A version of this post originally appeared in the April, 2019 print issue of High Times. Subscribe here!

Here are 19 excellent weed Instagram accounts we recommend you follow. You’ll find something for everyone on this list, from gorgeous marijuana photography and epic extract videos to hilarious pot memes and trippy art. Follow these accounts before they get deleted!

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How long have you been a Follower of my page? How did you Find out about Me? Where are you From? What’s your DOB and Social?😜Tropicana Cookies Trichomes from @highlifefarmsmi

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There’s nothing quite like some good old-fashioned pot porn. When we feel the need to appreciate our favorite plant’s beauty, we turn to @chewberto420. The photography featured here is the gold standard for pot pics. Chewberto’s impeccable skill shines through as he captures the beauty of cannabis in expertly shot still lifes. You’ll want to leave yourself plenty of time for a deep dive on this account.

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@wasslaw @wasslaw Little Brother of Pot Brothers at Law wishing you a Safe Saturday Sesh. 👍👍👍👍👍 Photographer: Joe Bryant – @joebryantnyla Creative Director: Karly Hawkins @karlyhawkinsphotographer Makeup/ Hair/ Wardrobe: @katlieberkind💪🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏#STFUnation™ #stayeducatedandmedicated #shutthefuckup💪💪💪💪💪😎😎😎😎😎😎😎 ALWAYS BE RESPECTFUL TO LAW ENFORCEMENT 855 WASSLAW 855 WASSLAW CATCH US ON @CANNABISTALK101 kociradio.com every Wed and Sun at 6pm PST 😁😁😁😁😁😁😁😁 @wasslaw @wasslawdog @joegrande52 @1christopherwright @cannabistalk101 (855) WASSLAW (855) WASSLAW  FOR CONSULTATIONS 😁😁😁😁😁😁 REMEMBER THE SCRIPT™ (25 WORDS) ~ The Script ~ “WHY DID YOU PULL ME OVER?” “I’M NOT DISCUSSING MY DAY” “AM I BEING DETAINED OR AM I FREE TO GO®?” If detained you say, “I INVOKE THE 5TH!” Then you SHUT THE FUCK UP™© 2015 Craig & Marc Wasserman all rights reserved #INVOKETHE5TH then #STFU™ FOLLOW OUR PERSONAL IG PAGES @wasslaw @wasslawdog @dabbinglawyer @potbrothersatlaw (backup page) @thefoul_owl WE ARE NOW ON SNAPCHAT little brother is POTBROTHERATLAW Big brother is WASSLAWDOG #STFUNATION #influencer #tipoftheday  #legalizeit #potbrothersatlaw  #highercontent  #neverconsent #cannabiscommunity #MarijuanaGuestExpert #ExpertGuest #TalkShowExpert #marijuana #MarijuanaTalkShowExpert #medicalmarijuanaattorneys #shutthefuckup #cannabislegalexpert #amibeingdetainedoramifreetogo #imnotdiscussingmyday #whydidyoupullmeover #cannabistalk101 DISCLAIMER – THIS PAGE OFFERS EDUCATIONAL TIPS & INFORMATION PERTAINING TO CALIFORNIA LAWS AND CONSTITUTIONAL & CIVIL RIGHTS WHEN DEALING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT!

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Cannabis-industry stalwarts @pot_brothers_at_law are well-known to pot enthusiasts, particularly on the West Coast. Their account offers legal information pertaining to pot and allows you to keep up with the bros as they travel the country fighting for cannabis freedom. If you have cannabis legal questions or are looking for licensing info, @pot_brothers_at_law is a highly recommended follow.

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Can’t go wrong when the terps this strong 💦 #TKOreserve ( 📸 @emilyeizen )

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A purveyor of quality medical cannabis in the Pacific Northwest, TKO Reserve is a positive and passionate force for the patients of Oregon and Washington State. Featuring photos by company co-founder Allie Beckett (@canna.obscura), @tko.reserve offers a glimpse of the inner workings of an ultra-organic, eco-friendly farm located in one of the country’s most beautiful locales. And for those all about that #farmlife, be sure to check out @tko.oregon.

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Lemon meringue Hce 🍋 from @mpx_us This strain offers uplifting mental effects and sativa-driven energy that encourages physical activity. This strains subtle motivational quality’s and euphoria are great for fatigue and depression 📸: @lukewaynemedia #terpfeed #cannabiscommunity #dabbersdaily #weshouldsmoke #fueledbythc

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@terpfeed & @minkloafs
Concentrate lovers, prepare to lose your minds as you embark on a journey to oil overload! The good people of @minkloafs and @terpfeed capture the ever-evolving extract market as you’ve never seen it before. These are seriously epic shots featuring the industry’s best concentrate producers. You will marvel at the scale and quality of the extracts featured on these accounts.

