"Julio Perrone turned to CBD oil several years ago to improve his focus, relax his edginess and improve sleep.
Brittany Ditzler credits a CBD tincture with relieving some of her anxiety and depression symptoms.
Jill Good-Miller has used a CBD product externally to help alleviate chronic pain.
Those three letters — which stand for cannabidiol — are quickly becoming big business. The United States market for CBD, a compound derived from hemp, grew by more than 80 percent last year, and industry analysts say it could hit $22 billion by 2022.
But what can it really do? What are the legalities surrounding CBD use?
And, if you’re itching to try CBD products, what can you expect?
What is it? CBD stands for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant. Both hemp and marijuana are a species of cannabis plant, but that’s where much of the similarity ends.
In Pennsylvania, CBD products bought over the counter that don’t require a prescription must be derived from hemp plants. They also must contain 0.3 percent or less of THC, the cannabis compound that, at much higher levels, gives marijuana users that “pot high.”
That means, advocates say, that you’re going to get relief from symptoms with zero psychoactive effects.
Interest in CBD has been increasing over the past year or so, says Jill Good-Miller of Rhubarb’s Market in Lancaster, and the availability of products containing CBD “has come on very swiftly” in the past few months.
A big boost: two farm bills that loosened limitations on growing hemp."
"The Industrial Hemp podcast goes on the road this week to a farm in Berks County, Pennsylvania, where two local businesses are collaborating to build a tiny house made from hemp.
COEXIST Build is a design and build company owned and operated by architect Anastasiya Konopitskaya and her husband Drew Oberholtzer, and Americhanvre is a hempcrete and cask hemp company owned by Cameron McIntosh.
These three are working together to create a small house made from hemp built on a flatbed trailer, which will be on display at the Canopy Growth exhibit at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo in New York City May 29 to June 1.
The interview with Anastasiya, Drew and Cameron was recorded inside the hemp house. Episode 31."
"It is Tuesday March 26, 2019. I am so stoked because not only is my guest a rock star millennial but she is the Senior Lab Technician at the Rodale Institute on the Industrial Hemp Project . So welcome Tara Caton!
Over the course of a four-year trial, we are exploring hemp’s powerful potential to heal soil and support farmers.
Hemp, marijuana’s non-psychotropic cousin, was grown in Pennsylvania for more than 260 years as a valuable cash crop."
"Erica McBride Stark, a former high level business management executive, took a leap of faith to leave her job and become a full time advocate of industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis long before it was clear that the tide of popular opinion had turned. She met her husband at approximately the same time, Les Stark, a local historian of Lancaster county, author of “Hempstone Heritage; In Accordance with their Wills”, and executive director of the Keystone Cannabis Coalition.
Together, Erica and Les began lobbying on behalf of industrial hemp at the local government level and quickly realized what a pair of dedicated citizens could achieve in a representative democracy, armed with truth and a truly sustainable, environmentally friendly proposal. They were not your traditional lobbyists; there were no shadow accounts and perks offered for participation, no unnamed wealthy benefactors with boatloads of cash and offshore accounts. Just a pair of dedicated individuals with some knowledge and persistence.
Inevitably, Erica and Les crossed paths with Geoff Whaling, current president of both the Pennsylvania Hemp Industry Council and National Hemp Association, who had been lobbying for cannabis prohibition reform on his own. Together, the trio became more and more influential, gaining audience with policy makers of a caliber capable of affecting real change.
Today, Erica has seen out the success of her early efforts and now finds herself in a transitional role, from activist to educator and coordinator. The industrial hemp industry has experienced a rebirth, legally, and now it is time to fuel the fires and continue to breathe new life into the fledgling industry, both locally and nationally. Please consider joining both your local and national hemp industry associations. The PA Hemp Industry Council and National Hemp Association offer memberships that cover interested parties all the way up to business level sponsor memberships!
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Erica McBride Stark, a former high level business management executive, took a leap of faith to leave her job and become a full time advocate of industrial hemp and medicinal cannabis long before it w...
"LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — When William Hartmann opened Royal Oaks Vineyard & Winery in North Cornwall Township, Lebanon County, it was like a dream come true.
Growing cannabis plants? That was never part of the dream.
"People who I know that dabbled in that stuff think it's a joke because I'm doing it," he said.
Desperate times, though, call for desperate measures. A dispute with the township forced Hartmann to shut down part of his business and put his entire vineyard in jeopardy.
By turning to the potentially lucrative but unstable world of recently legalized industrial hemp, Hartmann knows he's taking a risk -- one people close to him urged him not to take. But if it pays off, it might give him the money he needs to keep his winery."