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Tee Corley, Author at Hemp Market Report

Tee CorleyTee CorleySeptember 17, 2020
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6min00

Company: Harvey’s All Naturals

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Harvey’s All Naturals was founded in 2015 by, well, Harvey! Born and educated in Massachusetts, Harvey relocated to a patch of land in Colorado after receiving his BS in Mechanical Engineering from UMass Amherst. That’s where he began farming hemp.

Harvey doesn’t do it like the other up-and-coming farmers of his time. He’s devoted to 100% natural and organic farming practices. That means swapping out pesticides for over 20,000 species of anti-pest insects and beneficial microorganisms for insect and disease control.

It also means not “farming out” his services to large-scale commercial farms that simply don’t have the capacity to grow hemp to Harvey’s standards. Instead, Harvey partners with other local small farms in Colorado so he can ensure the highest quality chemical-free CBD hemp.

We got to sample Harvey’s CBD tincture and healing salve. Let’s see how they performed.

Harvey’s CBD Elixir (500mg, 15ml) Review

What makes this brand so cool is its simplicity. It’s the story of a humble engineer-turned-farmer in the serene mountains of Colorado. This very chill vibe is reflected in the elegant minimalistic design shared across Harvey’s products.

The CBD elixir came to me in a small amber bottle, perfect for tossing in my backpack and hitting the road. A glossy white label displays Harvey’s mountain logo, giving this little medicine bottle an old-timey feel.

Why such a tiny bottle for the price of a typical 30ml bottle? It’s no rip-off. This CBD tincture is just highly concentrated. Instead of taking a dropperful, you only need 4 – 8 drops per dose.

Harvey’s accomplishes this by cold processing their hemp. The company grows for terpenes and collects all the secondary cannabinoids that come with them. After cold processing, a technique that loses fewer cannabinoids than other methods of extraction, the full spectrum concentrate is infused with grapeseed oil to improve bioavailability.

The lack of harsh chemicals in the farming and manufacturing of Harvey’s means you get all the good without the bad. However, it also means you can taste all the good, and that’s a pretty strong flavor. Fortunately, the hempy earthy taste is mitigated by the fact that you’ll only be taking 4 – 8 drops. After 30 – 90 seconds, the bitterness is gone.

As for the effects, we found Harvey’s to be among the most effective CBD tinctures for stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Perhaps thanks to the extreme concentration of this tincture, the stress reduction was noticeable almost instantly, like a sudden change of perspective.

We recommend Harvey’s for people who travel and need relief fast, but not for people who can’t stand the taste of hemp.

Harvey’s CBD Healing Salve (500mg, 30ml) Review

Harvey’s full spectrum healing salve arrived in an adorable yet modern one ounce amber jar. With a black plastic lid, Harvey’s white labels on the top and sides are another example of Harvey’s simple yet striking package design.

With a twist of the wrist, we opened the jar to find a yellow waxy looking substance. As soon as we touched the salve, it seemed to magically melt into a thin oil, emitting floral and herbal scents.

Fortunately, Harvey’s never uses dyes or artificial fragrances as these can contain harmful chemicals. Instead, the salve is the natural color of its base ingredients: olive oil, beeswax, coconut oil, and of course full spectrum hemp flower oil with 500mg of CBD. And it gets its scent and mild tingling sensation from all-natural lavender and peppermint essential oils.

Those aren’t just the highlights of the ingredients list; that’s the whole thing! This moisturizing salve uses CBD and lavender to calm the body and mind. Coconut oil and olive oil help keep skin hydrated and nourished and beeswax locks the ingredients in so they can help you heal.

We use this wonderful salve for inflammation, arthritis, joint pain, rheumatism, muscle tension, sports injuries, and even as a hand lotion for dry, chapped skin.


Tee CorleyTee CorleySeptember 15, 2020
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4min00

Company: Jupiter

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Jupiter sets themselves apart from other CBD brands with their commitment to quality and intentionality. In other words, every decision the Jupiter team makes is to better the quality of their hemp and the environment.

