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Hemp Oil vs. CBD Oil. Let’s set the record straight!

It’s confusing. Hemp oil. CBD oil. Hemp seed oil. CBD tincture. CBD Drops.

GRR!!! What’s the difference? Let’s set the record straight!

One of the most common questions about CBD oil (aka CBD drops, aka CBD tincture), and let’s face it there are lots of questions, is related to hemp oil. 

Makes sense, right? 

CBD is a compound, called a cannabinoid, found in cannabis plants which includes both hemp plants and marijuana plants. CBD extracted from hemp plants has to meet the legal standards for containing less than 0.3% THC in order to be labeled as CBD. So a question about CBD oil vs. Hemp oil is bound to come up. 

Let’s begin by establishing that CBD oil is NOT Hemp oil. 

Let’s also establish that some people mistakenly refer to CBD oil as Hemp oil- keep reading to unravel why.

Side note- CBD can be extracted from marijuana, too but that’s not going to meet federal legal standards for THC levels so we’re going to put that aside for now. 

Back to CBD derived from hemp…that’s legal in all 50 states and can legally contain up to 0.3% THC which is not nearly enough THC to be even slightly intoxicating or psychoactive. THC is another cannabinoid which is well known for its intoxicating properties. 

What is CBD oil, then? It’s when hemp-derived CBD extract (legal, non-intoxicating, beneficial…) is combined with a carrier oil to make a tincture. The term tincture is interchangeable with terms like “drops” and “oil”. More confused than ever? Deep breaths, we’ll straighten this all out!

Here’s where we differentiate and clarify things!

CBD is a beneficial cannabinoid extracted from hemp and delivered to us humans and our pets in a few different ways- most commonly in a carrier oil. 

So, CBD extract + carrier oil= CBD oil.

Notably. high quality CBD oil/drops/tincture use MCT oil as a carrier oil. Why? Simple answer there! It’s the cleanest, most easily metabolized, most stable, and most beneficial carrier oil. If you’re seeking a CBD product in liquid form, meaning drops, tincture, oil, etc. then read the label on the bottle and make sure that the carrier oil is MCT oil.


Here’s where the hemp oil thing comes up. Hemp oil is a “thing”. In fact, it’s a source of confusion. 

Here’s why- it’s a term that is frequently misused. Hemp oil is sometimes (misleadingly) used to identify CBD oil. 

Why? Because people are confused by all the terms being thrown around incorrectly!!! Also because CBD comes from hemp and round and round we go. And, sometimes people choose to say Hemp oil because they think there’s a stigma associated with CBD oil so they attempt to “work around” it. 

So. Let’s get the terms right. Hemp oil is essentially a misnomer when it comes to CBD. If you see a bottle of hemp oil somewhere- you should immediately read the label to find out what it is. You may be surprised when you read the label. You wouldn’t want to pay $55 for a 1 ounce bottle of salad oil, now would you?

It’s’ not all doom and gloom, don’t worry! 

Sometimes “Hemp oil” on the label will turn out to be Hemp Seed oil. 

Hemp Seed oil is a nutritional culinary product. It’s made by cold-pressing hemp seeds. It’s high in Omega 3 fatty acids and has a pleasant nutty flavor. It’s not ideal for cooking as it has a low smoke point but it’s very nice in salad dressings. Some people may even drink a spoonful of it for other potential health benefits like easing constipation. Hemp Seed oil is also very moisturizing for the skin. People may use it as a hair oil, an ingredient in a salve and so on.

Easy? Right? Hemp Seed oil can be thought of like sunflower oil, avocado oil, and other seed oils. Hemp Seed oil has no measurable amount of the cannabinoid CBD. That being said, it should be priced along the same lines as other seed oils.

Back to CBD oil/drops/tincture which is not salad oil or for cooking! Do not use CBD oil to make a stir-fry. You get the picture!

