New York37°

New York37°

Denver30°
January 12, 2021 ADVERTISE

CBD Archives - Hemp Market Report

Julie AitchesonJulie AitchesonJanuary 12, 2021
Creative-1280x850.jpg

4min00

When Mike and Sarah, the brother and sister team behind CBD company Creative Bath Design’s mother was recovering from cancer and struggling with chronic pain, anxiety, and severe neuropathy, the siblings swung into action. Drawing on over a decade’s worth of experience in the CBD industry and a passion for alternative medicine, the two put their heads together to develop a remedy that would address acute symptoms as well as overall wellness. 

Observing how nothing brought their mother ease like a hot bath and a good rest, the two partnered with sculptor Robert Maya to create a custom leaf mold for the bath bomb that would become their flagship “Soak and Toke”. Each leaf-shaped bomb (infused with organic essential oils as well as 350 mg of CBD isolate and 25 mg of CBG isolate), also contains a pre-rolled CBD joint inside to be enjoyed in or out of a relaxing bath.

At the end of my first and hopefully last Covid holiday season, nothing sounded better to me than a long, quiet soak in the tub. With election news still stirring the pot, cases spiking, temperatures dropping, and the ever-present conundrum of how to celebrate friends and family without, um, friends and family, I was more than ready to give Creative Bath Design’s leaf-shaped bath bomb a try. 

 The bomb itself was about the size of my hand, and I watched the fizzing bath water closely to see the first signs of the promised CBD pre-roll as it melted away. A pleasant blend of floral and citrus notes scented the rising steam as the water-tight tube poked out of the shrinking leaf at last. I climbed into the tub and let the remaining fizz of the bath bomb peter out. Within ten minutes of soaking, the persistent pulsing headache that had taken up a three day residence between my eyes began to ease. I lit the pre-roll with a cute little match cleverly positioned on the inside of the lid of the tube in which it came. The smoke was smooth and clean, with no accompanying sharpness or burning sensation on the inhale– one of the smoother smokes I’ve tried in fact, which fit perfectly with the purifying and relaxing ritual of bath time. The effect was gentle and a perfect prelude to a sweet night’s rest after a holiday season of too many leftover turkey sandwiches, a retail hangover, and chronic Zoom fatigue. 

$24 for one pre-roll-bearing 7 ounce bomb makes this a special occasion self-care treat for me rather than a daily or even weekly ritual, though given the advertised potency and one-two punch of soak and toke, there is no doubt that it is worth every cent.


StaffStaffNovember 30, 2020
CBD-2.jpg

8min00

Editors Note: This is a guest post.

It is perfectly fine not to know where to start when it comes to buying CBD products online. As CBD has recently gained popularity across the globe, most people aren’t quite aware of the market yet. Over the past decade, many new companies and brands have come into existence that manufactures and sell CBD products and is managing to grow exponentially. 

Today, a simple search on the internet will expose you to hundreds of brands that sell CBD products. If you are a first-time buyer, it is natural for you to find it challenging to locate a trustworthy company to source your CBD products. 

In order to make the search easier for you, we are going to list the top brands in the market where you can expect to find quality CBD products that offer therapeutic benefits, suiting your individual needs. 

 

  1. Green Garden Gold 

 

Green Garden Gold is a company that was founded in 2014. Headquartered in Texas, the company sources its raw materials from Colorado. The brand specializes in hemp oil extracts in the form of oral drops and tinctures, but you can also find options in CBD edibles, isolates, pain creams, and capsules. Additionally, the company is also famous for products that target weight loss, beauty, skincare, and pets. 

With GMP certification, you can expect the products to be of top-quality. Even after ordering your product, you will be able to return it within 30 days with a full refund. 

 

  1. Endoca CBD 

 

Specializing in hemp oil extracts, Endoca CBD is a reputed company that’s headquartered in Europe. However, the satellite and facilities offices are located in the United States. Established in 2006, the company sources its raw materials from Scandinavia. 

Their journey started with manufacturing hemp oil drops, but they also manufacture a variety of CBD products, ranging from skin balms, crystals capsules, chewing gums, creams to capsules. 

