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HIA Vs. DEA Decision: What The Dismissal Means For The Hemp Industry

When a federal court dismissed a lawsuit between the Hemp Industries Association and the DEA, misinformation about the ruling quickly spread online. Since we’re hemp advocates, we knew we had to get to the bottom of the HIA vs. DEA decision and what it means for the industry.

The HIA vs. DEA decision, a ruling in a landmark lawsuit by the hemp industry, has caused a lot of confusion about CBD’s legal status.

The Hemp Industries Association sued the Drug Enforcement Administration last year in an effort to overturn a DEA rule declaring CBD oil illegal. When the court dismissed the case on April 30, based on what was essentially a technical matter, misinformation about the ruling quickly spread online. Since we’re hemp advocates and supporters of access to CBD oil, we knew we had to get to the bottom of the HIA vs. DEA decision and what it means for the industry.

“Our hope was that they would withdraw the rule or go back through the traditional rule making progress,” said Colleen Keahey, executive director at the HIA.

Rather than hear their argument, the court ruled that their case was invalid because the HIA hadn’t participated in an official comment period which took place years ago. Keahey pointed out that the comment period was in 2011, while the DEA waited until 2016 to suddenly claim that CBD is illegal.

The HIA vs. DEA decision prompted misleading media stories suggesting CBD was now illegal.

A statue of Lady Justice holding her scales. The HIA vs. DEA decision prompted misleading media stories suggesting CBD was now illegal.

While the hemp industry can chalk the ruling up as a loss, all is not as it seems. In fact, the DEA may have been forced to admit that CBD products derived from hemp are actually legal after all.

CBD AND THE DEA: WHY THE HEMP INDUSTRY LAUNCHED A LAWSUIT

While marijuana, the form of cannabis that makes people feel high, remains illegal at a federal level, most legal experts agree the same isn’t true for industrial hemp.

The 2014 Farm Bill, which Pres. Barack Obama signed in that year, declared industrial hemp legal as long as it’s grown under a state-run hemp program. According to Vote Hemp, 15 states grew hemp last year for a total of over 25,000 acres. One of the most popular products made from this hemp is CBD, or cannabidiol, an extract of hemp which science suggests has numerous healing benefits.

The DEA has tried to claim that all CBD is illegal, even when it’s made from legal hemp. Though CBD remains available, at least online, in almost every part of the U.S., the DEA rule has caused a great deal of legal confusion. States like Wisconsin and Indiana have struggled with the legality of CBD. One Indiana resident narrowly escaped drug possession charges for CBD before a new law passed that declared CBD fully legal in that state.

The HIA were joined in their lawsuit by several other hemp advocates, all of whom hoped that the case could clear up this confusing legal landscape.

HIA VS. DEA DECISION FORCES GOVERNMENT TO UPDATE POLICIES

Another major party to the suit was Hoban Law Group, well-known specialists in cannabis law. In a statement to their clients which was shared with Ministry of Hemp, Hoban Law collectively fired back against the rumors and misconceptions swirling around the HIA vs. DEA decision.

“Contrary to many media reports suggesting otherwise, the Court’s ruling does not find that industrial hemp, or derivatives or extracts of hemp, are illegal,” they wrote. “In fact, this ruling should not be understood to practically impact the hemp industry in an adverse way and does provide some clarity.”

According to the statement, in dismissing the case the court stated that the Farm Bill actually supersedes the Controlled Substances Act. The CSA is the anti-drug law the DEA tried to use to argue that CBD is illegal. Essentially, the court said that when the CSA conflicts the Farm Act, the Farm Act — and legal hemp and CBD — win out.

“This is good news for the hemp industry,” Hoban wrote.

The HIA vs. DEA decision caused confusion, but may actually have forced the government to admit that CBD derived from hemp is legal.

A hemp farmer surveys his crop at sunset. The HIA vs. DEA decision caused confusion, but may actually have forced the government to admit that CBD derived from hemp is legal.

Rod Kight, another well known legal advocate for cannabis, struck a cautious note in his May 2 analysis of the HIA vs. DEA decision.

“The outcome was not entirely awful,” he wrote on his blog Kight on Cannabis.

Kight pointed to a clarification on CBD that the DEA published soon after the court case began. While the DEA’s statement is confusingly written, it states that “CBD is not illegal, per se,” as long as it’s derived from a legal source like hemp. Though the DEA admitted CBD was always legal, it’s clear the question of CBD’s legality is still not settled.

“On the one hand, nothing has changed and life in the wake of this ruling is the same as it was before the ruling,” Kight wrote. “On the other hand, things are more confusing than ever.”

CBD LAWSUIT DECISION HIGHLIGHTS THE NEED FOR LEGAL CHANGE

The lawsuit could be appealed but, according to Keahey, the Hemp Industries Association is keeping their options open.

“As of April 30, we have 45 days to decide and our board of directors and our legal counsel and our co-petitioners are just putting together thoughts and opinions and reviewing potential strategies,” she said. “We’ve got some time so we’re going to take it and make sure we do our due diligence to take the appropriate action.”

Overall, most hemp experts don’t seem to think the results of this lawsuit will have much effect on the industry. CBD supplements continue to sell online and in most states. However, cases like these highlight the need for legal change at the federal level. A Senate bill called the “Hemp Farming Act of 2018” could fully legalize hemp and derivatives like CBD, taking them out of the hands of the DEA once and for all. Originally sponsored by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the bill is rapidly gaining bipartisan support.

Regardless of whether they appeal the court case, Keahey said she’s excited for the upcoming Hemp History Week, which the Hemp Industries Association cosponsors with the nonprofit Vote Hemp and others. Taking place from June 4 through 10 in 2018, Hemp History Week is a major annual grassroots campaign that raises awareness about the benefits of this crop and the many ways it can be used.

This year, the campaign is perfectly timed to draw attention to the need for full hemp legalization and encourage voters to lobby their lawmakers.

“We hope we get more response from constituents to Congress than ever before,” Keahey told us.

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The Hemperor Beer Review: New Belgium Adds Hemp Flavor & Aroma To Hops

The Hemperor is a unique new offering from New Belgium. While this “HPA” or Hemp Pale Ale has the strong flavor of hops, the hemp flavor balances out the bitterness. And the hempy smell of The Hemperor has to be experienced to be believed.

Our Hemperor beer review in a nut (hemp?) shell: Delicious!

