At What Cost? The Killing of Orangutans For Palm Oil

I am a proponent of natural ingredients. In most cases, I believe using natural oils, butters, a plant-based ingredients in our beauty products is best. There are exceptions to this rule when it comes to animal cruelty and deforestation. Palm oil contributes to both.

If you’re using natural products and regularly buy cold processed soaps, chances are palm oil is on the ingredients label. It is also found in “eco-friendly” candles and tarts. Palm wax is growing in popularity over the past couple years because it delivers a unique shiny 먹튀폴리스 appearance to candles. While it may be naturally derived, it is a leader in terms of cruelty to animals and harming the environment.

Palm oil is everywhere.

It is used in most soaps, as it is gentle to the skin and makes for a hard bar. It is used in lipsticks and in lip balms, as it is softening and nourishing due to the high saturated fat content. I have looked at the boxes of so many lipsticks, including major brands from $3 to $30+ many contain palm oil. Palm is in hand soaps, in nearly every single melt and pour base (some don’t say palm oil; many simply state “vegetable oils.” The one all-natural palm oil free melt and pour base sold in the US that I can find on the net contains peanut oil instead, which isn’t a good option for soap. Palm oil is in many shampoos and shower gels as well.

It is not just in our cosmetics.

Do you want an incentive to eat healthier if your habits are poor? This is your time to do something! It is in our processed foods. Just go to Wegmans and take a glance at the back of the package of any major brand of crackers, chips or cookies. Palm oil is in packaged biscotti and treats for gourmet bakeries, too. Some chocolates also contain palm oil, as do many kinds of toothpaste. It is estimated that more than 10% of products in the store contain this cheap oil.

Palm oil, by the way, is high in saturated fats and raises your risk of heart disease. As heart diseases is our nation’s #1 killer of women, shouldn’t that be reason enough to stop consuming it?

This oil is also used for biofuels. One would think a “green” alternative to the emissions from standard diesel gas would be more beneficial. Fuel has been produced to be used instead of traditional diesel in farming equipment in the United States. That sounds wonderful, but to get this “green” fuel in terms of emissions, thousands of acres of rainforest have been destroyed. Countless wildlife have perished in an effort to be more “green” in eco-speak. It is a catch 22, almost, in that particular situation. Nobody seems to be aware of HOW that type of “green” fuel comes to be. No one speaks of the effect of animals and the rainforest…to the quality of air. So, yes, using this as a diesel alternative is better for the environment when you talk of emissions alone. No one wants to talk about at what cost this came to be.

As a note, we import a great amount of palm oil in the United States. We have plans to import more. In the UK alone, they import over 1 million TONS of palm oil each year.

Palm or petroleum?

When I was reading an article not long ago, there was an interview with reps from Greenpeace. It was said that palm oil is worse than crude oil. I agree. I don’t use products derived from crude oil. Yes, they may be “natural” (so is Poison Oak), but that doesn’t mean it is good. Truth be told, I’d sooner burn a paraffin candle or rub Vaseline on my lips (which is banned in the EU, by the way) than use a product containing palm oil.

What is so wrong with how we get palm oil?

Palm oil is brought to us by literally destroying the habitat of animals, particularly orangutans. Thousands of orangutans have died because of this trade. In fact, five particular mammals are endangered (3 being on the “critically endangered” list) because their habits have been cleared away for palm oil. These are the Sumatran and Bornean Orangutans, Asian Elephant, Sumatran Tiger, and Sumatran Rhinoceros. This is happening all over Southeast Asia, but the majority of the palm oil (over 80%) comes from Malaysia and Borneo alone. Something needs to be done, and soon. If this continues, the Friends of the Earth predicts that in about 10 years, orangutans will be extinct. Extinct.

Why is this the case? In their natural habitat, these animals are losing their homes to fires, the logging industry, and more specifically, the palm oil industry. Palm Oil plantations abound, and animals are facing the truth that their travel patterns are cut off, their homes are vanishing (ie: the rainforest in general). Animals are much more vulnerable to poachers because of this. Plantation workers have also been discovered to kill these animals to get food, or to just get the animals “out of their way”. Numerous cases of killing these animals essentially “for the sport of it” have been reported. Another way the animals are dying is because the plantation workers often set fires to clear space and the fires often burn out of control, destroying a large chunk of the natural habitat of these animals.

Not only are there moral issues when it comes to the loss of life of these animals, but there is a huge environmental impact. Tropical rainforests are being cleared away. Because of the palm oil plantations (made by clearing away the rainforests), over 600 million TONS of carbon are leaked into the air. Pesticides and herbicides are in the air because of this practice. Let’s also think about the fish dying each day from what is being leaked from the processing plants there.

What is being done?

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) was formed in 2004. Its mission was to promote awareness for the use of sustainable palm oil. Strict guidelines were set in place to ensure that changes were made in the palm oil trade. It sounded like a good thing.

Unfortunately, many environmentalists and animal rights organizations have come out and made statements criticizing the RSPO.

Greenpeace, for example, has publicly called the RSPO “a farce”. This is because it was discovered that several members of the RSPO actually engage in unethical practices which have caused more death and deforestation. The RSPO has not taken action against these members. When members of a committee pledging to clean up this industry as the very ones causing harm, something needs to change.

When something billed as “sustainable” palm oil was brought to the marketplace by way of contributing to global warming and killing innocent animals, it can’t truly be called sustainable.

I really had high hopes for the RSPO as it continued to make strides in cleaning up the industry. I thought I one day would buy items containing “sustainable palm oil.” That is no longer an option in my mind. Pretty much any company can “buy” a membership to the roundtable and there isn’t much of verification process. That in itself isn’t unique–it is much like PETA in that respect.

Are cosmetics companies listening?

Not really. Lush, a rather unnatural “natural” products company, has taken steps to eliminate palm oil. They came out with Green Wash, a palm oil free melt and pour soap. There was all sorts of hoopla, but when you consider that this also was made of propylene glycol, sodium lauryl sulfate, and EDTA, I would not try it. All of their other soaps contain those harsh ingredients and palm oil.

Burt’s Bees, a company I used to love and have so much respect for, used to list this oil on their soaps. Now the ingredients list simply begins with “vegetable soap base”….a clever way to avoid saying “palm oil” for less savvy consumers.

What can you do?

*You can read the ingredients labels religiously. If ingredients are not listed, don’t buy. There are options. You just need to spend a bit of time exploring them.

*You can ask your favorite company to consider replacing other oils for palm. It truly isn’t necessary to make a good bar of soap.

*You can use beeswax or soy wax instead of palm when buying candles and tarts (although I no longer recommend soy wax. Read here to learn why.)

*Don’t eat margarine or shortening, is palm oil is often used in this. You typical “vegetable oil” at the grocery store almost always contains palm as well.

The Bottom Line:

If you are an animal lover, chances are you avoid companies that conduct animal testing. You may not use products with carmine (crushed insects used to color lipstick and blush). Why is palm oil any different? The bottom line is that we need, in my opinion, to educate ourselves when it comes to what we rub into our skin, put on our faces, shampoo or hair with, etc.

A conscious effort is made by most of us to pay attention to the foods we put into our bodies. We want to be healthy. We want to be eco-friendly. We don’t want animals to be killed so our soap can be firm.

At what cost, though, to have softer skin or a longer lasting bar of soap? Is it worth it? There are so many fats (oils) out there derived through humane methods that we could choose to use instead. Olive oil…coconut oil…rice bran…sweet almond…grapeseed….apricot…jojoba… macadamia nut….kukui…so many more! Hemp Seed Oil is a wonderfully nourishing, yet cruelty-free and eco-friendly oil.

I had a favorite stuffed animal as a child, Herman. Herman was a stuffed orangutan from Washington, DC’s National Zoo Gift Shop. I wanted that one because I always thought orangutans were “cute”. I would hate to think that because I wanted a harder bar of soap or a creamy, yet firm lipstick that I would be contributing to the probable extinction of animals within my lifetime.

5 FAQs on Home Security and High Security Doors for Home

High security doors for your home are a great investment, since they can prevent break-ins and help keep your family safe. If you’re thinking about investing in doors for home, you probably have a few questions. Below are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about buying security doors for your home.

1. Do I really need security doors for my home? Whether or not to buy a security door for your home is a personal decision. But the unfortunate fact is that burglaries happen, even in safe neighborhoods, and high security doors make it less likely that you’ll be victim of that type of crime. Not only does a high-quality security door help Security doors Melbourne keep intruders out, it also gives off the impression that your home is well protected, making it less likely that you’ll be targeted by burglars in the first place.

2. Should I buy a wood, iron, or steel front door? Wood, iron, and steel are all excellent options when it comes to security doors for home, so the decision really comes down to aesthetic and price. However, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. Many homeowners choose a steel front door because it offers security at a relatively low cost. aluminium security doors Melbourne Wood doors are a more expensive option, and should be made out of solid wood, not a composite material. Wrought iron screen doors can provide an additional layer of security while also letting light and air into your home.

3. Will high security doors keep intruders out of my home? A good door will go a long way toward keeping unwanted visitors outside of your home. But there’s no guarantee that a door will prevent a break-in. To get the most out of House Security doors your doors for home, make sure you buy a high-quality model, and pay close attention to both the locks as well as how the door is installed. The strongest door will be useless if it comes with a weak lock. Make sure your door has a strong deadbolt that is securely bolted into the frame.

4. Aren’t home security doors expensive? Not necessarily. Doors are available at a wide range of price points, so you don’t have to sacrifice safety in the interest of saving money. While this isn’t an area where you want to pinch pennies too much, it should be relatively easy to find an affordable, high-quality steel security door. But if you want a solid wood door or a door with special features, such as biometric locks, be prepared to pay more.

5. What else can I do to keep my home secure? A secure front entry door is an important part of home security. But it’s not the only thing you need. Don’t forget to secure sliding glass patio doors and lower-floor windows, since these can be easy points of entry for criminals. Gates and fences can provide an additional layer of protection, as can security cameras and guard dogs. Being alert and aware is also critical.

Are You Using a Safe CBD Oil

CBD oil is becoming one of the hottest new products on the market today. In fact, annual sales of CBD oil products in 2018 was nearly 600 million and is estimated to be growing at a rate exceeding 107 percent annually. Prior to 2017, CBD products were available only in head shops, natural food stores, and at a few doctor’s offices. Since that time, the market has exploded and CBD products are now cbd 500mg gummies available in natural food stores, national food stores, beauty salons, nail salons, convenience stores, and even gas stations. But, are these CBD products manufactured from safe CBD oil?

