Hemp Feed Coalition Submits The First Ingredient Application In The United States For Hemp To Be Federally Approved As A Feed Ingredient For Poultry

COLORADO:  The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) is proud to announce the first submission for hemp to become an approved animal feed ingredient has been put forward for consideration by the Association of American Feed Control Officials and the U.S. Food and Drug Association-Center for Veterinary Medicine (FDA-CVM). Once approved, this ingredient application will allow hempseed meal and cake to be legally used as commercial feed for laying hens.  Led by Coalition leadership, hemp and feed industry experts, and researchers; the submission is a culmination of a two-year long effort, consisting of an ingredient investigation of hemp seedcake and meal and a clinical trial to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of hemp for laying hens.

“The first one is always the hardest; and it was definitely a group effort to submit the first ever application in the US for hemp as an official feed ingredient,” Hunter Buffington, Executive Director of the HFC, said of the first submission. To meet the FDA-CVM rigorous standards of safety and efficacy, the hemp industry shared Certificates of Analysis from across the United States to demonstrate hempseed cake and meal can be consistently grown and processed. This effort was combined with expertise from hemp and feed industry leaders, research from our principal investigators and the support of our Project Champion-IND HEMP to bring the submission to the FDA-CVM for scientific review.

“The coalition has worked hard over the last two years and we are finally getting our first steps behind us in the world of federal approval; something that most every day Americans would be shocked to know is so heavily regulated. HFC doesn’t just represent the hemp industry but all the farmers and ranchers out there that deserve the opportunity to monetize their efforts and compete on the global market of industrial hemp.”  – Morgan Elliott, Co-Founder of IND HEMP.

Now that the first application has been submitted, the HFC will turn its focus to research on other hemp by-products: oil, sediment, hulls, pulp and screenings to investigate their benefit and safety as feed ingredients. In addition, this work will include the clinical trials necessary to add ruminates to the hempseed meal application that was submitted. “Opening new markets is our secondary mission,” said Buffington “Commoditizing safe and healthy by-products from hemp processing will provide farmer and processor revenue and a build a steady supply as the industry matures in the next few years.” The HFC will be leading those efforts by bringing researchers, hemp and feed industry experts and coalition advisors together for additional applications and Federal regulatory approval for new hemp ingredients as feed for animals.

The Hemp Feed Coalition (HFC) began in 2018 as a pilot project under the Colorado Hemp Industries Association (COHIA) before forming its own non-profit organization in 2020. The HFC intends to continue its mission to gain federal approval for additional hemp by-products as commercial animal feed. To support the work of the HFC, visit our website and become a member. Members receive discounts, special offers, invitations and member only communications. For more information on current research and ingredient data collection contact Hunter Buffington at hunter@hempfeedcoalition.org

Charlotte’s Web Secures U.S. Utility Patents For Two New Hemp Varietals With Superior Cannabinoid Expression

COLORADO:  Charlotte’s Web Holdings, Inc. (“Charlotte’s Web” or the “Company”), the market leader in hemp CBD wellness products, announces that Charlotte’s Web, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary, has been granted U.S. Utility Patents for its hemp genetics by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The newly issued patents cover two of the Company’s new feminized seed hybrid hemp varieties developed under the Company’s breeding program; ‘Kirsche’ (US Patent No. 10,888,060) and ‘Lindorea’ (US Patent No. 10,888,059).  ‘Lindorea’ and ‘Kirsche’ are the world’s first two allowed U.S. Utility Patents reading on feminized hybrid hemp plants.

TSX:CWEB - Charlotte's Web is the market leader in hemp CBD extract products and is a Certified B Corp publicly traded company with five patent awards.. (CNW Group/Charlotte's Web Holdings, Inc.)

The Company now has earned a total of five U.S. hemp variety patent grants: one Plant Patent and four Utility Patents as it advances the science of hemp horticulture.

“Achieving the first patented hemp hybrids demonstrates that it is possible to improve hemp through similar methods as other agronomic crops using natural breeding techniques.  We believe that ‘Kirsche’ and ‘Lindorea’ are some of the hardiest botanical hemp varietals under cultivation.” said Bear Reel, Charlotte’s Web vice president of cultivation and R&D and the developer of the new varietals.

