Women in Cannabis

Women in Cannabis

In light of International Women’s Day celebrated this past Sunday, March 8, we at Revexia felt inspired to bring light to the innovative group of women who have fundamentally impacted the cannabis community. This day was brought into a national holiday given the lack of rights and resources women were faced with for centuries. Exploring the history of this holiday shines light on the sheer persistence these women in cannabis have prevailed through to become the leaders they are today.

History Leading to International Women’s Day

Rhetoric surrounding change started sweeping the community of women back in the early 1900s. Women were legally barred from voting and education, had sparse access to economic opportunity as well as voice in the political realm, and were openly looked down upon. In response, a group of men and women (mostly women) gathered and drafted a declaration inserting women into legal memorandum asserting their deserved position in society. A few decades later, International Women’s Day was established in 1913, but was not recognized by the United Nations in 1975.

Why Women Are So Dominant in Cannabis Industry

Flash forward to 2012. Colorado and Washington propelled the cannabis industry into the mainstream marketplace by legalizing recreational cannabis usage, and women saw this as their time to shine. Because this trade was the first of its kind, women found they had the opportunity to shape the industry, not fit into the previously established patriarchal confines in the outside-of-cannabis business world.

There are numerous organizations dedicated to empowerment of women in the cannabis community, such as Women Grow, Illinois Women in Cannabis, and Ellementa. To bring these and others together, along with women not having capacity to belong to such an organization due to geographical limitations, a conference was held in Las Vegas late 2019 called the Women of Cannabis Conference. The possibility alone for an international conference to take place surrounding the sheer impact women have had in the industry is novel and exciting for female cannabis entrepreneurs.

Powerful Women Making an Impact

Karson Humiston, Owner and CEO of Vangst

Vangst has been an industry game changer. Noticing a gap in the cannabis industry, Karson Humiston created a platform that connects cannabis industry workers with careers through key players in the industry. A first of its kind, Karson Humiston fundamentally impacted the cannabis industry forever.

Dahlia Mertens, Owner of Mary Jane’s Medicinals

Dahlia Mertens founded Mary Jane Medicinals in response to her own personal introduction to cannabis infused oil. A trained massage therapist, she recognizes the importance of cannabis in self-care routines. Mary Jane Medicinals is one of the leading topical companies in the U.S. topical market.

Mara Gordon, Co-Founder and Chief Process Engineer of The Oil Plant

A woman grounded in science, Mara Gordon has brought cannabis into the mainstream through a medical lens. Her company Aunt Zelda provides contaminant-free high quality cannabis infused products in proper dosages and tailored to the individual patient. She also is a key advocate in the industry, having given a Ted Talk and participating in numerous documentaries to help break the stigma and misinformation surrounding cannabis.

Women Near and Dear to Us at Revexia

We also want to take a minute to thank the women on our team who make all of this possible. Although our staff may be small in numbers, our gratitude for the work these women complete each day is massive. Similarly, we extend our deepest appreciation for our customers who find relief from the products we believe in so deeply. Without each piece of this puzzle, Revexia would not be able to be where we are today.

Cooking with CBD

Cooking with CBD

There are countless products on the market that are infused with cannabidiol, or CBD.

Head to your local gas station, and you will likely discover small treats infused with this cannabinoid. Although not technically legal because of lack of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations, the commonplace of CBD snacks is incredible.

Countless people claim CBD ingestion has positively altered their lives. CBD is best known for its association with epilepsy, as people who suffer with rare forms of this condition are untreatable with pharmaceutical medication. The FDA has even patented a drug, called Epidiolex, which is the first cannabis-derived medication prescribed. In property, CBD has been claimed to be anti-inflammatory, reduce pain and anxiety, and has been touted as a sleep aid; the benefits are boundless.

Because of hemp’s recent removal from the schedule one drug listing, hemp-derived CBD is now federally legal. However, the FDA has not set forth an action plan to regulate CBD in food and beverages. Of all the CBD food and beverage products on the market, best practice is to always research the company to ensure you are purchasing organic, safe CBD.

Cooking with CBD

To resolve this issue, infusing your own tasty treats is simple, and you can be assured of exactly what you are ingesting. Here are a few tips for cooking with CBD, and below is one of our favorite recipes using CBD.

  • CBD binds to fat. Therefore, throw some extra oil or butter into your recipe so the CBD has the highest chance to stick around.
  • Never put CBD over direct heat and get it to a hot temperature. The chemical structure will break down and this cannabinoid will lose a lot of its effectiveness.
  • Storing your CBD-infused food is also something necessary to keep in mind. As CBD is extremely sensitive to heat and light, storing your food out of direct light and warmth will ensure the maximum potency.
  • Although mild in taste, when adding CBD to your recipe, be mindful there is an earthy flavor that is inescapable due to being derived from a plant.
  • To ensure CBD makes its way through the entirety of the dish, continuously stir your recipe.

