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Month: August 2018

George Washington’s Hemp Farm: Industrial Hemp Returns to Mount Vernon

Hemp is growing once again at Mount Vernon, thanks to a partnership with the University of Virginia. Industrial hemp was once a vital part of American agriculture.

George Washington’s hemp farm is back, thanks to growers who want to spread the word about this crop and its history.

If we were to go back in time to George Washington’s Mount Vernon estate around 250 years ago, we’d see row upon row of industrial hemp flourishing under the Virginia sun. Washington believed hemp could bring in more profit than tobacco due to its wider variety of uses.

As time progressed and cannabis growing was banned in the U.S., hemp disappeared from Mount Vernon along with the rest of the country. Now, with full hemp legalization on the horizon, George Washington’s hemp farm is back. Hemp is once again being harvested at Mount Vernon.

A hemp field grows in tall, dense bamboo-like clusters. George Washington's hemp farm wasn't unusual: hemp remained a vital American crop until it was banned in the early 20th-century.

George Washington’s hemp farm wasn’t unusual: hemp remained a vital American crop until it was banned in the early 20th-century.

Dean Norton, lead horticulturist at Mount Vernon, partnered with the University of Virginia to bring hemp back. Just like Washington, they see the potential profit in hemp and want to bring attention to the numerous ways it can be used.

“To bring this crop back it just really helps complete our agricultural story,” Norton told NPR.

To understand why George Washington’s hemp is so important, let’s look back at how hemp previously influenced Mount Vernon and the United States.

HEMP HISTORY: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S HEMP EXPERIMENTS BEGAN IN 1760

In the 1760s, Washington explored the profitability of hemp. George Washington’s hemp was used for rope, sail canvas, clothing, and repairing fishing nets (a key necessity for his fishing operations along the Potomac). He had a feeling it could bring in much more money than tobacco. Back then, there were no laws prohibiting growing.

Washington knew hemp could grow in places where other crops withered. With this knowledge, he wrote a letter to William Pierce stating, “ … on my farming plantation(s), I want you to make the most of hemp and plant it everywhere on my farmlands that haven’t been previously reserved for other things.” With that, George Washington’s hemp farm flourished.

During this time, the British Crown also commissioned American farmers to grow hemp. Hemp is highly adaptable and can grow in places that are otherwise left barren. When Washington grew hemp, it would not be surprising if you took a wagon ride down a dirt road only to discover fields of it.

Humans have used hemp as medicine for centuries, but there’s little to no evidence Washington or his contemporaries ever smoked their crop. While both hemp and psychoactive cannabis (‘marijuana’) are forms of the same plant, they’re grown and used in very different ways.

The unfortunate truth is hemp wasn’t as profitable as wheat. The country knew this and so did Washington. Though Washington continued to grow hemp, it wasn’t the sole focus of Mount Vernon.

Hemp remained an important crop until the U.S. banned cannabis in the early 20th-century. American hemp became important again during World War II. Otherwise, hemp remained illegal until the 2014 Farm Bill brought it back to America on a limited basis.

HEMP FLASHBACK: GEORGE WASHINGTON’S HEMP IS A SIGN OF A BRIGHT FUTURE

Hemp’s image is so twisted by unnecessary stigma, visitors are startled to see it on Mount Vernon. Tourists now take selfies with George Washington’s hemp. Some gaze in awe at the sight of the plant, with its distinctive leaves.

George Washington's hemp farm is growing again thanks to horticulturists at his Mount Vernon estate and the University of Virginia.

George Washington’s hemp farm is growing again thanks to horticulturists at his Mount Vernon estate and the University of Virginia.

There’s no doubt Washington would’ve found this a bit ridiculous. But the team involved in growing hemp on Mount Vernon want to end the fear attached to the crop.

Brian Walden, a Virginia hemp advocate, helped petition to bring hemp back to Mount Vernon. He told NPR’s Brakkton Booker that he considers himself a “hemp patriot.”

Walden hopes that bringing hemp back to George Washington’s farm will send “the message across that this is an innocuous plant that has real benefits and our Founding Fathers knew that and they planted it.”

Decades of prohibition have brought ignorance, and required us to fight for legalization,but there’s one benefit to this moment. Hemp has yet to become a commodity crop dominated by corporate agriculture. It’s still accessible to smaller farmers and experimental growers like the Mount Vernon team.

George Washington’s hemp is educating new people about this crop, and aiding the push for total legalization, which could soon become a reality at the federal level.

If one of our country’s most historic properties is benefitting from hemp, why shouldn’t the rest of America?

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Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture Works Fast, Tastes Delicious On Our Morning Oatmeal

Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture is a delicious CBD oil that works quickly to promote relaxation. This full spectrum supplement was produced using a proprietary lipid extraction process.

Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture is a uniquely delicious CBD oil that works quickly to promote relaxation.

Unlike most other CBD oil tinctures on the market, Functional Remedies uses a proprietary lipid extraction process, meaning the vital constituents in the hemp are released directly into the MCT (coconut-based) oil.

As a result, the flavor of this supplement is both milder and more distinctive than other CBD oils we’ve tried. This unflavored full spectrum extract has a warm, nutty taste that reminded us of fresh, high-quality olive oil. The 1000mg strength Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture tasted great on our morning oatmeal (especially with hemp hearts). We also enjoyed it mixed with green tea, or directly under the tongue. This supplement worked fast to ease chronic pain and relax tense muscles in our review team.

Hemp plants grow tall in a field on a foggy morning. Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture originates in specially bred hemp plants on their Pueblo, Colorado farm.

Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture originates in specially bred hemp plants on their Pueblo, Colorado farm. (Stock photo)

We were paid a fee by Functional Remedies and offered free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. We only select the highest-quality CBD products for review on our site.

Read on for our full review and to learn about what makes Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture unique.

FUNCTIONAL REMEDIES BRINGS YEARS OF EXPERIENCE TO CREATING SINGLE ORIGIN HEMP TINCTURE

Functional Remedies produces their products from a unique strain of industrial hemp which they spent years developing. This intense care and the team’s combined expertise show at every level of the production process, which is carefully controlled to produce a top-quality CBD oil.

All of Functional Remedies’ products begin as hemp plants on their 95-acre farm. They control every stage of the process after, from extraction to production. The majority of CBD oils on the market are produced by using a CO2 process to extract the cannabinoids from the plant, then the extract is mixed with an oil. In Functional Remedies’ proprietary lipid extraction process, the cannabinoids and other natural plant compounds bind directly to the fats in the MCT oil. This gentle process preserves the active components and produces a better flavor.

Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture is produced in small batches, and every batch is third-party lab tested. These results are available on request from customer service, including via live chat.

In addition to making great products, we also appreciate how Functional Remedies contributes to the hemp industry. Tim Gordon, president of Functional Remedies, is board president of Colorado Hemp Association and the CBD advisor for the National Hemp Association.

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  • Highlights: Functional Remedies Clarify Hemp Tincture reflects the exceptional care put into producing these supplements, which have a distinctive hemp flavor that we loved.
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Luce Farm: How Hemp Saved A Piece Of Vermont Farming History

Recently, we were lucky enough to a historic Vermont hemp farm that’s a wonderful example of hemp’s power to heal American agriculture. Originally founded in 1820, Luce Farm now grows hemp and uses it to make their own CBD products.

Recently, we were lucky enough to a historic Vermont hemp farm that’s a wonderful example of hemp’s power to heal American agriculture.

With low humidity and an abundance of air flow, it comes as no surprise that hemp’s found a way to prosper in the Green Mountain State’s countryside. Joe Pimentel, with his family and team, operate the historic Luce Farm and have found more success than they imagined in the ever-changing, fast-growing hemp industry.

The hemp grows tall on 206 acre Luce Farm, with the Vermont mountains in the background.

The hemp grows tall on 206 acre Luce Farm, with the Vermont mountains in the background. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Paul James)

First established in 1820, during our visit we learned how this 206 acre farm transformed from vegetable growing to hemp.

FROM VEGGIES TO A VERMONT HEMP FARM

Years ago, Pimentel began growing vegetables and raising goats due to the lack of easy access to good food. After the farming grew substantially, he moved to Vermont to grow food full time at Luce Farm and truck it down to areas in and around Boston.

“We were always able to sustain, but it was hard,” Pimentel told us. “Veggie farming is hard.”

Pimentel had dreams of restoring this 200 year old farm, but it was impossible to do on just vegetables. So, he began looking into a variety of options. Eventually, he stumbled upon hemp and it stuck. Pimentel recalled:

In 2016, we were hired to grow hemp for an R&D [Research and Development] project. We ended up with eighty pounds of it by the end of the year and we didn’t know what to do with it. That’s when we started playing around with the CBD in our kitchen.

After trying some simple recipes and sharing them with friends, people came back to Pimentel claiming the results were “unbelievable.” Many were new to CBD and what it could offer. Some friends who were taking several Ibuprofen a day reported more relief from the healing properties of hemp.

Part of the Luce Farm team stands in their hemp field (left to right): Jesse, Joe Pimentel, and Robin Chadwell.

Part of the Luce Farm team stands in their hemp field (left to right): Jesse, Joe Pimentel, and Robin Chadwell. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Paul James)

This is what motivated him to continue with harvesting and making Luce Farm CBD products. Pimentel knew if he wanted to make a business out of this, he had to be confident in telling people the exact amount of CBD they’d receive. As a result, he transitioned to using supercritical CO2 extraction, an industry standard method for producing high-quality CBD.

With a professionally produced, labeled and tested product under his belt, he decided to take his CBD to the place he knew best: farmers’ markets.

HEMP SAVED HISTORIC LUCE FARM

Unsurprisingly, he found himself easily making much more profit than he did off vegetables.

“And then we just ran with the ball, man,” Pimentel proclaimed. “It was evident this was exactly what we needed for our project.”

That project, to preserve this important site, is about to take a major step forward. Luce Farm will soon be added to the National Register of Historic Places, with all the protection that brings. Thanks to Pimentel and the possibilities of hemp, a piece of Vermont history will remain in the serenity of this mountainous landscape.

Luce Farm is a piece of the community that was almost taken away. After operating within the Luce family from 1820 to 1950, the last member passed away just when corporate agriculture was taking control of American farming. A pair of caretakers kept the property preserved, then sold it to the Pimentels a few years ago.

Since Vermont legalized hemp through the 2014 Farm Bill, it’s been making more and more appearances throughout the state. When Pimentel first began growing in 2016, there were less than 50 hemp permits within the state. This year, that number has reached an astonishing 249 hemp permits.

Hemp grows in dense clusters in a field. In the distance are greenhouses, a forest and the mountains. Luce Farm is not just a beautiful Vermont hemp farm, but also an example of hemp's power to revive American agriculture.

Luce Farm is not just a beautiful Vermont hemp farm, but also an example of hemp’s power to revive American agriculture. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Paul James)

In Pimentel’s words, “That’s a ridiculous amount of growth.”