‘Kirsche,’ having a naturally rich phytochemical profile and good disease resistance, has an excellent plant structure and a flower-to-stem ratio that is compatible with mechanical harvesting innovations. ‘Lindorea,’ developed for the Kentucky climate, exhibits broad resistance to fungal pathogens in the North and South Appalachian regions but also in the wetter autumn climate in Ore. while delivering record breaking yields.

“The ‘Kirsche’ and ‘Lindorea’ U.S. patents represent more than four years of scientific research and trials, and some of the most cutting-edge work being conducted in genetics in the hemp CBD industry today,” said Deanie Elsner, Charlotte’s Web president and CEO. “Charlotte’s Web will continue to advance and protect our prized hemp varietals to build consumer confidence in the consistency of our hemp extract products. This is at the heart of our mission to advance the science of hemp for the greater benefit of the people who choose these products for their wellness needs.”

Truss CBD USA, A HEXO Corp & Molson Coors Joint Venture, Launches Veryvell Sparkling CBD Water In Colorado

CANADA:  Truss CBD USA, a joint venture between HEXO Corp and Molson Coors Beverage Company, today announced the U.S. launch of VeryvellTM, a new line of non-alcoholic, sparkling CBD beverages, exclusively available in Colorado.

VeryvellTM is a hemp-derived, adaptogenic, sparkling CBD water now available to Colorado-based consumers in three flavours: Focus (Grapefruit Tarragon), Mind & Body (Strawberry Hibiscus) and Unwind (Blueberry Lavender). VeryvellTM is Powered by HEXOTM, the recognized quality and innovation behind award-winning products.

“We are excited to launch VeryvellTM in Colorado through Truss CBD USA, in collaboration with our partner, Molson Coors. Our joint venture with Molson Coors Canada saw Truss Beverage Brands become the number one choice for consumers in Canada and we are expecting similarly great results in the US.” said HEXO CEO and co-founder Sebastien St-Louis. “We have near-term plans to invest additional capital in the USA to support Truss CBD USA and to further execute on our Powered by HEXOTM strategy with other potential CPG partners, outside of beverages, with whom we are currently in ongoing negotiations.”

VeryvellTM is produced and distributed within Colorado state lines following the state’s established regulatory framework for hemp-derived CBD in food and beverages and is exclusively distributed by Coors Distributing Company. Truss CBD USA is distinct from Truss Beverages, Molson Coors and HEXO’s joint venture in Canada that focuses on non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages.

Canopy Growth Expands Beverage Portfolio with Launch of First CBD-Infused Beverage Line Quatreau

New Product Line Features A Range of Naturally Flavoured Cannabis-Infused Sparkling Waters In Both CBD-only and Balanced (CBD + THC) Offerings

CANADA: Canopy Growth, a world-leading diversified cannabis, hemp, and cannabis device company, today announced the launch of Quatreau, a new line of premium CBD-infused beverages. The naturally flavoured sparkling waters are Canopy Growth’s first CBD-infused drinks, with both CBD-only and “balanced” (CBD + THC) offerings available in Canada. Launched on the heels of incredible growth in sales from the Company’s THC-infused beverages, released earlier this year, Canopy Growth is uniquely positioned to win market share in the CBD beverage space.

“We are proud to debut our first CBD-infused beverage brand in Canada, where we already lead the cannabis-infused beverage category, at a price point that delivers both quality and value to consumers,” said David Klein, CEO, Canopy Growth.  “We created Quatreau as an alternative to sugary, caffeinated beverages or even alcohol. With both CBD-only and “balanced” (CBD + THC) offerings in four natural  flavours, Quatreau meets the needs of discerning cannabis consumers.”

Canopy Growth plans to continue developing category leading brands that are driven by consumer insights, product-focused, with industry leading scientific formulation. Building on the successful launch and strong sales of THC-infused cannabis beverage brands Tweed, Houseplant and Deep Space, Canopy is poised to continue leading the cannabis space with the launch of Quatreau CBD-infused sparkling water, a consistent CBD product in a beverage format that is familiar to consumers.