New Belgium Brewing recently invited our Editor in Chief to a special Austin, Texas tasting of their new hemp beer, The Hemperor HPA.

The Hemperor is a unique new offering. This is the first hemp beer from a brewery as ubiquitous as New Belgium. While this “HPA” or Hemp Pale Ale has the strong flavor of hops, the hemp flavor balances out the bitterness. The smell of The Hemperor has to be experienced to be believed. The private downtown bar where the tasting took place smelled like a hemp field at harvest, just from the open bottles and glasses of beer.

Our Hemperor Beer Review: New Belgium’s new hemp beer has a strong aroma of fresh hemp and a nutty flavor of hemp hearts.

A bottle and a foamy glass of The Hemperor sit atop a counter in a liquor store. New Belgium’s new hemp beer has a strong aroma of fresh hemp and a nutty flavor of hemp hearts. (New Belgium)

New Belgium are also believers in hemp legalization. One dollar from every bottle sold goes to groups like Hemp 4 Victory.

“It’s a crop that has a lot of stigma in this country and I think this beer could be a catalyst for change,” declared Steve Navas, brand activation manager at New Belgium.

New Belgium is also encouraging beer fans to contact their elected representatives and demand total hemp legalization.

HEMP AND HOPS COME TOGETHER IN THE HEMPEROR

Hemp and hops have a long history of human cultivation but they’ve rarely been combined in a modern beer. Since New Belgium is from Colorado, the heart of modern hemp growing in the U.S. it might be inevitable that they’d decide to mix the two.

“Our brewers met some farmers, got to brewing, and figured out it tastes great in a beer,” Navas said.

Regulations are one issue that may have kept hemp beers from reaching a national market before. As the creators of hemp wine discovered, the government bodies which oversee alcohol licensing and distribution in the U.S. are resistant to ingredients like hemp. Now for sale in 49 states, The Hemperor is still unavailable in Kansas, which has extremely strict laws on hemp products.

 

Steve Navas of New Belgium poses with a glass of The Hemperor at the Austin, Texas tasting. (Ministry of Hemp)

New Belgium is lobbying to change those regulations. “Hopefully in the next few months we’ll be able to sell this in that state as well,” Navas said.

Other than that small amount of resistance, he said people greet The Hemperor with excitement.

“People are overall ecstatic about it,” Navas said.

“The beer speaks for itself and it smells for itself,” he added, taking a whiff of the beer’s distinctive aroma in his glass.

OFFICIAL HEMPEROR BEER REVIEW

Official Hemperor Beer Review

  • Highlights: New Belgium’s The Hemperor HPA has an incredibly rich, herbal hempy aroma but contains absolutely no THC. It has a light golden amber color. The taste of hemp balances out the bitterness of the hops. A portion of the profits from every bottle sold go to hemp legalization causes.
  • Price: $18.83 for a six-pack (Amazon)
  • Strength: 7% alcohol by volume
  • Taste & Aroma: Wow! Powerful green hemp aroma from this pale ale. The hemp adds a nutty, smooth flavor that balances out the hops, especially in comparison to most IPAs. This beer is sweet with a very mild bitter aftertaste.
  • Ingredients: Water, ale yeast, wheat (Pale, White Wheat and Midnight Wheat), Hops (Nugget, Cascade, HBC 522 and Simcoe), Hemp hearts and natural flavor

The Hemperor is sourced from Colorado-grown hemp plants. Despite the smell, The Hemperor contains does not contain any THC, the ingredient in marijuana that makes people feel high. It’s also not a source of CBD or any of the other cannabinoids or terpenes found in the cannabis plant, just delicious hemp flavor. Sign up at Hemp 4 Victory to join the efforts of New Belgium and their allies to spread the word about hemp legalization.

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CBD In The Brain: The Neurological Effects Of CBD Oil

The unique neurological effects of CBD are key to this supplement’s growing popularity. CBD is notably different from other cannabinoids, or chemicals which are found in hemp and cannabis. In this article, we take a look at how CBD works to heal.

The unique neurological effects of CBD are key to this supplement’s growing popularity.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a chemical compound that is present in hemp, a close relative of marijuana. It is nonpsychoactive—meaning, it doesn’t make people feel stoned. CBD is also known to have various medical benefits that can help relieve patients from pain, inflammation, anxiety, lethargy, and other conditions. When taken, CBD allows a person to feel relaxed without the intoxication.

WHAT MAKES CBD DIFFERENT FROM THC AND OTHER CANNABINOIDS?

CBD is notably different from other cannabinoids, or chemicals which are found in hemp and cannabis. While all other cannabinoids interact with two significant receptors in the nervous system, CB1 and CB2, CBD has very little effect on both of them. CB1 receptors are found in different parts of the brain, including those concerned with emotion, sensory perception, memory, and cognition. CBD does not induce a mind-altering state.

The unique effects of CBD in the brain lead to a host of healing benefits from this popular supplement.

An illustration of neurons firing in a human head. The unique effects of CBD in the brain lead to a host of healing benefits from this popular supplement.

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), on the other hand, is another story. It is the chemical responsible for majority of cannabis’s psychological effects, sending you on a cerebral adventure. It is found mainly in the resin secreted by the glands of the marijuana plant. THC attaches itself to both CB1 and CB2 receptors. This activates them and affects a person’s thinking, perception, memory, pleasure, and concentration, making the person feel high.

CBD may also moderate the effects of THC. While some people report anxiety from consuming marijuana, strains which are high in CBD tend to cause less of these effects. CBD itself may be beneficial in the treatment of anxiety.

POSSIBLE NEUROLOGICAL EFFECTS OF CBD

CBD is known to have several medicinal properties, but because the field of marijuana studies is fairly young, more research is needed to explore the properties of marijuana’s compounds. Here are some of the possible medical benefits of CBD. More research is needed to determine whether CBD can effectively be used to treat all these conditions.

  • Neuroprotective Effects

CBD could be useful when treating neurological diseases because it protects neurons from degeneration. In a study about Alzheimer’s, CBD was seen to hinder and the development of Alzheimer’s symptoms.

  • Analgesic Effects

CBD has proven itself useful in suppressing pain. It is able to inhibit neuronal transmission without causing analgesic tolerance. Because of this, researchers suggest that CBD and other nonpsychoactive components can be used as a foundation to the treatment of chronic pain.

