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HEMP VS. CBD

On the shelf, both hemp oil and CBD oil look very similar. They are both extracted from industrial hemp plants grown in the United States, and they both claim to have the same purported health benefits? Which one truly offers you more with each serving? 

Although they look and sound similar, each designation refers to a completely different product. Here’s why you should consider choosing CBD oil over hemp oil

Hemp Oil May Be One of Many Products

Unlike CBD oil, hemp oil may refer to one of many different products. The designation “hemp oil” is given to oils collected from industrial hemp plans, or crushed hempseed plants. 

In this circumstance, “hemp oil” is a closer match to traditional CBD oil than hempseed-based “hemp oil.” A tincture or capsule derived from hempseeds contains only trace amounts of cannabidiols (the good stuff from CBD oil), and are primarily used in cooking oils, beauty products and paint. 

Hemp oil derived from hempseeds is noted for a completely different set of health benefits. Comparable to chia seed oil and flaxseed oil, hempseed oil is noted for a high concentration of proteins, fatty acids and amino acids. These compounds are all noted for their health benefits: Omega-3 and Omega-6 oils are good for joint health, while amino acids and proteins may help reduce the chance of cardiovascular disease. 

Where Hemp Oil and CBD Oil Differ

Even if you do find a hemp oil derived from natural plants, it may not necessarily be the same as CBD oil. Because hemp oil is often derived from hempseeds instead of specially-grown domestic Cannabis sativa plants, it may not contain all the benefits of CBD oil. 

Organic, full spectrum CBD oil are extracted from the full hemp plant. Leaves, stalks and flowers are processed to extract all of the cannabidiols out of the plant. In turn, users may receive the benefits of full cannabidiol, which have been documented in several peer-reviewed case studies. 

And while full-spectrum CBD oil does contain a trace amount of THC – the compound that creates the traditional “high” of cannabis – it’s not nearly enough to give you that feeling. The industrial limit for THC in full-spectrum CBD oil is 0.3% by dry weight, which is not enough to register on most drug tests, nor is it enough to give you that funny feeling. 

While CBD oil is safe for everyday consumption in most people, you should always discuss adding any product or regimen with your doctor. By going over your current medications and plans for CBD oil, they can help you decide if it’s right for your lifestyle. 

Should I Use CBD Oil or Hemp Oil? 

If you’re looking for an alternative to olive oil in cooking or baking, Hemp oil offers health benefits, and can often be found at natural foods stores. However, Hemp oil and CBD oil are not the same thing. 

If you are looking for potential health benefits from an oil that can be used orally or topically, then CBD oil is always your best bet. Before buying and product, make sure it actually contains the full spectrum cannabidiols, instead of just hemp seeds. 

High Times® Announces New CEO

The owner of High Times®, the most well-known brand in cannabis, announces today the appointment of Peter Horvath, former Chief Commercialization Officer of American Eagle Outfitters and former Chief Operating Officer at Victoria’s Secret, as the company’s new Chief Executive Officer and Board Member.

“We are pleased to welcome Peter to the High Times family, and to be able to tap into his wealth of experience capitalizing on major consumer brands. There are few executives with his retail experience in the mainstream world and, up to this point, none in the cannabis world with such an accomplished background,” Hightimes Holding Corp. Executive Chairman Adam Levin said. “The team and I would like to thank Stormy for all of her hard work in getting us through this transition period, and we are excited to have her continue working with us on this mission to grow High Times into all the business areas it helped create.”

Before joining High Times, Horvath previously held leadership roles for large scale global holding companies such as L Brands (Victoria’s Secret, Bath & Body Works, etc. ), American Eagle Outfitters (American Eagle & Aerie), and DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse). Horvath took DSW public on the NYSE in 2005. In 2012 Horvath became CEO of MEP, a government contractor serving the US intelligence and security community in Afghanistan (ISAF), Africa, and Europe. Horvath formed Green Growth Brands and took it public on the CSE in November 2018. GGB operates the highly successful The Source dispensaries in Nevada, and during 2019 his GGB team introduced the Camp, Green Lilly, and Seventh Sense CBD and Cannabis brands to over 400,000 consumers in over 200 locations across the country.

