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CBD Oil: Anxiety Aid & Much More

By Jenna Connal This often misunderstood hemp extract may be a health miracle for many. You’ve probably heard of—and wondered about—CBD (cannabidiol), a constituent of the hemp plant that’s being used in everything from topical creams to daily supplement pills. And even though CBD has been used as a medicinal cure for thousands of years around the world, it’s still shrouded in mystery—and fears that it will make you high, or that it’s not safe for kids. Here’s what you need to know: It comes from the hemp plant, which is in the same plant family as marijuana. But it’s different. “CBD is like marijuana’s non-psychoactive cousin,” says Laura Hollingberry, founder and CEO of https://wowitloveithaveit.com , a marketing company that has done a lot of research into the CBD and hemp market. CBD is made from a type of hemp that’s very low in THC, the component that’s responsible for marijuana’s mind-altering effects. The hemp plant has been used for thousands of years for building materials, textiles, and food products such as hemp seed and hemp oil—which is not the same as CBD oil (more on that later). It’s safe. Unlike medical marijuana, which contains large amounts of THC, CBD products are not psychotropic, meaning they don’t cause the euphoric feeling associated with marijuana. Most contain miniscule amounts (less than 0.3 percent) and some are completely THC-free, Hollingberry says. CBD won’t impact drug tests, and it’s safe enough for children. In fact, CBD came to national prominence with the discovery of its ability to halt seizures in children with drug-resistant epilepsy. And while both THC and CBD are considered phytocannabinoids, they interact with the body in very different ways. THC works by directly binding to cannabinoid receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2). CBD doesn’t bind to these receptors, but instead interacts with the endocannabinoid system. It impacts a body system you probably didn’t know you had. CBD works by interacting with the endogenous cannabinoid system or endocannabinoid system (ECS), a collection of cell receptors that play a fundamental role in the function of the nervous and immune system. The human body produces its own endocannabinoids—the highest concentration is in mother’s milk. CBD works with the body’s own system, blocking or reducing the breakdown of naturally occurring endocannabinoids. Did You Know? Your body’s endocannabinoid system plays a key role in nervous and immune system function It’s not the same as hemp oil. CBD oil is different from hemp oil and hemp seeds found in grocery and natural food stores. Hemp oil is derived only from hemp seeds, and does not contain appreciable amounts of cannabidiol; CBD products, on the other hand, are made from the whole plant, not just the seeds. There are thousands of varieties of hemp, and the cultivars used for CBD oil contain significantly higher concentrations of cannabidiol. It’s legal—sort of.   CBD is legal, but because of issues related to growing hemp, the production process exists in a regulatory gray area. Growing hemp in the U.S. for commercial purposes is prohibited, and is restricted to research and pilot projects. So hemp that’s used to make CBD products (as well as hemp oil, hemp seeds, and hemp clothing) in the United States is usually imported from other countries—primarily Eastern Europe, where hemp has been grown for the past 40 years. However, because “pilot project” is a loosely regulated concept, Colorado and other states are increasingly beginning to cultivate hemp. CBD, at any rate, is legal in all 50 states. It’s highly refined—in a good way. The hemp extract used to make CBD oil comes from cultivars that are already higher in cannabidiol. To further concentrate the active components, that material goes through a solvent-free extraction process that involves CO or other methods, in a manner similar to the production of essential oils. The extracted oil is then tested for contaminants and toxins such as heavy metals, as well as for cannabinoid content. It really works. Studies are proving the ability of CBD to stop seizures, calm anxiety, reduce inflammation, ease depression, and soothe chronic pain. “CBD has the potential to be the most important wellness ingredient in the last 50 years,” says Hollingberry. “CBD is important for nervous and immune function, and in the same way probiotics aren’t just for people suffering from digestive disorders, CBD is not just for sick or hurting people. It’s for anyone who wants to be proactive about their long-term health.” How CBD Can Work for You Epilepsy Many studies (and reports from CBD users) have confirmed that CBD is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of seizures in both children and adults. Arthritis CBD is a powerful anti-inflammatory and can reduce symptoms of arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, without side effects. It’s effective both orally and topically. Cardiovascular health A ...
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U.S. Hemp Authority Announces Issuance of First 13 Certified Seals for Hemp Growers and Processors