Different states have different regulations when it comes to growing hemp. Vermont hemp farmers face few barriers under their state’s relatively simple regulations.

“As far as the state of Vermont goes, its hemp program is awesome,” Pimentel told us.

Still, Luce Farm has faced legal complications. About 6 months back, Pimentel teamed up with Long Trail Brewery in Vermont to create a CBD-infused beer. It was a winner in terms of sales, moving thousands of cans within a two day period. However, the federal government stepped in and told them they couldn’t mix cannabinoids with alcohol.

The Luce Farm team remains proud of the work they did and hope they can work with Long Trail again in the future when hemp is fully legalized.

BEYOND LUCE FARM: HEMP CAN HELP LOCAL FARMERS NATIONWIDE

Pimentel believes hemp can be a winner for local farmers across the country. Just as when big corporations moved into farming as a whole, he’s noticed big corporations trying to make their way into the hemp industry and take profits away from small family farmers. The more hemp becomes available to the public, the more people are trying to purchase it for cheap.

Moving forward, he hopes small farmers can continue to take advantage of the economic opportunities hemp provides:

I know how hard it is to grow that stuff … We’re farmers first. We want to keep that price high. We don’t want Wall Street coming in and driving the market.

When it comes to getting into the hemp industry, Pimentel advises people to have a plan. Farmers must know in advance what to do with their hemp once it’s harvested.

A massive, tall hemp field with the Vermont mountains behind it. Luce Farm creates their own CBD products from their harvest, controlling their output from seed to shelf.

Luce Farm creates their own CBD products from their harvest, controlling their output from seed to shelf. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Paul James)

More personally, Pimentel believes farmers should keep control of their harvest and “fight to keep [hemp] an agriculture product rather than a commodity product.”

This Vermont hemp farm directly uses the crops they grow in their own CBD products, rather than selling the crop to other businesses. They control their output from seed to shelf, and earnings can go right back into preserving Luce Farm.

Like so many other people working in this industry, Pimentel is excited about hemp and its potential to revive American farming.

“I’m a firm believer that every 7-Eleven in America should be replaced by a farm,” he declared. “It’d change a lot of things.”

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Drug Tests And CBD: Dallas Man Rejected For Transplant Due To CBD Use

Doctors refused to give a Dallas-area man a liver-transplant after he failed a drug test, even though he only CBD oil. Contrary to popular opinion, it is rare but possible to fail a drug test from using only hemp-based CBD supplements.

Doctors refused to give a Dallas-area man a liver-transplant after he failed a drug test, even though he only used hemp-based CBD oil, his family reports.

Contrary to popular opinion about drug tests and CBD, it is rare but possible to fail a drug test from using only hemp-based CBD supplements.

Rolando Rosa is in urgent need of a liver transplant. According to his daughter, Monica Garcia, her father had turned to over-the-counter CBD supplements to ease his chronic pain while reducing his use of his prescription opiate painkillers. Just when a transplant seemed within reach, doctors sent Rosa home due to testing positive for THC. Hospital officials suggested this reflected “noncompliance” with doctors’ orders.

Rolando Rosa with his family, celebrating Easter. (Courtesy: Monica Garcia)

“It’s a hard pill to swallow because we were so close to having everything done,” Garcia told us.

Read on to learn more about drug tests and CBD, and to find out how you can help Rolando Rosa.

DRUG TESTS AND CBD: THE MYTH AND THE REALITY

Consumers are buying millions of dollars worth of CBD oil supplements annually. One reason people seek them out is that they can offer many of the healing benefits of the cannabis plant without the high associated with psychoactive cannabis (‘marijuana’).

Legally, industrial hemp and hemp products must have less than 0.3 percent THC, far less than necessary to cause any high. However, these trace amounts of THC are occasionally detectable by drug tests.

As a result, when it comes to drug tests and CBD, we can only talk in generalities. Most people won’t fail a drug test from taking CBD oil alone, but there are exceptions. Different testing methods, variations in personal biochemistry, or extremely heavy use of CBD oil can cause failed drug tests. And these rare failed tests can have real consequences, from lost jobs to lost access to medical care.

According to Garcia, doctors at Methodist Dallas Medical Center told Rosa, “you can only take what we prescribe you.”

But Garcia said CBD seemed more effective. She worries about the potential toxic effects of prescription painkillers on her father’s already ailing liver. “What you prescribe him will kill him sooner!”

Rosa is far from alone. Thousands of consumers report reduced use of pharmaceuticals through CBD.

Methodist Dallas Medical Center did not immediately respond to our request for comment.

HEMP IS ‘VERY BENIGN’ WITH FEW DRUG INTERACTIONS

CBD oil is widely considered to be extremely safe, with even the World Health Organization declaring that CBD should not be scheduled as a dangerous drug. However, many medical professionals, still caught up in the war on drugs, defer to the Drug Enforcement Agency which continues to insist that CBD is illegal.

We reached out by email to Dr. Sue Sisley, a physician and medical researcher who is outspoken in her support of investigating the medical benefits of cannabis in all its forms. Sisley stressed that she couldn’t speak to specifically to Rosa’s case.

“This patient may have other complicating factors that cause the doctor to reject his transplant,” she noted.

Drug urine test strips spill out onto a page of medical records. Contrary to some beliefs about drug tests and CBD, it is possible but rare for CBD oil to cause someone to fail a drug test.

Contrary to some beliefs about drug tests and CBD, it is possible but rare for CBD oil to cause someone to fail a drug test.

