2017 CBD Product Information & Reviews

Cannabis Is The Winner in Midterm Elections —Nov 9, 2018

November 9th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Cannabis wins

By Cara Oorbeck – Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

The Polls Are Closed And Results Are In

Midterm elections are over and we have seen some real trends toward the legalization and/or reform of Marijuana laws. This election saw numerous amendments and propositions passed at state and local levels this week. The Democrats have won control back of the House and many supporters are anticipating the change to positively impact the legalization at the federal level. However, party leaders have not been so enthusiastic.  Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, has suggested that “success would largely depend on support from President Trump.” The House is anticipated to push the Farm Bill through, but the question of whether or not the Senate will allow serious debate on cannabis reform in the next two years is a lot harder to answer with certainty.  This, however, will not likely change the trend toward legalization and reforms at the state level.

Elections Results That May Impact Cannabis

The fight for cannabis reform is not only being fought at the federal level but also at the state level with many representatives being an influencing factor in the future of Cannabis. Some of these include:

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer won the US Senate race in New York. Schumer introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, another bill aimed at legalizing marijuana at the federal level.
  • In Texas, a leading voice for marijuana, candidate Beto O’Rourke, lost to incumbent Ted Cruz who has been personally opposed to legalizing Cannabis but believes it should be left to each state to decide.
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich., ranking member, U.S. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee). Chairwoman of the committee during the last farm bill. She has been strong on the environment, and energy programs. She is also supportive of commodity and conservation programs as well.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) re-elected who initially co-sponsored The STATES Act, a bipartisan effort The measure seeks to block the federal government from interfering in state-approved cannabis programs.
  • In Texas, a leading voice for marijuana candidate Beto O’Rourke lost to incumbent Ted Cruz who has been personally opposed to legalizing Cannabis but believes it should be left to each state to decide.
  • In Illinois, Democrat J.B. Pritzker won the governor’s race after making marijuana legalization a centerpiece of his campaign.
  • In New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), who won the governor’s race, said legalizing marijuana will bring “hundreds of millions of dollars to New Mexico’s economy.”
  • Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers supports decriminalizing marijuana and allowing medical cannabis and says he wants to put a full marijuana legalization question before voters to decide.

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CBD Extraction: How it Works on Seeds, Stalks, and Flowers

December 22nd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

CBD Extraction

Those of you curious about buying CBD should know it’s slightly different from hemp than marijuana in that it doesn’t cause a psychoactive high. This doesn’t mean you won’t get the same health benefits from using it. It’s also produced in a similar way, though you’ve perhaps never looked into how CO2 extraction works from hemp plants.

Extraction can become complicated in its scientific explanations, but you should know the basics for an education on CBD production.

This process occurs from either seeds, stalks, and flowers. Imported hemp has to come only from seeds and stalks. However, domestic hemp can have CBD extracted from flowers as well.

Take a look at a simpler explanation on how these cbd extractions work.

Extraction from Seeds

Hemp seed oil has become a very popular product in recent years, and it involves extraction from hemp seeds. It’s a product you usually see added to CBD supplements as a base. It can also be found in many food and beauty products.

The health benefits of hemp seed oil are exponential since it offers balanced essential fatty acids that distribute in your body. It often becomes confused with regular hemp oil, something often combined with phytocannabinoids.

So what’s the extraction process involved to make these products? For hemp seed oil, it involves pressing or grinding the seeds at temperatures below 120F. It’s a technique called cold pressing, and it’s not the only method to extract hemp oil.

Some other extraction techniques:

  • Using ethanol or olive oil, both of which are safe for consumption.
  • Super critical CO2 extraction is more complicated, yet it’s safe and gives you high potency and purity.

How Does Super Critical CO2 Extraction Work?

If you’re more curious about the last extraction method above, it involves compressing CO2 up to 10,000 psi, something 300 times greater than normal car tire pressure.

This compression method helps make it “super critical”, or becoming liquid and gas at the same time. The CO2 becomes very cold to help preserve enzymes and vitamins and allows the CBD compound to be separated from the hemp seed oil.

Manufacturers then release and recycle the CO2 to create a more concentrated and pure extract.

Extraction Methods from Stalks

While CBD extractions occur from seeds, they can come directly from stalks as well. This involves some of the same extraction methods. Super critical CO2 is also used on stalks, and the FDA lists the method as “Generally Regarded as Safe.” A phrase like this from the FDA is always a good sign, even if it sounds tepid.