First of all, let’s examine what we mean by safe CBD oil. Some reports indicate that as much as 40% of the CBD products on the market tested positive for heavy metals like lead and arsenic, concentrated chemical pesticides, bacteria, fungi, toxic mold, THC, and numerous other dangerous impurities. Most people would agree that products containing these impurities would be considered to be unsafe.

Most of these unsafe CBD oil products are grown and manufactured in China, Mexico, and numerous third world countries that do little or no oversight in the products they sell.

One of the most common and dangerous impurities commonly found in tainted CBD products is chemical pesticides. These chemicals are used to kill insects and other organisms that can be harmful to the plant. According to the Toxics Action Center, “Pesticides have been linked to a wide range of human health hazards, ranging from short-term impacts such as headaches and nausea to more serious health problems like cancer, reproductive damage, and endocrine disruption.” It could be very dangerous to ingest any type of tainted CBD product if it is contaminated with pesticides.

The best and safest products available on the market are those in which the hemp is grown in the United States and the oil is produced in a food-grade facility. And, of course, it must be tested by a reliable, third-party facility. If you’re looking for a safe CBD oil product with consistent high-quality and levels of CBD, look for suppliers gummy edibles 1000mg located in the U.S. who use only U.S. grown hemp. In addition, look for suppliers that whose products are thoroughly tested for purity, quality, and cleanliness. And, as an added measure of safety and quality, many of these manufacturers are regulated by state agencies.

As an example of this type of state oversight, CBD manufacturers located in Colorado must register with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE). Then,they must meet several requirement such as demonstrating that industrial hemp produced in that facility does not contain more than three-tenths of 1 percent of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that causes one to get high.

When you purchase from suppliers located in Colorado or if your supplier uses other third party organizations that certify that you are buying safe products, you can be assured that CBD products like bath bombs, CBD drops, gummies, gel caps, relief creams, ointments, and more are safe to consume and use.

A High Art Taste of Jepara Furniture

The beauty of Jepara Furniture carving has been acknowledged around the world. Jepara furniture that is made from jepara teak wood is able to put forward the special atmosphere to the room. Jepara bed furniture for example to be able to Furniture jepara produce the romantic atmosphere for the husband and wife’s couple, beauty of jepara furniture is able to also produce the classic atmosphere to the room so give the antique impression.Jepara furniture can become one symbol the eternity and the strength, its caused of jepara furniture is made from teak wood that become the symbol of the strength and the eternity.

The resistance of teak wood is able to up until dozen of years because of keeping termites and the content of water just be a little. Art carved of Jepara Furniture has the special strength and special art taste and evidently the value of art carved of Jepara furniture only has an interest taken in him by the person who has the value and high taste of an art, so it has a segment of the special market.The art value of jepara furniture is on how to create the carving, because of that, having jepara furniture just do not have furniture, but also have the work of art and only is owned by the lover of art.

To sell jepara furniture, the supplier have to be waiting for months to find a true buyer of jepara furniture, and certainly the price will not become the problem for a lover of art.The design of space of a home has to give a special touch. Something is typical and able to be regarded as representative, inspired or featured the image in accordance with the background of the owner or the user of space. Many supporting factors that is able to create the feeling that wants to be produced in the space arrangement. One of them is the aesthetic element as the touch in order to gives the colour and nuances that wants to be achieved by the user or his owner.Furniture Jepara is the aesthetic element that has high value of art taste which is universal and eternal forever.

The Nuts & Bolts Of Occasions Logistics

When it concerns event planning, there are some things that you will need to think about as well as take careful preparation. You will need to make a lot of vital choices that will certainly determine the result of your event. You should see to it that you take note of all your event information as well as make sure that you obtain specifically what you anticipated.

First, you need to understand the importance of a contract. Agreements are made use of in the majority of otherwise all service deals. If you work with a band, cater, location, and various other essential critical elements, you need to obtain whatever in writing. If you don’t obtain everything in composing you will figure out that you might be a large loser in the long run. You require to get an business logistics agreement when you agree to handle any type of suppliers or locations. You need to safeguard yourself in case they do not live up to your assumptions. The only point is that everything requires to be written in the contract. With the contracts, you must have an excellent, solid back up plan.

When it comes to planning an occasion successfully, you will need to remain well organized. If you are able to arrange all your info right into a binder you will certainly constantly recognize where everything is. You can take out anything that you require when you require it and not go undergoing anything. It will certainly make the plans go efficiently as well as you will be able to remain on top of things. Likewise, being organized has a lot of various other advantages that will make the occasion look also much better and also very professional. It will additionally help you with your planning. Remember, you require to have a backup prepare for every little thing. With an arranged binder you can be one action ahead of points.

You ought to likewise consider your providers and places. You will certainly want to keep specialist partnerships with them to ensure that you have the ability to keep the great relationships for various other events and they will certainly become loyal and head out of their method to assist you with your events. When you play great with the providers you will certainly locate it to be a big pay off in the long run and in the future. You will certainly have good relationships that will certainly preserve stability in your strategies. When you do something to disturb a vender, you can basically anticipate them to not stand up their end of the deal. Contracts behave legitimately, yet at the time of the event, you have to count on vender connections. Agreements work after that in court.

You need to additionally recognize that all your occasion information will play an energetic duty. They will determine what kind of event that you have as well as exactly how enjoyable it will certainly be for your visitors. You need to recognize that the venue is among the most vital points next to the food as well as beverages. The venue needs to be somewhere that every one can reach easily. You need to a minimum of get these individuals to come out, after that you can reel them in with the food, beverages, and also entertainment. There are plenty of means to reel your guests in, however one of the most successful one is by having an excellent and imaginative place.

After that after you have actually picked the venue you can after that intend the rest of the celebration. You should position a massive emphasis on the food and also beverages for the sake of the guests. When you take your time to think of the decisions of the food and also drinks then you are most likely to please your visitors, which is the bottom line of any type of occasion.

Online Slots – Best Options Either You Choose to Play For Free Or Real Money

The simplicity of slots coupled with the promise of lucrative money prizes make this casino game a favorite among players. However, working out the true probabilities of winning and the expected return on your stakes can be misleading. Learning and understanding the odds of online slots is essential for any player looking to increase the chances of winning and avoid breaking the bank.

The Chances of Winning on Slot Games

You would be surprised to know how many players begin placing bets without even knowing the payouts of the slot games they play. Furthermore, many casinos don´t focus too much on advertising the payout rates of their online slots and prefer highlighting the latest promotions and cash prizes that can be won playing these games. The truth is that no matter what other perks online casinos offer, a typical online slot will keep between 1% and 10% of all bets placed. Whether you play off or online, you can expect these payout rates. What this percentage means is that for every pound wagered on slots, the casino will earn between 1p and 10p. This payout rate is what it´s known as “expected return” on bets. Payout percentages are based on thousands of games played, which means that the payout in the short them could be higher. Nevertheless, you should always go for the slot games with the highest payout percentage to players.

Increasing Your Odds of Winning

Players are always looking for ways to improve their odds of winning on casino games, specially slot games. In other casino games, the player´s input can actually alter the advantage that the casino has over players. In online slots, however, the house´s mathematical advantage remains unchanged throughout the game. Nonetheless, players can follow a series of guidelines that can help them increase their winning odds. Some of these guidelines include adopting a solid bankroll management, knowing which slots to play and which ones to avoid, playing the slot games that offer more chances of winning and playing slots that offer a progressive Jackpot.

“Hot” Slot Games

Just like it happens with blackjack or roulette, where some variations of the game are more popular than others, there are some slot games that players favor more than others. The reason why some games stand out from the crowd almost certainly hast to do with how much they pay out to players. For example, when given the choice, most roulette players will prefer playing French roulette over American roulette because they know that the chances of winning are more attractive. There are some slot games that offer the same payout percentage to players, however, players argue that some of these slot games payout more than others. Some slot games such as Da Vinci Diamonds and Deal or No Deal are said to produce more winners than many others but there are two possible explanation for this. One possible explanation is that the amount of winners produced by one slot game is directly influence by the number of players playing this game. So the more players playing Da´Vinci Diamonds, the more winners there will be. In the case of Deal or No Deal slot, for example, the reason why this game is considered to be “lucky” may have to with the fact that players can play the minimum stakes and still qualify to win the progressive Jackpot. Thus, the more people playing this game, the more likely it will be that one of them will hit any of the three progressive Jackpots offered in the game.

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Online Slots – Best Options Either You Choose to Play For Free Or Real Money

The simplicity of slots coupled with the promise of lucrative money prizes make this casino game a favorite among players. However, working out the true probabilities of winning and the expected return on your stakes can be misleading. Learning and understanding the odds of online slots is essential for any player looking to increase the chances of winning and avoid breaking the bank.

The Chances of Winning on Slot Games

You would be surprised to know how many players begin placing bets without even knowing the payouts of the slot games they play. Furthermore, many casinos don´t focus too much on advertising the payout rates of their online slots and prefer highlighting the latest promotions and cash prizes that can be won playing these games. The truth is that no matter what other perks online casinos offer, a typical online slot will keep between 1% and 10% of all bets placed. Whether you play off or online, you can expect these payout rates. What this percentage means is that for every pound wagered on slots, the casino will earn between 1p and 10p. This payout rate is what it´s known as “expected return” on bets. Payout percentages are based on thousands of games played, which means that the payout in the short them could be higher. Nevertheless, you should always go for the slot games with the highest payout percentage to players.

Increasing Your Odds of Winning

Players are always looking for ways to improve their odds of winning on casino games, specially slot games. In other casino games, the player´s input can actually alter the advantage that the casino has over players. In online slots, however, the house´s mathematical advantage remains unchanged throughout the game. Nonetheless, players can follow a series of guidelines that can help them increase their winning odds. Some of these guidelines include adopting a solid bankroll management, knowing which slots to play and which ones to avoid, playing the slot games that offer more chances of winning and playing slots that offer a progressive Jackpot.

