Portland’s First CBD Cafe Opens Tomorrow

Portland is getting its first CBD cafe.

Tomorrow, local edibles company Grön Chocolate is soft-opening a store at the site of its manufacturing center in Southeast Portland, modeled after other tasting rooms such as the Jacobsen Salt Co.’s showroom and Woodblock Chocolate’s upcoming “manufactory.” 

Grön is able to skirt Oregon law forbidding the sale of pot products outside licensed dispensaries because its CBD products are derived from evergreen tree bark rather than hemp or cannabis. Owner Christine Smith says the effect is different from regular CBD and “more in line with taking an aspirin.”

“I find it energetic and uplifting but not sleepy-time,” she says, adding, “It has absolutely zero head impact.”

At GrönCAFE, Smith says customers will be able to sample and purchase all of the company’s CBD products, including chocolate bars, teas and hot chocolate, and there will be long tables inviting patrons to hang out.

The idea, she says, is to indirectly demystify cannabis for consumers who are still wary of buying from a dispensary.

“In the cannabis world, we’re not allowed to communicate directly to the customer because we sell through dispensaries,” Smith says. “People can see how it’s made, see what the kitchen looks like and ask questions.”

According to the Portland Business Journal, Grön “rocketed to a leadership spot in Oregon’s cannabis edibles market” when it launched two years ago. The company began making CBD edibles in February, and because it uses tree bark instead of cannabis, those products are not considered a Schedule 1 drug. Thus, they are legally able to ship across state lines—also, the store will not have age restrictions.

GrönCAFE opens tomorrow at 960 SE Madison St. It will be open Wednesday-Friday, 11 am-6 pm and Saturday 10 am-4 pm.


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Sprig CBD-Infused Soda Comes In 4 Flavors For Your Mellow Summer Vibes

CBD-infused products are everywhere these days — and if your treat of choice is refreshing sparkling beverages, good news: CBD-infused soda from Sprig has arrived, just in time to grant you the mellowed-out summer you’ve always wanted. Said Sprig founder and CEO, Michael Lewis, in a press release, “CBD is an amazingly beneficial ingredient. When we set out to formulate Sprig CBD, our goal was to take that special ingredient and infuse it into delicious, refreshing, sparkling drinks.” Does it succeed? I don’t know yet, but it sure sounds good.

Sprig was founded in 2015; based in California, it specializes in sparkling, soda-like drinks infused with compounds found in cannabis plants. The company has actually been making THC-infused soda, Sprig Citrus and Sprig Citrus Zero Sugar, for some time, but because of these drinks’ active ingredient — THC is psychoactive, whereas CBD is not — they’re only available at dispensaries (and primarily California dispensaries, at that. You can always check Sprig’s locator to see if there’s one near you that carries it, though). Each can contains 10 mg of THC.

Since CBD isn’t psychoactive, goods containing it won’t get you high; however, as Krista Whitley, CEO of Altitude Products, told Bustle earlier this year, research has shown the compound to act as an anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsant, antioxidant, and more. There’s also limited research to support the idea of it relieving migraines, insomnia, and symptoms of PMS.

According to Whitley, “CBD works with your endocannabinoid system” in your brain, which controls things like how you feel and experience pain, mood, and more. Dr. Richard Kaufman, CSO of NanoSphere Health Sciences and Evolve Formulas, further told Bustle that CBD “binds and activates receptors in the brain called ‘cannabinoid receptors 2’ (CB2) and selectively blocks off other receptors in the brain — the CB1 receptors.” Said Kaufman, “The underlying function of these CB2 receptors is protecting your body against inflammation and tissue injury, which is why it is so beneficial for CBD to activate them.”

The upshot is that many people find CBD to help with everything from anxiety to insomnia — and as a result, it’s appearing in an increasingly large amount of forms. Chocolate? Check. Coffee? Check. Gummies? Check.

And now we’ve got soda to add to the list. Sprig’s CBD-infused sodas contain 20 mg of the stuff — and although the Sprig website is careful to note that all CBD products contain less than .03 percent THC, the sodas aren’t psychoactive. You can even get them shipped directly to you — no need for a medical marijuana card or a trip to a dispensary. (Note, though, that any statements on the Sprig website haven’t been evaluated by the FDA; Sprig also notes, “This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”)

What’s more, Sprig’s CBD sodas come in a greater variety of flavors than the THC soda does: There’s Citrus Original and Citrus Zero Sugar, of course, both of which taste like grapefruit, as well as Sparkling Lemon Tea Zero Sugar — something akin to a sparkling Arnold Palmer — and Melon Zero Sugar, which apparently tastes like a Watermelon Jolly Rancher. According to a press release, the Original version is sweetened with cane sugar, while the Zero Sugar versions use stevia and erythritol, a sugar alcohol with which folks who have done keto should be familiar. A four-pack of any variety will set you back $16, pricing it at around $4 per can.

