USDA Establishes Domestic Hemp Production Program

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the establishment of the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program. This program, as required by the 2018 Farm Bill, creates a consistent regulatory framework around hemp production throughout the United States.

“At USDA, we are always excited when there are new economic opportunities for our farmers, and we hope the ability to grow hemp will pave the way for new products and markets,” said Secretary Perdue. “We have had teams operating with all hands-on-deck to develop a regulatory framework that meets Congressional intent while seeking to provide a fair, consistent, and science-based process for states, tribes, and individual producers who want to participate in this program.”

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Background:

Later this week, an interim final rule formalizing the program will be published in the Federal Register that will allow hemp to be grown under federally-approved plans and make hemp producers eligible for a number of agricultural programs. The rule includes provisions for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve hemp production plans developed by states and Indian tribes including: requirements for maintaining information on the land where hemp is produced; testing the levels of delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol; disposing of plants not meeting necessary requirements; and licensing requirements. It also establishes a federal plan for hemp producers in states or territories of Indian tribes that do not have their own approved hemp production plan.

The interim final rule becomes effective upon publication in the Federal Register. Following publication, USDA invites public comment on the interim rule and the information collection burden. A preview of the rule is posted on USDA’s website.

USDA also developed guidelines for sampling and testing procedures that are being issued concurrently with this rule. These documents provide additional information for sampling agents and hemp testing laboratories.

More information about the provisions of the interim final rule is available on the U.S. Domestic Hemp Production Program web page on the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) website.

Once state and tribal plans are in place, hemp producers will be eligible for a number of USDA programs, including insurance coverage through Whole-Farm Revenue Protection. For information on available programs, visit farmers.gov/hemp.

 

A Guide To Using CBD For Pain Management

Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is a term that’s gained quite a traction in the medical world. A substance that naturally occurs in the cannabis plant, CBD doesn’t result in the “high” that is typically linked to cannabis. In fact, the “high” feeling is a result of using tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is another kind of cannabinoid.

So, why has CBD gained so much popularity recently? Well, studies suggest that topical CBD products, CBD oil, in particular, provide a remedy for chronic pain and decrease inflammation, pain, and discomfort linked to different health conditions.

Due to these benefits, it is a valuable alternative for people suffering from chronic pain and, hence, turn to stronger medications for relief. Such drugs, while useful, tend to result in side effects and cause dependency.

While research on CBD and its possible results are still ongoing, the future looks promising. Using CBD for pain is only going to become more common soon.

Capsules and Pills

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Types of CBD Products

CBD is available in a variety of forms, and whichever type you choose depends on what you need to use CBD for. These forms typically include the following:

Tinctures and oils: Liquid infused with CBD is taken orally by placing it under your tongue with a dropper. This form is excellent for people who aren’t comfortable taking capsules or pills.

Lotions and creams: These topical treatments are great for joint and muscle pain. They can also be used for skin conditions, such as psoriasis and eczema.

Capsules and pills: Such forms are commonly used to treat digestive issues and seizure disorders and may take some time to take effect once ingested.

Edibles: Ingesting gummies is one of the most common ways for CBD intake due to the taste, portability, affordability, and precision. 

Vaping: This form is the fastest way to experience the effects of CBD. Once CBD is inhaled through e-cigarettes, for instance, its compounds are directly absorbed into your bloodstream.

CBD For Pain Relief

Here are four ways CBD can help with pain:

Every person’s body contains an endocannabinoid system (ECS), a cell-signaling system. According to research, what makes CBD effective is the impact it has on the endocannabinoid receptors found in a person’s immune system and brain.

These receptors are linked to a person’s cells and receive chemical signals from various stimuli and allow your cells to react. This reaction is what results in pain relief and anti-inflammation and, hence, helps manage chronic pain, such as post-trauma pain, back pain, and post-surgical pain.

Arthritis Pain Relief

Today, arthritis affects around 54 million Americans and is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. The two most common kinds of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

The former is a degenerative disease that affects the bones and joints cartilage in the thumb, hip, and knee joints. The latter is an autoimmune disease where a person’s immune system attacks the joints and causes inflammation. It often occurs in the hands and feet.

