The Original Colonel Popper Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper

What’s Poppin’!: Colonel Popper Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper

If you’ve ever purchased microwave popcorn then you’ve one or all of the following: lots of unpopped kernels, burnt popcorn, heat burns from trying to open the bag, and very oily hands. What if you can enjoy a great bowl of popcorn without the typical hassles microwave popcorn? Thanks to the original Colonel Popper Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper, you absolutely can.

The Original Colonel Popper Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper

Whether you’re making popcorn at home or work or dorm room, the portable Colonel Popper Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper is ideal for mess-free popcorn enjoyment. It is super durable, safe, and eco-friendly. After using it once, you’ll never want to make popcorn without a Colonel Popper again. Made from durable food-grade silicone, the 100% BPA Free, Colonel Popper passes the silicone pinch test. Say goodbye to those unhealthy microwave popcorn bags with harmful chemicals that burn easily. Enjoy popcorn your way for a fraction of the cost. That’s right, this budget-friendly, microwaveable bowl is easy on your wallet and your waist.

Colonel Popper's Classic Silicone Popcorn Popper

There are so many flavor possibilities with using this silicone microwave popcorn bowl. You can prepare popcorn with or without oil (choose olive, peanut, sunflower, or coconut oil); enjoy it plain or seasoned (did you know plain popcorn is only 31 calories?), sweet or savory, or recreate the good old movie theater popcorn taste. In fact, you can use any popcorn kernels you want! The Colonel Popper Silicone Microwave Popcorn Popper makes up to 14 cups of popcorn. Make enough for yourself or for large family or friend gatherings. Because it’s made from the highest grade silicone, you can reuse the dishwasher safe bowls over and over for years.

Colonel Popper's Transparent Silicone Popcorn

The silicone popcorn maker comes in eight colors; four classics (blue, gray, green, and red) and four transparent (Colonel Red, Fresh Mint, Glacier Blue, and Neon Green). We love that the transparent bowls allow you to see your popcorn popping. All the bowls boast convenient grab handles, so you won’t burn your fingertips removing your popcorn from your microwave oven. The collapsible popcorn popper stores away at merely 2″ so it frees up your counter and cupboard space. Treat yourself or a fellow popcorn lover to years of delicious, healthy popcorn for $14.97 on www.shopcolonelpopper.com.

Summer Fancy Food Show Trends

Feast On This: Top Food Trends To Follow For The Rest Of 2019

In recent years, the food industry has become much more conscious of all aspects of food, in part, thanks to the wants of the consumer; whether it’s in terms of nutrition, sourcing, or production, more consumers are growing increasingly cognizant of what they’re putting in their bodies. The World Health Organization recommends that we consume at least five portions of both fruits and vegetables each day. This is something we’ve known since learning elementary school nutrition, yet it’s theoretically easier to digest than it is in practice. However, more of the food industry is conjuring creatively delicious ways to match culinary excellence with nutritionally substantial foods. Let’s look at a few food trends that are leading this movement.

Junkfood Alternatives

For many of us, the puffed snacks we grew up with quickly became love at first bite. In lieu of the traditional starchy options, however, more people than ever have begun to indulge in puffed snacks made from vegetables for that veritable crunch.

Summer Fancy Food 2019 Show Trends

Between quinoa, chickpeas, and beets, researchers have used nearly every vegetable on the market to craft healthy snack alternatives. When many people can’t help but eat an entire bag of their favorite puffs, these snacks help make you feel a little better about indulging every once in a while. One popular puff snack company called Vegan Rob’s has even made puffs with spinach, Brussels sprouts, and cauliflower.

Specialty Foods

Each year, the Specialty Food Association holds the Sofi Awards to honor the best in specialty food products from around the globe, as well as highlight food trends. This March and April, more than 2,000 entries were sampled in a blind taste test by 58 experts in the industry.

