Welcome to Green Wellness

February 21st, 2016 by Brandy Palmer

Brandy-HeadshotHi there,

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

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

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

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

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

Brandy


Hemp Farming as an Emerging Industry in the U.S.

January 13th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

hemp farming

You already know a lot about marijuana in the U.S. and how it’s slowly becoming legalized across the country. What you’re not hearing enough about is hemp cultivation and CBD extraction as an equally growing business.

If you’re unfamiliar with CBD from industrial hemp, it’s become a popular health product alternative for those who don’t want a marijuana high. Growth in this industry is also exponential, and it’s expected to reach $3 billion by 2021.

With this comes a new career opportunity for many: Hemp farming.

Take a look at this emerging industry and what’s involved. For those with farming backgrounds, it could become a major business venture that lasts a lifetime.

What’s the Difference Between Growing Hemp and Marijuana?

Growing these two plants has very different processes. Consumable cannabis is always harvested for cannabinoids in its flowers. When growing hemp, the CBD comes from seeds or stalks and flower.  Hemp is also farmed for its use as a durable good – think twine and fabric.  Hemp can even be used to replace plastics and concrete.

These differences still confuse people who think hemp and marijuana are the same. However, growing hemp has more benefits compared to marijuana plants.

One of the greatest advantages to hemp farming is that hemp grows more vigorously. You also have different varieties of hemp that produce varying seed qualities and fiber. Plus, oil composition can differ based on the plant type.

The greatest aspect is you can start harvesting hemp after just a four-month growth period.

The Environmental Benefits to Hemp Farming

As Forbes notes, you can grow hemp in different types of climates, making it a viable farming option across the country. You can also grow it in differing soil types, something not possible in the marijuana industry.

Even more attractive is hemp is resistant to pests and weeds, eliminating two common challenges for farmers. With this alone, you can see why hemp farming has become such a popular alternative to the marijuana market.

You’re also able to pulp hemp plants using fewer chemicals thanks to low lignin content. A naturally bright pulp won’t require chlorine bleaching as a result.

While it’s easier to farm hemp organically than other crops, how do you go about choosing the right hemp plants?

Tips for Growing Hemp

When buying hemp seeds, take the genetics seriously. Breeding methods for the seeds determines how you’ll use the hemp plant. Are you going to harvest from the seeds or the stalks?

Despite growing well in many soil types, look for soil with good alkaline quality and a pH level above 6. What’s most helpful is hemp has deep tap roots, giving it ability to find water in the ground. Nevertheless, you’ll still need to water often for a healthy crop.

Some other growing tips that yield healthier plants:

  • Avoid growing hemp indoors since it’s going to cost you more to do so. The point is you can grow hemp outdoors at a lower cost compared to other crops.
  • Plant your seeds close to each other so you can grow as many plants as you can on your land. It’s going to resemble a cornfield when they’re at full growth, with a single stalk on each plant.

The Uses for Hemp Are Exponential

To give you more incentive to consider hemp farming, hemp now has up to 25,000 uses, beating marijuana usage by a mile. While you’ll find hemp being used as a health product in various forms (including skin products and dietary supplements), it’s also applied to clothing and numerous accessories.

More education continually proves hemp benefits, hence hemp farming likely becoming a career you’ll see increase tenfold in all legal states.

Visit us at Green Wellness Life to learn about our hemp products!


Cannabinoids and Skin Care

January 5th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Skin Care

We already know that CBDs show promise in the treatment of many disorders from anxiety to chronic pain, but can CBDs also help solve skin problems like eczema, excessive dryness, signs of aging and acne, to name a few?

Researchers from numerous studies believe that it can. CBDs (short for cannabidiol) have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-aging properties, and the fact that it’s the main ingredient in the skin care oils and creams now available should be reassuring to those seeking more natural active ingredients than the avalanche of chemical preparations that currently dominate the skin care market. CBDs also contain omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, which have been shown to provide both moisture and protection from the skin-damaging effects of sunlight.

