Amazing Raw Cannabis Smoothie Recipes

A tall glass of fruits and vegetables blended with chopped, raw cannabis leaves and a tiny fresh bud or two, is just one of the methods of medicating that is gaining considerable attention. Because THC is activated by heat, using the raw plant allows for people to experience the benefits of CBD — from relief of inflammation to help with seizure disorders and anxiety — without making them high. That isn’t to say that this beverage can’t be enjoyed with a piece of a cannabis cookie, but drinking raw cannabis is purely medicinal.

Since most folks don’t have a juicer, these recipes use a blender. The plant is fibrous and can get stuck in the blades of the blender, so the weed that will be juiced must be thoroughly chopped before adding it to the appliance.

The two recipes here are quite different in their flavor profile. One is filled with fruits and vegetables, which translates into lots of nutrients and vitamins. It’s refreshing and light. Try playing around with the ingredients for a taste that’s just right. The second drink has health benefits as well, though it might feel like a super rich and creamy shake. Most of these ingredients might already be in the house to make these drinks.

Fresh Green

Serves 2

Ingredients

2 cups coconut water
1 avocado
¼ cup cilantro
¼ cup parsley
¼ cup chopped fresh cannabis
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chia seeds

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in the blender. Pulse on low to start, turn to high and puree until smooth.

Bananarama  

Serves 2

Ingredients

1 large banana, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons cocoa
2 ½ cups almond milk
½ cup peanut butter
¼ cup chopped fresh cannabis

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in the blender. Pulse on low to start, turn to high and puree until smooth.

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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Omura: The Vaporizer Revolutionizing Cannabis Flower Consumption

Omura is a unique vaping experience utilizing a new approach to Heat-Not-Burn technology that makes dry cannabis flower consumption more convenient and approachable for both experienced and new users. The sleek, easy-to-use vapes come with biodegradable Flowersticks – pre-loaded and precisely dosed joint-shaped tubes that fit into the vaporizer.

Precision and purity are Omura’s ethos. By using a small amount of precisely dosed cannabis or hemp, consumers can layer their Flowersticks to create their desired effect. All Flowersticks are filled with 100% cannabis flower or hemp CBD for the purest vaping experience possible. This means no processing, no chemical additives, no trim and no shake.

Sustainability is also important to the relatively new company, founded in 2018. The sticks themselves are made from compostable, rainforest safe paper. Four CBD brands and five THC brands have partnered with Omura to supply the flower that goes inside these sticks. They are all specifically designed for Omura devices.

“Omura was designed to be the most convenient and healthy way to consume whole flower,” said Mike Simpson, Co-CEO at Omura. “As a whole flower consumer myself, I was really looking to create a system that allowed me to have a precise dose and consistent effect so I could unwind without worry.”

A Clean Burn

Omura devices are engineered with Heat-Not-Burn technology that delivers minimal vapor and a full terpene taste profile. There’s little lingering odor, and you can say goodbye to burning, charring, smoke and ash.

The convection heating within the device ranges from 300 – 430°F. The range covers both THC’s 315°F boiling point and the 356°F boiling point for CBD. Around this temperature, the Flowerstick is essentially baked. Once the device buzzes, indicating it’s ready for use, you have three minutes to enjoy the flavor and feel of numerous cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that are unleashed by the heat. Learn how it works in this video.

For a fun comparison, the flame of a Bic lighter can reach nearly 3,500°F. Herb hit with high heat runs more risk of releasing potentially harmful chemicals or creating irritating effects. Omura devices have eliminated the worry of any detriment to health, so you can truly appreciate the product you are putting into your body.

“We really wanted to bring sophisticated industrial design together with innovative technology so that consumers can enjoy the truest expression of the cannabis plant by slowly heating it to access all of the cannabinoids and terpenes,” Simpson said. 

All Flowersticks created for Omura use patented technology that precisely grind the cannabis and hemp rich in CBD to pack the flower as a porous plug. This keeps the flower intact while allowing for smooth airflow as you vape. The packing process also helps maintain the integrity of the flower by limiting its exposure to the outside environment.

Regardless of whether you’re filling your Omura vape with CBD or THC Flowersticks, get ready for a new, elevated type of smoke sesh. Like drinking a glass of wine, you can layer the THC Flowersticks one-by-one until your find your perfect buzz. And if you’re opting for the CBD Flowersticks, you can take pleasure in unlocking everything the hemp flower has to offer for a holistic, healthier effect. 

The Omura Bento Box

We tried the Omura Series 1 vape as part of Omura’s Bento Box collection. The Series 1 is a slender, pen-like option as opposed to the shorter and thicker Series X or Series X Deposit models. The vape, available in four different colors, has a classy appeal and is nicely weighted.

Although CBD is not a psychoactive compound, the two blends tested – Calm by Oriel and Suver Haze by Libertine – did put us in a pleasant state of mind. The vapor tasted great, and the odor was noticeable but not long-lasting.

