At this point in the well-publicized battle to end cannabis prohibition, most people in the United States have at least heard about the health benefits associated with the oldest medicinally used plant in the world, specifically one non-psychoactive cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD). While the medicinal use of CBD oil has now been legalized in 13 of the United States including Georgia, Iowa, Kentucky, and Florida, hemp derived CBD products are actually legal in America and can even be shipped to your home.
While the medicinal use of cannabis has been documented in pharmacopeias dating back more than 10,000 years and was even available over the counter in pharmacies throughout the United States until the late 1930s, the use of isolated cannabinoid therapies, like CBD oil, is a relatively new concept. CBD earned national media coverage, including multiple in-depth segments from Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN, as the chemical compound in cannabis that can reduce the frequency and severity of seizures in children whose rare epilepsy conditions have otherwise been untreatable. Because CBD is non-psychoactive, it does not produce the euphoric feeling of being high, and therefore the administration to people of all ages, including children and newborn babies, is more accepted.
Like other cannabinoids, hemp derived CBD is medicinally effective because it reacts with the physiological system in the human body, called the endocannabinoid system, that maintains homeostasis by regulating mood, pain, sleep, memory and cell metabolism. Now that people are more aware of why cannabinoids react with their bodies and the potential health benefits, the everyday use of cannabinoid therapies like hemp CBD supplements have become more common.
The FDA has exposed a few bad apples in this market, leaving some consumers weary of online CBD retailers. Thankfully, as the market expands and demand increases, the quality of hemp CBD products being introduced is aligning, and some manufacturers are setting the bar much higher. One such exemplary brand is called Aceso, appropriately named after the Greek goddess of healing.
Aceso stands out from the rest for several reasons. All three of the expertly formulated Aceso products — Wellness, Soothe, and Calm — target the specific and common everyday-needs of people. Many other brands produce just one single product that doesn’t clearly explain what it’s mean to do, so Aceso disrupts the CBD and hemp supplement industry by being clear, concise and specific which allows consumers to be fully aware of what is in the product and how exactly it is intended to affect them.
Woman opening the Aceso Wellness Spray.
CBD isn’t the only active ingredient in the Aceso products either, which are all available in both a sprayable tincture and a water-soluble powder (sachet). To reach desired effects, the Wellness, Soothe and Calm collections also contain different ingredients known to work synergistically, thereby enhancing the overall efficacy of each product. For example, Aceso Calm pairs CBD with terpenes like linalool and limonene as well as passionflower and lavender to create a relaxing effect without drowsy side-effects.
The active ingredients in the Aceso Sprays, like the Wellness formula, are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream through the thin membranes of the mouth as well as metabolized by the liver. These Aceso Sprays are unique because instead of being made with glycerin or oil, they are water-based. This allows the active ingredients to be more readily absorbed by the body.
Woman using the Aceso Wellness Spray.
Like the sprays, the Aceso Powder Sachets are also water-soluble, and both can be mixed into your morning smoothie or evening tea. When mixed with water, the powder becomes a great-tasting fizzy beverage. Bernie Canter described the Aceso Calm Sachet as an “Emergen-C with cannabinoids and terpenes.” (Click here to read Canter’s review.)
Aceso is also setting the bar higher with it’s clear dedication to consumer education. While those who are already aware of how chemical compounds, like cannabinoids and terpenes, react with the human body to produce different effects, new consumers can become quickly educated from a single visit the Aceso website. To accompany the plethora of information about cannabinoids, terpenes, and the entourage effect, myaceso.com also provides a detailed outline of the herbalist formula behind each product.
Man drinking an Aceso Wellness Sachet.
Being so impressed with these cannabinoid and terpene rich supplements and what Aceso is doing as a whole, we reached out to them to learn more. The exclusive interview with Kurt Forstmann, the product manager leading the development of the formulas, is below:
Kurt, what is your background and how did it prepare you to develop an industry-disrupting formulation like the Aceso line of products?
