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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Farm Bill 2018 and its Effects on the Hemp Industry

October 25th, 2018 by Brandy Palmer

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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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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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Back to (Cannabis) Basics

October 3rd, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Keep It Simple FacebookThis month we want to help our customers keep it simple… So we thought we’d take it back to the basics on cannabinoids.

Whether you call it reefer or ganja, grass or marijuana, Cannabis remains the most used drug globally. The chemical compounds that give cannabis it’s infamous and highly beneficial properties are referred to as Cannabinoids. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – is the most abundant and well-known cannabinoid with psychoactive properties that affects pleasure, concentration, memory, appetite, and perception. Inhaling or ingesting THC can affect areas of the brain associated with movement, sensations, visions, coordination, memory, reward, and judgment. Users often describe the high as a very mellow, euphoric, uplifting, and physically relaxing experience. Although it has been demonized since the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937, THC in cannabis has recently been explored as a medicine, as research has shown its use highly beneficial for those with a variety of conditions and chronic pain. It’s also no secret that marijuana has helped patients undergoing chemotherapy regain their appetite. States with legal marijuana have also seen a decrease in opioid overdose and prescription rates, suggesting that patients would prefer to treat their pain with cannabis as opposed to opiates.

Cannabinoids – What Are They and How are They Relevant?

Cannabinoids are a natural occurring chemical compound unique to the Cannabis plant, Outside of THC, there are nearly 80 more. Here are just a few of those subclasses: Read the rest of this entry »


Farm Bill 2018: Bringing More Clarity About Hemp and Marijuana Differences

September 28th, 2018 by Javed Pathan

Hemp and Marijuana Differences

We’ve talked a bit about the Farm Bill and have urged you to get involved by reaching out to your local elected officials and asking them to help our farmers and our bodies by voting “yes” on hemp.  Here’s a brief overview on the Farm Bill as it pertains to hemp (this is a big fat bill with BOATLOADS of other non-hemp provisions)  and our progress to date.

Recently, the U.S. House and Senate introduced a new Farm Bill to build on the 2014 Farm Bill that brought a variety of programs to help agriculture and food policies. While the 2014 bill helped bring a pilot research program for hemp, the new bill is poised to make domestic hemp officially legal.

It’s been a long road for hemp farmers dealing with the ambiguities of U.S. legality. Will this finally bring more clarity to what hemp really is to avoid confusion with marijuana?

Let’s take a look at the bill’s major details to understand what it means. Read the rest of this entry »


Pharma Patents Are Making Room For Something New

September 21st, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Pharma Patents

New Patents Pending Could Impact Peoples Lives The Future

It is an exciting time to be in the hemp industry.  The stigma about hemp is lifting (finally!) and people all over, are learning and becoming more open to the incredible benefits of CBD and hemp-based products. All this new information and forward progress means more dollars for science.   Pharmaceutical companies are not going to be left behind. On June 25, 2018, the Food and Drug Administration approved the CBD-based drug Epidiolex for the treatment of epilepsy. Epidiolex, which will help treat epileptic symptoms in Lennox-Gastaut and Dravet syndrome in patients two or older, is just one example of many pharmaceutical interventions that use the power of CBD to create positive change in people’s lives.

Other Exciting Pending Pharmaceutical Patents for CBD

Some of these pending patents will hopefully be the beginning of life-changing science and CBD that will offer consumers a way to manage their pain, reduce symptoms, and improve their quality of life.

1. Kalytera: Pharmaceutical Solution for Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD)

Kalytera has two U.S. patents issued to use CBD to treat graft versus host disease (GVHD).

GVHD is a life-threatening complication that can take place after a bone marrow transplant. In GVHD, the cells of the transplant donor attack the recipients’ organs. There is currently no FDA-approved drug to treat or prevent GVHD. Because of this, GVHD can cause chronic illness, disability, organ failure, and death.  Kalytera hopes to harness the power of CBD to help treat and prevent GVHD in patients who undergo transplants. Though Kaytera’s drug is not available to the public yet, several trials have shown promising results. In one study, none of the patients taking their CBD-based solution developed acute GVHD. By day 100 of the study, the risk of developing GVHD was significantly decreased. In addition, patients treated with CBD experienced fewer gastrointestinal and skin issues.

2. KannaLife: CBD as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectors

Kannalife currently holds a patent for “Cannabinoids as Antioxidants and Neuroprotectors.” As an antioxidant, CBD has been studied for its ability to reverse oxidation processes, which damage cells. And as for being neuroprotective, that means CBD has been studied for its ability to reduce damage to the brain and help grow new brain cells or neurons. KannaLife, which received attention for producing a patent for its “super-CBD” product, hopes to use CBD for its antioxidant and neuroprotective properties. Some of the diseases that KannaLife hopes to confront include Hepatic Encephalopathy (“HE”) and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (“CTE”). Both of these stress-related diseases affect behavioral and cognitive functions. To meet these ends, Kannalife hopes CBD’s antioxidant and neuroprotective features will help protect patients’ neural health and shield their brains from further damage. By helping to decrease inflammation, decrease issues following strokes, and protect the brain from autoimmune disorders, KannaLife aims to make a real change through CBD.