 

  1. Green Gorilla 

 

Green Gorilla came into existence in the year 2013, when the company sourced its raw materials from Denmark. Recently, they have expanded and growing their own hemp plants. 

Though specializing in pure CBD oil, you can expect to find a plethora of options on CBD topicals and whole plan CBD oils. Additionally, some of the products Green Gorilla produces are also meant for horse and pet care. 

With every batch the company produces, a Certificate of Analysis will be posted on the website. It allows users and buyers to refer to them whenever they want to verify the quality of the CBD products online. 

 

  1. Bluebird Botanicals 

 

If you are looking for one of the top CBD brands of today, Bluebird Botanicals will be there on the list. Awarded as #1 Hemp CBD Company in 2016, you can expect the quality of products and services to be the best. 

The company was founded in 2012, with its headquarters in Colorado. The brand specializes in Hemp and CBD Concentrated Extracts. You will find the products in two strength levels – 1500 mg and 25 mg. Additionally, the brand also produces hemp capsules, isolates, vaporizers, and CBD for pets. 

 

  1. Plus CBD Oil 

 

If you are looking for a company specializing in CBD oil sprays and drops, this European-certified brand is the one for you. Plus CBD oil was launched in 2014, which primarily focuses on CBD capsules, sprays, and drops. With a strength level that ranges from 1 mg to 3 mg, these products are known to be perfect for beginners. 

Over the years, the company also started manufacturing CBD soft gels, balms, applicators, gummies, etc. All of these products come in higher strength levels and potencies. 

The company currently has two headquarters—one in Las Vegas, Nevada, and the other in San Diego, California. 

 

  1. Green Roads CBD 

 

In the last two decades, Green Roads is supplying CBD products and ruling over the online market. After sourcing their raw materials from Colorado, the brand creates unique formulae for every product. Headquartered in Florida, the company offers a supply of various CBD products, such as oils, edibles, syrups, capsules, terpenes, creams, concentrates, and daily doses. 

 

  1. Hempworx 

 

When it comes to the youngest CBD brands in the market, Hempworx is one on the top portion of the list. Though it is one of the youngest names, the company has become quite successful in supplying awesome CBD products. 

Despite specializing in CBD Hemp Oil Herbal Drops, the company offers several other products that come in the form of CBD pet treats, icy pain creams, collagen creams, and anti-aging creams. 

 

  1. Diamond CBD 

 

The company made a formal appearance in 2016 and managed to spread love in the community in a very short span. It has a significant presence on both online and media platforms, which is the reason why you will see many renowned personalities and celebrities using their products. 

With a wide range of options in CBD products, you can expect to find CBD drinks, vape oils, edibles, creams, and dabs at their online portal. 

 

Closing Thoughts 

 

Though many other companies have a good reputation in manufacturing and selling CBD products, these are the eight brands that topped our list. As a beginner, you will not be disappointed if you shop from their portals to get the most out of CBD.  

 


StaffStaffNovember 23, 2020
lab.jpg

4min01

Canopy Growth Corporation  (NASDAQ: CGC) and its medical division, Spectrum Therapeutics, have completed and published a new study on the long-term effects of cannabidiol (CBD), specifically focusing on toxicity and lifespan effects of CBD in the preclinical model C. elegans. The study was conducted in partnership with NemaLife Inc. and is published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research journal.

“Despite widespread use of CBD, no life-long toxicity studies had been conducted to date to determine the impact – or potential impact – of long-term exposure to CBD,” shared Hunter Land, Senior Director of Translational and Discovery Science at Canopy Growth. “These results serve as the only CBD life-long exposure data in an in vivo model to date, and the absence of long-term toxicity gives us the evidence we need as an industry to continue researching the potential health benefits for the broader application of CBD.”

Study Results

Acute and long-term exposure studies of CBD at physiologically relevant concentrations were studied in the worm model Caenorhabditis elegans (C. elegans) on the basis that 60-80% of their genes are shared with humans, and their comparatively short lifespan of 2-3 weeks makes such studies feasible. In the C. elegans model, which is recognized as a valid model for this kind of research, CBD did not demonstrate any degree of acute or life-long toxicity or related liabilities at physiological concentrations. Instead, CBD extended the mean lifespan up to 18% and increased late-stage life activity by up to 206% compared to the untreated controls within the study.

