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Hemp Cheeba Chews: Cannabis Candy Maker Turns To CBD

After years of success with their THC-infused taffy, new hemp Cheeba Chews combine their great flavors with the healing power CBD oil. We took a closer look at why this company is transitioning into industrial hemp.

Cheeba Chews, longtime makers of THC-infused candies, is turning to CBD. We thought we’d take a closer look at hemp Cheeba Chews.

Every election season, more and more states open their doors to psychoactive cannabis (“marijuana”). Alongside that, many THC-focused companies are expanding across the country. Businesses that could only operate in Colorado or Washington can now open doors in Vermont, Massachusetts, and Michigan. This expansion is bound to eventually hit the entire country.

However, these very companies are now seeing an ever-growing market for a cannabis product which is already legal nationwide. Since the 2018 Farm Bill, the demand for hemp has skyrocketed. The stigma we hemp enthusiasts fought against is now diminishing. And people who never had interest in cannabis are opening up to all the possibilities CBD products have to offer.

Cheeba Chews transition from psychoactive cannabis to hemp seemed worth exploring to us.

In 2009, James Howler developed a THC-infused taffy for medical cannabis patients within the state of Colorado. The goal of these candies was to provide the public with a safe, reliable form of cannabis which didn’t require a puff of smoke. A decade later, after much success, Cheeba Chews set its eyes on hemp.

Eric Leslie, the Marketing Officer of Cheeba Chews, discussed with us the transition from THC to CBD.

“The demand [for CBD] was coming from many consumers outside of legal cannabis states that we operate in,” Leslie told us. “I believe there is a large contingent of consumers that are totally apprehensive about trying THC infused products, due to societal perception through years of probation.”

After years of success with their signature THC-infused taffy, Cheeba Chews branched out this week with the launch of their CBD chews. Photo: A collection of Cheeba Chews hemp products in various flavors.

After years of success with their signature THC-infused taffy, Cheeba Chews branched out this week with the launch of their new CBD chews.

 

CBD DISTRIBUTION OUTWEIGHING MARIJUANA

While marijuana continues to fight against stigma and prohibition, hemp has taken a large towards becoming the social norm it should have always been.

As Leslie believes, the main reason people are turning their heads towards CBD is to seek out, “an outlet to experiment with alternative health and wellness options while not worrying about any sort of psychoactive disorientation.”

Public opinion and demand seems to confirm this statement. Just recently, CVS Pharmacy announced it’s going to begin carrying CBD products. This is pretty big news since consumers trust drug stores more than the smoke shops that often sell CBD. Furthermore, it really shows the demand has now reached a very corporate level.

“The conversation about CBD has hit a tipping point,” Leslie said, “and consumers are more open than ever to trying hemp derived products.”

Businesses are trying to get into this game as quickly as possible, before the market is saturated with competition. Cheeba Chews are no exception to this. One of their primary goals in creating hemp-based taffy is to reach the very states where marijuana remains illegal.

“We will track local, state, and federal regulations closely as we develop our distribution plan,” Leslie noted. “Having our website as a direct purchasing source for consumers means anyone, in any part of the country, can have access to our reliable and delicious hemp infused Cheeba Chews.”

CBD OFFERS SOMETHING MARIJUANA CAN’T

The healing benefits of CBD encouraged Cheeba Chews decision about releasing a hemp line of products. Despite the many benefits of marijuana, the psychoactive effects turn off many consumers.

“We have always believed in making a positive impact in the lives of those that trust in and consume our products,” Leslie mentioned. “Federal regulations and limitations on ‘official’ research restricts us from explicitly expressing any sort of specific medical benefits, but we believe in the power of CBD.”

Everyday consumers also believe in this power. Word of mouth is powerful! While the government remains reluctant to study hemp, regular CBD users are already discovering new benefits. Due to this, they’re spreading the word around to others in need of natural medicines.

This word of mouth is one of the main reasons finance professionals predict the hemp industry will hit well over $2 billion by 2022. Still, it takes more than just oral communication to develop a prediction. Just as importantly, companies must build trust with their customers.

A densely packed hemp field in front of a tree-lined hill.

The 2018 Farm Bill fully legalizes hemp in the U.S. Legalization helps to reduce the stigma around hemp increase demand, too.

