Veterans Cannabis Coalition to Unveil ‘Cannabis Bill of Rights’ in Nation’s Capital This Weekend




This Cannabis Bill of Rights has been thoughtfully collated by our good friends over at Veterans Cannabis Coalition and we cannot think of a better messenger to take these ten demands to the nation’s capital on behalf of all cannabis users.

In the past we have written about 5 Things We Must Demand From Any Future Cannabis Legalization Measures but, admittedly, it comes up short on outlining and defining all of the essential rights we intend to keep fighting for. So we’re proud to endorse this effort by Veterans Cannabis Coalition.

I. Freedom of self-care: no law or regulation shall infringe or impede an adult person’s absolute right to consume or otherwise use cannabis for any purpose.

II. Freedom of cultivation: no law or regulation shall prevent or restrict an adult person’s right to grow cannabis in their residence, whether rented, owned, or publicly-subsidized, for non-commercial purposes.

III. Freedom of the commons: all responsible government entities will ensure that unused or under-utilized public land and facilities are made available for non-commercial citizen cannabis collectives and co-ops.

IV. Freedom from taxation: no law or regulation shall levy direct taxes on any stage of the cannabis production process, from cultivation to consumer sales—cannabis should be treated for tax purposes as a food and medicine.

V. Freedom of restoration: all government judicial entities will endeavor to expunge, dismiss, and commute any and all cannabis related-convictions and charges for all persons with no cost to the individual.

VI. Freedom of possession: no law or regulation shall restrict or penalize personal cannabis possession and no cannabis can be seized by agents of the state without a court order.

VII. Freedom of association: no law or regulation shall restrict the ability of individuals to exercise their rights regarding cannabis collectively for non-commercial purposes.

VIII. Freedom of research: no law or regulation shall create specific barriers to the scientific investigation of cannabis.

IX. Freedom from criminalization: no law or regulation shall apply criminal penalties specific to the consumption, cultivation, possession, manufacture, sale, or transport of cannabis; any criminality related to cannabis (tax evasion, fraud, driving under the influence, etc.) shall be prosecuted under existing law.

X. Freedom from stigma: no law, regulation, or judicial action shall use the presence or consumption of cannabis as an aggravating or disqualifying factor in court proceedings, employment, or any other government considerations.

We asked Eric why Veterans Cannabis Coalition felt it was important to draft these demands.

“We think it’s important to frame cannabis legalization in a way that centers on the needs and rights of people,” said Goepel, adding, “It’s a plant and medicine that humans have used for thousands of years to great benefit. The law should not infringe on individual rights to use cannabis non-commercially.”


This Cannabis Bill of Rights has been thoughtfully collated by our good friends over at Veterans Cannabis Coalition and we cannot think of a better messenger to take these ten demands to the nation’s capital on behalf of all cannabis users.

In the past we have written about 5 Things We Must Demand From Any Future Cannabis Legalization Measures but, admittedly, it comes up short on outlining and defining all of the essential rights we intend to keep fighting for. So we’re proud to endorse this effort by Veterans Cannabis Coalition.

Though they are all perfectly concise and very self-explanatory, below we will briefly flesh out each plank, 1-10, with some relevant stories or examples that we have come across in our research or day to day experience in the culture and industry.

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You can find more information about their organization at and be sure to follow them on Facebook and on Instagram @veteranscannacoalition

The Benefits of RECEPT Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract

The Benefits of RECEPT Broad Spectrum Hemp Extract

2018 was a breakthrough year for hemp extract and cannabidiols. From capsules, tinctures and pumps to patches, edibles, drinks, and pet products—the hemp extract and CBD market made a household name for itself this past year—a $600 million name in fact. With hemp extract and CBD’s rise in nationwide popularity, an influx of new companies and products have made their way to the market. And that growth isn’t expected to slow, as data forecasts project the hemp-derived CBD industry will reach $22 billion by 2022.

A pioneer in the industry before it was “trendy”; PrimeMyBody is now a mainstay on the hemp oil and extract market. We have a responsibility to our Affiliates, customers, and the entire market to offer premium products that harness and effectively deliver the natural benefits hemp so readily provides. That mission led us to the development of RECEPT broad spectrum hemp extract.

A New Hemp Extract Experience

To be a leader in this new age of hemp health you have to take forward-thinking approaches to product development. RECEPT is a statement to the metamorphosing hemp market. It is a declaration that room for improvement is always open, that unlocking hemp’s seemingly limitless health potential is an ongoing affair.