The company said the study was commissioned to evaluate the solubility, stability, acute toxicity, thermotolerance, and effects on the lifespan of CBD in C. elegans as part of Canopy Growth’s ongoing commitment to providing the data required to support and influence public policy through research. To the best of the Canopy’s knowledge, this study represents the first long-term toxicity and lifespan research regarding the effects of chronic exposure to cannabidiol – one of the cannabinoids found in cannabis.

While further research into the life-long use of CBD should be carried out in mammalian models, the C. elegans model indicates a lack of long-term toxicity at physiologically relevant concentrations. Canopy Growth and its medical division Spectrum Therapeutics continue to advance a range of research initiatives aimed at furthering the understanding of – and unleashing – the full potential of cannabis.

 

 


StaffStaffOctober 28, 2020
EcoFiber.jpg

6min00

JRA Architects, Inc. is proud to announce the first successful LEED Platinum certification for a warehouse and hemp facility, presented by the U.S. Green Building Council to Ecofibre’s state of the art hemp processing facility in Georgetown, Ky. More remarkably, an exacting design, build and certification process that would normally take upwards of three years was completed in just 18 months, despite some pandemic-related delays in material deliveries.

“This facility breaks new ground in so many respects, but it’s proof that modern design principles, strong teamwork and a willingness to innovate will always carry the day,” said Marty Merkel, Associate of JRA Architects. “It takes a great team to complete a project like this ahead of schedule, in the midst of a global pandemic.”

Australia-based Ecofibre’s 50,000 square foot facility is the first of its kind in Kentucky, a state that has warmly embraced hemp production and processing on the heels of its nationwide approval in the 2018 farm bill.

“Kentucky has exceeded our expectations in every respect, from governmental support for economic development to professional experts like JRA and their teammates who guided us through the entire process,” said Eric Wang, CEO of Ecofibre. “This LEED Platinum facility is a great objective affirmation of our company’s desire to do things the right way economically and environmentally every time.”

According to Ralph Whitley, Principal Engineer at Shrout Tate Wilson, Ecofibre prioritized LEED and energy efficiency from the team’s first official conversation in February 2019.

“From day one, Eric was talking about the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability, applying it to every decision, ranging from the selection of JRA’s proposed design to the discussion of adopting solar power to offset the load from hemp-specific needs like clean rooms,” said Whitley. “Ecofibre’s enthusiasm for LEED streamlined the decision-making process and allowed us to leverage our energy modeling capabilities effectively and efficiently.”

LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, an internationally recognized green building certification system providing third-party verification that a building was designed and built sustainably with low environmental impact. In pursuit of that certification, the Ecofibre facility’s design incorporates a wide array of resource-efficient technologies, ranging from solar panels and nearly 70 light-channeling solar tubes to geothermal and water capture for flushing in the bathrooms. A rigorous building commissioning process led by Paladin, Inc. served to further improve efficiency.

“The process of completing any LEED certification is incredibly complex and preparing a building owner to reap its benefits over time requires precise documentation and operating policies,” said Candice Rogers, president of Lexington-based Paladin, Inc. “Done right, LEED becomes a lifestyle of its own, with the upsides of sustainability enjoyed for the long haul.”

The building also won points on the USGBC’s detailed checklist by incorporating into its various finishes an array of fabrics grown, processed and woven on the premises.

“While the LEED criteria are rooted in environmental concerns, they ultimately have a great impact on a company’s bottom line,” concluded Marty Merkel of JRA. “This remarkable project may be the first hemp facility to clear the LEED Platinum hurdle in the U.S., but I’m very confident it won’t be the last.”


Tee CorleyTee CorleyOctober 28, 2020
Eossi-Beauty-CBD-facial-oil-press-release-CBDToday.jpg

5min00

Company: Eossi Beauty

Products:

What Makes This Brand Unique: Remember at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic when all the gurus and life coaches were on social media telling us, “Now’s the time to work on your side hustle”?

Rochonne Sanchez and Shannon Kaygi, cofounders of Eossi, actually did that. Born in May 2020, Eossi Beauty, a CBD beauty brand, launched its first product: Facial Glow Oil (1000mg CBD).

