FAQ | Why Use CBD? And is it Legal?

  What is CBD? The CBD used in our Life Elements CBD & Honey™ Collection is derived from industrial hemp, which has the same properties as cannabis-derived CBD, but contains less than 0.3% THC., making it available to anyone in any state, even those without medical marijuana laws.* Cannabidiol, or CBD, has a wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects and is a known anti-inflammatory, with antioxidant and anti-aging properties.  As an antioxidant, CBD can help protect the skin from free radicals like UV rays, smoke, and environmental pollutants. Free radicals lead to wrinkles and fine lines, but antioxidants protect our skin from this damage and help fight the effects of aging. In addition, hemp seed oil contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which provide moisture and protection from sun damage.    Is it legal? All of the CBD & Honey™ products are made with Hemp-derived CBD, which is legal in all 50 states.     What exactly is a “topical” and does it contain THC? Topical cannabis applications (by law) have less than 0.3% THC. They do not cross the blood/brain barrier and are non-psychoactive.   Will I get high?  No. Unlike THC, CBD is inert and does not produce any psychoactive effects, i.e. it will not get you “high.” Our topical products are designed for localized treatment speaking to the CB2 receptors in the skin, not the CB1 receptors in the brain.     What is “Full Spectrum hemp oil?” Full-spectrum hemp oil refers to pure hemp oil which includes the same cannabinoid profile present in the original hemp plant. This is crucial because it allows the cannabinoids to function together, resulting in higher efficacy and perfectly reflects the saying: The sum is greater than the whole of the parts, otherwise know as the “entourage effect.” *DISCLAIMER State and Federal cannabis laws and regulations are constantly shifting. The information provided is based on our own research and is the most current available to the best of our knowledge. We are not lawyers or doctors and do not represent any law or regulatory body.  

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FAQ | Why Use CBD? And is it Legal?

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How to Read Ingredient Lists on Skincare Products (And Why You Should Care)

Ingredients really do matter and if you are concerned about what you put in and on your body, then the best place to start is by reading the ingredients of a product you are considering using. Here's how you do it -->

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How to Read Ingredient Lists on Skincare Products (And Why You Should Care)

Ingredients really do matter and if you are concerned about what you put in and on your body, the...

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Why We Use Frankincense and Myrrh in Our Skincare Products

We get kidded a lot when we tell folks we use frankincense and myrrh in several of our skincare products – the first question is “where’s the gold?!” These two historical oils are most commonly known as two of the gifts (gold was the third) that the three Wise Men brought to Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew (2:11). As the traditional story goes, these gifts implied honor and status, but it’s also possible they were included as a practical matter since research shows the two ingredients were used as herbal remedies for a variety of ailments and to bring about good health.   What is Frankincense Good For? If you grew up in the 70’s (like me), then you may remember the scent of frankincense wafting from your incense as you listened Jethro Tull or Pink Floyd. Today, I love it because of its versatility to help protect skin cells, reduce acne blemishes and scars, help lift and tighten skin to naturally slow signs of aging, and help soothe eczema and other rashes. There’s even been research showing that frankincense may be beneficial in the fight against certain cancers. I love the deep, complex aroma of wood and spice, which is deeply relaxing and spiritual. Many folks use it to calm their breath while meditating. We use 100% pure frankincense essential oil in Action Wipes and in our Face Wash Powder & Body Wash Powder for its antibacterial properties. We also use it in our Healing Honey Stick for its anti-inflammatory properties (it soothes rashes, cuts and burns).    What is Myrrh Good For? Historically, myrrh was used to treat wounds and prevent infections. Because of its natural antimicrobial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties, it can be used on minor skin irritations, such as athlete’s foot, ring worm, eczema, acne and even in tooth paste and mouthwashes.   The Chinese frequently used myrrh as a medicine and it remains a part of traditional Chinese medicine to this day. Ancient Egyptians also used it to prevent aging and maintain healthy skin.  Today, myrrh is commonly added to skin care products to help with moisturizing and also for fragrance.  We use myrrh in our Healing Honey Stick for all its properties – that’s why I believe we’ve received so many tear-inducing testimonials from hundreds of users. The stick is a miracle worker.  We strongly believe in the health and beauty benefits of 100% pure essential oils. There are a lot on the market today that can be purchased at any health food store or pharmacy. We invite you to explore all the wonderful benefits and aromas. However, we caution you to NEVER apply undiluted essential oils to your skin as it may cause inflammation, irritation, or burning.    

