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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Since 1782 the majestic bald eagle has been the national bird of the United States. They were on the verge of extinction when the federal government declared them endangered in 1978.
Now, the species has made a remarkable comeback, and spotting them isn’t as rare as it was decades ago. The state of Missouri is sort of a magnet for the birds as they move south for the winter, looking for open water to fish.
There are more than 175 active eagle nests in Missouri. Typically there are more than 2,000 bald eagles spotted during the winter.
Spotting the birds often depends on the weather. Temperatures up north must be cold enough to push the eagles southward. But if a major cold spell freezes most lakes and wetlands, the birds will migrate south.
You can see the birds along the Mississippi River. They are often seen in trees along the banks and near the locks that control the flow of the water.
The Missouri Department of Conservation reports that you can see the eagles in the Kansas City and St. Joseph areas along the Missouri River. They often perch in tall trees looking for prey.
This week on The Righteous Gemstones we’re in Scooby Doo territory as meddling kids Jesse (Danny McBride), Judy (Edi Patterson), and Kelvin (Adam Devine) join forces to investigate the murder of a family enemy, and all signs point to their father Eli (John Goodman) as the killer. “For He Is a Liar and the Father of Lies” is burdened with pushing the plot of the season forward, but rest easy: it punctuates the necessary exposition with a full helping of physical comedy.
At the conclusion of last week’s episode, Jesse, Judy, and Kelvin Gemstone defy their father’s instructions to go and meet with antagonistic journalist Thaniel Block (Jason Schwartzman), only to find that he’s been murdered. When they return home, they discover that their father Eli has come home late, his pants stained with blood. This week’s chapter picks up minutes later, as the four Gemstones and associate Martin (Troy Anthony Hogan) race back to the scene of the crime. What they expect to accomplish when they get there is unclear, but Eli is being twitchy as hell, flinching at the sound of nearby police sirens and carrying on a text conversation while carefully hiding his screen. When Jesse spies that Eli keeps a pistol concealed in his car, the wheels in his head (such as they are) start turning. By the time Martin and the Gemstones arrive at Block’s rental house, they find it engulfed in flames, with all evidence of his murder destroyed.
The next day, Jesse comes to his siblings with his suspicions that Eli is responsible for Block’s death. Eli’s claim that the blood on his pants belonged to a deer that he found on the side of the road is transparently false, plus he’s been hanging out with that creep Junior (Eric Roberts). Jesse’s not the only one who sees Eli as the prime suspect, as cable news, social media, and even Jesse’s own sons are convinced that Block was whacked for meddling in the Gemstones’ affairs.
Jesse launches an investigation, eventually roping in his reluctant siblings. He unearths old newspaper clippings revealing that Glendon Marsh, Sr.—Junior’s father and Eli’s employer during his wresting days—was a full-blown gangster with the Dixie Mafia and an accessory to murder. BJ (Tim Baltz) shares his eyewitness account of Eli solemnly riding the Gemstones’ wooden roller coaster alone, over and over, the day after the murder, which convinces Judy that Eli is emotionally rattled. Kelvin swipes Eli’s cell phone in the hopes of finding something incriminating in his text history. (If only they could remember the passcode: Eli’s birthday.) The trio’s headlong dive into sleuthing requires some procedural dialogue that’s hard to make funny on its own, but some sight gags make up the difference. BJ’s testimony is conveyed through an over-the-top highlight reel of his roller blading prowess, and Judy inspects Eli’s texts over Kelvin’s shoulder by producing a giant magnifying glass introduced in a previous scene, which might be the most Looney Tunes bit the show has ever done.
