The laws in the United States are constantly changing and evolving. This fact is never more true than when those laws surround new products like CBD and Delta 8 THC. With their wildfire popularity comes news and new regulations regarding these wonderful products, seemingly daily.
We at The Hemp Doctor — America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary believe in keeping our loyal clients informed about the latest and greatest CBD and Delta 8 THC products on the market. We also want to keep you informed on the latest news and regulations regarding these products. With that in mind, here are some of the latest news in CBD and Delta 8 THC regulation in the U.S.
Michigan Clarifies Position on CBD Food Products
The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Food and Dairy Division recently sent an email out to food manufacturers, distributors, and retailers regarding their stance on CBD and other hemp seed products that are being added to foods and beverages. In the email, the department recognized that CBD has become very popular and that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recognized the substance as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). However, the Michigan department is maintaining the FDA’s stance that it has not approved the addition of CBD as an ingredient in drinks, foods, dietary supplements, or animal feed. This email was in response to the fact that many states have broken away from the FDA’s stance and created their own laws approving the use of CBD in food products in their state.
Las Vegas Legislation Pending for CBD and Cannabis Lounges
For the past few years, Las Vegas has been trying to pass legislation that would allow for anyone to be able to open what is known as CBD and cannabis lounges. This would provide a lounge type of environment where patrons could smoke a joint, vape a dab, or do anything else CBD or cannabis-related. Proponents of Assembly Bill 341 point to the fact that, while CBD and marijuana are both legal in Nevada, marijuana cannot legally be smoked in public. This bill would allow for the establishment of legal lounges where patrons could go to enjoy their CBD and other cannabis products. Proponents also point to the estimated 25 million in tax revenues that these lounges would produce. Approximately 60 percent of those tax revenues would go to Las Vegas public schools, which traditionally rank poorly compared to other public school systems in the United States.
New Vaping Regulations on Shipping
Hidden within The Appropriations Act that was signed into law on December 27, 2020, were two sections that addressed the legality of vaping and the shipping of vaping products. The first section makes amendments to the Jenkins Act that was passed back in 1949. These amendments are known as the “Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act.” The new amendments make it so that any Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) is covered in addition to what was initially covered by the Jenkins Act. The second section included in The Appropriations Act addresses changes to the Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking (PACT) Act.
The effect of these changes in the law is that there are several new requirements for distributors who want to ship vaping cartridges or any vaping components through US mail or private carriers. In response to these changes, FedEx will no longer ship vaping products as of March 1, 2021, and UPS will only allow the shipment of vape products “by shippers who have been approved for and have signed a UPS agreement for the transportation of tobacco products.“ DHL already had a ban on shipping vape products before these new rules went into effect.
The US Postal Service issued a proposed rule and was supposed to have a final rule in place by April 27, 2021. As of the writing of this blog, however, due to a large backlash from the hemp and marijuana industries as well as other public concerns, the post office has delayed issuing a final rule. They state the need for more time in order to properly implement the changes that were ordered by Congress.
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CBD is fairly new to the American marketplace, as it just became legal in the United States with the passing of The Farm Bill in 2018. As such, new headlines are being made as further research is being done on this amazing substance, and new laws are being created to regulate it. At The Hemp Doctor, America’s Premier Hemp & CBD Dispensary, we know that a well-informed customer is a loyal customer. So we will always strive to bring you the newest information available.
Austrian Hospital Uses CBD for Treating COVID-19 Patients
On January 31, 2021, the news portal Heute reported that Klagenfurt Hospital in Austria had begun using CBD to treat their COVID-19 patients. During a regimen of three weeks, the doctors at the hospital increased CBD dosages up to 300 mg for their COVID-19 patients. After this regimen, it was reported that the patients under this CBD therapy experienced a faster recovery than those that did not. Because of these results, Klagenfurt Hospital plans on continuing CBD treatment in the future.
It was also reported that Israel is working toward approving CBD on an official level for the treatment of COVID-19. It had earlier been announced in April 2020 that several research projects were launched by Israeli scientists to study the effects of CBD on COVID-19 victims.
New CBD Regulation in the US
A bipartisan bill called The Hemp and Hemp-Derived CBD Consumer Protection and Market Stabilization Act of 2021 has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill is purported to be able to clear the supply chain bottleneck while also providing consumer access and protection.
The bill has a broad range of support from 18 different leaders in the hemp and dietary supplement industry. It is designed to not only clear a legal pathway to market hemp and hemp-based products, but also to direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to construct guidelines for the hemp-derived products. The legislation would also allow CBD and other hemp products to lawfully be sold as dietary supplements.
