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Best CBD Oil Tinctures Of 2018: Reviews Of The Top CBD Oil Available Online

How can you pick the best CBD oil tinctures, when there’s hundreds of products on the market? Ministry of Hemp picked the 12 best CBD oil tinctures available online, and we give you detailed reviews of each one.

How can you pick the best CBD oil tinctures, when there’s hundreds of products on the market?

Thousands of people have learned about the healing benefits of CBD, resulting in unprecedented interest in this supplement. People are using CBD oil to ease their chronic pain, and relieve symptoms of conditions ranging from arthritis to depression. Unlike its close cousin, psychoactive cannabis (‘marijuana’), CBD oil won’t make you feel high — but many users report significant relief of their symptoms. Even the World Health Organization declared CBD oil safe and worthy of deeper research.

At the same time, record-breaking popularity and an unregulated industry make it hard to separate quality CBD oil from snake oil. Especially if you’re new to using hemp extracts, choosing can be confusing. That’s where Ministry of Hemp can help. We’ve reviewed dozens of products and selected the best CBD oil tinctures available online today.

In this detailed roundup, we’ll explain more about how to select the right CBD for your needs, and then share the top 12 CBD oil brands for sale online. Read on to see our complete reviews!

HOW TO PICK THE BEST CBD OIL TINCTURE FOR YOU

We believe all the products in this article are high-quality, effective supplements. Even so, it can be confusing to know where to start. Fortunately, there’s some simple advice that you can use to pick the best CBD oil tincture for your needs.

A man in a suit jacket and dress shirt takes a tincture. It can be hard to pick the best CBD oil tinctures for your needs, but considering a few key factors can help you make a decision.

It can be hard to pick the best CBD oil tinctures for your needs, but considering a few key factors can help you make a decision.

Some people don’t mind, or even enjoy the natural taste of hemp oil tinctures. For those who are bothered by the distinctive herbal taste of hemp extract, a flavored CBD oil tincture may be better. We’ve selected a variety of both flavored and unflavored CBD oil tinctures in this roundup, and many of the brands selected offer multiple options. If you still can’t stand the flavor of CBD tincture, consider another option like CBD gummies or capsules. Topical CBD is another popular choice, especially if you’re treating body aches or certain skin problems.

Strength is also an extremely important consideration. Beginners may find that it’s easier to control dosage using a lower strength tincture. On the other hand, experienced CBD consumers know that high strength tinctures are more cost effective. Although stronger tinctures cost more, you get more CBD oil and other beneficial cannabinoids in each drop. Most CBD brands offer more than one option for strength.

Finally, most of the products below simply contain hemp oil extract, mixed with a neutral carrier oil like hemp seed oil or coconut oil. While hemp seed oil is packed with nutrition, CBD brands are beginning to offer supplements with added ingredients that may offer additional benefits. We’ve included the complete ingredients of every product. Be sure to avoid any known allergies and investigate the pros and cons of any additional ingredients.

Overall, we recommend trying a variety of options until you find the best one for you. Begin to familiarize yourself with the different brands and what makes each one unique.

If you’re buying a CBD product that isn’t on this list, make sure to follow the same criteria we used in picking the products in this roundup. We outline how we selected these tinctures below.

OUR REVIEW CRITERIA: HOW WE SELECTED THE BEST CBD OIL TINCTURES

While many vendors offer high-quality CBD oil, there was simply no way to review every CBD oil. Inevitably, we had to pick and choose and some great hemp companies were left off this list.

We focused primarily on larger, well-established brands with reliable, well-designed websites and rock-solid customer service. Every brand featured here makes it easy to get information about their products and easy to find help if you have questions or a problem.

Similarly, transparency is one of our top concerns when it comes to selecting the best CBD oil tinctures. Every product below is clearly labeled, so you can easily understand how much CBD oil / full spectrum hemp extract is in each bottle. You can also easily find the complete ingredients on the bottle, packaging or the company’s website. These brands are also open about where they source their hemp.

A collection of CBD oil tinctures along with hemp buds and a beaker of CBD oil. Out of hundreds of products available online, we picked the 12 best CBD oil tinctures and reviewed each one.

Out of hundreds of products available online, we picked the 12 best CBD oil tinctures and reviewed each one.

Every CBD product should make third-party lab results available, either online, in their packaging, or by request. At minimum, each tincture here offers lab results showing the levels of cannabinoids like CBD and THC, while others offer additional tests. The more information available to consumers the better. At the same time, we admit it isn’t always easy for newcomers to interpret these lab tests.

Finally, in general, we almost always recommend full spectrum tinctures over supplements made from isolates (extracts of CBD alone). Full-spectrum or whole plant tinctures take advantage of the ‘entourage effect’ that comes from combining all the naturally occurring chemicals found in the hemp plant. Isolates are great for cooking with CBD or consumers that are especially sensitive to the taste of hemp extract, but some research suggests they may be less effective for certain uses than full spectrum extracts. All but two of the brands below are made from full spectrum hemp, and the exceptions are clearly noted.

After careful review, we believe these are the best CBD oil tinctures online. Since these are all top-quality CBD tinctures, they are not ranked in any particular order.

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

Ministry of Hemp received free products from many of these companies in return for writing this review. We may receive a percentage of sales if you buy products from some of the brands below. We only selected the best cbd oil tinctures for inclusion in this top product roundup, and we always promise to give you our honest opinion.

OFFICIAL REVIEWS: BEST CBD OIL TINCTURES ONLINE

Populum, one of the best CBD oil tinctures onlinePopulum Premium Hemp Oil

  • Highlights: Populum’s Premium Hemp Oil is a long-time favorite at Ministry of Hemp for its sweet, fresh orange flavor and reliable effects.
  • Strength: “Advanced” tincture with 1000mg per 30ml bottle, also available in 250 & 500mg
  • Price: $70.00 – 200.00
  • Specials: Save 5% with a monthly subscription.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available with expedited shipping for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Included with every order.
  • Flavor: Even in their strongest Advanced tincture, the mildly sweet orange flavor leaves almost no aftertaste of hemp.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Cold-pressed Orange Oil, Non-GMO Hemp Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Coconut Oil and Hemp Seed Oil.
  • Other: Populum offers a 30-day risk-free trial.

Populum grows their hemp in Colorado. They were the first CBD brand to offer a genuinely risk-free trial for new customers. Populum makes a pet blend and a cooling topical CBD salve.

Ananda Hemp Zero THC Tincture

  • Highlights: Zero THC Tincture uses a special proprietary blend to offer CBD oil in a full spectrum extract that contains absolutely zero THC.
  • Strength: 600mg per 30ml bottle
  • Price: $89.95
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor: Pleasantly strong herbal hemp flavor.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Raw, Organic Cold Pressed Hemp Seed Oil and Botanical Terpene Blend

Ananda Hemp grows their hemp in Kentucky. We appreciate their vigorous support of the hemp industry through the U.S. Hemp Roundtable. In addition to tinctures, Ananda Hemp also offers CBD soft gels and a topical salve.

