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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.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyApril 16, 2020
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7min00

Company: dreamt

Product: Dreamt Vaporizer Pen

Price: $57

What makes this brand unique: Dreamt is dedicated solely to making sure that when your head hits the pillow, you get a restful sleep. As opposed to other cannabis brands with innumerable formulations and products, dreamt sticks with their vape pen, a tincture, and a shot, all to be consumed at bedtime.

Started by Carolina Vazquez Mitchell, a chemist with a focus on cannabis, dreamt is a women-owned company. Mitchell was named an “Outstanding Woman in Cannabis” by Dope Magazine, and her vape pen won “Best New Product” at Weedcon 2020.

Keep an eye on dreamt. Judging by the quality of this product, this brand is definitely an up-and-comer. With that said, let’s jump into the review.

Our Dreamt Vaporizer Pen Review

First and foremost, this product does contain THC. It’s currently only available at California dispensaries.

The dreamt vape pen contains a 2.5:1 THC to CBD ratio. With 400mg of THC, this pen is good for between 30 to 45 days, depending on how much you puff. To ensure a good night’s rest, this product is layered with valerian root and melatonin, too.

The Design

This vape pen came to us in packaging reminiscent of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. The tube-shaped box holds the pen securely in an upright position. The soft matte finish depicts a quiet night bespeckled with shiny gold stars.

Its simple yet thoughtful nighttime mural is echoed again on the pen itself, fading from deep navy to denim blue. The tip of the pen is embossed in gold with an orange light that, when the pen is hit, lights up a crescent moon.

The Experience

That thoughtfulness doesn’t stop with the design team. It’s clear to us that the lab team did its research with cannabis strains. After all, there’s a good reason this vape pen belongs on your night stand.

While dreamt doesn’t disclose exactly what strains they use, you can expect a heady high immediately followed by an intense body high. Essentially, you’ll be distracted by the calming stress relief in your mind long enough to feel each muscle in your body relax and feel heavier. In fact, it was hard for us to keep our eyes open after just 20 minutes!

Dreamt suggests users hit the vape for 2-3 seconds, and we found this was plenty. If you’re a regular cannabis user, consider hitting it a second time to receive the full effect.

Since using dreamt’s vape pen, we’ve become total converts. This perfect herbal blend uses cannabis and terpenes to lull you to sleep, and melatonin and valerian roots to keep you there. We did not experience any grogginess the next morning, like you might with other sleep aids.

The Flavor & Aroma

One of the loveliest aspects about this vape pen is the flavor. Dreamt uses calming lavender (and perhaps a hint of citrus) to add an extra layer of relaxation. If you read our Harbor Hemp CBD Massage Oil review, you know that lavender and citrus are among our favorite scents.

Overall, the taste and smell of cannabis is so mild, you may not even notice it. On top of that, the smell dissipates quickly, making it the perfect option for discreet cannabis users.

The Cons

There are very few cons with this vape pen and we encourage you to try it for yourself.

The first con was that it was clogged upon arrival. Dreamt’s website states that it’s common for vape pens to clog, especially when stored upside down. With a couple strong inhales, the clog came loose and hasn’t been an issue since.

The second con is that even with a short 2-3 second pull, this pen is a little bit harsh. It resulted in minor coughing after a hit. This may not be an issue for regular users, however.

Takeaway

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, we highly recommend you try dreamt’s Vape Pen. From the taste to the full body experience, you won’t be disappointed.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyMarch 23, 2020
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11min00

Company: Harbor Hemp Company

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What Makes This Brand Unique: Harbor Hemp Company runs the gamut of CBD personal care products. Unwilling to stop at creating a powerful, lab-tested CBD tincture, this Connecticut-based hemp brand has created potent products for your mind, body, and even pets.

Harbor Hemp Company is a family-run health and wellness brand. Their hemp comes from farmers in the US and is processed and developed at their licensed and Good Manufacturing Process certified facility in Connecticut. They take special care to omit GMOs and pesticides. Each batch is lab-tested and results are posted on their website.

We sampled four products from Harbor Hemp Company. Each package, aside from the lotion, came in amber glass or plastic containers. The brand’s elegant logo, a two-tone blue lighthouse accompanied with red text, stands out against the semi-gloss label. This design explodes reminiscences of New England, the birthplace of the USA. The message that they use only home-grown hemp is immediately clear. Each product maintains the branding, giving a professional first impression.

Full Spectrum CBD Oil (500mg) Review

In a dark amber bottle equipped with a measured dropper, this full-spectrum CBD oil meets the minimum requirements for a high-quality package.

A single dose (1ml) of Harbor Hemp’s CBD oil delivers an impressive 17mg of CBD. The CBD is delivered via fractionated coconut oil, also called MCT oil, which has health benefits of its own. The CBD itself is derived from the aerial parts of the hemp plant, making it a full spectrum. It has less than 0.3% THC, meaning it won’t get you high. It does, however, contain terpenes, flavonoids, and other important compounds that help deliver CBD effectively to achieve the desired results.

