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Should we update our will? Do you think the bitch would benefit from CBD oil for her hip pain? What about Montenegro at Christmas?

These are the questions I came up with during my working day over dinner with my husband in the fall of 2019. It will just be the two of us on kitchen stools on the worktop island and not at the dining table. We were now childless in our family home, in the middle of our third week as empty nests. I had to have a conversation.

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September is the time of year to get back to the routine. Time to shop for groceries for lunch, fill pencil cases, and make sure the boots still fit. Put away the camping gear and dig out the backpacks. The time to sign permit forms and sign up for activities. Revise the schedules and find out how everyone gets to school and work and practice and rehearsal. It is when dinner needs to be on the table at a reasonable time to discuss new teachers and new class schedules. September is playtime for parents.

It wasn’t until 2019, after almost 30 years of bringing up our A-game to raise four children, that my husband and I were alone discussing the dog. Instead of twirling around with suggestions for a science fair, possible slogans for student council elections, and ideas for peanut-free snacks, it was overwhelmed by the sheer lack of responsibility for going back to school.

My older three were fine. Started. Regardless, apart from the occasional need for a prescription or tax information. I was confident that even the youngest, a nice ponder in our early 40s, would do well too. He had three great role models and had more adult experience than most children his age. I was worried that I might be the problem on the kitchen stool.

I didn’t think I was “that mother,” one of the helicopters or the tigers. I worked happily and successfully during her childhood. I had a job and a career. Sure, I volunteered, officiated, chauffeured, baked, sewed costumes, collected donations, ran meetings and clubs, and baked more. But I also had my own interests, hobbies, and friendships (most of them started in the schoolyard, but what the heck?). I liked to think that I was a supportive and caring mother, but I have not witnessed every move, trial, triumph, or tragedy of her. Hell, in the 16 years my kids were in high school, I never went to parent teacher night!

When we first deposed the elder at McGill University years ago, I accidentally started a tradition. On the street corner, directly in front of the main gate, we said goodbye somewhat emotionally. As the car pulled away from the curb, I spontaneously rolled down my window, leaned forward, threw both arms in the air, and cheered happily. Both my lost looking son and my serious husband were stunned. But I felt that: joy, triumph and satisfaction! I had raised a smart, independent and responsible person who was now ready to go into the big world alone! Hooray for me! I did my job as a mother.

A few years later, I repeated my stunt in the drop-off area at Ottawa Airport when the second oldest flew to the University of British Columbia. Though the voracity of my screaming may have been tempered by the great distance between us, I cheered for both of us. Congratulations on being ready for this huge adventure my son! And a lot to do, Mom, to get it this far!

I did it again when my daughter went to the University of Ottawa, but this time with heartbreak. When she went away on a street corner, sobbing, trembling, alone and unsafe, I made myself scream. She needed me She expected it and she needed to see that, like her siblings, I was sure that she was ready to be alone.

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I did it for the last time at McMaster in September 2019. When my baby left I cheered. Loud and repeated until it echoed between the apartment buildings. I was proud of both him and myself. I really did it. My greatest achievement: four amazing people who are nourished and ready to take on the world into adulthood.

But just a few weeks later, I stopped wheezing. I was exasperated. The house echoed. It had never been so uninterruptedly tidy. I haven’t done any laundry for six days; three days without running the dishwasher. Chocolate milk went bad in the refrigerator. I had baked practically every cookie recipe I knew and the freezer burst (as did my jeans). Nobody needed my help with math, my opinion on the breaking news, or my advice on the new girl in class. I felt like I had lost my identity. I was the caregiver. I was the advisor, the cheerleader, and the chairman. I was the homework supervisor, the after school snack maker, and the shoulder to cry on. I wondered how I was going to deal with such a big game change. The dog, tired of my undivided attention, tried to engage them in conversation. My husband expressed concern about my random questions.

This September – and 19 months after a global pandemic started – I’m not really as alone as I expected. Thanks to COVID-19, my empty nest has become a revolving door. My daughter graduated and came home for a month looking for jobs in a chaotic, remote market. She stayed nine. My youngest, who had successfully made the transition to university, came home for some time with family and for my baking when his bedroom became his virtual campus. My second eldest and his fiancée got us involved in wedding plans; my eldest sought advice on home renovations. We even managed to have a COVID-friendly Christmas party around the fireplace in the back yard, with RVs in the driveway.

As health professionals, my husband and I have eaten many evening meals on our kitchen stools in grateful silence with no casual conversation. And I realized that my work as a mother will always go on; only the details of the job description have changed. I am now more of a consultant than a practical practitioner. I do what they need and ask of me today, via zoom or sitting in the open, masked or from a distance of two meters. Fortunately, recently we have been face to face and often arm in arm.