CW Hemp PlusCW Hemp Extract Oil

  • Highlights: The high-quality and delicious chocolate mint flavor of CW Hemp Extract explains why this is one of the best known brands on the market.
  • Strength: “Plus” tincture with 750mg per 30ml bottle, also available in 300mg and 2500+mg
  • Price: $39.99 – $149.99
  • Specials: Save 5% with a monthly subscription.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available on orders of $75 or over.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Flavor: This tincture reminded us of a movie theatre chocolate mint candy, with only mild CBD aftertaste.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Fractionated Coconut Oil, and Organic Chocolate Mint Flavor Oil (Organic Sunflower Seed Oil, Natural Flavors)
  • Other: Also available in unflavored variety.

We noticed the total amount of CBD is not as clearly labeled on their bottles as with other CBD products, though it’s easy to calculate from the serving size. CW Hemp is grown in Colorado. They also offer capsules, topicals, and a pet blend.

Elixinol Respira CBDElixinol Respira CBD Oil

  • Highlights: Respira CBD Oil from Elixinol is designed to be a delicious grape mint-flavored food additive, a conventional supplement, or even used in a vape pen.
  • Strength: 600mg per 30ml bottle
  • Price: $74.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $6.80.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor: Strong, fresh grape mint flavor almost completely covers the taste of hemp.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Kosher Vegetable Glycerin and Natural Flavor.
  • Other: 30 day refund available for unsatisfied customers. Also available in unflavored variety.

Elixinol sources their hemp from high-quality farmers in the U.S., Europe and Australia. In addition to tinctures, Elixinol offers CBD capsules, topical balms, dog treats and other products like hemp protein and hemp seeds.

Bluebird BotanicalsBluebird Botanicals Hemp Signature Blend

  • Highlights: Bluebird Botanicals’ Hemp Signature Blend combines full spectrum hemp extract with frankincense extract and black cumin seed oil.
  • Strength: 250mg per 30ml bottle
  • Price: $29.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $5 with expedited shipping available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor: This CBD oil tincture has a very distinct, spicy, peppery flavor that some people will love.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Frankincense Extract, Black Cumin Seed Oil, and Hemp Seed Oil.
  • Other: Hemp-only extracts are also available.

Frankincense and black cumin seed may offer additional healing benefits, though scientific research is not conclusive. Bluebird Botanicals’ hemp is grown in Colorado. They also offer pet products, concentrates, isolates, CBD vape juice and more.

Palmetto Harmony CBD tincturePalmetto Harmony Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

  • Highlights: Full Spectrum Hemp Oil from Palmetto Harmony has a unique herbal flavor and is made from just two ingredients: CBD & fractionated coconut oil.
  • Strength: 600 mg per 30ml bottle
  • Price: $90.00
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $11.50 with expedited shipping available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Flavor: Although unflavored, this CBD oil tincture has a strong herbal taste that reminded us of a cup of earthy green tea.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil

The label of this CBD oil tincture was not as easy to read as other products. Palmetto Harmony’s hemp is grown in Kentucky. This family operated business began when CBD offered unique benefits to their ailing child, Harmony. In addition tinctures, they offer topicals, capsules, pet products and even transdermal CBD patches. This tincture was selected by our friends at Anavii Market.

Receptra Naturals PlusReceptra Naturals Plus Hemp CBD Oil

  • Highlights: Receptra Naturals Plus CBD Oil has a milder flavoring than some of the other flavor-added extracts, while still reducing the flavor of hemp extract.
  • Strength: “Plus” tincture with 1500mg per 30ml bottle, also available in 750mg and other strengths
  • Price: $74.95 – $134.95
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping starts at $8.95 with expedited shipping available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor: The grape flavor is less strong than other extracts, making this a good choice for people who want added flavor with the taste of hemp.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil and Natural Flavors.

Receptra Naturals sources their hemp from family farms in Colorado. They also offer CBD topicals and pet blends.

NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum CBD Oil

  • Highlights: With just two ingredients, Full Spectrum CBD Oil from NuLeaf Naturals is perfect for consumers who want just hemp and hemp flavor in their supplement.
  • Strength: 1450mg per 30ml bottle
  • Price:  $179.00
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping is available.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Flavor: This unflavored tincture tastes like high-quality hemp seed oil, which is the main ingredient other than CBD oil.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus Organic Cold-pressed Hemp Seed Oil
  • Other: NuLeaf offers their 50mg per ml tincture in several sized bottles at varying prices.

NuLeaf Naturals grows their hemp in Colorado. They also offer a CBD tincture for pets. NuLeaf Naturals pride themselves on creating simple, pure CBD tinctures without added ingredients.

Ambary Gardens Full Spectrum Daily CBD Hemp Extract

  • Highlights: Ambary Gardens’ Full Spectrum Daily Hemp Extract is sourced from hemp grown using specialized organic methods on their farm.
  • Strength: 500mg per 30ml bottle, also available in 250mg, 1000mg, and 5000mg
  • Price: $40.00 – $280.00
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Shipping is available for a flat $7.99 fee or free local pickup.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Flavor: Moderate herbal hemp flavor in this unflavored CBD oil tincture.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil
  • Other: Flavored tinctures and special “rapid delivery” formulations also available

Ambary Gardens sources all their products from their Evergreen, Colorado farm, where they also have a showroom that’s open to the public. In addition to tinctures, their offerings include CBD topicals, softgels, and even bath bombs.

Restorative Botanicals CALM Restorative Botanicals Restore CALM Hemp Oil Supplement

  • Highlights: Restore CALM Hemp Oil Supplement from Restorative Botanicals comes in three tasty flavors that easily hide the taste of CBD.
  • Strength: 300mg per 30ml bottle
  • Price: $34.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping is available with expedited shipping available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Available on request.
  • Flavor: The delicious but not overpowering cinnamon spice taste leaves no aftertaste of hemp.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) oil, Organic Sunflower Oil and Natural Flavor.
  • Other: Also available in unflavored Restore PURE and other formulations and flavors

Restorative Botanicals sources their hemp in Colorado. In addition to tinctures, softgels, topicals and a pet blend, we loved sampling their unique Bolder Caramels, a CBD edible, at the NoCo Hemp Expo.

Lazarus Naturals Tropical High Potency Tincture

  • Highlights: Lazarus Naturals’ Tropical High Potency Tincture is great for people who can’t stand the taste of hemp.
  • Strength: 750mg per 15ml bottle
  • Price: $40.00
  • Specials: Use coupon code MoH10 for 10 percent off most items
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $50.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor: This CBD tincture has a delicious taste of tropical fruits with absolutely no hemp extract aftertaste.
  • Ingredients: CBD isolate plus MCT (coconut-based) oil and Natural Flavor.
  • Other: Also available in a flavorless extract.

Lazarus Naturals also offers pet products, CBD-infused coconut oil, CBD capsules, pure isolate powder and other products. Their products are made with U.S.-grown hemp. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

Medterra MedOil CBD Tincture

    • Highlights: MedOil CBD Tincture from MedTerra is made from pure CBD isolate, making it a great flavorless tincture for oral use or CBD cooking.
    • Strength: 1000mg per 30ml bottle, also available in 500 and 3000mg strengths
    • Price: $49.95 – 149.95

  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping is available on orders over $125.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor: This isolate-based CBD extract is almost totally flavorless except for the faintest hint of coconut oil.
  • Ingredients: CBD isolate plus MCT (coconut-based) oil

Medterra uses hemp grown in Kentucky for all their products. They also offer CBD topicals, softgels and pure isolate powder. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

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Hemp Biofuel Could Ease Our Dependence On Fossil Fuels

After legalization, hemp biofuel could be a key part of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Researchers have made hemp into two types of biofuel: biodiesel and ethanol.

