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Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueJune 22, 2020


Product Review: The Clear CBD

I received the Apothecary gift basket in the mail from The Clear CBD. From the minute you open the box, you can appreciate the time and thought that went into packaging the product. It is presented in a cute, wooden basket and it had decorative nesting for the products to rest in. In the bundle, I received a 750 mg CBD tincture, a CBD balm, chapstick, a nighttime CBD capsule with melatonin, and a daytime CBD capsule with caffeine. 

The gift basket retails at $165.92, but it looks like right now the website has it listed for $129.99.

The Tincture

The CBD oil tincture is packaged in a nice, minimalist looking box. Even with its minimal packaging, it is still really pretty. 

The oil itself is almost clear, which is usually indicative of a high-quality product. There isn’t any added flavor, so it is a mild and nutty taste that stems directly from the hemp and the MCT oil. 

The oil itself works very well. I felt very relaxed after taking it. I give my kids CBD oil as well and I definitely noticed it works for them. This is definitely my favorite product out of the entire gift basket, I was really impressed with it. 

The Chapstick

The packaging is minimal but again, very pretty. I appreciate that the lid extends all the way down the tube, unlike a lot of chapsticks where the lid unscrews only at the top. It makes the lid easier to keep track of and not a choking hazard for my children, so that is really nice.

The chapstick was really nice on the lips, but I did notice I had to frequently reapply. It has a minty taste, which is nice because it is a quick and easy way for a midday refresher. I probably wouldn’t repurchase, but then again I don’t really use chapstick anyway. 

The ingredients are really nice though if you are someone who is interested in natural ingredients only. Aside from CBD, it has coconut oil, peppermint oil, limonene (which is cool), beeswax, and unrefined organic shea butter. 

The Nighttime Capsules

I like the packaging of these capsules. I like the darkness of it so it is easy to quickly recognize which one is for nighttime. The capsules are also black which is cool. 

I personally didn’t notice much of a difference in my sleep taking these, but my husband says they are amazing and helped his sleep so much. I also wake up frequently anyway because I have a six-month old baby that still needs me in the middle of the night. They helped my husband though and that is definitely a win in my book. I’d definitely repurchase if he felt he needed them. 

The Daytime Capsules

The packaging is really nice. It is nice and airy, and the white capsules and white packaging make it easy to determine it is your daytime capsule. 

I am going to be honest – these didn’t really work for my husband and me. We don’t like to energize with caffeine anyway, so maybe that’s why. However, it may work for you. The evening capsules worked for my husband, so everyone is different.

CBD Salve

The salve is in a tin package, typical for CBD salves. 

The salve was definitely one of my husband’s favorite products. He had a severe neck injury last year and he uses CBD salves to combat his pain. He said it worked really well for him and he would definitely purchase it again. The salve contains 500 mg of CBD. 

Overall, I think the brand is really great and has a lot of awesome products. The tincture is definitely my favorite product. While some of them may have not been right for me, I am sure other people have great things to say. 




Product Review: Shea Brands

Upon unboxing, I immediately took notice of this brand’s packaging. It is very unique from other CBD brands. It is full of color and beautiful design and doesn’t appeal to the sometimes default earthy look of many other CBD brands, which is a cool change of pace. Not surprisingly, Shea Brand wants to be known for their packaging and even refers to it in their Instagram bio as “artful, minimal-plastic packaging.” Artful is a great word to describe it. There are so many colors in each package, but it isn’t overwhelming. My husband says men might not be drawn to it, but that’s okay because the brand gives off a “made for women” vibe. They even carry a CBD roll-on for menstrual cramps specifically and sent a tube of it to me. 

600 mg full-spectrum oil 

This product is at the top of my list of the products from Shea Brand, with the transdermal patches coming in a close second. First of all, the packaging is amazing. The box catches your eye immediately. The color is gorgeous, it boasts a blue, almost turquoise hue. The gold lettering and gold hemp leaves add a gentle contrast to the blue without overpowering it. 

