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CBD In The News

What Are CBGA, and CBDA?

January 12th, 2022 by Cara Oorbeck

There is a study that was released recently by Oregon State University that discusses promising findings about the potential effects of CBDA & CBGA in blocking the cellular entry of sars-CoV-2 and other emerging variants.  According to the university, “Van Breemen and collaborators, including scientists at Oregon Health & Science University, found that a pair of cannabinoid acids bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, blocking a critical step in the process the virus uses to infect people.

The compounds are cannabigerolic acid, or CBGA, and cannabidiolic acid, CBDA, and the spike protein is the same drug target used in COVID-19 vaccines and antibody therapy. A drug target is any molecule critical to the process a disease follows, meaning its disruption can thwart infection or disease progression.

We at Green Wellness, want to make sure you know that these are currently just studies and much more research needs to take place before this can be said conclusively!  However we thought you may want to know a bit more about some of the minor raw cannabinoids and what products you can find these compounds in.  Not all CBD products have CBDA and CBGA in them.  Keep reading to learn more!

New acronyms?

While we typically associate cannabis with two cannabinoids (THC and CBD), there are dozens upon dozens of other, rarer, cannabinoids contained within each plant. So why don’t we hear more about these other chemical compounds? Their rarity. Most cannabis plants will contain only around 1% in mass of all the minor cannabinoids. In fact, this is why you don’t see isolates sold of CBN, CBDA, and CBG; they are too costly to isolate and sell at profit. 

But, despite their low concentrations in cannabis, they do have potential benefits to bodily wellness and their positive effects can be understood with a little reading and curiosity. Shall we delve deeper into three of the more common of these rare cannabinoids?

CBN: THC Transformed

Our first cannabinoid is CBN, which is a compound that arises when THC is subjected to high heat or light for long periods of time. This transformation is why cannabis with high levels of CBN has usually undergone oxidation or aging. It goes from being THC-9 (C21H30O2) to CBN (C21H26O2) by losing four Hydrogen molecules. 

But that sounds like a lot of confusing chemistry. What are the benefits of CBN and why should you care to know more about it? Before we continue to discuss the potential benefits and uses of CBN (in and out of the body), it needs to be understood that there is limited research on this compound. Only a handful of studies demonstrating CBN use in the human body have been published, and most current research focuses on its effects in mice (which, to these studies’ defense have remarkably similar nervous systems to humans. Who knew?)

The first use I want to focus on is the use of CBN as an antibacterial compound. In lab settings, CBN was tested on strains of MRSA bacteria that are resistant to traditional antibiotics. Researchers found it to be a potent antibacterial agent against these resistant strains. Perhaps in the future, we will see CBN used as a replacement for some antibiotic pairings. 

It may also have uses as a neuroprotectant. In one rodent study, researchers used CBN as a treatment for ALS and found that it was able to delay the onset of the condition. While further studies need to be conducted to determine if this effect is also seen in humans, these findings suggest that CBN may provide a powerful tool in the fight against ALS and other neurodegenerative conditions.

In other rodent studies, CBN increased the amount of food that rat subjects ate, suggesting that it could be an effective appetite stimulant. Since some avoid THC (another well-known appetite stimulant) due to its intoxicating effects, CBN could potentially offer an alternative for those seeking benefit without the high—but more research is needed.

Likely the most common recent application of this specific compound, however, has been to address those sleepless nights that I’m sure we are all too familiar with. CBN has long been associated with drowsiness. In the world of hemp and cannabis, there is a quote from Steep Hill, a cannabis laboratory, that is frequently used when describing CBN’s sedative effects. They claimed that the consumption of 2.5mgs to 5mgs pf CBN had the same level of sedation as a mild sedative, with a relaxed body sensation. More research is needed and Green Wellness does not diagnose, prescribe, or treat, but the potential sleep benefits are simply too good to ignore. With CBN sleep gummies, tinctures, and even capsules with higher levels of CBN, if interested there are lots of mechanisms to potentially benefit from the compound.

