2018 CBD News

Give Hemp Products For Christmas!

December 17th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Hemp-Based Clothing and Durable Goods by

Op-Ed Blogger Quinton Charles

As the United States House and Senate have just passed the previously discussed 2018 Farm Bill, domestic hemp producers are now cleared to produce hemp and hemp products on an industrial scale. At least they will be as soon as the President has signed off on it.  Hemp will become more widespread, and derived products should see an overall decrease in price on the market. Hemp and cotton create a combination that decreases sweat retained in the fabric and, consequently, results in an article of clothing that can be worn more often and does not require the near-constant cleaning that cotton fabrics do.Trucker Hat

So why is this important? Some of these hemp-based products poised to become both widespread and inexpensive are hemp-based clothing and similar durable goods. While the clothing that is made of hemp fibers can be almost any form of clothing currently produced using cotton, the other durable goods made of such fibers would include paper, rope, and non-wearable textiles (blankets, etc.). Each one of these products has a slightly different cost-benefit relationship, and I’ll elaborate on each independently.Christmas Sales

First, the most common, well-known, and most likely to be purchased by consumers (like you and me) is clothing made of hemp fibers. While not conspicuously differing from cotton-based clothing in appearance, hemp-based clothing has several distinguishing features that appeal to the users of other clothing types. The hemp-based cloth has no attachment to any other uses for hemp, and can easily move production to a different state  It also is environmentally friendly, with a negligible footprint. This “green” status is the result of hemp not requiring any pesticides or large amounts of water to grow, unlike cotton. In fact, hemp requires 50% less water than cotton. A consumer can feel at ease knowing that their purchase of a hemp-based shirt or pair of socks is decreasing the stress placed on the environment and that they are supporting companies whose operations are not severely detrimental to the Earth’s health.

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It isn’t just environmental impacts that purchasing hemp clothing has, however. There are some other features of hemp clothing that make it quite appealing. First, it breathes. Hemp fibers are porous and resistant to mold.   Hemp fibers are also very strong, which means that holes will be less likely to appear in the fabric over time, and the item will be able to be worn longer. This durability goes hand-in-hand with the fact that the hemp’s texture becomes softer after each wearing, increasing the overall comfort of the item while retaining its robustness. One of the only downsides to hemp is that it can be a bit more prone to wrinkling than cotton clothing. However, certain styles of hemp clothing and manufacture have been able to decrease the tendency for hemp clothing to wrinkle, effectively eliminating this shortcoming.

As of yet, a large amount of hemp-based clothing and other durable goods have yet to be mass produced by American firms. This is partially due to demand, but also can be attributed to the economic conditions that existed prior to the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill. Even now, internationally produced hemp and hemp fibers were some of the most inexpensive available. It will eventually balance out with domestic producers able to source their hemp from American growers, leading to a decrease in the cost of hemp as compared with cotton

One place where hemp will gain traction is in recycled paper. The cost of directly replacing wood with hemp in the production of new paper is still too high to merit a change over to hemp, but the fibers have been found to be more cost effective to use in reinforcing and strengthening recycled paper, which is becoming a larger source of total paper produced. As regulations require more and more paper to be recycled, hemp is going to play an increasingly important role in recycled paper production.Colorado hemp honey ginger soothe

So while hemp paper may not be as exciting or widespread yet, textiles like blankets and clothing are becoming common and are seen as a viable alternative to cotton products due to their low environmental impact, superior durability, and their ability to become more comfortable the longer they are used. Hemp clothing will, no doubt, become a major use of hemp in the near future.

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CBD Market Is Rapidly Changing After Midterms

December 13th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Market

By Quinton Charles Op Ed Blogger

Election is changing the market on hemp

Recent law has changed in several states regarding the legality of cannabis. This all came on the heels of the recent election that also saw several legalizing states flip house, senate, and gubernatorial seats from Republican to Democrat.

On the ballot in Missouri and Utah, medical cannabis programs were approved (enabling people with medical conditions to have access to cannabis products containing, and not containing, THC), and, in Michigan, voters outright legalized cannabis (including variations containing THC). While the legalization of marijuana and THC containing strains of cannabis in no way affects the legality of CBD-based products, it does alter the market in one important way: an increase of the supply of cannabis on the market.  What also is stipulated in the legislation passed is that cannabis, of all varieties, can be legally cultivated in those states. This is closely tied to the US 2018 Farm Bill, which, if passed, will legalize the cultivation of cannabis on industrial levels.   Fingers crossed this is happening as your reading! This means more jobs, in fact it is one of the fastest growing industries for job openings. It will also impact availability and cost as some of these states get up and running.

