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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Why Broad Spectrum Hemp Is The Best of Both Worlds for Seniors

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 11:54 PM

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This article was originally published on blueribbonhemp.com. To see the original article, click here.

When it comes to cannabis, broad spectrum hemp is one of the best options available for senior citizens. Rather than turn to opioids and other potentially deadly medications, patients can get a safer, healthier alternative. Now that the stigma surrounding cannabis has come to an end, senior citizens have more options for treating chronic conditions and taking control of their health.

The Three Kinds of Hemp Oil

If you want to buy hemp-based products, there are a few options you can choose from. The first decision you have to make is whether you want full spectrum hemp, broad spectrum hemp or hemp isolate. Your best choice depends on what you are looking for in your Blue Ribbon Hemp product.

When you buy full spectrum hemp oil, you can get a product that contains a wide range of phytocannabinoids and terpenes. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the component in marijuana that gets people high. While hemp oil does not have enough THC to make you high, it could still have enough THC to make you fail a drug test. You can fail a drug test if there is any THC at all. If you need to take a drug test for work, this product is probably not the best option.

Full spectrum hemp is a lot like whole-plant hemp. The main difference is whole-plant hemp has not been refined as much as full-spectrum products. This is why whole-plant products still contain fibrous materials, fats and waxes from the cannabis plant.

Unlike full-spectrum products, broad spectrum hemp has gone through several layers of processing. It is basically an option in between full-spectrum products and hemp isolates. A broad-spectrum oil still has terpenes and phytocannabinoids, but it uses an additional refinement process to remove THC. That makes it a perfect option for senior citizens who are potentially scared of using a psychoactive substance like THC.

Finally, a hemp isolate only contains one cannabinoid. It has gone through a complex extraction process to remove other compounds like terpenes and THC. Technically, you should not fail a drug test if you have purchased an isolate. Unfortunately, isolates are only as good as their manufacturer is. There are a number of fly-by-night companies that sell poor-quality isolates, so it is important to buy your products from a reputable company like Blue Ribbon Hemp.

Is Hemp Oil the Right Choice?

In the United States, the opioid crisis has reached epidemic proportions. Originally, people used opioids to treat pain because these drugs were approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately, the FDA failed to properly regulate pain medications. Worse still, major pharmaceutical companies actively pushed drugs opioids like Vicodin and Oxycontin.

There are 47,600 opioid related deaths per year. Currently, 67.8 percent of overdose deaths are from opioids. Other than overdoses, opioids also cause other health issues. You can develop liver damage from opioids if you take them for a long time. In addition, taking drugs like oxycodone can immediately cause symptoms like respiratory depression if you take too much at once.

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Thanks to anti-marijuana propaganda, people have spent years thinking that marijuana was a worse option than prescription painkillers were. In recent years, the end of marijuana prohibition has finally provided patients with safe alternatives to opioids. Known by nicknames like opio and vic, these pain medications are addictive and harmful to the human body. Cannabis allows senior citizens to get an alternative treatment without any chance of a deadly drug overdose. In addition, cannabis does not cause the same harmful effects.

Does Hemp Oil Offer an Alternative to Pain Medication?

Now that hemp Prohibition is finally over, senior citizens across the country can enjoy some of the benefits of hemp oil. Scientists have also discovered that hemp is an excellent source of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids is actually ideal for human health. Hemp-based foods like hemp milk and hemp hearts qualify as superfoods because of their anti-inflammatory benefits and fatty acids. Part of the reason why cannabis may have this effect is because of its ability to lower anxiety and stress levels. This is because it works with your body’s built-in cannabinoid system, a system which has only been recently discovered. This system acts to normalize each organ in your body and act in balance with each again.

Because of the long-lasting marijuana prohibition, many research studies are still underway so we don’t know a lot about this amazing plant unfortunately. There is a lot of promising research that indicates cannabis has anti-tumor effects and other unique properties. Only lifting the veil of federal Prohibition will allow the true potential of this substance to be discovered.

Do You Need Other Phytocannabinoids?

Unfortunately, there are a number of products on the marketplace that only contain hemp isolate. If you want to benefit from all of the phytocannabinoids in the hemp plant, a hemp isolate is not the best option. Instead, you probably need broad spectrum hemp. With a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum option, you get all of the benefits of hemp's different phytocannabinoids.

Currently, some scientists believe that all of the hemp plant's phytocannabinoids work together to create something known as the entourage effect. The entourage effect revolves around the idea that different phytocannabinoids work together to create different effects. When taken together, these phytocannabinoids have a sum that is greater than their individual parts. Rather than get a less effective, synthetic product, you can use Broad Spectrum hemp instead. Blue Ribbon Hemp offers Broad Spectrum products that allow you to enjoy all of the hemp plant's many benefits without any of the THC. That’s the Blue Ribbon difference.

Are There Any Side Effects?