After legalization, hemp biofuel could be a key part of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels.

Fuel is everything. America would not be the hyper-efficient economy it is today without something to power our cars, computers, and our Roomba vacuum cleaners. We would be nothing but Neolithic farmers without our electricity and gasoline. But, anything that is truly valuable always comes at a price. Traditional fuel sources hurt the environment, and they’re running out. Air pollution from processing fossil fuels harms the troposphere, and indirectly depletes ozone from our atmosphere. The price for hyper efficiency is evident, which is why alternative fuel sources are becoming so important. Today we focus on a fuel source that hits close to home. That alternative is hemp biofuel.

A biodisel fuel pump at a filling station. Biodiesel is one very appealing option for hemp biofuel.

A biodisel fuel pump at a filling station. Biodiesel is one very appealing option for hemp biofuel.

The cannabis plant is the gift that keeps on givin’. This magic plant gives us CBD oil, THC, hemp fibers and even fuel! Researchers have made hemp into two types of biofuel: biodiesel and ethanol.

HEMP BIODISEL

Biodiesel is produced by the pressing of hemp seeds to extract their oils & fats. After the extraction, the product is then put through more steps to make it into a usable hemp biofuel for your car. If you’re curious to learn about the specifics of biodiesel production, the process is thoroughly explained by hemp.com.

The argument for hemp-derived biodiesel comes down to convenience. If processed correctly, biodiesel can be put into any diesel-powered automobiles. It can be stored and transported like diesel, so there isn’t a need to create a new system for transportation. It even replaces the smell of traditional diesel with the smell of hemp.

USING HEMP TO MAKE ETHANOL

Ethanol is traditionally made from wheat-based crops such as corn and barley. It’s traditionally used as an additive to gasoline, which gave way to our “flex-fuel” vehicles of today. Hemp can be made into ethanol by various forms of fermentation. Using hemp as the main source of ethanol, instead of food crops like wheat & corn has clear advantages. Not using food crops as a fuel source allows more efficiency in food production, and hemp can be grown in lower quality conditions unlike corn or wheat. Hemp-derived ethanol also shares the advantages of transportation and usability as biodiesel.

A row of yellow and green fuel pumps. Hemp biofuel could present more sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels in the near future.

A row of yellow and green fuel pumps. Hemp biofuel could present more sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels in the near future.

HEMP BIOFUEL OFFERS A MORE SUSTAINABLE ALTERNATIVE

Fuel alternatives like this can seem like a no-brainer to replace our traditional fossil-fuel sources, but there are drawbacks to these alternative techniques.

To set up a large-scale industrial hemp farm, you will experience the same ethical dilemmas that the farming industry faces. Deforestation and pesticide use will increase, and we’ll inevitably replace some of our food-crop land with more hemp-crop land. Farmers can grow hemp biofuel on land that is not fit for other crops. This “marginal land” is essentially land that isn’t tilled and cleared out for farming. Despite the versatility, hemp produces a much bigger harvest in ideal farming settings. Additionally, marginal land is actually home to important plants, trees, and living creatures that are vital to the ecosystem. Read “Is Hemp The Best Biofuel?” from sensiseeds.comfor a more in-depth look into the argument for hemp biofuel.

Clearly, hemp biofuel alone won’t solve our environmental crisis, but we believe it could be part of a transition to a cleaner way of living.

HOW THE AUTO-INDUSTRY ALREADY USES HEMP

While hemp biofuel may not be a popular ralternative just yet, the automotive industry already uses hemp. Automakers weave hemp plastic into a bendable material similar to fiberglass. Almost all European car makers use hemp fibers as interior door panels and trim pieces. And companies like FlexForm technologies operate as a dedicated producer of hemp-fiberglass that they sell to automotive companies to be made into car doors and exterior panels. Cars that feature hemp-based materials include the BMW i8 supercar and the Lotus Evora. The advantages that come with hemp-made materials is that they are lighter, bio-degradable, and comes from a much easier renewable resource. Hemp grows in roughly 3 months while metals take thousands of years to form.

Thanks to continued bipartisan support for hemp legalization paired with a culture that is growing increasingly accepting of the cannabis plant, we’re witnessing the beginning of  hemp revolution. While hemp biofuel can’t solve the entire energy crisis (we believe the answer to that problem will require multiple solutions), it can provide us with a great renewable fuel source in addition to it’s already useful applications.

While we spent our time here discussing hemp biofuel, let’s not forget the other ways people have been using hemp. There’s hemp beer, hemp blankets, and, this reporter’s personal favorite, hemp food! The future is indeed green.

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Other Cannabinoids: There’s More Than Just CBD & THC In Hemp & Cannabis

You’ve heard of CBD and THC, but how well do you know cannabinoids like CBG, CBN and THCV? In this article, we investigate 3 other cannabinoids and their potential healing benefits.

You’ve heard of CBD and THC, but how well do you know cannabinoids like CBG, CBN and THCV?

The miraculous benefits of hemp are all the rage these days! With this huge surge in popularity for CBD and all it has to offer, it seems that everyday we are now learning about new cannabinoids that also show potential health benefits.

In this article, we’re going to touch on four of those cannabinoids, their unique medicinal benefits and their full spectrum properties in both industrial hemp and marijuana.

Since cannabinoids work better synergistically, rather than individually, it’s important to take the time to learn about all the different ways the compounds in hemp and cannabis work together.

A scientist studies a hemp plant in a field. Preliminary research into other cannabinoids reveals a host of possible healing benefits to naturally occurring chemicals like THCV and CBG.

The three we’ll discuss below are CBG (cannabigerol), THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin), and CBN (cannabinol). Keep in mind that cannabinoid research is in its preliminary stages, but what we’ve already discovered is extremely promising.

So, let’s jump in!

CANNABIGEROL (CBG)

The first up in our study of cannabinodis is CBG (cannabigerol). Like CBD, CBG does not produce a “high” like THC does.

In fact, both THC and CBD start out as cannabigerol. It’s an interesting process. Basically, cannabis plants produce cannabigerol acid. Specific enzymes in the plant then breaks down the CBGA into the the acidic form of THC and CBD (known as THCA/CBDA). Next, THC and CBD form  as the acid burns off via decarboxylation.

CBG works by increasing anandamide levels. Anandamide is an endocannabinoid, a naturally occurring cannabinoid found throughout our bodies, that helps regulate biological functions including appetite, sleep, and memory.