  • Antitumor Effects

Studies have shown that very high doses of CBD no toxic effects in humans and that it might be used to inhibit the growth of cancer cells due to its antitumor properties. This could even help treat leukemia and similar diseases.

  • Antianxiety Effects

CBD has been shown to reduce anxiety in patients. Researchers have also suggested that it can be used on patients with a variety of related conditions including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In a 2011 study, a test was administered to 24 patients with social anxiety disorder. 1.5 hours before the test, the patients were given CBD or placebo. It was found out that the anxiety, cognitive impairment, and discomfort in patients who were pretreated with CBD had significantly reduced, compared to those in the placebo group.

HOW CBD WORKS IN THE BRAIN

CBD produces effects through various molecular pathways. Although CBD does not really bind with two of the cannabinoid receptors, CB1 and CB2, it acts through several different receptor-independent channels. CBD enhances and inhibits the binding action of certain protein-coupled receptors.

Listed below are some of the receptor systems and their relationship with CBD.

  • Serotonin System

CBD targets a specific serotonin receptor, the serotonin 1A receptor. Its affinity with this receptor is associated with a lot of CBD’s therapeutic properties.

The unique neurological effects of CBD offers relief without the feeling of being “high.”

THC & CBD, two chemicals found in cannabis and hemp, have distinct effects. The unique neurological effects of CBD offers relief without the feeling of being “high.”

Take note that serotonin receptors regulate the release of hormones like cortisol, which is responsible for metabolism and reactions to stress, and oxytocin, which affects social behavior. Serotonin receptors also affect a person’s mood, cognition, and appetite.

Enhancing the activation of serotonin 1A receptors supports the theory of how CBD impedes certain problems and disorders such as neuropathic pain, anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, and nausea from chemotherapy.

  • Vanilloid Receptors

  • CBD binds to TRPV1 receptors, which are also called vanilloid receptors, to achieve a therapeutic effect. As an ion channel, TRPV1 plays a role in thermoregulation (temperature regulation), inflammation, and the perception of pain.

  • Orphan Receptors

  • GPR55 is called the orphan receptor because researchers are still not sure if it belongs to a larger receptor family tree. It is involved in the process of modulating blood pressure, bone reabsorption, and bone density.

    When it is overactive, GPR55 may cause osteoporosis. GPR55 also contributes to the multiplication and migration of cancer cells. CBD blocks GPR55 signaling. This could affect the likelihood of cancer cells proliferating under the right conditions.

  • Nuclear Receptors

  • Peroxisome proliferator activated receptors (PPARs), also known as “nuclear receptors,” are activated by CBDs to produce an anticancer effect. They are found on the surface of the cell’s nucleus. When activating a receptor known as PPAR-gamma, an antiproliferative effect begins. Its activation also causes tumors to regress in lung cancer cell lines.

CBD AS AN ANANDAMIDE REUPTAKE INHIBITOR

According to a study, CBD in the brain inhibits anandamide reuptake and breakdown, which increases endocannabinoid levels in the brain’s synapses. Anandamide is an extremely powerful, cannabis-like chemical in the brain. This, in turn, has neuroprotective effects against seizures and other problems.

A row of vials of CBD oil, a nutritional extract made from hemp. Only in recent years has science begun to rediscover the benefits of medicinal hemp and cannabis.

Since it is a plant compound, CBD has to pass through the cell membrane to get inside a human cell and bind with a nuclear receptor. It does this by attaching itself with a fatty acid binding protein (FABP), which takes it into the cell’s interior. The same intracellular molecules also transport THC and the brain’s cannabis-like molecules, the endocannabinoids anandamide and 2AG, to different parts inside the cell.

CBD has a strong attraction to three kinds of FABPs. This causes CBD to compete with endocannabinoids. Once endocannabinoids are inside the cell, anandamide is broken down by fatty acid amide hydrolase, a metabolic enzyme. CBD interferes with endocannabinoids’ process by reducing anandamide’s access to transport FABP and delaying it from entering the cell.

THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS OF CBD IN THE BRAIN

CBD has therapeutic properties that can aid individuals facing both physically and psychologically related problems.

  • Anxiety, Stress, and Depression

  • While THC can amplify the anxiety in some people, a study done by Neurotherapeutics suggests that CBD can help lessen the anxiety felt by people with particular anxiety disorder. The neurological effects of CBD could lead to it being used as a supplement to existing treatments like pharmaceutical drugs.

  • Epilepsy

  • A study posted in Epilepsia suggested that CBD is able to treat epilepsy and neuropsychiatric disorders. Since CBD has antiseizure properties, it has a low risk of adverse side effects on people who already have epilepsy. Because of this, there are more and more studies being conducted with the focus to treat many of the disorders linked to epilepsy, such as neuronal injury, neurodegeneration, and psychiatric diseases.

  • Sleep Quality

  • Since CBD can help reduce anxiety, this, in turn, can help out with sleep difficulties. It may increase the overall amount spent sleeping by subduing chronic pain and insomnia. At a small dosage, CBD induces wakefulness and reduces daytime sleepiness, but heavy doses taken a few hours before bedtime have a balancing effect that often leads to a good night’s sleep.

CBD’s IMMENSE POTENTIAL

While most of the studies have put their focus on understanding THC, cannabidiol has been consistently showing great potential with regard to its medical uses. It is important to understand all the properties of cannabis and hemp so that people can use it to help benefit the human body.

As they understand this chemical more, scientists may find newer ways to improve human health and healing, without having the fear of the stigma that comes with cannabis.

 

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CBD Protein Powder Reduces Inflammation & Fatigue After Workouts

CBD protein powder is an easy way for athletes and gym goers to add this popular supplement to their workout routine. CBD can reduce inflammation and ease muscle soreness and joint stiffness. With more athletes experimenting with CBD after the World Anti-Doping Authority lifted their ban, CBD protein powder could be an important new product.

CBD protein powder is an easy way for athletes and gym goers to add this popular supplement to their workout routine.

CBD oil is an extract made from industrial hemp which offers numerous benefits for active people. CBD can reduce inflammation and ease muscle soreness and joint stiffness. Thanks to its widespread effects on the endocannabinoid system, CBD can also promote relaxation. With more athletes experimenting with CBD after the World Anti-Doping Authority lifted their ban, CBD protein powder could be an important new product.

In tasty flavors like vanilla or chocolate, CBD protein powder could become an important part of athlete's routines.

