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.


Doctors see positive potential in the use of CBD

March 12th, 2018 by Javed Pathan


CBD oil is gaining major traction in the wellness industry, as people see its beneficial potential as a treatment for everything from a variety issues and even for those coping with dealing a general sense of poor health. However, even with this growing popularity, miss information concerning the role and benefits of CBD as a medicine is still being pushed by some.

It’s important to remember that CBD itself does not share the psychoactive effects found in THC, another chemical found in marijuana and cannabis. In fact, CBD contains healing properties removed from the high of THC, and CBD is considered to be safe as well as legal in many states in the US. With all that said, it’s essential that you talk to your doctor about any new supplement especially CBD.

According to existing research, there are some very promising applications for CBD in medicine. What many doctors appreciate about this substance is its ability to integrate and function effectively and with the body’s natural chemistry and other medicines.

The following are a few things that excite medical professionals about the uses of CBD and how you might be able to benefit from their efforts:

A Potential Piece Of the Healthcare Puzzle

Patients using CBD have been finding relief in forward-thinking medical centers. In these cases, CBD is used to bolster healthy bodies and for fortifying pain relief and healing. For many of these patients, CBD has helped bridge the gap between their medication and the periods in which it runs its course.

The Possibility of Further Research and Public Attention

What has spurred so much interest from doctors regarding CBD is the number of patients clamoring for them to consider the substance as a possible alternative to certain treatments. Many patients tell their physicians they have found relief from pain by using CBD as well as relieving stress, but they also look to it as a source of relief from mental maladies. However, research is still ongoing concerning how we can use the substance in these different realms, particularly when it comes to the benefits or harms of using CBD regularly.

The Promise of Relief for Hundreds of Ailments

When it comes to CBD, the question is all about the concentration of the substance as in different concentrations it can be used to help a variety of issues. While not altering a person state of mind as many cannabis-based substances, CBD has numerous physiological benefits including boosting the immune system, improving the mood & appetite, and aiding the body in recovery.

As seen in these and in many other examples of anecdotal evidence it is believed that CBD can potentially help with a plethora of other ailments that doctors and researchers have yet to discover.

All of the Amazing Things That Hemp Can Be

March 5th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Hemp — no not marijuana, just a “cousin” of the infamous high-producing plant — refers to the industrial, non-drug variant of the Cannibas plant genus that is cultivated for its fiber, hurd*, and seeds. Hemp is such a useful plant, that it’s grown into a huge industry in and of itself. The ironic thing, is that it got a late start out of the gate, so to speak.

A Shaky Start

Nearly 80 years ago, Popular Mechanics published an article about the future of hemp, touting it as a new “cash crop” that promised to deliver new opportunities for American farmers. And then… less than a year after the publication of the Popular Mechanics hope-filled article about the value of hemp, the government passed restrictions on the plant that stopped the fledgling industry in its tracks. In the decades since, hemp was something nobody even talked about, a forgotten “wonder plant”.

The good news is that hemp is back, although many still confuse it with marijuana. The hope is that as people realize that there is a difference between the two plants, and see all of the wonderful things that hemp can be processed and transformed into, the industry will soar to the heights envisioned by the author of that 1938 Popular Mechanics article.

Your Shirt is Made from What?

Yes, it’s possible to own a hemp shirt, or a hemp jacket and even hemp shoes. Hemp is great for clothing because it’s got a linen-like texture and is porous, breathable and extremely durable. Clothing can be 100% hemp or partially made with hemp, combining other fibers like cotton to produce any number and variety of things to wear, including accessories like backpacks, hats, wallets and even sunglasses!

The “Beautiful” Side of Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is used to make all sorts of health and beauty products including lotions, hair care products like shampoo and conditioner, lip and body balms, facial moisturizers, body washes, and the list goes on and on. What makes hemp oil so great for the health of your skin? For starters, it’s loaded with Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which means it’s a great skin smoother/firmer. It’s also packed with vitamins like A, C and E, all of which have research-proven benefits to skin. And if you’re worried about dealing with the signs of aging skin, you’ll be excited to hear that key amino acids in hemp oil help prevent wrinkles and allow the skin to retain more moisture. For all of these reasons, hemp oil is good not only at making skin look better, but also a treating and soothing skin-irritating conditions like eczema, psoriasis, or just super-dry, rough skin.