Scientists are still working to figure out all of the advantages and disadvantages of using hemp. Because of anti-marijuana propaganda, scientists were unable to legally conduct research trials that involved cannabis or hemp plants in the past. Based on current research, scientists are aware of a few side effects of using hemp products. Thankfully, even with our limited understanding, most doctors would agree hemp and cannabis do not cause side effects that are nearly as bad as the side effects caused by opioids. Because of how the phytocannabinoids work, you may want to avoid hemp oil if you take any medications or supplements that warn you not to eat grapefruit while you take them.

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The FDA has actually conducted some research on phytocannabinoids from hemp. Since one hemp-based drug was recently approved by the FDA, there have been a few clinical trials already. Because of these trials, doctors generally recognize hemp as a safe product with very few major side effects.

The Advantages of Using Broad-Spectrum Oil


For senior citizens, broad spectrum hemp is one of the best options available.

It takes advantage of the entourage effect by including a range of phytocannabinoids and terpenes. Unlike full spectrum hemp, broad spectrum hemp has been processed to remove THC. Because of this, you won’t fail a drug test or have any of its psychoactive effects.

If you are looking for hemp-based products, a broad-spectrum hemp extract may be your best choice. You get all of the benefits of the entourage effect and the advantages of hemp's terpenes, but you do not have to take a product that contains THC. If you are uncertain about which option to choose, Blue Ribbon Hemp can help you figure out the product that is right for your needs here.

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CBD Isolate vs CBD Distillate: Why Should You Care

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 10:27 AM

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This article was first published on cbdseniors.com, to view the original article, click here.

When you start shopping for a full spectrum or broad spectrum product, one of the first choices you will have to make is between a CBD isolate and a distillate. Until recently, the only CBD distillate you could find was whole-plant distillate. Now, there are new options available as well.

What Is CBD Isolate?

If you buy a CBD isolate, you are only getting a compound known as cannabidiol (CBD). CBD isolate is deliberately manufactured so that it will only contain CBD. The extraction process removes everything that is not CBD. This means that CBD isolate does not contain any terpenes or other cannabinoids.

You can find CBD isolates in a variety of different products. There are CBD gummies and oils made with CBD isolate. Depending on who you buy your isolate from, it will be 99 percent pure or higher. If you are buying from a reputable supplier, your isolate should not include any additives, heavy metals or contaminants.

If you are worried about taking a drug test, a CBD isolate may be a good choice. Because CBD is isolated from other cannabinoids, there is no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) in the product. As long as the isolate is actually pure, it should not get you high or cause a failed drug test.

Pure isolate should not have any taste or smell. Because it does not include any taste or smell, isolate is a popular additive for CBD edibles and oils. If you dislike the taste of hemp in your edibles, isolate is a good choice.
What Is CBD Distillate?

Meanwhile, a CBD distillate contains the benefits of the entire hemp plant. The only thing removed is the THC. This means that CBD distillate contains a full spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids and vitamins. Even though it contains more of the cannabis plant, a CBD distillate will not get you high and is completely legal to have. It undergoes an added processing step to remove any THC that remains from the plant.

CBD distillate is an incredibly popular option because of its many healing benefits. Because it contains a spectrum of cannabinoids and plant-based compounds, it offers more benefits for users. Some scientists believe that the different cannabinoids and terpenes in hemp can play off of each other to produce an entourage effect. In essence, they believe that the sum of hemp’s parts produces an effect that is greater than each compound can achieve on its own.

Different cannabinoids are present in cannabis in different amounts. The following cannabinoids are popular because of their potential healing benefits.

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Cannabinol (CBN)

Like most cannabinoids, scientists are still working to learn more about CBN. Currently, they believe that it can help people with insomnia. It has sedative effects that make it ideal for someone who needs a sleep aid. Currently, scientific research seems to indicate that CBN is the cannabinoid responsible for the hemp plant’s relaxing and calming effects.

Cannabigerol (CBG)

CBG is a non-psychoactive compound found in the hemp plant. It is a precursor to several other cannabinoids like THC and CBD. According to the current research we have on hemp, CBG seems to help with health problems like muscle cramps, depression, pain and anxiety.

Cannabichromene (CBC)

In the future, you may start seeing headlines that tout the benefits of CBC. While many people focus on THC and CBD, CBC has remarkable properties and a number of health benefits. It has some anti-proliferative qualities, which means that it could be used as an anti-cancer drug. This compound also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, antimicrobial and pain-relieving benefits. Some studies even show that it can help with migraines, anxiety and depression.

These compounds are only three of hemp’s many cannabinoids. At the moment, researchers have found at least 113 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. Hemp also contains terpenes that give the plant its distinctive odor. Other than providing a unique scent, terpenes may have other benefits. For example, linalool is thought to help with sleep quality, which may explain why the linalool in lavender is so popular in sleep aids.