“For 47 years, the Sofi Awards have identified the best of the best within the specialty food industry. This year, we’re incredibly proud to recognize so many fantastic products across so much of our membership,” notes Phil Kafarakis, the current president of the SFA. “Our 2019 winners are passionate industry leaders creating exceptional, innovative specialty foods. They’re what’s driving excitement among retailers, foodservice, and consumers, and fueling our industry’s growth. It’s a delicious time for us all!”

2019 Sofi Awards Winners

During these changing times, it’s more important than ever to invest in product innovation. The winner was announced at the 65th Annual Summer Fancy Food Show in early July. Among the other 154 Sofi winners, Mom’s Magic Masala All-Purpose Indian Fusion Spice Blend became the victor after 12 days of sampling and tasting.

Minimal Ingredients

But some say it’s important to work smarter and not harder. After all, up to 92% of Americans claim that vacation time is important to them. Among the creative specialty foods on display, Sofi judges also applauded the countless vegetable-based substitutes and sustainable products offered at the show.

Summer Fancy Food Show 2019 Trends

In 2019, many are saying that less is more. While 88% of Americans claim to eat whole seafood for the health benefits, it’s also the simplicity of the dish that truly draws a crowd. With only a few additions and seasonings, Cajun dishes and seafood are transformed with just a little spice. When the recent Summer Fancy Food Show held by the Specialty Food Association witnessed more than 2,500 exhibitors from around the world, judges were eager to sample some of the tastiest specialty foods around.

Summer Fancy Food Show Trends

Amidst the crowd of more than 30,000 attendees, guests and judges were able to sample more than 200,000 foods and beverages at the event. One of the most popular items even featured whole hibiscus flowers, nuance judges haven’t seen before. With only a few select ingredients and long shelf life, it was no wonder this dish drew a crowd. The “Fan Favorite,” however, could only go to the serrano pepper-based Bronx Green Hot Sauce made by Small Axe Pepper.

Summer Fancy Food Show Trends

It just goes to show that less truly can be more.

Collagen

Between aging and sun damage, there is a multitude of factors that can adversely affect your skin. In fact, more than 66% of adults believe that the sun can’t harm them while indoors but this couldn’t be further from the truth. That’s why a growing number of skincare aficionados are opting for collagen-rich foods to improve the appearance of their skin.

Collagen Food Trends

Some people have even invested in collagen powders to help get their daily boost of skin hydration. According to nutritionist Amy Savage, this option actually does work for improving skin elasticity.

“Collagen is everywhere right now from powders to bars to drinks,” she explains. “There is scientific evidence to support the use of collagen for anti-aging — improving skin elasticity and hydration; but you might also see it being promoted for a number of other benefits such as gut healing, none of which are actually backed by scientific research.”

Even though it’s illegal to discriminate against employees over the age of 40 in the workplace, it’s not uncommon for the aging individual to miss their youthful skin. If you’re one of the many people who want to improve their skin, try eating more citrus, chicken, and fish for a boost of vitamin C. This vitamin is critical in aiding your body’s natural collagen production.

From skincare to specialty foods to healthier alternatives, there are countless food trends taking 2019 by storm. Choosing the best option depends on what you value in the perfect product. Try out these food trends to improve your health when you want to eat and be merry.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Urban Skin Rx: Skincare From The Melanin Skin Experts

Everyone has heard the famous line “Black don’t crack”; while it’s true that the melanin in African American skin helps in looking younger, black skin still needs nurturing. Black may not crack but it does bruise. While we may look younger, black men and women can still be plagued with skin issues. These include acne, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation and other common concerns seen in darker skin tones. Thankfully, there is a solution. Urban Skin Rx is a clinical skincare line founded by medical aesthetician Rachel Roff. It is a skincare range of scientifically researched corrective skincare products for all skin tones and colors.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

We are currently trying out three skincare products from Urban Skin Rx – Combination Skin Cleansing Bar, Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads, and the Even Tone Super Glow Serum. Keep on reading for more information on these products and our take on them:

