We all know what it’s like to get a bad night’s sleep. The grogginess, lack of focus, mood changes and fatigue all add to to a less productive you. For some this isn’t just a rare occurrence, but an everyday reality. According to a study by the CDC, More than a third of American adults are not getting enough sleep on a regular basis.” So how do we remedy America’s lack of sleep?

In this article we cover some health and wellness tips for getting better rest, along with how full spectrum CBD oil may improve your quality of sleep.

Healthy Routines

What we’ve found at Green Lotus is that a good night’s sleep starts with healthy routines. Here’s a few suggestions you may know to be good for you, but might not always practice yourself.

Exercise

A consistent workout routine not only helps improve long-term health and physical capabilities, but also brings about better rest. Find an exercise you enjoy, and commit to a realistic schedule. Something as simple as three 30 minute workouts per week can bring about major benefits. And if that’s unrealistic, try taking a short walk. If you notice better quality rest on the days you exercise, maybe it’s time to add in a day or two.  

Eating

Obviously what we consume has an impact on our overall health and well-being. The more variety of vegetables, nuts, whole fruits, healthy grains and meats we consume, the better our body feels. But what we take in, and when we do it, can have serious effects on our sleep pattern. And while we aren’t all going to be drinking green veggie juice in the foreseeable future, there are some common things to avoid later in the day.

5 things to avoid before bed:

  1. Caffeine
  2. Alcohol
  3. Fatty foods
  4. Sugary foods
  5. Acidic foods

Vitamins / Supplements

Vitamins and supplements are a must-have in regards to preventative care, especially if you’re short on time to cook. While there are hundreds of supplements to choose from regarding overall health, incorporating melatonin, valerian root, or chamomile have been shown to help induce natural sleep for decades. Each of these have their own respective effects (good and bad), and should be taken only with a full understanding of how they might impact your own or a loved one’s body.

CBD for Sleep

Now that we’ve covered the most common natural sleep remedies, let’s take a look at why full spectrum hemp oil might be the sleep aid you’ve been looking for.

You might benefit from CBD for sleep if you:

  • Find your mind racing or anxious at night
  • Find it difficult to stay asleep
  • Struggle with PTSD
  • Struggle with occasional insomnia

The primary function of the endocannabinoid system is to regulate homeostasis, which in-turn impacts our quality of sleep. Cannabinoids (including CBD) have shown sedative properties that can induce a calm mental state, thus making it easier to sleep. It’s worth mentioning that a less widely-known cannabinoid, CBN, appears to be the most sedative, according to research labs. Cannabinol (CBN) occurs through the breakdown of THC (the psychoactive cannabinoid), but contains little to no mental affects. If you’re considering taking CBN as a sleep aid, be sure to look for lab reports showing registered levels of CBN.

When using full spectrum hemp oil as a sleep-aid, create ideal conditions that signal your body it’s time for bed. Some common practices are to keep the lights dim, stay off the computer or electronic devices (especially social media or work related tasks), and try to avoid television.

Conclusion

People are constantly on the go in today’s society. Where technology has given time, life’s expectations have taken it away. In order to maintain homeostasis, we need to listen to our body, and remain conscious of how much rest we need to function at our best. This article has covered numerous ways that may improve your quality of sleep, and we encourage you to do your own research as well.

We don’t know of a “magic pill” that naturally addresses all your sleep issues. However, by establishing healthy routines and taking full spectrum CBD products, you might substantially improve your chances of getting the rest your body needs.

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With the CBD industry forecasted as a $2 billion industry by 2022, CBD companies are sprouting up across the nation. Because of this, it’s become increasingly important to understand what to look for in cannabis based products. 

A number of companies have turned to CBD isolate as their primary ingredient in supplemental products. While having the most broad array of remedies, cannabidiol (CBD) is just one of over 80 different cannabinoids found within the cannabis plant. CBD in its bare form is extracted from full spectrum hemp oil, therefore creating CBD isolate. With full spectrum hemp products you get a wide range of supplements that the body’s endocannabinoid system was made to receive. Now let’s dive into the pros and cons of CBD isolate vs full spectrum CBD oil.

CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum CBD Oil – What’s in it?

While proven to attach to the largest variety of receptors within the body’s endocannabinoid system, CBD is still just one of numerous cannabinoids that humans and animals were made to absorb. When you factor in the variety of essential vitamins and minerals, fatty acids, protein, chlorophyll, fiber, flavonoids, and terpenes only present in full spectrum hemp oil, it’s hard to deny the potential impact of full spectrum CBD oil.