The Bento Box itself has a clean and simple look. It includes the Series 1 vape in a variety of shades, along with its charging cord and two packs of CBD Flowersticks. All items included in the set can fit nicely in a bag, or even a couple pockets. Each Bento Box comes with a choice of two packs of CBD Flowersticks.

Overall, Omura’s Series 1 is a great vaporizer, and the Bento Box collection has everything you need to become part of what the company calls the “Whole Flower Revolution.” The Bento Box originally sits at a fair and worthy $120. To make things even better, the collection is currently on promotion for only $94.99.

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How Mitzva Wellness Became the First Kosher-Certified CBD Brand

For many, the journey to cannabis medicine comes after several painful years of trying seemingly ineffective pharmaceuticals. Shifra and Alex Klein know this all too well. After years of exhausting pharmaceutical treatments and therapies to treat their son’s severe autism, the Los Angeles-based Orthodox Jewish couple made the decision to switch to a more holistic approach – CBD. Unfortunately, what they found on the current CBD market was less than desirable.

DIY CBD

The Kleins are both children of the 80s, where rampant anti-drug propaganda had them “just saying no” to cannabis for most of their lives. But they easily moved past that mindset when they learned of cannabis’s potential to treat their child. They decided to bring up cannabis as an alternate treatment to the doctors they were seeing at UCLA, but they were quickly shut down. Unwilling to take no for an answer, the Kleins ventured off on their own and started exploring cannabis treatment options.

Shifra and Alex Klein

Having never tried cannabis, they were looking for transparency. They wanted to know exactly what the oil they would be giving their son was comprised of. They wanted to know where it came from, how it was extracted and if it was properly lab-tested. They finally came to the conclusion the only way to get safe, kosher oil for their son was to start from scratch and make it themselves. It took months of research and networking before they were ready to give it a real try. They started by making edibles at home with flower from local dispensaries.

At first it was a little awkward. “I am a religious looking guy,” says Alex, describing one of the first times he went to a Los Angeles dispensary. “The security guard is this big, biker looking dude with tattoos everywhere and a chain hanging out of his jeans and says ‘the temple’s down the street.’” Alex quickly broke through the presumptions about him once he began asking specific questions about the dispensary’s AC/DC and Harlequin strains. 

Once they practiced and refined their home extraction process (made via Crockpot) and went through numerous lab tests, The Kleins finally created a batch of CBD oil worth testing on their son and made cookies with it. The results were immediate. His cognition, attention span and language and motor skills all improved. Friends and acquaintances noticed the incredible positive changes and begged Shifra and Alex to make oil for their families, trusting the Klein’s integrity and kosher kitchen.

The First Kosher-Certified CBD Brand Under the Orthodox Union

Once word got out within their community that quality kosher edibles were being made to treat medical conditions, things began to snowball. 

“I ended up making so much medication for community members that I ended up not being at work at my real job,” said Shifra.

After receiving an overwhelming amount of positive feedback in 2017, Mitzva Wellness entered the market as the very first Kosher Certified CBD brand under the Orthodox Union (OU). Mitzva Wellness products can be purchased online and shipped to all 50 states. They are also available at various doctor’s offices, pharmacies and wellness centers nationwide.

Offerings include CBD tinctures, CBD topicals and terpene tinctures with kosher terpenes.

Mitzva Wellness’s products are effect-based, using specific terpene blends based on scientific research and published studies for maximum efficacy.

A big win for Mitzva was getting their brand certified kosher by the OU. This was a first for a cannabis brand. The Orthodox Union is the largest and most respected certifying agency for kosher products and until Mitzva, they refused certification to cannabis brands. “It took us close to 8 months of education on cannabis, extractions and debunking myths to get them on board,” said Shifra.

Mitzva also hopes to get their products Halal certified before the end of the year.

A Mitzva (Good Deed)

Mitzva Wellness has grown and evolved into a trusted brand in the kosher community, but moreover, the brand has bridged all communities by providing safe and effective CBD options for healing. As a result of their efforts, Alex and Shifra have helped destigmatize cannabis – especially for those in the Orthodox Jewish community.

“So many people that can benefit from cannabis refuse to try it because of the stigma attached,” Shifra said.  “Our family is an example of a typical family that would be put off by those falsehoods, and here we are not only medicating our children but providing it for the world.”

For someone just getting acquainted with cannabis, Mitzva Wellness is a wealth of information.

“Whatever we have learned over the past 6 years on our own journey, only becomes a mitzva when we share it with others,” said Shifra.

‘Mitzva’ means “good deed” in Hebrew and Mitzva Wellness practices the sentiment behind their name by giving back 10% of monthly sales to nonprofits, as well as, offering discount programs to healthcare workers, veterans and first responders.