Hemp for Health

The first documented use of hemp for health appears around 2737 B.C.E. in China, when an Emperor prescribed it as a treatment for constipation and menstrual woes. Through the centuries, hemp has been used as a medicine throughout the world, and even during the early days of the United States.

One of the most valuable compounds in hemp from a health standpoint is CBD or cannabidiol. Numerous studies, both past and ongoing, have shown great promise in treating all sorts of conditions from autoimmune disorders and diseases to neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Hemp on the Menu?

Yes, components of hemp can be made into nutritious foods. Take hemp seeds, for example. They contain a perfectly balanced 3:1 ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 essential fatty acids. They’ve got plenty of vitamins A and E, plus an array of minerals like calcium, magnesium, sulfur, potassium, iron and zinc.

Toss them on a salad like you would with flax seeds, and you’ve just added a powerful dose of nutrition to an already healthy lunch. Or try some hemp seed butter on your bread, if you prefer!

Brew a pot of hemp tea, have a hemp energy bar or put a few drops of flavored hemp tincture into a glass of water to give it some flavor and add some nutritional value.

More Hemp Products than Stars in the Sky?

The items listed above barely scratch the surface of products that can be — and currently are being — manufactured from the humble hemp plant. Paper, pens, furniture, pet products, and so much more can all become products that derive from hemp.

So the next time somebody talks about hemp and marijuana as being one and the same thing, make sure that you educate them on the important differences, and enlighten them on the amazing versatility of the wonder plant known as hemp!

How do Cannabis Topicals work?

February 25th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Cannabis Topicals

The number of methods to deliver cannabinoids to the body has been growing as of late, as the number of states legalizing cannabis continues to rise. Long gone are the days where people had to smoke a joint to feel the effects of marijuana; now consumers can choose from traditional flower, concentrates, edibles, and even oral sprays. Another method that is becoming more and more popular is topical application; topicals deliver cannabinoids into the body through the skin. Infused balms, lotions, massage oils, and transdermal patches are some of the products available on the market. Read on to learn more about topicals and how they may be beneficial for you.

How Exactly do Topicals Work?

As mentioned above, topicals infused with cannabis enter the body through the skin to provide localized relief for a variety of ailments. The majority of topicals contain a non-psychoactive cannabinoid called cannabidiol (CBD). CBD does not affect the body the same as THC; it doesn’t create any sort of “high.” Instead, the cannabinoid is known for its multitude of health benefits. It has been used to treat many different things and continued research shows that it may be effective in different ways almost daily.

When used, topicals are applied to the areas of the body where a specific benefit is sought. The CBD then binds to a network of receptors called CB2. These CB2 receptors are found throughout the body and are activated either by the body’s naturally-occurring endocannabinoids or by cannabis compounds known as “phytocannabinoids” (e.g., THC, CBD). The CB2 receptors have been found to  help replenish deficiencies in the amount of endocannabinoids.

For the most part, topicals do not actually enter the bloodstream, although some cbd patches may.


How to Use Cannabis Topicals

When determining which topical products to choose, it’s important to think about why you want to use them. Those with joint pain in their knees may want to rub a CBD lotion around the affected area. A cooling balm stick often works wonders for those looking for a muscle cool-down after a workout. Transdermal patches are a good option for people with chronic pain or a larger area of pain. The important thing is to talk to a professional for a recommendation based on desired effects – and always discuss a new regiment with a doctor. Combining all of these resources will help you pick the perfect product for your needs.

Final Thought

Cannabis-infused topicals are becoming a popular delivery method for those looking for an alternative treatment from muscle and joint pain instead of traditional prescription painkillers. Balms, salves, lotions, and patches offer localized relief by sending cannabinoids like CBD through the skin, directly onto affected areas. As research into cannabinoids for health and wellness advances, there may be even more conditions from which topicals may offer relief. After discussing options with a primary physician and doing the proper homework on cannabis, you may find topicals to be the perfect fit for your needs.

Hemp Legality in the US – Tennessee Industrial Hemp Future Uncertain

February 18th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Tennessee Industrial Hemp

In July of 2014, House Bill 2445 and Senate Bill 2495 was passed allowing Tennessee to begin cultivation of industrial hemp by reclassifying the plant. Individuals could legally grow hemp as long as the THC level is below 0.3% which the state rectified to be classified as industrial hemp and not a controlled substance. Anyone attempting to grow hemp in Tennessee must register with the Department of Agriculture in the state. Recent congressional research showed the U.S. imports approximately 500 million dollars in hemp from around the world while keeping its cultivation illegal to its own farmers. There are over 25,000 products manufactured from hemp. Farmers in Tennessee were elated. It seemed like a golden cash crop, but many have decided it wasn’t worth the trouble and didn’t live up to the hype.

