New Pricing for EU-GMP CBD Distillate – Less Than €4,000/Kilo!

We have updated our wholesale pricing for EU-GMP Certified CBD Distillate. It’s available now for less than €4,000/kilogram!

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-intoxicating compound found in cannabis and hemp. CBD oils, gummies, and other products are continuing to grow in popularity as natural remedies to manage anxiety, stress, pain, and even serious ailments like epilepsy. CBD can be extracted from the plant to make products that come without the intoxication or the smoke inhalation: enter CBD Distillate.

CBD distillate is a highly concentrated extract derived from hemp and cannabis plants, although the latter is not very common. CBD distillate typically has upwards of 85%-90% cannabidiol and it’s considered one of the purest and cleanest extracts available on the market, second in purity only to CBD isolate.

Distillation is highly customizable and allows manufacturers to decide how much they want an oil to resemble the the original plant extract. So, if you’re making tinctures for example, you would want an oil with a very neutral taste. If you’re creating a vape oil that is supposed to actually taste like cannabis, you can reintroduce some of the terpenes that have been removed using a method known as mass spectrometry.

Cannabinoid distillates allow you to create exact formulas, since you can start with 85% CBD and create a tincture with 25% CBD but not have to worry about loosing the broad spectrum benefits.

On the other hand, if you want exact formulations (like what is needed when producing medications) the process can be reversed. So, you would start with an oil add the distillate or isolate. When working with pharma, there is no place for non-medicinal plant matter or any other substances.

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Are CBD-Infused Beverages The Next Big Thing?

The trend of infusing various beverages continues to grow,
but to know if you want to sell these types of products in your shop, you first
need to understand the trends and why they appeal to consumers.

For the last few years, consumers have been gravitating towards edibles. This is true for both the THC and CBD markets, and it applies to all age ranges. It also includes more than just food, with CBD beverages making up for a large part of the market demand.

CBD can be added to basically any drink imaginable including tea, coffee, kombucha, wine, beer, and even plain old water. Since CBD has no psychoactive effects, it can be used throughout the day, at work, while driving, at the park, anytime. This makes CBD beverages the perfect, discreet way to get cannabinoids throughout the day.

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What is CBD?

CBD (cannabidiol) is the second most dominant compound found
in cannabis plants. In hemp, which can have both medicinal and industrial uses,
CBD is generally the most abundant compound. Unlike THC (tetrahydrocannabinol),
CBD does not have any mind-altering effects, making it a more suitable choice
for daily therapeutic use.

To date, there are numerous studies highlighting the medicinal potential of CBD, and more research continues to emerge daily. Some of the most observed conditions are anxiety, chronic pain, inflammation, and epilepsy, all of which can be managed by using CBD. There is even an FDA-approved medication that has CBD as the main ingredient, Epidiolex. It’s used to treat two rare forms of epilepsy, Lennox–Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome. Following the U.S., Epidiolex has been approved for use throughout Europe and is undergoing clinical evaluation in Japan.

Unlike other medications, CBD can successfully treat a large number of unrelated conditions, and the reason for this stems from deep within our own bodies, in a network of receptors known as the Endocannabinoid System (ECS). We actually create cannabinoids naturally, called endocannabinoids, which interact with the ECS receptors to maintain homeostasis by managing functions such as immunity, appetite, sleep wake cycles, pain response, and so much more.

Researchers believe that many illnesses stem from a lack of endocannabinoid production. When our bodies are cannabinoid deficient, supplementing with plants is a safe and logical option. Plant-based cannabinoids, called phytocannabinoids, are being isolate to meet this growing need.

What’s the deal with CBD Beverages?

The CBD trend is growing in tandem with the increased demand for healthy food and drinks. Americans are turning away from soda, cigarettes, and alcohol and purchasing more and more cannabis-based products. CBD beverages naturally fit into this mold.

Although not medicinal by any means, CBD beverages are still
considered a wellness product and consumers use these drinks to self-treat many
different conditions and illnesses. These days, options abound and you can find
CBD many of your favorite drinks including tea, coffee, smoothies, and even
water. The process of making varies depending on the specific beverage being made.

Although still not completely mainstream, this specific niche is growing steadily. The global CBD Beverages market was valued at $2.09 million USD 1 year ago, and it’s expected to reach $11.38 million by 2025. This accounts for a 27.4 percent CAGR during that time frame. Nothing is official yet, but big-name beverage producers like Constellation Brands and Coca-Cola are already eyeing the CBD market, so we can expect to see these products become more mainstream over the coming years.

CBD water and the concept of bioavailability

Now, here’s where things get a bit more complicated. Although CBD water sounds like a very simple and basic product, it’s anything but. When it comes to CBD water, you’ll likely be confronted with the terms “bioavailability” and “water soluble”. It can be difficult to figure out exactly what these words mean and how everything works. To fully understand bioavailability in reference to CBD products, we’ll have to cover a bit of basic science.