3. Zynerba’s topical ZYN002 gel: Control Symptoms of Fragile X Syndrome

The topical ZYN002 drug produced by Zynerba hopes to help with symptoms of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Fragile X Syndrome, for example, is a genetic condition associated with intellectual disability, increased anxiety, and mood disorders. This gel hopes to help treat those with Fragile X Syndrome by helping modulate their anxiety and mood, including hyperactive or compulsive behavior. Zynerba’s gel could also help with symptoms associated with Developmental and Epileptic Encephalopathies (DEE), which are rare brain disorders associated with seizures. Zynerba’s “permeation-enhanced” gel will be directly applied to the skin so it can bypass the digestive system entirely. Though it’s still in development, there’s a hope that this gel will produce positive changes for those with Fragile X syndrome.

4. INSYS Therapeutics: Cannabidiol Oral Solution for Prader-Willi Syndrome

Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic condition that can cause delayed development, weak muscle tone, feeding difficulties, and poor growth. One of the most challenging symptoms is hyperphagia, which is another word to describe excessive hunger and overeating. This is the symptom that the Cannabidiol oral solution from INSYS hopes to treat. INSYS Therapeutics is another company with a patent for CBD pharmaceuticals. They’re developing a Cannabidiol Oral Solution aimed specifically to help children with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Studies are projected to start in September 2018 and end May 2020, and will assess kids aged 8 to 17.

One Thing In Common

Though these pharmaceutical companies have pending patents out for wide-ranging medical issues, they all have one thing in common: The use of CBD to help treat serious medical conditions. More and more companies are recognizing the potentially life-changing effects possible from the hemp plant.


Make Room for Something New by Cara Oorbeck!

September 14th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Make Room

By Cara Oorbeck …Green Wellness Life Operations Guru

Summer is officially over in our house and so is our laid-back lifestyle. Or should I say my daughters’ laid-back lifestyle.  School started and we are making room in our life for MORE! More activities, more responsibilities, more obligations, and more stress.  Whew.  The other addition to our life is more routine. More routine and less freedom seems to help our family in making healthier decisions. Not only are we adding busyness to our life; but we are also adding some things that will help us to be more healthy. This is where Green Wellness Life is helping us! I am new around here…and definitely new to CBD.  I have been on staff a couple of months and I am learning and trying CBD in many forms for the first time. With that being said, I am excited about the health benefits my family and I are seeing!

Adding Something New…

These products are really impacting how we feel, how our skin looks and much more. One of these products is a full spectrum CBD tincture to my daily regimen.  I am trying Plus CBD 500 mg peppermint tincture. At first I did not think it was making a difference. I was Convinced (capital C) it was not doing anything. I took this product for over a month and then I stopped taking it for several days. It was at this point when I realized it had changed how I was feeling. My old shoulder injury wasn’t aching all day long. My knees were not as sore every day and I was sleeping more soundly most nights. In fact, I was able to stop taking my nightly sleep prescription medications completely.   I know that CBD affects people differently…our bodies all react differently and so not everyone will experience the same things I do with CBD but for me it has been really exciting.

It Takes Time…

Seeing the benefits of CBD takes time. The change for me was not immediate and it was not drastic. It started to slowly impact me in a very positive way. If you’re not taking CBD daily this may be something you want to think about making room for. In what ways are you getting your CBD daily? Some of us take CBD every day for its daily benefits including combatting pain, alleviating inflammation, reducing anxiety, mood stabilization, regulating sleep patterns, ADHD/mind clarity, and balancing the different branches of our immune system.  If you want more info on the different ways CBD can affect different conditions, take a peek at projectcbd.org.  While they are medical marijuana proponents (versus hemp), they have a boatload of great research on CBD.

So Many Benefits…

CBD has so many benefits and can add to our lives and our health. Why not give it a try?! If taking a tincture (liquid oil taken under your tongue) or a daily cbd capsules seems overwhelming, don’t hesitate to call us in the office or chat with us online.  We love to walk with you and explore new options for your lifestyle and your specific needs.

I am so excited to share more of the products I have been adding to my life this month as we discuss making room!  They are making a real difference to us!  Check in and see all the cool things we are talking about.  You may decide to add a little something cool yourself.

Please feel free to comment and ask about a specific product and we’ll try to talk about your needs and questions in our blogs!


Secret’s Out! It’s Brandy’s 40th Birthday

September 8th, 2018 by Cara Oorbeck

Secret's Out

At Green Wellness Life we like to celebrate life. We embrace every day and everyone. A big part of that comes from our founder, Brandy. If you have ever talked to her on the phone you know she is a ball of energy. Brandy goes out of her way to celebrate others! She is always willing to help someone in any way she can. She works hard to get the best products and info for her customers and in order to do so, she tries A LOT of CBD products.  We could call her a human guinea pig! That’s why some of her favorites really are awesome products that maybe you haven’t even tried!

Here is the really cool part about Brandy’s birthday!!! (You see she really does embrace every day and chooses to celebrate.)  So it was not a surprise when she said: “let’s celebrate my 40th birthday by giving some big discounts on my favorites!”  That’s right Brandy’s birthday could feel like your birthday!

Sale runs Sunday 8 am to Monday at 4 pm – (get it – 40 hours).  No coupon code needed, but you should probably give her a happy birthday shout out!

So Here Are Her Faves!

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Check out the site for deep discounts on these items!

 Sunday 8 am to Monday 4 pm Don’t miss it!

We are so excited to bring you 40 hours of Big discounts on a few of Brandy’s favorites.  So if you love the products we are celebrating, enjoy the sale. If you are looking to try a fun new product or get a great deal on something you already use… check out some of her faves!

Enjoy and Happy Birthday Brandy! (Side note – she’s very embarrassed by this post)