Junior returns to the Gemstone compound to visit Eli, but Eli has him turned away at the gates. The storytellers wisely keep Junior separated from most of the episode’s comedy, allowing him to play as a genuine menace. Eli doesn’t scare easily—even when he was held at gunpoint by Scotty towards the end of last season, he seemed more angry than afraid—but now he’s jumping at the sound of his cell phone vibrating on his desk. Goodman plays Eli’s anxiety with nuance and ambiguity, shading in doubt whether or not it comes from a place of guilt. It’s easy to believe that Eli fears Junior not only because of what Junior’s capable of doing, but because he’s shown Eli what he himself is capable of doing. The juxtaposition of Goodman’s dramatic acting against the rest of the cast’s buffoonery continues to be one of The Righteous Gemstones’ greatest strengths.
Meanwhile, in our B-plot, Kelvin copes with dissent in the ranks of his God Squad, the small army of bodybuilders who work the land behind his house. During a demonstration of strength, agility, and “Virgin Power” in front of Kelvin’s youth group, a tower of muscle men collapses under his weight. When one of the Squad’s strongest, Titus of Tampa Bay (Miles Burris), begins to disobey orders, Kelvin challenges him to drag a massive concrete crucifix across 20 feet of sand. He fails and Kelvin has him locked away in a bamboo cage for a week for his defiance. Kelvin relishes the opportunity to assert his institutional power over men who could easily break him in half, as well as to demonstrate to his father that he’s an adult who can manage his own problems. While it’s mostly a source of surreal comedy, this subplot also demonstrates Kelvin’s talent for weaponizing faith for his own advancement. This potentially makes him the most dangerous member of the Gemstone family.
Jesse, Judy, and Kelvin summon Eli to the main auditorium of their church to confront him with their findings, because when you want to discuss the details of your father’s alleged felony, you naturally want to do it in a room designed to carry your voice as far as possible. (We even see staff sweeping the pews during the intervention.) The “kids” tell Eli that they not only know about his employing Junior to whack Thaniel Block, but that they support it as a necessary effort to protect the family. This plainly disgusts Eli, who sets the record straight with his own wild tale of what really happened on the night of the murder. Eli explains via flashback that, after a round of bowling, one of Junior’s “hairdresser friends” invited him back to her hot tub. Enticed but intimidated, Eli decided to try this new thing they call “manscaping” and had an embarrassing accident, which accounts for his bloodstained trousers on the night of the murder. Eli now suspects that Junior may have killed Block while he was otherwise occupied.
The flashback to Eli’s failed sexual escapade more funny is heightened like a drug trip, representing how easily intoxicated this old Christian widower is by a small dose of eroticism. Sharing this story also means admitting to his kids that he’s started casually dating, something that upsets them more than the thought of him committing murder.
Eli’s brief detour into the realm of comedy is halted in the episode’s following scene, in which Junior confronts Eli in person at the local gas station. When Eli firmly rejects Junior’s friendship, Junior declares himself his enemy and slips away into the night. Junior is a dangerous antagonist, far more intimidating than last season’s physical threat, Scotty. He likely has dirt on Eli that could destroy the Gemstones’ reputation, though that alone may not be revenge enough to satisfy him. If Junior is truly Block’s killer (and we have no reason to believe otherwise), then he represents a mortal threat to the family.
There’s nothing more terrifying than a teenage girl. Except, perhaps, a group of teenage girls marooned in the woods, driven to madness and cannibalism. Yellowjackets, created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson, plays on the unease and unpredictability of adolescence, allowing the most unhinged aspects of feminine youth to flourish onscreen. The series, which debuted on Showtime in November and has slowly built a strong following since, has been praised for telling a story typically only afforded to male characters—rightly so. However, its strengths are more complex than gender parity alone.
In the tension-filled premiere, a high school soccer team—the Yellowjackets—are on their way to nationals. It’s 1996 (a spot-on setting to play on the nostalgia of millennial viewers) and the team is already cracking at the seams. Shauna (Sophie Nélisse) is sleeping with the boyfriend of her best friend and teammate Jackie (Ella Purnell), and Taissa (Jasmin Savoy Brown) is so focused on winning that she slams into a teammate during practice, brutally breaking her leg. When the team and its coaches, traveling by rickety private plane, crash land in the wilderness, these cracks begin to splinter.
