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The Coronavirus Face Mask Story

Face Mask Child protecting COVID19

The Custom Coronavirus Face Mask

Many people across the world are seeking better ways to protect themselves from infection with the Coronavirus. Across the United States, people have been searching for ways to prevent themselves and their family members from becoming another of the statistics with an infection or worse. This is why so many people have expressed concern over whether they need to protect themselves with a Coronovirus Face Mask of any sort.

Politics aside, we understand that authorities have spoken against the face masks for civilian usage against possible Coronavirus and for the use of face masks. People are taking it upon themselves to follow the practices in place in other countries by arming themselves with some barrier of protection against infection. People search for "how to make a face mask with fabric" and "pattern for face mask" to find the perfect face mask for Coronavirus 19. We're advised that even the acclaimed N95 masks are not foolproof tools to prevent infection. With this stated, why even use a face mask at all?

The use of a Coronavirus Face Mask is difficult for many authorities to agree upon but the clear advantages of having a face mask at all are:

  1. A face covering of any sort causes the wearer to think twice about touching their face, thus possibly introducing the virus from their hand to their nasal cavity.
  2. A mask constructed of two layers of heavyweight cotton or similar with a with a thread count of at least 180 acts as some barrier to possible infectious material.
  3. Wearing a face mask helps others stay clear by alerting them of your level of caution

While each of these can be deconstructed and critiqued far more, the gist is that people can boost their protection level simply by wearing a suitable covering for their mouths and noses whenever in public and in some cases, at home. This is what led our esteemed team member, Jenni Sniffen, to create the prototype Coronavirus face mask for use in the local community of Hillsborough where the Flagship store of the Carolina Hemp Hut is located.

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Jenni is our lead budtender in our Hillsborough Flaghship store for Carolina Hemp Hut. She's also the assistant barista at the adjoining Cafe Cusco coffee bar. You could easily say she's a fan of serving people and helping others. Her project with the Coronavirus Face Masks began after a quick visit to the local grocery store where she met a local nurse.  Since Jenni is a very skilled seamstress already, her crafty nature moved into high gear. Her project included research into multiple variations of the face masks patterns found online. Only a few actually met the recommended guidelines from medical authorities. She erred on the side of caution and chose a design which had both comfort and a high level of protection built in.

Pattern for Face Mask

Since the Coronavirus Face Mask users are likely to wear the mask over extended periods, it was important to ensure that the masks were comfortable. This is why Jenni built several prototypes and tested them for comfort. It was discovered that the elastic cord masks, as often found in commercially available masks, were fully functional but often led to discomfort from binding or "too tight" of a fit. The cloth ties used in the final product ensure that the wearer is able to adjust to a secure yet comfortable fit. Jenni also tested other aspects of the construction until she crafted a suitable final prototype (as visible in the photo of Mary Lopez Carter).

Now, the entire team at the Carolina Hemp Hut stores is involved in manufacturing and distributing these hand-crafted face masks. Several people sewing, a couple of people in logistics and two handling procurement and operations means the Carolina Hemp Hut stores are building a structure for handing hundreds of masks a week. None of these masks are manufactured in China or abroad. The team agreed that this would be a Local operation to ensure that local jobs were maintained.

Thanks to the overall project plan, the entire staff of Carolina Hemp Hut was saved from a possible layoff due to the COVID19 pandemic concern. Now, the team is working to secure better health outcomes for their customers beyond the use of healthy hemp products.

"I'm just glad I'm able to lead the charge to help more people who aren't going to buy our CBD and other products. Now we're helping people who are skeptical about the benefits of hemp. They're not skeptical about protection from COVID," said Jenni when asked what made her happy with her new-found success. "I really started to help local healthcare workers and some at-risk homebound patients, now we're helping the country in our own small way. This makes me really happy. It's just great that a simple vision was turned into something really big by just a few caring and hard-working people."