Speaking in generalities, however, Sisley supported transplant patients having access to cannabis. “This plant has a very benign side effect profile that is often well tolerated and seems to have very few clinically relevant drug interactions.”

More research is needed in terms of cannabis’ effects on transplant patients, Sisley suggested. “There is a considerable amount of scientific data published in peer reviewed medical journals confirming that cannabis plant has anti-inflammatory action.”

Hemp-based CBD supplements are poorly regulated, leading to some issues with quality (which also sometimes appear in psychoactive cannabis). Total legalization and improved regulation would likely largely solve these issues.

“Most regulated markets guarantee that plant material is either free from fungal growth or nearly free from mold contamination,” Sisley wrote.

GARCIA HOPES TO RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT CBD AND DRUG TESTS

Garcia told us she hopes her father’s case will spread “awareness” about CBD and drug tests “to other people who have to go through this.”

She also hopes that hospitals will stop rejecting people from transplant waiting lists just for using cannabis or hemp.

“Hospital facilities need to start looking at their policies and regulations and maybe start doing some research on CBD and THC and the benefits of it rather than exclude people or demonize people over it,” Garcia said.

Rosa got real relief from CBD, said Garcia. “That was the only time my Dad actually felt good.”

Since then, they’ve halted use of the supplements out of fear of facing another rejection. “He has been hurting,” she said, with obvious pain in her voice.

Fear, she suggested, also prevented Rosa from sharing his use of CBD when he first met with doctors.

Garcia has set up a GoFundMe campaign for Rolando Rosa to help cover his medical expenses. Rosa lives on disability, with some help from his wife’s income. “There are medical bills mounting … We live six hours away, me and my sister, there’s no extended family up there to help him.”

There is still hope for his transplant: another Dallas transplant facility has agreed to evaluate Rosa for admission. Officials there told Garcia that the drug test won’t disqualify her father, but they’re still waiting for a final decision.

“We’re holding our breath until we hear back.”

Ministry of Hemp will update this story as we hear more about this situation.

 

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Bota Hemp CBD Tincture Combines Full Spectrum Relief With Sweet Hemp Taste

Reviewing Bota Hemp CBD Tincture was a truly enjoyable experience. We found ourselves repeatedly sniffing its fresh, sweet hemp aroma! The taste also didn’t disappoint.

Reviewing Bota Hemp CBD Tincture was a truly enjoyable experience.

After breaking the safety seal and twisting off the cap there was an immediate hit of a sweet, fresh hemp scent. We found ourselves repeatedly sniffing the bottle; the scent was addicting! The taste also didn’t disappoint. It had an earthy, herbal flavor with a hint of natural sweetness.

Bota Hemp CBD Tincture has a sweet, fresh taste of hemp we enjoyed

Bota Hemp CBD Tincture has a sweet, fresh taste of hemp.

We were paid a fee by Bota Hemp and offered free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. We only select the highest-quality CBD products for review on our site.

Read on for our full review and more about what makes Bota Hemp CBD Tincture special.

BOTA HEMP OFFERS COLORADO-GROWN HEMP FOR HEALTH-FOCUSED CONSUMERS

Bota Hemp uses Colorado grown hemp that is pesticide free and non-GMO. They use a supercritical CO2 extraction process for all of their full spectrum products and, like all quality CBD companies, third-party testing results are available on their website.

Bota Hemp believes CBD should be an essential part of a health-focused lifestyle, and they aim to provide the best products to fit that lifestyle.

Their mission is to inspire healthier living through education and premium hemp-based products. With the help of their industry experts, athletes, partners and coaches, they are committed to providing strategies and supporting products to help you achieve a better you.

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  • Highlights: Bota Hemp CBD Tincture Full Spectrum offers strong CBD relief with a fresh hemp taste and a smooth texture we loved.
  • Strength: 1000mg per 15ml bottle, also available in 250mg and 500mg strengths
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  • Flavor: Very nice earthy, sweet herbal flavor with a smooth texture from the coconut MCT oil. We could feel a very slight cooling sensation from this strong CBD tincture as it hit the back of our throat!
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in MCT (coconut-based) oil

Our only criticism had to do with the child resistant cap: it was a bit tricky to open. In addition to tinctures, Bota Hemp also offers CBD topical salve, CBD face cream, and CBD gel capsules.

 

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Online CBD Marketplace Provides Trust & Verification In An Unregulated Industry

Anavii Market is a new online CBD marketplace is helping to end the confusion around buying hemp extracts online. Only the best CBD oil products are available through this site.

A new online CBD marketplace is helping to end the confusion around buying hemp extracts online.

We founded our new company in January of this year. We hope Anavii Market will become the most trusted retailer for premium verified CBD oil products in the nation.

Anavii Market founder Annie Rouse with hemp advocate Rick Trojan at NoCo Hemp Expo. Anavii Market is an online CBD marketplace.

Anavii Market co-founder Annie Rouse with hemp advocate Rick Trojan at NoCo Hemp Expo.

Currently the CBD market is filled with questions and consumers don’t have all the proper information to make educated choices on which brands and which products to choose.

Most people seeking CBD for its many benefits have experienced the CBD dilemma: people want to try this “miracle” supplement, but get frustrated when trying to select the best quality CBD oil brand on the market. It is not surprising that this occurs, because this industry is unregulated, allowing bad actors to thrive.

Anavii Market was established to counteract the quality control issues in the growing hemp CBD oil market. Read on to learn more about our story and why a trusted CBD marketplace is so important for consumers.