The time they spend working with researchers on developing natural, terpene-rich formulas that are more effective than a basic CBD oil is just one of the ways the Kleins put their heart into their product. Their Mitzva is providing knowledge and guidance to those who are new to treating themselves or loved ones with cannabis.

Dedicated to community outreach, the Klein family works to break the stigmas and stereotypes surrounding cannabis/hemp use and points families toward trustworthy information in order to make informed decisions regarding their healing. Whether it’s answering dosing questions, finding a qualified physician or pointing them to community resources, Mitzva supports every step of their customer’s journey. The next step for Mitzva is expanding their community outward.

“Being able to reach other places in California is a really huge goal for us,” Shifra said. “I know that when Mitzva Wellness can be in other places and people have access, we can help more.”

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THC Extraction: How to Turn Trim to Profits

Growers, tenders, trimmers, producers and distributors all take different risks, skillsets and roles. Working with cannabis insiders operating on both sides of the law gives insight into the process of cultivating these plants and turning them into profit. Utilizing trim is one such way.

The strain of cannabis grown doesn’t matter as much as the process you use to grow, harvest and prep the product for sale. Fruit and vegetables bought in a store aren’t just ripped from the ground and sold as is – they’re gussied up and made presentable. Cannabis is no different.

The types of nugs most dispensaries look for are indoor grown nuggets. A proper farmer can trim an outdoor nug to look like an indoor nug, but it takes the careful removal of all water leaves and stems from the product.

The trimming process is the variable that determines the value of your cannabis. A haphazard trim shaves valuable crystals off the buds while leaving crow’s feet and stickers in the product. To inspect a dispensary’s inventory quality, pick up a nug and rotate it to check the trim job.

A properly-harvested and trimmed plant leaves a large amount of trimmings. These are the water leaves, sugar leaves and unformed nugs left on the stems and stocks that have been harvested for nugs. This product now needs to be trimmed again and sorted through, stem-by-stem, in order to clean the stems and stalks out, which can be discarded.

Water leaves (leaves without crystals) are often left in the trim to be extracted. Although THC isn’t extracted from them, the leaves contain a variety of terpenes and other valuable nutrients that round out the plant’s capabilities and the extract’s flavor. By the time the trim is ready to blow through an extractor, what will be left will look like the trimmings from mowing the lawn. The extraction from this will be as good as anything one would get from extracting nuggets.

Extracting Product From Trim

Extraction can be accomplished in several ways. There are open-and closed-loop solvent (butane, propane, etc) systems, CO2, alcohol, dry ice, and even ice water extraction systems. The system used is dependent upon what is available and what the extractor is competent enough to use, although if a solvent is used, know that a safe closed-loop system could cost between $50,000 and $200,000. An open-loop system can explode because of inherent impurities in the solvent.

When using a solvent system, be careful not to overload the amount of product blowing through the tubes. Processing 10-20 lbs of trim should take at least 24 hours on a closed-loop solvent system and up to 10 days with alcohol and water distillation methods. The longer it sits, the more product is yielded.

A nug run is accomplished using nugs that wouldn’t make it to retail. Don’t shove the biggest head nugs (a.k.a – colas) into the machine. That’s sellable product – juices and jams aren’t made with the choicest produce. Instead, run nugs smaller than a thumbnail.

Once extracted, lay the gooey liquid out on wax paper in pans. To make honeycomb or wax, stirring the extract rapidly adds air, which whips the product, making it appear bigger, even though it has the same weight.

Extracts made from solvents are considered purer than those made without. A concentrate made with solvent has a higher THC or CBD content with 70 to 90 percent contents. Wax made from these concentrates will be an eggshell color and very crumbly. These are best dabbed in a vape pen.

Extracts made without solvents tend to be sold as bubble hash, as they’re basically just kief mud. These will often be much darker in color, although still provide a great high, and many people prefer the flavor of hash, which is popular in various parts of the world.

The extract will then need time to set. The sludge will bubble as gasses from the solvent, alcohol or water are released from the bubbles within. Wait at least 48 hours for the concentrate to cure before attempting to smoke it. Otherwise, there may be serious health risks, including damaging your throat and lungs or explosion because dab rigs use high heat.

Wax is known to be the least consistent concentrate and over time it gets drier and harder to deal with. Those lighter crumbly waxes may look good, but they can be difficult to work with — not to mention how easy it is to lose a lot of crumbs. Shatter is marketed as the most stable concentrate, but it, too, loses its consistency over time. Shatter is similar to a Jolly Rancher, which can be either chewy or hard, depending on how long it’s been sitting in the sun.

The concentrate many aim to duplicate is a light honey-like amber, which has maximum flavor and effect (usually around 60 to 70 percent THC/CBD content), and retains the consistency of Play-Dough throughout its lifecycle. This consistency makes dabbing easy with both a vape pen and dab rig.

