5 Tips for Camping During COVID-19

Safe Camping Tips this season

Time outside is rejuvenating, especially when we can spend an extended weekend with a camping trip outdoors in our favorite spot or discovering someplace new. However, with COVID everything feels different. Everything feels confined. You may be concerned about how you can still get outside and mitigate risks. Following a few simple steps to minimize risk, you can get out and enjoy the outdoors.

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Enjoying outside responsibly while protecting those around you during social distancing.

NOTE: These suggestions for exercising outdoors during coronavirus are that only: suggestions. Always check with your state and local government orders before traveling anywhere during the COVID-19 outbreak, even a park in the next neighborhood over.

With U.S. residents under orders to stay at home to help flatten the curve of the COVID-19, people are asking if it’s OK to go outside for activities like hiking, running or biking? In many cases, public health officials say the answer is yes—as long as you’re not sick, adhere to local orders, practice social distancing and common sense. Mandatory stay-at-home orders often allow exceptions for engaging in activities outdoors, generally close to home, like walking your dog, riding a bike or going on a run. Whatever you do outside, practice social distancing, which means keep at least 6 feet away from others to avoid contracting or spreading the virus, the CDC says.

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Popular CBD Myths

From folks making wild claims (for or against) CBD to start-ups frivolously hawking CBD products in one form or another, it seems that everywhere you turn the subject of CBD is at the forefront. Like any wildly popular trend or burgeoning industry, misinformation (whether intentional or accidental) — can lead to misunderstanding. The following are a few to the myths that we’ve encountered during our journey with CBD.

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Will taking CBD show-up on a drug test?

The short answer is no. Cannabidiol (CBD) should not show up on a drug test.

However, it depends on the product’s quality and composition. Many CBD products contain trace amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), this is marijuana’s main active ingredient that produces a “high”. In other words, if enough THC is present in a CBD product, it will show up on a drug test. So in some instances, using a CBD product could lead to a positive drug test. 

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5 popular uses for CBD

Rarely has one supplement been the catalyst for such excitement or skepticism. So is CBD a wonder drug or simply snake oil? Fans of CBD are touting benefits for all sorts of illnesses and ailments. Scientists and researchers have also observed the benefits folks have experienced, including curbing anxiety to relief from pain caused by injuries to arthritis. Perhaps the greatest promise CBD offers is that few (if any) side effects have been recorded. This may be the best news of all. Unfortunately, many pharmaceuticals are hastily and at times recklessly prescribed. This has caused patients to experience a whole host of negative baggage including addiction and harmful side effects, not to mention the exorbitant expense of these drugs.

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Pain from inflammation keeping you inside? CBD could be the answer.

We all know physical activity and getting outside is vital to our physical and mental well-being. However, being active can come at a price. We may experience pain or swelling after physical activity. The driving force behind pain is inflammation and this becomes increasingly so as we age. As a result, unfortunately, many people quit their active lifestyle as they age. Fortunately, quitting an active lifestyle does not have to be the answer to effectively dealing with discomfort. Current medical literature reveals the powerful role that inflammation plays in pain. CBD helps the body systematically reduce inflammation. That’s why one of the most popular uses for CBD is pain management.

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An Introduction to Terpenes

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are a large and diverse group of volatile oils that are found in numerous plants. They’re also what gives cannabis its signature scent and flavor. The cannabis plant contains over 200 varieties of terpenes. You already experience terpenes in your everyday life. Simply put, terpenes determine how things smell. For example, terpenes are what give lemons, oranges, and limes their citrusy smell. They give pine trees their unique fresh aroma. They’re even responsible for the relaxing effects in lavender.

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Full-Spectrum vs Broad-Spectrum CBD

If you’ve done any exploring of CBD you’ve likely come across products labeled as “full-spectrum” or “broad-spectrum”. What does this all mean and how do they differ?

Understanding or sorting through any standardization of CBD can be confusing and frustrating, to say the least. As the founding partner of Keola, I’ve experienced this first hand. Navigating through the waters of misinformation, changing terminology, and dynamic compliance standards makes it difficult for people and companies with genuinely good intentions to get answers and arrive at standards we all crave.

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CBD: How much do I need?

When it comes to finding the right CBD dosage for individuals, experts agree that we are still learning. It depends on who you are and what you need it for. Determining the appropriate dosage is completely personal and that’s where the confusion enters the process.

With CBD there is no standard dosing amount or procedure, therefore there can be some trial and error before finding the right amount to produce the relief you seek.

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Chairlift reflections from our Founder

So, last week I managed to get up to Winter Park Colorado to make some last turns of the season. Being a Thursday morning in mid-May the place was nearly empty save for the abundant amounts of snow we’ve been blessed with this season still hanging to the branches and leaving every run still beautiful to rip.

Spending the morning on the chairlift solo, gives one lots of time to reflect. To feel a tremendous sense of gratitude and appreciation for the mountains and the many experiences skiing has made possible over the years.

Why do you love skiing or boarding? I guess the answer is as varied as the people who do it. For me, the more I thought about it riding up the chair, the more ways I realized just how much I’ve been impacted by it and how important is to make time to spend outside.

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As a kid, I remember the very first time I clicked into an old pair of hand-me-down skis. Even at the time they were still considered relics. It didn’t matter. Nor did it matter that my friends and I learned to ski on a 300 vertical foot hill of bullet proof ice serviced by 3 rope tows and a T-bar that sometimes worked. To us that hill was a mountain! Just like the pictures we’d rip out of ski magazines from our school library and hang in our lockers at school. — It’s all we knew. Our parents would drop us off every weekend at our local ski hill. Friday night, Saturday, Saturday night and Sunday. Skiing was the bright spot in our otherwise cold, dark winters. While most people dreaded the coming of winter in the mid-west, we saw it as a time to play every weekend.

I left skiing behind when I went off to college as I could not afford the price of a lift ticket. The passion that burned in me as a kid for the sport started to fade.

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Several years later after I had saved enough money to take a trip out West for the first time with some buddies. It was then that I was reunited with my old passion. I was introduced to the mountains that I used to stare at in pictures of as a kid for the first time. We all were immediately transported back in time to when we were kids at our local hill. Not because skiing in mountains compared to our little hill back home, but because we felt like 12-year old kids again! Not a care in the world save for which line we were going to take.

And that was it, we were all hooked again. So much so that we spent the next decade traveling as a group of buddies every year to new destinations in the US and abroad. Through skiing friendships deepened, we experienced new cultures and made new friends. We never again forgot how important it was to make time to get outside and play. To be in nature, to feel the weather, to get scared on line that pushed us to the limits of our ability.

I’m now 52 years old and largely because of skiing I still feel like a kid every time I click into my bindings. So I guess skiing to me still means spending quality time with my friends who are now spread all over the country. Hanging with my son and no screens. And making new friends every season.

The feeling of freedom and escape remain with me several days after being in the mountains… just long enough until the next time I’m able to ride a wide open snow filled bowl, chute or run through the trees.

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