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Turmeric and CBD – the Panama Marvel!

What do you get when you combine 30 years of experience in traditional herbal medicine with the latest scientific research? You get Hemp & Herbs from Cloud Forest Botanicals in Panama, formulas that combine the purest botanicals with the purest CBD available. This line of products (several of which feature turmeric and CBD in different strengths) will help you address your health issues—from pain to insomnia to anxiety. See all of our CBD Hemp & Herbs products here.

Hemp & Herbs — from 500 to 1500 mg. of pure CBD with terpenes in organic botanical tinctures

These are unique formulas blending the wisdom of organic plant medicine with pharmaceutical grade CBD plus our customized terpenes. The results are amazing - pure, natural, effective broad spectrum supplements to maintain, sustain and repair health. Our proven Hemp & Herbs combinations draw upon the experience of herbalists, holistic medical practitioners, shamans, and indigenous cultures from around the world, spanning centuries of accumulated wisdom. Modern research is now giving a serious look at these traditional practices—and finding in many cases that, IT'S ALL TRUE!

For example, turmeric (curcuma longa) has been used for thousands of years to relieve pain, inflammation, improve digestion, and support cardio health. Medical research is finally catching on – studies abound that show definitively that turmeric is loaded with anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants, that it boosts neurochemicals that fight depression, that it can slow the deadly progression of Alzheimer's, and can boost memory, focus and cognition. If all that isn't enough, it can also improve your skin, reduce joint pain, reduce blood pressure, and help maintain a healthy body metabolism to fight weight gain. Want more? It's anti-bacterial properties can help fight infections and boost your immune system. There are studies by major medical research labs that are showing turmeric can be as, or more, effective than MANY Big Pharma prescription drugs. Wow. (Here's a great science based resource about how to use turmeric for a variety of health related issues: https://mavcure.com/health-benefits-of-turmeric/).

Here in the Cloud Forest of western Panama, we have been growing and processing organic turmeric for going on 10 years. We are in a unique micro-climate, where the perfect combinations of temperature and moisture meet the para-magnetism of volcanic soils at high altitude to produce roots that are super rich. Our turmeric is processed within hours of harvesting to preserve all the therapeutic constituents—vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, and so forth. We use pure sugar cane alcohol to slowly extract the maximum potency from the roots—then we add organic black pepper extract to make it possible for your body to better utilize all its goodness.

Turmeric root extract

Turmeric root extract

Why do we make and recommend sublingual tinctures over capsules? For the very reason we add black pepper—if something has to go through the digestive system, it is diluted by stomach acids and the whole stomach/intestinal absorption process. By taking sublingual tinctures, i.e. holding the drops under your tongue for 45 – 60 seconds, the active phytochemicals are absorbed directly through the mucosal tissue into the blood stream. You get more bang for the buck. Some research indicates that blending the tincture into a small amount of coconut or other carrier oil further increases the bio-availability of turmeric's healing properties.

So...you may be asking...where does HEMP come into the picture. First, let's be clear. When we say HEMP, we are referring to CBD—cannabidiol. Unless you have been asleep for the past several years, you have heard of CBD. Many tout it as the new miracle substance that will cure everything from cancer to epilepsy to in-grown toenails. It won't—at least not for everyone, and not all the time. CBD is, however, an incredibly powerful plant derived agent that can help relieve pain and inflammation, support digestion, reduce blood pressure, support cardiovascular health...sounds a lot like the benefits we just outlined about turmeric, doesn't it?

Let's look, for a moment, at what CBD is—and what it isn't. CBD is one of over a 100 different active agents present in both cannabis (marijuana) and hemp. The difference between cannabis and hemp is—simply—that cannabis contains concentrations of THC, the phytochemical that makes you 'high' or 'stoned.' It's the one Bill Clinton says he didn't inhale. It's the one that Cheech and Chong made famous. It's the one that sends people out to get pizza at 3 AM. Besides it's recreational aspects, however, THC does have significant medicinal properties, especially for cancer patients. But...in Panama, cannabis with THC (marijuana) is illegal. So, here in the Cloud Forest, we concentrate on CBD—which is not illegal in Panama, and will not make you high or crave pizza.