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5 Reasons to Learn More About CBN

A wide range of non-intoxicating cannabinoids have burst into popularity over the past few years. Mainstream acceptance of CBD initiated an avalanche of interest in CBG, and now eyes are turning to CBN, one of the most hyped and least understood Cannabis sativa compounds. Join us as we discuss the five most compelling reasons that CBN should be on your radar.

What is CBN?

Cannabinol (CBN) is one of the hundreds of naturally occurring cannabinoids that are present in cannabis. This cannabinoid is so new that it should only be sourced from trusted, high quality, hemp suppliers like GVB Biopharma. Efforts are underway to produce CBN-rich forms of hemp, but at present, this cannabinoid is usually converted from THC.

If you take a close look at the word “cannabinol,” you’ll see that it lines up significantly with “delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol,” the full name of THC. Unlike THC, cannabinol isn’t intoxicating, but it is structurally similar to THC, which means that some of the benefits these cannabinoids exert might overlap.

While scientists have known about CBN since the early 1930s, the status of cannabinol research remains lamentably undeveloped. Regardless, we’ve learned a few very interesting facts regarding this cannabinoid that may make CBN just as popular as CBD within a few short years.

1. It’s non-intoxicating like CBD.

The first thing you should know about CBN is that, like CBD, this cannabinoid is non-intoxicating. CBN won’t make you high and this cannabinoid also doesn’t appear to be addictive. Most people who have tried CBN report that this cannabinoid offers relaxing effects similar to those produced by CBD. 

2. It’s being investigated for a variety of potential benefits.

While it’s similar to CBD in many ways, CBN is currently being researched for potential benefits that might firmly set this cannabinoid apart from all other hemp compounds. For instance, research into the sleep-inducing potential of CBN has been widely publicized. Further studies will need to be conducted, however, to determine if CBN is actually capable of helping with insomnia or improving sleep health.

CBN has also been studied for its potential ability to prevent or treat neurodegenerative conditions, and scientists have been keen to get to the bottom of this cannabinoid’s potential antimicrobial properties. All in all, CBN is a prime target of cannabinoid research, and this research appears to describe CBN as a uniquely desirable Cannabis sativa compound.

3. It might mimic some of the benefits of THC.

Emerging out of the black market and into mainstream society with the nation’s first medical marijuana programs in the 1990s, THC is rapidly becoming more and more popular among American adults from all walks of life. While there are many aspects of THC that might be desirable, this cannabinoid isn’t without its share of drawbacks. As a result, cannabis scientists are keen to identify compounds that might provide the same benefits as THC while remaining non-intoxicating and non-addictive.

Due to its close chemical resemblance to THC, CBN is a prime target of these efforts. For instance, CBN has been researched for its potential appetite-inducing and nausea-reducing effects. Since reducing nausea and increasing appetite are the main reasons that medical marijuana was originally prescribed to cancer patients enduring chemotherapy, cannabis scientists are intent on learning whether CBN might be able to provide the same effects without getting you high.

4. It’s available in isolate form.

For entrepreneurs who are interested in offering CBN to their customers, it’s a relief to hear that CBN is available in isolate form. Isolated cannabinoid extracts have a variety of unique benefits, and premier cannabinoid suppliers like GVB Biopharma have started making high-quality CBN isolate available to aspiring cannabinol brands.

One of the primary advantages of CBN isolate is that it does not contain detectable concentrations of THC. While THC may be beneficial in certain contexts, many hemp producers want to remove this cannabinoid as thoroughly as possible from their end products, and CBN isolate makes this goal a reality while still delivering the unique benefits of cannabinol.

Cannabinoid isolates are also remarkably easy to work with, and they work well together. For instance, it’s relatively simple and inexpensive to combine isolated forms of CBN, CBG, CBD, or other cannabinoids to provide the potential benefits of the entourage effect without involving THC.

5. It might contribute to the entourage effect.

According to the latest research, individual cannabinoids may exert more powerful effects when they are used together. This theorized cannabinoid synergy is called the entourage effect, and including CBN in products that also contain other cannabinoids may activate the entourage effect in new and unique ways.

First discovered due to a drop-off in the effectiveness of isolated cannabinoids administered in high doses, the entourage effect may make products that are high in CBN more effective when other cannabinoids are included in the mix as well. Perhaps even more impressively, just a small amount of CBN isolate added to hemp extract that’s high in other cannabinoids may improve the effects of these main cannabinoids. Every strain of Cannabis sativa includes at least a tiny amount of CBN, and reintroducing this substance into cannabinoid isolates or other forms of hemp extract may revitalize their natural effectiveness.

Experience the Power of CBN Today

Now that you have an idea of the reasons you should keep an eye out for the latest CBN research and news, it’s time to experience this cannabinoid for yourself and share it with others. While CBN remains relatively rare within the hemp market, certain intrepid cannabinoid producers, such as GVB Biopharma, now offer high-quality CBN extracts and white label CBN products.