Using CBD Distillate Versus CBD Isolate

As you look for the right CBD product, you will need to consider if CBD isolate or CBD distillate is right for you. The main difference is that an isolate contains just a single chemical that is known as CBD. Meanwhile, distillates contain the whole plant and use the entourage effect.

Until recently, the only distillate you could buy was made with the whole plant. With this option, you would get a product that had all of the benefits of the whole plant, and the quality of the plant determined the quality of the oil. Unfortunately, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has responded harshly to high-quality, balanced products like this. If cola buds have higher than 0.3 percent THC in their laboratory tests, they are considered illegal according to the Food and Drug Administration’s guidelines.

Thankfully, this process has gradually started to change. Now, THC can be extracted from a full spectrum oil. This allows manufacturers to create a broad spectrum oil instead.

While having only CBD is not harmful and contains some benefits, it is definitely not the way that nature intended these products to work. Hemp plants have developed over thousands and thousands of years to work a certain way. Today, scientists know that many of the compounds in hemp work together to create an entourage effect.

On Real Tested CBD, you can see which products are just CBD isolates because they only appear in the results for CBD and nothing else. In comparison, you can often find high levels of CBC in plants that have both low and high levels of THC. While the price of CBD isolate is as cheap as $0.04 or $0.05 per milligram, distillates sell for a minimum of $0.10 to $0.20 per milligram. The price is directly related to the product’s quality, so you really get what you pay for. In general, broad spectrum products will be the most expensive because they have to go through an additional step in the manufacturing process.

The product you choose depends on your personal needs. While the price is a factor, it is better to look at factors like which product will actually achieve the results that you want. Most people buy a distillate because they believe it has stronger effects. Distillates are able to use the entourage effect, but a CBD isolate cannot. If you are purely looking for a product with less THC because you need to take a drug test, you may want a CBD isolate instead. By doing your research and trying different products, you can find an option that works well for your needs.

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Why Does CBD Work?

Posted on Tue, May 26, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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By Dr. Bob Melamede

Cannabis finally goes mainstream with CBD seemingly available just about everywhere— from gas stations, yoga studios, airports to specialty hemp shops. Why has it become so popular? The answer is simple, CBD benefits countless conditions by participating in the numerous biochemical processes of life.

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To get an appropriate perspective, it's useful to remember that all vertebrates, with humans presumptively being the most evolutionary advanced member of the group, rely on the endocannabinoid system to homeostatically regulate every human body system (circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune, nerves, muscular, reproductive, skeletal and skin). Most endocannabinoids, like the human brain, are mostly made from essential fatty acids.

Metabolism is what drives all living systems by maintaining the flowing energy that drives the complexity of life. Efficient carbohydrate metabolism drives creation (CB1). Cellular/organismic maintenance (repair, recycling and reconstruction is driven fat burning (CB2). The balance of these two metabolic subdivisions determines health and longevity.

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The endocannabinoid system is the conductor of the life’s biochemical orchestra. CBD plays a powerful part in health’s music by straddling the biochemical subdivision that coordinates differentiated functions with their repair and maintenance. Cannabinoids are necessary nutrients for optimizing human health. Click here to learn more.

-Dr. Bob

Dr. Robert Melamede has a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the City University of New York. Dr. Melamede is a recognized leader on the therapeutic uses of cannabis, and has authored numerous papers on a wide variety of subjects. Dr. Melamede retired as Chairman of the Biology Department at University of Colorado, Colorado Springs in 2005, where he taught and researched cannabinoids, cancer, and DNA repair. For more on Dr. Bob, click here.

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Monday, May 25, 2020

The Ultimate 2020 Guide for Seniors Using CBD For the First Time

Posted on Mon, May 25, 2020 at 6:00 AM

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This article was originally published on CBD Seniors. To view the original article, click here.


Right now, 14 percent of American adults use cannabidiol (CBD). Only 8 percent of adults over the age of 65 are currently using CBD. According to the same poll, 49 percent of adults over the age of 65 are unfamiliar with CBD oil and other CBD products.

This is a potential issue because seniors are the population group that can benefit the most from using a CBD salve or capsule. An estimated 65 percent of seniors suffer from pain. Up to 30 percent of seniors suffer from chronic pain. Since CBD can alleviate the symptoms of pain, it is important for seniors to learn more about CBD as an alternative to addictive painkillers.

Why Do People Use CBD?

People use CBD tinctures, topical products, edibles and capsules for a range of different reasons. Right now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is still working to determine the effectiveness of different CBD products. There is one FDA-approved drug available that is designed for treating two rare forms of epilepsy. Other than this, the FDA is still researching how effective CBD is at treating other ailments.

