“Every day, all day,” is the response Philliciano “Foxy” Callwood gives these days when you ask him how often he smokes ganja. Lordlike, he perches on his chair overlooking idyllic Jost van Dyke, British Virgin Islands, his gray hair stubbornly sticking up on all sides. “I used to smoke three packs of cigarettes a day,” says Callwood when I arrive to interview him in mid-June.“Now I quit smoking cigarettes, but I’m not going to quit smoking a good joint.”  He explains that he suffers from a variety of ailments that he medicates with cannabis, and happily admits he’s been doing it since the early sixties–and at one point did quite a bit more.

“It was too expensive,” he says. “So I came here on this island…and decided to try my hand. I grew a few trees,” he says. He claims government “spies” were his undoing. “The police came down and went to my house and found a six-foot tree growing and they took me out and took me to jail. Yeah! I spent overnight in jail for growing a six-foot tree.”

He got off with a fine and stayed out of trouble for the next fifty years–not an easy task in a territory that, up until 2003, boasted the infamous “Rasta Law,” which banned “hippies” and those with dreadlocked hairstyles from crossing its borders. Now, though, seemingly everyone here is spurred on by economic necessity and developments in the wider Caribbean region. People have begin to reevaluate their traditionally hardline anti-cannabis stance — and nobody more than Callwood himself. On July 7, he’s hosting Foxy’s Hemp Fest, a one-day blowout aimed at turning tiny BVI into the world’s next great weed mecca.

“Most people don’t know that Foxy’s a huge stoner,” says Tom Warner.

There is perhaps nobody in the Caribbean better position than Callwood to host this event. Look at any BVI Tourist Board ad, and you’ll likely see Callwood’s inimitable grin somewhere on it, clutching his guitar and sporting his trademark bare feet, embodying the simple, carefree island lifestyle tourists plan months in advance in order to experience. A longtime pal of country singer and island mainstay Kenny Chesney, he’s arguably the most famous face to ever come out of the BVI. And yet “most people don’t know that Foxy’s a huge stoner,” says Tom Warner, Foxy’s general manager and media point man for the festival. “You’ll read hysterical TripAdvisor reviews saying how Foxy wouldn’t approve of people getting high on his property. We just laugh.”

Callwood holds court most days from a chair at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, his beachside rum emporium in Great Harbour, which this year celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing a safe space for rich tourists on charter yachts to engage in every vice imaginable. A contradiction in terms — he proudly began sporting a MAGA hat during the current US president’s ascendancy — Callwood actually dressed up and put on shoes to get knighted in London in 2009 (for his everlasting effort to make life better for BVIers), but otherwise rarely leaves his island. He may occasionally play the fool, but he’s a shrewd businessman, acutely aware of his vital role in turning what had been a sleepy fishing-and-farming based economy into the yachting capital of the Caribbean—and that there’s no reason he can’t do the same for cannabis. But given the fact that weed is still 100 percent illegal in the BVI, the public may take some more convincing.

“I expect some pushback,” says Warner, adding that he and Callwood hatched the idea after kicking in to aid the family of a local man who spent 14 months in prison for possession of less than an ounce. “In a small community like this, when you’re a man down, you really feel it.” He adds, “There are people who think this is the first step down a wrong road. It’s one of the biggest reasons for the education aspect of this event. We wanted to make it more structured than just a bunch of Rastas under the trees getting high all afternoon.”

The keynote speaker is Byron “Positive” Nelson, a senator from neighboring USVI who spearheaded the decriminalization movement in that territory, and Sowande Uhuru, leader of the opposition Virgin Islands Party. They’ll be backed up by a roster of socially active musicians from the US and BVI, and homegrown companies as interested in jerky, sodas, and soaps as they are in hemp milk and scooby snacks.

Despite what will be on offer, Warner says he expects minimal police presence, especially when compared to Foxy’s New Year’s party, which regularly draws thousands of stumbling revelers. “Marijuana festivals are pretty mellow,” says Warner. “Any arrests for violence? No. Somebody fell asleep on a bench? Yes.”’ Plus, he says, “There isn’t a police officer [in the BVI] who doesn’t believe in the decriminalization of marijuana.”

The timing is apt. Even though Babylon has been cracking down — legally, occasionally violently — on Rastafarians since the 1930s, the region appears to be in the midst of a ganja revolution. In 2015, Jamaica finally decriminalized the possession of under 2 ounces, and so has the neighboring U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, on 420, Antigua and Barbuda Prime Minister Gaston Browne issued an unprecedented formal apology to the Rastafarian community, acknowledging that anti-cannabis laws had caused them to be “brutalized and castigated” by police. (According to Warner, a key activist in that decision is scheduled to attend Foxy’s Hemp Fest). In June, Director of the Caribbean Drug and Alcohol Research Institute (CDARI), Dr. Marcus Day, told the St. Lucia Times that the criminalization of cannabis was “absurd.” Medical marijuana now appears to be the on the horizon for dozens of Caribbean countries, and it’s not just Callwood and Warner who believe the BVI could be next. The premier, deputy premier and minister of education all have, with varying levels of vagueness, expressed openness to the concept. Why the sea change?

For one, in case you haven’t heard, weed is big business. The US legal cannabis industry is set to rake in $21 billion by 2021— and the island nations of the Caribbean, whose economies tend to be lopsidedly reliant on tourism and financial services, wouldn’t mind a piece of that green. The BVI, in particular, was hit with a one-two punch—in September 2017, 80 percent of its infrastructure was damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Irma, and its parent country, the United Kingdom, is now mandating that overseas territories implement public registers of company ownership, potentially blowing up the islands’ tax haven status. It’s no wonder BVIslanders are scrambling to find creative ways to make up the difference. (It’s as Peter Tosh said in 1976: “Legalize it, and I will advertise it.”)

Plus, says Warner, weed prevents an opportunity for the territory to differentiate itself from the St. Barths of the world. With increased upscale tourism, he said, “I think we risk turning into a rich person’s haven,” he says, “and losing the uniqueness that makes the BVI what it is. [But] I think if you had a regulatory environment where grow sites were licensed, dispensaries were licensed, distributors were licensed, the users were licensed, then you’re okay. I think visitors would buy them at the airport if you make the card look cool.”

Of course, he also knows that the pace of BVI government gives a whole new meaning to “island time.” There’s also an entire generation of old-school, churchgoing Virgin Islanders to get on board. “I will have felt I have succeeded if it is decriminalized from a felony to a misdemeanor,” says Warner. “Where they class it and what the fines are doesn’t even matter.”

Meanwhile, down at Foxy’s, another tourist has asked Callwood to play a song, and he hoists his guitar as if someone has put a nickel in him. But first, he has a point to make. “I firmly believe that everybody who says, marijuana doing this, marijuana doing that — they’re full of shit,” he says. “Because it’s the alcohol. These guys I met when I come up, and they were into the bottle. They loved it. And the alcohol took them down. And as much as I smoke, they’re dead, and I’m still here.” He pauses to let loose a gleeful cackle. “And the government and all them men telling me how bad marijuana is and they give me a license to sell rum. And all men who I sell rum to; they all smoking; I’m still alive,” he says with a mischievous gleam in his eye. “It’s time to legalize it.”

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.

THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.

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