Checking out the changes in different places

So let us look at different states, and what transpired in this most recent election. In Missouri, a state that, up until recently, had some of the harshest punitive laws regarding the possession and/or growing of cannabis in the country, legalized medical marijuana use and cannabis cultivation by individuals. This not only legalizes the conditional use of cannabis containing THC, but it also enables the growing of hemp for CBD purposes, as well as enables individuals to cultivate their own hemp for home use with exemption from punishment. The good news fr those of you living in states that still have not passed new laws is that it is likely that this development will lead to other, nearby states adopting similar laws once the negative perception of cannabis legalization abates.

In addition to Missouri, Utah, another state known for conservative laws regarding THC and CBD, voted to legalize cannabis along similar lines as those of the aforementioned state. This legalization would have similar effects as those that I mentioned regarding legalization in the state of Missouri. Individuals will be permitted to grow their own cannabis/hemp for home use, and both THC and CBD based products would be available to people with a qualifying medical condition.

Finally, Michigan fully legalized the use, distribution, and cultivation of cannabis statewide. In addition to having similar effects as other states with less inclusive legalization (legalization of home growing, increased supply, etc.), the legalization, the result of a popularly-voted proposal (that still would require the confirmation of the legislature, hints at something else that I have not touched upon: popular demand for cannabis and/or hemp products. While marijuana (containing THC) and CBD-based products differ, they are often carried in dispensaries side-by-side and sold by businesses that specialize in cannabis-derived products. It is likely that, due to a support of legal marijuana in the state of Michigan, CBD goods will experience an uptick in sales and interest as people are no longer driven away by the erroneous assumption that CBD-based products are illegal.

There is another bill up for consideration in Texas, SB 90. This bill would enact similar standards and requirements for cannabis use and cultivation as those in Utah or Missouri. Currently, this seems likely to pass, and the city of Austin already is saturated in dispensaries and CBD selling establishments.


It needs to be noted that, while the legal status of marijuana and cannabis changed in these three states (and is proposed to change in a fourth), the legal status of CBD under federal law, has never been under any threat within the last decade. The laws that changed in states regarded cannabis with high THC levels not Hemp based products with .3% or less of THC; so, while the legalization affects the supply of cannabis plants within states, and perhaps increases the demand for similar, salutary products derived from hemp or cannabis, it does not affect the legal status of CBD itself. CBD will still be available to sell and ship throughout the  US when it is from a hemp plant and that level of THC is .3% or less.

Whole Plant Research

November 15th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Whole Plant Research

By Cara Oorbeck Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

Advances In Scientific Research

Western science has made so many advances in medicine since the nineteenth century through its methods of scientific research. By carefully isolating and excluding variables that might impact the result, science has been able to find the very chemical compound that has an effect at a particular amount, in a particular group of people. However, some researchers are beginning to see a limitation in the current methods. This is in part due to limitations in knowing how complex systems behave. For whole hemp cannabidiol (CBD) research and other new phytotherapeutics research, this is called therapeutic synergy.Whole Plant Image Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Bill & November Voting 2018…Part 2

November 1st, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

2018 Farm Bill

Co-authored By: Op-ed Blogger, Quinton Charles & Green Wellness Life Operations Guru, Cara Oorbeck

A Lot Happening With Hemp

In 2018, 38 plus states considered legislation relating to hemp including current law clarification, removing current legislative obstacles and establishing new programs and research.  The hemp industry is moving in many directions and has the potential for new and innovative products in a variety of areas which include paper, fabric, health and beauty products, animal feed, food, insulation and so much more. The 2018 Farm Bill and its possible legislative effects, should it be voted into law is an enormous step forwards in federal Hemp policy, and has already cleared the Senate’s agricultural committee.  However unresolved issues in the proposed Bill prevented an agreement before the Bills deadline on September 30th (food stamps, crop insurance, and some cotton provisions) and most experts agree that the Bill’s future depends on who keeps or gains control of the House of Representatives after November 6, 2018.

Some Of The Key Players

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Farm Bill 2018 and its Effects on the Hemp Industry

October 25th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

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By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

Changes in Farm Bill

Until 2014 (and its farm bill of the same year,) hemp was illegal to cultivate. What the farm bill of 2014 changed was that it allowed either small-scale cultivation by farmers or experimental cultivation by research laboratories (and, often, a combination of the two), and left up to the discretion of the states the extent to which they wanted to permit hemp cultivation. Unfortunately, the 2014 Farm Bill was unable to completely legalize industrial-scale growing, and farms were limited in size, thus forcing vendors of hemp-derived products (like CBD) to import hemp, increasing their prices and access to goods. That all may change now.

