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Hemp Pasta From Sfoglini Adds Nutty Flavor & Nutrition To Artisan Noodles

We visited with New York’s Sfoglini Pasta Shop, creators of three unique hemp pasta shapes, and learned the story behind these delicious products.

When we discovered unique hemp pasta from an artisan pasta maker in New York, we knew we had to find out more.

Long-time friends Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum, created Sfoglini Pasta Shop together in 2012. They’re dedicated to the virtues of sustainability, freshness, locality, and above all else, flavor.

The quality of ingredients and diverse flavors sets Sfoglini (pronounced “sfo-lee-nee”) apart from typical supermarket fare. Sourced from local farms in New York state, Sfoglini’s pastas tell the story of the freshness and flavor of New York’s produce. Along with their standard and seasonal pasta selections, Sfoglini recently added three distinct hemp pasta shapes.

Fusing the superfood nutritional qualities of hemp with their superior pasta-making skills, Sfoglini makes delicious hemp pasta available to kitchens all over the country.

SFOGLINI FOUNDERS ARE PASSIONATE ABOUT FOOD & GLOBAL FLAVORS

The two founders of Sfoglini, Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum, are both creatives at heart.

Sfoglini founders Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum pose in their pasta factory. Sfoglini founders Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum created their unique hemp pasta after visiting an organic hemp farm in New York state.

Sfoglini founders Steve Gonzalez and Scott Ketchum created their unique hemp pasta after visiting an organic hemp farm in New York state. (Photo: Sfoglini Pasta Shop)

Gonzalez studied the culinary arts at the Art Institute of Colorado, then spent about 14 years as a professional chef. He worked in various high-profile restaurants. One of the most notable was El Raco de Can Fabes, a 3-star Michelin restaurant in Sant Celoni, Spain. Gonzalez started making and developing pastas over a decade ago, and that experience drove him to open Sfoglini.

Ketchum on the other hand, was a creative director, graphic designer, and web-designer working for firms in San Francisco & New York. Inspired by the vivid food cultures of both cities, Ketchum pursued a degree in brewing and management at the Siebel Institute in Chicago. To further develop his tastes, he then traveled to Europe where he saw first-hand the diverse food cultures of Italy, France, and Belgium. Recognizing the lack of an artisanal pasta maker in New York, Ketchum jumped on the opportunity to combine his passion for food (particularly pasta) and his skills as an advertising creative to start Sfoglini with his long-time friend.

GOOD PASTA STARTS AT THE FARM

Believing firmly in the philosophy behind locally-sourced ingredients, Sfoglini believes that a good pasta starts at the farm. Sfoglini sources ingredients like corn, rye, flour, and wheat from local farmers in New York State and Massachusetts.

Ketchum told us they even worked with nearby ‘urban’ farms when they first opened Sfoglini. “It was nice to wake up every morning, and grab farm-fresh ingredients on your morning walk to work.”

Sfoglini’s offers a unique selection of seasonal pastas, including Beet Fusilli, Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli, and Saffron Malloreddus. This further reinforces Sfoglini’s philosophy for freshness. They get these ingredients at peak-season and are able to give their customers the best of each product. With pasta this good, Sfoglini is being served in some of New York’s most reputable establishments such as  Tom Colicchio’s RiverparkChef’s Club by Food & Wine and the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.

Sfoglini Hemp Pasta spills out onto a kitchen counter, with other ingredients neabry including tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and garlic. Sfoglini's hemp pasta joins a unique product line that includes season flavors like Beet Fusilli, Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli, and Saffron Malloreddus.

Sfoglini’s hemp pasta joins a unique product line that includes season flavors like Beet Fusilli, Cuttlefish Ink Spaccatelli, and Saffron Malloreddus. (Photo: Sfoglini Pasta Shop)

HEMP PASTA COMBINES DELICIOUS NUTTY HEMP FLAVOR WITH HEMP NUTRITION

Sfoglini offers three hemp-based pastas: Hemp Radiators, Hemp Rigatoni, and Hemp Zucca. With three distinct shapes, each pasta offers three different advantages. The radiators and rigatoni work well with pasta dishes that have thicker sauces or cheeses, since their shapes soak up and trap sauces. By contrast, Ketchum told us the zucca pasta works particularly well with dishes that have chopped ingredients, as they tend to get trapped in the clam-shell opening of the hemp pasta.

Obviously, all three pastas have the nutrient-dense qualities of hemp, but hemp also adds a particular nuttiness that further enhances their flavor.

Recommended by a friend, Gonzalez and Ketchum visited JD Farms, the first USDA approved hemp farm in New York State. After touring the farm and tasting their organically-grown hemp, they both knew they had to incorporate it into their pastas. The hemp pastas are growing in popularity, and the rigatoni is one of their top-five best-selling pastas.

We asked Sfoglini to provde us with a simple recipe that highlights the unique flavor of their hemp pasta.

RECIPE: SFOGLINI HEMP RADIATORS WITH RICOTTA

Ingredients:

  • 8 oz. Sfoglini Hemp Radiators
  • 1 cup ricotta [high quality]
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Heat 3 quarts of salted water in a large pot and bring to a boil. Add hemp radiators and cook for 5-8 minutes.
  • Mix ricotta and olive oil in a large bowl. If desired, add 1-2 tablespoons of the pasta water for a smoother consistency.
  • Once pasta is cooked, drain and combine with the ricotta and olive oil mixture.
  • Divide among two serving bowls, add salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

The story of Sfoglini further reiterates the wonders and advantages of the hemp plant. An endlessly versatile plant, Sfoglini is now proving to the world that hemp can be delicious! Order their pastas online and make sure to check out Sfoglini on Instagram as well!

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The Best Valentine’s Day CBD Gifts: Our CBD Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Add relaxation, stress relief and even romance to your holiday with Ministry Of Hemp’s Official Valentine’s Day CBD Gift Guide. We’ve gathered special offers on some of our favorite CBD products.

Make Valentine’s Day healthier, more relaxing, and even more romantic with this CBD Valentine’s Gift Guide.

While St. Valentine’s Day is considered the most romantic of holidays, like many other holidays it can be surprisingly stressful. There’s a lot of pressure to get everything perfect. That’s why we wanted to pick some great Valentine’s Day CBD gifts for you. If you’re looking for a gift that’s more sustainable and healthier than another chocolate sampler, we think CBD is perfect.

