National Wine Day: Red Wine for Heart Health?

Is Drinking Wine Healthy?

Is drinking wine really good for your health? The Mayo Clinic admits that drinking red wine has long been considered heart healthy. The Clinic states that researchers aren’t completely clear about the way red wine is thought to help reduce heart attacks. There are some theories. One thought is that the antioxidants may increase HDL ( high-density lipoprotein) which is called the “good” cholesterol.

The antioxidants within wine called polyphenols may help protect your heart’s blood vessel lining. A polyphenol called resveratrol has been shown in some studies to reduce blood clots, help reduce LDL (the so called “bad” cholesterol, and prevent blood vessel damage. Other studies however, did not find a heart health benefit from reseveratrol. More research will have to be conducted in order to settle the science about red wine and heart health.

Even with the possible benefits, The American Heart Association and National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute caution against adopting a new wine habit for your health, especially if you have a history of alcohol addiction in your family.

Whether you drink wine or not, you’re likely not only looking for heart health when you drink but also a way to wind down from the day and transition into the evening.
For those cutting back on alcohol or choose not to drink, premium pytocannabinoid rich Mother’s Botanic’s CBD oil in a mocktail is a excellent choice for the evening after the day is done and you’re ready to tuck in for the night.

Shape magazine’s Renee Cherry shares a creative mocktail recipe adapted here for a calming evening:

Hemp Hot Toddy



  1. Pour honey and spices into a large mug.
  2. Top with hot tea, stir, then add Sunshine Lemon tincture and lemon wedge to garnish.

George Washington’s Hemp Farm

Mount Vernon Hemp Harvesting

Did you know our First President George Washington cultivated hemp on the farms that make up Mount Vernon?

He had it grown for rope, sewing thread, canvas and for seines used during fishing.

On February 24, 1794 George Washington wrote to William Pearce:

I am very glad to hear that the Gardener has saved so much of the St. foin seed, and that of the India Hemp. Make the most you can of both, by sowing them again in drills. . . Let the ground be well prepared, and the Seed (St. loin) be sown in April. The Hemp may be sown any where. “

In a bid to help visitors to Mount Vernon better understand Washington’s life, hemp is now being grown again on the land.

Hemp is not only useful for providing the flowers needed to create quality phytocannabinoid rich CBD oil as we carry in Mother’s Botanics tinctures, it is also helping modern visitors to Mount Vernon see a part of our first president’s land as it might have looked when he walked the grounds.

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The CBD Craze

Hemp and CBD

“I need vitamins to help with my workout recovery. Do you have anything to help me sleep at night? I have restless legs, can CBD help me? I heard it can ease my arthritis symptoms. Is that true?

How has CBD become such an alternative health craze?

That’s a good question, especially since CBD hasn’t been approved by the FDA, even though it has been endorsed by the World Health Organization. As a matter of fact, in a 2017 report by the Expert Committee on Drug Dependence, the WHO said “CBD is generally well tolerated with a good safety profile”. That’s reassuring considering the fact that businesses, large and small, are restricted in what they can say about what CBD can do for you.

Hemp and CBD
Questions abound about the CBD phenomenon.

You may hear companies make claims that they can fix your health problems. They may say things like, “CBD can prevent conditions like diabetes or Alzheimer’s.” The US Hemp Roundtable, which describes itself as ‘a coalition of dozens of leading companies and organizations committed to safe hemp and CBD products’, applauded the FDA for calling out CBD companies who are breaking the law with deceptive marketing practices. However, they disapproved of the FDA saying that CBD isn’t ‘generally regarded as safe’. That certainly seems at odds with the statements of the WHO.

In the United States, a company being FDA compliant IS generally regarded as safe if you want to continue to survive. So, how has CBD become such an alternative health craze in the face of all the hype surrounding its rise?

In short, people who use CBD are self-reporting. They are the one’s making a vast array of claims and reports. These glowing reviews can probably be safely described by companies as relief from the symptoms of ‘x,y, or z’. It is frustrating to see someone experience a life changing result from the use of your product, and NOT be allowed to tell others about it. The upside though, is their relief and happiness and the satisfaction that you’ve been a positive part of their life. When you are looking for a CBD product, either for the first time or for a resupply for your regimen, look for the businesses that care, because they are looking out for you and for the industry they represent.

This joint relationship between the consumer and proprietor is the real reason CBD has become such an alternative health craze in the US.

What is CBD?

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What is CBD?

You may not have heard the word Cannabidiol but are probably familiar with its initials CBD. CBD is not as well known as the famous tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which is the intoxicating constituent of marijuana. Cannabidiol and THC are only two of over one-hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis. The effects of THC are psychoactive, whereas CBD is considered non-psychoactive, or simply non-intoxicating. THC can cause anxiety, cravings and addiction. CBD on the other hand, has been shown to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and aid in recovery from opioid addictions, according to some studies. Because Hemp has been Federally legalized in the United States, for the most part almost all THC has been bred out of the plant. On the contrary, because marijuana has been legalized in the United States, the THC content in marijuana plants have steadily increased. The legal threshold for THC in Hemp in the US is set at .03%. However, reputable suppliers of organic Hemp rarely come anywhere close to that mark. Levels of THC in Hemp plants supplied for quality CBD consumption are almost zero %.

CBD and THC both have medical benefits. THC is beneficial when taken in small amounts with other cannabinoids and terpenes present. CBD, CBG, CBN and many other cannabinoids are currently being studied for their numerous benefits for the human body. As always, consult with your doctor before adding any new product to your regimen.