CBG: Decarboxylated CBGA

The CBG cannabinoid originally stems from CBGA. After undergoing an oxidation process, it becomes CBG, a compound that can directly interact with the endocannabinoid system of the body. 

One of the challenges of using CBG comes from the prohibitive cost of sourcing it. As a cannabis plant ages, more and more of the initial cannabinoids oxidize and turn into the common cannabinoids of CBD and THC. CBG, on the other hand, never comprises a significant proportion of the cannabinoids within a harvest of cannabis. 

This being said, despite the cost, difficulties of sourcing, and insufficient human research, CBG has been found to interact with the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors, having a strong affinity for the CB2 receptor. These receptors regulate physiological processes such as mood, pain response, and appetite. More research is needed, however, as CBG appears to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid receptors differently than either THC or CBD, producing unique physiological effects.

While there’s an abundance of awareness around the major cannabinoids THC and CBD, less is known about CBG.  CBG shares some similarities with CBD: it seems to be anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. However, CBG also boasts its own unique set of properties, offering potential therapeutic benefits such as treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and glaucoma in animal tests. I know I’m a broken record here, but, more research is needed (especially in humans). 

CBDA: CBD’s Precursor 

I think it is fair to say that, if you are a regular customer of ours, you know quite a good deal about CBD. Even if you don’t take it regularly, it seems that CBD has entered into the public consciousness these days (with many misunderstandings abounding). But where does CBD come from? The easy answer is the cannabis plant, which is mainly true. But were you aware that there is a chemical precursor to CBD? That precursor is CBDA. 

So how does CBDA become CBD? With heat and time. Think of CBDA as the “raw” form of CBD. In fact, a lot of people will take CBDA in capsules, tinctures, and topicals to get that raw form into their daily diet. We’ve definitely got more options for CBDA than CBG or CBN. Green Wellness carries many CBDA products with brands like Endoca, Plus CBD, Entourage CBD, and Hemplucid. But what are the benefits of this?

Your CB1 and CB2 receptors are the primary nodes in your body for actively making use of CBD, both that which you take as a supplement and that which is naturally produced within your body. CBDA doesn’t work in this way. Instead, CBDA interacts with the endocannabinoid system by inhibiting the cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) enzyme. COX-2 enzymes are associated with inflammation after an injury or infection. By blocking COX-2 enzymes, CBDA can relieve inflammation and associated pain.

In one rodent study, scientists found CBDA affected levels of serotonin, a chemical produced by nerve cells to aid in signaling between cells. Serotonin is vital to core human functions like motor skills, sleeping, eating, digestion, and emotions. However, excess serotonin, which often is associated with stressors like chemotherapy, can cause nausea and vomiting. Vomiting can be controlled with medications, but nausea is harder to treat. But do not despair yet if you are a chemo patient! Scientists have demonstrated that CBDA can affect the body’s 5-HT serotonin-producing receptors, hinting at a potential use for CBDA as a medication for chemotherapy-induced nausea/vomiting (CINV) and other conditions that induce these symptoms. However, more research is needed.

We will keep you updated!

One recurrent theme throughout this blog was that more research was needed. While THC and CBD are gaining popularity, and the institutional barriers to research using these compounds are removed, it is important to keep in mind that there is a lot that is either not understood or is poorly understood about cannabis in relation to the human body. We will try to keep you up to date on relevant and recent research so that you can make informed decisions and purchases, and we always invite you to get in touch with us with any questions that you may have. 

As always, we hope that this was informative, and would love to hear from you on our social media accounts, our email, or on our phone lines. If you are ready to explore the world of CBD, give us a call at 888-772-7875, fill out an online contact form, or press the live chat button to speak with one of our experts.


The NFL’s Drug Policy & CBD

August 17th, 2021 by Hannah Laing

NFL's drug policy and CBD

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Are you a fall football fan?

I don’t know about you, but when I think of the fall, I can’t help but think of fall football. The NFL has a place in many of our hearts as the comradery of sports brings people together around the game. There is a long standing tradition of playing football, just as much as there is a tradition of watching and tailgating before games. What is less known, or talked about, is the NFL’s drug policy. The purpose of the NFL’s drug policy, according to them, is to prohibit the use and abuse of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and alcohol. This is a standard to ensure that all players are playing on the same playing field (pun intended) and it is deeply interesting how the NFL holds all athletes responsible for anything they put in their bodies.

