RollerCon 2018 Recap

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WHEW! 

RollerCon this year was amazing! We made it out to Vegas, we survived the staggering heat, and we made it back to Colorado. Now it's time for a recap. 

First, my thanks go out to the organizers of the event--they really put on a great show. Everything from registration to security was tip-top, and all of the staff and accommodation felt very-well organized and thoroughly professional from start to finish. 

We were particularly pleased with the ADA accommodations, both in the venue at large and at the actual derby tracks. Not everyone goes the extra mile like that, and it was certainly noticed and appreciated. 

For my part, it was really exciting to see how far the skate technology has come in the last few years. All the other vendors I spoke with seemed very knowledgable and the level of the gear is both fully and obviously professional-grade equipment. 

 Our partner and 'Chicks in Bowls' resident guru Joanna Gruesome and her spine ramp class know how to pose for a picture! 

Our partner and 'Chicks in Bowls' resident guru Joanna Gruesome and her spine ramp class know how to pose for a picture! 

Those folks should really give themselves a pat on the back for the amazing job they've done developing hardware for that industry--really impressive stuff. 

As for Hypatia's booth, I couldn't be more excited. We attended this event as a kind of outreach to the Derby and Bowl skating communities, and we felt very welcome the whole time, and we were very pleased with the community's response to our products, our company, and the ethos we're trying to build.

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Literally hundreds of people came through our booth and shared their stories about how hemp extracts have helped them, and the Californians who stopped by seemed particularly taken with our lower price-points than they were used to back home. 

Many hundreds more just stopped by to check out our booth, play our ski-ball game, and otherwise just say 'hello.' It was a lovely experience and it was really great to see so many people enjoy the ski-ball we built special for the event. Several people got the hole-in-one and walked away with a free bottle of our Hemp Extract Oil or a jar of our Send It! Salve. One skater in particular got the big prize first try. 

 Here's our first "First-try, hole-in-one" skater flexing at her brilliant shot!

Here's our first "First-try, hole-in-one" skater flexing at her brilliant shot!

With marijuana now legal in Nevada, there was still a bit of confusion about whether we were a hemp company or a marijuana company, but that's nothing that a quick chat can't fix! We talked to lots of folks who had heard lots of different things, both about hemp AND marijuana, and it was really nice to be able to chat with them to help clear up some of the confusion and answer lots of their questions. 

We're really excited to have gotten such a warm reception from the Derby and Bowl skating communities, and we're really looking forward to developing a long-lasting relationship with everyone we met at RollerCon. Start the clock for the countdown to RollerCon 2019! We'll be there for sure! 

To everyone who stopped by our booth: thank you so much! Be sure to reach out, keep in touch, and let us know how things are going! We really want to hear back from you! 

Finally, I just want to thank my partners at Hypatia who really dug in and showed some real grit when it was time to get everything done for this event. Couldn't be happier, and we couldn't be more proud of you! 

Thanks so much, everybody! See you at the 2019 RollerCon! 

Joanna Gruesome on Hypatia and RollerCon

As something of an outsider to the Roller Derby world, I've been both surprised and struck by an earnestness, a sincerity, and a deep level of genuine honesty that surrounds and permeates this community. 

Just days before we left for the 2018 RollerCon event in Las Vegas, our partner Brittany Strachan (Joanna Gruesome in the Derby World) echoed this sincerity in a Facebook Post that we'd like to share with you. 

Please continue below.

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#novel #somanyfeelings #sorrynotsorry This is my 7th Rollercon trip and OMG. If ya didn’t know, I leveled up probably more than I was actually prepared to, and am teaching a beginner ramps class AND working a booth for Hypatia Extracts to bring our amazing pain relief options to the skating community.

It’s been a hell of a ride preparing and I’m gonna be so proud to show off the results of that hard work. So please come see me at the Hypatia booth, and send good thoughts that I can step up to all these new and amazing challenges with grace and success.

I am so grateful to all the folks that have helped me get to where I am, and put up with me while I am in a state of crazier-than-usual. Especially to Jessica Gravel, my Rollercon partner in crime, who has done so so much to support me and allow me to follow my dreams. Listening to my endless (ENDLESS) navel gazing and introspection, getting dragged out of a class because I wanted to go to the giant ferris wheel with Jay Cloetens, reassuring me when I get overwhelmed and insecure, driving us back to the hotel when I start crying at the skatepark because I am mean to myself, bad relationships and that year that I was pining to death over a dude that just randomly stopped texting me back, and my generally impulsive behavior (we are getting OUT of this elevator NOW IDK WHY)... I go to Rollercon every year searching for inspiration about who I want to be, and this year feels like the pinnacle of all that. But I never, NEVER, could have taken even the first step here without those years of searching. It wasn’t always pretty but she was there for it all and never once made me feel anything but supported, accepted, and loved for who I am. Thanks for seeing me, and having the patience to hang in there.