CBG Benefits:

  • Cannabigerol stimulates bone formation and healing. In a study published on pubmed.gov, “Age-related osteoporosis is characterized by reduced bone formation and accumulation of fat in the bone marrow compartment. Here, we report that the type 1 cannabinoid receptor (CB1) regulates this process.” Results showed they could stimulate bone marrow stem cells by regulating osteoblast (bone formation) and adipocyte (fat accumulation in connective tissue) differentiation in marrow stromal cells.
  • Slows tumor growth! CBD, CBG, and CBC were all shown to slow the progression and growth of tumors and cancer cells. In a study published by cannabisinternational.org, CBG and other cannabinoids seem to have anti-proliferative/pro-apoptotic effects.
  • CBG has shown to have anti-fungal and antimicrobial properties, which make it a candidate for antifungal and antibacterial treatment. Some scientists believe CBG could be part of an effective treatment against MRSA (Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus), a highly prevalent antibiotic-resistant strain of bacteria.
  • CBG is also showing promising results for treating overactive bladder, Psoriasis skin treatment, Glaucoma, depression and anxiety, and neuroprotective effects

TETRAHYDROCANNABIVARIN (THCV)

Next up is THCV (tetrahydrocannabivarin). The THCV compound makeup is very similar to the infamous THC cannabinoid, but it affects the body differently.

Both THC and THCV are psychoactive and will cause the user to get “high.” When THC binds to the body’s CB1 and CB2 receptors it activates them initiating the “high” effect. At low doses THCV also binds to those same receptors, but it does not activate them, behaving more like CBD. At higher dosages, THCV will activate the CB1 receptor much like THC and will produce a psychoative “buzz.”

Preliminary research into the various cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis reveals that there's more to healing than just THC & CBD.

Preliminary research into the various cannabinoids found in hemp and cannabis reveals that there’s more to healing than just THC & CBD.

The feeling THCV produces seems to come on faster than THC and fades out faster as well. Users report a more clear-headed and stimulating high.

THCV Benefits, according to Leafly’s Bailey Rahn:

  • THCV may have anti-convulsive properties and can raise the seizure threshold for those with epilepsy. As a result, they experience fewer seizures.
  • Researchers are studying THCV’s ability to stimulate bone growth as a potential treatment for osteoporosis and other bone conditions.
  • THCV counteracts feelings of anxiety and shown to be effective in PTSD treatment.
  • Improves motor control, reduce tremors, and lessen the effects of brain lesions caused by Alzheimer’s disease. However it’s important to know that research is in the early stages and much more information is still needed.
  • Researchers believe THVC blocks the rewarding sensations we experience when eating, especially the unhealthy, comfort foods.

There is an informative article on THCV by Northwest Leaf called “THCV: A potent, rare and promising cannabinoid.” It’s a great read.

CANNABINOL (CBN)

The third cannabinoid to share is CBN (cannabinol). This is an interesting cannabinoid as it is produced when THC is heated or exposed to oxygen. Unlike THC, Cannabinol does not bind well to CB1 and CB2 receptors. Scientists classify CBN as non-psychoactive. CBN is not an abundant cannabinoid. The CBN content found in the cannabis plant on average will be less than 1 percent.

CBN Benefits:

  • Bone tissue growth. Studies show that CBN causes an indirect recruitment of mesenchymal stem cells that surround bone marrow. These stem cells are able to turn into bone and other tissues making it a possible candidate for healing bone fractures. The Journal of Neuroimmunology offers more information on this subject.
  • Like other cannabinoids, CBN is an anti-inflammatory cannabinoid that also has pain relief properties and preliminary research shows promise that CBN combined with CBD may prove to be an effective treatment for burns.
  • Sedative. According to a Royal Queen Seeds article, research shows that CBN can sometimes be as effective as pharmaceutical sedatives.
  • Scientists are also studying CBN as a possible sleep aid, an appetite stimulant, and as an anti-convulsive agent. CBN seems to work best symbiotically with CBD and THC.

CANNABINOIDS IN INDUSTRIAL HEMP VS PSYCHOACTIVE CANNABIS (‘MARIJUANA’)

Now that you have some knowledge of these cannabinoids, it’s important to understand how their profiles differ between industrial hemp and marijuana.

Both hemp and marijuana come from the cannabis plant, but different varieties and different growing methods differentiate high THC psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”) from industrial low THC hemp plant. Both plants produce flower buds and both plants’ buds contain cannabinoids, but are the cannabinoids the same in both hemp and marijuana? The short answer is yes!

According to Franjo Grotenhermen, former Chairman of the International Association For Cannabinoid Medicines (2000-2003), “CBD is CBD.”

“The human body does not care where the molecule comes from,” Grotenhermen said.

A gloved scientist with a vial of CBD and a hemp leaf. 'Full spectrum' extracts contain more cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial chemicals found in hemp & cannabis.

A gloved scientist with a vial of CBD and a hemp leaf. ‘Full spectrum’ extracts contain more cannabinoids, terpenes, and other beneficial chemicals found in hemp & cannabis.

Yet, there are distinct differences between the two. For example, psychoactive cannabis contains a high amount of THC, flavonoids and terpenes that hemp just doesn’t have. Marijuana also contains a higher concentration of cannabidiol than most forms of hemp.

‘FULL SPECTRUM’ MEANS MORE CANNABINOIDS, FLAVONOIDS & TERPENES

When consumers buy CBD that’s refined from industrial hemp, as in the majority of CBD products on the market today in the U.S., we always recommend purchasing a “full spectrum” extract. Full spectrum means that all of the cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes found in the plant have been extracted and used in the CBD or hemp oil. Psychoactive cannabis can also be made into a “full spectrum” extract.

When a consumer ingests full spectrum oil, many scientists believe that it takes advantage of the “entourage effect.” This effect means that all cannabinoids, flavonoids, fatty acids, terpenes, and other plant compounds are working in concert with one another to maximize their benefits.

It is important to know that not everyone agrees that there is an entourage effect. According to Scientific American, “many scientists see the whole thing as a pipe dream. The idea that botanical marijuana creates synergistic chemical effect … is highly contentious.”

In general though, cannabis consumers and experts report a more satisfying, better healing experience from full spectrum products.

THC and CBD are the two most active cannabinoids in marijuana. They share a special synergy that contributes most to the entourage effect. While many people report benefits from low-THC, hemp-derived CBD extracts and full spectrum hemp oils. Others find they need the presence of THC for maximum effect.

CBD products made from hemp should be legal in all 50 states, while only portions of the U.S. currently have access to recreational or medicinal marijuana. We recommend trying everything that’s available to you to find out what works best for your needs.

THE SCIENCE OF CANNABINOIDS IS JUST GETTING STARTED

In conclusion, the study and research of cannabinoid compounds is still fairly new. While scientists have already made huge leaps forward, even bigger leaps into the cannabinoid world still await. As the United States slowly changes its cannabis laws and the popularity of CBD increases, it can only be uphill from here!

In the meantime, if you’re suffering from chronic pain, PTSD or other mental illness, or even osteoporosis, exploring other cannabinoids might offer additional relief. As with any treatment, please do your own research and consult a doctor.

 

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Why Grow Hemp: The Many Uses Of Hemp On Smaller Farms

More and more people are asking themselves, “should I grow hemp?” The secret truth to hemp’s growing popularity is it’s one of the easiest, most versatile and most sustainable crops you can grow.

More and more people are asking themselves, “should I grow hemp?”

Across America, we’re witnessing an ever-growing market for industrial hemp. Only two years ago, there were less than 10,000 acres growing across the country. Today, this new cash crop has reached an astounding 27,000 acres. And that number continues to rise.

This comes as no surprise considering hemp’s wide variety of uses. Even beyond the industry, many small farmers are finding ways in which hemp benefits their lives.

