Summer is Here and so is CBD

June 14th, 2019 by Hannah Laing


Summer is Here!

Finally, summer has arrived. Well, depending on where you live, it may have been here weeks ago. But don’t worry! There are all sorts of hemp-based products to have you feeling (and looking) good in the summer sun.


Number one concern for most people during summer is staying hydrated. I often hike on the various nature trails near where I live. It is a great way to get away from the city for a while, but I often find that I have to carry water with me (that summer sun dehydrates quick!). So how can I both stay hydrated and take my CBD? With Hempdrinx! Just like other mix-in powders, Hempdrinx can easily be added to any bottle of water (like the one I often carry with me while hiking) and comes in convenient, single-serving packages. As for the flavor… I’m biased; I love orange almost as much as I love ginger, and the mix that we offer combines the two. I’m swooning.

Sunburn easily?

The problem with loving to hike is how it leads to my getting sunburnt on the trails. So how does hemp help me with this? A hat! I had never tried using any hemp clothing prior to three weeks ago, and I regret not having tried it sooner. It breathes so well, and shades my face!

While I’m talking about hemp clothing, I have to mention my t-shirt as well. I have to admit, I was skeptical. When I had thought of hemp clothing, I always thought of those baggy, itchy sweaters that stoners wear. Nevertheless, I got a t-shirt that was a 50/50 blend of organic cotton and hemp. Wow. I don’t think that my mind has been so drastically changed in my entire life. After receiving it in the mail, I wore it for 4 days straight (I’m not kidding; don’t ask about the smell).

And if I burn?

Man in Hemp Hat

So we don’t offer any CBD sunscreen (yet), but we do offer an Endoca body butter that I have been using both before I go out (with sunscreen added over-top) and to soothe any sunburns that I may acquire while at the beach or out on the trail! This latter use is what helped me relieve my sunburn after only a couple of days just 3 days ago (I got it while hiking, big surprise!).

My poor, tired feet

I find that, after long days outdoors, my feet are sore (even if I wear my Birkenstocks). Lately, I’ve been soaking them in a bath filled with our Empower soaking salts. They’re pretty good for rejuvenating my feet, keeping pesky blisters at bay, and keeping me moving when I have so much to do outdoors (seriously, I love summer weather).

Think of the furry children!

furry children

Summer wouldn’t be complete without our best friends (or fur babies, whichever suits you best). While I don’t have a dog anymore, I often find myself stopping to pet every German Shepherd and Husky in sight. I’ll regularly give treats to my friend’s dog, as well. But shouldn’t I treat the dogs in my life to CBD? Of course! That’s why I really like Treatibles dog treats (I’ve tasted them: not too shabby!), and, judging by the dogs’ reactions, they also do! But please enjoy the picture of one of the many fur-less babies to visit the office (thank you Brandy).

Who’s hungry?

I love snacks. Most people seem to also love snacks. CBD snacks? Yes, please. I had the pleasure of trying Weller Caramel Coconut Bites (which contain 25mg of CBD per package) and was impressed. It was the perfect bite-sized snack for a trip to the beach or a day spent sitting in the park with a nice book. A few cookies per package, it is small enough to carry in my back pocket and take anywhere I go. Here’s to more adventures with Weller Bites!

Go out and enjoy the summer!

No matter what CBD product you enjoy this summer, make sure to go out and take advantage of the great weather! Have fun, be safe, stay hydrated, maybe get a tan, and connect with mother nature in one of the best seasons that the year has to offer; we at Green Wellness Life hope for nothing more than for you to have the best summer that you could have.

Capsule Review

May 31st, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Capsule Review

There is no better way to help others navigate the world of CBD than to maneuver the waters ourselves. Everyone at Green Wellness Life has tried many, if not all of our products. This is what some of us had to say about a few of the CBD capsules we carry:

Hannah’s Take Away

  • Endoca Raw: 50 mg capsules

Her Thoughts:


Although I may look like the average teenage girl, I suffer from chronic pain. At only 16 I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Soon after I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. I had avoided medication for as long as I could, but once I was given that dreaded Fibro diagnosis, I could no longer get by with just yoga and eating healthily. I was quickly started on Cymbalta and I  tried a bunch of different muscle relaxers. I can honestly say, it was not fun!

After the first few days, I noticed that I had significantly more energy in the morning than I typically do. After laying down for a full night my body tends to fight back against the standing position. After taking Endoca Raw I was walking around the office annoying Brandy and Cara.  However,  I will admit that I often have a post coffee burp that has a slight hemp aftertaste. This doesn’t bother me because I see so much benefit from taking it, but I can see how others would find it annoying. The Endoca Raw 50mg Capsules are a great fit for me and as a poor college kid, I can safely say that I will purchasing this product for many months to come.

Brandy’s Take Away:

  • Entourage Hemp : 15 mg full-spectrum capsule
  • Panacea Daily : 75 mg full-spectrum capsule
  • Select CBD Boost : 33.3 mg isolate capsule with moringa and yerba mate

Her Thoughts:

I am lucky in that I am not someone living with chronic pain. I find that CBD helps me with mood stabilization and it does cut down on the daily aches and pains that apparently come with being a woman in my 40’s.  Boo.  I’ve been taking daily CBD in some form or another for the past three years. I try LOTS of products so that “form” varies. As such, this capsule challenge was kind of perfect.

For about the past year, Entourage has been my go-to.  I was taking 1 (15 mg) capsule daily. I felt that balance I was looking for and didn’t feel like I needed to step it up. I like that Entourage focuses on the whole plant and keeps their processing really simple.  I did find that I had to take it with food or I would burp up that grassy, earthy, “hempy” flavor. Yuck.

My husband swears by the Panacea Daily 75 mg.  No hempy aftertaste and his ankles, knees, and feet, which have taken a lot of abuse, haven’t felt this good in years.  So I gave it a try. While there was no “high,” moving from the 15 to the 75 mg capsule definitely made me feel different.  I felt almost a body looseness and a little nauseous. I think that was my body’s way of telling me that I didn’t need quite that much.  I stuck with it for 5 days.

