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I don't know about you, but I hear a lot about CBD. It is a product that has grown in great popularity. There are so many different options. I don't really always know where to start. And as a family caregiver, I know that there are benefits for my older adults in my life and I want to know what those are and how I can be helpful. And I just don't always know where to start. Today, we have the privilege of being able to speak with Nancy Solie, founder of Purelee Farms. She runs a full spectrum CBD pure farm that brings whole plant products to the consumer. They are crafted in small batches with really fine ingredients. They have extensive third party testing and organic practices. They are the perfect people to be able to share with us a little bit more about what is CBD, how it can be helpful, what are some of those benefits? What time of day do I take it? Do I take it every day? What should I look for when I'm purchasing a product? And now we get the chance to find out what all of those answers are and be rest assured that we do really want to implement CBD into our life.
And of course, we should note we are not medical professionals. Please consult your physician before using CBD. Thank you. And here is Nancy. Hi, Nancy. Thank you so much for joining me in a really important conversation. All of the caregivers. There are so many questions. I'm in caregiver groups and talking with family, and there's such a need to know in general, what is CBD, how does it benefit our lives? And I'm so thankful you can share your information with us today. Welcome.
Nancy: Thank you. Thank you for having us, Nicole.
Nicole: You have a really cool story about PureLee Farms and how you came to this place of creating your products. Tell us how you got started, what is your farm like and all of that great information.
Nancy: So my parents both grew up in Wisconsin. They both grew up on farms. And after they got married, they bought their own farm together. My dad went into pharmacy school and became a pharmacist and was the Assistant Director of Pharmacy at the Mayo Clinic. So my dad was always really passionate about farming, passionate about medicine, just overall health and wellbeing. And throughout the years, he dedicated his life both to pharmacy and to farming. And after he retired from both, my brother took over the farm and really just continued on my dad's legacy of combining medicine and farming. He spent a long time just really caring for the fields and the farmland that my dad worked so hard on all his life. He kind of sat and pondered, what do I want to grow on this beautiful, beautiful farm? He thought long and hard about the legacy my father had built, and he stumbled on hemp. And hemp, as you know, is a medicinal plant. And that is where the hemp started in our family.
So it started on this multi generational family farm that we own and really grew into this beautiful crop. My brother worked really hard on nurturing the land. My dad taught us to be very good stewards of the land and take care of what was given to us, what we worked for, what we were passionate about, and farming with that. And so my brother spent a long time really caring for the land and the soil and getting it as rich and healthy as possible because he knew he wanted to plant hemp and have it be a medicinal property that people could use to better their health. So the USDA actually caught wind of all of these different conservation practices my brother was doing in responsible farming and really focusing on the organic land.
So the USDA did a story of my brother and they came out and were so impressed with his conservation efforts. So at the time that this article came out with my brother's hemp farm, CBD was just kind of starting to take hold and people were really getting curious about it. There were people trying to kind of dig up hemp wherever they could find it, not really knowing any of the backstory of maybe exactly where it came, how it was harvested, how it was cared for, how it was planted. And they saw this article on my brother that he really was this clean, good steward hemp farmer. And so he had a lot of people coming directly to his farm to purchase the hemp that was in his field. He kind of thought long and hard and thought there must be something extra special about this hemp that he had. And he was right. There wasn't a lot of land that had clean, pure hemp that people were craving and people were wanting. So he reached out to our family and said, hey, let's do this together. This was the passion of our dad, targeting medicine, targeting health, and let's do this as a family. And so that's really where the idea for our family to make products from my brother's hemp crop came from. And it's the Lee family farm. We're really proud of the purity, the cleanness, the integrity of the hemp that we've produced. So that's kind of how PureLee Farms came to be.
Nicole: It's such a testament to the purity and which I thought was such an important part of your farm was you are surrounded also by organic farmers which holds weight and gives your product even more of that purity and validity.
