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Month: January 2019

Pure Relief Pure Hemp Bears: High-Strength, Great Tasting CBD Gummies!

Pure Relief Pure Hemp Bears are one of the strongest and best tasting CBD gummies on the market. We’re excited to share the first video review from our new video producer, Jessica St. Cyr!

Pure Relief Pure Hemp Bears are one of the strongest and best tasting CBD gummies on the market!

Jessica tried Pure Relief‘s delicious Pure Hemp Bears, which pack high-quality, high-strength full spectrum CBD into one tasty little gummy! With 30mg of CBD in each bear, these are one of the strongest CBD gummies out there.

What’s your favorite way to get your CBD? Let us know in the comments.

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We’re excited to share our first review from our new video producer Jessica St. Cyr! Jessica will be exploring hemp products, and sharing hemp news, information, tips and tricks on a regular basis. Got a product you’d like to see reviewed here? Email [email protected].

Pure Relief offered us 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

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Ultimate Hemp Oatmeal: Supercharge Your Mornings With Hemp

Combining the health benefits of hemp and oats with the healing benefits of CBD, our ultimate hemp oatmeal recipe will help you start your day off right. Best of all, it takes just minutes to make.

Hemp oatmeal could supercharge your mornings and help you bet a healthier start to 2019.

With fresh New Year’s resolutions, many of us have pledged to start healthier habits. So, if you’re doing your due diligence to finally start eating healthier, you’ve come to the perfect place.

A bowl of oatmeal with fruit, hemp seeds and chia seeds added sits on a wooden picnic table near a folded flower print tablecloth. Hemp oatmeal can supercharge your mornings and help you eat healthier in 2019.

Hemp oatmeal can supercharge your mornings and help you eat healthier in 2019.

Today we’re giving you a simple recipe that fuses the nutritional goodness of oats with the superfood capacities of hemp and the benefits of CBD. We’ll also explain some of the health benefits from eating oats and hemp.

BRING THE BENEFITS OF HEMP AND OATS TOGETHER IN HEMP OATMEAL

Oats are some of the healthiest grains available. They provide health benefits like weight loss, lower blood sugar, and even reduce the risk of heart disease. Having a balanced nutrient composition, oats are high in fiber and carbs, and are loaded with many important vitamins and minerals. Only half a cup of oats contains 51 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, 8 grams of fiber, with only 303 calories! This makes oats a super nutrient-dense food, providing you with a good ratio of nutrition to calories. In addition, oats are rich in antioxidants, can lower cholesterol levels, and lowers blood sugar. To add on to all of that, oats are very satiating and don’t require a lot to make you feel full.

Hemp, of course, is high in plant-based protein, contain good fats, and are also nutrient-dense. 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 which our bodies do not produce naturally. Hemp is also extremely easy to incorporate into your diet through the use of hemp hearts (shelled hemp seeds) and hemp oil. I commonly sprinkle hemp hearts into my food and smoothies; you can even mix chia and flax seeds with hemp hearts to create a trifecta of plant-based nutrition.

CBD offers a wide-range of health benefits as well, most notably it’s anti-inflammatory properties and the calming effect it can have on your body. Coming in as an oil or tincture, it’s easily incorporated into liquids in your dishes or even in your water.

Oats, hemp seeds, chia seeds, and flax seeds are mixed in a microwave-safe bowl. It takes just minutes to mix all the ingredients and cook our "Ultimate Hemp Oatmeal" recipe.

It takes just minutes to mix all the ingredients and cook our “Ultimate Hemp Oatmeal” recipe. (Photo: Ministry of Hemp / Ellijah Pickering)

MINISTRY OF HEMP’S ULTIMATE HEMP OATMEAL RECIPE

Serves: 1

Prep time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon brown-sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shelled hemp hearts
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • Fruit or berries and additional hemp hearts as a garnish
  • Your favorite CBD tincture

Preparation

  • Add all dry ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl
  • Microwave for 2 minutes on high setting
  • Top with more hemp seeds and mix in CBD tincture
  • Can also top with fruits such as blueberries, bananas, or strawberries
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CBD Cocktail Recipe With PlusCBD & Ministry of Hemp (VIDEO)

Ministry of Hemp and PlusCBD Oil teamed up with San Diego mixologist Dan Sutherland to create this delicious CBD cocktail recipe. Watch the recipe and get links to more great CBD cocktails!

Ministry of Hemp teamed up with PlusCBD and and San Diego mixologist to offer this great CBD cocktail recipe!

Looking for other CBD cocktail recipes? Check out these favorites from our archives:

Ministry of Hemp and PlusCBD teamed up to bring you this CBD cocktail recipe.

And look for more CBD cocktail recipes coming up next month for Valentine’s Day!