What you get in full spectrum hemp oil that’s not in CBD isolate:
  • Cannabinoids – CBD, CBG, CBN, CBC, and many more
  • Vitamins – A, C, E and B complex vitamins (riboflavin, thiamine, and niacin)
  • Minerals – Magnesium, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, and iron
  • Fatty acids – Omega 3 and Omega 6

Does full spectrum cost more than CBD isolate?

The short answer – NO. When using full spectrum hemp products, multiple cannabinoids, terpenoids, and receptors work together to increase the efficacy of cannabis based products. This process is often referred to as the “entourage effect”. Because of this, people and animals are able to consume less hemp oil while achieving the same desired results. Therefore, full spectrum CBD oil costs less than CBD isolate. But to be fair, there are a number of hemp oil companies out there offering full spectrum products at cheaper price points. Something to consider is that not all full spectrum CBD oil is created equal – but most of it is. As you might know, a lot of CBD products on the market today contain hemp oil from the same distributor. While efficient, this doesn’t grant much oversight throughout the grow cycle of hemp or manufacturing process thereafter. The only way around this is to own your supply chain, thus creating premium “farm to bottle” hemp products. With 75 acres of organically grown Colorado hemp, plus a 10,000sqft GMP standard facility, Green Lotus has positioned itself in a way that guarantees the best quality full spectrum CBD oil products.

Benefits of the Green Lotus “farm to bottle” process:
  • Transparency – All our products undergo extensive third-party lab testing
  • Adaptability – Our process allows us to adapt to the needs of our customers
  • Quality control – Our GMP facility allows for in-house research and development
  • Less processed – All products are made from 100% whole plant organic hemp

Since there’s no claiming medicinal benefits for any over-the-counter drug, consumers choose to voice their experience with full spectrum CBD oil. Darci was recently introduced to Green Lotus by her mother to help with severe spinal arthritis.

Here’s what Darci has to say:

“It was actually my mother who sent me Green Lotus – Orange 500mg tincture and I was amazed that I could walk, get up, move without pain. Being new to hemp oils, I thought I would try another brand- one I researched about being reliable, etc. and it was a complete face dive into pain for me. Three days was more than enough to convince me to reorder Green Lotus- which I did. And I’m back out of pain!! I will never again try anything else. I will be able to live a life again because of Green Lotus and I just want to say thank you with all my heart.”

Check out more customer testimonials on the Green Lotus YouTube Channel

Which is Better? CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

Evidence would suggest that full spectrum CBD is simply more effective, efficient and affordable. CBD isolate lacks the different cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, along with a wide range of vitamins and minerals that work together to increase the efficacy of cannabis products. At Green Lotus one of our goals is to continuously expand our learnings and understandings of cannabis as a whole, helping you determine what’s best for you and your loved ones. Our take is that full spectrum CBD oil provides maximum support for the body, helping people and animals maintain homeostasis. What about you?  

Leave a comment below or share with someone you believe can benefit from full spectrum CBD products. #LetsGrowTogether


It’s official, the FDA has approved the first cannabis derived prescription drug. Based on years of research, Epidiolex has proven benefits in treating two rare forms of epilepsy (Dravet Syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome). So what does that mean for everyone else? Epidiolex contains CBD isolate, which is also found in a number of nutraceutical hemp products. Up until now, all forms of CBD (with exception to Farm Bill Compliant hemp derived CBD) have been classified as a Schedule I drug. Although we can’t be certain how the FDA’s approval will affect the cannabis industry, we can offer our thoughts. So, let’s look at the facts.

CBD Isolate vs Full Spectrum Hemp Oil

CBD isolate (the cannabis derived ingredient in Epidiolex) is a refined version of full spectrum hemp oil containing only pure CBD. While proven to show health benefits, CBD isolate is just one of numerous cannabinoids that our body is made to absorb, along with numerous flavonoids and terpenoids that are stripped away in the refining process.

Hemp extract contains a variety of cannabinoids, such as CBD, that target specific cannabinoid receptors throughout the body. When using full spectrum hemp products, multiple cannabinoids, terpenoids and receptors work together to increase the efficacy of cannabis based products. This process is often referred to as the “entourage effect”. Although CBD isolate found in Epidiolex is proven to show health benefits for two specific forms of epilepsy, some will still prefer (and be limited to) wholistic full spectrum hemp oil. 