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Why We Use Frankincense and Myrrh in Our Skincare Products

We get kidded a lot when we tell folks we use frankincense and myrrh in several of our skincare ...

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Q&A: Eric Fisher of Inside Line Equipment

We are super excited to announce the collaboration with Inside Line Equipment (ILE). As we were looking for partners that could make a custom, high quality bag for our Bundle Kits, we found a lot of companies that make amazing products. We chose ILE because everything is handmade in Berkeley, California with USA-sourced materials, and designed with strength and simplicity in mind. Check out this interview with Eric Fisher, the founder and owner of ILE to get a sense of the passion, pride and quality he infuses into his bags.   Why do you make your product here in the USA? We focus on designing good products, and we like having control over the production, including the sourcing of the materials because it ensures that they are the best quality. We enjoy building relationships with our suppliers. This seems to work well for us on a small scale, and we are excited to grow with this commitment to quality and local production.   What are you most proud of as the founder and owner of Inside Line Equipment? I really take pride in making all our products in-house.  It makes prototyping and product development seamlessly transition into small-batch production. We are a small team and we all enjoy taking part in the R+D. Having everything under one roof – sewing, photography, shipping, wholesale and retail ensures efficiency, cohesiveness and pride in making good products.   As a small business, you must have had some hurdles. What have been some of your biggest challenges? Cash flow is the hardest part for any self-funded business. But having the freedom to make quick decisions and not having a bank on your shoulders keeps it fun. In the beginning, it was more difficult to source materials, but as we have networked and established good relationships with suppliers and textile mills, we are gaining access to some really cool fabrics, trims and high-quality materials.   What inspires the design of your products? Do they come from customer input, other industries or just making stuff you want to use? Most design influence comes from friends that use our products – sometimes it’s a direct suggestion, and sometimes it's as simple as seeing someone use their bag differently than what it was intended for.   You must put in brutal hours and mindshare as the owner, so what do you do to clear your head to stay fresh? Riding my bike in the morning or after work keeps my head clear. Another favorite is sitting down with a beer and a notebook, sketching designs and details that are bouncing around in my head.   We asked and you said “yes” to collaborate with us on a custom Dopp Kit. What was interesting to you about this project? I find dealing with other small business owners always informative. How they make decisions. How they project their brand. Where they invest their time and resources. It's fun to work for someone who appreciates quality and thoughtful design. It’s great that Life Elements makes their products in California, and helps people get outdoors and enjoy the wonderful place we live.    

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Q&A: Eric Fisher of Inside Line Equipment

We are super excited to announce the collaboration with Inside Line Equipment (ILE). As we were...

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Why We Love Rosemary: Health, Cooking & Landscaping Benefits

As a beekeeper, cook and skincare formulist, one of my favorite herbs is rosemary, due to its versatile properties. I think we’ve all used rosemary in a recipe or two at some point, but I came to love it even more after moving to California’s Central Coast. (Our office and warehouse is based in Atascadero). There is *so* much rosemary in our landscape. The entire entrance to our new home was surrounded by hedges of rosemary and lavender, as were the properties of our neighbors. When we asked our real estate agent why this was, he advised us that deer dislike both of these herbs, so they wouldn’t eat it.  Sure enough, they’ve pretty much mowed down everything else we’ve tried to grow, but rosemary and lavender continue to flourish. Who would have thought?! It wasn’t long thereafter I’d grab our sheers and start cutting both the rosemary and lavender to add their amazing herbaceous and floral scents to flower arrangements and recipes. Not only is rosemary a recognizable scent, it also has a beautiful purple flower that our bees love. It brings us such happiness to watch them buzzing around the rosemary hedge when it’s in full bloom – you can literally hear them singing with joy as they fill their pollen pockets after rolling around on the flower (the pollen adds a touch of rosemary flavor to the honey, which is so yummy). Aside from being bee food, a cooking staple and a landscape saver, rosemary also has a history of medicinal and skincare properties. It’s been said that rosemary offered protection from the bubonic plague. It’s also known to help oily skin without drying and clogging pores. This incredible herb also helps soothe muscle aches and pains. And it makes a great addition to an end-of-day cocktail – our favorite is this Pear Rosemary Cocktail.   We use rosemary in our Healing Honey Body Scrub for its delicious scent, antioxidant properties and as a natural preservative.  And, you can expect to see more of this versatile essential oil in our future products!

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Why We Love Rosemary: Health, Cooking & Landscaping Benefits

As a beekeeper, cook and skincare formulist, one of my favorite herbs is rosemary, due to its ve...

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