Jarad Geldner 215-858-5565 jarad.geldner@hkstrategies.com Standardizing quality control and building a safer hemp industry from seed to shelf WASHINGTON – March 1, 2019 – The U.S. Hemp Authority today announced the first awards of its Certification Seal to 13 outstanding companies that have met the stringent standards the industry laid out for quality and safety.The following awardees have demonstrated their commitment to assuring that consumers have access to safe and accurately labeled hemp-derived products, including fiber, seed and extracts, such as cannabidiol (CBD). Charlotte’s Web, Boulder, CO CV Sciences, San Diego, CA HempMeds, San Diego, CA Medterra CBD, Irvine, CA Balanced Health Botanicals, Louisville, CO HD Distribution, Louisville, CO Bluebird Botanicals, Louisville, CO MetaCan, Miramar, FL GenCanna, Winchester, KY Shell Farms, Winchester, KY Nature’s Hemp Oil, Lexington, KY Hempworx, Las Vegas, NV Barlean’s, Ferndale, WA Read more … Like this:Like Loading ...
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The Farm Bill Will Help Hemp Farmers and Entrepreneurs  

Forbes Magazine – Andre Bourque The 2018 Farm Bill will radically overhaul America’s relation to hemp and could unleash a hemp renaissance in the coming years that will close the gap between the U.S. and China. As a Schedule 1 substance alongside marijuana, hemp farmers and entrepreneurs in the U.S. have faced many barriers to doing business. Interstate commerce for hemp products was almost non-existent and financing was difficult to come by. But all that is set to change. According to the American Agriculturist, the 2018 Farm Bill will allow hemp to be regulated by the USDA, including the labeling of American-grown hemp as certified organic; interstate hemp commerce will be legalized; financing and research opportunities will open up; hemp farmers will be guaranteed water rights; the definition of hemp will be altered to make it a non-drug commodity. Hemp has hundreds of uses, many of which are yet to be discovered or fully realized thanks to the lack of available research funds. From textiles and plastics to livestock feed and home cooking, hemp has many applications that can reduce our dependence both on other countries and fossil fuels. Driven by explosive growth in hemp-based consumer products, the global hemp market is expected to jump to $10.6 billion by 2025. Everything from our vodka to our cars is waiting to be reimagined in the future with legal hemp. Many people won’t even realize how much their lives are affected by cannabis-based products. One of the most exciting applications of hemp lies in the extracted cannabinoids or CBD oil. According to the Washington Post, “dozens of studies have found evidence that the compound can treat epilepsy as well as a range of other illnesses, including anxiety, schizophrenia, heart disease, and cancer.” With the legalization of hemp, CBD can be regulated and researched much more than before to truly understand the medical efficacy for a wide range of diseases. Read More … Like this:Like Loading ...
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2018 U.S. Crop Report

We are very thankful to Vote Hemp for tracking and compiling annual reports on the amount of hemp grown and harvested in the U.S. each year. As predicted, the total acres grown increased by over 300% from 2017 to 2018! While this growth is extremely impressive, this was done while industrial hemp was still illegal at the Federal level. With the pass age of the 2018 Farm Bill which included the full text of the Hemp Farming Ac of 2018, we expect even faster growth incoming years. Like this:Like Loading ...
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Webinar: Hemp Opportunities & Realities

I was invited, along with Dr. David Williams from the University of Kentucky, to participate in a recent podcast sponsored by the Future of Agriculture. The host, Tim Hammerich, asked about the practical business opportunities for farmers and agricultural entrepreneurs? Like this:Like Loading ...
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