Mother Nature’s Medicine Cabinet
It's our commitment is to bring you the best of mother nature’s medical miracles and that's why we are proud to offer the premium hemp flower brand, Badass Bandit. After all, sages have relied on mother nature's medicine cabinet since the dawn of time.
Over the eons, people discovered plants or parts of them could be beneficial. Leaves or flowers might have fallen in a pot of hot water. It smelled good so they tasted it. It tasted good so they drank it. It was a slow careful testing process that mothers taught daughters. Herbal lore.
Every generation added to the lore. They knew what each plant was best for. Some had many uses. Others were more specialized. Fast-forward to today and the process has become a science. We want to know what something does, proof, and how it works.
Every plant has a built-in system to help it THRIVE. Some are prickly so animals won’t eat them. Others, like holly berries, are toxic so they survive. When we use plants, we take advantage of the PLANT'S OWN PROTECTIVE IMMUNE SYSTEM to help ourselves.
Our focus is Wellness
Our focus at M3 Life Sciences is on safe, effective wellness formulas. We especially love those inspired by hemp. Every day researchers around the globe are sharing discoveries and new possibilities for this amazing herb. Hemp and its derivative products have been removed from the list of controlled substances in many jurisdictions, including federally in the U.S.A.
On the USDA government website, Dr. Duke’s Phytochemical DataBase, you can look up any plant and dive deep. What does it contain and what is the impact of those components?
HEMP CONTAINS 253 CHEMICAL COMPOUNDS. Many of these, like ascorbic acid, alanine, alpha-bisabolol, and beta bisabolol, all TERPENES, are found in many commonly used plants. They have a host of recognized health benefits.
Most of us are familiar with cannabidiol (CBD). We may have heard about it from someone we know. It might have helped them feel better, beat stress, pain, or get more sleep. To understand how it works, we look inside our bodies.
Scientists already knew we had receptors attached to the cell membranes of every cell in our body. It’s an auto-pilot set of systems that keeps us alive. Our circulatory system pumps. The digestive system processes food. Sensory receptors warn us of dangers. The immune system keeps us healthy.
In hemp, plant scientists found over 100 compounds called Cannabinoids. The term cannabinoid gets its name from the cannabis plant scientists were researching.
Then scientists discovered a new receptor system in the body. They named it the EndoCannabinoid System, (endo means internal or within). ECS for short. The same ECS system is found in the brain, organs, tissues, glands, and immune system of most mammals.
Scientists believe ECS receptors to be more numerous than those in any other system. These receptors recognize and put cannabinoids to use. They help our body re-balance and self-heal. Every cell goes through a process of self-replacement, a reproductive cycle. During cell reproduction, scientists noticed the cannabinoids protected healthy cells.
During cell reproduction, there are natural check points to eliminate imperfect cells and assure survival. If the reproductive cycle can’t repair the imperfect, unhealthy, or diseased cells it triggers them to self-destruct. The process is called apoptosis or programmed cell death. It’s a naturally occurring part of every system in our body including ECS.
When the process successfully destroys imperfect cells, the body’s balance, called homeostasis, is restored. The body stays healthy.
The ECS was discovered in 1992. Research is young and ongoing globally at an amazing rate. The wealth of information out there is impressive. Hopes are high, as are the indications from many studies, for a host of new medical and non-medical uses.
So far, researchers have identified two types of endocannabinoid receptors. CB1 is found primarily in our nervous system, connective tissues, glands, and organs. CB2 is in the immune system. Sometimes both are present in the same tissue, each linked to a different action.
“Studies have already shown that CBG reacts with both CB1 and CB2 receptors without any intoxication.
This resolves a major issue for those who need the
CB-1 receptors activated but cannot either
tolerate THC or are subject to drug testing.”
- Kyle T. Kietrys, President, M3 Life Sciences.
Our bodies make some endocannabinoids to trigger receptor action, commonly known as anandamide (AEA) and 2-arachidonoylglycerol (2-AG). They are short-lived in their activity and only work in a very localized area.
Researchers called the cannabinoids from plants that stimulate our receptors, PHYTO-cannabinoids.
