Category Archives: WELLNESS


March 11, 2019

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Join Local Mercato & the Griffin Club for a weekend of self care. Each day will focus on cutting edge restorative wellness, health & fitness.  Learn from experts (doctors & scientists), listen to community thought leaders, engage in workshops, and experience the latest in beauty and fitness.

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What you get:

  • Workouts
  • Speakers
  • Self Care (Mini Restorative Treatments & Workshops)
  • Shop a curated wellness marketplace of brands: HPE Athleasure, Roam Shoes, Cannabis Pop-Up + ULIV Skincare
  • All day access to one of LA’s most distinguished sports and lifestyle members only clubs . Enjoy the pool, locker room (sauna, steam, shower), and more
  • Delicious & Healthy Snacks throughout the day + Lunch
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  • Full day programming (see below)
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CBD Oil – Is the Hype Real?

February 26, 2019

Since medical marijuana has started to become legalized in some states of the U.S., cannabidiol (CBD) oil is the new craze sweeping the nation. The thought is that this non-intoxicating extract is able to help treat a wide range of medical issues such as seizures, mental health problems, inflammation and insomnia. However, experts have been saying that the evidence found is insufficient to prove most of the benefits it is supposed to possess. So, is the hype real?

About CBD and Legalization

Marijuana or hemp plants can have cannabidiol extracted from their flowers and buds. It doesn’t contain the chemical, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) which causes intoxication in people who smoke the plant.

Thirty states have now legalized CBD oil. These states have also legalized recreational and/or medical marijuana. An additional seventeen states have laws that are CBD-specific on the record.

As its legality increases, so does its availability. It can be found in pharmaceutical stores as well as online. US Hemp Wholesale is one of the popular companies that provide CBD products. If these products really work for you, then this site sells it wholesale which will help save you money in the long-run.

Strong Evidence Supporting Epilepsy Treatment

There is a significant amount of scientific evidence that supports the use of CBD oil to effectively treat epilepsy. In May 2018, a study was completed by the NYU School of Medicine which found that CBD could significantly reduce the number of seizures in patients with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome; one of the most serious forms of epilepsy. An earlier study published in 2017 by the National Neurological Institute in Pavia, Italy, had similar findings in regards to controlling seizures.

Recently, a unanimous decision was made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel to approve recommending CBD medication ‘Epidiolex’ as a remedy to help with the treatment of two rare forms of epilepsy in children. This is the main area where there has been enough evidence for the FDA to accept the new drug as a prescribed treatment.

Positive Results as an Anti Inflammatory Medication

Further studies have found that cannabidiol oil is proving useful as an anti-inflammatory treatment. Although most of the positive results so far have come from studies on animals, there is strong evidence to suggest that CBD is 20 times more effective than aspirin when used as an anti-inflammatory, and twice as effective as prescription hydrocortisone. It is because of this that it is currently being used by patients suffering from swelling, cardiovascular inflammation, arthritis, chronic pain, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Other patients that CBD may aid include those with alcoholic liver diseases, which are associated with inflammation and oxidative stress, and those who have suffered from strokes. More research is of course still necessary, but many believe the studies on humans will have similar results to those performed on rats.

CBD Proving Useful for Those with Anxiety and Panic Disorders

Anxiety and panic disorders are believed to affect as much as 5% of the world’s population, with many sufferers managing their conditions through a mixture of cognitive behavioral therapy and medication. However, studies completed in 2017 found that CBD may be a promising alternative treatment. Better yet, researchers have found that CBD is a non-addictive form of treatment, and a patient’s tolerance level for it doesn’t increase when used overtime. Because of this, it may be a better treatment option than the current medication options (antidepressant drugs and benzodiazepines) for the 350 million + who suffer from anxiety. It is believed that further studies may have similar outcomes for those suffering from other psychiatric disorders.

To summarize, there is some supporting evidence that this revolutionary new drug works for the consumer/patient and due to this research, it has become a prescribed medication for epilepsy. There is also a strong possibility that it is able to effectively work as an anti-inflammatory and as an anti-anxiety drug and we could start seeing CBD prescribed for these conditions in the future as well. As more studies are completed, we will likely see even more benefits of CBD come to light; one day there will be proof that this new hype is worth being excited about.

CBD 101 Review For Those Of You Still Confused

November 9, 2018

If you still think CBD and “pot” are the same – let’s get this straight. It’s not even close. You clearly know by now that CBD is the biggest wellness craze of 2018.  Let’s keep this simple:

Is CBD oil the key to a better night’s sleep?

CBD is a fantastic medicine with some pretty wild benefits. It’s been proven to help manage epilepsy, to help people prevent and manage the symptoms of cancer, and has even helped people manage chronic pain that has bothered them for years.