This bill is necessary because of the current state of the CBD market. The Farm Bill was passed in 2018, which legalized the growth and sale of hemp products as long as they contained no more than 0.3% THC. After its legalization, the CBD market exploded, bringing many new retailers. Unfortunately, many of these retailers are unscrupulous and seek to take advantage of unsuspecting customers. Since its legalization, the FDA has not provided oversight on the content and labeling of CBD products. This has led to a large amount of CBD products being mislabeled. In fact, one study showed that 70% of the CBD products studied had labels that inaccurately reflected the contents of the product. Even worse, because of the many ways to grow and process hemp, some of these CBD products contained harmful heavy metals, solvents, and toxins.
By making hemp products an acknowledged dietary supplement, the FDA can now oversee and test the ingredients in a CBD product and make sure that the labeling is accurate. This is great news for premium retailers like The Hemp Doctor, who have always insisted on a quality product and transparency to the point of having all of their products tested by a third-party laboratory. This is also a big win for CBD consumers, many of whom have been duped by less-than-honest manufacturers who carry mislabeled and sometimes dangerous CBD products.
Progress with Final USDA Regulations
In January 2021 the United States Department of Agriculture issued its final rule for the domestic production of hemp in the Federal Register. The problem in the past has been the fact that the USDA had not brought its regulations into conformity with The Farm Bill of 2018, which made the hemp products legal. This caused many issues like barring Native American farmers from being able to grow hemp on Indian reservations because state laws still made it illegal.
One of the major victories in the issuance of this final rule is the raising of the THC content in hemp crop test samples from 0.5% to 1.0%. The Farm Bill of 2018 makes all hemp products legal across the US. However, to be legal, not only must the final product contain no more than 0.3% THC, the hemp itself could not contain more than 0.5% THC. Before this new regulation, any harvested hemp that was over the 0.5% THC mark, no matter the content of the final product, had to be destroyed, and many crops were lost. By raising the threshold to 1.0%, it is much easier for farmers to meet the requirement. This is extremely good news for small farmers who have had trouble meeting the 0.5% threshold in the past.
You Can Count on The Hemp Doctor!
You can always count on The Hemp Doctor to bring you the information you need in addition to the full line of premium quality products that we offer. You can be assured that whether you are in the market for CBD products like our tinctures or edibles, or if you are looking for Delta 8 THC products like our prerolls, you are only going to find the best with The Hemp Doctor. This is because everything in our inventory is
- Derived only from hemp grown in the United States;
- 100% federally legal;
- Processed using only scientifically advanced technology; and
- Tested by an independent third-party laboratory.
And we make the Certificate of Analysis (COA) from that third-party lab testing available to you, our loyal customers. Don’t trust your health to cheaper CBD and Delta 8 THC products that promise much but deliver little. If the product that you are contemplating doesn’t come from a distinguished retailer that provides the kind of transparency you will find in a COA, then you need to look elsewhere. Only by having a COA can you be assured that what is on the label is exactly what is in the product.
CBD is steadily increasing in popularity daily. It seems that some retailers can’t keep up with consumer demand, as more and more individuals seem to be flocking to CBD as an all-natural solution to address their many fatigues. As the success stories keep rolling in, retailers are eager to keep their customers happy and continue fueling this headline-worthy phenomenon. If you are someone who eagerly awaits the “next big thing” so you can get ahead of the curve, you’ve come to the right place. A simple web search will reveal the most commonly produced CBD products on the market today. But looking ahead, there is a growing demand for more innovative, cutting-edge CBD products, and we are all excited to know what’s coming.
CBD: The Versatile “Wonder-Supplement”
You may already know a few bullet-pointed facts about CBD, but for those of you who remain curious about it, and whether it is safe, legal, or even worth trying, we are here to put your mind at ease and provide you with everything you need to know about this remarkable compound.
- CBD is short for cannabidiol and is a compound extracted from the hemp plant.
- Hemp and marijuana are both from the cannabis family, but they are different – especially in their chemical makeup.
- Hemp-derived CBD is legal in the United States after the passing of the Farm Bill in 2018. This federal legislation legalized all hemp-derived CBD products containing .3% THC or less.
- THC is the ingredient responsible for psychoactive effects. So with .3% THC or less in all products complying with the law, consumers will not experience psychoactive side effects, making CBD an appealing option for many individuals.