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Combination Skin Cleansing Bar, $24.00 – the Urban Skin Rx Cleansing Bars are also known as “treatment bars in a jar” because that’s exactly what they are. The 3-in-1 Combination Skin Cleansing Bar is a smoothing, hydrating cleansing treatment. It improves the appearance of rough skin, aging skin and eczema-prone skin. It works as a daily cleanser, mask, and exfoliator thanks to its rich, thick lather and exfoliating sponge.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

You don’t need much of the solid brown cleansing bar to get a deep clean, and it boasts a light fennel scent. It left our skin looking brighter and left it felt clean, but not tight or dry. We love a multitasking beauty product and this Urban Skin Rx cleanser is an effective time-saver.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads, $32.00- thanks to a powerful combination of Glycolic acid, Lactic acid, and Salicylic acid, the Urban Skin Rx Clear & Even Tone Clarifying Glycolic Pads effectively exfoliates dead skin cells, promotes even-looking skin tone, removes excess oil, and leaves behind a skin cleansing formula. It will take time to see the full benefits of using the pads but personal experience tells us that Glycolic acid smooths the appearance of skin. You’ll experience a slight initial tingling, which disappears just as quickly.

Urban Skin Rx Skin Care Products

Even Tone Super Glow Serum, $26.00 – last but not least is the Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Super Glow Serum; a brightening and anti-aging antioxidant powerhouse. It is the perfect blend of ingredients which work together to improve the appearance of dark spots, sun damage and the effects of aging. It has an earthy scent to it, a faint citrus scent, but more eathy, a lot like aged orange rinds. Upon first application, it can feel a bit sticky but it absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. As sufferers of uneven skin tones, we can’t wait to be free from the issues that plague our darker skin.

Our fellow melanin-gifted, if you are looking for effective skincare for your skin tone needs, try Urban Skin Rx.

Logic.Ink Day Tattoo

LogicInk UV Day Tattoo: Know When You’ve Had Enough Sun Exposure

You don’t need to step outside to realize we are experiencing an incredible heatwave. So dangerous that a heat index warning has been issued, outdoor events have been canceled and people are encouraged to stay indoors until it’s over. While days like this are few and we heed the warnings, on a typical day, you may not realize just how much sun exposure you’re getting. Did you know there are an estimated 4.3 million cases of BCC (Basal Cell Carcinoma) diagnosed in the U.S. each year and there’s no sign of that slowing down? It’s way past the time we need to know about the harmful effects of UV overexposure. Here’s a question to yourselves, how do you know when you’ve had enough sun exposure for the day? With the LogicInk UV day tattoo, you can. It’s the future of health wearables.

Logic.Ink UV Day Tattoo

LogicInk UV is designed to measure the cumulative effect of one day in the sun. The outer circle and bar turn fully pink when you reach the daily UV limit for sensitive skin; this is based on data from the World Health Organization. The inner circle and dot show the current UV exposure in real-time. In the above photo, you will see a pink spot; this is the measurement of sun exposure I had prior to applying the LogicInk. I had not yet gone back into the sun while wearing it. As you can see, it’s already letting me know how much sun exposure I’ve had. You’ll also notice the inner circle has no color, indicating I’m not currently exposed to the sun as I was indoors.

Logic.Ink UV Day Tattoo Logic.Ink UV Day Tattoo

Upon venturing outside, you’ll notice the inner circle has now turned pink, showing my real-time, full exposure to the sun. As previously stated, the LogicInk UV day tattoo signals when you’ve had enough sun for the day. Applied to your skin like a temporary tattoo, the waterproof adhesive is gentle on the skin, yet resilient enough to last in the ocean or pool. LogicInk UV is even compatible with sunscreen; just apply the LogicInk UV on clean, dry skin, then apply sunscreen over your skin and on LogicInk.  The sunscreen is designed to expire faster from LogicInk’s surface than it does on your skin. This is a helpful early warning to reapply sunscreen or get some shade.