Sounds like pretty intense stuff, right? But the fact is, CBD is just a natural medicine found in the hemp and cannabis plants. And, while it can be used to help people with serious illnesses, the majority of people use it for daily problems: anxiety, depression, stress relief, and the like.

Many people have wondered if using CBD oil can help them get a better night’s sleep. The short answer is a solid yes!, but we’re going to explain it a bit better than that.

What Is CBD?

CBD is the short form of the name cannabidiol, a compound that occurs naturally in the marijuana plant. CBD has been shown to have a huge number of medicinal benefits.

It’s a lot different than THC, despite the fact that the two compounds have a lot of similar properties and are structurally almost identical. The main difference is that THC is known to cause a number of psychoactive effects and results in a significant change of headspace, whereas CBD can provide its benefits without actually

CBD, and other cannabinoids (including the ones that our bodies produce on their own) work by influencing a system in the body known as the endocannabinoid system, or the ECS. This system is highly involved in regulating and performing a huge number of our bodily functions.

CBD works on this system indirectly. That means that it doesn’t directly bind to the receptors in the system like THC does. This is one reason for the significant difference in the effects of these two compounds. By indirectly affecting these receptors, CBD helps to bring the endocannabinoid system back into balance.

CBD and Insomnia

To understand why CBD is useful for treating insomnia, then you should know a bit about insomnia first. CBD is unique in that it functions a lot differently than traditional sleeping meds, which aim to simply knock you out flat regardless of what’s going on.

By regulating a system that affects our whole body – the ECS – CBD helps us target problems at their roots. This means that we can actually address or identify the cause of our insomnia easier when we use CBD because we will still be cognizant while we’re falling asleep.

CBD has been proven to treat many forms of insomnia caused by many reasons.

  • Many people have insomnia because they are anxious. Their worries and thoughts can keep them awake for hours. CBD helps to fight anxiety and can thus reduce related insomnia.  
  • Some people have imbalances in their neurotransmitter systems. For example, people with GABA imbalances often have insomnia. By restoring balance to these systems, CBD can help fight insomnia.  
  • Some people have insomnia because they struggle with conditions like PTSD, marked by flashbacks, anxiety, and paranoia. CBD has been shown to improve sleep in patients with PTSD. 
  • Some people simply have insomnia for reasons like drinking coffee too late in the day. CBD can promote relaxation in almost all cases and make it easier to fall asleep.

Not only is CBD great for helping people identify and manage insomnia, but it doesn’t cause many side effects.

Sleeping pills – even over-the-counter ones – are notorious for their dangerous side effects. The most common side effects include extreme sedation, grogginess the day after, and a reduced quality of sleep. Ironic – they knock you out, but you feel even less rested the day after.

CBD doesn’t really cause any side effects. If anything, it will leave you feeling better than before you took it.

CBD has emerged as a fantastic alternative to a number of dangerous and addictive drugs. One thing that CBD has shown remarkable potential for is helping people manage their insomnia. Hopefully this article has helped you better understand how this compound works and why it’s so great for sleep.

smartwater Gets Even Smarter

November 2, 2018

smartwatersmartwater came to town with a few amazing activations to introduce it’s new products – smartwater antioxidant and smartwater alkaline

First, they partnered with the meditation group The Big Quiet and together launched a first-ever mass meditation tour of the U.S. Together, smartwater and The Big Quiet are working to support smarter ways to practice self-care, with mindfulness front and center. How amazing is that?!!!

I attended a lovely dinner to learn more about the new water and the story behind the brand in general. I left feeling inspired, connected to the brand in a way I could have never imagined, not to mention excited about how far wellness has come, that it trickled all the up to a brand as epic as smartwater.

Listening to the genius of Salehe Bembury and realizing we went the same highschool in NYC. I swear the grey pashmina was there for us because it was chilly outside and I know it doesn’t really go with my dress. Side note, I became so attached to it, I wore it home. 

Ok, let me fill you in.

Hydration + Innovation. Both are big in the market. And they are just getting bigger – the ways in which we can stay hydrated and healthy throughout the day is at the forefront of smartwater’s innovations.

These innovations: ionized for a 9+ pH (smartwater alkaline) or infused with antioxidant selenium (smartwater antioxidant).

Alkaline: A solution’s pH level expresses its acidity or alkalinity on a scale, with 7.0 being neutral. Values below 7.0 are considered acidic, and those above 7.0 are considered alkaline.

Antioxidants: Compounds present in some foods. When these compounds are absorbed by the body, they help to inactivate free radicals or prevent their formation.

So now, you have your smartwater, smartwater sparkling, smartwater alkaline or smartwater antioxidant… all with the same proposition as original smartwater, which is vapor distilled with added electrolytes for taste.

Soaking up the goddess that is Angela Manuel Davis 

Babbling at the divine dinner with Joe Holder, Ashley Guarassi amongst others.



October 23, 2018