Breaking Down CBD: A Guide To How Our Bodies Metabolize This Cannabinoid

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Breaking Down CBD: A Guide To How Our Bodies Metabolize This Cannabinoid

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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For even committed students of CBD, many don’t understand the metabolic processes involved in its consumption. While there is plenty of literature out there with a more technical focus, there are very few resources out there to communicate that focus in a plain way. In this article, we’ll review your body’s natural metabolic processes, and how CBD is broken down specifically.

What is Metabolism, Anyway?

Metabolism is the conversion of one chemical compound into another through enzymes. Enzymes are proteins that live within your body’s cells that speed up chemical reactions.

Most of your body’s metabolism happens in the gut wall, lungs, and blood plasma.

The main enzymes in metabolism are a part of the “cytochrome P450” group, which will be of importance later.

Metabolism is divided into two phases  – 1 and 2. In phase 1 metabolism, your body goes through oxidation and sheds electrons from whatever you’ve taken. After phase 1, the drug is said to be “oxidized.”

In phase 2, the drug becomes more water soluble, making it possible to expel the drug from your system. The drug also loses pharmacological activity during this time. Think – something leaves your body and becomes less effective.

To review, you take something, say CBD Capsules, and they enter your system. They make it to your liver, which is the processing center for the body. Two phases of chemical reactions occur and the drug loses its effect. After the end of the second metabolism phase, the CBD capsules are water soluble enough that they can be expelled from your system.

How is CBD Broken Down?

The first thing to say on CBD metabolism, is that it is very important to understand how CBD is broken down and how it interacts with other drugs in your system. As CBD moves into the liver and becomes metabolized, it is converted in a chemical compound 7-hydroxy-CBD

(7-OH-CBD), and may also be converted into 6-OH-CBD.

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At this time, little is known about these metabolites, the leftovers of CBD metabolism. However, a derivative from this process, called D2 (E) Valproate, has anticonvulsant properties that might also be involved in the antiepileptic effects of CBD.

Cytochrome P450

Earlier in the article, we mentioned the importance of cytochrome P450, the group of enzymes mainly responsible for the liver’s metabolism. In CBD metabolism, CBD seems to have an inhibiting effect on these enzymes. Through this inhibitory effect, CBD prevents cytochrome P450 from metabolizing other compounds.

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Now, this inhibitory effect can fluctuate with dosage, the individual, and how tightly CBD binds to cytochrome p450 before and after oxidation.

In clinical trials, as little as 25 mg of orally administered CBD, like the capsules we mentioned earlier, blocked the metabolism of an antiepileptic drug.

For consumers, this means that CBD can have potential reductive effects on other medications you may be taking. Be sure to consult your physician on the status of your individual metabolism.

The More You Know

Like many other industries, CBD is evolving. While there is much more information circulating now than ever before, there’s still much we don’t know about CBD, as evidenced by its metabolic processes. Truly, after CBD begins to metabolize within your body, we don’t know whether metabolites help or hurt its pre-metabolic effects. The more you know, the better decisions you make when it comes to your own consumption.

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Published at Tue, 17 Oct 2017 07:50:42 +0000

CBD E Liquid Checklist: A Newcomers Guide to Finding The Right CBD E Liquid

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CBD E Liquid Checklist: A Newcomers Guide to Finding The Right CBD E Liquid

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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The consumer audience still has so many questions about CBD. While there is a growing demand, both for information and product, it still seems like most people are uninformed when it comes to the topic. CBD E Liquid has become a popular CBD product with two industries – Vaping and CBD – that many people have a less than perfect understanding of. The intention of this article is to help consumers make smart buying decisions when buying their next CBD E Liquid.

CBD First

While there are many ingredients in different E Liquids, any consumer looking to purchase CBD E liquid should first and foremost be concerned with the quality of CBD. Here are a few of the things you should be looking for.

Sourcing

Sure, many different companies offer “real CBD” in their products. What you should be asking is, how did the CBD get to my hand? This due diligence isn’t any different than knowing how food products are being made. Knowing whether the Hemp was raised in a clean environment without contaminants is like knowing whether your food was grown organically. Our recommendation is to research the company to identify their sourcing protocol. Most “clean” Hemp is going to come from European farms or from research facilities within the United States. If a company isn’t clear about their sourcing, it may be time to move on.

