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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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Traveling with CBD & Hemp

March 24th, 2021 by Cara Oorbeck

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Traveling With CBD And Hemp

Traveling with CBD & Hemp can be nerve racking. Knowing the TSA Guidelines and your rights can help put your mind at ease.  As we are heading into the spring break season and with spring travel plans approaching quickly we often get asked “Can I travel with my CBD?”  I don’t know about you but I love vacation time.  If you are anything like me me part of the excitement is getting ready for the trip leading up to the day I leave.  Often the week before my vacation you can catch me picking up odds and ends(often in travel sizes), getting my nails or hair done, pulling out the luggage and googling the weather where I am going and airline details regarding luggage specification and check in requirements.  A   The quick answer to this is yes, you absolutely can travel safely with CBD.

How can I travel Safely With CBD?

You have to be asking yourself, when I am traveling with CBD and Hemp in my bag am I at risk? It is important to protect yourself. If the product you’re carrying with you contains less than 0.3% THC and contains CBD derived from hemp plants, then it is perfectly legal to carry it in any state.” It is important to make sure that you have documentation on you when traveling that verifies your CBD is from a hemp plant, rather than marijuana, and has less than .3% THC.  We always recommend that you are able to access lab test results for any products taken. In most cases, you can now find those in a QR code right on the bottle. If not, they can be found on the manufacturer’s websites or by contacting the company that you purchased them from. At Green Wellness Life, we have all of our product lab test results available on our website on each product page under the orange tab labeled lab results.

Are There Regulations On Traveling With CBD?

There are regulations outlined on travel by the TSA as per the TSA’s website that are very clear.  If you have concern you can always print the TSA guidelines right off their website.  See guidelines Copied Below

 “Possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products, including marijuana-based cannabidiol (CBD) oil, remain illegal under federal law. TSA officers are required to report any suspected violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products. Products/medications that contain hemp-derived CBD are approved by the TSA and are fully federally legal as long as they were produced within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018. TSA’s screening procedures are focused on security and are designed to detect potential threats to aviation and passengers. Accordingly, TSA security officers do not search for marijuana or other illegal drugs, but if any illegal substance is discovered during security screening, TSA will refer the matter to a law enforcement officer.”

Let’s Unpack That.

That’s a lot of info to take in. Let’s look at it closely. The statement, “violations of law, including possession of marijuana and certain cannabis-infused products,” refers to those marijuana-based CBD products I mentioned in my last blog with too high a THC content. The TSA website later mentions “ legal… within the regulations defined by the law under the Agriculture Improvement Act 2018.” What this is saying is that CBD that is in-line with the Federal 2018 Farm Bill is fully legal to travel with. Also, keep in mind that TSA, while not searching for CBD or marijuana, will inspect and possibly alert law enforcement if they find anything derived from cannabis and deem it an illegal substance.

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What Can I Travel With?

Anything that is FDA approved and is hemp derived (at the time of this writing – this is exactly one product – the pharmaceutical Epidiolex, an anti-seizure drug) is safe to travel with. However, since most CBD products are not FDA regulated, they do not fall into this category. So what about those products that do not fall into the category of FDA regulated? It is best to travel with the product labels and details so that you can prove their CBD and THC content. Here is a copy from the TSA website regarding their policy.  This document along with the product labels and/or lab results should clarify what you are carrying and that it is a legal product.

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My Advice:

If you’re traveling with CBD this Spring Break, make sure that it’s clearly labeled and that you have the test detail to back it up.  While it’s highly unlikely that you’ll have any issues, knowing the law and having documentation is always a best practice. Like your mom always says – better safe than sorry!


Do CBD Inhalers Work?

February 24th, 2021 by David Kranker

Do CBD Inhalers Work

After the production of hemp was legalized in the United States in 2018, CBD exploded in popularity in the U.S. market. It seemed like you couldn’t go anywhere without seeing a CBD cream, oil, or edible. Now, a relatively new product has caused quite a buzz among CBD aficionados: CBD inhalers.

