Why This Decades-Old Skincare Line is Now Farming Hemp

“My whole life lately seems to be about hemp,” says Lily Morgan. And for good reason: The founder of Colorado-based skin care company Lily Farm Fresh Skin Care has owned and operated eighty acres of farmland to supply her own production in Keenesburg, Colorado, for over thirty years, Now nearly 90 percent of it is devoted to hemp.

Morgan, who also owns an additional 170-plus acres spread throughout the state, has been making cleansers, moisturizers, toners, lip balms and other products for her certified organic skin care line since 1986. But she’s recently shifted, jumping on the CBD bandwagon and growing hemp for her new CBD-infused line of therapeutic lotions.

A relatively new addition to the skin care industry, CBD lotions, balms and patches are used to alleviate muscle, joint and nerve pain, as well as inflammation; Morgan thinks those products can also treat redness, puffiness and irritation. The Lily Farm team is currently finalizing the formula for a CBD cream that targets joint and muscle pain, and plans to eventually sell an expanded line of CBD-infused skin care — hopefully in Natural Grocers, which already carries Lily Farm non-CBD products.

“Why not?,” she asks. “I mean, we already have the lab, and I’m going to have all the hemp I could want.”

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Morgan didn’t dive into the hemp trend immediately. After visiting a hemp symposium and offering her farm as a cultivation site for experienced hemp farmers, Morgan partnered with a hemp grower who had the equipment and expertise to cover that much ground. Without her partner, whom she declines to name, she would not have been able to grow more than a few acres of hemp for personal use, she says. But with her partner’s equipment, originally made to harvest tobacco but retrofitted to tackle hemp, Morgan was able to mass-produce hemp for CBD products that she had already been concocting for personal use.

Despite being a seventh-generation farmer and having a grandfather who also grew hemp, Morgan never thought she’d be participating in the CBD craze. She once tried incorporating store-bought hemp oil in her products, but found that it quickly made them go rancid. In the past, friends had suggested that she start growing marijuana or hemp\, but because both were still federally illegal, she felt it wasn’t worth the trouble.

A snippet of Morgan's extensive Keenesburg property.

A snippet of Morgan’s extensive Keenesburg property.

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But after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp farming on the federal level, Morgan rented out one of her other farm properties to hemp growers. Upon mentioning that she had trouble sleeping to her new tenants, they offered her a sample of CBD tincture. Initially, she was hesitant, insisting she didn’t want to take anything that would make her feel high. After the growers explained that CBD isn’t intoxicating but might improve her sleeping, she decided to try it.

“I hadn’t slept that well in, like, 45 years. So I took it, and I put it in some of my creams, just for me. And I started using it for neck stress and shoulder pain, and I saw a big change,” Morgan says. “And then I started reading everything, testing formulations and making them for myself.”

Now Morgan is using her story to convince others to give CBD a chance. She’s even planning a hemp festival this fall on her Keenesburg farm to promote industry networking and hemp education.

Morgan sees the negative stigma around the cannabis plant as the greatest obstacle to normalizing hemp and CBD use. “A lot of people my age don’t want to go to dispensaries. I don’t,” she explains. “So I think a lot of people my age will be really slow to try it. I was pretty darn slow. I was not enthusiastic about [CBD] until I tried it.”

Now she’s changed her tune, and believes others will follow.

“People are saying that it is going to boom and then bust, but I don’t think so. The hemp farming is going to be exponential, but so is the demand — because everybody is talking about it, people that you wouldn’t suspect,” Morgan says. “But it still does have that affiliation with its cousin, and a lot of people just don’t want anything to do with that. But it’s not marijuana; you can’t get high off of it. That’s fundamental to me.” 

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Walking: Still the Starting Line for Fitness

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 — Being physically active is one of the most important steps people of all ages can take to improve their health.

Yet despite everything we know about the benefits of exercise, only half of U.S. adults and only about a quarter of high school students get the amount recommended in national guidelines.

If you haven’t gotten onboard with the program, it’s easy to start — and walking is a perfect path to fitness. That’s because it doesn’t require any special skills or expensive equipment — just a good pair of shoes.

