Charlotte’s Web Botanicals (CW) is a revolutionary company working with the high Cannabidiol (CBD) cannabis strains. Founded by the Stanley Brothers in 2011, CW Botanicals produces products for a variety of general wellness needs. They extract cbd oil from world-renowned genetics grown internationally as well as Colorado. CW controls everything from seed to package to ensure they have met the highest standards in quality and purity. All the proprietary hemp genetics used are naturally rich in terpenes. Terpenes are unsaturated hydrocarbons found in essential oils, and citrus. They basically are the flavor. This gives their products an advantage over other CBD products that can be found.Lets start at the beginning, the Stanley Brothers originally cross bread a marijuana strain with an industrial hemp plant in 2011, thus creating a strain that was very high in CBD and low in Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), consisting of .3% THC and 17% CBD, according to recent tests. The strain was originally nicknamed “the Hippie’s Disappointment” due to the fact that it doesn’t get you “stoned”. But this strain isn’t here to please the “Hippies”, it has outstanding medical uses.
The Stanley Brothers, from left to right, Jon Stanley, Jared Stanley, Joel Stanley, Jesse Stanley, and Jordan Stanley Photo by Matt Nager
Charlotte’s Web was named after Charlotte Figi, born October 18, 2006. This young girl was born with Dravet syndrome and she suffers from epileptic seizures. Constantly, breaking into terrible seizures, her parents went on a search for a solution to end their babies suffering and give her a somewhat normal life. She started using cannabis as a medication for her disorder when she was only five years old. In 2013 Charlotte was featured in the CNN documentary “Weed”, Hosted by American neurosurgeon and media reporter Sanjay Gupta, showing the world how cbd has improved her seizures tremendously. Her parents and physicians stated that we saw improvement after the first dose of marijuana. Charlotte’s mother, Paige Figi, was a guest on “The Doctors Tv Show” where she told her daughters story. Paige was also featured in Gupta’s 2014 documentary “Weed 2: cannabis madness”. Gupta had also shown his support for Charlotte’s Web on “the Doctors Tv Show”. After all this publicity there became a high demand for high CBD strains to be used for epileptic, and many other, disorders.Because of its high CBD percentage, and extremely low THC percentage, Charlotte’s Web Oil is legally sold for medical uses across the country.With all things aside though, I believe Charlotte’s Web is very beneficial for the medical industry. CBD not only helps with epileptic seizures, but many other diseases and disorders like HIV/AIDS, Cancer, and Chronic Pain Disorder. The Stanley Brothers are even trying to gain funds for research to show that CBD can help athletes. When playing sports you tend to get hit a lot, sometimes in the head. Concussions can cause depression, memory loss, and dementia. They say that CBD can help athletes with this problem. CW is holding a fundraiser to raise funds for this research, all the proceeds will be donated to John Hopkins University.Lets talk a little bit about how CBD can be used. There are many different choices for the many different people in this world that need it. You can ingest it in food, or in capsules. Doing this, in my opinion, is very beneficial for people who can’t handle, or don’t enjoy the smoke. Other ways people gain the benefits of CBD is in lotions and tinctures. These are applied directly to the skin, where ever you feel pain, and it absorbs through your pores to your blood stream. Finally, you can also smoke CBD oil. You can smoke the flower, that has high CBD, in a joint or bowl. Other methods of smoking it would be dabbing the CBD oil on a heating element, which will vaporize the oil producing CBD vapor to smoke. You feel the effects almost instantly, and it isn’t a high, more like a relaxant. All pain, or uncomfortable feelings are released.Now extracting the CBD from the plant is a real simple, but dangerous, process and should only be attempted by professionals. When performed correctly, using a solvent to run through the high CBD flower, like propane, butane, CO2 or in some cases, H2O or solventless, you will get a greasie, oily product that is pure CBD and other cannabinoids. This is the most potent form. No plant matter or solvent is left in the final product. This process gets you concentrated CBD that can be vaporized and smoked, or decarboxylate it, which activates the cannabinoids in it, and put it into capsules, or cooked into food or lotions.Furthermore, CW Botanicals, in my opinion, is a well-respected company that is very beneficial to the medical community. Their products are very well tested and are made from top quality product, and they are helping many people with disorders tremendously. Medical Cannabis is the future of medicine and I support and donate to its research as much as I can. The strain that the Stanley Brothers breaded was the first strain to be legal for medical use in epileptic cases in the state of Florida. Considering Florida has one of the strictest drug laws in the country, that is definitely a major breakthrough in my book.