There’s nothing worse than being too stressed to enjoy time with our loved ones. CBD seems to balance the human endocannabinoid system. CBD reduces pain and symptoms of anxiety, which can help us feel more relaxed and open to our loved ones on this special day. Even if you’re spending the day by yourself, CBD is the perfect choice for self-care.

Read on for a special Valentine’s Day CBD cocktail recipe, and our complete CBD Valentine’s Day gift guide.

RECIPE: CUPID’S CBD FIZZ FROM CURALEAF HEMP

Valentine's CBD cocktail from Curaleaf Hemp: Cupid's CBD FizzCBD drinks are a great choice for entertaining and, when it comes to CBD-infused alcoholic beverages, might even counteract some of the negative side-effects of drinking since CBD reduces inflammation. Of course, it’s always important to drink responsibly and in moderation, so save the elevated cocktails for when you’re ready to stay in for the night.

Our friends at Curaleaf Hemp shared this delicious Valentine’s CBD recipe with us.

Ingredients

Preparation

  • Place all ingredients in a shaker with no ice for a dry shake for no less than 10 seconds
  • Add ice to the shaker and give a final shake
  • Pour the liquid into a lowball glass
  • Garnish with a rose petal

CuraLeaf Hemp Valentine's Day CBD CouponCuraleaf Hemp CBD Valentine’s Day Coupon

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all Curaleaf Hemp products until Valentine’s Day.
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code CURALOVE at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2019)

Ministry of Hemp Official Valentine's Day CBD Gift Guide. A gift wrapped with a red ribbon and decorated with hearts on a string, sitting on a fabric background.MINISTRY OF HEMP OFFICIAL VALENTINE’S DAY CBD GIFT GUIDE

We’ve got lots more great Valentine’s Day CBD gifts for you. Click below to jump to a brand, or read on to see all the Valentine’s Day CBD deals. We’ve provided everything you need to take advantage of these sales.

Ananda Touch Bliss Oil (Ministry of Hemp Valentine's CBD Gift Guide)Ananda Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off Ananda Touch Bliss Oil when you order before February 15!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code blissfulday at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until February 15, 2019.

Bliss Oil is Ananda Hemp’s new intimate oil, designed to enhance sexual pleasure. Check out our official review of Bliss Oil! We’re also big fans of Ananda Hemp’s Spectrum Gels and their CBD tinctures.

Sunday Scaries (Ministry Of Hemp Official Valentine's Day CBD Guide)Sunday Scaries

  • What’s the deal? Get 10% off Sunday Scaries CBD products, which are formulated to reduce anxiety!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code ministry at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Anytime. It cannot be combined with other offers, however.

Our review team loved Sunday Scaries Vegan AF CBD Gummies.

PlusCBD Oil CBD Balm (Ministry Of Hemp Official Valentines Day CBD Gift Guide)PlusCBD Oil

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off PlusCBD Oil CBD balm all month long!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BEMINE at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until February 28, 2019.

Soothe away your aches and pains with this great topical CBD and you’ll be ready for your night on the town, or staying in with Netflix.

Every Day Optimal (Ministry of Hemp Official Valentine's Day CBD Gift Guide)Every Day Optimal

  • What’s the deal? Get 25% off Every Day Optimal products until February 15!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code mhlove25 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until February 15, 2019.

Our reviewer loved Every Day Optimal Gummies and their CBD capsules are some of our favorites too.

Inesscents Salvation CBD Soap (Ministry of Hemp Official Valentine's Day CBD Gift Guide)Inesscents

We’ll have a video review of some of Inesscents CBD products soon from our new video producer, Jessica St. Cyr.

Hemp Bombs (Ministry of Hemp Official Valentine's Day Gift Guide)Hemp Bombs

  • What’s the deal? Get 25% off Hemp Bombs products until February 15!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code SWEET25 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until February 15, 2019.

Our review team loved Hemp Bombs’ CBD gummies!

Joy Organics Skin Care Products (Ministry Of Hemp Official Valentine's Day CBD Gift Guide)Joy Organics

  • What’s the deal? Get 25% off Joy Organics skin care products until Valentine’s Day!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code spreadlove2019 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2019).

Come back on February 15 for Joy Organics annual “Joy Day Sale” to celebrate the founder’s birthday. Use coupon code joyday2019 on February 15, 2019 to save 40% off everything in their online store.

Sagely Naturals

  • What’s the deal? Get free shipping on all orders from Sagely Naturals, with no minimum order, until Valentine’s Day!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code PLANTLOVE at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2019).

Our reviewers enjoyed Sagely Naturals Relief & Recovery Cream and their CBD capsules.

Nature's Script (Ministry Of Hemp Official Valentine's Day CBD Gift Guide)Nature’s Script

  • What’s the deal? Get 25% off Nature’s Script products until February 15!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code SWEET25 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? Until February 15, 2019.

Try Nature’s Script High Potency CBD Capsules for a great, high-strength CBD product.

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Hemp & CBD Gift Guide 2018: Put Hemp & CBD Gifts Under Your Tree

This hemp and CBD gift guide brings together some of our favorite holiday CBD specials to help you finish your shopping and share hemp with your loved ones. You can also use these special deals to treat yourself to new hemp products!

This hemp and CBD gift guide brings together some of our favorite holiday CBD specials to help you finish your shopping and share hemp with your loved ones.

Thanks to unprecedented media attention, more people are learning about the benefits of hemp and CBD than ever before. If you’ve already tried our favorite plant, then you may have experienced some of the many ways that hemp can help and heal. These special gifts are the perfect way to help someone close to you try hemp and CBD too.

A large multi-colored dog in a Santa hat seen in front of a window showing a snowy scene. You'll even find something for your four-legged friends in MInistry of Hemp's Holiday Hemp Gift Guide!

You’ll even find something for your four-legged friends in MInistry of Hemp’s Holiday Hemp Gift Guide!

On the other hand, if you’ve never tried hemp, this CBD gift guide could be your chance to treat yourself. Whether used as a food, skincare product or in fabric, hemp can nourish and protect. As for CBD oil, we think this supplement is one of the best ways to beat the stress and anxiety of the season.

Continue reading for our complete hemp and CBD gift guide for 2018.