What got me thinking again, do you need a vaccination certificate to enter Montenegro?

Kristy Brundage lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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CPG, CBD manufacturer Global Widget to showcase award-winning products and new health and wellness brands at 2021 NACS Show in Chicago

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TAMPA, Florida, September 15, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Global Widget, the maker and distributor of the iconic CBD brand Hemp Bombs® and contract manufacturer of CBD and health and wellness products, will showcase its latest alternative health and wellness brands at the 2021 NACS Show Chicago, 6-8 Oct, on McCormick Square.

In addition to hemp bombs, Global Widget will present its latest product lines Mystic Labs ™, hyper brain iQ ™ and Forever Well Nutrition ™. Global Widget will have two booths, one of which will be showcasing all of its products in partnership with CB Distributors and Fenix ​​SBT at booth # 1528. Its second booth, # 2868, offers retailers a chance to take a break at the Hemp Bomb Relaxation Station.

“We consider it a privilege to be part of the NACS Show 2021 and we look forward to seeing our distribution and retail partners in person,” said Vince Gillen, Vice President of Sales at Global Widget. “In 2019 we were part of the very first CBD pavilion at the NACS Show. As leaders in the CBD category, retailers now recognize us as a trusted manufacturer who helps maximize sales by bringing brands and products to their stores that meet consumer demand. “

Global Widget will showcase its following brands at NACS 2021:

  • Hemp bombs – with CBD gummies, oils, topicals, vape products and Delta-8 gummies
  • Mystic Labs – with kratom and Delta-8 gums, oils and vape products
  • hyper brain iQ – with nootropic gums and capsules
  • Forever Well Nutrition – a new health and wellness brand in partnership with America’s Personal Trainer ™ Tony Little with gums, topicals and oils

Earlier this year, the Delta-8 Gummies hemp bombs were voted CSP Daily News Retailer’s Choice Best New Product by over 1,000 retailers. In 2020, Hemp Bombs Original, High Potency and Sleep CBD Gummies received the same honor.

“Since gummy bears are a top delivery method, the feedback from our trading partners confirms the quality and popularity of our products,” said Gillen. “Everything we do, we do in-house, including product development, formulation, manufacturing, marketing and quality control. We give retailers the greatest confidence that they are working with a trusted, experienced manufacturer who is committed to increasing sales with products made for c-stores. “

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Global Widget, founded in 2016 and headquartered in Tampa, Florida, is a vertically integrated manufacturer, distributor and marketer of CBD and health and wellness products and a leader in the manufacture and packaging of gummy bears. The company is the trusted powerhouse behind the CBD brands Hemp Bombs and Nature’s Script, as well as the wellness brand Defense Boost. With more than 150,000 square feet of manufacturing space and over 300 employees, Global Widget is one of the largest CBD companies in the country and a leading contract manufacturer providing high quality products and support services to retailers, distributors and private brands worldwide. https://globalwidget.com/.

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CBD: What it is, how it’s used and what we still don’t know

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CBD products are now rampant after the 2018 Hemp Farm Act legalized hemp products in the United States.

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Once a marginal health trend, CBD is now so widespread that it can be used to buy products in pharmacies, grocery stores and countless online retailers. For this we owe the US Farm Bill, that legalized industrial hemp in 2018, allowing CBD products to be sold over the counter in the United States.

CBD has also grown in popularity as more states have legalized medicinal and recreational cannabis products that contain THC, the chemical compound in cannabis that is responsible for the “high” feeling.

This story covers substances that are legal in some places but not in others, and is for informational purposes only and not for legal advice purposes. You shouldn’t be doing illegal things – this story doesn’t endorse or encourage illegal drug use.

Depending on where you live, you can find CBD at CVS, your local gas station, Pet stores — even Carls Jr. The only thing that is spreading faster than CBD seems to be the confusion about what exactly it is and who it is for. Whether you’re already a user or just curious about CBD, this primer will help you penetrate the misinformation and get yourself up to speed.

What is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a chemical compound from the cannabinoid family that occurs naturally in the cannabis plant. Scientists have isolated 108 different types of cannabinoids in cannabis.

Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is probably the best-known chemical compound found in cannabis due to its psychoactive properties – but CBD is rapidly gaining ground due to its potential therapeutic benefits.

How does CBD work?

CBD (and THC) work by interacting with our body’s endocannabinoid system, a regulatory system made up of naturally occurring cannabis-like molecules. These endocannabinoids, as they are called, act like neurotransmitters, carrying messages around the body to help maintain homeostasis. Cannabinoids like CBD and THC interact with the endocannabinoid system at two known receptors: CB1 and CB2.