Two scoops of protein powder in vanilla and chocolate. CBD protein powder adds hemp extract to sports nutrition, promoting well-being and easing inflammation in athletes and the active.

ReGen(PCR) from Willpower Products is one of the first CBD-infused protein powders to hit the market. This was one of several unique hemp and CBD products we discovered at the NoCo Hemp Expo this year. Read on to learn more about the benefits of CBD protein powder, and to see our complete review.

EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF CBD PROTEIN POWDER

Will Carr discovered CBD after struggling to recover from a sports-related injury.

“I’ve been an athlete my whole life,” Carr told us at the NoCo Hemp Expo. “I played basketball in college and I played basketball professionally overseas for a while, so I’ve always used sports nutrition products.”

Last summer, Carr suffered from turf toe, a common but painful sports injury. Turf toe is a sprain to the ligaments around the big toe joint in the foot.

“I’d been taking ibuprofen for two weeks and it wasn’t helping,” Carr said. “I took CBD and within 30 minutes my toe didn’t hurt anymore.”

He recalled his surprise at the supplement’s effectiveness at treating pain. “What in the world is this? Why have I never heard of this before?”

Other athletes have used CBD to reduce their use of steroid injections and other painkillers after injuries. Even without an injury, workouts can leave people stiff and sore both immediately afterward and the next day. CBD has been shown to reduce pain and inflammation without being addictive.

Carr believes athletes and anyone living an active lifestyle should take CBD every day:

“CBD is great in sports nutrition and being active for muscle recovery, joint health, any kind of anti-inflammation. It’s great to help you feel better overall. When you’re taking CBD every day, you really do feel good. You recover faster, your body feels good. It’s a natural fit to put CBD into sports nutrition products.”

REGEN(PCR) CBD PROTEIN POWDER OFFERS LATEST IN SPORTS NUTRITION PLUS HEMP

Will Carr poses with the Apollo Flight Labs jetpack. Carr's CBD protein powder combines the benefits of CBD with the latest in sports nutrition.

Will Carr takes a moment to study his phone in the Willpower Products booth at NoCo Hemp Expo. The Willpower branded jetpack stands ready for launch nearby. Willpower’s CBD protein powder combines the benefits of CBD with other cutting edge sports nutrition ingredients. (Ministry of Hemp photo)

Carr’s injury eventually led to the development of his CBD protein powder. The PCR in ReGen(PCR) stands for PhytoCannabinoid Rich, because this supplement includes full spectrum hemp. We typically recommend “whole plant” or “full spectrum” extract for the added benefits it offers over CBD alone.

He believes ReGen(PCR) is a winning combination of hemp and sports nutrition knowledge.

“It’s the perfect concoction if you live an active healthy lifestyle,” Carr said of his CBD protein powder. “You’re able to get that recovery and just feel good and be able to live your life, be able to be healthy, active and happy.”

Carr marked the launch of his new product by partnering with Apollo Flight Labs, who wowed the Expo crowds with an actual jetpack.

In addition to whey protein and hemp extract, Carr’s ReGen(PCR) also includes Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAAs). The latest sports medicine research suggests BCAAs can help reduce reduce fatigue during exercise and soreness after a workout.

“BCAA is great for healing and repairing muscle fibers in your body.” Carr said. “They’re huge in the sports nutrition world for muscle health and recovery.”

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Willpower: ReGen(PCR) Protein Powder Official Review

  • Highlights: ReGen(PCR) Protein Powder – Vanilla has a smooth texture that blends easily into soy or nut milk. There is a noticeable medicinal flavor from hemp extract and other nutritional additives. With 20 mg of full spectrum hemp, including CBD, ReGen makes a relaxing start to your day. This CBD protein powder also helps reduce inflammation and soreness after workouts.
  • Price: $79.99
  • Strength: 20 mg of full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per scoop, about 15 servings per container
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $8.98 for USPS Priority Mail, with faster shipping available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Texture & Taste: This CBD protein powder blends easily into smoothies or other beverages without creating a powdery texture. Though the vanilla flavor is pleasant, it does not completely cover up the taste of the hemp extract and other supplements. Some consumers may also notice the taste of stevia, the natural sweetener used in ReGen(PCR).
  • Ingredients: PCR (Phytocannabinoid rich) Hemp Oil Extract, Flax Seed, BCAAs (Branch Chain Amino Acids), Grass Fed Whey Blend (Whey Protein Concentrate, Whey Protein Isolate), Natural Flavor, Xanthan Gum, Sucralose, Stevia RebaudioxideA Leaf Extract

ReGen(PCR) is also available in Cinnamon Cocoa flavor. This product is gluten free. The CBD is made from hemp sourced in Colorado. The current formula uses whey protein (refined from dairy products). Willpower plans to release a vegan formula using hemp protein. If you’re sensitive to the taste of supplements, we recommend blending CBD protein powder in a smoothie with ingredients like bananas, berries or peanut butter to add nutrition and flavor.

Willpower provided a free sample of their CBD protein powder in return for our honest review.

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Best CBD Topicals: Reviews Of The Best CBD Salves & Creams Online

Topical CBD is a great choice whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or just the aches and stiffness of everyday life. CBD is also an increasingly popular skincare ingredient. Ministry of Hemp tested almost a dozen products to bring you our reviews of the best CBD topicals for sale online.

This review of the best CBD topicals is the latest in Ministry of Hemp’s product review series. Be sure to also check out our review of the Best CBD gummies.

Topical CBD is a great choice whether you’re dealing with chronic pain or just the aches and stiffness of everyday life.

CBD is an extract made from industrial hemp that can offer relief from pain and inflammation. With few side effects or drawbacks, CBD is seeing tremendous popularity today. While most commonly found in a tincture or capsule, an increasing number of brands offer CBD in a salve or cream designed to be applied directly to the skin.

Skin care products are seen arrayed with a hemp leaf and two open jars of salve. Ministry of Hemp’s review team studied almost a dozen products to pick the best CBD topicals available online.

Ministry of Hemp’s review team studied almost a dozen products to pick the best CBD topicals available online.

Quality matters, and there are few regulations governing the CBD industry. At Ministry of Hemp, we maintain the highest standards when it comes to CBD and hemp products. Read on to find out more about the benefits of CBD salves and creams, and to see our complete reviews of the best CBD topicals available online.