Walking not only gets you aerobically fit, it can help with problems such as insomnia, diabetes and even a depressed mood. Walking also has a lower risk of injury than high-impact activities like running. And you can walk year-round, indoors or out.

Start at your own speed and walk in short increments, say for five minutes three times a day. Then gradually increase both length and intensity over time as you develop stamina.

Depending on where you live, however, you may not be able to just walk out of your front door and go. More than 30 percent of people 16 or older live in neighborhoods without sidewalks. The U.S. Surgeon General has called on communities to make walking more accessible to residents. Until then, ironically, you may have to drive to take a walk at a park or on a school track, for instance.

Keep in mind that you can walk at your convenience if you have a home treadmill. These machines aren’t just for running, plus they can also keep track of miles logged and calories burned, and many can be set to increase the difficulty of your workouts.

More information

The website of the U.S. Surgeon General has a wealth of advice on walking in your community, including music playlists to get you going.

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Posted: September 2018

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Six-year-old YouTube star brings his own toy line to Walmart

(Reuters) – A 6-year-old boy whose toy reviews have drawn billions of views on YouTube will debut his own line of slime, stuffed animals and other merchandise at Walmart Inc next month, the retailer said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: Six-year old Ryan, the star of his own YouTube channel Ryan ToysReview, who will debut his own line of slime, stuffed animals and other products at Walmart Inc next month, is shown in this undated handout photo provided July 29, 2018. Courtesy of pocket.watch/Handout via REUTERS

The star of the YouTube channel Ryan ToysReview, known simply as Ryan, helped select the toys and apparel that will be sold under the name Ryan’s World, according to children’s media company pocket.watch, which negotiated the deal with Walmart.

The Ryan’s World merchandise will be sold exclusively at more than 2,500 Walmart stores in the United States and on the Walmart.com website starting Aug. 6. The products will expand to other retailers in October.

Ryan’s six YouTube channels have enthralled children, often drawing more than 1 billion views a month to videos of him playing with toys and reacting to them. His family has kept his last name secret given his young age.

Pocket.watch has negotiated licensing deals for a handful of online video stars to expand their reach through toys, apparel and home products. The Ryan’s World merchandise, designed for ages 3 and up, is the first to come to market.

The products include T-shirts with four designs featuring some of Ryan’s favorite things, including pizza.

Reporting by Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Cooney

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Maryland Businesses Race to the Starting Line for Legal Marijuana Sales

Embroiled in controversy and set back by a myriad of delays since voters expressed their desire for medical marijuana legalization in 2013, the state of Maryland finally appears ready to open the proverbial doors of its medical cannabis market. Many eyes are on the state as it attempts to correct course and execute the beginning […]

O.penVape Releases New Line of Flavored Distillate Cartridges

One of Colorado’s largest hash manufacturers has added another product to its lineup. O.penVape, known for its pre-filled vaporizers cartridges, has rolled out ISH pens, a new line of distillate products geared toward novice cannabis consumers.

The pre-filled distillate cartridges come in Bavarian cream, blue raspberry and watermelon flavors. Similar to Evolab’s fruit-flavored vape pens released in July, the ISH pens aren’t flavored with terpenes or flavors associated with cannabis, instead focusing on sweet and fruit flavors from artificially and natural flavoring. However, unlike the Evolab pens, which are made with CO2 hash oil, the ISH line is made with distillate, a concentrate made by distilling solvent-run concentrates like wax and shatter into purer, more potent THC.

O.penVape isn’t new to the distillate world: Its Craft Reserve cartridges, released on the retail market in 2016, carry distillate with cannabis terpenes reintroduced for flavor. But with the ISH pens, O.penVape is targeting palates that appreciate dessert more than dank.

“We had lots of feedback that people wanted a flavored cartridge, as it appeals to a totally different market than say, the Craft Reserve,” says Chris Driessen, president of O.PenVape’s parent comany, Organa Brands. “Plus, the addition of flavoring sets it apart in this category. The customer is someone who is perhaps not a strain aficionado — someone looking for rich flavor, without a strong marijuana taste.