“Hot” Slot Games

Just like it happens with blackjack or roulette, where some variations of the game are more popular than others, there are some slot games that players favor more than others. The reason why some games stand out from the crowd almost certainly hast to do with how much they pay out to players. For example, when given the choice, most roulette players will prefer playing French roulette over American roulette because they know that the chances of winning are more attractive. There are some slot games that offer the same payout percentage to players, however, players argue that some of these slot games payout more than others. Some slot games such as Da Vinci Diamonds and Deal or No Deal are said to produce more winners than many others but there are two possible explanation for this. One possible explanation is that the amount of winners produced by one slot game is directly influence by the number of players playing this game. So the more players playing Da´Vinci Diamonds, the more winners there will be. In the case of Deal or No Deal slot, for example, the reason why this game is considered to be “lucky” may have to with the fact that players can play the minimum stakes and still qualify to win the progressive Jackpot. Thus, the more people playing this game, the more likely it will be that one of them will hit any of the three progressive Jackpots offered in the game.

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A DIETITIAN WEIGHS IN: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR GUMMIES REVIEW

Apple cider vinegar has been trendy as a “detox” drink for weight loss and bloat. The latest and greatest way to take apple cider vinegar? Enter: apple cider vinegar gummies. Who doesn’t love a gummy?

With so many wild claims by influencers on Instagram and reviews on apple cider vinegar gummy supplement company websites, let’s take a look at the real-live evidence. Keep reading for this dietitian’s apple cider vinegar gummies review!

WHAT IS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, EXACTLY?

Apple cider vinegar is made from crushing fresh apples to release the juice which is then mixed with bacteria and yeast – similar to making beer or wine – and allowed to ferment. The sugars are first converted into ethanol and then converted to acetic acid.

(This may have also happened in your kitchen, accidentally, if you left a bottle of wine for longer than you realized. If it has started to Apple Cider Vinegar Gummies smell or taste acidic, you’ve made vinegar!)

This acetic acid is what gives apple cider vinegar its pungent and unpleasant taste and smell. Most of the health benefits of apple cider vinegar are attributed to the acetic acid.

WHAT ARE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR GUMMIES?

Have you ever tried drinking apple cider vinegar on its own? Yeah, it’s not pleasant! So, to help people obtain the supposed benefits of apple cider vinegar in a more palatable way, the supplement manufacturer Goli came up with the genius idea of packaging the vinegar into a tasty little gummy.

The Goli apple cider vinegar gummies contain concentrated apple cider vinegar plus several extra ingredients, like cane sugar and tapioca syrup (for sweetening), “superfoods” (like beetroot and pomegranate), pectin (used as the gelling agent), and added B vitamins.

According to the Goli website, two apple cider vinegar gummies provides about one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR BENEFITS

The Goli apple cider vinegar gummies are made of real apple cider vinegar. Since there isn’t any research on apple cider vinegar gummies (yet), let’s discuss the supposed benefits of apple cider vinegar.

DOES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR DETOX YOUR BODY?

I’ll cut to the chase here: no. Lucky for us, we have a built-in detoxification system: our liver and kidneys!

No food or supplement will “detox” you; however, there are things you can do to help support your built-in detoxification system. Eating a balanced, produce-rich diet, engaging in regular exercise, staying hydrated, and getting adequate sleep, to name a few.

DOES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HELP WITH BLOATING OR DIGESTION?

The evidence is not strong for this claim. While it would be really nice to have a simple solution to that uncomfortable tightness in your belly or constipation, apple cider vinegar gummies may not be the magic solution.

Raw apple cider vinegar contains the “mother” – that cloudy, stringy mass you’ll see hanging out at the bottom of the bottle that’s formed during fermentation.

Although little research exists on the “mother”, it’s thought to have many health benefits due to the presence of beneficial bacteria (primarily Acetobacter). P.S. the Goli apple cider vinegar gummies contain the mother, too. Well, at least it says so on the bottle.

Just because apple cider vinegar contains bacteria doesn’t mean it provides probiotic benefit. For it to earn the coveted title of probiotic, the bacteria must be proven to provide a health benefit. Unfortunately for apple cider vinegar, that hasn’t happened, yet.

Another reason apple cider vinegar is thought to ease bloat and support digestion is because apples contain the prebiotic fiber pectin. Prebiotics feed our good gut bacteria so that they can survive and thrive. Although apple cider vinegar does retain some of the pectin from the apples it’s made from, you’ll get much more pectin from eating an apple than a shot or a gummy of apple cider vinegar. Plus, apples are full of other good-for-you nutrients, like quercetin and vitamin C. 

Bottom line: If you’re looking to get probiotics into your day, you’re better off eating fermented foods, like kimchi and yogurt, or taking a probiotic   supplement than relying on Nicotine Salts apple cider vinegar or apple cider vinegar gummies. As for how to get more pectin into your day, just eat an apple!

DOES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HELP WITH BLOOD SUGAR?

Well, we may have a winner here. The most promising benefit of apple cider vinegar is its effect on blood sugar levels.

The acetic acid in apple cider vinegar is thought to block enzymes that digest starch, a type of carb, leading to a lower rise in blood sugar and insulin levels after eating. Plus, the acidity of vinegar has been shown to delay stomach emptying. Meaning a slower release of glucose from a carb-containing food into the bloodstream.

The current evidence, although not overwhelmingly convincing, does seem to support this. One small study compared the blood sugar and insulin changes after individuals with diabetes consumed a bagel and OJ with or without apple cider vinegar. The group that had apple cider vinegar had significantly lower blood sugar and insulin responses.

Although adding apple cider vinegar to a carb-rich meal could be helpful for those struggling with high blood sugar levels, it is not a suitable replacement for blood sugar medication. If you are currently taking any, be sure to speak with your doctor before adding apple cider vinegar regularly to your diet.

If you do choose to add apple cider vinegar to your diet for blood sugar management, it’s probably best to avoid apple cider vinegar gummies because they contain added sugar, which could then negate much of the blood sugar benefit of the vinegar.

DOES APPLE CIDER VINEGAR HELP WITH WEIGHT LOSS?

Perhaps a tiny bit, but it’s unlikely that regular consumption of apple cider vinegar will have a significant effect on weight. A small, twelve-week study in Japan found that daily consumption of two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar (diluted in water) while following a reduced-calorie diet amplified the weight loss effects of the diet.

How might apple cider vinegar affect weight? Remember, apple cider vinegar may support blood sugar control, which means it could potentially help manage cravings. It’s also thought that apple cider vinegar could help suppress appetite. However, it’s unclear if the appetite-suppressing effects are due to any compounds in the vinegar or its unpleasant taste. One study found that vinegar ingestion decreased appetite because it invoked feelings of nausea. If this holds true, it’s unlikely that the delicious tasting Goli apple cider vinegar gummies would have the same effect.

A dietitian’s thought? The weight loss effects are more psychological and indirect. If incorporating apple cider vinegar into your day makes you feel like you’re doing something healthy, then it could put you in the mindset of wanting to make other healthy choices throughout the day, which are what really lead to weight loss.

Bottom line: It’s very unlikely that apple cider vinegar alone, no matter the form, will help you lose weight. After all, no one food or ingredient alone is responsible for weight loss – it’s about the whole of your diet and lifestyle. Washing down Chick-Fil-A with apple cider vinegar every day won’t cancel out the Chick-Fil-A.

APPLE CIDER VINEGAR GUMMIES SIDE EFFECTS – IS THERE ANYTHING TO WORRY ABOUT?

Goli apple cider vinegar gummies contain added sugar. Although they only contain one gram of added sugar per gummy, Goli recommends consuming up to six gummies per day. As mentioned previously, this could potentially negate much of the blood sugar benefit of apple cider vinegar (which is it’s most promising health benefit).

Plus, supplements aren’t regulated by the FDA for quality, safety or efficacy before entering the market and making health claims. There have been studies that have shown that certain apple cider vinegar supplements do not contain what the label says; some are way above and some are far below the listed levels of acetic acid.

BOTTOM LINE: APPLE CIDER VINEGAR GUMMIES REVIEW

Is it worth taking apple cider vinegar gummies? Short answer: no.

As far as apple cider vinegar is concerned, it’s no magic bullet but it’s not necessarily snake oil, either. Its most promising health benefit is that it could potentially help with blood sugar control. However, it definitely won’t “detox” you and it’s highly unlikely that apple cider vinegar alone will rid you of bloat or help you lose weight. Could it enhance your other weight loss efforts? Maybe, but we just don’t know for sure.

I’m not against adding apple cider vinegar to your diet because there seems to be very little risk in doing so, but do yourself a favor and skip the gummies. They have added sugar (which could negate much of the blood sugar benefit) and aren’t regulated by the FDA.

Instead, stick with good ol’ apple cider vinegar in its original form original (it’s much cheaper, too). Up to one to two tablespoons per day seems to be well tolerated and falls in line with the amounts most studies have used. I recommend incorporating it into meals by making a marinade or an apple cider vinaigrette dressing.

If you do choose to take apple cider vinegar on its own, please be sure to dilute it to minimize risk to your teeth and throat as it is very acidic.

The Truth About Delta 8 THC

CBD wasn’t the only cannabinoid that inadvertently became legal when the federal government passed the 2018 Farm Bill.

We know that there are currently over 100 known cannabinoids in the cannabis plant. When industrial hemp was legalized on the federal level in 2018, the only cannabinoid specifically kept illegal was Delta 9 THC, the main psychoactive cannabinoid that produces the common cannabis high.

Leaving over 100 other cannabinoids to fill the space, growers began experimenting. We saw the CBD boom and the rise of CBG and CBN over the past year, but another cannabinoid has broken into the spotlight and has a lot of enthusiasts curious.

Delta 8 THC claims to be the legal alternative to Delta 9, providing similar effects to a traditional THC high. But is it really a 1:1 replacement?

Delta 8 THC explained

Just like D9 THC, our knowledge about the effects and benefits of D8 THC are limited due to lack of research. For the most part, the resources for learning about Delta 8 THC come from first hand accounts of users.

What we do know about Delta 8 is that it is chemically different from delta-9-THC by only a few atomic bonds, and according to the National Cancer Institute is defined as, “An analogue of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) with antiemetic, anxiolytic, appetite-stimulating, analgesic, and neuro-protective properties.”

In other words, it sounds a lot like plain old Delta 9 THC. However the experiences noted by Delta 8 THC users reveal some slight differences.

Does Delta 8 THC get you high?

The short answer seems to be yes. Most descriptions of the Delta 8 THC high note that it is more mild or “lighter” than a traditional Delta 9 THC high. User have also said that the high feels almost identical to D9 THC but without the associated paranoia or anxiety many experience.