INACCURATELY LABELED PRODUCTS SOLD AS CBD ENDANGER CONSUMERS

In a report published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that 70 percent of CBD products on the market were mislabeled or misbranded. These mislabeled products contained naturally occuring CBD and other cannabinoids, but did not contain the quantities marketed on the brands’ labels.

To make matters worse, in early 2018, reports sprang from North Carolina and elsewhere of consumers purchasing CBD oil products laced with synthetic cannabinoids. Better known as synthetic marijuana, K2 or spice, synthetics can cause major health concerns. These instances have sparked controversy in the growing CBD oil market, where quality hemp-derived CBD companies have been working hard to legitimize the industry.

These problems inspired us to start an online CBD marketplace where consumers could shop with confidence.

ANAVII MARKET: AN ONLINE CBD MARKETPLACE WITH ONLY TRUSTED PRODUCTS

We started Anavii Market to counteract the quality control issues in the growing hemp CBD oil market.

Anavii Market ensures the best CBD oil by requiring manufacturers to complete an application before representing their brand. This application requires proof of third-party laboratory testing within the five major areas of concern (phytocannabinoids, microbiologics, residual solvents, heavy metals, pesticides/herbicides) as well as information regarding batch record processes and recall procedures. Anavii Market also ensures the products they sell are only federally legal hemp-based products and are not derived from hemp’s cousin, marijuana.

Anavii Market is an online CBD marketplace which only offers carefully vetted CBD oil products.

Anavii Market is an online CBD marketplace which only offers carefully vetted CBD oil products.

Once we approve the brands, Anavii Market sells them through our transparent, informative website. We offer clear information regarding the cannabinoid spectrum, extraction method, source of hemp, and more. Some of the brands Anavii Market carries include: Ananda Hemp, Plus CBD Oil, Palmetto Harmony and Green Remedy. These brands and others combine to provide a unique mix of ingestion methods. Customers can find tinctures, salves, capsules, patches and even suppositories.

MEET THE INNOVATORS BEHIND THE CBD MARKETPLACE

Anavii Market founder Jason Amatucci poses with a U.S. flag hand-sewn from hemp.

Anavii Market co-founder Jason Amatucci poses with a U.S. flag hand-sewn from American-grown hemp.

Creating Anavii Market is the culmination of a decade’s work to legalize and improve access to hemp. Annie Rouse, a U.S. Fulbright Scholar who studied hemp in Canada, and Jason Amatucci, founder of the Virginia Industrial Hemp Coalition, co-founded Anavii Market. After we spent over a decade with research and legislative reform in our respective states, Kentucky and Virginia, we decided to partner on a mutual entrepreneurial dream — a one-stop shop for quality American-sourced hemp.

We are making large strides to improve this industry, and our hearts are in the right place. We’re ensuring the emerging hemp industry is not tainted by bad players just trying to make a fast buck with poor-quality mislabeled products. Instead we focus on the good actors verifying that the consumers have positive experiences with up-and-coming hemp products, while providing sustainable growth to the industry that we both care for deeply.

Many people who use CBD are seeking balance and wellness in their life and many struggle with stress. We don’t want to add to that stress when it comes to trusting the products they are purchasing.

Our company’s motto is “the products we sell are the products we know.” We always want the customer to know that they can trust Anavii Market when it comes to their hemp derived CBD oil and wellness needs.

 

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Hemp For Keto: Why Hemp Protein Is Perfect For The Keto Diet

If you’re doing the ketogenic diet, and you haven’t tried hemp for keto, you’re missing out. Hemp seeds are perfect for keto, because they’re high in amino acids, fiber and essential fatty acids.

If you’re doing the ketogenic diet, and you haven’t tried hemp for keto, you’re missing out.

The ketogenic diet became a hit by flipping the popular notion of fat being detrimental to health on its head. So, how does hemp protein play into all of this?

Understanding the food that you eat and learning how it affects your body is important. Food directly affects your mood, energy levels, and most importantly, your health. Many modern health issues can be traced back to an incorrect food source and unhealthy eating habits. And with the emergence of processed foods, eating healthy has never been harder.

That’s why something like the keto diet has become so popular. Keto is an eating pattern that focuses on the omission of carbohydrates and the increased consumption of fats through oils and nuts. It’s a diet that questions our typical food source, and challenges us to try a different energy source for our bodies. Hemp is a perfect way to support this low-carb diet. Below are foods & recipes to incorporate more hemp into your diet, and get you those all-important fats while minimizing the caloric and carbohydrate cost.

Read more below on how hemp for keto is a match made in heaven.

Hemp for keto is a perfect choice due to hemp protein's incredible nutritional profile.

Hemp for keto is a perfect choice due to hemp protein’s incredible nutritional profile.

HEMP FOR KETO: HEMP IS YOUR NEW FAVORITE SUPERFOOD

Hemp seeds are a great option to take advantage of hemp’s unique nutritional profile for your keto diet. The seeds have the same advantages as hemp oil, as the oil is derived from the pressing of the seeds.

Hemp seeds/oil are rich in Gamma-Linolenic acid (GLA) that help create prostaglandins, which are chemicals that help smooth muscles, control inflammation and body temperature. Foods that contain GLA help people with blood pressure, obesity, heart disease and more.

The Ketogenic diet requires a low-carbs, so all foods derived from grain are out of the question. Which means no bread or pasta. This is a problem because most meals use grains as filler. Hemp seeds are an easy fix to this problem. Aside from adding cauliflower and broccoli to your diet, you can use hemp for keto because hemp seeds are especially satiating due to their high fiber content.