While you don’t need a smartphone to see your UV exposure status, there is an optional mobile app that lets you scan your LogicInk “tattoo” to track UV exposure patterns over longer periods of time. LogicInk UV day tattoos are available in single or on subscription-based purchases. Get 10 for $39.00 as a single purchase or 15 for $29/month, and 30 for $79.00 if you subscribe.

Travel Must-Haves for Women

Travel Tips & Tricks: 5 Items All Women Need While Traveling

Ladies, summer is the perfect time for traveling. But whether you’re headed to the 597 square miles of Oahu or the 3,000 miles of Ireland coastline, you have some serious packing to do. And it’s no secret that packing can be an absolute nightmare — from choosing the right clothes to trying to fit everything into your bag, packing can be a long process. So to ensure packing, and your actual trip, go well, here are 5 things all women need while traveling – these travel tips & tricks are a must. You will want to invest in these.

Travel Must-Haves for Women

We’re not talking about the right dress or shoes. These are the essentials you will need to ensure your travel plans go as smoothly as possible. Ready for the must-have travel tips & tricks?

A Great Toiletry Bag

Zuca TSA-Approved Toiletry Bags

Whether you’re going on a quick weekend trip or a month-long excursion, there are going to be a lot of toiletries you’ll need. And while it can be tempting to simply throw your toiletries into your bag, you’ll regret this later on. So make sure you find a great toiletry bag, preferably clear for TSA purposes, that can properly store all of your toiletries. Consider one that has compartments for easy organization or one that you can hang on the bag of a door to clearly see all of your items. You can even get a separate bag for medications, like pain killers, prescription meds, or other pills for premenstrual syndrome or allergies. Zuca has great travel options for your health and beauty travel needs. A good toiletry bag can make a big difference. Their Utility Pouches are fully-lined with durable, easy to clean clear vinyl ideal for organizing your beauty products and the Zuca Flyer Packing Pouch Set includes five packing pouches of various sizes and a one quart TSA compliant toiletry bag.

Packing Cubes

Mumi color-coded Travel Packing Cubes

Speaking of organization, packing cubes are a must-have. Not only can it be difficult to fit all of your clothes and belongings in your bag, but it can be impossible to keep them organized. Fortunately, packing cubes can keep your items organized and neat. Packing cubes can fit in almost any suitcase or bag and you can easily separate your clothing with them — consider using one cube for heavier clothes, one for lighter clothes, one for underwear and socks, and one for accessories. This way, you’ll be able to easily find whatever you’re looking for. The above Mumi Packing Cubes (set of 5) is a wonderful, versatile color-coded option. Each lightweight cube is designed to save space and simplify packing (and unpacking) to maximize luggage space, travel organized, and reduce mess. We love it even more because you can personalize them.

A Quick-Drying Towel

Laguna Blue Quick Drying Antibacterial Towels

You never know when you’re going to need a towel — whether you’re camping, at a hostel that doesn’t provide towels, or if you decide to randomly jump into a stream you happen to come across, having a towel on hand is always a good idea. This is especially true if you’re one of the 58 million people who go to a gym every year and you may need to dry off after a workout. Having a quick-drying towel will keep you dry and moving quickly. We love Laguna Blue, the smart towel. Not only is it quick-drying, but these 100% microfiber fabric towels are also antibacterial.

A Safety Alarm

Sabre Personal Safety Alarm

When you’re traveling, you want to remain as safe as possible. For burglaries and similar crimes, police report only being able to solve 13% of cases due to lack of evidence and witnesses. Thus, it’s important to enact smart safety precautions, especially when you’re in unfamiliar territory. This is true of traveling in groups, avoiding suspicious situations, and keeping personal security equipment. And while pepper spray or mace may seem like good items to have on hand, they’re not legal everywhere. There are two great options from Sabre that are great options. The above Sabre Personal Alarm with Clip & LED Light is easy to activate. With one press of a button, it blasts an attention-getting 120 dB alarm audible up to 600 feet (185 m) away. It also boasts an LED flashlight with on, slow flash, and fast flash modes. It’s weather-proof and clips to clothing, bag, waistband, etc.