The most famous of these is THC. THC is best known for its “high” or intoxicating psychoactive properties.
Many cannabinoids can trigger MOOD CHANGES which indicate they are also somewhat psychoactive. However, they DO NOT have any intoxication effect. You might feel CALMER, but no judgment or mental alertness is impacted.
Our other cannabinoids include Cannabidiol (CBD), Cannabinol (CBN), and most recently, and getting a lot of attention, Cannabigerol (CBG).
Researchers approached cannabis using the classic western medicine approach. They didn’t use the WHOLE plant. They made synthetic versions using a single cannabinoid that should target the problem. However, in testing they found plant cannabinoids worked better. They discovered the single synthetic cannabinoid didn’t have the same results or effectiveness as the blends found in herbal cannabis.
The negative reputation of THC associates with its intoxication or mental impairment. Normal activities like work or driving may be affected. It can also leave the user with brain fog the next morning.
Hemp has lower levels of THC than the marijuana plant. Growers bred strains to reduce the level of THC even more. Today hemp must be 0.3% THC or less, so there is no mental high.
Many consumers continue to turn to hemp CBD based products for the positive outcome of the cannabidiol without any high. Yet there can still be a risk of THC buildup in the body. This triggered more research. CBG caught some growers' interest. All hemp has CBG in it, but the levels are typically very low.
CBG is abundant in young hemp plants. It is similar to a stem cell, a mother cell that triggers the plant’s growth. In plants it’s called a progenitor molecule. All three lines of cannabinoids emerge from it, CBD, THC and CBC. Studies showed that as a PRECURSER, it doesn’t contain THC.
Research breeders discovered a young plant that tested high in CBG, often had much lower levels when it was mature. CBG levels reduce as portions of it convert into CBD, THC, and other components.
One of those researching breeders took a scientific approach. From his farm in Switzerland, he studied thousands of different strains and cannabinoids. Based on early trials he focused on creating a high CBG strain. The result? A variety that is garnering attention across Europe.
In the rugged Swiss Alps, at HIGH ELEVATION, the goal of high CBG, and terpenes, with minimal THC became a reality. His Matterhorn CBG became a registered strain of hemp high in CBG.
Farms are high in the Colorado Mountains, with pristine soil, are perfect for growing Matterhorn CBG.
CBG is unique
One thing many consumers aren’t aware of is every strain of hemp is different. The plants may look alike. Their chemical makeup is very different. Like mint, rosemary, or lavender, the herb’s best use varies with variety.
CBD strains proved themselves effective for many uses. CBG, terpene-rich strains, appear to offer even more. Consumers who want to cut out the THC can get that with our CBG hemp.
Our CBG is rich in essential nutrients including omega 3, protein, and fiber. Our Matterhorn CBG is vigorous and potent with the highest levels of CBG available. There is no detectable THC, which is a great thing for retailers concerned about THC levels in hemp products.
While there is much less research on CBG available, it is the precursor or mother of CBD. We know that all the benefits of CBD had to come from this original form.
We have already seen CBG excel in STRESS as an ANXIETY management tool. A bonus among the other common CBD benefits. Research is rampant and hinting at much more on the horizon.
Some findings point to its potential for a variety of medicinal uses and disease-fighting possibilities. Among these include the possibility of its use as a “SUPER-BUG FIGHTER”. They don’t have all the answers yet, however teh interest is high and a window has opened for more studies.
Consumers should be choosy about the quality of the hemp products they buy. Hemp is a hyper-accumulator meaning it tries to detoxify what it comes in contact with. This includes the ground it is grown in. If there are contaminants in the soil or water used...hemp will absorb them.
We hand select our hemp from small Artisan Farmers who use organic practices. Most is grown high on the Western slope of the Rocky Mountains, which assures the most perfect natural environment for growing hemp. They test the ground, the water, and the plants at each stage of development.
The testing and certification process is critical. It assures the highest quality products.
The higher the quality of the hemp, the more benefits and potential solutions it offers.
Try some of our CBG products and see for yourself.
References in addition to those provided:
Dr. Duke’s Phytobotanical Database: https://phytochem.nal.usda.gov/phytochem/search/list
National Institutes of Health: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6770351/