On the surface, that premise is deeply familiar, recalling Alive, Lord of the Flies and Lost. But Yellowjackets is not exactly something we’ve seen before. From the first few minutes of the premiere it’s established that something—what?!—transpires in the wilderness that sets some of the girls on a path to ritualistic cannibalism. We’re not sure who is involved, although by the end of the gasp-inducing finale we can make some educated guesses.
The slow unwinding of the team’s mental state in the woods is juxtaposed with present day, as adult Shauna (Melanie Lynskey), Taissa (Tawny Cypress) and Natalie (Juliette Lewis) begin to suspect that someone is digging into their problematic past. There are blackmail notes and another survivor, Travis, is found dead in what looks like a suicide but likely is not.
As the episodes leap between timelines, Yellowjackets feels like a mystery rolled into a psychological thriller rolled into a buddy comedy, particularly as the present day Yellowjackets are forced to team up with Misty (Christina Ricci), a fellow survivor who is hilariously unstable. In both timelines, each time a new piece of information is unveiled the audience falls deeper into the show’s spell. It’s a methodic, careful burn on the part of the writers, leading into the finale, which closes with a few surprising twists—although it doesn’t really get us any closer to knowing the how, why and who of the premiere’s cannibal scene. The series has already been greenlit for a second season, so it behooves the writers not to reveal their full hand yet, since it’s that tense anticipation that makes Yellowjackets work so well.
It’s not an exaggeration to say Yellowjackets is the most compelling new show in years, aided by its anticipatory weekly drop, which opens it up to fan theory after fan theory. Is there something supernatural at play in the woods? Who is the antler queen from the premiere? Are there more Yellowjackets still alive in the present day? The high ratio of questions to answers is reminiscent of Lost’s early seasons. The endless Yellowjackets memes (“What? There’s no book club?”) reflect a growing collective cultural obsession, which expands as more and more viewers discover the show. That obsession is built both on the plot and characters, which are impressively crafted, and on the drops of on-point nostalgia. The music cues are near-perfect, with ‘90s tracks from PJ Harvey, Hole, Portishead and Mazzy Star punctuating the action.
While Yellowjackets plays on fear, it’s not horror outright. The gore is blatant, including when the younger version of Misty (Sammi Hanratty) amputates the shattered leg of the team’s assistant coach with an ax after the crash. The show doesn’t shy away from the reality of a group of girls in the woods, either. In one episode, “Blood Hive,” everyone’s period has synced, resulting in a “blood soup” pot of makeshift tampons, and in another, the penultimate “Doomcoming,” the survivors get high on shrooms and descend into an orgy. It’s not about shock value, though; it’s about possibility. Those who have been a teen girl will remember the volatile mental state of those years and how easy it was to succumb to the crowd. It’s not really a far leap to translate the catty back-stabbing of high school into brutally murdering a disliked peer on a pit of spikes in the forest after months of isolation and forced survival.
While both timelines are compelling, as much as we’re desperate to know who gets eaten first, it’s the adult Yellowjackets who prove more interesting. Shauna, a housewife with a petulant teenage daughter of her own, toys with risky behavior, killing a rabbit in the garden for dinner and engaging in an affair with a man she meets after a car accident. It’s evident that her years in the woods have numbed her to violence and she now seeks out reckless situations. Taissa is campaigning for public office, but can’t escape a darkness that seems to have emerged during her time in the wilderness. And that darkness, as we see in the finale’s final moments, may be more problematic than first revealed.
From that perspective, Yellowjackets is about trauma and the ways in which we process that trauma as an adult. Sure, not all of us had to slaughter animals in the woods for food, but moments of adolescent pain linger for everyone. We can repress those memories all we like, but everything finds a way to surface. The finale, “Sic Transit Gloria Mundi,” titled for the Latin phrase “Thus passes the glory of the world,” reveals that season one has only scratched the surface of the survivors’ trauma. There’s still so much left unseen, so many questions left unanswered. The most important one: When does season two premiere?