During a time of shared trauma, uncertainty, and a total lack of luxuries (like toilet paper), these two spunky women joined forces to form a brand that could deliver healing and a sense of elegance to its matrons.

Eossi is dedicated to pure and natural ingredients, transparency, and philanthropy. A portion of the proceeds of every product sold is set aside to support nonprofits that the founders feel are making a meaningful difference. Currently, the purchase of one bottle of Facial Glow Oil provides 8 meals to families in need.

For the transparency portion, you can get the stats on what’s in your Glow Facial Oil by using these instructions to read the third-party lab testing report for your batch.

Facial Glow Oil #8 (1000mg/50ml) Review

This facial oil came to us in a black and gold box. Elegantly packaged like a fine perfume, the rectangular semi-transparent thick black glass bottle immediately caught our eye. Gold letters read Eossi up the side.

You’d fully expect to see this kind of design on a 10 story ad in Times Square; a black and white image of a supermodel holding a bottle of Eossi #8; the gold lettering on the bottle is the only color shining through.

So already, before even trying the product, we’re impressed. Clearly, Sanchez and Kaygi are targeting a feeling: pure decadence.

Simple, skin-loving ingredients pack this oil full of vitamins, minerals, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants. The carrier oil, non-comedogenic Moroccan argan oil, holds grapeseed oil, soothing rosehip oil, moisturizing coconut oil, vitamin E, 20mg of CBD per dropper, and the natural fragrances of frankincense, myrrh, and jasmine.

Many of these natural oils have been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial properties that benefit your skin barrier, reduce signs of aging, and may help fight acne. CBD is also thought to have skin-healing effects without clogging pores.

But how did #8 perform?

We started with just 3-5 drops on our fingertips and then began gentling patting and swiping the oil in an upward motion on our neck and faces.

The oil went on light and absorbed quickly, which many facial oils claim to do, but end up leaving you feeling greasy. Not so with Eossi. Instead, we did feel a sort of glow as this natural dew added a healthful shine to our smiling cheeks.

Testers agreed that our skin felt moisturized and protected, making us realize how papery and dry our skin was before.

And what’s more, it certainly helped us feel better mentally to enjoy a little luxury and healing in these very odd times.


Tee CorleyTee CorleyOctober 23, 2020
Green-Roads.png

8min00

Company: Green Roads

Products:

 

What Makes This Brand Unique: Started in 2013 by a compounding pharmacist named Laura Fuentes and one of her family friends turned patients, Arby Barosso, Green Roads has been an industry leader since the beginning.

Based out of Florida where restrictions were and are still strict, Green Roads cut through all the red tape. In fact, they’ve acted (and been awarded) as advocates for those suffering from ailments that are treatable by CBD and worked hard to get them into the hands of those patients.

Unlike a traditional retail pharmacy, compounding pharmacies must adhere to strict sanitation practices, regularly working under laminar flow hoods to eliminating microscopic contamination of whatever concoction their compounding. Medicines can include ointments and creams, powders meant for capsules and tablets, and medicines delivered via IV bags. Pureness and quality are not marketing terms here – they’re requirements.

It’s with this attitude Laura and Arby have paved the road green. And the evidence is in the products. Green Roads sent us four products to sample and we can’t wait to tell you all about them.

CBD Nightly Dose, Sweet Sleep (25mg/packet, 12/pack) Review

First of all, we love the Green Roads packaging. All these products came to us in a verdant green box with the Green Roads logo on top. We opened it to find four deep blue boxes professionally designed with crescent moons and fluffy clouds.

It was about that time that we realized we were sampling their Sleep Line collection. With long hours of work ahead of us plus stress about the future of this currently wild world, all we could think was, “This is awesome.”

The first box we opened contained 12 individually packaged units of 25mg broad-spectrum CBD and CBN oil. Imagine those individually packed sports drink powder mixes that come in a small, long tube or wider pixie stick.

In other words, the packaging is perfect for travel and discretion. Simply rip off the top and let the tasty blueberry oil pour under your tongue.