Fortunately, these two values go hand-in-hand. Grown on a single family farm in the USA, Jupiter’s hemp is manufactured in small batches using simple organic ingredients. They never use any fillers, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavors or preservatives.

In fact, this USDA certified organic product is packaged in BPA-free glass bottles complete with 100% recyclable packaging.

And as far as quality goes, they’ve got that down, too. Not content to process the whole plant like other CBD brands, Jupiter only uses the flowers which contain the highest CBD and terpene content of the plant. Each batch is lab-tested three times and the results are easily accessible.

So, how did we enjoy Jupiter’s CBD oil? Read on for the details.

Jupiter’s Mint Organic CBD Drops (450mg/30ml) Review

Currently, Jupiter only sells this mint CBD oil, so you can be sure they’re putting all their love and effort into each delightful bottle.

Jupiter’s colors are as galactic as its name: calming dark blue and a playful teal representing the refreshing mint taste. Sure enough, this color scheme is reflected across all of Jupiter’s branding, even the inside of the box!

The cool blue label contrasted against the teal sustainable packaging that prominently displayed the amber bottle. What can we say? We believe in dazzling unboxing experiences!

But the effects of this product are far more important. Whether you’re looking for a daytime refresher or a nighttime de-stresser, we believe Jupiter is perfect for everyone and anyone.

We highly recommend this particular strength for first time users. The dosage is just enough to help us relax without putting us to sleep. Furthermore, there is absolutely no trace of hemp flavor in this tincture. The mint flavor is light and natural – not too strong by any means.

The Takeaway

Jupiter puts all their cash and energy into ensuring their one and only product is everything it can and should be: organic, tasty and effective.

Perhaps that’s why there’s no need to niche down further. Jupiter’s CBD drops cover all your bases: from stress and anxiety to a general feeling of well being. If you’re still unsure, you can buy a sample. Also, know that Jupiter offers a 30-day no questions asked money back guarantee with free returns.


Tee CorleyTee CorleySeptember 10, 2020
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On August 20th, 2020, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) proposed new rules for hemp and CBD to ensure they are fully compliant with the 2018 Farm Bill.

The Farm Bill legalized commercial cultivation and sale of hemp, but that left the DEA in a grey area. While the DEA says they’ve been in compliance with the new rules since the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, these new rules clarify what the DEA feels is within their jurisdiction.

The new rules will:

  • Revise the definition of THC and cannabis extracts under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) to exclude legal hemp and its family of products
  • Remove CBD-based drugs approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from Schedule V, the federal list of controlled substances
  • Remove restrictions on importing and exporting legal hemp and its derivatives

Legal hemp is defined as cannabis containing less than 0.3% THC by dry weight. Hemp and CBD have recently revolutionized the health and wellness industry, and the FDA-appoved hemp-based anti-seizure medication Epidiolex has laid the groundwork for further study on the health benefits of cannabinoids.

So, what do these new rules mean for the global hemp market? We sat down with Brandon Beatty, the longest-standing CEO of a CBD company at Bluebird Botanicals who also sits on the Board of the US Hemp Roundtable, to get some clarification.

How will the DEA’s new rules affect the global hemp market?

Beatty points to the third rule, the removal of restrictions on importing and exporting legal hemp, as the main factor to consider.

This rule provides clear guidance around the importation and exportation of legal hemp, which Beatty hopes will open the borders to a more global market.

“I believe various nations look to the USA when it comes to policies like this,” he explains. “Hopefully, it would set a positive precedent.”

Over the next few years, Beatty believes that the global hemp industry could double or triple in worth if other nations decide to play ball.

Are there negative implications written in the proposed rules?

Beatty points out that there is one negative effect of the new rules that needs to be sorted out. The DEA is suggesting a new definition of the term “marihuana extract” that could affect the legality of CBD extraction.

“During the manufacturing process,” explains Beatty, “THC in hemp extracts often temporarily exceeds .3%, which was common knowledge and accounted for by Congress when stating that the .3% THC amount is to be calculated on a dry weight basis.”

Beatty explains that dry weights are currently calculated with the starting and finishing materials, not during intermediary extraction steps. Should this definition be accepted, the results could be devastating for the CBD-hemp industry.

