Animal Shelter Drive- Small Miracles

Animal Shelter Drive- Small Miracles

Hey Wellness Warriors

It’s that time again! As you all know, we love our furry friends and love when you bring them in. For the month of September, we’ll be teaming up with a nonprofit shelter called Small Miracles Cat & Dog Rescue located in Ellicott City. This no-kill shelter had found homes for over 10,000 cats in 2006 and expanded to finding homes for over 4,000 dogs since 2011. 

If You Donate:

1 Item- 15% Off, 2 Items= 20% off, 3 Items- 25% Off, 4+ Items- 25% off + Double Loyalty Points!

With more than 40 volunteers who foster animals with an option to adopt at the shelter, you all can help by donating. Below is a list of supplies provided be the small miracles website. 

FOR THE FELINES

* Kitty litter, both clay and clumping

* Donut-style cat beds, which are easy to launder

* Towels in good condition

* Cat toys

* Fancy Feast wet food, classic varieties

* Friskies wet food, any variety

FOR THE CANINES

* Wet food, Pedigree or any brand

* Hard chew toys

* Slip leads

* Collars

* Newspapers

FOR THE SHELTER

* Paper towels

* HE laundry detergent pods

* Dish soap

* Bleach

* Petco, Walmart or Target gift cards

PLEASE DO NOT DONATE

* Dry food, as we receive this at a discount from Hill’s Science Diet

* Sheets or pillowcases

* Leashes, as we use slip leads instead

* Rawhide and similar chew toys

Back to School Supply Drive

Back to School Supply Drive

Wellness Warriors,

We can’t thank you enough for your support and participation in our Community Drives we have had thus far. We are approaching the one year mark of the start of our Community Drives here at Trilogy Wellness! It warms our hearts every month to see our Wellness Warriors walking in the doors with donations and big smiles on your faces. Here is the photo from our first Community Drive last year in support of the Community Action Council of Howard County- we have come a long way! Let’s double the donations from last year!

 

In August, Trilogy is teaming up with the Howard County Public School System again to donate school supplies to students in need for the upcoming school year. The Howard County School System projects that over 13,000 students may need assistance obtaining school supplies.

Please join us to help support students this year! To the patients who donated last year, we are so thankful for you all. For more info, please visit http://www.prepareforsuccess.org/

Thank You for Supporting Thread!

Thank You for Supporting Thread!

This month we are supported an organization close to our hearts called Thread!  

What does Thread do? 

Thread is often mistaken for a mentoring program or tutoring group. In fact, Thread is a community of individuals working to end our social isolation by rallying around Baltimore’s most academically-underperforming and highest potential 9th graders. Thread volunteers work in groups with a single student, building strong transformative relationships that transcend lines of race, class and zip code. Thread students consistently defy the odds: 85% of Thread students have graduated from high school within six years, and 83% have completed a college degree or certificate program. 

At the beginning on this month, we held a week long donation drive at Trilogy Wellness to collect new and gently used towels for Threads summer camps! Camp Thread is for young adults and volunteers in the Thread community as well as the Baltimore Police Department’s Love U2 Life Camp! Camp is such a tremendous opportunity to get out of your comfort zone, build life-long friendships and most importantly have a ton of fun! 

Together we collected over 200 towels during the donation drive! Community is one of Trilogy’s brand pillars and we are always so happy to give back. Thank you to everyone who participated in this wonderful cause! 

CBD 101- Hemp vs Cannabis derived CBD

CBD 101- Hemp vs Cannabis derived CBD

Cannabidiol, or more popularly known as CBD, has been getting a lot of buzz in the health and wellness world. Everything from CBD tinctures, topicals and vape carts are now readily available. Those seeking natural relief from a variety of ailments have been able to do so with this therapeutic cannabinoid 

CBD is a cannabinoid that can be obtained from both hemp and cannabis plants. Depending on which variety of plant you are wanting to obtain CBD from, will determine whether you will need to be a registered medical cannabis patient or not. 

With CBD becoming more and more popular, there has also come more confusion. So, we’ve broken it down for you: 

 

First off, what is CBD? 

CBD is a phytocannabinoid found in both hemp and cannabis plants. CBD interacts with the CB2 receptors in the endocannabinoid system and can provide relief from pain, anxiety, inflammation, insomnia and depression (just to name a few). CBD is non-psychoactive and is well tolerated amongst many people even at high doses.  

 

What’s the difference between Hemp and Cannabis? 

Cannabis is a family of plants that includes sativa and indica species. And while cannabis that contains THC, often referred to as “Marijuana”, can be obtained from both indica and sativa species, Hemp is derived only from the cannabis sativa family.  Hemp contains <0.3% THC and is naturally high in CBD. Cannabis (or Marijuana) in contrast, typically contains higher amounts of THC and small amounts of CBD.  

Hemp and hemp-derived products are federally legal to obtain in the United States while the high THC cannabis and cannabis-derived products are not.  

  

Hemp derived CBD vs Cannabis derived CBD 

Like previously stated, CBD can be derived from both hemp and cannabis plants. CBD derived from hemp contains only CBD, while CBD derived from medical cannabis tends to contain secondary cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other minor constituents to help produce a wide array of benefits. 

Since hemp-derived CBD is federally legal, it can be purchased from a variety of sources. Cannabis-derived CBD on the other hand, can only be purchased in Maryland through a medical dispensary.  

CBD derived from cannabis is for medical purposes and is highly regulated and must undergo rigorous testing and quality standards. CBD derived from hemp does not have these requirements.  

 

Do I need a medical card to obtain CBD? 

