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Terpenes are found all over nature. Anything in your kitchen that can be smelled such as herbs and spices, those are terpenes. Things like mint, thyme and basil. More that 50,000 terpenes have been identified in nature. The purest form to visualize terpenes is tree resin, if you have some of the resin on your hands it is very sticky and thick and does not wash off with soap and water and this is pure terpenes! More than 60% of the natural compounds or chemicals that have been identified in nature are terpenes. They are everywhere! If you google terpenes the first hits you will see will be from sites such as Leafly, Weedmaps and even a picture of a terpene wheel. This is because google bases its results on popularity. This leads to a misconception that terpenes are only found in cannabis, which is simply not true.

A terpene is natures simplest molecule. Isoprene are the building blocks used to create different terpenes, kind of like the Lego of nature. An Isoprene is made of five carbons and it has two double bonds. Beginner chemist lesson, double bonds love to connect to one another. Isoprene bond together to make monoterpene which is two isoprene bonded together; sesquiterpene is three; diterpene is four and this chain can continue for ever and ever. When you get enough isoprene together eventually you will have rubber which is a cool little fun fact! Some common terpenes that are made up of two isoprene are myrcene, limonene and menthol and humulene is made up of three isoprene.  

There are only two terpenes that deserve special talk around cannabis. One is Beta-caryophyllene-epoxide, this is the terpene that drug hounds are trained to sniff out at airports or in police raids. The other is cannabis specific meaning it has not been found in any other plant and that is m-mentha-1,8(9)-dien-5-ol.  

Terpenes are responsible for a lot of activity in the world around us. Terpenes are responsible for the smells in our perfumes; taste in our beer; vitamin A. Even the weather is affected by terpenes. Over large forests terpenes are evaporated from the vegetation, those evaporated terpenes then show up in the rainwater! They also have many medicinal properties. The medicinal value of a terpene is not strong and prominent however they are able to stabilize certain health conditions when consumed on a regular basis. Terpenes help cannabinoids absorb into our bodies, penetrate our blood brain barrier and modify our liver metabolism. Beta-caryophyllene causes black pepper to have its spicy taste. It also binds to the CB2 receptor, so it has a cannabinoid like effect although it is a terpene.

Dr. Ethan Russo, a cannabis scientist wrote a paper about the use of cannabis in different parts of the world. He noticed that cannabis use was deemed risky or toxic because it had side effects. These same cultures used plants and medicines as antidotes. Common antidotes seem to be related to terpene content. In lemons you see limonene, this help ease anxious feelings. Myrcene is used to help sedate if the user gets hyper while using cannabis. Ironically the terpenes used as an antidote are often built into certain cannabis varieties. This is where you can use the plants terpene profile to select the right oil for your health needs.

It is worth it to know why terpenes derived from the cannabis plant are so valuable. When terpenes derived from botanicals are added to oils the genetic makeup of the plant is depleted. The entourage effect is better achieved when the genetic makeup of the plants natural profile is retained in the extracted oil. Capturing terpenes from cannabis means we are pulling the entire plant profile; this will help in achieving the full entourage effect and cannabis flavor. Cannabis derived terpenes are the top choice for consumers.

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Post Workout Routine to Include CBD

A post-workout routine is just as important as the workout itself. Workouts leave us with a multitude of sensations some of which include exhaustion, soreness and a sense of accomplishment. The stress we put our bodies under when we workout causes microscopic tears in our muscles. Tiny tears that trigger inflammation, causing our muscles to feel achy and fatigued. This stress on our bodies is healthy for us in the long run, when the damage heals it will be stronger than before. For most, a good post workout routine includes lots of sleep, hydration and eating proteins. All of which will aid in repairing our muscles tissue.

Cortisol is a hormone that regulates a variety of processes that naturally occur within our bodies. Processes that include metabolism regulation and immune response as well as enabling the body to properly respond to stress. However, in this response to stress, cortisol reduces protein synthesis and will prevent the growth of new tissue. It seems to prolong the length of recovery instead of aiding our bodies to health. It has been found that CBD decreased cortisol levels. Ingesting CBD oil post workout will disable the body’s natural release of cortisol which will allow protein synthesis and muscle regeneration.

“According to a 2018 review of 132 original studies published in Frontiers in Neurology, CBD can indeed reduce inflammation in the body and help improve pain and mobility in patients with multiple sclerosis. “It is anti-inflammatory, antioxidative, antiemetic, antipsychotic, and neuroprotective,” the review study’s authors wrote”

“When muscles rub against each other during workouts or training, a condition known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness triggered. From the tearing and swelling of the muscles continues, you feel fatigue and next is inflammation from the damaged mucles. When muscles are damaged, the inflmation moves blood to the area being benefical but on the other hand until inflammation is eased will healing begin, CBD hemp oil becomes helpful to reduce the inflammation”

This study also indicated sedative effects meaning the CBD will aid in a more natural state of rest. Rest is one of the most crucial elements for recovery. When your body is at rest you are unknowingly repairing tissues and growing muscles. Reaching the rapid eye movement cycle in sleep or REM cycle assures optimal conditions for muscle building and repair. Another study has shown that when CBD is consumed we experience REM sleep better than if it is not. Sleep is influenced by our 5HT Serotonin receptor. CBD has shown to improve the function of these receptors resulting in better sleep!

So what is the best delivery method for your fast recovery? Thats for your body to decide and you to learn what helps you best. We belive stirking the issue at hand from different angles could help you so consider multiple delivery methods such as topical applications and internal.