Quatreau’s naturally flavoured Canadian product line includes four offerings named:

  • Quatreau Cucumber + Mint (contains 20 mg of CBD and < 1 mg of THC)
  • Quatreau Passion Fruit + Guava (contains 20 mg of CBD and < 1 mg of THC)
  • Quatreau Ginger + Lime (contains 2 mg of CBD and 2 mg of THC)
  • Quatreau Blueberry + Açai (contains 2 mg of CBD and 2 mg of THC)

For more information, visit quatreauwater.com

Ah Warner: 25 Years On The Forefront Of Hemp & Cannabis Culture And Commerce

By David Rheins

WASHINGTON:  “It’s been a crazy twenty-five years,” Cannabis Basics founder Ah Warner tells me via Zoom this Sunday afternoon.  “The word that I really relate to in this journey is tenacity. I am tenacious, and without that I would not be around.”

Tenacious is an understatement.  Since 1994, Ah has been a true pioneer on the forefront of hemp and cannabis culture and commerce.  Her Cannabis Creations, established in 1994, predates the legendary Dr. Bronner by 5 years, selling hemp products “back when people still thought hemp was marijuana – I guess some people still do,” she told me.

Inspired by Jack Herer’s seminal book “The Emperor Wears No Clothes: Hemp and the Marijuana Conspiracy”, which she calls the Bible of Hemp, Ah’s journey began with a love of all things hemp, migrated to a passion for medical marijuana, and then in 2012 when Washington State legalized adult-use, Ah felt the recreational market left inadequate place for her hemp-centric and low THC body products, so she went mainstream.  She now vends her Hemp Basics line all over the country; while her Cannabis Basics products, which contain small amounts of THC, are sold in grocery stores and specialty retail only in Washington State.

Cannabis Basics is allowed by law to sell on mainstream retail shelves due to the landmark CHABA (Cannabis Health and Beauty Aids) law that Ah Warner along with activist Keri Boiter and then State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles passed in Washington in 2015. When I asked her what had changed in the five years since that CHABA legislation was passed, Ah explained “The law that is five years old now still only exists here in Washington State. No other state has replicated this.  No other state has said ‘if you have a little bit of marijuana in your product, and it is non-intoxicating and a topical it can be sold in grocery stores.’   What that means for me is that I have two lines – one is hemp seed oil and CBD, called Hemp Basics that is sold all over the country. And then my CHABA line, Cannabis Basics, which has the marijuana in it, sold here in Washington State in grocery stores. Now people don’t have to go to pot shops to get full-spectrum topicals. And that has changed a lot for people, especially the older generation who don’t want to go into a pot shop for a topical.”

 

By taking her hemp and cannabis brands mainstream, Ah has unlocked a whole new marketplace.  It has been necessary to “pivot, pivot, pivot” Ah notes, as the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in the shutdown of her core buyers — massage therapists, and boutique retailers, resulting in a 50% loss of business.

But, always the innovator, Ah discovered a need in the marketplace, and has created a new product line to address it.  She believing that in the age of COVID-19 everyone that wears a mask is a hero, but notes that wearing a mask poses it’s own challenges.  “Unfortunately, masks are uncomfortable and may cause irritation, redness, and inflammation around the nose and mouth,” she noted. “Many masks are made from synthetic materials and dyes, and when combined with sweat and hot breath, can clog pores and create havoc on our sensitive facial skin. This new phenomenon is called maskne.”

“I really wanted to create something that would be helpful and comforting to our frontline workers and dedicated mask wearers in these challenging and stressful times so I formulated the Masked Hero Face Rescue System, harnessing the best that cannabis has to offer. The product blends organic hempseed oil, hemp hydrosols and cannabis extractions and infusions, with many other powerful botanicals, like tea tree, neroli and witch hazel. This skin care system is a three-step process: a cleanser to bathe and detoxify, a toner to balance and tighten and lastly, a moisturizer to nourish, hydrate and protect your face.”

