CBD News

With 25 hemp-derived CBD products, Lazarus Naturals offers more ways to use CBD than ever before. If you’re looking to try CBD for the first time, having that much variety can be overwhelming. Our 2019 customer favorites are a great place to start.

High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture

For those who require a higher concentration of CBD, our High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture packs in 50mg of CBD per serving. This unflavored and additive-free tincture comes with a graduated dropper to ensure you’re taking only what you need. Our vegan and gluten-free tinctures contain no artificial flavors, preservatives or sweeteners.

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Chocolate Mint Flavored High Potency Full Spectrum CBD Tincture

The Chocolate Mint Flavored High Potency Tincture was one of our first flavored tinctures to be released and has remained our most popular. The delicious flavor combines naturally derived chocolate and mint extract with a high-quality hemp extract. It also still offers the same high concentration of CBD and benefits of a full spectrum CBD oil that you’ve come to expect.

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Full Spectrum Capsules

Capsules are an easy and convenient way to ensure you’re getting the exact of amount of CBD you want. The 10mg and 25mg Full Spectrum Capsules are perfect for those new to CBD or who prefer smaller amounts. Our 50mg Full Spectrum Capsules are ideal for those who need a higher concentration.

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Flavorless High Potency CBD Isolate Tincture

Some people have more sensitive tastebuds than others. Our Flavorless High Potency CBD Isolate Tincture offers a plain taste and a large serving size of CBD. All of our tinctures are third-party tested for potency, pesticides and heavy metals.

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Calming CBD Pet Tincture

Our customers regularly tell us how often they gave CBD to their four-legged friends. Their words helped inspire our line of hemp-derived CBD products specifically for pets. The Calming CBD Oil Pet Tincture contains a concentration of CBD that’s specifically tailored for the needs of animals. Recommended serving sizes based on weight can be found on the label. Like all of our products, this full spectrum CBD oil is made in-house and undergoes third-party testing. You can rest easy knowing your pet is taking a product that’s natural, consistent and safe.

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Lavender Balm

Enjoy the smell of summer year-round with our soothing Lavender CBD Balm. The refreshing floral aroma is ideal for relaxation and a great option for self-care. It’s made with a top-shelf mixture of ingredients including mango butter and beeswax. We then infuse the balm with CBD hemp extract and all natural terpenes for scent.

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Full Spectrum CBD Lotions

If you’re looking for a soothing, non-greasy way to experience CBD topically, give our new CBD lotions a try. New in 2020, they’re already very popular. Infused with 50 mg of CBD per teaspoon and formulated with naturally derived scents and essential oils for maximum effect. Pacific Pine and Portland Rose scents are inspired by our Northwest roots. Also available in unscented.

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Ready to get started or try something new? Our sample packs and bundles make it easy and cost effective for you to try a variety of products so you can find what works best for you.

All of our products undergo third party lab testing to ensure they meet our stringent standards for quality and safety.

 

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Third-party test results are essential when purchasing CBD products to ensure you are getting the potency and purity you deserve. However, unless you’re a chemist, you will likely struggle to read most test results. At Lazarus Naturals, we strive to make buying CBD as safe and as easy as possible. That’s why we have created this handy guide to help you find and read your test results.

The first step in reading your test results is knowing where to find the batch number associated with your product. We print all of our batch numbers on our label usually near the QR code.

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Once you find it, go to the product page click on the Test Results tab and find the corresponding test results.

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Every batch undergoes numerous different tests to ensure our products meet our stringent standards for quality and safety. To make things easy, we consolidate all of those results into one PDF and then add a custom cover page that summarizes all of the most important test results. You can follow along with the graphics below to help you read and interpret your results.
 
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Interested in learning more about CBD test results? Read More: https://www.lazarusnaturals.com/blog/how-do-i-understand-cbd-test-results
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Oregon is making it clear that CBD and alcohol do not mix in the state.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission recently made a rules amendment that forbids making or selling products that combine CBD and alcohol. The ban, in effect as of January 1st, is specifically for manufactured products. However, the OLCC is offering a one-month grace period to allow businesses to begin complying.

Separate rules will also soon be made to forbid bars and restaurants from mixing the two. The OLCC will require verification that any non-alcoholic CBD beverage products meet hemp product testing requirements. Licensees must also ensure that the products don’t contain more than 0.3% THC, per federal regulations.

CBD In Beverages

The FDA recognizes CBD as a drug in the form of Epidiolex. Because of this, food and beverages containing CBD can’t be sold across state lines. However, Oregon allows the sales of these products within the state. The only requirements are that they meet testing standards and contain CBD from a registered hemp grower.

Many bars and restaurants across the country also offer CBD-infused alcoholic beverages. However, the OLCC recommends not mixing CBD and alcohol, deeming it a risky practice.

A high-profile maker of beers with CBD also ceased operations last fall. The company reportedly did not “formula approval” by the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. The OLCC said that “the TTB will not approve a formula or a label for any alcoholic beverage containing CBD as an ingredient.”