CBD inhalers work in much the same way that inhalers for asthma or other conditions do. Filled with pressurized liquid CBD, you place the device in your mouth and press the top to get a measured serving size delivered to your body in a quick burst. CBD inhalers have a number of benefits, including potentially reducing inflammation in the airways and delivering CBD in a quicker fashion than many other types of CBD.

If you are curious about CBD inhalers, read more to learn about CBD inhalers – and whether they work. Ready to try a CBD inhaler? Shop Green Wellness Life to purchase high quality CBD products – including inhalers – today.

What Is CBD?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is one of hundreds of naturally-occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. These compounds, known as cannabinoids, may offer a number of health benefits. Unlike another well-known cannabinoid, THC, CBD is not psychoactive and will not cause you to feel high or stoned.

While the research on CBD is still in its preliminary stages, scientists have found that it may help people who suffer from a number of conditions. These benefits may be due to the way that CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is responsible for maintaining balance in our bodies. CBD may supplement our body’s own endocannabinoids to help make sure that we maintain homeostasis.

CBD comes in many forms, including oils or tinctures, capsules, topical lotions, balms and salves, transdermal patches, and edibles. Recently, a new delivery system became popular: CBD inhalers. Much like inhalers used by people suffering from asthma, these devices may be a good way to get CBD into your bloodstream more quickly.

What Is a CBD Inhaler?

A CBD inhaler looks similar to inhalers that are used for asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other medical conditions. It is a small, hand-held device that is filled with pressurized liquid CBD isolate oil. When you press the top, this oil is released in a short burst, which travels down your throat and into your lungs. As with other types of inhalers, a CBD inhaler delivers a metered amount so that you get a precise serving size of CBD oil with each press.

CBD inhalers may provide a better alternative to products like vape pens. Recent legal changes to the status of CBD vape products means that it will be much harder to obtain vape pens, particularly over the internet. A CBD inhaler may be a way to get that same rapid relief as a vape pen while avoiding the complications of getting vape products in 2021 and beyond.

For people who are interested in taking CBD orally and getting rapid relief, a CBD inhaler might be a good choice. As with any supplement, it is important to talk to your doctor about CBD inhalers before using one.

Are CBD Inhalers Effective?

CBD is known to alleviate symptoms of certain conditions, such as anxiety. Using a CBD inhaler is a way to get the benefits of CBD quickly. When you use a CBD inhaler, the CBD oil goes to your lungs, where it begins to take effect in as little as 5 minutes. Because these inhalers provide a metered amount, you will know exactly how much you are getting with every burst.

Once the CBD hits your lungs, it is quickly absorbed by lung tissues. This can help to improve breathing. At the same time, the CBD is transferred into the circulatory system so that it can move throughout the body.

CBD inhalers may be particularly useful for people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions that involve inflammation of the lungs and airways. A 2019 study found that CBD decreased airway inflammation and hyperresponsiveness in mice with allergic asthma. These results indicate that CBD oil – particularly when inhaled – may be effective for people with allergic asthma.

Because CBD is known to reduce inflammation in the human body, it may also aid with reducing the inflammation associated with respiratory disorders such as asthma and COPD. A 2012 study found that CBD may decrease inflammation in mice both before and after a lung injury. According to the researchers, CBD had a “potent anti-inflammatory effect” and even improved lung function in the mice. In 2015, researchers again found that CBD modulated the inflammatory response in rats with asthma.

While CBD inhalers may be useful for people who suffer from asthma and other respiratory conditions, they can be used by anyone who wants to experience the benefits of CBD. CBD inhalers may be particularly useful in reducing inflammation in the airways – but it also is a delivery method that can be used by anyone who wants to get CBD into their bloodstream in a quick, effective manner.

If you are interested in trying a CBD inhaler, look for a product that has been independently tested by a third party laboratory. In this way, you can make sure that what you are taking into your body contains only what it is supposed to have – and nothing that you don’t want. You should also look for an inhaler that contains CBD extracted from industrial hemp grown in the United States, to ensure that the CBD was grown in accordance with American standards and regulations.

Interested in CBD Inhalers? We’re Here to Help.