With guidance from our Chief Medical Advisor, Dr. Cheng Ruan, we took calculated measures to decipher how a hemp and phytocannabinoid product could be improved and made better. For us it started with expanding the phytocannabinoid and terpene profile as a way to develop a more well-rounded entourage effect.

Simply put, an entourage effect is a concept that various compounds in the hemp plant work best when synergized together, rather than being isolated. This orchestra of compounds all harmoniously playing together organically promotes more impactful health results.

“The focus on cannabidiol or CBD has probably been the most famous and most studied, up until now. We wanted to recognize that the entourage effect is going to have a more powerful effect on the human system and also have a more natural effect,” says Dr. Ruan.

“RECEPT is about something the body is able to utilize to balance itself. It’s all about balance and equilibrium these days. That’s where the hemp industry is going and why we wanted to be ahead of the curve with RECEPT.

A Spotlight on CBG (Cannabigerol)

A key phytocannabinoid that contributes to a complete entourage effect is CBG or cannabigerol. Overshadowed culturally by CBD and THC, CBG is a rising star in the hemp and wellness field. “A focus it seems now is pharmaceutical companies are taking note of its benefits and starting to purchase plots of land for the making of CBG-heavy hemp plants in preparation of doing their own clinical trials,” adds Dr. Ruan.

A precursor or parent compound to many other phytocannabinoids like CBD and THC, CBG’s potential effects on health and wellness have only begun to be tapped. “CBG is a compound that we’re starting to see a tremendous amount of data on, especially toward the end of 2018,” says Dr. Ruan.

Like CBD, CBG is a non-psychoactive hemp phytocannabinoid compound that plays a key role in the biochemistry of the hemp plant and producing a productive entourage effect. Research has begun to conclude that CBG holds a number of health-related benefits, including a role in neuroprotection and neuroregeneration. Another fascinating discovery is the part CBG—with antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and antimicrobial properties—plays in balancing and improving gut health.

As valuable of a phytocannabinoid as CBG is, harnessing the compound in a hemp extract is not simple. CBG occurs in the hemp plant in very trace amounts and is more prevalent in younger hemp strains. As a hemp plant matures, CBG—also known as the “stem-cell phytocannabinoid”— naturally synthesizes into other phytocannabinoids. We take careful and complex steps to extract CBG for its use as a central ingredient during the formulation process of RECEPT.

“Because it occurs in trace amounts, CBG is fairly limited today, but that’s what we’re heading toward as a hemp market,” Dr. Ruan says.

Benefits of Hemp Terpenes

It would be impossible to create a truly broad spectrum hemp extract without the use of terpenes. Present in hemp and a variety of plants including many citrus fruits and herbs, terpenes are known for their aromatic properties and are commonly used in aromatherapies. The fragrant scents that terpenes exhibit serve as a defense mechanism or repellant from bugs during a hemp plant’s growth periods.

“The role of the terpenes is to be a crucial part of the entourage effect. The other role is taste,” says Dr. Ruan.

RECEPT contains an extended or polyterpene profile that includes limonene, linalool, humulene, geraniol, beta-caryophyllene, myrcene, and terpinolene. RECEPT’s citrus taste actually comes from the natural aromas of the terpenes, specifically limonene. The terpenes in RECEPT provide their own individual health benefits and each has a natural inclination to interact with the body’s endocannabinoid system and cannabinoid receptors, leading to the benefits hemp extract is known for.

Sonicated Liposomal Hemp Extract Delivery

As beneficial as the phytocannabinoids and terpenes are, their effectiveness and overall benefit to the brain and body are driven by RECEPT’s powerful liposomal delivery method.

“A liposome is a spherical structure of phosphatidylcholine that can deliver active ingredients, in our case broad spectrum hemp, into cellular tissue,” says Dr. Ruan.

To ensure that each active ingredient is absorbed into the bloodstream at a high rate, we incorporated the use of sonicated nano-technology. To create the teeny tiny liposomes that house and transport each hemp ingredient to the bloodstream and endocannabinoid system, RECEPT is developed using ultrasonic wave technology powered by a machine known as a Sonicator. Using high shear force, the Sonicator takes RECEPT’s liposome particles created during formulation and compresses them into even smaller nanoparticles. 

This technology allows the ingredients in each drop of RECEPT to zip across cell membranes and begin their interaction with cells and cannabinoid receptors within moments. PrimeMyBody is one of the first hemp companies in the U.S. to utilize a Sonicator.