Horvath joins High Times during its ongoing Regulation A+ campaign, which will culminate with the company’s trading on the public markets. Having recently entered into an agreement to acquire 13 dispensaries from Harvest Health & Recreation, High Times is quickly on track to become one of the largest cannabis retailers in California. Following closing on the acquisition, High Times intends to rebrand the stores in its likeness. Consummation of the transitions contemplated with Harvest Health remain subject to certain closing conditions, including the receipt of certain regulatory and third-party consents. The parties are aiming to close the acquisitions no later than June 30, 2020, subject to the parties’ mutual agreement to extend the closing date.

“High Times is a unique brand with an important and rich heritage that deserves amplification and a broader reach, “ stated incoming Chief Executive Officer Peter Horvath. “I think of brands like Glossier, who first earned high-affinity followers through compelling and relevant content, and then demonstrated that you can also serve their followers through commerce. So, it’s been done before, I wouldn’t suggest that it will be easy, but we have all the resources to succeed. I look forward to joining Adam’s accomplished team at High Times, and I am intent on understanding, protecting, and building on the High Times legacy.“

Stormy Simon will step down as Chief Executive Officer.

The announcement comes in the final days of Hightimes Holding Corp.’s Regulation A+ IPO campaign. Investors interested in becoming a shareholder are encouraged to visit hightimesinvestor.com to view the High Times offering circular. You can also email invest@hightimes.com or call with the brand’s investment hotline at 1 (833) BUY-HTHC (833-289-4842). View our latest Regulation A+ offering circular and our SEC filing at https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1714420/000149315219008495/partii.htm and https://www.sec.gov/cgi-bin/browse-edgar?company=hightimes&owner=exclude&action=getcompany.

About High Times:

For more than 45 years, High Times has been the world’s most well-known cannabis brand – championing the lifestyle and educating the masses on the benefits of this natural flower. From humble beginnings as a counterculture lifestyle publication, High Times has evolved into hosting industry-leading events like the Cannabis Cup and the High Times Business Summit, while providing digital TV and social networks, globally distributed merchandise, international licensing deals and providing content for its millions of fans and supporters across the globe. In the world of Cannabis, High Times is the arbiter of quality. For more information on High Times visit http://www.hightimes.com.

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How to Choose the Right Form of CBD

CBD has become a favored natural treatment for depression, anxiety, insomnia, pain, and even epilepsy. With numerous health claims, there’s still a lot of exploration into the properties of this natural remedy. 

If you’re interested in trying CBD, the options can be overwhelming. Here’s how you can choose the right form of CBD for you.

Ingested vs. Topical

One of the main questions people ask when trying to choose the right form of CBD for their needs is whether they should ingest it or use it topically. It ultimately depends on why you’re using CBD.

While applying topical CBD will result in a bit of absorption to the bloodstream, it won’t have the same effects as ingesting it. Topical applications are great for spot treating issues, such as skin disorders or fitness-related muscle pain. Ingesting CBD is better for mental health ailments and overall changes to your system.

Tinctures

Tinctures (AKA, CBD oil) are one of the most common ways to buy CBD. In this concoction, the CBD is blended with a carrier oil to be taken orally under the tongue. When you use CBD oil, you can expect quick results. 

Tinctures are versatile and can be used in a variety of ways. Many CBD enthusiasts put a few drops in their morning smoothie or use it to make edibles.

Edibles

Rather than making your own edibles, you can buy the premade variety. These are already measured out into a set dose and easy to transport and consume. Edibles come in many forms, from chocolate bars to baked goods to CBD gummy options for kids with anxiety. 

Capsules

Capsules consist of CBD oil in pill form. Many CBD users love the convenience of the capsules and the slower release and sustained effects than they experience with a tincture.

Vapors

Vaporizing and inhaling a CBD isolate is the fastest acting form of CBD. When vaporizing, an isolate is used, which is a powdered version of pure CBD. Some find the instant effect too powerful and overwhelming for their needs.

Salves

Salves are one of the best topical applications of CBD. You can use a CBD salve as a muscle and joint rub, targeting arthritis flare-ups and post-workout muscle soreness. The anti-inflammatory effects of CBD and targeted approach are what make salves so desirable for some. In many cases, using a salve has no effects on one’s mental state, which is excellent for daily use.

Sprays

Sprays are a less common form of CBD. This form of natural remedy is great for people suffering from psoriasis or eczema. The sprays are gentle and soothing without leaving a residue or requiring any rubbing. Some sprays are even used for cosmetic purposes, to reduce redness and fine lines in beauty products.

