New Program Launched To Standardize Cannabis Testing Methods

New Program Launched To Standardize Cannabis Testing Methods

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has announced that a new program launched to standardize Cannabis testing methods and to aid commercial and forensic laboratories to accurately measure chemical compounds in marijuana, hemp, and other cannabis products.

The aim of the Cannabis Quality Assurance Program (CannaQAP) is to achieve accuracy in product labeling and help laboratories to distinguish between hemp and marijuana. 

While the labels on most cannabis products illustrate the concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), without official testing methodology, laboratories can often differ in their testing techniques, in turn, providing ’unreliable’ results. 

It is therefore primarily the inconsistencies in testing results that the researchers at NIST are looking to address in the course of the program.

“When you walk into a store or dispensary and see a label that says 10% CBD, you want to know that you can trust that number.” —NIST research chemist Brent Wilson

To achieve the program’s objective, NIST is looking to partner up with a range of hemp testing laboratories. The first point of the CannaQAP effort will consist of NIST sending out hemp oil samples to the participating laboratories and asking them to measure the total of CBD and THC using their routine testing methods. Each lab will then test the oils and relay its results and techniques back to the NIST researchers. It is expected that further exercises will include the testing of plant material samples.

The data collected from the participating laboratories will then be evaluated. NIST is looking to publish the data anonymously so that the participating laboratories’ names are not revealed. Research chemist Melissa Phillips has stated: “Anonymity means that labs don’t have to worry about how their performance will be viewed. Our goal is to help labs improve, not to call them out.”

While the laboratories will not be named, the results will show how much variability there is between them. Furthermore, NIST is looking to publish the correct measurements, so that each laboratory can see how accurate its measurements were and how it performed compared to its peers.  

Once NIST researchers can review the results, and evaluate the scope of the inconsistencies, they will be in a much better position to issue guidance on best practices for cannabis testing. 

NIST has said it will be developing a standard hemp reference material, which will provide accurate measurement values that labs can use to validate their testing methods. One reason these measurements vary so much is that there are currently no reference materials for cannabis.

Finally, it is understood that the new federal CannaQAP endeavour might go beyond legal hemp products. “NIST is also planning to conduct future exercises with ground hemp and possibly marijuana,” the agency has indicated. “Those exercises will involve measuring a larger number of compounds, including terpenes—the chemicals that give different strains of marijuana their distinct aromas—and compounds that people don’t want in their cannabis such as fungal toxins, pesticides, and heavy metals. Future exercises may also include extracts, concentrates, distillates, and edibles.”

We will continue following the program and will provide updates as soon as new data comes to light. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to stay in the know.  Laboratories that are interested in participating in the program can find more information and register online

 

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.

CBD in Hollywood

CBD in Hollywood

It is no secret; CBD is growing in popularity among the masses.

Many people are jumping feet first into this wellness trend. In a world where influence comes from many different angles, we can see the effects of this trend heavily in the mainstream, namely celebrities. Until recent years, CBD in Hollywood has always been taboo. Now, perspectives are changing and people are speaking out in favor of this cannabinoid.

Sparking our interest in the search for celebrities who utilize CBD and its health-giving effects was Olivia Newton-John. She has spoken out about the legalization of cannabis, claiming that it has significantly aided in her fight against metastatic breast cancer. This marks the third time the illness has surfaced for this star, most well known for her part in the 1978 musical Grease. Newton-John claims that her tumors have shrunk or failed to grow, in direct relation to her use of medicinal cannabis.
There are many health claims related to the use of CBD and Olivia Newton-John is not the only celebrity to jump on board the cannabinoid train. Popular influencers like Martha Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow have themselves invested in companies that bring CBD to the forefront, seeking to institutionalize cannabis in the mainstream wellness world.

Other stars have spoken out about how cannabis use has changed their day-to-day lives, endorsing products and even collaborating with companies to create their own CBD lines. Anxiety and stress seem to be common themes associated with the reasons why celebrities are flocking towards cannabis. Leighton Meester, Jennifer Aniston, and Kim Kardashian are among those who claim that CBD has altered their lives in some way.

Celebrities Using Their Platform For Good.

While important lifestyle choices and medical decisions should always be discussed with your doctor, it is impossible to ignore that so many people in our current social sphere take influence from those they see on social media and in the news. It is heartening to see celebrities and influencers openly talking about health and the positive influence of CBD. This is markedly significant since those who draw their life inspiration from public figures will likely explore products that stars are endorsing. CBD in Hollywood is an exciting prospect simply because the masses pay attention to concepts their favorite stars speak about.

seth rogan hilarity for charity

What does this mean for the CBD industry?

We can expect to see a lot more celebrities investing their time or resources in CBD, potentially towards research. We will continue to see a rise of open endorsement as CBD becomes less taboo. Actor Seth Rogan has even founded a non-profit in order to raise awareness and healing for Alzheimer’s, expressing interest in the use of CBD in the disease’s treatment. The Michael J. Fox Foundation also has shown support for access to CBD for use in treatment of Parkinson’s disease. This foundation has appeared in the political sphere when they were beseeching congress to pass cannabis related research bills.

Not only is CBD in Hollywood showing up through personal testimony, celebrities are putting their dollar towards supporting this cannabinoid.

A promising future is on the horizon for the CBD industry.

If you are curious to know what all the hype is about, call us here at Revexia at (970) 449- 1603 and we will answer any questions that you might have. Feel free to stop in to our storefront location at 1724 Topaz Dr. in Loveland, Colorado. As always you can jump over to our website to see our product line, at: https://revexia.life/shop/

Revexia is your friend in the CBD industry.

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.