If you are interested in cannabidiol (CBD) supplementation, then you are bound to stumble upon the products of HempMeds, a company which is probably the leading light in the commercial side of what by now has become the CBD industry. If more companies would have followed the business model undertaken by this enterprise (at least from the marketing point of view), then surely CBD would have escaped the often encountered and much-maligned attitude of part-hoax, part wishful-thinking from the everyman.
Nobody in their right mind would create seven categories of supplements based on a single substance if it were a complete scam. That is not saying they are without flaws, not least because of their thinly-veiled monopolistic ambitions.
The main aim of this article is to provide unbiased information on the products this company makes available in many areas worldwide (including all 50 US states). Nevertheless, we will begin by sketching a pertinent portrait of the corporative ownership behind HempMeds itself, because doubtlessly, consumers always want to know the relevant facts about who seek to profit from their needs and wants.
HempMeds® – One of Seven Sisters
The symbol above is not placed there purely for the sake of pedantry, as HempMeds is an enterprise belonging to a much larger company, Medical Marijuana, Inc. While the majority of dietary supplements are produced by small (sometimes even phantom) firms, Medical Marijuana, Inc. truly is a big fish. With assets totaling more than $500 million and yearly profits worth of $10 million, regarding this article’s subject – it is clear that the products sold under the HempMeds label are here to stay.
Many people could be surprised at the magnitude of the legal cannabis industry, but for 2016 the figures are around $7 billion. In 2009 HempMeds’ parent company became the first legal cannabis “conglomerate” to be publicly traded on the American stock exchange. It currently operates in more than 40 countries and, reading between the lines of its official presentation, it is true that it holds a position as a major player in the cannabis lobby at a global level, but especially in Southern and Central America.
Without fear accusations of over-embellishment, we can state that Medical Marijuana, Inc. is for cannabis at the beginning of the 21st century what Standard Oil was for petroleum at the start of the previous one – the first truly multinational player in the industry.
They consider themselves pioneers in the field, and, in many ways, there is no arguing with the description. The concern registered several premieres regarding the manufacturing and popularization of cannabidiol supplements, and are an important factor in the medicinal marijuana business (though they are far from the status of a Galileo here).
That being said, the whole web of interests surrounding CBD manufacture and commercialization still has not obtained an FDA sanction for any such product, Medical Marijuana, Inc. being no exception. However, with the entire industry booming (with a yearly growth of more than 20 percent), that moment seems to be not far into the future. An educated guess would be that, either through scientific or political means, cannabidiol will surely find its way on the list of approved medicine not just in the United States. Another scientific subsidiary of Medical Marijuana has already cannabidiol-based drugs that have garnered governmental blessings in countries such as Paraguay or Brazil.
As we are interested in products deriving from hemp oil, we should, again using official figures, note that from the more than $7 billion total worth of the cannabis market, the hemp-based products represent only about a tenth of that, and CBD-specific commodities a merely $168 million. This figure is somewhat deceiving as CBD supplements have indeed hit the market in 2012-2013, with sales increasing by at least 20 percent every year since 2014. Taking into consideration the reluctance of authorities in many parts of the world to legalize marijuana (including medical marijuana), the main economic potential for companies such as Medical Marijuana, Inc. lies in the cannabidiol segment.
This direction is evident when one takes into consideration HempMeds’ owners’ immediate objectives (neutrally defined as areas of focus):
- Perfecting a worldwide network of supply for the raw material needed – industrial hemp grown in as natural conditions as possible (i.e., developing countries welcoming foreign investors with open arms and legislative leeway). The resulting hemp seeds and stalks may then be processed into supplements, which are ubiquitously legal.
- Intensive marketing of all legal cannabis products, especially in the United States, through several sister-divisions not unlike HempMeds (it should be noted that this was the first subsidiary of Medical Marijuana to focus solely on marketing and sales.
