How to Identify Good Quality CBD – The Short List

Oil-based CBD vs Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD/Curcumin

You’ve seen the hype, read plenty of articles, have seen it on the news, and have decided CBD may be beneficial for you.  Now.  Who to buy from?  How do you identify good quality CBD products?  Here’s the short list:

First, what does the company promote, and is the research valid?

CBD is being touted as a remedy for a wide range of medical conditions, everything from skin rashes to insomnia to cancer treatment.  Know the product!  Check out the company before you buy from them.  Now that hemp farming has exploded, and product production skyrocketed, there are hundreds, if not thousands of CBD products on the market.  In fact, according to Statista, consumer sales in the U.S. are predicted to reach “around 1.8 billion U.S. dollars by 2022.”(1)

After reading through a vendor’s CBD product claims, check out a few of their sources.  I know, it’s work, but if you’re going to spend hard-earned money, why not spend it wisely?  There should be research sources behind the articles, with references easily available.  If you still have questions, contact the company.  Do they respond quickly?  Or did you get lost in the business shuffle?  Purchase from a company you can trust, like Murphy’s Natural Hemp!

Second, how was the CBD extracted and does it contain other ingredients?

Can you trust that what’s on the label is a true reflection of what’s in the product?  Over 2015 through 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out warning letters to several companies that market products containing CBD.  The FDA tested the chemical content of the CBD compounds in some of these products and found that many were mislabeled.  They, in fact, did not contain the amount of CBD printed on the labels. (2)  Additionally, they’ve recently sent out more letters, and according to their April 2, 2019 press release have scheduled, “a public hearing on May 31, as well as a broader opportunity for written public comment, for stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges with these products, including information and views related to product safety.”(3)

Another thing to take into consideration is how the CBD was extracted from the hemp.  There are several ways to extract CBD from the hemp plants:

  • Co2 Extraction – Safe and provides a pure end product
  • Olive Oil Extraction – Safe, however, the end product is perishable
  • Dry Ice Extraction – Easy to produce, however low quality
  • Solvent Extraction – Straightforward process, however, strips plant wax and could generate oil that contains contaminants

Murphy’s Natural Hemp uses the CO2 extraction method to pull CBD from the hemp plant.  CO2 under high pressure, using low temperatures pulls out CBD isolating and preserving its purity.  Once the CO2 is no longer under intense pressure, it simply evaporates, leaving no traces on the extraction itself.  The CO2 extraction method ensures high quality and a chemical, solvent-free CBD product.

Know what you are ingesting!  Be an informed consumer.  Check to be sure the product has been tested for potency, pesticides, bacteria, and other contaminants.  Murphy’s Natural Hemp must pass a thorough inspection for heavy metals, (arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead), microbiological contaminants (bacteria, yeast and molds), and VOC’s (propane, isobutane, butane, methanol, ethanol, acetone, isopropanol, acetonitrile, hexane, and heptane).  Test results are readily available to the consumer.

Third, does the CBD contain any THC?

CBD products may be isolates or full-spectrum.  Full-spectrum will contain less than .3% or trace amounts of THC, which is not considered enough to provide a user with any side effects that they may experience using other cannabis products.  Simply put, you will not get “high” from either the isolate or full-spectrum products.  Murphy’s Natural Hemp products are isolates, meaning they contain no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

Lastly, is it oil-based or water-based?

One of the main challenges with CBD is guaranteeing bioavailability of the active ingredient, especially when it has limited gastrointestinal permeability.  Many CBD companies who claim to have water-soluble products that use nano technology for their products.  The compound consists of small nano-size clusters of CBD molecules combined within an insoluble oil.  Eventually, all nano products separate, like oil and water… and further they will not increase in bioavailability while moving through the body’s system.  Ask the supplier if they’ve tested the absorption rate.  What is the percentage of the product that is absorbed by the body?

What water-soluble means is that the CBD is able to blend into water, like sugar in your lemonade or coffee.  Water-based and oil-based products react differently when it comes to being absorbed by the body.  Your body is composed of over 60% water.  Reports show that the body uses less than 10% of the active ingredients in an oil-based product.  Compare this to Murphy’s Natural Hemp water-soluble products, which utilize 90% or more of the active ingredients.

In an effort to build continued trust, and provide transparency to customers, Murphy’s Natural Hemp offers this very telling video demonstration, which compares their water-soluble product with several other CBD oil and water-based products on the market. Murphy’s Natural Hemp is “clearly” the better choice.

Murphy’s Natural Hemp blends CBD and Curcumin Isolates Together

Murphy’s Natural Hemp blends CBD with the powerhouse spice Curcumin, to make it one powerful complex!  Curcumin is one of the main ingredients of turmeric powder, which is harvested from the turmeric plant by grinding up its root.  The root contains a number of substances, many of which are in a group known as curcuminoids.  Curcumin is isolated from these curcuminoids and used in combination with CBD isolate in order to reap an increased number of health benefits from both substances.