All cannabinoids are lipophilic molecules, meaning they are
oil/fat-based compounds that don’t dissolve in water. If you’ve ever tried to mix
any kind of cooking oil or motor oil and water, you know that it doesn’t work
at all. Since our bodies are roughly 60% percent water, the absorption of
oil-based compounds becomes a complicated process.  

Bioavailability refers to the amount of the active ingredient
that is absorbed by the bloodstream. Water solubility refers to a compounds’ ability
to dissolve in water. Expectedly, both of these processes are important when it
comes to CBD-infused water. To have CBD-infused water that actually offers the
anticipated health benefits, the CBD needs to dissolve in the water, and then
be efficiently absorbed by our bodies.  

Pharmaceutical and supplement companies have developed various
methods to allow the bodily absorption of oil-based compounds. Some of these
methods are well-known in the industry such as micro and macro emulsions, nano
emulsions, and liposomes. While these methods are all a breakthrough in their
own right, there is no certified research or testing to determine how effective
they really are in the realm of cannabinoid-medications.

Do you know about Kombucha?

Kombucha is a fermented beverage, very slightly alcohol, that contains live micro-organisms called probiotics, similar to yogurt. It’s traditionally made by combining black or green tea, sugar, carbonated water, and Scoby, which is short for Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast. Another popular nickname for these bacteria is “mother” because the organisms reproduce during fermentation.

First used in China over 2,000 years ago, Kombucha has since
evolved into a $475 million dollar industry in the United States alone. Since
2016, the total market value has quadrupled, which indicates that this trend is
here to stay for a while. It’s sold in cafes, grocery stores, health food
restaurants, and farmers markets.  

Kombucha is promoted as a natural way to improve many physiological
functions including digestion, blood sugar levels, immune system, and it’s said
to be detoxifying. This is based on the premise that many ailments stem from
issues with gut bacteria. Due to the fact that it can be used for so many
different things, adding CBD to it definitely seems like the next logical step.

As popular as Kombucha is, there aren’t any official studies
to confirm that Kombucha bacteria has the same effects in the body as yogurt
bacteria or other probiotics, but it certainly makes sense. Hopefully more
studies will emerge as people continue to buy this product.

What are the benefits of drinking tea and coffee?

It’s estimated that, worldwide, people consume roughly 2.25 billion cups of coffee every single day. When people think of coffee, a quick energy boost is what usually comes to mind. Aside from that extra pep in your step, research indicates that coffee has many other health benefits which include reducing the risk of liver cancer, type 2 diabetes, and heart failure. This is because coffee has some beneficial nutrients such as riboflavin (vitamin B-2), niacin (vitamin b-3), magnesium, potassium, and a boatload of antioxidants (formally known as phenolic compounds).

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Tea is also a popular and beneficial beverage that can help
improve your health. According to Qi Sun, assistant professor in the Department
of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, “Tea consumption,
especially green tea, may not be the magic bullet, but it can be incorporated
in an overall healthy diet with whole grains, fish, fruits and vegetables, and
less red and processed meat. It contains substances linked to a lower risk for
heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.”

Numerous Harvard-led studies claim that the main health-promoting molecules in tea (known as polyphenols) are similar to those found in coffee, which is why these two beverages have similar health benefits.

Bottles or cans?

This question might seem a bit trivial, but as the CBD
beverage industry is shaping up to become an extremely profitable sector, it has
just been revealed that alluminium cans absorb nearly all the active cannabinoids
out of the beverage. So, anyone who’s been drinking CBD drinks from a can hasn’t
been getting any CBD at all.

Researchers believe that emulsified cannabinoid particles
attach themselves to the inner lining of the drink cans that’s in place to prevent
the cans from rusting once liquid is put inside. This issue was discovered in by
the brewer Lagunitas. “The loss was horrible,” a spokesperson told Yahoo
Finance. “When I say there is less cannabis, there is no cannabis left. It’s
literally 97% absorption into the can after a few months. Guys are saying they
solved that problem. Nobody really has.”

This a huge problem considering cannabinoids are the selling
point and driving factor behind the pricing of the beverages and advertising
structure. The issue is magnified by the fact that some Fortune 500 companies
are looking to take a dive into the CBD-beverage market in the near future.  

The legal side

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has been a stark
opponent of CBD-infused food, drinks, and supplements for quite some time now. Many
states, including California where cannabis is legal, have banned the sale of these
products. This has complicated matters for many businesses who were already
selling cannabidiol food and beverages out of their shops, restaurants and
cafes.

This, luckily, is on the verge of changing since a Minnesota
state representative introduced a bill that would Federal Food, Drug and
Cosmetic Act to add CBD to the list of legal dietary supplements and exclude it
from prohibited foods and products.