- Research and development of sanctioned drugs derived from cannabis. Three organizations in Medical Marijuana’s portfolio are dedicated to this endeavor, with the modest successes mentioned earlier in this section.
- Support for the supporting cast in the cannabis industry – cultivators, small(er) retailers, transporters, storage facility providers, etc.
- The constant pursuit of new markets, an ambition which has yet to yield more than some minor successes in developing countries, probably because of the lax enforcement of illegal, recreational marijuana trafficking laws in the first place.
As we have pointed out, HempMeds is just one of the many offspring resulting from Medical Marijuana’s business development sequence. Let us briefly examine each subsidiary’s mission within the conglomerate in order to fully appreciate the concerted effort that is presently the chief protagonist in the legal cannabis industry:
- HempMeds® is the conglomerate’s chief distribution wing, started in 2012, focusing mostly on the US hemp oil market development.
- Kannalife™ Sciences, Inc. is supposed to be the research arm of the main company, comprised of biochemists and respected clinicians with a strong track record in developing novel drugs from plants. At the moment, its efforts are guided by studies which have hinted at the properties of cannabinoids to successfully treat hepatic encephalopathy, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, and other neurodegenerative disorders. Medical Marijuana, Inc. is one of the several shareholders in Kannalife Sciences and not even the majority.
- Kannaway®, Medical Marijuana’s marketing arm since 2014, aims to boost the awareness of cannabis-related products (particularly CBD) across the United States. This is done through conferences and seminars (both online and traditional) where entrepreneurs looking to establish their own businesses may receive counsel on the ABC’s of operating such a venture.
- Wellness Managed Services™ is a division which specializes strictly in business-to-business services.
- MPS International® – because the legal cannabis industry is largely a cash one, security risks exist, and this company provides safe transport and protection for businesses. Medical Marijuana holds a 50 percent share in this enterprise.
- HempMeds® Brasil – the Brazilian division, operating in much the same way as its US-based version.
- HempMeds® Mexico – “proudly” delivering hemp oil supplements south of the border.
Generally available official information from the State of California on HempMeds, LLC fails to establish its ownership of Medical Marijuana, Inc. although there are associations, not least the fact that both are registered at the same address. Furthermore, information on the key individuals involved in operating the business is scarce and is beyond the scope of this article. Nevertheless, if anyone is curious as to who are the people determined to improve our lives through cannabinoids, this could be a starting point.
Although every concerned citizen enamored with his/her freedom should be aware of overly ambitious multinational corporations, in our existence as consumers the presence of these transnational actors is pretty much the best possible guarantee of a quality product. Medical Marijuana, Inc. through its “Seven Sisters” is as legitimate, transparent, and trustworthy a manufacturer of dietary supplements can be. Let us get better acquainted with the products of HempMeds, now that issues of probity and proprietorship have been cleared.
Eight Types of CBD Products
With eight categories of cannabidiol-based dietary supplements, the HempMeds’ line of products is definitely an impressive one. Taking into account the look of their website, how everything is neatly ordered and readily available, we must stress that it oozes professionalism. All you need to know, and more, can easily be found with regard to every single piece of merchandise. One of the perks of having a quasi-empire like Medical Marijuana, Inc. is that you can harmoniously link together the differing websites in order to provide your customer with the relevant information.
The hemp oil sold by HempMeds originates in industrial hemp plants grown in northern Europe, in as natural conditions as can be found, with no genetic modifications or pesticides. This last assertion is hard to demonstrate but very believable, as the industrial hemp plant is one of the most adaptable.
Another feature that sets HempMeds’ supplements apart from the competition is its triple lab testing policy regarding its products. The oil gets tested firstly after the initial exit from the press, the second time when after it arrives at the production centers in the United States, and for the final time after each batch is packaged, to check that the concentrations in the supplement match those advertised on the label. The fact that the testing facilities are mentioned on the official website markedly improves the credibility of the manufacturer, at least in our eyes.