MINISTRY OF HEMP OFFICIAL HOLIDAY HEMP & CBD GIFT GUIDE

For this hemp and CBD gift guide, we’ve selected 5 great deals from some of our favorite CBD and hemp brands. Rather than just coupons, for this article we picked special offers for gift boxes or bundles that let you give (or get) a little something extra special.

Someone in a santa costume, seen as just a pair of gloved hands in a red coat, packs small gifts into a stocking. There's a tree with presents in the background. Ministry Of Hemp's Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide can help you share the gift of hemp with your family and friends.

Ministry Of Hemp’s Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide can help you share the gift of hemp with your family and friends.

After that, we’ve selected some smaller items, for stocking stuffers or just those little gifts that inevitably end up on our lists.

Click below to jump to directly part of our hemp gift guide, or read on to see all the holiday deals.

Hippie Butter Hemp Coffee & Chocolate Gift Set (Ministry of Hemp 2018 Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide)

  • What’s the deal? Get a special discount on Hippie Butter’s Hemp Coffee & Chocolate Gift Set which includes hemp seed coffee and hemp seed chocolate, plus a great Hippie Butter burlap gift bag.
  • How do I get it? Use coupon code MH15 to get an extra 15% off any Hippie Butter order!

Hippie Butter is best known for their delicious hemp seed butter, but their full product line includes much more. They offer a diverse range of “honest & healthy food” and even hemp oil soaps and skincare products.

Populum Holiday Discovery Set

Populum Holiday Discovery Gift Set

  • What’s the deal? Gift CBD oil to a loved one with Populum’s Holiday Discovery Gift Set that includes their delicious orange-flavored full spectrum CBD oil, their Zen Pets tincture product, and their Cold Therapy CBD topical.
  • How do I get it? Just order online while supplies last!

This Populum gift set comes in a special holiday box to make it perfect for gifting. While we haven’t tried Zen Pets yet, Populum makes some of our favorite CBD oil and CBD salve.

Inesscents Salvation CBD Beauty Gift Bag (Ministry of Hemp 2018 Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide)

Inesscents Salvation CBD Beauty Gift Bag

  • What’s the deal? Try three great hemp skincare products with the Inesscents Salvation CBD Beauty Gift Bag, in a lovely gift bag that’s perfect for sharing.
  • How do I get it? Just order online while supplies last!

Inesscents makes a wide variety of beauty products with a focus on organic, top-quality ingredients.

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Tri-Pack (Ministry of Hemp 2018 Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide)

PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Tri-Pack

  • What’s the deal? Another great way to introduce a loved one to CBD is PhytoLogica’s Full Spectrum Tri-Pack, which includes their CBD oil, CBD topical salve, and CBD softgels.
  • How do I get it? Use coupon code HolidayMOH to get an extra 20% everything on their site including PhytoPaws products!

PhytoLogica‘s products are all organic and kosher certified. They make one of our favorite CBD softgels and our review team loved trying PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Balm. Both products are included in the Tri-Pack.

All Natural Way Free CBD Holiday Sale (Ministry of Hemp 2018 Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide)

All Natural Way Free CBD Holiday Sale

  • What’s the deal? Order from All Natural Way during the holiday season to get 25% off storewide  and a free bottle of 350mg CBD oil with orders of $150 or more.
  • How do I get it? Order between December 15, 2018 and December 25, 2018. If you order at least $150 on December 25, 2018, you’ll get both the free CBD oil and a free 500mg CBD topical too!

All Natural Way is an experienced vendor of CBD oil that now offers their own brand of top-quality hemp extract supplements. Our review team enjoyed trying All Natural Way CBD Sleep Spray, part of a unique line of specialized CBD oral sprays.

Life's Balance CBD Holiday Gift Basket (Ministry of Hemp 2018 Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide)

Life’s Balance CBD Holiday Gift Baskets

  • What’s the deal? Life’s Balance is offering a Holiday Gummy Gift Basket and another bigger gift basket with a wide selection of their products for you to try.
  • How do I get it? Use coupon code MofH18 to save an additional 20% on Life’s Balance orders, and get free shipping on orders over $75!

Life’s Balance is local to our Editor in Chief in Austin, Texas, and we love Life’s Balance Gummies.

Every Day Optimal CBD Value Packs (Ministry of Hemp 2018 Holiday Hemp & CBD Gift Guide)Every Day Optimal CBD Value Packs

  • What’s the deal? Every Day Optimal’s CBD Value Packs make a great introduction to CBD, offering a great variety of different products.
  • How do I get it? Just order your preferred gift package online!

A Christmas Tree with a snowman ornament is seen near a fireplace with stockings hanging from the mantel awaiting gifts. Finish off your shopping list with these hemp stocking stuffers.

Finish off your holiday shopping list with these hemp stocking stuffers.

CBD GIFT GUIDE BONUS: HEMP & CBD STOCKING STUFFERS

To round out our hemp gift guide, we picked a few smaller items that are perfect for simple gifts or stocking stuffers:

  • cbdMD Bath Bombs — These bath bombs are a perfect way to soak away your stress; check out our full review of cbdMD bath bombs!
  • CBDMedic Pain Relief Creams — Available in three different formulas, these make a great smaller gift; look for our complete review soon and use coupon code MOH15 for 15% off until January 10, 2019.
  • Hemp360 Cosmetics — Hemp360 specializes in hemp-based, organic, vegan and non-GMO skincare products.
  • Holisticorn CBD Popcorn — One of our favorite discoveries at HIACON, Holisticorn adds cannabidiol and turmeric to a traditional, delicious holiday treat.
  • Hemplete Protein Bar — These delicious energy bars are great for a stocking stuffer or for keeping you going while shopping, decorating and wrapping.
  • iLoveBad Organics & WAMA Hemp Undies — Because what’s holiday gifting without some (ultra comfortable, sustainable) underwear?
  • LifePatent Hemp Oil — These high quality tinctures come in elegant cardboard tubes that make them perfect for slipping into stockings; look for our complete review soon!
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Hemp Craft Beer & The Breweries That Make It

Hemp craft beer is making a name for itself, with the help of a handful of pioneering American breweries. It began with New Belgium’s “The Hemperor,” but now other breweries both large and small are entering the hemp and cannabis market.