Select Boost was the last capsule I tried and my favorite.  This was my first consistent dive into a CBD product with added ingredients.  I have a low metabolism and not as much energy as I’d like, so I went with the boost capsule that contains yerba mate and moringa.  It’s mid-range in terms of strength, 33.3 mg per softgel. It’s also an isolate, meaning that it contains CBD but not the other naturally occurring cannabinoids in the hemp plant.  I’ve always been a whole-plant advocate, so I didn’t think that I’d love this one. Surprisingly, it works really well for me. I take one capsule in the morning. No hempy taste. I get a nice (ok, fine, it’s in the title) energy “boost.”  So much so that I can function on just one cup of coffee daily rather than two or three. I’ve seen a real improvement in my mood stabilization as well. This one has been a great fit for me!

Quinton’s Take Away

  • Charlotte’s Web: 15 mg hemp extract capsule
  • Plus CBD Oil: 15 mg full-spectrum hemp softgel

His Thoughts:

I’m a bit too young to deal with chronic aches or pains and I’m fortunate enough to not have any serious conditions, but due to a busy schedule, I often have difficulty sleeping and dealing with anxiety. I started taking CBD capsules and softgels around a year ago, and I believe in them enough to keep taking them.

I started taking the Plus CBD Oil 15 mg around a year ago, and have taken it since. It’s small, easy, doesn’t have a strong or off-putting aftertaste, and I find that taking one in the morning is perfect for relaxing my mind and helping me to stay calm and focused throughout the day. While taking them, for the year, I have not had any difficulty with the normal “hempy” burps or the flavor of the capsule; I find that I can even take them without a glass of something to drink, which is very useful for mornings when I’m in a rush (often because I’ve slept in!). I’ll probably be sticking with this one for a few more years to come!

I started taking another capsule, Charlotte’s Web 15 mg, about a month or two ago. I wasn’t crazy about the size of the capsule (it’s not large, but I do find that I need a glass of water to swallow it), and the taste of the capsule wasn’t the best. After I had taken it, it did have that effect on my stomach that caused hemp burps to bubble up every now and then… no thank you. The bottle recommended that I take one to two daily as a supplement, so I added it in at the end of my day, as the Plus CBD was already my morning CBD supplement. While I did find that I could sleep a little better, I’m still not able to get past the gassiness and the size/flavor of the capsule.  I guess I’m a softgel guy.

Cara’s Take Away

  • Natural Leaf: 25 mg broad spectrum soft gel
  • Bluebird 15 mg Full Spectrum soft gel

Her Thoughts:


Prior to working at GreenWellness, I had never tried CBD. I love it now.  As I age (I am now closer to 50 than 40 – shhh…), I am noticing more pain in my joints and other changes in my body which I need to attend to. This is where CBD comes in.

When we first on-boarded Natural Leaf broad spectrum soft gel, I tried it for a month. It was easy to swallow and very convenient. However, although it is a broad spectrum, I did not find the relief I was hoping for; my knee joints were good, but I have a significant old shoulder injury (snowboarding!)  I found that, although it impacted the pain a little, it was not completely gone; it still aches, especially on a bad day. I know others really like it but I seemed to have needed the .3% THC and saw a bit of a difference when I switched back to my regular tincture. All in all, I think it is a quality product that one would need to try to determine if it is a good fit for them.

One of my favorite brands is Bluebird, so it was no surprise that I enjoyed taking their full spectrum soft gel.   When I started taking the 15-milligram soft gel I began to notice a change in my discomfort level. It is 15 mg a soft gel and has 60 capsules per bottle and is priced at $75.00. It is easy to take, even though I personally take two capsules (30mg), I was pleasantly surprised by the relief I found in my shoulder.

Highlight Reel; Discovering Therabis and Treatibles

May 22nd, 2019 by Hannah Laing

Therabis and Treatibles

Therabis and Treatibles

by Quinton Charles op-ed bloggerHighlight Reel

Tell me about the two different Companies:

This week we are actually looking at two companies: Therabis (owned by HempMeds) and Treatibles (legal entity – AD Remedies). Both companies specialize in bringing quality CBD to pet owners who want to help their pets with organic and holistic supplements and treats.

Therabis:  Dr. Stephen M. Katz (yes, that actually is his last name) is the founder of Therabis. He says that he started the company to help realize the endocannabinoid system benefits for our furry sidekicks, “I think that the majority of pet owners are by nature very curious about the benefits of hemp right now, especially relative to their pets. Therabis Logo

The team over at Treatibles also focuses on bringing the benefits of hemp to pet owners through their use of Broad Spectrum CBD in their products. They were “founded on the values of compassionate care, quality ingredients, reliable information and integrity.” Although both companies are similar in their passions to create and provide quality hemp products for our pets,  Therabis specializes in the form of a granular packet added to your dog’s food daily (they also sell treats). Treatibles, on the other hand, specializes in hemp-based CBD oil dropper bottles, dog chews, biscuits, capsules.  Treatibles Logo

Product Quality

As someone who grew up with pets in the house, and as an animal lover myself, I know that owners want nothing short of the best for their pets (Two of my pets are shown above – cute, right??) They want the best toys, the best food, the best treats, and the best training for their furry family members. So why wouldn’t they also want the best CBD?

The Therabis formulation was founded on advice Dr. Katz received from a colleague. He told Dr. Katz that he was having great success by combining chromium and vitamin C. Dr. Katz tried that combination, liked the results he saw and continued to improve upon the formulation for an entire decade by adding ingredients like green-lipped mussel and more. The Therabis formula now includes all-natural hemp, because in his research Dr. Katz found that incorporating hemp with companion ingredients created “a synergistic effect with the cannabinoids in hemp to make them more effective while using less.”

Treatibles uses a blend of naturally occurring CBD, supporting cannabinoids, terpenes, and antioxidants, producing a truly distinct oil. They also ensure that this blend is of the highest quality by testing with a third-party lab to ensure that it is free of mold, pesticides, heavy metals, microbials, herbicides, solvents and bio-contaminants.

