When it comes to wellness, everyone–no matter their age, income, gender or sexual orientation–deserves to live their best and healthiest life. This is especially true of groups that give every part of themselves to our communities including firefighters, active military service members and veterans, teachers and, of course, medical professionals such as doctors, nurses and paramedics.
Whether we’re fighting a pandemic or wildfires, it’s clear that these people are critical for a functioning community. While their care for our health and safety is a key reason communities can thrive, these lines of work can take a toll. What’s not often obvious, is that these community heroes also face their own challenges. Data reported by USA Today from the Ruderman Family Foundation found that police officers and firefighters are more likely to die from suicide than in the line of duty. These findings are reflective of a similar study conducted in 2018. Similarly, a survey of healthcare workers conducted by Mental Health America found that 93% of healthcare workers reported that they are stressed out and stretched too thin, with 86% experiencing anxiety, 76% reporting exhaustion and burnout and 75% saying they are overwhelmed, to name just a few of the challenges they are facing. Many companies are taking note, and finding solutions to help ease the stress in these communities whether through financial aid or product innovation.
Giving back to those who give their all
Charlotte’s Web is familiar with these numbers and has heard firsthand from many of these professionals who are looking for ways to bring balance to their daily lives. Many are familiar with the benefits of hemp-derived CBD, which has become one of the go-to types of supplements to help combat the stressors of the daily grind.
Hemp-derived CBD products can help consumers de-stress by interacting with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS)—the body’s largest neurotransmitter system, which is part of the central nervous system. The ECS is basically a large network of chemical signals and receptors throughout the human brain and body that work to bring balance to the different systems of the body. Receptors of the ECS help to regulate mood, sleep, pain and cognitive function to name just a few of its capabilities. But when the ECS is disrupted, for instance when an external stressor is introduced, the effects can bring about a myriad of negative effects. Quality, safe, CBD can be a tool to help maintain balance.
For public service employees, hemp-derived CBD can make it easier to concentrate on the task at hand and help these individuals relax and recover when the job is done. Comfort and stress relief are critical to being able to focus on the task at hand, but also in being able to relax in order to get a good night’s sleep. CBD can deliver these benefits to individuals actively working, but also those who have suffered from on-the-job mental and physical injury. CBD can be a partner in maintaining and rebuilding wellbeing.
But there is a catch, many of these professions require drug testing, while at the same time these jobs require such intense focus they cannot run the risk that a CBD product could contain THC—which can induce a feeling of being high. These individuals need to be 100-percent certain that the CBD products they are taking are verified 0%-THC. To guarantee this, it’s imperative that they use high quality, third-party tested product that has transparency and traceability from seed to shelf or else they could be adding more stress to their lives by putting their jobs and livelihood at risk.
Delivering CBD’s benefits without any trace of THC
The Farm Bill of 2018 established regulations that prohibit products marketed as strictly CBD from having more than 0.3% THC by weight. By allowing some THC in the product, advocates would say individuals can benefit from the full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds the hemp plant has to offer. However, routine drug testing and strict THC bans for teachers, first responders and other professions means that they often cannot take advantage of all the benefits these CBD products have to offer.
That’s why Charlotte’s Web, one of the only players in the CBD space with top quality organic ingredients and full vertical integration from seed to shelf, developed their THC Free CBD line. It is available in gummy form or oil tincture, which are both easy to take on the go. Both versions contain less than 0.01% of THC in a broad-spectrum formula that still preserves the beneficial cannabinoids and other plant compounds present in the hemp plant.
The result is a CBD product that supports the front line in their mission to take care of their communities, while also supporting these individuals with a product that may relieve stress, bone and joint pain, help to support a good night’s sleep, while also promoting focus and a sense of calm. Charlotte’s Web THC Free line aims to take care of the first responders who need it most and bring healing for all.
Partnering with adaptive organizations
Unfortunately, due to the nature of first responder work, many members of the community suffer from injuries or disabilities as a result of their heroism. Thankfully, there are many organizations that offer mental wellness and physical therapy and rehab support, so that these individuals can live the best lives that they can. Whether it’s a veteran using prosthetic limbs or first responders who suffer decreased or zero use of vital abilities like walking or running, organizations such as the Adaptive Training Foundation offer military members, veterans, first responders and other adaptive athletes the support and resources needed to improve their physical, mental and emotional health, arming them with tools to continue adapting to life’s challenges.
Charlotte’s Web proudly partners with the Adaptive Training Foundation in their aligned goals of giving back to those who have suffered in the line of duty and to help them regain and maintain the ability to take on whatever comes their way.