Why the DEA and not Congress?

It’s a fair question. If hemp and CBD are no longer controlled substances, then why is the DEA still involved?

“I don’t think the DEA should be the ones providing this import/export guidance as Congress intended to remove the DEA from the hemp conversation,” Beatty opines.

That’s why Beatty does not blieve these new rules will influence the conversation of marijuana legalization. “That’s up to Congress, not the DEA.”


Tee CorleyTee CorleySeptember 2, 2020
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6min00

Imagine a world where farmers optimize every resource—water, floor space, electricity—and still manage to grow heavy yields of high quality, potent cannabis.

Sounds pretty utopian—quite the opposite of the world we see today.

Or is it?

Advanced technology is lowering your carbon footprint, and its name is GrowEx.

GrowEx is a sustainable and environmentally-friendly indoor growing facility that rises above “earth-loving” marketing. Chris Trevelle, Co-founder and Managing Director of GrowEx, sat down with us to parse out the impressively detailed science behind elite sustainability in the cannabis industry.

Happy Hemp, Happy Planet

GrowEx was founded on the notion that advanced horticultural technology and sustainability should work synergistically. But GrowEx wasn’t the first to achieve this goal.

One of only 5 or 6 similar companies in the world, Storex was Trevelle’s initial venture into growing and preserving biomass, or plant matter. Using the same sustainable technology, Trevelle has spent 20 years with Storex ensuring pests and mold steered clear of vegetables and fruit.

How?

Like Storex, GrowEx uses two key technologies to lower its carbon footprint while increasing the quality of cannabis: True Vertical farming and HVAC-tight, climate-controlled atmosphere facilities.

Trevelle tells us that his patented technologies ensure a “perfect day, each day” for every plant.

A Perfect Day, Each Day

A perfect day starts in a specially designed building that prevents any air leaks from entering the grow room.

Completely climate-controlled for conditions that cannabis plants love, these happy hemp plants experience no inclement weather, no varying temperatures or degrees of humidity, and no room for pests, mold or mildew to infiltrate.

Trevelle explains, “Air control is measured in parts per million or parts per billion, making it very precise.”

His gas-tight building pairs nicely with his vertical growing system. While there are many types of vertical systems, Trevelle refers to his as “True Vertical.”

True Vertical growing systems, he elaborates, maximize the canopy so every plant absorbs maximum photons. Moreover, they take up only as much space as they need as they extend up walls, using optimal space.

The Results Are In

This sounds like a great way to grow tons of bud in a small facility, but how is it sustainable?

Trevelle gives us the facts and figures. His facility uses:

  • 20X less land than traditional farmers
  • 20X less water than competing cannabis crops
  • 10X less labor
  • 50% less energy

GrowEx, and the planet, also receive carbon savings as cannabis is free from contamination and pests. This means no harmful pesticides and no costly loss of product during growth.

Trevelle continues to improve his system, taking every detail into account. Here’s the highlights reel of how he does it:

 

  • Lighting: GrowEx uses 20 watts per square foot, soon to be reduced to 10 watts. Other growers tend to use around 62 watts per square foot.
  • Irrigation: GrowEx recaptures humidity to irrigate plants. Plants only absorb 3% of water, meaning other growers waste 97% of water.
  • HVAC: Because GrowEx builds air-tight facilities, their custom-built Chillex HVAC system works incredibly efficiently, with a thermal efficiency of R30.
  • Labor: To produce 100kg of cannabis per week, GrowEx only needs 10 employees. The result is a reduced cost to the manufacturer and end-consumer and fewer people on the road.

 

Growing into the U.S.

Currently located in Montreal, Canada, GrowEx expects to expand into the U.S. by 2021.

“We’re still looking for an investment partner in the U.S.” says Trevelle. “We are in talks with several groups and hope to make a final decision by the end of the year and start building a new Growex facility in 2021.” 