Sabre Personal Safety Alarm Keychain

The even more discreet Sabre Personal Alarm with Key Ring boasts the same attention-getting 120 dB siren, is sleek, compact and its modern keychain attaches to your backpack, purse or keys for convenient, instant access; just pull its metal chain from device to sound 120 dB alarm. You can’t go wrong with either of these personal safety alarms. So consider having a personal safety alarm on you. All you have to do is press the button and a very loud sound will go off, alerting anyone near you to your location so they can help if you’re in danger.

Shoe Bags

Mumi Travel Shoe bags

You’re most likely bringing a few different pairs of shoes on your trip, especially if you have a lot of different activities planned. But when you wear your shoes outside, they get dirt and other debris on them. And if you just throw them in your bag as is, they’re going to get all of your clothes and belongings dirty, too. This is why you should have a shoe bag for each pair of shoes you’re bringing. Shoe bags simply slip over your shoes to contain whatever mess they’ll make — this can also help you keep your shoes together and organized. You can coordinate your Mumi Shoe bags (seen above) with your packing cubes for your stylish color-coded travel needs.

Traveling is a great experience and you’re probably getting excited about your upcoming trip. So keep these items in mind to make your trip hassle-free and truly amazing.

black owned cannabis related products

Black-Owned Cannabis Brands That Deserve Your Coins

When we consider certain legal statistics, it speaks leagues about how our criminal justice system works — or fails. One 2017 study found that women commit 51% of embezzlement crimes. This may be surprising to the average person, but those who prosecute these cases likely know it well. A statistic that has been historically ignored on all fronts, however, is the disproportionate rate at which black people are convicted and unequally prosecuted because of marijuana. black owned cannabis related products According to an analysis from the ACLU, black people are 3.73 times more likely than white people to be arrested for marijuana-related offenses, despite roughly equal usage rates. As it becomes decriminalized and completely legalized in more states, this conversation is very slowly moving towards reparations for the people and communities who have been unjustly and disproportionately affected by the criminalization of marijuana. Black lawmakers in New York State have even pushed to bar marijuana legalization unless the bill contains provisions for these reparations. Not only does this attention align with the 100-year tradition of state courts looking to evidence of legislative intent when construing state law, but it could help the large communities of people of color in the state, especially in New York City. Before the bill goes through, lawmakers want to ensure that it promotes community reinvestment and minority participation in the presently-booming cannabis industry. This would include job training programs and prioritizing licenses to people in black and Latinx communities who have been hit hardest by strict marijuana laws in the past.

black owned cannabis growers

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As the track record of those who’ve benefited from marijuana legalization in this country shows, these provisions are more than fair. Black people have owned and founded less than 5% of all cannabis businesses that have cropped up in the states where the drug is legal, while white people own 81% of the businesses. Estimates show that the market for medical marijuana alone in New York State is about $3.1 billion, but without any legal provisions the vast majority of the profits would likely end up in the pockets of wealthy white people in Manhattan high-rises who haven’t faced decades-long sentences for a non-violent marijuana charge. If recreational marijuana is ever legalized in the state, anyone who has had even minor charges for possessing a joint’s worth of weed — namely people of color police has historically targeted — wouldn’t be eligible to work in the legal cannabis industry. While lawmakers work to fight these policies that bar those who have been disproportionately punished for being involved in an illegal industry now being made legal, there are many fantastic cannabis businesses owned and operated by black people. Let’s dive into just a few of the many black-owned businesses in the cannabis industry that deserves your financial support.