One of the first problems farmers encountered was trouble getting the seeds through customs. Of the 50 farmers registered in 2015, only 25 applied in 2016. The numbers are still out for 2017. Once a farmer is approved to grow, they can only order their seed through the Agriculture Department. When seeds did not arrive in time for bumper crops, many farmers gave it up in favor of hay the following year prompting the department to put out requests to farmers across the state to grow it. Those who could develop a crop found they could not recoup the moneys they invested. Another problem early on was the fear farmers had of being mistaken for drug manufacturers. The hemp plant is exactly like the marijuana plant, only it won’t get you high. To curb this fear, the Agriculture Department asks farmers to disclose their exact GPS location so authorities will not assume it is Marijuana.

The Attorney General Jeff Session’s rescission of the Cole Memo has been another sticking point with farmers. Many of whom could now be facing bankruptcy if this rescission takes place. The Tennessee chapter of the Hemp Industry Association recently released their response. In it, they say that per §7606 of the Agricultural Act of 2014, the “Farm Bill”, hemp grown for industrial purposes under a state pilot research program is protected. The Department of Justice is also prohibited from prosecuting hemp farmers by the U.S. Consolidated Appropriations Acts of ’16 and ’17 which include a clause that vetoes the use of federal reserves to hamper or ban the conveyance, dispensation, sale, or use of industrial hemp that is cultivated in accordance with the Farm Bill within or outside Tennessee or any other participating state.

Of the farmers who have made a successful go of it, the key seems to be in the type of hemp and what it will be used for. The plants that are turned into fibrous materials and plastics are easy to grow and hard to kill. They grow tall and wide, towering over most other Tennessee crops. Making use of this fact, one Chapel Hill, Tennessee farmer has turned his hemp field into a giant maze. The one-acre hemp maze is designed to not only introduce the public to the plant and its differences from marijuana, but to show all of the uses for it and the many ways it contributes to the betterment of society. They serve a delicious Hemp-Dawg, made of hemp hearts and oil, onions, sausage and peppers. Hemp can only be grown in Tennessee as part of a research or pilot program. The maze falls under an agritourism pilot program.

As with anything new, it will take time to grow into hemp as a state industry. We do know one thing for certain, hemp growth in Tennessee is a burgeoning industry with amazing potential. For more information on the fascinating hemp plant and the amazing things it does for society, check out some of our other articles.


How Hemp Could Help the Economy

February 11th, 2018 by Javed Pathan


Industrial hemp is an extremely versatile plant. It has been used to make a plethora of products including textiles, rope, paper, naturceuticals, and various skin care goods. The compounds inside the hemp plant, called cannabinoids, are also gaining a lot of interest as of late. The main cannabinoid in hemp is called cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive substance that has been touted for its potential health benefits.

As more discoveries are made about the versatility of hemp, it has become clear that hemp is a lucrative commodity. According to a recent report by Hemp Business Journal, the total retail value of hemp products sold in the U.S. in 2016 was $688 million. As interest in hemp grows, so will the market. This is especially true when it comes to hemp-derived CBD products. From creating jobs to boosting stocks, hemp has many opportunities to generate cash. Here are four ways that hemp could potentially help both local and national economies.

Hemp is Easy to Grow – and Profitable

Hemp has been grown all over the world for centuries, from Ancient China to Revolutionary times (the Declaration of Independence was written on hemp paper!). It is known to be quite easy to cultivate as it can sustain in many different climates and has few predators. According to the Hemp Industries Association, only about eight in 100 pests can cause serious damage to the plant. Knowing this, along with the data that demand for hemp products is exploding, many farmers are curious to take up cultivation of cannabis.

“Farmers are very curious and want to know the returns from hemp. There’s good money in seed and you can pull $300 per acre right now at a minimum, but the potential is there for $1,800 per acre and even higher,” said Ryan Loflin, a hemp farmer from Colorado, in an interview with AGWeb. In other parts of the country, particularly the South, lawmakers are considering hemp as a way to create jobs – specifically in economically-depressed areas where cotton and sugarcane farms used to bring in millions.