My background is renewable energy and real estate development. While bearing zero semblance to my current field, both fields prepared me for the startup nature of Aceso. There is a lot that must get done in order to bring a new product to market. From research and development, manufacturing, marketing, finance, etc., I am good at rallying diverse teams around a common goal.
What was the inspiration behind the development of the Aceso line of products?
To give people new tools to achieve health and wellness! Most products on the market look the same and are hard to differentiate. Aceso is about bringing innovation to the marketplace with better formulas, such as aqueous cannabinoid delivery in the form of a spray or dissolvable powder to increase bio-availability. We also utilize traditional “herbalist” formulations where cannabinoids are but a small portion of the overall formula. We add essential oils, herbs and terpenes, each having their own unique health benefit, to create synergy. Finally, there is a wide knowledge gap in the consumer market, we aim to be more educational by creating products that create wellness in those dealing with stress or everyday aches and pains.
What about Aceso products make you most excited?
We are committed to exploiting the benefits of terpenes in our formula, and we utilize an herbalist pantry when developing products, not just cannabinoids alone. We’re indication specific, meaning our products target certain health demographics, and we utilize novel formulations to give consumers more than one option for method of delivery.
Which Aceso product is your personal favorite and why?
I love the Calm powder because it makes me feel relaxed after a busy day at work. It’s quicker than meditation or yoga!
“This is the chillest Pomeranian I’ve ever met,” is a phrase I hear frequently. I can confidently take Sir Jacob McFluffington, known as Big Jake or Mr. Fluff to his homies, literally anywhere — meetings, the park, dog-friendly patios, a friend’s house or even a party — knowing that he will just sit down and relax or sleep.
While in my company his demeanor may be cool, calm and collected, those who will tell you he is the chillest have been denied the chance to watch him completely lose his mind when I go to leave the house without him.
The moment he hears the jingling of my keys or sees me put on my shoes, Mr. Fluff turns into Dr. Psycho Pants and blind rage takes over. His high-pitched, screeching-eagle like barks can be heard round-the-world, and he jumps up and down while simultaneously spinning in circles until he inevitably trips over something or smashes his little face into the side of the couch or a wall. This will go on for minutes if I am not ready to run out the door the moment he is onto me.
Mr. Fluff’s death stare, signaling he suspects he is about to be left at home.
Watching his temper tantrum is not only heart-breaking, but I feared he may injure himself. I didn’t want to dope him up with doggy-Xanax, but our lives could not continue like this. In my search for the best anti-crazy medication for my little Knight, I turned to the therapeutically beneficial plant I know so well — hemp. Strains of cannabis which contain little to none of the psychoactive cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are categorized as hemp.
Anxiety is among the many symptoms and conditions that cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive cannabinoid most prevalent in hemp, can help to alleviate, and I know very well that it can quickly calm my mind and relax my body without causing any brain-fog. My research showed that CBD could produce the same effects in Mr. Fluff since like humans, canines have an endocannabinoid system.
While I found several manufacturers of CBD treats for dogs, a brand called Therabis stood out from the rest because they offer ailment-specific products that have been developed by a veterinarian with the entourage effect in mind. Since Therabis products only contain CBD and other natural ingredients, they can be ordered online and shipped almost anywhere.
Of the three Therabis lines, “Up and Moving,” “Stop the Itch” and “Calm and Quiet,” which are all available for “small,” “medium,” and “large” dogs, I ordered Calm and Quiet for small dogs. They arrived in palm-sized, single-serving pouches called Sachets which directed me to pour over my dogs food once per day. Not only was Big Jake willing to chow down on the Calm and Quiet formula, he seemed to enjoy the taste as he licked his bowl clean.
I also really liked how informative the Therabis website was. It’s apparent that this company wants to educate people about the potential health benefits of CBD and how and why it affects dogs. The Therabis website also clearly explains that it may take continual administration of their natural health supplements, over a period of time, to notice desired effects in our furry friends. About 30 days into the daily use of Therabis Calm and Quiet, Dr. Psycho Pants has slowly transitioned into Mr. Please Take Me With You. Big Jake still watches me like a hawk when he suspects that I’m planning to leave him at home, but his tantrums have been toned down into more of a guilt trip.
