Welcome to Green Wellness

February 21st, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

Brandy-HeadshotHi there,

I expect that I am a lot like most of you reading this – I’m a wife and a mom. I’m busy working and raising my middle income family in a pretty conservative area in West Michigan. I have two kids (not the 2.4 that is the societal norm, but it’s pretty close) and a dog that likes to escape for walks with the labrador down the street. Oh, and I’m a hemp advocate.

Until about a year ago, I didn’t know much about hemp. Like many other people, the term “cannabis” just meant “weed” to me. Which, I smoked in college but hasn’t really been my thing for a while. I’ve been interested in a more natural and organic lifestyle for my family, assuming that it’s readily available and won’t cost us a billion dollars, but that’s about the extent of it. Then I took a part time Project Management position with a hemp company. Not because I was enthralled by the plant, but rather because I wanted to go part time to spend more time with those not quite 2.4 children. Once employed, I started to learn about the plant. And I fell in love.

Tinctures & EdiblesAs it turns out, cannabis is a plant genus that includes several species – including both marijuana and hemp. Marijuana and hemp are the same in the same way that miniature poodles and wolves are the same. You can cross breed them, but you wouldn’t really consider them the same creature. I’m not opposed to marijuana and I do believe it should be legalized, but my love affair is not with that plant. There are medicinal benefits to the THC that is naturally occurring in a high quantity in marijuana plants, but, the bulk of the medicinal benefit comes from another compound – CBD. CBD occurs in low amounts in marijuana and much higher amounts in hemp. Hence the love.

I’ve done lots of research and there are some really exciting studies into CBD. Studies showing shrinking tumors, reduced anxiety, lowered joint pain, seizure free children. Impressive, right? More than that, I’m hearing stories from people. I’m hearing “thank you” and “amazing!” and “miracle!” Pretty cool. Now, the FDA has not done all of their homework or given a stamp of approval on CBD. And I’m not a doctor. I don’t prescribe, treat, or cure anything. But I’m seeing that this works. And it’s helping people. I want to be part of that. And I hope you do, too.

Thanks for reading, friends. I’d love to hear your stories and questions so we can continue this journey together. We’ll talk more soon.

Brandy


Citizen Action for CBD Does Make a Difference

June 15th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

U.S. Senate Building with Green Wellness Logo on Road in FrontIf you follow our social media, you’ll know that the last few days have been a whirlwind for all current and hopeful businesses in the hemp industry. If not, we’re here to fill you in on what’s been happening.

Congress has been struggling to pass the 2018 Farm Bill this year for a variety of reasons, but Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) threw the bill for another loop by filing an amendment that would have classified CBD specifically as a Schedule 1 drug. Yes, you read that right – the amendment would have put CBD in the same category as the most addictive substances like heroin and cocaine.

Luckily, our friends at U.S. Hemp Roundtable spread the word, encouraging hemp supporters to reach out to their Senators. And the efforts worked! The 2018 Farm Bill passed the Senate Agriculture Committee without the Grassley amendment, leaving the door open to fully legalize all hemp in our (hopefully) near future.

Your Voice Matters!

Citizen action like this does make a difference. It can be hard to believe that your voice, your single action can make a difference, but individual voices become a shout when they are combined together. In the case of the Grassley amendment, the Senate heard us loud and clear.

Right now, the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 has bipartisan support. Nonetheless, as we’ve seen many times in the past, the road toward progress is always met with backlash, like the Grassley amendment in this case. It’s safe to assume that we’ll see more threats to the full legalization of hemp in the coming months, so it’s important to stay informed and active.

If you want continued updates on the state of hemp legalization and how you can help support the cause, visit the U.S. Hemp Roundtable website


Happy Hemp History Week!

June 6th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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Did you know we’re right in the middle of the 9th annual Hemp History Week? Beginning on June 4, 2018, the goal of this nationwide event is to not only raise awareness about the hemp plant and its long history in the United States, but to use that awareness to push legislation in the right direction. The campaign, organized by the Hemp Industries Association, also features some of the top farmers and entrepreneurs making headway in the industry and demonstrating how we all benefit from their continued success. The goal of this year’s Hemp History Week is to not only highlight these individual businesses, but also to lobby for federal legislation like the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 that will open up opportunities to entrepreneurs and grassroots organizations everywhere.