The Real Scientific Hemp Oil Line
Without a shadow of a doubt, the supplements bearing the Real Scientific Hemp Oil (RSHO) label are the stars from the HempMeds cast. They were first introduced to the US market back in 2012 and, owing to the activity of Medical Marijuana, Inc.’s other subsidiaries, have become a hit on the markets of Latin America. The lobbying in those parts has been so successful that the Brazilian government has added Real Scientific Hemp Oil to its list of subsidized medication, leading to its prescription in the public health system.
In the United States, it still carries the status of dietary supplement, and it is supposed to simply be the purest obtainable version of hemp oil, extracted from the seeds and stalk of the plant through a method which involves no additives. In the HempMeds online shop there are dozens of packaging versions of this product, so the customer has a wealth of possibilities.
What you need to keep in mind about this line of products is the three main variations, signified by three colors – green (containing 50 mg of cannabidiol per serving), blue (85 mg of CBD for every serving), and gold (120 mg of CBD). Besides the wealth of different cannabinoids, the oil also has trace amounts of terpenes.
As we have mentioned earlier, there are numerous packaging options, fit for every whim and budget, but here are the primary delivery methods of Real Scientific Hemp Oil:
- Oral Applicators which makes it easy to exactly put the suggested serving amount in the holder of choice (a tablespoon is recommended) and then hold it for about a minute under your tongue before swallowing. The smallest sized oral applicator is good for approximately six servings, containing 3 grams of hemp oil. By average dietary supplements standards, Real Scientific Hemp Oil is on the expensive side – the green label 3 grams oral applicator costing $69, the blue label going for $99, and the gold label $109. Naturally, when opting for more voluminous oral applicators, the price per serving becomes more affordable. There is also a distinctive blend of product, even more concentrated than the gold label, available for $379 in the form of an oral applicator good for 20 servings.
- Liquid Bottles – a more classical approach towards getting your everyday hemp oil fix, the basic four-ounce bottle of Real Scientific Hemp Oil comes with a bonus of medium-chain fatty acids. Obviously, there are larger packaging versions, but the aforementioned one is good for about 32 servings, three-quarters of a teaspoon recommended to be taken 1-2 times daily. The green label is 119$, the blue variant costs 10 dollars more, while the gold version goes for $139.
- Capsules – the Real Scientific Hemp Oil capsules are boosted by the addition of 200 mg of calcium carbonate in each serving, plus turmeric root and white willow bark powders, amounting for another 200 mg. Again, one or two should be taken daily, and they come at the cost of $99 for the green label, $109 for the blue, and $119 for the gold.
- 1-gram six-pack and 12-pack jars are special additions to the line so that the customer can spice up foods and beverages with hemp oil. Because it is exclusive, only the gold label comes in this type of packaging, with a six-pack costing $199. Furthermore, there is also the higher concentrated “special blend” available in this version ($279 for a six-pack), and the granulated hemp oil variety, at the same prices as the “special blend.”
- Cannabidiol Salve – a concoction of various herbs topped off with hemp oil, costs $34 for 1.3 ounces. It is supposed to help with all local discomforts (including joint pain), while also providing cosmetic benefits, as HempMeds claims that it is also good for wrinkles.
The Dixie Botanicals Category
It seems that products bearing the Dixie Botanicals label were first launched on the market by an initially independent company named Dixie Elixirs. Meanwhile, the business was bought by Medical Marijuana, Inc. and integrated into their conglomerate. Dixie Elixirs was best known in the medical marijuana industry because of a far echoing scandal – a former employee, heading their research department lashed out after leaving the company, claiming that the extraction process of CBD oil is not quite clean and safe for consumers. Nevertheless, there are reasons to believe that the comments were simply resulting from an argument as the same researcher had previously praised the standards existing in hemp oil production.