CBD users take CBD for a range of benefits. According to Gallup, 40 percent of people take CBD for pain. While 20 percent of people use CBD for anxiety, another 11 percent take CBD for insomnia. An estimated 8 percent of users take CBD for arthritis because of its ability to reduce pain and inflammation.
Pain, anxiety, insomnia and arthritis are the top four reasons why people say they take CBD. The following are some of the less common reasons why people use CBD.

  • Migraines and headaches.
  • Muscle spasms and soreness.
  • Stress.
  • Depression.
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health problems.
  • Skin care.
  • Gastrointestinal issues.

How Does CBD Work?

In 2018, CBD sales were at just half a billion dollars. By 2019, sales had jumped up to $1.8 billion. In 2025, the market is expected to hit $23 billion in the United States.

The main reason this market is growing is because of CBD’s medical and therapeutic purposes as well as its general lack of side effects. Unlike prescription painkillers, CBD is generally considered to be safe and not addictive. Because of the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, it is now legal to buy hemp-derived CBD.

Whether you are using a CBD cream or a CBD tincture, your product is made from the same compound. CBD is one of 113 cannabinoids known to exist within the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is another one of the cannabinoids in cannabis, and it is the compound responsible for getting you high. CBD is completely different and will not make you high. Instead, it can work to treat ailments like muscle soreness and insomnia.

You can rub a CBD balm onto painful joints or use a CBD tincture under your tongue. It is also possible to buy other CBD-based products like CBD honey and CBD pills. The right administration method depends on what you want your CBD to do. If you have aching muscles or joint pain from arthritis, CBD topicals are probably the best option. For anxiety sufferers, edible products like a CBD oil or gummies are most likely the best option.

How Much CBD Should I Take the First Time?

The dosing CBD patients need depends on their illness and how fast they want to achieve results. For conditions like anxiety, it may take several weeks for CBD to produce a noticeable result. Because of this, it is important to be cautious about increasing your dosage until you know whether the amount is working or not.

People have used cannabis for thousands of years. Unfortunately, hemp production was only legalized on a federal level in the last couple of years. Because of this, researchers are still working to determine all of CBD’s effects. Until more clinical trials are done, the dosing CBD patients need for different conditions will remain unknown.

At the moment, people base their dosage on anecdotal reports from other users. As a general rule, you should start out with the lowest dose possible and increase it gradually until you find the right amount. Your body chemistry and weight will determine how much you need.

In addition, the form of CBD can determine how much you need. While CBD gummies contain a dose of 5 milligrams in each gummy, a CBD tincture generally has a milligram in each drop. The following products are some of the different forms of CBD that you can buy.

  • CBD pills and capsules.
  • Vaping products.
  • CBD tinctures and oils.
  • Edibles.
  • CBD topicals like salves, creams and lotions.

In general, edibles and pills will take longer to produce an effect than a tincture or spray. While vaping or smoking CBD may give you faster results, the respiratory effects are probably not worth it. Researchers still need to learn more about CBD to know how vaping or smoking will affect the body, but it is safe to say that smoking or vaping any product can lead to negative effects.

The amount you take can also depend on what condition you have. If you suffer from arthritis, the Arthritis Foundation recommends starting with a sublingual dose of CBD twice a day. You can start with just a couple of milligrams at a time. If you do not see enough results after the first week, you can try increasing your dose.

You should also keep in mind that it may take hours before specific products take effect. For example, edibles can take up to a couple of hours to take effect because they are absorbed through your digestive tract. If you take CBD sublingually, it will get absorbed faster because it absorbs directly into your bloodstream. A CBD salve or a similar topical product will take about 45 to 60 minutes to take effect. While vape products take just 15 to 30 minutes to take effect, CBD tinctures will take effect about15 to 45 minutes after you spray them under your tongue.

How to Find a Safe Supplier

Hemp products were only legalized recently, which means that the market is still undergoing some growing pains. Right now, there are very few regulations regarding CBD production or distribution. Unfortunately, some fly-by-night suppliers have already been caught selling products that do not contain as much CBD as they advertise on the label. Some CBD products do not contain any CBD at all, or they have been found to contain harmful contaminants. For you to achieve the medical benefits you need, you have to find a safe, reputable supplier.

You can start by searching for companies that have been in the business for a long time. Read through customer testimonials and reviews to see if other clients liked buying from the business. In addition, you want to find a company that uses a third-party laboratory to test their products. If the company is a reputable one, it will include the lab report on its website for customers to review.

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Is CBD Safe?

While scientists still need to learn more about different side effects, they already know that CBD cream and other products are safe to use. Since one CBD-based medication has already been approved by the FDA, doctors have a generally good idea about the risks involved in taking CBD. Other than relatively rare reports of minor issues like fatigue, weight gain, insomnia and weight loss, there are very few reports of severe side effects. In addition, scientists have not found any potential for abuse or addiction.