Tee CorleyTee CorleyAugust 18, 2020
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6min00

Company: Cornbread Hemp

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Cornbread Hemp was born and raised in the Bluegrass State, and damned if they ain’t proud of it! Founded on the belief that Kentucky has the best environmental conditions for growing robust hemp, the brand traces its heritage back to the first hemp farm planted in Kentucky in 1775.

Claiming that the strength and quality of their USDA organic hemp is thanks to the rich nutrients found in the waters of the state, Cornbread Hemp doesn’t let Mother Nature do all their work for them. Working together with Kentucky’s natural gifts, Cornbread Hemp does everything in their power, from farming to manufacturing, to ensure the highest quality hemp products.

Cornbread Hemp products are USDA certified organic. Each batch of hemp extract is lab tested by a third party. The company is also well on its way to becoming a B-Corp by working with USDA certified organic farms that have been negatively impacted by the War on Drugs over the past 200 years.

Let’s see how those waving fields of hemp perform in Cornbread Hemp’s most popular tinctures.

Cornbread Mini Whole Plant CBD Oil (25mg/ml) Review

It’s not often you find such a powerful whole plant CBD oil in such a tiny bottle. Perfect for first-timers and those who need their CBD on-the-go, this cute 15ml amber bottle has everything you’d expect from a full quantity.

What do they mean by “whole-plant” CBD? A full-spectrum hemp extract, whole plant CBD oil uses all parts of the flower to ensure you get the maximum entourage effect. Still, an impressive 50% CBD, the other 50% is packed full of terpenes, flavonoids, a micro-dose of THC, and many other cannabinoids.

We found the whole plant flavor to be ruggedly delicious. However, folks who wrinkle their noses at hempy flavors should check out Cornbread’s Distilled CBD Oil instead (reviewed below). Whole plant extract is as robust as the name suggests. In fact, be sure to shake your bottle before opening to avoid a dropperful of visibly swirling plant matter.

As for the effect? All we can say is, “Hot diggity!” These Kentucky natives weren’t lying about the quality of their product. We noticed an almost immediate drop in stress and anxiety – so much so that we’d recommend taking this hemp extract at night for a sound, uninterrupted sleep.

Cornbread Mini Distilled CBD Oil (25mg/ml) Review

Don’t be thrown off by the word “distilled.” Unlike CBD isolate, this distilled CBD oil contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids. So what’s the difference between this product and Cornbread’s whole plant extract?

Taste. If you’re put off by the earthy notes of hemp, you absolutely must try Cornbread’s Distilled CBD Oil. This tincture contains an incredible 75% pure CBD extract mixed into 25% medium-chain triglyceride coconut oil.

The difference is also visible. As opposed to the dark olive color of most full spectrum CBD tinctures, this distilled CBD oil is almost clear. Free from plant particles or debris, the oil feels like it disappears under the tongue. With an extremely mild coconut finish, this tincture has an impressively subtle sweetness.

We found that this product didn’t make us nearly as sleepy as the Whole Plant CBD OIl. We recommend it for day time pain and anxiety relief.

The Takeaway

From the moment we opened the soft matte packages with their modern black, green, and orange design, we knew we were onto a company that cares. You can feel the effort they put into their product via the packaging, taste and underdog story as Kentuckians on the lam.

We highly recommend these products to first-timers and old-timers alike.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyJuly 30, 2020
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Company: Harbor Hemp Company

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What Makes This Brand Unique: If you haven’t yet heard of Harbor Hemp Company, it’s high time you got in on this family-run health and wellness CBD brand.

Based in Connecticut, Harbor Hemp is among the most health and eco-conscious CBD purveyors in the country. Using only industrial hemp grown in the US, Harbor Hemp CBD is lab tested twice and manufactured at a Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) certified facility in Connecticut.

If you’ve read our previous reviews of Harbor Hemp, you’re familiar with the sheer variety of products this company offers. From sports creams to lab-tested tinctures, it’s no surprise they’re among the brands pioneering CBD-infused beverages.

Calm Seas CBD-Infused Seltzer Review

We had the opportunity to sample Harbor Hemp Company’s Calm Seas CBD-infused seltzer, and we were not disappointed.

