Curious How You Can Make Money with Cannabis, CBD or Medical Marijuana?
You’d have to be hiding under a rock not to notice that the North American cannabis industry is on fire. Not since the Gold Rush has there been an industry that has attracted as much attention from the average U.S. citizen hoping to cash in on a golden opportunity — or, in this case, a green opportunity.
So, how can you get in on this Green Rush? The possibilities are only limited by your creativity. In order to stimulate your imagination, here are 33 ways that people are making money in the cannabis industry right now.
Here Are 33 Ideas For Making Money In the Cannabis, CBD & Medical Marijuana Industry
- Advertise Affiliate Programs — This is probably the simplest way to generate income in the cannabis industry. Find companies that offer commissions for sending traffic to their site, then find or create advertising channels to send them traffic. Once you set up a successful, recurring, online ad campaign, it can earn you money in your sleep.
- Create a Brand — How about creating a brand of your own? Many companies that produce CBD products offer white label services, which means they’ll put your logo on their products. A successful brand can make you rich, but it takes time and skill.
- Create Cannabis-Related Content — Cannabis is very popular and growing quickly. You could try your hand at creating some kind of content that you can sell, such as a “how to” book, educational videos, etc.
- Start a Media Outlet — Cannabis companies need places to advertise in order to reach their potential customers. How about starting a website, podcast or a video channel on YouTube? This is a full-time job if you do it right.
- Caregiver — Knowledgeable about the medicinal uses of cannabis? You could become a caregiver. These people help medical marijuana patients procure and sometimes administer the right medicine for their medical condition. In some states, this will require that you are licensed by the state.
- Independent Sales Rep/Broker — With so many cannabis shops opening up, there are tons of opportunities in sales and wholesale brokering. Find a company with good products and get out there and rep them. The commissions on wholesale goods and supplies can be quite lucrative.
- Sell Growing Gear/Supplies — Along with the explosion of home growers in the U.S. is also an explosion in sales of growing equipment and supplies. You could open a brick-and-mortar shop or just sell online.
- Invent Something — A great invention can make you rich, whether it be a consumer product such as a new vaporizer method or a tool for growing or manufacturing of some kind.
- Cannabis Reporter — Almost all news outlets are now reporting on the cannabis industry, medical marijuana, cannabis lifestyles and so on. Become an expert in one of these areas and you’ll probably get plenty of work as a freelance reporter.
- Cannabis Blogger — Many cannabis product companies need bloggers to create content for their blogs in order to attract potential customers. Blog writing can be much more creative than reporting.
- Start a Dispensary — With all of the regulatory hurdles, this is probably one of the more complicated ways to make money in the cannabis industry, but it can be done if you’ve got the money, time and patience to work through all the obstacles.
- Open a Headshop — It’s much easier to open a shop that sells gear and clothing to cannabis consumers than it is to open a shop that sells cannabis, and it can be just as lucrative if you excel at operating a retail chain.
- Develop Business Software — Good cannabis-focused business software is hard to find. If you’re a programming genius with intimate knowledge of the industry, you might find the cannabiz a great niche for your services.
- Develop an App — Develop a great cannabis-related app and you might find millions of cannabis consumers downloading it. Apps make money either by selling the app itself, selling something within the app or selling advertising on the app.
- Become a Grower — Got a green thumb and a passion for growing cannabis? Depending on which state you live in, you might be able to start yourself a nice little cannabis farm. But as with a shop, you’ll have to negotiate your state’s regulatory system.
- Open a Cannabis Lab — All states require some level of lab testing to assure that cannabis products are free of pesticides, molds and other toxins. Cannabis labs will be very busy for a long time to come.
- Open an Extraction Facility — Got a knack for chemistry? How about setting up a cannabis oil extraction facility. Many growers only want to focus on growing and thus farm out extraction to folks like you. This may require an extensive investment in machinery.
- Become a Cannabis Doctor — If you’re a doctor, you might consider becoming a certified cannabis doctor. Many states require all doctors who write a recommendation for medical marijuana to be certified by the state.
- Open a “Bud’n’Breakfast” Inn — Although you can’t sell cannabis at an inn in most cases, you can allow guests to bring and consume their own cannabis. Some states also allow businesses to “gift” cannabis.
- Start a Social Club — A few states will allow social consumption clubs. This is a place where people can get together and enjoy consuming cannabis in a social setting. You’ll need to check your state and local laws for sure.
- Promote Cannabis Events — Many cannabis consumers are looking for fun and exciting events to attend to share their love for cannabis. You could start small with a social gathering or you could go big and promote a major concert event.