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Innovet PurCBD Provides Reliable Relief To Our Four-Legged Friends

Our reviewer’s pets were excited to get their special treats soaked in Innovet PurCBD every day, and the benefits were just as obvious too. CBD can help pets with anxiety, chronic pain, and the effects of aging.

Innovet PurCBD offered reliable CBD relief to our pets in an almost flavorless full-spectrum supplement.

With the surge in interest in CBD extracts for health, it should come as no surprise that pet owners have also turned to CBD to help their four legged friends.

Innovet is a pet supply company that has taken the plunge into CBD and hemp products for dogs, cats, and horses. Their CBD oil is well packaged, in a blue glass bottle with dropper top. As in CBD products for humans, Innovet’s pet CBD, or PurCBD, is available in an array of strengths, from 125 mg per 30 ml, all the way up to 1500 mg per 30 ml. Most small animal owners will find the 125 mg strength, or the Level 1 oil, perfectly sufficient.

The oil is very lightly scented, which is quite nice for giving to pets. Both dogs and cats have strong senses of smell, and often refuse to take strong-smelling CBD extracts. PurCBD is translucent yellow, very thin and easy to mix into wet foods. The oil base is organic hemp oil, with organic hemp extract added to reach the given strength. Innovet recommends dosing PurCBD at one drop per five pounds of pet.

Two small dogs in a dog bed pose with Innovet PurCBD and another Innovet CBD pet product. Our reviewer's pets, both small dogs and a cat, saw significant benefits from taking Innovet PurCBD every day.

Our reviewer’s pets, both small dogs and a cat, saw significant benefits from taking Innovet PurCBD every day.

Innovet paid us a fee and offered us 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Read on for our full review and to find out how our pets felt about PurCBD.

INNOVET PROVIDES HIGH QUALITY CBD AND HEMP FOR PETS

The Innovet company started in 2005 in Santa Barbara, California. By 2016, Innovet entered the CBD world, becoming one of the first companies to make CBD products especially for pets. Their line of products include hemp treats, CBD oil, hemp pellets for horses, and a hemp balm for dogs with skin conditions.

Our reviewer’s dogs and a cat have been on a regimen of CBD for some months. Changing to Innovet PurCBD caused no negative effects in any of the animals. They all maintained the gains they’d made using other CBD products. While the effects of aging cannot be totally reversed, CBD has made a huge impact for the elderly cat. CBD has returned her to her rightful place, ruling over the entire household as its queen. A range of issues previously plagued the dogs, from anxiety to a bad back, as well as the effects of aging.

Our reviewer’s pets greeted PurCBD with excitement and joy each morning, as they were excited to enjoy their special treats that were soaked in the oil. We did notice that this CBD oil is very thin. This makes it easy to mix PurCBD into wet food for cranky older cats but a bit tricky to soak into dog treats. The lack of strong flavor makes it relatively easy to convince a dog to lick PurCBD right off your fingers, however.

We appreciate Innovet’s attention to detail and quality when it comes to pet products. Third-party lab results for PurCBD are available right on the product page, showing that this supplement has undetectable levels of THC (very important for pet CBD products) and a broad spectrum of cannabinoids.

Innovet PurCBD (Ministry of Hemp Official CBD Review)INNOVET PURCBD OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Innovet PurCBD is an excellent, high-quality CBD extract in hemp oil formulated for dogs, cats, and horses that can improve the quality of many pets’ lives.
  • Strength: 125 mg per 30 ml bottle, also available in 250mg, 750mg and 1500mg for larger animals.
  • Price: $45.00 – $149.99
  • Customer Service and Shipping: Fast, friendly customer service. Free shipping available on orders over $10.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: PurCBD is practically flavorless with a mild grass-like aftertaste. Both dogs and cats seemed to enjoy the taste. This supplement has a thin, oily texture.
  • Ingredients: Organic CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract in Organic Hemp oil.
  • Other: Innovet offers numerous natural products to help your pet feel their best.

Innovet CBD products are made with organic full-spectrum hemp extract sourced in Oregon, and organic hemp oil from the U.K. and Germany.

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Four People Face Felony Charges After Oklahoma Police Seize Hemp Shipment

Four people face felony charges after Oklahoma police seized hemp bound from Kentucky to Colorado. They’re charged with drug trafficking after cops found 18,000 pounds of hemp in their tractor-trailer. 

Update JANUARY 24, 2019: We previously updated this article to report that everyone involved was out of jail. However, a report via Twitter suggests two truck drivers remain imprisoned:

Four people face felony charges after Oklahoma police seized hemp bound from Kentucky to Colorado.

