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StaffStaffMarch 31, 2020
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4min00

Congress has passed the CARES Act in order to assist Americans during the COVD19 pandemic. Despite paying onerous taxes, most cannabis companies are ineligible to take part in the rescue plan. Hemp farmers look like they will be able to take advantage of some assistance in the rescue package.

Harris Bricken law office noted on their website that the bill contains a $20 million grant to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief Fund. The site also pointed out that on March 11, President Trump instructed the SBA “to exercise available authority to provide capital and liquidity to firms affected by the coronavirus.” Unfortunately for marijuana businesses, SBA was quick to point out that:

“Because federal law prohibits the sale and distribution of cannabis, the SBA does not provide financial assistance to businesses that are illegal under federal law. Businesses that aren’t eligible include marijuana growers and dispensers, businesses that sell cannabis products, etc., even if the business is legal under local or state law.”

Harris Bricken also suggested that because the CARES Act delegates lending authority to banks and credit unions, that potentially eligible hemp businesses should reach out to their banks and credit unions directly.

Hemp, Inc. CEO Bruce Perlowin said, “We appreciate that the CARES Act includes language that designates relief for small businesses and relief for farmers–hemp farmers should absolutely be included in this as federal law now treats hemp as an agricultural commodity and not a controlled substance. While marijuana businesses and cultivators would not receive relief, hemp farmers should receive and benefit from direly needed stimulus funds. The hemp industry needs support now so that it can lead in uplifting and revamping the economy when the dust settles.”

Cannabis Crocodile Tears

Many in the cannabis community grumble about paying taxes but then get excluded from a rescue package. It’s a valid complaint, except that dispensaries have been allowed to stay open for the most part and many states have eased restrictions regarding deliveries and curbside service. Several have also reported very strong sales during the crisis and that makes it hard to believe that the companies need a rescue plan.

Granted physical distancing presents more challenges to the system, but then the cannabis industry is used to adapting to challenges. There are some that believe there are poorly run cannabis companies who are now hiding behind COVID excuses to explain poor results.

Hemp farmers, however, were struggling prior to the pandemic as many sunk large amounts of money into farms only to see prices drop and demand fall. Competition increased dramatically causing large players like GenCanna to declare bankruptcy. The CARES Act could be just the thing to hit the reset button.

EcoGen Laboratories Head of Sales Doug Watson said, “During this trying time, we are excited to see that the CARES Act includes language that designates relief for farmers and small businesses. Farming inherently comes with certain risks and any assistance from the government will help ease some of the fear in continuing to plant during this pandemic. In this same spirit, EcoGen is also working on a program where the company will buy back hemp from farmers in order to stand behind our farming customers. We are very hopeful that this stimulus will help the hemp industry in this important planting season for 2020.”


StaffStaffMarch 27, 2020
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11min00

Medical marijuana dispensaries are mostly allowed to stay open and tend to patients during the COVID-19 crisis. CBD brands are also stepping up to do their part during the pandemic. Here’s what a group of CBD companies are doing to help:

Cloudious9 will be making a large donation of infrared thermometers to the San Francisco Bay Area Emergency Services, who hasn’t been able to get these thermometers since January.

“Designing and manufacturing innovative hardware devices for the cannabis industry requires extensive knowledge and the ability to navigate the complex Chinese marketplace, where most of the global supply chain is located.  Our CEO, Richard Huang, has spent most of his career building a large non cannabis international trade and domestic B2C fulfillment business bringing a large number of products to the U.S. market. Those connections and experience have allowed us to source a number of critical medical supplies that front responders need, that they have been unable to get through their normal procurement channels.  

We’re already in the process of donating a large number of Infrared Thermometers to local San Francisco Bay Area first responders, with delivery expected next week.  These Infrared Thermometers will allow the local agencies the ability to keep their department safe by minimizing any potential exposure between members of the department, as well exposure to the public.  We’re also currently engaged with a number of local and state agencies across the country trying to assist with their procurement of critical medical supplies. — Dominick Volpini, Vice President, Cloudious9 

Moxie is currently formulating hand sanitizer to donate to hospitals & community members. Once they obtain packaging, all customers will receive hand sanitizers when ordering with their home delivery service.   

“We are currently witnessing a societal shift where necessary supplies such as hand sanitizer aren’t prevalent enough to keep up with the demand. We know a limited number of places can manufacture hand sanitizer and since we are one of those places, we believe it is our civic duty to step up and help. We are all in this together.” — Tessa Adams, Head of Marketing, Moxie

Bluebird Botanicals has a pre-existing assistance program to offer discounts to veterans, teachers, students, civil servants, low-income families, and those with long-term disabilities. They have expanded this assistance program to offer savings to those who are experiencing financial hardships to do Coronavirus. This would include a 30% discount (excluding bulk and wholesale orders).  