Common Skin Issues and the Demand for Help

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, some 40-50 million Americans suffer from acne. Most of those 50 million are in their teens and early twenties, but a full 15% of acne sufferers are adults over the age of 24. That’s a staggering number, considering we’re only talking about one of many skin problems such as psoriasis, and eczema (aka atopic dermatitis). When you add in the whole anti-aging market demand, it’s no surprise that the skin care market is booming! Yet despite the proliferation of products out there, people are still looking for answers because despite over-the-top claims, it’s pretty obvious that not everything works for everybody.

The Promise of Topical CBD Preparations

As mentioned, CBD has powerful antioxidant properties. What does that mean in terms of its potential as a skin treatment? Antioxidants help protect skin from free radicals such as UV rays, environmental pollutants and cigarette smoke. When skin is exposed to these sorts of free radicals without some form of protection, it becomes susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles. In short, it ages more rapidly than it needs to. (If you’ve ever seen someone — either in person or in photos — who regularly spent a lot of time outdoors, either basking on the beach or working in agriculture or construction, you’ll notice that their skin looks significantly older than people who worked indoors most of their lives or shunned the sun because of their propensity to burn easily.

In addition to their antioxidant properties, CBDs are actually well received by cannabinoid receptors located throughout our skin, giving them the potential to encourage homeostasis and promote healing. This applies to topicals, and also in some cases to ingested CBDs in the form of hemp seed oil, for example, which has been shown to improve eczema symptoms. CBDs have also shown great promise in the treatment of acne, since it has the ability to adjust the output of oil from the sebaceous glands, which contributes to or exacerbates acne. Studies have also shown photo cannabinoids may be helpful in treating allergies manifesting as rashes, as well as other skin diseases.

Because topicals (oils, creams or lotions) are applied directly to problem areas, they’re quickly absorbed and able to go to work where they’re needed most, as opposed to oral medications which enter the bloodstream and take time to effect healing. Topicals provide a more focused, targeted approach to skin problems.

A New Alternative in Skin Care?

It’s encouraging that so many studies are finding such great promise in CBDs in relation to common skin issues, and it’s beginning to look like topical CBD preparations are gearing up to give traditional topical preparations some serious competition in the multi-million dollar skin care industry. There are already numerous hemp oil topicals such as healing balms, sunscreens, moisturizers, and cleansers that millions are adding to their skin care regimens, and reporting positive and encouraging results from. If you haven’t tried one yourself, why not take a moment to explore the great options offered by Green Wellness Life? Check out our customer reviews, too, and learn about our Green Rewards program while you’re browsing!


WHO Report Finds Numerous Benefits and No Public Abuse/Health Risks linked to CBD

December 31st, 2017 by Javed Pathan

WHO Report

According to the WHO, or the world health organization, there are no adverse health effects linked to cannabidiol, otherwise known as CBD, and many potential health applications for the chemical. Contradicting the US federal policy and its classification of CBD as a schedule I controlled substance, the WHO’s findings are a part of a worldwide shift in thought concerning CBD and its important medical applications. As one of the most recognized and respected medical research and advocacy groups, and home of some of the most important research in medicine, the WHO is making this announcement as a push to change the way that cannabidiol is viewed by the world.

Recently published reports from the WHO state that naturally occurring CBD is safe for humans and animals, with no evidence of negative health effects shown, after subjects were exposed to the chemical. According to experts at the WHO, CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical found in him, does not create a sense of physical dependence on users and has no known association with abuse. This contradicts many of the politicized worries concerning the use of CBD in the American medical industry.

Even with numerous government studies, there has been no substantial evidence that medical CBD or recreational hemp having caused any health problems especially when it came to the use of pure CBD. In fact, the WHO added a special note in their report, citing evidence suggesting that CBD nullifies and mitigate some of the effects of THC.

The people behind the WHO study have noted some significant positive effects as a result of using CBD. They have determined that CBD has been shown to be an effective treatment for conditions such as epilepsy in adults, animals, and children who have had less success with more traditional methods. Additionally, there is some early evidence that CBD might be able to treat Alzheimer’s, psychosis, cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and several other disorders. The report highlights the health benefits, and potential treatments associated with CBD, asserting that countries everywhere should modify their national controls over CBD as a medical asset, upsetting the painkiller and pain management industries by offering a safe alternative to opioids.