Even when CBD is used in high amounts, researchers have still found it to be safe. In some studies, researchers gave participants up to 1,500 milligrams of CBD in a single day. Even at this extremely high level, CBD did not produce euphoria or any major problems. This is remarkably different from traditional alternatives to CBD like prescription painkillers. Opioids are known to be addictive and deadly, which is one of the reasons why so many seniors are turning to CBD instead.

CBD and Drug Interactions

While healthy adults can often start with 5 milligrams of CBD per day, elderly patients and people on other medications should start with lower doses such as 2.5 milligrams a day until they know how the drug affects their body. It is also important to talk to your doctor before you take CBD.

Although CBD is generally considered safe, researchers know that it can affect the way drugs are metabolized by the body. This means it can increase or decrease the effectiveness of drugs like mood medications, anticancer medications, antihistamines, cholesterol medications and blood thinners. A general rule of thumb is to read your medication and look for a grapefruit warning. If the label warns you not to consume grapefruit while you take the medication, then you should avoid using CBD.

What Is the Entourage Effect?

Currently, scientists think that CBD may work with other cannabinoids through an entourage effect. This means that the effects of CBD may be heightened by the presence of cannabinoids like THC. Because of this, many companies offer full-spectrum and broad-spectrum CBD.

A full-spectrum CBD contains an array of cannabinoids and terpenes. Because it has a full spectrum of compounds, it contains some THC. While a full-spectrum CBD does not have enough THC to make you high, it might be enough to make you fail a drug test. Meanwhile, a broad-spectrum CBD is processed to remove any trace amounts of THC. If you want pure CBD, a CBD isolate is processed to remove any non-CBD cannabinoids or terpenes.

If you want to get the entourage effect from your CBD balm, you need to buy a full-spectrum or broad-spectrum CBD. Right now, researchers believe that CBD and THC work together to achieve different effects. By using a full-spectrum product, you may be able to heighten your results.

The Advantages of Using CBD for Seniors

For a long time, many seniors were worried about taking CBD because of the stereotypes about marijuana users. Thankfully, the legalization of CBD has helped seniors discover the ways CBD can improve their quality of life. Whether you have CBD honey in your tea or use a CBD oil under your tongue, there are many different administration methods available.

One of the biggest advantages of using CBD is pain relief. Clinical studies have shown that CBD is effective at reducing nerve and arthritis pain. In addition, CBD is significantly safer and less addictive than prescription drugs.

CBD is also known to have soothing effects, which can reduce anxiety and stress levels. Some studies also show that CBD can help increase bone strength. This is a useful quality for seniors since elderly individuals are more likely to develop a bone fracture. Cannabis and CBD are also beneficial for people who have multiple sclerosis.

Other studies show that CBD is useful at treating glaucoma, which is a kind of neurodegenerative disease. It normally affects your sight by increasing the pressure in your eye. Studies show that cannabinoids can reduce this pressure by up to 25 percent. CBD is also useful at reducing the pain that accompanies this pressure.

While older adults are less likely to enjoy a good night’s rest, they still need just as much sleep as younger adults. The brain needs sleep to regenerate and heal. By improving sleep quality and reducing insomnia, CBD can improve your overall health.

Is CBD the Right Choice for Me?

CBD has many health benefits and can help with a number of different conditions. The decision to take CBD or not depends entirely on your unique situation. If you have a condition that CBD can treat, you may want to try it and see if it helps.

Before you take any supplement or medication, you should always talk to your doctor first. Your doctor can help you figure out the right dosage. In addition, your doctor can help you find out if any of your current medications could have a negative interaction with CBD.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Cleveland Companies Join Forces to Make Local Hand Sanitizer and Masks

Posted on Wed, May 20, 2020 at 6:31 AM

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No Sanitizer. No Masks. A problem that swept the nation, that was felt by two local Cleveland companies. Doctor Shultz’s Premium Hand Sanitizer, who manufacture less abrasive sanitizer with essential oils and vitamins, and Ilthy, a popular Cleveland clothing brand, team up to get scarce products into the hands of the community and make a statement.

Doctor Shultz’s, who funded their company through kickstarter in 2019, and now sell in groceries such as Heinen’s, were totally overwhelmed with the demand. “Hundreds of orders started pouring in overnight - we had a good stock, but I don't think anyone could have planned for what happened. Some Heinen’s stores were selling 500 units every couple days. We just couldn't keep up, and ran through 6 months of stock in about 2 weeks.”

The issue though was not easily solvable. Due to the strain on the entire industry, large manufacturers, government and health contracts, and institutions all needing sanitizer crippled consumer ability to get their hands on sanitizer - a 16 week lead time on any new sanitizer for Shultz due to alcohol scarcity. It got so bad that the FDA had to issue an official ‘sanitizer emergency response. Basically, they reduced regulations, allowing distilleries to convert facilities and produce a very specific World Health Organization formula for hand sanitizer.