How the FDA’s Approval helps the CBD Industry:

  • CBD being reclassified to Schedule II or III (within 90 days)
  • Making the cannabinoid industry as a whole more credible
  • Higher quality standards and oversight
  • Proves that CBD has medicinal value
  • Opens the door to more research

Concerns

Regardless of being FDA approved, the question “How much will it cost?” is still a top concern. A year’s prescription of Epidiolex is estimated to cost upwards of $32,000. Even after insurance, it’s likely that Epidiolex will have a cost comparable to over-the-counter alternatives. Before any of that can happen, the DEA still has to reclassify CBD. Currently marijuana and CBD are considered a Schedule I drug. The FDA granted Epidiolex Fast-Track designation for use with Dravet syndrome, and Orphan Drug designation for both Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. With the FDA’s approval of epidiolex, the DEA now has 90 days (as of June 25, 2018) to reclassify CBD as a Schedule II or Schedule III drug. “We don’t have a choice on that,” DEA public affairs officer Barbara Carreno told Business Insider.

 

cbd-oil-epidiolex-epilepsyWith exception to “off label prescribing”, this new drug will be limited to individuals with either of the two previously mentioned types of epilepsy. This means that for those of you looking to use CBD as a remedy for anxiety, appetite, pain, immunity and memory (among others), you’ll likely have to stick with alternative over-the-counter supplements. And while we’re here, it’s worth mentioning the potential negative side effects of Epidiolex, “sleepiness, sedation and lethargy, elevated liver enzymes, decreased appetite, diarrhea, rash, fatigue, malaise and weakness, insomnia, sleep disorder and poor quality sleep, and infections.”

 

With CBD products now being verified to have medicinal benefits, the industry might be approaching a renaissance. A restructuring of the legalities for CBD in a medical environment just might be the validation this industry needs. The FDA’s approval of the first cannabis derived drug will likely open up new opportunities, especially for brands who’ve gone the extra mile to ensure a quality product. As more cannabis derived FDA drugs are introduced, it will become increasingly harder for cannabinoid supplement companies to guarantee pharmaceutical-grade quality. Early trail blazers will have to adapt, refine processes, and have clear oversight of their supply chain and manufacturing.

Not All Hemp Companies are Equal

The cannabis industry has grown to where it is today because of early pioneers who were able to look passed common misconceptions and saw potential in the complex cannabis plant. Now with tensions lightening up, larger retailers offering natural supplements will likely take on CBD brands as this industry gains more validity. Hemp companies that set higher standards will be positioned for long-term success as the industry continues to grow.

What Cannabinoid Companies Should Focus On:

  • GMP manufacturing processes
  • Increased self-regulation
  • 3rd party testing
  • Being open and transparent
  • Customer service
  • Education

Final Thoughts

Overall, the FDA’s approval of Epidiolex is likely a good move for the cannabis industry as a whole. It helps the industry become more credible, sets higher quality expectations, proves that CBD has medicinal value, and will likely encourage further research on cannabinoids and their potential health benefits. As we always say here at Green Lotus Hemp, #LetsGrowTogether.


As you’ve probably heard, CBD is showing numerous benefits for both adults and children struggling with a variety of ailments. But, is CBD safe for dogs and cats? In this article you’ll learn about how CBD oil can potentially help your furry companion(s).

Before we get started, there are some misconceptions out there we should clear up. First, there are 100’s of cannabinoids that exist within the cannabis plant, CBD and THC being the most widely known. Cannabinoids bind with receptors that exist throughout human and animal bodies – learn about the endocannabinoid system. Hemp-derived CBD grown under the Farm Bill Act contains less than .3% THC, which is considered non-psychoactive. This makes for a legal, safe and medically beneficial remedy that you can read more about below.

CBD for Animals with Anxiety

It’s a fact, animals experience stresses just like humans. Whether it’s thunderstorms, owner attachment, the unfortunate scenario of abuse, or a plethora of other causes, CBD has shown to reduce anxiety in both humans and animals.

Reduce Pain

Studies show that CBD and other cannabinoids found in full spectrum hemp oil have potential to treat a variety of ailments associated with pain. The analgesic properties found in CBD make it a viable option for your pet’s pain relief.

Slows Cancer Growth

With cancer becoming such a prevalent part of society, you may wonder if there’s natural options for your pet. Although we can’t recommend treating any illness with CBD, research shows that CBD slows tumor growth.