The best part though is when you open the box. The box separates into four parts (see the picture below) and each part offers education and information on the product. The box can be easily folded back together, and the innovation of it makes you want to hang onto it forever.

The taste of this oil is powerful, in all of the good ways. These are the ingredients copied directly from the website: Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil (Full Spectrum Hemp Extract), Organic Hemp Seed Oil, Natural Plant Terpenes, Mixed Tocopherols (palm oil-free). Notice there is no MCT oil, palm oil, or any other kind of carrier oil aside from hemp seed oil. That alone makes for a bold flavor but the natural plant terpenes and lack of additional flavoring allow for a rich and earthy hemp flavored oil. You just know the medicine you are getting is potent. 

I would definitely purchase this oil again. 

Transdermal patch

I already mentioned this product is my close-second favorite of the products from Shea Brand that I tried. Each patch dispenses 40 mg of CBD and it can be worn for up to eight hours. I had stomach cramps and I put these patches on and it soothed them for a few hours. 

The most surprising thing though was how the patches impacted my husband. He fractured his C5 vertebrae last year and uses cannabis medicinally to relieve his aches and pains in his neck. He said the patches offered him a lot of relief and he kept it on for the full eight hours. 

The one drawback of the patch was removing it. It was very sticky and hurt a bit to remove. That might just be how it has to be made though in order for the CBD to dispense properly. Either way, a small price to pay for solid relief. 

I would purchase this again. 

CBD menstrual cramp roll on

I was pregnant nearly back-to-back, so I haven’t had a cycle in about 2.5 years. But, weirdly enough, I did have some cycle-like cramps almost as soon as I got this product. I tried it and I’ll be honest, I didn’t feel much relief. That could be for a number of reasons though, I wasn’t really feeling “menstrual cramps” because I didn’t actually get my cycle. It could have been postpartum recovery or something along those lines. I did feel some relief, so I look forward to giving it a more fair shot when I actually get my cycle again. It also smelled fantastic and the oil itself applied very smoothly. It didn’t dispense too much at once either which is nice so you can control how much is coming out. 

I would likely not purchase this again, but I would recommend it to friends! 

Shea Brand CBD Athlete Roller

I used the CBD roller the day after working out on my back. It did help, but it seemed to not be for very long. I typically don’t use roll-ons though so maybe I didn’t apply enough at once. It worked well enough for me to periodically apply it again throughout the day, though. It also smells great and applies very nicely. Pressing down a little bit with the roller on your sore muscles helps kind of massage you also, which is an added benefit. 

I likely wouldn’t purchase this product again but it may work well for someone with different needs! 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueJanuary 15, 2020


Last week, the office of Nikki Fried, the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, took control of CBD products consumed by people. New rules went into effect on New Year’s Day. Nationally, and in Florida, the lack of regulation with CBD products raised concerns among many. Some product labels contain inaccurate or misleading information, some do not get tested, and some products contain harmful additives. 

Fried, a Democrat, made cannabis and its regulation a vital part of her 2018 campaign. The same year, the Farm Bill went into effect, legalizing hemp with a THC content of less than 0.3% at the federal level. During the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers put the office in charge of creating the regulations associated with hemp, along with CBD products, sold at gas stations, grocery stores, and flea markets. Fried’s cannabis director Holly Bell told the News Service of Florida, “[Inspectors] are going out, looking at what’s on the shelf and if you are not compliant with those labeling laws, you will be given a certain amount of time to become compliant.” Those selling CBD have 30 to 45 days to comply with the law and must pay Fried’s department a fee of $650. 

The rules include guidelines on pesticides, how packages are labeled, and the inspection of products that are sold or produced in Florida. The hemp rules include “ingestion,” or “the process of taking food into the body through the gastrointestinal tract through eating or drinking.” The regulations say, “Food consisting of or containing Hemp or Hemp Extract must be obtained from an Approved Source. The Hemp Food Establishment shall provide to the department, upon request, a valid food license/permit and the most recent food safety inspection report from the Approved Source.” Bell adds that “Prior to these rules being adopted and taking effect, we didn’t have regulatory authority. Now we do, and we have that up and going so that we can make sure consumers are protected.”