The four are charged with drug trafficking after cops found 18,000 pounds of hemp in the back of their tractor-trailer. Police from Pawhuska, Oklahoma pulled the shippers over at 3:00am on January 9, claiming they ran a red light. When police stuck their noses in the vehicle, they smelled a strong odor which greatly resembled psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”), leading to the charges.

The truck was transporting hemp from Kentucky to Colorado on behalf of Panacea Life Sciences, a CBD brand. As readers of our site know, the 2018 Farm Bill made hemp legal nationwide when it became law in December. The new law specifically protects interstate commerce. Therefore, the drivers were following the law.

A highway patrol officer holds his palm out while making a road side stop. Oklahoma police seized 18,000 pounds of legal hemp on January 9. 4 people involved in transporting the crop now face felony charges.

Oklahoma police seized 18,000 pounds of legal hemp on January 9. 4 people involved in transporting the crop now face felony charges.

However, two of the four still remain in jail as police insist that they don’t know whether the truck contained legal hemp or illegal marijuana. The four accused all pled not guilty at their initial hearing.

LAW ENFORCEMENT’S BIG FLAW

The Farm Bill makes it clear that there shouldn’t be any legal battle at all. Hemp is legal and these men were in total compliance with the law. Yet, as we’re witnessing, law enforcement continues to insist these men deserve to face charges.

We talked with James “Jamie” Baumgartner, the president of Panacea Life Sciences about the incident.

“To be honest, I personally tend to trust law enforcement,” Baumgartner proclaimed. “But I don’t know if they really know what they’re doing here.”

One source of Baumgartner’s uncertainty: the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sent the hemp to a laboratory to do a binary test. The purpose was to discover whether or not there would be THC in the product.

“Of course, it’s going to test positive cause there is 0.3 percent THC in the product,” Baumgartner explained.

Under the law, hemp is fully legal as long as it contains less than 0.3 percent THC. He continued:

“Then they did another binary test that they [DEA] claim is definitive to show it’s marijuana, by taking a look at the product under a microscope. Which is the first time I’ve ever heard of that.”

Obviously, the latter test can’t confirm anything considering the fact that hemp and marijuana look nearly identical — they’re two forms of the same plant! As Baumgartner puts it, the only way to really tell the difference between the two is through, “a cannabinoid profile.”

Until the cannabis is properly tested, the four men will remain in custody. There’s only one major issue, as Baumgartner states:

“[Oklahoma law enforcement] wants to send it through Washington D.C. to be tested. But with the government shutdown, that laboratory is not operational right now.”

FIGHTING BACK AFTER OKLAHOMA POLICE SEIZE HEMP SHIPMENT

Baumgartner is pushing for the material to be tested properly even with the complication of a government shutdown. He and his team at Panacea have argued with police that they should, “find a neutral laboratory.”

“We’ve suggested they use the Colorado Department of Agriculture … to determine the THC content of the material.”

Unfortunately, there’s been little “open dialogue in terms of resolving the situation.”

Rather, law enforcement is taking matters into their own hands and, as mentioned above, it doesn’t seem like they quite know what’s going on.

Baumgartner told us he has never run into problems with the law before. Caught off guard by this unexpected seizure, he’s frustrated that police haven’t responded to his concerns. This is especially overwhelming considering some of these men have families who don’t know what’s going to happen.

Furthermore, Baumgartner predicted the bust could cost Panacea $1 million. Of course, he hopes that once Oklahoma law enforcement realizes the plants are hemp and therefore legal, there’s a good chance they’ll get the shipment back. However, then Panacea must worry about any damages which may have come about through this whole process.

Seen from the shoulders down, a farmer in a black hoodie gives a thumbs up while posing with a basket of freshly harvested hemp. Although the Farm Bill fully legalized hemp, it's clear the stigma around the plant still remains.

Although the Farm Bill fully legalized hemp, it’s clear the stigma around the plant still remains.

“If we can verify that it has not been damaged then we rock’n’roll with it,” Baumgartner said. “If it has been damaged so that we cannot use it, then we’ll seek recourse through civil litigation.”

THE ANTI-HEMP STIGMA CONTINUES

Obviously, the stigma against hemp is far from gone. The fact that this whole mess is even happening might seem absurd to many within the hemp industry and community. However, when it comes to the general public, they still don’t see the difference between hemp and “marijuana.” 

“When I take a look at this whole situation, our number one priority is to make sure these individuals are not charged and are able to go back to their families and their lives, “Baumgartner said.

“Number two is to get our hemp back. And I’m really hoping we have a positive end to this story.”

He added:

“I hope we have a better understanding of rules and regulations. About how to handle hemp shipments in the future. I mean the last thing I really wanted to do was offer an interview for your publication about this problem. I’d rather be talking about the beneficial health properties of hemp.”