People commonly infuse CBD into sweet treats to attempt to mask the earthy flavor. However, instead of covering up its innate taste, I figured I would embrace this earthiness. Since it is chilly out here during this Colorado winter, soups have been my go-to. By seamlessly adding CBD into my soup, I was able to stay warm and calm.

I give to you, CBD-infused cauliflower soup.

I made it vegan, but you don’t have to!

cauliflower soup with organic tincture

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Head of cauliflower
  • 1 yellow onion
  • All the garlic your heart desires (I added 7 cloves)
  • 2 cups of vegetable broth
  • 1 cup of milk (I used oat milk)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
  • 2 stalks of green onion
  • Revexia’s RESTORE BALANCE Hemp Extract tincture
  1. Heat the olive oil in a deep pan, and add the chopped onion and garlic. Cook until the onions are translucent.
  2. Add the chopped cauliflower. Stir for 10 minutes, until the florets start getting some color.
  3. Add the vegetable broth and plant milk. Stir for 5 minutes, then set heat to low and cover. Let this sit for about 20 minutes.
  4. Add the salt, pepper, and nutritional yeast.
  5. Transfer to a blender. Blend until smooth.
  6. Transfer back to pan. The serving size is 5, and I wanted to achieve 5 milligrams of CBD per serving. Therefore I added 5 full droppers of Revexia’s RESTORE BALANCE Hemp Extract tincture. Stir.
  7. Garnish with green onion (which I regret not doing).
  8. Set up your favorite movie, because your night is about to get cozy and relaxing.

Visit our online store at https://revexia.life/shop/ to peruse our wide tincture range and check out the other CBD-infused goodies we have to offer. Give us a call anytime at (970) 449-1603 or stop into our storefront at 1724 Topaz Dr. in Loveland, Colorado.

Pro-tip: Add the Powderhemp Pure Hemp CBD Oil in spearmint flavor to your morning tea to have an anxiety and pain free day.

The Roller Coaster History of Hemp

The Roller Coaster History of Hemp

Hemp History

The hemp plant has had a confusing background in relation to world policy. As a follow-up to our recent post explaining CBD’s history, understanding the turbulent history of hemp itself will help further flesh out why CBD is where it is today.

Cultivation of the hemp plant has been an integral facet of society, earliest findings tracing back to 150 BC. Originally acknowledged for its impressive strength, hemp was used for clothing, rope, textiles. As technology has advanced, this plant now has the ability to be used in food-grade products, biofuel, insulation- the possibilities truly are endless. Sadly, its usage is not widespread.

First, some definitions.

Distinctions between hemp and marijuana are vital in understanding what hemp is. Until the 2018 Farm Bill was passed, these two plants under U.S. policy, were virtually the same. However, this bill finally differentiated hemp versus marijuana, which was a big win for the CBD community. Hemp is defined as any cannabis plant that has under 0.3% THC, whereas marijuana will test higher than 0.3% THC.

Both are cannabis plants, but with vastly different properties. Hemp is always from the Sativa family, whereas marijuana can be from either Sativa or Indica.

The term ‘industrial hemp’ is a common phrase describing hemp cultivation on a large-scale. The stalk of the hemp plant is fierce and sturdy, making it a great material for the make-up of industrial products.

Physically

Green in color, the leaves of the Sativa cannabis plant are long and skinny. The Sativa plant grows the tallest in the family, reaching heights up to twenty feet. The Sativa plant also has the longest flowering time, taking upwards of three months until ready to harvest.

Originating in Central Asia, hemp was used for fiber as early as 2800 BCE. Making its way around the globe, hemp moved to Europe, then to South America in the 1500s, finally ending up in North America during the 1600s.

hemp rope

Historical Usage

The Chinese appear to be the first group to recognize hemp’s capacity to be used in paper making. Buddhist texts from the second and third century are the written on papers made primarily from hemp.

Historically the most common utilization of hemp was for cordage- things like rope, twine, string- because of the plants durability. Dating back to 8,000, the hemp plant was likely the earliest to be cultivated for textile fiber.

Hemp was also commonly used as medicine and in ceremonies. Groups would use the leaves, seeds and roots of this plant as special healing remedies.

During the early twentieth century, hemp farming was imperative to the economic growth of the world. Hemp was used in countless manners, such as clothing, sustenance, equipment for ships- the world depended on the resilience of hemp.

A Turn for the Worse…

Despite the widespread hemp usage and its intricate part in society, hemp started to get a bad reputation because of its relation to marijuana, hemp’s sister plant. Marijuana contains the cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is famous for inducing a euphoric feeling. Despite hemp containing little to no THC, as soon as marijuana was criminalized hemp was lumped in the same package.