Still, in the US, there is a persistent resistance towards accepting that hemp and CBD can be used in a medicinal capacity. The report says that the status of CBD as a schedule one controlled substance is an error, resulting in the loss of substantial benefits to the health industry. Because CBD and hemp has a high potential for abuse according to US government, they have hamstrung any and all potential for medical experimentation on CBD and hemp, according to the WHO.

However, many American CBD users find the substance to be a panacea for a wide variety of ailments, and are frustrated that it is not federally sanctioned for research and in some states illegal. This creates a problem regarding studying the possible negative effects of CBD and also with the procurement of hemp. This also goes for studying CBD oil’s and extracts which have helped patients treat their issues dramatically.

The report acknowledges that the negative effects of CBD are few and far between. However, it also says that research is spotty, mostly because the US has placed harsh controls on the study of the substance. The study does assert that the safety of the CBD treatments is based on uniformly extracting pure CBD, warning that certain CBD-hemp extraction methods are better than others. Currently, the WHO was considering altering CBD’s position on their schedule code to more accurately reflect the benefits of the substance and to give the US government a frame of reference when setting their drug schedule.


CBD Extraction: How it Works on Seeds, Stalks, and Flowers

December 22nd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

CBD Extraction

Those of you curious about buying CBD should know it’s slightly different from hemp than marijuana in that it doesn’t cause a psychoactive high. This doesn’t mean you won’t get the same health benefits from using it. It’s also produced in a similar way, though you’ve perhaps never looked into how CO2 extraction works from hemp plants.

Extraction can become complicated in its scientific explanations, but you should know the basics for an education on CBD production.

This process occurs from either seeds, stalks, and flowers. Imported hemp has to come only from seeds and stalks. However, domestic hemp can have CBD extracted from flowers as well.

Take a look at a simpler explanation on how these cbd extractions work.

Extraction from Seeds

Hemp seed oil has become a very popular product in recent years, and it involves extraction from hemp seeds. It’s a product you usually see added to CBD supplements as a base. It can also be found in many food and beauty products.

The health benefits of hemp seed oil are exponential since it offers balanced essential fatty acids that distribute in your body. It often becomes confused with regular hemp oil, something often combined with phytocannabinoids.

So what’s the extraction process involved to make these products? For hemp seed oil, it involves pressing or grinding the seeds at temperatures below 120F. It’s a technique called cold pressing, and it’s not the only method to extract hemp oil.

Some other extraction techniques:

  • Using ethanol or olive oil, both of which are safe for consumption.
  • Super critical CO2 extraction is more complicated, yet it’s safe and gives you high potency and purity.

How Does Super Critical CO2 Extraction Work?

If you’re more curious about the last extraction method above, it involves compressing CO2 up to 10,000 psi, something 300 times greater than normal car tire pressure.

This compression method helps make it “super critical”, or becoming liquid and gas at the same time. The CO2 becomes very cold to help preserve enzymes and vitamins and allows the CBD compound to be separated from the hemp seed oil.

Manufacturers then release and recycle the CO2 to create a more concentrated and pure extract.

Extraction Methods from Stalks

While CBD extractions occur from seeds, they can come directly from stalks as well. This involves some of the same extraction methods. Super critical CO2 is also used on stalks, and the FDA lists the method as “Generally Regarded as Safe.” A phrase like this from the FDA is always a good sign, even if it sounds tepid.

You’re starting to see super critical CO2 used often now in extraction methods for the commercial food industry. Since CO2 is non-toxic, it’s used as the main solvent in CBD industries to extract all the essential oils, lipids, and compounds.

After removal of the solvent, you get extracted hemp oil paste naturally high in CBD.

Extraction Methods on Flowers

Most CBD users prefer extractions directly from industrial hemp. It’s easier to grow legally, especially in all the legal states. Plus, it’s easier to extract from hemp because it has more CBD than regular marijuana plants.

To properly make CBD products from flowers, you have to make sure the THC levels are within the legal range in your state. Your extraction processes also have to avoid using butane or explosive solvents.

Still, many sources say the flowering strains of Charlotte’s Web produce just as much CBD as hemp. Bluebird Botanicals is another one that uses flower extract, and it’s domestic.

One critical step in extracting from plants is chromatography, a process removing unwanted phytochemicals from the extracted oil. It removes chlorophyll in particular, giving stronger purity to the CBD for greater health benefits.