Leslie claimed the primary goal of Cheeba Chews is, “to help distribute our reliable, and trusted products to more people, and assist in continuing to change the narrative and stigma around CBD.”

THE FUTURE OF CHEEBA CHEWS AND HEMP

Leslie expressed excitement about Cheeba Chews’ growing line of CBD-based taffy products

“We’re looking to expand out award-winning taffy flavor variety,” Leslie anticipates. “In fact, next month, we will be launching our new Orange Cream taffy flavor in both our cannabis and hemp line.”

Still, they’re keeping an open mind for products outside of taffy.

Hemp Cheeba Chews are currently available in four flavors on the official website. They’re available for sale to all 50 states. Each taffy piece offers 25mg of CBD.

“With the global CBD movement amplified by the passing of the U.S. Farm Bill, greater understanding of the benefits of Cannabidiol has helped shift public perception of the plant, increasing demand for hemp-based products,” said Eric Leslie.

“With award-winning flavors, consumers already trust and rely on the brand for creating the highest quality cannabis products, and we have taken that same approach in developing our line of hemp chews.”

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Spotlight: CBD Ice Cream At Prohibition Creamery

When we heard about Afternoon Delight, a CBD ice cream flavor at Austin’s Prohibition Creamery, we knew we had to pay them a visit. Spoiler alert: we loved it and it definitely had us feeling relaxed after!

We heard that Prohibition Creamery had a CBD ice cream flavor, so we knew Ministry of Hemp had to go check it out!

Owner & founder, Laura Aidan, told us about how she discovered CBD and why she decided to make a CBD ice cream! We also got to try the flavor, “Afternoon Delight.”

Spoiler alert: we loved it and it definitely had us feeling relaxed after! If you are in or visiting Austin, check out Prohibition Creamery!

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Austin, TX 78702

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The Unstoppable Success Of The UK’s First CBD Restaurant

The Canna Kitchen is a vegetarian restaurant in Brighton, England. It’s also the UK’s first restaurant to infuse their dishes with CBD and other cannabinoids.

The Canna Kitchen is a vegan and vegetarian restaurant that opened at the end of 2018 in Brighton, England. It’s also the UK’s first restaurant to infuse their dishes with CBD and other similar cannabinoids.

Interest in all things hemp and CBD-related is booming in the UK. As a result, this restaurant immediately became a sensation, with acres of coverage in the British press.

A rich vegetarian stew or soup garnished with sour cream, sprouts, and pita chips with bread and hot sauce on the side. The Canna Kitchen uses the finest ingredients to create delicious, healthful vegetarian and vegan CBD-infused dishes.

The Canna Kitchen uses the finest ingredients to create delicious, healthful vegetarian and vegan CBD-infused dishes. (Photo: The Canna Kitchen)

Brighton has long been regarded as one of the UK’s most bohemian and forward-thinking cities. It makes perfect sense for this location to be the origin of what promises to be a groundbreaking development in the world of food and CBD. We spoke to the founder of The Canna Kitchen, Sam Evolution, about the evolution and execution of his one-of-a-kind CBD restaurant.

THE UK’S MOST BOHEMIAN CITY IS THE IDEAL HOME FOR HEMP AND FOOD

“I’ve been involved with hemp for over eleven years,” said Sam Evolution. “Owning businesses that specialised in creating hemp-based products such as dermatological creams and food products.”

Like many people involved in this relatively new industry, Evolution has a strong appreciation for just how revolutionary CBD and hemp can be for the world at large.

“I’ve always been inspired by the rich history of hemp,” Evolution agreed. “Particularly its potential to revolutionise agriculture, industry and health.”

But when it came to combining CBD with a sit-down restaurant concept, the idea came from some good old-fashioned home testing.

“The initial idea came about a year ago when doing some personal experimentation with friends, involving food and flavonoids from the plant,” Evolution said.

Then the idea came to combine cannabinoids with high quality organic foods, which led to the complex and exciting menu The Canna Kitchen offers today.

HEALTHY AND WELL-BALANCED VEGAN AND VEGETARIAN DISHES INFUSED WITH CBD

These dishes includes a classic vegan buddha bowl, featuring seasonal roast root vegetables, homemade hummus and fresh salad, with a CBD-infused tahini cream drizzled across the top. Or the canna sandwich, which offers a choice of harissa tofu or haloumi, on locally-sourced sourdough bread, paired with a salad and CBD dressing. For dessert, you can finish off your meal with the canna Snickers bar, loosely based on the well-known chocolate bar, put together using homemade cake, layered with date caramel on top of a hemp brownie biscuit base, then coated with dark chocolate and nut sprinkles.