Treats Seizures & Epilepsy

If your animal suffers from regular seizures, CBD could be worth trying. In a human trial, 7 out of 8 patients with epilepsy saw measurable improvements over a 5 month period.

Reduces Inflammation

Studies show that CBD can remedy the affects of inflammatory disorders including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, colitis and hepatitis and “have been shown to protect the host from the pathogenesis through induction of multiple anti-inflammatory pathways.”

Increases Appetite

Some dogs and cats just don’t have strong appetites, especially when illness strikes or old age comes about. Studies show mice that were given CBD oil were reported having increased appetite and regulated food intake. So if your pet is struggling with eating, it may be worth trying a natural remedy.

How to Administer

Place one full dropper of tincture under your pet’s tongue or next to cheeks, and let the oil absorb into soft tissue. If this worked, congratulations – you’re the owner of the ‘Good Boy’ or ‘Girl’! For the rest of us with a less than stellar pet training record, it’s recommended you mix the Hemp Oil Tincture with wet or dry food, or simply put a dropper full on a treat. For best results, give to your pet twice daily and increase dosage incrementally until desired results are achieved.

Final Thoughts on CBD for Pets

Whether you’re looking to improve the well-being of your furry companion, or remedy a specific health issue, CBD could be a viable option. While it isn’t a cure all solution, full spectrum hemp oil containing naturally occurring CBD has shown to be quite effective when combined with other treatments. While we’ve addresses some of the questions you might have, it’s always a good idea to consult your licensed Veterinary. Also, feel free to comment any questions you have below. #LetsGrowTogether


At Green Lotus Hemp, one of our goals is to spread education and awareness on the numerous benefits of full spectrum hemp oil. Whether you take CBD regularly, are just looking to try CBD for the first time, or you have your doubts about hemp oil, you’re at the right place to get answers. In this blog we’ll cover questions like what is the endocannabinoid system, what are cannabinoid receptors, and who can potentially benefit from CBD.

The Endocannabinoid System Explained

CBD, like all cannabinoids, interacts with your native endocannabinoid system. This central core system’s primary role is to maintain equilibrium of your body despite outside influences and fluctuations – this is known as homeostasis. Homeostasis is a key part in our functioning bodies, and keeping it maintained and well balanced is of the utmost importance.

We’ve created this illustration to give you a visual overview of where your cannabinoid receptors are located and what cannabinoids attach to those receptors. While CBD is shown to affect multiple organs throughout the body, there are less well-known cannabinoids that when combined (like in our full spectrum CBD hemp oil), can potentially assist in achieving your desired results.

Obstacles such as worry, stress, aches and pains all contribute to throwing us off balance on a day-to-day basis. That’s where the endocannabinoid system comes into play. The ECS works to keep our bodies balanced from these stressors on a constant basis, making it one of the most critical receptor-based systems in our body. The ECS influences and regulates many functions in our bodies including metabolism, neurons, and blood sugar levels.

Cannabinoids, such as CBD, target specific receptors throughout the body. When using a full spectrum product, multiple cannabinoids, terpenoids and receptors work together to increase the desired result of hemp oil products. This process is often referred to as the “entourage effect”.

Animals Have Endocannabinoid Systems Too

And for all you animal lovers out there – yes, animals have endocannabinoid systems as well. CBD has shown promising results for a variety of animals, most notably, dogs and cats. Domesticated animals suffer from many of the same ailments as humans, so it makes sense that your furry companion can benefit from full spectrum hemp oil pet tinctures as well.

Most of our customers find that adding to dry or wet food works well, and for more tolerant house pets, even administering orally (ideally under the tongue).  

Spreading Awareness of CBD

Another way we spread awareness on the benefits of CBD is through storytelling. Although we can’t claim any proven medical results, we can offer testimonials from our customers. Whether it’s anxiety, autism, joint pain, muscle fatigue, lack of appetite or diabetes, you can watch for yourself just how much they believe CBD has improved their lives – check out our YouTube channel here.

We hope this summary of the endocannabinoid system has been educational, and is useful in helping you determine whether CBD is right for you, your customers, or your family.