This bill would effectively bypass any FDA interference and
make CBD federally legal and thus, all these edible and supplement products
will also be legal. If this bill moves quickly, many of the business owners
that were fearful they would have shut everything down can finally feel secure.
 

Final thoughts

To summarize, CBD beverages are here to stay. Are they something you want to sell in your store or online shop? If so, you’ll want to make sure you understand how these drinks work, which ones have the best ingredients, and which ones appeal to customers the most.

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Surprise U-Turn Sees U.K. Regulators Question Safety Of CBD

BRITISH authorities have expressed concerns over the safety of CBD in moves which could harm the booming industry.

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These emerged in a report in The Times newspaper which highlighted Food Standards Agency (FSA) safety concerns over cannabidiol (CBD) – which is popular with millions of Brits.

It refers to a Toxicity Report for the FSA which highlights potential CBD ‘side-effects ranging from diarrhoea and drooling to damage to the immune and reproductive systems’.

The FSA has told CBD Testers that following a meeting at the end of  January, which considered the toxicity study, it is now reviewing its ‘consumer advice on the consumption of CBD extracts’.

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‘No Significant Safety Concerns’

This comes just two weeks after the FSA said the ‘information available on CBD does not suggest any significant safety concerns‘. The Toxicity Report in question was first published in July, last year, and the FSA has yet to elaborate on why it has now changed its opinion on CBD safety (we are expecting a response in the next few days).

And, in a second blow for the U.K. industry the FSA has stated publicly, for the first-time since Brexit, that it plans to adopt the controversial European Novel Food guidelines into U.K. law.

These latest developments have raised concerns that the FSA lacks a clear understanding of the nature of CBD. Peter Reynolds, founder of U.K. CBD trade group CannaPro, said:  “The FSA doesn’t know what it’s talking about and it is going to land them in trouble. 

‘Will End Up In The Courts’

“They cannot understand it, for some reason, but what they are doing is legally flawed and this will end up in the courts. If a CannaPro member has its CBD stock removed by Trading Standards then they will be told that the stock they have taken off the shelves is not the one that the FSA is referring to, and that they will be liable for the costs and damages they have caused the business.”

During several meetings with the FSA, CannaPro and fellow industry trade group the Cannabis Trade Association (CTA) have made efforts to draw a distinction between ‘whole cannabis plant extracts’ – which contain CBD – and what the FSA refers to, as ‘CBD extracts’.

The FSA restated its position to CBD Testers this week, saying: CBD is a chemical found naturally within the cannabis plant, it has only very recently been removed and sold as a separate CBD extract.” 

These comments exhibit a ‘fundamental misunderstanding’ of the nature of CBD products, said Mr Reynolds.

‘Whole Plant Extracts’

While the FSA refers to ‘CBD extracts’ the producers and sellers represented by the CTA and CannaPro agree to sell only ‘whole plant extracts’. Mr Reynolds continued: “We don’t sell CBD extracts. What we do sell is something that has been taken from the cannabis plant for hundreds of years.”

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Natural whole plant extracts have been around for a century or more and recovered by a variety of methods such as the use of a liquid solvent. The trade bodies accept that ‘selective extracts’ or ‘isolates’ that have been modified to differ from the original substance to say, reduce THC content, are a Novel Food.

Mr Reynolds continued: “CannaPro and others in the industry accept that  CBD isolate and CBD extract are a Novel Food, as quite clearly, before 1998 people weren’t isolating CBD. CannaPro accepts isolate is a Novel Food and we won’t verify it.” 

‘We Are Reviewing Our Consumer Advice’

CBD Testers asked the FSA for a statement relation to The Times story and we received the following: “We have commissioned the Government’s independent advisory Committee on Toxicity (CoT) to review research on CBD extracts regularly. 

“In July last year it remarked on the lack of available data. It met again at the end of January to consider this issue again. As a result we are reviewing our consumer advice on the consumption of CBD extracts and the action we expect the industry to take and will make this information available imminently.

On the Novel Food issue It went on to say: “This (Novel Food) legislation is being transferred into U.K. law and we will continue to use the high standards of consumer protection it provides. We’ve got no plans to change this legislation.”

It also provided CBD Testers with the following comment from Rebecca Sudworth, Director of Policy at the Food Standards Agency: “The FSA will shortly outline the action it will take given the CBD industry’s lack of progress with the authorisation process.

“We are advising consumers to think carefully before taking CBD sold as food or supplements until we know more about their safety and composition. It’s now up to industry and business to do the right thing so everyone can be reassured that CBD is safe and what it says it is. If any evidence is found to suggest these products can cause harm, they will be removed from shelves.”

FSA And ‘CBD Extracts’

And in some additional ‘Background Notes’ provided to CBD Testers it broached the issue of CBD extracts and Novel Food.