There are three divisions of Fried’s department in control of the program. According to the department’s official website, “The Division of Agricultural Environmental Services will oversee issues related to seeds, fertilizer, pesticides and animal feed, The Division of Food Safety will oversee the processing, manufacturing and retailing of hemp and hemp extract, and The Division of Plant Industry will oversee cultivation and licenses to cultivate hemp.”  The site adds, “The Cultivation Rule should be filed for adoption in the first quarter of 2020. Please note that this rule is slightly delayed due to a need to align the Florida Cultivation Rule with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) final interim rules, which were released on October 31, 2019. FDACS still expects cultivation to happen in the first quarter of 2020.”

Those transporting hemp in any form in Florida must stop at one of the state’s 23 agricultural inspection stations and present a certificate of analysis showing the total THC content, as well as the bill of sale.

It is the cannabis industry’s hope that hemp and CBD products become well regulated on a national level in order to protect the consumer. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueOctober 29, 2019


The United States Department of Agriculture has released a draft for the regulation of hemp in the US. The official rules will not be released yet. Geoff Whaling, chair of the National Hemp Association, says once the rules are released they will be temporary for the first year. This allows the states to participate in hemp cultivation and processing for the 2020 growing season. It also allows all stakeholders the opportunity to begin to implement the regulations and determine areas that need to be improved. 

From the draft, “under this new authority, a State or Indian Tribe that wants to have primary regulatory authority over the production of hemp in that State or territory of that Indian Tribe may submit, for the approval of the Secretary, a plan concerning the monitoring and regulation of such hemp production. For States or Indian Tribes that do not have approved plans, the Secretary is directed to establish a Departmental plan to monitor and regulate hemp production in those areas.”

The rules also cover other important things like where hemp can be grown, THC testing standards, biomass transportation, licensing regulations, and more. 

“The laboratories conducting hemp testing must be registered by the DEA to conduct chemical analysis of controlled substances (in accordance with 21 CFR 1301.13). Registration is 15 necessary because laboratories could potentially handle cannabis that tests above the 0.3% concentration of THC on a dry weight basis, which is, by definition, marijuana and a Schedule 1 controlled substance.” It also has been stated that there has been consideration to establish a fee associated with hemp testing for THC. 

If a plant exceeds the legal level of THC, it must be disposed of properly. The draft states “if a producer has produced cannabis exceeding the acceptable hemp THC level, the material must be disposed of in accordance with the CSA and DEA regulations because such material constitutes marijuana, a schedule I controlled substance under the CSA. Consequently, the material must be collected for destruction by a person authorized under the CSA to handle marijuana, such as a DEA-registered reverse distributor, or a duly authorized Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer.”

There also many details within the drafted rules regarding licensing. “To produce hemp under the USDA plan, producers must apply for and be issued a license from USDA. USDA will begin accepting applications 30 days after the effective date of this interim rule. USDA is delaying acceptance of applications for 30 days to allow States and Tribal Governments to submit their plans first. This is to prevent USDA from reviewing and issuing USDA licenses to producers when there is a likelihood that there will soon be a State or Tribal plan in place and producers will obtain their licenses from the State or Tribe.”

It is exciting to see these rules finally being put into place so hemp can be well regulated in the United States. These guidelines should clear a lot of the gray areas that have been causing confusion about US hemp production, allowing for a better-regulated industry that will benefit the economy and community.


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueOctober 21, 2019


Industrial hemp with a THC content of less than 0.3% was removed from its classification as a Schedule I substance in the United States, per the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. The crop was removed from a federal list that classified it as harmful and addictive as heroin and ecstasy. It was removed from the scheduled substances lists entirely and is now categorized as an ordinary crop, though it does have some different regulations. 