While using CBD to treat pain related to arthritis does have a positive outlook, research has only been conducted on rats. Considerable research still needs to be carried out to prove if CBD is as effective in this area as it seems to be.

Cancer Treatment Pain Relief

Treatments for cancer, such as chemotherapy and radiation, come with their side effects, such as nausea, loss of appetite, and pain. According to research, CBD eases these side effects and also helps reduce inflammation and anxiety that results from these treatments.

Migraines

Throughout history, cannabis has been used as pain relief for headaches. While research isn’t specific, it does suggest that substances found in the cannabis plant result in therapeutic effects for headaches, especially migraines.

It’s important to note that these studies typically use the entire marijuana plant, which, apart from CBD, also contains THC. Hence, it is difficult to pinpoint whether these therapeutic effects are a result of THC, CBD, or both.

Side Effects

Intake of any product for medicinal purposes requires full awareness of its potential side effects. While CBD doesn’t have any significant risks associated with it, it may cause some side effects, such as:

  • Changes in weight and appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue

Additionally, if you’re currently taking any dietary supplements, prescription medicines, or over-the-counter (OTC) drugs, CBD may interfere with their results.

Conclusion

While research is still underway, CBD may provide pain relief for people suffering from various conditions. CBD should ideally be introduced to your body in small doses and then built up from there.

Moreover, it’s vital to consult your doctor to ensure it doesn’t interfere with any other treatments you may be undergoing. Your doctor can also help you figure out the dosage that’s right for you.

As more research is conducted, the uncertainty around using CBD for pain will decrease.

Have you used CBD to treat pain or any other medical conditions? Let us know in the comments below!

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.

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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?

Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center Receives $1M For Genetics Research

OREGON: Oregon State University’s Global Hemp Innovation Center has received a $1 million gift to explore hemp genomics, research that can grow understanding of how hemp may be used in health and nutrition products, textiles and construction materials.

The gift to the OSU Foundation was provided by Oregon CBD, a hemp seed research and development company.

The Global Hemp Innovation Center was launched in June by OSU’s College of Agricultural Sciences and is the largest, most comprehensive hemp research center in the nation. Led by Jay Noller, the center is based in the College of Agricultural Sciences, with faculty from multiple disciplines and colleges across OSU, and has a global reach that includes partnerships in four countries.

“We have been overwhelmed by the outpouring of support and interest in our work,” said Jay Noller, an OSU professor and internationally recognized hemp expert.

Noller said that while some private sector genomic studies of hemp have taken place, very little information is available publicly for research.

“There is a tremendous amount of possibility with hemp, and understanding the genetics is key,” said Seth Crawford, who with his brother Eric, co-own and manage Oregon CBD. “Philosophically, we believe the public land grant university needs to be the epicenter of that research so that all can benefit from the findings.

“We believe OSU is the right place to lead this research,” Crawford said.

Oregon CBD is a family-owned business with longtime ties to OSU that go back several generations. Seth and Eric Crawford both have several degrees from the university and prior to starting the family business Seth taught in the School of Public Policy for 13 years and contributed in 2015 to some of the Oregon Health Authority’s early cannabis policies.

“This also provides us the added satisfaction of giving back to the university that has been a part of our family since my grandfather Loren Gardner graduated in 1954,” Seth Crawford said.

The gift is the first major private donation the center has received since its launch, and is unique in that it allows scientists to publicly share data and collaborate with others engaged in the study of hemp.

“This investment accelerates our leadership and establishes OSU at the forefront in genomic research in hemp,” said Alan Sams, dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Noller said genomic research tools will allow better understanding of the DNA present within different hemp varieties. He said this information will provide insights for developing specific hemp varieties for uses ranging from health and nutrition products, to the manufacture of textiles, and use in construction materials. The research also may lead to stronger, more disease resistant, higher yielding plants, and provide understanding of the genes that influence the production of chemical compounds in the plant. With this knowledge, Noller said growers might be able to better predict the levels of hemp essential oil components that are synthesized in different plant varieties.