At the conclusion of the nano field sonication process, samples of the formula are then subjected to a Laser Particle Size Analyzer test to ensure the nano size of the liposomal particles. Our goal is to complete sonication with a product that resides within a 15 to 25 nM (nanometer) size range—which is roughly the length of an antibody protein. If you’re keeping track at home, that is one of the smallest sized hemp extract particles available on the market today. The nanoparticle size is the reason RECEPT begins working quickly and why its therapeutic effects on the brain and body are prolonged for longer periods of time.

An Alcohol- and THC-Free Hemp Extract

THC may have a viable place in the wellness field, but it just isn’t a necessary ingredient in RECEPT. For our Affiliates’ and customers’ peace of mind, we strategically excluded THC as a way to provide a hemp extract completely void of any psychoactive components.

Theoretically, THC—the phytocannabinoid in the cannabis plant that creates a psychoactive effect or “high”—does play a part in the overall entourage effect, but according to Dr. Ruan, those theories aren’t by any means definitive.

“Do you need THC to have a maximal entourage effect? I do not think, clinically, we know the answer to that as of yet. The last thing we wanted to do was to have any psychoactive components in this extract at all,” adds Dr. Ruan.

As for alcohol, ethanol is typically used during the extraction process of phytocannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant. Although in trace amounts, these alcohol remnants remain in many hemp extracts and oil products on the market today.

“Traditionally, alcohol has been required to make nanoparticles, but now there is new technology that does not require that to be there, which makes it ethanol-free. That has been a huge demand from the entire hemp community over the last year.”

For RECEPT, ethanol is used for extraction purposes, but as Dr. Ruan notes, we’ve adopted new technological advancements to evaporate all ethanol fragments during formulation, resulting in a 100 percent alcohol-free hemp extract. No alcohol means RECEPT delivers only reactive effects without a hint of sedation. And parents can be worry-free when administering RECEPT to teens or children.

Advanced Hemp Extract Benefits

With a number of analysis results confirmed and clinical trials led by Dr. Ruan already underway, RECEPT was made for advanced wellness. By comparison, RECEPT is the most broad spectrum hemp extract with CBG available on the hemp market today. To view how RECEPT compares to many name brand products on the market check out our hemp oil review chart.

On RECEPT’s place in the evolving hemp market, Dr. Ruan says, “In terms of brain fog, fatigue, energy, neuroregeneration, and body system function, I do think there are a lot of implications that will be related to brain health and we’ll be able to contribute to those findings with this product. That makes me super proud about how it came out. RECEPT is truly a natural product with really good intentions. Every ingredient is brought out in much detail for everyone to enjoy.”

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Regulation of Hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill… Hear the USDA Listening Session!

Regulation of Hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill… Hear the USDA Listening Session!

Did you miss the USDA Listening Session? Listen now to a recording of public comments

On March 13th at 12 pm EST the USDA hosted a hemp listening session to receive feedback from stakeholders regarding regulation of hemp under the 2018 Farm Bill. Approximately 50 people submitted verbal comments including Vote Hemp president Eric Steenstra.

If you missed this session, you can still listen to the comments.

Click below to listen to a recording of the USDA Hemp Listening Session:

You can preview our written comments here.

USDA via email. Please send your comments to and make sure to include your name, company name (if applicable), address, email and phone number.


HEMP UNDERWEAR for Today’s Conscious Men & Women…Wears IN not Out!

HEMP UNDERWEAR for Today’s Conscious Men & Women…Wears IN not Out!

Look what just arrived in our US Hemp Product Marketplace, Hemp Underwear from WAMA!  When I first heard about Hemp underwear, my initial thought was how soft could these be and would I have panty lines-because, who wants that?  Also, could Men love these too, we know how finicky they are? Well now I’ve learned, Hemp is healthier to wear than cotton, and men love the support of the briefs! Some even say it’s like not wearing underwear at all!

Let’s chat about this for a moment, who even thinks about their underwear being healthy?  I must say, I didn’t know, until I discovered how much it mattered.


Check out all these attributes of Hemp fabric.

Hemp fabric is naturally, anti-microbial, with anti-odor properties. Super comfortable, breathable and gets softer with every wash. Hemp is also organic therefore non-toxic. Hemp is the world’s most sustainable fabric, grown using no pesticides, herbicides or fungicides.  

WAMA’s Hemp Underwear fits perfectly on our skin, forms to our body.  As I washed them they became even softer. I love the way they feel because Hemps super breathable material increases the airflow helping reduce moisture quickly, keeping me super comfortable, naturally…I like!

I’m also am a proud undergarment wearer of Hemp Fabric, which actually is a great conversation piece.  Everyone wants to see them, lol, only kidding, just some of us like to show off. So the basics are perfect, great fit, no panty lines, soft and AND I am now wearing healthy underwear!  