CB1 receptors are primarily found in the brain – where they are involved in cognition, memory, motor skills, and pain – but also in the peripheral nervous system, liver, thyroid, uterus, and more. THC binds to these receptors, inhibiting the release of neurotransmitters, and potentially increasing the release of others, thereby altering normal function.

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CBD oil is a popular way people use CBD

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Researchers once thought that CBD did the same thing, but with CB2 receptors – which are abundant in the immune and gastrointestinal systems, as well as the brain and nervous systems. However, they no longer believe that this is true.

Although the exact way CBD works on our bodies is still unknown, scientists believe that CBD encourages the body to make more of its own endocannabinoids, which can help reduce anxiety. pains and inflammation.

Continue reading: CBD-infused activewear has no science on its side – yet

Is CBD Legal?

Technically yesbut the answer isn’t quite that cut and dried.

The cannabis plant comes in many different varieties. For decades, however, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) treated them all equally, classifying cannabis as a List I substance. It is believed that List I drugs “have no currently accepted medical use and high potential for abuse” and are therefore illegal to manufacture or possess.

However, the 2018 Agriculture Improvement Act (also known as the Farm Bill) changed that. The Farm Bill legalized “hemp,” which the law defines as cannabis containing no more than 0.3% THC, nationwide.

Cannabis, which contains higher levels of THC, is now listed as “marijuana” and remains a List I drug.

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CBD products are sold online or at pharmacies in states where cannabis is legalized.

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In other words, if a CBD product is made from a hemp plant, it is legal; If it’s from a marijuana plant, it’s illegal nationwide, despite local laws. And even if it comes from a hemp plant, there is often no guarantee it won’t contain THC thanks to things like cross-pollination and a lack of industry regulation (see “What Are the Risks of Taking CBD?” Below).

The Food and Drug Administration has been researching ways to research and regulate CBD for several years. No over-the-counter CBD products are currently approved or cleared by the FDA, and there is no nationwide standard for CBD products. However, some states, including Indiana and Utah, require that cannabis products be tested for potency and purity.

Continue reading: Can CBD cause you to fail a drug test?

What Are the Health Benefits of CBD?

CBD is being marketed as a little panacea, with manufacturers claiming it can do anything from relieving anxiety to stopping the spread of cancer. However, the classification of cannabis as a List 1 drug has severely hampered the ability of American scientists to study CBD, making it difficult to support or refute these claims. Most of the studies available are small or performed on animals or in laboratories.

That said, CBD holds great promise. Early experimentation suggests that it may help fight anxiety, relieve symptoms of schizophrenia, and Reduce pain (although the latter is often done in conjunction with THC).

However, the strongest evidence of CBD’s effectiveness is in relation to epilepsy. In 2018, the FDA approved Epidiolex, a drug used to treat Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndromes, two rare and severe forms of epilepsy. In 2020, Epidiolex was approved for the treatment of seizures related to the tuberous sclerosis complex. Epidiolex was the agency’s first approval for a cannabis-derived drug and has paved the way for the development of more CBD-based drugs to treat diseases.

How is CBD used?

CBD is available in different forms. Some of the most common CBD delivery methods are listed below, but how it is ultimately used depends on personal needs and preferences. The method of administration of CBD affects how quickly it works and what effects it has on the body.

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CBD is available in many different forms, including the oils and tinctures shown here.

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  • Edibles are a wide range of products to eat or drink, such as gummy bears or chocolates. Edibles can take anywhere from 20 minutes to four hours to work.
  • Oils and tinctures are processed and concentrated forms of CBD that are often placed under the tongue with a pipette and absorbed into the bloodstream.
  • Pills and capsules are taken orally and are similar to the vitamins and / or medications you might find in a drug store. They typically contain CBD oil or CBD isolate.
  • subjects are CBD-infused oils, creams and lotions that are intended to be applied directly to the skin, hair or nails. They are popular for treating localized pain, but are also used as skin care, hair care, and massage oils.
  • VapingAs with e-cigarettes, it involves inhaling a vaporized liquid that contains CBD oil. Nicotine is usually not present when CBD is present, although it is possible to mix them.

What are the risks of taking CBD?

A 2017 report from the World Health Organization found that CBD in its pure state is safe, well tolerated by humans and animals, and is unlikely to cause physical addiction or abuse. And according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), 1,500 mg of CBD was safely taken orally daily for up to four weeks.

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CBD oil is likely safe for anxious pets, but research has yet to prove it helps.