The CBD market has absolutely exploded in the past few years, resulting in several products ranging from CBD cookies to kombucha and beer to CBD baking products. In spite of the dizzying amount of choices, the trusty CBD oil tincture remains a steadfast favorite among purists and CBD aficionados.
Why is that? Well, there are a lot of reasons. Oil tinctures take effect quickly, and their results last a long time. Also, hemp oils are versatile — you don’t necessarily have to purchase expensive CBD drinks or cooking supplies when you can simply add a couple of droppers of CBD oil.
Also, while some look to CBD edibles or vapes to avoid holding an oil under their tongues, some of us oil loyalists prefer the rich taste and warm sensation of holding a cannabidiol tincture under the tongue as it absorbs.
Whether you’re interested in the quick effectiveness, the longevity of effects, or the versatility, there are a number of criteria to keep in mind when selecting the best CBD oil for you. Today, we’re going to look at five products from our favorite CBD brands and also give you some insight into what to look for when shopping for a top-quality CBD oil product.
The Best CBD Oil for Pain, Anxiety and Sleep 2022
When considering the best CBD oils for 2022, we looked at our favorite brands, known for pure raw ingredients and high-quality CBD products. There are a number of crucial factors in making a CBD product as pure, safe, and effective as possible, and we’ll get to those below when we give you some tips on how to shop for quality CBD.
The CBD products we selected from these trusted brands stand out because of their effectiveness, and we looked for a variety across our selections — from oils formulated for rest, relaxation, and pain management to potent full spectrum, broad spectrum, and THC boosted offerings.
Okay, enough preamble. Here are our choices for the best oil products of 2022!
Let’s take a deeper look at what makes these CBD brands and products special. You’ll see some common denominators across all brands, including pesticide-free farming, clean extraction methods, and third-party lab reports backing up the brand’s claims. In addition, you’ll find imaginative applications of cannabinoid combinations and beneficial extra ingredients. We think this list will provide you with the variety you seek and the quality you deserve.
CBDfx has been creating effective, high-quality CBD products for nearly a decade. They’re known for their organic, non-GMO, pesticide-free hemp, their clean CO2 extraction method, and their strict adherence to purity and quality. No matter which CBD oil you choose from CBDfx, you can rest assured that it will be a quality product you’ll choose again and again.
This broad spectrum CBD wellness tincture combines the health and wellness benefits of the cannabinoids (we’ll explore that mouthful of a term later) CBD and CBG with known wellness-boosting ingredients, like the antioxidants curcumin and coenzyme Q10. CBG is a valuable compound found in the cannabis plant and, when combined with CBD and other cannabinoids, has been reported to have focusing and even energizing effects. That means that this is an incredibly versatile CBD oil product appropriate for practically any occasion, giving you tools to wrangle anxiety, stress, and mood. You can take it when you want to enjoy the soothing effects of CBD, but don’t want to run the risk of dozing off at your desk. And it makes a great addition to any morning health regimen.
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This exciting new product from CBDfx is exactly the CBD oil you want when you’re ready to doze off and get a solid night’s rest. CBDfx’s new delta-9 THC tinctures are full spectrum CBD products that make the most of legally allowable 0.3% trace amounts of THC, while staying safely within the guidelines of the law. Note that this doesn’t mean they’re designing THC products for their intoxicating effects. They’re simply ensuring that these full spectrum tinctures have the right amount of THC to create the most robust Entourage Effect possible in a CBD product.
By combining full spectrum CBD with 10mg of calming CBN and 2.25 mg of THC per serving, along with a special blend of sleep terpenes, the experts at CBDfx have created the most calming, restful CBD oil we can think of. It’s potent enough that you should start small and stick to serving recommendations, because too much could cause psychotropic effects. And don’t plan on getting behind the wheel after you try it. But do plan on one of the most restful nights you’ve had in a long, long time.