Nancy: You're absolutely right. We are blessed to be surrounded by other farmers that care for their land equally as well. Our next door neighbor is an organic grape farmer. And oftentimes you'll hear of something called drift, which is when there's a neighboring farm that uses heavy chemicals and the elements of nature just drifts right onto your clean land. So we feel really fortunate that our farm is surrounded by other organic farmers that are also utilizing organic practices.
Nicole: And you take such care in your product, you have it hand picked, is that correct?
Nancy: Yes. We actually have a greenhouse that we raise all of our little seeds into seedlings and then we take those and we hand plant every plant on our farm. We're really proud of that. It is painstaking, but it is worth it. So then once the plant is fully mature, we also hand harvest. So we go out by hand into the fields and hand harvest every plant. And that involves taking the best part of the plant, which includes the flowers off of the stock of the hemp plant. And we take those flowers and we hand hang them to dry naturally in our barns on the farm. So each plant is hand harvested and hung to cure, to cure naturally in the open air in the barns on our property.
Nicole: So why is that important? How does that keep the purity?
Nancy: So because we hang every plant to naturally cure, it helps retain the CBD content and all of the different cannabinoids that are so important in the hemp plant, they all stay and cure really to the best of their ability. There are other farmers who go in with a combine and take the entire plant, including the stocks, and then they put them into these big commercial dryers to dry their plants that way. And that really diminishes the CBD content and the different cannabinoids within that plant when they're dried so drastically and harshly, as opposed to taking the time to hand harvest, take off all the flowers, hang them, have the plants cured naturally, and that CBD content maintained. So after our plants are cured, it's time to take them to the extractor. And we really looked long and hard, did a lot of research, interviewed a lot of different extractors, and really landed on the ones that really fit well with our values and our small batch philosophy of really hand caring for hemp and really to get the best products. So we landed on this wonderful extractor, which is a GMP certified, which is very important, an organic certified and a biodynamic facility. So they have the utmost cleanliness and highest standards for oil extraction from a hemp plant, which is extremely important. And because of their high quality practices, we knew that our high quality hemp would be extracted in a way that kept that integrity. It stayed true to our PureLee Farms name and beliefs. So it's really important to us to maintain the integrity of the hemp plants. And that's why we do the hand planting and the hand harvesting and allowing it to naturally cure so the integrity of the plant maintains the CBD content and is preserved. And because of our overall farming practices, with the responsible and sustainable methods that we have, we really do have a pure product. And that's why ultimately we decided to land on our company name, which is PureLee Farms. Lee is our family name and the Lee family farm, and the purpose of our product we are so proud of. So that's how we landed on PureLee Farms.
Nicole: So your product really is a testament to your family's legacy. And we're so happy that you're here and can share with us all about CBD today.
Nancy: Thank you so much. We're really excited for people to learn about the benefits and how their life can benefit from using CBD, a high quality product, CBD.
Nicole: That is why I felt so strongly about having you share your story, because I knew there was so much integrity with the product, and I felt really comfortable being able to then share that with our listeners and with our older adults. That is so important. We'll start setting the stage first because I think sometimes we still have questions about what is even CBD. How is it different from THC? So we're going to start, we're kind of setting the stage. We'll start there and explain. We'll have you have your expertise and kind of walk us through some of the different questions. So first of all, what is CBD?
Nancy: Sure. CBD is a compound that comes directly from the hemp plant. And a lot of people seem to confuse CBD with THC, which makes so much sense because it comes from the same cannabis plant. Hemp has less than 0.3% THC, and the marijuana plant has more than 0.3% THC.
So when we're talking about CBD, CBD oil comes from the cannabis plant, but it has a very low level of THC, which is 0.3%.
Nicole: You explained that perfectly. I actually never really had that distilled down for me before, so thank you. That is so helpful. So there are a lot of terminologies around when we're talking about CBD, and one of those is what are cannabinoids? Yeah, cannabinoids.
Nancy Exactly. So cannabinoids is a compound that comes from the hemp plant. So there's over 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant, and two of the most well known cannabinoids are CBD and THC. So cannabinoids are naturally occurring in the cannabis plant. They have so many medical benefits for people. So when you say what are cannabinoids? They are compounds in the cannabis plant, and two of the most well known are CBD and THC.
