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How to Grow Your Own Hemp at Home

July 19th, 2021 by David Kranker

How To Grow Hemp At Home

Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States, do-it-yourself has become more popular than ever. Stuck at home for months on end, many Americans decided to try their hand at baking bread, home improvement projects, and even gardening. Some of these projects were a roaring success – and others were quickly relegated to the dustbin.

Given the popularity of CBD, you may be wondering whether you can grow your own hemp – and thus make your own CBD products – at home. The answer depends largely on where you live, as only 19 states allow individuals to grow cannabis plants for personal use. If you do live in one of these states, it is possible to grow your own hemp, either from seed or from plant cuttings.

Growing Hemp at Home

If you have decided to grow hemp at home, the next step is to learn how to do it. Most farmers grow hemp plants from seed. You can also grow hemp from cuttings of mature hemp plants.

The Cannabis species is dioecious, which means that the male and female flowers grow separately, on male and female plants. When a hemp seed is germinated, the seeds will contain approximately 50% female and 50% male plants. You can also purchase “feminized seed” that will only produce female plants.

Typically, hemp flowers are harvested from female plants. Hemp fiber – which can be used to make rope, cloth, and other products – can be harvested from male and female plants. If a female plant is pollinated, it will produce seed (grain).

Hemp plants have four stages of growth: germination, seedling, vegetative, and flowering. If you plan to grow your hemp from seed, your process will start with germination. Remember: to be considered hemp, it must contain 0.3% or less THC, so choose your hemp seeds carefully.

Hemp Germination

To germinate your seeds you will need to follow the following steps:

  1. Soak the seeds in water for 8 to 12 hours; and
  2. Plant the soaked seeds 1 inch deep in a seed starting mix. 

To successfully germinate hemp seeds, the soil should be kept at a temperature of between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, which can be maintained using a seedling heat mat and thermostat. Using a humidity dome for the first week or two can keep the humidity at an ideal range of 65 to 70%. Grow lights should be kept on for 18 to 24 hours per day, and a nitrogen-rich fertilizer should be used to water or mist seedlings. 

Caring For Hemp Seedlings

Once the seedlings have rooted to the bottom of the container, they can be transplanted to a 4 to 5 inch container. When these seedlings have rooted to the bottom of this container, they can then be transplanted to a larger container or fabric grow bag.

Growing Vegetative Hemp

At this stage, the vegetative hemp transplants should be kept at a slightly higher temperature of 60 to 80 degrees F, and at humidity levels of 40 to 70%. Water the plants consistently so that the root zone stays moist, but not soggy. Grow lights should remain on for 18 to 24 hours per day, which will encourage more leafy growth and keep them in a vegetative (non-flowering) state. The plants should be fed weekly with a natural fertilizer.

Growing Flowering Hemp

After the hemp plant grows in the vegetative state for 30 to 60 days, you can then trigger them to flower by changing the lighting to 12 hours on/12 hours off per day. During this time, make sure that air circulates around the plants and that humidity is between 40 and 50%. Do not over-water the plants, and switch to a fertilizer that has nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for weekly feedings.

Most farmers grow hemp plants indoors, where the temperature, humidity, moisture, and other factors can be more readily controlled. The best way to grow hemp is to use a grow tent, which will keep plants isolated in a controlled environment. You can buy grow tent kits that will have everything you need to start growing. 

If you want your plants to grow outside, they can be moved outside once they reach the flowering stage. You shouldn’t transplant a hemp plant outside until after the last frost, or when soil temperatures are over 50 degrees F.

There are typically strict limits on the number of hemp plants that you can grow at home. However many plants you have, you can still harvest the CBD-rich flowers, the stalks and stems for fibers, and the hemp seeds. By hulling the hemp seeds, you can then consume the healthy hemp hearts contained inside.

Hemp is a perennial plant, which means that it will come back year after year. In other words, the work that you put into growing hemp now can ensure successful hemp crops for years to come!

In 2018, the Farm Bill legalized the production of industrial hemp in the United States. Under this law, hemp is considered an agricultural product rather than a controlled substance. To be considered hemp (as opposed to marijuana), the plant must have less than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive substance in marijuana).

Hemp and marijuana are both members of the cannabis species. The two plants share much of the same characteristics, including beneficial compounds like cannabinoids, flavonoids and terpenes. The main difference between the two is that hemp plants have high levels of cannabidiol (CBD) and relatively low levels of THC, while marijuana plants have much higher levels of THC (up to 30%).