For experienced users like us, pure CBD may not be enough to put you to sleep. No worries. With 2.5mg of natural melatonin, you’ll fall asleep easily and sleep deeply through the night. We experienced absolutely no grogginess in the morning.

We absolutely love the delivery system and the relaxing effect of these Sweet Sleep CBD oil packets. In fact, it absolutely beats the somewhat shadiness of measuring out a tincture with a dropper. It’s as if the pharmacist took care of all the mad scientist stuff to ensure we get what we need off the shelf with discretion.

Sleepy Zs CBD Gummies (25mg/gummy, 30ct) Review

If we can get anything in gummy form, we do. That goes for multivitamins, movie theater candy, and of course, CBD. What can we say, we’re a bunch of big kids!

Just be sure not to get carried away munching on the impressively delicious blackberry CBD gummies with 5mg of melatonin. One of our staff assumed, without reading the packaging (which is perfectly well-labeled), that the dosage was 2 gummies per night. She reported sleeping extremely well but said she didn’t want to get up in the morning. “It wasn’t grogginess,” she clarified. “I was just extremely relaxed and comfortable.”

Green Roads sent these circular purple gummies in a wide-mouth plastic jar (30 count) as well as in a 2-serving resealable sample pack (2 count). Again, not having to worry about dosing correctly is a big boon, and both containers look indistinguishable from other sleep aids high-end sleep aids. In other words, the packaging looks enticing and fresh without giving off that fun but dated hippie-dippie vibes.

In case you didn’t get the message from our description, we absolutely love and would recommend this product.

CBD Sleep Capsules (25mg/capsule, 30ct) Review

So you don’t like sweets and you just want to sleep. Enter CBD sleep capsules. Packed into a small, wide-mouth plastic jar, each white capsule is about the size and shape of a Mike ‘n’ Ike. 

These CBD capsules contain 25mg of CBD isolate instead of full or broad spectrum CBD. While broad spectrum CBD contains 0.0% THC, isolate goes even further by eliminating terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoid compounds.

These are perfect for restless souls who don’t react well to the “entourage effect.” Each capsule also contains 5mg of melatonin. These are excellent for first-timers and those wary of trying CBD.


StaffStaffOctober 21, 2020
hemp-farmer.jpg

5min01

Editors Note: This is a guest post.

Humans and hemp have a long history of harmonious cultivation, with hemp often cited as the first plant to be used as a textile. This usage, along with countless others that include everything from beauty products to medicine, creates a historical narrative that dates the first use of hemp as cloth back to around 8,000 BC and the modern-day area of Iraq and Iran – previously known as Mesopotamia. 

Hemp is said to have arrived in Europe from China in approximately 1,200 BC, before spreading widely throughout the ancient world in various employments, many of which continue to our present day.

A modern-day staple

Cut to today and hemp is used for a range of commercial and industrial products that include a wide range of textiles, shoes, food, paper, rope, bioplastics, insulation, and biofuel. Elsewhere, CBD is being extracted from the plant to produce high-quality oils and other products for individual consumption. 

The United States has nearly a 100-year history of legalizing the use of marijuana, with the first Marijuana Tax Act coming into effect in 1937. 

Since then, the growing market for marijuana products has given rise to a whole industry of hemp farms across the USA. Cope CBD, a high-CBD hemp farm in Colorado, is just one example of a hemp farm that product manufacturers can purchase industry quality CBD from and create their private brands. 

Is hemp environmentally friendly?

With hemp continuing to be in high demand, questions surrounding its sustainability as a pioneering crop are raised. Yet, thankfully, hemp stands up to the test. 

In comparison with cotton, which contributes to around 50% of the world’s pesticides and herbicides use, hemp needs no additional protection and requires a much more moderate use of fertilizer.

Hemp is not only gentle on the earth, but lives in accord with it, returning an estimated 60% – 70% of the nutrients it takes back to the soil. The plant is also frost resistant, making it perfect for growing in all 50 USA states and a conscientious choice for product makers. 

In comparison with other crops, one acre of Hemp produces as much fiber as two to three acres of cotton annually. This valuable reduction in space makes hemp a cost-effective alternative to its textile cousin, cotton, as well as being environmentally friendlier since it uses less water as well. Hemp uses roughly 50% less water than its cotton counterpart and produces up to double the amount of fiber than the same amount of cotton. 