Hemp craft beer is making a name for itself, with the help of a handful of pioneering American breweries.

There are many products that utilize hemp; clothing, skincare products, CBD oils & tinctures, and hemp-enhanced edibles, but there remains a noticeable absence of hemp in the alcohol industry. Most notably, the craft beer market, a market that’s notorious for experimentation to produce unique flavors.

Thanks to unmet market needs and the relaxing regulations towards hemp & cannabis products, breweries such as New Belgium have initiated their foray into the hemp craft beer market. Upon their release of “The Hemperor,” the Colorado brewery gained nationwide media attention due to this trailblazing and delicious beverage.

A pint glass of dark beer sits on a rustic bar top in a darkened bar. While hemp makes an enticing beer ingredient, craft hemp beer brewers face legal and regulatory hurdles before they can bring their brews to market.

While hemp makes an enticing beer ingredient, craft hemp beer brewers face legal and regulatory hurdles before they can bring their brews to market.

Previously, we reviewed The Hemperor and interviewed a local maker of hemp wine. The recent growth of hemp craft beer left us eager to look deeper into this enticing topic.

THE CURRENT STATE OF THE HEMP CRAFT BEER MARKET

Other breweries looking to imitate New Belgium’s success must fight a gauntlet of obstacles.

Thanks to the difficulty of state and federal regulations, New Belgium had to experiment with many iterations of The Hemperor. This is because the use of hemp flowers & leaves in products is forbidden by the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The use of CBD is also forbidden in alcohol products with national distribution.

Eventually, the brewery landed on hulled hemp seeds as the base for The Hemperor. Hulled hemp seeds, better known as hemp hearts, are an ingredient that can be found in your local supermarket. Hemp hearts are versatile, and can be used in many applications such as making hemp milk. Now, The Hemperor is available in all states except Kansas (party poopers if you ask us).

With the success of New Belgium, major beer companies are looking to get a slice of the pie. Corona & Modelo manufacturer Constellation Brands, Blue Moon founder Keith Villa, and Molson Coors are some of the notable names looking to dip their toes into hemp and cannabis beer. Constellation Brands and Molson Coors partnered with Canadian cannabis producers, while Keith Villa is working with a producer in his home state of Colorado.

BREWERIES THAT MAKE HEMP CRAFT BEER

New Belgium's The Hemperor hemp craft beerNew Belgium Brewing: The Hemperor

New Belgium are experiencing a moment as the most recognized hemp craft beer trailblazer. Released in April of this year, New Belgium have already experienced an instant success with The Hemperor. While they haven’t released a statement with future plans, one can almost be sure that they will release more hemp infused products.

Sweetwater Brewing Company 420 Strain G13 IPA craft hemp beerSweetwater Brewing Company: 420 Strain G13 IPA

This Atlanta based brewery has long been a fan of cannabis culture. Their best seller is the aptly named “420 Extra Pale Ale.” This past June, the brewery finally released their first (of seemingly many to come) hemp-enhanced beers. Their new beverage, “420 Strain G13 IPA,” mimics the famous G13 strain of psychoactive cannabis in terms of smell and taste, without the high. Sweetwater achieves this by infusing the pale ale with hemp, hops, terpenes, and other organic materials.

In a statement in the New York Times, co-founder Freddy Bensch says: “We think the drinker and the cannabis consumer are the same person.”

Bensch means that by releasing their G13 product, the brewery is tapping into a market that’s already connected to their traditional target-market. It’s worth noting that in just a couple of months, the G13 IPA has become their 2nd highest selling product.

Lagunitas Hi Fi Hops Cannabis Craft BeerLagunitas Brewing: Hi-Fi Hops

With the recreational use of psychoactive cannabis becoming legal, California-based Lagunitas Brewery pounced on the new market. Releasing their “Hi-Fi Hops” product line, in collaboration with CannaCraft (a cannabis-extract manufacturer), they offer cannabis-infused sparkling water drinks. Hi-Fi Hops products can only be found in medical marijuana dispensaries in California. While a little more left-field, the introduction of a cannabis-infused sparkling water opens the conversation up from merely a beer product, into a whole slew of hemp, CBD & THC-infused beverages.

Lagunitas is at the forefront of the fusion of cannabis into traditional drinks.

WHERE HEMP CRAFT BEER FITS INTO CRAFT BEER CULTURE

So where does hemp craft beer stand within existing craft beer culture?

Craft beer culture is already at the forefront of counterculture. Craft beers began with mad-scientist brewers looking for new flavors in unconventional ingredients. Long synonymous with bearded, beanie-wearing hipsters, craft beer culture is comfortable standing out. In fact, being different is the greatest asset of a craft beer. One needs only to look at the ingredients and artwork on their bottles to recognize this.

A photo showing three different beers of different colors in pint glasses. The success of New Belgium is bringing a host of new hemp craft beer to market, as well as entries from some larger brewers too.

The success of New Belgium is bringing a host of new hemp craft beer to market, as well as entries from some larger brewers too.

Cannabis and hemp belong to the same family of plants as hops. Breweries such as New Belgium and Sweetwater are using the green & herbal notes of the hemp plant to enhance their IPAs, which already tout flavors of bitterness, freshness and hoppiness.

So, we think that hemp craft beers will fit right in! In fact, we believe it’ll do more than fit in, we think they will thrive. The same hipster beanie-wearing dudes who drink IPAs are probably already using hemp in their breakfasts or daily supplements; so why not have hemp with their beer?

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2018 Hemp Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals: Holiday Savings On The Best Of Hemp

Thanks to these hemp Black Friday deals, it’s never been easier to try hemp or share hemp with a loved one. Ministry of Hemp found great offers from 9 of our favorite hemp brands.

Thanks to these hemp Black Friday deals, it’s never been easier to try hemp or share hemp with a loved one.

While countless people use CBD, the beneficial supplement made from industrial hemp, that’s only just the beginning of what hemp can do. Every part of the hemp plant is beneficial in some way. Hemp can become paper, food products, even hemp plastic containers and hempcrete homes.

While the future is going to bring amazing innovation to hemp technology, humans have been feeding, healing, and clothing themselves with hemp for centuries. With hemp returning to America at a massive scale, there’s never been a better time to add our favorite plant to your life.