WHY DO PEOPLE USE TOPICAL CBD?

The main advantage of CBD in a topical form is that it can be applied directly to whatever part of the body needs help. Topical CBD products bypass the digestive system and can immediately go to work where they’re needed.

There’s a growing body of scientific evidence to support the use of topical CBD products to ease pain, inflammation, and the symptoms of arthritis. One study using rats found that topical CBD has “therapeutic potential for relief of arthritis pain-related behaviours and inflammation without evident side-effects.” More scientific research on humans is needed to confirm all of CBD’s benefits, but the initial research into topical use in humans is also promising.

a person applies a salve to their elbow. CBD topicals can go directly to work where they're needed most.

Topical CBD products bypass the digestive system to go directly to work where they’re needed most.

Hemp and CBD oil are also increasingly popular skin care ingredients. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can reduce rashes and irritation in the skin just like it eases muscle aches and stiffness.

QUALITY MATTERS: HOW WE PICKED THE BEST CBD TOPICALS

For our review of the best CBD topicals available online, we focused only on companies which make third-party, independent lab results available to consumers. Lab results are available online, included in the order, or on request. It’s vitally important that consumers know exactly what products they’re consuming: how strong it is, and whether it has any impurities. We also focused on brands with fast, friendly customer service and easy to use websites.

We rated each brand on their price, strength, and the cost of shipping. We used our Editor in Chief’s address in central Texas to produce sample shipping costs for each product.

A variety of topical CBD products seen with some hemp seeds, a hemp leaf, and a vial of essential oil.

Topical CBD products are available in a variety of textures, with different added scents, essential oils, and herbal ingredients.

Our reviews also include the ingredients and a description of the scent and texture of each CBD topical. We tried to remain neutral in our descriptions of each product, since each consumer’s experience is subjective. These are all high-quality CBD creams, balms and salves, but you may find you prefer one scent over another. You might love or hate menthol. Some people prefer a light texture, while other buyers are looking for CBD topicals to use in a massage.

After careful review, we believe these are the best CBD topicals for sale online:

Click above or continue reading for our complete review of each brand.

CBD TOPICALS OFFICIAL REVIEWS


Ananda Hemp: Spectrum Salve 125

  • Highlights: Spectrum Salve 125 has cooling menthol and a smooth, slightly oily texture. Great for targeting sore muscles.
  • Price: $23.95
  • Strength: 125 mg of full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 25g tin
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free standard shipping is available, or faster options for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online
  • Texture & Smell: This salve has a smooth, slightly oily texture from the coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter. It smells of minty essential oils and the other botanical ingredients.
  • Ingredients: 100 mg Hemp Flower Extract, Organic Coconut Oil, Organic Shea Butter, Cocoa Butter, Beeswax, Organic Menthol Crystals, Boswellia Extract Powder, White Willow Bark Extract, Organic Cayenne, Organic Calendula Flowers, Organic Ginger, Arnica Oil, Capsicum Oil, Sunflower Oil, Essential Oils: Wintergreen, Organic Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Lavender, and Ginger

Ananda Hemp’s salve is produced from industrial hemp grown in Kentucky. The Ananda Hemp team is closely involved with efforts to fully legalize hemp growing nationwide. Since it contains menthol and also warming ingredients, Spectrum Salve should be applied sparingly at first.

Bees Balm
Bee’s Knees: Bee’s Balm

  • Highlights: Bee’s Balm has a thicker texture, with a pleasant mint coconut scent. Available in a convenient sample size easy to slip in a pocket or purse.
  • Price: $7 – $30.00
  • Strength: 25mg CBD in “sample size” or 1.75 oz. jar with 200mg of CBD
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. $3.95 for First Class Shipping, with faster options available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact Bee’s Knees directly.
  • Texture & Smell: Smells like calendula and peppermint: a little floral and a little bit minty, with faint added scent of coconut. This CBD topical has a heavier texture, with a slippery, oily feel.
  • Ingredients: Coconut oil, bees wax, CBD oil, eucalyptus essential oil, peppermint, calendula, camphor and vitamin E

The sample size of is great for slipping into your pocket. It’s also an affordable way to try the product. Bee’s Balm produces a mild warming sensation. Bee’s Knees products are grown and produced on a family-owned farm in Colorado.

Citizen CBD Skin Silk
Citizen CBD: Skin Silk

  • Highlights: Skin Silk has a unique whipped texture makes Skin Silk great for skin care to target dry or irritated skin.
  • Price: $62.00
  • Strength: 250mg of full spectrum hemp extract/CBD in a 4 ounce jar
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $3.00 for standard shipping with faster options available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Texture & Smell: Skin Silk has a creamy “whipped” texture that’s unique among the products we sampled. This product has a sweet, floral and fruity scent.
  • Ingredients: Shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, hempseed oil, argan oil, jojoba oil, calendula, hemp extract oil, ylang ylang, clary sage, bergamot, geranium and jasmine.

Citizen CBD’s Skin Silk, which we reviewed, is designed with skincare in mind, including treatment of dry skin, inflammation and eczema. They also offers several other topicals including a warming Athletic Rub and a Deep Tissue Rub. Citizen CBD is a veteran-owned company and a portion of proceeds go to help causes like treating PTSD.

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CW Hemp: Unscented Hemp Infused Cream

  • Highlights: This Unscented Hemp Infused Cream can be used anywhere & has a pleasant, lotiony feel. Perfect for anyone who prefers unscented products.
  • Price: $49.99
  • Strength: 750 mg of full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 2.5 oz tube
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard shipping starts at $8.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact CW Hemp directly.
  • Texture & Smell: This CBD topical has a soft, creamy texture that easily absorbs into the skin. There is a very faint, lotiony smell.
  • Ingredients: Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice*, Purified Water, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Oleosomes, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shae) Butter*, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil*, Vegetable Glycerin**, Cetearyl Olivate, Sorbitan Olivate**, Mangifera Indica (Mango) Seed Butter*, Lactobacillus Ferment (from Cabbage)**, Lactobacillus, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Fruit Extract**, CW Hemp Oil CO2 Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Cimicifuga Racemosa (Black Cohash) Root Extract, Prunus Armeniaca (Apricot) Kernel Oil*, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Glyceryl Stearate (Palm Oil Derived), Xanthan Gum, Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus (Guar) Gum*, Sodium Benzoate, and Potassium Sorbate.