Other anecdotes note how it can take multiple hits of a D8 THC vape to get a similar effect to a Delta 9 THC vape of similar potency, and that the flavor differs, and not always in a good way. Granted, taste is typically associated with processing, especially when it comes to distillate cartridges.

The most popular form of consumption seems to be vaping and consuming D8 edibles like gummies. However just like CBD, you can also find Delta 8 THC flower and other extracts.

This Week’s Episode

In this week’s episode of The Real Dirt with Chip Baker, Chip sits down with Matt Chandler from Sunshine Connect, a Full-Scale Hemp Product Development, Supply Chain Management & Production company. Matt has been involved with hemp and CBD for over four years, and he’s learned a lot about the different cannabinoids in the hemp plant, including Delta 8 THC.

Learn whether Delta 8 is just a new hype trend that will fade away, or a solid replacement for Delta 9 THC in states that haven’t yet legalized. Plus dive into the science and real dirt behind hemp and CBD, projections for 2021 and more.

Transcript

Chip: Well, here we are. The Real Dirt 2021, thank God. Welcome back. Oh man, it’s so good to be on a roll of Real Dirts. Right now, we’re recording all the season, and it’s just been really exciting. We’ve been doing a lot of market research, really, you know, trying to hear what you guys want to listen to, and give it back to you. And today, man, we’re real fortunate, because one of the most asked about topics we have is hemp, and the chemistry of hemp, and the genetics of hemp, and the genetics of cannabis. And today, I have Matt Chandler, and we’re going to talk about all of that. How’s it going, Matt?

Matt: Doing great, man. Thanks for having me.

Chip: So Matt, tell me how you’re involved with CBD and hemp.

Matt: So currently, I have a brand really focused around more of the experiential side of CBD. And we kind of talk about more of that of like the market. I got into cannabis and hemp about four years ago, I’m actually from Oklahoma where you’re at now. And then you, you were from Colorado. And we switched, right?

Chip: So where did you grow up?

Matt: I grew up here in Oklahoma City area, just a little bit east of the city, Choctaw area. You know, around here growing up, cannabis was pretty taboo.

Chip: Oh, yeah, this was a really hard place.

Matt: Yeah, they’d even have tattoos that were illegal when I was growing up here. You had, people had to go down to Texas to get a tattoo.

Chip: Absolutely, you know. So Oklahoma, for those of you who don’t know about the free lands of Oklahoma, now we have tattoos. We have beer over 3.2. Yeah, totally. There’s breweries.

Matt: And cannabis.

Chip: And there’s medical cannabis.

Matt: Yeah. And when I was growing up, or actually, when I got into cannabis when I was 26. And mainly got into it, because my partner at the time had a hard time sleeping, and was trying to decide between Ambien or that. And we had a small kid and it was like, I can’t do anything. She’s like, in college cannabis helped me a lot. And so I was like, Vape Australia  “Let’s do that.” So we went found her some. And at the time, it was illegal. And that year was right before we got into the business. And I think they had 20% increase in incarcerations for cannabis. Yeah, and here it was like a pretty stiff penalty like, two years for possession.

Chip: A small possession.

Matt: Yeah, it’s ridiculous.

Chip: Crumbs, and that’s all changed.

Matt: It’s all changed. It’s all changed. So that’s kind of how I got in the industry,  just coming for the plant that way. Really just –

Chip: The medicinal side.

Matt: Yeah, the medicinal side.

Chip: Man, yeah, that is the true great gateway to cannabis is the medicinal side.

Matt: The medicinal weed is the gateway drug. Yeah, exactly. But I feel like I contribute cannabis to really helping me open up my mind to many things. I feel like you know, growing up here, we’re all taught, you know, proctor our own environment what we’re, you know, our experiences growing up and it’s a conservative state, and cannabis was the devil’s lettuce and all that bad stuff, so.

Chip: Pass the devil’s lettuce.

Matt: That’s right. So –

Chip: You know what Oklahoma’s really done? One of the things that’s obvious for me now, and this is might be a stereotype.

Matt: Yeah?

Chip: But now we write country songs.

Matt: That’s right. We got some good cannabis country songs.

Chip: All the time. We just came up with “pass the devil’s lettuce.”

Matt: I like that one, man. I like that one. You guys are making hits over here.

Chip: No, it’s me and you. It’s not –

Matt: Yeah, right. There we go. Do you play guitar or anything?

Chip: You know, I just, I make noise. I make noise. I just picked up a hybrid dulcimer.

Matt: Oh, okay.

Chip: Totally pretty cool. You know the dulcimer?

Matt: No, I don’t.

Chip: Well, I found out it’s the easiest stringed instrument to play so I immediately excelled at it. It’s the easiest to pick up. Yeah, I started with the banjo and then I moved to the guitar, and I’ve been banging away with those guys for a few years. But I’m kind of new to at all like, maybe three, four years I’ve been playing. My David dulcimer just has this hybrid dulcimer. It’s a Merlin dulcimer. it’s only has, it has four strings. They’re metal, like a banjo. You can play it however you want. You can pick it, you can claw banjo style it you know, you can strum it. Dulcimers are traditionally made to be on your lap. But this Merlin style is more like a guitar. It’s also half. It only has seven frets and I believe the dulcimer normally has 11.

Matt: So when do we get cannabis country album this year, dropping this year?

Chip: Yeah, let’s drop that shit.

Matt: 2021.

Chip: You know what it’s, you know what I really like about it, is it sounds it is, so I really love the banjo sound and the banjo tuning, right? You get the claw, the banjo claw to it. And really have a great like, banjo like, sound.

Matt: Nice.

Chip: Right?

Matt: Yeah, I like the banjo sound, too. It’s unique and different.

Chip: Yeah. I mean it’s all based on that root music back from Africa man. You know, that same tuning. There’s something with the harmonics in the world and like, how that same tuning that’s in many instruments, Indian stringed instruments, and African string instruments. It resonates.

Matt: Creates a unique sound.

Chip: The universal buzz.

Matt: Yeah, I like that.

Chip: Yeah, totally, totally. Universal frequency.

Matt: Universal frequency, that’s right.

Chip: Yeah.

Matt Well, sounds good.

Chip: But yeah, just kind of like weed.

Matt: So yeah, that’s why I got into cannabis that way. CBD was a big part, probably about a year into after I started in cannabis, smoking cannabis. Pretty much on the back porch at night, relaxing, chillin’. Notice that I stopped watching as much TV, it was more of just like, hanging out, having more conversations. And so, it really improved my life in a lot of different ways. And I felt like just some of the patterns I had growing up and programming of what to do in life started to become more aware and more conscious. At the time, my ex-partner had a couple of autoimmune disorders, and we started learning about CBD through it. And it started really helping her improve her energy, and overall mood, and different things. And so at the time, was wanting to get out of Oklahoma, wanting kind of a lifestyle change, because I grew up here my whole life. And we were looking at places in Colorado. It was obviously a big cannabis state. They were big into hemp. It’s probably one of the biggest places in capital for yeah, for hemp. That and Kentucky, I think was two early adopters.

Chip: Absolutely.

Matt: And so moved up there to learn about the plant. We started our own brand. I started consulting with a company that was making CBD isolate at the time, which is about flexing, four and a half, five years ago, so it was pretty new. Yeah, I learned a lot about the chemistry side, started jumping in the supply chain about the growth side, and really just learning good growing techniques, what people were doing, how to grow hemp, because I was unfamiliar at the time. And then how to extract it, and basically for minors and different things like that. So like I said, I’ve been involved with a lot of different areas in the supply chain. But when we first moved up there, it was a brand. When we started up there, I think when we first started CBD, there wasn’t like many manufacturers won’t touch this stuff. There were still a lot of regulations, banking was a mess. And we got shut down several times and banks, and credit cards, and all sorts of stuff. And so it’s just, even now it’s still a little bit challenging, we’ve got a lot better. But really, there was no manufacturers that took touches so we ended up getting our commercial kitchen license and getting some of the licenses we needed to start manufacturing products, and doing products ourselves. Did that for ourselves and other people, and the market’s taken to some crazy turns over the last three years.

Chip: It’s been like a rodeo man.

Matt: Oh, yeah. Oh, yeah. Well, I think with hemp because it’s not, it wasn’t, it had that not same regulations as cannabis did, because it was federally legal, it got a lot more attention and money. So there’s big players starting to dump money in the last three, four years, because there’s a multi-billion dollar market that’s forming. And so people are wanting to get into it. But then, there’s a lot of people that I feel like with cannabis that they’re like, “Oh, it’s gonna be big. We’re all gonna throw money into it.” And so they infrastructure, almost overbuilt, a lot of people started popping up that were making different isolates, and different farming. And when I first started, our farmer made $90,000 an acre on his farm.

Chip: Oh, wow.

Matt: Drawing hemp. Now back then, it was I think Colorado had like, three or four years that they had that pilot program that they were able to do that.

Chip: Oh man. I tell you, I saw all that happen and I really missed out on it all. I tried to get involved with it, but like, it just, I was just so busy with the rest of my world that I just couldn’t get involved with it. It was an awesome, that was an awesome time to be in hemp. And I mean, it still is.

Matt: It is still is, yeah.

Chip: [inaudible 9:02] now though, ’cause you know, now you’re like, maybe a couple $1,000 an acre, $3,000 an acre if you can.

Matt: If then, that’s when you have to be really efficient. Yeah. Just last year, my farmer that made that $90,000 that I’ve been working with a lot, he ended up getting out of the business, because he made less than he did growing watermelons. And he’s an organic farmer and he’s like –

Chip: I grow watermelons, right? They’re just farmers.  Like I grow watermelons more. That was my first crop, watermelons.

Matt: And you don’t deal with it, any of the shit. They can sell the whole foods at Walmart. You know, the watermelons, where the hemp market, people that buy it are all over the board, and changing, and it’s constant chaos it sounds like. So, yeah.

Chip: The market got flooded in so many different areas. There were multiple bottlenecks, there were multiple issues with it. One thing that happened you pointed out was that the hemp market was flooded with manufacturers of hemp juice products flooded with brands, lots of co-packing going on. So a lot of this stuff was all just the same stuff even, right? It was all, so much of it was just and is still just homespun. Homespun people never dealt with marketers or copackers, and might not realize that like, “Oh man, they just made my hemp product the exact same thing as everybody else.”

