5 Products for Winter Wellness

2018 was the year of wellness, and we care to prolong that mindset into 2019. We have taken into consideration those who aren’t feeling their best during the coldest months. Here in Vermont we can drop into winter at full speed, and yet we need to take time to unwind. Below are a few products to help you meet the needs of your endocannabinoid system. Enjoy!

We’ll Give You a Hand – Cibaderm Hemp Hand Cream
We’ll Give You a Hand - Cibaderm Hemp Hand Cream

Not only do we have customers swear by this hand cream, but it’s currently on our 40% off list! The scent will warm you up to the product but the actual results are what keep people coming back.

Warm Your Soul – CBD Coffee from Green Roads

Warm Your Soul - CBD Coffee from Green Roads

A common question: What is the point of CBD coffee? You want caffeine to pick you up, but CBD calms you down. Our answer? CBD helps reduce the feeling of jitteriness. This comes in handy when driving through questionable weather that Mother Nature throws at us North-easterners. Fix yourself a cup of Green Roads CBD coffee in the morning to take some of that icy hot road rage away from your morning commute.

Aprés Ski for Your Feet – CBD For Life Foot Cream

Aprés Ski for Your Feet - CBD For Life Foot Cream

Those of you who frequent the mountains know the glorious feeling of removing your boots after a day on the slopes. Being stuck in socks and asking a lot from your feet necessitates a foot cream to help relax your peds. CBD for Life is an award-winning company, with a foot cream that is sure to have you ready for more mountain time before you can say “shred the gnar.”

Calm Your Body – CBD Bath Bomb

Calm Your Body - CBD Bath Bomb

Is there anything better than taking a hot shower or bath after an extended period in the bitter cold? Mary’s Nutritional has the perfect bath bomb to calm you down (or boost your energy), thawing your mind, soul, and body from internalizing the frigid outdoors.

Seal In Hydration – Healing Rose Lip Balm

Seal In Hydration - Healing Rose Lip Balm

As much as we all like to hibernate on those below freezing days, getting out of the house with chapped lips is inevitable this time of year. Healing Rose lip balm comes in two delicious flavors to sooth chapped, dry lips and give you a daily dose of self affirmation that you’re taking care of yourself. The Vermont-based brand creates delicate recipes that act rapidly and are long-lasting.

Once again, these are personalized therapeutics. CBD is not a one-size-fits all solution. We are not doctors or medically trained, but we are happy to help answer any questions. We can’t wait to help heal you!


Project CBD has created a beginner’s guide for cannabidiol & cannabis therapeutics to address key questions of CBD users.

A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabidiol & Cannabis Therapeutics

In 2009, a handful of CBD-rich cannabis strains were discovered serendipitously in Northern California, America’s cannabis breadbasket, where certified patients could access medical marijuana legally. Thus began a great laboratory experiment in democracy involving CBD-rich cannabis therapeutics.

The advent of whole plant CBD-rich oil as a grassroots therapeutic option has changed the national conversation about cannabis. It’s no longer a question of whether medical marijuana works—today the key question is how to use cannabis for maximum therapeutic benefit.

But most health professionals have little experience in this area. So Project CBD has created a CBD User’s Manual for patients that addresses key questions about cannabidiol and cannabis therapeutics.


Cannabidiol or CBD is a non-intoxicating component of the cannabis plant with enormous therapeutic potential. Although CBD doesn’t make people feel high like THC does, it’s causing quite a buzz among scientists, health professionals, and medical marijuana patients who are using CBD-rich products to treat a wide range of conditions—chronic pain, cancer, Crohn’s, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, PTSD, cardiovascular disease, anxiety, antibiotic-resistant infections, multiple sclerosis, schizophrenia, and more. Academic research centers in the United States and elsewhere are currently studying the effects of CBD on these and other ailments. Scientists refer to CBD as a “promiscuous” compound because it confers therapeutic benefits in many different ways while tapping into how we function physiologically and biologically on a deep level. Extensive preclinical research and some clinical studies have shown that CBDhas strong anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, anti-depressant, anti-psychotic, anti-tumoral, and neuroprotective qualities. Cannabidiol can change gene expression and remove beta amyloid plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer’s, from brain cells.