“Our mission is to change the way people think about the cannabis plant.” — Sam Evolution, founder of The Canna Kitchen

From a personal perspective, Evolution has had impressive results using CBD.

“I’ve found that CBD to be extremely effective at helping to manage pain,” he told us. ”It decreases aches in the body due to its anti-inflammatory properties and interaction with the bodies endocannabinoid system. Many people report assistance dealing with stress and anxiety, and some find it can help with sleep.”

CBD RESTAURANT IS FIGHTING AGAINST UNHELPFUL STEREOTYPES

The misconception that CBD and hemp are tied up with a darker drug culture is something Evolution and The Canna Kitchen are keen to dispell. Indeed, the mission statement on the website states clearly, “We at The Canna Kitchen aim to redress dated stereotypes mislabelling this extraordinary natural resource purely as a recreational substance.”

This meant taking a cautious approach when it came to the legal sides of setting up a CBD-based restaurant.

“I had to present my plans concisely to local authorities, and my approach was very carefully considered,” Evolution said.

A dish of greens at The Canna Kitchen, the UK's first CBD restaurant. Hemp-based ingredients at the UK's CBD restaurant are source from crops grown organically in Spain and Switzerland.

Hemp-based ingredients at the UK’s CBD restaurant are source from crops grown organically in Spain and Switzerland. (Photo: The Canna Kitchen)

The hemp used in preparing the dishes used at The Canna Kitchen is also carefully sourced. CBD business-owners must have a delicate touch in the UK when it comes to working with this product, as the authorities remain wary of its legal status.

“Our hemp is grown for us organically in Spain and Switzerland,” said Evolution.

“And we ensure any trace elements of THC are within legal limits,” showing just how careful the UK hemp-user must be when working with this plant.

THE QUALITY OF THE FOOD IS OF EQUAL PRIORITY

But it’s not all about the potential health benefits of CBD. Evolution made it clear that the ideas and flavour balance behind the food are equally important:

“Our food is contemporary and fresh, using locally sourced and organic produce wherever possible. Our mission is to change the way people think about the cannabis plant by creating beautiful vegetarian dishes which are tastefully complimented with its infusion.”

The process wasn’t easy, at least not at first.

“There was certainly an amount of trial and error in the beginning,” said Evolution. “Finding balance between flavours has been the most challenging aspect for us but we now feel that we have a good understanding of this, and we’re continuing to experiment in new and interesting ways.”

A FULL MEAL PROVIDES A RELAXING DOSE OF CBD

But how much CBD could you expect to consume over the course of a meal? Evolution estimated this at “between 20 and 30mg of CBD, depending on the drinks that are ordered and any sides.”

For the average person, this is enough to gain a beneficial effect, whether the goal is simply relaxation, or for something more substantial such as pain reduction.

Indeed, their website has a tongue-in-cheek disclaimer: “The optional infusion of cannabinoids such as CBD, CBG and CBN with food, may lead to a sense of relaxation, peace and well-being.”

A decadent CBD-infused chocolate brownie a la mode, on a white plate decorated with a hemp leaf drawn in cocoa powder. The Canna Kitchen is the UK's first CBD restaurant, and it's making waves for their delicious vegetarian food.

Thanks to the runaway success of the UK’s first CBD restaurant, The Canna Kitchen is already planning to expand. (Photo: The Canna Kitchen)

THE SKY’S THE LIMIT FOR UK’S FIRST CBD RESTAURANT

When it comes to future plans, Evolution is cautiously optimistic, taking care not to move too quickly, despite the success so far.

“We are in talks currently with potential partners and investors,” he said. “And we’re planning to roll the idea out over the UK in franchise form.”

It’s clear that The Canna Kitchen won’t be the last CBD restaurant to open in the UK. We’re already aware of numerous cafes popping up offering similar products. The UK is finally waking up to the eco-friendly nature of hemp and the helpful effects of cannabinoids, and the public demand is set to grow and grow.