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However, there are still some risks associated with taking CBD that you should be aware of:

  • Side effects. Dry mouth, low blood pressure, drowsiness and sleepiness, and signs of liver damage have been reported, according to the NIH, although the latter are less common.
  • Limited research. The classification of CBD as a List I drug severely limits the number of studies researchers can conduct on the compound. What is out there is promising, but there are still a lot of unknowns about what conditions CBD could help with and how much people would need to take to be effective. This means that if you are taking CBD to treat a specific disease, you may be ingesting too much or too little, or wasting your money altogether.
  • Insufficient regulation. There are no standards for making, testing, or labeling CBD products, making any kind of federal oversight or quality control impossible. In fact, Penn Medicine researchers found that nearly 70 percent of CBD products bought online contained either more CBD than the label says – which could be dangerous – or less than what is advertised, which could negate any potential benefits. Many products also contained significant amounts of THC.
  • Drug interactions. Not much is known about how CBD could affect other medications, but experts say it could affect how quickly the body breaks down a variety of prescription drugs, which can increase the side effects. It can also improve the sedative properties of herbs and supplements that are known to cause drowsiness or drowsiness. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to make sure if something you take regularly could be affected by CBD.
  • Pre- and postnatal unknowns. There is still insufficient evidence to indicate whether it is safe to use CBD while pregnant or breastfeeding. Experts advise avoidance.

The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice. Always contact a doctor or other qualified health care provider with questions about a medical condition or health goals.

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How CBD’s popularity can help your CBD brand

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If you have a CBD company, chances are you’re glad it’s trending all over the world. After all, it means easy and steady flow of customers, doesn’t it? Well, you have to do even better to hold your own against your competitors!

Before we can help your CBD brand, we need to go through the ongoing CBD trend. Then we’ll examine your options for capitalizing on the expanding popularity of CBD. Later, you’ll see how the right digital marketing agency can help your brand grow!

Today, more and more people around the world are using cannabidiol (CBD) products. However, this means that you have more brands for your customer base. Learn How To Thrive, Not Just Survive, In The Growing CBD Industry Today!

What are the health benefits of CBD?

Many health trends come and go, yet more and more people are using CBD. Why is that? With any product, you need to consider how people are using it. And CBD products have many uses!

Ancient people used cannabis plants for herbal remedies. Nowadays, experts have recognized the benefits of this plant. Because of this, many people see CBD products as natural.

Studies suggest that CBD reduces symptoms of certain health problems. These range from the physical to the spiritual. Let’s take a look at some of them now:

  • Chronic pain
  • Blood pressure
  • anxiety
  • depression
  • diabetes
  • Cancer-related symptoms
  • … even acne!

The United States has even approved a drug that contains CBD. It’s called Epidiolex and it can help with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome.

Are these the only reasons CBD is so popular?

Americans noticed these positive health effects. Eventually, CBD consumption increased across the country. Then some states started allowing CBD. In 2018 the Farm Bill was passed.

In March 2021, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the Assembly Bill A1248A. This enabled more New Yorkers to buy, sell, and use cannabis products.

Studies also confirm this. In 2020, 33% of adults in the US were using CBD. According to Consumer Reports in 2019, around 64 million Americans have tried it in the past 24 months.

Laws and health benefits aren’t the only ones driving CBD’s popularity. Because of the great variety of products, more and more people are buying them. Here are some examples:

  • CBD oil tinctures
  • Capsules
  • Topical creams
  • Lip balm
  • CBD gummies
  • … even dog snacks!

Read More: 12 Ways To Promote Your Business

How do you advertise CBD products effectively?

How do you advertise CBD products effectively?

We said you need to put more effort into promoting your brand. Cannabidiol (CBD) is becoming more and more known and accepted. But isn’t that a good thing?

Well, it’s great when you’re the only one with CBD goodies. Current trends have made it easier to get into the CBD industry. This could mean more brands take your customers away!

The internet can be good and bad for your business too. This enables you to reach customers outside of your region. In other words, you can sell to people in states far away.

However, the internet is filled with other brands of CBD as well. Your customers can only pay attention to a few. If you can’t get their looks, you can’t get any more sales!

Fortunately, there are numerous methods that can help you promote your products on the internet. However, only one will not work. Use a mix of these strategies to boost your marketing campaign:

Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing

This is the case when someone outside of a company is promoting products and services. People can do this voluntarily to make money. Take Blosum’s Ambassador Program as an example.

Members must encourage others to buy Blosum products. More importantly, the new customers use the member’s affiliate link to shop.

You could reach people using social media platforms. If not, an affiliate could use their website. As soon as a person buys via the link, the Blosum partner receives 10-20% commission.