What about CBD?

While a football game was on the couch with some of my friends, I was really curious where the NFL stands on CBD. So I began my Googling process, something I do far too often, and was lead down a rather interesting rabbit hole. I had thought that a long standing American institution, like the NFL, would not be tolerant of CBD, like many of the other old school institutions who refuse to acknowledge the benefits of hemp. Football pleasantly surprised me. Not only did they eliminate suspensions for positive marijuana tests in 2020, but they raised the threshold of THC for a positive test from 35 to 150 nanograms. This is a huge step for athletes who use cannabinoids as a tool to aid in their pain management routines. I don’t know if you’ve ever played football, but I played tackle football with my cousins in the front lawn when I was a kiddo and I can still remember some of those slams. I cannot fathom the physical tole it would take on a professional football player’s body to week after week put your body though that type of stress.

There’s NFL funded research?

The NFL recognizes this too and in June of 2021, the NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed to provide $1 million in funding for research into pain management and cannabinoids. Only 2 years ago, players were getting suspended for even trace amounts, 35 nanograms, of THC in their system and now there is going to be research conducted on the potential benefits of cannabinoids funded by the very organization that was suspending athletes. Those in charge of safeguarding American football have recognized the dangers of traditional pain killers and their addictive nature, with this research being a step towards progress and away from opioids. The US Department of Health and Human Services has stated that the opioid epidemic reported that in 2020 an estimated 10.1 million people misused their opioid prescriptions. As a means of safeguarding top athletes who play and endure pain as a livelihood, a non addictive way to aid performance and recovery is highly appealing.

What’s so appealing?

Other than the non-addictive nature of CBD, there are lots of reasons that hemp is appealing the the NFL, upon further research. One potential benefit that would aid in an athlete’s overall performance is the noted anti-inflammatory properties of cannabinoids, specifically CBDa. Obviously, I’m not a doctor, but histamine is the chemical that makes you swell and bringing histamine production back to homeostasis or neutral, could aid in muscle recovery, prevent bruising, and potentially boosting energy levels. People, no matter who they are or what they do, perform better in life when they feel better. Athletes and football players are no exception and, speaking from personal experience, my body feels better when I take CBD. Granted, I have rheumatoid arthritis and cannot throw a football to save my life, but when I was diagnosed I was given a prescription for pain killers. This bottle of opioid-based medicine took away my pain, but I felt like I lost a part of myself too. I was tired, sluggish no matter what I was doing, with an upset stomach and a general feeling of “bleh.” I found that cannabinoids have been a great way for me to get through my life, living with my pain but still living. There are lots of anecdotes like mine and although more research needs to be done, $1 million dollars is one step closer towards progress.

Other benefits?

One of the potential benefits that I think isn’t discussed enough, especially for athletes, is CBD for PTSD. Athletes may exhibit higher rates of PTSD, with some reports ranging 13%-25% in athlete populations, due to the nature of sports. Each humans steps onto the field and goes into a sort of “fight or flight” mode as their bodies’ subconscious and natural way to defend itself, with those elevated endorphins help them perform better. Moreover, athletes face higher risks of personal injuries and specifically head injuries, witnessing teammates get injured, and general physical and emotional trauma incurred inside and outside of the sport.

PTSD is commonly treated with a combination of psychotherapy and medications. However, medications used to treat PTSD may cause very undesirable negative side effects ranging from reduced sex drive to worsening insomnia. Researchers believe that CBD could be a promising alternative in helping to aid with PTSD, especially since CBD rarely produces side effects. There have been a few studies conducted that examine the relationship between CBD and PTSD.

  • 2019 study of 11 patients found that 91% of patients experienced a decrease in PTSD symptoms after 8 consecutive weeks of treatment with CBD.
  • 2016 case study found CBD to be an effective and safe treatment for anxiety and sleep issues experienced by a young girl with PTSD.
  • 2015 review of 11 different studies conducted on military veterans with PTSD found that cannabis did seem to help control PTSD symptoms.