Matt: Everybody else’s. Yeah, exactly.

Chip: Right?

Matt: And then the more it started being acceptable nationwide in the like, stores and things like that, and all the bigger brands that might already have a name for themselves, but just was looking at CBD as another health ingredient, or adding it to their products and their lines, and they already have the distribution set. So I feel like it pushed a lot of the brands out. And then the ones that got in early that were making stuff like us, it made it very difficult, ’cause as soon as the manufacturer started opening up, they’re set up with large facilities to scale. And so if you’re a –

Chip: You guys are a boutique style. As nice as it might be, it’s just the volume that’s just boutique.

Matt: Mhm. So you got into it, because you had to because the bigger ones weren’t doing it at first, but then after a couple years of regulation changes and them getting more comfortable, they started flooding it in and bring in some of the bigger companies over. And so, I feel like a lot of people that invested heavily in the manufacturing side, which a lot did end up in trouble, you know? And they’re still, some of them that made it survived a little bit longer. But a lot of them those big companies are in trouble.

Chip: Yeah. And it went a couple different ways too, because there was the initial scale that happened where it went from homespun boutique operations to like, the step up, or maybe two steps up even.

Matt: Oh yeah.

Chip: For manufacturing. And then hemp was federally legalized, right?

Matt: Yeah. Which made it a lot easier.

Chip: Everybody could, everybody that ever wanted to grow cannabis could do it. And they did.

Matt: They did, yeah.

Chip: So it seemed like.

Matt: No it really, that’s true, that’s true.

Chip: Do you know any stats from the last year? I mean, 2019 production?

Matt: As far as production, I really, the more familiar set I am is just price per acre. Because you know like, from the farm it was like from 90,000 the first year down to I think it was like, cut in half the next year, down to 10 that was last year, which we were making around $1,000 an acre. And it was like, there wasn’t much sense. They could grow multiple other things. And I think too, it’s just because the amount of hemp licenses I did look at per state, just skyrocketed. I don’t know the numbers off my head, but it went significantly up. And I feel like the supply, basically there’s an oversupply.

Chip: Oversupply. Absolutely, absolutely.

Matt: Yeah, there was an oversupply of the growth, because people and the growers –

Chip: Was Colorado and Oregon could have probably produced all of the hemp for the country, right?

Matt: Yeah, exactly. You know, acres and acres are, that’s a lot.

Chip: That’s a lot.

Matt: It’s a lot. It’s millions and millions of dollars of actual products.

Chip: People went in from the homespun people, the small farmers, the farmers wanted to stick your toe in it. We’re doing one acre, 10 acres, 40 acres. And then all of a sudden it became legal, and I heard multiple people say 100 acre, 1000s acre, right?

Matt: Well if you’re a farm that’s a mass farm and you’re growing hundreds of acres of certain crop on your on your farm, you can make sense out of it, out of $1,000. And that’s still a premium than what you’re getting paid over weed, and other things that you can farm and sell. So yeah, the farmers that have bigger farms, I think they’re the ones that are like, kind of coming in and cutting down the rest. I know so many people that came in hemp that wanted to grow those 1 to 10 acre range. And if you’re doing it by hand, it doesn’t make sense for the labor, and your time, and all that stuff for what you’re gonna to sell it for.

Chip: There is a market for the smokable, or the higher end hemp that you can get into with those smaller acreages.

Matt: Yeah. Which is that, is that popular in the dispensaries here? Or any like, do people buy hemp?

Chip: Oh, it’s at gas stations.

Matt: It’s at gas stations, so people are buying in there?

Chip: It’s a non-weed illegal state, I have been into a gas station that has had hemp or a head shop that has hemp buds for sale.

Matt: Nice. Yeah. Which I don’t know if you’d, do you use hemp, have you smoked them personally?

Chip: Yeah, totally.

Matt: Yes. I’m mixing them with mine.

Chip: I mix it with the ganja.

Matt: Yeah. I mix them with the ganja. I think it’s good like, I blend it.

Chip: Absolutely, it blends great. Because you know, that’s the thing for a lot of the hemp is it’s not fed at all. And it’s just given water, there’s hardly any fertilizer in it. So it might not have the best look. But like, it smokes really great.

Matt: Yeah, it’s more earthy.

Chip: Or it can smoke a really good. The quality of the smoke is good. It might not have the flavor, it’s not stunning but like, it’s a really good smoke.

Matt: Yeah, it’d be more like more of an earthy blend to me as I’m grounding and mixing it.

Chip: Matt, you know what? We’re gonna grow some ganja that way next year.

Matt: What mixing them, half and half?

Chip: No, no. I’m just gonna grow it like hemp, and only water, and just give it some water, and not pay it any, much attention at all, just for the smoking quality.

Matt: Yeah, okay.

Chip: Because then I can mix ganja in with my ganja.

Matt: Okay, yeah.

Chip: No, water only cannabis is the best smoking cannabis, no matter how you, if it’s ganja or hemp, just –

Matt: Just water only.

Chip: Just water only. It’s just how it is. The volume of water just changes the composition of it.

Matt: Okay. Do you give nutrients and things like that?

Chip: Mix it all into the soil.

Matt: Soil, right. Caring more about the soil.

Chip: Yeah, yeah care more –  or I mean even if you use synthetic nutrients, you just like, give it the synthetic nutrients two, three times and then water.

Matt: Yeah. So water is the main, yeah.

Chip: Yeah, water. Water. But yes, it’s not. I mean, fat kids love cake. That’s my theory of growing cannabis. And if you want fat cannabis plants, you got to feed them.

Matt: Feed them water.

Chip: No, feed them fertilizer. Fertilizer, if you want fat ones.

Matt: Okay, gotcha. Gotcha.

Chip: I know that’s not a politically correct statement. But everybody can identify that I was a fat kid. I loved to eat cake, I get it, right?

Matt: That is the perfect analogy.

Chip: Right? But yeah, no, you gotta feed it. Yeah, I don’t know why like, a million people tell me that you don’t after we just said it. But hey, that’s cool.

Matt: Yeah. Do what you do.

Chip: No, yeah. Hey, man, if you want to get that price per acre up, you got to spend the money on it in order to put the fertilizer in it to get more out of it. And there is a cost benefit there. You know, like, you can either do it for $10,000 an acre organically, which is a shit ton when we’re talking about 100 acres or 1000 acres, right? Or like, synthetically, it might cost you 500 bucks.

Matt: Yeah, exactly. I don’t think that the organic markets quite doesn’t pull that much higher of a price right now, for cannabis in general. I’m a profound proponent of organic farming or [inaudible 16:50] and stuff like that. But I do feel like there’s not enough market right now to differentiate if you’re a grower for the cost sometimes. So yeah, I think it’ll start to pop up a little bit more. There’s gonna be some buyers that are –

Chip: No, it already happening. No, it’s already happening. I already see organic cultivation in Oregon. And people ask if it’s organic, you know, and I haven’t seen that for a long time.

Matt: Yeah. Certainly. People are caring more for sure.

Chip: Yeah. So hey, man, this is a perfect time for us to roll into a break.

Matt: Sounds good.

Chip: Hey, let’s a take a moment.

Matt Alright.

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Matt: I like the bongs. Yeah.

Chip: I know, I know. Everybody’s heard about the bong at The Real Dirt studio. Man, the industry kind of, it went flat. It went more than flat this past 2020.

Matt: Oh yeah.

Chip: Right? Has it recovered?

Matt: I feel that it is recovering a little bit. I think most of the people that have flooded the market with like, came into hemp as like, this is a gold mine. Farmers are making 10,000 an acre were used to doing this –

Chip: Gold diggers. Gold diggers.

Matt: Exactly. They came in and lost their ass in 2019, 2020. And so, they’re slowly getting up.

Chip: Oh man, I’m sorry for you guys.

Matt: Yeah no, I mean it’s, if you were in those, if you came into hemp for the first time to grow during those times, it was definitely going to be challenging. Not only to grow, but then to sell, because I don’t know about you, but I think every hemp farmer I’ve met, any cannabis grower, the first year is always a learning kind of journey. And you know with hemp, you get one shot that year in most places, at least I think in California and places they might have more growing seasons, but yeah, you had a hard time. And so, most of them I think are got out and so where it’s kind of normalized the supply chain a little bit. Some of the bigger guys that are still in there, they’ve kind of driven the price down, got their price to where they know that they can money on it. And yeah, that the hemp market is completely changed, and it’s really elevated on a global level too. There’s people growing all over different countries, and just like most of the other crops and commodities that we have, wherever the cheapest and makes the most sense to grow for the climate, is where I feel like there are gonna be the most growers, and the most  activity going. And I think that’s gonna be happening with hemp too.

Chip: Oh yeah, absolutely. I mean, it’s that way with every other crop, right? There’s some superior areas to cultivate it. It doesn’t matter if you’re talking, we were talking watermelons earlier. Like man, Florida’s a great place to grow watermelon.

Matt: Yes, yeah. Oh yeah.

Chip: But weed is harder to grow there, right?  It’s just so humid.

Matt: Humid, yeah. I figured it was the humidity.

Chip: You know, I mean, it can be done, absolutely and people are crushing it down there. But it’s not as easy as say like, Oregon or southern Colorado, right? Where it’s nice and dry, and you get, all your water comes from irrigation. You can control it all.

Matt: Control a little bit more.

Chip: You know,  and in Tennessee like, it might rain every day of the harvest season. Yeah. Kentucky’s kind of the same way, but it can be a little drier all throughout the east coast are affected with the hurricane season like, which correlates with harvest season.

Matt: Yeah, growing’s different in every climate, I’m sure. Obviously, it changes constantly, and so, yeah. It was – 

Chip: Absolutely there’s always something to learn no matter where you go, it’s gonna, it can if you’re open to it, you can submerge yourself into the environment and kind of read what’s going on, understand. If you understand what the plant wants and needs, right? Then you can manipulate both the plant and the environment to do what you want. It might not be exactly the same, but you gotta pay attention.

Matt: Oh yeah. And I feel like with cannabis or hemp growing is going to be, if you’re starting out, it’s probably not the best place to start in the industry right now. If you’re looking at doing smokables and growing some higher end stuff, then that’s a little bit different. But I think there is a market for those and they are pulling in the $150 a pound versus right now, I think like, yeah. 5, 10 bucks for you know, or lower depending on you know for points, yeah. It’s pretty high.