Whether you’re a long time fan or new to the benefits of hemp, you’ll want to take advantage of these Black Friday hemp deals. Ministry of Hemp reached out to our favorite brands to bring you great offers and exclusive coupons to get you started on your holiday shopping. Not only that, but these hemp brands can keep you and your family stylish, well fed, and relaxed all through the winter.

A woman in a watch and rings uses a laptop to shop online. Our Black Friday Hemp Guide brings together deals from 7 of Ministry of Hemp's favorite hemp brands.

Our Black Friday Hemp Guide features deals from 7 of Ministry of Hemp’s favorite hemp brands.

This Hemp Black Friday Guide is a companion to our 2018 CBD Black Friday deals guide, which we published yesterday.

TOP HEMP BLACK FRIDAY DEALS OF 2018

Below, you’ll find special offers from 7 of our favorite hemp brands. We’ve included everything you need to take advantage of these Black Friday hemp deals.

Click below to jump to a brand, or read on to see all the Black Friday hemp sales. These brands are listed in a random order, because we love them all:

WAMA Underwear (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)

WAMA Underwear

  • What’s the deal? Get 50% off WAMA underwear during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? No. Discount is automatically applied at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

WAMA are a successful Kickstarter product and it’s easy to see why. Their hemp undies are soft, comfortable to wear and durable, and a favorite pair of our editor.

Hemp Horizon (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Hemp Horizon

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all Hemp Horizon products from Black Friday through the end of the month!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACK FRIDAY 2018 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through November 30, 2018.

Hemp Horizon makes beautiful and stylish “conscious clothing” from hemp and blended hemp fabrics. We love how they’re expanding what’s possible in women’s hemp fashion.

Hemplete Hemp Protein Bars (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Hemplete Hemp Protein Bars

  • What’s the deal? But one box of Hemplete Hemp Protein Bars and get a second box for 50% off!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MINISTRY50 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Hemplete Hemp Nutrition Bars are vegan, gluten-free, made from non-GMO ingredients and without added flavoring. Most importantly, they’re delicious: our editor ate one of their peanut butter bars for breakfast while working on this article.

iLoveBAD Organics (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)iLoveBad Organics

  • What’s the deal? Get 15% off all iLoveBAD Organics products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOHOLIDAY15 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

iLoveBad Organics also make an incredibly comfortable pair of underwear our editor loves. They also make wonderful warm hemp socks, hemp t-shirts, and life-changing hemp blankets.

Kushed Candles (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Kushed Candles

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all Kushed Candles products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code ELF18 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Kushed Candles blends hand-poured soy wax candles with premium essential oils and fragrances, including the scent of hemp! Founder Alison Joy believes the unique properties of hemp essential oil help “relax the mind and soothe the soul.”

Hippie Butter (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Hippie Butter

  • What’s the deal? Get 15% off all Hippie Butter products from Black Friday and throughout the holiday season!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MH15 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) until December 25, 2018.

Hippie Butter is best known for their delicious hemp seed butter, but their full product line includes so much more. They offer a wide range of “honest & healthy food” from hemp seed chocolate to hemp seed coffee and even hemp oil soaps and skincare products.

Vital Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Vital Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 12% off all Vital Hemp products from Black Friday and throughout the holiday season!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code VITALHOLIDAY18 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) until December 24, 2018.

Vital Hemp makes soft and luxurious hemp clothing for both men and women. We loved checking out their products at this year’s Hemp Industries Association conference. You can even use this coupon code at their retail store in Santa Monica, California.

One Planet Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)One Planet Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all One Planet Hemp products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BFHEMP20 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

One Planet Hemp offers hemp apparel, along with posters and educational materials promoting hemp and a healthy planet.

Tree Free Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday Hemp Deals)Tree Free Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all Tree Free Hemp products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BFHEMP20 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

Tree Free Hemp is a custom hemp printing service. Our Ministry of Hemp business cards are printed on hemp paper by Tree Free Hemp, and they always get complements when we hand them out.

Bonus Cyber Monday Hemp Deal: Dr. Bronner’s

We wanted to give a special mention to another of our favorite hemp brands: Dr. Bronner’s!

Dr. B is not just a great example of the power of hemp, but also an incredible leader in renewable energy and other sustainable business practices. Give Dr. Bronner’s a visit on Cyber Monday for a 20% discount on all their products.

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Top CBD Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals Of 2018: Big Holiday Savings On CBD Oil

Want to save some money on our favorite supplement? Ministry of Hemp partnered with 9 of our favorite CBD brands to bring you great Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals.

Want to save some money on our favorite supplement? These Black Friday CBD deals are for you!

It’s no secret, we love CBD oil year round. CBD helps us feel more balanced and healthier in our everyday lives.

However, we think CBD oil is especially valuable during the holidays. While everyone reacts differently, there’s growing scientific evidence that CBD can ease the symptoms of anxiety, reduce inflammation and combat pain. During these busy, high-stress days, we could all use a little help to stay relaxed.

While many brands are offering sales, we’ve partnered with 9 of our favorite CBD producers to offer you special deals. All of these companies offer top-quality reliable CBD oil that we’ve personally tried and enjoyed. Our special Black Friday CBD deals are the perfect opportunity to restock, try a new variety, or gift a friend or loved one with CBD.

A woman drinks a cup of tea as she shops online with a laptop. A notebook is open in front of the keyboard. Ministry of Hemp partnered with our favorite brands to bring you great Black Friday CBD deals, so you can restock, try new products, and share CBD with your loved ones.

Ministry of Hemp partnered with our favorite brands to bring you great Black Friday CBD deals, so you can restock, try new products, and share CBD with your loved ones.

Do you love other forms of hemp too? Come back tomorrow for our 2018 Hemp Black Friday Guide, and more great holiday content coming soon.

TOP CBD BLACK FRIDAY DEALS OF 2018

Below, you’ll find coupons or special sales from 9 of our favorite brands of CBD. We’ve provided everything you need to take advantage of these great Black Friday CBD sales.

Click below to jump to a brand, or read on to see all the Black Friday CBD deals. These brands are listed in a random order, because we love them all:

Medterra (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Medterra

  • What’s the deal? Buy any full-price Medterra product and get another of that same product for free!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BOGO at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is only available on two days: Black Friday (November 23, 2018) and Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Medterra makes all their products from hemp grown in Kentucky. Their MedOil CBD Tincture and Medterra CBD Gel Capsules are among our favorite CBD products.