Also, immense gratitude for the rest of the Hypatia team (Frank StonerJarrod Mcbay, and my sweet hardworking birthday love Adam Montoya). They took my half-baked idea of having a RC booth and made it into something so much more than I ever could have imagined. They’ve put in a staggering amount of work, on top of their already full lives, all gambling on my word that this was gonna be a truly great event. I’m in awe of the level of trust and commitment that everyone has shown and I couldn’t be more happy to be a part of this team.

What is 420?

There’s a pretty hazy history surrounding the origins of the term “420” and there’s a whole lot of misinformation out there. Is it a marijuana holiday? Is it a hemp holiday? In this post, I’ll help you cut through the clutter and get right to the bottom of it.

Part of the problem is that—like so many terms in language—420 has taken on a life of its own. It means lots of different things to lots of different people. And just about everybody who uses the term has his or her own folk etymology to account for where the term came from and what it means to their particular circle of friends.

You’ll hear that 420’s meaning derives from various police or sheriffs’ departments (often citing California locales) as a law enforcement code for “smoking marijuana in progress” or “smoking marijuana in public.” Other tall tales make spindly connections to Adolf Hitler’s birthday (4-20-1889) or any other range of references to popular music of the 1970s like Bob Dylan or the Grateful Dead. Still other accounts point to 4:20 being “tea time” in Holland (a province in The Netherlands known for its friendliness to herb), or any other range of references to things with a precise quantity of 420 bits.

In general, most people use the term to mean something like “National Pot Smoking Time.” Lots of students are out of school and home by 4:20pm, and lots of adults are off from work at that time and ready to relax. April 20th every year provides a way to kind of double-down on “420” because you can smoke pot at 4:20pm on 4-20.

According to both the History Channel and the Huffington Post, the original usage had to do with a group of California high schoolers who called themselves “The Waldos.”

Author Brynn Holland for the History Channel writes: “In the fall of 1971, the Waldos learned of a Coast Guard member who had planted a cannabis plant and could no longer tend to the crop. Provided with a treasure map (some say by the plant’s owner himself) supposedly leading to the abandoned product, the group would meet at the Louis Pasteur statue outside their high school at least once a week conduct a search. Their meeting time? 4:20 p.m, after practice (they were all athletes). The Waldos would pile into a car, smoke some pot and scour the nearby Point Reyes Forest for the elusive, free herb. One of the original members of the Waldos, Steve Capper, told the Huffington Post, ‘We would remind each other in the hallways we were supposed to meet up at 4:20. It originally started out 4:20-Louis, and we eventually dropped the Louis.’”

Apparently Capper and the other students never found the botanical treasure, but they did manage to coin a term that let them—and many others—refer to smoking pot without meddling parents and teachers find out what they were talking about.

So while 420 may not be quite as clever as some other folk “holidays” like Star Wars Day (May the 4th be with you) or Pi Day (March 14th—or 3.14 for the math nerds), 420 still acts as a quasi-secret, in-on-the-joke reference for marijuana users the world over.

Thanks for taking the time with me today, Happy 420 Day tomorrow(!), and, as always, be well, friends!

-fs

The Endocannabinoid System

It has only relatively recently (1990’s) been discovered that humans (and other mammals) possess an endocannabinoid system. This is a system in which the body naturally produces cannabinoid molecules and uses them in a variety of physiological processes. The endocannabinoid system consists of the endocannabinoid molecules (cannabinoid molecules produced by the body), cannabinoid receptors, enzymes that produce (and destroy) the cannabinoid molecules, and the neurons, neural pathways and associated cells.

The endocannabinoid system has been determined to be important in biological processes associated with memory, appetite, metabolism regulation, stress function, immune function, reproduction, sleep regulation, body temperature regulation and autonomic nervous system regulation (such as digestion, urinary activity and reproductive systems). This biological system has been found to be involved in pushing the body toward homeostasis—meaning that it is involved with normalizing functions that are out of balance. An example of this is at the site of an injury, cannabinoids are present and believed to be regulating the release of “sensitizers” from the injured tissue, stabilizing the nerve cells and calming pro-inflammation releasing cells. 