This beverage came to us discreetly packaged in a perfectly-sized brown box. Sure enough, the cans themselves were professionally styled to match the running theme across all Harbor Hemp products: a red, white, and blue label depicting a stylized scenic coastline and the watchful eye of a lighthouse.

It’s no wonder that they named this seltzer Calm Seas. In line with their overall New England-style branding, this beverage is designed inside and out to elicit a total sense of mind-body harmony.

True to their mission to offer the highest quality CBD in healthful consumable forms, Harbor Hemp includes only 4 ingredients in their seltzer: water, 26mg CBD extract, natural black cherry flavor, and citric acid.

We considered this product to be a positive alternative to alcohol. After all, the 16-ounce cans and red, white, and blue color scheme do remind one of a PBR tallboy.

However, it’s so much better than that. Instead of cracking open a beer at the end of a long day, we opted for Calm Seas. The desired end result is achieved: a totally relaxing summer evening enjoying a beverage on the front porch.

The side effects of alcohol are skillfully avoided. With 0% THC, you’ll experience no intoxication or hangover. Instead, you’ll get the hydration you slacked on throughout the day.

And no offense to the diehard fans, but we are happy to announce that Calms Seas tastes worlds better than a beer.

The black cherry flavor is light with a slightly citric tang. Citric acid is a natural preservative and may aid your body in the absorption of water. There is absolutely no hemp scent or flavor to this beverage.

Overall, this beverage is an amazing alternative to an alcoholic nightcap. It’s also great to sip on throughout the day. Whenever you need to de-stress, Calm Seas will bathe you in a feeling of wellness.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyJuly 28, 2020
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Company: Bluebird Botanicals

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Looking for reliable high-quality CBD while promoting a healthier future for the planet, too? Bluebird Botanicals partners with their clients to pass proceeds onto charities, safer agricultural practices, and members of its own financial assistance program.

This brand’s passion for healing starts with getting helpful hemp products into the hands of those who need them. From there, lives and relationships improve synergistically. Their ultimate mission is to help build a future “where our relationships with ourselves, each other, and all of Mother Earth are held in reverence.”

That’s why Bluebird only uses hemp grown by US farms practicing regenerative agriculture and following strict environmental guidelines. In fact, Bluebird Botanicals is a certified B-Corp. They’re also Leaping Bunny Cruelty-free certified, Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) certified, Low-Carbon Footprint certified, Glyphosate Residue Free certified and US Hemp Authority certified. That’s a pretty impressive resume!

If Bluebird Botanicals’ values align with yours, you’ll be especially pleased to read about their latest CBD tincture: Immunity.

Immunity Vitamin D3 + Hemp Extract Tincture Review

While Bluebird Botanicals already has a beefy line of hemp oil extracts, their recent release of Immunity, a CBD hemp oil extract with vitamin D3, seems especially timely.

How can you tell if your immune system needs a boost? Penn Medicine lists 6 signs your immune system could use some support:

  1. Your stress level is high
  2. You often have a cold
  3. You frequently have an upset stomach
  4. Your wounds and bruises are slow to heal
  5. You tend to get infections
  6. You feel tired all the time

If some or all of these symptoms apply to you, consider taking Immunity as a dietary supplement.

Unlike most CBD tinctures, one dose of Immunity is 0.5ml, or half a dropperful. Bluebird Botanicals recommends taking no more than 1ml per day.

One dose of Immunity contains 2,500IU of vitamin D3 and 4.2mg CBD extract. Suspended in MCT oil (a derivative of coconut oil) and hemp extract, this tincture is dark amber in color with a robust hempy fragrance. That earthy flavor is strong but not bitter.

Vitamin D3 is an essential vitamin used by your body to support your immune system, fight the flu, and ensure healthy bones and teeth.

Unfortunately, approximately 42% of the US population is vitamin D deficient to some degree. The effects of vitamin D deficiency are lethargy, fatigue, depression and more frequent illness.

The added CBD helps boost your immune system by relieving tension and stress. In Penn Medicine’s list above, you’ll notice that reducing stress is the first factor that could strengthen your immune system.

That makes Immunity a one-two punch to viruses and other symptoms of a weak immune system and vitamin D deficiency.