The short answer, no. If you want to purchase hemp-derived CBD then you do not need to be a medical cannabis patient. However, if you want to obtain CBD that has been derived from medical cannabis, then you will need to be a registered patient. 

Delivery Methods

Delivery Methods

Interested in using cannabis? Did you know that there are now a variety of ways to consume cannabis? With the Maryland cannabis market continuing to grow, more and more products are entering the dispensaries and allowing patients of all types to get the relief they deserve.  

There are 4 main types of cannabis delivery methods. These methods include inhalation, ingestion, topicals and liquid extracts. Each of these delivery methods offer their own benefits and advantages. Here are what make each of them unique: 

 

Inhalation Overview 

Inhalation offers the quickest onset time because when cannabis is inhaled, it rapidly passes from the lungs and into the bloodstream. Inhaling cannabis can be done in a few different ways, through smoking flower or through vaporizing.  Vaporizing is beneficial because it can be less irritating to the lungs because it heats cannabis without combustion.  

On-Set: ~1-5 minutes 

Duration: ~1-6 hours 

Advantages 

  • Best choice for those who need quick relief 
  • Flower provides whole plant medicine (multiple cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and minor constituents) 

Featured products: Natures Heritage, Verano Brand, gLeaf, Rythm Vape Pens  

Topicals (External Use) Overview 

Topicals are cannabis-infused lotions and oils. They are placed onto the affected area and are then absorbed through the skin. Topicals are best for localized relief of pain, soreness, and inflammation. They come in a variety of forms such as lotions, salves and transdermal patches.  There are a variety of topical treatments that include THC, CBD, CBN, THCA, CBDA and other cannabinoids. Some also feature essential oils that can also help provide natural relief.  

On-Set: Varies 

Duration: Varies  

Advantages 

  • Great for localized pain 
  • Non-impairing 
  • Very discrete (easy to apply and no smell) 

Featured products: Dixie Synergy Balm, Mary’s Medicinals  

Liquid Extracts Overview 

A tincture is a liquid cannabis concentrate. Tinctures are made by extracting out the plant’s beneficial cannabinoids and constituents. Since no heat is required during the extracting process or during administration, tinctures can preserve many of the beneficial cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and minor constituents  

On-Set: ~10-45 minutes 

Duration: ~2-8 hours 

Advantages:  

  • Very discrete 
  • Allows for easy and precise dosing 
  • Longer lasting effect 
  • Healthier alternative to smoking 

Featured products: Healer Drops, Feel Collection, RSO  

Ingestion Overview 

Consuming cannabis though cannabis infused products can provide stronger and longer-lasting effects than inhalation and use of tinctures. When you ingest cannabis through a food items such as baked goods, drinks, gummies or other food items, you are able to utilize a more potent THC metabolite.  

On-Set: ~1-2 hours 

Duration: ~4-12 hours 

Advantages 

  • Discrete 
  • Long-lasting  
  • Healthier alternative to smoking 
  • Tends to provide a more intense effect 
  • Produces a more consistent effect 

Featured products: Betty’s Eddies, Liberty Infused Oils, Dixie Elixirs

Tips for Better Sleep

Tips for Better Sleep

We all know that getting adequate sleep is good for us; it’s a time for rest and repair. When we are sleep deprived, we can experience symptoms like foggy thinking, food cravings, fatigue, irritability, weight control issues, and the list goes on.  

Some of us experience straight up insomnia (the inability to fall asleep), while others may fall asleep just fine but find themselves waking up throughout the night. Both of these issues should be addressed as they can limit you from getting into deep and restorative sleep. 

Some factors that contribute to disturbed sleep include stress and anxiety, intake of stimulants (caffeine, sugar, processed foods), adrenal issues, pain, hormonal imbalance, nutritional deficiencies and lack of exercise. So, to get to the root cause of your sleeplessness, it may be beneficially to explore what your cause/s may be and address them head on. 

Here are some tips to help you restore your sleep: 

Nutrition: 

Limit your intake of refined and processed foods. These foods can cause blood sugar issues which can impact your sleep. You want to opt for fiber-rich and slow burning carbohydrates foods like vegetables, grains, legumes and healthy fats to help sustain your blood sugar throughout the day and through bedtime. You also want to limit stimulating foods like caffeine and chocolate and avoid alcohol and heavy meals especially close to bedtime. 

 Lifestyle: 

About an hour before bedtime, you want to aim for little to no bright light or blue wave lighting (cell phones and computers). The decrease in light helps our brains to produce melatonin which is the sleep time hormone. You also want to make sure you are getting in regular exercise, as it can help you burn off excess energy which can help fatigue your body and help you get more restful sleep. Another lifestyle tip you may want to start including in your daily life is prioritizing stress-management. Many of us have a hard to falling and staying asleep simply due to the fact that we have too much on our minds.  

Alternative Medicine: 

Aromatherapy – Essential oils such as lavender, cedarwood and bergamot all tend to produce sedating effects. You can diffuse these into the air to create a relaxing environment. **Please note that some essential oils can be toxic to pets so please do your research beforehand.  

Acupuncture – Incorporating acupuncture into your wellness routine may be beneficial for your sleep. Acupuncture is said to help increase our natural melatonin production, ease anxiety and stress and can also provide pain relief.  

Cannabis – There are a variety of products and strains on the market that can help improve your sleep. Indica strains tend to produce a relaxing and sedating effect that could be great for evening relaxation. Look for strains that are high in myrcene, caryophyllene and terpinolene as these terpenes also tend to produce sedating effects. For long lasting relief, using tinctures and/or edibles could be a nice option as their effects can last up to 8+ hours. For those who do not want any psychoactive effects, CBD and CBN products could help do the trick as they both can produce relaxing and sedating effects with little to no impairment.