Two types of endocannabinoid receptors have been found—CB1 and CB2. The CB1 receptor is primarily active in the brain, whereas the CB2 receptor is primarily active in the immune system. THC has been found to bind strongly to the CB1 receptor and cause the psychoactive response felt with marijuana. CBD on the other hand, does not bind to either type of receptor. Instead, it is known to block THC from binding to the CB1 receptor, thus decreasing the “high” from marijuana. The specific action of CBD is not as well understood, but it is believed to enhance the activity of the naturally produced endocannabinoids. Research has shown the ingestion of cannabinoids can signal the body to produce more endocannabinoids and build more cannabinoid receptors. The presence of more receptors in turn increases a person’s sensitivity to cannabinoids and therefore increases one’s endocannabinoid activity.

But while research has shown a synergistic effect when combining THC and CBD, many people don’t want the psychoactive effects of THC or the legal ramifications of that molecule (drug testing at work, for example). The best alternative, we believe, is taking the full-spectrum product from high CBD, ultra-low THC extract derived from hemp.  We believe the small levels of THC (less than .3%) and the other dozen or so cannabinoid molecules present in the full-spectrum extract enhances the activity of the CBD over a CBD isolate.

The presence of the endocannabinoid system and its positive effects on a wide variety of biological processes has helped explain how ingesting this one plant can have so many benefits. That people are trying this product—and getting results—has created a grassroots groundswell that is encouraging scientific research into better understanding the specific biological pathways of its effects.

We are encouraged by this and we look forward to understanding this important system. We want to learn how we can make the effects stronger and make ourselves both feel better and be healthier.   

Be well, friends!

 

International Women's Day

March 8th (today) is International Women's Day!

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At Hypatia Extracts, we take this very seriously. Our company was founded on the dual notions of the strength and leadership of women. 

Our namesake, Hypatia of Alexandria, was a scientist, educator, astronomer, mathematician, and philosopher nearly two thousand years ago. None of these professions were fashionable then, and they were certainly not fashionable for women.

But—as we now say—“nevertheless, she persisted." 

Hypatia overcame many obstacles in her time, and she has become a symbol—both for our company, and in the public consciousness at large for women in the sciences. 

Our CEO, Dr. Mary Lewis, is our Chief Scientist and Director of Extraction. Her knowledge of chemistry is the cornerstone of our business, and her leadership has transformed Hypatia Extracts from a mere idea in our heads to a literal brick-and-mortar office and laboratory, where we are constantly researching and developing new ideas to create the highest quality hemp-based products available. 

We're proud to work for Dr. Mary, and we're grateful for her contributions every single day. 

And, as luck would have it, it's also Dr. Mary's birthday today! Help us celebrate both Mary's birthday and International Women's Day and tell the women in your life how much you appreciate them. 

Visit our website to learn more about Hypatia, our company, and Dr. Mary at www.hypatiaextracts.com.

Why Full Spectrum?

Hypatia Extracts only makes full-spectrum hemp products. 

That means all of our products contain the full range of chemical components naturally occurring in the hemp plant—the largest concentration of these is CBD: cannabidiol. 

This molecule has been found to have a diverse set of beneficial properties for both humans and animals. These include anti-inflammation properties, analgesic (pain blocking) properties, anti-convulsive properties, and anti-anxiety properties, among others. You can obtain isolated CBD products from other companies, but we believe keeping the full, botanical composition is best. 

Why? 

Because the full-spectrum oil contains additional cannabinoid compounds with similar and additional benefits to CBD. Research has found there to be a synergistic effect with the naturally occurring cannabinoids—where the benefits are magnified when consumed in combination.  Further, there are additional valuable compounds such as omega fatty acids, terpenes, and chlorophyll which have beneficial health properties as well. 

Processing the hemp extract to yield CBD isolate—the way some other companies do—requires the use of harsh chemicals that are neither environmentally friendly nor particularly healthy for the workers. You will see other companies advertising full-spectrum oils that are, unfortunately, extracted using harsh chemicals as well. 

We use a dry sift method that doesn’t need any chemical solvent and produces a clean, healthy, environmentally friendly product. 

We hope you will try our product and experience the benefits of the full-spectrum oils and appreciate the pure nature of the product and the environmentally-friendly process with which it is made. 

Be well friends!

-Dr. Mary