Nicole: Do people use any of the other cannabinoids?
Nancy: Yeah, you'll hear CBN, you'll hear CBG. There's a lot of different cannabinoids. Obviously research is being done every day on different cannabinoids. The two most widely studied right now are CBD and THC. But yes, there are, like I said, over 100 different cannabinoids. And it really does depend on the strain of the cannabis plant. Some are higher in CBD, some are higher in THC. They're just different strains that have different compounds. But there's so many different compounds in each cannabis plant.
Nicole: There's always been different thoughts around THC or marijuana and its properties and lots of misconceptions. Some questions that people have are, “Does this get you high?” And you can't see my air quotes on audio, but will you get high from using CBD?
Nancy: The short answer is no, you will not. There is not enough THC in our CBD to cause the hallucinogenic effect of THC. So no, you will not get high. We can alleviate that concern for people. That high concentration property does not exist in our CBD.
Nicole: So in various caregiver groups, we had talked about this a little bit before. A lot of families have found CBD to be really helpful for their loved ones. There's a lot of discussion with each other about how they are utilizing it, how it's helping them. They're implementing it to help with pain, anxiety, sundowning, which is a part of the dementia process, sleep, what have you found? Has there been any research to substantiate any of these findings that it's beneficial? And what has your experience been when working with older adults and CBD? I know that was kind of two questions, but kind of combining those, how has that been helpful? How can it be helpful?
Nancy: There's a lot of time and a lot of money that people are spending researching CBD because it's everywhere. You're seeing it on shelves, you're seeing it online. So people are curious and people are interested in learning about CBD. So there are a lot of different studies that are being done just to kind of help people navigate CBD use. Consumer Reports just did a large study. They did a nationally representative study of 4000 people and they found that 26% of Americans have tried CBD in the last 24 months. And three quarters of them found CBD to be beneficial for exactly what you were talking about, anxiety, stress, acute pain, inflammation, just kind of all of those varying issues. There is a lot of research being done. There's still a lot more research to be had.
The research that has been shown thus far has shown that it has significant benefits.
It is. And I think that as a culture society, it is becoming much more widely used. There will, like you said, a lot more research has been done. It's happening. There's a lot more awareness.
Nicole: People are wanting to try to use different methods that are not pharmaceutical based. And how do you incorporate something in your life that can give you some benefit while still learning and having more of that holistic approach?
Nancy: Absolutely. And I think that is what's really important for people to understand. CBD comes from a plant. It really is just from a plant. It's not a prescription medication. You don't need a prescription to take it. For people who are really looking for more of a natural way to alleviate stress and anxiety to help with sleep, it really is a wonderful option.
Nicole: You just talked about, you were kind of referencing what some of those benefits are if you could lay out. Okay. If I'm curious about trying CBD, what are some of those benefits?
Nancy: I would say CBD for the most part. I think it's most widely used for stress, anxiety, pain, inflammation, sleep. I would say those are the majority of what users are seeking out CBD for.
And it probably is the most well researched areas with CBD.
Yeah. So inflammation really is at the root of a lot of varying illnesses and issues that people are having. And by targeting inflammation, it really does seem to mitigate a lot of those other issues that people are having.
Combating the inflammation seems to help combat the anxiety and the stress and the pain and the swelling.
Yeah. Lack of sleep and everything that happens, it does really affect all parts of our system.
Nicole: When you're talking about all of the ways that CBD works in our body, what is the endocannabinoid system? Does that play a role in how our body works with CBD? Can you explain how that shows up?
Nancy: Yeah, definitely. Our body has an amazing system called the endocannabinoid system, and that is really the basis of the endocannabinoid system. It just helps regulate pretty much everything in our body and its ability to function. It is a very vital system.
So the endocannabinoid system, it regulates our balance, sleep, mood, appetite, inflammation, immunity, memory, blood pressure, bone density, glucose, metabolism. The list goes on and on. And it also really helps determine how we experience pain, stress, hunger. So truly, it's your body's ability to maintain an overall homeostasis, which is just balance within your body and all of the different vital organs.