What CBD may do is reduce the pain of arthritis and fibromyalgia, promote healing of a damaged leaky gut (IBS, Crohn's, etc.), reduce inflammation throughout the body. It does all this because CBD links to your body's innate endocannabinoid system (ECS) which is present in the gut, the skin, and the central nervous system. Endocannabinoids are produced naturally by the human body and they interact with cannabinoid receptors to regulate basic functions including mood, memory, appetite, pain, sleep, and more. When the body is stressed due to disease, injury, and, well STRESS (like when the car won't start, your boss is yelling at you, the global warming is coming, and the price of everything keeps going up...), the ECS may not produce sufficient quantities of its own natural cannabinoids to do the job of maintaining or sustaining good health. That's where CBD comes into the picture – CBD acts as a chemical messenger to the ECS, supplying what is deficient, and encouraging the body to a state of greater balance or homeostasis. Cool. (To read more about the endocannabinoid system and how CBD interacts with it, click here: https://www.leafscience.com/2017/03/17/the-endocannabinoid-system-a-beginners-guide/)

CBD, the molecule

CBD, the molecule

So, you may ask, why don't I just take some CBD? Or just take some turmeric? What's the therapeutic big deal of taking both in a blend? Can't you just make a CBD oil like everyone else? Well, of course, we could. But we don't, and won't. Why?


Aristotle said it a long, long time ago and it is still true today.

“The WHOLE is greater than the sum of its parts.”

When the potency of turmeric is combined correctly with the power of CBD, the result is nothing short of a health boosting marvel.

Here at Cloud Forest Botanicals of Panama, we hand craft each and every bottle of our Hemp & Herbs formulas. We blend our turmeric tinctures with specific terpenes (also extracted from our organic botanicals), organic MCT coconut oil (remember how turmeric's bioavailabity is enhanced by mixing it with oil?) and pure pharmaceutical CBD isolate from organic hemp grown in Colorado. The result is pure, natural, potent and proven support for health—whether you are maintaining good health, recovering from injury or illness, or seeking to moderate the STRESS of modern life. We've got you covered with Hemp & Herbs unique formulas.

Here's a recent testimonial from one of our clients:

I have known about CBD oils for some time. However, I finally decided to try it after talking with Cloud Forest Botanicals about several gastrointestinal and joint inflammation issues that had not been resolved through restrictive diets and other efforts. I have been on Rockstar for just over a year and will NEVER give it up. About three months into starting this product, I got my life back! The symptoms resolved, I slept better, and have no more joint pain. I take no other medication so those symptoms could not be blamed on, or resolved by, anything else. THANKS Cloud Forest!” Sharna K., Panama

Rockstar is a terrific general maintenance formula: a turmeric and CBD tincture enriched with specialty terpenes to promote relaxation, reduce mild pain and inflammation, promote digestive heath. In a pleasant orange and vanilla MCT base. Each one milliliter dose (20 drops) contains 8 mg. of CBD. Order Rockstar here. Or see our other CBD formulas here: https://www.cloudforestbotanicals.com/hemp-and-herbs-meets-cloud-forest

Cloud Forest Botanicals has been in business in Panama for 10 years. We are NOT a multi-level marketing scheme. We are a small, artisanal, family business that is growing rapidly. Our products are available throughout Panama and the US. (and while we do try to ship to Canada, and we love our Canadian friends, customs agents there have been known on occasion to confiscate orders. Word to the wise.).

For information on how to join our distribution network in Panama please contact Giovy Rojas (Spanish) or Elizabeth Worley or Dianne Heidke (English) at Boquetecloudforest@gmail.com.