregon. The result is a very special plant whose cannabinoid profile is 99.5% CBG. There is so little THC produced by this rare hemp plant that many of our concentrated products remain below the federal limit (0.3%), which allows us to ship a wide range of products to customers anywhere in the US and many other countries internationally. We are convinced that its usefulness as a daily dietary supplement will eventually surpass both CBD and THC.

Researchers have demonstrated that CBG is:

  • Strongly anti-bacterial. Appendino et al. (2008) found that it is a promising front line treatment for  methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
  • Anti-psoriasis and eczema. Wilkinson and Williamson (2007) found that CBG inhibits human keratinocyte proliferation through novel cannabinoid receptors located in our skin (i.e. not CB1 or CB2 receptors).
  • Powerfully anti-inflammatory. Borrelli et al. (2013) investigated the usefulness of CBG for treatment of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBS) and found significant improvement in test subjects (mice).
  • Potent neuropathic pain suppressor. Russo (2008) reports that the binding mechanism of CBG suggests novel analgesic properties that should work better than THC for pain and spasticity control.
  • Neuroprotective. Valdeolivas et al. (2014) established that CBG improved motor deficits and preserved striatal neurons in mice with induced Huntington’s disease. The findings suggest that other neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, etc.) may respond well to increased CBG intake.
  • Promotes Neurogenesis. Not only does it protect neurons, CBG has the ability to stimulate the growth of new neuronal cells. Diaz-Alonso et al. (2016) have taken this one step further and created a synthetic compound derived from CBG to make a very efficient new drug that is slightly more effective than plant-derived cannabigerol as a “neuronal progenitor”. We applaud their efforts, but prefer the herbal form.

CBN is a non-intoxicating compound that is best known as the cannabinoid created when THC ages. For that reason, it’s usually present in high amounts in older cannabis. While this might be a turn-off for some, others seek out older cannabis just to enjoy the effects of CBN.

Here are a few of the potential benefits of CBN currently being explored in research. Keep in mind, current research on CBN is limited with very few studies demonstrating its effects in the human body.

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Antibacterial

Studies on CBN have found that it may be a potent antibacterial agent. In lab settings, CBN was tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Researchers found it to be a potent antibacterial agent against these resistant strains. Perhaps in the future, we will see CBN being used to fight off bacterial infections that our usual antibiotics can’t heal.

Neuroprotectant

CBN may also be a powerful neuroprotectant. In one rodent study, researchers used CBN as a treatment for ALS and found that it was able to delay the onset of the condition. While human studies need to be done, this suggests that CBN may provide a powerful tool in the fight against ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions.

Appetite Stimulation

In rodent studies, CBN increased the amount of food that rat subjects ate, suggesting that it could be an effective appetite stimulant. Since some avoid THC (another well-known appetite stimulant) due to its intoxicating effects, CBN could potentially offer an alternative for those seeking the munchies without the high—but more research is needed.

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Glaucoma

CBN may also be helpful for those suffering from glaucoma. One study on rabbitsfound that CBN (as well as THC) reduces intraocular pressure—the biggest risk factor for glaucoma. Still, research is in early stages and CBN hasn’t been shown to be superior to other glaucoma medications. More research is needed to know if cannabinoids could ever effectively replace any traditional treatments for glaucoma.

Anti-Inflammatory

CBN may also be a potent anti-inflammatory agent capable of helping those with rheumatoid arthritis. In one rodent study, CBN was shown to reduce arthritis. While more research needs to be done, this could end up being an incredible help to those suffering from this debilitating condition.

Kava Education

Kava is a root found on South Pacific islands. Islanders have used kava as medicine and in ceremonies for centures. Kava has a calming effect, producing brain wave changes similar to changes that occur with calming medicines such as diazepam (Valium, for example). Kava also can prevent convulsions and relax muscles. Although kava is not addictive, its effect may decrease with use. Traditionally prepared as a tea, kava root is also available as a dietary supplement in powder and tincture (extract in alcohol) forms. 