Extraction

While CBD is natural to Hemp, it needs to be extracted to be isolated and placed into products. There is more than one way to do this, but the consensus best method is something called CO2 Extraction.

CBD Extraction

In CO2 Extraction, Carbon Dioxide goes through a series of temperature and consistency changes to achieve a “supercritical state.” In this supercritical state, CO2 has both liquid and gaseous properties, and is a perfect consistency to extract CBD from Hemp. The CO2 is pushed through a circuit (like in the image above) and collects the CBD from the Hemp. Because this process involves professional equipment, it weeds out lower quality producers.

Putting the CBD in E Liquid

Because of the large scale popularity that CBD now has, companies have been finding new ways for consumer to get their doses. One of these is creating E Liquids that enriched with CBD. The theory is, vaping CBD will allow a more immediate onset of CBD-positive effects. With this development, consumers need to make sure that not only the CBD but the other ingredients are of high quality.

VG/PG

Fundamental to an understanding of liquids is VG and PG, or Vegetable Glycerine and Propylene Glycol. VG and PG are both safe, non-toxic bases that help contain the flavors in your e liquid. They are both considered safe by the FDA and are commonly used in food products.

PG

PG is the more popular of the two bases, with a unique profile that sets it apart from VG. Generally speaking, you can expect PG to have:

  • A Thin Consistency – PG is thinner than VG and produces thinner clouds
  • Greater Throat Hit – it will feel heavier as you inhale it
  • Taste – has a more intense flavor than VG

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VG

VG is the other base used in E Liquids. You can expect VG to have:

  • A thicker consistency with a denser vapor
  • A naturally sweet taste
  • A lighter throat hit

With VG and PG, it’s more of a personal preference than anything else. Both products are safe to consumer, along with CBD. Keep in mind the vaping experience you want – do you want to blow thick clouds or leave little residue? Knowing the properties of both bases as well as an idea of your desired vaping experience will help you choose between VG and PG.

Nicotine

Many E Liquids contain nicotine in them, hence the reason why smokers turn to vaping as a way to wean off cigarettes. If an E Liquid does carry nicotine in it, it should be at least 99% pure and naturally extracted from tobacco. Low quality nicotine is known to cause bodily harm.

If you are a non-smoker, then you are going to want to find an E Liquid without nicotine in it. Non-nicotine E Liquids will typically clear visually and go down very easily, without a choking feeling or burn.

Aesthetics

There are many reasons people vape, but among them surely is the aesthetic enjoyment. By that, we don’t necessarily mean that you look cool doing it (though that too). We mean, for the sensations of vaping – the flavor, smell, and feeling of the E Liquid.

Flavor

A well-made E Liquid should taste like the thing it is intended to taste like. If you notice the flavor is “off,” it could because of an unbalanced composition. Remember that old saying? If an E Liquid tastes like shit, it’s probably a shit E liquid.

Smell

Whether based with VG or PG, without the flavoring, an E Liquid should have a mild to unnoticeable smell. This means, the only thing creating an aroma are the flavors themselves. If your E Liquid doesn’t smell like its flavoring, that’s a bad sign.

Going Down Easy

The last part of the “aesthetic experience” is how easy the E Liquid pulls. Aside from the differences between PG and VG, a user should expect a rather seamless experience from start to finish. A chunky, uneven vaping experience isn’t fun for anyone, regardless of other aesthetic considerations.

An Informed Purchase

CBD E Liquids could become one of the principle ways consumers get CBD. Their casual and fast-working nature means E Liquids are an attractive option for buyers. It is important, that these buyers become informed decision makers rather than victims of marketing campaigns. We hope to have equipped you with some sort of blueprint for your next CBD E Liquid purchase.

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Published at Tue, 10 Oct 2017 07:15:35 +0000

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Medical Marihuana Facilities License Process

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Medical Marihuana Facilities License Process

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Medical Marihuana Facilities License Process

by Hilary Vigil

Today, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) issued an Advisory Bulletin on the Bureau of Medical Marihuana Regulation’s (BMMR) intended application process for medical marihuana facilities licenses. The Advisory Bulletin is just that—advisory—and is issued in anticipation of emergency rules that LARA plans to promulgate under the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA) in November.