A crop for a brighter future 

With such benefits in mind, hemp looks set to become mainstream as consumer pressure continues to see manufacturers move towards more sustainable and greener options. From an environmental and economic perspective, hemp appears a clear winner for a more ethical choice. 


Tee CorleyTee CorleyOctober 21, 2020
Ojai-1280x960.jpeg

7min00

Company: Ojai Energetics

Products:

What Makes This Brand Unique: Ojai Energetics does it different. Sure, you could say that about most CBD brands as they try to carve out a name for themselves in an exploding market. But Ojai can say it for sure.

Ojai puts people over profits. A health and wellness brand dedicated to scientifically-driven research and development with their nutraceuticals, Ojai is absolutely not your run-of-the-mill CBD brand. Their full spectrum hemp elixir is not just another private label CBD tincture – it can’t really be defined as a tincture at all.

But we’ll get back to that.

Located in Ojai, California, this company takes special care to build relationships with farmers and manufacturers that share their values: sustainability, giving back to the community, easy and affordable access for all, and corporate responsibility. They even run their servers with wind power!

Yes, Ojai Energetics walks the walks. Now let’s take a look at the fruits of their labor.

Full Spectrum Hemp Elixir (250mg/30ml) Review

Let’s start with a review of what we foolishly assumed would be ‘just another tincture.’

Placed in a perfectly sized cardboard tube with care, this 30ml dark amber bottle was more or less unremarkable. Uniform packaging across the products suggests professionalism. Beige, green, and berry purple labels recall images of California vineyards.

And like a fine wine, this elixir has a strong and defined flavor. The aroma is earthy overall, but notes of sweet honey, bitter moringa, nuts and rich molasses send your taste buds on a wild ride.

Most interestingly, Ojai Energetics actually recommends you base your dosing on the flavor. Simply take a ¼ ml (a quarter dropperful) under your tongue repeatedly until the flavor moves from bitter to sweet.

There is an alternate first-time dosing recommendation, however. Because the flavor was so strong, we opted to take 3 dropperfuls. With 20x more bioavailability than more processed tinctures, we felt 3 dropperfuls within minutes.

While this elixir is an acquired taste, its results are exactly what CBD claims to be: calming, stress-reducing, relaxing.

Fortunately, you can also mix it into hot or cold beverages (tea is a match made in heaven) because it’s not your average tincture.

CBD Coconut Oil (5oz) Review

Move over, olive oil! Our new favorite cooking oil has earned a permanent spot in our pantry. There are 60mg in each 5oz jar of coconut oil; the perfect supplement to your everyday dosing.

But what really had us over the moon was how incredibly well coconut oil and hemp flower extract and hemp seed oil. This creamy, tropical taste mixed dreamily into smoothies and fruit cocktails and complemented fish, tofu, and Indian chicken dishes.

It’s clear that Ojai cares about the quality of all its ingredients as this coconut oil is raw, virgin, and cold expelled. In other words, it’s loaded with nutrients and healthy fats that your body needs.

Full Spectrum Sport Gel Review

Finally, we arrive at Ojai Energetics’ sport gel. Think of it like drug store hot and cold gel but without any crazy chemicals.

All-natural ingredients provide the tingling sensation, namely: black pepper extract, peppermint and wintergreen oils, and a touch of rosemary, cypress, and clove to open the airways. The sensory waterfall amplifies the effects of the sport gel by relaxing the whole body-mind continuum instead of targeting a small physical area.

The gel goes on silky and wet but dries quickly, especially when therapeutically massaged into the affected area. Unlike some green CBD lotions and gels, Ojai’s left no green smears. All the essential oils and virgin coconut oil blended into this medicinal mix left our skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

As with the products above, this full spectrum sport gel is free of corn, soy, gluten, and GMOs. All the ingredients are ethically grown and harvested. This matters to us as shady CBD companies come and go.

But we have a feeling this won’t be the last we hear from high quality, compassionate brand like Ojai Energetics.