- Create a Mail Order Company — These days it’s a breeze to open an online store. There are all kinds of things that you could sell online, from pipes and vape pens to clothing to posters. Many makers of these products will also drop ship to your customers, saving you the hassle of running a warehouse and shipping facility.
- Cannabis Graphics Designer — If you’ve got a knack for graphic design, you’ll find thousands of companies that need your services. Make yourself a portfolio of cannabis logos, ads, posters, etc. and get out there and mingle.
- Cannabis Photographer/Videographer — Just about all businesses these days need good photography and video services or stock photos and video clips. Get out there and shoot some grow operations, events, products, whatever you have a knack for and build yourself a portfolio and you’ll likely find plenty of work.
- Make Cannabis Gear — Are you artsy-crafty? There are a lot of creative folks out there who are making a living producing hand-crafted gear, jewelry, clothing and other goods that appeal to cannabis consumers.
- Financial Services — Accountants, bookkeepers, insurance sales and other professional services are in high demand in this cannabis industry.
- Real Estate Services — Many states have restrictive laws when it comes to where a cannabis business can be located. You could become an expert in this area in a state that’s booming and help entrepreneurs locate their operations.
- Cannabis Lawyer — If you’re a lawyer or thinking of becoming a lawyer, the cannabis business is a great place to focus your practice. Experts in cannabis law will be very, very busy for a long, long time.
- Cannabis Business Consultant — If you’re a business consultant, you’ll find that your services will be in high demand if you learn all about the cannabis industry. The number of entrepreneurs who would like to start cannabis companies is exploding.
- Cultivation Consultant — Know a lot about growing cannabis? Everyone from the citizen growing at home to the big cannabis producers needs great minds like yours.
- Regulatory Consultant — Starting a cannabis business can put you into treacherous waters. Cannabis entrepreneurs need consultants who are experts regarding the regulations in each state.
- Invest In Cannabis Stocks — Maybe you’re busy with a full-time job but you’d like to find a way to cash in on this high-growth industry. How about investing some of your earnings in cannabis stocks? Although stocks are falling now, they are expected to rise substantially in the coming years.
- Trade Cannabis Stocks — Day trading and swing trading are a lot more complicated than simply investing long-term. You really need to be educated in stock trading if you don’t want to lose your shirt.
These are just some of the many ways that people are cashing in on this opportunity of a lifetime. Hopefully these ideas stimulate your creative juices and get you excited to get out there and make a name for yourself in the cannabiz. Keep in mind that if you focus on hemp CBD oil products you won’t be subject to marijuana regulations, which can be maddening to navigate.
Again, the simplest ways to get your hands in the pie are affiliate sales and white labeling. All you have to do is advertise. Everything else — production, packaging, shipping — happens behind the scenes. And if you choose affiliate sales you don’t even have to concern yourself with customer support. Good luck! We wish you great abundance in your career in cannabis.
One of the biggest concerns that people new to CBD products have is, “Will CBD get me high?” We can tell you with certainty that the answer is a resounding “no.” This is especially true when you are using Joy Organics products, so let us break down how our products are THC free but full of potent phytocannabinoids.
Full Spectrum Hemp and CBD
Just like you are much different than your siblings, hemp is different from marijuana. Marijuana is a bit of a wild child when it comes to the Cannabis sativa family. It contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the psychoactive chemical compound that is prevalent in this version of Cannabis sativa.
Hemp is a different variety of Cannabis sativa. Under state law, true hemp has less than 0.3% THC in its genetic makeup. If it tests higher than that, it is legally classified as the schedule 1 controlled substance known as marijuana. Legally authorized hemp cannot get you high. This is why Kentucky farmers fought for the legalization of hemp back in 2014.
The 2014 Farm Bill allowed for the selling of hemp products across all 50 states. It also made it federally legal to cultivate hemp if the state you reside in approves of the cultivation.
Up until recently, to grow hemp you had to apply for permission with your state. From there, they must agree that the hemp is being grown for educational purposes, research or in compliance with the state’s pilot program. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to be signed by the president within the next few weeks, hemp will be completely legalized for commercial use, making the process much easier. However, the less than 0.3% THC requirement still applies.
Seeing as Joy Organics is supplied with organically grown hemp that complies with the Farm Bill, we know that there is no chance our products can get you high. However, we go the extra step in ensuring that the THC is removed from the final product while all other phytocannabinoids remain in place. Let’s go through the process we use to deliver the highest quality CBD products minus the THC.