While more studies will be needed, the research surrounding CBD and PTSD is promising.

What’s next?

There is so much more research that needs to be done on cannabinoids for the potential benefits for athletes, but there are so many potential rewards that even the NFL has started to take steps towards that future. All we can do is wait to see what the future holds for NFL players and CBD, but it is a very interesting time to be alive to watch football in the fall. Curl up with a blanket, put on your favorite team’s game, and watch the game literally and metaphorically change. If you think CBD might be a good fit for you or you have questions, give us a call at 1-888-772-7875 (Monday to Friday, 9 am to 4 pm EST), or fill out our online contact form.  You can also click the “live chat” button at any time!

Resources:

https://www.hhs.gov/opioids/about-the-epidemic/index.html

https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-nflpa-will-provide-funding-for-research-into-pain-treatment-including-medica

https://www.si.com/nfl/lions/news/new-nfl-cba-makes-changes-to-drug-policy


Hemp Around the World: The Globalization of Hemp

May 17th, 2021 by David Kranker

Hemp Uses Around The World

In 2018, the United States legalized the industrial production of hemp through the Farm Bill after virtually outlawing it with the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. Before this time, hemp was a legal and highly prized crop throughout the United States. Today, the U.S. is the third largest producer of hemp in the world. To be legal under federal law, hemp must contain no more than 0.3% THC (the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana).

While hemp has a complicated history in the U.S., it has long been used for a variety of purposes throughout the world. For example, the hemp plant has been cultivated in China for more than 6,000 years. Today, hemp is used in a variety of ways throughout the world, including right here in the United States.

From construction materials to biofuel, hemp is being used to make products, boost health and wellness, and even clean up the environment. Want to learn more? Keep reading to learn about the global uses of hemp.

What Countries Grow Hemp?

Hemp, a species of the Cannabis Sativa plant, can be grown in a number of environments. Ideally, hemp is grown in well-drained soil with a slightly acidic to neutral soil (ph 6.0 to 7.0). A hardy plant, hemp can be grown in a range of climates – which means that it can be grown almost anywhere in the world.

Hemp is currently grown in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Hemp-producing countries include:

  • China
  • Romania
  • Colombia
  • Ecuador
  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • Australia
  • United States
  • Lithuania
  • Germany
  • Malawi

These countries (and others) grow hemp for a variety of purposes, from fiber for rope and cloth to food products like hemp seed oil to CBD. Each country has its own laws regarding industrial hemp production, with some countries (like Ecuador) allowing hemp with as much as 1% THC to be cultivated, while others (like Lithuania) limiting THC content to 0.2%.

The global market for hemp is valued at $5.56 billion, and is projected to grow to as much as $27.72 billion by 2028. The top hemp-growing countries include:

  1. China
  2. Canada
  3. United States
  4. France
  5. Chile
  6. North Korea

Importantly, because of the different standards for growing hemp around the world, there are strict rules about importing hemp seeds and plants into the United States. While hemp products can be imported to the U.S., they may not comply with American laws and regulations surrounding hemp, such as THC content.

How Is Hemp Used Around the World?

Hemp was first cultivated during the Sung Dynasty in China, in around 500 AD, for use in making cloth or textiles. The plant was then exported to Europe around 1,200 BC, where it spread throughout the world. Pieces of hemp cloth have been found in archeological digs throughout the world, including in Mesopotamia (Iran and Iraq) dating back to 8,000 BC.

Hemp quickly became one of the most important crops in the world. In fact, hemp was so important in the United Kingdom that in 1535, King Henry VIII passed a law that required all homeowners to sow ¼ of an acre or be fined. In the United States, it was grown in nearly every state from Massachusetts to California.

Traditionally, hemp was used to make products such as:

  • Cloth
  • Fiber for rope
  • Paper
  • Natural medicines
  • Food
  • Printing ink
  • Paints and varnishes
  • Currency
  • Canvas

Today, scientists and entrepreneurs have found even more innovative uses for hemp, both in the United States and around the world.