It’s the perfect time to explore everything that CBN has to offer and start sharing this cannabinoid with the world. Within a few years, CBN will have attained a practically unimaginable level of popularity, but right now, demand for this cannabinoid exceeds the rate that dependable CBN products are entering the market. Next-generation cannabinoid white labelers like GVB Biopharma can help you position yourself on the ground floor of this rapidly growing hemp submarket.

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DIY Cannabis Oil Skincare You Can Make at Home

Hempseed oil has an extensive history of being used during shamanic rituals, inside love potions and in fragrances. Today, consumers are surrounded by various hemp-derived cannabis oil skincare and other beauty products on pharmacy shelves, down grocery store aisles and even in mothers’ bathrooms.

Hemp, which can be purchased from outside of the U.S. in all 50 states, only contains about 0.3 percent to 1.5 percent THC and originates from the same plant as marijuana  — Cannabis Sativa L. Hemp refers to the commercial use of the cannabis plant’s stalk or seeds, while the term marijuana pertains to the medicinal, spiritual or recreational use, which involves smoking or vaporizing cannabis flowers.

THC, the main psychoactive ingredient found in cannabis, is an antioxidant known for its anti-inflammatory properties. According to clinical research, cannabinoids contain anti-aging and antioxidant properties. The journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology confirms that cannabinoids are responsible for lipid production, and thus they can get dry skin or stubborn acne under control.

While scientists pretty much unanimously agree that smoking any substance promotes advanced aging, THC actually does the opposite when applied topically to the skin. According to various studies, THC makes the marijuana plant naturally resilient to pathogens, while it has proven to absorb high levels of UVB rays. This means that the plant’s seeds are protected from radioactive damage, as it can then be applied as a neuroprotective antioxidant for human skill cells. As an antioxidant, THC can combat wrinkles and fine lines. Scientists now are even researching ways that it can ttreat skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Hemp is rich in omega-3 and omega-6 making it an ideal component of any skin treatment. It’s also a great alternative ingredient to toxic chemicals present in many petroleum-based lotions and serums. To integrate cannabis oil skincare into a health and beauty regimens, skip out on heading to the store to purchase hemp-infused beauty products. All that’s needed is hemp oil or, better yet, cannabis oil to start cooking up some homemade facials.

All of the following facial recipes are made with cannabis oil, but if it’s not available simply substitute hemp oil.

Green Goddess Facial

Antioxidant-rich avocado contains a ton of vitamin C, which is needed for the creation of elastin and collagen, both responsible for maintaining skin’s firmness. Patchouli essential oil was added to the mix, since it tightens and tones sagging skin. The potent flower is also known to be a natural antidepressant, while it helps treat anxiety and other stress-related disorders. Use patchouli sparingly, because its scent can be overwhelming and off-putting to some. Finally, cocoa powder rejuvenates dull skin, while safeguarding your skin from sunburn.

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • ¼ cup of cannabis oil
  • 2 teaspoon of natural, unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3-4 drops of patchouli oil (optional)

Preparation

Step one: Cut open the avocado, removing its pit and spooning its flesh into a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients.

Step two: Mash the mixture into a smooth texture, trying to avoid chunks.

Step three: Rub the mixture in a circular motion on your face using fingertips.

Step four: To get the full spa treatment, boil some water and put it in a heatproof bowl. Be sure to tie your hair back. Next, put your green face over the bowl, with a towel over both you and the bowl. This will open up your pores, allowing your skin to absorb the facial’s nutrients.

Step five: Leave the facial on for 20-30 minutes. Afterward, take a warm wet washcloth and wash off the mixture in a circular motion.

Coco Oasis Exfoliant

Coconut oil is one of the trendiest new ingredients to put into any beauty elixir and with good reason. It’s a great skin softener and scientific research is ongoing to prove it can help treat acne, eczema and psoriasis. Combined with sugar or salt, it takes on the role of an awesome exfoliant, scraping off dead skin and purifying pores. Agave nectar has been noted to have incredible remedial potential, providing relief from bacteria and infections. 

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of cannabis oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoon of agave nectar
  • ¼ cup of sugar, white granulated sugar, or brown sugar

Preparation

Step one: Stir together the agave and coconut oil in a medium bowl.

Step two: In another bowl, mix the cannabis oil with the sugar until it becomes a little more crumbly.

Step three: Combine the two mixtures and stir until mostly smooth. When finished, it should be a bit grainy to effectively exfoliate.

Step four & five: Repeat these same steps as in the Green Goddess recipe.

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Combining Hemp and Homeopathy with Easy-To-Use Patches

What if we told you there was a Band-Aid for everyday ailments that don’t cut the skin? When it comes to hangovers, sleepless nights, menstruation and anxiety, that’s exactly what you get with The Good Patch’s line of all-natural, CBD-infused patches.