Overall, CO2 extraction is the most common method used by our vendors here at Green Wellness Life.

Visit us to ask about our CBD products and how they’re made.


CBD and the Banking Industry: The Impact From Regulations

December 15th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Banking Industry

While you might look at hemp as a less fun alternative to marijuana, it’s a serious business that’s growing as much as the mainstream marijuana industry. At the heart of this is CBD, or cannabidiol, a major compound found in hemp and marijuana. However, CBD can help bring many therapeutic benefits without causing a high.

Even if CBD doesn’t sound nearly as appealing, it’s an excellent source to manage certain conditions for those who don’t want a psychoactive experience.

Growth for the industry is now expected to shoot to $2.1 billion by the year 2020. Despite this growth, regulations from banks are still a big problem.

Take a look at some of the issues CBD still faces with banks, namely in financial institutions being afraid to work with these businesses.

Why Are Banks Reluctant to Take on CBD Businesses?

Banks are still on a long rocky road to working with businesses specializing in marijuana. Even though the Obama Administration issued guidelines to banks to provide a financial outlet for marijuana businesses, it’s an ongoing sticking point.

The problem is many banks still worry about getting in trouble with the law for providing financial services to the CBD industry. They also don’t want to bother taking part in the extra resources needed to make it legal.

It’s possible for banks to take part in legal states, but will they take on an industry that they still deem risky?

For those of us in the CBD industry, it’s still a dilemma on how to create decent commerce in selling hemp products.

The Challenge for the CBD Industry in Using Cash

Because the bank industry is still so reluctant to join the marijuana commerce fray, it’s left CBD businesses to pay all their bills and make sales using cash. This isn’t an easy process when you have to pay employees this way considering it requires keeping cash on hand.

Having to store cash in a business is always a security risk since it could easily become lost or stolen. When cash flow is just as important to CBD sales as any other business, losing cash can become devastating.

It’s required many in our industry to find creative ways to store money, sometimes meaning burying it to keep it safe.

Just a couple of years ago, 60% of all cannabis businesses didn’t have a bank account to do business. Is change coming in the coming year and beyond?

Which Banks Are Open to CBD Businesses?

Last year, the AP reported that banks across the country willing to handle money for the weed industry rose considerably. It went from 51 banks several years earlier to 301 banks by 2016.

In legal states like Oregon, Washington, and Colorado, it’s becoming slightly easier to open an account, even if the banks don’t make it easy.

The process involves providing company ownership details, a detailed explanation of your business, licensing and permit information, documentation on compliance regulations, and information on deposits.

As thorough as this, you have to consider it’s a vetting process to protect the bank as well as yourself.

The Problem with Credit Card Vendors

Even if banks are starting to come around, many U.S. credit card vendors still refuse to allow CBD businesses to do commerce through them. This can complicate associations with banks, and it’s going to require finding an alternative cash management supply chain.

The vendor you use has to comply with federal, state, and city laws, including ways to keep your cash safely managed. Fortunately, merchants in the U.K. are more CBD-friendly, though it adds more complexity to transactions. Many U.S. banks block transactions from these banks or charge international fees, slowing down the buying process.

Keep reading us at Green Wellness Life to learn about our own CBD business and how we can do business with you by cash or bank.


Feds Warn CBD Companies to Avoid Health Claims

December 7th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Feds Warn CBD Companies

As the CBD industry continues to grow, a new ecosystem of rules and regulations is sure to grow along with it. The United States Food and Drug Administration has sent warning letters to some of the nations top suppliers of hemp-based CBD oil products, Natural Alchemist, Greenroads Health, That’s Natural!, and industry heavyweight Stanley Brothers, demanding that they cease and desist making health claims about the benefits of CBD oil on their websites. In doing so, they ran afoul of the FDA’s subjective definition of whether a product is being marketed as a food or a drug, a familiar complication to manufactures of other dietary supplements. In many situations, however, the statements in question were not made by the companies themselves.

The FDA has stringent regulations in place for pharmaceutical manufacturers that dictate how a drug is manufactured, tested, marketed, and distributed. Nutritional supplements, like vitamins and herbal blends, often don’t receive the same level of oversight, as they are treated and governed more like specialty foods. As such, manufacturers have to be careful about their labeling, but it appears CDB oil-related companies may be held to a higher burden than those associated with more traditional supplements.