For example, hemp is being used to clean contaminated soil. In places that have toxic or polluted soil, such as Chernobyl, the roots of the hemp plant can absorb harmful chemicals – making the land safer and potentially allowing other plants to flourish there again. This type of bioremediation is possible because hemp is such a resilient and hardy plant.

In other countries, such as the UK, hemp is being used as a form of biofuel. To make this fuel, known as cellulosic ethanol, the harvest hemp plant is shredded, heated with chemicals to release the cellulose, treated with enzymes and then fermented. The resulting environmentally-friendly fuel can be used just like biofuels made from corn or sugarcane.

Hemp is also being used to create a 100% biodegradable type of plastic. While hemp plastic isn’t new (Henry Ford designed a car made of hemp plastic in 1941), it is becoming more popular globally because this product is strong, versatile, nontoxic, and biodegradable.

In countries throughout the world, including the U.K., hempcrete – a composite material that can replace concrete – is becoming a popular building material. Made from a mix of hemp hurds and lime, sand or pozzolans, it can be used for construction and insulation. Hempcrete is easier to work with than concrete, and is ideal for most climates.

The recent rise in lumber prices has also spiked an interest in alternative sources for wood. Hemp wood is a revolutionary new building material. Hemp is cheaper and faster to grow than trees. One acre of hemp can produce the same amount of cellulose fiber as four acres of trees. This makes hemp a more affordable source for lumber. Hemp wood is better for interior building than exterior building, but it could still help to alleviate demand for lumber that is causing price spikes.

Another intriguing use of hemp has been developed in Canada, where hemp fibers were turned into carbon nanosheets, which can be used as electrodes for supercapacitors. This product can store energy better than traditional nanosheets, and costs far less at $500 per ton as opposed to $2,000 per gram. Hemp-based nanosheets could be used to power houses, cars, and other products.

Of course, hemp can still be used in many of the traditional ways. Hemp fiber is a great eco-friendly way to make clothes, as hemp does not require as much water to grow as cotton and is fast-growing. Clothing made from hemp is longer-lasting and often higher in quality than clothes made from synthetic fibers.

Hemp seeds and hemp oil continue to be used as a great source of nutrition for people and animals alike. With tons of vitamins and fatty acids, foods made using hemp seeds (sometimes referred to as hemp hearts) and hemp seed oil are highly nutritious. Hemp seeds are often found in bird seed mixes, and can also be used to supplement livestock feed.

One of the best uses for hemp continues to be as a source of cannabidiol (CBD), a naturally-occurring compound that has been linked with a number of health and wellness benefits. Once extracted from the hemp plant, CBD can be infused into oils, creams, lotions, or even added to edible products.

Hemp is a plant with nearly limitless potential. It is environmentally-friendly, highly nutritious, and can even help us clean up our soil. This plant hasn’t just played an important role in our past – it promises to be a major source of innovation in the future, both in the United States and around the world.

Interested in Adding Hemp to Your Diet? Start Here.

There is a lot to like about hemp – particularly when it comes to the potential health benefits of this plant and its compounds. If you want to give hemp a try, CBD products may be a great option for you.

When purchasing CBD, look for products that are made from hemp grown in the United States so that you can be sure that it will contain no more than 0.3% THC and be fully legal. Because hemp has the capacity to absorb harmful chemicals from the soil, it is also critical to only purchase CBD products that have been independently tested by a third party laboratory, with results available for your review. That way, you can check for the presence of contaminants as well as the levels of THC and CBD in the product.

At Green Wellness Life, we aren’t doctors and cannot diagnose or treat any condition. Instead, we offer our own insight into CBD as well as the latest scientific research. We only sell CBD products made from American industrial hemp that have been independently tested for quality and purity.

Ready to get started? We’re here to help. Call at (888) 772-7875 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST, or email us at any time for questions or simply to learn more about CBD.