Immunity comes in an amber glass bottle with a marked dropper for easy measurement. Not sure it’s the real stuff? True to their values, Bluebird Botanicals keeps their lab tests transparent. Simply scan the QR code on the purple and orange label to read that specific batch’s lab results.

This supplement is intended to be taken like a daily vitamin. Vitamin D is one of the few vitamins you can have too much of. Always consult with your doctor before taking a new supplement.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyJuly 22, 2020
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Company: Lifted Made

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Lifted Made is a premium hemp brand with humble beginnings. CEO Nicholas Warrender started with big dreams in a little room crafting easy-to-consume CBD products in 2015.

Today, Lifted Made is a subsidiary of Acquired Sales Co., a massive publicly traded company collecting and investing in the best brands in the hemp industry.

Warrender credits his tremendous progress over the past 5 years to the creative innovators with whom he works. Together, the team at Lifted Made strives to provide consumers with wellness boosting cannabinoid products at a reasonable price point.

In a press release Warrender stated, “Everyone wants to be healthy and stay healthy, especially in today’s environment.” It was this idea on which Lifted Made is founded.

URB Delta-8 THC Tincture Nano Drops

Lifted Made’s latest addition to their incredible variety of hemp products, URB delta-8 drops offer a fresh take on a cannabinoid you’ve been unknowingly consuming.

What is delta-8 THC? Think of it as the love child of CBD and delta-9 THC (the cannabinoid that gets you “high”).

Delta-8 is found in small quantities in hemp plants. It’s actually a derivative of CBD. The main difference between delta-8 and “regular” THC is that delta-8 acts and feels more akin to CBD, relaxing your mind and body without the high that comes with delta-9.

So, why not just take CBD? CBD works with your endocannabinoid system by binding to your brain’s C2 receptors. THC binds to your C1 receptors. Delta-8 THC appears to bind to both.

The result is the best of both worlds: a total mind-body calming experience that you can feel (but not too much).

Let’s Mango Delta-8 Nano Drops Review

Now that we’ve got your interest peaked, we’ll let you in on our experience with this newfangled but increasingly popular delta-8 THC.

Upon opening the box, we were surprised to see a hot pink opaque liquid contained inside a sea-glass matte bottle. We’re used to the traditional amber glass with a dark dropper, but Lifted Made’s design alone brings out the lighter side of life.

With a large, white dropper and lime green labeling, this product screams, “Summer Vibes!”

And rightfully so. These drops come in Go Grape, Orange Dream and Let’s Mango. The color and texture of a melted mango smoothie, Let’s Mango’s taste is as bursting with vibrance as it looks.

In fact, the flavor is so strong, we recommend adding a dropperful to juice, smoothies, seltzers, energy drinks, pre-workout mixes or whatever beverage (or even cereal) could use a fruity boost.

While most CBD tinctures need to absorb under your tongue, Lifted Made’s nano technology ensures increased bioavailability during digestion.

The beauty is that the choice is yours. The smell, taste and look of the packaging are discreet enough to pass as a liquid vitamin supplement. There is no detectable hemp flavor or scent.

You may be wondering why we suggest taking delta-8 nano drops in energy drinks and pre-workout sports drinks. The answer is in the effect.

We found that delta-8 THC reduced anxiety like a cascade of warmth washing over our bodies. Because delta-8 doesn’t make you feel “high,” it’s the perfect on-the-go stress reliever.

Energy drinks and delta-9 THC often come with uncomfortable side effects like a racing heart, the inability to take a deep breath and general tension and anxiety.

From our experience, delta-8 THC nano drops not only eliminated those symptoms, they also added an overall sense of well-being. A bike ride or scenic run felt like a new experience: one filled with a sense of gratitude for the moment, the ability to use our bodies without pain, and a heightened awareness of the open air streaming past our faces.

Suffering from insomnia? The most prominent effects of delta-8 THC we noticed was the release from bodily tension. In fact, beware of getting “velcro-butt” (getting stuck to your couch) from too much relaxation. A nightly dose of these drops will have you melting into your bed.

