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Tee Corley, Author at Hemp Market Report

Tee CorleyTee CorleyFebruary 18, 2020
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6min00

With the legalization of hemp, new opportunities arise for sustainability-focused contractors. Hemp could be poised to disrupt the industry of conventional building materials.

In 2018, the Trump Administration passed the latest iteration of the Farm Bill, effectively removing hemp from the federal List of Controlled Substances. With the stipulation that it cannot contain more than 0.3% THC, hemp turned from a stigmatized shrub into a blossoming cash crop.

Two U.S. companies, one in Idaho and the other in Kentucky, have stepped up the challenge. Using American hemp farmers and factories based in the U.S., Hempitecture and HempWood are championing the future of sustainability in building materials. 

How Is Hemp Being Used in Construction?

While hemp has been used as a building material in Europe for more than 30 years, it’s only beginning to gain ground in the U.S.

American entrepreneurs are turning hemp fibers into wood, concrete, and insulation. There are no limits on the scope of this growing green industry. Manufacturers intend to deliver materials to residential, commercial, and industrial builders.

Greg Wilson, the founder of HempWood, has developed a wood-substitute that is 20% denser than oak and grown 100 times faster.

“[HempWood] utilizes bio-mimicry to transform hemp fibers and protein-based bonding agents into a viable substitute for anything solid oak can be used for,” Wilson states on his website.

Wilson, who opened the first HempWood factory in Murray, Kentucky in the fall of last year, claims HempWood can replace any timber function. HempWood can even be cut, sanded, and stained. With a special focus on replacing hardwoods for flooring, cabinets, and furniture, Wilson plans to oust deforestation using the versatility of hemp.

Hempcrete, on the other hand, has its limitations when compared to its conventional predecessor. Best used for insulation, hempcrete blocks need to be used with a load-bearing timber frame. 

However, hemp insulation is still a viable alternative to concrete and fiberglass. Made by mixing hemp shivs with lime and water, hempcrete is breathable, non-toxic, and eco-friendly. In fact, hemp insulation has the same R-value as fiberglass at around 3.7 per inch. Naturally, insect-repellant hemp fiber absorbs moisture, reducing mold and deterring termites.

Hempitecture, an Idaho-based construction firm, has already helped construct three buildings using hempcrete, with impressive results.

Hemp, Health & Safety

Hemp homes could mean better, safer air for the occupants. By eliminating the number of toxins in the air due to concrete dust and harmful binding agents, hemp enthusiasts hope to have residents breathing easier.

Hemp takes no pesticides to grow and uses minimal fertilizer. In manufacturing, HempWood uses a soy-based binding agent instead of synthetic chemical binders.

Hempitecture’s HempWool insulation is made of 100% natural raw materials. That’s 92% hemp fiber and 8% polyester.

As for the environment? Hemp actually absorbs carbon dioxide. From growing to manufacturing, Hempitecture and HempWood make a point to be zero waste and carbon negative.

Could Hemp Building Materials Disrupt the Industry?

As Wilson puts it, “…A more sustainable way of living is no longer a luxury, but a requirement.”

With a close eye on the climate, both political and environmental, Wilson believes disruption is imminent.

However, more research needs to be done. For example, there is no standard for hemp building materials, making it difficult to regulate and certify.

And in its current state, hemp building materials may be prohibitively expensive for the average American.

Russ Martin, former mayor of Asheville, North Carolina, built his 3,400 square foot home partly using imported hemp-based materials in 2009. The cost? $133 per square foot, compared to the average $84 per square foot in the same year.

Wilson is currently striving to keep HempWood competitively priced with hardwoods like oak, stating that softwoods like pine and poplar are out of reach.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyFebruary 7, 2020
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5min00

Company: Prismatic Plants

Products: Good Day & Good Night Adaptogenic CBD Tinctures

Price: $70 each; $135 when purchased together

What Makes This Product Unique: Prismatic Plants’ mission is to combine traditional herbal medicine with the blossoming hemp market, a goal that’s both intuitive and unique. By calling on master herbalists and doctors of chemistry, Prismatic Plants has crafted their two signature CBD tinctures: Good Day and Good Night CBD and essential oil blends.

Unlike CBD tinctures that serve a single function throughout the day, Good Day and Good Night are designed to be used in conjunction.

Good Day incorporates 19mg of full spectrum hemp extract with a blend of organic schisandra berry, bacopa leaf, Asian ginseng root, rhodiola root, and holy basil leaf essential oils. The herbs in this blend are traditionally used to limit stress while boosting energy and focus. In addition to 10mg of CBD, this tincture contains 0.3mg of CBDa, which is thought to block stressors and reduce inflammation and pain.