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Hemp Laws on the Horizon

February 22nd, 2021 by Hannah Laing

Let’s get political: Hemp laws

It’s time to do a thing that seems risky in the United States: talk about politics. Before you close your browser and try to forget that electoral politics exist (for sanity’s sake), take a few deep breaths and read these next words: I am not going to talk about the election or political parties. What we will be focusing on is the new administration’s policy regarding CBD and, to a lesser extent, cannabis in general. 

Currently

Let’s start with a couple key points:

  1. First, before we begin, I think it is important to understand where we are now, as of February 2021, fifteen states and the District of Columbia have fully legalized cannabis and marijuana.
  2. Two of those states, South Dakota and Montana, have delayed voter-approved legalization with hearings in court and funding withdrawal, respectively.
  3. Federally, THC is illegal, while CBD and hemp-derived products (from the body of the plant, not the flower or seeds) are legal. This distinction will come into play later.
  4. States that have fully legalized cannabis and marijuana and twenty-seven states have legalized the medicinal use of cannabis.

So Is federal legalization on the way? Let’s take a look at the political environment surrounding cannabis.

The Potential Future of Cannabis Legislation

The stance of the current administration is positive. The vice president is from California, a state that recognizes marijuana as recreationally legal, and also regards other cannabis products as fully legal. As for the president, he has neither been a vocal advocate or opponent of federal-level legalization. It is important to note, however, that some of his appointees have track records that are favorable to cannabis: Assistant Secretary of HHS Dr. Rachel Levine and former California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to head HHS. 

Not just the White House – Marijuana Reform Bills In Congress

One of the largest developments in news relating to federal-level legalization comes from Congress. Senate majority leader, Charles Schumer, has brought forth reform bills that seek to federally de-schedule marijuana, reinvest tax revenues from sales into communities, and expunge criminal records for possession. This bill, known as the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, passed in the House of Representatives last year, but failed to pass in the Senate.

It is likely that, given another vote, it would pass both houses. If it did so, not only would all cannabis and related products be federally legal (recreationally and otherwise), but research could be conducted in universities without the red tape that currently exists, banks could loan money to businesses eager in operating in the cannabis industry, and farming and shipping would become far easier as legal status at state level would no longer be a concern. 

In addition to this, Schumer has also stressed the importance of making sure that the FDA does not overregulate the industry upon legalization, allowing businesses to operate without excessive government interference. It is unlikely that Biden would veto any of the above proposals if they were to make it to his desk. 

USDA’s Final Rule on Hemp In limbo?

Upon entering office, the Biden administration put out a memo asking all federal agencies to “consider postponing” all rules that have not yet taken effect for 60 days. One of these rules is the USDA’s final rule on hemp, which largely affects harvesting, processing, and growing across the United States. Some of the regulations included within the USDA report are: 

  • an expanded harvest window time from 15 days to 30;
  • alternative options for disposing of or remediating hemp that tests above the compliant THC level;
  • an increased standard of negligence from 0.5% to 1% THC. This means hemp that tests above 0.3% but below 1% THC will not be considered a negligent violation, but it will still need to be disposed of or remediated.

It will take some time before consumers and farmers can know the regulations that will govern their industry, due to the postponing of rules such as these. 

Hemp Laws: Where CBD stands (and why legalization of marijuana is in your best interest)

Fortunately, CBD is federally legal. Regulations and logistics can be complicated at times, but businesses can operate (and some thrive) so long as they follow regulations. But a lot of related industries (and research) are hindered by federal scheduling of cannabis and marijuana.

  • Feel like CBD helps you with pain, but would like more information on why that is, medically? Federal scheduling of cannabis and marijuana places a lot of red tape around universities and institutions that want to use the substance for research purposes.
  • Wish your CBD products were cheaper? Banks fear loaning money to farms and manufacturers that deal with cannabis due to federal policy, thus restricting business growth.
  • Want products that are safe and include the ingredients that they claim? The FDA cannot approve anything that would be in opposition to federal law. So, even if you do not want to use marijuana, the de-scheduling of cannabis (with high THC content) benefits you as a CBD customer. While separate in terms of use, they are legally and economically related.