This product is also available with a warming menthol and cinnamon scent which should be applied sparingly at first. CW Hemp is a family-owned company whose products are produced in Colorado. Discounts are available if you subscribe to this product.

dacrema botanicals cbd healing salve 180mg extra strengthDaCrema Botanicals: CBD Healing Salve

  • Highlights: CBD Healing Salve is very light, with a non-greasy texture that makes this salve easy to apply anytime you need relief of sore muscles or irritation. Basil, lavender & other botanical ingredients give it a unique herbal scent.
  • Price: $35.00 – $45.00
  • Strength: 120mg or 180mg (Extra Strength) full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 1.3 ounce tin
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping is $7.45 for priority shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact DaCrema Botanicals directly.
  • Texture & Smell: Beeswax, shea butter and natural oils combine to create a smooth, very light texture that is not greasy. Herbal ingredients create a pleasing botanical scent.
  • Ingredients: Beeswax, Olive Oil, Shea Butter, Grapeseed Oil, CBD Hemp Oil, Essential Oils of Lavender, Rosemary, Eucalyptus, Spearmint, Marjoram, Basil, and Vetiver

This salve is available in both regular and extra strength varieties. DaCrema Botanicals products are handmade in small batches using U.S.-grown organic hemp. The company was founded by a former health industry professional.


ExHemplary Life: Majestic Freshness Muscle & Joint Balm

  • Highlights: Majestic Freshness Muscle & Joint Balm is a bit more slippery and oily. It’s good for rubbing into sore muscles, without being too greasy.
  • Price: $20.00 – $50.00
  • Strength: 125 mg full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 0.5 oz “rub on” applicator stick, or 500 mg per 2 oz jar.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service.
  • Independent Test Results: Contact ExHemplary Life directly.
  • Texture & Smell: This balm smells of citrus and rosemary, with hints of other essential oils. Majestic Freshness has a light and slightly oily texture.
  • Ingredients: Shea Butter, Hemp Seed Oil, Grape seed oil, Beeswax, Modified Tapioca Powder, Emulsifying Wax, Full spectrum Raw Hemp CBD Oil, Essential oils of: Rosemary, Willowbark, Bergamot, Lemonbalm, Lemon, Frankincense, Evening Primrose oil, and Isopropyl Myristate

ExHemplary Life makes several different CBD topicals. They also offer a wide variety of hemp products including hemp soaps. ExHemplary Life was founded by a massage therapist that discovered the benefits of CBD after a health crisis. Their products are made from Colorado hemp.

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Green Garden Gold: Good Day Hemp Oil Salve

  • Highlights: Very slippery & thick, Good Day Hemp Oil Salve from Green Garden Gold is great for coconut oil fans.
  • Price: $34.99
  • Strength: 75mg full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 2 oz jar.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard shipping is available for $4.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Texture & Smell: Good Day Hemp Oil Salve has a thick, oily texture that’s close to raw coconut oil. This CBD topical smells strongly of coconut with vanilla undertones.
  • Ingredients: Organic coconut oil, organic bee’s wax organic natural vanilla, GMP-certified hemp oil

This salve is perfect for people who prefer a thicker CBD topical, including anyone that’s already using coconut oil for massage or skin care. Green Garden Gold is a Texas-based company. Their products are made from organically-grown European industrial hemp.

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Populum: Cold Therapy Hemp Rub

  • Highlights: Cold Therapy Hemp Rub goes to work fast cooling sore muscles thanks to the added menthol. Very light, non-greasy texture.
  • Price: $45.00
  • Strength: 100 mg of full spectrum hemp/CBD extract per 3 oz. tube
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free standard shipping is available, with faster options available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Included with every order.
  • Texture & Smell: This rub has a noticeable smell of menthol. Our review team appreciated the light, non-greasy texture of this Cold Therapy Rub.
  • Ingredients: Full-spectrum hemp extract, Water, Aloe Barbadensis leaf extract, Carbomer, Chamomile extract, Arnica extract, Emu oil, Isopropyl Alcohol, L-menthol, Propylene glycol, Diazolidinyl urea, Methlyparaben, Triethanolamine

Populum’s offers fast, effective cooling. A discount is available if you subscribe to regular shipments of this product. Since it contains menthol, Cold Therapy Hemp Rub should be applied sparingly at first. Populum’s products are made from Colorado hemp.

Some companies provided their products free or at a discount in return for our honest review.

Thanks to Leif Hayman for his assistance.

 

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Teaching Kids About Hemp With Callie Cannabis & Friends (VIDEO)

Two innovative parenting guides make teaching kids about hemp and cannabis simple. Watch our interview with Juliette Benz and Kris Morwood, the co-authors behind Callie Cannabis and Hana Hemp, two books that include everything from hemp history to safety tips.

Two innovative parenting guides make teaching kids about hemp and cannabis simple.

Juliette Benz and Kris Morwood created Callie Cannabis and Hana Hemp to help with this complicated topic. Blair Barbour, an internationally recognized artist, joined the team on “Hana Hemp.” Each book focuses on a different aspect of the cannabis plant from a child-friendly perspective.

We met Benz and Morwood at the NoCo Hemp Expo where they offered a hemp arts and crafts area. Young visitors and the young at heart had a blast making bracelets and other simple jewelry from hemp.

These books are designed to replace years of fear, stigma and misinformation about cannabis. “Callie Cannabis” helps parents explain the overall benefits of cannabis and how it can be used. “Hana Hemp” focuses on teaching kids about hemp and its ancient history. The books gently address the war on drugs by helping kids understand why some people still fear cannabis. Callie also offers some safety tips for keeping cannabis and hemp edibles in the home but out of reach of kids.

Hana Hemp and her friend Callie Cannabis help parents teaching kids about hemp and cannabis.

Hana Hemp and her friend Callie Cannabis help parents teach kids about hemp and cannabis. In this illustration, Hana Hemp inspects a hemp plant. (Callie and Friends)

Morris Beagle, co-founder of the NoCo Hemp Expo, is also a fan of Callie and Hana.

“Kids need to be taught the truth about cannabis/hemp from an early age,” Beagle said. “The truth is cannabis is the best plant ever.”

Don’t miss our other coverage of NoCo Hemp Expo, including a jetpack launch!