We caught up with The Good Patch CEO and co-founder Betsy Scanlan to learn more about the company’s roots in the fight for cannabis law reform in the deep south; balancing CBD-infused and hemp-free product lines; and pushing cannabis further into the mainstream wellness industry.

Besty Scanlan

Cannabis Now: How did you get into the wellness industry, and how did The Good Patch come about?

Betsy Scanlan: My business partners, Kelly Brock and David Nicholson, owned award-winning day spas for 20 years and had many clients coming in with specific complaints about being hungover, exhausted or highly anxious. We started talking about how we could create a product that gives people relief. We loved the delivery capabilities of patches, and when we began in 2017, not many people were working with patches. A shift was happening in the market, and we were on the early side of using hemp in the wellness space instead of selling in dispensaries. From there, The Good Patch was born.

What inspired you to start working with hemp?

I had been interested in both cannabis and hemp long before they went mainstream. I had a couple of family members who had cancer, so I was looking at products that might help mitigate the side effects of chemo and radiation. Living in Tennessee, I was trying to help lobby the state legislature to pass a medical marijuana law, but that was not happening and has still not happened to this day. But I had seen CBD work, and the anecdotal evidence was so strong that I was incredibly excited to move into that space with Kelly and David.

What kind of extract do you use to make the patches, and where does The Good Patch source its CBD?

We source all of our hemp from Colorado and use its CBD isolate in the infused patches. When we started, before the Farm Bill legalized hemp at the federal level, there was so much fear about CBD, THC and the plant’s legal status that the isolate allowed us to produce and sell the patches with confidence that they were 100% THC-free. We’ve teamed up with a supplier in Colorado that tests every crop multiple times for potency and safety. While we can’t technically call our hemp organic due to federal regulations, all of the hemp we use is grown under those same organic conditions.

Outside of hemp-infused patches, what kind of ingredients go into the patches?

At the outset, we designed The Good Patch as a total wellness company that also includes CBD products. We have two distinct lines of product, one with hemp and one without. For the patches without CBD, we use tried-and-true remedies like melatonin, menthol, hops, valerian root, black cohosh and other all-natural ingredients.

the good patch

With so many unique products aimed at hyper-focused issues like sleep, period pain and hangovers, how do you go about formulating and testing each ailment-specific patch recipe?

We work with chemists and give them specific ailments to focus on, and they help us blend all-natural ingredients to get to those final products. It’s a lot of trial and error, and through that whole process, Kelly, David, myself, and all of our families test the patches personally to make sure they really work. We are our own guinea pigs.

The Good Patch is now selling in big brand stores like Target and Urban Outfitters, do you think that you’ve helped with hemp-derived CBD’s expansion in mainstream wellness culture?

When we started, the mom and pop stores were much more accepting of CBD than the big retailers. So we started selling the CBD patches at the smaller stores, and the non-hemp patches at bigger stores. When the Farm Bill passed, the bigger companies felt more comfortable selling the CBD products, but we still had to go through so many levels of bureaucracy to get them approved. Target is currently selling only our non-hemp based patches, but we’re excited to have a presence there if and when they decide they’re ready to carry a select few trusted CBD products.

As CBD moves further into mainstream culture, the federal government is still moving slowly to regulate hemp-infused products. What’s it like to navigate through such uncertainty? 

It’s really frustrating. A lot of people are self-regulating right now, and most companies set a different bar when it comes to standards. The key thing is not to make any claims and to use the best ingredients possible. The goal is that, hopefully, when regulations do come down, we are already compliant.

The Good Patch also makes products for kids. How did that side of the business emerge, and what makes those products different than the adult versions?

The team had been talking about making a kids line since last year. All of us at the company have kids, and we didn’t see anything on the market like our Dream or Nite Nite patches that were all-natural and effective for children. Instead of melatonin and hemp, we use tart cherry and combine it with chamomile and skullcap [natural herbs]. That’s it – only three safe and natural ingredients.  We tried them on our children first and were immediately amazed. We were in the process of getting the kids’ patches to market when the pandemic hit, and we saw how children’s sleep habits were getting messed up just like adults. That was leading to more anxiety and irritability, so we decided to push out the patches for kids to help them and their parents, and it’s been a huge success.

You’ve been teasing a new line of non-patch products on social media lately – can you give us a peek into what’s next for The Good Patch brand?

We just launched a new line of effervescent tablets called Rise. It has a huge amount of vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals and ginger. We’re looking at what customers are asking for, and that’s been shuffled around by the pandemic, but sleep, energy and wellness are our three pillars, and Rise falls perfectly under that wellness umbrella. We have a whole roster of CBD products that we are going to bring to market, but with so many regulation questions up in the air with the hemp market, we’re going to put those on pause for the moment and go with what we know is helping people.   

