The Cut – My Neck Would Like to Thank This Lotion

Isn’t it funny how and where we hold stress? Okay, “funny” isn’t exactly the appropriate word, but any time I’m stressed, it manifests itself somewhere in the vicinity of my right trapezius, stretching up past my shoulder then landing deep in the nape of my neck. It clamps down over that entire area as if to say, “Wouldn’t make any sudden moves if I were you.” Ouch.

Like practically everyone else lately, I have pushed the standard muscle-relieving salves aside to make room for the new class of hemp-derived CBD soothers. The active cannabinoid has become widely embraced for its pain-relieving properties when applied topically. Bear Necessities, a clean, organic, and vegan San Diego-based company founded by two couples, makes lotions and oils as well as tinctures (there’s even a pet tincture!), using CBD to help with skin irritations, sunburn, rashes, joint inflammation and muscle pain. I’ve become a fan of their Relieving Muscle & Pain Gel.

I first sampled it with the back-of-hand test, rubbing a small dollop in. It smelled like menthol, but in a breezy, not overly wintergreen way. Within a couple of minutes, my skin felt a cool yet simultaneously warm sensation just beneath its surface. This seemed promising, so the next time I felt things tighten and ache along my upper exterior, I massaged a generous amount in — even going so far as to rub it into the back of my upper nape, recent blowout be damned. It felt like an organic, vegan incarnation of Icy Hot, or like someone had draped a pre-warmed blanket over my body. It felt really comforting.

Whether it was the CBD or the tried-and-true menthol and camphor easing my ache, I can’t say. What I do know is that this stuff worked, and my husband concurred. “The burst of camphor feels so therapeutic!” he exclaimed a minute after rubbing it into his arm. “Almost like mouthwash!”

Comparing a muscle reliever to mouthwash seems odd, but when you think of that bracing sensation that comes with a hit of Listerine, it kind of makes sense. Just don’t swig the stuff.






SD Voyager – Meet Halee Kalevitch and Andrea Kelley of Bear Necessities Co

Today we’d like to introduce you to Halee Kalevitch and Andrea Kelley.

Halee and Andrea, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Bear Necessities Co is a family-owned CBD naturals company based out of San Diego, California. Our philosophy is very simple: CBD is good for you. It’s great for the environment, it’s great for your skin, and it’s great for your health. It’s a staple that’s, unfortunately, missing from most family medicine cabinets and bathroom counters, and we’re setting out to change that.

We’re Andrea & Marcus and Halee & Tyler. We’re two couples, each with two boys. Fate brought us all to San Diego at the same time, where Halee & Andrea met working at a tanning spa many moons ago. Somewhere down the line, we all realized that things weren’t the way they should be. Work shouldn’t keep us away from our kids. Work should allow us to spend more time with our children and help build a world that’s better and brighter for them.

That’s exactly how Bear Necessities Co came about. We’re all fans of the benefits of CBD and cannabis-infused products. They’ve enhanced our lives and the lives of people we care about. We’re big believers in hard work and making a difference in the world. We all wanted to set positive examples for our children and show them that hard work and dedication to the right things pay off in life.

One day, while Halee and Andrea’s boys were playing together, they realized that Bear Necessities Co was what they wanted most in life. Since all four members of the team had a business background, it only felt reasonable to embark on a journey that embodied our shared values. We went from becoming CBD fanatics to CBD entrepreneurs, learning every in and out of the business. Everything, down to meticulous choices in packaging design, was uphill labor of love. There was a lot to do but in the words of Beyonce, “A winner don’t quit on themselves!”

Reaching the point where we can see everything we’ve done behind the scenes becomes a reality is surreal, fulfilling, and monumental. We’re grateful that we’ve been able to accomplish what we’ve set our minds to, and even more grateful that the messaging and products that we’re putting out into the world will help others enjoy a better quality of life.

When we’re not spending time with our kids at our family-owned business, we’re at the beach, hiking with our dogs, and obnoxiously singing along to our favorite music. Bear Necessities Co is a part of our family, and by extension, you are too.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There will always be the struggle of teaching the community the difference between CBD and THC because we are family-friendly it is important that parents are confident they are not giving their child something that will get them high. We know that there is a lot of information floating around the internet surrounding CBD and we want to help our community navigate through the “filler information” and directly to what matters to them and how it can enhance their wellbeing!

Other than that we are really seeing huge growth with a lot of amazing reviews and product responses so we really are SO grateful and ready for the next step!

Please tell us about your business. What should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
All four of us owners have been in sales before this and have had to sell things we really weren’t passionate about but Bear Necessities Co isn’t something we have to “sell” it is what it is and what it is, is AMAZING!