The simple answer, you get more out of it than you put in and the crop can grow in some inhospitable conditions. However, as you’ll find out from reading, the real reasons go deeper than that.

WHY GROW HEMP? HEMP IS SUSTAINABLE AND HAS MANY, MANY USES

The secret truth to hemp’s growing popularity is it’s one of the easiest and most sustainable crops you can grow. Unlike major cash crops such as corn or wheat, hemp grows in dense clusters that require very little pesticide or herbicides and a minimal amount of fertilizer. It  requires less water than some cash crops like cotton, though it isn’t considered a low water crop.

A hemp farmer surveys his crop at sunrise. Why grow hemp? Farmers grow hemp because it requires little maintenance and offers many uses.

A hemp farmer surveys his crop at sunrise. Why grow hemp? Farmers grow hemp because it requires little maintenance and offers many uses.

You can grow hemp almost anywhere in the country, excluding very dry deserts and high mountaintops. Preferably, hemp prospers in well-drained soil that has a high quality of organic matter. This guide from HempTechGlobal offers more detail on the logistics of growing and harvesting hemp. One potential complication is decortication, in which the parts of the hemp plant are separated. Decortication can require access to specialized equipment.

Research has discovered growing hemp holds potential to heal polluted soil. With the possibility to replace fossil fuels and be a new source of paper, hemp is considered one of the most eco-friendly crops around.

In fact, there are over 25,000 known uses for hemp. Whether you’re looking for something as complex as a form of concrete (hempcrete) or something as simple as some pet bedding, hemp has you covered.

People’s health also benefits from access to hemp. Hemp is a superfood that provides a great source of nutrients and fibers. But even better, it’s the key ingredient in CBD oil, an amazingly beneficial nutritional supplement.

When it comes to why people grow hemp, whether it be for personal or industrial use, there are a wide variety of reasons to consider. Many farmers report it’s an incredibly rewarding crop to grow.

IS IT LEGAL TO GROW HEMP?

One of the biggest questions people have when deciding to grow hemp is about legality. In most people’s minds, it’s still very much attached to its still federally illegal cousin, psychoactive cannabis (‘marijuana‘), making many farmers all the more cautious.

In 2013, Colorado farmer Ryan Loflin revolutionized the country by being the first to harvest hemp in America since 1957. Since then, the 2014 Farm Bill allowed states to pursue hemp farming for the sake of research practices. Since then, 38 states have legalized hemp cultivation.

Because each state operates differently under the bill, it’ll be necessary you do some research before planting any hemp crops.

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GROW HEMP

There are some legal factors you’ll need to keep in mind before starting your hemp garden.

The first and most important is you’ll be required to have a license. One which requires a fee and lots of paperwork. In some cases, you may face a criminal background check.

Furthermore, after harvest, your plants must be tested for their THC levels. If they test higher than .3 percent, your crop will most likely be destroyed.

Industrial hemp grows in long, tightly packed rows on a farm. While there are large-scale uses for hemp, many smaller farms also grow hemp.

Some hemp farmers, such as Kim Phillips from Montana, run into unexpected difficulties. Her water source is federally regulated by the Bureau of Reclamation, so she had to request access to their assets for hemp irrigation. Since they didn’t approve her request in time, her plants withered the first time she tried to grow hemp.

Because hemp plants are required to have such a low amount of THC, many farmers find the most difficult task is finding the proper seed. Since hemp legality is so recent, the seed industry can’t always keep up with the ever-growing demand for seeds.

There have also been reported difficulties shipping seeds through states where hemp production is still illegal.

DESPITE COMPLICATIONS, SMALL FARMERS STILL GROW HEMP

Even with everything that’s been mentioned, the demand for this eco-friendly crop is enormous. Many farmers are jumping on the hemp bandwagon.

If considering an industrial hemp operation, you might want to take precautions to inform the community. Many hemp farmers post signs explaining that their crop is not marijuana. Tom Hewson, a Colorado hemp farmer, gathered his neighborhood together for a community meeting to inform them about the crop he had planned, and why he chose hemp. In his words, “educational efforts are critical.”

You may still wonder if it’s beneficial for you to grow it for personal reasons. The truth of the matter is, the legal standpoint on hemp may turn some growers off. But, if you can look past those obligations, hemp can be of great use to you.

As already mentioned, there’s such a wide variety of ways in which hemp can be used for your personal benefit. Even more so, though, by deciding to grow hemp, you can be a part of creating a more sustainable way of life.

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First CBD Cafe In US Offers Eye-Opening Way To Experience Cannabidiol

GrönCafe, the first CBD cafe in America just opened its doors in Portland, Oregon. The June launch of GrönCafe marks a historic moment for CBD’s rapidly increasing popularity in the U.S.

GrönCafe, the first CBD cafe in America just opened its doors in Portland, Oregon.

The June launch of GrönCafe marks a historic moment for CBD’s rapidly increasing popularity in the U.S.

Portland, Oregon is known for embracing the weird & distinct aspects of life, which is probably why it’s home to the first CBD cafe in the U.S. Oregon is also one of the trailblazer’s when it comes to cannabis, as they were the first state to start decriminalizing in 1973.

Portland’s GrönCafe offers CBD-infused coffee drinks and CBD edibles in an elegant cafe environment. (Courtesy: Grön)

We had the privilege of interviewing the Founder & CEO of Grön, Mrs. Christine Smith, who gave us an insider’s look at the creation of her cafe.

A VISIT TO AMERICA’S FIRST CBD CAFE

Grön is the biggest seller of cannabis edibles in the state of Oregon, best known for their delicious THC-infused chocolates. However, none of the products served at GrönCafe contain THC, the compound in psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”) that makes people feel high. Instead, CBD can promote relaxation, ease anxiety, and even relieve some forms of pain.

Located at Grön’s manufacturing facility in southeast Portland, the cafe serves CBD-infused coffee drinks akin to your local coffee shop’s espressos or lattes. Customers can also order all the drinks without the infusion, too. In addition to the coffee drinks, they serve Grön’s original CBD-infused chocolate products. Baristas always encourage first-time buyers to try a variety of products.

WHY CREATE GRÖNCAFE?

Smith moved to Oregon with her husband Jasper (who owned & operated a medical marijuana dispensary at the time) in 1999. After observing his business, she recognized a better way to produce edibles, which at that time were nothing more than chocolates crudely wrapped in cellophane. It’s worth noting that Oregon had just legalized medical cannabis the year before, so the market was still in its infancy.

So in 2014, using her past experience in the medical cannabis business, her background as an architect for over 20 years and the skills she gained from her studies in Denmark, she embarked on her journey with Grön.

In addition to CBD-infused coffee, Portland's GrönCafe offers a selection of gourmet CBD chocolates.

In addition to CBD-infused coffee, Portland’s GrönCafe offers a selection of gourmet CBD chocolates. (Courtesy: Grön)

“I saw a market that had untapped potential, I saw something amazing that many people haven’t seen yet.”

Now, she’s started the CBD cafe as a way for people to get comfortable with using hemp for healing and as a way to introduce people into the many uses of CBD.

She feels strongly that CBD is one of the most powerful natural substances in the world. Smith hopes her CBD cafe can help remove stigma by providing an easy way for people to try CBD. Smith and her team plan to launch other tasty products too.

THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING WITH CBD & CANNABIS

Smith told us that working in this industry can be very challenging because of the complex regulations, even in a progressive state like Oregon.

Business owners in the cannabis industry are operating in a legal grey area. With state and federal regulations constantly changing, keeping up with rule changes is half the business. Smith and her team are constantly jumping through hoops just to operate as a business.

The GrönCafe team, with founder Christine Smith and her husband Jasper at right. Running America’s first CBD cafe presents unique legal challenges. (Courtesy: Grön)

Take banking for example: while Oregon is very progressive in terms of regulating businesses such as Grön, they are still held back by federal legislation. Oregon passed House Bill 4094 into law on April 4, 2016, which protects financial institutions from prosecution if they work with cannabis companies.

Even with this bill this in place, federal legislation requires financial institutions to comply with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (aka FinCEN) regulations, which are a lot of work for the banks and the businesses. Smith noted there’s copious amounts of paperwork needed to simply have a credit/debit card system for payment and online payroll.

Banking regulations also force her to have separate accounts for the THC side of Grön and the CBD side. To add to all this chaos, there are only two credit unions in the entire state of Oregon who are willing to work with marijuana-related businesses. Note that the THC side of the business is much more complicated and requires much more paperwork than the CBD side.

A barista serves coffee with a side of fresh whipped cream in Portland's elegant GrönCafe, a dedicated CBD cafe.

A barista serves coffee with a side of fresh whipped cream in Portland’s elegant GrönCafe, a dedicated CBD cafe. (Courtesy: Grön)

It’s exhausting to jump through these hoops, but such is the price to pay to be a trailblazer. Keep in mind that this is just for the financial side of her business. She must regularly test her products with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC) and a slew of other government agencies.

SO, YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN CBD CAFE?

Smith offered us four tips for entrepreneurs who want to start their own CBD cafe:

  1. Pay attention to all laws and regulations. Regulations are constantly in a state of flux on the federal and state levels.
  2. Study European CBD cafes, such as in Germany & Switzerland. Smith made effective use of her travels in Europe, taking the time to study the already-existing CBD cafes. Keep in mind that European countries are often more progressive towards cannabis, hemp and CBD than America.
  3. View CBD as a healing supplement, not simply a food ingredient. CBD is not psychoactive like THC and but has real, measurable effects and side effects. CBD is one of the most useful compounds found in the natural world!
  4. Most importantly, make an awesome product people will enjoy. None of the other tips matter if people don’t want to buy your product.

These rules are simple, but hard to follow.

Grön’s unique CBD cafe also offers a selection of other CBD edibles such as caramel sauce. (Courtesy: Grön)

WAKING UP TO CBD’S POTENTIAL WITH GRÖNCAFE

Christine Smith is a down-to-earth powerhouse of a woman. It was an honor to talk to one of the trailblazers of the CBD revolution.

Smith is doing much more than opening a cafe, she is helping bring CBD into the general public’s eye, making it a mainstream product while offering her customers a delicious and elegant cafe experience. Visit their website and be sure to stop by for a cup of CBD coffee if you’re in the area!

 

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CBD Cooking Made Easy: Tips For Cooking With CBD

CBD cooking is easier than you might think, whether you’re craving sweet treats or savory snacks. Cooking with CBD oil not only helps to cover up the flavor of the compound, but also makes the overall process more fun.

CBD cooking is easier than you might think, whether you’re craving sweet treats or savory snacks.

Cannabidiol, or CBD, oil has become increasingly popular for its potential therapeutic effects, ranging from stress management to skincare. CBD is available in a variety of forms, including pills, capsules, and edibles, but oils and tinctures allow for more customized CBD dosage and the ability to easily add cannabidiol to your cooking. Cooking with CBD oil not only helps to cover up the flavor of the compound, but also makes the overall process more fun.

CBD cooking and baking is easy, but it can still be a bit tricky for first-timers. Here are some tips and recipes to get you started.

TRY BOTH SWEET & SAVORY CBD COOKING

Most recipes that include CBD oil tend to focus on sweets and baked goods, and for good reason. It’s generally easier to cover up the inherent bitterness of CBD with sugar or chocolate. However, CBD oils can be just as effectively used in savory dishes.

CBD needs to be infused into a fat or oil-based ingredient, like butter, ghee, lard, or coconut oil, before it can be used in your cooking. In some recipes, alcoholic spirits (vodka, rum, whiskey) can replace the fat component. Avoid wine and beer, which won’t act as great carriers for CBD oil because they are water-based.

From sweet to savory, CBD cooking doesn't have to be complicated.

From sweet to savory, CBD cooking doesn’t have to be complicated. CBD-infused cookies make a delicious treat.

Recipe: CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

  • 0.5 oz. unflavored CBD oil
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp. hot water
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Mix your wet ingredients (white sugar, brown sugar, softened butter, and CBD oil) until creamy. Beat in the eggs and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Add flour to the batter until fully combined. Dissolve the baking soda in the hot water and stir into the batter along with the salt.
  4. Fold in the chocolate chips
  5. Place parchment paper onto a baking sheet and spoon batter onto the sheet, leaving about 2 inches between each dollop.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes or until cookies appear golden brown.
Cooking with CBD can be easy. Try adding CBD oil to your next batch of guacamole.

Cooking with CBD can be easy. Try adding CBD oil to your next batch of guacamole.

Recipe: Guacamole Dip

  • 1 tsp. CBD oil
  • 3 avocados
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ cup diced onion
  • 3 tbs. chopped cilantro
  • 2 diced roma tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  1. In a bowl, mash up the avocados. Add the salt, lime juice, and CBD oil.
  2. Mix in the other vegetables, and add cayenne pepper, more salt, or other seasonings to taste.

MORE TIPS FOR COOKING WITH CBD

Temperature matters in CBD cooking

CBD can be a bit of a fickle ingredient when it comes to temperatures. Warming the oil can increase CBD’s effectiveness, but higher temperatures can kill some of the active components. CBD will begin to evaporate at temperatures higher than 320 to 356 degrees Fahrenheit.

Do not place your CBD oil on direct heat. Heating the oil at too high temperatures can result in the loss of terpenes, which are compounds that work in conjunction with CBD to increase its overall effects. Heating CBD too high also tends to bring out more of its bitterness.

Sometimes, less is more in CBD cooking: Start with a smaller amount of cannabidiol when starting out at cooking with CBD.

Sometimes, less is more in CBD cooking: Start with a smaller amount of cannabidiol when starting out at cooking with CBD.

Start small, don’t use too much CBD

When you first start cooking with CBD oil, it’s far too easy to add too much CBD to a recipe, which usually leads to bad flavors, wasted oil, and too much of the compound’s effects. Less is more, at least when you’re starting out.

Along with the CBD serving size, consider starting with smaller batches. If the dish turns out good, then you can prepare the recipe again with a larger batch. This will also help you get more comfortable with different CBD serving sizes, allowing you to make alterations with future recipes so that you can get the most out of your CBD edibles.

Store your CBD oil properly

When you’re not using your CBD oil, make sure you keep it in a cool, dark place. Cannabinoids are naturally sensitive to heat and light, leading to overall degradation in potency and quality. Degraded CBD oil will not be as effective and may impart more bitter, unpleasant flavors into your recipes.