What’s next for the energetic entrepreneur?  Ah will be introducing a new online retail store (Ah’s Cannabis Couch) and a new YouTube channel.  To learn more, watch the entire video interview, presented exclusively on Marijuana Channel One, part of the MJNews Network.

Kristen Bell Launches Happy Dance CBD Brand

CANADA: Cronos Group Inc. announced the launch of Happy Dance™, a new, clean, simple CBD skincare brand, co-founded with actress and New York Times best-selling author Kristen Bell. Happy Dance launches with a trio of high-quality, cruelty-free and vegan bath and body care products.

The new Happy Dance collection features a body butter, a coconut melt and a bath bomb, all formulated with Kristen Bell’s favorite clean ingredients and high-quality CBD from full-spectrum hemp extract. These multi-purpose products are infused with delightful blends of plant-based oils and butters in enjoyable textures that are effortlessly easy-to-use. The ultimate head-to-toe body treats, Happy Dance products are perfectly suited for the CBD enthusiast or for someone experiencing CBD for the first time.

“I discovered CBD through the Lord Jones™ brand in 2017 and was blown away by its quality, integrity and consistency. As a working mom, I turned to CBD skincare as a way to turn down the volume of my life and CBD products have since become an essential part of my self-care routine,” said Kristen Bell. “I was inspired to create a line of high-quality, affordable CBD bath and body care products that would reach a wide audience. Having been involved in all aspects of bringing this new brand to life, from the formulations to the packaging, I couldn’t be happier to launch Happy Dance today.”

“After years as a working actress, Kristen Bell understands the importance of taking care of your skin,” said Summer Frein, U.S. General Manager, Cronos Group. “Her passion for the category started with her personal and professional experience as a skincare ambassador and she has since become someone who people look to for personal care advice and expertise.”

The Happy Dance brand is the epitome of good, clean, fun. The full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD product collection launching today features:

  • Happy Dance Whipped Body Butter (200mg CBD) – $30
  • Happy Dance Head-to-Toe Coconut Melt (225mg CBD) – $25
  • Happy Dance Stress Away Bath Bomb (60mg CBD) – $15

“We feel fortunate to be working with someone as authentic, caring and kind as Kristen,” said Kurt Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer, Cronos Group. “We have always been committed to improving people’s lives with breakthrough cannabinoid products, which is why we’re incredibly excited to launch an accessible, purpose-driven brand with Kristen Bell, someone we know consumers trust for her integrity and relatability.”

Happy Dance’s commitment to self-care extends not only to its products, but to the community it serves. One percent of profits from sales on the Happy Dance website will benefit A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project, a Black-owned LA-based organization that provides housing, case management, pro bono legal services, advocacy and leadership development for women rebuilding their lives after prison.

“It was essential to me that Happy Dance be a purpose-driven brand that challenged the traditional notion of self-care,” said Kristen Bell. “And when I care for myself, I can better care for others. Happy Dance’s commitment to care extends to those who need it most, which is why we are honored to be partnering with A New Way of Life Re-Entry Project.”

Happy Dance products undergo extensive third-party testing, are vegan and cruelty-free and tested for heavy metals, microbiological contaminants, residual solvents and pesticides. Each product formula is evaluated through clinical testing according to cosmetic industry standards. Every product also features traceable lot codes allowing customers to review product Certificates of Analysis (COA).

For more information, or to purchase Happy Dance products, visit www.doahappydance.com or @happydance.

Anavii Market Offers Brand New Line Of Martha Stewart CBD Products

​Anavii Market, a premier online retailer of verified CBD oil, today announced the unveiling of a much-anticipated brand of Martha Stewart CBD. The new collection consists of six unique hemp products, including CBD tinctures, gummies and softgels, all developed and curated by Martha Stewart herself in partnership with Canopy Growth Corporation.

This is the first-ever CBD product launch by the lifestyle enthusiast in collaboration with Canopy Growth, which is a world-renowned CBD company.