Before the bill was passed, hemp and CBD businesses operated in a quasi-legal status depending on the states’ individual laws. Hemp has been used in everything from topical products, food, pet care, and beauty. 

Now that federal restrictions have been lifted, many are wondering how they can get in on growing hemp. 

Before you start planting seeds in your backyard, there are some steps you need to take to ensure everything is done legally. 

Here is what you need to do to get started: 


  • Make sure hemp is legal to grow in your state, and be sure you can comply with your states’ regulations for growing


Despite the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing industrial hemp cultivation on a federal level, each state is able to decide exactly what that means for their particular state. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, Mississippi, South Dakota, Idaho, and the District of Columbia prohibit the cultivation of hemp in any form. 

The states that do allow hemp cultivation to have different regulations concerning the ways it can be grown. Some states only permit it for research purposes, and other states allow industrial hemp to be grown for commercial purposes, as well. For example, according to the NCSL “Missouri created an industrial hemp agricultural pilot program, in accordance with federal law, to be implemented by the Missouri Department of Agriculture (MDA) to study the growth, cultivation, processing, feeding, and marketing.” This is a wide range of allowances for hemp cultivation in Missouri. Nebraska on the other hand only “allows a postsecondary institution or the Nebraska Department of Agriculture to grow hemp for research purposes.” There are other states like Nebraska who have a limited scope when it comes to growing hemp. 


  • Ensure you have space, time and patience to give to hemp cultivation


According to Industrial Hemp Farms, hemp plants can be grown about four inches apart, making roughly 15 to 30-inch rows. Think about your purpose for wanting to grow hemp and determine if you have the space to grow what you need. If you’re growing hemp in hopes to turn a large profit, you’ll likely need a lot of space. 

Industrial Hemp Farms says irrigation is important, especially in the first six weeks of the seed being planted. Hemp is easily able to be grown organically because it does not require a lot of supplementary nutrition and is virtually pest and disease-resistant. 

The plant will grow for 90 to 100 days before being considered fully mature. The hemp plant can be harvested at approximately 100 to 120 days from the seeds being sown. This is usually around September or October. 


  • Submit an application to grow industrial hemp in your state 


Each state has its own individual process to begin growing hemp legally. For example, according to Missouri’s laws, “Industrial hemp may not be grown in Missouri and individuals may not possess seeds or propagules without an applicable Producer Registration and/or Agricultural Hemp Propagule and Seed Permit.” The MDA website lists the following criteria for growing hemp in Missouri, “The applicant must be a Missouri resident or the entity must be domiciled in Missouri; and the registered location cannot be within a residence; and the applicant must pass an FBI fingerprint background check; and the applicant must not have been found guilty of or pled guilty to a felony offense under any state or federal law regarding the possession, distribution, manufacturing, cultivation, or use of a controlled substance in the ten (10) years immediately preceding the application date.” The Missouri Department of Agriculture says there will be fees established to participate in the industrial hemp program. These fees will help with the costs of establishing a new industry. There are also annual renewal fees to keep permits and registrations valid. 


  • Wait for your state to approve your application


As mentioned above, Missouri will not even begin accepting applications for industrial hemp cultivation until December 2nd, 2019. This is because many states’ industrial hemp programs will not begin until 2020. Until then, potential hemp farmers will be getting their ducks in a row to apply for the program. 

Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueOctober 21, 2019


Square Inc. is a popular payment processor that recently announced its expansion to serve CBD businesses. 

In 2018 The Farm Bill of 2018 was enacted. This made hemp with a THC content of less than 0.3% federally legal for cultivation in the United States. Though this law came into play, there remained problems with payment processors who would accept CBD companies as merchants because of some of the remaining gray area legalities. 

Square is refreshingly trying to accommodate CBD companies, allowing purchases to be made online and through an app, in person, and keyed-in and card on file purchases. 

