2018 CBD News

Give Hemp Products For Christmas! —Dec 17,2019

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 — Dec 13, 2018

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.

Finally

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 — Nov 15, 2018

November 15th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Whole Plant Research

By Cara Oorbeck Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

Advances In Scientific Research

Whole Plant ImageWestern 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. Read the rest of this entry »


Farm Bill & November Voting 2018…Part 2 — Nov 1, 2018

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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