The Marijuana Tax Act was passed in 1937, which made any cultivation of the cannabis plant illegal. Hemp went from mainstream society to hidden in underground markets, starting the turbulent history of hemp.

Government rhetoric surrounded the illegality of this plant, insisting even industrial hemp farming was dangerous. The connection to marijuana was far too close, therefore hemp and marijuana were clumped in the same schedule of drug as substances like heroin and bath salts.

This idea persisted for the next sixty years, practically eliminating hemp based products from the public marketplace and allowing industries like lumber and cotton to thrive.

A Turn for the Better…

A breakthrough in the industrial hemp community came in 1998 when Canada permitted 257 farmers to grow hemp legally, effectively legalizing hemp production across the country. Laws started to be introduced state-by-state within the United States, and by 1999, a grand total of nine states had passed legislation regarding the large-scale production of hemp.

An overarching victory for the hemp community came when the 2014 Farm Bill was passed.  This bill allowed for hemp cultivation under a government approved pilot program through specified research organizations as well as state departments of agriculture. Also included in this legislation was the blockage of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and state law enforcement to interfere with the cultivation of the hemp, ensuring these pilot programs could not be invaded and destroyed.

Finally, the 2018 Farm Bill was written and signed, stating that there is a difference between marijuana and hemp, and hemp products would no longer be criminalized. Hopefully, this bill signed the end of the turbulent history of hemp.

Hemp Products Far Superior

Individual health benefits directly correlate to hempseed consumption. With a wide variety of nutrients, protein, essential fatty acids, hempseed and its oil are an excellent diet boost.

Growing hemp is the most sustainable option. Because hemp is a weed, it requires little water and attention, does not need a significant amount of space to grow, and is biodegradable.

With today’s technology, hemp can reach nearly any market. This product can be properly used in agriculture, automotive, food and beverage, skincare industries; the versatility of this plant creates a place in many markets. This could potentially edge out more devastating methods, such as horrifying statistics of deforestation by the logging industry.

Today…

Fortunately these benefits have been realized, and the hemp industry is booming in the United States. Law enforcement is still catching up to the understanding, which is where the confusion can sometimes lie. Still, hemp is on an upward trajectory.

CBD Past, Present and Future

CBD Past, Present and Future

CBD: Past, Present, and Future

CBD: Past, Present and Future As CBD rises in popularity, we figured we would explore its rich history and how it has gotten to this point today.

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabinoid found within the cannabis plant. The cannabis plant has two subsets, hemp, and marijuana. Hemp is defined as any plant that contains less than 0.3% THC (the most famous cannabinoid, known for its psychoactive effects), and marijuana contains over 0.3% THC, as defined through an article published in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. This distinction is important. Because these cannabinoids are both found within the same plant, they were, therefore, criminalized simultaneously, disallowing the research of either cannabinoid nor allowing them into the general public. The amount of CBD found within each plant is dependant on how its mother plants are bred.

According to an article published in the British Journal of Pharmacology titled, “Cannabinoid Pharmacology: The First 66 Years”, cannabis has been used for medicinal purposes dating back 5000 years. Through the 1900s, cannabis medications were prescribed by medical professionals for a variety of ailments.

Back then, cannabinoids were an unknown concept. After much interest taken by the scientific and medical community, the plant started being truly studied, and the cannabinoid system within the plant was discovered. However, CBD was not elucidated until 1963. Unfortunately, the act of cultivating hemp products became criminalized shortly after, in 1969. This is when President Nixon enacted the “War on Drugs”, and placed hemp products in schedule one- claiming it had no medicinal uses and is highly addictive. This also specifically included any facet of the plant, so the cannabinoid system in its entirety was off-limits and deemed dangerous. It remained in this category for years to come, according to the article Legal and Regulatory Issues Governing Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products in the United States.

Another interesting facet of the illegal status of cannabis relates to how widespread the usage of the actual hemp plant. The lumber industry was an advocate for placing cannabis products into schedule one illegal status, because of the potential disruption hemp was to their potential market. Hemp products can be utilized in place of any lumber product. Therefore, this previously established industry had a vested interest in keeping the revenue towards lumber, and away from hemp.

As the years continued, this compound became a fierce topic of division between people. The War on Drugs was still in full swing, but there was a massive part of the population that started using cannabis products, despite their illegal status. The rhetoric amongst this mass of people was consistently stating how these products alleviated many of their daily pains, including physical and mental. As the popularity of cannabis continued to rise through the 1960s and 1970s, this plant could no longer be ignored on a grand scale.