CBD is a chemical found naturally within the cannabis plant, it has only very recently been removed and sold as a separate CBD extract. CBD extracts can be found in a range of products such as oils, confectionary, bakery products and drinks.  

“CBD was confirmed as a novel food product in January 2019. Under the novel food regulations, foods or food ingredients which do not have a history of consumption before May 1997 should be evaluated and authorised before they can be placed on the market.

“The FSA is responsible for regulating CBD as a novel food. This does not include cosmetics, vapes, products making medicinal claims or products containing illegal substances such as THC.    

“The FSA is the Central Competent Authority (CCA) for food safety, however local authorities are responsible for the day to day enforcement of food law. The FSA will issue guidance to them, but they are authorised make specific enforcement decisions based on the facts of individual cases and circumstances.”

Cannabidiol (CBD) is added to foods, oils and lotions. Users say that the compound, which does not get people high, reduces anxiety, depression, insomnia and pain. 

Novel Food Brick Wall?

The designation of CBD as a Novel Food early last year has been widely condemned by the CBD industry. Novel Food regulations introduced in 1998 are designed to ensure that all food supplements sold in the E.U. have undergone stringent safety tests.

But, as thing currently stand, not one CBD product on sale in the E.U. has successfully navigated this process. A Novel Food designation is used for guidance by national CCAs who must make their own decisions on whether to enforce its obligations.

Not What The Industry Wants To Hear

This new development follows a heated spat between the FSA and the CTA reported in CBD Testers, last month.

The FSA’s new position aligns it more with the Food and Drug Administration in the United States which says it has concerns over the ‘real risks’ posed by CBD consumption, with it also putting the industry on notice of imminent action.

The U.K. CBD industry continues to grow rapidly with millions of people said to be using it, and a market value in the hundreds of millions of pounds.

While the industry has been living in this Novel Food limbo for the last year it looks like it will be getting some clarity on how it can proceed over the coming weeks – but whether that will be what most of the industry wants to hear is looking increasingly unlikely, at this stage.

@CBD Testers will be keeping abreast of this issue and will shortly be publishing a summary of the Committee on Toxicity Report which has prompted the FSA’s concerns over CBD safety.

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Can ‘Divine Intervention’ Help Save The CBD Industry In Europe?

The favoured dish of a medieval Pope may help free the CBD industry in Europe from its regulatory limbo.

Last year’s European Commission (E.C.) designation of CBD as a Novel Food rocked the fast-growing industry. Leading the fight against it is Lorenza Romanese, Managing Director of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA).

The thrust of the EIHA’s position is this; CBD, as a hemp extract, has been used across Europe for hundreds of years.

Pope Martin V

The EIHA, which has over 250 members in over 26 countries, has documented more than 25 examples, stretching back over 800 years. These include a soup recipe from the personal chef of Pope Martin V – dating back to the 14th Century – which saw juices from the flowers and leaves of the cannabis plant mixed with saffron, spices, bread-crumbs and onion.

Also in Italy, from the 19th Century, the EIHA has unearthed evidence which shows hemp flowers being cooked with bacon to make a tortellini. Ireland, Germany, Sweden, Lithuania, and elsewhere, all document the widespread use of cannabis extracts in food and drinks.

Ms Romanese told CBD Testers: “We have Pope Martin V eating cannabis soup, and evidence of hemp extracts in an Italian Tortellini, along with much evidence from elsewhere. These all show that hemp extracts, containing cannabinoids – of which CBD is the major one – have been widely consumed in Europe, over many hundreds of years.

“We need this evidence to demonstrate to the Member States that hemp extracts have been consumed as traditional food for centuries – and that they are not a Novel Food.”

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Two Challenges Possible

There are two main options now available to the EIHA to challenge the Novel Food designation, and its preferred choice is known as the Article 4 route. This clause in the Novel Food regulations permits an opportunity to demonstrate the food in question has been used prior to May 1997, when the regulations came into effect.

To progress this challenge the EIHA has secured the agreement of one of the 27 European Union (E.U.) member states, sympathetic to its stance. Ms Romanese would only confirm that it’s an eastern European country – and the rules of the Single Market means that, if acknowledged, CBD can be freely-traded as across the E.U.

Ms Romanese is assessing some additional evidence with the focus of identifying ‘accurate’ ‘sound’ and ‘reliable’ historical records showing hemp and cannabis in traditional traditional food and food recipes.

Still Novel ‘Risk’

She said: “There is a risk that after we show the evidence CBD will still be considered Novel. We have good evidence that hemp extracts were not used as a medicine, but used as a food, and we want to make that evidence much stronger.

“Along with the right evidence, we need the right level of political will from the country, too, and this country has the belief that hemp has an established and historic food use.” 