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14 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AH, UK

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Green Roads Relax Bears Are A Chewy, Convenient Antidote To Stress

Green Roads Relax Bears live up to their name by packaging relaxing cannabidiol in a sweet, convenient form. The chewy, soft texture of Green Roads gummies makes for an outstandingly…

Green Roads Relax Bears live up to their name by packaging relaxing cannabidiol in a sweet, convenient form.

The chewy, soft texture of Green Roads gummies makes for an outstandingly tasty CBD edible. These brightly colored, sugar-coated bears look like a “Sour Patch” candy, but they won’t make your face pucker. The flavor is mostly sweet fruit, with just a hint of tartness to help cover up the taste of full spectrum CBD hemp extract.

While Green Roads labeled Relax Bears as a “daily dose” gummy, we enjoyed taking them multiple times throughout our days to beat the stress and anxiety of a busy life. Green Roads Relax Bears helped promote restful sleep when we took them before bed, as well. Since everyone is different, we always recommend starting small and seeing what dose of CBD works best for you. Green Roads offers gummies in a wide range of flavors and strengths to meet your needs.

One person, seen from just the arm and hand, as they pass off a bottle of Green Roads Relax Bears to a friend, hand-to-hand. Green Roads Relax Bears combined CBD oil with a sweet taste in a convenient, chewy shape.

Delicious Relax Bears from Green Roads combine CBD oil with a sweet taste in a convenient, chewy shape.

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Keep reading for our full review of Green Roads Relax Bears.

AVAILABLE IN THOUSANDS OF STORES, GREEN ROADS OFFERS SAFE, RELIABLE CBD

Green Roads offers high quality, pharmacist-formulated CBD products. All Green Roads products are made from certified organic hemp sourced in the hemp fields of Colorado, currently the leading hemp producing state in the U.S. Green Roads’ products are widely available both online and in over 5,000 retails stores. Their product line is equally diverse, including unusual offerings like CBD syrup and various formulations of terpenes, natural flavorful compounds found in hemp and cannabis which may have their own beneficial effects when combined with CBD.

We appreciate Green Roads very thorough commitment to transparency: third-party lab results on every product page reveal the purity and strength of each product, including their cannabinoid content as well as showing them to be free of harmful toxins or residual chemicals from growing and processing.

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  • Highlights: Green Roads Relax Bears are sugar coated, chewy and delicious, which makes them a fun, convenient way to take healing CBD.
  • Strength: 10mg of full-spectrum CBD oil per candy, 30 candies per bottle
  • Price: $54.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping on orders over $100.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: These CBD gummies are delightfully chewy and soft, with a flavor that’s heavy on the fruit with just a hint of sour that largely masks the taste of hemp extract.
  • Ingredients: CBD Oil / Full Spectrum Hemp Extract with Corn Syrup (from Corn), Sugar (from Beets), Water, Gelatin, Citric acid, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Lactic Acid, Pectin, FD&C Red 40, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, and Blue 1
  • Other: Green Roads makes a wide variety of tasty CBD-infused candies in different flavors and strengths, including 50mg “Froggies.”

Green Roads makes their products from certified organic hemp grown in Colorado. We are also big fans of Green Roads CBD Capsules, which are one of the best brands of CBD capsule on the market.

 

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Using CBD Gummies For Anxiety And Depression

CBD gummies can make a valuable daily supplement for people struggling with anxiety and depression. Some consumers report they offer long lasting relief to many of their symptoms, and some science supports this too.

Are anxiety and depression keeping you from living a fulfilled life? CBD is an all-natural health supplement with anti-anxiety properties that could help improve your daily life. Learn about the health benefits of CBD Gummies and how they could help you with symptoms of anxiety and chronic stress.

Mental health problems are at an all-time high and many people feel underserved by traditional psychiatric medicines. Studies on CBD reveal that it could help with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues.

Chronic stress can be caused by a multitude of factors. How we respond to stress could be the key to reducing anxiety and preventing the risks associated with mental health disorders.

In this article, you’ll learn the benefits of CBD gummies on anxiety, what doses of CBD are most effective, how to find quality CBD, and more.

CBD OIL: SAFETY & LEGALITY

CBD, or cannabidiol, is an all-natural supplement that can offer a wide range of health benefits for a number of different issues, including mental health problems such as anxiety or depression.

CBD oil in a glass jar sits on a table top near a hemp bud. CBD oil derived from hemp can be legally obtained in all 50 states.