So everything our mood, happiness, fear, anxiety, everything seems to be regulated by this endocannabinoid system. And because of that, cannabinoids are so important. And I think what people don't realize is your body actually makes its own cannabinoids. And as we age, our ability to make cannabinoids decreases. There's various reasons for that. So that's why a cannabinoid such as CBD is so helpful, because it's like a supplement for your endocannabinoid system to help maintain the regularity of the homeostasis happening within our bodies.
Nicole: That's an interesting way to look at it because we take supplements everyday to improve our health when we have an imbalance.
Nancy: Right. So we're in Minnesota, it's not super sunny in the winter. Our vitamin D levels go down. We need to then consume that vitamin D to get our body at a place of balance. And if we can look at CBD, and the endocannabinoid system in that way is that we have that system that needs to be regulated, and we, as we age, need to supplement that. So we're in balance.
You're exactly correct. So just to branch on that, there are two types of cannabinoids and endocannabinoids. Are the cannabisids that our body makes naturally, and cannabinoids are the ones that are derived from cannabis, and they're both cannabinoids.
One your body makes. And when you supplement from a plant.
Exactly. I'm learning so much. That's what is so interesting. That's why CBD really is such a natural remedy. It is something that your body recognizes. Use CBD. Your body is able to recognize it like, oh, here's a cannabinoid. My body likes cannabinoids. My body uses cannabinoids. My body needs cannabinoids. And your body responds to that. Why it has been so helpful and beneficial for so many people and why it truly works. Because it works.
Yeah. And I think that is where this movement is going is because there's been so much benefit, and people have found relief and help, and it works for their bodies. And we're seeing that. And you can tell because look your’re meeting a need because people have it and they're seeing benefit from that.
Nancy: Definitely. And when you mention sundowners. So my father had Alzheimer's, and I just really wish CBD was readily available. It wasn't even on the market. It wasn't something people were really talking about. So we were not familiar that there was even something that could potentially help him. And with sundowners, as you and your audience know, it's terrible. It's sad. It's scary for our loved ones. And just as soon as that sun went down, my dad's anxiety would just skyrocket. And we were finding ourselves just using soothing voices and keeping the lights on and just really trying to maintain his environment. So it wasn't such a noticeable difference for him to truly feel. If we had something like CBD just to help take his anxiety down so he could be comfortable, he could have some peace and really help combat that Sun Downers, it just really would have been beneficial.
Nicole: You really have that personal connection. While CBD isn't the end all be all, but it's another tool in our toolbox that we can pull from and use to help make those transitions a little bit easier for our older adults, but also the family members to know that there are some resources that they can use to help when they're in a situation because it can feel really overwhelming sometimes and a little bit hopeless. But knowing that, you know what, let's try this. Let's see if we can create a little bit of balance when everything else feels so out of balance sometimes.
Nancy: You're absolutely right. Absolutely. And that's why I really do encourage people, if they're curious about CBD and about using it for their loved ones to try it and not be afraid of it, to really delve into the education and trying to understand how it could help.
And that's what is so great about today, because we get to learn and when we know more, we can do more and do better. It's the unknown. And there has historically been stigmas.
Nicole: Right. CBD is legal and you will not get high. Is there any other tips you could get people to take away to give them that peace of mind?
Nancy: Yeah. I think that's really important for people to understand that it is a legal substance. The 2018 Farm bill made CBD legal. Again, it can't contain more than 0.3% THC. But if you're below that level, CBD is legal. So I think when people are trying to understand CBD, just to understand that it is not an illegal substance, that anybody can use it and not be afraid that they're going to be in trouble by purchasing it. And there's definitely not the intoxicating effect as in THC, they're not going to get high. It has totally different properties and totally different effects. So I think once people understand that, A, it's not illegal and B, they're not going to get high from it, more willing to use it and see the benefits that CBD can provide.