2018 Hemp History Week: Deep Roots

This year’s Hemp History Week focuses on the “deep roots” of the hemp plant, not only in our physical environment, modern communities and local economies but in the country’s historical origins. In fact, the first two drafts of that critical document that asserted America’s status as an independent nation – the Declaration of Independence – were written on hemp paper. It’s only within the past 100 years that hemp has been subject to the kind of prohibition and regulation that impacts the industry today. Just like we’ve seen in recent conversations surrounding CBD legality, these regulations were primarily based on a misunderstanding of what hemp is and its differentiation from its cousin, the marijuana plant.

Events like Hemp History Week are essential to educating the public about these important distinctions, so we’re even more excited that it’s actually sponsored in part by some of our favorite brands: Bluebird Botanicals and Plus CBD Oil! We love knowing that brands like these not only create great products that we’re happy to offer to our customers, but they’re involved in supporting the industry as a whole and creating opportunities for new businesses to grow.

 

Are you passionate about the hemp industry and want to get involved?  Find a Hemp History Week event near you!


Your Health and Safety – Our Promise to You

May 31st, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

brown background with green wellness life logo and "our ethics" stampIf you’re here on our website, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about the benefits of CBD or experienced them for yourself. This is true of increasingly more people as CBD grows in popularity throughout the US. We’re excited about the growth and awareness surrounding the CBD industry, but with that initial growth comes a need for caution, too. While most of us in the industry, like Green Wellness Life, are here to help our customers and sell them products they can trust, some business owners are in it for the profit, even if that profit comes at the expense of their customers’ health and safety.

More than 50 people were potentially poisoned in Utah as a result of these unethical business practices. The product responsible, Yolo CBD Oil, was made with a synthetic CBD compound that, in addition to being fraudulent, is simply not safe for consumption. Not only do business practices like these quite literally harm consumers, they harm the industry and its reputation as a whole.

Because regulation in the CBD industry is essentially non-existent, thanks to differing and often conflicting state and federal laws, educating and empowering yourself as a consumer is all the more important. If you have a question about a product, ask us! If you want to see lab results, let us know! We do not sell anything that has not been lab tested – period.

Because we don’t manufacture any products ourselves, we don’t have to focus on self-promotion. Instead, we can be as selective as we want, choosing only the best products in the industry. We will never put a product on our website that we believe could be harmful or unsafe. From the sourcing of our products to the way that they are made to the moment they end up at your door, we are committed to quality and transparency. Your health and safety is the most crucial part of our business. It’s right there in our name, Green Wellness Life, because we want you to live well.


Try One of our Five New Products Today!

May 24th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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At Green Wellness Life, we’re always looking for more and better ways to serve our customers! Check out five of our newest products here. 

1. Plus CBD Oil Applicator

Try your favorite raw oil extract in a new, easy-to-use applicator. To get your recommended grain of rice serving size, simply turn the applicator once full click. This new product comes in two varieties – a Total Plant Complex and Gold Formula. Both options have been decarboxylated to convert CBDa into CBD.

The Total Plant Complex maintains a full spectrum of compounds, including phytocannabinoids, terpenes, plant sterols and Vitamin E, while the Gold Formula has been refined and distilled for one of the highest concentrations of CBD we offer.

2. MedCBDX CBD Mints

Are you a fan of our customer-favorite MedCBDX CBD Chewing Gum? Give our new MedCBDX CBD Mints a try, too! Each of the 16 mints in a tin contains 5mg of CBD from a CO2 extracted, full-spectrum hemp oil. The mints offer fast-acting absorption through the buccal cavity instead of the digestive system and are allergen-free, gluten-free, and vegan.

3. Select PETS Hemp Oil for Pets

With Select CBD’s new hemp oil tincture for pets, you can treat your your animal companions as well as you treat yourself! Made from only two ingredients – a specially formulated balance of cannabidiol and herb-infused refined coconut oil, known as MCT oil, and hemp extract – Select PETS Hemp Oil for Pets contains a whopping concentration of 750mg of CBD in each 30ml bottle.

4. Bud Touch Vape Pen

Is vaping your preferred method of CBD consumption. All of our kits now come with a new and improved BUD Touch Comparable Vape Pen! The pen features a battery, charger, tank, and a protective silver case. This vape pen is a lightweight and portable. Whether you’re carrying a purse or just have your pant pockets to work with, this vaporizer can travel with you so you can enjoy the benefits of CBD anywhere.

5. Hemp Clothing and Accessories

One of our favorite additions to the Green Wellness Life store is our new collection of hemp clothing and accessories. From wallets to scarves to candles, make your love for hemp an everyday part of your life! If you want to support Green Wellness Life wherever you go, we offer a unisex, green (literally!) t-shirt with our logo.