“We were turning away orders daily on our website, and wanted to get SOME kind of sanitizer into our community’s hands, even if it wasn’t our formula. So, we reached out to Northern Row Distillery in Cincinnati, who had already converted their facilities for sanitizer, and had bandwidth to bring us on.”

Meanwhile, Ilthy was making its own efforts to help the community fight the pandemic by creating masks using their typical array of bold patterns alongside high quality materials. Many of their masks feature the brand front and center, but the crowd favorite has been “Cleveland Against the World” seen by many around the city.. The two companies noticed each other's efforts, and decided to team up on creating a care package kit, complete with sanitizers and a mask.

Kumar Arora, co-owner of Ilthy mentioned the relationship with Doc Shultz goes way back. “The collaboration was an opportunity for old friends to come together during these uncertain times but also a chance for two brands pivot to create something that’s truly local. It’s our responsibility to not sit back when we can provide for our local community.”

Individual Hand Sanitizers are available at docshultz.com and the Mask + Hand Sanitizer Kit is available at ilthy.com.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Justin Caldbeck: Transactional Consumer Tech – An Interview with a Binary Capital Co-Founder and Former Duke Basketball Player

Posted By on Fri, May 8, 2020 at 3:57 PM

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Transactional consumer technology opens up new opportunities for businesses, entrepreneurs, and gig workers. Apps like GrubHub and Doordash expand delivery options beyond large chains and primarily pizza and Chinese takeout to enabling every single one of our favorite restaurants. Uber helps us get to and from where we want to go safely–even if we live in a small town with no taxi service. Airbnb connects us with people all over the world who love sharing their homes and local expertise with tourists looking for a more personal travel experience.

What is Transactional Consumer Technology?

Transactional consumer technology refers to the apps and services that bridge the gap between consumers and the services they desire. Loathe the grocery store? Put in an order with Instacart to have your milk and eggs delivered when it is most convenient for you. Hate trying on clothes in a fitting room? Stichfix and Dia & Co have you covered. Send them your measurements and style preferences, and they will regularly send you a box full of apparel. Anything you don’t love can be returned in the mail for free. ‘

We were lucky enough to talk with Justin Caldbeck, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist who Co-founded Binary Capital and has funded many successful companies in their early stages including Grubhub, Stitchfix, Snapchat, Boom Aerospace, Opendoor, and GoodEggs. We had the chance to ask Justin Caldbeck a few questions about transaction consumer technology, and this is what Justin Caldbeck said:

What got you interested in transactional consumer tech?
Justin Caldbeck: Consumer technology has long fascinated me because of its incredible impact on the way we all connect and get things done. I love the “wow” experiences that social consumer applications have. They change the way we interact with loved ones and friends (e.g., Facebook, Snapchat), celebrities (e.g Twitter, Instagram, Cameo), and people we don’t know (Twitter, Instagram) and create easier ways to connect with new romantic matches ( Tinder, Hinge).

Transactional consumer technology has completely changed the ease with which we do everything from getting a ride (Uber/Lyft), securing a restaurant reservation (Open Table), traveling (Airbnb), ordering food or groceries (Grubhub, Instacart) and so many other things. They make our lives easier and create magical experiences in so many ways. Those transformational experiences are what made me fall in love with consumer technology and love the search for the next platform that can help hundreds of millions of people live better lives.

What are some notable companies in the transactional consumer tech space that you contributed to? What did you see in those companies in their early stages that attracted you to them?

Justin Caldbeck: I’ve been fortunate to invest in a number of fantastic transactional consumer technology companies. One that jumps to my mind that I invested in when I was at Lightspeed was Grubhub, which is the largest food delivery platform. They had fantastic founders in Matt Maloney and Mike Evans and had built a powerful platform for independent restaurants to more effectively market their businesses online. It was revolutionary at the time for consumers to find and order from restaurants near them.

I also was a seed investor in Stitchfix when I was at Lightspeed, which at the time was a novel personal styling service that curated a set of 5 clothing items for people to try on in their own homes. Over time, the recommendations improved based on the feedback from the customers, and the company scaled to become a multi-billion dollar public company. There were a few things that impressed me early on when I met Katrina Lake. Primarily, I was impressed with the degree to which her clients stuck around and ordered repeat boxes despite the fact that there was very little data science or operational capabilities in the company at that stage. I’m proud to have contributed a lot to that company having recruited the COO, Mike Smith (former COO of Walmart.com), VP Data Science, Eric Colson (former head of Data Science at Netflix), VP Engineering Jeff Barrett (former VPE at Opower) to the company at a very early stage (along with others) and Head of Online at Sephora, Julie Bornstein, onto the Board. I know what an impact those hires had on the company, and a number of them stayed with the company through the IPO.

Another company that I invested in was Opendoor. They blew me away with the simplicity of their solution to buy or sell homes. They took a process that was onerous, stressful, and full of intermediaries that didn’t add a lot of value and simplified it in a magical way.