Last, but not least, Hemp is the world’s strongest natural fiber making them last a super long time.


Use code “HEMPINGTONPOST5” for 5% discount!

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Let us know how you like them!



Never Tried Hemp Underwear? WAMA makes it easy.  If for any reason you are not happy with your first pair of underwear, they will send you a new size, color or issue a refund, no questions asked, no returns needed!

Made from:53% organic hemp 44% organic cotton 3% spandex



Hemp vs Cotton: Take a closer look!

Hemp vs Cotton: Take a closer look!

 Although hemp has many practical uses, let’s focus on one that would affect us every day; clothing. For this, we will compare hemp vs cotton, as cotton is a very popular resource used in clothing production.

Water Cotton: To grow cotton you require about 1400 gallons of water for every pound you intend to produce. That’s a lot of water! Some areas of the world that produce cotton are running out of fresh water due to the production of cotton as well as clothing. Some areas of the world have even experienced desertification as a result of producing cotton.

Hemp: You require about half the amount of water to produce hemp as you would if producing cotton. Hemp is a strong and reliable plant that grows very quickly. Not only that, hemp produces about 200% – 250% more fibre in the same amount of land compared to cotton.

Pesticides Cotton: One of the biggest downsides to cotton is how much pesticides are used to grow the plant. Although organic cotton farming is beginning to catch on a bit more, the production of cotton worldwide takes up about 25% of the world’s pesticide use. The other unfortunate factor is that these chemicals can end up being absorbed into our skin as we wear clothing.

Hemp: The beauty of hemp is that it requires no pesticides to grow. In fact, it doesn’t require any chemicals at all to grow. The growing nature of the plant competes with weeds and over-powers their ability to sustain themselves. This allows the hemp plant to grow freely and quickly.

Hemp Comfort & Longevity Cotton: Generally very comfortable to begin with, as you continue to wear cotton it ‘breaks in’ to become even more comfortable. There is no denying how soft cotton can be, but it is also true that cotton fibres break down over time and the more it is washed the faster it breaks down.

Hemp: The hemp fibre used in clothing is a strong natural fibre that, like cotton, gets progressively softer with each passing day you wear it and each time you wash it. Although it may not start off quite as soft, it is still soft and certainly would not be considered uncomfortable. The plus is that the fibre is much stronger and durable. Repeated washed will not break the fibre down anywhere near as quickly as cotton. Creating more hemp clothing would mean we would need to produce much less clothing.

Breathability & Wicking Cotton: Breathability is certainly a strong suit for cotton. It also does not hold odours for very much. This is quite possibly one of the biggest downsides to synthetic fibres, they don’t dispel odour well and don’t often deal with moisture well either. While cotton has a natural wicking system, it also holds moisture a little longer than what might be considered most desirable.

Hemp: Performs very well when it comes to breathability and wicks moisture away from the body effectively. Hemp also carries anti-bacterial properties that trump any other natural fibre. This means hemp will not mold or grow mildew very easily. Since it also does not hold odors, hemp clothing edges out cotton slightly on this one

Aesthetics Cotton: Without the use of dyes, cotton comes naturally in white, cream and off-white. Cotton can be dyed naturally or synthetically to achieve a desired color. The growing knowledge that cotton is very taxing on the environment and not healthy for our skin is creating quite the demand for organic cotton. In terms of the fashion market, organic cotton is showing up more and more.

Hemp: Given the various processes available to remove fibres from the stem of a hemp plant, hemp can be naturally creamy white, black, green, grey or brown. Without even requiring the use of dye, hemp comes in a variety of colors. Of course, you are still able to dye hemp both naturally and synthetically. Hemp is quickly becoming more and more popular in the fashion market as designers see the potential in the material while being a very environmentally sound option. Since it is durable and lasts a long time, it can be attractive to certain designers.

Hemp Final Decision Winner by knockout and growing undisputed champion of natural harmony, HEMP! This isn’t to say that cotton, especially grown organically, is not a good material, it simply isn’t better all around than hemp. In some cases, cotton could be a must use if something specific is being produced. The biggest differences are in the facts that hemp requires much less water and no pesticides to produce. Not only that, it boasts a lot more fibre per acre.

Concerned about excess CO2 in the atmosphere? Hemp is spectacular at sequestering CO2! Take the time to check out some hemp clothing around the internet or see if there are some local stores who sell it. Although options can sometimes be limited right now, look out for more hemp clothing as awareness continues to spread!

Published 6 years ago

By CE Staff Writer

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