Panacea Life Sciences’ staff asked us to share this GoFundMe fundraiser for the arrested hemp drivers, and encouraged our readers to contribute. 

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Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies Deliver Delicious Relief With A Laugh

Sunday Scaries has a tongue-in-cheek name and story, but their anxiety-busting gummies are no joke. Anxiety is Sunday Scaries’ specific focus, and they do it deliciously.

Do you know what the Sunday Scaries are?

According to the makers of Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies, it’s that feeling a person gets Sunday evening after a weekend of perhaps too much fun as they face the economic and physical realities of a sober, frugal Monday morning.

Sunday Scaries has a tongue-in-cheek name and story, but their anxiety-busting gummies are no joke.

Anxiety is Sunday Scaries’ specific focus, and they do it deliciously. As the name suggests, these gummies are 100 percent vegan, but even non-vegans will enjoy these gummies. They have a soft texture that gives gently and does not stick to the teeth. The sweetness of citrus or cherry flavor is cut nicely with a tart zip. Just the tiniest hint of earthiness and mineral taste from the full spectrum CBD oil and vitamins remains, adding to the taste.

A person in dark clothes with bright yellow nail polish pours Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies into the palm of their hand.

Despite their humorous branding, Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD gummies are a quality CBD product that offered noticeable relief to symptoms of anxiety in our reviewer.

Sunday Scaries paid us a fee and offered us 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Keep reading for our complete review of Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies.

SUNDAY SCARIES VEGAN AF CBD GUMMIES FORMULATED FOR ANXIETY RELIEF

Sunday Scaries obviously doesn’t take its branding too seriously. We loved the amusing product names, the hilarious list of causes of the Sunday Scaries (including “Did you rage too hard?”) and their tagline: “Make Life a Little More Chill,”

But Sunday Scaries takes their product very seriously.

Their CBD oil is full spectrum and organic. Free shipping and discounts for people who buy via “subscription” make Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies more affordable. They make a very targeted product line: just CBD tinctures and gummies formulated for anxiety. Sunday Scaries prominently posts their up-to-date third-party lab results verifying the cannabinoid content and quality. This is a must-have to ensure that the CBD oil you use is indeed CBD.

This company’s hemp extract products are specifically designed to tackle anxiety. Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies combine full-spectrum CBD oil with vitamins B12 and D3. Some research links a deficiency of these vitamins to depression and anxiety. While the jury is still out, the the National Institutes of Health called for more studies on the possible links between Vitamin B12Vitamin D and anxiety.

Of course, you can take Sunday Scaries on any day, whenever needed. Anxiety does not restrict itself to any day or hour. The recommended dosage for Sunday Scaries Vegan AF 10mg gummies is 2-3 as needed, but those new to CBD gummies should start small. Every person’s response to CBD oil varies, both based on their personal chemistry and due to differing delivery methods. Sunday Scaries uses nano CBD oil, meaning the extremely small droplets of oil are said to increase the body’s ability to absorb CBD.

We found that Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies offered a noticeable anti-anxiety effect that aided in sleep when our reviewer used the suggested dosage.

Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies (Ministry of Hemp Official CBD Review)SUNDAY SCARIES VEGAN AF GUMMIES OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Sunday Scaries Vegan AF Gummies are sugar coated, soft, and tasty — and include Vitamins B12 and D.
  • Strength: 10mg of full-spectrum CBD oil with 400 IU Vitamin of D3, 44 mcg of Vitamin B12 per gummy, 20 gummies per bottle.
  • Price: $44.95
  • Special: Use coupon code ministry for 10% off your order.
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast (and funny!) customer service. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: These vegan CBD gummies are pleasantly soft, with deliciously tangy citrus fruit flavors that aren’t too sweet or too tangy.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract plus Vitamins D & B12 with Organic Sugar, Corn syrup, Modified Food starch, Marice acid, Citric acid, Natural and Artificial flavors, Natural and Artificial colors.
  • Other: Sunday Scaries offers a generous refund policy for unsatisfied customers.

Sunday Scaries makes their products from organic hemp grown in the U.S. They also make also make non-vegan CBD gummy bears and 100 percent vegan CBD tinctures.

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Fighting Back After Facebook Shuts Down CBD Pages

Facebook shut down dozens of CBD pages during the holidays, wrongly claiming they sold “prescription drugs.” Representatives of Joy Organics waged a successful campaign to get the pages reinstated.

Facebook shut down numerous CBD brand pages in December, claiming they were selling prescription drugs, rather than natural supplements made from legal hemp.

Right before the holidays, Fort Collins, Colorado resident Joy Smith had attempted to log into her CBD products Facebook page for Joy Organics. However, she was surprised to find herself denied access. She contacted her daughter, Hannah Smith — the company’s social media brains — as a means of solving the problem.