Drying the Organically Grown Hemp
We receive our organically grown hemp from nutrient-rich soil in Colorado. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that this state knows a thing or two about cannabis cultivation! Once the hemp arrives at our warehouse, we dry it out. When they are ready to be used in our CBD products, we mill the dried hemp into a coarse powder. Once processed, we ship to our Colorado manufacturing facility.
Extracting the Oil
While we use the whole plant during the process, you don’t want the whole plant in the final product! Depending on the product we make, we go through proprietary hemp extraction and purification processes.
The most common way to extract CBD is through CO2 extraction. There are three ways to achieve this:
- Supercritical (Most Common)
No matter the method, the extraction is accomplished through the force of pressurized carbon dioxide. These machines typically freeze the carbon dioxide gas. They then compress it into a supercritical state that is comprised of a cold liquid. When in contact with the hemp plant, these gaseous molecules will act as a solvent. They will draw precious phytochemicals out of the plant material.
To maintain the terpenes, this process is done at low temperatures such as -69 degrees F. Pressure is slowly raised to around 75 pounds per square inch. This is the beginning point for extracting CBD with carbon dioxide.
Once you hit that sweet spot, you want to keep increasing the temperature until reaches past the point that is known as “supercritical.” This is a unique moment in the genetic makeup of carbon dioxide. The gaseous vapors of carbon dioxide fill a container that captures the aromatic chemicals of hemp.
Meanwhile, the carbon dioxide still has liquid-like density. Therefore, its cold temperatures allow the cannabinoids to slow down and bind with carbon dioxide molecules. Also, the liquid density helps capture cannabinoids. As the temperature slowly goes up, those cannabinoids will be released when the carbon dioxide dissipates into a gaseous form.
You can also extract the oil with ethanol, in which case we use only the highest quality food grade ethanol.
Refining the Process
Once the extraction process is over, you will be stuck with a bunch of plant material that you don’t want. Therefore, you need to separate it from all the good stuff. The solution will get separated and broken down. Trichomes and terpenes will go down one path. Meanwhile, supercritical carbon dioxide goes into a condenser. Here, it is turned back into a liquid and put into a storage tank for future use.
During this process, unnecessary fats and solids are separated from the phytocannabinoids we covet. In the end, our products contain 112 cannabinoids including:
Having all of these molecules present further enriches the benefits of the final product. That is because cannabinoids have been shown to have an entourage effect on one another. Therefore, in the presence of other cannabinoids, their beneficial qualities are amplified.
Distilling without the THC
Once all the phytocannabinoids are extracted, they are distilled. This will take all the solid plant matter out of the equation. However, still in the equation? THC. At Joy Organics, we want you to experience all the benefits that each of the 112 phytocannabinoids hemp plants has to offer. We want to make sure you enjoy it worry-free without the THC.
Using proprietary technology, we take out THC, wax, chlorophyll and other plant pigments. To prove this, we use both in-house and third-party lab testing. Each product that leaves the facility is tested for quality and purity. Before walking out the door, each cannabinoid, essential fatty acid and terpene is determined and accounted for!
When the batch passes for purity, it receives a Certificate of Internal Analysis as well as a Certificate of Quality Assurance. That way each customer knows more than one pair of eyes inspected the product. This is the type of transparency that sets Joy Organics apart from other CBD products.
On top of the in-house testing, a third-party will come in once a month. These parties keep us in check by verifying our certificates. As of this date, not a single batch has failed a test!
Benefits of CBD
As we mentioned, full spectrum hemp oil comes with all the phytocannabinoids intact, minus THC. Having all these unique plant chemicals present is what makes CBD products so beneficial to many. So what are some of these benefits that THC-free products have? Glad you asked!
CBD has the unique ability to tap into areas of the body that no other compounds have access to. Throughout the system lies a series of synapses, molecular highways and complex systems known as the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system communicates with numerous receptors throughout your body. When all is going well, the receptors mind their business. However, as inflammation pops up in the system, the neural tissues at the end of the receptors go into panic mode.
These receptors send signals out to the endocannabinoid system. This complex area of the body deciphers the message it receives and figures out a plan of attack. When you have inflammation in your joints, it may prompt the brain to create substance P, your pain perception. If you’re sleepy, it might trigger the pineal gland to secrete melatonin. In times of joy, the endocannabinoid system will tell the adrenal glands to let out a bit of dopamine.