The Advisory Bulletin lays out a two-step application process for applicants seeking a medical marihuana facility license. The two phases, prequalification and the license application, are designed to allow applicants to start the licensing process before having found the location of their proposed medical marihuana facilities, which should give applicants—and BMMR—more time to adjust to the new lay of the land. BMMR will start accepting applications on December 15 of this year, but applicants will be able to choose whether to submit both parts of the application at once or just the prequalification application first.

During the prequalification step, BMMR will conduct a full background investigation of license applicants and their affiliates, which requires fingerprinting and includes checks into criminal and financial history, regulation and taxation compliance, and business litigation history. A brief outline of required supporting documentation is provided in the Advisory Bulletin.

LARA intends to tailor the second step of the application process to the five different facility license types: growing, processing, provisioning, safety compliance, and secure transportation. This step will require more information and documentation from applicants, including approval from the municipality where the facility will be located and a copy of the municipality’s authorizing ordinance; plans for technology, staffing, marketing, inventory, security, and recordkeeping; floorplans and layouts for the facility; and proof of the facility’s insurance, bond, or securities.

LARA’s Advisory Bulletin gives applicants a good sense of what to expect from the application process, but the emergency rules that will be issued in November may change the process before the application period starts in December. As we have previously reported, LARA is hosting a series of “road shows” in early November to provide additional information and training about this process.

Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 11 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Michigan Announces “Road Shows” on Marihuana Licensure

Michigan Announces “Road Shows” on Marihuana Licensure

Michigan Announces “Road Shows” on Marihuana Licensure

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has announced the dates and locations of educational sessions to explain to potential medical marihuana licensees the state’s new license application process and seed-to-sale tracking system.

LARA’s “road shows” will not present the actual applications for licensure, but will cover the process, and most importantly, the requirements for applying for licensure in December. LARA will also explain how the METRC tracking system will operate to tag and track plants and marihuana products.

LARA’s educational sessions will take place from 9 a.m. until noon, in the following cities:

  • November 8: Farmington Hills (Oakland Community College).
  • November 9: University Center (Saginaw Valley State).
  • November 13: Traverse City (Great Wolf Lodge).
  • November 14: Kalamazoo (Wings Conference Center).
  • November 15: East Lansing (Michigan State’s Kellogg Center).

Preregistration is required by November 1, through METRC’s Michigan web page.

LARA’s announcement notes that there will be additional training opportunities made available. Also, Gongwer News Service is reporting that the November 9 and November 15 sessions will be live-streamed.

As followers of this blog know, LARA will be issuing emergency rules to govern the State’s new regulated medical marihuana industry that is emerging following the passage of last year’s Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act. At least those rules addressing the application process and qualifications for licensure should be issued prior to the upcoming educational sessions.

Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Mon, 09 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Marijuana Testing

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Marijuana Testing

Michigan Issues Advisory Bulletin on Marijuana Testing

Today, Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) released an Advisory Bulletin regarding testing points for marihuana and marihuana infused products. As with all of LARA’s Advisory Bulletins, this announcement provides advance notice of what LARA intends to include in emergency rules that will be issued to implement the State’s new Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMFLA). We continue to expect those emergency rules to be issued by the early part of November.

Per this Advisory Bulletin, LARA intends to require that products be tested at two points in the supply chain. First, a grower will be required to test marijuana after harvest and before it is transferred to either a processor or a provisioning center. Second, a processor will be required to have products tested after they are in their final form and before they are transferred to a provisioning center. Test results will be recorded in the statewide monitoring system, and growers and processors able to access the results. Provisioning centers will not be allowed to sell marihuana or infused products unless the product has been both tested and labelled.

In addition to the mandatory testing points noted above, growers and processors may choose to have products tested at other stages. Caregivers may also have marijuana or infused products tested, but their products are not entered into the seed-to-sale tracking system.

Left unaddressed by this Advisory Bulletin are a number of critical testing issues that should be covered by the State’s emergency rules. Among these are the contents of labels, batch sizes for testing, the method of sample collection and transport, and, of course, the substances and thresholds for which products must be tested.

Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 04 Oct 2017 16:00:00 +0000

Ordering Cannabis Online? Weed Courier Has The Buds You Need!