However, Hannah found that the Facebook page was officially unpublished and flagged for “promoting the sale of prescription pharmaceuticals.”

Even though CBD supplements are legal, Facebook commonly mistreats representatives of the newly emerging hemp market. In fact, Kit O’Connell, editor in chief at the Ministry, is banned from using Facebook’s ad platform due to his hemp advocacy efforts.

A person logs into Facebook on a cell phone and laptop in a cafe, with a coffee cop and sauce in front of them. After Facebook shut down CBD pages, representatives of Joy Organics forced the social media giant to change its tune.

After Facebook shut down CBD pages, representatives of Joy Organics forced the social media giant to change its tune.

We reached out to Hannah in hopes of finding out more about her experience and what social media platforms such as Facebook will do in order to prevent these false flaggings from happening in the future.

TAKING ACTION AFTER FACEBOOK SHUTS DOWN CBD PAGES

When it all began, Hannah Smith didn’t think too much of it. Her initial inclinations suggested it was all a mistake that Facebook would easily fix through an appeal. Even when Facebook denied their appeal, they remained optimistic.

“Both me and my brother figured we’d just wait it out,” Smith explains.

“We just sent some emails and assumed they’d get on it. We figured they were dealing with a lot since it was the holidays, so, we didn’t think too much of it.”

However, Smith was soon met with a harsh reality: Facebook deliberately took down the page, claiming that it was encouraging prescription medication sales. Hemp-derived CBD oil is widely available over-the-counter as a nutritional supplement, both online and in many brick-and-mortar stores. After learning of Facebook’s real motivations, Smith took action.

“I created a petition as soon as I found out other CBD companies were going through the same thing,” she proclaims. “I thought it would be advantageous for us and the industry as a whole if I made the petition about more than just our Facebook.”

After sharing the petition with other hemp-derived CBD pages which Facebook had shut down, Smith was able to obtain 4,500 signatures. “Everyone was really excited to be doing something. To be taking action.”

FACEBOOK SHUTS DOWN CBD PAGES DURING HOLIDAY SEASON

This shut down had affected about three dozen hemp-derived CBD Facebook pages, both within the United States and across seas in the United Kingdom.

As mentioned, this happened just before the holiday season. Though most of Joy Organics sales are made on-site rather than online, there are CBD companies out there who sell most of their products over the internet. Social media plays a key role in online marketing. Facebook shutting down CBD pages during such a vital period of time could have severely affected sales.

Graphic shows social media app icons on a smartphone screen, including Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. While shutting down CBD pages was an extreme move, Facebook and other social media services routinely block hemp and CBD brands from their advertising platforms.

While shutting down CBD pages was an extreme move, Facebook and other social media services routinely block hemp and CBD brands from their advertising platforms.

Still, that isn’t to say the shut down didn’t have an impact on Joy Organics. Though their sales remained fine, they weren’t able to connect with their community. As Smith puts it, “it more hurt us in our ability to build credibility.”

Despite restoring their pages, Facebook hasn’t given a satisfactory explanation as to why these shutdowns occurred.

DID FACEBOOK SHUT DOWN CBD PAGES OVER FDA MEMO?

“Now, this is all speculation,” Smith begins.

“But there’s something about this that just doesn’t feel right for me. CBD is — in Facebook’s guidelines — you can’t buy ads on Facebook if you’re selling it. So, they’re aware of what CBD is. There are restrictions for CBD and restrictions for marijuana. So, I’m pretty sure they know the difference between the two.”

With that in mind, Smith finds one aspect of this whole scenario to be truly strange. This all happened right after the Farm Bill went through. During the initial days after hemp was fully legalized, searches for CBD skyrocketed.

“After the farm bill went through, there were so many new people looking for CBD resources,” Smith stresses. “The fact that this happened after the Farm Bill was signed is suspicious to me because it coincides with a huge spark of interest in the CBD industry and CBD products.”

Interestingly, Smith notes that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released a statement shortly after the Farm Bill went through claiming CBD is illegal in food products. Some hemp advocates speculate Facebook saw that statement and decided to shutdown CBD pages. Still, Smith doesn’t believe this is the true root of the problem which occurred, especially after Facebook’s history of cracking down on hemp and CBD brands.

We’ll have more coverage of the FDA memo and what it means for CBD in an upcoming article.

WE CAN EXPECT MORE MISUNDERSTANDINGS ABOUT HEMP

It should be expected that problems will continue to come about when it comes to the hemp and CBD industry. The unfortunate truth is the public still has trouble separating hemp from psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”). Many people are still learning about the benefits of CBD.

