Interview with Levia O’Neill & Trista Vrooman @The Phyto Frontier

CBD is here to stay and it’s not only legal and popular and but it’s a very effective healing product that is changing the wellness industry as we know it; It continues to revolutionize medicine and has transcended any Cannabis related myth, or “mainstream boycott” by giving the world a chance to experience the plant’s healing power.  Out of the many unique compounds found in Cannabis, called Cannabinoids, Cannabidiol (aka CBD) holds the key to a wide variety of medicinal and therapeutic effects Cannabis offers.

With that being said, we wanted to share with you further details regarding the products, the use & benefits and industry insight directly from an insider. Our featured experts Levia O’Neill & Trista Vrooman co-founders & co-owners of The Phyto Frontier in Santa Fe, NM have the experience & knowledge to provide their customers with the highest quality CBD products available.

Q. HolisticGLOBE / What is CBD and how does it work? 

A. Phyto Frontier

Cannabis has many different compounds that are unique to it, these compounds are called Cannabinoids and CBD or Cannabidiol is one of them. CBD works with our body’s natural receptors to stimulate different responses- these can be anti inflammatory, antispasmodic, anti anxiety, and the list goes on. Cannabidiol is found in particularly high concentration in Hemp strains and all of the CBD we carry is hemp based which allows us to offer our products to people with or without medical cannabis cards. The health benefits are really incredible and there is still so much to discover about Cannabis and CBD, it’s an exciting time for natural medicine!

Q. HolisticGLOBE / Top 5 CBDBenefits

A. Phyto Frontier

We believe that CBD has so many benefits that it is hard to pick just five. That being said the top five reasons that people come to see us at the shop are anxiety, cancer related symptoms, chronic pain, athletic recovery and sleep aid. We also have clients with Lou Gehrig’s disease, autism, diabetes, and substance abuse issues who have found relief from our products. We sell CBD pet products to pet owners; the CBD helps with pet anxiety, inflammation, hip dysplasia, pain and more.

Q. HolisticGLOBE / CBD Variations

A. Phyto Frontier

We carry a wide variety of productsin the shop. Including but not limited to tinctures, concentrates, capsules, topicals,sprays & vapes. We find that these are all good delivery methods dependingon your needs, symptoms and preference.

  1. Vaporizing can be a good method because it has a higher bioavailability, meaning that the CBD is delivered directly to your bloodstream and therefore more of the CBD is available to your system,this can provide quicker relief.
  2. Tinctures are also a great way to take CBD, as are capsules and edibles. Ingestion will take longer for the CBD to go into your bloodstream because it has to pass through the digestive system which means it has a lower bio availability and then the liver will process what’s left,it’s a great delivery method for a daily regimen of CBD and you can adjust the dosing based on your individual need.
  3. Topicals are often used to treat aches and pains in specific targeted areas of the body and have reduced inflammation and pain for many of our clients. Topicals are also used for skin conditions and skin health and we offer a line of beauty products that are created specifically for all skin types.

Q. HolisticGLOBE / Isolate vs. Full Spectrum

A. Phyto Frontier

We carry both isolate and full spectrum CBD in our shop. Isolate is the CBD molecule in an isolated delivery form, it is concentrated Cannabidiol and does not have any other cannabinoids with it.  Full spectrum is a high concentration of CBD that also has other cannabinoids. When taken together these cannabinoids are able to work synergistically to enhance their effect, which is often called the entourage effect.

Q. HolisticGLOBE / Top 3 Selling Products

A. Phyto Frontier

  1. Our TONIC Chill tincture is a great product that has fulls pectrum CBD, organic MCT oil, passionflower, ashwagandha and and pure maple to enhance the flavor. Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb.This means that once it enters your system it adapts to your specific needs to correct imbalances and bring you closer to homeostasis (your body’s ideal internal state). Passionflower adds to the effects of the CBD and may help relieve anxiety, calm racing thoughts by reducing GABA levels, improve sleep, fight inflammation and reduce blood pressure. This tincture is one of our best sellers and we love the people who make it! All of our TONIC products provide a full profile of therapeutic plant compounds like terpenes, essential fatty acids, natural vitamin E and chlorophyll which all work together to optimize health and wellness.
  2. Our 1,000 mg CBD Freezing Point topical salve and lotion is one of our best sellers. These topicals have a coconut oil base as well as peppermint, menthol, eucalyptus and camphor combined with a high concentration of CBD isolate to pack a powerful punch for pain relief. The Freezing Point has helped many of our clients dealing with chronic pain. We have truck drivers who come in and stock up before they go on the road. We have a regular client with rheumatoid arthritis who was able to start hiking again after using the Freezing Point products. 
  3. Our pet products are our third best sellers. We have so manywonderful pet parents that use our products to help their furry loved ones livehappier and healthier lives. We have a range of pet lines and productsincluding daily wellness drops, treats, shampoo and even a nose and paw butterfor dry skin.  

Q. HolisticGLOBE / What makes your shop one of a kind?

A. Phyto Frontier

We are a small boutique CBD shop that is women and family owned. The mission and motto is to help people in the community Create Balance Daily in their lives. 

We research all of our product lines and get to know our vendors personally to build lasting relationships with them. We research where the products are manufactured, grown and sourced to assure that we only offer the highest quality products available that are made with love and high ethical standards. We are passionate about what we do and use our products personally so we have first hand knowledge about what we are selling. Our staff is here to answer any questions and are trained and educated in the cannabis field and the new innovations and products that are offered.

We believe in giving back to our community and donate a percentage of our sales to a different local charity annually. We also hold classes and support groups that provide education and camaraderie. Special discounts to Veterans and medical cardholders are offered as well as multiple visit punch cards for our regulars. Our shop specializes in CBD but we also carry other botanical goods such as room sprays, beauty products and more. CBD changed our lives and we are passionate about helping others learn more about CBD and wellness!


Rose Road CBD/ The Phyto Frontier Disclaimer: The variety of CBD products sold at The Phyto Frontier have not been evaluated by the Federal Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness.  We do not sell to persons under the age of 18. Always consult with a doctor or medical professional before use if you have a serious medical condition or use prescription medication. A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using any supplemental dietary product. Products should be used only as directed on the label. 


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