Roll-On Oil

When looking for the right CBD product for you, you might stumble across a roll-on applicator. This form of CBD uses a roller ball to apply a CBD tincture blend topically. It can be used to treat skin ailments and for targeting tense muscles without leaving a residue.

Choosing a form of CBD is a decision that comes down to needs and personal preferences. Use this guide to help you determine what application could be right for you.

Cbd, health, cannabis, 360 MAGAZINE, Alejandra Villagra

HIGH TIMES GOES PUBLIC

High Times, the most well-known brand in Cannabis, announced today that it received notification from FINRA that it was granted a trading symbol, clearing a final hurdle to begin trading. Company trading will commence with a planned listing date to be determined in the near future. The approval provides Hightimes Holding Corp. the ability to list on the public markets which will culminate the brand’s highly successful Regulation A + campaign.

“This is a big step for the company and the High Times brand. The listing of the company’s stock will give us a trading currency that will assist us in furthering our acquisitional goals. There is no better time to roll out this next evolution as we enter the cannabis retail space,” Adam Levin, Executive Chairman of Hightimes Holding Corp., noted. “With the lessons we’ve learned from other operator’s mistakes, great management, and the current state of the industry, now is the time for High Times to thrive!“

“With over 23,000 investors, this has been one of the most widely subscribed to offerings in history – across any industry,” Levin continued. “We’ve proven the strength of our brand, and of the community we represent. We’re excited for this next step.”

High Times is committed to continuing to connect cannabis to consumers with trusted products, across price points, and has introduced several plans this year to support that. High Times aims to cement its place as the largest name in cannabis and become the ultimate destination for all consumers from the canna-curious to marijuana lifers – both in-store and in person. The continued expansion in licensing and e-commerce, and now into retail stores, allow the globally recognized brand the unique opportunity to reach consumers wherever they may live. With the first two retail stores launching in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, High Times’s digital presence provides worldwide reach.

“This feels just like my early days in ecommerce – except in this case we already have audience, and we’re dealing with the most well-known brand in Cannabis,” Stormy Simon, the brand’s Chief Executive Officer, stated. “My history in ecommerce should help the company as we develop both our retail business as well as our direct to consumer delivery options in markets across the globe.”

Alejandra Villagra, CBD, 360 MAGAZINE

How CBD Oil is made: The Ultimate Ethanol Extraction Guide

Recent medical research shows that Cannabinoid (CBD) has the potential to ease symptoms of various ailments such as cancer, arthritis, and multiple sclerosis and more. CBD, which is one of the 85 different compounds that naturally occur in a cannabis plant, is growing in popularity for its medical applications. 

CBD products act as:

  • Antioxidants
  • Antipsychotics
  • Anticonvulsants
  • Anti-inflammatories

The users cannot gain these benefits from just buying a hemp plant from a supplier. The compound that offers these excellent benefits must be extracted and transformed into a consumable product by a professional. 

Ethanol extraction is one of the best methods to extract CBD oils. 

How Ethanol Extraction Process Works

The ethanol extraction method involves introducing a solvent (ethanol) to the hemp plant to extract the cannabinoid. Ethanol then helps dissolves the natural chlorophyll of the hemp plant along with essential oils and cannabinoids. This results in a green-colored CBD oil. A simple filtering process helps remove the green discoloration. 

Additional steps after extraction

The CBD extract must pass through a few other processes before it is ready for pet and human consumption. 

  • Decarboxylation

This is the process that helps activate CBD oil. Before this process is done, the extract is still in an inactive form, and the CBD and THC present in the plant haven’t reached their full potential. 

These phytocannabinoids are in an acidic state, which is better known as cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA). The elements must pass through the decarboxylation process to make the inactive components active and get a high-quality end-product.

  • Winterization

Winterization is the process used to remove unwanted fatty acids, chlorophyll, plant materials, terpenes, and cannabinoids found in the CBD extract. This act helps dissolve non-polar substances (such as hash oil) into a polar substance (in most cases, ethanol) at sub-zero temperatures. 

The process forces lipids (fatty acids) and waxes from the crude extract to the uppermost part of the mixture. Then, they are removed through a simple filtration process.