Stay Informed

Rules and regulations governing cannabis in the United States seem to constantly change, especially in the past few years. We might even have federally legalized marijuana within the next year. Anything could happen. Here at Green Wellness, we will work to keep you updated and aware of all the major news and information that we believe you need to make healthy and informed decisions. As always, If you’d like to learn more or have additional questions, press the live chat button, call us at (888) 772-7875 (M-F, 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., EST),  fill out our online contact form, or visit our storefront if you’re local!


Covid-19 Relief Bill Impacting Vape

January 26th, 2021 by Hannah Laing

Recent Legal Changes Affecting CBD Vape Products

The legal status of CBD vape has always been somewhat complicated. Why is that? In large part because, in the eyes of most lawmakers, CBD vapes are no different from traditional tobacco and nicotine vapes. It is because of this egregious error in classification, and poor drafting in the most recent Covid-19 relief bill, that as of late April, CBD vapes can no longer be easily shipped.  Past legislation has recognized the difference between nicotine and non-nicotine vapes.  This legislation is intentionally broad enough to include both. 

Can they still be shipped at all? Yes, but with much more difficulty now. By including vaping products within the recent act, Congress has stipulated that manufacturers and retailers will be banned from shipping vaping products to adult consumers using the USPS within the next 120 days. All orders of vaping products will be required to ship using an alternate, considerably more expensive service that verifies the recipient of a package is at least 21 years old. Furthermore, starting 90 days after enactment, all Internet and mail-order retailers will be required to file voluminous monthly reports with State, Native tribes, and local governments disclosing the identity, address, and product orders of all customer orders to their jurisdiction.  We at Green Wellness Life are committed to customer privacy and are not comfortable with this reporting. 

Congress explained the inclusion of this in the Coivid-19 bill by using the narrative of protecting children from online vape sales (the title of the original Congress bill containing this text was the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act – also referred to as PACT), despite the fact that it is already illegal under federal law to ship vaping products to minors. And, it is not as if there is a lack of enforcement of the current law; the FDA has regularly cracked down on businesses that sell or have sold to minors through mail. Additionally, while many retailers have been taking advantage of the USPS’ ID delivery confirmation service for years, the bill effectively ends this program. 

The PACT Act requires online retailers to collect state/local taxes before shipping orders, register with the federal government, and provide detailed information on a monthly basis to the tax department of each state it ships too – including the names and addresses of each customer. As USPS would be banned from shipping vape products, companies (like ours) would be forced to either use UPS/FedEx (and FedEx will be ending all shipping of vape products in March of 2021), or wait for our customers to come into the store to purchase vape products in person. 

So why was this provision added to the Covid-19 relief bill? Likely for the same reason that a lot of other, non-pertinent legislation was stuffed in at the last minute. But, even ignoring the ethics of this, the official stated purpose of this section was to reduce vaping of nicotine products in minors. What the supporters of this section failed to mention is that less than 6% of youth report buying vapor products online, according to the CDC’s 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey. Most young people report getting vapor products and other age-restricted products from friends, family, and informal sources.

What Steps Can You Take?

First, you are always welcome to read the wording of the bill that led to this. That is one benefit of our government: information is accessible, just not always easy to find. The links are here: 

Next, if you feel that this change in the rules is unfair and unnecessary, you can contact your representative or senator and voice this concern. Don’t know who that is? No worry! You can easily look up that information using one of these two tools:

Don’t worry too much about the format if you opt to send them a letter or an email. Just make sure to be professional, brief, focused on your topic, and to state your concern multiple times. It needs to be urgent and needs to highlight your concern as a voter. You don’t need to convince them with fancy rhetoric, or give them a presentation on why they should rescind this section of the bill. Just show them that you are passionate and why this matters to you.

Final thoughts

We really hope that you can work with us to point out to representatives and senators that this bill is damaging and does not protect those whom it is designed to protect. It is because of this bill (and the associated increase in shipping cost) that, as of this point in time, we plan to cease all shipment of vape products in April. It is simply too invasive and expensive. We don’t want to stop offering this service to you, but our hands are tied. Help us untie them by contacting your member of Congress. And, as always, feel free to reach out to us through email, social media, or phone. We would love to hear your opinion on this information.


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