“I didn’t know how much I would love these flavors until I tried them, but once I did, I was really impressed with the work of our R&D team,” adds Driessen. “It’s not your typical cartridge, and is definitely a refreshing take on flavored distillate.”

The ISH line debuted in dispensaries last week and is available at most O.penVape retailers, a list of which you can find on the ISH webpage. Its suggested retail price is around $ 20 for 250-milligram cartridges, and $ 30 for 500-milligram cartridges, according to Organa Brands.

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Marijuana Edibles: Blue Kudu Expanding Operations, Chocolate Line

Marijuana Edibles: Blue Kudu Expanding Operations, Chocolate Line (2)

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Andrew Schrot, the CEO of Denver-based Blue Kudu, moved to Colorado from Tampa, Florida, with his brother in the summer of 2010, excited to get involved in the cannabis industry. “We thought about edibles, because at that time there wasn’t a consistent, quality product that patients could rely upon,” Schrot recalls.

When Schrot was growing up, his family used to visit the animals at Busch Gardens; a family favorite was the African kudu because of its unique coat and long spiral horns. When brainstorming names for the company, he decided to go with Blue Kudu, to “stand out in a sea of cannabis businesses with green in their name,” he says.

From the start, Blue Kudu focused on chocolate edibles. The brothers did extensive research, going through fifteen to twenty chocolate vendors before choosing one. They keep the name of that vendor under wraps to ward off competition, but Schrot shares that the beans are grown in Europe and made from a family recipe carried down through five generations; in addition, the chocolate is fair trade and Rainforest Alliance-certified

The company, which now produces about 3,000 edible bars a day — most of them made with dark chocolate — has its product in about 75 percent of dispensaries around the state, Schrot says. 

“One thing about chocolate is, it’s easily breakable,” he adds. “So when we were looking at products, we wanted to make sure the consumer knew how much they were consuming at a time. That was extremely important to us.”

Each bar contains 100 milligrams of THC and is divided into ten pieces marked with the THC symbol and “10 mg,” because starting in October, the state will require that all THC-infused food be identifiable outside of its original packaging. The bars are also a little bigger than they used to be because of the new compliance regulations, which will affect all edibles manufacturers in Colorado.

Blue Kudu had to purchase 2,000 custom molds in order to comply with the new regulations, at a cost of $ 20,000 to 30,000, Schrot says. And that’s just on the recreational side; the company is still working on updating the molds for the medical side of its operation.

Staffers also worked with pharmaceutical packaging companies to create a box that’s compliant with safety regulations. Each container of THC-infused products must be child-safe. Ecobliss, the company that manufactures the cartons, is based in the Netherlands, and its design has won multiple awards. 

Schrot recommends that first-time users take it slow with edibles: Start with 5 to 10 milligrams of THC and then consume no more than that every two hours. “We want the consumer to get the comfortable, relaxing experience they’re looking for from our product,” Schrot says. “Unfortunately, there are some overdoses, but I think the industry is continuing education with the “Start Low, Go Slow” [theme], especially when it comes to edibles.”

The state requires that edibles test within 15 percent of their label, but Blue Kudu aims to keep that closer to 5 percent.

“We want them to have a good experience with our products. The first-time edible user, when they have a bad experience, never uses edibles again — and that’s a customer we’ve lost for life. So if we can ease them into a really great experience, then they’ll come back again and again — and that’s what business is about,” says Ben Kelso, an account manager at Blue Kudu. 

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In the coming months, Blue Kudu will be moving to a new, larger space. The kitchen will be almost ten times the size of the one the company uses now, allowing for the expansion of the product line to include brownies and gummies. “It’s important for us to make the whole recipe in-house,” Schrot says. “All the products we make, we come up with our own recipe and make the product from scratch.”

Right now, meeting the growing demand requires keeping the operation going nights and weekends.

The company doesn’t currently grow its own plants, but Schrot says it will start once Blue Kudu moves into the new facility, which has just over 10,000 square feet of greenhouse space.