Under federal law, it is legal to grow hemp in all 50 states. However, the Farm Bill only set up a framework for the commercial or industrial production of hemp. Under this law, hemp producers must seek a permit from their state, tribal authority, or the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). 

The Farm Bill does not contain any provisions for residential production of hemp. As such, your ability to grow hemp at home depends on where you live. While most states have a program for the industrial production of hemp, only 19 states allow individuals to grow hemp at home:

  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Hawaii
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Vermont
  • Washington
  • Washington, D.C.

Importantly, the laws for each state vary considerably, so it is important to check your state and local laws before starting your hemp-growing project. These laws were largely written with marijuana in mind, so there are typically limits on the number of cannabis plants that you can grow.  Many states only permit home growing under certain circumstances.

The Benefits Of Growing Hemp at Home

Growing hemp at home is appealing for many reasons – you can control the quality of everything you put into the plant, and then use it however you would like. It is especially enticing if growing plants is a hobby you enjoy, or think you’d enjoy. 

You may not grow enough hemp to be able to extract your own CBD or process the fiber into rope or clothing, but you will likely be able to grow enough to harvest a decent supply of hemp seeds. Hemp seeds are great in smoothies and on salads. They are rich in minerals, vitamins, protein, and essential fatty acids. If growing hemp is something you think you’d like to try, Grow Green Wellness carries all the supplies you’ll need to get started. 

It’s important to remember that growing and harvesting hemp will require time, labor, and some money. After harvesting hemp, you will also need to put in a fair amount of work to have something that you can use (like threshing hemp seeds by hand to remove the heart from the shell).If you want immediate access to quality hemp products, Green Wellness Life has you covered. You can buy  CBD tinctures, CBD edibles, raw CBD oil extracts, CBD topicals, or CBD capsules directly from our online shop. By shopping for products that are independently tested, you can be sure that you are getting high quality CBD – without impurities or anything that you don’t want. 

Green Wellness Life only sells CBD products that are tested by a third party laboratory, with the results made available online for your review. All of our products are made from CBD that has been extracted from industrial hemp grown in the United States. If you aren’t ready to take on growing your own hemp at home (or if it isn’t legal in your state), you can have peace of mind in knowing that our products are safe, effective, and made with your health and well-being in mind. 

Your Source for Hemp and CBD Products

Although hemp has been grown for thousands of years throughout the world, we are just beginning to understand its full potential. One of the main components of hemp, CBD, may help you improve your health. The easiest way to take advantage of these benefits is by purchasing CBD products from a reputable company.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any medical condition. We can offer you our own insight and experience with CBD, and provide you with the latest research into this all-natural compound. Our company only sells CBD products that have been independently tested and that are produced from industrial hemp grown in the U.S.

If you’d like to learn more or need help choosing a product, we are here for you. Give us a call at 888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., EST), or fill out our online contact form. You can also click the “live chat” button to speak to someone.

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New CBD Summer Skin And Hair Care

July 8th, 2021 by Cara Oorbeck

summer skin and hair products

CBD Summer Skin and Hair Care

I am born and raised in Michigan and being a “Michigander” has put me in an interesting category of humans on this earth.  I drive too fast in a snow storm.  I do use my hand as a map to show others where I live.  I like my swimming water unsalted.  I drink Vernors and “pop” instead of soda, and when the sun shines I am outside without a second thought about the effects of it on my skin or hair!  Sunshine is amazing and on average we get 170 days of sunshine a year in Michigan.  That means more than half of our days in the year are gray and overcast, so you can imagine that we get carried away with the sun sometimes and regret it later.  But don’t worry,  I have tried many things in our store that can really benefit skin and haircare during sunny months.  Here are a few of my favorites.

My Favorite CBD Products For Dry & Brittle Hair

Wellphoria Hemp Infused Hair Bundle
Something about sun and water can really wreak havoc on your hair and scalp.  I have naturally curly hair and my hair and scalp are normally quite dry. When you add sun and swimming to this mix you have the workings of a “rat nest/or birds nest” on my head (as my mother used to say).  Luckily I have a day saver with our new hair care line Wellphoria.  With three great products made from hemp seed oil (which provides nutrient rich in Omega 3’s and Omega 6) including hemp seed oil shampoo, hair and scalp oil and nourishing intensive treatment masque.  I especially love the scalp oil for my dryness and scalp irritation along with the treatment hair masque.  After using the masque my hair feels so soft and amazing and it has a great shine. I also love that these products because they are  free from sulfates, parabens, gluten and artificial dyes. They are not tested on animals so I also feel good about buying this product!