Good Night uses 17mg of full spectrum hemp extract alongside organic reishi fruiting body, oatstraw, ashwagandha root, valerian root, California poppy, and skullcap. This herbal blend is designed to relax the mind and unwind the body. Along with 10mg of CBD, Good Night contains 0.3mg of CBN, a cannabinoid thought to induce sleep.

Review: We sampled Prismatic Plants’ thoughtfully formulated Good Day and Good Night tinctures. Stored in dark amber glass bottles, the logo and ingredients labels are printed in white directly onto the bottle. The text is well designed and easy to read, giving this company a professional first impression.

We appreciated how upfront Prismatic Plants is with their ingredients list. All ingredients are listed clearly so there’s no question about what you’re getting. In fact, if you want more depth, you can visit their website to get a full readout of each ingredient with scientific research articles posted as evidence.

Prismatic Plants also takes the utmost care when sourcing their herbs. All herbs are organically and sustainably sourced. With so many questionable tinctures on the market, we found the quality of this research and effort refreshing.

Both of these oils are carried in hemp oil, but lack the strong hemp flavor. Because they contain a mixture of organic herbs, both tinctures are more aromatic and floral than your run of the mill CBD oil.

However, both tinctures have a bit of a bite. Good Day, in particular, was slightly bitter, tasting like raw basil. Good Night has a gentler flavor reminiscent of wildflowers with earthy undertones. They taste like condensed herbal tea. Neither flavor lingered for longer than 10 minutes, however. The taste may simply be a testament to the strength of the all natural, organic ingredients.

We took 1ml (1 dropperful) of Good Day around noon and felt its effects within minutes. Any stress or anxiety seemed to be washed away. We were left with a calm and peaceful state of mind, and a higher awareness of the sights and sounds in the moment. Because Good Day is designed to increase energy, we didn’t get that sleepy feeling that sometimes comes with CBD products.

At bedtime, we took 1ml (1 dropperful) of Good Night. As a mild relaxant and stress reliever, we found the effects of this combination effective. Good Night relaxed us into a sound sleep with no groggy feeling in the morning.

Overall, Prismatic Plants impressed us with their thorough research and creative combination of ingredients. The look and feel of the product is professional and sleek. Our only critique is the potent flavor, which isn’t long lasting.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyNovember 26, 2019
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4min00

Company: RAD Extracts

Product: Chocolate Mint Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in MCT Oil

Price: Prices Vary (Reseller Product)

What Makes This Product Unique: Based out of Colorado, RAD Extracts is a leader among high CBD full-spectrum hemp extract. This product is available for white-label and private-label purchases by wholesalers, distributors, and sellers who need to purchase large quantities of hemp extract.

RAD Extracts believes that hemp extract is most beneficial when the cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are working synergistically. This means you won’t find isolates here. Grown certified-organic, the hemp is cold extracted using food-grade alcohol, and 3rd party tested to ensure it is below the legal limit of THC (which is 0.3% at this time). The takeaway: this product is best sold to people who want to experience the “entourage effect” of full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD.

Review: We sampled RAD Extracts’ Chocolate Mint Full Spectrum Hemp Extract in MCT Oil. Stored in an amber glass bottle, the label is simple and to the point. The glossy black sticker is slightly crookedly stuck to the glass, displaying a supplement fact sheet and the classic warnings you’d see on supplements of any kind (i.e. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA, etc.).

However, since RAD Extracts sells to wholesalers, you can have your company logo printed on the label. You can also choose from amber, green, or blue glass bottles. The end design is your decision.

We always like to see hemp extract carried in MCT oil. Naturally derived from coconuts, MCT oil has health benefits of its own. Known to increase metabolism and packed full of antioxidants, MCT oil is safe to consume and apply topically.

While the packaging notes that a serving size is 1ml, the short, fat dropper has no measurement marks on it. Typically, 1ml is about a dropper-full, but in this case, you’ll just have to guess.

True to RAD Extracts’ mission, the flavor of this full spectrum extract packs a strong hempy punch. The earthy hemp flavor was immediately noticeable as we dropped this oil under our tongues. However, we were pleasantly surprised as gentle chocolate notes began to arise. Queue the minty after-taste, which delightfully accented the earthy natural flavor. As you know, it’s important to keep CBD oil under your tongue for 60 – 90 seconds to get the full effect. This symphony of flavors made that easy!

Perhaps it was psychosomatic due to the rich flavors, but we noticed the relaxing effects of this full spectrum concoction within minutes. Unlike some full-spectrum CBD oils, this one kept us clear-headed and energized alongside the calming effects. It seems to be a great anxiety-reducer and perfect for twice a day dosing.