Statement on Recent Michigan LARA Bulletin

May 18th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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The recent LARA advisory bulletin issued in Michigan has once again been a reminder of the misunderstanding and lack of education surrounding CBD legality in the United States. As you may or may not know, Green Wellness Life is located in Michigan, making this update especially relevant to our business.

As it stands, the bulletin was a clarification and not a change in the law, but ultimately it has caused more confusion for CBD businesses in the state. It seems to suggest that all CBD is derived from marijuana, which is illegal in Michigan outside of medical restrictions, but we know that this statement is inaccurate. At Green Wellness Life, we solely carry CBD products that are sourced from industrial hemp, which is federally legal under the 2014 Industrial Hemp Research Act. This means that all of our products contain 0.3% or less THC on a dry-weight basis, as defined under the law.

This kind of a “clarification” or change in the law has become a trend in the Midwest, first in Indiana, then in Wisconsin, and now in Michigan. In the case of both Indiana and Wisconsin, the statements were eventually reversed. The DOJ reverted their memo on CBD legality in Wisconsin after only two weeks. The US Hemp Roundtable, a major lobbying group in the field, played an important role in both Indiana and Wisconsin. The Round table’s lobbyists are currently in Michigan this week, educating legislators on the facts of hemp and CBD production, as well as its benefits to the state’s economy. In the meantime, we will continue operating under federal regulations as we have always understood them. We appreciate your support and patience while we wait to see what changes are headed our way.

If you want to let your own legislators know the importance of being an advocate for the hemp industry, check out the US Hemp Supporters website for more information: https://hempsupporter.com/about/


Making a Switch to Natural Skincare? Try Our Topical Products!

May 11th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

Natural skincare containers surrounded by greenery and Green Wellness Life logoDid you know that our skin is the largest organ in our bodies? That makes what you put on your body equally as important as what you put in it.  

On average, Americans typically use at least 9 skincare products in a given day. Too many of these products include ingredients that are untested or even known or suspected carcinogens. At Green Wellness Life, our goal is to provide you with products you can trust to put in and on your body. We offer a variety of skincare products that are safe, natural and offer the additional benefit of including CBD!

Natural Skincare for your Face and Neck

According to MindBodyGreen, the most important natural skincare products to consider are the ones that are on your skin for the longest duration throughout the day. For those who follow a daily skincare regimen, we offer a cleanser, serum and toner collection made by Abinoid Botanicals. These products are made right here in Michigan and are sourced from premium, natural ingredients.

CBD Products for Full Body Skincare

If you’re looking for overall body care, we offer a variety of products from oils to lotions to salves, free of common toxic ingredients like synthetic fragrance, parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

For a lightweight, everyday product, try Empower’s Topical CBD Relief Oil or Lotion. Our variety of CBD salves provide a more concentrated topical application, which is great for muscles and joints. The Abinoid Botanicals CBD Muscle Salve, Made by Hemp Muscle & Joint Salve or the Endoca Hemp Salve are all great options with a range of CBD concentrations. 

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The products listed here are just the tip of the iceberg! If you’re interested in learning more or purchasing a topical CBD product, we have the perfect offer for you. Use the coupon code “Skincare9” at checkout to get 9% off your order and a free Empower Topical CBD Relief Oil sample! This offer is valid May 11 through May 17, 2018. 

 


Curious about CBD for Pets? Try it Today!

May 4th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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At Green Wellness Life, we want all of our human customers and their animal companions to live happy and well. Research has shown that other mammals, including common pets like dogs and cats, have endocannabinoid systems just like us. That means our furry friends can see similar, neutralizing benefits from a CBD supplement in their diet. That’s why we care about selling only the highest quality CBD and hemp oil products for pets!

New CBD Pet Product Offers from Green Wellness Life

To help you integrate CBD into your pet’s diet, we have a few exciting offers for our pet lovers this week. Select CBD, a customer-favorite brand, has a new Select PETS tincture, and we’re lucky to be one of the first companies to offer it for sale. Just like the Select CBD tinctures for humans, Select PETS is 100% natural, pesticide and solvent free, and undergoes stringent laboratory testing to ensure the highest quality end product. With only two ingredients – fractionated coconut oil (MCT) and hemp extract – the product has a whopping concentration of 750mg of CBD, while still being gentle on the digestive system. The same marked dropped applicator for all of Select CBD’s human tinctures makes measuring the perfect serving size for your pet’s weight easy and straightforward. 

We’ve also recently added another Treatibles: Hemp Wellness Hard Chews flavor, and we’re considering a third. We’d love to hear your feedback on your pets’ favorite flavors! These chews are a yummy way to incorporate hemp oil into your dog’s diet, with additional benefits from ingredients like turmeric and none of the unnecessary ingredients like grains. 