Suffice to say, the endocannabinoid system covers a lot of ground. So, when the receptors are upset, cannabinoids in CBD products seek them out. When they find the stressed receptors, cannabinoids stimulate the neural tissues. As a result, the neural tissues communicate a new message to the endocannabinoid system. Whatever affliction you were feeling before is a non-issue to these receptors. This is why CBD products have been linked to many beneficial qualities such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cell rejuvenating properties.
Even more unique? Our skin also contains its own endocannabinoid system. That’s right! Directly under the epidermis is a circuit of receptors. By using CBD products such as a CBD salve, you may get directly to the receptors that are screaming out in pain.
Lastly, you can quickly get the cannabinoids into your bloodstream by using a CBD tincture. The capillaries underneath your tongue draw a thin line between your bloodstream and exterior. By placing a drop of CBD tincture in this sensitive for 30 seconds, you are getting instant access to the endocannabinoid system.
There are many ways to enjoy CBD products, and they all come without the psychoactive side effects that THC brings. We hold our products up to the highest standards. That is why we take great care of the hemp plants from drying to extracting to distilling. We formulate our products with the greatest care and are proud to deliver the highest-quality CBD products you can find.
Since the Farm Bill in 2014, the CBD industry has thrived. As Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell (R-KY), stated, “Last year alone, Kentucky hemp recorded more than $16 million in product sales.” This success was only a mere four years after a ban on cultivating hemp was lifted from the state. Under high regulation, Kentucky proved the world was ready for CBD.
With hemp exemplifying a viable asset to the economy, the Congress and the president signed off on a new 2018 Farm Bill. This Bill has provisions that will lift the ban of hemp cultivation on a federal level. Thought $16 million was impressive? The sky’s the limit now! Here is what the new Farm Bill means for the hemp industry and CBD products.
Why Was Hemp Illegal?
Until 2014, it was illegal to grow hemp in the United States. That’s because hemp is a member of the Cannabis sativa family. This makes hemp cousins to the infamous plant, marijuana.
Since the Marihuana Act of 1937, cannabis has been under a federal prohibition. Many feared that hemp contained psychoactive elements that altered minds akin to those in marijuana.
This may sound ridiculous today, but this was a day and age where tuberculosis was knocking out over 6% of the population! We didn’t have the science then to explain why hemp can’t get you high. Therefore, hemp felt the brunt of the prohibition.
With this ban, hemp clothes were replaced with cotton, hemp ropes were swapped out with twine and hemp oil gave way to pharmaceuticals. As science and technology evolved, studies on hemp were few and far between. It became the old case of “out-of-sight, out-of-mind.” Due to lack of research, the stigma on hemp stuck for centuries.
Difference Between Hemp and Marijuana
Funding for scientific research has blown up since the initial prohibition on Cannabis sativa almost a century ago. As scientists continued to go down the rabbit hole of therapeutic agents, hemp eventually made its way into the discussion. Finally, science confirmed what hemp advocates have been saying all along. Hemp can’t get you high.
What makes Cannabis sativa such a unique genus is that it contains 215 unique phytochemicals and cannabinoids. These are chemical compounds that not only comprise the genetic makeup of hemp but give the plant its nutritional benefits as well.
In marijuana, the main chemical component is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). THC is the psychoactive cannabinoid that gives marijuana its psychedelic side effects. The hemp plant, a different variety of Cannabis sativa, contains very few traces of THC. The main phytocannabinoid that gives hemp its therapeutic benefits is cannabidiol (CBD). With this realization, hemp advocates started the long push to legalize hemp. They ran on the platform that hemp is a sustainable plant to use for textile, nutritional and other therapeutic benefits.
Passing of 2014 Farm Bill
The passing of the 2014 Farm Bill coincided with the rise of the medical cannabis movement. A lot of this can be attributed to a 2013 news story. CNN reported about a nine-year-old girl named Charlotte, who had Dravet’s Syndrome.
At her worst, the poor child was having 300 seizures a day. After trying everything from a ketogenic diet to barbituates, Charlotte’s family decided to move to Colorado where they administered CBD to Charlotte. To this day, the young girl only has a handful of seizures a month.
Shortly after, Kentucky became the first state to push for legislation on hemp cultivation with the passage of Senate Bill 50 in 2013. This became the framework for hemp cultivation across the country. With Kentucky as the willing guinea pigs, the 2014 Farm Bill passed.
Under the 2014 Farm Bill, you were able to legally cultivate hemp under either of these two conditions:
- Your proposal was approved by a state pilot program (Modeled under KY framework)
- It was for educational or scientific research
With that being said, hemp has been heavily regulated by the Justice Department.