“Earlier this month, Bluebird implemented a temporary assistance program in which customers economically affected by the pandemic could apply to receive a 30% discount off our products. We’ve now recognized that truly everyone has been impacted by this crisis – whether directly or indirectly – which is why we’ve replaced our assistance program with a storewide 30% off sale for the month of April. Or while supplies last. We’re still manufacturing our products but demand is surprisingly increasing during this time. Compassion is at the core of who we are as a company and our duty to support community members in need is now more urgent than ever. We sincerely hope that this discount will help anyone in need of CBD in these weird times.” — Michael Harinen, Chief Brand Officer, Bluebird Botanicals

Solaris Farms is selling its bulk cannabis at a discount to dispensaries to make sure they can continue operating. Right now, discounts are around 20% and they are considering a higher discount if needed. 

“Although our first priority is to the safety of our employees and doing our part to slow the spread of the virus by adhering to even stricter anti-microbial protocols, we have recently partnered with the Holistically Positive Product Give administered by the Ogden Foundation to support patients that cannot afford their medicines through the Community Outreach Medical Center.” — Michael Sassano, CEO, Solaris Farms

Moon Mother Hemp has free shipping to all customers and created a plan for weekly sales over the next 6 weeks. They will also be creating engaging content for their customers in order to foster authentic connections with their community. Moon Mother Hemp will also be offering financial assistance for those who qualify. 

“During this time of uncertainty, people are turning towards CBD for wellness support. To ensure our community is well cared for, we’re doing our best to serve in the ways that we know how: fostering authentic connections and ensuring access to the supplements customers need when they need them.”  — Tori Rerick, Director of Public Relations, Moon Mother Hemp

Manna Molecular CBD is offering a 15% off discount on their web store using the code “GlovesOff”. They manufacture Vella, a scientifically-backed, sexual wellness product for anyone with a vagina. It is a topical serum that is 100% condom compatible and paraben-free. 

“Vella will help couples stay intimate while under the numerous shelter-in-place orders, and women without partners will be just as satisfied at home by themselves–no reason to be lonely or down. Sex and masturbation is recession proof and a good postive mood-boosting activity to do when “Netflix and chill” or being home alone for extended periods of time are your options. That’s really all we can do for now is try to stimulate life and verve in a quarantine.” — Nial DeMena, President & CEO, Manna Molecular

Dr. Dabber— In an effort to boost morale, Dr. Dabber recently ran a giveaway for one of their limited edition products that sold out. Dr. Dabber understands money is tight right now, so they sent out an eblast with a discount code exclusive to their subscribers, valid for the entire month, thanking them for their continued support.

“We understand the importance of giving back right now. It’s great to see the community coming together and businesses helping how they can.” — Jamie Rosen: CEO & Founder of Dr. Dabber


Tee CorleyTee CorleyMarch 23, 2020
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11min00

Company: Harbor Hemp Company

Products:

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.


StaffStaffMarch 16, 2020
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3min00

HB 921, a bill addressing the hemp seeds used for hemp farming in Florida has passed the Florida Senate and House. It is expected for Florida Governor Ron DeSantis to sign the bill into law in the coming days.

The removal of the “rigid wording requirements” put in place by the Florida legislature will allow for clearer labeling. Nationwide there are currently 12 different labels required for hemp products. In addition to making the labeling easier, the legislation will allow for more research into plant genetics and will help determine what can be farmed in the Florida climate. The new legislation does not cover synthetic CBD.

Florida Hemp Council

The Florida Hemp Council, a non-profit that was created to provide structure, networking and services to the hemp industry in Florida, has been lobbying for this bill in Tallahassee.

Jeff Greene, the co-founder of The Florida Hemp Council stated, “At The Florida Hemp Council, we are happy with the result of the passing of HB 921. A late amendment to the bill allowed for important adjustments to the Hemp program in Florida. By exempting GRAS products and maintaining certain exemptions, we are able to cater to our small retailers and grocery store members. We were also able to keep order in the seed program for our farming members. Lastly, we are pleased to see that the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services received funding for 43 new employees. I would consider this session a win for the Florida hemp industry and am hopeful that Governor DeSantis will sign off, as planned.”