The texture of this CBD oil is particularly gooey. The oil used seems to be slightly thicker than other tinctures we’ve sampled. However, this could mean that the oil lingers longer under your tongue for maximum effects.

The taste is mild. This unflavored CBD oil is perfect for people who dislike the overwhelming taste of hemp, but don’t want to consume artificial flavors with their wellness products. Upon dosing, there is a slight taste of hemp, but it doesn’t stick around for hours like many other CBD products.

We certainly achieved the desired effects of CBD from this tincture. Taken once or twice per day, this tincture induced a calming effect, taking the stress out of daily work. It allowed us to sleep well through the night and wake up refreshed. Because lab testing is so important to this company, we could trust that we were getting an accurate dose of CBD without the mild high that too much THC can bring.

CBD Infused Massage Oil Review

This product has quickly become our favorite topical CBD product. With 1000mg of CBD in an 8oz bottle, you’re sure to get plenty of use out of this massage oil.

The scent will hit your senses first. Containing the natural aromas of lavender oil and lemon oil, we can’t get over how refreshing yet relaxing this product is. In fact, lavender is clinically shown to reduce anxiety, while citrus is known for its energizing effect. To put it simply, this stuff smells fantastic!

Remember that gooey feeling we mentioned in regards to MCT oil? It’s that ingredient in this product that makes this body oil so effective for massage. One application will allow a solid 20-30 minute smooth massage without needing to reapply repeatedly. And it feels incredible.

Hemp Harbor did not neglect to consider the health of your skin when crafting this massage oil. Skin-hydrating apricot kernel oil, fast-absorbing jojoba oil, and nourishing vitamin E oil protect your skin while encouraging healing of the skin barrier.

Honestly, we’ve been using this product as an after-shower oil. It’s calming, nourishing, hydrating, and doubles as an all-natural, healthful perfume. While it’s amazing as a massage oil, it’s truly an all-around excellent body oil.

It’s not recommended for use on the face, and that’s for good reason. Coconut oil is comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores. While it’s incredibly nourishing on the rest of your body, avoid using it on your face.

Full Spectrum CBD Softgels Review

Calling all CBD users who hate the taste and feeling of sublingual tinctures! Here’s your saving grace.

We were skeptical at first. After all, there is some debate as to whether or not CBD can be ingested orally and be effective (read about CBD beverages and nanotech here). However, that may account for the high dose of 30mg of CBD per softgel.

After trying the softgels without a dose of tincture for a week, however, we were swayed. From our experience, it would seem that ingested CBD in a softgel provides the same effects over a longer period of time.

Unlike using a sublingual tincture whose effects you can feel in minutes, the softgels’ effects weren’t noticeable until about an hour after taking them. We found the slow onset quite nice, and easy to add to our routine of taking a daily vitamin.

There’s also something to be said for the aesthetic of the softgel. The softgels come in a dark amber container, and the gels look like small amber or brown glass beads. The small oval softgels are clearly expertly crafted. Made of gelatin and glycerin, they are sweet and easy to swallow.

Best of all, you can easily take them with you. If discretion is an important part of your CBD regimen, you’ll be glad to know these look any other softgel supplement. They have no hemp scent or flavor.

Zero THC CBD Pain Cream Review

Harbor Hemp’s Zero THC CBD Pain Cream may be helpful for those with arthritis, or pain and inflammation due to sports. It comes in a discreet, travel-size bottle that easily dispenses a single dose with a push of the pump.

We found this lotion slide on easily. However, it feels slightly greasy and takes some massaging to rub in. After some rubbing, you can be sure your skin will feel hydrated.

Instead of using chemicals to induce a feeling of cold and heat, this pain cream uses naturally sourced eucalyptus oil, menthol, black pepper oil, and turmeric extract. This combination provides the same numbing and tingling effect without harmful chemicals. Instead, these ingredients are mixed in with nourishing vitamin E oil, aloe powder, squalene oil, and hyaluronic acid.

Overall, we found the tingling sensation enough to distract from internal pain. This combination of ingredients protects your skin’s natural barrier while encouraging your body’s natural healing processes. Menthol and eucalyptus oil stimulates blood flow to the affected area while CBD reduces inflammation.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyMarch 9, 2020
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Ben & Jerry’s is well known for making the grooviest ice cream, with flavors like Half Baked and Dave Matthews Band Magic Brownies. So it was no surprise when they announced that CBD-infused ice cream was coming to a freezer near you last year.

So, where’s their hemp-infused flavor?

Ben & Jerry’s announcement was just a few months ahead of a hearing conducted by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to discuss legalizing CBD in food and beverages. The ice cream company added a comment to the proposal in favor of legalization at the federal level and encouraged their fans to do the same.

After the 2018 Farm Bill legalized growing and selling hemp, with the stipulation that it should contain no more than 0.3% THC by weight, retailers geared up to infuse everything from eye cream to ice cream with CBD.

The same summer, the FDA approved a CBD-based drug designed to treat rare forms of epilepsy in children. The drug, called Epidiolex, was seen as a symbolic victory for CBD advocates—at first glance.

Instead, this breakthrough blurred the lines further. While advocates assumed this meant CBD would be legal, it instead tossed the cannabinoid categorically into the realm of “pharmaceuticals.”