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Natural Pain Relief: Why CBD Might Be Better Than Opiates

Consider CBD oil as a safe and effective alternative to opiates for natural pain relief. Many doctors remain opposed to cannabis-derived medicine, despite scientific research which shows that CBD has powerful pain relieving properties, especially for sports injuries.

Consider CBD oil as a safe and effective alternative to opiates for natural pain relief.

Hemp-derived products like CBD oil were legalized under the 2014 Farm Bill. However, you are unlikely to be prescribed CBD by a doctor. Many doctors remain opposed to cannabis-derived medicine, despite scientific research which shows that CBD has powerful pain relieving properties, especially for sports injuries.

CBD oil, derived from industrial hemp, is often a viable option for natural pain relief

CBD oil is an increasingly popular option for natural pain relief of many symptoms.

While there is certainly a place for opioids and other medically prescribed painkillers, you should be hesitant to take these before you consider alternatives.

CBD OIL: NON-ADDICTIVE, NATURAL PAIN RELIEF

In America, dozens of people die everyday from opioid overdose. This is an epidemic that we have so far failed to address. Millions of patients are entering hospitals in search of a solution to their pain, with no history of addiction. They are leaving with an addiction which can ruin or even end their lives.

Fortunately, those seeking treatment of painful sports-related injuries or conditions which cause chronic pain have an alternative. ‘Addiction’ is a loaded term and not always clearly defined. However, scientific studies suggest that those who take CBD as a pain reliever are less likely to become dependent. There is also some evidence that CBD alters the addictive pathways in the brain, potentially helping those with opioid dependency to overcome their addiction.

CBD IS NATURAL PAIN RELIEF WITH FEW SIDE EFFECTS

Opioids work by preventing the release of a chemical known as GABA, which controls the dopamine supply to the brain. Without GABA, a huge hit of dopamine is delivered, creating a high for the patient. CBD, when consumed without THC, provides no such rush. It simply removes the pain.

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For some people recovering from injuries, CBD oil offers natural pain relief without the need for opiates or other prescription painkillers.

As a result, even if there were negative effects, people would stop using it. However, most people don’t experience any side effects from CBD at all and most people who take it report feeling fine. Opioids, conversely, can cause vomiting and nausea in the short-term. In the long-term, such painkillers increase the risk of heart attacks and are potentially deadly in an overdose.

HOW DOES CBD PROVIDE PAIN RELIEF?

One of the main ways CBD can help with chronic pain is due to its anti-inflammation properties. This reduces the swelling of cells, preventing much of the pain that would normally occur.

The brain also contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which contains some of the neural pathways that signal pain to the brain. CBD interacts with the ESC in order to decrease the body’s pain signals. Other painkillers likely do not affect the ECS in the same way, which may help explain why there are some types of pain that appear untreatable.

Science is in its early days when it comes to research on CBD on the brain, just as all neuroscience is in its infancy. However, there is clear evidence that CBD does have a pain relieving effect.

CBD may not work for everyone or for all conditions and there is a place for traditional pain medication.

However, research suggests that CBD can often effective with none of the side effects or addictive properties. If you are suffering from chronic pain, start with CBD and see what it can do for you.

 

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Largest NoCo Hemp Expo Ever Outgrows Loveland, Colorado

On April 6 and 7, thousands of people flocked to the Ranch Events Center in rural Loveland, Colorado, for the fifth and largest ever annual NoCo Hemp Expo. The sold-out event featured a crowd of 6,000 people in attendance over the two days, according to a press release issued by the event organizers.

Interest in hemp and CBD is growing faster than ever, and the crowds at the NoCo Hemp Expo prove it.

On April 6 and 7, thousands of people flocked to the Ranch Events Center in rural Loveland, Colorado, for the fifth and largest ever annual NoCo Hemp Expo. The sold-out event featured a crowd of 6,000 people in attendance over the two days, according to a press release issued by the event organizers.

The NoCo Hemp Expo outgrew its currrent location in Loveland, Colorado

6,000 people attended the NoCo Hemp Expo over two days, overflowing the space at the Ranch Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. Next year’s event will take place in Denver. (Ministry of Hemp)

With almost 1,500 more people than in 2017 and 150 vendors, the NoCo Hemp Expo has gotten so large that organizers will move it to Denver next year. Vendors ranged from the best of hemp fashion to innovative foods infused with CBD oil, as well as new offerings for hemp farmers.

“The interest level for this plant and all that it can do was overwhelming,” said NoCo Hemp Expo co-founder Morris Beegle.

Ministry of Hemp attended the NoCo Hemp Expo this year, conducting interviews with some of the top figures in the hemp industry, and sampling new products for review. We’ll have much more in upcoming weeks, but below is a short synopsis.

NOCO HEMP EXPO REVEALS EXCITEMENT ABOUT THE FUTURE OF HEMP & CBD

The Expo took place at a virtual “crossroads” for industrial hemp in the United States. Enabled by provisions of the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp growers in 19 states produced over 25,000 acres of hemp last year. However, the industry is still plagued by government interference over issues like water rights and the DEA’s interpretation of the Controlled Substances Act as it pertains to CBD.

The Noco Hemp Expo featured hemp goods from around the world.

Hemp products from around the world on display at HempToday’s “global village” booth at the NoCo Hemp Expo. (Ministry of Hemp)

Many attendees, whether hemp advocates, vendors, or representatives of nonprofits, felt that these hurdles could soon be removed, leading to explosive growth for hemp in the U.S. The Hemp Farming Act of 2018, which was just introduced by Sen. Mitch McConnell, could fully legalize hemp, and the industry seems ready to take advantage of this change should it occur in 2018.

“This is really the beginning of a strong new movement,” declared Arran Stephens, co-founder of Nature’s Path Foods and one of the NoCo Hemp Expo’s keynote speakers.

U.S. HEMP IS TAKING OFF LIKE A JETPACK

At the culmination of the NoCo Hemp Expo’s second day, Apollo Flight Labs launched a jetpack for a brief flight around the Ranch Event Center, sponsored by Willpower Products, makers of a new CBD-infused protein powder.

The NoCo Hemp Expo featured parents' guides to educating kids about hemp & cannabis

Kris Morwood, co-author of the Hana Hemp and Callie Cannabis parents’ guidebooks, poses with one of her books at the NoCo Hemp Expo. (Ministry of Hemp)

At the expo, Ministry of Hemp met diverse members of the hemp industry. We interviewed the creators of the Callie and Friends series of parents guides to hemp and cannabis, and representatives of Sana Packaging, creators of sustainable packaging that aims to replace disposable, single use paper and plastic with hemp. We took in panels on indigenous use of hemp and the development of hemp fashion. We even sampled Hempway Foods vegan hemp veggie burgers and queso and Steepfuze CBD-infused coffee.