Nicole: And we'll talk about this in the future about what we look for when we are going to be purchasing that. But first, I want to talk about, so we have now learned what CBD is and how it's beneficial. I think a lot of times there's questions about the different types of ways to consume CBD.
Right. We can ingest it. There's gummies, we can have the oils.
Nicole: And so looking at the different types, if you could share with us what are the different forms that CBD comes in.
Nancy: Thank you. So CBD does come in a lot of different forms right now. Just so your audience knows, it is illegal in most States for CBD to be put in food and beverage. When we say CBD is legal, it is other than if it is in food and beverage. CBD in a tincture form, CBD in a soft gel form, gummies, candies, that type of thing all falls along the lines of being legal. That's what we at PureLee Farms, our portfolio of CBD products are all legal. We have tinctures, soft gels, gummies and hard candies. And to your point, there's a lot of different ways to incorporate CBD in your daily routine. There's a tincture form, soft gels, gummies, hard candies, and all of these are taken and ingested just a little bit differently. With the tincture, you would take a tincture and hold it under your tongue. And the best way for a tincture to be absorbed is under the tongue with the blood vessels and the absorption that way. That's what research has shown is the best versus just swallowing it straight away without holding under your tongue. So that's important for people to know if they are going to use a tincture to hold it under their tongue for about 30 seconds prior to swallowing. And then there's CBD in a soft gel. And that people really do like the soft gel because it has this accurate dosing at all times. With the tincture, you have a lot of flexibility with how much CBD you take. You could take one drop, two drops, six drops, 20 drops. In every tincture bottle, there's about 600 drops. And in every tincture pipette, there's about 20 drops. So you can kind of dose yourself with the tincture. And with the soft gel, it's just kind of a one dose. Some soft gels have ten milligrams. Some soft gels have 20 milligrams and up from there. And then in the gummy form, every gummy kind of has a different milligram of CBD. And again with gummies, you could section them, you could quarter them just to kind of get your own kind of dosage that you're comfortable with. And same thing with candies. So really, if you kind of want to microdose, a tincture is really easy for that. You want to do a constant dose, and you don't want to alternate dosage throughout the day. A soft gel is your best bet. A tincture is really good for more acute pain, acute anxiety. A tincture takes, I would say, about 15 to 30 minutes for it to take effect and can last up to 4 to 6 hours. If you use a soft gel, it goes through your digestive tract, so it kind of digests slower. The longer effect. So it might take 30 to 60 minutes for your body to start to absorb it. But effects could last longer, like between five and 12 hours. So a lot of people are using the soft gels at night because it helps you fall asleep, just kind of relax a little bit. And it does help you stay asleep because it is a more long acting form of CBD.
Nicole: That's so helpful to know how the different forms of CBD then can be used and work in our body. One question I see come up a lot is, how much do I take? What time of day should I take it? Does it matter? Should I take it every day? Is there a general rule of thumb? Is that different for everybody? What advice do you have about dosage?
Nancy: So there is a general rule of thumb among CBD, and it's start low and go slow. And that is the best advice that we could give is to start with about ten milligrams seems to be a good starting place for people and working up from there and really just experimenting and seeing what works for their body to get the desired effect that they are looking for. Consistency is key. It does take a while for CBD to build up in your body and in your system. So using it every day is very important. Everybody will really be able to determine what amount seems to work best for them. And I believe the tincture really is the best way to do that because you can microdose and kind of self regulate how much seems to be working. If you need a little more, a little less. But starting with about ten milligrams to start with seems to be a good starting point and moving up from there. But yeah, to start low and go slow, stay consistent and really just recognize the changes that you're feeling. Maybe keep a journal just to see this time of day when I take it, this is the effect that I have versus if I take it in the morning, if I take it in the evening, just kind of the different ways you're seeing the benefit. A lot of people when they take it in the evening, they're taking it for sleep. And it seems like when you're taking it in the morning, CBD is really wonderful in that it has this calming agent to it. When you take it, it kind of calms you, helps you focus, almost helps you feel more energized at times because you are able to just kind of settle and focus a little bit better. And even in the evening, just kind of that focus, settled feeling can help you relax. In the morning It does seem to kind of help you get your energy level going by focusing and being more mindful of what your plan is for the day. And in the evening, just helping you settle down for the night. It's like it meets you where you're at, right? Definitely gives you what you need for the day and gives you what you need at night for sleep. So it just really helps during the day for those episodic moments of stress and anxiety and feeling overwhelmed. Your body starts to get a little bit more sore a little bit. You start feeling things a little bit more. You're feeling a little more on edge. So using that tincture throughout the day for those episodic moments is really helpful, especially since a lot of us are feeling a little more stressed out these days, trying to get through the day. Some of us have kids learning at home or just managing. I mean, my husband been has home now for how many months? We're sharing an office and there's more stress, good days, bad days, all of it, right?