You’re starting to see super critical CO2 used often now in extraction methods for the commercial food industry. Since CO2 is non-toxic, it’s used as the main solvent in CBD industries to extract all the essential oils, lipids, and compounds.

After removal of the solvent, you get extracted hemp oil paste naturally high in CBD.

Extraction Methods on Flowers

Most CBD users prefer extractions directly from industrial hemp. It’s easier to grow legally, especially in all the legal states. Plus, it’s easier to extract from hemp because it has more CBD than regular marijuana plants.

To properly make CBD products from flowers, you have to make sure the THC levels are within the legal range in your state. Your extraction processes also have to avoid using butane or explosive solvents.

Still, many sources say the flowering strains of Charlotte’s Web produce just as much CBD as hemp. Bluebird Botanicals is another one that uses flower extract, and it’s domestic.

One critical step in extracting from plants is chromatography, a process removing unwanted phytochemicals from the extracted oil. It removes chlorophyll in particular, giving stronger purity to the CBD for greater health benefits.

Overall, CO2 extraction is the most common method used by our vendors here at Green Wellness Life.

Visit us to ask about our CBD products and how they’re made.

CBD and the Banking Industry: The Impact From Regulations

December 15th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Banking Industry

While you might look at hemp as a less fun alternative to marijuana, it’s a serious business that’s growing as much as the mainstream marijuana industry. At the heart of this is CBD, or cannabidiol, a major compound found in hemp and marijuana. However, CBD can help bring many therapeutic benefits without causing a high.

Even if CBD doesn’t sound nearly as appealing, it’s an excellent source to manage certain conditions for those who don’t want a psychoactive experience.

Growth for the industry is now expected to shoot to $2.1 billion by the year 2020. Despite this growth, regulations from banks are still a big problem.

Take a look at some of the issues CBD still faces with banks, namely in financial institutions being afraid to work with these businesses.

Why Are Banks Reluctant to Take on CBD Businesses?

Banks are still on a long rocky road to working with businesses specializing in marijuana. Even though the Obama Administration issued guidelines to banks to provide a financial outlet for marijuana businesses, it’s an ongoing sticking point.

The problem is many banks still worry about getting in trouble with the law for providing financial services to the CBD industry. They also don’t want to bother taking part in the extra resources needed to make it legal.

It’s possible for banks to take part in legal states, but will they take on an industry that they still deem risky?

For those of us in the CBD industry, it’s still a dilemma on how to create decent commerce in selling hemp products.

The Challenge for the CBD Industry in Using Cash

Because the bank industry is still so reluctant to join the marijuana commerce fray, it’s left CBD businesses to pay all their bills and make sales using cash. This isn’t an easy process when you have to pay employees this way considering it requires keeping cash on hand.

Having to store cash in a business is always a security risk since it could easily become lost or stolen. When cash flow is just as important to CBD sales as any other business, losing cash can become devastating.

It’s required many in our industry to find creative ways to store money, sometimes meaning burying it to keep it safe.

Just a couple of years ago, 60% of all cannabis businesses didn’t have a bank account to do business. Is change coming in the coming year and beyond?

Which Banks Are Open to CBD Businesses?

Last year, the AP reported that banks across the country willing to handle money for the weed industry rose considerably. It went from 51 banks several years earlier to 301 banks by 2016.

In legal states like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, it’s becoming slightly easier to open an account, even if the banks don’t make it easy.

The process involves providing company ownership details, a detailed explanation of your business, licensing and permit information, documentation on compliance regulations, and information on deposits.

As thorough as this, you have to consider it’s a vetting process to protect the bank as well as yourself.

The Problem with Credit Card Vendors

Even if banks are starting to come around, many U.S. credit card vendors still refuse to allow CBD businesses to do commerce through them. This can complicate associations with banks, and it’s going to require finding an alternative cash management supply chain.

The vendor you use has to comply with federal, state, and city laws, including ways to keep your cash safely managed. Fortunately, merchants in the U.K. are more CBD-friendly, though it adds more complexity to transactions. Many U.S. banks block transactions from these banks or charge international fees, slowing down the buying process.

Keep reading us at Green Wellness Life to learn about our own CBD business and how we can do business with you by cash or bank.

Spotlight on Charlotte’s Web

November 3rd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is a cannabidiol cultivator which was developed back in 2011 as a family-owned business. The name Charlotte actually comes from a specific case study on girl who was suffering from dravet syndrome, a condition which induces severe epilepsy. This brave girl had to live with her condition for years on end as doctors from all around the world could not help her find relief.

However, in June 2011 her parents decided to try medical marijuana as they were running out of options. She started consuming CBD and doctors noted incredible progress.