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Ordering Cannabis Online? Weed Courier Has The Buds You Need!

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

By Caitlan Summer

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With legalization of marijuana drawing closer, the Canadian government is debating the best course of action to establish the ability to obtain quality product through safe and secure methods.  

The mail-order marijuana system that is in place has always been the safest and most effective sales channel. This is where the leading lady of the Canadian crop shines.

Weed Courier is a premier mail-order cannabis website that provides the best quality high you can buy. It is the top site in the nation to procure your goods.

Why Buy Buds Online?

The Weed Courier website has been refined into a user-friendly bud obtaining experience. The entire purchasing experience is 100% evolving based on you, the buyer’s desires. It’s easy to access and easy to use; remember you must be over the age of 19 to access and buy.

 

With a fast and secure purchase, your glorious green buds; scrumptious edibles; and golden shatter is mailed directly to your doorstep.

Their direct buying protocol and its fast delivery times have secured it’s spot at the top of the mail-order marijuana hierarchy.

Weed Courier Has The Right Strain For Your Pain

Once signed in to the website, the products are clearly laid out for your viewing pleasure.  They offer a wide variety of high quality and high potency strains.

 

Weed Courier provides top of the line indica strains to help create a calming, full body high. Try the MK Ultra if this sounds like something you require.

 

Top of the line sativa strains, like Lemon Haze, are also readily available. These flowers tend to uplift and create a cerebral high.

 

Hybrids are well-stocked at Weed Courier too. Peruse the Hybrid section to get comprehensive effects lists for each strain. Pineapple Express is always a crowd-pleaser.

 

Feel free to contact a specialist working with Weed Courier through their standby messenger system on the website. They can help you determine what would suit you best.

Top Shelf Concentrates and Edibles

If you prefer to get your THC in a smokeless way, Weed Courier provides edibles. Freshly baked brownies and yummy gummy bears can be delivered straight to your door.

 

Users can find shatter and hash on Weed Courier, too. These concentrates are great for avoiding tar and carbon created from burning plant matter.

 

Another bonus to procuring through Weed Courier is its always updated menu. Weed Courier wants to determine what fits their customers needs best. If you would like them to stock product they do not currently have, they would love to do that for you.

 

All of the strains are covered under set pricing. You can get a top dollar experience for practical prices.

Easy Checkout And Fast Delivery

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Once all of your goodies in your basket, Weed Courier provides a simple and secure purchasing process via an Interac E-Transfer. Once you receive the link in your inbox, the process takes no more than five minutes to complete.

 

Weed Couriers also offers the fastest delivery times. Once Weed Courier accepts payment, processing time can take up to 24 hours, your goods at your doorstep within two to three days, weekends excluded.

 

All of the packages are sent in nondescript, vacuum sealed containers. Just another step in ensuring your privacy and security.

 

If you’re interested in learning more about what goes on at Weed Courier, they offer information via the chat feature, email or by phone. Weed Courier even offers consultations. Get in touch today so Weed Courier can help personalize a weed buying plan for your day-to-day THC  needs.

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Visit on the Web: WeedCourier.ca

 

Or call toll-free: 1-855-U-GET-LIT

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Published at Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:30:26 +0000

Need Some Help With Detox?

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Need Some Help With Detox?

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

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Green Gone can help explain:

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1. High​ ​lipophilicity​ ​of​ ​metabolites​ ​-​ ​Simply​ ​put,​ ​THC​ ​is​ ​fat​ ​soluble​ ​and​ ​the​ ​metabolites tend​ ​to​ ​get​ ​stuck​ ​in​ ​fat​ ​cells​ ​as​ ​a​ ​result.

2. High​ ​protein​ ​binding​ ​of​ ​metabolites​ ​in​ ​the​ ​blood​ ​stream​ ​to​ ​albumin​ ​–​ ​your​ ​body​ ​can​ ​only eliminate​ ​free​ ​unattached​ ​THC​ ​through​ ​the​ ​kidney​ ​and​ ​bowel.

3. “Bottleneck”​ ​of​ ​metabolite​ ​formation​ ​in​ ​the​ ​liver.​ ​In​ ​order​ ​for​ ​your​ ​body​ ​to​ ​clear​ ​THC your​ ​liver​ ​has​ ​to​ ​turn​ ​it​ ​into​ ​a​ ​variety​ ​of​ ​more​ ​water​ ​soluble​ ​metabolites.