CBD oil derived from hemp can be legally obtained in all 50 states.

CBD sold online is typically derived from hemp. Both hemp and marijuana are two types of the same species of plant known as, cannabis. And although hemp is very similar to marijuana, it is also very different.

Unlike marijuana, the hemp plant contains less than .3% THC, which is the main psychoactive compound found in cannabis.

That means that CBD doesn’t get you high and does not cause the psychotropic effects associated with marijuana and THC.

Studies evaluating the safety of CBD have shown that the compound is extremely safe, even in high dosages. However, there are some things you should consider when taking cannabidiol.

The most severe, but very uncommon side effects of CBD are sedation and fatigue. Cannabidiol can also lower blood pressure and change the way your body processes some types of medications.

CBD is legal in all 50 states under the 2014 Farm Bill upheld by the 2018 HIA vs. DEA ruling of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

HOW DOES CBD WORK?

Cannabidiol is just one of over a hundred compounds in hemp, called cannabinoids, being studied and used for therapeutic benefits.

CBD works supporting the body’s natural endocannabinoid system; a network of biochemical compounds and receptors specialized to maintain balance in nearly every aspect of health and wellness.

The hemp compound fits perfectly into specialized receptors, called cannabinoid receptors, which control different bodily functions that influence health.

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

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

Our bodies produce compounds that are identical to the cannabinoids found in hemp, which is why CBD fits like a lock and key in our receptor cells.

These identical compounds produced by the body are called, endocannabinoids, short for endogenous cannabinoids.

CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system by binding with cannabinoid receptors such as CB1, CB2, and others.

Research shows that this vital health system is an integral part of the not only the sleep process, but also emotional stability, mental health, and many other aspects of wellness.

CBD ANXIETY & DEPRESSION STUDIES

Recent data revealed that 1 in 5 Americans took some type of psychiatric medication recently, meaning anxiety and depression are much more common than we’d like to talk about.

Most of what we know about CBD and mental health comes from animal studies and small-scale human experiments. However, a growing body of evidence along with thousands of anecdotal reports suggests CBD can improve symptoms of anxiety and mood disorders.

An older man in a plaid shirt clutches his head in anguish. Today, CBD is used to relieve symptoms of numerous conditions, from anxiety and mental illness to chronic pain.

Today, CBD is used to relieve symptoms of numerous conditions, from anxiety and mental illness to chronic pain.

Chronic stress is often a primary trigger of anxiety, and animal studies show us that CBD can calm the stress-response and nervous system. Further experimentson mice and humans show us that CBD also has properties that can relax the muscles and blood vessels, even during stress. It also exhibits a natural calming effect on the mind, which could aid the onset of sleep and reduce symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Researchers believe this effect occurs when CBD binds with the 5-HT1A neuro-receptor. This receptor is essentially like a signaling hub in the brain for emotions and is also the main target of most modern antidepressants.

One of the most notable studies on CBD’s effects on anxiety disorders in humans comes from a trial on the fear of public speaking. Compared to a placebo, CBD reduced the physical markers of stress-related anxiety and participants reported fewer symptoms of the phobia.

Several peer-reviewed analysis also now confirm and validate the study’s results indicating CBD as a potential drug for anxiety disorders.

USING CBD GUMMIES FOR ANXIETY & DEPRESSION

Taking CBD for sleep, anxiety, and depression can be as simple as snacking on a few tasty Gummies once or twice per day.

CBD-infused Gummies are made using all-natural ingredients and non-GMO, organic CBD hemp concentrate produced by super-critical CO2 extraction. Similar to taking chewable vitamins, Gummies offer a safe, effective way to easily take cannabidiol as a daily supplement. You can find them available in a range of potencies from 5mg-25mg and are typically sold in 30-60 count bottles.

Assorted rainbow gummy bears spill from a plastic bottle. When it comes to CBD dosing, start small and increase gradually after you feel the supplement's effects. CBD gummies come in a variety of dosages, typically offering between 5mg and 25mg per candy.

CBD gummies come in a variety of dosages, typically offering between 5mg and 25mg per candy.

CBD is non-toxic and non-intoxicating, which means that you can’t overdose from eating too many gummies. Unlike with THC edibles, you don’t have to worry about experiencing anxiety or paranoia from eating too many CBD Gummies.