Nicole: Definitely. Let's say someone hasn't ever tried CBD before. Do you have the perfect place for them to start or something you recommend? Okay, let's start here and try this and we'll go from there. What is your recommendation for that? Somebody is new to CBD.
Nancy: I would definitely recommend a tincture. A tincture gives you the control to start as low as you want, to start where you want and to start at the time of day that you feel it would be the most beneficial. A tincture really does give the user the most contro.
Nicole: Is there a difference between what dose you should take as an older adult versus what dose you should take as a younger person?
Nancy: Everyone would benefit from starting at the same low dose, no matter if they're young, taking it for migraines, if they're older, taking it for arthritis, if they're a mom, taking it for anxiety and stress, really, everybody would benefit from starting in the same place, just starting a low dose and going up from there.
Nicole: It's that universal rule that you talked about of maybe not a rule, but go low, start low and slow.
So if everyone can remember that, definitely. It's a great rule of thumb.
Nicole: When our older adults and families are looking at purchasing CBD, they're ready to incorporate this into their life. Where should they start? How do they know that the product that they're buying is of high quality and what should they be looking for when they want to purchase that?
Nancy: That's a great question because there are so many different brands out there and you really don't know exactly what type of CBD you're getting, which means you don't know where your CBD is coming from. So the most important thing we can say is only buy from a company that shows you their certificate of analysis, which is called COA. The COA’s should not be hard to find. They should be readily available on any reputable CBD companies website. If you can't find a COA, you should not be purchasing their product. The COA, again the certificate of analysis, shows you how much CBD is in their product. It shows how much THC is in their product. It should not be more than 0.3% or it's not legal for them to be selling it. And it also may show if there's any heavy metals, pesticides, anything like that, that you are not wanting to be ingesting into your body. So that is the most important thing. If you are looking as a first time CBD buyer, look for the COAs. And again, they should not be hard to find. They should be absolutely on their website without any difficulty to search for.
Nicole: That really can help people distinguish between a high quality product and those that are potentially a fake product with low potency because you don't want to spend money on a product that's not even going to work for you.
Nancy: Yes, definitely. I mean, we have customers asking us, I bought this product off of Amazon. It has 5000 mg of CBD. Whether it was expensive or cheap, but it's not working. You ask, well, what did their COA say? What potency is the product at? And does it really measure up to what they're selling?
Nicole: Yeah. So there's also a couple other things people should be aware of. Can you list those for us or walk us through what that looks like?
Nancy: Definitely. Another thing that is so important is third party testing. And companies that are selling CBD products should have readily available. Again, the fact that their products are third party tested, we do five different rounds of testing and validating on our products. We test and validate them for purity, potency and safety, all at harvest, at the primary extraction of the oil, the secondary purification before manufacturing, and also in the final product. So all of this testing is done by a third party. And so all of that information should be readily available to the consumer. So look for, is the product third party tested and how often and when. One other aspect to be aware of is companies should not be making any claims. CBD can do so many things, and people really may find large benefits using CBD, but companies cannot claim to cure anything. And if there is a company claiming to cure any ailment or disease that a loved one has, that's not very trustworthy. I think to use the word cure is very dangerous and reckless. Right?