Not just CBD users will benefit

If the 2018 Farm Bill is signed into law (and it is currently on the way to being so), the industrial production of hemp by domestic producers in the United States would be legal, and the price of most CBD oil products would likely decrease (as well as access to CBD products being expanded). In addition to allowing hemp to be grown by domestic producers, it would also remove several barriers to their acquisition of banking and crop insurance http://(https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2667)

Those who will NOT benefit

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CBD Oil Products In Legal Grey Area Under Ohio Law

October 19th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

Legal Grey Area Under Ohio Law

CBD Oil Products in Legal Grey Area Under Ohio Law

In the state of Ohio, as opposed to elsewhere in the Midwest, cannabidiol (CBD) is classified as Medical Marijuana; most CBD products on the market are derived from Hemp Cannabis Sativa Specified as “all parts of a plant of the genus cannabis, whether growing or not; the seeds of a plant of that type; the resin extracted from a part of a plant of that type… the resin extracted from the mature stalks, fiber, oil or cake, or the sterilized seed of the plant that is incapable of germination,” (Ohio Revised Code Title (37) XXXVII 3719.01 (O)), the definition of “Marihuana” within the state of Ohio includes CBD sourced from Cannabis Indica, which is sourced from the resin of the plant.

Why does this matter?

You are probably wondering “why do I need to care how Ohio classifies CBD?” Fair question.  If you ever use CBD oil, then this information is incredibly important, and I’ll get to why. The most recent house bill in Ohio regarding Hemp and Marijuana, House Bill 523 (passed in 2016), prohibits any non-licensed dispensaries from selling what is designated “Medical Marijuana.” As CBD lacks any intoxicating qualities, it does not have the same effects as Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is associated with the type of “high” that people receive from cannabis products that contain THC. “Medical Marijuana” as defined by the state of Ohio is “marijuana that is cultivated, processed, dispensed, tested, possessed, or used for a medical purpose.” (Sub H.B. No. 523, sec. 3796.01 (A) As I had already discussed before, the state of Ohio includes CBD derived from Cannabis Indica in its definition of “Marihuana,” and because of this, its definition of “Medical Marijuana” also includes CBD derived from Cannabis Indica, but not Hemp Cannabis Sativa.

Purchasing CBD in Ohio

So what does this all mean for the status of CBD in the state of Ohio? It means that, unless licensed by the Ohio Department of Commerce and the State Board of Pharmacy (Ibid., sec. 3796.02),no dispensary can sell or offer CBD products derived from a specific type of Cannabis. But what if you have one of the pre-approved medical conditions (epilepsy, alzheimer’s, etc.) Sub H.B. No. 523, sec. 519.21 (D.6.a-v) that entitles you to receive a medical card in the state of Ohio that allows for the purchase of Medical Marijuana? Then you are fully able to purchase CBD for use, no problems. But unfortunately, there are some snags in the system, and there currently are none of the 56 promised dispensaries in operation run by the state of Ohio. However, this does not mean that there is no way to get CBD in the state of Ohio. Some business owners, like Kevin Kidd, continue to operate their stores and sell CBD products, despite a lack of licensure. Kidd has argued that, since CBD oil he uses is hemp-derived, and not marijuana-derived, he can continue to sell CBD oil products. As of yet, he has not been required to shut down or to stop selling CBD products.

For now, the sale and use of CBD in the state of Ohio will remain in an awkward, legal grey area, invariably hurting those who either rely on CBD for its medicinal qualities, or for those who rely on the sale of CBD to keep their stores open. If the people of Ohio are lucky, the state’s Pharmacy board will start issuing licenses to businesses soon; however, until that time, CBD will have to be purchased at the older establishments that sold, and continue to sell, hemp-based products.

CBD and Midwest States

For the people of other Midwestern states, such as Michigan, Wisconsin, and Indiana, hemp and hemp-derived products continue to be fully legal under both State and Federal law. Their purchase is permitted, as is their use and sale. So, despite Ohio’s setbacks, the Midwest is on track to be a region that aligns with Federal law, where citizens can enjoy the benefits of hemp-based CBD products.  At Green Wellness Life, we operate under that federal law and will continue to service our customers throughout the Midwest, including the great state of Ohio (even though there are Buckeyes there.)