- CBD is non-addictive, safe to use, and can easily and seamlessly be incorporated into one’s daily routine.
- CBD is utilized by the body’s endocannabinoid system – which is responsible for numerous daily functions and symptoms.
As such a unique, all-natural supplement option, it’s no surprise people are craving more products to incorporate into their lives to help them achieve the most favorable outcomes CBD has to offer.
Products to Get Your Attention
If you’re already a returning customer to CBD and you are well-versed in the CBD product world, you can skip the first couple of tried-and-true products listed below – but don’t scroll too far! Look for products with a ✭ next to it. Those are some innovative products you may not have heard of that might be hitting the market this year!
- ✭ Softgels: This classic product is easy to use and doesn’t disappoint. Simply take a softgel with a beverage, and enjoy the many benefits CBD has to offer. Some companies even offer variations of the original softgel, like softgels + melatonin or softgels + curcumin to address more specific needs.
- ✭ Tinctures: Another reliable CBD product promising prompt results, as you typically administer the product under the tongue, which allows for the helpful compounds to enter your bloodstream more quickly by sublingual absorption. Different brands offer different flavors, and it’s a great on-the-go CBD product.
- ✭ Edibles: Lollipops, gummies, and candy just got an upgrade! Far more beneficial than any childhood sweet treat, CBD edibles are a favorite for those looking to enjoy the benefits of CBD in a tasty, fun way. New variations of these fun products are hitting the shelves at a rapid rate.
- ✭ Energy Drinks: There are a few of these out there, but many more are coming. Consumers love the idea of combining the pick-me-up from an energy drink and the benefits of CBD in one tasty beverage!
- ✭ Sparkling Water: Because we can never have enough beverage options, CBD will be added to your bubbly water soon – combining two of your favorite things! Step aside, flavored water of the past. There’s a more wellness-supporting competitor getting ready to hit the shelves.
- ✭ Candles: Who says home decor can’t be both stylish and beneficial to your health? CBD infused candles will be taking the relaxation one can achieve from a traditional scented candle to a new level. Bonus: There’s talk that some of these CBD candles may double as massage oils once melted. Mind blown!
The future of CBD is bright, as these are just a few of the dozens of new products expected to emerge from the CBD professionals’ think tanks. With the CBD market predicted to reach 20 billion dollars in sales by 2024, it’s no surprise that more innovative products are just around the corner.
Shopping For CBD Online
As we all await the release of these and many more inventive CBD products, it is important to consider that, no matter how “cool” a product may sound, you should be sure you are purchasing your product from a trusted CBD retailer. The most distinguished, trustworthy companies have a candid production process available on their website, excellent customer service with a money-back guarantee, and utilize third party lab testing to ensure premium quality.
At The Hemp Doctor, we not only meet the above criteria, but we also offer a larger, more diverse inventory of CBD products than most online CBD retailers. You can see the cutting-edge options for yourself by browsing the dozens of high-quality CBD products available for purchase on our website. We even offer CBD energy drinks and teas – something most of our competitors do not yet offer. At the Hemp Doctor, quality is our priority and your satisfaction matters to us. If you have any questions about our many potent, safe-to-use products, are seeking a recommendation, or simply want to chat about the ingenious CBD products to come, we are here to speak with you over the phone or through our online contact form.
Stay tuned for new, ground-breaking CBD products to come! Keep checking out our online store, too. We update our products frequently and are known for staying ahead of the times and leading the pack in innovation.
While browsing websites and reading product descriptions for your favorite CBD products, you are likely to come across the word “trichome.” If you don’t know exactly what trichomes are or what they do, you may utilize some context clues to deduce that they may be something good, even if you aren’t completely sure why. When selecting a health or wellness product to incorporate into your daily life, it is in your best interest to truly get to know what is inside of the products you consume and what impact they can have on your overall vitality. Getting to know what trichomes are and the importance of them will forever change how you read product descriptions in the future, as you’ll be completely informed about the purchase you are making.
If we are aiming to be better informed about our CBD purchases, it’s best to start with the basics. Here’s a quick cheat sheet to ensure we all begin with the same foundation of CBD understanding:
- CBD, short for cannabidiol, is one of over 100 beneficial cannabinoids extracted from hemp – a variation of the cannabis plant.
- As a variation of the cannabis plant, hemp (which is similar to marijuana, but not the same plant strain) is completely legal in the United States. Thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD extracted from hemp (which naturally contains .3% THC or less), is legal for growth, purchase, and consumption.