According to the www.hempbenchmarks.com, “As of February 21, Florida has not issued any permits to grow
hemp, according to Holly Bell, Director of Cannabis in the state’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. With many farmers across the country already making preparations for the planting season by this point in the year, the fact that licenses have not yet been issued in Florida raises the question of whether hemp will be grown in the state this year and, if so, to what extent.”


StaffStaffMarch 12, 2020

3min00

The USA Triathlon, the National Governing Body for the sport of triathlon, has recently partnered with a Colorado-based CBD company, Pure Spectrum. USA Triathlon sanctions more than 4,300 events across the country. USA Triathlon not only sanctions triathlons but also para triathlons, duathlons, aquathlons, aqua bikes, off-road events, winter triathlons, youth races, camps, and clinics.

Pure Spectrum said on their website they are “proud to announce [they] are now the exclusive partner of USA Triathlon, representing the sports industry’s first-ever CBD partnership with a U.S. national governing body. Pure Spectrum’s mission is to improve the quality of life by connecting people to the healing powers of the hemp plant. [They] believe [their] partnership with USA Triathlon gives [them] an opportunity to execute this mission on the ultimate global stage—with elite-level endurance athletes.” 

Pure Spectrum offers tinctures, topicals, and isolates in their store. Their tinctures range from 250-2,500 mg. Their isolates range from 1-50 grams. They offer different topical products such as a salve, bath soak, and face cream. 

“We looked at dozens of CBD companies,” said Chuck Menke, Chief Marketing Officer of the USA Triathlon in a recent interview with Cheddar. “We knew this was a category and area of interest to our athletes, so we took a lot of time to make sure we were making the right decision.”  

This new partnership might be shocking to some, but it could encourage other national governing bodies in sports to take the same step. CBD is a plant-based alternative for many things, but most commonly used for pain. Allowing the opportunity for athletes to use something with limited side effects and no chance for getting “high” could change the game in professional sports. 

Aaron Scheidies, a cyclist who competed in the 2016 Olympic Games, is excited to try CBD. He says he has “been interested in trying CBD for quite some time now.” He is recovering from hip surgery and seeking help to heal as he prepares to make the 2020 Olympic team. Scheidies says “[He] feel[s] pretty safe with a company that does batch testing and, on top of that, has the approval of USA Triathlon.” 

Hopefully, the powerful voice of the USA Triathlon encourages a newfound positivity surrounding CBD and medical cannabis use as a whole. 

 


StaffStaffMarch 11, 2020
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7min00

The Farm Bill, signed recently into law, allows for the cultivation and sale of hemp and hemp products under specific regulations. This legalization is a big step for both consumers and producers.

For consumers, it implies that they can now enjoy numerous health benefits of hemp oil. One of the benefits of hemp oil that receives a lot of attention is its use for skin. The skin is an essential part of the body, and no one wants to look dull or have aging skin. Today we look at the many benefits that hemp seed oil offer to your skin.

What is Hemp Seed Oil?

Hemp seed oil originates from seeds of the hemp plant. It comes from seeds that don’t contain the same level of compounds as the plant but are rich in many other compounds. Some of the components that the oil contains include omega-3 fatty acids that can do wonders for your skin.

Full-spectrum hemp oil contains all components required to provide the entourage effect. Health benefits of hemp seed oil include boosting cardiovascular health, enhancing brain health, relieving arthritis pain, and reducing inflammation.

Hemp Oil for Skin

  1. Hydrates Skin

It contains omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids that help to hydrate the skin. Hemp oil is a natural skin moisturizer and a perfect solution for people with dry skin. Fatty acids contained in hemp interact uniquely with the skin to ensure that there is no clogging.

Besides, it contains amino acids, which inhibit skin dryness. Therefore, it can help hydrate the whole body and not just your face. Nowadays, you can also get lip products that contain CBD, such as CBD lip balm. What does CBD lip balm do? CBD lip balm helps to moisture and hydrate your lips because it contains hemp extracts.

  1. Has Antioxidant Properties

The hemp seed oil contains various antioxidants, including vitamin C, A, and E, and gamma-linolenic acid. Such properties can offer your skin protection from early aging. Dermatological studies show that antioxidants prevent oxidative cell damage by limiting the production of free radicals and playing a role in the aging process.

  1. Heals Eczema

There exists a positive link between eczema and hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil helps to hydrate the dry skin of eczema patients as well as reduce inflammation and pain from itching. In short, eczema patients that use hemp oil report a significant reduction in itching and dryness and an improvement in all symptoms. If you suffer from eczema, you can apply the oil directly to your skin, as advised by a specialist.