By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

Back to (Cannabis) Basics

October 3rd, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Keep It Simple FacebookThis month we want to help our customers keep it simple… So we thought we’d take it back to the basics on cannabinoids.

Whether you call it reefer or ganja, grass or marijuana, Cannabis remains the most used drug globally. The chemical compounds that give cannabis it’s infamous and highly beneficial properties are referred to as Cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – is the most abundant and well-known cannabinoid with psychoactive properties that affects pleasure, concentration, memory, appetite, and perception. Inhaling or ingesting THC can affect areas of the brain associated with movement, sensations, visions, coordination, memory, reward, and judgment. Users often describe the high as a very mellow, euphoric, uplifting, and physically relaxing experience. Although it has been demonized since the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, THC in cannabis has recently been explored as a medicine, as research has shown its use highly beneficial for those with a variety of conditions and chronic pain. It’s also no secret that marijuana has helped patients undergoing chemotherapy regain their appetite. States with legal marijuana have also seen a decrease in opioid overdose and prescription rates, suggesting that patients would prefer to treat their pain with cannabis as opposed to opiates.

Cannabinoids – What Are They and How are They Relevant?

Cannabinoids are a natural occurring chemical compound unique to the Cannabis plant, Outside of THC, there are nearly 80 more. Here are just a few of those subclasses: Read the rest of this entry »

Farm Bill 2018: Bringing More Clarity About Hemp and Marijuana Differences

September 28th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Hemp and Marijuana Differences

We’ve talked a bit about the Farm Bill and have urged you to get involved by reaching out to your local elected officials and asking them to help our farmers and our bodies by voting “yes” on hemp.  Here’s a brief overview on the Farm Bill as it pertains to hemp (this is a big fat bill with BOATLOADS of other non-hemp provisions)  and our progress to date.

Recently, the U.S. House and Senate introduced a new Farm Bill to build on the 2014 Farm Bill that brought a variety of programs to help agriculture and food policies. While the 2014 bill helped bring a pilot research program for hemp, the new bill is poised to make domestic hemp officially legal.

It’s been a long road for hemp farmers dealing with the ambiguities of U.S. legality. Will this finally bring more clarity to what hemp really is to avoid confusion with marijuana?

Let’s take a look at the bill’s major details to understand what it means. Read the rest of this entry »

Pharma Patents Are Making Room For Something New

September 21st, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Pharma Patents

New Patents Pending Could Impact Peoples Lives The Future

It is an exciting time to be in the hemp industry.  The stigma about hemp is lifting (finally!) and people all over, are learning and becoming more open to the incredible benefits of CBD and hemp-based products. All this new information and forward progress means more dollars for science.   Pharmaceutical companies are not going to be left behind. On June 25, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved the CBD-based drug Epidiolex for the treatment of epilepsy. Epidiolex, which will help treat epileptic symptoms in Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndrome in patients two or older, is just one example of many pharmaceutical interventions that use the power of CBD to create positive change in people’s lives.

Other Exciting Pending Pharmaceutical Patents for CBD

Some of these pending patents will hopefully be the beginning of life-changing science and CBD that will offer consumers a way to manage their pain, reduce symptoms, and improve their quality of life.

1. Kalytera: Pharmaceutical Solution for Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)

Kalytera has two U.S. patents issued to use CBD to treat graft versus host disease (GVHD).

GVHD is a life-threatening complication that can take place after a bone marrow transplant. In GVHD, the cells of the transplant donor attack the recipients’ organs. There is currently no FDA-approved drug to treat or prevent GVHD. Because of this, GVHD can cause chronic illness, disability, organ failure, and death.  Kalytera hopes to harness the power of CBD to help treat and prevent GVHD in patients who undergo transplants. Though Kaytera’s drug is not available to the public yet, several trials have shown promising results. In one study, none of the patients taking their CBD-based solution developed acute GVHD. By day 100 of the study, the risk of developing GVHD was significantly decreased. In addition, patients treated with CBD experienced fewer gastrointestinal and skin issues.