Mr Romanese is also considering a second challenge, which again relates to one of the clauses in the Novel Food regulation, this time Article 5.

New European Commission

There is a belief that the newly-installed European Commission reflects the less bureaucratic mindset of the Continent’s ‘populist’ movements, and has a more sympathetic view of CBD.

An Update On British CBD and the Novel Food Regulations in EU

An Article 5 challenge stipulates that the ‘E.C. may decide, on its own initiative or upon a request by a Member State,…whether or not a particular food falls within the definition of Novel Food’.

Before this happens the industry has asked for a meeting with the United Nations representatives’ in Brussels, next month, where its hopes CBD will be removed from the Schedule IV drug classification, as previously  recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Ms Romanese continued: “Member states are reluctant to enforce the Novel Food regulation. They know that by classifying hemp a Novel Food they will kill the market, so they are waiting and waiting for someone else to take a decision. 

“While the U.N. will not inform whether CBD is a novel food, or not, it will determine whether CBD is a food or a drug, and if it’s a food, this could mean it is treated more favorably by regulators across Europe.”

While scores of European businesses have faced enforcement action as a result of the Novel food ruling, it is not legally binding and should only be used as a reference by national authorities.

World Health Organisation And CBD

In the light of a favorable U.N. ruling there may well be less pressure to penalise the industry and the focus may shift to ensuring consumers are sold quality and safe products, say the EIHA.

Nevertheless, there will still be some businesses who will pursue the Novel Food path. These will be business who produce CBD isolates – as opposed to hemp extracts. These isolates are viewed by the industry as Novel Foods as they benefit from processing methods developed since 1997.

However, the issue with this position is that the products have to be taken off the shelves during the safety authorisation process; this can take over two years. It is also said to be very expensive – in the region of £300,000 -which is beyond the reach of many of Europe’s smaller CBD and hemp businesses.

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Are You Using the Wrong Rolling Papers?

As cannabis culture marches on and new technologies to help us enjoy marijuana emerge, one method has remained a constant in the weed-world: the joint. Cannabis enthusiasts have reportedly been rolling joints since the early 1800s, making rolling papers a must-have for any stash box. While the rolling paper and weed combination seems simple enough, picking the right rolling papers is crucial to ensure a satisfying session. 

Traditional rolling papers are made from wood pulp, which up until this point, has dominated the market. Rice, hemp and ultra-thin papers are now available through more cannabis-centric brands that understand the difference between a rolling paper made for tobacco and one made for cannabis. 

A multitude of factors goes into finding the right rolling paper for your needs. Variables like taste, thickness and the speed at which the paper will burn all need to be taken into account. Your joint-rolling skills also come into play, as some papers are easier to roll than others. We’re breaking down the most common types of rolling papers and what makes each one unique. 

Rice Papers 

The best rice papers are made from all-natural ingredients, which in this case would be pressed and processed rice. Rice rolling papers tend to be thinner than their hemp counterparts, so you’ll taste more of your herb as opposed to paper smoke. If you’re all about tasting those terpenes, rice papers should be at the top of your list. 

When it comes to rolling with rice papers, it can seem a little more daunting than a sturdier option. They tend to be a lot smoother than other types which can affect your grip when rolling. Smokers in more moist areas like the Pacific Northwest would be wise to steer clear of rice papers as damp air and moisture can make them difficult to roll well. 

Our favorite rice papers are the recently debuted Vibes Rolling Papers. The natural paper brings out the flavor of your herb and is one of the easier rice rolling papers to roll. 

Hemp Papers 

Hemp papers have been on the scene for decades. Their steady performance and structural integrity makes them a favorite among weed smokers. The conservationist in all of us will appreciate the fact that hemp rolling papers help save trees, which is a nice little bonus. Hemp rolling papers have a light brown look since no bleaching takes place, a plus for users wanting to experience the true taste of their herb. 

Compared to rice rolling papers, hemp papers are thicker and a little rougher, making it easier to grip and roll them. These are a great option for new joint rollers or anyone who’s out of practice. The burn rate for hemp rolling papers is medium and they will go out less often than rice or ultra-thin papers. Hemp papers are kind of the “do it all” rolling paper as they can be used in most environments. 

When it came to picking our favorite hemp rolling paper, there is only really one option: RAW rolling papers. The iconic rolling paper brand has been around for decades and produces some of the best organic — and vegan — hemp rolling papers available. Their run-preventing watermark and cross-weave pattern ensure an even burn every time you roll up. 

Ultra-Thin Papers 

If you want even more flavor from your joints, ultra-thin papers are the answer. There is very little paper smoke associated with ultra-thin papers, so you get flavor-packed hits. However, they do burn a little faster than their counterparts. Usually made from rice, ultra-thin papers represent the purest flavor experience of any other type of rolling paper on this list. 