CBD for CatTest Results

At, Treatibles they test all of their batches with a third-party lab to ensure quality. I don’t worry about using their products with my pet. In addition to this, their method of infusion (how they create their blends) is quite impressive. They use a technique where they infuse their hemp oil directly into their carrier oil, which is MCT coconut oil. In this technique, the “infusion of the oils is heated between 140 – 160 degrees to enhance and protect the properties of both pure oils.” This rich infusion requires no further processing, ensures the stability of the cannabinoids, and provides the greatest, most consistent levels of beneficial compounds. Compared to many extraction methods, this infusion method has proven to retain nearly 100% of the profile of all 300+ compounds present in the hemp plant. This creates a true entourage effect, which according to studies conducted in both Brazil and Israel, provides the greatest benefits.

When asked if they test their batches themselves, Therabis responded that “all of our products have been rigorously tested at the Bronx Veterinary Center over the past decade. Additionally, Therabis products must pass any and all FDA requirements regarding stability and contamination.” I don’t know about you, but I would feel good giving my pet something that has been tested at a veterinary center.

Price & Manufacturing Practices

While I am sure that no price would be too much for our beloved pets, finances do play a significant part in our choice of what we can give to our bests friends and furry family members. Both product lines will run between $0.75 – $1.75 per servings.  Treatibles are, as their name implies, a soft or hard treat. Therabis is a granulated food additive that is individually measured for consistent serving size.

Therabis products are a mix of several compounds in addition to the full-spectrum cannabinoids, as mentioned above, that were found by Dr. Katz to be beneficial to pets’ health.

Both lines are manufactured from hemp grown and processed here in the United States.  Therabis is based in Denver, while Treatibles is manufactured in Petaluma, California.

The Therabis/Treatibles Products We Carry

  • Therabis: CBD For Dogs (Stop the Itch) – 7 Pack Box: $12.00 – $18.00
  • Therabis: CBD Pet Care (Up and Moving) 5 or 7 Pack Box: $4.50 – $18.00
  • Therabis: Hemp CBD for Pets (Calm and Quiet) – 7 pack box: $12.00 -$18.00
  • Treatibles Soft Chews for Dogs – 60CT (3mg CBD per Chew): $38.00
  • Treatibles Soft Chews for Cats – 100CT (1.5mg CBD per Chew): $32.00
  • Treatibles: Hemp Wellness CBD Dog Chews (1 – 4 mg CBD per chew): $24.00 – $32.00


Oils and Capsules and drops oh my!

March 22nd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Oils and capsules

How much CBD should I take?

I’ve written about CBD and the aging process before, though only focusing on ailments common in aging bodies. I want to discuss something that could present a problem to anyone using CBD: dosage or as we know it in the CBD industry serving size. Often, I hear that people are unsure of what amount of CBD that they should take for this or that. Maybe they want to “supplement their mood”, try to “fix their insomnia”, or attempt to “lessen the effects of the natural process of age,” or any number of other issues that people choose to try CBD.  In most cases, we find people are unsure where to start in terms of serving size for CBD.

CBD bottles have recommended serving sizes

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CBD Is Everywhere, Helping You Choose

January 23rd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Is Everywhere

By Brandy Palmer Founder and Owner of Green wellness Life

BrandyWhen I started working in the hemp industry 4 years ago, it was a whole new world for me.  I could name maybe 5 uses for hemp – and none of them had anything to do with balance in our bodies. The CBD industry at that time was still new. I definitely couldn’t spell cannabidiol and my family and friends hassled me with a lot of pot jokes!  Fast forward to 2019 and it seems that CBD is becoming a common household item. It’s everywhere – from your inbox (seriously – I have three emails TODAY inviting me to participate in CBD studies, from companies I can’t pronounce) and Facebook feed, to your local discount shoe store and hair salon. That is awesome and challenging all at the same time. This is a compound that we are putting in and on our bodies. Many of the people hawking CBD today don’t know a thing about it. This is bad for both the people that are buying and selling it. CBD can be confusing especially for someone trying to find the best choice for their unique system and circumstances. Here’s hoping that this article can help you to know what to look for when buying CBD.

Time in the Industry

New companies that manufacture CBD products are popping up daily. The 2014 Farm Bill made it legal to grow and produce a multitude of products with hemp in the United States. This bill also came with a number of restrictions. These restrictions created some barriers for manufacturers. Many of these restrictions were effectively wiped out with the 2018 Farm Bill update, and the floodgates are effectively opening. Some of these new companies offer great products; However we also know that in the US 1 in 3 businesses will fail in the first year. They may have an awesome product, but marketing and managing a team is an entirely different animal to tame. There’s nothing worse than coming to rely on a product for your family and then learning that it’s no longer an option for you! I’m still pretty angry at TGI Friday’s for getting rid of their grilled vegetable sandwich and there was significantly less at stake there, than on the CBD I take daily. So make sure that the company you’re buying from has been in business for a little while.

Product Knowledge

There are a lot of areas that I am not knowledgeable about. Ask me about computers or why your car engine is making a funny sound, and I’ll stare at you blankly. Ask me about CBD, though, and I know some things. You need that knowledge if you’re new to hemp and the compounds it’s made up of.  It’s great to start with a company that you heard about from friends or family, but your needs may be unique from theirs. It is key to call that company and ask them questions. You’ll know pretty quickly if they know what they are talking about or NOT! If it’s the latter, steer clear! You need an knowledgeable company to help you to be an educated consumer.

There’s a tanning salon in my town that’s selling CBD. They have big posters in their window and a cutesy display on their counter. I went in and asked some questions and knew in about 1 minute that the adorable girl working had NO CLUE what she was selling. That’s not only bad business, it’s likely a turn off to people who will try products. It is easy to take CBD but when you do not know which kind or how much you need to take and how to increase in order to see results you can easily get frustrated and deduce that you saw no results…“CBD doesn’t work!” Make sure that the company you’re working with knows the product.

Avoiding Medical Claims

I know I’m a broken record here, but there really is no “one size fits all” with CBD. Can I promise it will heal your <insert problem here>? No, I can’t. No one can. If they promise a specific medical result, that’s not only unethical – it’s potentially predatory. Many people see a real benefit from CBD, once they have determined the right product and serving size and are taking it consistently. “Many” doesn’t mean everyone. I’ve told people directly that I don’t think that they will see what they are looking for from CBD, which is not an easy thing to say. I’ve also told people that I thought they would see a real benefit and they didn’t. At the end of the day, every system is unique and each person will see varying results with CBD. If the company that you are working with tells you anything other than that, find a new company.