  1. Treats Psoriasis

Psoriasis causes cells to multiply rapidly on the skin, leaving red patches and scales that are painful and itchy. At least 125 million people (2-3% of the total population) across the world suffer from this condition. These high statistics show that it is a common issue. The fatty acids and gamma-linolenic acids contained in hemp oil can help to treat psoriasis and leave your skin glowing.

  1. Reduce Skin Inflammation

Gamma-linoleic acid contained in hemp seed oil has anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, it can help to address any swellings on the skin caused by other underlying conditions. Similarly, body cells involved in the inflammatory response contain omega 3 and 6 fatty acids. You can consume hemp oil to enjoy all these components for the benefit of your skin.

  1. Reduces Acne

These same fatty acids that fight inflammation also hydrate and soothe the skin and regulate the production of oil in the skin, which in turn helps to treat acne. Hemp oil doesn’t cause pore blockage or breakouts, and this is very important in acne. Considering that acne occurs as a result of blockage of pores due to excess fat, hemp oil offers the solution you need if you are experiencing this issue.

  1. Anti-aging Properties

Aging leaves your skin dry and dull and hinders you from getting that glowing and youthful skin. The hemp seed oil contains anti-aging properties and can help to reduce wrinkles and fine lines on your face. The oleic and linoleic acid, which play a crucial role in anti-aging, is an element of hemp seed oil.

You can benefit from hemp oils in the form of hemp scrubs, hemp creams, and hemp moisturizers to slow down the aging process of your skin. It has the perfect balance of most compounds required to boost skin health.

Conclusion

A healthy skin prevents the entry of diseases and gives you a radiant look. We all want to have that perfect skin and have probably tried most products available on the market. Hemp oil contains numerous minerals and nutrients that can benefit your skin without leaving any side effects.

The fact that it is legal in most places makes it easy to access such products from trusted sources. In Canada, the government sells products through the online dispensary Canada to ensure that you purchase premium hemp seed oil.

 


Tee CorleyTee CorleyMarch 9, 2020
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6min00

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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6min00

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.


Julie AitchesonJulie AitchesonMarch 5, 2020
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5min00

On a recent trip to my local market, picking through early spring produce and studiously avoiding my most overworked winter staples, I came across a new contender for my next vegetable serving– baby hemp leaves. Layered in a clear plastic clamshell, the distinctive emerald leaves were curated by a lengthy, laminated discourse affixed to the produce cooler on the culinary benefits of the hemp plant.

The baby hemp leaves, which came from South Mountain MicroFARM in Boonsboro, MD (and which I purchased for $6, took home, steamed, and served with a dash of apple cider vinegar and spoonful of kimchi), were advertised as having zero THC content and below 1% CBD. What the leaves did contain, according to the write-up, was a veritable smorgasbord of nutrients including folate, iron, calcium, and Vitamin C. This was preceded by language regarding the benefits of consuming greens in general for digestion, immunity, and alleviating arthritic conditions. 

I contacted South Mountain MicroFARM for comment on their baby hemp enterprise but did not receive a response. This is likely due to the spring farmer’s scramble rather than any desire to avoid scrutiny. Hemp containing no THC and less than 1% CBD lands well within Maryland State guidelines approving the sale and transport of industrial hemp not exceeding .3% THC, a law that has recently been modified to stipulate that plants be tested no more than 15 days after harvest.

Though the advent of baby hemp to the market in my home state of West Virginia was news to me, the first farmer to take hemp to the grocery aisle did so in New York state back in 2017. An article for Bloomberg News by Kate Krader profiled J.D. Farms in Eaton, NY, which specializes in organic food products and was the first agricultural operation to sell fresh hemp for culinary use.

Though co-founders Mark Justh and Dan Dolgin originally planted hemp as a cover crop, they soon found that the untapped market for culinary hemp held great potential. They marketed their hemp greens as the “new kale”, along with more tried and true hemp seed oil and hemp seeds, whose attributes have long been extolled by nutritionists and Whole Foodists alike.

Appealing adjectives like “lemony”, “minty”, and “sweet” have been used to describe the taste of hemp leaves, so I had high hopes for my culinary adventure. After receiving a recommendation from the clerk at the market (she prefers them sautéed in eggs with feta), I elected to steam the hemp in order to experience it in a relatively unadulterated form.

What resulted was something similar in texture to steamed nettles (which can be a little gritty and fuzzy-textured) and tasting, to me, like the hoppiest IPA imaginable. I could not detect anything “sweet” or “lemony” in the greens, and wished (after my addition of apple cider vinegar and kimchi failed to mask the taste) that I had taken the store clerk’s advice. Even if “baby hemp” is the new kale, I’m sticking with kale.

 



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