There is no exact dosage of CBD for any particular condition or ailment, but it’s generally recommended to begin taking CBD gummies in smaller, low dosages. You can increase the dosage as needed once you’ve observed how CBD may affect your symptoms.

Similar to eating grapefruit, CBD could alter the way your body metabolizes certain types of medications. Always consult with your doctor first for treating serious health conditions.

WHY DO PEOPLE CHOOSE CBD GUMMIES OVER OTHER FORMS OF CBD?

When it comes to cannabidiol, if all things are held constant (like product quality) the major differences in products boils down to administration/consumption methods. For example, tinctures are dropped under the tongue and the CBD is absorbed sublingually. Gummies however, are eaten and the CBD is absorbed through the digestion process.

The most popular reason for using gummies over tinctures or other forms of CBD is by far, the taste. Many people find the earthy flavors of oils to be unappealing. CBD gummies however, taste great. People also find that using the gummies is a little more discreet than other forms, and they can administer their CBD in public more freely.

When comparing the effects of tinctures over edibles, consumers typically notice a faster and stronger effect when using tinctures. For anxiety or depression issues, they can be great in high-stress moments where the onset of panic begins, using CBD oil sublingually might help elevate issues in moments, rather than waiting for the CBD to be digested.

A closeup of rainbow gummy bears in a pile. Some anecdotal reports suggest CBD gummies offer longer lasting but milder effects than some other forms of CBD.

Some anecdotal reports suggest CBD gummies offer longer lasting but milder effects than some other forms of CBD.

However, consumers do report that using CBD gummies and edibles for anxiety is extremely effective as well. This is because edibles tend to have a “milder” effect, but last longer as the CBD goes through the digestion process to be absorbed into the bloodstream. People with anxiety issues tend to notice that they handle the rigors and stresses of daily life much better throughout the day when using edibles over tinctures.

FIND QUALITY CBD ONLINE

How do you find the best CBD retailers online?

First, always make sure that a retailer’s website is secured by checking the URL in the browser for the little SSL lock. If the site is not secure, your personal information could be at risk.

Second, always ask the retailer for the 3rd party lab tests for any CBD products you are interested in. These are the tests that analyze the chemical composition of a product or CBD extract and will prove its purity and concentration. This test will also indicate whether or not a CBD product contains any amount of THC, which is important if you are concerned about drug testing.

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NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets Are A Quick Way To Get Your Daily Cannabidiol

NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets pack a strong spearmint flavor that reminded us of Altoids. The tablet begins dissolving immediately after you put it in your mouth with a pleasant candy texture.

NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets pack a strong spearmint flavor that reminded us of Altoids.

This was the first time our reviewer had the chance to try a fast dissolving tablet and the opportunity didn’t disappoint! To start, NutraCanna uses high quality packaging that’s clearly labeled and easy to open.

Although the instructions state to put the tablet under the tongue for better absorption through the sublingual glands, our reviewer also put it on top of the tongue to get a better feel for the texture and taste. The tablet begins dissolving immediately after you put it in your mouth. The texture and feel reminded our reviewer of sweet tart candy, without the tart flavor. The spearmint flavor was strong but not overpowering and left a clean minty feel on the palette, combined with a slight medicinal aftertaste.

A bottle of NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets posted in a forest, with two of the white round tablets. We were excited to try NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets and the results were rewarding.

We were excited to try NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets and the results were rewarding.

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KENTUCKY FAMILY FARMERS GROW NUTRACANNA HEMP WITH PRIDE

NutraCanna is a Florida-based company that is proud to work with family hemp farmers in Kentucky. These hemp farmers have been producing and cultivating hemp for generations and are pioneers in the industry. Nutracanna operates under the guidance of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture in accordance with the 2014 Farm Bill. Moreover, they collaborate closely with scientists and experts on everything from cutting-edge genetics and breeding to harvesting and quality control programs in the U.S.

Their products are 99 percent naturally derived. NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD tablets are gluten free. They’re also free of GMO’s, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde and artificial coloring. They use third party testing to ensure the purity and quality of their products.