Chip: I even see people pulling good money on it, on

Matt: Smokable?

Chip: Smokable. It  all depends on how they sell it. But you know, it’s out there. So the future, I mean, the history of hemp has generally been CBD, and maybe some like, snake oil medicine and but it’s really started to mature. And this flood, the thing about floods is historically, the flood will come in and they wash off all the trash us humans like, have put in the way, you know? What they leave is fertile ground, for us to like, rebuild on, you know? And then that’s what’s going on right now in the hemp industry. I think a lot of the like, gold diggers came and went big and small, came and went. Some of those gold diggers turned into like, real cannabis farmers and are interested in it and like –

Matt: Yeah went to stick with it early –

Chip: Went to stick with it and you know –

Matt: All the brokers went to PP or the you know, the PPE or whatever equipment [inaudible 22:23] they just follow the money and whatever big industry is there.

Chip: “Oh, I’m a broker hemp, oh a broker PPE.” Yeah. There’s nothing wrong with making money, dude. I get it if that’s your hustle like, sell buy, buy, sell. Whatever it is.

Matt: Sure it is, yeah.

Chip: I mean, [inaudible 23:42] to this plant. I can’t seem to do anything different beyond it. Or even want to honestly. I mean, I have other interests in my life, but this is the only business I want to be in.

Matt: Yeah, no, I’m the same way. I’ve been in it for almost five years now. And I don’t, I’m in it for the long term too. So not one of those quick fly by night.

Chip: Because I mean, it is a business plan. People come in to me all the time and they say, “Hey, in three to five years we’re gonna exit,” right?

Matt: There’s probably a lot of opportunities with dispensaries and cannabis, especially if it’s been federally Iegalized –

Chip: I have seen people do it all the time successfully. And I don’t see anything wrong with it. Tap on, I hope people do it. You know, like lately, “Hey, let’s go do it man,” you know? I’m on different trip, bro.

Matt: You like to be in the plan and learn it, yeah. Be in the –

Chip: Yeah, totally. I want to be in the mix, man. I want to be in the dirt. That’s why this is The Real Dirt, right? So the real dirt on hemp, cannabis genetics. We just started to like really, like, really get into that right? You know, the first thing is everybody just wanted some weed, wanted some hemp, wanted some CBD oil, wanted some relief, wanted some, those urge for cannabinoids that us humans need and want without even really realize it, but the truth of the matter is coming out. Now there’s all other secondary compounds that are being developed, they’re are already there or have been like, applied. Let’s talk about some of that.

Matt: Sure. I think the first one that kind of came out was CBG, because they can, they’re making genetics now that are high-end CBG, which is the first cannabinoid that the plant grows into before it kind of blooms to CBD, THC and the other various cannabinoids. And the genetics, when they’re making that plant high-end, it’s going to grow higher percentages and extract at higher percentages too, that you can make final products with. And I think some of the things that are going on right now that I see in the industry is that on the chemistry side, they’re learning how to take industrial hemp, which is 0.3% by dry weight, Delta-9-THC, and basically formulate through chemistry mainly by sunlight, heat, sometimes pressure to form different cannabinoids. All the cannabinoids kind of like, turn into different cannabinoids, and don’t care which side off the top of my head, but there’s like, a whole entire tree where CBD might turn into CBN, and then after a while, CBN might turn into a CBC. And there’s this whole like, tree that they turn into different ones. And so yeah, I feel like the you know, we’re able to generate from industrial hemp which can be mass harvested through chemistry, turning them and things like Delta-8-THC, which I feel like it’s very popular. We kind of talked about it a little bit. I like how you said a THC light?

Chip: THC light.

Matt: It’s like THC light to be really honest. But I think it’s awesome for people that are new to it. And like you know, new to THC, or maybe they taken, to me, I feel like hemp is a good stepping stone to people that are like, brand new to the plant. You know, they’re a little sensitive. And so you know, if they took a big bong rip, you know, it’s gonna be a little different experience for them. But taking –

Chip: They might pull a Stevie Wonder that’s for sure.

Matt: Exactly.

Chip: You know, getting stoned blind and start singing.

Matt: Oh, yeah. Definitely, man. Definitely.

Chip: Oh, that goes out to my good sister in law.

Matt: Yeah. Yeah, nice. It’s a good stepping stone. And, you know, D-8, I’ve experimented a lot recently myself, and I really enjoy it. You know, it’s more of a body high and less of a heady high. It kind of gives me that giggly and relaxed feeling, not taking pretty high doses. I feel like with D-8, especially for me, it’s been like, 100 milligrams, versus like, 20 in the edible that I might do. So it’s probably five, four or five times, I feel like you need more of. But really, it’s been great. And I feel like, you know, if I’m trying to still focus and get something done, but want to relax and have a body high, Delta-8 has been great for me on that. And so there’s just cool that there, I think the market, new market is like-

Chip: Let’s talk about Delta for a second. It’s legal in many areas, and only a couple of states have defined it.

Matt: They kind of defined it as legal.

Chip: Yeah. Right, right.

Matt: And who knows what’s gonna happen? Because I think the DEA or the FDA, right now it’s in that gray area, because the only define laws we have are around Delta-9, and that you’re in 0.3% by dry weight. So when you extract it, it’s even in higher percentages, and that’s another debate. But yeah, I think like, some states have came out and said they don’t want it. But overall, the DEA and some of the statements have around from, it’s still derived from the plant, as they term in the Farm Bill industrial hemp. It’s kind of one of those areas where they might come in and interpret it someday, and be like, “It’s too close” and things like that or whatever, but we’ll see. I think in the next six months to a year especially with all the activity we have with like, federal legalization and things like that, we’ll know more on those. But I feel like there’s a lot of opportunity right now, because they’re getting popular, and less people are doing them. And there’s some good alternatives to like you know, I think for more affordable like Delta-8’s pretty affordable in general for you know, comparatively to Delta-9 just because of all the regulations and things you have to do around Delta-9.

Chip: Oh, absolutely. Give me the 9’s but hey, I’d love to have some 8 too. Don’t get me wrong. It’s fascinating, we’ve been saying this for years, that it’s not just THC, it’s not just THC, it’s not just THC, it’s not just THC. But be it in Colorado, and California, and some of the other states have really pushed this certificate of authenticity, this high THC number to sell product, or low THC number to sell product. But you know, they’ve just put THC-9 as the boogeyman honestly.

Matt: They have.

Chip: You know? And the good thing  is it means everything else is pretty much legal on the plant.

Matt: Yeah, pretty much. So they focused on that entirely and forgot about the other seeds that are very similar. They play on one of the two receptor cell sites in your body CB1 and CB2 and –

Chip: Yeah, yeah, yeah. So it’s good. Now see, CBG was one of the first alternative cannabinoids besides CBD, CB, THC that I had –

Matt: Heard about so?

Chip: Well that I actually got to use. Like I’d seen like, I’ve seen them all, read papers about so many of them, and there’s like, theories. There’s hundreds, or 15 or –

Matt: Gave you used the CBG product? Like have you dabbed it or..?

Chip: Yeah, yeah I had CBC, CBG Hash, CBG Key –

Matt: What did you think?

Chip: CBG – first it was a Moroccan style hash made from CBG. She was great, very uplifting, relaxing at the same time, but we literally like, packed a bowl of it thinking it was bedtime. So we packed some hash. And because we also had their CBD hash, this is in in some part of Eastern Europe. Man, we fired up the CBG, we started chatting, everybody started chatting for hours and hours more. Like, “Let’s go get some more food.”

Matt: You got more like I guess, energized?

Chip: Energized, yeah, totally, totally energized. You know where the CBD is far more relaxing.

Matt: Yeah. Some people say CBG is more relaxing too. I don’t know, it seems like everybody’s system sometimes responds slightly different.

Chip: It is. I’m a professional user. So it really, it’s similar to how cabo works, that’d be a great description. It’s stimulating yet relaxing.

Matt: Yeah. Yeah, I would agree with that. I feel like all cannabinoids are still overall relaxing. I’m more chill. I’m more sitting back, I’m more aware and observant around me. You know, some of them make me a little more tired. CBN specifically makes me a little bit more drowsy when I take CBN. Even Delta-9 sometimes makes me tired, but depends on you know, terpenes have so much to do with that too.

Chip: Sure. Absolutely. Yeah, we’re big fans of Lemon G, and we’ve got a Lemon G Dosidoe. And we also have a Gils and Nils which is a Y cross with Georgia Pine Skunk strain. But none of those are real –

Matt: Stimulating?

Chip: Yeah.

Matt: Also tried those. Yeah.

Chip: Sometimes I’ll confuse those in the evening. And like, like last night, right? Or it’s just so good, because it’s got that pentatonic buzz we were talking about earlier, you know? That I’m just buzzing and don’t want to stop, you know?

Matt: Oh yeah, oh yeah. When you do that, does it make you not fall asleep? When you have the [inaudible 32:36]?

Chip: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Matt: So you’re up more when you do that?

Chip: Yeah. Totally, totally.

Matt: I always see that I could find like, sleep though when I’m, when I need to even with –

Chip: Yeah, you’re like my wife, Jessica. Yes. She’s like, “Oh, I’m gonna go to sleep now,” you know?

Matt: That is like me.

Chip: You know? And I’m like, yeah, I struggle.

Matt: Yeah. Okay. Is that one of the reasons why cannabis helps you a lot, is it?

Chip: Man. I am manic as hell, man. I mean, up and down. I get so excited about stuff. Oh, I’m so excited. Right? And then I mean, I also like, feel it really, too. And I get like, really like, you know, depressed. I shouldn’t say really depressed but like, you know, I really feel it when I lose something, or it doesn’t work out for me. I’m a little bit of an emotional roller coaster and cannabis absolutely evens that out quite a bit. It makes it oh, man, the font’s not exactly right on that, right? Like, you know, instead of just like, “Oh my god damn it. This font’s not right,” right? And for those of you who get into fonts, you’ll understand. “Not that one. Not that one. Oh, man, this, I need this one. Where did the guy get this one?” Yeah, you know, there’s just like, a million fonts out there. You know, I’ll obsess over it. I’ll swing one way or the other. Like, “Fuck it. I don’t care. Use anything. Oh, no, that one sucked. I can’t use that one.”

Matt: Not that one.