URB Delta-8 THC drops contain 11mg of delta-8 THC, 3mg of delta-9 THC, and 0.5mg of CBN per 1ml dropperful. Fortunately for those of you in states where THC is prohibited, the amount of delta-9 THC is below the legal limit. Instead of getting you high, it complements the effects of delta-8 THC and additional cannabinoids.

Overall, we certainly recommend exploring the brave new world of delta-8 THC, and the quality of these drops make Lifted Made’s nano drops a great place to start.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyJuly 9, 2020
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Company: Radio

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Radio is an up-and-coming wellness-centered lifestyle brand. For Radio, CBD is but one element of a well-rounded supplement of organic herbs and extracts. Their ultimate goal is to make CBD and other natural ingredients more accessible and consumable (read: tastier!) for all.

The packaging design stands out first and foremost: elegant yet electric. Across all Radio’s products, the cardboard box housing the goodness inside looks like a box that would hold an old amplifier vacuum tube or DIY electronics component. It’s even sealed with copper-colored tape emulating the circuit board of an old school radio.

We can only speculate as to their intention, but based on their desire to incorporate nature into your system, it feels clear: the design lets consumers know that their powerful products seamlessly sync up with your body’s natural processes.

Radio products are manufactured in sunny Southern California. Radio has a clear focus on high quality, organic ingredients with 0% THC (see their lab results for each lot here); tastier, more digestible wellness products; and accessibility via payment plans and discreet shipping and packaging.

We sampled two products designed to support your body’s energy production and your brain’s concentration. Let’s jump in and see how these products performed.

Lazer Focus CBD Tincture: Full Spectrum CBD Oil (500mg) Review

In an effort to find a non-narcotic focus enhancer, we decided to give Radio’s Lazer Focus CBD tincture a try. Lazer Focus is a CBD tincture with 0.0% THC. In other words, it won’t give you that distracted, lethargic feeling of a marijuana high.

Instead, you’ll find this tincture is chock full of organic herbal extracts believed to improve concentration and boost energy. Mood-elevating citrus, black pepper, hops, pine, and jasmine perk you up before work. Lab-tested hemp oil extract balances this energizing concoction with calming terpenes, CBD, and flavonoids.

The result? Lazer Focus, of course! Just 1-2ml doses of Lazer Focus helped our team de-stress and tune in. Matched with the invigorating flavor of orange and hibiscus, this tincture is sure to turn your lights on.

In fact, this product helped us realize many of our internal distractions come from stress. How can we do our best work with the weight of the world on our minds? To make matters worse, stimulants like controlled ADHD medications and caffeine often worsen our stress. Lazer Focus eases us into a productive flow without any anxiety or crash.

After an extensive trial and evaluation of Radio’s Lazer Focus, we’d certainly recommend it for efficacy, innovation, and taste.

Foresight Capsules Review

Foresight capsules is a supplement packed with vitamins that boost energy and encourage focus. A vibrant blend of organic herbs and nootropics, these cognitive enhancing capsules are designed to gently promote mental focus and concentration.

Radio recommends taking two capsules per day, and we are inclined to agree. This dose packs 4,000% Daily Value of vitamin B12, the vitamin responsible for energy production at the cellular level. You’ll also benefit from 500% DV of vitamin D3, which many American adults are deficient in.

But the secret sauce is in the nootropics – a term referring to supplements that enhance mental function. Herbal nootropics in this blend include bacopa, alpinia galanga, ashwagandha, alpha-GPC, L-theanine, and black pepper extract. All of these natural herbs and vitamins are supposed to have mood lifting and cognitive enhancing effects.

Foresight capsules are ideal for those of us looking to perform our best at work, home, and play. Subtle yet meaningful, these capsules are a fantastic alternative to addicted stimulants without the painful side effects.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyMay 15, 2020
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Company: Rogue Origin

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Out of a humble plot of land in Rogue Valley, Oregon came Rogue Origin CBD Hemp. A combination of fertile soil, a conducive microclimate, and the entrepreneurial spirit of an old soul led the founders to cultivate premium quality smokable CBD flower. The team’s ultimate goal is to provide an all-natural alternative to prescription drugs, tobacco, and marijuana.