The Magic in Transactional Consumer Technology

As society gets busier and our priorities change, transactional consumer technology facilitates a new relationship between consumers and businesses for continued economic growth. Consumers have greater access to goods and services no matter where they are, and businesses have new ways of advertising and promoting to markets that did not exist a decade ago, according to Justin Caldbeck.

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Friday, May 1, 2020

Top CBD Gummies On The Market Today

Posted By on Fri, May 1, 2020 at 10:13 AM

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CBD gummies and the best CBD oil have become one of the most popular cannabis products across all 50 states.

With the legalization of CBD from the 2018 Farm Bill, CBD gummies quickly became a prominent choice for traditional cannabis fans and newcomers alike. Citing that it’s the most intuitive compared to smoking for those who don’t traditionally take cannabis, gummies rose to be a quick, easy, and efficient delivery of getting the CBD you need. Already gaining steam amongst legal and medical marijuana states, gummies are now in practically every corner store and glass shop across the United States.

As the story goes when something becomes legalized, opportunists have swarmed in to try and take up market space in CBD, forgoing any dedication to quality or using good ingredients. This has led to a lot of independent brands to lead taking the reigns in innovation, product assurance, and even customer service. To help you get hip to who’s the best in the industry right now, we decided to put together the best CBD gummies on the market today. Check them out below:

Verma Farms

Perhaps one of the strongest names in CBD out, Verma Farms is always at the forefront of the industry. Quite frankly, it’s easy to see why. Coming in with a strong variety of flavors, Verma Farms also hits the important marks in other aspects of quality CBD gummies as well, including sourcing for quality that’s offered in honest dosages across the board. Beyond just the overall regular marks a CBD brand should hit, there are certain qualities that make Verma Farms exceptional.

The biggest that sticks out to us about Verma Farms is the level of quality that goes into the details. Hitting all the standards for flavor (for example, Tropical Cherry, Sugar-Free, Worms, and Bears), they also set a certain level of quality amongst candy in general. Quite simply, you don’t feel like you’re going to need a sugar-crash nap, but rather that you’re in the mood to get your day going on coast-mode. Made by those that really understand the details of a great CBD product, Verma Farms has had a steady presence in the game for a minute, and it’s easy to see why.

Royal CBD

The thing we love about Royal CBD is how authentic they are to their name. Putting their focus on dosages, their gummies come in 10mg and 25mg at $54 and $79. Sourcing from natural ingredients, the flavor of Royal’s gummies is smooth and balanced, not hitting the tongue with much tang but rather a genuine sweetness. As for their brand’s reputation, Royal knows how to keep it authentic to its name.

Sourcing from organic farms, their full-spectrum CBD is top-notch. Coming in with a strong presence, they’ve been praised by an array of noteworthy publications including CNN, Yahoo!, Forbes, High Times, and The Huffington Post. Utilizing a no-chemical extraction process, Royal has a knack for giving their customers the best experience possible, time-and-time again, with this latest iteration if their gummies coming in as an excellent option for the seasoned CBD fan or CBD newbie alike.

Charlotte’s Web

Hands down one of our favorites for CBD gummy curation, Charlotte’s Web selection is truly an example of what a well-designed lineup based on lifestyle looks like. Simplifying their buying process by offering the straightforward options of Sleep, Recovery, and Calm, their 10mg pieces are some of the best value on the market, including over 60 pieces. At $44.99, that’s practically a steal. However, for a brand like Charlotte’s Web, don’t think they skimped on quality.

If you’re not familiar with the story behind Charlotte’s Web name, it’s not the childhood tale of Wilbur the pig and Charlotte the spider you might be thinking of. No, Charlotte’s Web namesake actually is rooted in an integral part of CBD culture as one of the first CBD-heavy strains, deriving its title from the story of Charlotte Figi, who was administered the drug for epileptic seizures that were later reduced. Believers in CBD love pointing to this tale as a strong case study, and to name yourself after such a flagship part of the culture speaks volumes about what Charlotte’s Web as a brand needs to live up to. So far, they’ve managed to do it time and time again.

Fab CBD

A well-trusted name in CBD, Fab CBD definitely knows where it’s at when it comes to CBD gummies. Containing a liberal 25mg of isolate per gummy, these fruit-flavored chews are some of the best we’ve seen for both value (30 servings for $59), as well as flavor profile and texture. Honestly, we love eating these on their own as gummies independently, and if it wasn’t for the CBD, would probably crush a whole bottle in one sitting (bad, we know). High quality isn’t the exception to Fab though, it’s honestly the rule.

What we love about Fab’s CBD is how much effort they put into each and every selection they offer. Taking a holistic approach to their brand, Fab CBD has a mission-focused on both what they give and take, donating their profits regularly to organizations like the Make-A-Wish and 3 Wishes. Having a focus on community, Fab CBD delivers an exceptional experience that others in the industry don’t always come up close to matching. However, for them, it’s ingrained in a lot of their daily impact.