According to Chavie Lieber, a senior reporter at Vox, “Facebook said it did not believe hemp or CBD companies violated any of these terms, but it did not further explain why its team had removed these pages in the first place.”

Though that may be true, it’s noteworthy to mention Smith had a very difficult time trying to resolve the issue. She could barely find a customer service email to contact.

A hemp bud, and two bottles of CBD oil sit on a wooden tabletop. Unfortunately, CBD and hemp brands will continue to face problems online until the stigma around the plant disappears.

Unfortunately, CBD and hemp brands will continue to face problems online until the stigma around the plant disappears.

“Facebook has a lot of places for people to go to prevent them from contacting customer service; forums and FAQs and stuff like that,” Smith explains.

Luckily, Joy Organics hasn’t seen any similar problems on other social media platforms.

At the end of the day, the hemp industry should expect more barriers. It’s going to take time for the public to understand what CBD and hemp truly are and the benefits they offer society.

Until then, Smith remains optimistic. “We hope when the laws change, the stigma will change.”

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The Benefits of CBD for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens, in particular, have become a loyal base for CBD products as they have begun to trade their conventional medications for naturally-derived CBD. But, what exactly is CBD?

CBD is currently one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States because of products like CBD infused oils and edibles which can deliver remarkable benefits to users of all ages and backgrounds. Senior citizens, in particular, have become a loyal base for CBD products as they have begun to trade their conventional medications for naturally-derived CBD.

But, what exactly is CBD? And why are senior citizens turning to this hemp-derived product?

THE STATUS OF CBD IN 2019

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a natural compound found in hemp. Despite its close relation to psychoactive cannabis (better known as “marijuana”), hemp and hemp-derived products don’t make you “feel high.” As a result, hemp-derived CBD is legal in the United States. With the recent passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD products can now be purchased in stores or online nationwide.

A woman and man, a senior citizen couple, sit outside their home. He has his arm around her.

CBD offers numerous benefits for senior citizens, from reducing inflammation to easing anxiety.

CBD OIL BENEFITS

Research suggests CBD can have an extensive array of health benefits as a result of its natural analgesic properties. Over time, CBD can help promote wellness by interacting with endocannabinoid receptors located throughout our immune and nervous systems. Among many things, endocannabinoid receptors are responsible for regulating vital biological functions such as pain sensitivity, sleep cycles, and anxiety levels.

Here are some reasons CBD has become such a popular supplement for senior citizens:

Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety disorders are often more common and severe in older adults. There are many triggers that manifest as they get older. In many cases, anxiety disorders in the elderly can turn into more serious conditions like chronic panic attacks and depression.

When it comes to our mental health, studies suggest CBD can be particularly beneficial because of its ability to boost levels of the neurotransmitter anandamide. Anandamide promotes feelings related to happiness and relaxation; however, in many individuals, anandamide is rapidly degraded by the enzyme FAAH (fatty acid amide hydrolase). CBD inhibits FAAH enzymes slowing down the degradation process of anandamide and allowing it to stay longer in our systems.

A woman opens a packet of CBD tea to pour it into a tea cup. Some benefits of CBD for the elderly include reducing pain and symptoms of stress.

Some benefits of CBD for the elderly include reducing pain and symptoms of stress. (Photo: Green Roads)

There is also conclusive evidence that CBD helps activate the 5-HT1A serotonin receptor. Serotonin receptors play an important role in mental health as they modulate anxiety and mood which is why serotonin receptors are usually the primary target of antidepressant medications.

Fitness and Mobility

Muscle and joint pain can drastically change the everyday routine and overall lifestyle of people as they get older. Simple tasks like playing with grandchildren, walking the dogs, or going for a swim may be difficult to enjoy due to excruciating chronic pain in the back, hips, and other parts of the body. Over time, limited mobility can influence our sense of independence and lead to severe consequences for our physical endurance and immune functions.

Because of its natural anti-inflammatory properties, CBD oil for pain can be an effective treatment for pain and physical discomfort. When it interacts with our nervous system, CBD helps generate pain-resisting responses from cells, thus increasing our pain threshold. That is why professional athletes, like UFC champion TJ Dillashaw, are using CBD to aid them in their daily workout routines for recovery purposes. Whether you are looking to stay committed to an exercise regimen or just trying to spend more time playing with your grandchildren, a daily dose of CBD oil for pain can help you stay active and independent well into your golden years.

Better Sleeping Patterns

Another common reason seniors are adding CBD products to their daily routine is to balance their sleep and wake cycles. As we age, medical conditions and common sleep disorders can prevent us from getting quality sleep at night. In the long run, lack of sleep in older adults can lead to serious medical conditions such as heart disease and significant weight gain.