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Safer CBD Products & Education are Key for Cannabidiol Life

Education and transparency are key when you’re looking for new CBD brands. The rise in popularity of the non-psychotropic cannabinoid in recent years has seen an unregulated market flooded with inferior products that aren’t rigorously testing. Cannabidiol Life wants to help educate you, the consumer, on how and why the cannabinoid can be utilized as a health and wellness supplement and why you should consider purchasing from their extensive range of quality, full-spectrum CBD products.

Cannabidiol Life is more than just another company selling hemp-derived CBD products. They pride themselves on being a reliable, trustworthy resource for hemp consumers, wholesalers and distributors alike. They believe in transparency and safety — that people should know what they are buying before doing so.

Florida-based Cannabidiol Life started off as a CBD educational website in December 2016 and was used by the National Hemp Association as the go-to source for “CBD Education & Product Guides.”  The company shifted gears in 2017 and launched their own products with a simple philosophy: people, planet, profit.

People: Help and take care of people first… always. Cannabidiol Life has created the “Hemp For Hope Foundation” (a non-profit organization), providing free CBD capsules to those with proven/diagnosed medical conditions.

Planet: Take care of our planet. Hemp is a renewable, natural resource that will help preserve our planet for future generations; if we utilize it to its fullest potential. They have also added solar energy to their Florida facility as part of their green initiative.

Profit: Only after the first two are emphasized and acted upon first, can a company truly profit.

Their mission? To provide easy and informed access to the highest quality hemp-derived CBD products at the very best price.

“We always put others first and this is something we don’t just speak about, we live by it,” says Chris Visser owner and president. “It is the foundation of everything we live by and stand which is our current formula for being the difference we want to see in this world.”

Cannabidiol Life adheres to strict practices of production that keeps the consumer safe.

All their products are rigorously tested using an in-house 2019 high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) cannabis potency testing machine. A patented hemp extraction method helped Cannabidiol Life take home the “Best CBD Capsule” award at the 2018 CBD Expo. Additionally, Cannabidiol Life is USDA certified organic, FDA registered and GMP certified.

Knowledge is power, so Cannabidiol Life has included a comprehensive CBD education database on their website. From CBD 101 to explaining the difference between broad spectrum and full spectrum CBD products, dosage advise and product guides, if you have a question, you’ll likely find the answer here.

Cannabidiol Life has a product for all your CBD needs. Topicals include massage oil, facial serum, bath bombs and body butter. If ingestibles are your thing, you can choose from gel caps, bottled water, infused chocolate and a variety of mouth-watering gummies. Tincture fans can choose from various potencies of CBD oils, plus CBD oils with added CBN or CBG isolate. Additionally, there is a range of products for vape users including CBD pens, vape refills, as well as pet products and more.

Plus, use the code CannabisNow30 at checkout to receive 30% off your purchase.

Your health and your quality of life is important to Cannabidiol Life, especially in a non-regulated industry where harmful products are being sold nationwide.

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3 CBD Salves for First-Time Users

In the already-saturated CBD ointment market, here are three hemp-based CBD salves, reviewed with the first-time buyer in mind.

We all need a little salve in our lives. Whether we’ve sprained an ankle, bruised a hip or just slept crooked on a large throw pillow, our bodies continually experience distress. Combine those aches with age and we can begin to feel forever inflamed.

Here’s what we concluded after we tried three new-to-us hemp CBD salves.

1) Salvation CBD Skin Salve by Inesscents

www.inesscents.com $14.99

FOR THE TRAVELING HEART. Inesscents is notable right away for the standards and principles they claim to be upholding, including making their products and salves from all organic ingredients. Their salves are made from a long list of flowers and herbs we recognize and can actually pronounce, with no weird fillers or peculiar additives.

The company is also a B-Corp, certified as a fair trade company and supportive of philanthropic efforts throughout the farming community. The customer service was also impeccable, as they sent HEMP an email with all the necessary third-party testing results (per batch) and certifications showing their commitment to a quality product.

About the salve: The CBD travel stick, or “salvation CBD skin salve,” has an easy applicator — think a super-wide tube of lip balm — making for a clean coating on your skin, without messy fingers.

The sticks come in three separate remedies, each with its own color and smell. The green salve has the most mellow pungency, while the orange and red have more flavorful odors of cloves and peppermint.

The red “Hot Freeze” was our favorite in the bunch, as it left the cool feeling of ice, but warmed up after several minutes to provide long-lasting relief. It’s perfect for a kinked neck or sore back. This was our favorite all-around rub because of the integrity of the brand, amazing customer service, easy travel applicator, overall relaxing properties and all-organic ingredients.

SPECS: 0.5 ounces per stick with 40-50mg CBD.

2) Plus CBD Oil

pluscbdoil.com $35.95

Plus CBD Oil Balm HEMP

CLEAN AND PROFESSIONAL. The mild, earthy scent of Plus CBD Oil’s original salve is more mellow than the other brands reviewed. Perhaps as a consequence, we didn’t feel as much relief or icy-hot feel as when using the other two brands.