Each tablet contains 10mg of CBD with a total of 30 tablets for 300mg per bottle. We always recommend starting with a lower dose when starting out with CBD, but experienced CBD users might want to take more than one tablet, or supplement their daily regiment with NutraCanna 1000mg CBD tincture. For potent night time relief, NutraCanna also offers a nighttime fast dissolving CBD tablet with 25mg of CBD per tablet plus melatonin in a delicious orange flavor. In any case, the price point per milligrams of CBD is competitive, so customers are getting what they pay for.

NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets have a strong but not overpowering peppermint flavor and dissolve quickly when placed in the mouth.NUTRACANNA DISSOLVABLE CBD TABLETS OFFICIAL REVIEW

  • Highlights: NutraCanna Dissolvable CBD Tablets have a great spearmint flavor and dissolve quickly under the tongue so they can go work right away! 
  • Strength: 10mg per tablet, 30 tablets per 300mg bottle
  • Price: $46.00
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  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast, easy to reach customer service. NutraCanna offers free shipping on orders over $75.00. They offer a 30-day money back guarantee for unsatisfied customers.
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  • Flavor & Texture: A strong but not overpowering spearmint flavor that mostly covers up the taste of hemp. These tablets remind us of minty candy as they dissolve in your mouth.
  • Ingredients: CBD isolate with Magnesium Stearate, Silicon Dioxide, Stevia, D-Mannitol, Xylitol, MCC (Microcrystalline Cellulose), Crospovidone, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Spearmint Flavor, Sodium Copper Chlorophyllin, and Avocado Oil Powder
  • Other: NutraCanna also makes dissolvable tablets for nighttime, with added meltanonin, in 10mg and 25mg strength.

NutraCanna’s products are made from non-GMO hemp grown on Kentucky family farms under closely monitored conditions. In addition to fast dissolving tablets, NutraCanna also offers topical CBD pain cream, CBD oil tinctures and CBD isolate. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

 

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Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies Are Strong, Sour-Tasting & Fun

Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies are stronger than most other CBD gummy bears. These gummies from Every Day Optimal stand out for two reasons: their fabulous flavor, which reminded our reviewer of “Sour Patch Kids,” and their potency.

Every Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies are stronger than most other CBD gummy bears, all while tasting like one of our favorite sweet and sour candy treats.

As big fans of CBD gummies, we’ve enjoyed seeing the growing variety on the market. These gummies from Every Day Optimal stand out for two reasons: their fabulous flavor, which reminded our reviewer of “Sour Patch Kids,” and their potency.

The majority of gummies we see are 10mg. We always recommend that new users of CBD start small until they discover their optimal dose, and Every Day Optimal makes gummies in three strengths. CBD won’t make you “feel high,” but it can have side effects like sleepiness.

On the other hand, experienced users of CBD will love these stronger 25mg gummies. They taste great, make dosing easy, and have reliably strong relaxing effects. They seemed to relieve symptoms of anxiety and chronic pain in our review team.

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Every Day Optimal CBD gummies, available in 25mg strength, pack potent CBD relief into a delicious sweet & sour candy.

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ENJOY ‘CLEAN FARMED’ CBD WITH EVERY DAY OPTIMAL

Every Day Optimal makes all their CBD products from quality ingredients, including “clean farmed,” non-GMO hemp plants grown in the U.S. They use industry-standard CO2 extraction to ensure a final product free from harmful residues. Their popular CBD oil tincture is available in strengths of up to 4000mg per bottle!

We appreciate Every Day Optimal’s commitment to purity and transparency by putting all of their third-party lab results online. All of their products, including Every Day Optimal CBD Oil gummies, are gluten-free. Every Day Optimal is even planning to launch a vegan gummy in the future. We’re looking forward to trying it and we bet it will be hotly in demand!

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  • Highlights: Every Day Day Optimal CBD Oil Gummies combine a potent dose of full spectrum hemp extract with a delightful sour gummy flavor.
  • Strength: 25mg per gummy, 30 gummies per 750mg bottle, also available in 10mg and 15mg gummies
  • Price: $59.99 – $89.99
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Standard flat rate shipping starts at $4.99.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: These edibles have an authentic chewy gummy texture and a great sour flavor that almost entirely covers the taste of hemp.
  • Ingredients: Full spectrum hemp extract / CBD oil plus Sugar, Corn Syrup, Gelatin, Citric Acid, Natural & Artificial Flavors, Calcium Lactate, Silicone Dioxide

Every Day Optimal uses domestically sourced, non-GMO, pesticide free hemp plants. Every Day Optimal also makes CBD tinctures, capsules, pet products, e-liquid and even a unique CBD gum.

