With the Federal legalization of hemp, the Sixth Annual Oregon Hemp Convention held June 7-9, 2019 in Portland, Oregon, proved to be an eye opening experience into the future of this industry. So that I can wade through this Gold Rush 2.0 in search of the best CBD gold, I found myself asking vendors three key questions.
- Where is the CBD sourced? This lets me know if I am supporting local farms with a history of growing cannabis using sustainable and organic means. A key part of this sustainability is knowing they strive for equality in their employment practices, and that they work to help those who have been adversely impacted by the ongoing war on drugs.
- How is the CBD processed? Is it free of solvents, pesticides and other harmful additives?
- How much CBD is in this product? For example, a CBD beverage containing 5 mg of CBD will give me a gentle pleasant buzz but I find that I need a CBD product with at least 25 mg per serving in order to have a healing effect on my aching joints and hurried mind.
Most of the products I sampled seemed to work reasonably well but given this bounty, I wanted to seek out the best of the best. For examples, I connected with a few vendors who partnered with East Fork Cultivars, a craft farm based in the Rogue Valley in Oregon. I was familiar with this farm’s partnerships having sampled products made from cannabis harvested from their farm. Among those products include: Danodan‘s CBD drops available as ad-ons at a number of Portland brewpubs; Empower® BodyCare’s line of cannabis infused topicals; Grön CBD chocolates; and Peak Extracts‘ rescue rub, chocolate, and extracts, and Müru’s “cannamixer” syrups.
Phil Boyle from Coalition Brewing was pouring their signature Two Flowers IPA, a CBD infused beer available on tap at their Portland based brewery and a smattering of area breweries. Bottles are now available for purchase at the brewery and select grocery stores. When asked about their collaboration with Coalition Brewing, Nathan Howard, co-founder of East Fork Cultivars, replied, “We worked with Coalition Brewing to help them develop CBD-infused beers and provided CBD education to their staff and patrons via CBD Certified.”
Also I learned that House of Spain just began working with East Fork Cultivars in creating CBD tinctures, infused body salves, and a range of olive oils made with olives harvested throughout various regions in Spain.
Ordering CBD Online
Most products for sale appear to contain CBD that’s poorly grown and processed, and often does not contain enough CBD in order to be effective. I found the aforementioned guidelines to be necessary to help me navigate the wild world of online CBD sales.
Here’s a few examples of CBD products available online that I found passed the quality test I outlined above.
Forest Coffee Trading Co. and Evo Hemp partnered to produce a CBD cold brew with notes of dark berry and cocoa with each 12 oz. bottle containing 15 mg of Evo Hemp CD. Evo Hemp CBD is produced by the Native Americans of the Pine Ridge Reservation and then processed using Evo Hemp Lab's proprietary technology for producing water soluble, full-spectrum hemp extracts. The coffee beans are sourced from a micro-lot producer in Northern Thailand.
From RESET Bioscience comes RESET balance, a CBD isolate sourced locally from Boulder, Colorado. Each bottle contains 300mg 99.9% nano liposomal organic hemp CBD. Using pharmaceutical grade ingredients, they have produced a CBD tincture available in neutral or peppermint flavors that helps to reset one’s baseline.
Hemp Cheeba Chews, a premium line of hemp-derived CBD taffy, are available in four flavors: chocolate, strawberry, sour apple and caramel. Unlike many candy CBD edibles, these sweets have the consistency and taste of qualify taffy. Also, they contain 25 mg of hemp-derived CBD in each piece, which is enough for a calming and relaxing buzz.
22 Red, a cannabis company founded by System Of A Down bassist Shavo Odadjian, just launched their award winning hemp-derived CBD disposable vape pens. These solvent and pesticide free vape pens made with full spectrum hemp are available in Orange Mint, Watermelon, Cereal Killer (cinnamon, vanilla, and honey) and Strawberry Sorbet flavors.
buzzn, a line of organic premium pharmaceutical grade CBD oil supplements for people and pets. Choose from Orange Bliss (500 mg) to help enter into a blissful state or Chill Mint (500 mg) for a relaxing buzz. They just updated its labeling so their products now read “broad spectrum” to signify that their products contain zero levels of THC, while also retaining most of the hemp plant’s original compounds. Also, their packaging is made using 100 percent recyclable paper and 50 percent post-consumer waste along with vegetable-based inks.
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