Her story was an inspiration for many, especially the Stanley brothers who coined the name Charlotte’s Web to help raise awareness! The Stanley Brothers now y cultivate CBD genetics in Colorado from both industrial hemp and medical marijuana plants. Their industrial hemp products are fully federally legal and are able to be shipped all over the country.

CBD is accepted all around the world as a holistic way to treat a variety of different conditions. The publicity created by Charlotte’s Web has served to increase awareness on the benefits of CBD from industrial hemp. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed as after they created a foothold in the market, many different states started changing their perspective about CBD.

Charlotte’s Web has an extensive array of products that are offered at extremely affordable prices as this business actually wants to help people,They want people to live healthier and fuller lives, they want to help treat people that cannot find relief from conventional medicine. They are driven by principles that extend far beyond what people would normally conceive, and they have a goal of contributing to the sustainability of different communities that they serve.

Their social responsibility pledge is the driving force behind the incredible foothold that they have in the market as they have integrated with the Realm of Caring Foundation. A portion of every product sold is pledged to the Realm of caring foundation in order to advance education, research and ultimately compassion for individuals all around the world who are suffering from chronic health conditions. It is apparent the Stanley brothers have instilled their own personal values in their business model in order to become the standard bearer in the industrial hemp CBD market today.

The Difference Between CBD Hemp Oil (Cannabidiol) and Hemp Seed Oil

October 4th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

hemp seed oil

CBD Hemp Oil and Hemp Seed oil are similar in many ways. However, if you are a consumer, it is essential to know that there are crucial differences between both products. It is very easy to be confused by the terms marijuana oil, cannabis oil or hemp oil as the terms are very often, interchangeably and incorrectly used.

What is hemp seed oil?

As the name implies, hemp seed oil is extracted from hemp seeds. This is usually done via a process known as “cold-press”. Hemp seed oil can be extracted from all variations of the cannabis plant. However, only industrial hemp is utilized for the production of this oil. The reason for this is that industrial hemp is especially grown for its stalk and seed.

Uses and benefits of hemp seed oil:

  • Hemp seed oil is used as a substitute for various cooking oils including olive oil. It is also used in salad dressings.
  • Hemp seed oil has natural moisturizing properties, which means that you can apply it on your skin after taking a shower.
  • Hemp seed oil is the base for many types of plastic and can serve as an alternative for petroleum.
  • Like other vegetable oils, it is a fuel source of bio-diesel.
  • Hemp seed oil is also used for the production of paints which are environment friendly.
  • Hemp seed oil is an important component in a lot of soaps, lotions and other skin care products. This is because hemp seed oil has a lot of omega 3 and omega 6 acids which are crucial for the health of your skin.
  • Hemp seed oil is an excellent tonic for your hair. This is because hemp seed oil is rich in ceramides. Ceramides help in preventing the loss of excess moisture. As a result, hemp seed oil can highly improve the moisture content in your hair.
  • Hemp seed oil can also help in boosting your immune system. This is because the oil contains fatty acids, which help in the production of endocannabinoids. Endocannabinoids maintain the health of your body’s immune system.
  • Hemp seed oil contains linolic acid which also contributes towards decreasing the amount of bad cholesterol and preventing the build-up of saturated fats in your arteries.

What is CBD Hemp oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil is an extracted, naturally occurring compound from hemp and other plant variants of cannabis. CBD oil and other phytocannabinoids are extracted from the seeds and stalks of the hemp plant. In some cases, flowers are also used for extraction. CBD oil has become a highly popular product in the nutritional and health product industries. There is a great deal of research indicating that there are many health benefits that come from the neutralizing effect of CBD.

In its naturally occurring form, CBD is a paste that can be green or blue. When filtered, it becomes a gold gel. This paste or gel can be combined with a carrier oil (like hemp seed or MCT oil) and flavors may be added. This end result is a tincture, or oral vitamin supplement. Just for extra confusion– that tincture is also referred to as hemp oil.

The difference

So the question is what is the primary difference between CBD oil and hemp seed oil, apart from that separate parts of the plant are used in their production?

The difference in both products arises from the difference in the quantity of CBD and other phytocannabinoids present and the purpose for which the oil is being used. Hemp seed oil has high content of omega 3 and omega 6 acids and very low quantity of CBD (the ratio is 25 parts per million or even less). The quantity of CBD and other phytocannabinoids in Hemp CBD oil on the other hand can widely vary, ranging from 2% to 99.9%. This is dependent on the purity, product and source of the extract.

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