In order to maintain their designation as a supplement rather than a drug, manufacturers can’t represent their product as being for the express treatment of a disease or condition. In fact, the label often can’t even state that they aid in the treatment or prevention of a health condition, which is where the four manufacturers ran afoul of the Feds. .“The claims on your websites establish that the products are drugs under section 201(g)(1) of the Act [21 U.S.C. § 321(g)(1)], because they are intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease and/or because they are intended to affect the structure or any function of the body.” – FDA Letter To Respondents

In making their decision, the FDA relied on statements from the manufacturers’ sites touting general and specific wellness benefits, often posted as reviews and testimonials by customers, as well as social media posts, such as a retweet from CW Hemp’s twitter profile on September 17, 2016, “The NFL Could End CTE With a Strain of Marijuana . . . A cannabidiol-rich strain – Charlotte’s Web – won’t get players high, but it can protect their brains.” This is a chilling development for companies that feel they are offering helpful, natural products for their customer’s well being, as it goes beyond policing their statements and policies to regulating what and how they’re allowed to acknowledge engagement from their customer base. In doing so, the FDA seems to chart a course that holds manufacturers accountable for statements from the general public, over which the company has no control.

Under the provisions of the letter, the manufacturers have 15 days to respond to the FDA in writing with specific steps they are taking to return to compliance. A daunting task considering the highly subjective nature of the FDA’s complaint. According to the CEO of another CBD oil product manufacturer, Phivida, they attempt to avoid any direct health claim about their products, instead opting for an approach that encourages their customers toward self-education. While this path seems compliant and necessary in the view of the FDA, it does make it harder for consumers seeking relief.

Some of the very people who CBD oil is the most helpful too, the elderly, marginalized communities without access to affordable medical care, and people suffering from conditions that make everyday life harder, are the very ones who may have the most difficulty navigating the internet and evaluating products for quality and efficacy. The very policies meant to protect consumers from charlatans and snake oil salesmen may, in fact, be preventing people from getting the health information and healing products they need for a better life.

Right or wrong, the FDA sets the rules under which CBD oil products can be marketed and sold in the United States. As such, manufacturers have had to watch their step carefully and rely on the community surrounding their products to effectively spread the word, however, now that the FDA has found fault with even that passive course of action, manufacturers and distributors are left with uncertainty just as CBD oil products are finally getting widespread public recognition.


CBD Legality in Indiana Currently Up in The Air

November 29th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Indiana

CBD oil, which has gained prominence as an alternative treatment for pain, seizures, and a slew of other medical conditions, has come under fire by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill. According to the Indy Star, Hill’s opinion on the oil, formed after consultation with experts and months of consideration, is that as it is derived from a plant that is related to marijuana, it must be considered under the same laws that make marijuana growing, sale, and use illegal in the state of Indiana. Rather than being the end of the matter, though, Hill’s official stance seems to have only muddied the waters, and led to greater backlash from merchants, CBD oil users, and even some segments of the state police.

How Did This Mess Get Started?

The whole reason this debate over CBD oil got started in Indiana was because Governor Eric Holcomb signed a bill into law, creating a registry of epileptic patients who want to use CBD oil to ease the symptoms that come with their condition. This ostensibly good act opened up immediate confusion over whether CBD oil was, or wasn’t, a drug that required that kind of list.

On the one hand, the legal logic goes that if epilepsy patients have to be put on a register in order to be allowed to use CBD oil for their conditions, then any other use of that product by anyone not cleared for its use should be illegal. This is where Hill’s opinion of CBD as a cannabis extract (which in his view should be classified no differently than marijuana) comes from. After all, if CBD oil was perfectly legal to use, then why would anyone need special permission from the government to use it?

However, it should be noted that the attorney general’s opinion is not the official law of the land. It certainly has weight, and the legal reasoning behind that opinion may go into clarifying how certain laws will be worded and enforced in the future, but Hill’s statement is far from the end of the matter. Because Indiana also passed an industrial help law in 2014, and it was this law that state police and advocates of CBD say made the oil legal. This law allowed hemp products to be bought and sold legally, provided they contain less that .3 percent THC, the active ingredient in marijuana that causes users to get high. CBD oil, though it is a cannabis extract, does not contain more than trace elements of THC, and as such it should be legal under this existing law.

