“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