As you know, CBD oil/drops have their own well-documented health benefits and are used to support many conditions related to inflammation, sleep, anxiety and beyond. CBD oil/drops are highly versatile and may be taken in a couple of different ways. Sublingual use of CBD oil/drops is most effective. Other options include topical use, oral (not under the tongue), vaporizing and mixing with food or beverages. To explore more about best ways to use CBD, see:


Lastly, and most confusingly, every once in a while you may come across a CBD product that uses hemp seed oil as a carrier oil. WHAT?!? WHY??? Here’s where reading the label carefully becomes important. Hemp seed oil can have CBD added to it in some quantity and be labeled as a CBD product or a hemp oil product but you won’t know what’s what until you read the label and preferably a 3rd party lab report. Remember, a high quality CBD oil/drop/tincture will use MCT oil as a carrier oil, will be clearly labeled and will have a 3rd party lab report available for you, the consumer to access easily. 

Long story short, be an educated consumer! 

Here’s what to look for in a high quality CBD oil/drop product:

  1. Transparent product labeling
  2. Extracted from naturally grown hemp
  3. Contains 0.3% or less THC
  4. Clean extraction process 
  5. Full Spectrum/ made from the whole plant
  6. Independent 3rd party lab reports, numbered batch by batch and with dates
  7. No outrageous medical claims
  8. Competitively priced- not too high or too low.

Know your source! A reputable company will have a website and packaging with easy to locate contact information. Call or email the company to ask all your questions. Expect a high standard of service and accountability from your CBD purveyor.

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Introduction to CBDA

CBDA converting to CBD

Heard of CBDA? 

Here’s an Introduction to help you understand what it is and how it works!

What is CBDA?

CBDA can most simply be explained as “raw” CBD. 

You may be asking yourself what I mean by that.

Allow me to explain just a bit more. CBDA, technically called cannabidiolic acid, is a naturally occurring compound known as a cannabinoid, found in cannabis and hemp plants. CBDA is the precursor to CBD. Meaning when CBDA is exposed to heat (sun or other heat sources cause decarboxylation), it converts to CBD. Hence the “raw” explanation. 

Here’s another way to think of it-ONIONS! We all know the difference in taste, smell, texture, acidity, etc. between raw and cooked onions. If you were to bite into a raw onion you’d get a powerful kick that’s quite different from the experience of eating gently cooked, lightly caramelized onions. It’s a similar experience with CBDA and CBD. CBDA has a “kick” to it. 

CBDA may be a lesser known cannabinoid, but that’s just for now. Because of past challenges in research capabilities, we are just starting to understand its unique properties. It’s already clear that CBDA holds great promise as a potential treatment for a broad range of conditions. As more research and clinical studies are being conducted all over the world, we’ll continue to gain insight on how CBDA works with the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). More on that later.

For now, just think, without CBDA we’d never have CBD! And while we all know and love the benefits and versatility of CBD, the scientific community has only just begun in the last few years to share data about the marvels of CBDA. Something we do know for certain already is that CBDA has superpowers of its own. Another thing we know is that raw forms of cannabis and hemp have been used for millennia by people around the world in various preparations for their healing properties. In so many ways, what’s old is new again.

Hemp plant->CBDA->+heat->CBD

CBDA converting to CBD
CBDA heated to create CBD

How Does CBDA Work?

Great question! Let’s first consider a few things. CBDA and CBD, despite their shared origin, have some chemical differences. That means they interact differently with the endocannabinoid system (ECS) and its receptors. Not all the interactions are perfectly understood at this time but certain ECS receptors in the body and the skin are more receptive to CBDA, making CBDA many times more potent in those instances. Studies suggest CBDA shows some binding affinity to the receptors in the body which regulate memory, mood, sleep, nausea, and more. CBDA has been shown to be a very powerful anti-inflammatory and to have profound healing benefits to the skin. For example, CBDA has been shown in clinical trials to heal scars in a matter of weeks, even old scars.

What other facts do we have so far?

There’s some good news and some bad news. Don’t worry, even the bad news is really good! The bad news is that we don’t know everything yet. The good news is that CBDA is powerful stuff with incredible healing potential.

Here are some highlights of what we know (from the scientists & researchers) about CBDA. Again, we have much more to discover about this exciting cannabinoid.