Bota Hemp (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Bota Hemp

  • What’s the deal? Get 35% off all Bota Hemp products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MH35HOLIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Bota Hemp uses only non-GMO, pesticide free hemp grown in Colorado. While we’re fans of all their products, our review team particularly loved the delicious flavor and potent effects of Bota Hemp CBD Tincture.

Hemp Bombs (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Hemp Bombs

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off all Hemp Bombs products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOH30 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Hemp Bombs prides themselves on sourcing and importing only the highest grade of organic-certified European hemp. We love all of HempBombs products, especially their sweet and sour Hemp Bombs CBD Gummies.

PhytoLogica (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

PhytoLogica

  • What’s the deal? Get 40% off all PhytoLogica products during Black Friday weekend!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through the following Sunday (November 25, 2018).

PhytoLogica uses only organically-grown U.S. hemp in all their products. Among their great product line, we’re big fans of PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Hemp Balm and their PhytoLogica Full Spectrum Softgels.

Populum (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Populum

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off Populum products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code ORANGEFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Populum’s products are made from Colorado hemp. We’re big fans of Populum, including Populum Cold Therapy Hemp Rub and Populum Premium Hemp Oil.

NuLeaf Naturals (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

NuLeaf Naturals

  • What’s the deal? Get 30% off all NuLeaf Naturals products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

NuLeaf Naturals grows their hemp in Colorado, and prides themselves on offering simple products without unnecessary added ingredients. NuLeaf Naturals Full Spectrum CBD Oil is one of our favorite tinctures.

Elixinol (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

Elixinol

  • What’s the deal? Buy any full-price Elixinol product and get another of that same product for free!
  • Do I need a coupon code? No. Buy one, get one free deal is automatically applied at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

Elixinol sources their hemp from high-quality farmers in the U.S., Europe and Australia. We’re especially big fans of Elixinol Respira CBD Oil, which can be taken orally or used in a vape pen, and Elixinol CBD Hemp Oil Capsules.

PlusCBD Oil (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

PlusCBD Oil

  • What’s the deal? Get 20% off all PlusCBD Oil products during Black Friday weekend and Cyber Monday!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MOH20 at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal is available from Black Friday (November 23, 2018) through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

PlusCBD Oil products are made from high-quality non-GMO hemp grown in Europe. We love their convenient and effective PlusCBD Oil Gold Formula Softgels and their delicious PlusCBD Oil Café Mocha Spray.

cbdMD (Ministry of Hemp Black Friday CBD Deals 2018)

cbdMD

  • What’s the deal? Spend at least $29.99 on cbdMD products and get a 15% discount plus a free bottle of CBD tincture!
  • Do I need a coupon code? Use coupon code MHFRIDAY at checkout.
  • When is this deal available? This deal begins the day before Black Friday (November 22, 2018) and lasts through Cyber Monday (November 26, 2018).

cbdMD uses hemp grown in Kentucky under a rigorous testing and quality-control process. cbdMD CBD Oil Capsules are one our favorite CBD capsules on the market.

 

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How Hemp Fabric Is Made & Why It’s Better

Hemp fabric could be crucial to creating a more comfortable, more sustainable world. Hemp fabric is softer, stronger, resistant to odor, and protects the wearer from UV rays. It’s also better for the planet.

Hemp fabric could be crucial to creating a more comfortable, more sustainable world.

What would you do if we told you that you could buy a T-shirt that lasts longer, is cheaper, and harms the environment less than your average cotton T-shirt? You’d probably tell us that’s impossible, but you’d be wrong. So very wrong.

That’s because hemp clothing exists, and it has all of those advantages listed above and more.

WHAT MAKES HEMP FABRIC BETTER?

Hemp clothing has numerous advantages.
Patagonia's hemp "Fog Cutter" sweater is perfect for chilly fall days, an example of a durable but comfortable and fashionable hemp fabric.
Hemp fabric is deliciously soft on the skin, and is known for growing softer with each wear. It’s also naturally resistant to bacteria and provides natural UV protection. That means it protects your skin, and retains color better than other fabrics. As you can see, hemp fabric is quite practical. It literally prevents you from getting stinky, gets softer with more use, and is stronger and longer-lasting than cotton.

And it’s not only practical but stylish too. Hemp fashion is a real thing, and there are many companies that produce appealing hemp clothing. To name a few: Hemp Horizon, iLoveBad, and Patagonia’s hemp clothing collection. These companies are producing awesome clothing; clothing that makes us want to drop hundreds of dollars on sweaters and underwear. Just look at Patagonia’s Fog Cutter Sweater, it’s perfect for Michigan’s chilly fall weather.

Style isn’t the biggest upside of hemp, though. The biggest advantage of hemp fabric is its production methods and hemp’s environmental impact (or lack thereof).

HOW DO YOU MAKE HEMP FABRIC?

The production of the clothes that we use everyday aren’t something most people think about. Clothes are simply things that we buy and wear. Most of us aren’t aware of the hyper-complex supply chain systems needed to bring that simple cotton t-shirt to our local Walmart. That sentiment is true of all fabrics, including hemp.

Let’s take a quick dive into how hemp textiles are produced.

A dense field of green bamboo-like industrial hemp stalks grows tall in the summer sunshine. Industrial hemp can be harvested for thousands of uses including hemp fabric.

A dense field of green bamboo-like industrial hemp stalks grows tall in the summer sunshine. Industrial hemp can be harvested for thousands of uses.

Recreator, another hemp brand we love, outlined how hemp fabric is produced:

  1. Cultivation
  2. Harvesting
  3. Retting (The process whereby naturally occurring bacteria and fungi, or chemicals, break down the pectins that bind the hemp fibers to be released. Common techniques consist of soaking in water, or laying on the ground and letting dew do the ‘retting’)
  4. Breaking
  5. Scutching (Beating stems, which separates the desired fibers from the hemp’s woody core)
  6. Hackling (combing of the stems to remove unwanted particles)
  7. Roving (improves strength)
  8. Spinning (can be wet and dry spun)

Recreator explains in more detail, but it’s a labor intensive process. Modern day production methods of hemp are closely related to the traditional methods but done in a much more efficient manner, with the invention of more effective modern equipment. The core principles stand: grow hemp, break it down, separate the fibers, and then spin into a textile.