Customer Service

As the CBD market grows, it can be easy to find multiple companies selling the same products.  When that happens, the key difference will be the service. Look for customer reviews and check out their return policy. If your initial choice isn’t a great fit, make sure that the company you’re working with will, at a minimum, swap it out for another product. Be sure to ask if all sales are individual or if you’re signing up for a monthly subscription program? There’s certainly nothing wrong with subscriptions – I get my vitamins like clockwork and that’s pretty convenient; but they can get us into trouble sometimes. I like those meal subscription services. They do pile up quickly and I tend to forget to cancel a week. This results in lots and lots of cooking and freezing meals. Oops. Make sure that you have some flexibility and are fully aware of the cost if you do go the subscription route.

Product Options

I like to buy as many products as I can from one source. I blame Amazon for spoiling me, but it’s reality. If I can find one source I trust, I stick with them. The same should be true for CBD. I give cannabidiol to my dog and two cats, my son, and my husband. We use a variety of products from tincture to e-liquid and salves and there is a real value in being able to get them from one place. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to CBD, so when a company has a variety of options, it means that I have a better chance of finding my best fit without having to look to another source.

Clear Labeling & Descriptions

CBD is one of the more than 80 different compounds in hemp and marijuana plants. Many CBD products that you buy contain all of those compounds, while others are strictly the isolated CBD. You should know that from a clear label and product description. We go into greater detail in another blog…see more. The amount of CBD in a product should not be a guessing game. While some manufacturers do call it different things (Hemp Extract, Phytocannabinoid Blend, Phytocannabinoid Rich Oil to name a few,) you should always see the total milligrams of that active CBD on the product label.  You should also know that test data is available and be able receive that detail when you ask for it. That test data will show you that what you want is in there, and what you want to avoid (think high THC, pesticides, heavy metals) is not present. If the label and description aren’t clear, and you can’t get the detail you need from Customer Service, take a pass.


The old adage “you get what you pay for” is true here to a point.  You want to be looking at the cost per milligram of CBD. That cost per milligram will be higher on things like gummies and chocolate because of the other ingredients. Some manufacturers have a perceived brand value and will charge more per milligram, but you should otherwise see fairly close pricing for the same type of CBD. It’s important to compare apples to apples – a CBD isolate product will not be the same cost as a full-spectrum, but if you’re looking at two 1000 mg bottles of full-spectrum tincture (even if those bottles are different sizes!), they should be fairly close in price.  If not, ask why and steer clear of both overpriced and under priced products.

These are exciting times, where we as consumers have more access to information than anyone who came before us.  We can take control of our own health and well-being and that of our families. Was it Spiderman that said “With great power comes great responsibility?” I may have my superheroes mixed up, but you get the point. Making smart choices about what we put in and on our bodies is definitely a great responsibility – here’s hoping that this article has helped lift that burden, if even a little bit.

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Body in Balance (The Best CBD for you)

January 17th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

best cbd

By Cara Oorbeck & Brandy Palmer – The Green Wellness Crew!

Isolate, Full Spectrum or Raw?

Finding the right CBD for your needs and body can be confusing. We answer customer questions all day long and we have found that there is no one size fits all. Each individual is different and finding the right fit for you can be confusing. So let’s take a look at the different forms of CBD: What is the difference between them? Who would use which version, and why?

What exactly is CBD, and where does it come from?

First of all, it’s important to understand that cannabidiol (CBD) is only one of the major compounds that are present in the cannabis plant – both hemp and marijuana. It happens to be one of the most studied compounds by scientists because of its powerful potential and the fact that it occurs in greater quantities in the plant than some of the other more than 80+ compounds. As evidence of its interest to scientists and researchers, CBD has been used in multiple pharmaceutical solutions. One of the most recent to be approved by the FDA is Epidiolex, a CBD-based drug used to treat childhood epilepsy.

Despite its fame, CBD is not the only major component in cannabis sativa. There are a range of other compounds that make up the plant, though CBD garners most mainstream attention these days.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil: A Rainbow of Compounds

This is a lot like it sounds: full spectrum CBD oil means that manufacturers use the whole plant and all the cannabinoids found therein instead of just the CBD.

Full-spectrum is unique in that it can introduce the user to the possible positive effects of the other components of cannabis working together, often referred to as the entourage effect. Though there are many different cannabinoids in the plant, here are a few of the better-known ones included in full spectrum products.

1. THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Full-spectrum CBD from the hemp plant does include trace amounts of THC, which is well-known as the psychoactive element of cannabis – or the part that makes you high. It’s can’t be more a .3% concentration when coming from a hemp plant, so it has no psychoactive effect. There is technology that is isolating the THC out of some full spectrum products making it what is now being referred to as a “broad spectrum.” This means that it started as a full spectrum, but the THC was isolated and removed from the other cannabinoids. These products will usually specify 0 THC. Examples of this are KOI Tincture and Natural Leaf softgels

2. CBN (Cannabinol)
This component of cannabis does not occur in as great a quantity, so we don’t know quite enough about it yet. What science is finding is exciting, though. Some early studies are showing that there may be real benefits for people struggling with sleep issues.

3. CBG (Cannabigerol)
Interestingly, CBG has been shown to stimulate growth of new brain cells and stimulates bone growth. These unusual properties make it a fascinating compound for researchers to study.

4. THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin)
THCV has a similar molecular structure to THC and is also psychoactive. Research is finding that it’s very similar to CBD as well, in working to balance and neutralize cells.

All of these compounds—and far more—interact in a full-spectrum product. Who would this form of CBD work for? A full-spectrum CBD oil would work great for someone who wants to work with all the elements of the cannabis plant for a holistic approach. It would be very useful for those who are interested in other compounds, like CBG and THCV, and their effects. It’s important to keep in mind that unless clearly stated to be a 0% THC product (ie broad spectrum,) full spectrum products will likely contain a trace amount of THC. That legal limit, if coming from hemp, is 0.3%.