If you’d like to stay up to date on all the latest insights on the growing cannabinoid industry, go ahead and click that red bell to left of your screen to get notified anytime we post a new blog, video, or run a special promotion. And always remember, we don’t just make quality products – we make remedies for life. #LetsGrowTogether

 


If you or your customers have been fans of our Girl Scout Cookies vape cartridges, then you’re going to love our limited edition of Maui Sunrise Hemp Oil Cartridges. Sweet, smooth and creamy – these pre-filled vape cartridges have a flavor profile similar to that of a freshly cut pineapple blended into a vanilla smoothie.

You won’t find any additives here – instead, you’ll get 500 mg of full spectrum hemp oil rich in naturally occurring CBD and other natural phyto-cannabinoids. Green Lotus cartridges are great for focus, overall well-being and can be taken at any time of day. Kickstart any part of your day with the refreshing, yet calming sensation of Maui Sunrise CBD Hemp Oil Cartridges. 

Our limited supply is ready to ship for wholesale across the U.S., so be sure to get your orders in ASAP. Just login to your wholesale account at GreenLotusHemp.com and place your order.

As for non-wholesale customers, you can purchase a personal Maui Sunrise vape cartridge, by sending over an email to info@greenlotushemp.com, or give one of our customer advocates a call at 1-888-811-HEMP (4367).

Login to your wholesale account and place your order here.

 


With so much information coming out about CBD, we decided to take some time to answer a major question – how much CBD should I take? But before we get into that, let’s take a moment to answer another important question – what is CBD?

A Brief Overview of CBD

CBD, also known as Cannabidiol is a non psychoactive of the cannabis plant. The common misconception around CBD is that it gives off a high being tied into the cannabis family. What most people don’t know is that it can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC (the active component in marijuana that gets users “high”).

Cannabidiol is a much less controversial option, while still offering it’s user significant health benefits. CBD is just one of over eighty components of this complex plant, however it’s commonly agreed that CBD is one of the most beneficial. Take for instance the fact that CBD gives its users a relief and comfort that many pharmaceutical medications may not have previously addressed.

Learn more about hemp-derived CBD oil in our Hemp 101 guide

 

How Much CBD Should I Take

For best results, take CBD oil daily and increase dosage incrementally until desired results are achieved. We recommend starting with a full dropper of the 125 tincture (which contains 4mg of CBD), and increase as needed for desired results.

Here’s the measurements broken down for our Green Lotus Hemp tinctures:

  • 1 full dropper of 125 mg = 4mg CBD
  • 1 full dropper of 250 mg = 8mg CBD
  • 1 full dropper of 500 mg = 16mg CBD

So basically, if you take two full droppers of the 125mg, your intake will be 8mg of CBD, and four full droppers of the 125mg would equal 16mg of CBD. Starting out with our tinctures is a great way to introduce yourself because you control your dosage. If you’re in need of a higher dosage, check out our Hemp Oil Softgel Capsules containing 25mg of CBD.

There are many factors that affect how your body reacts to CBD – the best advice we can give is to simply listen to your body – it knows what’s good for it.

 

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How Green Lotus Hemp Differs

We are a farm bill compliant, Colorado based company that manages the process from “farm to bottle”. This allows you to comfortably sell or purchase a legal product that’s been in our control from beginning to end. We also own our own GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) facility, and have strict quality and testing requirements – access our test results here.

 

 

Some additional differentiators:

  • Full Spectrum Formula – Our hemp oil contains multiple cannabinoids and terpenoids.
  • 30+ years collective experience – Our chemists have three decades of experience in manufacturing pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, and health supplements.
  • Veteran owned and operated – Although they didn’t know each other at the time, our CEO and COO joined the military on the same day.
  • Online chat and messaging available 24/7 – We’re here to help you choose the right product.
  • Organically grown hemp – Our hemp is 100% organically grown in Colorado.

To learn more about our products, visit our website, or stop by one of the 100’s of stores that carry our products across the nation.

Disclosure: A Doctor’s advice should be sought before using this and any supplemental dietary product. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

 


At Green Lotus Hemp we don’t just make quality products, we make remedies for life. Hearing success stories from our customers encourages us to continue increasing awareness and education of CBD oil. Below we share how a mother helps her 5 year-old autistic son using CBD hemp oil. We hope that her experience provides comfort and reassurance as you explore the potential benefits of full spectrum CBD for autistic children.

Discovering CBD Oil

We recently visited a mother who’s been using CBD oil tinctures to help with her son Maddox’s autism. For obvious reasons, this decision wasn’t made lightly. As a parent of two children with autism, Kyla’s experience with this condition is extensive. As she came to learn, autism affects children in a variety of ways, and Kyla wasn’t sure how to help her son.