HOW HEMP FABRIC COMPARES TO OTHER NATURAL FABRICS

How does hemp production compare to other textiles?

Cotton: Cotton is grown in fields, like hemp, and is harvested by cotton harvesters, those big machines that can harvest cotton at a super-human rate. Then, like hemp, cotton is put through a “ginning” process, in which the fibers are separated from the seeds. The fibers are put through multiple processes that further refine them, like scutching, hackling and roving. Once the cotton is ready, it is spun into fabric.

Wool: This material is easier to process, as it takes less steps to reach its final product. One needs to harvest the wool, then process it via techniques called ‘carding’ and ‘combing’ that smooths and refines the wool, and then weave or knit it into the fabric. Although easier to process,  cattle farming creates its own carbon foot print and a great deal of waste. Not only do you have to use energy and water to process wool, but you have to feed, clean, and maintain the sheep. Sheep who produce methane-dense waste and require more resources to survive than a plant.

Folded hemp fabric and hemp rope and string sit in a wooden box, on a wooden table.

Right now, most hemp products in the U.S., including hemp fabric, are imported from China, increasing cost and carbon footprint. That could change with total hemp legalization.

Right now, most hemp products in the U.S., especially outside of CBD oil, are made from imported hemp. This increases both the carbon footprint, or environmental cost of making hemp products, and the final cost that you, the consumer, pay to buy them. We hope that some of this changes as hemp is fully legalized in the U.S. in the near future.

HEMP IS A SUPER PLANT & FABRIC IS JUST THE BEGINNING

While hemp is harvested and processed similarly to other fabrics, its main advantage is through the hemp plant itself.

Hemp uses about 5% the amount of water it takes to grow cotton and can often be rain-fed. Hemp can grow in almost all soil conditions, and unlike cotton (which depletes the soil of nutrients) hemp’s deep-reaching roots preserve the topsoil and subsoil. Hemp grows densely as well, leaving no room for weeds and competing plants and is less vulnerable to insects, which means little to no use of pesticides. Lastly, hemp grows extremely fast, only needing 120-days to be ready for harvest. We’ve compared hemp and cotton before, and while not everyone agrees, we think hemp is the winner.

Don’t forget that we’re only talking about the stalk of the hemp plant, which is the part used to make hemp fabric. The leaves and seeds are used to make hemp oil, hemp fuel, and other products that each have their own benefits.

We’ve come again to a conclusion that we’ve come to many times before: hemp is a super-plant. From its practical uses to environmental sustainability, the hemp plant comes out on top, out-performing all competitors.

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Hemp Beer Goes Nationwide: New Belgium Launches The Hemperor (VIDEO)

Last month, we got to attend a special tasting of a unique new hemp beer, and talk to part of the team behind its creation. “We finally brought together hemp and hops,” said Steve Navas, brand activation manager for New Belgium, when describing The Hemperor.

Last month, we got to try a unique new hemp beer and talk to part of the team behind it.

“We finally brought together hemp and hops,” said Steve Navas, brand activation manager for New Belgium Brewing.

The private bar in downtown Austin where the tasting took place was filled with the incredible smell of The Hemperor hemp pale ale. As we spoke with Navas, the sounds of local bluegrass band Steel Betty tickled our ears.

Over the past few months, New Belgium has traveled the USA sharing their new hemp beer, The Hemperor.

Over the past few months, New Belgium has traveled the U.S. sharing their new hemp beer, The Hemperor. (New Belgium Brewing)

“We’re one of the first breweries to be able to nationally roll out a beer like this,” Navas told us. “This is two years in the making.”

As for The Hemperor? We thought it was delicious. Here’s how we described this hemp beer in our official Hemperor review:

Wow! Powerful green hemp aroma from this pale ale. The hemp adds a nutty, smooth flavor that balances out the hops, especially in comparison to most IPAs. This beer is sweet with a very mild bitter aftertaste.

You can also feel good about your purchase, because one dollar from every bottle sold goes to support hemp legalization. Keep an eye out for The Hemperor at a store near you.

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Hemp Blankets Can Drastically Change Your Life for the Better

Daniel Ong of iLoveBad started learning about hemp after suffering from night sweats. That led him on a journey to rediscover hemp’s promise and, eventually, the creation of organic hemp blankets, socks, and underwear.

My journey to creating organic hemp blankets began with a bad night’s sleep.

In late Winter of 2010, I suffered from mysterious sleep sweating which woke me up every hour of the night. Extremely uncomfortable & sweaty, I would disgustingly peel off the blanket to dry myself. Moments later, the sweat would dry and the winter chills would resume. This process of sweating, waking, taking the blanket off and putting it back on repeated for well over a week.

Then one day while chattin’ with my mom in her bedroom, I noticed she was using the exact same blanket. In that moment I had an epiphany: the blanket could have been the reason for my sweating. I asked her if she had been sweating abnormally in her sleep as I had. To my confirmation, she’d exclaimed, “Oh my God! How’d You know?!”

After Daniel Ong suffered from night sweats, he and his wife began creating organic hemp blankets and, soon after, other hemp clothes seen here.

After suffering from night sweats, Daniel Ong discovered that synthetic fabrics might be to blame. He and his wife began researching alternatives, leading creation of organic hemp blankets and later other hemp clothes too.

It was that moment that led to the creation of iLoveBad, but for us it’s always been about more than making hemp clothing or a comfortable blanket. We believe hemp can make people’s lives better, as we discovered when we researched hemp blankets.

UNDERSTANDING SLEEP SWEATING & SYNTHETIC FIBER BLANKETS

Beginning that day, my wife and I began researching as much as we could about this night sweating problem.

With just a few hours of google searches, we realized that intense sleep sweating, otherwise known as Hyperhidrosis, was somewhat of a worldwide epidemic that seemed to have no clear answer.  Further, we discovered the blankets we were sweating under was the cause of the sweating because it was made from synthetic fibers (Nylon, Polyester, Acrylic, etc) that are known to be non-breathable, which means that those fibers keep oxygen from entering our bodies through our skin (our body’s largest organ), causing our bodies to suffocate & overheat.

