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RE Botanicals Becomes the First National, Certified Organic CBD Brand for US-Grown Hemp

As you may have already realized, CBD (short for cannabidiol — a cannabis compound) is exploding in popularity and is showing up in an increasing number of food, beverage and personal care products.

Despite the explosion of CBD oils and CBD-infused drinks, almost all of these products do not contain the USDA organic seal.

Boulder-based RE Botanicals has bucked this trend and has become the first national CBD brand to receive USDA organic certification for U.S.-grown hemp. Given who is behind RE Botanicals, the fact that it has achieved this milestone should not come as a surprise at all.

While many CBD entrepreneurs are new to the hemp world, company founder John Roulac has been involved in the industry for decades. Not only was he the founder and CEO of Nutiva, which he grew to become the leading organic hemp brand in the country, he was also deeply involved in helping to push for the legalization of industrial hemp farming. John is also the author of 3 hemp books, and the LA Times in 2002 referred to him as “The Johnny Appleseed of Hemp.”

I caught up with John Roulac the other day and spoke to him about his latest venture.

What is RE Botanicals?

RE Botanicals is a pure organic apothecary brand that meets the needs of consumers who want the best of the best.

The products from RE Botanicals are crafted with the highest quality, full-spectrum, organic hemp extract that taps into the human endocannabinoid system – the system that helps maintain the body’s overall wellness and supports many physical processes. Our goal is to provide consumers with the most innovative and responsibly-sourced CBD products in the marketplace today.

There are a lot of CBD oils on the market. How is yours different?

First and foremost, our products are USDA certified organic while most of the other CBD oils on the market are non-organic. Non-organic hemp is often grown on lands where GMO corn or soy was grown and/or where RoundUp herbicides were sprayed.

Second, our hemp extracts are crafted with certified organic MCT coconut oil, and combining both oils makes it easier for the body to absorb. It is important to note non-organic MCT oil is a common carrier for non-organic CBD brands, and it is made using chemicals and bleaching.

Third, not only do we have a classic line and an organic peppermint line, but we have also created a special line of pet tinctures.

The biggest differentiator, however, may be the feedback we receive from our customers. They are consistently telling us how much better our tinctures taste than the other brands on the market.

Regenerative farming is a key aspect of RE Botanicals. Why should this matter to consumers?

RE Botanicals is not only committed to shifting today’s chemical agricultural practices to organic but to regenerative farming methods as well.

The hemp used in our products is from U.S.-grown organic hemp that is farmed using crop rotations, such as clover or alfalfa, which improves soil health and fertility. We believe that the healthier the soil, the healthier the plants — and the healthier the end-product will be for the consumer. That is why shoppers should be seeking out products that embrace regenerative farming methods — methods that improve the soil.

Because of hemp’s “Wild West” culture, the vast majority of today’s hemp farming utilizes synthetic chemical fertilizers made from fracked natural gas, a leading cause of climate change and ocean die-off in the Gulf of Mexico.

With our organic hemp CBD products, consumers can now vote with their dollars for the type of future they want for their children and families.

RE Botanicals is now available at select retailers nationwide and can also be purchased on the company’s website by clicking HERE.


(John Roulac, Founder of RE Botanicals and Nutiva)

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How Tradin Organic is Helping Coconut Farmers in The Philippines

For more than a decade, Tradin Organic has been working with local partners in The Philippines to bring a diversified range of organic products to the market, such as coconut oil, tropical fruits and even cocoa.

The company is helping to support local farmers by assisting them with technical support and organic certification, in addition to paying Fairtrade premium on top of the organic premium.

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Organic Black Sesame Seeds — Something You’ll Always See in My Kitchen

When it comes to eating, I like clean and light food.

My body seems to reject heavy sauces, fried foods, and sautées, even if they are 100% organic.

I like simplicity in a meal and as a result, I tend to cook a decent amount for myself. Why?

Not only is cooking at home the most inexpensive way to eat organic but I can have exactly what I want.

Whenever I make quinoa, millet or a big salad, one of my favorite things to put on these dishes are black sesame seeds.

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Why Tradin Organic is Prioritizing Regenerative Organic Farming

At Tradin Organic, we believe that regenerative organic farming is key to growing healthy and nutritious food ingredients — for now and for future generations.

And in Sierra Leone, we have grown the world’s first Regenerative Organic Certified cacao.

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My Latest Concoction – Organic Black Sesame Seed Milk

Earlier this year, I wrote a post talking about the tremendous health benefits of black sesame seeds.

I love putting them on quinoa, millet, and on my salads, and they add a whole new dimension to whatever food that I am eating.

Since Brazil nut milk and cashew milk are two drinks that I make quite often, I started asking myself “What if I made a milk out of organic black sesame seeds?”

My immediate thought was that the taste would be too harsh or too strong, and that I would need to use a lot of honey or organic palm sugar to even it out.

Over the past week or so, I have been experimenting with black sesame seed milk and much to my surprise, I have been thrilled with the results.

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Another Reason to Support Organic – The 59 Pesticide Residues Found in Our Water Supply

When people talk about organic food, we mostly focus on the importance of eating food that is free of synthetic chemicals, genetically-modified ingredients and artificial growth hormones.

Yet, what we also need to be mentioning is that conventionally-grown food means that our soil is getting sprayed with an astronomical amount of toxic pesticides, which ends up polluting our public water supply.

According to the EPA, we use about 1.1 billion pounds of chemicals per year, 80% of which are used for agricultural purposes.

And what impact has this had on the quality of our public water supply?

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