CBD Market Is Rapidly Changing After Midterms

December 13th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

CBD Market

By Quinton Charles Op Ed Blogger

Election is changing the market on hemp

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

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

Checking out the changes in different places

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

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

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

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

Finally

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


Vape Basics

December 6th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Vape Basics

Vaping For The Fastest Results?

CBD is changing is becoming a very popular health supplement that is changing many people’s lives with a variety of chronic conditions. Almost as varied as the reasons people use CBD oil, are the ways it can be taken. However, vaping CBD oil is one of the most popular ways people choose to take it. For many of us vaping CBD is a bit overwhelming. Sometimes the act itself feels a bit like smoking, especially for those of us who do not or have never smoked. It is important to make the distinction right away. Vaping CBD is not the same as smoking or vaping nicotine. The benefits of vaping CBD can be life changing for some people. There are many instances where those struggling with different conditions like anxiety, seizures, chronic pain are not able to wait 30 minutes for an edible like a gummy or a mint to take effect. CBD e-liquid or vape oil, which is derived from cannabis though it lacks the components of marijuana that gives users a “high”, is used by people as a quick and health conscious solution to difficult and chronic conditions. So let’s talk e-liquid/vape.

What Does It Mean to Vape CBD?

Vaping describes the process of heating CBD oil or CBD e-liquid to the point where it becomes a vapor (typically using a battery-operated vaporizer), which is then inhaled.  The user usually inhales 1 to 3 times (this is not like vaping nicotine where the user is continuously inhaling the nicotine for the desired effect). The reason this provides the fastest results, is that the CBD is absorbed through your lungs, directly into your bloodstream. As a result, you begin to feel the effects of the oil almost immediately (generally no more than 15 minutes.)

Comparing Vape & Other Methods

When comparing this to other forms of taking CBD oil there is a huge difference, especially for those struggling with some serious chronic issues.

  • Eating CBD in edible forms: capsules, gummies, chocolate, gum, mints and drinking requires the body to go through digestion before it can absorb the oil. This can take anywhere between 20 minutes, and a full hour depending on metabolism,  stomach content,  and other factors. 
  • Sublingually: by spraying or dropping directly under the tongue.  This method is quick but still outside of the 5 to 10 minute expectation one gets from vaping. It is important to note that taking CBD internally whether by tincture or capsule is a great long-term effect but it can take time for this to work and for our bodies to utilize the CBD.  We tell people one should give this method at least two weeks to begin to see long-term changes in symptoms. Consistency and a daily regimen of taking CBD can help to alleviate long-term symptoms and conditions but the best CBD is the one you take every day!
  • Topicals: Salves, lotions, oils and patches put directly on the skin is a quick method as well but can take just as long as eating/ingesting CBD, if not longer, depending on Endoca Hemp Salve location, the user’s skin health, the amount used, and other factors. Topicals are amazing in treating a specific location and can be very useful when targeting skin issues, specific pain, burns, acne, etc.  As a general rule, they are much shorter acting – lasting 2 to 4 hours.

More CBD With Vaping?

While quicker absorption is perhaps the best reason to vape CBD oil rather than taking it another way, it’s not the only reason people have turned to vaporizers. The term called bio availability is one of the key reasons.  What does this mean?  Bioavailability means the amount of absorption and rate/time it takes for the CBD to reach the bloodstream. When you put CBD oil into your body, not all of it will reach your bloodstream and actually affect you. For example, the bioavailability of eating CBD oil is roughly 15 percent. This means that when you eat it, only about 15 percent of the CBD oil that you put into your body will reach your bloodstream.

The reason eating CBD oil has such a low return when eaten, is that it has to go through so many of your body’s filtration systems (namely your gut and your liver). These systems work to screen out the CBD before it can affect you. In order to get the effects you want orally you’re not only waiting longer, but you also need to take more of the oil than you otherwise might.

In contrast, when vaping CBD oil the bioavailability is between  35% and 50%.  When you inhale the vapor, it goes straight to your lungs, and from your lungs into your bloodstream. It’s the difference between taking a highway that goes straight from point A to point B, and going through a lot of stop-and-go traffic along the back roads. You’ll still reach your destination, eventually, but when you go directly you use a lot less fuel to get there, and you get there a lot faster than if you’d taken the more roundabout route.

Health Risks and Side Effects

A small percentage of users are allergic or later develop allergies to some of the chemicals and materials used in vapes. The two main ingredients that are being heavily discussed when referring to e-liquids are propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin. Users with sensitivities to propylene glycol may notice sinus irritation, nausea or a headache upon use. Individuals with more severe allergies can break out in hives, develop swelling or have difficulty breathing. Lucky for us, this chemical is so ubiquitous in our everyday lives that it would be nearly impossible to not realize you have an allergy to one of them before you started vaping. It’s found in cosmetics, hair products, food, drinks, cigarettes, medicine and many more products and is recognized as generally safe by the FDA. The other ingredient referenced is vegetable glycerin.  Allergies to vegetable glycerin are very rare and are more likely caused by an allergy to the plant oil the vegetable glycerin was derived from. A third common ingredient is MCT or coconut oil, which is becoming really prevalent in many food supplements and as as a supplement in and of itself.