My Favorite CBD Products For Getting Too Much Sun

Two weeks ago my 15 year old, Olivia, went to the beach with friends.  Like most of us have experienced one time or another in our life, my daughter got sunburned!  No I mean REALLY sunburned. She fell asleep in the sand and had not applied sunblock to her (very fair) skim. What, why you ask? Maybe we write another blog on why teenagers do some things, but my short answer is… because she is 15.

She called me on her way home from the beach in pain.  You know it’s bad when the teenager calls mom for help! Olivia’s skin is normally pure alabaster but on this day and the days following she looked like she was a lobster.  As her mom, I got right to work.  Because of the pain and inflammation I decided to try giving her an internal product as well as applying topicals.  Here was what I did and the aftermath!  This of course is not scientific research but instead my experience. My routine…

 

  1. I started with Medterra Full Spectrum 25 mg CBD Gummy: I wasn’t sure this would aid  with the burn but hoped it might help with some of her pain and inflammation.   I immediately gave her 1 gummy.
  2. I then applied Endoca 750 mg salve.  This salve is pretty hard at first so I put it in my freshly washed and disinfected hands and rubbed between my palms to get it to melt.  It was a little hard to apply to a painfully burnt back, so I alternated with the Hemplucid CBD/CBDA Lotion.  It was a bit easier to apply but more costly.
  3. Lastly I applied Aloe Gel that I keep in the refrigerator, right over the top of the lotion or salve that was applied.

This combination did seem to reduce her pain and help her sleep.  I did have to wake up and apply the same topical regiment every 3 to 4 hours as her burns would start to hurt again.  We did this for three days giving her 1 gummy daily.  After three days I thought maybe she could go back to her isolate sleep gummy.  Boy was I wrong, My daughter woke up in the middle of the night and her back looked considerably more red than when she fell asleep.  She also said the pain felt like it did the first day.  We gave her another full spectrum Medterra gummy at that point and within an hour she was feeling a bit better.  I was a little surprised by this.

We continued this regiment for about 1 week as we watched the burn fade into a tan.  She did eventually peel and there was some blistering but I was thrilled by how much we saw the topicals and internal CBD help with the process.

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My Favorite Products For Dead, Dry, & Flaky Skin

Along with summer comes a need for added moisture.  I have a couple of different products I use for my daily skin routines.  When it comes to my face, I alternate between a couple of products.  I do struggle with acne in my T zone (chin, nose and forehead) so when it is humid I tend to get some acne outbreaks.  For this I utilize our Clearskin Lineup from CBDMD. It does not dry my skin out but clears my acne, leaving my skin clear and moisturized.  It is a stronger line, though, and I cannot use it all the time.  When my skin is clear I use the Papa and Barkley Releaf Repair Cream.  It is great for everyday use.  I am 48 years old and I still get regular compliments on my skin!

The other product I use daily on my skin is our Endoca Raw Hemp Seed Oil.  I apply this to my  skin daily after a shower and to my feet at bedtime.  It is an incredible moisturizer and it has only one ingredient. I am allergic to a lot of things so having limited ingredients in a skin care line is important to me. No one likes breaking out in hives!

There is one product we carry that does not have any hemp, in it but it is worth mentioning when talking skin care.  It also has limited ingredients and has become one of my new favorites.  The Great Lakes Bee Company Brown Sugar Scrub is awesome.  I use it once a week for exfoliating and moisturizing and again my skin does not break out and it leaves my skin feeling smooth and moisturized. Our Made in Michigan products are really quality products with amazing ingredients. This one is no exception!

My Favorite Product For Bugs, Bugs and more Bugs (yuck)

Summer Time Bundle

Mosquitoes and bugs are definitely a part of our summer days.  Recently GWL brought on a new company with natural products for your skin and body.  They do not have CBD in them but they are amazing for bug repellent and bug aftercare.  We love them and we think you will too. We are offering a  bundle discount when you the insect repellent, aftercare essential oil roll on and our soothing Endoca salve together.  All three products have limited ingredients, repel and treat bug bites and are a healthy alternative to strong chemical products.  We’ve also got a great pocket sized salve from Entourage that can offer some soothing relief on the go as well!