Kelly Vining, an assistant professor and researcher in OSU’s Department of Horticulture, will lead the university’s hemp genomic research.

“Looking at the most intimate secrets of life in plants is powerful,” Vining said. “With hemp, the prospects are additionally exciting because it not only holds such interesting promise, but it is just a gnarly plant genome – the bioinformatics are challenging. We are now able to explore that promise and challenge, while also being among the first to share our findings with the world.”

WSDA Reiterates Restrictions On The Use Of Hemp CBD As A Food Ingredient In Washington

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WASHINGTON: Recent federal and state legislative changes regarding hemp have generated many questions about cannabinoid extracts, like CBD, and whether or not they may be used as ingredients in food products. To be clear, CBD is not currently allowed as a food ingredient, under federal and state law. 

These rules are specific to food processors and distributors licensed by WSDA. Marijuana processors licensed by the state can continue to produce CBD infused edibles for sale in state licensed marijuana retail stores only.
 

HEMP AND THE 2018 FARM BILL

The 2018 U.S. Farm Bill removed hemp (with a THC concentration of no more than 0.3 percent) from the federal Controlled Substances Act. The Farm Bill also explicitly preserved the federal Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate ingredients in food, including hemp and hemp extracts like CBD. 
 

FDA HAS NOT APPROVED CBD AS A FOOD INGREDIENT

The FDA has approved a drug comprised of CBD as a prescription drug for treatment of specific health conditions, but has not approved CBD as an ingredient in food. Federal laws clearly prohibit adding drugs to food, except in limited circumstances defined in the law. The FDA continues to work on this issue. For more information from FDA, and to stay up to date, please check the “FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products: Questions and Answers.” Search for it by name on the FDA website, www.fda.gov.

WASHINGTON STATE HEMP LAW

A new state law allows hemp production, consistent with the federal Farm Bill. It authorizes WSDA to regulate the processing of hemp for food products that are allowable under federal law in the same manner as it regulates other food processing. If the FDA approves food ingredient uses for hemp extracts like CBD, those uses would be allowed under state law. 

SOME PARTS OF HEMP CAN BE USED IN FOOD

While CBD is not allowed as a food ingredient, WSDA licensed food processors can currently use other hemp products in food, such as hulled hemp seeds, hemp seed protein power and hemp seed oil , provided they comply with all other requirements. FDA has determined that these components are Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) based on federal requirements. Search for “GRAS notices for hemp seed derived ingredients for use in human foods” on the FDA website, www.fda.gov.

Other parts of the hemp plant, including CBD, cannot be used as a food ingredient under a Washington State Food Processor License. Foods containing unapproved parts of the hemp plant may not be distributed in Washington State under a Washington State Food Storage Warehouse License.
 
Recognizing that these recent changes in law may have caused some confusion in the manufactured-food industry, WSDA has been reaching out to the industry so they can take appropriate actions, such as removing CBD ingredients from their products or discontinuing distribution of CBD-containing food products in the state. WSDA is committed to working with our food industry partners during this transition.  

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Introduces 2019 Hemp For Victory Act

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) introduced H.R. 3652, the Hemp for Victory Act which lays the foundation for the emerging hemp industry in a manner that incentivizes family farmers and small businesses, protects against corporate monopolies, and studies the benefits of hemp cultivation and hemp-based products while ensuring safe agricultural practices, and environmental and labor considerations.

“The hemp industry is poised to grow rapidly, having a billion dollar impact on the U.S. economy and creating thousands of jobs. Hemp-based materials have the potential to transform industries from health care to domestic manufacturing to affordable, sustainable housing construction, and more. Studies have shown it can play a role in helping remove toxins from our environment and prevent soil erosion, as well as provide alternatives to single-use plastics, which pollute our lands and ocean,” said Rep. Tulsi Gabbard. “My bill will lay the foundation for how we can optimize the hemp industry’s potential and ensure this opportunity benefits family farms and small businesses across America — from Hawai‘i to Kentucky and beyond.”