Chip: Not that one. You know? Yeah. So cannabis really helps me with that. But you know, I mean, I also, like, a common problem so many of us have is like, I really enjoy the manicness of it sometimes, too, right? And it’s part of like, who I am. And you know, it keeps you know, things exciting to some degree. I don’t want to just be “brrr” all the time. Yeah, you know, but I need to calm down a little bit. Yeah, I need to calm down a little bit.

Matt: Helps you, yeah calm right aways.

Chip: Right, right, right.

Matt: That’s one thing that’s helped with me too. I agree. I think that’s one of the biggest things that I’ve noticed people overall takes them down a notch, kind of where they, a little more chill, and calm, and look at things from a little bit different perspective.

Chip: Yeah, I definitely don’t want any medication over you know, my manicness. But I bet many people with my condition are given it, you know? Or don’t even understand their weed, or do they have like, this simple access to it. Heed on to the nation, man. Hey, I gotta give a big shoutout right now to King Shiloh Sound Systems. If you guys don’t know King Shiloh, I want you to stop what you’re doing, go onto Facebook, go onto YouTube. Look up King Shiloh Sound System. He’s out of Amsterdam. And it’s a group of DJs who previously pre-COVID would go around and have these big speakers and do these big sound Wall of Sound type shows, right? Old school 70’s Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Grateful Dead style.

Matt: That’s awesome.

Chip: Right? But the best reggae you’ve ever heard. These guys have the deepest cuts. They have the best, the biggest collection of reggae singles and vinyls I have ever – I love reggae, I’ve been listening to it for 25 years. And these guys absolutely crush it. Nettie? I think he’s one of the DJs, big belly, overalls, a big white beard. Man, he plays just incredible singles. And, you know, interesting thing about Jamaica, is they got all of our leftover recording equipment from the 50’s and 40’s. And back then like, they just made singles and radio stations would have songs and you know, and so they got all of that equipment, started kind of replicating the same type of thing, right? Like, lots of small producers, lots of like, singles every week, singles every week. Anybody could show up and make a single every week. So all this stuff’s off copyright now, right? So King Shiloh, they play it, so it’s all the stuff you’ve never heard of from artists that you know they’ve lost the copyright or publishing or however YouTube allows you to do it.

Matt: So they can just take it and run with it then.

Chip: King Shiloh Sound System, YouTube, Facebook, everybody please check it out. Tell King Shiloh Chip from The Real Dirt sent you.

Matt: Alright. I like it. I’ll have to check them out. Definitely check them out.

Chip: Oh, it’s great. They play a live show out of Amsterdam every Saturday at noon.

Matt: Okay. How many of you been to? You said –

Chip: Well, it’s all Facebook now. So he’s got 42 that he’s released since COVID, right? Yeah, and man, if you love reggae, or if you’re even interested in it. That’s how to find out about it. Listen to his 80 hours of reggae.

Matt: Nice man. [inaudible 37:45]

Chip: I would suggest episodes, some of the mid-teens, 12, 13, 14s, those are some of my favorites.

Matt: Okay. Good to know, man. Thank you, reg.

Chip: Reggae sidenote.

Matt: Reggae sidenote. Reggae and cannabis goes along great though, and there’s something to them that –

Chip: I mean, just music in general and cannabis go pretty good together.

Matt: Yeah.

Chip: I need more musicians in here. I’m gonna bring some more.

Matt: Yeah, you have to have some people play in.

Chip: Yeah, yeah well, you know, just talking about getting stoned and you know, using you know, cannabis as a performance enhancing drug.

Matt: Yes, exactly, exactly.

Chip: A little PED.

Matt: It’s part of the like, a reggae musician prerequisite is cannabis, I think. A  lot of them use.

Chip: Yeah, I’ve met a few that have shoved it but not many.

Matt: Not many.

Chip: But yeah, not many. You know, reggae’s not really off topic, but we did move along a little bit. So what do you see coming forward for hemp and hemp farmers and hemp industry people?

Matt: Sure. Like I said, on the farm side, I feel like the boutique side, the smokable flower side, if you’re looking to get into business or looking for opportunity, that’s going to be a better opportunity. Most of the products and industrial size are going to be mass farms. If you’re not into that, then it’s gonna be hard to compete, and the market’s more of commodity. I think on the extraction side, same thing. It’s a little bit more commoditized now. There’s some large companies that got into it, got a lot of investments, so the price for them to create CBD oil and isolates and things like that have gone way down. The labs that seem to survive and that I work with a lot now, are the ones that are good with minor cannabinoids. Finding ways to produce these minor cannabinoids from hemp, so they can be sold on the market. Like the ones that are Delta-8 are crushing it obviously, because it’s similar to Delta-9, but they’re able to sell it in more states and things. And so, I feel like that’s yet another opportunity. And then on the brand side, I would say, if you’re just gonna say, “I want to set up a CBD product,” it’s gonna be, you’re gotta have to differentiate yourself. You need the target market you’re going to be going to, an audience you’re going to be serving, and really trying to – I feel like with anything, like Dollar Beard, Shave Club or whatever, razors and stuff wasn’t new and it was a huge market already. But they took it, did a little something different with it, made more of a, targeted to a certain audience, had a different experience and packaging and stuff, and then they crushed it, didn’t they? So I think you know, doing those kind of things in cannabis is more what I’m really focused on, and creating experiences around it. Would love to have a property in the mountains and doing retreats and events around it. And really people can come in and experience it in a safe way, as well as try some different parts of it, I think are going to be really popular. You know, and I think overall just the event and experience industry is going to grow starting this year, from this whole last year not having any events and experiences. So, I feel like that’s going to explode as well. So those are the areas that I feel are most going to explode if you’re looking to get into the hemp and CBD industry. You know, the minor cannabinoids, the boutique products and if you’re on the brand side, it’s really finding your audience and unique people that you’re calling to.

Chip: Everyone who had a rough year in 2019 that decided to keep into it they did, they probably scaled back and really realize this year how to move forward with their business. Some people fell apart, some people waited. I know a few big organizations who were just like, “Oh, yeah, we don’t, we’re not going to grow anymore.”

Matt: Yeah.

Chip: Right? And some of those people may come and go. I think the wisdom of age of the industry is starting to develop. And you know, out of the necessity or the desire or the want, so many businesses and so many products and so many brands have been developed. Nike’s one of my favorite, favorite stories and it came out of like this need for an athletic shoe, right? And even though there were stuff out at the time like, they were the first people who really started to do research on it –

Matt: And cornered that market.

Chip: And cornered that market. And I think that like, the hemp industry is in exactly that place. The cannabis industry is in exactly that place where now, we have time to do research and development. We have time to like, standardize practices and not just think about it as like, this get rich quick scheme. My friend Stacy Johnson, Stacy J of Harvest House, he likes to say, “Getting rich quick since 1989.” And it’s so true but like. right now, I think it really offers that time. And people had all this hemp laying around the past year, they were able to do all kinds of stuff with it. I think the textile market’s coming down.

Matt: That’s different, yeah. I feel like that could be a huge market that really is picking up. Again, I feel like on the growing side, they’re going to be in huge farms that are you know, they’re growing and 15, 20 foot high plants, and they’re coming with harvesting machines that are you know, it’s very efficient, and you get very little bit of a –

Chip: I met some guys that have got 1000 acres in like, Nebraska or Oklahoma someplace. They’re doing it for industrial hemp and they’ve got a pressboard plant or something like that, and man, that’s gonna be great. You know, they like, just harvested their crop and like, they’re trying, they’re gonna go and do it all this next year, they’re gonna have their first round of product and, but it’s good.

Matt: Yeah, it’s the innovation I feel like that has the opportunity in those areas of like, taking the hemp [inaudible 43:20] from the growers, and making plastics out of certain molds for construction, or developing products from hemp on the industrial side is going to be big. I think the bigger stuff like the growing, or the extracting, and the commodities are going to be tougher to get in. There’s a lot of people in there and prices are pretty far down, but creating and innovating from those are what I think there’s, it’s infinite opportunity. Like Nike, shoes were around forever, but Nike came in and claim this domain and you know, has crushed it, and I think there’s gonna be, there’s a lot of opportunity within industry to be able to do that.

Chip: Yeah, absolutely. Yeah, man, it’s all just started. It’s all just started. For people who think it’s over with, or you’re not able to like, it’s all like, just starting so hold on to your hats.

Matt: Exactly.

Chip: It’s happening, man.

Matt: It is, it is. A lot of opportunity. Sticking a plant in the ground and thinking, “Alright, I can just do this, follow this process, and make a shit ton of money,” those are over. You know, you had a short window on those, but the opportunity to take something, and do something cool with it.

Chip: Man, I’ll say I’ve been doing it for you know for, wow, a long time. This is my 32nd outdoor year.

Matt: Yeah. You’re OG.

Chip: It’s never been that easy to just stick a plant in the ground and pull money out of. Yeah, like some people, I hear that works. But like, it’s not real, dude. That was fantasy.

Matt: Yeah, you’ve had, every year has been learning, huh?

Chip: Every year has been great, every year has been a learning curve every year. But it’s just, it is a job. If you want to do it professionally, it’s a job. Go grow a plant in the backyard, you don’t have to do much if you want to, right? But you know, we’ve got great top soil there, you got a water sprinkler there like, you got a fence around, like, you know, go grow a field.

Matt: Personal use plants are like that, yeah.

Chip: Right? It’s just a different scenario, but love weed, love everything about it, and just wanted to keep learning more, talking to more people about it, and, you know, helping more people grow.

Matt: Nice. Which I know you do a lot of growing supplies. What do you feel like the market for people that are just trying to do things at their house? Or, you know, I think that’s another opportunity to like, growing kits. Especially if things come  –

Chip: Yeah, you know, we’ve tried to put a lot of kits  together over time but people, the cannabis industry or DIYers for sure, they just want to buy the parts and pieces, and kind of put it together, right? But I’ll say that part of that is grow tents. Grow tents are, you know, they’re hard to get. I mean, there’s just so many of them out there now. Like, if you are one of the 300,000 people in Oklahoma that got your prescription for medical cannabis, you try  to go by a grow tent, which is like a little 4×4, 8×8 or 4×8 little vinyl type cloth tent that you can erect in your house, and it’ll light tight it so you can flower cannabis. Right. Everybody is interested in that. And I think they’re one of the greatest things in the world, man, honestly. The entry level for everybody who’s wanted to grow a plant, they can easily go do it in their backyard with a bag of soil.  Go pick up a bag of growers, Coco HP, or just drop it in hole in your backyard and plant your plant in it. Like, everybody wants to do that, who’s ever smoked weed or thought about it like, “It’s legal now. Let’s grow.” And honestly, everybody should. Think of how much better it would be. If 150 adult Americans all went out and planted one plant in their backyard. . Alright, let’s split it off into couples and families and just say 50 million Americans went and planted out one plant of ganja in their backyard. Wow, man. We could see some real change in the world.

