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.

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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.”

7 Best CBD Gummies To Purchase This Year

It’s hard not to notice how popular CBD has become recently. People commonly ingest it through oils and tinctures, but like marijuana, there are other ways to reap its significant health benefits (that do not come with feeling high).

One of these ways is through edibles. Instead of marijuana cookies you may be familiar with, CBD is often infused into candy-like gummies. These gummies can pack a potent punch but have the benefit of being inconspicuous: if you feel yourself feeling anxious or in pain throughout the day, you can take them as-needed, even at work or in public.

Not all CBD products are made the same, though. The cannabidiol industry is largely unregulated, so there is no overarching governing body holding CBD companies to high standards or vigilantly enforcing them (the FDA has only sent warning letters to rule breakers). It’s imperative to purchase from a reputable company, and you should keep your interests in mind when shopping (how much CBD do you need? How often will you take it? How soon do you need it? What flavors do you prefer, and what does your budget allow for)? Here are a few of the best CBD gummies to check out this year:

Verma Farms CBDVerma Farms

If you want delicious-tasting CBD gummies, then Verma Farms is worth a look. This brand offers multiple concentrations (such as 10, 12.5, or 21 mg of cannabidiol per candy) and flavors, including Blueberry Wave, Island Apple, and Beary Beach. Though experts say that CBD works best in conjunction with a little THC—and the federal legal limit is .3 percent—Verma’s products are made without THC just in case you are nervous about it showing up on a drug test. The company even offers dried CBD fruit so that you can still get chewy deliciousness if traditional gummies are not your thing.

CBDfx 

CBDfx offers a broad array of CBD products. Many of its gummies also include a few special extra ingredients, such as melatonin for sleep and superfoods like spirulina and turmeric for reducing inflammation. What’s great about CBD gummies is that no matter what you use them for, all you need to do is pop one in your mouth and chew—much more efficient than setting up a vape pen or dealing with the earthy taste of many unflavored oils.

CBDistillery 

CBDistillery sources local hemp from Colorado and extracts cannabidiol from a CO2 process. Their fruity gummies taste delicious and use high-quality ingredients. To make things better, they are vegan and are affordably priced. Any CBD company that knows what it’s doing will have its products tested with third party labs for things like purity and potency, and CBDistillery publishes those results on its website. Many CBD companies do this, like Verma Farms, but not nearly enough—having an easily accessible Certificate of Analysis with test results online is a marker of a legitimate CBD business that is transparent about its products.

Green Roads

Green Roads is one of the more famous CBD brands out there. Not only does it have tasty CBD gummies, its candies come in fun shapes like bears, fruit bites, toads, and “froggies.” They come in a few concentrations from 10 to 25 mg and even include sour flavors. CBD products can taste earthy, but Green Roads’ products ensure that not only do you enjoy the benefits of CBD, you enjoy the actual experience of taking it.

Charlotte's Web Gummies Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is another leading CBD brand. What’s intriguing about its gummies, though, is that each of them have a different formula according to its intended use. Its sleep gummies, for instance, include melatonin, and its “calm” variety incorporates L-theanine and lemon balm. Likewise, its “recovery” label is made with turmeric and ginger to support joint and overall health. It’s packages also come in packs of 60, which should last you around two months.

Happy Hemp

When you think of gummies, you probably do not only think of fruit bites or bears—you also imagine gummy worms, rings, ribbons, sours, and more. Happy Hemp offers all of them, including CBD strawberry licorice. It’s prices range from as little as $23.99 to as much as $99.99, but that’s because the company offers packages available in 250, 750, 1500, and 300 mg strengths. With Happy Hemp’s diverse variety, taking CBD will never be boring.

CBD Infusionz GummiesCBD Infusionz

CBD Infusionz, as its names suggests, infuses CBD into a multitude of products, such as gum, honey, chocolate, hard candy, and more—and of course, an assortment of gummies. CBD Infusionz also gives you the option of choosing between full spectrum or THC, so you can benefit from more potent properties or not worry about THC showing up on a drug test.

CBD is a sizable market, and there’s a gummy out there for anyone who wants to try cannabidiol with a bit of candied fun. Which gummy sparks your interest?