When it comes to rolling difficulty, ultra-thin rice papers are the top of the mountain. Structurally it can be harder to corral all your herb into such a thin paper, plus moisture will throw a wrench in your roll if you’re not super careful. But for seasoned rollers, ultra-thin papers should be preferred. 

For the best in ultra-thin rolling papers, we turn to Elements ultra-thin rolling papers. Pressed rice paper and Acacia gum are the only ingredients to these papers, giving you an unsullied smoke. These Elements papers burn with no ash, which leads to a mess-free joint session. 

Need More Rolling Papers?

Now that you’re fully prepped on which papers will enhance your sessions, you might need some more. If you need some new standard length, king-size, or even cones head over to vapor.com and see if they have the right paper for you.  

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Are You Using the Wrong Rolling Papers?

As cannabis culture marches on and new technologies to help us enjoy marijuana emerge, one method has remained a constant in the weed-world: the joint. Cannabis enthusiasts have reportedly been rolling joints since the early 1800s, making rolling papers a must-have for any stash box. While the rolling paper and weed combination seems simple enough, picking the right rolling papers is crucial to ensure a satisfying session. 

Traditional rolling papers are made from wood pulp, which up until this point, has dominated the market. Rice, hemp and ultra-thin papers are now available through more cannabis-centric brands that understand the difference between a rolling paper made for tobacco and one made for cannabis. 

A multitude of factors goes into finding the right rolling paper for your needs. Variables like taste, thickness and the speed at which the paper will burn all need to be taken into account. Your joint-rolling skills also come into play, as some papers are easier to roll than others. We’re breaking down the most common types of rolling papers and what makes each one unique. 

Rice Papers 

The best rice papers are made from all-natural ingredients, which in this case would be pressed and processed rice. Rice rolling papers tend to be thinner than their hemp counterparts, so you’ll taste more of your herb as opposed to paper smoke. If you’re all about tasting those terpenes, rice papers should be at the top of your list. 

When it comes to rolling with rice papers, it can seem a little more daunting than a sturdier option. They tend to be a lot smoother than other types which can affect your grip when rolling. Smokers in more moist areas like the Pacific Northwest would be wise to steer clear of rice papers as damp air and moisture can make them difficult to roll well. 

Our favorite rice papers are the recently debuted Vibes Rolling Papers. The natural paper brings out the flavor of your herb and is one of the easier rice rolling papers to roll. 

Hemp Papers 

Hemp papers have been on the scene for decades. Their steady performance and structural integrity makes them a favorite among weed smokers. The conservationist in all of us will appreciate the fact that hemp rolling papers help save trees, which is a nice little bonus. Hemp rolling papers have a light brown look since no bleaching takes place, a plus for users wanting to experience the true taste of their herb. 

Compared to rice rolling papers, hemp papers are thicker and a little rougher, making it easier to grip and roll them. These are a great option for new joint rollers or anyone who’s out of practice. The burn rate for hemp rolling papers is medium and they will go out less often than rice or ultra-thin papers. Hemp papers are kind of the “do it all” rolling paper as they can be used in most environments. 

When it came to picking our favorite hemp rolling paper, there is only really one option: RAW rolling papers. The iconic rolling paper brand has been around for decades and produces some of the best organic — and vegan — hemp rolling papers available. Their run-preventing watermark and cross-weave pattern ensure an even burn every time you roll up. 

Ultra-Thin Papers 

If you want even more flavor from your joints, ultra-thin papers are the answer. There is very little paper smoke associated with ultra-thin papers, so you get flavor-packed hits. However, they do burn a little faster than their counterparts. Usually made from rice, ultra-thin papers represent the purest flavor experience of any other type of rolling paper on this list. 

When it comes to rolling difficulty, ultra-thin rice papers are the top of the mountain. Structurally it can be harder to corral all your herb into such a thin paper, plus moisture will throw a wrench in your roll if you’re not super careful. But for seasoned rollers, ultra-thin papers should be preferred. 

For the best in ultra-thin rolling papers, we turn to Elements ultra-thin rolling papers. Pressed rice paper and Acacia gum are the only ingredients to these papers, giving you an unsullied smoke. These Elements papers burn with no ash, which leads to a mess-free joint session. 

Need More Rolling Papers?

Now that you’re fully prepped on which papers will enhance your sessions, you might need some more. If you need some new standard length, king-size, or even cones head over to vapor.com and see if they have the right paper for you.  

TELL US, how do you rate your joint-rolling skills?

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Kuida CBD Skincare Can Help Keep Your Skin Youthful and Vibrant

With its famed antioxidant, antiseborrheic, skin conditioning and protecting properties, CBD has taken the beauty and skincare category by storm. The global CBD skincare market size is expected to reach US 1.7 billion by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc.