A CBD inhaler might be a great choice if you suffer from asthma, COPD, or another respiratory condition, or if you simply want to have a way to get CBD into your bloodstream quickly. They are also a good alternative to CBD vape pens, which will soon be subjected to more layers of regulation that will make it harder to get vaping supplies.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t doctors, and we can’t diagnose or treat you. What we can do is offer our own experience with CBD, along with the latest scientific research on CBD. Ready to learn more? Call us at (888) 772-7875 (M – F, 9 am to 4 pm), press the live chat button, or fill out our online contact form.

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DIY CBD

November 16th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

Why should you try it yourself?

More than ever, there are great reasons for wanting to manufacture CBD products at home. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people are cooped up, on tight budgets, and just plain bored. DIY projects are all the rage right now, from woodworking to sourdough bread. Why not CBD?

First, there is the cost factor. We all know that CBD products aren’t always the cheapest option when it comes to our health, but that shouldn’t stop us from enjoying their amazing benefits! In fact, one of the biggest perks that comes with almost any DIY project is that the cost seems to be a fraction of purchasing it from a store or online. No need to pay shipping costs or the extra price of labor when it’s just you, working in your kitchen!

The second benefit is something that does away with one of the most  constant ailments known to man: boredom! I’ve found myself near-begging for projects some days, as I cannot go out and as my office has migrated temporarily to my living room. Have an afternoon? How about we skip the Netflix this evening and make some fragrant, luscious balms? Or, maybe a fun, moisturizing soap? The possibilities are (near) endless!

This third benefit is something that underpins entire companies: customization. As you likely know, CBD needs are different for everyone, and sometimes it is difficult to find a product that has just what you need. Or, maybe you were able to find the right amount of CBD, but weren’t crazy about the flavor? Making your own CBD products, while taking a little time, allows you to have full control over how much CBD, what flavor or scent, and the medium of conveyance. And if you find that what you’ve made is enjoyable and effective, feel free to share it with friends and family!

Learn the How-To: 

Now that we have gone over some of the best reasons (but surely not all!) for making some CBD products at home, let’s actually learn how to make them! 

I’m going to cover how to make three basic CBD products, which can be endlessly modified to suit your needs. While these don’t comprise the entirety of potential recipes, I think that the knowledge of how to make CBD oil, CBD soap, and CBD gummies are an ideal starting point from which one could explore further, should one be so inclined. Plus, CBD oil is going to be the base for almost every recipe one could come across, so we should probably start with that!

How to make CBD oil:

As this is your base, it is crucial for almost all CBD recipes (unless you use CBD oil that has already been processed). So how do you start to make it?

The first step in the process of making CBD oil is to source high quality hemp flower. It is crucial that it be high quality, and that you are able to find test results for the plant itself. As I’ve mentioned many times before, cannabis is a plant that takes toxins out of the ground and air. If you are using a flower that comes from an untested plant, you will have no idea whether or not your flower contains large amounts of toxins. Not good! 

Hemp flower (that has test results) is very easy to source from online sources, and you can easily order it and have it delivered to your front door! Another thing to keep in mind when ordering is that the higher the level of CBD contained in the hemp flower, the more potent your oil will be. Please note, that the resulting oil will be a full spectrum oil, there will be trace amounts of THC in the oil, but nowhere enough to feel any resulting “high”. Keep in mind, marijuana generally has a THC level of 15-20%, whereas hemp is below 0.3%.

The second step is one of the most simple steps: choose a carrier oil! This can be coconut oil, olive oil, sweet almond oil, or any other oil that you would like to use.

Our third step is the decarboxylation of the hemp. In order to activate the CBD in the hemp and to experience all of its benefits, it needs to be heated through vaporization, cooking, or smoking so that decarboxylation occurs. After the process activates it, CBD is available to be used within the body. You will be using your Instant Pot (or any other brand of pressure cooker) for the “decarbing” process.