After all, you can’t add a drug to a food.

In an attempt to shed some light in this murky water, the FDA held its hearing May 31st, 2019. While they received comments from massive food and drink retailers, Ben & Jerry’s among them, they also heard from scientists and medical personnel regarding the safety, guidelines, and suggested regulations of CBD in food and drink.

Ultimately, the FDA stood its ground, denying the use of CBD in food and beverages at this time.

So, if the FDA prohibits CBD food and beverage products, why are some companies still selling it?

The answer lies in the confusion.

While New York City and Los Angeles began cracking down on CBD chefs and mixologists following the FDA’s 2019 news conference, other places, like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and the rest of California, are refusing to take action until the laws are clarified.

The FDA itself only sporadically enforces the law. While large retailers like Ben & Jerry’s and Whole Foods hold off until CBD food and beverages are federally legalized, smaller retailers are willing to take a chance.

The fact is that CBD is a booming industry. CBD products are expected to reach $16 billion in sales in the U.S. by 2025.

For small time merchants, CBD-infused products are small add-ons that add up. A fruit smoothie with a few milligrams of CBD inflates by $2.95. A CBD chocolate or CBD-infused hemp tea can cost upwards of $5.

When Can You Expect Ben & Jerry’s CBD Ice Cream?

Until CBD food and beverages are legalized at the federal level, we’ll be left spoon-in-hand. You’ll have to look to your local, smaller retailers to soothe your CBD sweet tooth.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyMarch 9, 2020
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Company: The Good Stuff Botanicals

Product: Gypsy Cream Hemp Seed Oil & Mineral Water Healing Moisturizer

Price: $29.99

What Makes This Product Unique: The Good Stuff Botanicals doesn’t just claim to be committed to using pure plant-based ingredients. They do it with full transparency. Their products are organic, cruelty-free, and fair trade.

Their best selling product, Gypsy Cream Moisturizer, is a humble blend of simple, pure ingredients. Originally designed to treat psoriasis, The Good Stuff Botanicals has found its hydrating cream used as a daily moisturizer for people with all skin types.

This product’s main ingredient is organic raw hemp seed oil, which nourishes skin by creating a protective coating and delivering omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. While people with oily skin may want to steer clear of oils, rest assured that hemp seed oil ranks a 0 on the comedogenic scale, meaning it won’t clog pores.

Mineral water sourced from springs in Montana provides vital nutrients and hydration, while organic and fair trade raw organic shea butter comes from a women’s group in Ghana. Shea butter gives this product its luxurious whipped feel and is also non-comedogenic.

Wrapping up the ingredients list is organically farmed aloe vera and organic beeswax to seal in moisture.

With only 5 ingredients, this twist on a traditional Romanian recipe is gentle, nourishing, and moisturizing. In fact, some doctors in NICUs have replaced steroid creams with Gypsy Cream for use on diaper rash.

Review: We sampled The Good Stuff Botanicals’ simply crafted Gypsy Cream Hemp Seed Oil & Mineral Water Healing Moisturizer. The 4oz glass jar let the natural spring green color of this hemp-based product shine through. The matte white paper label on the front of the jar uses elegant black and green lettering that states the brand and product name, with a green bar along the bottom stating, “Rawganic Skincare: Pure, Raw from Nature.” On the back, you’ll find the ingredients list that emphasizes ingredient sourcing and their status as organic and raw.

Many of these terms, such as organic and raw, have no official meaning when it comes to FDA regulation. In general, they should be regarded as marketing terms. However, Gypsy Cream the care that The Good Stuff Botanicals takes to source ingredients leads us to believe them. They elaborate on how they source ingredients on their website.

Now let’s get into the “good stuff.” We were delighted by the verdant green color of this moisturizer, especially because The Good Stuff Botanicals doesn’t use synthetic dyes. The soft green color comes naturally from organic hemp seed oil.

The texture of this cream is our favorite part. The cream feels like it has a slight grit on the first contact but quickly smooths into a gentle liquid on application. This grit-to-moisture transformation is strangely satisfying. It’s as if you can instantly feel the cream softening and hydrating your skin.

This moisturizer feels weightless, with no slimy, greasy feeling. Shea butter absorbs quickly into the skin. You may notice a slight shine, most likely due to the hemp seed oil, but we found a little extra massaging helps the oil absorb.

The label says, “A little goes a long way,” and reiterates this sentiment on their website. We agree! A pea-sized dollop could cover your whole face, neck, and shoulders. You’ll notice if you use too much by the green and yellow streaks it will leave behind. However, rubbing it in a little more thoroughly makes this cream’s color invisible.

We made sure to use this product for a week to ensure it didn’t cause breakouts – and we were impressed! Not only did it moisturize without resulting in acne, it softened and hydrated our skin without leaving it feeling greasy.

Our takeaway is that this hemp-based product is a winner. It’s truly gentle and effective. While other moisturizers rely on alcohol and other potentially harmful chemicals to achieve soft skin in the short term, we can see this botanical cream supporting skin health in the long term.



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