Plus CBD Oil is a big player in the industry; they’re a bestselling hemp CBD/phytocannabinoid brand and currently rank in the top 10 of all supplements sold over the last 52 weeks (according to SPINS data analytics, who compiled barcode purchase data). By contacting their marketing department, HEMP was able to obtain third-party certifications via our product’s batch number for all of their European-grown hemp, which was extremely helpful.

Although their CBD and hemp pass the test, we were a bit disappointed that none of their products are certified organic and a few of the ingredients sound like a list from a chemist, rather than ingredients in a skin care product. However, no heavy metals or additional residues were added after their CO2 extraction process.

The natural scent was pleasant for day or work-time applications and less harsh on the eyes if you use it on your neck. This salve would be better suited for massages and before bed as it won’t make your sheets or body smell unreasonably minty. For increased soreness, we would have enjoyed more menthol to create that soothing cooling feeling.

SPECS: 1.3 ounces with 50mg CBDA/CBD.

3) Ova Muscle Rub

www.innovativecbd.com $19.99

Ova Hemp Muscle Rub

LACKING TRANSPARENCY. Innovative’s Ova Muscle Rub had the most powerful scent and produced a very similar effect to the popular Biofreeze gel, with camphor and menthol crystals for alleviating pain. Of the three brands we tested, it offered the strongest pain relief.

It’s a shame that this brand was incapable of producing any third-party certifications for their hemp or CBD products. They claim on their website to use organic hemp from the EU with all organic ingredients, but we were unable to get any test results after numerous calls and emails. We really enjoyed the effects of the product, but have a hard time granting the salve our full stamp of approval without receiving any details on their extraction process or organic claims. The only test results we saw on their website are from 2015 and, when we mentioned that to a service rep on the phone, they seemed puzzled. We hope to revise our statements regarding this brand in the future, but as of now, we can’t fully endorse it.

SPECS: 0.5 ounces with 70mg of supercritical CO2 extracted cannabidiol from hemp.

This article was originally published in HEMP.

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The Future of Hemp-Fed Meat

Prior to the demonization of all-things-cannabis in the United States, hemp grew freely across North America. Animals, both wild and domesticated, could graze on naturally growing hemp before the plants were largely eliminated from the landscape under federal prohibition.

But today, hemp as a nutritional supplement for animals is starting to return to the United States in interesting ways. There are a myriad of companies selling CBD products for pets, claiming that dogs and cats will gain the same benefits as humans from the cannabinoid, despite the lack of conclusive studies. A few pet food companies are also starting to offer treats and daily foods featuring full-spectrum hemp to supply proteins, amino acids, omega-3s and omega-6s. Perhaps most interesting, traditional agriculture is beginning to turn to hemp to supplement the diets of livestock to increase health, weight — and in the end — profits.

ILLUSTRATION Ryan Garcia

Like many areas of hemp cultivation, production and legislation, Colorado is leading the charge. In March 2017, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a working group under the Commissioner of Agriculture to study the feasibility and benefits of hemp as animal feed. Since then, ranchers in Colorado have begun to introduce hemp to their livestock’s foodstuffs.

Because of its proteins, beneficial fatty acids and overall cannabinoid profile, hemp-derived food offers an array of nutritional benefits for animals consuming it.

“We’ve been adding about 10 percent to 20 percent of our pelletized hemp to feed for cattle and pigs,” says Pauli Roterdam of Endo Scientific, a hemp-based tincture company, and Audacious Farms, an organic urban farm in Denver, Colorado growing produce and hemp. “No one should ever feed their animals just everything hemp. It’s a supplement. What we’ve seen are healthier animals going for 10 to 20 percent more at auction. Their coats look better. They weigh more. And that’s just from four months on our hemp feed.”

And because these animals are being reared for eventual human consumption, Roterdam says some of those benefits are passed down to the end consumer. Basically, eating meat from healthier animals is good for whomever consumes that animal.

“We think we’re going to establish even more rare cannabinoid contents, returning the waste and regenerative qualities back to the soil, which adds more value to our animals, soil and people, returning hemp and CBD to our diet the way it was 100 years ago,” says Roterdam.

Hemp is also being used as a supplement for chickens and ducks at Enlita Farms, a Longmont, Colorado-based multipurpose farm. Because its poultry are consuming hemp, the eggs that Enlita Farms produces contain higher levels of omega acids, amino acids, vitamins and cannabinoids, says Roterdam.

It’s an interesting development to see Colorado and others considering integrating hemp into the diet of livestock. For most of the food-concerned public, it seems the thinking has focused on humans eating different parts of the hemp plant for its nutritional benefits. But ultimately, the most complete way to reintroduce hemp to our diets involves feeding our livestock hemp, bringing the traditional diet full circle to reap the nutritional benefits of a plant that Americans who came before us consumed.

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Originally published on thehempmag.com.

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