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Lazarus Naturals’ classic CBD oil tinctures are additive-free, and the CBD itself comes from hemp grown on their own farms. This purist’s oil comes in high-potency servings with 50mg of full spectrum CBD per milliliter. We love the French Vanilla Mocha flavor of this powerful oil, in particular. It’s a perfect “chill” addition to a cup of coffee or hot cocoa!
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We recommended CBDfx’s CBD + Delta-9 THC Sweet Dreams Tincture earlier as pretty much the be-all, end-all in delta-9 sleep products. But CBDfx has a fantastic broad spectrum CBD sleep oil, as well. CBDfx CBD Sleep Tincture is as potent a broad spectrum option as you’re likely to find, given its (count ’em) 1-2-3-4 punch of restful ingredients. Their sleep oil begins with a hefty dose of calming CBD up to 33mg CBD per serving, depending on which strength option you choose. To this, they’ve added CBN (the “ultimate relaxation cannabinoid”), sleep terpenes, and the classic natural sleep aid, melatonin. Together, these potent ingredients allow you to get to sleep more easily, sleep more soundly through the night, and wake up in the morning without the “hangover” feeling of traditional sleeping pills.
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Like CBDfx, the folks at Nuleaf Naturals are part of the original pioneering generation of CBD brands (since 2014). Their full spectrum CBD tincture is derived from hemp organically grown in Colorado. Simple and powerful, the only two ingredients of this oil tincture are hemp oil and hemp seed oil. Experience all the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids of the cannabis plant in this pure and powerful (60mg CBD per milliliter!) oil product.
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While the focus of this article is on CBD oil tinctures for people, there is a booming market for CBD for pets — which is no surprise given its effectiveness for muscle and joint pain, relaxation, and general wellness and good health. So, it’s worth mentioning our recommendation for the best CBD pet tincture oils. For us, there really is no question about it. We love the CBD Pet Tinctures from CBDfx. They use the same pure, organic, human-grade oil as in their CBD tincture oil for humans, and add natural vegan flavoring, which pets love. These pet oils come in formulas for dogs and cats, with four strengths for dogs, depending on the size of your pooch. Both the dog and cat tinctures come in your choice of tail-wagging bacon and chicken flavors.
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The way you ingest CBD dictates a lot about how you will experience the effects. Different methods operate differently with our bodies, with varying times to take effect and a wide range in how long their effects last.
For instance, inhaling CBD (typically by vaping) is the fastest way to feel the effects of CBD, because it enters directly into your bloodstream by way of your lungs, without having to go through your digestive system or liver first. However, the effects of inhaled CBD don’t last quite as long as those of other methods.
A CBD oil tincture is absorbed by the sublingual membrane, and delivers CBD effects more slowly than inhalation, but more quickly than an edible. Its length of effective time also falls in the middle of those two. Depending on your body mass, metabolism and other bioavailability factors, CBD tincture products will require around 15 minutes to take effect, and the experience will last 4–6 hours.
CBD edibles take longer to kick in because they have to be digested and metabolized before the CBD enters the bloodstream. These products make up for the wait with the length of time that their effects last.
CBD oil tinctures occupy the golden middle space here, taking effect quickly and also lasting a long time.
In addition, quality CBD oils require less processing than CBD vape products or edible products. The CBD must be safely extracted from the plant and combined with a high-quality carrier oil (like coconut-derived MCT oil) and any other ingredients, and that’s largely it.
How did we select these particular products? We began with considering how our brands source their hemp and how they extract their CBD and create their products. Then, we looked at unique applications, flavors, and concentrations.
Whenever you’re considering a CBD oil product, whether it’s one of the ones we recommend or other products you may come across, there is some information you should know to make the best, safest choice.
Cannabis, hemp, marijuana … what’s the difference between these terms? Let’s begin with the cannabis plant, which exists in two distinct types, according to the law.
Cannabis marijuana contains large amounts of the psychoactive compound tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), and is subject to strict legal regulations. This is the kind of cannabis people use to achieve a psychotropic “high.”