We have many more products that are beneficial for skin and hair in the summer and we are always happy to share our experiences with you.  The other great thing about our products is that we guarantee everything so if it doesn’t work for you, just return for an exchange or refund. You really cannot go wrong. Now get out there and enjoy these summer days!


How To Make Your Own CBD Cream

June 4th, 2021 by David Kranker

Make Your Own CBD Cream

CBD comes in all different types of products, from oils and tinctures to capsules, creams, salves, and even edibles. For topical relief of pain and certain skin conditions, topical CBD is a great option. You can buy a CBD cream directly from an online retailer like Green Wellness Life – or even make your own CBD cream with our DIY recipe.

There are a number of benefits to making your own CBD cream. It is often a cost effective way to enjoy the benefits of CBD. It also lets you customize your cream, adding scents that you like, using your preferred ingredients, and choosing a potency level that is right for you.

If you are interested in making CBD cream for yourself, read on to learn how – and where to buy the best CBD oil for all of your health and wellness needs.

Why Should I Use CBD Cream?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a naturally-occurring compound found in the hemp plant. Unlike THC (which is more commonly associated with marijuana), CBD does not make you feel high. CBD is also legal under federal law, provided that it contains no more than 0.3% THC.

CBD is associated with a number of health and wellness benefits when ingested. When applied topically, it may also improve your well-being.

Specifically, studies have shown that applying CBD onto your skin can help to reduce arthritis-related pain and swelling. In 2020, a separate study determined that topical CBD reduces pain from nerve damage, Yet another study linked topical CBD to reduced jaw pain for people with specific disorders related to their jaws. CBD has also been shown to be beneficial in assisting with acne, psoriasis and eczema

This research isn’t surprising given that, when taken orally, CBD is known to alleviate pain and inflammation. It makes sense, then, that the same compound would produce similar benefits when applied directly onto the skin – where it can be absorbed into the affected area. For example, a person with ankle pain may apply a CBD cream to reduce pain and swelling on that ankle.

Of course, as with any supplement, it is important to talk to your doctor before using CBD cream. While CBD is generally considered safe and effective, with few side effects, it is possible that it may interact with certain prescription medicines. Your healthcare provider can advise you on using CBD cream, the right serving size, and whether it may interact with any of your medications.

DIY CBD Cream: A Basic Recipe

Given its healing properties, keeping a CBD-infused lotion, salve or balm on hand is a great way to handle acute or chronic pain. You can purchase already-made CBD creams – or even make your own. To do so, you will just need a few basic ingredients:

  • CBD oil or tincture
  • Shea or cocoa butter
  • Coconut oil
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Essential oil of your choice

The first, and most important, ingredient is CBD oil. Green Wellness Life actually sells raw CBD oil extracts that you can use to make your cream. When making this recipe, you’ll want to choose the highest quality CBD oil that you can find. Remember: when you apply this cream onto your skin, it will be absorbed. You don’t want to use any ingredient that contains toxins or contaminants that could get into your system.

Shopping for CBD oil can be confusing, with tons of weird acronyms and terms. There are three basic types of CBD oil that you can buy: full spectrum, broad spectrum, and CBD isolate. 

Full and broad spectrum contain all of the beneficial compounds found in the hemp plant, which can produce what is known as the entourage effect. Full spectrum CBD contains a trace amount (no more than 0.3%) of THC, while broad spectrum CBD is THC-free. By contrast, CBD isolate only contains CBD, with no other compounds.

Once you have decided what type of CBD oil you want to buy, you should then check for two things: (1) where the hemp used to make it was grown; and (2) if it has been independently tested.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not regulate CBD products at this time. For this reason, you should only buy products that have been independently tested, with the lab results available for you to review. In this way, you will know that you are only getting what you want – and not getting anything that you don’t want.

All of our raw oil extracts at Green Wellness Life are independently lab tested for safety and made here in America. We do all the vetting for you, so that you don’t have to. 

Now that you have your CBD oil, it is time to get to work. In addition to the ingredients listed above, you will need a double boiler, measuring cups and spoons, a mixer or blender, a spoon, a spatula, and a glass container to store the cream.