Downsides of Ethanol Extraction

Ethanol readily mixes with water which breaks down water-soluble molecules such as chlorophyll. Unfortunately, chlorophyll is one major “undesirable” ingredient. The ethanol extraction method can produce a green, grassy product which is also undesirable. 

Some industry leaders like Capna Sytems have invented ways to reduce the need for additional processes during the ethanol extraction method. For example, by using multiple ethanol extractions, they mitigate the presence of chlorophyll among other undesirables.

Why Ethanol Extraction is the Safest Method

According to the FDA, ethanol is the safest method of extraction and is already being used in the extraction of many other conventional medicines and foods. 

The main aim of extraction is to produce cannabinoids that are not just pure but also highly concentrated for pet and human consumption. Unlike other methods of extraction, ethanol extraction provides a high-quality end product with up to 99% purity. Also, it is one of the cheapest and most efficient methods available.

Caroline Hodge, 360 MAGAZINE, cannabis, unions

How to decarb cannabis to release its psychoactive ingredient

What is the process of decarboxylation or decarbing cannabis? Learn about the active elements of cannabis.

When you’ve ever thought about how to decarb wax; have you been aware that the cannabis plant in its natural form is not psychoactive? As it naturally grows, there is no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive element of weed, in the cannabis plant.

It is only when it is heated, during a process of decarboxylation that it becomes ‘active’. Heating converts inactive THCA into active THC. Get this bit right and you’re on your way to ‘how to decarb wax’.

But, what if you are not going to burn your weed to get high? You will have to carry out a separate process of decarb by putting your weed in the oven; even before you use it in cannabis edibles.

How does this work? Well, the heat removes carboxyl from the THCA which then transforms into psychoactive THC. The same process is carried from CBDA to CBD.

What’s Best; Decarbed to Raw Weed?

You want to use decarbed cannabis to get the benefits of THC and CBD. However, there are benefits also from the non-active THCA and CBDA. These both have anti-inflammatory properties that can be of benefit for medical purposes.

To enjoy these benefits you need to take your weed directly from the fresh plant. Do not dry or cure them and, if you want to store them for a few days, you can put them in a fridge. You should not refrigerate them for more than a few days, however. So, it is best to mix it up as a smoothie or tea. If you are going to mix it with a tea or hot drink, be careful as decarbing can occur with the high temperature.

As well as THCA and CBDA, raw weed contains terpenes and phytonutrients which are both healthy and provide non-psychoactive benefits. Because of this, they can be used in treating illnesses or ailments in children.

In its raw form, cannabis contains hundreds of non-psychoactive cannabinoids, the most abundant of which is THCA. For this reason, many people prefer actual cannabis to synthetic THC in some medications. These tend to have just delta 8 THC, without the other beneficial elements of fresh weed.

Decarbing not only activates THCA to THC; it also transforms CBDA into CBD and carries out a similar process with other cannabinoids.

What Temperature Does Decarboxylation Take Place In An Oven?

The required temperature for decarbing in an oven depends upon the time you want to spend on the process. It also depends on what sort of flavour you want from your decarbed weed.

Decarbing at lower temperatures for a longer time will preserve terpenes, making your weed smell and taste better.

A common method of decarbing is as follows:

  • Preheat your oven to 220 – 300F
  • Break up your weed into small pieces
  • Spread the pieces onto a baking tray
  • Heat for 30-60 minutes
  • Remove tray from the oven
  • Allow to cool
  • Grind by hand; with a grinder; or food processor.

Your decarbed weed should now be coarsely ground, but not to a powder. You can now use your THC-laden weed through a variety of consumption methods.

Bella Thorne × Glass House Group


Launch Forbidden Flowers
A Consumer Cannabis & CBD Brand

Thorne A Long-Time Cannabis Enthusiast
Embodies the Brand’s Creative, Captivating and Rebellious Free Spirit

Bella Thorne, the artist, actress, musician, best-selling author, director, entrepreneur, and long-time cannabis enthusiast, has joined forces with Glass House Group, one of the fastest-growing, privately held, vertically integrated cannabis and hemp companies in the U.S., through its cultivation division Glass House Farms, to launch Forbidden Flowers, a new cannabis and CBD brand.