  • CBDA and Anxiety: Drugs designed to target 5-HT receptors can help to modulate a variety of mood disorders. Interestingly, CBDA appears to bind to the 5-HT1A receptor with 100-fold greater affinity than CBD.1  
  • CBDA and Nausea: Research published in the British Journal of Pharmacology pitched CBDA against a model of motion-induced vomiting in shrews and nausea in rats.2
  • CBDA and Inflammation: Research published in the journal Drug Metabolism & Disposition looked to determine CBDA’s impact on an inflammatory enzyme known as COX-2.3
  • CBDA and Cancer cells: Research published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics tested various cannabinoids, including CBDA, on a panel of tumor cell lines, 4 while a 2012 paper examined the potential link between CBDA and an invasive line of breast cancer cells. However, researchers were quick to note that future research is needed to determine the exact effects of CBDA.5
  • CBDA and COVID-19: A 2021 in-vitro (outside of the human body) study tested CBDA and CBGA against the “entry of live SARS-CoV-2 into cells”. Researchers are hopeful the cannabinoids could “make for a much more challenging environment for SARS-CoV-2”.6

As you can see, there’s a lot of interest in and study of CBDA. While we have some exciting and significant information, there’s even more to explore and understand.

What are the key takeaways?

There’s only good news about CBDA to takeaway! CBDA Drops are currently available and can be used in a similar fashion to CBD Drops. As with CBD, it’s critical to have a vetted and trusted source for products. As a consumer of CBDA you should demand the same standards of quality as you have for CBD products. High quality CBDA Drops should have proper, transparent labeling and independent 3rd party lab reports. 

And about the onion thing… CBDA Drops have a little kick to them. They’re potent. A little goes a long way and in case you missed it, there’s a kick. No, it’s not like biting into a raw onion. You won’t cry or anything like that. However, you’ll probably notice a little heat in the back of your throat. It passes in a few seconds and you typically only feel it the first few times you take CBDA Drops sublingually. There’s no heating sensation when CBDA Drops are applied to the skin. The taste? Try it for yourself. I find it surprisingly pleasant. It’s like a crisper, fresher tasting pure CBD.


The results? Again, try it for yourself. (I’m using it daily. I’ll share my progress in a few weeks.) Start with a few drops sublingually, aka “under the tongue” and monitor the effects. Journaling or just jotting down how you feel each day is very helpful in terms of measuring your experience. 

One more thing, just like CBD, CBDA is legal in all 50 states and it is non-intoxicating. That means CBDA will not get you high or stoned. 

Ready to give it a try?


Sources. Click on link to see full articles and studies.



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CBD For Pets

CBD you can believe in for your whole family, fur babies too!

Treating pets with prescriptions for everything from separation anxiety to common ailments and behavior issues has become accepted practice for many. Barks excessively? A pill. Chews everything? A pill. Gut issues? A pill. You get the picture. But are prescription medications always the best option? While opinions may vary depending on who you ask, common sense (and pet mama intuition) tells me that when it comes to balanced health and wellness our pets deserve the same things we do- treatment options that do no harm. Whenever I can treat my own health concerns in a harmless, side-effect free, natural and holistic way that’s what I do. The same mindset guides how I make decisions for my pets. Also, the challenges are the same when it comes to people and pets- finding safe, effective products from trusted brands that stand behind what they sell. This may be especially true when it comes to CBD oil and other CBD products. We have all heard that CBD oil can help pets with many conditions but how do you choose a CBD oil for your pet when there is so much confusion out there? 

First things first, just like people, pets (with a vertebrae) have an endocannabinoid system which works with all other systems in the body to achieve bodily homeostasis (aka: balance). Basically, if one thing is out of whack (pain, anxiety, stress, etc.) it affects other things, creating an absence of homeostasis in the body. When repairing and healing an ailment or condition, the endocannabinoid system plays a crucial role. When we “feed” that endocannabinoid system with high quality, full spectrum, terpene rich CBD oil, we support healing. Supplementing with CBD oil fortifies the endocannabinoid system so it can do its job which is to help the body be in or restore homeostasis (simply put, “chill”). Essentially, we all need CBD oil! In fact, you’d think that people and pets can use the exact same CBD oil (and you’d be right!!!). Our endocannabinoid systems work the same way which means that our fur babies don’t require any gimmicky or pet-specific CBD oil, they just need the best! Choosing the best CBD oil is simple and easy once you know what to look for. 