“Congresswoman Gabbard’s commitment to re-energizing the American farmer and delivering on the economic and planetary healing promise of the versatile, valuable hemp plant is exactly what our nation needs, and the time is now to support her bold efforts,” said Joy Beckerman, a board member with the Hemp Industries Association.

“We commend Congresswoman Gabbard for her leadership on introducing the Hemp For Victory Act,” said Eric Steenstra, President of Vote Hemp. “The fledgling hemp industry can create thousands of farming and manufacturing jobs but needs research and the same support given to other crops which the bill helps provide.”

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Background: H.R. 3652, the Hemp for Victory Act of 2019, named after the World War II-era effort to revitalize the U.S. hemp industry, broadly addresses many aspects of the re-emerging U.S. hemp industry. The legislation’s objective is to build and encourage a national hemp industry, but to ensure that is done correctly, meaning that there are proper labor, consumer, and health standards; investment incentives; safe agricultural practices; environmental considerations; and more. At its core, the bill is aimed at providing opportunities for small businesses, family farms, indigenous populations, and veterans to participate in and prosper from this industry.

The bill will engage the expertise of several U.S. agencies, as well as land-grant universities, in order to lay the foundations of and generate the demand necessary for our hemp industry to ensure domestic economic potential is met across several sectors. Recognizing the potential for this commodity to grow into a multi-billion dollar industry, the bill directs the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Defense, Labor, Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs, Environmental Protection Agency, and Small Business Administration to conduct research and develop studies on the uses and benefits of hemp. This includes preservation and rehabilitation of our environment through toxic site cleanup and soil erosion control, sustainable and affordable housing, nutritional benefits to our children in school lunches and healthcare benefits to our veterans, alternatives to single-use plastics to reduce our ecological footprint, and the creation of thousands of jobs, among so many more.

 

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard was an original cosponsor of H.R. 3530, the Industrial Hemp Farming Act, a stand-alone bill in the 115th Congress which would have reclassified hemp as an agricultural crop. She supported H.R. 2, the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 — more broadly referred to as “the Farm Bill” — which passed both the House and Senate with strong bipartisan majorities and was signed into law. Among its many provisions, the bill legalized the production of industrial hemp and put its regulation under the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Rep. Gabbard supports empowering local farmers and expanding their opportunities. She also joined a bipartisan amicus brief asking the Court to recognize and uphold the Congressional intent of prior legislation that allowed states to grow, cultivate, and research industrial hemp under specific conditions.

Indo Expo Returns To Portland August 3–4 As Hemp’s Potential Is Being Embraced—Again

Country’s Premier Cannabis Trade Show Cultivating Community, Growing Industry

OREGON: Indo Expo, the country’s leading business-to-business forum for the cannabis industry, announced its return to the Portland Expo Center on August 3 and 4 as the industry both matures and continues to rapidly evolve. Nowhere else can producers, processors and retailers have access to such a wide array of products and services for the cannabis and hemp industry under one roof. In addition to access to hundreds of exhibitors, attendees will be able to learn from some of the industry’s most renowned experts at seminars and demonstrations throughout the weekend.

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“Cannabis growers who attend this year’s Indo Expo will be very pleasantly surprised to see the continued expansion of opportunities to grow with the cannabis industry. Not only will they have access to hundreds of exhibitors and a wealth of information shared through the seminars, but almost as importantly, they will have the ability to interact and network with all those industry leaders who have been at the forefront of turning the legalized cannabis trade into a multibillion-dollar enterprise,” said Chris Olson, Executive Director of Indo Expo.

Indo Expo guests this year will also find an expanded presence on how to capitalize on the rapidly expanding hemp market. With the passage of the Hemp Farming Act of 2018 as part of the U.S. Farm Bill, exhibitors will be displaying ways to turn hemp into everything from food and beverage items to an array of apparel and accessories, beauty products, pet supplies and virtually everything that touches consumers’ everyday lives.