Nicole: Yeah, very much red flag. So just being aware of companies claiming to cure any disease with their CBD, people are buying a product online, on your website or on a CBD company's website. They probably have access to all of that information. But if they're out in a store, how can they know that those different things have taken place? The COA, the third party testing, what should they look for on the packaging?
Nancy: Most products like ours should have a QR code on them. And if you scan the QR code with your phone, it'll pull up, for instance, on ours, it pulls up all of our COAs from our website. You should be able to find that on any product that you're going to buy in a store to just know that it is a reputable product and that they have third party tested. Any reputable product is going to have that, and they're going to be able to be super transparent and want to give people that information if they're doing it the right way.
There shouldn't be anything to hide. If you are selling something that you are wanting people to consume and it is for a health benefit, there will not be anything that you are trying to hide. Every bit of information with testing and safety and efficacy should be readily available. Right.
Nicole: So what if you walk in a store and you see a bottle that says hemp tincture? Is that different?
Nancy: That's interesting. And it is kind of a play on words. Hemp is a wonderful, wonderful product. Hemp itself has been used for years in food, fiber, medicine. It is a very nutrient dense plant. What you take from hemp is the difference. Hemp seed oil, which you see a lot of hemp seed oil, has absolutely no CBD in it. So they may claim to help with anxiety, stress can have all of the different things that CBD is known for, but hemp seed oil does not contain CBD.
Okay. So if it's hemp derived CBD that's different. That is from the hemp plant. That's from the hemp flowers, not from the seed.
Okay. It's a big difference for people to understand. Take note of.
Nancy: So with CBD, there generally are three different categories. When it comes to CBD, there is CBD isolate, which is just CBD. And you will see that in some products where it's CBD isolate. The other category is Broad spectrum. That is all the different cannabinoids in a hemp plant without THC. And then there is the third category, which is Full spectrum. And Full spectrum has all the different cannabinoids, including CBD and THC. At PureLeeFarms, all of our product lines are Full Spectrum. All of our products have all of the different cannabinoids, including THC. So we've realized that with the research, they're talking a lot about the Entourage effect. And the Entourage effect is basically when all of the elements of the entire cannabinoids come together, it combines for the greatest impact on the body. So it needs all of the different cannabinoids to really have this universal effect together that give the most benefit. So when you're doing just the CBD alone, you're missing out on all of the different cannabinoids that a hemp plant has. When you're doing a broad spectrum, you're missing out on the THC, which really even a small amount of THC adds so much value to a CBD product. So when we talk about the Entourage effect, it's really talking about how CBD and THC are a power couple that work best together, not separately. So when multiple cannabinoids are able to work together, it just amplifies their benefits and their uses. And it's really just referred to as the Entourage Effect.
Nicole: That's so helpful. And I think it really clarifies what all of those different terms that we see that are out there. I never knew the difference. Full disclosure, I purchased your product, your PureLee Farms product, and the process, your website is so beautiful and the process was so seamless and the packaging is so beautiful. It was like I was receiving a gift and the taste is wonderful and all of it! So I have to commend you guys on really being so mindful with not only all of the farming practices, but your heart behind it and your motivation for wanting to really change lives through the product that you offer.
Nancy: Thank you, thank you so much.
Nicole: And where can we direct people to learn more and find out where they can purchase your products?
Nancy: Thank you so much. Thank you so much for your kind words. And we have a website and it's PureLee Farms. PureLee Farms.com and all of our products are on there, have information about our farm, about our farming practices, sustainable farming, responsible farming, and organic practices that we utilize on our farm. All of our COAs are on there, our third party testing information, a lot of questions and answers, and that's where you could go and purchase any of our products.
Nicole: Perfect. Thank you.
Nancy: And also on our website we have a contact us page so feel free to email us any questions that you have. We are happy to answer. We look forward to educating people and just really broadening the use of CBD. It really is a powerful, natural way to help.
Nicole: Awesome. Thank you so much.
Nancy: Thank you so much, Nicole.