Cannabidiol and THC (The High Causer) are the power couple of cannabis therapeutics; they work best together. CBD and THC interact synergistically to potentiate each other’s curative qualities. CBD enhances THC’s painkilling and anticancer properties, while lessening THC’s psychoactivity. CBD can also mitigate adverse effects caused by too much THC, such as anxiety and rapid heartbeat. When both compounds are present in sufficient amounts in the same cannabis strain or product, CBD will lower the ceiling on the THChigh while prolonging its duration. (“Relaxing but not intoxicating” is how one patient described CBD-rich cannabis.) CBD broadens the range of conditions treatable with cannabis, such as liver, cardiovascular and metabolic disorders, which may be less responsive to THC-dominant remedies. CBD and THC both stimulate neurogenesis, the creation of new brain cells, in adult mammals.


The most appropriate delivery system for CBD-rich cannabis is one that provides an optimal dose for a desired duration with few unwanted side effects. CBD-rich cannabis flower varietals for smoking or vaping are available in many medical marijuana dispensaries, but most CBD patients prefer non-inhalable products made with cannabis oil concentrates. Although banned by federal law, measurable doses of potent CBD-rich cannabis remedies are available in many non-smokable forms and can be utilized in various ways. The time of onset and duration of effect vary depending on the method of administration. CBD-rich cannabis oil products can be taken sublingually, orally (as edibles, lozenges, beverages, tinctures, and gel caps), or applied topically. Concentrated cannabis oil extracts can also be heated and inhaled with a vape pen. Inhalation is good for treating acute symptoms that require immediate attention; the effects can be felt within a minute or two and typically last for a couple of hours. The effects of orally administered CBD-rich cannabis oil can last for four hours or more, but the onset of effects is much slower (30-90 minutes) than inhalation.


Marijuana has a rich history as a medicine for quelling seizures and convulsions going back thousands of years. In the mid-19th century, the U.S. Pharmacopeia listed cannabis tincture as a treatment for pediatric epilepsy, and subsequent scientific studies have documented the anticonvulsant effects of CBDTHC, and whole plant cannabis. CBD-dominant/low- THC cannabis strains and oil extracts can facilitate dramatic improvement in some children with intractable seizure disorders. Between 10-15 percent of severe childhood epileptics who are given CBD oil products experience a near complete cessation of seizures; most improve (with a decrease but not total elimination of seizures); and some children have worse seizures when they take CBD. Many parents of epileptic children have learned through trial and error that augmenting CBD-rich oil by adding some THC—or better yet, THCA, the unheated, non-psychoactive form of THC that’s present in raw cannabis flowers and leaves—helps with seizure control. The take-home message: Low-THC cannabis oil products don’t work for everyone. Patients of all ages need access to a wide spectrum of whole plant cannabis remedies, not just high CBD oil.


Cannabis therapeutics is personalized medicine. There is no single ratio or strain or product that’s right for everyone. Optimize your therapeutic use of cannabis by finding the proper combination of CBD and THC that works best for you. A person’s sensitivity to THC is a key factor in determining the appropriate ratio and dosage of CBD-rich medicine. Many people enjoy the cannabis high and can consume reasonable amounts of any cannabis product without feeling too high or dysphoric. Others find THC unpleasant. CBD can lessen or neutralize the intoxicating effects of THC. So a greater ratio of CBD-to- THC means less of a high. In some states with medical marijuana laws, cannabis oil concentrates and other products with varying ratios of CBD:THC are available so users can adjust or minimize psychoactive effects to suit their needs and sensitivities. Those who don’t like THC have the option of healing without the high by using a CBD-rich remedy with only a small amount of THC. But a low THC remedy, while not intoxicating, is not always the most effective treatment option. In essence, the goal is to administer consistent, measurable doses of a CBD-rich remedy that includes as much THC as a person is comfortable with.


Some patterns are beginning to emerge. For anxiety, depression, spasms, psychosis, and seizure disorders, many people report they do well starting with a small dose of a CBD-rich remedy with little THC. For cancer, autism, and many other diseases, some say they benefit more from a balanced ratio of CBD and THC. Extensive clinical trials conducted outside the United States have shown that a 1:1 CBD:THC ratio can be effective for neuropathic pain. Some people use cannabis products with different CBD:THC ratios at different times of the day (more CBD for sunlight hours, more THC at night). Almost any cannabis strain or product theoretically could benefit a wide range of autoimmune and inflammatory disorders because THCand other cannabis components activate the CB2 cannabinoid receptor, which regulates immune function. Note: The CBD:THC ratio in not an indication of how much CBD or THC is present in a given cannabis product or strain.


