by Amy Zellmer, Editor-in-cheif
My personal CBD journey began several years ago after meeting Joe Russo at a brain injury conference in Utah where I was keynoting.
Joe told me he had been following me for a while, and shared his own TBI story with me and how CBD has helped him in his recovery.
I had been searching for a CBD company I could trust. I knew about the “junk” out there that is full of fillers/chemicals and wouldn’t actually provide any benefit. I was relieved when Joe told me about Entangled Biome, founded by his college friend Dean Foor. Dean is a believer in purity, quality, and integrity and I was instantly drawn to their product. They have an entire line of products, including tinctures, salves, bath fizzies, and more.
Joe gave me a bottle of tincture to try and that night . . . I slept like a baby. Thinking perhaps it was a fluke, I continued taking it nightly with the same amazing effect. Over time I noticed my headaches weren’t as intense and, overall, my body and energy levels felt great.
Over the past few years since first trying Entangled Biome’s CBD, I have become friends with Dean and a loud supporter of their product line. It is organic (the hemp is grown on a 30-year organic farm with a tree barrier to prevent any drift ((pesticide)) issues) with zero additives, heavy metals, or toxins — their finished product is pure full-spectrum hemp oil (FSHO).
Dean is a civil engineer by trade, who worked in renewable energy for 10 years, but has spent over 25 years cultivating medical and culinary mushrooms, and working with medical marijuana.
He became interested in CBD when recreational marijuana became legal in Oregon. He wasn’t interested in the intoxicating effects from THC, yet knew the medicinal benefits of Cannabis, so he began experimenting with FSHO.
Hemp and marijuana both come from the Cannabis plant. To be legally considered hemp, the THC level must be under 0.3%. Entangled Biome strives to keep their products under 0.1%, noting that THC is a valuable component to FSHO and, without it, a lot of medicinal benefits are lost. FSHO has over 140 cannabinoids which over a vast array of benefits, stripping them away reduces most of the medicinal value of the CBD product.
Unfortunately, many companies will further refine their CBD: distillation removes terpenes and flavonoids, while isolates take it even further — reducing it to a single molecule of CBD (remember those 140 cannabinoids?? They’re pretty much completely gone at this stage).
These processes not only strip the THC, but the medicinal benefits and length of relief as well: FSHO will provide 6 to 8 hours of relief, a distillate will provide 4 to 5 hours of relief, while an isolate will only provide approximately one hour of relief.
Dean and his co-founder, Jeff Ballard, have begun adding adaptogenic mushrooms to a variety of their products to offer further medicinal benefits. Having already worked with mushrooms for several decades, Dean knew it was something he wanted to add to the product line.
“I spend two-thirds of my time working on new product development and one-third on maintaining existing products,” stated Dean. He enjoys trying new ideas, and is open to requests from his customers. He recently created a “healthy menopause tonic” at the request of a customer, which includes chastetrea berry, motherwort, black cohosh, and licorice root. He is also experimenting with maitake mushrooms to create products that benefit blood pressure.
The possibilities are endless, and so are the benefits!
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Amy Zellmer is an award winning author, keynote speaker, and TBI survivor and advocate. She is Editor-in-chief of The Brain Health Magazine, and hosts the Faces of TBI podcast series, as well as TBI TV on YouTube.