Anavii Market is thrilled to team up with Canopy Growth in selling Martha Stewart’s brand new collection of CBD oil.

“Bringing quality and pure hemp wellness products to America is our mission at Anavii Market, and we are happy to partner with Martha and Canopy to help spread the good news about CBD to their networks,” said Jason Amatucci, co-founder of Anavii Market.

Starting today, customers are able to enjoy the exciting new flavors that Martha Stewart specially designed herself. This new range of products incorporates the most flavorful side of CBD, as well as Martha’s drive to create only the best quality products made from the purest hemp.

Buyers are welcomed to try Martha Stewart CBD Tincture, which is a concentrated blend of CBD oil extracted from the highest quality hemp. CBD tinctures are easy to use and designed to distribute a specific amount of CBD per serving. Each serving contains 25 mL of two exciting, citrusy flavors. These include blood orange and Meyer lemon.

Anavii Market is also offering a delicious assortment of Martha Stewart CBD Gummies. Infused with 99% pure CBD isolate per gummy, these tasty, chewable treats come in two fruit medleys of berry and citrus, and are the perfect size to carry anywhere you go.

Made with only the finest ingredients, Martha Stewart CBD Softgels offer the best quality and consistency of CBD oil on the market. Each softgel contains 25mg of CBD and is made with non-GMO, coconut-derived MCT oil and pure-hemp derived CBD isolate.

All Martha Stewart CBD products have been rigorously lab-tested to ensure that the products contain zero heavy metals, pesticides, solvents and other toxins.

Consumers can purchase each Martha Stewart CBD product through Anavii Market’s online store and get a 20% off discount for a limited time. For more information and updates about the Martha Stewart CBD product launch, follow the Anavii Market blog today.

Botanacor Offers A New “Dry Weight Potency (USDA)” Test

Botanacor Offers a New “Dry Weight Potency (USDA)” Test to Allow Hemp Producers to Achieve USDA Regulatory Compliance

USDA Will Soon Require Hemp Producers to Test Crops for Total THC Calculated on a Dry Weight Basis  

COLORADO: Botanacor Laboratories, the widely recognized leader in accredited testing of hemp biomass and hemp-derived CBD products, today announced that it offers a new test to hemp producers. Responding to new USDA regulations that will soon apply to U.S. states, territories, and tribes, Botanacor can now test hemp biomass for total THC calculated on a dry weight basis.

Offering the industry’s fastest turnaround times for its “moisture corrected” test results, Botanacor provides customers a Certificate of Analysis that includes Measurement Uncertainly for 15 cannabinoids.  Botanacor calculates the total THC using HPLC and accurately accounts for moisture content using the Karl Fischer Method for advanced titration.

Botanacor’s new test for total THC calculated on a dry weight basis recognizes that THC content is expressed as a percent of biomass weight.  However, moisture can add weight and distort the THC content calculation, with implications for product safety, consistency, potency, and regulatory compliance.  Only total THC calculated on a dry weight basis provides an accurate THC content across any type of hemp sample submitted for testing, no matter the initial moisture content of the samples submitted to Botanacor. (For background, link to the USDA Interim Final Rule.)

“Botanacor is known nationally for rapidly developing the validated tests required for our hemp-producing customers’ regulatory compliance,” said Mike Branvold, President of Botanacor.  “This new Dry Weight Potency (USDA) test is another example of Botanacor standing up a test in anticipation of USDA regulation to give our customers a competitive edge.”

Ecofibre Acquires TexInnovate To Accelerate Commercialization Of Hemp Black

AUSTRALIA:  Ecofibre Limited has completed the acquisition of TexInnovate, a portfolio of five businesses with deep technical expertise across a broad range of high-performance textile disciplines for a total consideration of $21 million comprising 50% in cash and 50% in shares , a news release said.

Ecofibre Chairman Barry Lambert said, “I congratulate our CEO Eric Wang and his team for completing the acquisition of such an important asset that will underpin the future growth and success of Hemp Black.”

“On  behalf  of  the  Board,  I  would  like  to  welcome  Jeff Bruner  and  his  highly  skilled  team and look forward to their continued success as part of the Ecofibre family.”