Hemp has the Ability to Create Jobs

As mentioned, the hemp industry could help boost the economies of the communities choosing to be involved. Aside from the actual growing of hemp, there is also a demand for processors, extraction technicians, manufacturing professionals, regulatory officials, scientists, and more. In Kentucky, the country’s 5th poorest state, a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers, agricultural business owners, and other advocates have been diligent in their efforts to boost hemp production to help stimulate the economy.

“What this industry does is give people an enormous amount of optimism, that there are solutions, and that we’re working on them instead of holding our hands up in despair,” said Chad Rosen, a hemp farmer and president of the Kentucky Hemp Industries Association, in an interview with CityLab. “The beauty of this plant is that we are all aware of what is possible.”

Hemp is Sustainable

The plant has been touted for its many uses, including as a way to help the environment. As mentioned previously, hemp is incredibly easy to grow. It requires very little if any pesticides or fungicides, reducing the amount of chemicals in soil. Additionally, Using phytoremediation, hemp was used at Chernobyl to harmlessly extract toxins and pollutants from the soil and groundwater. Hemp actually absorbs CO2 while it grows through natural photosynthesis, making it carbon-negative from the get-go. Since hemp can also be turned into paper, it may be able to help reduce deforestation across the globe.

Hemp is Becoming More Popular for Potential Health Benefits

As interest in the possible medicinal powers of hemp – and more specifically, CBD, grows, so does the demand for products derived from the plant. More and more people are looking to hemp as a potential alternative to traditional pharmaceuticals as it is natural and eco-friendly. As mentioned previously, the hemp market in the United States is worth nearly $700 million dollars and is only expected to rise. Research and development on hemp and its potential benefits has been increasing, meaning the amount of types of products on the market will continue to grow.

Hemp is a natural, easy-to-grow, and sustainable plant that is celebrated for its many uses. The plant has the power to help the U.S. economy in several ways and may even help to create jobs and commerce in areas that have seen high unemployment and poverty rates. It is expected that the hemp industry will only continue to grow, and thus create even more economic opportunities both at home and abroad.

Marijuana Just Became Legal in California: What Now?

February 4th, 2018 by Javed Pathan


As of January 1st, 2018, a California law — Proposition 64 — that legalizes recreational marijuana went into effect. What will the new law mean for the state? How will it affect its revenues? Will it run into the same sorts of problems seen in Colorado? Will the U.S. Justice Department get tough with California’s MJ retailers? What does it mean for the rest of us? These are just some of the questions swirling in the media as California – a state with the 6th largest economy in the world.

Strict Rules
The new law — contrary to what many believe — does not give Californians a license to do as they please where marijuana is concerned. Anyone involved in the sale — whether seller or buyer — any those who will be charged with transporting weed must follow some very strict rules or face the consequences. Some examples

  • You must be 21 years old to legally buy marijuana in California, and you’re limited to one ounce per day.
  • As an alternative, you can buy up to 8 grams worth of THC concentrate by choosing edibles in the form of things like candy, brownies or breakfast bars. How quickly that adds up will depend on which products you choose, since some have higher concentrations of THC than others.
  • No matter which you choose, you’ll need to buy it from a state-licensed dispensary, otherwise, you — and the unlicensed seller — will both be breaking the law and subject to arrest and penalties.
  • Sales are cash-only. Dispensaries don’t accept checks or credit cards.
  • Citizens can grow up to 6 marijuana plants in their own backyards under the new law.
  • Public smoking of marijuana is prohibited, which means people will only be able to do so in their own homes. That means that renters could face a problem if their landlords decide to prohibit pot smoking on their properties.
  • In addition to dispensaries requiring licenses to operate, licenses and permits will also be required for farmers, delivery services, lab tests, distributors, and more — 20 different licenses and permits in all.
  • Driving under the influence will still be illegal and violators will be subject to penalties.

MJ is Still Under Federal “Prohibition”

Anybody working in the marijuana industry in California — even those who follow the State’s rules to the letter — is still at risk for Federal prosecution since marijuana is still considered a legal drug under Federal law. That means that recreational (and medical) dispensary owners risk Federal prosecution, along with the possibility of losing their businesses should Federal authorities choose to get strict about enforcing the law in California — a state that’s not exactly popular with the current President or his administration. In fact, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recent move to rescind Obama-era policies on marijuana federal law enforcement seems to signal that the threat is real.