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A $1.4 trillion government-wide spending package for 2020 is earmarking millions of dollars in funding for the FDA to conduct CBD research. But for some in the industry, that’s still not enough.

Hemp-derived CBD is mentioned in one of two spending bills in the package. The FDA and USDA will receive $2 million for research, market surveillance and policy evaluation.

The funds also earmark the FDA issuing an enforcement discretion policy for hemp products with CBD. The agency must perform an extensive study that tests products against the contents listed on their labels. However, some do not feel these steps are adequate enough to keep consumers from ingesting falsely advertised products.

“Providing funding for testing is a positive first step. Unfortunately, today’s action falls short of what is needed to protect consumers,” said Daniel Fabricant, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Natural Products Association. The future of the U.S. hemp industry and the farmers and producers who provide it are directly tied to smart regulations for CBD. This includes [the] FDA establishing a safe level of consumption so consumers are protected.”

False Advertising

A recent Leafly study tests the CBD content of 47 popular CBD products. This also includes our Standard Potency CBD Tincture. While our product passes Leafly’s test, their findings also show alarming results.

One in three products in the study contain less than 80% of the CBD they claim to deliver. A shocking 11% of the tested products did not contain any CBD whatsoever. Nearly 17% of the products also contain more than 120% of the total CBD they claim to have.

However, the study results show progress compared to three years ago. A similar FDA study from 2016 shows that 77% of tested products contain less CBD than stated on the label. Many products in the study also did not contain any CBD.

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Virginia is quickly producing one of the most robust hemp industries in the country and building at rapid rates.

Data from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services details the staggering rise of hemp in the state. In mid-2018, there were only 135 acres of hemp planted and about 85 registered growers. That number has since soared to 2,200 acres of hemp and 1,183 registered growers. Additionally, 262 processors and 117 dealers are also part of Virginia’s hemp industry. The number of hemp acres will likely rise next year as growers ramp up for harvest in the spring.

The state also remains committed to expansion. WTVR reports on Gov. Ralph Northam confirming that the town of Wytheville will house the state’s first commercial industrial hemp fiber processing facility. Appalachian Biomass Processing will purchase over 6,000 tons of state-grown hemp in the next three years. This $1 million hemp purchase will also help create 13 jobs.

“I am committed to pursuing every path that will attract economic prosperity to our rural communities,” writes Northam. “Hemp production opens up a wealth of opportunity to bring new jobs and new business to Virginia.”

It’s possible that Virginia could raise even more money through the registration process to grow hemp. State hemp grower, processor and dealer registrations cost $50, compared to $250 in states including Maryland and North Carolina.

Historic Hemp Plants

Even historic sites in Virginia are adding hemp back to their facilities. George Washington’s historic Mount Vernon estate now has legal hemp plants for the first time in over 200 years. The current hemp plot is only for demonstration purposes, but the plants are eight feet tall.

“It’s been tremendously exciting to bring back a crop that hasn’t been grown since Washington’s day. That’s kind of our mission, trying to represent this site as it was during his time,” said Dean Norton, the estate’s Director of Horticulture. “But I think it can become an amazing commercial crop for the state of Virginia.”

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Despite some of the harshest state policies on CBD, many South Dakota tribes are aiming to begin growing hemp.

South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem remains firmly against legalizing hemp in the state. However, the 2018 Farm Bill permits tribes to create their own hemp programs separate from the state.

The Oglala Sioux tribes are among dozens in South Dakota to unite in forming a hemp coalition. They’re working together to create ordinances and submit hemp program proposals to the USDA to begin growing next year. Ironically, these tribes believe the current roadblocks to hemp legalization work in their favor. Having the first hemp programs in South Dakota will make partnering with state farmers easier once it’s legal.

“That gives us a leg up on the hemp economy within South Dakota. I think that’s where we want to be,” says Buster Issenock, Marketing Director at Rosebud Economic Development Corporation, to The Argus Leader. “Hemp is not a bad plant. We want to use this plant to further our goals of economic sustainability, putting our land to good use.”

The rural community of Rosebud has 100,000 acres that are suitable for growing hemp. This could potentially yield $25 million in profit for the Rosebud Indian Reservation. Their long-term plans include building a processing facility to turn hemp into textiles.

Heather Dawn Thompson, the attorney working with the coalition, notes that hemp grows well in the Northern Plains region. Many tribes also like the idea of growing hemp because it doesn’t require pesticides or extensive maintenance.

“It’s a healthy crop,” she says. “It’s a nice cultural match for a lot of tribal nations.”

Governor Noem On Hemp

Noem already vetoed a bill passed earlier this year to legalize hemp in South Dakota. She also says in a Wall Street Journal op-ed that she will veto a hemp legalization bill set for 2020.

“Normalizing hemp… is part of a larger strategy to undermine enforcement of the drug laws,” she writes. Noem also states that legalizing hemp effectively legalizes all forms of cannabis. However, the 2018 Farm Bill directly contradicts this statement. The bill makes it clear that hemp-derived CBD products must contain less than 0.3% THC by dry weight.