With California legalizing medical marijuana in 1996, and Oregon and Washington following shortly after, perspectives began to change throughout the United States. The more states that medically legalized marijuana, the more stories that surfaced claiming this to be a life-altering plant with countless benefits. Because people understood CBD to be different than THC, but many had no desire to experience a psychoactive effect and wished to simply alleviate pain, CBD companies began popping up in legal states.

The Farm Bill was passed in 2018, removing hemp from the definition of marijuana in the Controlled Substances Act, according to the FDA webpage explaining its role in CBD. This was highly beneficial because it made this plant more viable to be studied for its medicinal benefits and hopefully helped it break away from the negative stigma it has through its association with marijuana.

This time period also marked a huge win for CBD, as the first plant-derived cannabis drug, called Epidiolex, was regulated by the FDA starting in June of 2018, according to an article published through the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health. This drug is intended for people who struggle with rare forms of epilepsy that does not respond to traditional medicines.

Today, it is entirely legal to purchase any CBD product, typically having no age limit associated. Technically under the 2018 Farm Bill, hemp is legally allowed to be transported across state lines. Although, this can be tricky, as some states decide to continue to follow their state’s legalities, where cannabis might not be legal in any form. Nonetheless, CBD is becoming a widespread health phenomenon for individuals across the United States, and its trajectory appears to continue to be on the rise.

CBD For Seniors

CBD For Seniors

Why The Senior Community is Opting Towards CBD

CBD, or cannabidiol, has quickly taken the pain-management market by storm. From products ranging from capsules to salves, this cannabinoid found within the hemp plant has been celebrated for its pain-relieving qualities. From children through the elderly community, CBD has found its home in numerous settings.

As more people search for natural, organic products across the board, CBD has found its rising popularity. According to an article published on Forbes titled “​Survey: Nearly Half Of People Who Use Cannabidiol Products Stop Taking Traditional Medicines”, people are starting to ditch pharmaceuticals like Advil or Vicodin and replacing them with cannabis-based products. This can be especially attractive to the elderly population, as pillboxes grow larger and larger to curb health problems that accompany aging. Even one less pill per day is entirely exciting to those who are prescribed numerous daily doses.

CBD does not produce the euphoric effects that its sister cannabinoid THC​ (Tetrahydrocannabinol) produces. CBD has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, analgesic,​ antineoplastic, anxiolytic and even chemopreventive, according to an article published through the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Each of these qualities seems highly appealing to the elderly community, as aging is synonymous with issues such as diabetes, joint pain, and cancer. And with the technology now available, these citizens are not left with only smokeable options- those with joint pain can enjoy a salve applied topically. There are now also encapsulated CBD products in which one can simply add to their pill regiment, while potentially eliminating one or more.

As more and more seniors are bombarded with a pill regiment that involves a pill for each problem their aging is facing, CBD can be an incredibly attractive option, because of its multi-faceted quality. CBD wears many hats. It can help facilitate someone with hip pain be able to maneuver around easier. It can also decrease stress accompanied by end of life anxieties. As cancer grows more common the older we get due to damaged or weakening cells, CBD has the potential to fight this occurrence.

Something to always be wary of when considering this option is the sourcing of said CBD product and proper dosage. If you are looking to start your CBD journey, it is more than likely coming from a place for the search for wholesome methods of healing. Therefore, ensuring a company’s transparency by acknowledging their sourcing their CBD through organic, non-harmful extraction methods is key. The more information a company is willing to share with the public, the less likely they have anything to hide.

Similarly, proper dosages are crucial. While there has never been a reported CBD overdose, there are monetary and body effects that overconsumption can cause. This cannabinoid can be used for a variety of reasons, such as sleeping, and if the CBD dosage is too high, one might end up staying asleep longer than originally intended. It is always recommended to start slow and work up to find what best works for your specific endocannabinoid system.

On a personal account, I recommended a CBD based salve for my grandmother years ago, who has arthritis issues, specifically in her hands. Dexterity proved harder and harder as she aged, which was difficult to watch. After much research, I found a product that I believed would help her with her day-to-day activities. Now after almost three years of a consistent CBD regimen, my grandmother is back to hand-writing thank you cards and finds playing Solitaire on her computer much easier.

As the perception of this cannabinoid is changing, more and more stories are coming to light about how this improved daily life for a wide variety of individuals. Here at Revexia, we are proud to offer organic, third-party tested CBD options in numerous administration options. We offer a CBD tincture, which is administered through a dropper under the tongue, allowing for quick delivery of relief. We also have encapsulated CBD, which is simply swallowed. We are​     also proud to offer topicals to target any joint or muscle pain. Check out our other products at our webpage https://revexia.life/shop​ to see what else we have that would fit into your CBD journey. And as always, feel free to give us a call at 833.223.9244 with any questions or inquiries.