Makers Of Charlotte’s Web Launch CW Simply Capsules

COLORADO:  CW Hemp, makers of the world-renowned Charlotte’s Web™ hemp extract oils with cannabinoids, announced today the launch of their CW™ SiMPLY line of capsule products.  “CW SiMPLY was created to make it easier for our busy customers to integrate Charlotte’s Web into their daily routines,” said Ashley Grace, Chief Marketing and e-Commerce Officer for CW Hemp.  “Charlotte’s Web Hemp oils have been long trusted for their superior hemp genetics and industry-leading quality.  We are thrilled to extend this trust in the form of a convenient, user-friendly capsule.”

Two products, CW SiMPLY Hemp with 15mg of Charlotte’s Web Hemp extract per capsule, and CW SiMPLY Hemp+Extra with 35mg per capsule, will initially comprise the line. Each product will be available in 30 and 60-count offerings.  Additional CW SiMPLY products are planned for early 2017.

The CW SiMPLY line of products features proprietary Charlotte’s Web hemp genetics drawn from all over the world and refined over several years of tireless breeding by Colorado’s Stanley Brothers.  Charlotte’s Web hemp is organically grown on Colorado family farms and the oil is manufactured in an FDA registered facility in Boulder according to Good Manufacturing Practices.

After gaining global celebrity as the “low-THC medical marijuana” product first used by Charlotte Figi in Sanjay Gupta’s CNN documentaries, the 2014 US Farm bill enabled Charlotte’s Web to be classified as “industrial hemp” and opened doors for the company to serve a variety of wellness needs under its purpose to empower a better quality of life.  To that end, CW Hemp donates a portion of sales to the Realm of Caring (RoC), who is working with Johns Hopkins University and others to research the potential impact cannabinoids could have on inflammatory conditions such as anxiety, chronic pain, diabetes, brain trauma, and many others.

“Hemp is non-psychoactive and has been used for a wide variety of wellness needs with no observed side-effects for thousands of years.  We’re excited to make Charlotte’s Web available in the more common supplement form of a capsule,” said Grace. “While we are clear in making no claims about our products, the US government actually owns patent 6630507 which documents cannabinoids potential application for many inflammatory conditions.  We encourage people to do their own research by searching for #WHYCW.”

 

Marijuana Grower Licenses Available In Florida

FLORIDA:  In June of last year Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill that legalizes the use of low-potency marijuana for medical purposes. On Wednesday of this week the state will begin accepting applications from parties interested in being one of five legal regional growing operations in the state.

It won’t be cheap or easy, though. The application fee is $60,063 and the state’s Department of Health will be accepting applications for just three weeks. Applicants also need to have been in the nursery business in Florida continuously for the past 30 years.

The licenses will allow growers to grow and sell low-potency marijuana to a state-licensed dispensing organization. The strain, sometimes called Charlotte’s Web, is high in cannabidiol, or CBD, but low in tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that produces a high. The drug may be used in oil or vapor form, but may not be smoked.

Fla. low-THC medical marijuana law passes major hurdle

FLORIDA:  We’ve shared their emotional stories. Parents from all over the state have been waiting. Waiting to get their hands on Charlotte’s Web, a low-THC form of medical marijuana, to treat illnesses their children have such as epilepsy, seizures and cancer.

Finally, on Wednesday they got an answer when a judge threw out a lawsuit holding up the implementation of the drug.

Jeff Sharkey started the Medical Marijuana Business Association. He’s followed the entire process of Charlotte’s Web: From lawmakers legalizing it last year to several lawsuits from potential growers halting the sale of the drug to today with a sale date in sight.

Medical Marijuana Entrepreneur Wants To Grow Pot At Seneca Army Depot

NEW YORK:  Town officials here are backing a proposal by a well-known medical marijuana entrepreneur to grow pot at the former Seneca Army Depot midway between Syracuse and Rochester.

Josh Stanley, who helped develop a strain of medical marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” used to treat epileptic children, wants to build a greenhouse to grow marijuana on a 20-acre site within the 11,000-acre former Army base that closed in 2000.

Stanley told town officials at a meeting Wednesday the project would initially create 20 jobs and eventually 250.

 

Pediatric Academy Now Says Medical Marijuana May Help Some Ill Kids

COLORADO:  Marijuana use should be decriminalized and federal officials should reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug to spur vital medical research, the leading group of U.S. pediatricians recommended Monday.