Hemp is great in achieving heart health. A healthy heart requires less sugar, plant-based proteins, and good natural fats. Hemp seeds contain all these things. The regular consumption of hemp seeds, along with whole foods that are nutrient-dense and have good fats will make your heart very happy!

The best part about hemp is its nutritional profile. One ounce of hemp seeds contains nine grams of protein, twelve grams of fat, and two grams of fiber. It also contains all twenty amino acids and all nine of the essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce.

Hemp is a superfood. Not only is it high in protein and natural fats, but it’s low in calories and carbohydrates. It can help you feel fuller and taste delicious, all while coming from a completely natural source.

Smoothie ingredients on a counter, including hemp seeds. The keto diet focuses on low carbohydrate and high fat consumption, making hemp for keto a great option to ensure you get plenty of vital amino acids.

The keto diet focuses on low carbohydrate and high fat consumption, making hemp for keto a great option to ensure you get plenty of vital amino acids. (Photo credit: Ellijah Pickering)

HEMP RECIPES FOR THE KETO DIET

Hemp is not just a nutrient dense super-food, it can also be a tasty addition to your favorite recipes. A chewy and nutty tasting seed, it provides a great texture and taste to your dishes. Aside from the seed and oil additives, hemp is also made into milk and cheese substitutes. Listed below are some examples of delicious hemp for keto recipes!

There’s nothing better than starting your day off with a delicious breakfast. This recipe is not only tasty, but extremely easy to make! Perfect for when you’re still half-asleep and just need a little something to get you kickstarted for the day. An awesome mix of chia, flax, and hemp seed (a trio you need to be using), paired with creamy yogurt, crunchy granola and fresh blueberries then topped off with all-natural agave syrup.

If you’re on the keto diet be sure to substitute the granola with avocado or more hemp seeds and use plain yogurt (not that fat-free stuff).

A glass containing a freshly made smoothie. With just a few simple changes, many hemp recipes (like this smoothie) become keto diet friendly.

With just a few simple changes, many hemp recipes (like this smoothie) become keto diet friendly. (Photo credit: Ellijah Pickering)

Almost everyone loves Mediterranean food, so this hemp seed tabouli recipe will hit the spot. Parsley is chock-full of folic acid, vitamins A & C, and antioxidants. The recipe calls for a heaping dose of hemp-seeds, and the dressing is a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, olive oil and salt.

Packed with 5 tablespoons of hemp seeds, or about 60 grams of fat, this is already a perfect hemp for keto recipe with no changes.

If you’re lazy like me, nutrient-dense smoothies are your go-to when you don’t feel like cooking. This recipe contains classic smoothie ingredients such as blueberry, bananas, and oatmeal. Then packs a nutrient-heavy punch with it’s hemp oil additive. Add another banana to thicken the smoothie which makes it more filling.

For Keto, I suggest replacing the water in the recipe with coconut milk or hemp milk and omitting granola.

For even more recipes, check out this list of recipes that highlight hemp use!

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CBD Coffee Will Put Your Anxiety On Snooze & Energize Your Mornings

CBD coffee could be the perfect morning treat to get your day started without the worst parts of the caffeine buzz. Get ready to energize your moods with a CBD latte that you’ll want to try tomorrow morning.

CBD coffee could be the perfect morning treat to get your day started without the worst parts of the caffeine buzz.

Did you know that 83 percent of Americans drink coffee regularly? In a fast paced world, with the pressures of life pulling us down, it is no wonder we need coffee, but also carry anxiety. Not only does coffee help wake you up in the morning, but it actually has more lot of health benefits than you might realize. However, adding a little CBD oil can increase those benefits even more.

If you haven’t tried the blend of coffee and CBD oil, get ready to set your anxiety on snooze and energize your moods with a CBD latte that you’ll want to try tomorrow morning. Read on for a favorite recipe and more about the benefits of CBD coffee.

WHY DOES CBD COFFEE FEEL SO ENERGIZING?

Simply adding a dose of CBD oil to your coffee can give you increased health benefits for your body, mind, and spirit. Both coffee and CBD oil can help you feel better, and when combined, they offer you more than just the average coffee!

A spoon stirring a coffee cup on a bed of coffee beans. Creating CBD coffee is simple: Simply stir CBD oil into your favorite coffee drink.

Creating CBD coffee is simple: Simply stir CBD oil into your favorite coffee drink. Read on for one of our favorites.

Benefits of coffee

Most people drink coffee to wake them up in the morning, give them a little burst of energy during the day, or a pick me up after a stressful day at work. Coffee gets a bad rap, but it is actually a healthy choice. If you are an avid coffee drinker, you are already getting many coffee benefits. If you aren’t, check out what coffee has to offer you:

  • Coffee is a natural antioxidant. Coffee is a natural antioxidant for your body. Although our body can get antioxidants from fruits and veggies, we absorb more in our daily cup of coffee.
  • Coffee is good for your liver. People who drink at least 1 cup of coffee a day are 20 percent less likely to get liver cirrhosis
  • Coffee improves brain function. Whether you didn’t get enough sleep or you just need your morning coffee before you talk to anyone, coffee really does improve brain function. You have increased reaction time, attention, logical reasoning, and vigilance.
  • Smelling coffee relieves anxiety. You know that beautiful smell of brewing coffee that just calms you?! It really does relieve a lot of your anxiety just by smelling it.