The initial launch will officially kick off with a “Forbidden Flowers Tour”’ which will take place over the next seven weeks. Starting on Thursday, October 10, 2019, on the forbiddenxflowers Instagram page at 10:00 a.m. PT, the first retail location, where consumers can purchase products from the following day on Friday, October 11, 2019, will be revealed. Each Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PT following through Thursday, November 21, 2019, the forbiddenxflowers Instagram page will reveal a new retail location in California, where Forbidden Flowers products can be purchased that following Friday. At the end of the seven weeks, additional retail locations across the Golden State California, which will carry Forbidden Flowers, will be announced to fans.

“I have struggled with anxiety for many years, and weed was the one source I found for me to do the most healing. Because of the properties in weed, I have been able to cope with my anxiety in a natural way, rather than my doctors trying to fix it using prescription drugs,“ said Artist Bella Thorne

“It’s been great spending time with Bella and getting to know and understand her as an individual before we created her brand together,” said Glass House Group Chief Marketing Officer Groovy Singh. “Her creative direction on Forbidden Flowers has been absolutely artistic and impressive. We’re proud to join forces with Bella in rolling out this sexy, enticing, high-quality brand that embodies her captivating spirit. The authenticity of what we are bringing to market together with Forbidden Flowers is what Bella handpicked at our grow, consumed and loved. At a time when more people are exploring the power of cannabis, we look forward to introducing a whole new community to the benefits of cannabis and to Bella sharing with her fans and consumers the ways she incorporates cannabis and CBD into her daily lifestyle.”

Bella worked intimately with Glass House Group to create Forbidden Flowers, which aims to give consumers the same rebellious, empowered feeling many consumers get when they consume cannabis. Today, despite the plant being legal in more than two-thirds of the U.S. in some form, cannabis consumers still face a variety of outdated stigmas. Recognizing that more new consumers are eager to become better educated about cannabis and CBD, Thorne plans to share the various ways she incorporates cannabis and CBD into her lifestyle, health and wellness regimes with her more than 21 million social media followers.

“Bella’s entire product line has been cultivated at our sun-powered, state-of-the-art facility in California using the same high-quality control and earth-friendly approach we are known and respected for,” said Glass House Group President Graham Farrar. “We brought some genetics that we grew for Bella for this launch and we are confident that both our long-time and new consumers are going to love these new product lines.”

To fit any mood or setting, Forbidden Flowers’ Indica, Sativa, Hybrid and CBD varieties will be available in stylish: glass jars eighths of flower; pre-roll five-packs; and pre-roll singles. Each Forbidden Flowers variety has been cultivated exclusively at Glass House Farms in Santa Barbara using coastal sun, organic standards and environmental sensibility to deliver uncompromising quality to consumers.

“We set out to engage a whole growing community of consumers embracing the cannabis and CBD market,” said Glass House Group CEO Kyle Kazan. “We’re pleased to have Forbidden Flowers join our growing portfolio of brands and to bring these products to consumers. We also look forward to rolling out more strategic brands and announcing partnerships in the future.”

For more information on product availability visit: Forbidden Flowers on Instagram at @forbiddenxflowers, http://www.glasshousegroup.com/or www.forbiddenflowers.com.

About Bella Thorne:
Bella Thorne is an actress, best-selling author, director, philanthropist musician and entrepreneur. She entered the entertainment business at six months of age and now at twenty-one has amassed an empire that stretches from acting to various entrepreneurial ventures and philanthropic endeavors that have set her apart from your normal millennial entertainer. Her unapologetic authenticity and ability to be raw with her fans has generated a loyal and diehard following on her social media pages, which consists of 21.5M on Instagram, 6.9M on Twitter, 529k subscribers on YouTube. She is a force to be reckoned with and is just getting started.

About Glass House Group
Glass House Group is one of the fastest-growing, privately held, vertically integrated cannabis and hemp companies in the U.S. Its family of eco-friendly, community-conscious cultivation, manufacturing, brands and retail locations bring to market only the finest strains of cannabis and hemp using cutting-edge care, technologies and environmental sensibility to deliver uncompromising craft-quality strains, flower, extracts, pre-rolls, vaporizers, cartridges and apparel. As a leading brand-enabling company, celebrities, artists, athletes and influencers turn to Glass House Group to create powerful partnerships that reach new audiences and drive consumer engagement. Currently, Glass House Group is expanding its suite of companies, product lines and brands and is expected to see sizable growth throughout 2019 and beyond. For more information and company updates, visit http://www.glasshousegroup.com.