A woman takes Green Roads Relax Bears gummies from a jar. CBD can offer numerous improvements to quality of life, like promoting better sleep and reducing inflammation.

CBD can offer numerous improvements to quality of life, like promoting better sleep and reducing inflammation. (Photo: Green Roads)

Because CBD can reduce anxiety and pain, thousands of users across the country choose to use CBD as a nighttime sleep aid. Some CBD products for sleep even contain melatonin which is the hormone responsible for regulating sleep in humans. A nightly dose of CBD and melatonin can be particularly successful for patients with recurring sleep problems as their combined effects produce a relaxing and calming effect that can improve overall quality and quantity of sleep.

A NATURAL ALTERNATIVE

Probably the most important reason CBD has become a popular alternative for seniors is that it produces no significant side effects and is non-addictive as opposed to many pharmaceutical drugs. CBD also gives users a wider range of options as it can be found in a wide variety of forms such as CBD oils, CBD  edibles, and even CBD coffee.

If you are over the age of 50, CBD can prove to be an excellent ally for your health and wellness needs. If you are considering CBD for your daily routine, make sure extracts are obtained from industrial hemp grown in the United States. Most importantly, look for CBD products formulated by licensed pharmacists and tested by independent labs to ensure they meet all industry standards and regulations.

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Waste Not, Want Not: Recycling Hemp & Cannabis Bio-Waste

As the hemp industry booms, it will inevitably product more waste. We looked at two startups recycling hemp and cannabis waste into useful products.

In a world of increasing pollution, two startups are trailblazing new techniques to reduce waste by recycling hemp.

The community based around hemp is famous for its holistic approach to life. Hemp advocates care about living cleanly, reducing their environmental impact, and trying to reduce waste as much as possible.

Industrial hemp is now fully legal in the United States thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. As a result, we can expect the hemp industry to grow and produce more waste. Companies like 9Fiber and Kindness 3D see this as an opportunity.

Previously, we reported on Sana Packaging, who use hemp to create sustainable packaging for the recreational cannabis industry. 9Fiber and Kindness 3D differ in that they’re recycling hemp and cannabis waste after it’s produced. They’re helping reduce pollution and helping their fellow human beings at the same time.

9FIBER: RECYCLING HEMP STALKS & FIBER INTO USEFUL PRODUCTS

9Fiber, based out of Silver Spring, Maryland are an agricultural technology company focused on recycling hemp stalk and stem waste. This startup takes hemp bio-waste that’s been put aside by other companies and processes it into raw materials that can be used to make a variety of products.

First, 9Fiber decontaminates any biowaste from federally illegal substances, removing the THC. Next, they process the waste further by removing fiber from the hurd, which is the woody core of the hemp plant. Then, the fiber undergoes final processing before it becomes usable for production. With the recycled fiber and gum-free hurd, 9Fiber is able to make paper, rope, textiles, fuel, bioplastics, fiberglass, hempcrete, and even livestock bedding.

In November, the Colorado Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant Program gave 9Fiber a $250,000 grant. The process to get the grant was a lengthy one, as many startups. With this new funding, 9Fiber plans to expand their operations into Pueblo, Colorado in late 2019. Hopefully, this grant can also help 9Fiber scale with the inevitable boom in hemp production. With the recent passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, 9Fiber’s future is looking bright.

A cluster of stringy hemp fiber separated out from the rest of the plant, photographed against a plain white background. 9Fiber is recycling hemp by separating out the hemp fibers and woody core (hemp hurd). After processing, 9Fiber can reuse these materials in hemp plastic, hempcrete, animal bedding and more.

9Fiber is recycling hemp by separating out the hemp fibers and woody core (hemp hurd). After processing, 9Fiber can reuse these materials in hemp plastic, hempcrete, animal bedding and more.

Adin Alai, 9Fiber’s CEO, told us, “our main goal is to create an entire circular economy.”

While the hemp industry inevitably produces waste, companies like 9Fiber can use that waste to produce other products. Not only is Mr. Alai passionate about his startup, but he believes that the cannabis industry has the potential to be a leading zero-waste industry.

KINDNESS 3D PRINTS PROSTHETIC LIMBS FROM CANNABIS WASTE

Meanwhile, up north in Nova Scotia, Canada, a prosthetic limb production company recycles plastic waste from local psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”) shops. After Canada legalized recreational use of marijuana, there has been a dramatic increase in plastic container waste. Based out of Halifax, Kindness 3D turns plastic packaging from psychoactive cannabis products into prosthetic limbs.

A student tries out a 3D-printed grabber hand at a school in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kindness 3D takes plastic waste from recreational cannabis containers and turns them into prosthetic limbs.