Depending​ ​on​ ​the​ ​level​ ​of​ ​usage​ ​and​ ​the​ ​person​ ​in​ ​question​ ​(age,​ ​gender,​ ​weight​ ​etc.)​ ​the half-life​ ​​ ​(time​ ​the​ ​drug​ ​stays​ ​in​ ​your​ ​body)​ ​varies​ ​greatly.​ ​

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Published at Wed, 04 Oct 2017 06:35:04 +0000

Online Headshops vs Local Headshops

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Online Headshops vs Local Headshops

Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

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There are more and more online headshops popping up every day. So naturally, the question on a lot of minds is ” Is an online headshop really better than a local headshop?”  To answer this, it’s important to understand what each has to offer. In this blog we are going to find out!

Lets Shop”Local”

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Local headshops are places newbies end up when they’re looking to buy a new pipe or dab rig. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. There’s nothing like seeing so much awesome stuff firsthand for the first time, right?

You get to see and touch products and hold them in your hand before you buy them. That alone is a classic experience that can’t be undervalued. It’s how humans have been judging quality of crafts since time immemorial, after all, and there’s a reason we still shop at brick and mortar stores at all in this digital age. We like that experience of touching, feeling, deciding right there in the moment.

Another huge benefit to going to a local headshop is the one-on-one facetime you can get with a local expert. These are people that live in your town. Maybe they even know you. You can explain to them your wants and goals. They can make recommendations based on what you said. You benefit from their knowledge and experience. There’s also a lot of benefits to being a regular patron of an establishment. Most businesses treat regular clientele like royalty. Especially if you are polite! Which is something that is easy to be in person when dealing one on one with folks.

Headshop…… What Headshop?

Of course, there are downsides to local headshops as well. I mean, does your town even have one? Most Americans still live in rural places and small cities. Unless you live in a bigger city or a college town, you may not even have a headshop.  This can definitely make it difficult to get to one.  A lot of small town Americans are used to traveling an hour or so by car to visit stores they want to see, but as gas prices rise and wages do not rise, traveling an hour to a headshop becomes a lot less practical.

Then there’s the inventory issue. Local headshops are limited by the amount of space they have in their store. As well as the how fast products are selling or not selling. They may not have the precise thing you’re looking for. You could probably order it online quicker than they could get it from their wholesaler. Which sort of defeats the instant gratification benefits of a brick and mortar headshop.

Online headshops

Online Headshops

Online Headshops

The biggest benefit to online headshops is that as long as you have access to the internet and a way to pay for the product, you have access to the products you want. Online headshops can stock huge inventory, because they’re not limited to the physical space that a brick and mortar headshop is. For what they lack in friendly salespeople, online headshops definitely make up for it in variety. Whatever you have in mind, an online headshop probably has it currently available.

So Many Options So Little Time

Some people may prefer online shopping as well, simply because you get to visually see loads of options in a relatively short amount of time. While some people may prefer to hold a pipe in their hand, others want to look at all of the pipes, and that’s how they make their decision, which is sort of a preference thing, but it’s a big part of why many prefer online headshops to local ones.

And while you won’t have as many salespeople at online headshops, it’s not like they’re without any human interaction at all. Most have customer service that can be reached by phone, email or online messaging and they’ll be happy to answer questions.

Online headshops also offer discretion. There’s nothing illegal about going to a headshop, but let’s face it: Humans can be judge-y creatures. For those who would prefer their smoking habits not to be known, online headshops obviously offer a level of discretion that local headshops simply can’t.

Going back to the variety thing, online headshops also tend to get a lot of new items in pretty regularly, so if you’re the type of person who likes to see what’s new, an online headshop’s your best bet.

Then there’s money. Online headshops are more likely to give out coupons, discounts and promo codes. Their brick and mortar counterparts, usually can’t afford it.  If you are interested in finding a reputable online head shop I highly recommend then head over to https://skyhighsmokeshop.com they carry a large inventory of products you’ll love at affordable prices!

Rolling Things Up

So, online headshops vs local headshops: Which one is better? That is a question only you can answer for yourself, but now that you’re better informed about the strong points of each, you’ve probably already made the decision.