 

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Just CBD Gummies Offer Authentic, Craveable Gummy Bear Taste

Just CBD Gummies have the most “authentic” gummy bear taste of any CBD edible we’ve sampled. The tangy fruity sweet flavor is identical to the gummy bears you loved as a kid (and as a sugar-craving adult).

Just CBD Gummies have the most “authentic” gummy bear taste of any CBD edible we’ve sampled.

If you snacked on gummy bears as a kid (or like us, sugar-craving adults), these CBD gummies from Just CBD have a near-identical flavor. It’s the perfect combination of chewy texture and tangy fruit sweetness. Since they’re made from CBD isolate, there’s basically no hemp aftertaste, just pure gummy flavor. They’re the perfect choice for people who don’t like the taste of CBD or hemp.

It’s a good thing Just CBD sent us a larger-sized jar of these gummies to review, because otherwise we’d have run out before it was time to write this article. Our friends and loved ones kept helping themselves to these tasty, relaxing treats. Crafty people take note: these gummies come in a great plastic screw-top jar that will be perfect for reusing later.

Just CBD gummies combined a craveable gummy bear flavor with the healing benefits of CBD. A bottle of Just CBD gummies rest on a stone by a rushing river.

Just CBD gummies combined a craveable gummy bear flavor with the healing benefits of CBD.

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JUST CBD MAKES IT EASY TO EXPERIENCE ‘NATURE’S SECRET MIRACLE’

The team at Just CBD believe CBD is “nature’s secret miracle” and want to share the benefits of CBD with everyone.

Just CBD only sells high-quality CBD products and they’re transparent about the contents of their products. They make third-party lab results available on their web site, and they clearly label the strength of every product. We tried the 75 gram jar of Just CBD Gummies. Each gummy contains 10 milligrams of CBD, with 75 bears per jar.

We appreciate the wide variety of products available from Just CBD. They even have smokeable CBD “doobies” for people who want the experience of lighting up a joint without THC.

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  • Highlights: Just CBD Gummies are almost identical to the gummy bears we loved as kids: sweet, tangy, chewy with no hemp aftertaste.
  • Strength: 750mg of CBD per 75g jar, 10mg of CBD per gummy
  • Price: $50.00, other sized jars are available for $23.99 – $60.00, with a 50mg sample bag available for $10.00
  • Customer Service & Shipping: Fast customer service. Free shipping.
  • Independent Test Results: Online.
  • Flavor & Texture: If you’ve ever eaten a gummy bear, you can imagine the flavor: fruity, tangy, and sweet with no hemp aftertaste. They are just the right amount of chewy, too.
  • Ingredients: CBD Isolate with Corn Syrup, White Grape Fruit Juice from Concentrate, Gelatin, Modified Potato Starch, Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Rice Flour, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Yellow 5 and Blue 1
  • Other: Numerous other flavors and style of gummies are available, including apple rings, gummy worms and sour styles.

Just CBD products are made in the U.S. from domestically grown hemp. They offer a wide variety of CBD products including tinctures, vaping supplies, pet treats, smokeable “doobies” and pure CBD isolate. Some research suggests isolates may be less effective than full spectrum extracts.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A VISIT TO AMERICA’S FIRST CBD CAFE

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

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

WHY CREATE GRÖNCAFE?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING WITH CBD & CANNABIS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SO, YOU WANT TO START YOUR OWN CBD CAFE?

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

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

These rules are simple, but hard to follow.

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

WAKING UP TO CBD’S POTENTIAL WITH GRÖNCAFE

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

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

 

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CBD Cooking Made Easy: Tips For Cooking With CBD

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

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

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

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

TRY BOTH SWEET & SAVORY CBD COOKING

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

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

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

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

Recipe: CBD Chocolate Chip Cookies

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

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

Recipe: Guacamole Dip

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

MORE TIPS FOR COOKING WITH CBD

Temperature matters in CBD cooking

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

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

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

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

Start small, don’t use too much CBD

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

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

Store your CBD oil properly

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

Stick with more refined CBD oils

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

Less refined CBD oil pairs better with strong flavors

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

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

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

Stir as much as possible

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

Cooking with CBD is better than drizzling CBD

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

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

 

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