Start by measuring out each of your ingredients. You will need:

  • 2 teaspoons (tsp) of CBD oil or tincture
  • ½ cup of shea or cocoa butter
  • ½ cup of coconut oil
  • ⅓ cup of aloe vera gel

Next, fill the bottom of a double boiler with an inch or so of water, and heat the water over low to medium heat. If you don’t have a double boiler, don’t worry – just nestle a metal mixing bowl on top of the pot. 

Place the shea or cocoa butter and the coconut oil in the bowl or the top of the double boiler, and gently melt it, stirring frequently. Continue cooking and stirring until the butter and oil are completely melted and combined, with no lumps. Then remove the oils from the heat, and transfer them to a blender or mixing bowl.

Allow the oil mixture to cool for a minimum of one hour. If you need to, stir the oils and scrape down the sides of the bowl to allow them to cool further. 

Once the oils are cool, add the aloe vera gel, CBD oil, and a few drops of essential oil. Remember that you can always add more essential oil if the scent isn’t to your liking – but you can’t take it out if you add too much.

At this stage, you may also add two tablespoons of vegetable glycerin – a clear liquid made from soybean, palm, or coconut oil. If you can find it, vegetable glycerin can prevent the finished cream from hardening by adding moisture. You may also choose to add some vitamin E oil, which can extend the shelf life of the cream.

Finally, beat or blend all of the ingredients together until they have reached a whipped consistency. You can then transfer the finished product to your glass container. It will keep for 2 weeks without refrigeration; if you make more than you can use in that time period, you may want to store it in the refrigerator to preserve it.

If your CBD cream isn’t exactly how you want it, you may need to troubleshoot the recipe a bit. For example, if the cream is gritty, whip it for longer in the blender or mixer while adding more vegetable glycerin one tablespoon at a time. If it is too thick, add in some aloe vera gel while whipping the cream. If it is too thin, melt some more shea/cocoa butter and coconut oil, let it cool, and then blend it into the cream one tablespoon at a time until you have reached the desired consistency.

Finally, you can adjust the potency of the cream by adding more – or less – CBD oil.  Just be sure to blend the cream well each time that you add another ingredient.

The Green Wellness Life Difference

There are so many options out there for buying CBD products. At Green Wellness Life, we pride ourselves on being different.

We only sell products that are sourced from American grown industrial hemp, and that have been independently tested for quality. When you shop our online store, you can rest easy knowing that you are getting the highest quality products. While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition, we can offer you the latest research on CBD so you can make an informed decision for yourself. 

If you’d like to learn more about CBD or need help picking out a CBD product, give us a call anytime at 888-772-7875. You can also reach the Green Wellness Life team via email, or by pressing the live chat button. 

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Sore Muscles & CBD

May 3rd, 2021 by Brandy Palmer

The concept of May Day (May 1) dates way back to ancient agricultural rituals in Greece.  It’s traveled through medieval and modern Europe, to us here today – celebrating the return of Spring. Spring has definitely sprung – even here in West Michigan.  I definitely think we are all ready for the new life and growth that we’re seeing after what felt like the longest. Winter. Ever. At least since last year. 

What else comes with all this new life and growth? Our desire to get out into it!  We are definitely spending more time outdoors, both working and playing! We’re prepping gardens, cleaning up yards, playing spring sports.  You name it, we’re doing it.  If you’re anything like me, you hibernate a bit in the winter.  I’m moving my body less and camping on the couch more.  So when that Spring activity level kicks into gear, it’s a big change! Sometimes, it’s a big, painful change when those muscles and joints start getting stressed.  Luckily, I have CBD to help – and I’m hoping you do, too!

Why does CBD help with muscle aches and pains?

We’ve talked a great deal about the endocannabinoid system (ECS) over our blog history. The ECS works to promote balance in our bodies – keeping everything in neutral. It’s made up of a system of CB1 & CB2 receptors that cannabinoids can bind to. 

endocannabinoid system

CB1 receptors – found primarily in our central nervous system

CB2 receptors – found in peripheries like skin

Cannabinoids can bind to either receptor. The neutralizing effect that they have depends on where that receptor is located. So, if it’s a CB1 receptor in the brain, the result may be a reduction in anxiety. If it’s a CB2 receptor in a joint, neutralizing will mean pain and inflammation relief.  

Should I use CBD on the outside or inside?

Both! They even work really well together. 

