Marist College Institute for Public Opinion conducted a poll about Weed and the American Family revealing some interesting statistics. Of the 35 percent of Americans who regularly consume cannabis, 65 percent are parents with an annual household income of $75,000 or higher, 84 percent work full time, and 46 percent are 26 and older.

The persona of the cannabis consumer has long been characterized as being of a lower socioeconomic and education level, under 30 years old, and smoking for the sole purpose of getting stoned. As more states and countries legalize marijuana medicinally or recreationally, people’s attitudes about the once demonized flower are changing. No longer buying into the myth that weed is a gateway to dangerous drugs like cocaine and heroin and that its addiction potential is equal to that of alcohol, street drugs, opioids and cigarettes, people are starting to favor cannabis over alcohol.

With more awareness about the physical and mental benefits of marijuana, consumers are doing their homework about strains that treat what ails them and how weed is cultivated where they buy it (legally or not). As people are discovering, legal cannabis doesn’t necessarily correlate with safe-to-consume cannabis: free of pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers.

In addition to consumers’ concerns about the rampant use of chemicals, they have two other considerations:

  1.     Consistent access to the strains they use—particularly for medicinal use
  2.     Growth conditions altering cannabinoid and terpene profiles

Recognizing that Big Ag cuts corners, uses chemicals, and cares little about their methods’ impact on the environment and our health, whether it’s fruits and vegetables or weed, there are many reasons to grow your own. Cultivating is therapeutic and puts consumers in control of their health.

Why Leaflit Wants to Change the Way We View Growing Cannabis at Home

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You needn’t be an experienced grower to take your germinated seeds and produce marijuana flower to smoke or use for extracts. Articles and videos abound with instructions on growing marijuana. But while instruction is great, any cannabis cultivator will tell you it’s not as simple as stick seeds in the ground, water them, pray for sunny days, watch big, beautiful buds form, wait a few more weeks and, like magic, it’s ready.

The Leaflit© Grow System: Growing Cannabis for the Novice and the Experienced

If you have decided to take control and grow your own marijuana, you might think to look outside and find an inconspicuous spot that won’t attract attention. Even if you live far from lurking eyes, for a variety of reasons, not everyone can grow outdoors year-round or even at all.  Whether it’s the location of your property in relation to others’, your climate, how much sunlight and rain you have, or you’re just an incredibly private person, growing indoors takes all those concerns out of the equation.

Whether your home is large or small, the Leaflit©Pod may be the perfect solution for you. Here are some specs:

  •    48” H x 30” W
  •    With packaging, weighs 20 pounds
  •    ETL Certified: meets North American electrical safety standards
  •    Cost-effective: pays for itself within one to two grow cycles
  •    Contains everything you need (minus the potted plants)
  •    Easy-to-assemble DIY cannabis grow system
  •    200-watt full spectrum LED with Cree 3070 Chip and Meanwell Driver
  •    Dual, low-noise fan system with activated carbon filters
  •    Externally mounted thermo/hygrometer
  •    WiFi Enabled Powerbar
  •    Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant compatible
  •    Holds up to three plants—with a yield of up to 3 ounces
  •    Constructed with safe and sturdy materials
  •    Mold, scratch and UV resistant
  •    Each pod is tested by hand before shipping
  •    Safe from fire hazard
  •    No off-gassing
  •    Easy to clean
  •    Can be disassembled and collapsed for easy storage under your bed or in a closet

Design is More Than Aesthetics

Whether this is your first time or you’ve been growing indoors for years, the Leaflit©Pod is easy to assemble and ready for your plants. Its sleek appearance and geometric design will complement your home’s décor and serve as a conversation starter—not an eyesore. However, as a grower, there’s more to a product’s design than its looks. The Leaflit’s patented 7-panel design means each panel is angled to capture the maximum amount of light and focus it on your plants.

Why Leaflit Wants to Change the Way We View Growing Cannabis at Home

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Lights, Fans, Action!

Once you’ve assembled and plugged in your Leaflit©Pod and added your plants, there are some very cool features that will make your indoor-growing experience uniquely your own.

Mix and match your strains: You have the flexibility of growing three plants of the same strain or three different strains for maximum health benefits. You can create on/off schedules based on the recommendation(s) of each strain.

Adjustable settings: You can monitor and adjust settings using the mobile app. Each port allows for different schedules, so your fans can run with or without light. Running the fans alone after you’ve finished growing keeps air flowing throughout the drying and curing stages.

A Little About the People Behind the Leaflit©Pod

If you’ve heard the expression, “I’m not just the owner, I’m also a client,” you already have half the background story. Founded by Brad MacDonald in early 2018, he was looking for a way to grow cannabis for his wife, Elli, who lives with lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.

Chronic pain caused by both autoimmune diseases made it difficult for Elli to perform daily tasks and do simple things most of us take for granted, like holding their daughter.

Despite years of traditional medications offered by Big Pharma, Elli’s quality of life continued to decline because of her symptoms.  Dissatisfied with the usual treatments, Brad researched alternative therapies, which led him to medical marijuana. This, however, presented a new set of problems for Brad and his wife.

Dispensary-purchased cannabis frequently contains anything from mold, bacteria and fungus to heavy metals and traces of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The solution was obvious: grow their own cannabis.

Why Leaflit Wants to Change the Way We View Growing Cannabis at Home

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With each DIY cannabis grow system Brad found, he was challenged by one thing or another: difficult assembly, companies that wouldn’t ship to Canada, overkill for a few plants or an eyesore in their home.

Brad worked with a family friend to design the Leaflit©Pod. Equally important as affordability, function and safety, it had to be ‘plug and play’ for anyone mechanical or who’s a deer in headlights at the sight of an instruction manual. That the Leaflit©Pod’s unique look is the subject of many conversations is icing on the cake.

If you’ve wanted to grow cannabis in your home but haven’t found a system that meets your needs, check out the Leaflit©Pod. Each Leaflit©Pod is hand-tested prior to shipping for quality assurance. Use Coupon code: HIGHTIMES to receive $100 off your next purchase.

Happy Growing!

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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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