CBD Isolate: Pure CBD Oil

In a CBD Isolate, only one compound is present—CBD. It’s been individually extracted from the plant without any of the other cannabinoids, terpenes or plant matter. Some might say that the isolate is missing some of the other compounds that make full-spectrum oil special. While this is true to an extent, there are plenty of reasons why someone might want just pure CBD oil.

For one, maybe they’re only interested in specific CBD oil effects. If a user has discovered that CBD works best alone to treat their particular disorder or ease their symptoms, then they would definitely want to stick with what works. Other users might feel uncomfortable with even trace amounts of the psychoactive compound THC in full spectrum; in this case isolate CBD is a perfect solution.

Others may actually be allergic or have had bad reactions to other cannabinoids. In this case, a CBD isolate would be the best choice to make sure he or she only consumes a product that’s pure with no trace of other compounds.


“Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is a chemical compound found in the resin glands (trichomes) of raw cannabis plants.” In this case, raw means unheated and uncured. Many of the conditions that respond with CBD also respond well to CBDA but there is a growing body of information that is talking about the benefits of raw or CBDA having a greater affect on people living with chronic pain. There is also a patent pending by GW Parmaceuticals using CBDA in conjunction with CBD for anxiety and psychotic disorders.

Whatever your choice when it comes to CBD, it’s important to make sure you’re thinking with a comprehensive view of what you body needs at a given time. If you don’t have any allergies or issues with compounds in a full spectrum product, maybe compare its effects in your body to pure CBD isolate and see what makes you feel better. Every system is unique. We know it’s heard to hear, but there is no one size fits all. At the end of the day, the best CBD for you is the one that you will reap benefit from!

New Product Education Videos!

August 9th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill


One of the things we pride ourselves most in doing at Green Wellness Life is adding new, high-quality products to increase your choices as a customer!

However, we know that having such a wide range of options can be confusing, especially when you’re trying to tell the difference between products or learning how to use a new one. Sometimes the best way to learn this kind of information is to see it firsthand! That’s why we have a YouTube page dedicated to product education. Each of these videos is filmed by our wonderful founder and owner, Brandy Palmer, to help you put a face with the name.

If you have questions about how products look, taste, or function, then this page is the resource for you! Check out some of our most recent videos below.

All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen

First, the All-in-One Adjustable E-liquid Pen is an amazing choice if you prefer vaping. Not only is it a high-quality product, but it can be used with every single e-liquid we have to offer, regardless of concentration or e-liquid base! However, with the adjustable voltage option and convenience of the product also comes a range of button-click combinations to hit the right setting for the right liquid.

Listen to Brandy explain these various settings in a quick and easy way, here:

Bluebird Botanicals

Another great product line we carry is the Bluebird Botanicals tinctures. This brand is a natural, organic option with a simple list of ingredients – no added flavoring or coloring! Within this product line, you have three main choices (with a variation in size and concentration):

  • Hemp Classic Oil
  • Hemp Complete Blend
  • Hemp Signature Blend

We believe that each option is an awesome one, but everyone’s individual needs are quite different, meaning that the right product for you might not be the same as the right product for someone else. That’s why we also offer a sample pack of each of these three options for you to try!

If you’d rather learn more about each first, Brandy’s here to help!

Plus CBD Oil Applicator

Our raw Plus CBD Oil is one of our more intimidating options, but it shouldn’t be! These applicators are surprisingly simple to use. Just turn the applicator until you here the right number of clicks, and the predetermined serving size is dispensed for you.

There are two of the raw oil applicators available – the Gold Formula and Total Plant Complex – both with the same easy applicator pen. If you want to learn more about the difference between the two or actually see and hear how the pen works, watch the video below!

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Welcome to Green Wellness

February 21st, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

Brandelle PalmerHi 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 and 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.


Traveling with CBD and the TSA’s guidelines

June 7th, 2019 by Hannah Laing

TSA guidelines

By op-ed blogger Quinton Charles

What’s Happening?

You have probably heard the story of the woman who was arrested back in April at Disney World for having CBD oil in her purse at the park. Wait, we thought CBD was fully federally legal. Why did this happen? Well, “under Florida’s medical marijuana law, patients using CBD oil with over .3 percent or higher THC must be listed in the state’s medical marijuana registry.” The woman, arrested with her CBD oil, was tested by officials and found to have traces of marijuana in it, making it seem illegal. She has since been released and is suing for illegal detention. When asked, experts said those testing kits are frequently inaccurate, but the woman spent 12 hours in jail and was charged with possession of hashish.

What Does It Mean?

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

Are There New Regulations?

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

Let’s Unpack That.

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


What Can I Travel With?

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

TSA new regulation

My Advice:

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

The Science Behind Endocannabinoid Deficiencies

May 17th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Endocannabinoid Deficiencies

What Is It?

As we’ve discussed in earlier blogs, and you’ve likely seen in other placed on the web, your body has a system called the Endocannabinoid system (ECS), which helps to regulate the nervous system and its connection to the rest of the body. The Endocannabinoids (ECBD from now on) are lipids found in the endocannabinoid system, a group of neuromodulatory (meaning they regulate neurons in the brain and nervous system) lipids and receptors in the brain that are responsible for physical processes including pain sensation, appetite, and memory. Scientists and researchers have determined two primary endocannabinoid receptors in the body, known as CB1 and CB2. Others do of course exist, they are just less researched and less understood. This is still pretty young science. The CB1 receptor primarily regulates and affects the central nervous system (brain, kidneys, liver and lungs,) while the CB2 receptor is focused on the immune system and hematopoietic cells, which are cells that generate blood cells through a process known in the medical world as haematopoiesis.

In English, Please?

Yep, that was an absurd number of acronyms.  Think of your body like a small town with bunches of telephone lines or electric lines spreading out across the area. Those electric poles & wires are like your neurons and help to spread information or “power.” What the ECBD do in this system are to act like a lineman (someone who works on power lines and phone lines), cleaning up and maintaining the system. While they aren’t needed for the lines to operate, they make sure that it works smoothly.

Not Enough Linemen?