"The entire operation for the Face Mask production evolved from a whiteboard to reality in less than a week. Every member of the regular Hemp team has had a hand in producing masks for people. From cutting fabric to sewing to packing for shipment, everyone has jumped in at our little store in Hillsborough. Big things are happening to help others and I couldn't be more pleased," said Mary Lopez Carter, founder of the Carolina Hemp Hut stores. "I'm shocked that there are so many people calling and messaging us online. Our Facebook inbox on our page is swamped with people looking for masks. It's a really good problem in that we had the forethought to start building the structure to help people before it became a big problem across our country. I'm just hopeful someone in government doesn't change their mind and decide people don't need to have face masks. It's been so confusing already for people."

Mary Lopez Carter, Founder of Carolina Hemp Hut stores

Jenni Sniffen, Coronavirus 19 Face Mask project manager for Carolina Hemp Hut stores

Jenni Sniffen, Coronavirus 19 Face Mask project manager for Carolina Hemp Hut stores

Some Important Tips on the Face Masks

To ensure long lasting quality of your face mask, it's important to follow the following guidelines:

  1. Clean your hands with soap and water or hand sanitizer before touching the mask.
  2. Keep your mask clean. You can use a spray of Hydrogen Peroxide (this may bleach the mask) on the inside of the mask. Leave the mask for 48hrs in a paper bag for it to dry while allowing the gasses from the spray to escape. You may also wash the mask in your washing machine (gentle cycle is best) with suitable detergent. Dishwasher may also be used but may bleach the mask. Be sure to bundle the ties to prevent damage from moving parts.
  3. Wear your mask properly. Don't move your mask to the top of your head or below your chin. When you wear it on your face, it's more effective in blocking pathogens. If you move it around, it's bound to come in contact with more pathogens. When wearing bring the mask to your nose level and place the ties over the crown of your head and secure with a bow (knot).
  4. Mold or pinch the stiff nose piece to the shape of your nose. Then take the bottom ties, one in each hand, and secure with a bow at the nape of your neck.
  5. Carefully pull the bottom of the mask over your mouth and chin and check to be sure there are no gaps.

We recommend multiple masks for each person or frequent washing whenever possible. If you get multiple masks, we're going to continue to stock and custom craft fashion-oriented masks. This will give our customers variety with more options for daily wear.

Since every mask is now made to order, people are getting more choices in the coming weeks with more fabric choices and other options. It's important to note that all mask orders will take about 2-4 days for processing to allow for full crafting time. Patience is appreciated. The team will continue to provide email updates to all customers as orders are received and processed.

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Hemp Flower Cigarettes with CBD

hemp flower enthusiasts turning to Hemp Cigarettes in droves due to the more healthy link of Cannabinoids within hemp. People come to us looking for alternatives to their tobacco products.

What's up with Hemp Cigarettes?

There's been a lot of discussion lately on how bad cigarettes with tobacco are and new discussions on hemp flower cigarettes. We're finding hemp flower enthusiasts turning to Hemp Cigarettes in droves due to the more healthy link of Cannabinoids within hemp. People come to us looking for alternatives to their tobacco products.

You don't need a degree in rocket science to know right away that traditional tobacco cigarette smoking is not the best choice for good health. Lung cancer, emphysema and other dire health conditions are possible with tobacco. Hemp has a different aspect when it comes to working with you for your health.  In fact, they're a reasonable alternative to tobacco cigarettes.

Hemp Cigarettes offer a great alternative to smoking tobacco cigarettes

Hemp Flower and Lung Health

It's not a good idea for the most part to inhale any smoke. Your lungs are pretty amazing organs and people should consider keeping them clean for as long as possible. That's why so many parenting groups and advocates will warn parents and children to steer clear of cigarettes (especially tobacco) in general. Inhaled products such as vaping and similar are also suspect when it comes to how our lungs react.

Your lungs can be very badly affected by smoking. Coughs, colds, wheezing and asthma are just the start. Smoking can cause fatal diseases such as pneumonia, emphysema and lung cancer. Smoking causes 84% of deaths from lung cancer and 83% of deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Although CBD and Cannabinoids are present in Hemp Cigarettes, the fact is that smoking itself is still a primary factor in damaging lung health for many.

A Reasonable Alternative to Tobacco Cigarettes

Investigators at the University of New South Wales assessed the relationship between cannabis, tobacco, and combined cannabis-tobacco use and various health outcomes in 350 subjects age 40 and older.