Passing of the 2018 Farm Bill
Since the rise of hemp, CBD products have boomed. In fact, the industry is expected to hit $22 billion by the year 2022. As Mitch McConnell witnessed the success of hemp firsthand in his home state, he was more than elated to sign off on an amendment to the Farm Bill.
As Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) stated in a press release, “Our forefathers would be rolling in their graves if they saw us putting restraints on a versatile product that they grew themselves.” He called the original Farm Bill “a missed opportunity.”
To further exemplify this “missed opportunity,” Kentucky farmer Will Brownlow put the success of hemp into perspective. He first began planting hemp in 2016 for “the novelty” surrounding the plant.
Starting with just 10 acres that year, he now harvests 40 acres worth of hemp. The farmer plans to dedicate up to 80 acres of his 340-acre farm to this sustainable crop by the end of next year.
Seeing the writing on the wall, Mitch McConnell was proud to sign off on hemp legalization in the Senate. In a moment captured on Twitter, the jubilant Majority Senate Leader stated, “Making it official with my hemp pen.” From there, the bill made it easily through the House and landed on President Trump’s desk. Here, he completed the bill which he stated on record that he fully endorses.
What the 2018 Farm Bill Means for CBD
One of the most significant steps toward pulling back the stigma on hemp was a reclassification of the plant. It is no longer considered a schedule 1 controlled substance like marijuana. Instead, it will likely be adjusted to a class 5 label. This is the lowest you can be ranked.
Due to this provision, regulation of the plant is no longer under the watchful eye of the Justice Department. Instead, the Department of Agriculture will oversee the operation.
With this change, if a product tests over 0.3% of THC, the farmer won’t be charged with a federal crime. However, the farmer will be required to lower the plant’s THC levels before production.
Under this deal, people with a history of drug-related crimes will be able to get jobs in the hemp industry. However, they must wait ten years after the date of their conviction.
What the 2018 Farm Bill Means for Farmers
The $867 billion Farm Deal is great for farmers. Prior to the 2014 Farm Bill, most of the hemp products in the United States were being imported from China. Asian countries controlled 70% of the hemp market. With an impending trade war with China coming up, right now is a crucial time for hemp farmers to make their move.
By lifting the prohibition on hemp, farmers are allowed to grow a sustainable crop in a business that Representative Blumenauer described as, “a mainstream, billion-dollar industry that we have made difficult for farmers.” He concluded, “It’s past time Congress gets out of their way.”
Out of their way, they did. In fact, Congress welcomes hemp farmers. As part of the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp cultivators can buy crop insurance on their plants. Farm insurance covers crops that don’t survive until harvest. Much like home insurance, this is done to protect the plants in times of inclement weather or a natural disaster.
Due to provisions in the 2014 Farm Bill, hemp was classified as a research crop. This made hemp exempt from insurance claims. Now that hemp is overseen by the Department of Agriculture, it makes acres of these crops eligible for insurance.
What the 2018 Farm Bill Means for Consumers
As hemp cultivator Chase Terwilliger explained, the high population and pollution in China causes their hemp products to pick up heavy metals. In turn, these metals were engineering chemical reactions within the genetic makeup of the hemp plants. This turn of events downgrades the potency of the final product.
Plus, anytime you pick a plant, it starts to die. The same goes for hemp. From China to the States, the plant goes through a lot of handling. This stress can increase the oxidation rate of hemp, ultimately destroying a number of crucial phytochemicals. By keeping the travel local, this allows for fresher, higher-quality CBD products.
Also, hemp being readily available opens the door for more research. As we mentioned before, hemp is behind the curve of scientific breakthroughs. In fact, even with half of the nation supporting medicinal cannabis, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved one cannabis drug to date.
With a lot of ground to make up for (and all 50 states onboard), the opportunity to research hemp is more plentiful than ever. Anytime research hits the mainstream, it begins to open the eyes of consumers. Over the next decade or two, the stigma surrounding hemp will lift entirely. Many will look back at the prohibition with confusion, and CBD will continue its meteoric rise to the top of the health and wellness sector. As Rep. Blumenauer concluded, “We have farmers growing thousands of acres of hemp in dozens of states across the U.S. already. You can have hemp products shipped to your doorstep.”