Matt: Yeah, that would be. It would, and maybe there will be that one day. You know, that’s what I was wondering like, you know, coffee people. I mean, they don’t necessarily grow the coffee, but they’re grinding up the beans, they’re French pressing, they’re doing like, you know, all the extracting basically, the coffee right there in the house. And I’m wondering if cannabis is gonna have that same kind of market to where there’s all these at home, kind of little extraction systems and things like that, it becomes like that much of a household plant, you know? Especially as we get deep down of like, learning more about the plant, the different cannabinoids, and growing different strains. I think it’d be interesting you know? Like I want a little more CBD, or this is more for daytime, or this is more for my nighttime. I’m curious of how the market ends out. And I think there’s a lot of innovation in that area. There’s a lot of room to grow.

Chip: Oh, there’s tons of room to grow, man. It is just starting. Well, hey, Matt, let’s talk about the brand you’re building, and what’s going on with you and your business?

Matt: Sure. Well, thanks man. So currently right now, like I said, I’m really focused on the experience around cannabis. It played such a large role in my life on the way it helped me open up to patterns, and things, and programs that I had that weren’t necessarily serving me, and I feel like it’s a big stepping stone in that. So currently, I have three main core values around our products. Number one is intention setting. So I like to say the analogy of a car analogy. To me, cannabis, and CBD, and hemp are the vehicle that we’re using to get to a place. Our intentions, our navigation, basically like, where are we wanting to go? So we’re really big with for the first 30 days people taking our products, trying to connect with them and find out what are their intentions for taking the products. Is it to sleep better? Is it, why are they wanting to sleep better? Because they’re starting a new business, or whatever it is in life, right? Really be clear  –

Chip: The sleep feels good.

Matt: Sleep feels good, right.

Chip: No joke but like, you know people, like, sleep is one of those things that people like, oh, you can’t sleep. And it’s like, if you haven’t been in that position, you know not being able to sleep, we talked about this already, you sleep great.

Matt: I sleep great.

Chip: And I don’t at all, right? And like, man, it is hard, man. Like, you know, and then like, when you start like, taking you know, substances to help you sleep, most of them have some hangover effect.

Matt: Yeah. More drowsy in the morning more. Yeah, I agree. And so yeah, cannabis has been one of the biggest things I feel like for what I hear most people taking them for, help them relax and sleep.

Chip: And you know, inflammation, any type of inflammation I see. I see with CBD specifically, I see the aid in, you know, they’re the other, you know, pharmaceuticals they’re using, right? They don’t have to take as much. It means that they don’t have as many adverse side effects from the pharmaceuticals as well, right? And all that means something.

Matt: Yep. Oh yeah.  I think that it’s a natural plant that has a lot of different uses. But I think mainly in helping people relax, kind of helping work on the nervous system and their immune system, which is basically taking their inflammation and why people say that cannabis has helped with such a wide range of things, because it usually comes down to those two things. It helps calm their nervous system down, which I think everybody’s a little bit more wired nowadays. There’s a lot more stimulus we have coming at us in COVID and things like that. We just, there’s more nervous system disorders, anxiety, depression, things like that where I feel like you know, definitely cannabis and endocannabinoid system when it’s healthy, helps the nervous system regulate as well as immune system with inflammation. And like I said, it works on a host of different diseases, and I guess conditions that people say it helps with so yeah.

Chip: And hey man, it’s fine to self-medicate. Damn right, we do it all the time. Like there’s nothing wrong with it. And, you know, that’s why all the over counter drugs are there is because you can self-medicate. Self-medicating with cannabis is one of the most effective, less, least harmful things that anyone can do. And I know I’m preaching the choir here, because we’ve got 30,000 listeners here that are just gonna say, “Right on, Chip!”

Matt: Oh yeah.

Chip: But it’s true.

Matt: It is true, it is true. You know, and that’s, I think with our brand, it’s more of like, set your intentions, have gratitude around it, and really just focus on like, what are you trying to bring this plant to do in your life? And you know, our deal is building a community where we can support each other in those changes, right?

Chip: Are you guys, are you connected on Facebook or Instagram? You have social media platforms you work with?

Matt: Yes, we have. We’re on Instagram, @thealchempist.com. The alc-hemp-ist, I don’t know if some people would debate, the name was based on the book, The Alchemist, have you read the book?

Chip: Oh, yeah, sure.

Matt: Yeah, I love that book. And, you know, to me, there’s a lot of hidden stories in that book and hidden gems in that book of good lessons that you can learn. But for me, it was more about that, you know, the boy that kind of went against the programming that he was taught, and what he’s supposed to be in this world to, you know, discover his own personal legend. And that’s kind of what I you know, with that with hemp. ‘Cause as you know, I kind of was the same way I grew up in a, this was not an acceptable plant, like the devil’s lettuce, like we talked about earlier. And, you know, and finding it, helping in my life and following that path, and my intuition that I’ve discovered my own journey. And so, I feel like everybody can do that with cannabis in their own way. And our goal is to kind of help them set that intention, help them form the gratitudes around it, and then build a community where people that are going in the same direction like, “Hey, we’re all trying to sleep better, we’re all trying to do this.” We can kind of share openly like, “Hey, this is this is working for me. These you know, I’m smoking cannabis at night and I’m using CBD during the day, and this is how it’s affecting me, and these are the dosages I’m doing,” because you know, we haven’t had a lot of research around the plant because it’s been illegal.

Chip: Yeah, next to none.

Matt: Next to none. Because federally yeah, it’s still Schedule I which hasa prevented colleges and things like that, which I’m sure your listeners know too. But Schedule I, you can’t do any research around as much where you know, you have cocaine and meth and all of them are Schedule II. So it’s just nuts how that works, but I feel that you know, there’s starting to become more research, especially hemp and stuff is least introduced the plant because I you know, I tell people hemp is cannabis, there’s no difference. It’s the same plant.

Chip: Yeah, absolutely. All the time. People are, “Oh, hemp, not cannabis.” I’m like, “Same stuff. Same stuff. ” They’re like, “Well, not the new federal regulations.” I’m like, “Nope, new federal [inaudible 53:46].” Right?  It just the same plant, it’s just –

Matt: Government had to reclassify to make them feel better about you know, “Alright, we’re stepping, we’re stopping the line at 0.3%.”

Chip: That’s hemp.

Matt: That’s hemp. Now it’s hemp. Now it’s okay. Yeah, exactly. No, it’s an artificial line in the same plant. And so, we’re able to study it from that angle a little bit to kind of see what THC is doing and what, you know, CBD, and CBG, and all these different minor cannabinoids and terpenes are doing inside the body. I feel like that’s going to continually grow. And the more we get into that and more research we get into that, the more we’ll be able to develop products, and have businesses that are focused around certain parts of the plant, and what people are dealing with or need help with in their life.

Chip: Hey, Matt. Well, hey, thanks for joining me today, man. This was a great conversation. I was looking forward to it. We always talk so well together about hemp, CBD and cannabis. Next time you’re down here in Oklahoma, we’ll, let’s go track down some of those industrial hemp people.

Matt: Sounds good, man. Sounds good. Thank you for having me. Appreciate it.

Chip: Yeah, absolutely. And thank you once again for listening to another episode of The Real Dirt with Chip Baker and today, Matt Chandler. Hey, you guys. We all love cannabis. And you know, the hemp, and the medical cannabis, and the ganja people, you’re often fighting this wrestling match. And I’m gonna ask each and every one of you to embrace each other. Embrace your cannabis brothers and sisters, it doesn’t matter if they’re a hemp grower, if they’re a medical cannabis grower, they’re a ganja grower, if they’re a personal grower, or if they’re a home grower, right? Hey, we’re all in this together. And let’s work together and really find out the real dirt on hemp, ganja, and medical cannabis. This is it. The Real Dirt with Chip Baker.

which CBD companies are the most dependable

Over the past few years, the CBD market has been seeing a lot of customers. CBS is also called Cannabidiol Oil. Actually, this compound is extracted from cannabis. CBD has a number of medical benefits to offer. It is good for patients with epilepsy, arthritis, back pain, cancers, and AIDS, just to name a few.

This industry collects around $3 billion each year, which is great news for suppliers and marketers. If you want to start a home-based CBD business, you may want to follow the tips given below.

Identify your Target Audience

If you want to start and run your business successfully, we suggest that you identify our target market. The demand for this product is huge all over the world. cbd gummies Since the product offers restorative properties and pain reducing elements, cancer patients have a great demand for it.

So, your first move is to identify the type of diseases that you want to offer your product for. For instance, if you are over 60 years old and have arthritis, we suggest that you target your product at people who have the same condition.

Moreover, you can publish articles and blog posts that can help people with CBD Oil with the help of CBD Oil. Make sure the titles of each blog post or article is catchy. Aside from articles, you may consider publishing short podcasts and videos. Make sure you post valuable content. You don’t want to bore your readers with boring content.

Get Positive Reviews

Remember: if you want to know about one thing that can help you grow your business overnight, it’s positive customer reviews. If you want to raise your sales, you want to attract as many customers as possible with the help of testimonials, reviews, referrals, and a few marketing techniques.

If you use this oil yourself, you can share your own experience with your customers. There are a lot of customers looking for pure CBD oil sellers online.

What you need to do is work on customer satisfaction. Make sure you get as many good reviews on your website as you can. Your product sales depend on your positive reviews. It’s better to have a testimonial and review section on your site. You can invite your customers to leave reviews on this section.

Have a Solid Business Plan

Just like other home-based businesses, you need to make some investment in the beginning. Aside from this, you need to handle maintenance costs like branding, packaging, and shipping as well. You can get the money you need from a number of sources, such as your personal savings, small business loan or investors. All you need to do is get started and money will start pouring in. Therefore, we suggest that you have a solid investment plan in place. Next, you need to set a budget and get to work.

In short, if you want to start your own home-based CBD Oil business, you may want to follow the strategies explained in this article. With patience and hard work, you can achieve your goals.