Stick with more refined CBD oils

Filtered, decarboxylated, and other more refined forms of CBD oils tend to work well with all cooking applications. Less refined oils may leave an unpleasant aftertaste, especially if you are working with more herb-heavy recipes.

Less refined CBD oil pairs better with strong flavors

All that said, less-refined or lower quality oils can still be useful in recipes featuring strong flavors, like chocolate or spices. Unfiltered CBD oils also tend to contain more vitamins and helpful amino acids than their filtered counterparts.

Thorough mixing is vital to CBD cooking, because it ensures the cannabidiol is evenly distributed. Stir, stir, stir!

Thorough mixing is vital to CBD cooking, because it ensures the cannabidiol is evenly distributed. Stir, stir, stir!

Stir as much as possible

From guacamole to chocolate chip cookies to soups, make sure you stir in the CBD oil as much as possible, more than you might even think. This ensures that CBD is evenly distributed throughout the batch so that every bite offers equal potency.

Cooking with CBD is better than drizzling CBD

It’s always recommended that you mix the oil into your ingredients for optimal flavors, but if you are in a rush, you can drizzle the oil directly onto your food. It won’t taste as good, but you can still get the desired effects.

Above all, have fun! As you get more familiar with using CBD oil in your cooking, you can adjust recipes and create custom dishes of your own that taste great and offer the benefits of CBD.

 

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Hemp Legalization Amendment Bans People With Drug Convictions From Hemp Industry

A hemp legalization amendment in the 2018 Farm Bill prevents anyone with a felony drug conviction from growing hemp. Some existing hemp entrepreneurs could even find themselves shut out of an industry they helped to create.

A hemp legalization amendment in the 2018 Farm Bill prevents anyone with a felony drug conviction from growing hemp.

Some existing hemp entrepreneurs could even find themselves shut out.

“I have a very successful business, I’ve been in this from the get go,” said Veronica Carpio, an experienced hemp producer and president of Grow Hemp Colorado, at a hemp conference in New York last month.

Despite her undeniable contributions to the industry, a past felony cannabis conviction endangers her continued involvement. “If this bill passes, I’m out.”

At issue is part of the Senate version of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill, which would legalize industrial hemp growing across the country. Sen. Mitch McConnell spearheaded the current effort to legalize industrial hemp and his “Hemp Farming Act of 2018” soon picked up bipartisan sponsorship. However, the hemp legalization amendment, unlike the original bill, bans anyone convicted of a drug-related felony from involvement in hemp growing and potentially other aspects of the industry.

FELONY BAN DIVIDES HEMP ADVOCATES OVER LEGALIZATION AMENDMENT

No other crop grown in the U.S. faces these kinds of restrictions. While most hemp advocates celebrated McConnell’s initial efforts to legalize hemp, they’re much more divided over this new clause. Multiple hemp experts we spoke with speculated that the Senate changed the language to appease conservative elements of the legislature and the Department of Justice.

The House version of the bill does not include hemp legalization. Legislators must now debate this and other differences in a conference committee before the Farm Bill passes to the President’s desk. Hemp supporters like Rick Trojan, vice president of the Hemp Industries Association, worry that even if it passes the amendment will create an unequal and unfair hemp industry.

“Excluding a whole class of people is not what I’m about,” Trojan said. “And not what I think the hemp industry is about.”

HEMP LEGALIZATION AMENDMENT COULD SHUT OUT HEMP ENTREPRENEURS

The United States partially re-legalized hemp through an amendment to the 2014 version of the Farm Bill. Under this previous hemp legalization amendment, states were free to create hemp research programs that included market research (sales of hemp products like CBD). Since then growers in Colorado, Carpio’s home base, made the state into the country’s top hemp producer.

The 2018 legalization amendment places hemp under the control of the Department of Agriculture. The department would approve each state or Native American tribe’s growing program. But the following clause would shut out thousands of people like Carpio from being part of these licensed programs:

FELONY.—Any person convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance under State or Federal law shall be ineligible—

(i) to participate in the program established under this section; and

(ii) to produce hemp under any regulations or guidelines issued under section 297D(a).

Hemp advocates worry that the hemp legalization amendment would exclude some of society’s most vulnerable people from the new hemp industry.

An empty prison hallway. Advocates worry that the hemp legalization amendment in the 2018 Farm Bill would exclude some of society’s most vulnerable people.

The full scope of the effects of this clause are unclear. According to Eric Steenstra, president of Vote Hemp, the amendment bans anyone with a felony drug conviction from hemp growing. He could not guarantee that it won’t interfere with other parts of the industry.

“We were disappointed to see that got added to the language,” Steenstra said. “That’s not something we were happy about.”

RACISM IN HEMP LEGALIZATION AMENDMENT?

“Just because you had a conviction for a drug-related felony doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t be in the industry,” said Steenstra.

Advocates argue that cannabis is harmless and extremely beneficial. If the U.S. is in the process of legalizing hemp, why should past convictions prevent you from participating in the field? In fact, such people likely have skills in growing and production the hemp industry sorely needs.

“That is a way of intentionally slowing the growth of an industry,” Trojan suggested.

Trojan and Carpio were unflinching in their condemnation of the clause in the hemp legalization amendment, suggesting it perpetuates racist aspects of the war on drugs. Although all races use and sell drugs and mind-altering substances at about the same rate, drug convictions disproportionately affect people of color.

“We denounce racism and discrimination in the cannabis (both hemp and marijuana) industries and this new language needs to be challenged and removed,” Carpio wrote in a press release.

Opponents of the war on drugs are working to legalize cannabis and other substances while concurrently seeking to change laws to enable people with drug convictions to expunge their criminal records. Carpio said the felony ban in the hemp legalization amendment represents a significant setback to those efforts by excluding thousands of already vulnerable people from the earning potential of hemp. Even though most states are in the process of legalizing cannabis, most of the people excluded from the hemp industry are likely to be those with cannabis-related convictions. Statistics show police arrest more people for cannabis use than for all violent crimes combined.

CAN THE HEMP LEGALIZATION AMENDMENT BE CHANGED IN TIME?

Steenstra suggested it would be tough to change the hemp legalization amendment. He expects hemp legalization to pass in its current form.

“At this point, what are we going to do?” Steenstra asked, though he pledged to look for opportunities to change the amendment.

Joy Beckerman, president of the Hemp Industries Association, concurred.

“There is no such thing as legislation that doesn’t have concerns or flaws, unfortunately,” said Beckerman.

She appeared at the same New York hemp conference where Carpio spoke. “I would love to be able to go from prohibition to utopia but sadly that is just not the way things work.”

Trojan, on the other hand, strongly encouraged hemp supporters to keep fighting.

“Everyone needs to contact their legislator,” he said said. “Continue to push for equal access to this economic boon.”

We will continue to closely follow this issue at Ministry of Hemp.

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REVIEW: PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Balm Offers Silky, Lavender-Scented Relief

PhytoLogica Hemp Balm makes your skin smell like lavender and soothes aching muscles without being too greasy. Our review team used this hemp balm to ease soreness from exercise and chronic pain and it quickly became a favorite product.