CBD isn’t all sunshine and roses, of course; there’s a bit of a legal grey area surrounding it in many places, and you do have to make sure you’re sourcing it well. A batch of fake CBD actually poisoned 50 people in Utah this winter. Sprig, however, notes that they’re careful to extract their ingredients from California-grown cannabis “to ensure a consistent experience with no unwanted ingredients,” while the drinks themselves are made in a “state-of-the-art, food-grade production facility with the utmost care for the safety and satisfaction of our customers.”

If you want to give Sprig’s CBD-infused soda a shot, you can order it on the company’s website and have it shipped right to your door. Happy summer!


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Ubiquitech Software Corp (OTCMKTS:UBQU) Embarks on A Nationwide Rollout of CBD Edible Gummies in May.

Ubiquitech Software Corp (OTCMKTS:UBQU) has unveiled CBD product CannazAll developed using legal cannabis. The new product rollout is through its subsidiary HempLifeToday.com. Customers can buy new CBD Gummies, which will be offered in popular and delicious flavors, from HempLifeToday.com from the end of May 2018. After several months of product development, the company will introduce healthy and exciting CBD products this month.

The company is stepping to the lucrative edibles market with a variety of CBD Hemp products and the full spectrum of hemp products. Apart from unveiling the first product in 2018, Ubiquitech Software Corp will also introduce more innovative products in the summer.

James Ballas, Chief Executive Officer of Ubiquitech Software Corp said, the company is busy in introducing new CBD products on the website of HempLife Today. The company will unveil more products in Q4. Ubiquitech Software Corp will improve awareness about new products CannazALL CBD to the public.

HempLifeToday is putting in considerable efforts to capitalize on the growing demand for legal cannabis derived products. The annual projection for cannabis products is estimated at 18 billion by 2021. Hemp based products will account for a large chunk of this projected growth. The company aims to cash in on this burgeoning opportunity by launching hemp derived CBD CannazALL and a wide range of CBD products to the general public.

Ubiquitech Software Corp Reports Robust Growth of 33.3% in Q1 2018

Ubiquitech Software Corp has reported excellent results in Q1 2018. It has reported a robust growth of 33.3% in Q1. Its net income is estimated at $151,870 for the quarter. It has posted revenues of $1,025,894 for the quarter ending February 28, 2018.

CEO said he is very pleased to strengthen and grow the business. With the expansion of CannazALL brand, the company aims to increase revenues as well as earnings in the near future. The company has pumped in considerable amounts in the past several weeks in developing the new CBD products.

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Cura Cannabis Is Producing Montel Williams’ CBD Line For National Distribution.

West Coast cannabis-oil producer Cura Cannabis has teamed up with Lenitiv Labs and founder Montel Williams to market Williams’ personal line of cannabidiol (CBD) products in most U.S. states.

The ambitious Portland-based firm announced today that it has begun producing Lenitiv Labs’ hemp-derived CBD capsules, which can now be ordered and shipped around the country.

According to Williams, Lenitiv’s ‘Alert’ and ‘Relax’ CBD capsules are 100% free of THC, the chemical in marijuana that’s responsible for many or most of its psychoactive effects (unlike CBD). The blends are also reportedly formulated with hand-picked terpenes known to help with anxiety, depression, pain management, inflammation, and/or memory retention as appropriate.

Cura, which produces the Select brand of concentrated cannabis oils and cartridges, said in a release that it will also begin production of Lenitiv’s cannabis-derived line to deliver “a number of new products this summer in Oregon and California in compliance with relevant state laws.”

David Racz, CEO of Lenitiv Scientific, said in a statement, “When I partnered with Montel to help him make his patient-focused vision a reality, we realized we would need like-minded partnerships that understood and shared the values that underpin it. Cura not only shares that vision but expresses it in their culture.”

Williams, a former TV-host and frequent advocate for veteran and patient access to medical marijuanaexplained by phone last year that he spent years working to develop medicinal-quality CBD to treat his own multiple sclerosis (MS), which research has shown responds well to the cannabinoid chemical. 

After he was diagnosed in 1999, he soon exhausted every traditional treatment option for pain, stiffness, and other symptoms, Williams said. Then his M.D. mentioned marijuana.

“A credible doctor told me not to stick a needle in myself every day, not to take four pills a day, but to try cannabis,” he commented last spring. “It took about two and a half months to switch over, and I’ve had cannabis in my system every day since–except for about 40 when I was traveling in a country that strictly prohibits cannabis.”

“When we first began talking to Montel and his team at Lenitiv, we were drawn to their people-focused vision,” said Cameron Forni, Cura’s President and co-Founder, in a statement. “It’s also an opportunity for us to support and participate in Montel’s advocacy for common sense cannabis reform, and we’re thrilled to welcome Montel and the team at Lenitiv to our family.”

Interestingly enough, since Lenitiv Labs was launched last year, another direct-to-consumer CBD oil operation appeared that claimed or insinuated to be selling Williams’ CBD products — an erroneous pretense that was promoted using images and phrases taken from Williams and myself without our permission.

After months of digging, attorneys for Williams tracked down some of the parties involved in selling what may or may not have been CBD oil, and litigation continues at present.

But starting today, his actual products are available to order online for real. You can quote me on that.

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