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Midnighters #Kronic #PurpleTarantulas @indulgethc @green_buddha420 @rawlife247

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Detroit, MI’s @karl_kronic captures incredible pot shots that will keep you scrolling for more. His photos of twax joints, pot and hash are truly one of a kind. The colors of the product and design of the shot stand out in every pic. Be sure to follow @karl_kronic for some ornate bud shots that will have your mouth watering.

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Whether you want to learn more about cultivation or live vicariously through other people’s grows, @grow.diaries is an essential follow. Cultivators around the world post pics of their plants along with all the information about their grow, like strain, source, growing medium, lighting, temperature, humidity level and more. There’s tons of valuable information to be found at @grow.diaries. Follow along with these grows at home and compare the posts to your own garden.

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Angel’s Donna with red bracts. #melfrank #cannabisphotography #cannabis #bracts #marijuana #marijuanaphotography #donna #buds

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Legendary grower, breeder, author and photographer Mel Frank is still producing incredible cannabis after all these years. And lucky for us, he’s still sharing shots of his plants. Follow @melfrank420 for beautiful bud photos and grow tips. Plus, check out his throwback shots of the plants Mel grew in the ’70s and ’80s. His account is a rare and valuable retrospective of modern cannabis cultivation.

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Keep up with the glorious homemade pot, hash and oil your fellow cannabis enthusiasts are consuming with @haze_society, @hash_society and @rosinsociety. These accounts check all the boxes, whether your interests lie in old-school Moroccan hash, frosty flowers or freshly squished rosin. Give these accounts a follow but prepare to spend a couple hours down the rabbit hole as the variety on display will keep you scrolling.

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Colorado’s Green Dot Labs is unique in that it focuses on cannabis genetics and cultivation exclusively for extraction purposes. Translation? Green Dot knows concentrates. And Green Dot Labs co-founder Dave Malone is the authority on all things extract. His account, @greendotlabs_dave, is a wealth of knowledge featuring incredible photos of cannabis and concentrates. Follow Dave for all the extract info worth knowing.

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Which is the most surprising insect/animal you have seen hang around your plants? 👹💭🌱 #strainhunters #greenhouseseeds #greenhousefeeding #macro #420 #weedporn #trichomes #cannabiscommunity #wakeandbake #macro_love #fullgas

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The cannabis world lost a legend when strain hunter and breeder Franco Loja tragically passed away in January of 2017. But his spirit lives on in the work done by Strain Hunters. Arjan Roskam of Green House Coffeeshops & Seed Company continues to travel the world seeking out cannabis genetics and documenting his excursions, which have advanced medical-cannabis research and led to any number of incredible new strains and mind-bending hash. Follow @strainhunters for an inside look at these epic expeditions.

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Product testing at RAW be like👨‍🚀🚀 • #OneGiantConeForMankind #RAWlife #RAWlife247 Video coming soon 😂💨💨💨💨

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Raw Rolling Papers founder Josh Kesselman lives large and you can share in the fun through his official Instagram account. Stay up on all the latest Raw is doing around the world and marvel at the joy Josh squeezes out of life at all times. You can follow Raw’s official account (@rawlife247) and you can also read more about Josh in the April issue of High Times.

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This was one of the best interviews I have done so far. It was a refreshing change from what I usually hear. Several of her inquiries came from the unique perspective of a Black woman in the industry. And since we did it via video, I was able to see all the melanin magic radiating off her skin. #representationmatters . Thanks babe! Reposted from @cannalady1986 – Get your booty over to #ClearAsSmoke blog to meet this amazing #Queen, @thedankduchess ! She’s a hash maker and cannabis information extraordinaire! https://clearassmokeblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/29/wcw-the-dank-duchess/?preview=true (Link in bio) #stonershawty #BlackBlogger #WomenInCannabisWednesday #cannabis #cannabisheals #health #medicine #420 #THC #CBD #physician #Georgia #M4MM #advocate #plant #lunchbreak ___ . . . . ♕🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱♕ #MyNicheisHashish. #Cannabis flower fuels my power.  Rolling logs and blowing fog #AllWeedEverything Today is a great day to be awesome. ♕🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱🌱♕ . . . . ___ #theduchtouch #consultant #ganjagyal #art #artisanal #beauty #TheDankDuchess

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This hashmaker/cultivator’s account exemplifies the high life. You’ll find plenty of fascinating photos of incredible-looking hash and buds as @thedankduchess offers you a peek at her glam cannabis lifestyle. Plenty of video is mixed in with interesting photos representing all aspects of the industry. There’s something for everyone here.