Like most parents of autistic children, Kyla spent years researching different solutions to help with the complexities of autism. Avoiding the use of medications, she resorted to therapy and dietary adjustments – note, Maddox hated vegetables. With minimal improvements, Kyla continued her search, coming across a few videos describing the potential benefits of CBD for autistic children. Skeptical at first, she said “No way, I’m not going to give my kid marijuana!” (Learn the difference between cannabis and hemp-derived CBD here.) But once she saw a little girl very similar to her son gain the ability to speak, sing, and even look others in the eyes, she knew it was worth trying CBD oil as a remedy for her son’s autism.

Potential Benefits of CBD for Autistic Children

Just after two days Kyla noticed a difference in Maddox. Specifically, Maddox experienced:

  • Increased focus
  • Increased responsiveness
  • Improved social interaction
  • Increased appetite for healthy foods

Furthermore, Kyla noticed that her son would finally look her and others in the eyes – something she deeply cared about.

Eager to see if anyone else had noticed these changes in her son’s behavior, Kyla confided in Maddox’s teacher, explaining that she’d been adding CBD oil to his diet. To her surprise, the response was overwhelmingly positive. His teacher thought he’d just been getting more sleep, but assured Kyla that Maddox had been following instructions and appeared to be more attentive. Most importantly, he began interacting positively with the other children.

After a few months of using CBD, Maddox continues to see improvement in all areas. One of his mother’s greatest comforts is seeing how calm and aware her son is now – something she believes is directly correlated to Green Lotus Hemp full spectrum CBD oil tinctures.

Conclusion

We hope this and our other stories provide some insight as to the variety of uses CBD oil has for the human body. To learn more about our products and other useful information regarding the CBD industry, visit our Hemp University Blog.

Answer Your Basic CBD Questions Here. A Simple CBD Guide for Familes.

For an in-depth look at the effects of the eCB (endocannabinoid system) on autism, take a look at this study from The American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics.


Canada Legalizes Marijuana

When does Canada Legalize Marijuana?

In a monumental move, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the other day that Canada would officially legalize marijuana by the mid-October 2018.

Where is Marijuana Legalized?

The Canadian Senate passed Bill C-45 with a vote of 52 to 29; this is revolutionary, as Canada is now the second country to legalize marijuana use. They come right after Uruguay who legalized marijuana production, sale, and consumption in December 2013.

Dubbed ‘The Cannabis Act’, the bill was passed on its 3rd reading on June 7th; it received Royal Assent meaning the bill has officially passed parliament. Legal recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada federally come mid-October, but this also means that cannabinoid products including CBD are legal to purchase now.  CBD is a legal and safe hemp cannabinoid alternative in the United States and countries where marijuana is illegal; Green Lotus Hemp products comply with the Hemp Farm Bill and contain 0% THC.

Passing this bill simply means that overall as a country, Canada will have legal marijuana in a matter of months; how each province (think of them as loosely similar to states in the United States) deals with enforcing certain parts of the bill is another question altogether. That is in part why even after Bill C-45 is passed, it will take until October to get local and country policy ready. Originally, 6-8 weeks was estimated for implementation to legalize marijuana, even as early as September, but larger provinces requested more time to gear up so to speak, much like the U.S. state of Colorado did.

Marijuana Legalized with Amendments

So how will our neighbor to the north handle recreational marijuana? No G7 country has ever legalized adult-use marijuana before.

There have been a series of amendments, over 40, to the original bill that covers an array of guidelines that outline practices ranging from companies branding merchandise to personal cultivation. Any hats or t-shirts, in fact, any products with branding to advertise the companies are a huge no-no. As far as personal cultivation, the bill in certain provinces would allow up to 4 plants for personal use. This would be the acceptable limit that would not incur any kind of sanctions, whether civil at the provincial level or criminal at the federal level.

The province and the federal balance will be an interesting juxtaposition, just like the states in the U.S that now allow medical marijuana contending with the U.S federal government. Think of it like state vs federal powers; the province, under section 2 of the BNA act, pertains to property and civil rights. However, the bill, in general, is a federal bill. These extra amendments are being considered to give the provinces greater power in regulation and the struggles of introducing marijuana. The way marijuana will be sold and the minimum age of consumers will be determined by the province; this way each province can feel out the best way to approach this change for their population.