In an update to its 2004 policy statement on pot, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) also recognized marijuana may be a treatment option for kids “with life-limiting or severely debilitating conditions for whom current therapies are inadequate.”

That new stance is welcome news to some 200 families with ill children who recently moved to Colorado — where marijuana is legal for adults — in searches for last-ditch cures. Those remedies include the pot strain called Charlotte’s Web, which anecdotally has been shown to control seizures in some kids.

“We don’t want to marginalize families who feel like this is the only option for their child because of crisis,” said Dr. Sharon Levy, chair of AAP’s committee on substance abuse and assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She was one of the statement’s co-authors.

Licenses to Grow Medical Marijuana Should Not Be Awarded by Lottery, Lawsuit Argues

FLORIDA:  Medical marijuana hasn’t even been legalized yet, but already there’s a legal challenge over how licenses for growers might be doled out.

Two Florida plant nurseries have sued to replace a proposed lottery system with a more rigorous, merit-based approach.

The Department of Health’s Office of Compassionate Use proposed a lottery method of awarding grow licenses — one in each of five regions of the state — in July, after the low-THC Charlotte’s Web strain of marijuana was legalized in Florida. If Amendment 2 passes (get out and vote!) and more strains of marijuana become available for medical use, the lottery winners’ licenses could explode in value.

“The proposed rule fails to provide any method to evaluate eligible applicants, to determine whether an eligible applicant is superior, or to select the best applicant,” wrote attorneys for Miami-based Costa Farms, in a petition Monday to the Division of Administrative Hearings. “This ensures only that the luckiest eligible applicant, not best qualified eligible applicant, is approved.”

 

Finally, Some Hard Science On Medical Marijuana For Epilepsy Patients

COLORADO:  For years, some parents have turned to medical marijuana to treat their children’s debilitating epilepsy, crediting the drug with dramatically reducing seizure activity. A groundbreaking clinical trial about to begin recruiting test subjects may finally provide some science to back their claims.

In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at the University of Colorado, Denver will study the genes of those with a kind of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome who have been treated with a strain of medical marijuana known as Charlotte’s Web. The study will attempt to determine if specific genetic components can explain why some epilepsy patients see positive results from ingesting Charlotte’s Web, while others do not.

The plant, grown by five brothers in Colorado through a non-profit organization called Realm of Caring, is low in THC, the compound that produces marijuana’s psychoactive effects, and high in CBD, a compound believed to reduce seizures in those suffering from certain forms of epilepsy. It is administered to epilepsy patients, including many children, in the form of an oil. The plant is named after Charlotte Figi, a young girl who was the first epilepsy patient successfully treated with the strain.

While anecdotal evidence suggests Charlotte’s Web can be highly effective in treating such conditions, scientific investigation of the product has been stymied by federal drug laws that severely limit marijuana research. Edward Maa, the principal investigator of the Charlotte’s Web study, says the new trial could be a first step toward building a body of research on how and why medical marijuana can be used to treat epilepsy. “This is the first attempt to get the information people are interested in that is observational in nature,” says Maa, an assistant professor at UC Denver and chief of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Programs at Denver Health.

 

Marijuana War In Florida

FLORIDA:  The battle lines are drawn. You are either for or against Amendment 2. This will be on the ballot come November. Amendment 2 is the medical marijuana that has THC content. This is the marijuana that will get you high as well as help with nausea especially when you have cancer and must take chemotherapy. This is the marijuana that will be a problem for those that are against its legalization and call it the evil weed.

Last week two men faced off, Sheriff Grady Judd of Polk county is against the legalization of Amendment 2. Attorney John Morgan out of Orlando is for the legalization of Amendment 2. He is for it because he witnessed his father and what cancer did to his body. He was able to procure marijuana for his father and saw for himself how much better his father did against cancer with it. John Morgan did win the debate as most of the audience was also for Amendment 2.

At this time some 88% of those contacted in a poll are for the passage of Amendment 2. It only needs 60% to pass. Florida does have the form of medical marijuana called Charlotte’s Web. This is the form of medical marijuana that has low THC content and is good in an oil form to help children with epileptic seizures.

The ads that are being used for and against borderline on the ignorant. The ones that depict marijuana an evil substance are ludicrous. The ads that are for legalization are a little better but they are making them almost silly. I know they are simply trying to make them for all to understand but most voters are not stupid.