PhytoLogica Hemp Balm makes your skin smell like lavender and soothes aching muscles without being too greasy.

Our review team used this hemp balm to ease soreness from exercise and chronic pain and it quickly became a favorite product. Like so many people, PhytoLogica founder Heather Atwell discovered the benefits of CBD after seeking relief for health problems in her family that proved difficult to treat in other ways.

Topical CBD is a great way to apply cannabidiol directly where it’s needed most on your body by directly targeting aching muscles. Since topical CBD salves and balms skip the blood stream and digestive tract, they have even fewer side effects than other forms of CBD.

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp balm combines cbd oil with coconut oil, beeswax, and the fresh scent of lavender.

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp balm combines cbd oil with coconut oil, beeswax, and the fresh scent of lavender.

Read on for our full review of PhytoLogica full spectrum hemp balm.

PHYTOLOGICA INSPIRED BY HEALTH CRISIS IN FOUNDER’S FAMILY

In a personal message on her website, Atwell describes how she discovered CBD after her father developed cancer. While he struggled with the side effects of chemotherapy and other treatments, Atwell discovered that she’d inherited her mother’s scoliosis. Unlike her mother, she wanted to avoid addiction to the opioid painkillers which doctors prescribe for this painful spinal condition.

CBD turned out to be the key. While cancer eventually claimed her father’s life, Atwell believes that natural health treatments helped him live longer and better. She’s also used CBD and other alternate treatments to avoid dependence on opioid painkillers.

“It makes me very happy to hear from people getting relief from pain and illness through natural resources and I’m blessed to be able to share my knowledge,” Atwell wrote.

While everyone reacts differently to CBD, many people report that it offers significant relief. One study of 2,400 CBD users showed that hundreds were able to reduce their use of pharmaceutical drugs with the help of CBD and other cannabinoids.

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  • Highlights: Full Spectrum Hemp Balm from PhytoLogica is relaxing for sore muscles and features a delightful lavender scent. The light texture makes it perfect for using on the go or at home.
  • Price: $88 for a 1 ounce jar.
  • Strength: 500mg of full spectrum hemp extract / CBD per jar.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. $5.99 flat rate for shpping, with free shipping on orders over $99.
  • Independent Test Results: Available by email. Contact customer service.
  • Texture & Scent: Wonderful scent of lavender. The texture is smooth and silky from the coconut oil and beeswax without leaving the skin feeling excessively oily.
  • Ingredients: Medium Chain Triglycerides (coconut oil), Beeswax, Phytocannabinoid Hemp Extract, Lavender Oil, Eucalyptus Oil

We appreciate the use of organic coconut oil and just a few, simple ingredients in Phytologica Hemp Balm. PhytoLogica also offers CBD oil tinctures and soft gel capsules. PhytoLogica makes all their products from U.S. grown hemp.

 

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2018 Farm Bill Could Fully Legalize Industrial Hemp In USA

An amendment to the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill would fully legalize industrial hemp in the United States. If included in the final version, hemp would be out of reach of the DEA and treated like any other crop by the states and Native American tribes.

Update JULY 11, 2018: The current language of the hemp amendment also bans people with felony drug convictions from participating in the hemp industry.

An amendment to the Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill would fully legalize industrial hemp in the United States.

“This is a big day for hemp,” said Brian Furnish, a hemp grower from Kentucky and president of the U.S. Hemp Roundtable.

The amendment legalizing hemp began as a bill proposed by Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader in the Senate. The “Hemp Farming Act of 2018” fully legalizes industrial hemp and all products made from it including CBD oil. Under the new law, the Drug Enforcement Administration and other government agencies would no longer be able to interfere with hemp.

The 2018 Farm Bill could mark a new beginning for hemp growing in the U.S. if the a legalization amendment makes its way into the final version.

A hemp farmer surveys his crop at sunrise. The 2018 Farm Bill could mark a new beginning for hemp growing in the U.S. if the a legalization amendment makes its way into the final version.

Due to political uncertainty over other parts of the massive Farm Bill, and the lack of hemp related language in the House version of the bill, there are still hurdles ahead before legalization.

2014 vs. 2018: NEW FARM BILL BUILDS ON PARTIAL LEGALIZATION

The United States made industrial hemp illegal for decades until an amendment to the 2014 version of the Farm Bill allowed growing by state-run hemp research programs.

These state-based programs vary, with some allowing only university research and others allowing a limited number of everyday farmers. The U.S. grew about 25,000 acres of hemp under these state programs, mostly in more permissive states like Colorado and Kentucky. However, CBD vendors have faced some legal threats at both the state and federal level. Other government agencies, like the Bureau of Reclamation, have also interfered with growers at times.

HOW THE 2018 FARM BILL WOULD LEGALIZE HEMP

McConnell’s amendment to the 2018 Farm Bill would officially remove hemp from the DEA’s list of controlled substances, ending debate over the legal status of the plant.

All products made from hemp, including CBD oil, would be explicitly legalized as well, so long as they contain less than .3 percent THC (the substance which makes people “feel high” in psychoactive cannabis). State agriculture departments, along with Native American tribes, would be free to regulate hemp just as they do any other crop like corn or carrots.

BIPARTISAN SUPPORT FOR HEMP BUT CONFLICT OVER 2018 FARM BILL

In a historic moment for hemp legalization, the Senate passed the 2018 Farm Bill with the hemp amendment included. Members of both parties support hemp in an unusual display of bipartisan agreement. However, since the House version of the Farm Bill does not include the same amendment, hemp’s future is still up in the air.

Before it can appear before the president for his signature, the House and Senate must form a “Conference Committee” to iron out differences between the two versions of the 2018 Farm Bill. Conferees, appointed from both parties, will meet to debate the final version. Hemp advocates hope that, with McConnell’s enthusiastic support, conferees are likely to back hemp.

Still, “there’s always political conflict in Washington,” Furnish warned.

The Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill includes a historic amendment to legalize industrial hemp.

A shot of the U.S. Capitol seen at dusk. The Senate version of the 2018 Farm Bill includes a historic amendment to legalize industrial hemp.

A disagreement over Food Stamps is one possible source of conflict. The House version of the bill includes controversial changes that would reduce the number of people eligible for the program. Disagreement over provisions like these could also put hemp legalization at risk.

Though the hemp industry overall enthusiastically supports the hemp amendment, there are a few dissenting voices. Veronica Carpio, of Grow Hemp Colorado, objects to hemp-only legalization bills which allows some growers to profit off the cannabis plant while growers and users of psychoactive cannabis remain in prison.

“No one goes to prison for hemp charges, but people go to prison and lives are still ruined over marijuana,” she told us, echoing comments she made around a previous, failed hemp legalization bill.

HEMP LEGALIZATION IS CLOSER THAN EVER TO REALITY

The 2018 farm bill is an omnibus piece of legislation which ensures continued funding for numerous agricultural and social programs. Pres. Donald Trump is almost certain to sign it when it finally reaches his desk.

While it’s still possible hemp could become legal through other methods, such as a stand-alone bill, Furnish hopes hemp supporters will speak up in favor of the plant.

“Contact your representatives and tell them to support McConnell’s hemp language,” he said.

One easy way to do so is to complete this form on the U.S. Hemp Roundtable website.

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