CBD

Short for cannabidiol, CBD is a chemical compound that comes from the cannabis plant. It is not psychoactive like THC, the part of the cannabis plant that’s responsible for creating the “high” effect of marijuana. Instead, CBD is used in oils and edibles to create a feeling of relaxation and calm. CBD can even be useful in reducing pain and inflammation, controlling epileptic seizures, and possibly even treating addictions and mental illness. Many different businesses and products use CBD nowadays, as it becomes further integrated into the wellness community. Undefined CBD beauty oil Undefined Beauty is a black-owned business specializing in CBD beauty oil. Its debut product is Indigo Rose Glow Elixir, a lightweight oil with a rose scent. Founder Dorian Morris is a beauty industry veteran who knows how expensive CBD products can be and fights against that with affordable pricing. As the company unveils more CBD-infused, cruelty-free, and vegan products, Morris sees them threading a message of social awareness while providing customers with accessible and relaxing options to indulge in CBD.

Dispensaries

With the legalization of recreational marijuana, dispensaries are popping up everywhere. About 17 million acres of forest land will be lost permanently to development and urbanization in the next five decades, but every other person seems to want to grow a forest of their own in modern greenhouses and grower’s rooms. While many white people have latched on to this trend, there are plenty of great black-owned dispensaries. SimplyPure Dispensary Located in Denver, Simply Pure was the first black woman-owned dispensary in the city. Wanda James and Scott Durrah opened the dispensary in 2010, serving vegan edibles, flowers, and operating a small-batch farm. Their farm even earned the title of Best Flavor Champion at Colorado’s 2018 The Grow Off Competition. Notable marijuana-loving celebrities like Snoop Dogg, Whoopi Goldberg, and Wiz Khalifa have also opened dispensaries as legalization has spread throughout the country.

Culinary Experiences, T-Shirts, And More

Any long-time marijuana enthusiast knows the joy of combining the recreational drug with some good eats. With the U.S. food and drink industry sitting at a value of nearly $7.99 billion, anyone with an eye for business could spot this opportunity to combine the two professionally. Entrepreneur Doug Cohen and chef Miguel Trinidad recognized this profitable pairing and started 99th Floor, a premier dining experience in which Trinidad prepares a five-course meal infused with cannabis. Much like wine is used to enhance a meal, Cohen advertises 99th Floor as a way to experience food in a completely new light. They’ve designed the overall meal as a progression of micro-dosing, with about 3 mg of cannabis per course. Trinidad’s incredible culinary skills have made the venture rather well-known and very tasty. cannabis-infused culinary meals For anyone who wants to support black entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry but maybe doesn’t enjoy the green themselves, head to Girls Who Canna. This e-commerce site is filled with goods, such as cards, t-shirts, pillows, mugs, and bags, that feature fun and innovative cannabis-themed designs. Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for your stoner bestie or you want a few things for yourself, you’ll know that you’re supporting black women in the cannabis industry. cannabis related products While the government and lawmakers get their bills in line, you can make a positive impact on black entrepreneurs by directing your hard-earned money towards their businesses. Even the smallest contribution makes a difference. You’ll benefit as well as you fly high on the knowledge that you gave much-needed support — and maybe on a little bit of cannabis too.

O.Vine wine-essence water

Refreshingly NEW: O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water

You may have seen some new beverage launches hitting your supermarket shelves and your tv screens. People are looking for ways to get their buzz on without the negative effects of too much alcohol. We all know that alcohol dehydrates you but with this new beverages category, you won’t have to worry about that. Joining the new spiked water category is an infused water that tastes spiked but isn’t spiked at all. Say hello to O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water, the first spring water infused with the spirit of wine.

O.Vine wine-essence water

We had the pleasure of discovering this alcohol-free (yes, it truly is alcohol-free), prestigious water during the Summer Fancy Food Show and fell in love. What makes the elegant O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water so wonderful? Aside from it’s incredibly refreshing and delicious tastes, it is made by upcycling wine grape skins and seeds to create a wine grape infused water that’s uniquely light, dry, crisp, low calorie and filled with antioxidants. It also won Best New Water Concept at the prestigious 2018 Global Bottled Water Awards in Evian, France. The result is a thirst-quenching and nutritious water that makes you think you’re enjoying your favorite wine.