An effective dosage can range from as little as a few milligrams of CBD-enriched cannabis oil to a gram or more. Begin with a small dose of high CBD/low THC oil, especially if you have little or no experience with cannabis. Take a few small doses over the course of the day rather than one big dose. Use the same dose and ratio for several days. Observe the effects and if necessary adjust the ratio or amount. Don’t overdo it. Cannabis compounds have biphasic properties, which means that low and high doses of the same substance can produce opposite effects. Small doses of cannabis tend to stimulate; large doses sedate. Too much THC, while not lethal, can amplify anxiety and mood disorders. CBD has no known adverse side effects, but an excessive amount of CBD could be less effective therapeutically than a moderate dose. “Less is more” is often the case with respect to cannabis therapy.


Look for products with clear labels showing the quantity and ratio of CBD and THC per dose, a manufacturing date, and a batch number (for quality control). Select products with quality ingredients: No corn syrup, transfats, GMOs, artificial additives, thinning agents or preservatives. CBD-rich products should be lab tested for consistency and verified as being free of mold, bacteria, pesticides, solvent residues, and other contaminants. Best to avoid products extracted with toxic solvents like BHO, propane, hexane or other hydrocarbons. Opt for products that utilize safer extraction methods such as supercritical CO2 or food-grade ethanol.


Single-molecule CBD will inevitably become a federally approved Big Pharma medicine. Products infused with a crystalline CBD isolate, derived and extensively refined from industrial hemp, are already being marketed by unregulated internet storefronts. But single-molecule CBD is less effective therapeutically than whole plant CBD-rich oil extract. Scientific studies have established that synthetic, single-molecule CBD has a very narrow therapeutic window and requires precise, high doses for efficacy, whereas lower dose, whole-plant, CBD-rich treatment regimens are already showing efficacy for many conditions among patients in medical marijuana states. Whether synthesized in a Big Pharma lab or derived from industrial hemp, single-molecule CBD lacks critical secondary cannabinoids and other medicinal compounds found in high-resin cannabis strains. These compounds interact with CBD and THC to enhance their therapeutic benefits. Scientists call this the “entourage effect.” Numerous cannabis compounds have medicinal attributes, but the therapeutic impact of whole plant cannabis is greater than the sum of its parts.


If you live in a state where medical marijuana is legal and available, look for CBD products made from high-resin cannabis (rather than low resin industrial hemp) that are sold in medical marijuana dispensaries. Hemp-derived CBD-infused products of varying quality are also available via dozens of internet storefronts. Compared to whole plant CBD-rich cannabis, industrial hemp is typically low in cannabinoid content. A huge amount of hemp is required to extract a small amount of CBD, thereby raising the risk of contaminants because hemp, a bioaccumulator, draws toxins from the soil. That’s a great feature for restoring a poisoned ecosystem, but it’s not recommended for extracting medicinal oil. Heavily refined CBDpaste or terpene-free CBD powder is poor starter material for formulating CBD-rich oil products. The FDAhas tested dozens of so-called CBD “hemp oil” products and found that in many cases these products contained little or no CBDCBD-infused nutraceuticals have not been approved by the FDA as food supplements; nor are these products legal in all 50 U.S. states. By and large, however, interstate CBDcommerce is tolerated by federal authorities.


Many cannabis- and hemp-derived CBD vape oil products include a thinning agent, which dilutes the oil that is heated and inhaled by vape pen users. Beware of vape pen oil that contains propylene glycol. When overheated, this chemical additive produces formaldehyde, a carcinogen, as a byproduct, according to a 2015 report in the New England Journal of Medicine. Why do so many vape oil products contain this thinning agent? It’s because of the dubious quality of the extracted material from which these unregulated cannabis oil products are made.