Now through May 10, 2018, you’ll receive a free sample of these wonderful Treatibles chews with every Green Wellness Life order that includes a pet product – no coupon code needed!

As with any other supplement, always make sure to check with your pet’s veterinarian before using CBD or hemp oil.


Hemp Industry Springs Forward this April

April 26th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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Spring is known as a time of growth and change, and we’ve seen that reflected in some dynamic progress in the U.S. hemp industry this April. 

Senate Bill 2667: The Hemp Farming Act of 2108

The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, introduced in the United States Senate earlier this month, is actually quite a simple bill, but it would do so much for the industry. As we’ve discussed in the past, the legal complexities surround hemp and CBD are ever-changing, especially as states navigate their own laws around and within federal regulations. At Green Wellness Life, all of our products are federally legal because they are sourced in a very specific way, so you can have confidence in the products you’re using and consuming. However, this legal quagmire has greatly limited the ability for our national economy to see a widespread benefit from hemp cultivation.

Senate Bill 2667, if it becomes law, would remove industrial hemp from the controlled substances list entirely. Rather than strictly limiting the sourcing of hemp, commercial cultivation of the crop would be a possibility for farmers all throughout the United States. The bipartisan support for this bill is especially exciting, suggesting that hemp’s benefits for individual health and national economic opportunities are recognized across the spectrum of political ideologies.

FDA Advisory Committee Approval of Epidiolex

This April, an FDA committee unanimously recommended approval of the very first CBD product for the treatment of epilepsy. The new drug, Epidiolex, was produced by a British company called GW Pharmaceuticals, but would be available for prescription in the United States after FDA approval. If passed, The Hemp Farming Act of 2018 would allow more American companies to similarly produce and research high-quality hemp and CBD products, further expanding our knowledge of its many benefits and uses. 

Needless to say it’s an exciting time to be at the forefront of this movement! If you’re as passionate as we are about hemp and its benefits for our economy, environment and health, reach out to your federal legislators. Every voice counts – make yours heard.


Save the Planet (and 12% Off Your Order!) on Earth Day

April 20th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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At Green Wellness Life, we’re healthy-living advocates, and taking care of the ecosystem that sustains our lives is an important part of living well.

We not only care about selling you products that are safe and healthy to put into your body, we also care about what we put back out into the universe. Here are 12 ways to cultivate that Green Wellness spirit on Earth Day and a 12% discount offer at the end of the list! 

  1. Plant a tree. Literally put some green (wellness) life into the earth! According to the Earth Day Network, deforestation is one of the major causes of climate change. Imagine if even half of the world’s population planted a tree this Earth Day – that’s over 3 billion new trees in just one day.
  2. Ditch those single-use plastic products. Plastic is non-biodegradable, meaning every plastic item we use will likely outlive us. Just by refusing a plastic, disposable straw at a restaurant, you’re helping to cut down on the 500 million straws used each day in the US alone. Small acts make a big difference when we all pitch in.
  3. Save the bees, plant a garden. It’s that easy, we promise! So much of the food we eat is dependent on bees for their cross-pollination. By planting a pollinator-friendly garden, you can give your local bees a healthy, happy home while beautifying your own home at the same time.  
  4. Embrace cold water this summer. Take a cold shower once a week, or wash your clothes with cold water. The latter can cut the energy consumption of your washer by as much as 90 percent.
  5. Participate in #MeatlessMondays. Animal agriculture produces a very specific greenhouse gas called methane – we’ll leave it up to you to guess which part of the animal that very literal gas comes from! Combining the environmental cost of methane with the deforestation of the Amazon rainforest to feed and raise cattle, animal agriculture produces more emissions than the entire transportation sector. If going meatless on Monday seems like a daunting challenge, even switching from red meat, to another choice can make a big difference.
  6. Dust off your bicycle. In addition to keeping you healthy, choosing to ride your bike to work or run an errand instead of driving your car helps keep the environment healthy, too! When you consider the environmental cost of production, bicycles are even better than hybrid cars – and cheaper, too.
  7. Go to your local library. Seriously, reading free books can help save the trees. How much better does it get?! Americans use seven trees each year on average, and paper products make up a significant portion of that use. Borrowing books from the library instead of purchasing new ones is just one way to make a difference.
  8. Recycle. This one seems obvious, but right now only about 20 percent of Americans actually recycle. Stay updated on which of the products you throw away could be recycled instead and how to recycle in your local community – the technology is continually improving. Even food waste can be recycled in the form of compost.
  9. Don’t forget about reducing and reusing! Producing and transporting new goods results in the production of harmful greenhouse gases, so simply reusing or upcycling products into something new and different instead of throwing them away is a great way to care for the environment.
  10. Volunteer with a local park or community garden. You’ve probably noticed there are a couple of themes in our list. Just like with reusing products, growing your food locally cuts down on transportation of goods, which cuts down on greenhouse gas emissions. As an added benefit, eating seasonal food is good for your body, too.
  11. Spend some time outside in nature. It’s easier to care about our environment when you have a personal appreciation for the outdoors. You don’t need access to a public park or hiking trails to reap the benefits of a natural environment – even stepping out onto your porch to get a little sun can improve your mental and physical health.
  12. Try a hemp product! Luckily for you, that’s what we specialize in. As you likely know if you’re reading this, Green Wellness Life offers CBD products made from the seeds, stalks, and flower of the industrial hemp plant. Now, we’re excited to offer hemp clothing and accessories so you can bring hemp into every part of your life! We’ve known for thousands of years that natural fibers like cotton or linen are great for our bodies because they’re comfortable and breathable, but industrial hemp has already one-upped its natural textile cousins. The incredible crop is both sustainable and diverse. You can use hemp to make anything from clothing to biofuel to construction materials! With the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 currently in the US Senate, we have our fingers crossed that even more of the planet can soon benefit from this hemp revolution.