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Aqua© by @sanogardens • A highly purified live resin. Cleaner taste, smoother finish. • @terpfactory @murphymurri • #Sanogardens #liveresin #CRCTek #aqua #liveresin #claritycounts #cannabisphotography #davesnothereman

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If high-end art photos of pot and hash is your thing, look no further than @daves_not_h3r3_man. This account features mind-warping close-ups of trichomes, sauce, diamonds and much more. Well-lit and impeccably framed, you’ll want to order prints of these photographs. @daves_not_h3r3_man has plenty of video too, so get good and stoned, give him a follow and make an evening of it.

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@saltglass x @melitzartglass photo by @salteyelens #bestofglass

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When done properly by trained and knowledgeable craftsmen and women, glass can be a mind-blowing medium. The unbelievably intricate designs and intense attention to detail found in the handblown glass pieces featured by @bestofglass are jaw-dropping. And when you remind yourself these pieces are also functional, it’s all the more impressive. The art of glass blowing is alive and well, and @bestofglass is proof!

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Light up for the last night of #Hanukkah! Menorah by #cannabisfeminist @jackiesponseller

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Women are a major force in all aspects of the cannabis industry. For a female-centric view of the marijuana world, we highly recommend @cannabisfeminist. This account features the female growers, business owners and leaders shaping the industry. Keep up on all the latest events and products through a feminist lens with @cannabisfeminist.

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Movement is a fundamental part of life. Whether you enjoy boxing, #dancing, or a nice #hike, #recovery should be a part of your routine. . For me, after putting in 12 to 15 hard rounds of high-intensity #boxing, I’ve exhausted my body and need the proper #relief and recovery. . This is one of the many reasons why I created Pain Tamer — one of my seven outcome-based pre-rolls. . Look, I only release products that are of the highest quality and if it’s going in my body, you bet your ass I’ve done extensive research. I’ve tested the product at the highest levels and in turn, formulated the most sophisticated and science-backed pre-roll on the planet. . How is @bigmikesblends different? . – 15 years of #cannabinoid research conducted by a team of 25+ world-class Ph.D scientist – As many as six top-shelf #strains in each #preroll – Laboratory tested in pre- and post-production to ensure #purity, #potency and standardization – 36+ years of cultivation mastery – And, a continued mission of Making #Cannabis an Acceptable and Everyday part of Healing Humanity . I’m excited for you to experience my labor of love, @bigmikesblends. Go to the link in my bio now to find out where they are available.

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Advanced Nutrients has become synonymous with cultivation success, as has the nutrient company’s founder, Big Mike. Travel the world with @bigmike as he extols the virtues of his nutes, teaches people to grow and lives big. You never know where Big Mike will end up next, and you won’t want to miss it. Follow @bigmike and keep up with his adventures. And check out @advancednutrientsofficial for more great cannabis content.

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INFUSED ICE CREAM for #nationalicecreamday! Who else is infusing??!? 😛Homemade Cherry Vanilla Mint Chip #icecream #infused with peppermint @bhangnm shavings. Confetti Sugar Cookies courtesy of @themilkshop_la 7.5mg THC! #milk #summertreats #cannabis #jeffthe420chef #cannabisporn #weedporn #cannabisculture #cannabiscuisine #cannabiscommunity #cannachef #edibles

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Chef and author @jeffthe420chef makes for an excellent guide to the rapidly expanding marijuana-edibles market. His account features delectable cannabis-infused dishes for every palate, from sweet (Cannabutter Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie Balls with 1:1 THC/CBD ratio) to savory (a wake-and-bake breakfast of pastrami-wrapped salmon and poached eggs with 10 milligrams THC per serving). Follow @jeffthe420chef and keep up with the latest in the world of edibles.

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Blazin sum amazin with the boyz @thesmokersclub #WorthlessGenetics #terps #playingwithfire #topshelflife #onlysmokethefinest #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #hightimes #marijuana #maryjane #ganja #ganjagirls #weed #wfayo #420 #710 #chronic #joints #blunts #dabs #doinks #Iwillmarrymary #medicalmarijuana #pipes #smokeweedeveryday #stonersociety #cali #michigan #oregon #wedontsmokethesame

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Tired of all the fancy cannabis genetics and smoking accessories presented by professional, high-end companies? Well then, @worthlessgenetics might be perfect for you. The self-professed “creators of TreeStump OG, Lawn Clippings Kush, Sunset Pervert & master growers of Kansas City Ditch Weed” cater to the, shall we say, less-sophisticated cannabis enthusiast. And it’s hilarious.

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@slimesunday via @popmyeyes

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This one is pretty self-explanatory. @ifyouhigh is the place to go… if you’re high. This account features plenty of engrossing images and videos that become even more so… if you’re high. From trippy to funny to strange, @ifyouhigh has enough content to entertain for days. Just try to stop scrolling! You can’t! Assuming, of course, that you’re high…

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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.


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.