Benefits of CBD oil

CBD oil is one of several naturally-occurring compounds in the cannabis plant known as cannabinoids. Most CBD oil supplements come from industrial hemp. Although hemp and psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”) come from different forms of the same plant, the two are very different. CBD oil has many medical benefits which include:

  • Natural pain relief. CBD oil has natural pain relief and anti-inflammatory properties. Using CBD oil daily, can help relieve stiffness, joint pain, and aches throughout the day.
  • Relieve symptoms of epilepsy. Doctors everywhere are now using CBD oil to treat epilepsy and seizures not only in adults, but in children.
  • Reduces anxiety. CBD oil is a natural way to reduce anxiety behaviors caused from panic disorder, PTSD, general anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and OCD with no adverse side effects
  • Relieves migraines and headaches. Stress and tension can wreak havoc on our bodies in many ways. CBD oil helps relieve both migraines and headaches and keep them away.
  • Promotes healthy sleep. Taking CBD oil daily helps get your body in a regular sleep habit which reduces stress and increases brain function. Take a serving before bed to help with insomnia and get your body into the REM sleep you need.

Benefits of combining CBD Oil and coffee

When you mix the benefits of coffee and the benefits of CBD oil, you get an incredible morning regime that is good for your whole body! It really is a match made in heaven. Although coffee has many benefits, the caffeine can increase stress hormones called cortisol. However, CBD oil can cause drowsiness in some people. Therefore, when you combine the two to create CBD coffee, you get the best of both worlds.

  • Increases energy while decreasing anxiety. While coffee increases your mood and energy, CBD oil relieves anxiety and stress.
  • CBD coffee could boost your mood. Both CBD oil and coffee boost your overall mood by increasing your serotonin levels (happy hormone).
  • Both have antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are needed to get rid of toxins in your body. They protect our DNA and cells from damage, aid with cell regeneration and aging; The more antioxidants, the better.
  • CBD coffee is good for your brain. As coffee increases your brain function, CBD oil protects your neurons from degeneration in your brain. Therefore, coffee and CBD oil together could be even better for your mind.

A coffee cup with a hemp leaf drawn in milk foam. Ready to get fancy with CBD coffee? Try this delicious, decadent peppermint CBD latte recipe.

Ready to get fancy with CBD coffee? Try this delicious, decadent peppermint
CBD latte recipe.

RECIPE: PEPPERMINT CBD LATTE

If you are ready to get the best of both worlds, you are going to love this Peppermint CBD Latte recipe:

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Unwrap Peppermint Patties and break into little pieces.
  2. Prepare coffee in a coffee maker as you would normally.
  3. Heat ½ cup of milk in the microwave for 2-minutes
  4. Use an electric mixer or milk steamer to froth the milk. Mix until it reaches desired frothiness.
  5. Pour ¾ cup of hot coffee into a mug.
  6. Add ½ dropper (0.75 ml) Full Spectrum CBD Oil Tincture to coffee. Mix well.
  7. Using spoon to hold back froth, pour hot milk into coffee.
  8. Top coffee with the remaining froth to make it a latte.
  9. Top your latte with the crumbled York Peppermint Patties.
  10. Optional: Melt York Peppermint Patties in the microwave and add to hot coffee for more flavor.
  11. Enjoy your CBD coffee!

CBD COFFEE IS AN EASY, RELAXING WAY TO START YOUR DAY

While we hope you’ll give our CBD latte a try, making CBD coffee doesn’t have to be complicated. Adding a little flavorful drop of CBD oil to your morning coffee is a simple step to start your day out healthier and happier! Of course, there’s no reason you can’t add it to your afternoon pick-me-up cup, too. Either way, it’s a great step in the right direction.

Have you tried a Peppermint CBD Latte or made your own CBD coffee drink? How did you like it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

 

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Prime CBD Oil Spray Is A Convenient & Tasty Way To Take CBD (UK CBD Oil Review)

Prime CBD Oil Spray is a convenient and effective method of consuming CBD for UK users. It’s made using Prime CBD’s unique CBD blend, a cocktail of legal hemp strains from plants grown in a variety of climates across the European Union.

Prime CBD Oil Spray is a convenient and effective method of consuming CBD for UK users.

It’s made using Prime CBD’s unique CBD blend, which they describe as a cocktail of legal hemp strains, containing cannabinoids from plants grown in a variety of climates across the European Union.

For this review, we tested the peppermint flavor of Prime CBD Oil Spray, in the 800mg strength. Instructions suggested using 1-2 sprays before meals every day. At this rate, the 20ml bottle lasts for around 4-6 weeks. The taste is quite pleasant, with a subtle minty flavour that helps to mask the more pungent herbal aromas of the CBD.

Using Prime CBD Oil Spray leaves a faintly oily texture on the tongue, but this absorbs nearly instantly, leaving little to no residue or aftertaste. As the CBD enters the system via the membranes in the mouth, the effects are much quicker than when consuming CBD capsules or edibles. Obviously, CBD affects people in a variety of ways but we found this spray oil particularly useful as a stress-relieving agent. Two sprays saw stress levels reduce noticeably after a few minutes, and even helped ease tension headaches.

Three bottles of different flavors of Prime CBD oil spray rest against a natural backdrop.

Our UK review team found Prime CBD Oil spray to be a fast, effective way to take CBD oil.

We were paid a fee by Prime CBD and offered free products in return for our honest opinion. If you use the special coupon below, we’ll also receive a percentage of the cost of your purchase. We only select the highest-quality CBD products for review on our site.