 


Tee CorleyTee CorleyNovember 22, 2019
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4min00

Company: Bluebird Botanicals

Product: Hemp CBD Essential Lotion & Hemp CBD Sport Lotion

Price:

  • Essential: $34.96 for 3.4oz, or $59.96 for 6oz
  • Sport: $59.96 for 6oz

What Makes This Product Unique: Bluebird Botanicals strives to make a difference. With certified bioplastic recyclable packaging, certified cruelty-free testing, and a low carbon footprint, Bluebird Botanicals goes above and beyond for the environment – and does even more for their customers. In fact, this world-leading manufacturer of hemp products has assistance programs for people on long-term disability, low-income individuals, and veterans. Finally, they support and donate to over 12 non-profit organizations.

If that doesn’t instill faith that this company truly cares about its products, we don’t know what will.

Review: Moving past this do-gooder distraction, let’s talk about Bluebird Botanicals’ CBD lotions. We sampled their Hemp CBD Essential Lotion for daily use and their Hemp CBD Sport Lotion for athletes.

Our hats are off to Bluebird Botanicals’ design department. The packaging is simple yet fun. Bright green marks the Essential Lotion while a vibrant orange denotes the Sport Lotion. Elegant hemp-related icons decorate the background while bold font tells you everything you need to know about the product.

But that packaging isn’t the only difference between these two lotions.

Hemp CBD Essential Lotion is intended for daily use on dry, aged, or irritated skin. Touting vegan, non-GMO, paraben-free, and cruelty-free ingredients, this nutrient-rich emulsion contains full-spectrum hemp extract, jojoba oil, carrot extract, rosemary oil, and coconut oil. This combination is flooded with healthful omega fatty acids, amino acids, and vitamins. Importantly, there are no harmful chemicals, like SLS, or synthetic fragrances added.

Traditional lotions add chemicals and alcohol to make them feel light and weightless. These additives may feel good at first, but they dry out your skin in the long run. On the other hand, the Essential Lotion went on unusually thick. It required about 30 seconds of massaging before it sank in and lost visibility. However, we felt moisturized for the rest of the day. The earthy scent of hemp is a strong musk that overwhelmed the natural aromas of the other ingredients.

Hemp CBD Sport Lotion is designed to soothe inflammation with warming and cooling sensations. Like the Essential Lotion, Bluebird’s Sport Lotion is vegan, non-GMO, and cruelty-free. The full-spectrum hemp extract contains over 100 cannabinoids, including CBD. Added to this lotion are antioxidant-rich ginger, arnica and corn mint, jojoba, and coconut oil.

The Sport Lotion has a minty-fresh scent, though not as overwhelming as you’d find with products like Bengay. The cooling effect is also milder. We did not notice a warming effect with this lotion. Like the Essential Lotion, this product goes on thick and requires some massaging before the yellow-green streaks fully disappear. It is equally as effective, however, as we felt our skin was sufficiently and safely moisturized and nourished.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyNovember 12, 2019
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3min00

Company: Hudson Hemp

Product: MCT Oil

What Makes This Product Unique: Hudson Valley Hemp puts a special emphasis on regenerative organic farming – meaning not only do they practice organic farming, but they use methods that revitalize the soil throughout the process. Their overall goal is to go beyond sustainability by making efforts to replenish ecosystems. They operate on the belief that regenerative hemp growing practices will ultimately result in increased biodiversity and reduce social injustice. If that’s a stance you can get behind, keep reading.

Review: As seems to be the company’s motto, Hudson Hemp keeps it simple from seed to packaging. With the typical hemp-textured green-grey label, they provide little information and even less creative design. Perhaps they’re trying to send a message, but as a consumer, I’d like to know more about what I’m getting.

But let’s not judge an oil by its bottle. MCT oil is an excellent carrier oil derived from coconuts. Naturally nutritious, MCT oil, which stands for medium-chain triglycerides, is a healthy fatty acid missing from many Western diets. It can be used as a stand-alone weight loss supplement as it increases the metabolism and has thermogenic effects in the liver. Or, it can be mixed with CBD oil to apply to topically, or even cook and eat, as it has a high smoke point.

Despite the underwhelming packaging presented by Hudson Hemp, the MCT oil full spectrum hemp extract did not disappoint. An orb-tipped dropper made the 18 drop serving size easy to measure, delivering 10mg of full-spectrum hemp extract. The texture of the oil was thin with very slight viscosity. Unlike some MCT oils, it lacked any potent coconut scent, making it easy to add to my morning tea.

The hemp extract also lacked any noticeable flavor. Made from the aerial parts of the plant (think stems and leaves), full-spectrum hemp includes everything but the THC. I noticed a reduction in caffeine-related anxiety and jitters. 

Using it as an herbal and weight loss supplement, I did notice a reduced appetite and a bout of increased energy. I make sure to use it every morning before I eat for maximum metabolism-boosting effects.



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