Kuida is the first Colombian brand to successfully launch hemp-derived CBD products into the U.S. The line of products belong to Khiron Life Sciences Corp, a global cannabis company with core operations in Colombia.

What makes Kuida unique in the market is CBDERM, the company’s own formulation. Action. The active components and cannabis-derived CBD in CBDERM provides the skin with powerful antioxidants.

Available at Cannabis Now retail store in Los Angeles, the luxurious collection comprises of a hydrating fluid, night cream, face and body scrub and body mist.

Step Ø Fluid

Step Ø Fluid. RRP $50

When your skin is dehydrated, you can expect dryness, flakiness, roughness, irritation and cracking — all symptoms of prematurely aging. Using CBDERM synergy, Kuida Step Ø Fluid retains the water in the skin, providing deep hydration and improving your skin’s elasticity. The light texture of Step Ø Fluid means it’s not oily and has faster absorption. Plus, it’s fragrance-free. This is the perfect product to start and finish your day with the right amount of antioxidants and hydration. 

Night Cream

Night Cream. RRP $55

CBDERM synergy helps Kuida’s night cream can help prevent the appearance of expression lines. This product can also help improve your skin’s elasticity and deliver deep hydration through water retention in the skin.

Face and Body Scrub

Face and Body Scrub. RRP $25

Using a body scrub regularly can help keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful. Kuida’s Face and Body Scrub uses peach nut seeds in this deliciously scented scrub to help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Its creamy base will help leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Plus, you don’t need to rinse it off.

Relaxing Body Mist 

Relaxing Body Mist. RRP $30

After a long day, or if your skin is feeling stressed out, Kuida’s Relaxing Body Mist can help your skin to feel fresh. A combination of CBDERM synergy and aromatherapy effects are delivered in a fine mist, leaving you with a fresh feeling while taking care of your skin.

The Kuida skincare collection is available now at the Cannabis Now retail store, Los Angeles.

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Kuida CBD Skincare Can Help Keep Your Skin Youthful and Vibrant

With its famed antioxidant, antiseborrheic, skin conditioning and protecting properties, CBD has taken the beauty and skincare category by storm. The global CBD skincare market size is expected to reach US 1.7 billion by 2025, according to a report by Grand View Research, Inc.

Kuida is the first Colombian brand to successfully launch hemp-derived CBD products into the U.S. The line of products belong to Khiron Life Sciences Corp, a global cannabis company with core operations in Colombia.

What makes Kuida unique in the market is CBDERM, the company’s own formulation. Action. The active components and cannabis-derived CBD in CBDERM provides the skin with powerful antioxidants.

Available at Cannabis Now retail store in Los Angeles, the luxurious collection comprises of a hydrating fluid, night cream, face and body scrub and body mist.

Step Ø Fluid

Step Ø Fluid. RRP $50

When your skin is dehydrated, you can expect dryness, flakiness, roughness, irritation and cracking — all symptoms of prematurely aging. Using CBDERM synergy, Kuida Step Ø Fluid retains the water in the skin, providing deep hydration and improving your skin’s elasticity. The light texture of Step Ø Fluid means it’s not oily and has faster absorption. Plus, it’s fragrance-free. This is the perfect product to start and finish your day with the right amount of antioxidants and hydration. 

Night Cream

Night Cream. RRP $55

CBDERM synergy helps Kuida’s night cream can help prevent the appearance of expression lines. This product can also help improve your skin’s elasticity and deliver deep hydration through water retention in the skin.

Face and Body Scrub

Face and Body Scrub. RRP $25

Using a body scrub regularly can help keep your skin looking vibrant and youthful. Kuida’s Face and Body Scrub uses peach nut seeds in this deliciously scented scrub to help remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. Its creamy base will help leave your skin feeling fresh and hydrated. Plus, you don’t need to rinse it off.

Relaxing Body Mist 

Relaxing Body Mist. RRP $30

After a long day, or if your skin is feeling stressed out, Kuida’s Relaxing Body Mist can help your skin to feel fresh. A combination of CBDERM synergy and aromatherapy effects are delivered in a fine mist, leaving you with a fresh feeling while taking care of your skin.

The Kuida skincare collection is available now at the Cannabis Now retail store, Los Angeles.

TELL US, have you tried CBD skincare?

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Maximize Dry January with Daytrip CBD Beverages

Do you feel like you overindulged over the holiday season?
Don’t worry, you’re not alone. After all the festivities of the Christmas and
New Year’s period, some people decide to commit to a month of sobriety,
otherwise known as ‘Dry January.’

Researchers at the University of Sussex have been studying Dry January since 2014. They have discovered that participants
can expect to have better health – and a healthier bank balance.

But fear not! Dry January doesn’t mean forgoing all things
deliciously effervescent. In fact, why not use this opportunity to embark on a
new facet of your wellness journey by swapping out sugary sodas with sugar-free
CBD beverages.