Ecofibre  CEO  Eric  Wang  stated, “Hemp  Black’s  vision  is to improve  our  global  environment  by embedding its  sustainable  technology in  a wide  range  of  industries, including high-performance apparel, personal protection, military, healthcare and travel.”

“This is a bold vision, but we have strong conviction that Hemp Black’s value proposition resonates across industries and geographies. Our initial focus will be on specific segments to ensure we deliver on shareholder commitments and grow responsibly.”

The  combined  business  is  well  positioned  to  be  a  reliable,  high quality  supply  chain  partner  for customers who place a high value on corporate responsibility and environmental sustainability.

Ecofibre is a provider of hemp products in the United States and Australia. In  the  United  States,  the Ananda  Health  is  the  #1  provider  of  hemp-derived  CBD  for  retail pharmacies.    The  Company produces   nutraceutical   products   for   human   and   pet   consumption,   as   well   as   topical   creams   and   salves.

The  Company  also  supplies  its  leading  Ananda  Hemp  CBD products to Australians via the SAS B program. In Australia, the Company produces 100% Australian grown and processed hemp food products including protein powders, de-hulled hemp seed and hemp oil.

The Company is also developing innovative hemp-based products in textiles and composite materials in the United States.

Asheville Hemp Project Announces New Product Line, Support For NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

NORTH CAROLINA:  Asheville Hemp Project (AHP), an Asheville, NC-based hemp cultivator, is announcing its new product line. The company is also announcing that it is donating 50% of online sales to the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.

Leslie Hoffman, co-founder of AHP, stated, “We are very excited about our new product offerings that are coming onto the market at this time. We are also very concerned about the fate of our community during the pandemic. Much of the economy of the greater Asheville area relies on the hospitality sector, and with all non-essential businesses closed, most restaurant workers are staying home with no idea of when, or if, they will have their jobs again. For that reason, we are contributing 50% of every purchase to the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund.”

The AHP tagline is “Take a Moment: Look Inward, Look Outward, Look Homeward.” Thomas Wolfe wrote Look Homeward, Angel about Asheville in 1929, and we have taken home to reference not only a safe physical place, but also a calm, restful, comfort that we all need. Our CBD products soothe and satisfy and provide an aid in these stressful times.

AHP is bringing four new products to market, each designed to fill a niche space in the consumer market.

Pre-Rolls: Grown on the AHP farm – premium hemp flower is consistently rolled in unbleached hemp paper with a unique biodegradable crutch. No need to filter out the reason you smoke. Immediate beneficial effect, and also a great way to ease off tobacco and nicotine. This 10-pack always ensures having a soothing and relaxing smoke on hand. 100mg CBD in each pre-roll provides  a smoke on hand at all times. <.3% THC.

AHP Extract: Straight from the AHP farm, this full spectrum hemp extract is in a 1 oz (30ml) tamper-proof bottle with calibrated dropper. The extract is available in 1000 mg and 1500 mg options. The CBD is blended with olive oil to provide a high quality dose of CBD in a pleasing flavor that mixes with food easily. <.3% THC.

Lip Balm: AHP’s Organic Hemp Lip Balm is formulated to be ultra-soothing and nutrient rich. Made with certified organic ingredients, such as hemp oil, sunflower oil, and beeswax, the lip balm provides all-natural protection. THC and CBD free.

Gum: AHP gum has been formulated to provide the quickest — and perfectly dosed — release of CBD, with increased bio-availability. The convenient sealed package protects freshness and enables the most discreet way to consume at any time. 8 pieces/pk, 10mg CBD in each piece, and THC free.

About NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund

The NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund has been established and is managed through the North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association Foundation, a 501(c)(3) that has provided financial assistance to hospitality employees and students for more than a decade.

The goal of the NC Restaurant Workers Relief Fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to the tens of thousands of cooks, servers, dishwashers, housekeepers, and others who live paycheck-to-paycheck, and suddenly find themselves in distress.

For more information visit the Fund’s website at https://www.ncrestaurantrelief.com