Kava’s calming effect may relieve anxiety, restlessness, sleeplessness, and stress-related symptoms such as mescle tension or spasms. Kava may also relieve pain. When taken for anxiety or stress, kava does not interfere with mental sharpness. When taken for sleep problems, kava promotes deep sleep while inducing restful REM sleep. Kava may be used instead of prescription anti-anxiety drugs, such as benzodiazepines and tricylic antidepressants. Kava should never be taken with these presciption drugs. Avoid using alcohol when taking kava

Kava can be compared to alcohol in this manner. Just like alcohol, kava may have severe side effects and should not be used by everyone. Kava should not be combined with alcohol or psychotropic medicines. Alcohol exaggerates kava’s sedating effect. Kava can affect how fast you react, miking it unsafe to drive or use heavy machinery. Long term heavy use may result in liver problems. ntent

Kratom Education

Kratom is a natural botanical dervied from a tropical tree scientifically known as Mitragyna Speciosa. This tree is part of the Coffee family and grows wild in the marshy jungles of certain Asia countries. Some common countries where it grows includes Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the pacific islands. The Kratom evergreen is known for large hanging clusters of flower leaves and a tree height of up to 42 feet. Although the introduction of Kratom in western societies is fairly new, it has been utilized as a ceremonial & medicinal leaf in Asia for centuries. When taken with correct dosing, the kratom plant can provide relief from mental &. phsyical complications such as anxiety, depression, A.D.D, chronic pain, insomnia, stress, etc. 

Kratom is not a drug. Kratom is not an opiate. Kratom is not a synthetic substance. Naturally occuring Kratom is a safe herbal supplement that’s more akin to tea and coffee than any other substances. Kratom behaves as a partial mu-opiod receptor agonist and is used for pain management, energy, even depression and anxiety that are so common among Americans. Kratom contains no opiates, but it does bind the same receptor sites in the brain. Chocolate, coffee, exercise, and even human breast milk hit these receptor sites in a similar fashion. 

Kratom can be consumed in a number of ways. It’s a natural botanical ingredient that can be used in dietary suppplements, steepres as tea, taken in powder form or in capsules to safely provide enwergy and natural pain relief. Recommended dosage is 5 grams or one tablespoon per 16 oz medicinal mixer. Most users drink for the effects and health benefits so we recommend drinking Kratom with a ice water mixed with juice extract such as fruit juice, Mio, etc.

 

Not unless taken in extremely high doeses for extended periods of times. If taken in excess, continuosly over long periods of time, kratom consumers may experience dependence, similar to caffiene dependence. There can also be some discomfort iff taken daily and use is abruptly discountinued. This can be avoided by regular breaks and/or graduallly tapering down consumption levels. 

The classification of strains include white, green, red, and gold/yellow. Again, this classification is primarily dependent on the color of the veins when processed. The red veins are the most mature and typically have more relaxing and pain-relieving effects. We recommend red for beginners as it has more of a mild calming effect. The white vein is the youngest and is often associated with stimulating & mood enhancing effects. Most users feel quite a bit of euphoria with the white.The green vein is typically middle-aged and is often associated with balanced, soothing aromas. Typically users tell us green is somewhere between red and white in terms of the effects. Green is a mild energy booster, and can also optimize focus and energy. Typically the Mitragyna leaves are plucked and dried out in the sun for further processing.
 
See below for our house selection guide!
 
 

All Kratom plants, no matter which strain, have different concentrations of mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragynine in their leaves. The different strains are classified by how the tree is grown, the vein color, and the region it is grown. For example Green “Malay” would be from Malaysia. A word of caution – this does not necessarily mean the the name guarantees it is from that specific region. Some names are derived from where the strain was first founded. The factors that can effect how the tree is grown depends on soil components, nitrogen availability, carbon dioxide levels, sun exposure, etc. These factors are what we look at when choosing our Kratom farmers. The chemical composition changes greatly from batch to batch depending on quality control.

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