When there is a deficiency of ECBD in the body, the system is essentially lacking what it needs to operate smoothly. There are simply too few linemen. And what happens to all of the electric wires? They don’t function as they should. In the same way, when your neurons lack enough CBD, it can cause problems.

What Kind of Problems?

According to Dr. Ethan Russo, who conducted a study on the relationship between ECBD levels in the body and ailments, “migraine, fibromyalgia, IBS and related conditions display common clinical, biochemical and pathophysiological patterns that suggest an underlying clinical endocannabinoid deficiency that may be suitably treated with cannabinoid medicines.” Not just Russo’s study found this link. Another study, conducted around ten years after Russo’s, found that “underlying endocannabinoid deficiencies indeed play a role in migraine, fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome and a growing list of other medical conditions. Clinical experience is bearing this out.”

How Does It Happen?

Due to the lack of research on the topic, it is difficult to say. One explanation is that the body doesn’t produce enough ECBD on its own to supply its own needs. Normally it does, but, for whatever reason, some people may find that they do not have enough ECBD to satisfy their bodies’ needs. Since it is not stored in the body, but rather made upon demand when it is needed in the neurons, additional ECBD is needed from a different source when there is a shortage.

So Where Do The Extra Cannabinoids Come From?

Since CBD binds with the receptors that I mentioned before (just like ECBD produced in the body), it can come from an outside source, such as a cannabis plant. By using this outside CBD, there is the possibility that balance can be restored to the ECS.  Both are cannabinoids. Endo = of the body and Phyto = of a plant. So if your Endocannabinoids are not present, you can supplement with Phytocannabinoids like CBD.

How Sure Is This?

As this research is fairly new (the receptors of the ECS were only definitively proven to exist in the human body at the end of the 1980s), there are a lot of questions about the conclusions that some research has drawn. While there is a correlation between various physical ailments and a shortage of Endocannabinoids in the body, there have only been a few studies to look at this relationship. As it currently stands, the research in no way claims that these problems can be cured with CBD. Logically, it seems that CBD should help, but this is not concrete. We’re excited to see this new science progress with growing awareness about CBD and other phytocannabinoids. As always, there is plenty more room for additional research, and we at Green Wellness Life will try to keep you informed.


Highlight Reel; Discovering The Panacea Brand

May 10th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck


BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

There are so many CBD choices out there and choosing the right product can be so difficult. Believe me, we know. That is why we at Green Wellness Life have decided to highlight our different manufacturers and products monthly.  So keep your eyes open for more product and brand highlights monthly!

Tell Me About The Company:

This week we are discussing one of our favorite Brands, Panacea. Panacea is a US-based company that sources all of their Hemp in the US. Their hemp is organically grown in Colorado and their commitment is to create cleaner, more pure products. They accomplish this feat through their specific extraction process. Unlike other manufacturers, this process does not break down and grind up the plant but instead maintains the whole integrity of the plant.

  • Product Quality: Panacea Life Sciences “was created with patients’ health and well being as our priority. Our mission is to bring together the best minds in business, science, medicine, research, finance, and agriculture to create a global platform for the reintroduction of Hemp-based therapeutics into the mainstream of healthcare.” From what I found by looking into them, they make good on this claim by focusing on data-driven product development without compromising on safety or quality.
  • Who’s In Charge? Panacea’s commitment to consumer safety and product quality starts at the top with a man named James Baumgartner, Ph.D. With a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis (go Aggies!) and a Doctorate in biochemistry and pharmacology from Washington State University, I can think of fewer people more credentialed to lead a company that focuses on developing effective, safe products from CBD.
  • Test Results: Panacea has independent testing for all of their products and batches and they are available online for all of their customers. Transparency is important to them in maintaining high standards.
  • Price: Panacea products tend to have more full spectrum cannabinoids than average products which, makes it seem like they may be more expensive.  This is not necessarily the case –  you are just getting more milligrams. If you compare pricing on a milligram to milligram basis, it is a great price point for a truly quality product.  They may, however, not the best choice if you’re looking for a CBD isolate or $$ is your bottom line.

Panacea Products We Carry:

I’ve made a big hoopla about Panacea’s commitment to safe and natural ingredients and quality production, but what do they actually offer the consumer? They have many variations including:

  • Panacea Daily: 40 mg and 75 mg soft-gels
  • Panacea Daily  Fast Tabs:  These are a dissolvable lozenge intended to be taken, as needed, as a CBD booster.  They do not last as long in your body but they get to work quicker.
  • Panacea  PM Soft Gels 40 mg:  Full spectrum CBD & 5 MG of Melatonin: Designed for sleepless nights.
  • Panacea Transform Natural CBD Face Creme; 350 mg/50 ml jar. Cbd can be great for skin…we love this product.
  • Panacea Soothe CBD Salve: 125mg/.5 oz & 250 mg/1oz: To help soother soothe sore skin muscles and other skin issues. Will last 2 to 4 hours and is only tissue deep.
  • Panacea Canine Restore: 50 mg/.5 oz Helps with itchy skin, hot spots and sores on our family dog.

My Panacea Experience:

In preparation for this Blog, I was able to sample several Panacea products over the past few weeks, and I can say that I was impressed with everything I tried. I have written about a few of them.

Panacea: Topical and Skin Care

The Transform Natural skin cream, with about 350mg of CBD in a single jar, started my day. I would shower, shave, and then apply the cream. Now, it needs to be understood that I am not the type of person to lather all sorts of products onto my face. As my skin is naturally very oily, I am often put off by products that have high oil content, which leads me to usually forego their use entirely. In addition to this, I don’t love the feel of most creams or moisturizers; they leave a thin film on the skin, which I feel and immediately want to wipe off. Panacea’s Transform Natural did not have any of these qualities.  I was shocked! I had found a face cream that I could use that did not have too much oil, did not leave a filmy residue, and also had a pleasing scent. The jar itself had a unique dispensing mechanism that ensured that I did not use too much or waste any in the application. I simply had to press down on the dispenser and it would supply as much as I needed.