If you own a microfiber couch or a car seat, you can detect the sweating against your skin. Over time, I believe that prolonged exposure to these fabrics causes our bodies to suffer. Even though our bodies are magical in their ability to restore balance, this sweating is extremely counter-productive. Sleep is supposed to restore our bodies, but instead they work overtime!

Realizing all this, we immediately sought for a blanket made with natural fibers. Surprisingly, there were very few options to choose from. Granted, it was 2010 when this was taking place prior to the organic/natural living craze that had swept the world. The blankets we had seen were either too small, too thin, or not soft enough. The only one that came close to what we were looking for cost about $500!

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CREATING OUR OWN HEMP BLANKETS

So instead of purchasing something to get by, we decided to make one ourselves. That decision led us to the re-discovery of hemp, a forgotten weed-like plant that was once the staple of American agriculture.

Because of hemp’s renewability (grows rapidly like weeds), versatility (can be used for so many different applications), and environmental benefits (in that it doesn’t require a lot of water to grow as well as pesticides to ward off bugs), it was an easy fiber choice for us to go with.  We then found a local fabric vendor in LA along with a seamstress to help us design & sew the blanket.

We spent about $200 to complete the project and the results were beautiful. Our blanket feels incredibly soft, being that it’s fleece, and magically stopped my mysterious sleep sweating!

We loved it so much that we had to make more for friends and family. The growing excitement over our organic hemp blankets eventually evolved into a business that now includes undies, tees & socks. All our products are comfortable, but they also bring awareness to the incredibly dynamic hemp fiber as well as the many benefits of natural living in general.

WHY HEMP MATTERS: IT’S MORE THAN JUST HEMP BLANKETS & SOCKS

There were a lot of reasons why we could’ve gone with hemp as a business and every single one of those reasons would validate its use.

However, the one aspect that really motivated us to go with hemp was the fact that it was erroneously labeled as a Schedule 1 drug by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). Hemp was banned banned as a crop by the United States Government for nearly a hundred years, until 2014.

Further, the U.S. government used propaganda to demonize this harmless plant. The goal of all this was to coerce our society to believe that all forms of cannabis, including hemp, will get you high and do really scary things. Ironically, the government still allowed hemp imports, leading many thousands of dollars to flow overseas annually.

A young child holds a hemp leaf. A deliberate campaign of misinformation led to the demonization of cannabis in all its forms, including industrial hemp.

We’ve all been misled at some point in our lives and though it’s not cool, it is what it is. This situation however really bums us out because it reminds us of how unaware & gullible we can be as a society and as individuals. Being unaware doesn’t have to be unhealthy but this lack of awareness led us to judge, criminalize (unjust imprisonment), and destroy the lives of so many people & groups associated with it over the years.

I bring this up not to be sour but rather to remind our collective society to reserve our judgement about everything. Chances are, we really don’t understand them to begin with. We often fear that in which we don’t understand (especially drugs like Marijuana, psilocybin mushrooms, MDMA, and LSD); we all know this.

When you think about it, you’ll easily deduct that fear is the root cause of our insecurities. Fear leads to our anxieties, depressions, and a host of psychological disorders. Likewise, it inevitably stunts creativity! By reserving our judgement about the unknown and perhaps even embracing them as a creation of a higher being, I believe this will drastically mitigate our fear and subsequently dispel the anxieties that comes with it. Again, there are so many reasons to champion hemp back to its glory days and we’re all about them.

But because the most common mental illness in our society is anxiety, we also care to promote the ideology and mental benefits that comes with supporting hemp.

NATURAL FIBERS & ORGANIC HEMP BLANKETS HELP YOU REST

To sum it all up, blankets made of synthetic fibers (such as Polyester, Nylon and Acrylic) are non-breathable.  This blocks our skin from the necessary oxygen it breathes in. Blankets made of natural fibers such as hemp, organic cotton, wool, silk and so forth are more breathable. Naturall fibers allow our bodies to effectively collect the oxygen it requires.

Supporting hemp teaches us about the idea of reserving judgement and fear towards the unknown, like hemp and even other currently illegal substances. We honestly believe that this conscious effort will raise awareness for unconditional acceptance and love for all (the good and the bad), reducing anxiety and inspiring limitless creativities within us all.

Working together, we can all meet our daily hurdles en route to manifesting our highest aspirations.

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Hemp Packaging Offers Sustainable Alternatives To Paper & Plastic (VIDEO)

Every industry is struggling with the growing problem of waste. Both medical and recreational dispensaries depend on plastic and foil containers which are used once, then thrown away. We met with two pioneering companies creating sustainable hemp-based alternatives.

Hemp packaging could be a solution to the problem of disposable, single-use paper and plastic.

“The statistics are in: every second … a half acre of trees are cut down,” said Matthew Glyer of Hemp.Press. “7.5 bllion trees for paper alone is not sustainable.”

Every industry is struggling with the growing problem of waste. The legal cannabis industry is no exception. Both medical and recreational dispensaries depend on plastic and foil containers which are used once, then thrown away. For the most part, these materials are not biodegradable. Single-use paper packaging is also commonplace in the industry.

While hemp plastic is still being perfected, companies like Sana Packaging are already creating composites from hemp and corn. Sana Packaging’s products are created using hemp hurd, the fibrous woody core of agricultural hemp, then combined with corn to create composite bioplastic.

Hemp packaging can be part of reducing dependence on single-use, unsustainable packaging.

A Sana Packaging tube designed for use in the legal cannabis industry. This “doob tube” is made from a combination of hemp and corn. Hemp packaging can be part of reducing dependence on single-use, unsustainable packaging.

Working with domestically-sourced materials also ensures the sustainability of their products.

“Our hemp is sourced here domestically in Kentucky, processed in North Dakota and we manufacture in Minnesota and Arizona,” said Ron Basak-Smith of Sana Packaging. “All American made, all American supply chain.”

Hemp.Press also targets the cannabis industry with products that replace boxes or display cards made from trees with hemp paper.

The companies are also involved in lobbying to change cannabis laws. Currently, most states with legal medical or recreational marijuana programs prohibit the re-use of packaging at cannabis dispensaries. If those laws changed, consumers would be able to bring their hemp packaging back to the dispensary to be refilled with fresh flower, extract, or pre-rolled cannabis joints.

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