Who Is Right?

This is a sticky issue for a lot of reasons. On the one hand, marijuana is still considered a controlled substance under federal law. Despite all of the state regulations to the contrary in places like Washington, Colorado, Oregon, and others, that may play a part in how Indiana lawmakers view the issue. On the other hand, hemp which does not contain an abundance of THC is something Indiana law already allows for, and one would think that CBD oil falls under that category. Especially given the tacit admission that the legislature has made that CBD oil is an alternative treatment for seizures, and that it could have other medicinal benefits as well.

Since there doesn’t seem to be a hard-and-fast answer to this question, with CBD oil being left on the shelves in some parts of the state and confiscated in other places, lawmakers are going to have to examine the issue and rule on it. Especially if they want to have a single, universal policy across the state for how CBD oil is treated, who can sell it, and who is allowed to use it.

Will Green Wellness Life Continue To Ship To Indiana?

The short answer? Yes. Our goal is to help everyone live healthier lives through industrial hemp, and we will follow all federal laws regarding its use. We will continue to ship CBD oil to Indiana until we are told that doing so is no longer federally legal. Let’s hope that day doesn’t come!


CBD and our Government

November 22nd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

government

Currently, the United Nations is still trying to figure out how to categorize CBD as it is a non-psychoactive compound that has endless medical applications. At the same time, even the FDA has started to reconsider their approach towards CBD as now its medical applications cannot be denied. CBD, essentially, is one of the more than 80a compounds (or cannabinoids) that can be extracted from marijuana and hemp plants.

This cannabinoid is one of the most abundant compounds present in marijuana and is extracted using a variety of different methods. CBD is non-psychotropic and is widely regarded as a neutralizer. The growing popularity of CBD is not going unnoticed as the federal government has started to reconsider changing CBD classification.

The officials from the FDA have acknowledged CBD as a non-psychoactive substance that has an array of medical benefits &recently announced that they are asking the public at large to help them reach a verdict on the benefits of CBD.

Furthermore, these statements made by the FDA conflict with the US Drug Enforcement Administration who have categorized CBD as a schedule 1 illegal substance. The DEA actually claimed last year that CBD has no medical applications and that the public should not have easy access to this compound. These blatant statements made by the DEA caused an outcry especially in the medical industry as there is no denying the medical benefits that CBD provides.

However now even the DEA cannot deny the vast medical benefits that CBD entails as there are thousands of studies which have proven just how beneficial CBD really is. Currently CBD is one of the seventeen substances that are currently under review by WHO and after a certain period of time they will reach a verdict on whether CBD should be rescheduled or not. However, even if the WHO and UN reschedule CBD from the controlled substances list, this will not technically affect the federal government’s categorization of CBD, but it will add fuel to the fire already burning down mistaken opinions and adages that there is not a place for this plant in modern medicine.


Growing Hemp in the USA

November 13th, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Growing Hemp

Hemp is one of the most widely misunderstood compounds in our day-to-day lives. However, many people have the common misconception that marijuana and hemp are the same herbs. Although hemp is a cannabis plant, it should not be confused with marijuana or weed as there are many differences between the two. Some of the most profound differences between hemp and marijuana are mentioned below:

Genetics

The very first difference between hemp and marijuana is they have different genetics.Cannabis is believed to be the oldest domesticated crop that has not changed throughout the span of time. Hemp is derived from plants which have been bred with other plants for industrial and medical uses. Marijuana on the other hand has historically been bred primarily for its psychoactive effects.

THC Content

The psychoactive effects of marijuana are induced by the THC content present in the plant.All of these marijuana plants have a very high content of THC. While CBD or hemp has limited or no THC content which is exactly why there are no psychoactive effects of this plant. At the same time both marijuana and hemp have CBD content but the latter does not have enough THC content to produce a high. Furthermore, CBD actually reduces the psychoactive effects of THC which further enunciates the fact that these are two different compounds.