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Published at Wed, 27 Sep 2017 07:03:48 +0000

Turn Your Website, Blog, and Social Media into Cash with CBD and Affiliate Marketing

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Turn Your Website, Blog, and Social Media into Cash with CBD and Affiliate Marketing

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

CBD Affiliate Marketing

Every few years, it seems like the internet is swept by a “new” money making tool. Some of them work out – others don’t. The recent Affiliate Marketing bandwagon seems like it’s going to be around in the long-run with companies like Amazon being so heavily involved.

Indeed, ever since the 4 Hour Work Week hit shelves, there’s been a mad rush to earn passive income for every with an internet connection. In this post, we take a look at the basics of affiliate marketing. As well as show you why CBD is one of the best industries for affiliates to work with. Read on to learn how to turn your website, blog, and social media into goldmines.

What is Affiliate Marketing?

Affiliate marketing is a relationship between three parties with revenue sharing around shared goals. The three parties involved are the:

  • Advertiser (Merchant)
  • Publisher (Affiliate)
  • Consumer (Buyer)

Afilliate Marketing

Affiliate marketing is the interplay between these three entities to move product and make conversions. Each has their own agenda, but each is critical to the process. Let’s look at affiliate marketing from the perspective of each of these players.

The Advertiser (Merchant)

The advertiser is the supplier in the affiliate marketing chain. They are the brand and offer the product for the consumers to buy and affiliates to promote. What is important to note, is that advertisers, while always looking to sell products, may have other conversion opportunities for their affiliate program. Those could be email opt-ins, testimonials, downloads, etc… It’s the advertiser who processes orders on their website and pays out affiliates (publishers) a certain commission rate.

But why would the advertisers spend money on affiliates instead of promoting in-house?

As with advertisers, one of the main problems any business has is its scope. Simply, unless you Coca Cola or Facebook, there are customers that don’t know you or don’t see you. Affiliates can help solve that problem. They become brand promoters for your company with the incentive of commissions. Whether it’s a website shout-out or an instagram mention, advertisers are able to reach a bigger audience through their affiliates. This higher exposure and traffic can only mean good things for business.

The Publisher

The publisher is the link between consumers and the merchant. Publishers may have websites,  social media followings, blogs, etc… To the advertiser, they represent untapped audiences. In exchange for a commission for all the conversions they help execute, publishers become spokespeople and promoters.

From a publisher perspective, the best advertiser for you is a company who is relevant and offers strong commission rates. A relevant audience is much more likely to go through the buying process than someone than an audience who doesn’t engage with a merchant or brand.

Consumers

Last, there are the consumers within affiliate marketing. The consumers fund the entire business. The consumer is the party that completes an action – email opt-in, purchase, download, etc… and triggers the commission payments for the affiliate. Consumers have different patterns of behavior (what they search, click, and purchase), so it’s important that merchants and publishers are in touch with these behaviors for their conversion purposes.

For consumers to purchase, advertisers and publishers need to show them the value that products bring. The more you can convince a consumer you will add value for them, the more likely they will be to convert.

Odds and Ends

While you have been introduced to the different constituents of affiliate marketing, we haven’t discussed the how. Without going into too much detail, affiliate marketing relies on what are called cookies to track the buyer journey from visit to checkout.

Cookies, Links, and Creatives

Cookies make the internet a better place. Cookies, are small browser-based files that are placed on your computer to save data. For instance, whenever you computer “remembers” login credentials on a site, those are cookies. They are designed to ease server load when a user browses the internet. Rather than having toad all of the information from a website page, some of that information is already known.

In affiliate marketing, data from users is stored in cookies to track user activity through specially generated links. Depending on how the merchant works, the affiliate will be given a unique link that they can advertise on their different platforms.

These links can be placed behind images or text depending on a publisher’s marketing strategies.

An advertiser also may offer creatives, which are visual, interactive media that a publisher can use to promote a brand. These creatives can come with a certain affiliate tracking code to track conversions from as well. Here is an image from Hemp Bombs’ Creatives Section, a popular CBD affiliate program.

HempBombs pic 1

In this program, an affiliate grabs the text code from this page and then pastes that into the backend of his or her website. And, tada! You’ve got a unique affiliate creative which you can use to track your conversion goals.