A student tries out a 3D-printed grabber hand at a school in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kindness 3D takes plastic waste from recreational cannabis containers and turns them into prosthetic limbs. (Photo: Kindness 3D Facebook)

Starting as a 3D printing enthusiast, Jake Boudreau started Kindness 3D after coming across templates for prosthetic limbs in an online 3D printing community. Since the creation of the non-profit, he’s been able to send hands to a girl in Costa Rica and a woman in Brazil. He aims to not only recycle reusable plastic waste, but to help people who can’t afford the expenses that come along with prosthetic limbs.

Donate to Boudreau’s GoFundMe and check out the Kindness3D Facebook page!

A GREENER FUTURE THROUGH RECYCLING HEMP

As industrial hemp and cannabis legalization spreads around the world, companies like 9Fiber and Kindness 3D fill an important niche. Efforts like these are vital for reducing hemp waste, and to increase the utility of the hemp plant. Hopefully, recycling hemp will become commonplace, and recycled hemp biomass products can become part of our everyday lives.

Hemp’s future is green, in more ways than one.

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Palm Organix CBD Tincture Relieves Stress, Pain & Restlessness

Palm Organix CBD Tincture offered our reviewer fast-acting relief to symptoms of stress and anxiety, plus minor aches. Their products use only organic, domestically-produced ingredients.

Palm Organix CBD Tincture is an all-natural supplement that aids relaxation, stress relief, pain relief, and eases symptoms of insomnia.

We tried the 500mg CBD tincture from Palm Organix. This product tastes quite refreshing thanks to its mint flavor and it’s fast acting too. The mint flavor is subtle and not overpowering. Instructions on the bottle suggested filling the dropper with Palm Organix CBD tincture, holding the drops under the tongue for up to 2 minutes (the longer it’s held, the better the absorption), swishing, and then swallowing.

Within the first 30 minutes our reviewer reported feeling muscle tension dissipate. Symptoms of stress and anxiety also began to decrease. Although this CBD didn’t make us feel drowsy, we noticed that Palm Organix CBD tincture aided in sleeping well throughout the night.

The product is aesthetically pleasing in design. The bottle has a clean and professional looking appearance. Palm Organix CBD Tincture delivered what we needed most from CBD: relief from stress, minor pain, and restlessness.

A bottle of Palm Organix CBD tincture in mint flavor against an illustrated background of whirling mint leaves and starry green swirls.

Palm Organix CBD tincture offered our reviewer fast relief with a refreshing mint taste.

Palm Organix paid us a fee and offered us 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. Read more about sponsored content on Ministry of Hemp.

Keep reading to learn more about Palm Organix and see our complete review of their CBD tincture.

PALM ORGANIX: PHARMACEUTICAL GRADE CBD IN MULTIPLE FLAVORS & STRENGTHS

Palm Organix CBD Tincture comes in a variety of strengths, including 250 mg and 1000 mg, although we reviewed their 500mg strength. Ministry of Hemp always recommends new users of CBD start with a smaller dose, while experienced CBD consumers will enjoy the 1000mg tincture.

We appreciate that Palm Organix makes their CBD products from organically grown hemp oil. They use just a few simple ingredients in all their offerings. Based in Fort Collins, Colorado, Palm Organix prides themselves on being a premium brand that meets high standards of quality.

We like that their tincture is clearly labeled and that they work with a pharmaceutical scientist to craft their CBD oil products specifically to their client’s needs. Their website is also super user friendly, easy to navigate, and attractive which makes shopping online a breeze. We also like that third-party lab results are easy to find.

Additionally, all Palm Organix products meet 12 criteria for quality. These include ensuring that every product is made without pesticides, is full spectrum, gluten free, and made from only organic, non-GMO, pharmaceutical grade ingredients sourced in the United States. They also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning that if you’re unhappy with the product they will offer a full refund on return.

Palm Organix CBD Tincture (Ministry of Hemp Official CBD Review)PALM ORGANIX CBD TINCTURE OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: Palm Organix CBD Tincture is a refreshing, easy-to-use and fast-acting supplement that aids in relaxation and pain/stress relief.
  • Strength: 500mg per 30ml, also  in 250mg and 1000mg strengths
  • Price: $59.95 satisfaction guarantee
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Great, customer-oriented service. Palm Organix offers quick, free standard shipping on all orders.
  • Lab Results: Online.
  • Ingredients: CBD oil / Full Spectrum Hemp extract plus Hemp oil, Hemp Seed oil, Grape Seed oil, Peppermint oil for flavor and Stevia
  • Other: Palm Organix CBD Tincture is also available in orange flavor. They offer a generous 30-day guarantee for unsatisfied customers.

Palm Organix makes all their products with organically-grown Colorado hemp. They also make CBD softgels and a great-smelling CBD salve!

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