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!