Fast CBD Tablets

Another product of Panacea’s that I was able to sample was their 35mg hemp oil fast CBD extract tablets.  These claim a higher bioavailability than a regular capsule and therefore will get to work faster in your system. The flip side to this is that they also leave your system quicker. Not lasting as long 23 to 4 hours. Panacea claims that this type of tablet ensures that more of the active ingredient enters your bloodstream than other forms, such as pills or patches. The way that it works is one takes the tablet sublingually (placed under the tongue,) and waits for it to fully dissolve before swallowing. I found that this was relatively simple, though it took some time for the tablet to fully dissolve. Something unique that I did notice about Panacea’s tablets was that they left a little aftertaste and the typical texture left over from dissolved tablets (a sort of sandy or grainy feeling) was absent. Overall it was a very clean, easy way to take my CBD in the morning but I can also see how someone may use these as needed for an extra boost of CBD on a bad day.

Is It A Panacea?

Seeing that I am 22 years old and I have no serious ailments, I am not a medical doctor, I have no idea the efficacy of Panacea’s products to treat anything. What I do know is that they offered two fantastic ways for me to take my CBD and that both of these were well-designed, clean, and satisfying. They have a great reputation and all of their independent test results I look forward to trying more of their products in the future!

You Matter to us: Giving Great Customer Service

May 3rd, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Customer Service

Everybody Knows About Bad Customer Service.

No one hates being left on hold more than me. I think that we can unanimously agree that being left on hold for 15 minutes only to be transferred and then placed on hold again is beyond annoying. In today’s increasingly electronic era, the charm of customer service has begun to fade under the blue light of our screens. Rarely do you see a company where you know the names of all of the employees.  This is one of the things that makes us at Green Wellness Life unique!

Did you know that according to Ameyo, it is projected that by 2020, 85% of customer service interactions will be automated. With customer service expectations rising and the number of actual people answering consumers’ calls decreasing, it isn’t difficult to understand why customer service is a hot topic of conversation. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE seems to have a story about poor customer service.

My Experience As The New Girl

I am a fairly new employee here at Green Wellness Life.  Here in the office there are only three people who work, Brandy, Cara and myself. Often, when I answer the phone many customers will ask for Brandy or Cara.  As a new employee, customers want nothing to do with the new girl. They want to deal with someone they know and who knows them.  (And a great big thank you to those of you that have taken the time to chat with me!)  We have found that people appreciate the time and energy we spend with each of our customers.  Do you have a question about CBD? Call us! We are always happy to help. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll tell you that, too.  Even when it means we may not sell you something, because that is what is best for the customer! Read the rest of this entry »

Traveling With CBD

April 26th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Traveling With CBD

BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Flying Is So Complicated With Liquids

First, I have to say, I get it. Flying is complicated. How many bottles of how little liquid can I bring? What about medications? Don’t even get me started on the differences in regulations between domestic and international flights! I’m going to try and guide you through all the information that I believe you need to fly both confidently and safely with CBD products.

It’s Just Like Anything Else

CBD is legal federally in the United States. The same regulations for other liquids apply to CBD oil or any other CBD products that you would bring. Keep in mind, there are different rules for carry-on bags than there are for checked bags. For checked bags, the sky is pretty much the limit (pun intended!). For carry-on bags, you’ll have to abide by the “3-1-1” rule outlined by the TSA: 3.4 ounces containers or smaller of any liquids, in a 1-quart bag, with a rule of 1 bag per person. Basically, you can fill a 1-quart bag with bottles that are not larger than 3.4 ounces, and you can only have one of these per traveller. There is an exception: medications, baby formula, and breast milk do not need to be limited to 3.4 ounces if they are of a reasonable amount, but they need to be declared at security checkpoints.

What About CBD?

Should the product you’re carrying with you contain less than 0.3% THC and contain CBD derived from the stem of hemp plants, then it should technically be perfectly legal to carry it to any state. Remember, do not travel with any products purchased from dispensaries, especially if you are unsure whether or not they contain THC above the o.3% threshold. Many CBD products that can be purchased from dispensaries contain slightly higher amounts of THC, which could land you in trouble. The reason that these products could land you in trouble is that they are marijuana-derived CBD, and not hemp-derived CBD.

What If Cannabis and Marijuana are Legal in My State?Don’t do it. Even if it is fully legal in your state, marijuana is illegal at federal level. Since the TSA is considered a federal agency, passing through security in an airport puts you in federal jurisdiction, where it is illegal. And don’t try to travel with any hemp plants, either. Even if they’re non-psychoactive, they could be misidentified as marijuana.

So What Should I do?

Travel like you normally would. Don’t exceed the liquid limit in your carry-on, declare larger containers of medicine or liquids if necessary, don’t carry anything through security that you don’t know for certain has below o.3% THC. For cautionary purposes, it is highly recommended to print out the product’s lab report and have it readily available during your flight just in case you need to verify the product’s cannabinoid content with airport security.

What About International Flights? Due to the differences in regulations from country to country, it is not a good idea to fly internationally with CBD, even if it is hemp-derived, and not marijuana-derived (containing no significant THC levels). You could be stuck in customs either going to the country, or returning. I just wouldn’t advise it.

My Experience

I flew from Michigan to California with several bottles of CBD oil and some CBD-infused gummy bears in my carry-on. I had no difficulty whatsoever at security when I followed the advice outlined above. Just be smart and you’ll get to where you’re going, CBD in hand (or bag).

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Farm Bill; So Whats New?

April 19th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Farm Bill Updates 2019
BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Since December…

Many of us are excited about the farm bill updates that was passed last December, in 2018 (and was signed in on the 20th), myself included. So what has happened? We know that it has legalized the industrial-scale growing of hemp, but what has been happening since then? On February 27, 2019, the AMS (Agricultural Marketing Service) extended the provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, which legalized production and research on hemp by universities or organizations/companies permitted by state departments of agriculture, by 12 months.

So What Does That Mean?

That means that, right now, the USDA is planning to issue regulations for the 2020 planting season and that current regulations are the same as before the 2018 bill passed. The 2018 Farm Bill provides that States, Tribes, and institutions of higher education, can continue operating under authorities of the 2014 Farm Bill. So right now, unless a state allows for a change, private companies need permission to grow hemp on a large scale.