If you’d like more information, please review this great FAQ from the Brightfield Group: https://www.brightfieldgroup.com/post/2018-farm-bill-frequently-asked-questions-faq
It’s amazing how quickly things can change. CBD products were hard to get your hands on just a few years ago. Now, getting your CBD benefits is more accessible (not to mention discreet) than ever. One of the most unique ways to get CBD supplementation is through an old childhood favorite — chewing gum!
Sure, the dentist may disagree, but chewing gum may be beneficial. Not only can gum chewing help with earwax build-up (couldn’t help sharing that random fact), but it can also deliver you a hefty dose of CBD.
Want to feel minty fresh and CBD-refreshed all in one? Let’s talk about the benefits of CBD chewing gum and help you get the best pop for your buck with the ultimate CBD chewing gum guide.
How CBD Chewing Gum Works
CBD chewing gum is an efficient way of getting immediate CBD benefits. This is thanks to how your body absorbs the CBD in chewing gum. When you chew gum, the particles in the product break off into your saliva. As this happens, you absorb its nutrients in two fashions.
The most efficient of those two fashions is through the sublingual pathway. While this may sound like an underground transportation system, the sublingual pathway is actually the area right under your tongue.
Curl your tongue and poke around under there. It’s pretty sensitive, huh? This thin layer of skin is millimeters from your blood supply hanging out on the other side of the barrier. Therefore, the CBD-enriched saliva that makes its way under your tongue gets absorbed into the bloodstream much quicker than any other means of supplementation.
CBD chewing gum also allows for extended release of cannabinoids. That’s because you also swallow your spit. Therefore, those cannabinoids travel on down to your gut. Seeing as these phytochemicals are going to end up in stomach acid, it’s in best practice to use CBD chewing gum after a meal.
Not only will an after-meal CBD gum freshen your breath, but it gives your cannabinoids something to float on in your acidic stomach waters. That way the CBD can oxidize before hitting the acid, releasing its benefits over an extended period into your bloodstream.
This two-way system is what makes CBD chewing gum so attractive. You can ultimately dictate the bioavailability of your CBD. If you choose to let the saliva build up in your mouth, then you will get more CBD and will feel the effects in a quickened pace.
Whereas, if you swallow each time you produce saliva, you lower the dosage of CBD you are receiving. However, you are also dragging the effects out longer.
Benefits of CBD Chewing Gum
The benefits of CBD chewing gum mirror the benefits of all other CBD products. CBD is a unique chemical compound that is native to the Cannabis sativa plant. When the phytocannabinoids from full spectrum hemp reach the bloodstream, their target is to find stressed out receptors in the system.
Inflammation aggravates these receptors throughout the body. Due to these receptors’ unhappy disposition, you feel the effects. Inflammation has been linked to many unfavorable symptoms such as achy joints, mental health disorders and skin conditions. To battle the inflammation, CBD binds onto the agitated receptors. This promotes homeostasis throughout the body, providing relief.
The acting of chewing increases some of the benefits of CBD. For instance, one study found that chewing gum increased overall alertness by 10%. For those who use CBD products for their mental health concerns, this may be a more effective way of administering the phytochemicals!
Best CBD Chewing Gums
Now that you know how CBD chewing gum works and the benefits you can expect from using it, let’s figure out the best. From minty fresh to multi-layered CBD release, here are the best CBD chewing gums.
One of the foreparents of CBD chewing gum is Endoca. They offer high-quality CBD chewing gums at affordable prices. What stands out to us is their use of all-natural ingredients.
Look on the side of any gum wrapper and you will most likely see ingredients that came straight from Frankenstein’s laboratory. Endoca’s flavoring is from wild plant essential oils. This is ideal for cannabinoids because CBD is much like an essential oil. That’s right! Full spectrum CBD contains aromatic molecules that are a class of phytochemicals known as terpenes. Terpenes are responsible for the science-backed benefits of aromatherapy.
It’s within the trichomes of the hemp plant that terpenes live. When these trichomes are broken open to create CBD products, terpenes are collected and used for CBD products such as Joy Organics and Endoca.
On top of using essential oils that will boost the benefits of CBD, Endoca also uses all-natural ingredients such as use birch trees and gum from the rainforest. These natural products help give their CBD products its gum texture.
While the rainforest part may seem like a red flag, Endoca uses only sustainable practices and only work with those who implement Fair Trade practices. By choosing Endoca, you can feel good…about feeling good!
Cannabis sativa is such a unique plant. It contains at least 112 unique phytocannabinoids. Not only do these phytochemicals have their specific interaction with the endocannabinoid system, but with each other as well. In fact, studies show that phytocannabinoids work in unison to strengthen each other. Just like society should, these molecules lift each other up. Researchers call this the entourage effect.