We currently are all working hard to get things to the next level of our business and get our products in front of as many people as possible! We are very proud of the fact that we are four hardworking parents just trying to give our boys the best quality, all while teaching them to get their hands dirty and make things happen for themselves, waiting around for someone else isn’t what we are about!

Our brand is known for being HERE for our community, customers and even those who just have a few CBD questions – WE ARE HERE TO HELP! We know our products are high quality and have the lab tests to back it up, this is why we are able to really focus on making connections with our community members!

We are also very proud of the fact that our CBD particles are NANO-SIZED! This gives the CBD the ability to actually be absorbed through the skin layers to the source of the problem, no more waiting for the sticky, oily, lotion to never absorb!

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is when we are able to sit down and fully breathe knowing our kids are financially stable as well as our community educated on the amazing enhancements CBD can have on everyone’s lives! It doesn’t really come down to a dollar amount or a certain level of notoriety – we only want to help others while building a life for our family!

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Why Choose CBD?

If you’ve watched your friends and family begin incorporating CBD oil into their self care routines, you might be wondering why. Healthcare professionals and skincare enthusiasts are quick to sing the praises of CBD oil for virtually everything. But why does CBD work? How is it different from any other natural remedy available on the market?

Getting some facts about CBD might impact your self care routine. CBD might outperform many of the products you’re already using. Working past the stigma of the way cannabis has been colorized and understanding all the good it can do might turn you into a CBD believer.

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Is CBD the Best Home Remedy?

Families are super conscious about the products they buy. People are making the switch to recycled paper goods, natural laundry detergent, and sulfate free products every day. Moms and dads are concerned about the health of their children and the state of the environment, and they’re taking steps to be more conscious of the products they use.

They’re also looking to make some changes in the medicine cabinet. It seems like every day, a new pharmaceutical company is under fire. Every prescription drug commercial ends with a scary list of side effects that seems to go on forever. People need alternatives, and new ones pop up every day.

CBD is on everyone’s radar. CBD oil is touted as a natural panacea for a variety of ailments, and medical testing seems to show that the claims hold merit. Since CBD poses almost no side effects and its origins are completely natural, it might be the solution your family deserves.

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Is CBD Safe for Kids?

More and more parents are researching CBD for child epilepsy, seizures, autism, and ADHD. Every parent wants the best for his or her child, but the amount of options can be paralyzing. Many moms and dads fear the side effects of treatments and pharmaceuticals, especially since these side effects can diminish a child’s quality of life. This couples with the fact that many conventional treatment options for common medical complaints alter the state of a child’s mind, which is something that many parents would prefer to avoid.

CBD may prove to be a valuable alternative or complementary treatment for a whole host of concerns parents may have about the wellbeing of their children.

Will CBD Get my Child High?

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NBC News: FDA Approves Cannabis-Based drug CBD for Epilepsy


By Maggie Fox

The Food and Drug Administration approved the prescription cannabidiol medicine Monday to treat rare and severe forms of epilepsy.

FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb also issued an immediate statement saying this wasn’t an approval of marijuana, in general — and said anyone wanting to use cannabis-based products to treat disease must prove they are safe and that they work.

The new drug, Epidiolex, is a formulation of cannabidiol — CBD for short. It’s derived from cannabis but doesn’t contain the THC that recreational users value for providing “highs.”

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NBC News: CVS to sell CBD products in 800 stores in 8 states

CBD News - CVS to Sell CBD

By Shamard Charles, M.D. – Dr. Shamard Charles is a physician-journalist for NBC News and Today, reporting on health policy, public health initiatives, diversity in medicine, and new developments in health care research and medical treatments.

CVS Pharmacy announced Wednesday that it will begin selling hemp-derived CBD products in eight states. The national drug store chain will be marketing the topical cannabidiol products, such as creams, sprays and roll-ons, as “an alternative source of relief,” CVS said in a statement to NBC News. CVS will also be partnering with a company to test and verify the quality of the CBD topicals sold in its drug stores.

“We are carrying hemp-derived CBD products in select states to help meet consumer demand for alternative care options,” said CVS Health Spokesperson, Mike DeAngelis.

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Medical News Today: Everything You Need to Know About CBD Oil

By Jon Johnson
Reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, PhD, MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT

People take or apply cannabidiol to treat a variety of symptoms, but its use is controversial. There is some confusion about what it is and how it affects the human body. Cannabidiol (CBD) may have some health benefits, and it may also pose risks. Products containing the compound are now legal in many American states where marijuana is not.

This article will explain what CBD is, its possible health benefits, how to use it, potential risks, and issues surrounding its legality in the United States.

In June 2018, the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the prescription use of Epidiolex, a purified form of CBD oil, for treating two types of epilepsy.

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