  1. Take a mason jar, place a 1/2 ounce of hemp inside and hand tighten the lid. You will need to break up the flower into smaller pieces before putting it in the jar. 
  2. Place two cups of water in the bottom of the Instant Pot and then place the filled jar inside. Secure the lid. 
  3. Use the Pressure Cook button on a normal pressure level and process for 30 minutes. After the time is up, manually release the pressure and open the lid after it has finished releasing. When you remove the jar after the cook time, you will notice a difference in color, the green material that went in will now look more brown. CAUTION: The jar will be hot!
  4. Our next step is to carefully remove the lid from the jar and add 1 cup of your selected carrier oil. Give it a quick stir and make sure that all of the flower is covered by oil. Add a little extra oil to cover the flower if needed. Hand tighten the lid back on the jar and put it back into the same water bath that was used before in the previous step. 
  5. Secure the lid on the Instant Pot and use the Pressure Cook button again, but this time adjust the time to 40 minutes. After the time is complete, manually release the pressure and open the lid. 
  6. Carefully remove your jar from the Instant Pot and remove the lid. Notice the beautiful color of the oil! During this step, you want to carefully strain the mixture through cheesecloth to try to capture all of the little bits of hemp. Use a spatula to get the remaining hemp out of the jar and then gently press on the hemp to push the remaining oil through.

Once you’ve completed all of these steps, you have your very own, homemade CBD oil! This can be used like CBD oil that you would order, or can be used to make other recipes (like the ones I’m going to talk about next). 

 

Homemade CBD Gummies

Edibles are always a popular option for getting an extra boost of CBD throughout the day. I love taking one to help me sleep at night, or sometimes in the afternoon for a little more CBD! Taking into consideration this love of edibles, I am sure that learning how to make your very own CBD gummies will be rewarding (and tasty!). 

You are going to need a few ingredients for these gummies: 

  • 1 pack (or ½ a cup) of gelatin
  • 1 ½ cups of fruit juice in your choice of flavor
  • A bottle of CBD oil tincture (or homemade CBD oil)
  • A tablespoon of sugar or sweetener

You will also need a saucepan, a silicone mold (or something to pour the gummy mixture into for it to solidify), and a whisk. 

  1. pour your fruit juice into the pan and heat it at a moderate heat (you don’t want it to boil). Next, add your sweetener. You can use sugar, honey or other sweeteners such as Splenda.
  2. Stir gently and wait for the mixture to heat up without boiling. Now, slowly add your gelatin and stir it until the gelatin has dissolved completely. After this, add your CBD oil. Usually, around 24 drops should be enough. You’ll need to stir the tincture in fast for it to mix well. Alternatively, you can wait and add a few drops of CBD oil to your gummy molds.
  3. Once everything is mixed together, you can pour the mixture out into your silicone molds. You can buy these in stores or online in many different shapes, such as basic square molds or gummy bear molds. Now, refrigerate your molds and give them time to harden. Once they’ve solidified, your CBD Gummies are ready to enjoy!

 

Homemade CBD Soap

Homemade soaps are always a fun way to introduce unique colors, ingredients, and scents to a bathroom or shower. All of the unique, hand-made soaps that you find at farmer’s markets use a process called “saponification” to create colorful, fragrant, and moisturizing soaps. Saponification (after sapo, Latin for soap) occurs when a solution of lye combines with oils and creates a chemical reaction that breaks the oils down into chains of fatty acids. Heating the lye and oil solution evaporates the water molecules, turning the solution into a solid form, producing bar soap. 

Though CBD is known to evaporate under high heat, you won’t have to worry about this when it comes to making your CBD soap. CBD tends to lose its potency at around 300 degrees, but soaps only need to be heated up to about 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

Knowing that the CBD won’t evaporate, we need to gauge how much CBD we should use. One easy way to measure is to determine how much CBD you want in a single bar, and then multiply that by the number of bars that you are planning on making. 

You will need some ingredients at equipment before we begin: 

  • 10 ounces coconut oil
  • 5 ounces cocoa butter
  • 5 ounces shea butter
  • 5 ounces castor oil
  • 5 ounces avocado oil
  • 11.9 ounces filtered water
  • 4.1 ounces lye
  • 1 ounce lavender essential oil (or any essential oil of your choice)
  • Desired amount of CBD oil (ideally water-soluble)

And also equipment: 

  • Soap mold 
  • Stainless steel pot 
  • Stainless steel spoon 
  • Plastic spatula 
  • Hand mixer or stick blender 
  • Old plastic container (for your lye) 
  • Thermometer (a cheap candy thermometer will work just fine) 
  • Towels to incubate your mold 
  • Protection gear like gloves, goggles, and mask

 

Since this recipe incorporates lye, it is VERY IMPORTANT that you use protective gear for your eyes and hands. 