CanChew is specially formulated with 50 mg of CBD and 10 mg of full spectrum phytocannabinoids. Therefore, you are guaranteed to reap the benefits of the CBD in your chewing gum.
What’s excellent about CanChew is that they have their product down to a science. Their recommended dose is 2 chiclets a day. They give enough per order to last you 30 days — that way you are continually getting a fresh batch of CBD.
This is important because all living particles oxidize. Just because they are encapsulated in a pill form doesn’t mean that outlying factors haven’t already started to deplete their quality. Re-ordering is easy because CanChew offers free shipping on every one of their orders!
MedCBDX is a two-in-one service. If you aren’t a gum chewer but like the idea of oral CBD supplementation, MedCBDX offers an alternative. They also have CBD Mints. The mints are smaller dosages of CBD as compared to others on this list, as they clock in at 5 mg per mint.
However, we are not here to talk about mints. We’re here to discuss CBD chewing gum. MedCBDX Chewing Gum is 10 mg of CBD per chiclet.
The reason these are a bit lower on the list is due to the other active ingredients in the product. For one, it contains sorbitol. While this aids in giving CBD chewing gum a good flavor, it can have dangerous effects on blood sugar levels.
CBD may help in fighting off this concern. However, doesn’t this defeat the purpose of taking CBD chewing gum in the first place? After all, you’re looking for benefits to offset problems you are already not experiencing, not to offset the potential problems other ingredients in the product may have!
Sorbitol is one of the many artificial ingredients that are in this CBD chewing gum. This is one of the downfalls of a burgeoning CBD products market. It’s also why we wrote an article about the top 10 tips for choosing quality CBD products.
At the end of the day, MedCBDX is still an effective way of getting your CBD supplementation. It’s much like high-fat cheese is also a good source of calcium. As long as you go into a situation knowing both sides of the equations, you can make an educated decision on your own.
CBD Tinctures — The Other Option
Whether it’s concerns over sugar, artificial ingredients or dental care, there are many reasons people can’t chew gum. Therefore, they may be afraid that they’re missing out on the increased benefits of bioavailability that comes with chewing CBD gum. We’re here to squash those concerns!
The most efficient way to get CBD into the capillaries under your tongue is a tincture. Much like CBD chewing gum saliva sits in the sublingual pathway, so do CBD tinctures. However, you get the effects even quicker!
When you are using CBD chewing gum, the CBD breaks off into your saliva with every chomp of your teeth. That way, you might still come across phytocannabinoids twenty minutes into your chewing session.
When you use a tincture, you place the drops under your tongue. Within 30 seconds, the phytocannabinoids pool in your mandible reservoir and seep into the capillaries. Afterward, you don’t waste any CBD by swallowing the rest. This allows for time-released CBD benefits much like swallowing chewing gum saliva does for you.
At Joy Organics, we use all-natural ingredients to flavor our CBD tinctures. Unlike the CBD chewing gums we discussed here, CBD tinctures come in more than just one flavor. You can get your daily CBD boost in Tranquil Mint, Orange and Lemon!
Everything we consume has a shelf-life, CBD oil included.
The shelf life of a product is defined as: “the length of time for which an item remains usable, fit for consumption, or saleable.”
So, what is the shelf life of CBD oil? Does it really become less effective over time?
How long will that bottle actually last before it’s no longer “fit for consumption?”
Exploring the Shelf Life of CBD
The shelf life of CBD actually depends on a few things. How long your CBD oil lasts is determined by its quality, how it’s packaged and how you store it once it’s in your possession. Let’s take a deeper look.
No matter what they might be, quality products tend to last longer. Cars, clothes, appliances…you name it. The higher quality a product is, the longer it’s likely to last. CBD oil is no different.
The quality of the hemp the CBD was derived from, as well as the method used to extract it, can both have a significant impact on the shelf life of the final product. CBD oil from high-quality hemp grown in nutrient-rich soil extracted using state-of-the-art extraction methods will have a much longer shelf life than CBD oil poorly extracted from industrial hemp grown in unfit conditions.
It’s simple. Quality hemp + quality extraction = high-quality oil with a longer shelf life.
Packaging is another important factor that will determine the shelf life of CBD. CBD oil tinctures store best in amber or blue dropper bottles, which is why you’ll find most CBD tinctures are sold in just that.
These colored bottles help keep the product protected against exposure to heat, light and air, which all have a role in the breakdown of both cannabinoids and terpenes. Packaging really does matter and plays an integral role in the shelf life of your CBD.