Regulations Legalizing Marijuana

Certain regulations will certainly come into effect in general to legalize marijuana. In October, products will be put in non-descript packaging that will be sealed and tucked away from consumers; this certainly will be a different picture than the brightly covered jars and displays of some U.S marijuana shops. For at least the first year, marijuana retailers in Canada won’t be selling edibles; this includes gummies, brownies, and CBD-infused beverages. That means that Canada can look to states in America that already regulate CBD products, like Green Lotus Hemp’s products.

Legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada should serve as a boost for the Canadian economy; however, Canada should be wary of Colorado’s mistakes. Regulation of doses in products, such as candies as well as other products, will be key during the first year.

Canada Legalizes Marijuana, Now What?

What this really calls in to question, is now that marijuana will become legal, what happens to those already serving time for infractions? Or those due to pay fines related to a substance that is now legal? It seems at this time, people need help. There still will be a long way to go on even considering reversing charges for possession for people serving, although this should be a key factor in an examination in the next months as Canada moves to legalize marijuana.

Until recreational marijuana becomes truly legal after the first sale in mid-October, we will not know the teething problems. We saw growing pains for medical marijuana in the U.S states, like Georgia. What may be more interesting, is the opening of availability of CBD products to own in Canada, like the U.S is able to purchase safe and legal CBD; if you suffer from achy joints, tight muscles, and more, you can now buy CBD products. However, as the first G7 country to legalize marijuana is a huge step to not only decriminalizing but also changing people’s mindset on a plant that could help many people.

 


DEA CBD cannnabinoid preview

The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) has quietly made a clarification that not all compounds from cannabis fall under the Controlled Substances Act federally. The DEA has made a distinction between THC and CBD, mainly that THC is an intoxicant while CBD is not.

CBD vs THC

If its confusing concerning the difference between THC or CBD, do not worry you are not the only one. THC is a cannabinoid that causes psychoactive (high) reactions in the body; CBD is another cannabinoid but it is not psychoactive and does not give you a buzz. “Hemp” is defined by federal law as the plant Cannabis Sativa containing less than 3 % THC; any plant containing more than this is marijuana.

The CBD cannabinoid can help with a variety of things.

DEA Directive

So what did the DEA say? The DEA issued an internal directive stating,CBD LEGAL DEA

Products and materials that are made from the cannabis plant and which fall outside the CSA definition of marijuana (such as sterilized seeds, oil or cake made from the seeds, and mature stalks) are not controlled under the CSA. Such products may accordingly be sold and otherwise distributed throughout the United States without restriction under the CSA or its implementing regulations. The mere presence of cannabinoids is not itself dispositive as to whether a substance is within the scope of the CSA; the dispositive question is whether the substance falls within the CSA definition of marijuana.

Let’s break this down to be a little simpler; CBD extract is extracted from “hemp”, which is not included in the definition of marijuana above. The existence of cannabinoids is not the problem, in fact, Cannabis Sativa contains over 100 cannabinoids most of which do not make you high. This directive states that the DEA and the Controlled Substances Act is to only concern themselves with marijuana with the intoxicant THC.

CBD Legal

Although CBD products are legal in every state this now means that federally:

  • CBD may be imported and exported to and from the USA without restriction
  • CBD may be lawfully purchased and sold throughout the country

DEA vs Congress

Recently, the DEA has been overstepping their boundaries starting with the publishing of a drug code 7350 in 2017 concerning hemp derived extracts. This rule states that all hemp derived extracts fall under the same Schedule 1 category as marijuana that contains psychoactive THC.

However, this rule was not established in legislation through Congress; it is overreaching by the enforcing body of the DEA. Although the DEA claims this rule was to better track extract products, in reality, it has limited patients with legitimate medical need the access to CBD. This rule has created a lot of confusion, as you may remember Texas tried to do something similar.

Of course, the DEA rule was challenged straight away by the hemp industry; the hemp industry cites the 2004 decision by the ninth circuit of appeals excluding non-psychoactive cannabis strains from Schedule 1 drugs. This would include CBD, as well as other helpful cannabinoids, which the DEA has no authority to regulate.

In addition, the 2014 Hemp Farming Bill further supports certain states allowing hemp cultivation for reasons like medical research. This is additional to support that sheds light on the overreaching raids of the DEA.

Green Lotus Hemp Standards

Unlike other CBD retailers, Green Lotus Hemp grows hemp under the Hemp Farming Bill that contains 0% THC.