My business…my dream manifested…Bee’s Wellness Café, is very personal to me. By the grace of God, I was shown my true path via an essential tremor that I developed in the middle of cleaning a patient’s teeth several years ago. I had been a dental hygienist for 15 years when I was diagnosed with an essential tremor. My doctor sent me for multiple tests only to determine that they did not know what the cause was but were quick to prescribe a pill. I had never considered another career but I was realistic. I knew that with a tremor I could not continue as a dental hygienist. This was very emotional and scary to say the least. This is when I started my holistic journey.
After some preliminary research, I decided that my first stop would be a CBD shop. I was given a sample, some brief information, but not much in the way of education or dosage for my particular condition. This scenario played out over and over as I visited one CBD shop after another. I purchased several CBD tinctures along the way with little to no results for my tremor. I did not give up. My husband and I started doing some major research, a deep dive if you will. We quickly discovered that not all CBD is created equal. There are many extraction methods that determine the final outcome and quality of CBD not to mention the crops, the actual hemp flower. We even spoke to hemp farmers directly and they were more than happy to oblige us. Terms like; broad-spectrum, full-spectrum, isolate, endocannabinoid system, CB1 & CB2 receptors, terpenes and flavonoids became part of our everyday vocabulary. We were “shocked” to find out that the United States is waaaayy behind on cannabis research compared to countries like Israel, the Netherlands and even the Czech Republic. With the exception of people like Leonard Leinow and Juliana Birnbaum out of California, there was not much serious research out there with actual patients. Obviously, that was due to our laws here in the states. We are now catching up to the rest of the world on cannabis. About a year into our research I discovered a very specific CBD extract. By this time, I had found a good quality CBD oil that was working “ok”. Nothing, however, was working quite as well or as fast as smoking CBD hemp flower which was not something I necessarily wanted to be doing all the time. The specific oil I discovered was in water-soluble form. This by far gave me the best results as my hand stopped shaking almost immediately after consumption! This was a game changer! My tremor was non-existent even after several weeks of using the CBD water soluble. I decided right there and then that I would share our research with anyone that would listen. I made it my mission to inform anyone with ears to hear to try CBD before a pill…but not just any CBD. I formed my LLC and started setting up at any farmer’s markets and health fairs that would have me. With the knowledge equivalent to a masters in cannabis, the right products to back me up and now with a year of experience of selling directly to the public, I set my sights on a brick and mortar store! For the last 2 years I have managed to stay off my blood pressure and cholesterol meds as well as gabapentin for my back. My tremor is still completely under control! I, of course checked with my doctor. I did not just stop taking my meds, however, based on my new test results my doctor gave me the go-ahead to stop taking my blood pressure and cholesterol meds! I was once told that I would never be able to stop taking my meds and that I would need back surgery! I could easily have fallen into the pharmaceutical trap! Instead, I decided to take my health into my own hands. This was not CBD alone as I also changed my diet and began stretching. However, prior to CBD, I was in a catch-22 as I could not even think of getting on a yoga mat because of my back. In hindsight, I got more relief from CBD than I ever did with gabapentin, which allowed me to be able to start stretching…and that has made all the difference! My back pain has also been non-existent to this day. We continue to sample various CBD products from all over the US to ensure we continue to have the best quality CBD products. What I carry inside Bee’s Wellness Café goes through my rigorous testing. Before any products end up on my shelves they have to work for me and my family and most of all…they have to be safe!
Bee’s Wellness Café received its certificate of occupancy on March 13, the day of the official pandemic declaration. We hunkered down for a couple of months before deciding to open on June 1. A customer just told us today when he found out that we opened in the middle of a “pandemic” that we have “***** of steel”! He then added a BWC Logo Cap to his purchase in support of us! This is the kind of support we have been getting from our local community and we are truly grateful!
I never went back to my career as a dental hygienist. If you know Jesus, well…you know why this happened. Do your own research, question your doctors! My current doctor is not the one that encouraged me to get off my meds. I had to switch doctors due to insurance issues. Believe it or not, even though my doctor sees for herself my amazing results and knows I own a CBD store, she still says there is not enough research!! The good news is that more and more customers are coming to us after their doctors recommended CBD.
We understand that CBD is not for everybody. But if there is no reason why you shouldn’t try it…what have you got to lose. Make CBD YOUR first stop! I did, and it literally changed my life!
*Side note on my holistic journey: I have been able to stop taking allergy medication. I used to take a Zyrtec every single day and my husband a few times a week. We have not taken an allergy pill in months as we have added Elderberry and Mushroom extract to our CBD regimen.