Is there such a thing as being too relaxed? I thought this to myself as I sat at work, feeling blissed out during what should have been a stressful day. Earlier that morning, I had taken a serving of Wild Folk Farm High Strength MCT Oil Tincture. And at that point, it was time to pull out the big guns.
I don’t take for granted that I live without chronic pain. Knowing people who have to deal with it daily reminds me to treasure my painless days, however long I may be lucky enough to have them. When I do have to deal with pain, it’s in the form of some pretty vicious cramps. And although they’re not as acute as they were a few years ago – when they prevented me from driving, going to work and just, you know, moving – I’ll still get some bad ones every few months. (If you don’t know what menstrual cramps feel like, by the way, I am very happy for you, no sarcasm intended. Just imagine someone grabbing your squishy insides – some soggy sacred sack inside of you – twisting and squeezing till you double over. Then add a nice big dollop of nausea. Yay!)
My decision to try the high strength stemmed from the fact that on this particular day, I was dealing with one of these monster cramps. I had tried the Medium Strength MCT Oil Tincture a few times, starting with the recommended dose of 16.7 mg (one dropper-full) and then testing higher doses when the dropper-full didn’t provide the relief I was looking for. When I still didn’t feel the effects after experimenting in this way, I thought it’d be best to try a single dose of the high strength, which has 25 mg per dropper.
It took about half an hour for the tincture to start working its magic, but once it did there was no doubt that it helped. Not only did it knock the pain out, it made me feel really relaxed. Very, very relaxed. Hence, me sitting at work at 10 a.m. feeling like I’d just stepped out of a spa day.
The tincture has a strong, natural hemp taste, so I may recommend taking it in tea or some other beverage if the taste is too potent for you. Personally I think it’s best to keep it undiluted and take it under your tongue for the fastest results.
Wilk Folk crafts their MCT tinctures by using a CO2 raw oil concentrate that they blend with MCT (medium chain triglyceride) coconut oil to achieve their highest CBD concentrations. They also offer a range of alcohol-based tinctures. A few weeks ago, I tried their Medium-Strength Maple Alcohol Tincture. It has a very strong alcohol taste, but the natural maple flavor helps cut it. These particular tinctures include a higher density of plant particulate, chlorophyll, and by extension, CBD-A, when compared to the MCT tinctures; plus, the alcohol base delivers CBD to your bloodstream rapidly, so the effects kick in faster compared with the oil-based tinctures.
Wilk Folk’s website is well worth the visit. I absolutely loved looking at all the photos of their beautiful farm in central Maine. Not only do they grow hemp; they cultivate rice as well. The land looks healthy and enchanting. Everyone in the photos looks super happy. I did a little more digging into their values, and this stood out to me the most:
“Alternative economies are important to us. Homesteading practices have played a large role in the form and function of the land. We greatly value relationships and operations outside the monetary system through casual work trade, bartering arrangements and in the flow of a gift economy. The land is intended to be a sanctuary and safe space for creatures and folks of all different shapes and sizes.”
The more I get to know Wild Folk, the more my respect for them grows. Most of this small but mighty farm is completely off the grid and fully human-powered, bio-dynamic, and no-till. It’s clear that they are about so much more than their products. It’s a complete lifestyle motivated by something deeper: a keen respect for land, and all the living things who share it.