That is a broad overview of affiliate marketing in general. But that doesn’t touch on the CBD market in particular, which is one of the most exciting industries to become an affiliate in.

Why Become a CBD Affiliate?

If you are considering getting into affiliate marketing, partnering with a CBD brand is a great choice. We’ll take a brief look at the reasons why CBD is the perfect industry to get started in as an affiliate marketer.

Commissions

Affiliates would be lying if they said they’re in affiliate marketing for anything but the money. Amazon has probably the most well-known and most successful affiliate program. While an Amazon affiliate has a brand name and smart interface, a glance at the commission show that nobody’s getting rich off individual referrals.

Commissions breakdown

Commissions breakdown

With CBD, commission rates are much more attractive. In the Hemp Bombs affiliate program we pictured above, commissions average 25% per sale. That’s up to twenty-five times as much as you’d make as an Amazon affiliate. With CBD, you get more bang for your buck.

Industry Growth

Both the Marijuana and CBD industries are booming, with no signs of slowing down. On a social level, entrenched opinions are being turned over and even non-users are embracing the benefits. This is a recent Gallup Poll of individuals who were asked, “Do you think Marijuana should be made legal, or not?”

Cannabis Growth Chart

Cannabis Growth Chart

Today, way more than half the population is pro-marijuana legalization. This is great socially and financially. For businesses, the widespread support of legalization means there’s a growing audience – with increased audience comes greater demand. This demand is only anticipated to grow over the next few years.

Hemp Based Product sales

Hemp Based Product sales

According to Forbes, the Hemp industry (where CBD is derived from) is expected to see 700% growth by 2020. If you’re looking to become a stakeholder in this industry, now is the perfect time.

From Consumer to Publisher

If you’ve made it this far into the article, first off, well done. If you’ve gotten here and read carefully, you’ll know you’re probably on the consumer side of the affiliate marketing model. Right now, CBD and Marijuana companies are using you to fuel their profits, without sharing any with you. Now is your opportunity to make a change. Visit Hemp Bombs and explore their affiliate section and learn more about how you can turn your audience into cash. Going from consumer to publisher is one of the easiest and smartest decisions you’ll ever make.

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Published at Mon, 02 Oct 2017 20:41:41 +0000

Michigan to Allow “Stacking” of Multiple Grower Licenses

Michigan to Allow “Stacking” of Multiple Grower Licenses

Michigan to Allow “Stacking” of Multiple Grower Licenses

The State of Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) today released an Advisory Bulletin stating its intent that medical marihuana businesses will be allowed to hold multiple Class C grow licenses, and do so in the same facility.

As we previously reported, last week LARA announced that it intends to allow the co-location of different license types (growers, processors, and retail provisioning centers) in the same building. Co-located licenses, however, will require separate entrances and exits and separate, distinct working areas. Left unaddressed in last week’s Advisory Bulletin was whether those separation requirements would apply to multiple grow licenses.

Today’s Advisory Bulletin answers the question about locating multiple grow licenses together. The State does intend to allow multiple or “stacked” grow licenses for Class C (1,500 plant) grow licenses only. Stacked licenses must be issued to the same applicant/licensee (i.e., no difference in ownership composition), and the license fee and regulatory assessment must be paid for each license. Separation of the licenses then will only be “virtual” in nature. That is, the licenses can occupy the same working area, but information entered into the State’s seed-to-sale monitoring system will need to be tracked to the each specific, individual license. Finally, stacking must be in compliance with any local ordinances and zoning.

This latest announcement by LARA continues a trend of the Department being responsive to industry concerns, and providing helpful information in advance of the release of emergency rules, still expected for early November. Per public announcements by LARA’s Director, we do expect further guidance to be issued in the relatively near future, including the financial requirements for various license types.

In addition to these Advisory Bulletins, LARA has also released the Confidentiality and User Agreement for interfacing inventory control systems with the State’s METRC seed-to-sale tracking software. Per the terms of that agreement, the State expects METRC to be tracking transactions in real time, and allow provisioning centers to check whether a customer has reached a daily purchase limit.

Check back with Dykema’s Cannabis Law Blog for further updates.

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Published at Wed, 27 Sep 2017 16:00:00 +0000