Have you ever considered adding CBD to your post workout routine? If yes, have you had positive trials that make you believe it has been a good choice for you? If No, what is holding you back? Skepticism is common to new users of cannabinoids and for valid reasons. Cannabinoids, CBD alike, is a rather new f and there is little science behind its validity. There have been several studies showing its benefits and a simple “Hey, have you tried CBD?” to a fellow gym buddy will lead you into interesting conversations if not a success story or two.

CBD has been know to cause adverse reactions when mixed with some prescription drugs. Make sure you are consulting with a doctor, physician or pharmacist when adding CBD to your regimen.

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Hype for CBD

Hemp has been used for centuries for its strong fibers as a fabric and hemp hearts have been used as protein, but the extracted oil from hemp, CBD, is a rather new adoption of the hemp plant.

Everywhere you look you see CBD in health supplements and beauty products, pet health and wellness products, even household cleaning supplies. There is a lot of curiosity around the CBD hype, but before you decide to implement a CBD regimen to your routine you need to make sure you are doing your homework on the products you are selecting. It is expensive and time consuming to improve your health, so when making a change it is imperative that you do your homework on the source of your CBD.

Once you have initiated exploring CBD you will be interested to learn more about our all-star hemp plant. Soil Friends Farms grows our hemp with the most loving hands along with the purest resources. We practice responsible farming on our family farm. We invite you to visit us during the coming season! CBD products and their benefits will speak for themselves when you choose an oil made from high quality hemp. Whether you are newbie or a long-time user of cannabis products a little research will go a long way. We want to make sure you get the most out of your CBD experience by educating you on how CBD can better your life. We wish you a happy, easy, healthy life and we here at MHS think we have a product that can help you with that. Knowing the source of your CBD oils products verifies that you are using high-quality oil from a trusted farm. Michigan Hemp Solutions is the source for your oil!

The chemical properties of CBD work in synch with the Endocannabinoid System within our bodies. As a recap hemp is part of the cannabis family and hemp contains phytocannabinoids. ‘Phyto’ means plant and ‘endo’ means within. The phytocannabinoids found in the hemp plant work with our bodies endocannabinoid system to achieve a state of homeostasis. You can read more into this topic in our blog on smokable hemp here. Our bodies ECS (Endocannabinoid System) is not quick to adapt to change so make sure that you are sticking with your new regiment for 30-60 days before deciding CBD isn’t for you or changing your dose or routine.

Consuming CBD for the first time does come with a learning curve. You want to be aware of the shift in your system and small and simple is a good way to start. Not knowing what to expect can be scary but easing your mind and body into a new CBD routine will make it an easy transition.  CBD oil is typically seen as safe but a quick google search about CBD horror stories will make it easy to see why knowing your CBD manufacturer is critically important. Michigan Hemp Solutions is dedicated to our clients trust and well-being. We make CO2 extracted oil using the highest quality hemp, making a high-quality product with a reputation for effectiveness.

Researchers are constantly studying opportunities for advancement and development. There are so many new findings around hemp and CBD along with many other plant compounds that are beneficial to our bodies. Keep up with our blog to stay up to date with the latest and greatest and to learn more about hemp and CBD.

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Finish Strong

On January 14th I went to a seminar held by the Michigan Agri-Business Association in Grand Rapids, Michigan called “Hemp, Marijuana and you…Oh My!” This seminar was several hours long, and we discussed important topics including the State of Michigan’s Industrial Hemp program. During a presentation made by Gina Alessandri farmers expressed a lot of concern around the problems that can occur when choosing to plant such a high-stake crop.

 Hemp has a natural association with risk for a multitude of reasons, but a lot of this risk can be eliminated with the help of a knowledgeable company like Michigan Hemp Solutions. We are here to help you have a successful year. We want to help you select the best genetics for your land, help you raise your crop and assist you after harvest by offering processing services.

Your success starts with the genetics you choose to plant. Trilogene Seeds is composed of a team with award-wining breeders, cultivators and growers. They have perfected genetics that have over 99% germination rates as well as 99% feminized seeds. The female hemp flower is sought out because all the medical value is housed there. Michigan Hemp Solutions will assist you in selecting the right genetic for you. As a certified Trilogene Seed consultant we have the team to help you make the best choice for you and your land.   

The next key to success for your hemp crop lays in using biostimulants to get a better yield.  The rhizosphere plays a key role in the development of the plant due to a relationship between the root and micro-organisms that surround the root. Adding biostimulants to your soil will enhance this network and aid hemp roots in obtaining the needed nutrients from the surrounding land. Think of biostimulants as a multivitamin for your plants. Biostimulants increase the manufacturing of different compounds that protect the crop from stress and disease resulting in healthier vegetation which leads to a better photosynthesis process. Using biostimulants will allow you to use a natural and chemical-free method of strengthening vegetation and aiding recovery in stressful situations as well as being regenerating once poor soils, into healthy lively soils filled with nutritional value.

A good genetic, help with the correct nutrients and with a little bit of luck in the form of good weather you will have a successful harvest. But what do you do after you harvest the crop you spent all summer raising? Drying and storing hemp in the right conditions is crucial and Michigan Hemp Solutions has the facilities available to offer our farmers a stress-free solution. We offer services that turn hemp into pellets by way of hammermilling the crop and encasing it into a hard shell. This aids in the preservation of CBD and makes transporting and extraction simple. We also offer the service of processing your harvest into high-quality CO2 Extracted oil. You can read our article about that here.

After you put in your investment and work all season long doing everything you could to win, we are here to help you finish strong by handling your crop with our experience like it’s our own.

Contact us today, schedule your consultation on a first come first serve basis. Send us a message via the contact page or send emails to – We look forward to hearing from you!

Looking forward to following up with you all after the @ihempmichigan expo! Our turn-key services providing farmers with seeds, plants, nutrients & biostimulants through processing will put some top-notch extracts in the market for 2020