Problem With Identification

One of the bigger problems that has been coming up more and more frequently is from police incorrectly identifying hemp grown for CBD as Marijuana. The police are just trying to do their job, but no one really knows how to fix the problem that the cousin plants are easily confused for one another. CBD is federally legal, as is hemp, but some truck drivers on interstate routes have been pulled over and sometimes arrested because police believed that they were transporting marijuana. Since the only way to distinguish the difference is by testing the THC content and most police are not equipped with the testing technology, they are unable to differentiate the legal from the illegal. Nothing has been passed, yet, but Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell has stated that he is willing to work on legislation that would fix these “glitches” in the implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hopefully, future legislation will fix these “glitches” and enable legal, cannabis business to proceed!

Proposals For Future Growing

Canopy Growth, a Canadian company and major hemp grower, recently acquired AgriNextUSA, an American hemp enterprise, and proposed creating Hemp Industrial Parks, such as the one previously announced in New York State. This super crop (hemp) could be “fast-tracked through a production cycle that would result in commercial applications for all parts of the plant, from root to tip. American farmers will benefit from a model that provides a single, regional destination for their hemp crops and connects them with the researchers, entrepreneurs, and innovators whose ideas will turn their crops into new products and industries.” This development, waiting for next year’s planting season, could mean a large hemp crop, and, with it, lower prices on hemp products like CBD!

States? Or Federal?

As of right now, most legislation requires state approval and regulation of anyone growing cannabis; most regulation is up to in the individual states, not Federal law. For example, Georgia just passed a law allowing for up to six industrial cannabis growing licenses (which also includes strains with THC content, in addition to strains with higher CBD content). Since Federal policy is currently using the older rules of the 2014 Farm Bill, all states have to comply with the rule limiting industrial-scale production of hemp. The only way to implement the 2018 Farm Bill rules, which allow industrial-scale production, is for states to enact their own laws now before the Federal rules have been fully implemented (which should occur at the end of this year).

I Can’t Wait Any Longer?

While it may seem that progress is moving slower than many of us would like, the laws are out there and on the books. We need only to wait for the rules to be fully implemented by the USDA and then we will see nationwide cultivation of hemp, and all of the benefits, both financially and environmentally, that this will bring. I know I’m excited to see what the future will bring.

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Part 2 Why is CBD so controversial?

April 10th, 2019 by Cara Oorbeck

Why is CBD so controversial

BY Op-ED Blogger Quinton Charles

Hemp’s Competition

If you take CBD or are even interested in trying it you have probably had at least one person make a joke or question you about hemp.  In this day and age almost no one knows that hemp has a rich history that has not always been riddled with questions and implications. As a matter of fact, hemp has not always been taboo.  Surprising, huh? In fact, it was not until the start of the 20th century, that hemp’s use as a medicine declined due to increased use of opiates and the development of the modern syringe needle. At that same time, petroleum oils also began to replace hemp for use as fuel and as the base of other products. Boo. Let’s learn more.

The “Marihuana Tax Act of 1937

Hemp was fully legal to grow, sell, and use until 1937. This changed when Harry Anslinger, commissioner of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, and Representative Robert L. Doughton introduced a House bill that would essentially criminalize the cultivation, use, and sale of hemp by requiring anyone to have permission from Congress in the form of a tax stamp to engage in the above activities.

So Why Criminalize?

Anslinger had expressed a concern that an increased number of people were using marijuana recreationally in the United States, and claimed that hemp and marijuana were the same plants (which we know to be blatantly untrue.)  There were also growing political pressures from large industries to transition from hemp to other materials that were more profitable to new businesses. At the time, hemp was used as a cheap substitute for wood-based paper, and was often used in newspapers. Randolph Hearst, the famed American newspaper owner, had large holdings and investments in the lumber industry and wanted to see his competition for a paper source done away with. Several other industry leaders, such as the Du Pont family, of chemical and materials fame, had recently been supporting their new fabric, nylon, which was competing with hemp in the fabrics market. In their eyes, hemp had to go!

The First Convicts

The law effectively banning hemp went into effect on October 1, 1937. One day later, in Denver, Colorado, Mr. Samuel R. Caldwell was arrested for the sale of cannabis to a Mr. Moses Baca (who was arrested for possession). Mr. Caldwell was sentenced to pay a fine of one thousand dollars and to serve four years of hard labor in prison. These two men were the first individuals convicted of a cannabis-related charge in U.S. history.

Overturn of “1937”

In 1969, a U.S. Supreme Court case, Leary v. United States, found that the “Marihuana Act,” originally passed in 1937, was unconstitutional, as it required self-incrimination, which was in direct violation of the 5th amendment of the United States Constitution. This resulted in a very brief period of time during which cannabis was decriminalized.

 Illegal Again

One year after Leary v. United States, in 1970, the “Controlled Substances Act” was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Richard M. Nixon, and criminalized cannabis plants by scheduling them with other, far more dangerous, drugs like heroin and cocaine.

Some Progress

It wasn’t until 1996 that California legalized the use of cannabis products, including medical-grade marijuana, for treatment of HIV/AIDS and certain cancers. Shortly thereafter, Canada, which had taken a similar policy to the United States, legalized medical use of cannabis. However, restrictions federally still applied and research was rare on cannabis use to treat certain conditions. It was not until 2014 that a  Farm Bill Legitimized Hemp growth for Industrial Hemp research. This allowed Hemp to be grown and used instead of importing it, allowing for the change of direction in what used to be illegal.  We were on our way!

Legalization of Hemp Cultivation

The industry began to grow and companies began looking to produce and sell CBD.  Although one had to be growing for research purposes companies were beginning to make and sell CBD products for their neutralizing benefits. The industry began to take off but it was not until 2018, that for the first time since 1937, industrial-scale cultivation of hemp was legislatively legal. The 2018 Farm Bill decriminalized the industrial growing of hemp and opened the market to all sorts of hemp products. This has led to enormous growth in the CBD oil market and hemp fibers market. While there still is a lot of work to be done to fully recognize the benefits of hemp and all of its uses in the modern world, it is nice to look back and see that the trend is onward and upwards for hemp!

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