Seeing that exposure to heat, light and air all play a huge role in the shelf life of CBD, proper storage is essential. In order to prolong the shelf life of CBD, it’s best to avoid these elements as much as possible.
The best place to store your CBD oil is in a cool, dark environment. This ensures it stays as fresh as possible for as long as possible. If you’ve purchased a high-quality CBD oil, how you store it is one of the most important determining factors in how long it will last.
How to Properly Store Your CBD Oil
Let’s just assume you’ve done your research and bought a high-quality CBD oil from a reputable company. If so, it’s likely packaged in an amber or blue dropper bottle. Now, how you store this CBD is up to you. If you want to extend the shelf life of your CBD oil for as long as possible, keep the following things in mind.
Store Your CBD Oil Away from Light
Research shows that exposure to light is the single greatest factor in the loss of cannabinoids. Exposure to sunlight or artificial light can significantly speed up the degradation process of CBD. While it might be tempting to display your bottle of CBD on a sunny kitchen window ledge, doing so should be avoided at all costs.
Sure, the bottles are designed to filter light so freshness is maintained, but when kept in direct light or in a well-lit location, your CBD oil won’t stay fresh as long as it can. Our recommendation is to keep CBD in a pantry cupboard away from any appliances that produce heat.
Another option is to store your CBD in the refrigerator or freezer, which isn’t only beneficial for keeping light exposure at bay but will also help protect your product from heat.
Store Your CBD Oil Away from Heat
The cooler the temperature your CBD oil maintains, the fresher it will stay. Warmer temperatures can cause slight changes to the chemical composition of your product. While this won’t render your CBD useless, it can diminish the quality a bit and cause your oil to become somewhat cloudy.
One of the best ways to avoid this is by keeping your CBD oil in the refrigerator. Not only does this ensure that your CBD oil doesn’t get too warm, but it also guarantees it’s kept out of direct light (save for when you open your fridge). If you want to avoid light at all costs, you could wrap your bottle of CBD in aluminum foil, but it’s not really necessary.
If you really want to extend the shelf life of your CBD, keeping it away from heat is key. This means keeping it out of a window where it’s exposed to direct sunlight, not leaving it in your car, and keeping it away from the oven or stove.
If you’re looking to hold on to your bottle of CBD oil for as long as possible, you might want to consider keeping it in the freezer. While freezing CBD oil generally won’t cause it to solidify, it could become thicker and cloudy. Anyone who plans on keeping a bottle of CBD oil around for emergencies should keep it in the freezer, where it’s shelf life will be extended considerably.
Keep Your CBD Oil Away from Air Exposure
Most bottles CBD oil comes in are designed not only to keep out light but are also made airtight to prevent air exposure. Exposure to air plays a fundamental role in the breakdown of cannabinoids and can radically reduce the shelf life of CBD oil.
Oxidative stress is the process in which oxygen exposure can slowly cause changes to the chemical composition of certain products. Once CBD oil is exposed to oxygen over time, there are changes that occur to the oil that will not only reduce shelf life but also the quality of the product as well.
When purchasing CBD oil, try your best to leave it in its original container. Always make sure that you tighten the lid or replace the cap after each use. If for any reason you must transfer it to a different container, make sure the new container is airtight.
When Stored Properly, What’s the Shelf Life of CBD?
If you adhere to proper storage methods, the shelf life of your CBD oil is approximately 1-2 years. If kept in the dark at room temperature (or even in the freezer) your oil might last even longer.
If you want to extend the shelf life of your CBD oil, it’s all about taking the best possible care of it that you can. Proper storage will also ensure that your CBD oil maintains its potency and that you’re actually receiving all the benefits it has to offer.
If you’re not looking to store your CBD oil for the long-term, keeping it in the freezer or even refrigerator isn’t really necessary. Some people go through CBD oil quicker than others.
If you’re one of them, storing your CBD in a dry, dark, cool cupboard is completely fine. Just make sure it’s not exposed to direct light, you keep it away from heat and you don’t allow excessive exposure to air (just don’t forget to screw the lid back on when you’re done).
Final Thoughts on the Shelf Life of CBD
As you now know, the shelf life of CBD all depends on the quality of the original product and the way your CBD oil is stored.
When it comes to wellness, CBD oil can do wonders. Give your CBD oil the proper attention it deserves by ensuring it’s stored properly, and there’s no reason you won’t be able to use it for months (and even years) to come.