Kushly

One of the most popular names in CBD, Kushly keeps it proper with its offering of CBD gummies. Although coming in at a higher price point of $79.99, Kushly’s CBD gummies are not only an unapologetically fun candy to eat, but comes in at a healthy blend of value and quality. Hosting 750mg in total, Kushly’s CBD gummies come in a 25 count which puts them in the range of a decent amount of reasonably dosed gummies. Utilizing primarily organic ingredients, there’s not a lot to complain about when it comes to this brand.

As a brand that uses an isolate, Kushly keeps it surprisingly effective with how you feel after taking it. Both in the sense that they try to have their ingredients be pretty straightforward, as well as in how they minimize the steps in their extraction process. Developing themselves to be a premier name in the industry, Kushly is well on their way to becoming a more well-known company across the nation, especially for how great it is as an experienced product for CBD fans.

Not Pot

Looking into a company like Not Pot, there are two things that come off about them. The first is that they make CBD as their primary product. The second is they’re really good at making CBD, with gummies as their preferred delivery method. Coming in with delicious, rich flavors in comfortable to eat disks, Not Pot is as pure as they come. One of our favorite brands to come out in the past year, Not Pot is a force to be reckoned with.

The biggest thing we love about Not Pot is the community they’ve built around themselves. Essentially, the Not Pot fam cares quite a bit about what they leave, not on what they take. Furthermore, this is a team that knows how much the devil is the details, with their entire experience relaying quality from website to first bite. We can’t say enough about Not Pot, coming in as a strong container for one of the best varieties of CBD gummies in 2020.

CBDistillery

Although not incredibly flashy with their branding, CBDistillery keeps it authentic with their quality, offering two different gummies that are a sleeper pick for being some of the best on the market today. With CBDistillery, their gummies come in Nighttime or Daytime, which are 30mg in a 25 count. Their Nighttime variety contains melatonin, which has been suggested to help as a sleep aid. Plus, with consistency for using pure ingredients, CBDistillery is a favorite for its ability to make CBD that the industry loves.

As an isolate brand, CBDDistillery’s CBD comes out to keep a feeling that many have lauded. Coming in with a daytime and nighttime combo pack at $90.00, the value is straight to the point, giving everyone a little something on when and how to take their CBD. Showing a side of their brand that exemplifies inclusion, CBDistillery is all about wholesome ingredients and whole value out of the product you’re getting for the price. Give them a shot if you’re looking for a brand that’s designed for any and all into CBD.

CBDfx

A popular brand in CBD, CBDfx’s gummies have one of the better varieties on the market, especially for the quality. Including creative offerings like Tumeric and Spirulina, Apple Cider Vinegar, and even Multivitamins, we applaud CBDfx for coming in with the strongest lineup of different executions we’ve seen out of a brand. Breathing new life into what could be from CBD gummies, CBDfx is really out to compete with this latest lineup, and quite frankly, they could end up as a top performer in 2020, easily.

Coming in at $49.99 across the board, their gummies are all consistently at 300mg as well. Rather than trying to charge a premium for gimmicks, CBDfx keeps it honest with the experience for these, designed to be a favorite amongst fans. Plus, with a potent, juicy bite per gummy, we love what CBDfx is all about. Easily one of the health-forward in their thinking of what a gummy could be, CBDfx has absolutely won our hearts with their innovation for craft.

Kats Botanicals

The biggest bang for your buck comes from Kats Botanicals, hands down. Starting at $15.99, these candies are some of the most delicious we’ve come across. With every pack containing 10 gummies of 10mg each, Kats Botanicals offers a steal per piece compared to a lot of other brands on the market. Coming in the flavors Watermelon and Blue Raspberry, Kats Botanicals doesn’t hold back on trying to win over with accessibility.

With such affordable pricing, the biggest consideration of Kats Botanicals you should be mindful of is what the quality is like. While the candy is delicious, it does contain corn syrup and real sugar rather than organic ingredients. Despite this limitation, however, they still put a lot of love into their product. The result? Offering the best CBD gummies that will last against the market for a long time.

A Note About Taking CBD

As CBD is still in its infancy, there’s still a lot we’re trying to learn about it. Accordingly, it’s wise to get the opinion of a medical professional before you start diving in, learning if it could possibly interact with any previous medical conditions or react in any way to medications. For those that do love CBD, it can be a wonderful experience, but it’s also something to take at your own pace.

With your doctor’s approval, we recommend starting slow on your best CBD gummies journey. Take some of the brands above and see which ones have a dosage you feel comfortable with, as well as which type of experience you’re aiming to have. Trusting who you’ll be getting your CBD from is a must for genuinely developing an appreciation for it, which is why you should be patient in your process. Ultimately, once you find that CBD gummy that’s perfect for you, it’ll be a treat you never knew could even exist.

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