“What I am particularly excited to see is that after decades of hearing about unlocking the potential of hemp, that day has come. Hemp is back in a big way. Hemp flower can now be legally sold in all 50 states and will overlap with dozens of other industries to be turned into food, fuel, fiber, medicine and more. The opportunities are endless and attendees should leave Indo Expo emboldened that after decades of starts and stops, hemp is here to stay and change the way we live.”

Seminars and panel discussions feature some of the industry’s most knowledgeable experts on legal and political issues, extraction and processing, cultivation, genetics, and other important issues that both confront and open doors to attendees who seek to maximize their cannabis and hemp businesses.

Indo Expo shows in Denver, San Francisco and Portland are the only places where attendees have the opportunity to interact with such a large cross section of cannabis industry leaders who have the experience and knowledge to share with those interested in capitalizing on the business.

The Portland show on Saturday, August 3, is for industry professionals and trade only. Sunday, August 4, is for both trade and the general public.

Top Shops Online For Legal Cannabis

The demand for legal marijuana is continuously increasing and consumers are always in search of cannabis online shops. The legal market for cannabis is found mainly in North America and but more and more countries have allowed some form of cannabis products.

Reliable suppliers of legal marijuana products of cannabis flowers, edibles, and CBD Oils are often difficult to find. Ordering them online and getting home delivery provides the convenience modern consumers and patients demand.

We’ve compiled this list of Top Shops for Legal Cannabis to aid you in your search to find the legal products you seek.

Best Pot

Best Pot

Best Pot is an online cannabis store serving all of Canada. The site promises to deliver the ordered package within three working days. The variety of legal marijuana products are available for online shopping and guarantee high quality in competitive prices.

JUSTCBDEEZ

JustCBDeez

JustCBDeez is a cannabis producer with farms in Switzerland. They provide coverage to all of Europe and distribute CBD products approved from the lab. They are one of the most popular producers and have a strong network of distributors. Their product offerings comply with European regulations.

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Cannical

Cannical is a premium online cannabis store providing legal marijuana products to customers all over Europe. The company is based in Italy and they tout quality assurance measures to provide lab-certified products to their customers. Their website also provides useful information for all their types of products and their cannabis cultivation process.

Dr Seeds

DrSeeds

One of the premium cannabis shop online which provide the highest quality seeds. Dr. Seeds provides worldwide delivery with free discreet shipping for their online customers. Payments can be made through credit card and customers receive fast delivery.

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Seedsman

Seedsman brings so much to the table for cannabis consumers with more than 3000 cannabis seed variations. They regularly provide discounts to their customers and one can avail up to 25% if payment is made through Bitcoin. Seedman has top-class customer reviews from all over the world which makes them one of the best cannabis shops online.

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High Supplies

High Supplies offers high-quality cannabis seeds grown with premium genetic disposition.  They are based in the Netherlands and deliver products across Europe and North America.

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Grasscity

Grasscity was one of  the first online head shops based in the Netherlands,  operating since 2000. Offering some of the best smoke accessories online, Grasscity offers a wide range of smoking-related products. Their pricing is competitive,  with an emphasis on providing the ultimate satisfaction of the customers.

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I Love Growing Marijuana

I Love Growing Marijuana offers a large selection of seeds and growing supplies. One of the top-performing online websites with more than 30,000 daily visitors, and  hundreds of growing guides providing valuable information on everything from how to cultivate seeds successfully to operating a successful, profitable grow.

 

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Green Goddess Supply

With more than 25 years of serving customers online, Green Goddess Supply is one of the largest cannabis shops on the internet. Free delivery is available for all orders above $50, and pricing is  affordable for top-quality products.

Direct Vapor

Direct Vapor

Direct Vapors value proposition is in their tagline:  ‘huge selection and reasonable prices. ‘ With a 2-months warranty on all their online products and two weeks return policy, there is no such risk when placing orders — so what are you waiting for?