  • Outside – Cannabinoids and our skin are primarily made up of lipids, so one melts quite nicely into the other. That allows you to get that anti-inflammatory right to the source of your pain. CBD applied to your skin gets to work quickly (within 15-30 minutes), and will last about 4-6 hours.  Lotions and balms don’t get all the way into your bloodstream – they stay local, working their neutralizing magic on those muscles and joints. 
  • Inside – Anything that you take in orally will get into your bloodstream and travel to those hard to reach receptors, resulting in internal pain and inflammation relief. Those capsules, liquids, gummies, etc will take more time to get to work for you (60-90 minutes) but they will bind and keep working for you for at least a full 24 hours.  

Do I have to take it all the time?

Yes, and no.  

  • In order for you to see the best results from an internal CBD, consistency is key.  You want to build up a reservoir that your ECS can keep tapping into.  When we’re talking about sore muscles and joints, CBD can really be taken “as needed.” It gets right to the source of the soreness quickly and easily – and doesn’t need to be taken every day.  You’ll just want to reach for it after a long day in your yard spreading that mulch or pulling those weeds. 

We’re not the only ones coming out of hibernation in the spring – the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees are, too! (Isn’t that a song?) That means a return to bug bites and allergies.  Good times! Luckily, CBD can help there, too. Those same salves that can sink in and soothe sore muscles can offer a break for irritated skin. Anytime that you are looking for a skin soother, pay close attention to those ingredients.  You want to keep the list limited and it’s generally a good idea to avoid things you can’t pronounce! Stick to natural options.  The last thing we want to happen is to irritate the skin more when we’re trying to soothe it.  Make sure that you have a great natural bug spray in your arsenal as well.  You’ll need it for your celebration of spring. Happy May Day! 

Do you have any great tips for soothing tired muscles or angry skin? We’d love to hear them and we’re always here to help! You can find us on social media, live chat, by email at support@greenwellnesslife.com or by phone at 616-275-1039 (toll free 888-772-7875)  Stay well!


Why You Shouldn’t Buy CBD Gummies on Amazon

April 16th, 2021 by David Kranker

CBD Gummies On Amazon

If you’re like most people, whenever you need something, you click over to Amazon. The online marketplace seems to have just about anything you could possibly want, and whatever you buy can usually be delivered to you in 24 to 48 hours. Yet Amazon doesn’t (and shouldn’t) necessarily carry everything – and that includes CBD gummies.

Although the United States has legalized the production of hemp, the natural compounds extracted from hemp – like cannabidiol (CBD) – aren’t regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Between FDA rules and state laws on how CBD can be marketed and packaged, selling CBD on an international global marketplace can be complex. It isn’t surprising, then, that Amazon forbids the sale of CBD products (including gummies) on its site.

Some companies have tried to get around this rule by selling CBD products that are labeled as “hemp” instead. Unfortunately, when buying hemp gummies or similar items on Amazon, it can be difficult (or even impossible) to know what you are getting. That’s why you shouldn’t buy CBD gummies on Amazon – and should instead rely on a trusted CBD-focused retailer like Green Wellness Life.

Current Law on CBD in the U.S.

The 2018 Farm Bill legalized the production of hemp in the United States. Under this law, it is now legal for farmers to cultivate and grow the hemp plant, provided that the harvested hemp contains no more than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive compound in marijuana that makes you feel high). This law effectively made hemp into an agricultural crop and removed it from the federal government’s list of controlled substances.

Before hemp was demonized in the early 1900s – largely due to racism against Mexican immigrants who used marijuana recreationally – it was an important crop throughout the United States. Hemp was used for the production of rope, sails, and clothing, and was even exchanged as legal tender in the colonies. Hemp continues to have a number of uses, including bioplastics, insulation, biofuel, and paints.

Hemp is also a food product. Hemp seeds are highly nutritious, and a great source of essential fatty acids. Hemp oil, which is made from the seeds of the hemp plant, is also a nutritional superstar.

So why was hemp considered a controlled substance in the United States? Its inclusion on this list was largely due to the fact that the cannabis sativa plant produces both hemp and marijuana. When lawmakers sought to ban the use of recreational marijuana, they included hemp. For decades, this decision prevented Americans from reaping the many beneficial uses of hemp – including CBD products.

CBD is a naturally-occurring compound found in the stalks and leaves of the hemp plant that has a number of health and wellness benefits. While CBD won’t get you high or make you feel stoned, preliminary research has indicated that it can help with a number of conditions, from anxiety to chronic pain to insomnia.