How Much Will Legal Marijuana Contribute to California’s Economy?

Nobody can say for certain what legal marijuana sales will do for California’s huge economy, but the state has set its sights on a projection of $7-billion, with state and local governments standing to collect $1 billion a year in new taxes — an admittedly daunting task when dealing with a “cash only” business model.

Tax revenues are only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to adding to California’s coffers. Releasing non-violent pot offenders from prisons would also save the state millions of dollars, and the addition of new marijuana-based industries could substantially affect unemployment in a positive way in a state that currently has a large rate of poverty.

Will the New Law Eliminate Illegal Sales?

Not completely. Most experts agree that there will always be a black market for MJ, although it will almost certainly be smaller and more “manageable” now that those who enjoy a joint or a pipe-full of weed can legally do so. Being able to grow your own without the need to hide what you’re doing will also help.

However, it will be more expensive to buy legal marijuana than the illicit variety, and some are concerned that that’s a fact that could keep the black market alive and healthier than hoped for.

What About the Rest of Us?

Two other states — Massachusetts and Nevada — also voted this past November to legalize recreational pot, and Maine is said to be “on the verge” of doing the same. If California, with it’s enormous economy, is successful in building an even larger economy as a result of the new law, and if they can work out the “kinks” in its operation and implementation, it could lead other less affluent states to follow suit — a move that could conceivably lead to more jobs and better economic conditions for tens of millions of Americans.

All About Bluebird Botanicals

January 20th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

about bluebird botanicals

In the world of hemp oil, Bluebird Botanicals is one of the leading producers of oils produced from industrial hemp, and marketed both in the U.S. and abroad. The company was founded in 2012 and began marketing its high-quality hemp oil products in 2013. The company was founded by Brandon J. Beatty in Boulder, Colorado, and since its products hit the market, has been building a reputation for quality products and excellent service. Case in point: In 2016, Bluebird Botanicals was named #1 Hemp CBD Company of the Year by The Cannabist, a Denver Post-owned journalism company that has become the “last word” in all things cannabis! (Awards were presented at the Marijuana Business Conference and Expo in Las Vegas in November of 2016.)

The company has distinguished itself in the hemp and cannabis industry by providing products made with the highest-quality ingredients available, and by demonstrating its commitment to the environment by adhering to strict business practices that include using only biodegradable shipping materials (i.e. cornstarch “peanuts”), printing receipts on biodegradable paper, and dealing solely wit farms who practice sustainable farming. They keep imports to minimal levels, and believe strongly in the concept of sustainable business practices and products across the board.

What Distinguishes Bluebird Botanicals Product Line From Others?

First of all, Bluebird Botanical products are created by a long-time herbalist, so you’re getting products that combine other natural substances that can enhance or complement the CBD contained within them.

They also tests and verifies all of their ingredients for things like pesticides, heavy metals, and myotoxins, but they don’t stop there. They take the extra step of having their results verified by independent and GMP third-party labs, so you can feel extremely confident that you’re getting products that are absolutely safe and pure.

Then there’s the fact that they “put their money where their mouths are” in terms of truly caring about humanity and making a positive impact on the world. They do this by regularly donating to more than 9 different non-profit organizations that provide support to people with disabilities like autism, and serious illnesses like epilepsy and cancer.

What is a CBD Anyway?

CBD is short for cannabidiol, a compound found in cannabis plants that has medicinal value, minus the THC compound that makes people “stoned” when they smoke or ingest cannabis buds. CBD has been shown — through scientific and clinical research — to be potentially beneficial (or promising) in bringing our system back to neutral and treatment of a wide array of medical conditions.

bluebird products

Green Wellness Life is a Michigan-based company specializing in CBD-based products from companies like Bluebird Botanicals and others. We offer CBD/Hemp topicals, oils, tinctures and edibles. We’ve even got some products made especially for pets, who are, after all, members of your family too!

We’re a family-run business who care about providing innovative, safe, all-natural products to our customers and who are just as committed as the folks at Bluebird Botanicals to running our business in a manner that focuses on sustainability and respect for the Planet!

We invite you to explore our website, where you’ll find all sorts of natural products designed to improve your quality of life everyday!

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!

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.