Getting Started

If you are new to the e-liquid(vape) world a great place to start would be our Select disposable e-liquid pen.  It is offered in three flavors…Lemon, Spearment and Lavendar and it allows you to try vaping without committing to purchasing and learning about all of the equipment necessary.  It is simple and all you do is open the package and inhale!

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Other Options include our Rubi e-liquid Pen and our All in One e-liquid Pen.

Rubi and All in one pen

Both are reasonable prices and easy to use but you will need to purchase e-liquid with the pen and the e-liquid will need to be added to the device.

If this is your first time or you want to try a new product take $5.00 off your next order on anything e-liquid/vape with coupon code vape5onus.


Whole Plant Research

November 15th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Whole Plant Research

By Cara Oorbeck Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

Advances In Scientific Research

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


Farm Bill 2018 and its Effects on the Hemp Industry

October 25th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

farm bill hemp 2018

By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger

Changes in Farm Bill

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

Not just CBD users will benefit

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

Those who will NOT benefit

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New Product Education Videos!

August 9th, 2018 by Emma Tuthill

wellness

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!

If you want to stay updated on future educational videos or learn more about Green Wellness Life, subscribe to our YouTube channel, here!


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.

Brandy


Our Aging Pets and CBD

November 30th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Aging Pets and CBD

By Cara Oorbeck,  Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

My dog is getting old!

If you are anything like me as a pet owner, the onset of age in our pets causes worry and sadness.  We all know our pets do not live as long as we do but it is disheartening to see a formerly happy, active, and playful dog want to stay on his bed all day or watch him suffer in pain. Old age and the arthritis that often comes with it is a progressive, debilitating condition that is very common in senior pets, those over age 6-7 years. Larger dogs are most prone to health problems related to arthritis. What animal owners see when their pets begin to suffer from arthritis is an expression of pain, irritability and depression, limping or favoring a leg or paw, trouble getting up and down stairs or into cars, and less interest in walking, playing, or usual activities.

Vets have a number of treatment options to treat arthritis and the associated pain and anxiety. These include medications similar to the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications humans also take for arthritis, though formulated specifically for dogs. These medications do help, but the degree they can control pain and debility is limited. Vets can also recommend orthopedic devices, such as raised food and water bowls or a higher bed. These treatments are designed to ease pain and reduce inflammation, but they do not stop the progression of the disease. Other supplements are recommended by vets to improve the inflammatory nature of arthritis, such as omega fatty acids and glucosamine chondroitin.  However many of these options fall short as our pets age!

Can CBD Help Our Aging Pet?

Some research regarding CBD and our aging dog was published by Cornell University, suggesting that CBD can help control pain and the associated anxiety in senior pets with arthritis, as well as maintain and improve mobility. The groundbreaking study looked at the way CBD in various preparations is absorbed in the dog’s body, and the various pharmacology-related issues such as half-life, blood levels, and first-pass metabolism. These pharmacokinetic parameters were necessary so the study could be sure the dogs were getting CBD in a usable form, and that it was staying in the blood stream long enough for a clinical effect to be observed.  The study was a double blind crossover model, which means the dogs were randomly chosen to get either the CBD preparation or a placebo for a number of weeks, and then the groups were switched, so each dog had both time with a placebo and time with the CBD. Results were evaluated by both owner’s reports of pain, activity, and behavior, and objective measurements in the vet clinic, such as gait analysis and the amount of pressure dogs were willing to put on a painful leg measure by a pressure plate.

While there have been clinical impressions by vets and anecdotal reports by dog owners for some time suggesting that CBD in dogs can improve symptoms of pain, inflammation, and anxiety, this was the first scientific study done using rigorous criteria evaluating CBD in dogs. The results were statistically significant for improved movement and decreased pain, both signs that the progressive, inflammatory nature of arthritis was improved by the CBD supplement.

How do I get my pet to take it?

Some of our pets are picky and getting them to take the CBD is challenging. Researchers tried a number of different delivery models and formulations and found that an oil carrier such as olive oil helped the CBD to be absorbed by the dogs better. Pet tinctures have carrier oils making the bioavailability of the CBD more effective in our pets.  Some effective tinctures have flavorings like peanut butter or bacon. There are also treats with CBD in them. It is important that pets take CBD daily in order for it to be effective.

aging pets and cbd products

How much do I give?

Knowing how much to give your dog is challenging. The vets in the Cornell study found that there is a narrow window in which the CBD is effective. Not enough, and the supplement doesn’t work. Too much, and the kidneys get rid of the extra as waste. Giving more doesn’t always seem to be more effective. This compound works by bringing the system back into balance. It only corrects back to normal. Giving more doesn’t improve effectiveness. Following the rule of 1 to 5 mg for every 10 pounds will help guide you.  Start small and increase according to symptom reduction in your pet.

Other uses for CBD in dogs?