 

USDA Clarifies Industrial Hemp Production For Indian Tribes

usda-logoDISTRICT OF COLUMBIA: On May 28, 2019 the USDA issued the following notice:

This notice clarifies avenues for Tribal participation under authorities in the 2014 Farm Bill to grow industrial hemp for research purposes during the 2019 growing season. Under the 2014 Farm Bill, an Indian tribe can enter into a partnership or contract with an institution of higher education or a State department of agriculture both within or in a different State than the one in which the Indian tribe is located to produce industrial hemp on the tribe’s land. For an Indian tribe to be eligible to do so, the State in which the Indian tribe is located and the State in which the institution of higher education or State department of agriculture is located both must allow the production of industrial hemp.

The 2014 Farm Bill authorizes State departments of agriculture and institutions of higher education to grow and cultivate hemp for the limited purpose of conducting research under pilot programs.  However, the definition of “State” that applies to section 7606 does not include Indian tribes. Indian tribes independently have not been able to initiate their own hemp programs under the 2014 Farm Bill and instead have had to obtain a license or authorization under a state program.

This ability under the 2014 Farm Bill to obtain a license or authorization from a State department of agriculture or institution of higher education located in a State other than the State of one’s residence extends to persons and entities that are not affiliated with an Indian tribe.  As is the case with Indian tribes, a State department of agriculture located in a State that allows for hemp production may license or authorize an individual or entity that is not located in that State to produce hemp for research purposes, provided that the State where the individual or entity is located also allows hemp production.  Likewise, an individual or entity may partner or contract with an institution of higher education in another State under the same conditions.

The law remains unchanged in that Indian tribes, individuals, and entities located in States that do not permit hemp production are ineligible to participate in the growing or cultivation of hemp under the 2014 Farm Bill program.

Tikum Olam Launches Tikun Hemp

NEW YORK:  Tikun Olam, the global pioneer in cannabis science and medicine, announces the launch of Tikun Hemp™, its first hemp-based product line, available exclusively in the United States. Tikun Hemp offerings include broad-spectrum CBD tinctures, topicals and softgel capsules, all shipped directly to consumers via the Tikun Hemp website.

“Tikun’s mission is in its name to “repair the world,” says Bernie Sucher, CEO of Tikun Olam USA. “We bring to our Tikun Hemp products nearly two decades of cannabinoid knowledge and R&D, including identifying the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD and ongoing clinical trials and research. We are very pleased to share this knowledge and expertise directly with Americans nationwide through Tikun Hemp.”

The world’s first licensed cannabis company, Tikun Olam is the recognized leader in cannabis research and developed the world’s first-ever, high-CBD, low-THC, cannabis varietal Avidekel™ to treat adult and child patients alike with broad-spectrum cannabinoids without a psychoactive effect. Tikun Hemp is the first hemp-based product to bear the trusted Tikun name.

Tikun Hemp is grown in full compliance with the 2018 US Farm Bill and is certified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. All Tikun Hemp products are triple-tested, gluten-free, non-GMO and completely THC-free, and shipped directly to consumers in 47 states. As part of its rigorous control processes, Tikun Hemp products are tested in no less than three key stages of the supply chain to ensure safe and quality broad-spectrum CBD products.

“Broad-spectrum” means all the naturally occurring compounds, including terpenes, found in the cannabis plant, except for THC. Studies have shown that using the whole plant preserves natural compounds that creates an “entourage effect,” increasing the therapeutic benefits.

“Our Tikun Hemp products are built on the back of our groundbreaking  medical cannabis research, and like our cannabis products are rigorously tested throughout the process to ensure they are safe and effective,” says Chris Gallant, Tikun SVP, Consumer.  “We are incredibly excited to be able to put the trusted Tikun name behind a THC-free product that can be available to people across the United States.”

Tikun Olam (“repair the world” in Hebrew) is the world’s leading cannabis brand and pioneer of modern medical cannabis. Its products have been used since 2010 to treat over 20,000 patients for symptoms of medical conditions including cancer, PTSD, AIDS, epilepsy, Crohn’s Disease/colitis, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, chronic pain and neuropathy. Tikun cannabis products are available in the United States and Puerto Rico in accordance with local law; visit tikunolamusa.com for more information.