Safety first! No matter which conditions or ailments you’re considering treating with CBD, whether it’s separation anxiety, excessive chewing, barking at every rustling leaf that your puppy somehow manages to hear even though she still doesn’t hear you when you say her name or whatever the case may be, safety is the top priority. Know your source! How? It doesn’t have to be confusing, I promise. Here are a few things which will help you quickly weed out what’s not safe. First, read the 3rd party lab report (on the company’s website) which will give you a complete analysis of the product. Pay attention especially to the section that should be labeled clearly as a safety report. Also, read the product reviews and if possible reach out to the brand with your specific questions. Transparent companies will be delighted to share the details of a quality product with their customers. Pro-Tip, the lab report should be current and reflect the batch of product that you’re buying. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, knowledge is power.

Beyond safety, there’s efficacy. How well will the CBD oil product work? A full spectrum CBD oil rich in terpenes and other natural compounds (which should all be listed on the lab report) is the ideal starting point. Consistent use and proper dosing are the other important factors when it comes to efficacy- you’ve got to be consistent. Meaning, if you have a puppy that gets triggered into a fit of barking and wailing by the sight of a squirrel and you’re looking for a one and done “cure” to this annoying little problem, CBD oil may not do it for you- sorry. However, if you are interested in finding a natural, harmless and very helpful tool for improving and managing various common issues and challenges that pets experience, then CBD oil is an incredible option that is encouraged by many trainers, vets and happy pet parents. Once you get started, you will see that a little bit (more on dosing later) of full spectrum CBD oil each day goes a long way. The key is being consistent- make it part of your routine. Ongoing usage will only lead to positive outcomes as the endocannabinoid system is supported and fortified. Back to dosing, always start low and slow. A few drops under the tongue or on a treat is a great way to begin. See the blog post about “How to take CBD” to learn about sublingual (under the tongue) versus other methods. Now that we’ve covered safety and efficacy, there’s some personal preference to take into consideration. 

My personal preference is to keep things simple. No fake flavors or scents for me or my pups. No gimmicks or wild promises. When I find the best quality, safety and efficacy, I buy it. I also tell my friends about it. When it comes to CBD oil for my pets, they get Walman’s Apothecary Extracts because that’s what our whole family uses with great results. As Steven likes to say, “Try it for yourself”!

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What we say is in the bottle is in the bottle

Read the label.
How many times have you heard that?

Do you read labels?
I do.

Do you understand everything that you read on product labels?
I don’t.

If you’ve ever shopped for a CBD product, you may have had an experience that I call “information overload”. So much information. So many words. So much confusion.

When I experience this, I get frustrated.


Now what?

I want to make informed decisions.
We all do.

Who do we ask for guidance?
And, how do we know who to trust?
We go to the experts!

Let’s talk to Max Sobol and Steven Walman of Max & Steven’s Premium Hemp Extracts, the ultimate CBD experts, about transparency in labeling, trust and what they mean when they say, “What we say is in the bottle is in the bottle.”

Below is a transcript of the interview, edited for clarity.

Q= Linda

A= Max and/or Steven

Q: So, what’s in the bottle? What are the ingredients? Help me understand, please.

A: Simply stated, Cannabidiol (CBD),other naturally occuring cannabinoids and terpenes which come from the flower of the hemp plant, and organic MCT oil.  Even more simply- the active plant compounds and the carrier oil.

Q: Why MCT oil? 

A: We chose MCT oil primarily for its small molecule size which makes it easily absorbed by the body as well as it’s other benefits like it’s long shelf life.

Q: When I read your label, there’s a lot of information to break down. Can you explain the basics?

A: I’m glad you asked. Our label is a laboratory analysis of what’s in the bottle and it’s one of the things that makes Max & Steven’s CBD oil drops truly remarkable.  The label tells you which variety of hemp plant was extracted, the top occurring cannabinoids and terpenes in the batch, an expiration date and has a link to the full lab report via a QR code.