CBD has been used by vets to treat dogs with various seizure disorders, and research being conducted at Colorado State University has shown that CBD is effective as an adjunct to standard medical treatments. This is important research, as standard medical therapy for seizure disorders is not as effective as hoped, and these dogs suffer a poor quality of life. Clinical impressions by vets and anecdotal reports by pet owners have also suggested CBD can be useful for anxiety and other types of pain, including pain from cancer. Research studies are being planned to study the effectiveness, serving size, and formulations of CBD to treat anxiety and pain in dogs.

How is research being funded?

While we are seeing the first good scientific studies looking at CBD in pets, and clinical impressions and anecdotal reports have suggested a use for CBD in dogs and cats with cancer pain and anxiety, the difficulties in getting this research approved and funded are significant. There is a discrepancy between federal and state law regarding hemp farming and processing; in addition, how the CBD is classified is the subject of significant confusion. Most federal funding for pet research into uses for CBD is limited, and state universities have limited ability to develop scientifically rigorous studies without support. But market pressures, and pressures from both vets working in the field and pet owners may help encourage more research into the best formulations, serving sizes, and uses for CBD in dogs.

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Happy Holiday Sale

November 22nd, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Big Sale Blog

Happy Holidays from all of us at Green Wellness Life!

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Cannabis Is The Winner in Midterm Elections

November 9th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Cannabis wins

By Cara Oorbeck    Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

The Polls Are Closed And Results Are In

Midterm elections are over and we have seen some real trends toward the legalization and/or reform of Marijuana laws. This election saw numerous amendments and propositions passed at state and local levels this week. The Democrats have won control back of the House and many supporters are anticipating the change to positively impact the legalization at the federal level. However, party leaders have not been so enthusiastic.  Nancy Pelosi, Minority Leader, has suggested that “success would largely depend on support from President Trump.” The House is anticipated to push the Farm Bill through, but the question of whether or not the Senate will allow serious debate on cannabis reform in the next two years is a lot harder to answer with certainty.  This, however, will not likely change the trend toward legalization and reforms at the state level.

Elections Results That May Impact Cannabis

The fight for cannabis reform is not only being fought at the federal level but also at the state level with many representatives being an influencing factor in the future of Cannabis. Some of these include:

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer won the US Senate race in New York. Schumer introduced the Marijuana Freedom and Opportunity Act, another bill aimed at legalizing marijuana at the federal level.
  • In Texas, a leading voice for marijuana, candidate Beto O’Rourke, lost to incumbent Ted Cruz who has been personally opposed to legalizing Cannabis but believes it should be left to each state to decide.
  • Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich., ranking member, U.S. Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry Committee). Chairwoman of the committee during the last farm bill. She has been strong on the environment, and energy programs. She is also supportive of commodity and conservation programs as well.
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) re-elected who initially co-sponsored The STATES Act, a bipartisan effort The measure seeks to block the federal government from interfering in state-approved cannabis programs.
  • In Texas, a leading voice for marijuana candidate Beto O’Rourke lost to incumbent Ted Cruz who has been personally opposed to legalizing Cannabis but believes it should be left to each state to decide.
  • In Illinois, Democrat J.B. Pritzker won the governor’s race after making marijuana legalization a centerpiece of his campaign.
  • In New Mexico, Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), who won the governor’s race, said legalizing marijuana will bring “hundreds of millions of dollars to New Mexico’s economy.”
  • Wisconsin, Democrat Tony Evers supports decriminalizing marijuana and allowing medical cannabis and says he wants to put a full marijuana legalization question before voters to decide.

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Farm Bill & November Voting 2018…Part 2

November 1st, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

2018 Farm Bill

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

A Lot Happening With Hemp

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

Some Of The Key Players

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CBD Oil Products In Legal Grey Area Under Ohio Law

October 19th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

Legal Grey Area Under Ohio Law

CBD Oil Products in Legal Grey Area Under Ohio Law

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

Why does this matter?

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

Purchasing CBD in Ohio

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

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

CBD and Midwest States

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

By Quinton Charles Op-Ed Blogger


Picky Pups; CBD and our dogs

October 12th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

Picky Pups

This is Molly my Great Dane. She is 3 years old and she is a Picky Pup. When I started working at Green Wellness Life, I quickly became aware of the health benefits CBD can have for our pets, both dogs and cats. CBD can neutralize health issues for our dogs in the same way that it can for humans. Anxiety and inflammation are the two that we hear most often, but there are lots of other benefits as well, especially for our aging furry companions (or non-furry companions like Brandy’s sphynx cats!)

How does CBD work in our Pets

When I learned that CBD works in our animals the same way it does humans, I decided to begin giving it to my pets.  That is right all 6 of my animals, three dogs and three cats (I am an animal lover and rescuer). It is amazing to me that both dogs and cats have an endocannabinoid system that is almost identical to that of humans.  The Endocannabinoid system works the same way in our pets as it does in our body. It consists of a system of neurotransmitters that works to balance and maintain normal functions in the body. CBD works to manage the receptors in the central nervous system and helps to balance out symptoms that our pets are experiencing, bringing our furry friends back to normal in no time.

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