Experts Explain CBD Health and Beauty Benefits, Once and for All
Why we trust them: Potli began as a cannabis company in California developing products for dispensaries. The company took the same quality standards and regulations over to the hemp-derived CBD side of the business.
Potli decided to create cannabis-infused food ingredients instead of traditional edibles like candies and chocolates so that users could have healthier and more versatile options. All the ingredients in the products themselves are the highest quality and the company's flagship honey even comes from their own beehives in Northern California!
Christine Yi is the co-founder (alongside business partner Felicity Chen) of Potli, a company that “creates ingredients for the elevated life”—that is, CBD-infused food and cooking essentials. In addition to honey and olive oil, the company launched a chili oil, which speaks to its founders’ Asian-American backgrounds. Yi recently moved back to the West Coast from New York to be closer to their factories and dispensaries (Potli is one of the few companies operating in both the recreationally legal cannabis market and the legal hemp market).
Yi is thrilled about the the uptick in demand for Potli products and the increasing general understanding of CBD. “As a business owner in the industry, I'm of course excited by the growing interest and demand,” she says. “I'm pleased to see new, high-quality products come to market, because it means consumers have more reliable options to aid their wellness journeys. In the end, that's really the most important thing.”
If you’re interested in a hemp-infused olive oil or honey, look no further than Potli, who sources all of their ingredients hyper-regionally and all of their packaging domestically. “In fact, all of our packaging is designed to be reusable”, says cofounder Felicity Chen. You can participate in their up-cycling campaign by giving your glass jar and cardboard tube another purpose in your home after use. It’s clear that Potli is committed to minimizing their carbon footprint while supporting local economies and ensuring our clients the utmost quality.
Additionally, Potli is on a mission to help counter the recent bee colony collapses: “For every batch of Potli sold, we build another sustainable, all-natural hive for our bee friends. With your help, we can build new habitats, raise awareness, and improve crop growth and yields in the community.”
CBD and Ariana Grande have at least one thing in common: Both of them are trending in a, “Click, click, click and post/ Drip-drip-dripped in gold” kind of way. Cannabidiol (the non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant) is seemingly in every product even remotely related to wellness these days, from facial oils to bath bombs to honey…making it hard to really know what to go for. So at Well+Good’s recent CBD-themed TALK at New York City’s Made by We, we asked a panel of industry experts to share their go-to recommendations.
Among those on stage were Chelsea Leyland, a medical cannabis and epilepsy activist, Mary Pryor, the co-founder and CEO of Cannaclusive, and Anthony Saniger, founder and CEO of Standard Dose. Each of them spends a good amount of time ingesting, slathering, and even soaking in the wellness world’s latest MVP ingredient, so their recs are worth writing down—whether you’re a CBD newbie or have been interested in the plant’s, er, medicinal benefits for years and years.
Get metaphorically (and in some cases, literally) lit with these 6 expert-approved CBD products.
Potli Hemp Infused Raw Honey, $54
“[Potli is] one of my favorite in the food category,” said Saniger of the CBD-infused honey. “I use it every night before I go to sleep. It just helps me calm down.”
"If you’re the kind of person who eats, drinks, and cooks with honey, then this is the CBD product for you. Put it on ricotta toast with some figs. Make a salad dressing or sauce with it. Use it to sweeten your tea. Dump spoonfuls of it on your breakfast yogurt or oatmeal—then top the whole thing off with berries. Hell, you can even eat it right out of the jar. Anything goes, really. Just make sure you’re minding your dosage."
“With licensed and fully legal dispensaries like LACPG, you have weed you can trust that looks like it was curated for the latest Kinfolk spread. Items ranging from infused honey to gel capsules and Goop-esque protein balls, I was on my way to a highly refined #weedweek. Getting home early, I decided to pop a 5 mg Kiva chocolate and do some yoga before attempting my first cooking excursion. Ravenous post-yoga, I made myself a grilled cheese with Potli Honey. Each tablespoon is 10 mg, so I decided to dose out 5 mg. Weed honey and cheese, as expected, is delicious. So delicious I made myself a second sandwich with another serving of honey.”
“Steap Tea is in the 4/20 game. What happens when you take cheese tea and add CBD honey? You get the “Green Queen,” Steap Tea’s foray into the world of hemp-derived CBD. It includes premium matcha, mint, and lemon, with 10 mg hemp CBD-infused honey from Potli and a whipped mascarpone top. Drinkers can add a “wellness shot” of 10 mg of the super chill honey to any drink for $3.”
“Potli's 'Coming Down' CBD Premium Infused Honey is not only delicious, but it's made from raw, USDA organic, Grade A wildflower honey. This nonpsychoactive gourmet item is handcrafted in Northern California and carefully infused with cannabidiol that is extracted using clean, solventless Co2 to ensure purity. With bright citrus and orange blossom notes, Potliwill help you de-stress and relax after a long day. Try adding this honey to a bowl of fresh fruit, putting it on top of a yogurt parfait, or drizzling on your favorite soft cheeses.”
“Potli's Honey is one of the best products out there. Each delicious tablespoon of its raw wildflower honey is balanced with nonpsychoactive hemp bottled at its hives in Hayward, CA. Founders Felicity Chen and Christine Yi have worked hard to perfect their CBD extraction process, teaming up with a group of local partners who only produce small batches. The hemp is CO2 extracted to ensure the highest purity grade that blends perfectly with its premium honey. Recently launching its new hemp-derived honey, Potli Hemp can be preordered online by contacting the company here. One tablespoon of Potli Hemp equals 10 milligrams of CBD.”
“Potli'sInfused Honey is a beaut (beginner moms would love the Coming Down/CBD, and a small teaspoon of the Going Up/THC would offer a microdose of 3mg THC if Mom is exploring THC a little).”
“So, I recommended she tries Potli's CBD honey, and of course, she absolutely loves it! As a raw, organic, and local honey enhanced with non-psychoactive CBD, it's an incredibly easy and natural way for her to get started. It's important you navigate product options with your mama, especially if you know she will be better off with a little pot in her life.”
“Then it’s time for dessert: baklava with infused honey made by Potli, the project of Felicity Chen. Chen’s mother is an asthma patient, and the mother and daughter had a ritual of drinking tea together on the weekends. Chen wanted her mother to sample CBD, a common active ingredient in cannabis known for its soothing effects. “But she was never going to smoke weed with me,” Chen says, laughing. “I’m a second generation Chinese-American—weed is like heroine for the Chinese!” Her mom agreed to try it in honey form, and now she uses it as a sleep aide, Chen says.”