The payment processor quietly announced a pilot program accepting CBD merchants in May. Participating in the original pilot program came by invite only, but they recently announced their expansion to serve more CBD companies. The company said in a statement, “We believe everyone should be able to participate and thrive in the economy.” 

Square has fees for using their service, like any payment processor. For CBD merchants, online and in-app purchases come with a 4.2% charge and a flat fee of 30 cents. In-person transactions have a 3.9% charge plus a flat fee of 10 cents. While keyed-in and card on file purchases carry a 4.8% charge and a flat fee of 15 cents. 

All cards, Visa, Discover, American Express, MasterCard, and all rewards cards maintain the same rate when a purchase is made. 

Additionally, CBD businesses can access other aspects of Square’s services such as payroll and inventory management. 

Many CBD businesses have struggled to get off the ground because of their inability to have a consistent payment processor. If people can’t purchase a product with ease, it becomes hard to keep and attract new customers.  

Shopify, an e-commerce software, also allows CBD merchants to use their platform. Shopify is essentially a one-stop-shop for businesses looking to be online. It offers payment processing, website management, marketing tools, and more. 

Depending on a company’s needs, using Shopify for e-commerce or Square for simply payment processing can elevate the success of their business. Having both of these key players on board will greatly change the CBD business game. 


Kaitlin DomangueKaitlin DomangueOctober 14, 2019


Despite the 2018 Farm Bill which legalized THC-free hemp on a federal level, the United States Navy still does not allow any CBD or products that are derived from hemp within their organization. They made sure to reiterate this fact following the legalization. The new bill legalizes hemp plants with less than 0.3% THC. 

In a statement released by the Navy, they said that “Navy policy has not been affected by the passage of the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, and all products derived from hemp or marijuana are still prohibited.  While currently deemed legal for civilians in some states, all hemp and CBD products are strictly prohibited for use by Sailors.” 

The Navy then goes on to say that “commercially-available hemp products, including CBD, have not been inspected by the FDA and therefore have not been proven to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any illness.” They say that “use, which is defined as oral ingestion, intravenous use, smoking/vaporization or any other method through which hemp-derived products may enter the body, could expose the user to THC.” The Navy says this includes but is not limited to transdermal patches, but “does not apply to topical products like shampoos, conditioners, lotions or soaps.” This statement seems contradictory, so it is hard to determine what is actually permitted when it comes to topical products.

The branch expressed their concern regarding THC by saying “It is possible to test positive for THC on a urinalysis by using a CBD or hemp product.  It can be impossible to determine where a CBD or hemp product was manufactured and what level of THC it may contain. Even trace amounts of THC can accumulate in the body and be detected in a urinalysis screening.”

The FDA has approved a drug derived from CBD called Epidiolex made by the pharmaceutical company GW Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: GWPH), a purified form of CBD to treat seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome or Dravet syndrome in patients that are at least two years old. The Navy does not prohibit this drug so long as the service member is using it for its intended use. 

One wife of a sailor , who wanted to remain unnamed, doesn’t think it’s a CBD or even a THC problem at all. She believes that the root cause of not allowing it stems from the Navy’s lack of accommodation when it comes to sailors’ health. She told us that “the military’s fix all, regardless of what’s out there, is to drink more water, take ibuprofen, or to lose weight. They really don’t prescribe AD (active duty) anything stronger. If you need something stronger, you usually end up kicked out. Or, a small number of people become inactive for a short period of time.”

She added, “I could see CBD oil help in so many areas, but all of those areas will normally get an AD member kicked out. So making CBD okay for AD members wouldn’t help much. What needs to be looked at is making it okay for military AD with stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD to be able to say something and get some help without getting kicked out. Then we can see if CBD will be useful for that person.” She finished her thought by saying, “I watch so many good people struggle because they can’t speak up.”

Ultimately, it looks like until the military appropriately handles the health issues that are plaguing their service members, pushing to allow CBD usage in the military is almost useless. 

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