O.Vine wine-essence water

Created by Anat Levi, O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water is available in four varietals: White Wine Essence Water, Red Wine Essence Water, White Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling, and Red Wine Essence Water – Gently Sparkling. The O.Vine White Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Sauvignon Blanc, Gewürztraminer, and Chardonnay wine grape skins and only 15 calories per serving.  The Red Wine Essence Water and Gently Sparkling version are made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Petit Verdot wine grape skins and only 20 calories per serving.

They recently added two new varietals to their lineup – O.Vine Chardonnay Wine Essence Water and O.Vine Cabernet Sauvignon Wine Essence Water. These two new flavors are a collaboration between Israel’s award-winning Galil Mountain Winery and O.Vine. Still alcohol-free, they bring the distinct essence of these renowned much-loved wines to refreshing water, without intoxicating effects.

O.Vine wine-essence water

The Cabernet has a dark, red fruity character with a note of chocolate and a gentle tart twist. The Chardonnay imparts more tones of lime and apple, with notes of caramel. Both are equally refreshing and delicious.

O.Vine wine-essence water

All of the O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Water has only 4g natural sugar per serving, no preservatives or added color, are Sulfite-free, and kosher. As we see sparkling beverages become increasingly popular as alternatives to soda, mixers for cocktails, and as cocktail alternatives altogether, we know these

The original O.Vine Wine-Grape Infused Waters are currently available both online, on Beverage Universe, and at Neiman-Marcus, New York. The refreshing beverages are also slated to hit the shelves of higher-end retail stores this summer.

 

Cannabidiol

Tapping Into The Surge In Popularity Of CBD Products

As the national push for decriminalization and legalization of marijuana continues, the industry is riddled with new products. Cannabidiol — commonly referred to as CBD — is making a huge surge in popularity.

Cannabidiol

CBD, THC, and Me

You’ve no doubt seen both of these cannabis-related acronyms. Both chemical compounds are present in cannabis plants, but they work differently. CBD is second to THC in cannabis, but it isn’t an intoxicant like it’s psychoactive sibling THC. Commonly in oils, but present in countless other products, CBD has been found to provide a more manageable, clear-headed feeling than THC’s high. Still, the two are often blended together in different levels of potency, each of which will affect everyone differently. With 1.5 billion people across the world suffering from chronic pain, one of the most common uses for CBD is treating it. By most accounts, it’s been pretty successful, too. Plus, there are a ton of choices.

From Personal Care To Pets

The storied uses for CBD products have expanded quickly. When 88% of women say their hair directly influences their confidence, you better believe there’s a smattering of CBD products touting their benefits. Does your dog have anxiety? People have been resorting to CBD treatments. CBD treatment famously helped a young girl named Charlotte with chronic seizures.

In fact, supermarket giant Kroger announced that they’d begin distributing CBD products in 945 stores across the United States. The online availability of CBD products is even more widespread, with retailers taking advantage of the fact that 90% of searchers haven’t even decided on a product yet. Why not give them innumerable options? Kroger is neither the first nor will they be the last to do so.

Do Your Homework

CBD might sound great, but bad products exist in every industry. When 33% of retailers have the ability to display their inventories on the web, online CBD markets are very extensive. With so many options, it’s essential to do the appropriate research for both health and legality.

“In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential. To date, there is no evidence of public health-related problems associated with the use of pure CBD,” says a report from the World Health Organization.

This isn’t an excuse to be ill-informed about what CBD products you might consider buying. Everybody is different, and it’s important to know where your products are coming from, as well as the additional ingredients they may have.

Some believers tout CBD as a cure-all for every ailment. Others are skeptics. It remains true that not enough is yet known CBD to canonize it or demonize it. While the market swells with CBD products, it’s important to keep that in mind. It always pays to be a conscious consumer, whether it’s CBD or not.</p