  1. Combine your coconut, cocoa butter, shea butter, castor, avocado, and CBD oils in a large stainless steel pot. Heat them together on low until they are melted. Stir frequently with your stainless steel spoon and make sure they are combined well. Use your thermometer to make sure the mixture reaches 100 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In your plastic container, add your filtered water and then slowly pour your lye into the water (if you pour the water into the lye, the solution can explode). Stir them together with a stainless steel spoon until well combined. This solution will heat up when you combine them, so set this aside after stirring to get it to cool down between 95 and 100 degrees Fahrenheit (use your thermometer to keep track of this).
  3. When both mixtures—oils and lye water—are around 95 to 100 degrees Fahrenheit, pour the lye water into your pot of oils. Blend them together with a hand mixer or stick blender for about two to three minutes or until combined well. 
  4. Add your essential oil to the mixture and stir. 
  5. Using your spatula, pour the mixture into your soap molds.
  6. Using your towels, cover and insulate your molds for 24 hours. 
  7. After 24 hours, remove your soap from the molds, cut them, and let them cure for four to six weeks (turn them occasionally to ensure all sides dry out). 

Note: Be very careful handling and mixing the lye; it’s extremely caustic and can cause severe damage if it stays on your skin. It’s recommended that you do this step outside and wear your goggles, mask, and gloves while doing this. Be sure to hold your breath/avoid breathing in the fumes.

 

If you prefer to make soap without having to worry about using lye (maybe you have kids or pets around and don’t want to risk it), here is a recipe that only uses a few ingredients and tools. You will need:

  • 1 pound of melt-and-pour soap base of your choice (goat milk, aloe, and honey are a few popular choices)
  • A heated or butcher’s knife
  • A microwave
  • Spoon or spatula for mixing
  • Soap molds 

 

Instructions: 

  1. Chop the soap base up into one to two inch cubes.
  2. Heat the soap base cubes in the microwave in short bursts until most of it has melted. Stir them frequently in between the heating sessions. 
  3. When most of the soap has melted, stir in your CBD oil and mix thoroughly. 
  4. Add in your optional fragrances/essential oil, colorants, and herbs. Mix until well combined. 
  5. Pour the solution into your molds, and let them harden completely.

After either of these two processes, you should have some fabulous CBD soap ready to brighten up your bathroom and make that skin look moisturized and healthy!

 

Try it out!

Now you have three great recipe ideas for trying out at home. Maybe these can spice up your CBD use or give you something new to learn while quarantining! Make sure to follow the recipes, stay safe (where applicable), and enjoy your creations. 

As always, feel free to reach out to us on social media, email us, give us a call, or stop in at our new storefront. We would love to hear how your homemade CBD turned out!


The Environmental Benefits of Hemp

October 26th, 2020 by Hannah Laing

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With an ever increasing concern about climate change, we are all doing our best to positively impact our environment. There are lots of ways someone can help protect Earth like recycling, reducing water waste, using renewable energy, investing in energy efficient appliances, and much more. These aren’t new concepts, hopefully, but what may be new to you is the use of hemp to promote ecological sustainability and help the environment! If you are looking to do your part every day (or support companies that do), hemp is a fantastic way to do so. How, you ask? Let’s dive into the science behind hemp’s ability to do the Earth good.

Hemp’s Impact On Soil Quality

While most people are aware that plants are necessary for the creation of oxygen and sustaining ecosystems, not as many are aware of the vital role that soil plays in that process, and how hemp can restore soil. Because hemp is so porous, the plant fiber works like a sponge and will actually suck up heavy metals and pollutants from the soil.  

The health of that soil determines what plants can grow and whether those plants are able to  produce oxygen by converting carbon dioxide. Low-quality soil is not typically able to grow plants that are beneficial to human and ecological health, so hemp’s ability to clean up that soil can be a huge benefit. Read the rest of this entry »


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