CBD is a very safe substance, but patients taking other medications should check with their doctor about drug interactions, which are more likely when consuming high doses of single-molecule CBD products. At sufficient dosages, CBD will temporarily deactivate cytochrome P450 enzymes, thereby altering how we metabolize a wide range of compounds, including THC. Cytochrome P450 enzymes metabolize more than 60 percent of Big Pharma meds. CBD is a more potent inhibitor of cytochrome P450 than the grapefruit compound Bergapten, so ask your doctor if grapefruit interacts with your medication. If grapefruit does, then CBD probably does, too. Patients on a CBD-rich treatment regimen should monitor changes in blood levels of prescription medications and, if need be, adjust dosage.

See the whole guide on projectcbd.org

Project CBD: Cannabinoid-Drug Interaction

Project CBD

With the help of Project CBD, we can share with you the cohesive document they have made about cannabinoid-drug interactions.

Given the increasing acceptance and prevalence of cannabis as a therapeutic option, it’s important for physicians and patients to understand how various cannabis components interact with commonly consumed pharmaceuticals. This 33-page in-depth primer on Cannabinoid-Drug Interaction is available for health professionals, patients, and public policy-makers.

Companion Botanical Closeup: Chasteberry or Vitex agnus-castus


Chasteberry is the fruit of the chaste tree, an aromatic, flowering shrub native to the Mediterranean region and central Asia. It is also known as monk’s pepper or by its Latin name, Vitex agnus-castus. It is a member of the Verbenaceae family which includes verbena and vervain. The dried fruits or berries resemble a peppercorn in both their size and their spicy aroma and flavor profiles. It became referred to as chasteberry and monk’s pepper because of its reputation as an anaphrodisiac. In other words, it was believed to decrease libido, and monks utilized it to strengthen their practice. In traditional systems of herbal medicine, chasteberry is more widely known for its ability to regulate the activity of the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone. It is indicated for the relief of symptoms related to both premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and perimenopause. These symptoms include but are not limited to; breast tenderness, acne, swelling, cramping, anxiety and hot flashes. Research shows that in order to gauge effectiveness, it should be taken regularly over the course of at least 3-4 menstrual cycles. 

Because of its hormone regulating effect, chasteberry has also been used to balance hormones after discontinuing forms of birth control such as the pill or hormonal implants. Finally, scientific evidence is showing a correlation between chasteberry consumption and reduced levels of prolactin in the female body. Among other things, prolactin stimulates lactation, so mothers that are breastfeeding should avoid consuming products with chasteberry in the formula. Chasteberry is also contraindicated for pregnant women, individuals living with breast cancer, women using birth control or hormone replacement therapy or people taking prescription medications that affect dopamine levels.

The PMS and perimenopausal symptoms noted above are some of the same that women are managing with cannabis/hemp products. Taken together there exists the potential to augment the intended effects. As with all herbal remedies, each individual must experiment to discover which herbs and product formulations work best for them. If you are living with a medical condition we advise that you do so under the guidance of your healthcare professional. At Ceres Natural Remedies, we are building a collection of products to help support women’s gynecological health and wellness. We recently began stocking Sacred Moon Tincture by Z Botanicals, a Vermont based and women owned company. This tincture combines CBD derived from hemp with companion botanicals such as chasteberry, wild yam, ginger and lemon balm to help ease the transitions associated with the menstrual cycle. To learn more, visit our shop: ceresremedies.com


The statements made regarding these products have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The efficacy of these products has not been confirmed by FDA-approved research. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. All information presented here is not meant as a substitute for or alternative to information from health care practitioners. Please consult your health care professional about potential interactions or other possible complications before using any product.

Behind the Products: Q&A with Jenn Whittingham and Andrea Cox of Three Buds Apothecary

Three Buds Apothecary

Jenn Whittingham and Andrea Cox were out on a bike ride when they decided to form a company. They were two busy mothers, taking time out of their day to soak up the Vermont sun and scenery when they began to talk about their dream of creating products that helped to preserve the ecological systems of their home state, create and sustain biodiversity, and support Vermont’s communities. They also knew they wanted these products to be botanically based. So, they formed Three Buds Apothecary, a women-owned and operated company out of Waitsfield, Vermont. The first two buds represent Jenn and Andrea’s friendship, and the third bud represents the cannabis plant.


