Business Spotlight: Search for Cures Led to Primal Botanical

Cindy Kleh 22 Aug 2019

Vermont’s Finest Hemp Transformed to Natural Medicines

Editorial Note: This post was written as part of a paid business partnership.

Annika McCann is a highly respected Registered Nurse who works in the OR at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital in St. Johnsbury. However, she is more passionate about the small-batch, full-spectrum CBD products she makes by hand on her days off. She believes that the two professions complement each other – both augmented by her certifications as a Health Coach and Herbalist.

As a young adult, Annika discovered, while learning about the power of herbs, that she had the talent, knowledge, and deep desire to heal. Primal Botanical was created out of dire need for medical cures, both for herself and her family. She first discovered the power of CBD when she tried using it with her teenage daughter, who was struggling with significant mental health issues, but stabilized within a couple of days of starting treatment.

Annika wanted to try CBD for her own chronic migraines, which had diminished her quality of life by forcing her to give up beloved activities like gardening and hiking, but was held back by the price of the CBD drops.

Chronic migraines also devastated Annika’s working routine, putting her flat on her back for 12-20 days of the month, and almost requiring a medical leave. She spent those days doing research on cures for this neurological disorder and her hypersensitive brain. She found that humans have been using cannabis to cure headaches for thousands of years. Unfortunately, because of its Schedule I status in the US, she was frustrated with the lack of available medical research.

Handmade Full-Spectrum CBD Products

Annika decided to take matters into her own hands, and using the ancient method of low-and-slow-heat created her own CBD oil with organic MCT coconut oil and high-quality organic hemp, She found her oil was more effective than store-bought products produced in labs which use CO2 and other solvents in their extraction process.

Finally, Annika could afford to add CBD to her multi-pronged migraine prevention and treatment plan. While CBD wasn’t a miracle cure, she was able to reduce her migraines to about one every couple of months.

Annika believes in the theory of endocannabinoid deficiency – that the human body has natural cannabinoid receptors, and some individuals are cannabinoid-deficient, requiring supplements to alleviate migraines by dampening down overactive neurons. Endocannabinoid deficiency is also thought to play a role in other poorly-understood ailments such as fibromyalgia and irritable bowel syndrome.

Annika’s real-life experience of CBD effectively treating migraine and mental health issues led her to start her own business, Primal Botanical. She uses organic hemp, sourced from Farm Fresh Hemp at Lang Farm in Essex Junction. Both the hemp and her final products are 3rd-party tested.

Annika uses organic MCT coconut oil and small amounts of essential oils for flavor to make her CBD oil drops. She uses organic coconut oil for her rubs, which are available in four different formulas – CBD Coconut Oil, Head & Neck Rub, Joint Relief Rub, and Rapid Recovery Rub – with different essential oils and herbs in each preparation. She also adds sunflower lecithin during the infusion process, an essential nutrient that acts as an emulsifier and helps the body absorb and utilize cannabinoids more effectively.

“I love being able to make something with my own hands that can help someone else with their chronic pain or illness and possibly reduce opioid use!”

Although none of her clients have complained of side-effects, she cautions them not to overdo he dosages and to consult with their doctors if taking blood thinners or chemotherapy. Many physicians don’t know much about cannabinoid supplements, so she is doing her best to educate the medical field as well as the general public.

In many cases, her clients have been able to reduce or eliminate prescription drugs, and reduce side-effects and drug interactions that can slow the healing process. “It really inspires me,” says Annika, “when someone comes back to me saying, ‘I can’t believe it! It works!’ I hear it all the time, and I love being able to make something with my own hands that can help someone else with their chronic pain or illness and possibly reduce opioid use!”

Heady Vermont members can get a 15% discount on Primal Botanical products, which can be ordered by emailing  [email protected] or found at the St. Johnsbury Farmer’s Market (Saturdays 9-1, May-October) and at seven stores across New England:




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