Daytrip craft natural, premium 100% water-soluble CBD drinks
that absorb quickly into the body to maximize the cannabinoid’s
bioavailability. CBD is an
oil-based product, so when the technology doesn’t create a fully water-soluble
CBD, the end product can’t effectively absorb into the body.

For this reason, Daytrip is different from other CBD drink
options. The company has developed proprietary Foliole Nexus Technology,
leveraging high-frequency energy to minimize the hemp-derived CBD’s particle
size, enabling the cannabinoid to provide a near-instant effect and deliver
consistent results.

Then, they infuse CBD into sparkling water and a botanical terpene profile to create four delicious flavors — cherry, coconut pineapple, lemon lime and tangerine — that can be used to create CBD cocktails that promote a happy effervescent feeling.

The Daytripper

  • 3/4 cup lemon lime Daytrip CBD sparkling water
  • Ginger – muddled
  • ¼ cup peach nectar
  • 1 lemon wedge

Combine all ingredients in a glass and garnish with lemon and a ginger shaving.

The Daytripper

The Bubbly Brunch

  • 1/2 cup Tangerine Daytrip CBD Sparkling Water
  • 1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 TBSP elderflower syrup
  • 1 lime wedge squeezed into glass

Combine all ingredients in a glass.

The Fiesta

  • 2 oz Cherry Daytrip CBD Sparkling Water
  • 1.5 oz tequila 
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz pomegranate juice

Combine all ingredients in a glass and garnish with cherries and orange slices.

The Fiesta

Endless Summer

  • ½ can Coconut Pineapple Daytrip CBD Sparkling
    Water
  • 1 shot clear rum
  • 2 slices of fresh pineapple Ice

Muddle one slice of pineapple and pour in Daytrip Coconut
Pineapple, rum and ice. Garnish with the second pineapple slice

Firmly rooted in California culture, Daytrip embraces all
that the Golden State represents; getting away from the grind and sharing good
vibes.

Whether you’re at the beach, on the slopes, or simply in your own back yard, Daytrip wants to help you maximize your enjoyment. Use code DRYJAN to save 20% off your purchase.

Daytrip CBD beverages are also available at the Cannabis Now retail store in Los Angeles.

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Deal on CBG Seeds – Get Compliant Crops This Season!

Start off on the right foot this harvest season by using high quality CBG seeds for your crops – potent, popular, and always legally compliant.

We currently have an amazing deal on premium, high-CBG hemp flower seeds that are testing at 18% to 21% CBGa content when grown indoors. This strain is a phenotype of a 5-year genetics, 9 iteration of CBG flowers, coming from the midwestern state of Indiana.

Genetics can be tailored to the customers specific climate, as these current ones do best in semi-arid locales. This breeder also supplements their pollen bank with 7 generation genetics, and they have the ability to stress the genetics in a controlled setting and produce specific phenotypes.

If you’re curious what the final product from these CBG seeds is expected to look like, check out the image below.

Prices

Now let’s talk numbers. Normally, these seeds sell for around $2.50 a piece but they are currently available for less than $2 each. This is an excellent investment as pounds of trimmed CBG flower are currently selling for $600-700 per pound. Compare this to only $140-170 per pound of trimmed CBD flowers. The price of CBG flower may drop a bit in the coming months, but nowhere near as much as CBD flowers did. For CBG flower, a type that is regularly compliant and sells fast, the price will remain relatively high.

We have a minimum order quantity of 25,000 seeds which will cover 10 acres at 2500-2800 seeds/acre. Anything less than this would hardly be worth the time, effort, and investment to cultivate it.

If you’re going through all the work of growing flower, you don’t want your crop to be ruined by subpar or uncompliant seeds. Get it right from the beginning.

Compliance

As CBG is synthesized into other cannabinoids including THC, strains high in CBG are generally very low in other cannabinoids. That means high-CBG strains are consistent in producing less than 0.3% total THC, which is now the limit under the recently-released USDA rules for growing hemp. 

Many CBD-rich varieties of hemp – especially ones with over 10-15% CBD – produce well over 0.3% THC. While this has been loosely regulated up until now, starting next year, all hemp plants must test below the reinforced limit of 0.3% total THC. This will mean many of the genetics currently used are no longer compliant with law.

As a matter of fact, most of the CBD strains on the market today are not compliant based on these standards and some farmers are dealing with having to let law enforcement destroy their crops.

Make sure this doesn’t happen to you buy getting legal flowers from the beginning.

Interested in this offer?
Subscribe to the CBD Flowers Business newsletter or contact us directly at info@cbdtesters.co to claim this one-of-a-kind deal.

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One last thing, if you want to learn more about the business of selling CBG flowers you MUST subscribe to this weeks newsletter, as we also offer premium CBG seeds and CBG flowers!

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