As for the products present in this category, they are far from impressive. Compared to the Real Scientific Hemp Oil line, the customer gets the same or less concentrated CBD supplements, available as capsules, oral applicators, oral spray, chewing gum, and balm (which, unlike its correspondent in the RSHO group is not all natural). In itself, this aspect would not have been an unattractive one, if the prices were lower. However, the Dixie Botanicals prices are similar to the RSHO ones, far above the median CBD supplement on the market.
The Cannabis Beauty Defined Line
While considering the other categories of products from HempMeds as “lines” is stretching the concept a little bit, this is definitely one. These beauty products are meant to be used in concert, although a lesser dedicated consumer should be content with using one or another. Nevertheless, here is the sequence these hemp oil cosmetic solutions should be utilized, with each one’s price in parentheses:
- Defined Cleanser – for safely daily use in removing makeup or other impurities present on the skin. ($55)
- Defined Exfoliant – uses a unique herbal formula alongside the hemp oil, to conjure up a youthful appearance. ($55)
- Defined Toner – may be applied at any moment of the day to hydrate the skin, and men could swap their aftershave for this alcohol-free, natural solution. ($55)
- Defined Serum – another innovation from the manufacturers, supposed to protect the skin from the pernicious action of free radicals. ($110)
- Defined Moisturizer – the final leg of Defined’s skin care sequence, should have a long term hydration effect. ($55)
The line also contains two additional products, which can or cannot be included in a daily regimen – Defined Capsules (two pills to be taken in the morning and evening for general skin improvement, costing $125 for a 60-capsule container) and the Defined Detox Soak (an anti-aging blend to be enjoyed by those who love long baths, at $55 per essential oils-rich bottle).
The Cibdex Complex
There really is nothing fancy about the Cibdex line of cannabidiol supplements. They are your basic CBD addition in flavored (peppermint and vanilla) or unflavored variants, in drops or capsule form. A 1-ounce, 100 mg of CBD bottle costs $29, while a 2-ounce 500 mg CBD concentration can be bought for $99. The customer can also opt for the Cibdex capsules, although the price is something of an impediment – $149 for a 30-capsule bottle, with a CBD concentration of 25 mg.
The Cibaderm Line
As its name suggests, the products in the Cibaderm category are personal hemp oil-based personal care solutions, which should be soothing to the skin. HempMeds supplies hand cream, body lotion, body wash, conditioner, and shampoo. The price is invariable, at $19 per bottle. There is really not much to add about this line, as in this day and age it really is difficult to manufacture unsatisfactory personal hygiene products consciously.
The CBD chewing gum produced by the Medical Marijuana, Inc. group does not seem to have caught on, as it current status is production halt. And for good reason, as $45 for a 32-piece box is kind of a luxury.
Real Scientific Hemp Oil-X (RSHO-X)
The hemp oil supplement in this category is touted as a great innovation, being the first of its kind to be completely THC-free. For those who are neophytes to cannabidiol supplementation, THC or tetrahydrocannabinol is the psychoactive agent in the cannabis plant.
RSHO-X is the company’s latest addition, being available in 4-ounces and 8-ounces liquid bottles, costing $165 and $329, respectively.
The hemp infused vape cartridges are also currently on hold, as was the case with the chewing gum. The reasons are probably similar, as it used to cost $42 per cartridge or $137 for a four-cartridge “party kit.”
HempMeds provides CBD supplements that offer a mixed impression. While they certainly are part of a holding committed to professionalism and some of their lines are top-notch and customer-oriented (alluding especially to the Real Scientific Hemp Oil category of products), others are simply there to make up the numbers and create an image of abundance.
The benefits of cannabidiol taken orally are still debatable, and government certification in places like Brazil does not bode as well as Medical Marijuana, Inc. would like to suggest to its customers. In this light, purchasing personal care CBD products such as shampoo seems a costly peculiarity.
To sum up, individuals interested in cannabidiol supplementation should place their trust in some products sold by HempMeds, for they truly are some of the best the industry has to offer, but they should be aware that they will have to dig a little deeper into their pockets compared to what the competition has to offer.
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