As a special thanks for reading this list, use our 12% off coupon code “GreenEarth12” to purchase hemp products that are good for you and good for the earth. The coupon code is good through April 26, 2018, and in addition to your discount, you’ll also receive a free Green Wellness Life lip balm with your order!


In a Growing Market, We Offer CBD You Can Trust

April 12th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

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In your search for high-quality CBD in all of its forms, you’ve probably come across a seemingly-endless amount of companies and claims. While CBD grown from industrial hemp is federally legal, state laws vary widely, making it hard to know who to trust. Being a part of the growing natural health movement is exciting, but it also means that research and regulation protecting consumers is still in its infancy.

That’s why at Green Wellness Life, we stand behind the quality of our products. We won’t sell you anything that doesn’t fall well within federal regulations. To meet federally-legal standards, CBD from domestically grown plants must come with state certifications and can come from the flower, seeds and stalks. CBD from imported industrial hemp can come from seeds and stalks only and is legal in all 50 states as a food or supplement as a natural constituent of the hemp plant. We only carry products manufactured from both imported and domestic hemp that meet these important guidelines.

As we continue to grow thanks to all of you, we can expand our search for the very best CBD the industry has to offer. Since we don’t personally manufacture any of the products we sell, we can stay committed to choosing the highest-quality CBD products without bias or self-promotion.

Select CBD

We’re excited to share one of our newest product lines with an impressive commitment to quality and transparency. Select CBD offers zero-THC tinctures and disposable vape pens. In addition to the quality of the CBD in the products, the tinctures and vapes are impressively packaged. We don’t sell any products that haven’t been lab tested and that we haven’t tried ourselves, but Select CBD takes trust to another level with lab results printed directly on the box. The tinctures include a marked dropper to make measuring out your serving size easy and precise, and despite being disposable, the vape pens are high quality and long lasting with a ceramic coil.

Beyond the 100% pure CBD in Select CBD products, the essential oils that give their tinctures and vape pens a light, enjoyable flavor profile also provide added benefits.

Tincture Options:

  • CBD Lavender Drops are infused with herbs known for relaxation and calmness, including lavender, chamomile and passion flower. Lavender has a dynamic aroma that has made the flower a classic for perfumes, soaps, fresheners and beauty products because it can be a relaxing addition to anyone’s daily routine — and the effects are just the same when it’s digested. Similarly, chamomile and passion flower are known to support our system as well.
  • Lemon-Ginger Drops are infused with ginger, turmeric and lemon’s naturally energizing and revitalizing powers. Turmeric is so well-known that there are over 10,000 peer-reviewed articles focused on the benefits of this herb. While ginger is a popular cooking ingredient, it’s also known to aid different physical systems.

Vape Options:

  • Lavender has been a natural way to relax for thousands of years. Studies have confirmed the calming, soothing, and sedative effects on the nervous system when lavender is inhaled.
  • Lemon reinvigorates you with natural citrus extracts to help you reconnect and regain energy.
  • Spearmint offers a soothing way to lift your mood and keep your eyes on the prize. Wake your wits and keep your cool with this aromatic herb.

To learn more or if you’re interested in giving Select CBD products a try, visit our website or give us a shout at 888.772.7875.