StaffStaffOctober 13, 2020
dea-medical-marijuana-1280x640.jpg

16min00

The Hemp Industries Association and a South Carolina-based hemp company, RE Botanicals, filed a new federal action today aimed at clarifying the scope of the 2018 U.S. Farm Bill. This is the second federal action taken by the plaintiffs, who last month filed a petition for review of the DEA’s August 21 interim final rule (IFR) in a federal appeals court.

The complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief filed Monday afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia alleges the DEA is unlawfully attempting to regulate certain products derived from lawful hemp by misinterpreting the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 Farm Bill. Specifically, the DEA classifies intermediary hemp material (IHM) and waste hemp material (WHM), two necessary and inevitable byproducts of hemp processing, as Schedule I controlled substances. The plaintiffs argue that Congress deliberately removed such commercial hemp activity from the DEA’s jurisdiction when it legalized hemp production, including hemp processing, via the 2018 Farm Bill.

The DEA’s interpretation of the 2018 Farm Bill “has serious, immediate, and irreparable consequences,” the complaint states. “[A]ll hemp processors and manufacturers who work with and/or store IHM and/or WHM must now choose between ceasing to process, manufacture and/or store hemp; obtaining a Schedule I license from DEA; or risking criminal prosecution under the [Controlled Substances Act]. Given the centrality of hemp processing to the hemp industry’s supply chain, forcing processors to choose between the foregoing options would effectively destroy the entire hemp industry.”

The plaintiffs ask the court for a judicial determination that (1) the definitions of hemp and THC in hemp in the 2018 Farm Bill includes IHM and WHM, and that such materials are therefore not controlled substances; and (2) the DEA lacks any independent authority to regulate any aspect of hemp production, including IHM and WHM.

“The explanatory language accompanying the text of the IFR…reveals that DEA has an understanding of the definition of ‘hemp’ that is contrary to the 2018 Farm Bill’s plain language (and Congress’ intent) and effectively sweeps hemp into DEA’s purview,” the complaint states.

The plaintiffs are also seeking an injunction (1) enjoining the DEA from enforcing the CSA as to IHM and WHM and from classifying such materials as Schedule I substances, and (2) preventing the DEA from promulgating any rules relating to the production of hemp.

The complaint highlights the DEA’s nearly two-decade history of unlawful attempts to improperly assert regulatory authority over legal hemp products outside its jurisdiction.

“DEA’s latest jurisdictional overstep threatens every stage of the hemp production supply chain and jeopardizes the entire hemp industry,” according to the complaint. “If allowed to stand, DEA’s intrusion will undermine a lynchpin of the new hemp economy that has created tens of thousands of new jobs and provided a lucrative new crop for America’s struggling farmers.”

The Hemp Industries Association is a trade association that represents approximately 1,050-member hemp businesses, including approximately 300 hemp processors and individuals involved in, or impacted by, the manufacture, distribution and/or sale of hemp extract and other products lawfully derived from hemp.

RE Botanicals, Inc. is a hemp manufacturer and retailer based in South Carolina. In 2019, it acquired Palmetto Synergistic Research LLC (dba Palmetto Harmony), which was founded to provide lawful, reliable, and high-quality hemp products.

The plaintiffs are represented in the district court action by leading hemp industry attorneys at Vicente Sederberg LLPKight Law Office PC, and Hoban Law Group.


Tee CorleyTee CorleySeptember 17, 2020
Harveys.jpg

6min01

Company: Harvey’s All Naturals

Products:

 

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.



About Us

The Hemp Market Report will target news from the fast growing worlds of cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp. As a sister site to the Green Market Report, HMR will cover financial stories, but also take a look at lifestyle news as well. The Hemp Market Report will also publish sponsored content as we seek to expand our content offerings.


READ MORE



Recent Tweets

@GreenMarketRpt – 3 hours

Sales Hit $427 Million During The Holidays $KERN ⁦⁦@GlassHouseGR⁩

@GreenMarketRpt – 18 hours

It’s time for your Daily Hit: January 11, 2021

@GreenMarketRpt – 21 hours

⁦@GrowGenCorp⁩ Reports Fourth Quarter Revenues Rose 142% $GRWG

Back to Top

You have Successfully Subscribed!