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Brazilian sex shop reveals its Olympic line

According to a sex shop in Sao Paulo, during the Rio Olympics everyone can be an athlete, or more specifically a ‘Sex Athlete’, in keeping with new line of Games-themed toys shop owners unveiled.

“The range is called ‘Sex Athletes’, and consists of gels for the lower regions, which cool or heat up, vibrators, costumes, it is a complete range which references the Olympics Games,” Director General of the Hot Flowers sex shop, Lucas Bertipaglia, explained.

As Brazil heats up for the three weeks of Olympic action beginning August 5, Bertipaglia hopes to get the nation involved in the spirit of the Games.

The range includes nation-themed costumes from Germany, the United States, Greece and Asia, among others, costing between 60 and 190.40 Brazilian reais (18.40 to 58.50 U.S. dollars).

Where traditional sectors have seen low activity amid Brazil’s worst generation since the 1930s, Bertipaglia says the nation is turning its mind and money elsewhere.

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Rapper The Game Gets His Own Marijuana Line

Snoop Dogg. Willie Nelson. Whoopi Goldberg.

All have their own marijuana product lines. You can now add Compton rapper The Game to that list.

G FarmaBrands, which describes itself as “a leading producer/processor of medical and adult use marijuana-based products,” says The Game is endorsing new product lines, G Stiks and G Drinks, to be distributed in California and Washington.

“A longtime fan of G FarmaBrands’ Liquid Gold products, The Game (Jayceon Terrell Taylor) will be serving as Brand Ambassador to raise awareness for these innovative new offerings from the award-winning cannabis company,” the company said in a statement. “Playing a critical role in the development of this relationship and making this campaign a reality was Green St., the industry leading cannabis marketing, branding and licensing agency based out of Los Angeles.”

G Stiks are described as hand-rolled joints available with six blends of marijuana. G Drinks beverages are “infused with the highest quality of the company’s Liquid Gold Cannabis Oil,” the firm stated.

“I’m looking forward to working with … the great team over at G FarmaBrands to bring you innovative ways of consuming cannabis in the future,” the rapper said. “These guys are the pioneers of innovation in the cannabis industry, and I’m excited to help raise awareness for G Stiks and G Drinks in all territories that we are available.”

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USAopoly Plans ‘Yu-Gi-Oh!’ Line


4K Media — the subsidiary of Konami Digital Ent. which handles licensing and marketing for Yu-Gi-Oh! — announces a non-exclusive licensing agreement for the brand with USAopoly. The deal will bring themed coin banks, puzzles and special Yu-Gi-Oh! editions of classic tabletop games Monopoly and Yahtzee (under license from Hasbro) to the United States and Canada.

USAopoly will use original animation art from the first Yu-Gi-Oh! series and subsequent installments Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, 5D’s, ZEXAL and the latest, ARC-V. Coin banks and puzzles will launch at retail in 2016; themed Monopoly and Yahtzee games will arrive in 2016 and 2017.



Animation Magazine

DreamWorks ‘Character Clash’ Line Launches at NYFW Men’s


The first-ever New York Fashion Week Men’s event will offer up something special for those who like a little toon style in their swag as DreamWorks Animation unveils its limited edition “Character Clash” collection. The line includes items featuring iconic characters acquired by the company like Felix the Cat, He-Man, Richie Rich, Underdog and Where’s Waldo?

The Character Clash collection of tees and hoodies will be available exclusively through Amazon Fashion, The line features designs from top names in men’s fashion: Billy Reid, Ernest Alexander, Michael Bastian, Ovadia & Sons, Public School, Robert Geller, Timo Weiland and Todd Snyder. The CFDA designers were given creative freedom to reinterpret their favorite character to fit their aesthetic to create a variety of unique style and toon pairings.

The Character Clash collection is on display during NYFW Men’s at Skylight Clarkson Square.