You may find it easy to attract affiliate marketers to your brand. After all, it’s a trending source of passive income these days. Your program could help people earn more these days.

Influencing marketing

The internet enables ordinary people to share their talents with the world. This is why you see a lot of them gaining millions or even billions of followers on social media!

Imagine if one of them is promoting your brand. They could help you reach over a million customers easily. This is why influencer marketing is popular these days.

You could get a deal with online influencers to promote your products. They will share your goods and services on videos and in other ways. In return, you pay them an agreed amount.

They’re especially helpful because Facebook doesn’t allow you to promote CBD. Other social media have similar rules. Influencers can still help you get more customers.

Sponsored content

Sponsored content

People have been using the internet for several years. We have been facing online advertising methods for so long. At some point we got used to them.

Because of this, direct mail doesn’t work as well as it did in the past. Instead, companies often use sponsored content for their marketing campaigns.

It’s like posting a guest post on another company’s website. However, sponsored content looks like it does on a third-party website.

This is a great way to subtly promote your brand. In addition, it is intended to provide readers with useful information. In return, they’ll rely on your posts and see your brand positively.

Search engine optimization (SEO)

Search engine optimization (SEO)

The popularity of CBD is flooding the internet with more related content. People can’t take care of everyone. If you don’t do anything, your online content won’t get any clicks or views.

Search engines look for certain keywords when they are used to search for something. If your content includes these terms, the chances are higher that you will land on search results pages.

This is the core of search engine optimization, or SEO. However, you need to follow other rules for better results. Read this article to learn more about SEO.

Home advertising

Home advertising

With all this digital marketing conversation, you might think that the old ways are now useless. But that’s not true! An effective marketing campaign involves several methods.

This will maximize the benefits you get from CBD’s popularity. You don’t have to use all of them, however. Pick the ones that work best for your brand.

Let’s say you need more customers in your area. You may want to add advertising for your home to your campaign. It refers to conventional advertising methods like billboards.

Always find new and better ways to promote your brand! They are often more expensive than digital marketing methods. Still, they could improve your marketing efforts.

Are there other things I should remember?

Are there other things I should remember?

Before you start using our tips, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, always follow the Food and Drug Administration guidelines regarding CBD.

According to the Farm Bill, CBD products may only contain 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Some brands contain this tiny amount to improve their products.

In addition, you should properly inform your customers about the recommended dose of CBD. Your goods should have proper and legible labels.

Add a disclaimer to your products. It should state that your goods are not intended to be used to cure diseases. Also, people should seek medical advice to avoid the unwanted effects of CBD.

Is there any other way to manage my marketing?

Maybe your CBD brand is starting. It can be tough, especially during a pandemic. You have other aspects of your business to worry about, not just marketing.

That doesn’t mean you should be wasting your campaigns. A good digital marketing agency can do your marketing for you. Take LeadAdvisors, for example.

It is a marketing agency that has done marketing campaigns for numerous clients. They are also particularly good at using CBD products.

Talk to the agency to recruit the best experts from LeadAdvisors. They take care of your SEO and landing pages so you can focus on your brand. Click this link for more information.

Final thoughts

Need More Ways To Promote Your CBD Brand? There is always a way to make a better marketing campaign! Check out this other article for more ways to drive traffic to your website.

If you want to know what an excellent CBD brand looks like, check out Blosum. The company offers many types of CBD products. In addition, high quality CBD can be shipped anywhere in the US.

You may want to read other topics. We have other great discussions about the new normal and even cryptocurrency! If so, check out other quality Inquirer USA items.

Find out more about the popularity of CBD

Why is CBD so popular?

Over the years, people have seen the many potential benefits of CBD. Some people use it to help with chronic pain, muscle pain, and other health problems. However, some products contain a small amount of THC which improves the effects. In addition, it is separate from the potentially harmful THC found in cannabis plants.

What Are The Uses Of CBD?

In the past, the cannabis plant was used as a type of herbal pain reliever. Some people use them to help with all types of pain. Some rub it on their bodies to reduce the symptoms of certain skin problems. The FDA has not approved CBD oil or related products for the treatment of health conditions.

What are the possible side effects of CBD?

Some of the side effects of CBD can include diarrhea, fatigue, or weight changes. It is for this reason that you should consult your doctor before purchasing any CBD product. Also, you can only get your CBD goodies from legal retailers. In addition, only take the amount of product indicated on the product label.

Disclaimer: is CBD legal?
Hemp-derived CBD products (containing less than 0.3 percent THC) are legal at the federal level. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This product is not intended to be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and the products have not been approved by the FDA. You must be 21 years or older to purchase these products. Talk to your doctor or health care professional for more information.

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