Cultivation Techniques

Another prominent difference between hemp and CBD is the fact both are grown for different uses. Marijuana is almost exclusively cultivated for its psychoactive effects and its medical applications, while CBD is cultivated for an array of different reasons, including everything from medical uses to skin care to manufacturing hemp concrete and fabric. Marijuana is normally grown indoors under controlled temperatures to achieve the maximum THC while, hemp is grown outdoors to increase its yield and quality of the crop.

Legal status

Each state has different rules and regulations that govern both hemp and marijuana. Previously, both marijuana and hemp were classified as schedule 1 drugs but since society has changed its perspective about these plants, a lot has changed. Now twenty states in America have legalized medical marijuana and have rescheduled their drug classifications, in all of these states it is completely legal to grow and sell medical marijuana and hemp.

Marijuana cultivation is only limited to the states that have legalized the plant, while on the other hand it is completely legal to cultivate hemp in fourteen states of America. The reason why it has been legalized all around is due to the array of profound benefits that hemp provides. Furthermore, the laws that govern vary from each state for example in some states it is legal to grow hemp for personal use while it is legal to grow hemp for commercial or industrial purposes.

What are the current legal parameters of cultivating hemp?

The rules and regulation that govern this aspect of the society is changing every year as the benefits of hemp have now been clinically proven. Previously the subject of hemp sparked great controversy in America as each state has its own perspective on hemp and its applications.

Currently, it is completely legal to cultivate hemp seeds in fourteen different states; each state has their own statues that regulate the sale and what happens to that hemp after it’s planted. Furthermore, there are over thirteen states that are introducing industrial hemp growing programs and seven states have already established industrial hemp programs. States which have completely legalized the cultivation of hemp are as follows:

  • CA – California
  • CO – Colorado
  • IN – Indiana
  • KY – Kentucky
  • MA – Massachusetts
  • MO – Missouri
  • ND – North Dakota
  • OR – Oregon
  • SC – South Carolina
  • TN – Tennessee
  • VT – Vermont
  • VA – Virginia
  • NC – North Carolina
  • WV – West Virginia

At the same time, all of the states mentioned above have legalized the recreational use of marijuana, while there are other states which have legalized the cultivation of both marijuana and hemp with legal restrictions. The National Conference of State Legislatures recently announced that another fourteen states have started developing policies to legalize and regulate the cultivation of hemp seeds.

One thing is for sure down the line every state will have to accept the fact that growing hemp on american soil will actually help the society as a whole.


Spotlight on Charlotte’s Web

November 3rd, 2017 by Javed Pathan

Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is a cannabidiol cultivator which was developed back in 2011 as a family-owned business. The name Charlotte actually comes from a specific case study on girl who was suffering from dravet syndrome, a condition which induces severe epilepsy. This brave girl had to live with her condition for years on end as doctors from all around the world could not help her find relief.

However, in June 2011 her parents decided to try medical marijuana as they were running out of options. She started consuming CBD and doctors noted incredible progress.

Her story was an inspiration for many, especially the Stanley brothers who coined the name Charlotte’s Web to help raise awareness! The Stanley Brothers now y cultivate CBD genetics in Colorado from both industrial hemp and medical marijuana plants. Their industrial hemp products are fully federally legal and are able to be shipped all over the country.

CBD is accepted all around the world as a holistic way to treat a variety of different conditions. The publicity created by Charlotte’s Web has served to increase awareness on the benefits of CBD from industrial hemp. Their efforts have not gone unnoticed as after they created a foothold in the market, many different states started changing their perspective about CBD.

Charlotte’s Web has an extensive array of products that are offered at extremely affordable prices as this business actually wants to help people,They want people to live healthier and fuller lives, they want to help treat people that cannot find relief from conventional medicine. They are driven by principles that extend far beyond what people would normally conceive, and they have a goal of contributing to the sustainability of different communities that they serve.

Their social responsibility pledge is the driving force behind the incredible foothold that they have in the market as they have integrated with the Realm of Caring Foundation. A portion of every product sold is pledged to the Realm of caring foundation in order to advance education, research and ultimately compassion for individuals all around the world who are suffering from chronic health conditions. It is apparent the Stanley brothers have instilled their own personal values in their business model in order to become the standard bearer in the industrial hemp CBD market today.