Q: Another question for you. People talk about “properly sourced CBD”, what does that mean?

A: That could mean different things to different people. It’s another way we differentiate ourselves. To us, properly sourced requires a look at the entire supply chain. It starts from where the seeds come from to the soil they are planted in and the nutrients they’re fed while growing and flowering. We examine things like, “Is the grower using methods that help regenerate the environment or help to erode it?” and other environmental considerations. Properly sourced also relates to the processing facility and proper safety protocols through the entire process, seed to bottle to consumer. We are involved in every step of the process.

Q: Wow, you guys are control freaks… in a good way! OK- let’s get to the nitty gritty. What are the top 3 things consumers should look for when buying CBD products?

A: First, research the company. Call them, make sure they are real and have references. Second, use a full spectrum extract and check for a complete 3rd party lab report to prove it. You not only want to see the potency report (that includes cannabinoids and terpenes), you must also see the safety reports that test for heavy metals, pesticides, mold or mildew or other toxins. Third, I’d say be consistent and use CBD Drops every day. Start with small servings and be consistent about using it daily to fortify your endocannabinoid system.

Q: When it comes to things like full spectrum, broad spectrum and isolates, what are the differences and why do you make only full spectrum CBD products?

A: Those are categories of extracts and refer to cannabinoids that have been extracted. On one side you have an isolate which is “isolating” one compound for extraction, in this case CBD. On the other side you have a full spectrum that extracts all available cannabinoids. In the middle you have a broad spectrum which is essentially a full spectrum with the THC cannabinoid removed leaving CBD and the other cannabinoids. We only do the full spectrum because we believe in the value of the entire plant. That is how the plant served humans for 10,000+ years and we do not see a reason to change that.

Q: Why do you go to so much trouble- so much detail- in your labeling?

A: At first glance it can be overwhelming but we feel it is important information and it’s full transparency for the consumer. Typically, hemp companies sell their CBD with labels that resemble dietary supplements if they label it at all. The problem is this isn’t a dietary supplement, it’s a whole plant extract and there isn’t a “recommended daily allowance”. We don’t see any value in perpetuating the confusion. Maybe I should do a facebook live and break down the label details. Would that be helpful?

There we have it, what’s in the bottle and why.

Have more questions? Reach out to us

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Best Way to take CBD

What’s the best way to take CBD drops?

Whether you already use CBD products or are just starting to learn about all the potential health and wellness benefits, one question that always comes up is how to best take it or, what’s the best method for delivery? 

Let’s start by defining “best” when it comes to consuming CBD oil drops.

What’s best for you depends on various factors- each of us is unique and have our own preferences as well as conditions we’re addressing.

That being said, the answer to the question of what is the “best” method or way of taking CBD oil drops has a lot to do with bioavailability. 

Bioavailability is a measure of the proportion of the active substances (CBD, other cannabinoids, terpenes) in the product that enter the body and how much of those active substances go on to have a viable effect. 

Basically, if you’re looking to get the most benefit from a CBD oil, the consumption method that gives you the greatest bioavailability is typically the way to go.

So, which way is best? 


The sublingual method of consuming CBD oil drops, which is when the drops are placed under the tongue and held there for 30-60 seconds, allowing for absorption into the bloodstream is “best”. This method results in the greatest bioavailability as well as the fastest onset and longest duration of benefits. 

Sublingual consumption is quite different from simply swallowing CBD oil. Sometimes called “oral consumption”, swallowing or mixing CBD oil with food or beverages requires the digestive system to metabolize and deliver the CBD to receptors throughout your body’s endocannabinoid system. This longer path may reduce the bioavailability of CBD by about half. 

CBD oil drops may be used topically, as well. Some people feel most comfortable with this method. Our skin, which is our largest organ and has endocannabinoid receptors, can absorb CBD into receptors at the site of application. Applied topically, CBD will not enter the bloodstream. If using topically, apply liberally and massage the product into the skin.