2. KannaLife: CBD as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectors

Kannalife currently holds a patent for “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectors.” As an antioxidant, CBD has been studied for its ability to reverse oxidation processes, which damage cells. And as for being neuroprotective, that means CBD has been studied for its ability to reduce damage to the brain and help grow new brain cells or neurons. KannaLife, which received attention for producing a patent for its “super-CBD” product, hopes to use CBD for its antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Some of the diseases that KannaLife hopes to confront include Hepatic Encephalopathy (“HE”) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”). Both of these stress-related diseases affect behavioral and cognitive functions. To meet these ends, Kannalife hopes CBD’s antioxidant and neuroprotective features will help protect patients’ neural health and shield their brains from further damage. By helping to decrease inflammation, decrease issues following strokes, and protect the brain from autoimmune disorders, KannaLife aims to make a real change through CBD.

3. Zynerba’s topical ZYN002 gel: Control Symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome

The topical ZYN002 drug produced by Zynerba hopes to help with symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Fragile X Syndrome, for example, is a genetic condition associated with intellectual disability, increased anxiety, and mood disorders. This gel hopes to help treat those with Fragile X Syndrome by helping modulate their anxiety and mood, including hyperactive or compulsive behavior. Zynerba’s gel could also help with symptoms associated with Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEE), which are rare brain disorders associated with seizures. Zynerba’s “permeation-enhanced” gel will be directly applied to the skin so it can bypass the digestive system entirely. Though it’s still in development, there’s a hope that this gel will produce positive changes for those with Fragile X syndrome.

4. INSYS Therapeutics: Cannabidiol Oral Solution for Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic condition that can cause delayed development, weak muscle tone, feeding difficulties, and poor growth. One of the most challenging symptoms is hyperphagia, which is another word to describe excessive hunger and overeating. This is the symptom that the Cannabidiol oral solution from INSYS hopes to treat. INSYS Therapeutics is another company with a patent for CBD pharmaceuticals. They’re developing a Cannabidiol Oral Solution aimed specifically to help children with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Studies are projected to start in September 2018 and end May 2020, and will assess kids aged 8 to 17.

One Thing In Common

Though these pharmaceutical companies have pending patents out for wide-ranging medical issues, they all have one thing in common: The use of CBD to help treat serious medical conditions. More and more companies are recognizing the potentially life-changing effects possible from the hemp plant.

Five Ways to Help a Hemp Farmer – And Save Five Dollars!

August 3rd, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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At Green Wellness Life, all of our CBD products are derived from industrial hemp, so it’s no surprise that we support hemp farmers and their efforts. If you want to help farmers, too, the best way to do that is always making your voice heard in the legislative process and supporting the products their crop helps to create!

1. Support Them Politically

Right now, the U.S. Farm Bill exists in two different forms between the House and the Senate. A committee has been formed to resolve the difference between the two. The U.S. Hemp Roundtable has created an easy way to not only find out if your legislator is on the committee that will be doing that resolution, and, if so, to contact them with your support for the “hemp-friendly” language in the Senate version.

2. Try Hemp as a Construction Material

At first glance, it might not seem like a simple plant can replace concrete as a building material, but that’s exactly what it can do! Hemp is an incredibly versatile plant and makes for a versatile building material as well. “Hempcrete,” for example is highly-supportive and insulating while still being a sustainable option.

3. Wear Hemp to Show Your Support!

If you want to show off your support for hemp, try wearing it! Hemp fiber is great for clothing because it’s a natural, breathable textile, making it both durable and comfortable. If you want to try hemp textiles AND your favorite small business, now you can do both with our Green Wellness Life logo t-shirt! If green isn’t your color, we offer other options too from candles to wallets to hats.

4. Incorporate Hemp into Your Diet

Hemp seeds are a highly-nutritious food that are available at most grocery stores. You can find them in trail mixes, granola bars, or even on their own to be added into salads or smoothies. They’re a protein-packed with vitamins and minerals. Because hemp is grown with 0.3% THC or less on a dry-weight basis, there’s no chance of a psychoactive effect from consuming hemp seeds!

5. Try Hemp-Derived CBD

Luckily for you, this is our wheelhouse! All of our CBD is hemp-derived and federally legal. And there are so many ways to try it – from capsules to tinctures to e-liquid to skincare products. You can even spoil your favorite pets with the benefits of hemp oil or CBD.

If you want to give CBD a try, we’re offering a great deal this week. Use the coupon code “Farming5” for a flat $5.00 off your order*! Speaking of farmers, we’re bringing this post full circle and reminding you not to forget to use your voice as a citizen. Go to the U.S. Hemp Roundtable website today to contact your legislators and help to educate them about the many benefits of hemp.

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Note: Pregnant women and lactating mothers should not use this product. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet or using any new product. As with all products on Green Wellness Life, this product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. These statements have not been evaluated by the food and drug administration (FDA).