Rogue Origin is grown at the Rogue Family Farm in Southern Oregon. They specialize in high-CBD hemp flower (selling either prerolls or whole smokable flower) with excellent genetics and transparent lab tests.

These plants are grown to be rich in flavor. Rogue Origin hang-dries the full plant for a slow cure that locks in aroma and flavor while maximizing cannabinoid production. Rogue Origin grows 100% natural hemp, stating it’s always free from chemicals or additives.

A word of caution if you’re trying to quit smoking cigarettes by switching to Rogue Origin’s prerolls: these pre-rolled hemp cigarettes are large, cone-shaped, and impressive. While among Rogue Origin’s stated intentions is to release tobacco smokers from nicotine addiction, these prerolled joints look just like that: joints.

This isn’t problematic for smokers in more accepting environments. However, if marijuana isn’t legal in your state, we wouldn’t recommend smoking these prerolls in public as they look and smell like marijuana cigarettes.

Hawaiian Haze Prerolls (Pack of 7)

As for Hawaiian Haze, we greatly enjoyed these oversize prerolls. Packing 13.9% of CBD, we instantly felt the impact of these smokes. One preroll burns for approximately 10 minutes, so they’re great to share with friends. There’s something nostalgic about sitting around and chatting with some pals while passing around a perfectly rolled hemp cigarette.

These prerolls burn evenly. After trying several, we have yet to find one that canoes. They’re packed with well-ground buds for the smoothest hit and the silkiest smoke. Each preroll comes with a conical filter for the perfect, coolest hit.

Hawaiian Haze has an earthy base with tropical highlights. The dichotomy of old earth and fresh fruit are analogous to the effect, which is energizing yet calming. Half a preroll seemed like more than enough to calm the body and relax the mind.

Bubba Kush x Remedy Prerolls (Pack of 7)

Classic Bubba Kush is crossed with the relaxing, floral notes of Remedy to create a fruity yet earthy taste, and a level of relaxation that lasts all day (or at least for a solid 4 hours). In uniform with the Hawaiian Haze prerolls, these prerolls are beautiful cones with a half-inch filter and a fat, evenly distributed bulk of ground flower.

Bubba Kush x Remedy smokes pack a respectable 11.6% CBD, making it a perfect way to de-stress in the afternoon. This combination won’t put you to sleep, so you can keep up with your day.

Lifter CBD Flower

Of all the CBD flower we sampled for Rogue Origin, Lifter is our favorite. Perhaps it’s the name that lifts the mood, or the high CBD content at an astounding 15%. It could even be the fact that we received a single bud that weighed an eighth of an ounce. Who are we kidding? It’s absolutely all of these reasons.

Upon opening the black, resealable bag of flower, we were instantly hit with a rush of herbal notes, like thyme and rosemary were having a party with lemon and lime.

The bud is deep green with trails of long, orange tendrils wrapping around itself. Still soft from the curing process, this bud ground up easily. Lifter allows for a slow burn thanks to its density, meaning it should last you a while.

Sour Space Candy CBD Flower

Sour Space Candy is quite the name to live up to, and unfortunately, this bud fell short. While its light green and orange buds certainly catch the eye, the aesthetic only increased our expectations.

Sour Space Candy burned excellently and was super smooth to hit. It even tasted pretty good. However, it wasn’t very sour or sweet. Any tangy notes were overshadowed by the earthy, hempy taste of the bud.

At 11.3% CBD, this is a great smoke for any time of day. It simply takes the edge off without putting you to sleep.

Bubba Kush CBD Flower

Meet Bubba Kush in its tastiest form. Rogue Origin protected all the flavor when growing this THC-light version of a classic strain.

 

Expect a slow burn from these big buds. With hints of purple flower, this strain packs a delicious, sweet flavor punch from a smooth, cool smoke.

 

Bubba Kush CBD flower is sure to bring a chill vibe and total relaxation. We like this strain right before bed because it’s low CBD content provides just enough comfort to sleep without activating your mind.



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