It was discovered that the health impact compared to the benefit of the cannabinoids was not nearly as bad as when you compare cigarette smoking and its impact on health. To make the entire summary very short: Smoking harms, but hemp helps while it has some harm.

One of the key takeaways from this study and others is that hemp cigarettes, when smoked INSTEAD of tobacco products help smokers reduce their addiction to nicotine while boosting the response from the endocannabinoid system in the body.

If you're going to Smoke, consider Cannabinoids in Hemp

It's just like with food products, if you're going to over-eat, it's better to over-eat apples and oranges rather than Fritos and Big Macs. While too much of a good thing is not a good thing, having something that's beneficial while you're engaged in something that is potentially self-harming, may be better overall for some. When smoking hemp or taking hemp products (not hemp oil but hemp oil extracts which contain CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids, terpenoids and more), you're going to be adding compounds which have been shown to work within the body to improve health and reduce discomfort.

Why Hemp?

Many smokers are switching to hemp cigarettes since Hemp has an enjoyable taste while still providing an option to easing tobacco addiction.

A Selection of our Popular Hemp Cigarettes from Carolina Hemp Hut

https://carolinahemphut.com/product/cbd-smokes/

https://carolinahemphut.com/product/cbtrees-hemp-cigarettes-no-tobacco-all-pleasure/

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Hemp Oil for Pets: We Want to Help You Keep You Pets Healthy too!

Dosing a Pet: CBD is useful to help pets age comfortably

Pets are Family Too!

Americans love their pets. Across the country, people spend far more on their pets than you may imagine. Pets become part of the family. Doesn't it make sense to take care of ALL of your family members? You may know someone who already takes Hemp Oil or hemp oil extract for HUMANS. Did you know that it's available for Pets too? Hemp Oil for Pets is becoming far more popular than ever.

CBD and Hemp Oil Extracts (full Spectrum CBD/Hemp Oil) are beneficial to PETS too. Most Hemp Oils for Pets, when properly dosed, can last quite a while - thus making it very cost effective for you to take care of your furry family members with CBD. This is why we offer Hemp Oil for Pets. Not only are there great oil-based products, but there are chewy and crunchy healthful products too!

We currently carry Dog Tinctures in three different strengths: Small Dog (pets weighing 0 to 9 lbs), Medium Dog (pets weighing 10 to 40 lbs.), and Large Dog (pets over 40 lbs.).

 

Did you know you can keep your favorite furry friends Healthier with CBD/Hemp Oil Extracts?

CBD earns Toys for Your Pet!

For a LIMITED time, we're shipping a FREE chew toy with EACH order of our Pet specific CBD/Hemp Oil Extract. Your furry family member will enjoy the gift! If you don't wish to have the toy, you can specify at the time of order or simply give the free chew toy to your local pet shelter or SPCA. Offer is available while supplies last.

Your Pets need CBD too
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Do You know Carolina Hemp Hut?

What we Offer our Fans!

Specialties

We offer Hemp-based supplements and treats to help people establish better health. Our items are all 100% Farm Bill compliant. Many of our products are USDA Certified Organic so our customers can be assured we're offering "clean" products. We strive to keep our products affordable for all.

History

Established in 2018.

Mary Lòpez Carter founded Hemp Oil Rockstar in early 2018 after she did copious research into products which would help her husband, David Pratt Carter, beat cancer (he had a malignant intracranial tumor). She discovered the promising impact of CBD on people's health. Soon after finding success with Hemp Oil Rockstar, she rented space at the Streets at Southpoint mall in Durham, NC to establish a more permanent location to help people of the community with better health options. On October 19, 2018, Mary and her team opened Carolina Hemp Hut in the mall (located near the Microsoft Store). Mary and the team continue to educate consumers with information from scientists, researchers and medical professionals on the benefits of hemp oil extracts.

Meet the Business Owner

Mary C.

Business Owner

Mary Lòpez Carter appreciates people and wants more people to secure better health and a higher quality of life. She's has a heart for serving and strives to assist people whenever possible. Her journey with the Carolina Hemp Hut began as a result of her desire to help her husband beat cancer. She continues that journey and hopes to bring other people along the path to better health.