I will definitely continue to sprinkle Therabis Calm and Quiet on top of Big Jake’s breakfast every morning, and I may soon try the Up and Moving now that he is officially a senior dog.
Typical Mr. Fluff asleep at a party.
I consume cannabis to relax. When I light a bowl, it’s to relieve stress and anxiety, unwind, or lose unwanted thoughts. Sometimes, however, I don’t want to get high: I just want to mellow out. Those are the times when I opt for a CBD (cannabidiol) consumable product because I know the seizure-stopping, inflammation reducing cannabinoid helps me chill without the buzz.
Sometimes it’s difficult to find CBD-rich product options without psychoactive THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and most of the time I can only find CBD in concentrated forms to dab. When I discovered that there was an “Emergen-C for weed” (that is legal everywhere and doesn’t get you high) in the form of an herbalist, CBD and terpene enriched powder, I got very excited. I had to try it for myself, and I liked it so much that I decided to review it.
Emergen-C, the dissolvable powder you gulp in a glass of water, delivers much needed vitamins to the body and helps to strengthen the immune system. The CBD-version of this phenomenon is called Aceso, and while Aceso doesn’t claim to cure anything, it’s packed with cannabinoids, terpenes, and vitamins and is formulated to work with the body’s endocannabinoid system and receptors.
For the purpose of this review, I sampled the Aceso “Calm” Powder Sachet (Sachet is Latin for sack or bag).
The first aspect of Aceso that caught my eye was its sleek, modern packaging. This is a friendly brand that I want to get to know. The modern font and nature imagery play well together, allowing me to notice just from the packaging that I’m purchasing a natural product.
Each 30 pack comes with a 20 sachets containing a total of 225 milligrams cannabinoids or 7.5 per sachet. The 7.5 milligrams cannabinoids are indicative of all natural Hemp CBD, the property that along with naturally derived terpenes causes the calming effect in its products.
That’s a small dose for someone my size/experience, so I doubled down and consumed two packets of Aceso Calm or 15 mgs of CBD. I poured the powder into a small glass of water (about 8 ounces), watched as it calmly mixed in, and then it was bottoms up! First time consumers should stick to the recommended serving of one sachet.
The first thing I noticed was, unlike Emergen-C, this stuff tastes good! Real good! Soothing lavender flavors (a characteristic of the linalool terpene) hit my mouth almost instantaneously. As I continued to drink the Calm, more of a grapefruit taste (a characteristic of the limonene terpene) came through.
Then, I did what I always do when I consume edible cannabinoids: I waited. Usually, with edibles, this waiting is a long time, sometimes over an hour and up to two hours.
When I started to feel the subtle calming effects of the Aceso Calm Sachet just 30 minutes after I drank it, I was pleasantly surprised. Since it was only noon, I felt slightly concerned that my ability to focus may be hindered. Fortunately, the opposite happened. The Aceso Calm helped me focus during the day as my mind relaxed and my head stopped spinning.
I was not at all high at any point. I was just relaxed and clear headed. Aceso’s herbalist formula of whole plant hemp and natural ingredients clearly worked well together, at least on my psyche.
So later that evening, I decided to double down on the Calm again as I was having trouble sleeping. Like clockwork, 30 minutes after I finished my drink–and 30 minutes into a new novel–the pages began turning a lot more quickly and I stopped thinking about my electric bill.
The best kind of deep sleep gradually hit me like a smooth wave about an hour later, and I woke up feeling fresh to death!
Since then, Aceso has become a fairly regular part of my diet. I haven’t tried the Aceso spray just yet, nor the “Soothe” or “Wellness” formulas–but given the success I found with Calm, I will be looking for both very soon!
Learn more about Aceso Calm and other Aceso products right here