In all, industrial hemp feels like a jetpack, ready to blast off, if we just can remove the final legal barriers to its success.

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Jetpack Included: Hemp CBD Protein Powder Lifts Off At NoCo Hemp Expo

On April 7 at the NoCo Hemp Expo, former pro-basketball player Will Carr teamed up with Apollo Flight Labs to mark the launch of Willpower Products new CBD-infused protein powder in a big way. One thing we learned: jetpacks are loud!

Why launch a jetpack at a hemp expo? More like: why not?

On April 7 at the NoCo Hemp Expo, former pro-basketball player Will Carr teamed up with Apollo Flight Labs to mark the launch of Willpower Products new CBD-infused protein powder in a big way. While undeniably flashy, the jetpack stunt drew a huge crowd out of the Ranch Events Center in Loveland, Colorado. One thing we learned: jetpacks are loud!

There’s more to Carr’s offering than just a flying gimmick, however. In our interview, he explains why his new ReGen protein powder is the perfect choice for athletes and anyone who lives a fit, active lifestyle. Carr also explains how he discovered the benefits of CBD oil first hand after an injury:

Last August, I had my first encounter with CBD. I had turf toe, and I’d been taking ibuprofen for two weeks and it wasn’t helping. I took CBD and within 30 minutes my toe didn’t hurt anymore and I was like, “What in the world is this? Why have I never heard of this before?”

Stay tuned: we’ll be sharing our experiences with Willpower’s CBD protein powder and more from NoCo Hemp Expo in the coming weeks.

Apollo Flight Labs jetpack branded with the Willpower Products logo takes off at NoCo Hemp Expo

A jetpack takes flight at the NoCo Hemp Expo to mark the launch of Willpower Protein Powder. (Backstage Flash)

Jetpack footage courtesy of Backstage Flash. Video produced by AJ Film

 

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CBD Honey Brings Sweet Relaxation To Your Recipes & Herbal Tea

CBD honey, sweet, rich in flavor and packed with natural healing benefits, is the ultimate upgrade to your night time tea. Our review team loved Colorado Hemp Honey by the spoonful, but it can also be added to recipes.

CBD honey, sweet, rich in flavor and packed with natural healing benefits, is the ultimate upgrade to your night time tea.

A warm cup of herbal tea before bed is one of the most soothing ways to end your day, and we recently discovered that a spoonful of CBD honey from Colorado Hemp Honey makes this into a powerful sleep aid. Made from high quality ingredients and third-party lab tested for purity, this product is a great way to add the benefits of CBD and honey to your diet. Colorado Hemp Honey is available in four delicious flavors and can be used almost any way you use honey.

CBD honey from Colorado Hemp Honey is available in both unflavored and flavored varieties.

A trio of jars of Colorado Hemp Honey. Ginger Soothe which was reviewed for this article. CBD honey from Colorado Hemp Honey is available in both unflavored and flavored varieties.

We discovered this delicious CBD honey at the 2018 Hemp and Garden Show in Austin, Texas, and it quickly became a favorite ingredient in our kitchen. Read on to find out more about the origins of Colorado Hemp Honey and see our complete review of this unique product.

SUSTAINABLE HONEY & NON-GMO PESTICIDE FREE HEMP MAKE COLORADO HEMP HONEY A WINNER

Colorado Hemp Honey is produced by Frangiosa Farms, which has nearly 100 hives in the Denver, Colorado area.

According to their website, the company invests profits in efforts to promote beekeeping and sustainability, which is especially important given falling bee populations around the world. “Frangiosa Farms is focused on natural, sustainable beekeeping practices that consider the long term effects of maintaining healthy bee colonies.”

Their products are made from raw, largely unprocessed honey so it can be enjoyed in its purest form. Whole plant hemp extract, produced from Colorado grown, Non-GMO and pesticide free industrial hemp, is the final ingredient in this delicious CBD honey. Whole plant, or full spectrum, extract means all the terpenes and other beneficial trace ingredients in the hemp remain.

Every product is clearly labeled with the total amount of CBD oil inside. While third-party lab testing results were available for all of Colorado Hemp Honey’s products at the Hemp and Garden Show, they aren’t on the website. We hope the company will provide them online soon. In the meantime, we recommend consumers contact the company to see the lab results.

CBD HONEY SWEETENS THE NATURAL BENEFITS OF FULL SPECTRUM HEMP EXTRACT

Scientific evidence and consumer reports alike suggest that CBD oil can relieve the symptoms of a wide variety of conditions, from chronic pain to epilepsy. While the medicinal benefits of honey are harder to prove, its nutritional content is well documented.

“Besides having minerals, vitamins and important enzymes, honey is a natural, healthy energy booster,” notes an article from the Michigan State University Extension. While it’s probably true that honey is slower to absorb into the system than refined sugar, diabetics should still avoid consuming too much.

CBD honey combines the delicious sweetness of honey with the benefits of full spectrum hemp extract.

Rich golden honey is poured from over a spoon so that it drips into a shallow bowl. CBD honey combines the delicious sweetness of honey with the benefits of full spectrum hemp extract.

Our review team tried the Ginger Soothe flavor of Colorado Hemp Honey. The flavor of ginger is warm and strong but not overpowering. This CBD honey is great by the spoonful, but we frequently added it to our herbal teas before bed. Colorado Hemp Honey also offers tangerine, lemon and an unflavored variety.

Consumers should try just a teaspoon at first, because Colorado Hemp Honey is effective and potent. This CBD honey was especially helpful at promoting a restful sleep in a warm drink. Like other forms of CBD oil, it eased symptoms of chronic pain and inflammation.

Though we didn’t try cooking with it, Colorado Hemp Honey can be used in almost any recipe, from the sweetener in pancakes to the glaze on chicken wings. We were advised that CBD honey should not be blended, which is unfortunate as otherwise we’d love to use it in our post-workout smoothies, along with our favorite hemp protein powder.

We wholeheartedly recommend Colorado Hemp Honey’s “Ginger Soothe,” and we bet the other flavors are just as delicious.

 

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