As the popularity of using CBD as a therapeutic continues to grow and more and more studies definitively prove the benefits of CBD, we can be certain about a few things…

We all have an endocannabinoid system which helps regulate almost every function of our bodies. This system is most likely deficient and needs support via supplementation. Taking a high-quality, properly sourced, full spectrum CBD oil, whether sublingually or by another delivery method, will allow us to enjoy the many benefits of greater well-being.

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Local Matters: A Growing Movement

The sweet scent of locally grown peaches, the chewy deliciousness of freshly baked sourdough bread from the local bakery, the creamy lusciousness of artisanal cheese crafted by a local dairy farmer…by now, you may be salivating at the mere thought of such delicacies or thinking about your own favorite locally crafted products. These days, “local” is more than a buzz word or a passing trend, it’s a growing movement. We all know that shopping for locally made products and locally grown produce helps our communities and supports small businesses. In many cases, locally made or locally grown means better quality or more beneficial. Personally, I make an effort to shop locally but in all honesty, it’s not always feasible. Often convenience determines my choices, which leaves me wondering if I’ve made a poor decision. And so, I find myself asking, when does local matter most? And, what does local really mean when it comes to things like hemp-derived cbd? Is it local if it’s sold nearby? Grown nearby? Both??? Thankfully, I know a guy…actually, two guys, who happen to be experts on the subject so I called them up with a list of questions. Read on, friends… there’s far more to this local matter than I knew!

Max Sobol and Steven Walman, the founders of Max & Steven’s Premium Hemp Extracts, are natives of Baltimore who planted their roots even more firmly in Maryland when they launched their company in 2018. This was a very intentional decision, according to both Max and Steven, as they envisioned an opportunity for creating jobs and opportunities for fellow Marylanders. Max and Steven are committed to working with local farmers, processors and distributors to bring the highest quality cbd products to people and pets.

Below is a transcript of the interview, edited a bit for clarity.

Q= Linda

A= Max and/or Steven

Q: Thanks for taking the time to chat with me today, guys, let’s jump right in. My first question is “What is CBD”? 

A: It’s the non-intoxicating, healing molecule of cannabis. It’s the second, or sometimes the most dominant cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. It’s very beneficial to the human body while not being intoxicating which is what differentiates it from the other well-known and abundant cannabinoid, THC. CBD works by interacting with your endocannabinoid system which is intertwined with every system in the body.

Q: Before I ask any more questions, is there an easy way for people to figure out the difference between the types of cannabis plants? Which is which and where does CBD come from? Basically, what’s the deal with hemp vs. marijuana?

A: The levels of THC are the determining factor in defining if the cannabis plant is categorized as hemp or marijuana. If there is more than 0.3% THC found in the plant, it’s classified as marijuana. Less than 0.3% THC is classified as hemp. Our CBD is derived from plants classified as hemp which is why it’s known as hemp-derived CBD.

Q: Ok, got it! Next question, so CBD is derived from the hemp plant and hemp plants can grow almost anywhere, right? Does it matter where they’re grown and how they’re grown? Indoor? Outdoor? 

A: Well, everything matters. But there are a few important things to look out for- first being safety. No matter where the plants are grown, look out for any potential contaminants, like heavy metals and pesticides, which could contaminate the plant, making it harmful for human consumption in its final product. After looking at the dangers, we look for the benefits, or the inputs- purity of water, quality of soil, farming practices, nutrients-where the plants get their food and of course the starting genetics and the seed you’re growing from. Assuming you’re using seed, not clones. We only grow plants from seed.

Q: That’s a lot of information! I’ll try to narrow the scope of my question a bit. What are the ideal growing conditions for hemp? Basically, what’s the perfect hemp farm? Also, are the farmers important to the outcome of the plants?

A: There’s not necessarily a perfect environment, it’s more about the right genetics and the right farming process, but yeah- hemp can be grown anywhere. And, of course, the farmers are important. Farmers are growers. We work with farmers who spend their lives cultivating soil in order to grow food and other sacred and nourishing plants. We think it’s all important to the outcome of the plants and the finished products.