Read on to learn more about Prime CBD, and to see our complete review.

EXPERIENCED, FAMILY-OWNED PRIME CBD OFFERS RELIABLE HEMP OIL PRODUCTS

PrimeCBD is a family-owned business that’s operated since 2015, based in Staffordshire in central England. Everything about their operation is professional and efficient, with products arriving remarkably quickly and in discreet packaging that contains no mention of cannabis or hemp. Their products are currently only available in the UK but we can expect to see this change soon, with plans to deliver their items to Europe and beyond.

We appreciated that Prime CBD’s website prominently features a section called Lab Results, which hosts the third-party Certificate Of Analysis for each of their products. The lab results show that Prime CBD Oil Spray contains 42mg/g CBD, along with 9.3mg/g of CBDa (the precursor to CBD), plus trace amounts of THC. Interestingly, they also show a small amount of CBN, which is the third best-known cannabinoid after CBD and THC, and is said to have mild sedative effects.

These third party lab reports are a must when it comes to knowing exactly what is in your CBD products, and this establishes Prime CBD as a trustworthy vendor. CBD dominates, as you’d expect, and the tiny amount of THC is well within the legal limits for the UK.

UK CBD Oil Review: Three bottls of Prime CBD Oil Spray in pepperment flavor rest on a stone surface. PRIME CBD OIL SPRAY OFFICIAL REVIEW (UK CBD OIL REVIEW)

  • Highlights: Prime CBD Oil Spray has a pleasant taste and quick-acting formula, backed by an experienced team of hemp experts.
  • Strength: 800mg for a 20ml bottle, also available in 300mg, 500mg and 1400mg strengths
  • Price: £19.00 – £79.00
  • Special: Use coupon code MOH10 for 10% off your order.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Extremely quick shipping, with reassuringly discreet packaging. Free shipping is available with expedited shipping available for an additional fee.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavour: A subtle peppermint which helped to mask the medicinal aroma of the CBD (other flavours are available). Slight, oily texture that disappears quickly from the mouth.
  • Ingredients: Full-spectrum Hemp Extract plus MCT (coconut-based) Oil and Natural Flavouring.
  • Other: You can also buy orange, coconut and unflavoured varieties.

Prime CBD uses hemp sourced from across the European Union. Prime CBD also sells CBD e-liquid, capsules and balm.

 

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Review: iLoveBad Boxer Briefs Are Super Comfortable, Soft & Breathable

iLoveBad boxer briefs are blended from organic cotton and ethically sourced hemp for undies that are both comfortable and sustainable. iLoveBad makes all their products in the U.S. in small workplaces with fair labor practices.

iLoveBad boxer briefs quickly became a favorite pair of undies, especially after “breaking in.”

Hemp fabrics are known for both their durability and becoming more comfortable over time. These boxer briefs, blended from hemp and organic cotton, were no exception. The fabric grew softer, and seemed to fit better with every wash. Thanks to hemp’s superior breathability, they stayed fresh feeling even in the Texas heat.

Beyond making a great pair of undies, iLoveBad is dedicated to making sustainable, healthy products in an ethical manner. Customers can feel good about how iLoveBad makes their boxer briefs, in addition to how good they feel to wear.

A shirtless man seen from behind, holding a guitar and wearing iLoveBad boxer briefs in black.

iLoveBad boxer briefs are a comfortable, breathable choice for even the hottest weather.

We were paid a fee by iLoveBad and offered free products in return for our honest opinion. If you purchase a product from one of these links, we’ll receive a percentage of sales. We only select the highest-quality hemp products for review on our site.

Read on for our full review of iLoveBad Boxer Briefs and more about the care iLoveBad puts into every product they make.

SUPPORT SUSTAINABLE, ETHICAL HEMP WITH ILOVEBAD

iLoveBad began with their signature hemp blankets. Founders Brittanny and Daniel discovered that natural fabrics like hemp cured a night sweating problem that was keeping Daniel awake. After designing a great blanket, iLoveBad expanded into other essentials like underwear.

While hemp fabrics are better than cotton for the environment and for wearers, iLoveBad takes their products even further when it comes to sustainability. iLoveBad make all their products in the U.S. using ethically sourced hemp and organic cotton. They partner with small, employee owned manufacturers in the United States that promote fair labor practices and clean working environments. You can read about their passionate, diverse team on their website.

iLoveBad also donates a portion of their profits to important causes like LA Habilitation House and Corazon de Vida Orphanages.

Three pairs of iLoveBad boxer briefs resting on a wooden background.ILOVEBAD BOXER BRIEFS OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Organic Cotton & Hemp Boxer Briefs from iLoveBad are ultra-comfortable and breathable, making them great for everyday wear in almost any weather.
  • Sizes:  Available in Small Through Extra-Large.
  • Price: $24.00 in black or white, or mixed 3-pack for $63.00
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard shipping on a pair of hemp undies started at $2.79, with faster options available for an additional fee.
  • Features: Soft, comfortable boxer briefs that are great for work and leisure. The waistband is looser than most undies, but they were comfortably snug in the thighs and didn’t slip.
  • Materials: 64% Organic Cotton, 28% Hemp and 8% Lycra
  • Other: Women’s panties also available. iLoveBad accepts returns during a 100-day “Happy Shopping Window” to ensure customer satisfaction.

iLoveBad sources their hemp from a cooperative in China, which their supplier visits regularly to ensure high standards in both growing and working conditions. In addition to iLoveBad Boxer Briefs, they also make hemp socks, t-shirts, and of course, hemp blankets.

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