At the time, the idea of breaking into the cannabis industry seemed intimidating to them. It was (and still is) dominated by men, and the market for cannabis products was never directed at people like Jenn and Andrea – women in their thirties and forties. They began to see how cannabis could help them in their daily life. From there, they looked at how they could market it to help other women that were like them. They realized many of their peers were missing out on the benefits of CBD simply because they were overlooked in the market. Jenn and Andrea made it their goal to provide a shame-free space for people to ask questions about CBD. This would be a space where they could discuss and celebrate the changes of their bodies as they got older.

In their CBD products, Three Buds uses only USDA Certified Organic Full-Spectrum Vermont Hemp Co2 Extract. They work with certified organic Vermont hemp farmers, testing each and every batch of their products in a lab to ensure quality. They have a commitment to producing 100% cruelty-free botanical-based products to help heal the mind and body. While these products can be enjoyed by any gender, Jenn and Andrea at Three Buds are focused on creating products and having conversations that help women feel comfortable in and with their bodies. At Ceres, we carry their Recover, Bitchin’ and Zen Bath Salts, which are all 25% off through Mother’s Day, May 9, 2021.

Leading up to our Mother’s Day promotions, we had a conversation with Jenn and Andrea about what it has been like starting a business as two busy mothers and the developments they’ve made since. Here’s what Jenn and Andrea had to say.

How do you share the responsibilities of building a cannabis business here in Vermont while maintaining a healthy work/life balance?

Jenn & Andrea: We talk…a lot. We check in with each other about our day-to-day obligations and split the list. Fortunately, we have different and complementary skill sets and strengths, so we balance each other out well. The truth is that while working for yourself is great, it takes stellar planning as well. Between us, we have five daughters ranging in ages from 11-15. That keeps us busy as moms but also inspires us to set good examples for them in the ways we work, play and care for ourselves. It’s just the two of us running this show and we’re responsible for our own success, so it is a constant challenge to balance work and personal life. However, we both appreciate and respect the enhanced creativity and productivity we gain from taking sufficient time and space to recharge.

How do your values shape Three Buds Apothecary?

J & A: We turn to nature – we start with the plant and keep our products and messaging as natural, clean and transparent as possible. Our goal for Three Buds Apothecary is simple: create botanical-based products and feel confident – and privileged – to share them with our daughters, our families, our friends, and now we’re so appreciative to add Ceres to this list.

We love your bath salt formulations, the aroma profiles are exquisite and they definitely provide that “be still, be chill” vibe. How do you incorporate CBD/cannabis into your lifestyle?

J & A: Thank you so much. That’s really kind of you to say. We’d be hard-pressed to name an area in our life in which CBD/Cannabis isn’t integral. We pretty much use it head to toe, inside and out. The conversations we have about the myriad benefits of cannabis with our children, our families and our friends have been invaluable – and ultimately an unexpected opportunity to involve our families in this business.

How have you seen the industry change over time? How have you adapted?

J & A: Honestly, the changes we’ve seen have been good for the industry. CBD has changed the landscape on people’s perception surrounding Cannabis. Jenn loves the day her mom said “So, Jennifer, you want me to rub the weed on my body?”  Big businesses are investing large sums of money into creating CBD/Cannabis products and we see this as a positive. They’re helping to make Cannabis more mainstream. It’s like Bud Light and Craft beer – there’s room for everyone, you just need to find your market. There are multiple verticals in which to participate and this has helped expand dialogue and opportunities. It’s not a matter of adaptation, but rather finding your niche and staying true to your voice.

What advice would you give to other women/moms that want to get involved in the cannabis industry?

J & A: Create something that is rooted in love and authenticity and people will gravitate towards that. You’ll burn out quickly if you spend your energy creating something that doesn’t bring you joy. We’ve found that women in the Cannabis Community are genuinely welcoming and willing to share knowledge. This is incredibly helpful when you encounter an obstacle or feel discouraged with how a project is going.

What do we have to look forward to from Three Buds Apothecary?

J & A: This is a great question – we’re constantly curious and always thinking about ways to grow and evolve. We are excited about the new products in development; however, what’s really making our hearts smile are some joint ventures with other women business owners. Our mantra is collaboration over competition. Truly, there’s nothing more beautiful than women empowering women. It’s both an honor and a privilege to share and celebrate these endeavors with such amazing creatives and we are stoked to launch them.