Products derived from hemp – like CBD gummies – are legal in all 50 states, provided that they contain no more than 0.3% THC. While CBD products do not require FDA approval, this federal agency has specific guidelines about how CBD can be marketed. Specifically, the FDA and another agency, the Federal Trade Commission, have warned companies to not market CBD using unsubstantiated claims (a common tactic used by CBD scam companies).

Federal law also prohibits selling food that contains CBD. While the FDA is expected to soften its stance on CBD in food items, many manufacturers of CBD products are careful about how they package and market their edible products (like CBD gummies) to avoid violating the law.

The bottom line? The laws regarding CBD are both complex and evolving. With this in mind, it perhaps isn’t surprising that a mega retailer like Amazon has chosen to stay out of the CBD game entirely.

Does Amazon Sell CBD Gummies?

Amazon restricts the sale of certain products on its site for both legal and practical reasons. Its list of restricted products includes items like tobacco, live animals, and alcohol. Amazon’s policy also forbids the sale of dietary supplements that contain a controlled substance.

As noted above, CBD that is derived from American-grown hemp is not a controlled substance. While marijuana is still considered a controlled substance, hemp that contains less than 0.3% THC is not. Products made from hemp – like CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant – are not controlled substances.

Despite this reality, Amazon has chosen to ban the sale of CBD on its site. This decision is based more on practicalities than the law. With hundreds of thousands (or even millions!) of products available for sale, it is far easier for Amazon to avoid potential legal issues by forbidding the sale of CBD products.

Of course, many people view rules like this as more of a hoop to jump through than a strict limit. To get around this prohibition, sellers often market their CBD products in other ways. Most often, CBD products will be sold as hemp or hemp oil products on Amazon.

According to an investigation by the Washington Post, many of the hemp products sold on Amazon actually contain CBD. Its journalists purchased 13 separate products marketed on Amazon as hemp products, including “hemp gummies.” Independent testing found that 11 of these products contained CBD – and one had a small amount of THC. Neither CBD nor THC were listed as ingredients on Amazon.

So what does this mean for consumers? While you can technically purchase CBD gummies on Amazon, you will never know exactly what you are getting. Many CBD retailers are attempting to circumvent Amazon’s rules by changing their packaging or omitting ingredients like CBD on their listing.

This practice may allow them to sell on Amazon – but it leaves you in the dark when it comes to buying CBD gummies. When you click “buy now,” you have no real way of knowing if the product that you just bought will contain CBD at all. It also makes it incredibly difficult to determine exactly how much CBD you are getting per serving, if there is any THC present in the product, or if there are any impurities.

The upshot? Buying CBD gummies (or any CBD product) on Amazon isn’t a great idea. Instead, you should look for a site where you know that you’ll get safe, effective CBD gummies – without all of the subterfuge and hidden ingredients that you deal with on Amazon.

Where Can You Get Real, High Quality CBD Gummies Online?

Green Wellness Life sells a full range of CBD products, including CBD gummies. Our company is focused on CBD and related products. We work hard to stay on top of the ever-changing laws surrounding CBD – and to make sure that our customers are only getting the best CBD products.

All of our CBD items are made from CBD extracted from American-grown hemp. This means that our CBD contains (at most) a trace amount of THC, in accordance with federal law. You can also buy THC-free CBD gummies on our store – just look for broad spectrum or isolate on the label.

We only sell CBD products from manufacturers that independently test their products and make those lab results available online for you to review. Remember, CBD isn’t regulated by the FDA. The only way to know for sure what you are getting when you buy CBD is to review these third party lab results. Because we care about your health and well-being, we exclusively stock products that have been independently tested.

Our CBD gummies collection includes such high-quality products as:

You’ll note that the word “CBD” appears right in the name of each of our products – and when you click on the link, you can see exactly how much CBD is in each package. We won’t ever hide the ingredients of our products. We are proud of what we sell, and want to help you find a CBD product that is right for you.

Buying CBD Gummies From a Trusted Source

We know that you have a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing CBD gummies online. At Green Wellness Life, we pride ourselves on our focus on the health and well-being of our customers. That is why we only sell CBD products that are made from American-grown hemp and that have been independently tested.

While we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any medical or mental health condition, we can provide you with the latest scientific research on CBD as well as our own personal experience with the products that we sell. If you’d like to learn more, give us a call at 1-888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST). You can also fill out our online contact form or hit the “live chat” button to reach out to us at any time.

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