Cannabis hemp, or industrial hemp, actually contains only a very small amount of THC (less than 0.3%), and is not used for psychoactive purposes. This is the hemp that legal CBD products are made from, and the hemp that all the products in our recommended list are made from. This includes the CBDfx Delta-9 THC drops that are made from full spectrum cannabis hemp and fall well within legal trace amounts of THC.
CBD (cannabidiol) and THC are both naturally occurring molecular compounds known as cannabinoids. But cannabis is actually packed with hundreds of other cannabinoids, like CBG, CBN, CBC, and many others. These “minor cannabinoids” have also been found to possess their own therapeutic properties, and they work in conjunction with CBD to enhance its effects.
CBD is extracted into three primary forms: full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, and CBD isolate. The products we’ve recommended are full and broad spectrum CBD oils.
Full spectrum CBD contains all of the cannabinoids and other compounds that naturally appear in hemp (specifically, the buds, leaves and stems of the hemp plant). This includes CBD and also those trace amounts of THC (less than 0.3%) that we discussed earlier. This also includes those many other cannabinoids and compounds called terpenes and flavonoids.
The biggest attraction of full spectrum CBD is that it provides the purest, most natural experience, and it creates a potent Entourage Effect. This is a synergistic effect where all of the cannabinoids and other compounds present work together, both to modify one another’s effects and also to produce a more powerful overall effect.
Broad spectrum CBD filters out the trace amounts of THC. It still contains the other cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids, and it does create the Entourage Effect, albeit to a slightly lesser amount. This is the ideal choice for those who want an effective CBD experience without worrying about THC.
CBD Isolate is primarily used in CBD vaping and bath products. It is 99% pure CBD with all other cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, and other compounds removed. CBD isolate won’t induce the Entourage Effect.
Purity begins with the plant. Cannabis is a fantastically powerful and efficient phytoremediator, meaning that it’s really good at removing toxins from the soil it grows in. The problem is, all those toxins end up in the plant itself, including heavy metals, toxins, and pesticides. That’s why you want to shop for cannabidiol oil made from organically grown, pesticide- and GMO-free hemp. Otherwise, those harmful chemicals will go straight from the plant into your oil and, finally, into you!
Nobody’s lining up to chew on a raw hemp plant. Once you have a pure plant, you must extract the CBD from it as cleanly as possible. Cheap products, like the kind you find in convenience stores and truck stops, often use dangerous methods that include submerging the plant in chemicals like butane and acetone. This can lead to products with toxic additives and chemicals. CO2 extraction is considered to be the best and cleanest method of CBD extraction.
The best way to know exactly what is in your cannabidiol (CBD) oil is through a report provided by an independent, third-party lab. This will tell you the exact percentages of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids in your product, as well as any other chemicals that may be present — including the potentially harmful ones.
Cannabinoids, like CBD (cannabidiol), are abundant in hemp, but they’re not the only valuable compounds to be found.
Terpenes give plants their scent. They’re easily found in pungent plants like cannabis, tea, herbs, and citrus fruits. In addition to giving plants their smell, they carry a host of beneficial properties, from soothing inflammation to regulating mood.
Flavonoids give plants their color. They’re also phytonutrients that can help our bodies fight off illness, calm inflammation, and boost our overall health and wellness.
CBD oil products are often tailored for specific applications, like the focus and sleep tinctures we saw in our list. While we know that CBD possesses all the traits necessary to address the issues we use it for, it’s always good to look for other proven ingredients that can help a specific product target a specific need. For instance, products to enhance sleep and rest often include melatonin, chamomile, and lavender. Topicals for joint and muscle pain might include natural analgesics, like white willow bark, or anti-inflammatories like menthol.
Now that you have our top recommendations and some practical guidelines to keep in mind when shopping for a quality CBD product, we hope you can shop with confidence. When you have a safe and effective product, you can make CBD a valuable ingredient in your self-care and daily routines, reaping the soothing, therapeutic benefits of cannabidiol.
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