- After a careful extraction process, CBD is added to numerous health and wellness products available in stores and online.
- Because CBD supplements contain up to .3% THC (full-spectrum) or 0% THC (broad-spectrum), consumers find hemp-derived CBD to be an attractive option, as these safe-to-use products can be taken throughout one’s typical day without fear of psychoactive side-effects.
- CBD is taking the wellness market by storm, as consumers are reporting benefits impacting their mental fatigue, physical discomforts, ability to wind-down after a long day, and more as a result of incorporating CBD into their lives.
You may be wondering: Where do trichomes fit into this? To answer that, let’s look a little bit closer at what trichomes are and the marvelous plant responsible for the helpful compounds within them.
Trichomes: The Key to Quality Cannabinoids
“Trichome” is derived from the greek word “Trichoma,” which means “hair.” Appropriately named, trichomes are microscopic hairlike resin glands. Trichomes are found on many plants, but for the purposes of understanding their role in your CBD products, we are going to focus on the trichomes found on the splendid hemp plant.
Trichomes are small, sticky, and glandular, and can be found in three distinct sizes/categories. Using photosynthesis, they are responsible for creating helpful compounds, including CBD (and other cannabinoids) as well as terpenes. From smallest to largest, here are the three trichomes found on the hemp plant:
- Bulbous Trichomes – The most microscopic of the bunch, these teeny tiny trichomes can be found on the surface of the entire plant. Because they are so small, they cannot be seen by the naked eye.
- Capitate Sessile Trichomes – Slightly larger and more plentiful along the exterior of the plant than the bulbus type, this trichome has a more distinct shape, forming a head-and-stalk structure.
- Capitate-Stalked Trichomes – The largest (no microscope needed!) and most common trichome, this fully-developed stalk has a gland-like head.
Together, each of these trichomes works together to protect the hemp plant, as the bitter taste and pungent smells (terpenes) they create help ward off critters or pests who may otherwise find the plant to be an appetizing snack. In addition to being a naturally-occurring defense mechanism to their plant, trichomes are the most vital, beneficial part of the hemp plant.
Are All Trichomes of Equal Importance?
While each trichome is important, and they all work together to defend and protect the plant. Capitate-Stalked Trichomes – the largest of the three which contain the glandular head – are the most fruitful of the group. They are responsible for creating the helpful cannabinoids and terpenes found in the most effective CBD products. All trichomes do not contain the exact same quality of compounds, however. It is important to note that, in the growing process, there are important indications for farmers to observe which reveal the optimal time to harvest. Over the course of the plant’s life cycle, some trichomes may fall off if not harvested at the appropriate time, which reduces the number of helpful cannabinoids that can be extracted.
Now, when you read product descriptions outlining the quality of your trichomes, you can understand the important role they play as part of a quality hemp plant, and consequently, as part of a high-quality CBD product. You now know that trichomes are the tiny resin glands found all over the plant, and they are responsible for creating the cannabinoids you find in your CBD health supplements.
Bonus tidbit: You may have also noticed the mention of terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for the variation of smells and hints of flavor one can experience when they use some hemp products. You may frequently see retailers mention details about the terpene profile, and now, you more intimately know what they are! Terpenes can vary; some can be sweet, pungent, citrusy, fruity, or even minty. Whichever distinct scent or flavor you prefer, you can now take pride in being an informed shopper as you browse different products and understand how vital the compound-rich trichomes are to the creation of your product.
The Hemp Doctor Difference
You can shop with confidence when you trust The Hemp Doctor to provide the best CBD products (derived from hemp organically grown in the United States) backed by a money-back guarantee. As industry professionals, The Hemp Doctor realizes that premium CBD products come from the best, highest-quality hemp plants nurtured in nutrient-dense soil and harvested at the perfect moment to preserve the trichomes at their peak of potency and quality – so that is exactly what we do.
You can choose from a variety of helpful, potent CBD products from softgels and salves to gummies and tinctures, just to name a few. For customers interested in trying hemp flowers, feel free to browse the numerous hemp/CBD flowers and prerolls. Now that you know exactly what to look for, you can explore the variations of trichomes and terpene profiles to find a product that meets your personal preferences.
If you have any questions or curiosities regarding CBD, trichomes, or a specific product, help from The Hemp Doctor is just a simple call or click away. Get the personalized attention you deserve so you feel the utmost confidence in your CBD purchase, and you will surely be pleased with your experience. Visit The Hemp Doctor today!