Character Clash

Character Clash

Animation Magazine

LEGO and WB Build Scooby-Doo Line


The LEGO Group has partnered with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to create a line of LEGO building sets inspired by classic animated series Scooby-Doo. Five brand new sets will bring the zaniness of Shaggy, Scooby and the Mystery Machine gang to the play-brick world for the first time, available in stores in August.

Among the first launch sets will be the Mummy Museum Mystery, Haunted Lighthouse and Mystery Mansion. Products will range from $ 14.99 to $ 89.99.

And the mash-up doesn’t end there: Scooby and friends will also be animated in their new LEGO looks. This year, fans can look forward to a 22-minute special produced in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation. WBA will also produce LEGO Scooby made-for-video movies to be released in the coming years.

Lego Scooby Doo

Lego Scooby Doo

Lego Scooby Doo

Lego Scooby Doo

Animation Magazine

Star Citizen Doesn’t Have a “Final Finish Line” Like Traditional Retail Games, Dev Says

Wing Commander creator and Cloud Imperium Games founder Chris Roberts talked about the progress Star Citizen has made in 2014 and its plans going into 2015 in an end of year “letter from the chairman.”

Star Citizen isn’t a sprint, it isn’t even a marathon,” Roberts said. “There is no final finish line the way you would have with a traditional retail game. Star Citizen is a way of life for as long as the community is engaged by it.”

With more than $ 68.7 million in funding and growing, Star Citizen is already the most crowdfunded project of any kind in history. As to why the space sim continues to raise funds, Roberts credited the community that has already built up around the game.

“It’s a project that is being built not just by 300 developers, but a project that is being built by hundreds of thousands of gamers that love PC games, that love space games and want to see a game made RIGHT, one that has such depth and ambition that they can see themselves happily adventuring for years to come,” Roberts said.

For 2015, Roberts said that backers will get the FPS module, the Planetside social module, multi-crew ships in Arena Commander mode, and the first episode of the single-player experience, Squadron 42.

In 2014, Star Citizen received 23 updates, and players logged over one million hours into Arena Commander, split approximately 80 percent single-player and 20 percent multiplayer. Cloud Imperium’s staff also grew from 70 to 180 employees over the year, during which it raised another $ 33 million.

For more on Star Citizen and Roberts himself, check out part one and part two of GameSpot’s interview with the legendary designer.


Someone With 29 Level 90 WoW Characters Is Already In Line for BlizzCon

A previous BlizzCon

BlizzCon 2014 doesn’t kick off tomorrow, but someone is already in line for the two-day show at the Anaheim Convention Center in Southern California. As you might expect, this person–Brendan “Tibs” Thibodeau–is supremely dedicated to Blizzard Entertainment games, so much so that he has an incredible 29 level 90 World of Warcraft characters, he tells WoW Insider today.

This is the sixth BlizzCon that Thibodeau has attended. Out of the six shows he’s been to, he says he’s been first in line four times. He’s a 15-year Navy veteran whose been playing World of Warcraft since December 2005.

“World of Warcraft was my second home,” Thibodeau told WoW Insider, saying he spent some of his time while overseas in the Navy playing World of Warcraft as well as when he returned home. “It was getting on and meeting other people from all over the world and having those connections.”

Thibodeau went on to say that he just recently earned a degree in game production and hopes to work for Blizzard one day. If he’s hoping to work on the World of Warcraft team, he’s probably happy to learn that Blizzard has plans to keep the game around until at least 2024.

BlizzCon officially begins tomorrow, November 8, and runs through Saturday evening, when Metallica will close out the show with a concert. Some of Blizzard’s suprises for BlizzCon may have emerged ahead of schedule, as trademarks for unannounced Blizzard projects called Eye of Azshara and Overwatch were recently discovered.

Next week on November 13, Blizzard will release Warlords of Draenor, the fifth expansion for the genre-defining PC MMO. The game had 7.4 million subscribers as of September 30.

While BlizzCon is entirely sold out for physical tickets, you can still buy virtual tickets for $ 40 through Blizzard’s website today. GameSpot will have editors on the ground from BlizzCon bringing you news, interviews, and analysis of the show.

Got a news tip or want to contact us directly? Email news@gamespot.com