Q: You grow locally, in Maryland. When did Maryland farmers first start growing hemp? Can you share a little background and maybe tell us how you determined which farmers to partner with?

A: The 2014 Farm Bill provided a vehicle for more farmers to participate and start growing hemp for research purposes and then in 2018 a second Farm Bill was signed allowing greater freedoms for farmers. Since then, it’s fluctuated but it seems to be stabilizing now. As you may know, hemp is not grown only for its flowers, also known as infloressence, it’s also grown for other industrial applications such as grain and fiber. Hemp has thousands of industrial applications, from rope to fuel to building materials- the possibilities are endless.  People may not know but Maryland farmers were required by law to grow hemp from the 1700’s until about the 1930’s. There was an approximately 100 year prohibition- but that’s another story. In terms of our farmers, we embrace farmers and growers utilizing living soil, using only natural inputs. We are looking for the truest expression of the plant, the way mother nature intended.

Q: Are there any benefits to us, as consumers, from locally grown hemp products? Like some sort of connection between the people and the plants? 

A: Yes! We are supporting local farmers and growers- supporting the local economy. Aside from the obvious economic benefits, there are benefits to locally grown plants. Think of it this way- a seed grows in its environment and absorbs nutrients from that environment, thus expressing certain attributes, terpenes, and characteristics specific to its home. Some people believe in the interconnectedness of people and plants, whether you believe in that or not, you may like the ability to trace the lineage of your cbd back to a specific community or even a particular farmer and know that there’s a mutually beneficial exchange being experienced by all involved. That being said, local can be defined as being in your community, your state or your country. For many people, local- locally grown, locally made, etc. provides a greater sense of confidence in the overall quality of a product. For us, local growing and manufacturing has allowed us to improve quality and secure our supply chain so that we can provide our customers with the best possible cbd products.

Q: Which of your products are you most proud of? Why?

A: I’m most proud of our latest batch of cbd oil. Not only because of the quality of the finished product, which is truly top notch, the best of the best- you can not get better cbd oil in the world. But also, our new lab report data on the packaging which reflects that- we have 10x more terpenes than any other brand in the marketplace. Our new packaging and labeling- with the 3rd party lab results printed on each product, go above and beyond anything in the industry. We set the standard for quality and transparency. Integrity means everything to us and we strive to demonstrate that every step of the way.

Q: Do you use your products? 

A: Use them? I made them for myself. It was my personal quest for “REAL CBD” that led me, along with Max, to research and develop our products. We use them, our families use them, our pets use them.

Q: Is there anything new and exciting happening in Maryland related to the hemp industry? Anything interesting on the horizon for your company?

A: Maryland, at the UMD School of Pharmacy, has the first in the nation Master’s Degree in Cannabis. Maryland is leading the country in education around cannabis and hemp. Maryland legislators are working to create more opportunities for people in the industry. Most importantly, Max & Steven’s is working to expand opportunities for Marylanders to take part in this emerging market by educating and training people in an effort to fulfill the last mile of the supply chain which is getting products into the hands of the consumers. We want everyone to know about the benefits of hemp and we want everyone to share in the growing movement.

Q: If you could tell people one thing about hemp-derived CBD or cannabis in general, what would it be?

A: I think the most important thing I want to tell people, especially about hemp-derived CBD, is that you should take it regularly and keep taking it. It just gets better and better in terms of benefitting your body. Before using CBD, I was on various pharmaceuticals for pain issues, drinking alcohol and using nicotine to deal with symptoms of my chronic pain. Using CBD has allowed me to change all of that. I want nothing more than to share this with others so that they can experience the benefits for themselves. I want people to invest in themselves, their wellbeing and their health. I really want people to know that they are worth it- worth the investment in themselves.

Wow Steven, that’s so beautifully said. In fact, I can’t think of a better definition of “local matters” than starting from within yourself. You’ve really given us a lot to think about today. Of course, I have a million more questions that I’d like to ask you and Max. I think we should make a habit of this, if you guys are up for it, I’d like to do this again. Maybe next time, we can talk about how CBD has helped other people, not just you, Steven!