Murphy’s Natural Hemp water-soluble, all-natural tinctures are clean, pure, and more bioavailable than any CBD oil product on the market.  For more information or to purchase one of their high-quality products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com

 “This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”
(1) https://www.statista.com/statistics/760498/total-us-cbd-sales/(2) https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm484109.htm;(3)https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm635048.htm;
by Colleen Morgan

Interview with Justin Chumley ~ Murphy’s Natural Hemp Sales Team Member

Over the next week, I’ll be sharing interviews I’ve been able to snag with each member of the Murphy’s Natural Hemp sales team.  These are some incredibly busy individuals!  Today,  Justin Chumley’s in the hot seat.  Justin’s from Eastern North Carolina and has been with Murphy’s Natural Hemp since November, 2018.  He’s known and worked with Michael Shepard, CEO of the company, for upwards of 15 years.  If he has quiet time, which is rare given the booming CBD industry, you’ll find Justin off trout fishing with Diesel his trusty sidekick (pictured), or hanging with family.

Me:  Justin, thanks for agreeing to be in the hot seat today.  What inspired you to become a sales team member with Murphy’s Natural Hemp?

Justin:  I’ve enjoyed the sales industry my entire life, and was excited for the opportunity to sell a product that would enrich consumers’ lives.  Also, it’s not every day you get to work with your best friend.  (Michael Shepard CEO).

Me:  And what do you feel makes Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD products unique?  What sets this company apart from the others?

Justin:  Murphy’s Natural Hemp is unique because it’s water-soluble and more bioavailable than other products on the market… and just as important is the additional ingredient in our products.  Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD also contains Curcumin, which enhances the benefits of the CBD.

Me:  Justin, what are some of the challenges in representing these products in an exploding industry? 

Justin:  There are a lot of products in the market that take shortcuts. For example, many products claim they are water-soluble, but they are actually made with nano technology.  

Me:  For us lay-people, how is Murphy’s Natural Hemp different from the nano technology companies?

Justin:  There’s no nano complex in our solution.  Nano-complexes disperse tiny clusters of CBD molecules in an insoluble mixture.  Use oil and water as an example… there’s no bioavailability to the body’s system.  Eventually, all these nano products separate just like oil and water.  Our products are made with 100% purified water, no oils, and that’s what makes our products stand out among the rest.  99% of our product is absorbed by the body, compared to the leading oil-based products, which have only shown a 10% absorption rate.

ME:  Impressive!  Tell me about working with the customers.  What goals do you strive toward with regard to customer service?

Justin:  I strive to always be a resource for those curious about the benefits of our products.  Murphy’s Natural Hemp always has an open line of communication with our customers.  We’re ready and available to answer questions and provide up-to-date, accurate information about our products.  We pride ourselves on being a company with integrity and people you can trust.

ME:  And so far, what feedback have you received from your customers about the products?

Justin:  Recently, I had a customer contact me to report that our products helped alleviate her anxiety, and more than her previous prescription medication had.  She was thrilled to no longer have to rely on prescription medication in her daily life.

Me:  That’s right in line with some of the other reviews I’ve read regarding Murphy’s Natural Hemp products.  Good stuff!  What excites you most about the future of CBD products?  Being at the forefront and out working with the public, what kind of trends do you see taking shape?

Justin:  I am excited to see how the science behind CBD will shape future CBD products to become more inclusive of different needs.  CBD products are becoming widely available in big retail stores.  My wife was just talking about how she’s begun receiving marketing emails from beauty retailers for CBD beauty products.

ME:  Thanks Justin.  This wraps up my questions.  Is there anything else you’d like to share with me today?

Justin:  No, business is calling – gotta go!

To reach Justin, for more information about the products, or to purchase Murphy’s Natural Hemp and Solutions products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com.

by Colleen Morgan
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Does your CBD actually contain what the label says it does?

CBD Products by Kimberly Nanney

Serving Up CBD

CBD products have increased exponentially on the market.  There are now literally thousands of products available from oil tinctures, to vaping oils, body creams, salad dressings, food additives, dietary supplements, and depending on where you live, the local barista will add it to your favorite drink!  Ah, but do you know anything about what you’ve purchased?  What’s on the label?  Can you trust that what’s on the label is a true reflection of what’s in the product?

Over 2015 through 2017, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sent out warning letters to several companies that market products containing CBD.  The FDA tested the chemical content of the CBD compounds in some of these products and found that many were mislabeled.  They, in fact, did not contain the amount of CBD printed on the labels. (1)  Additionally, they’ve recently sent out more letters, and according to their April 2, 2019 press release have scheduled, “a public hearing on May 31, as well as a broader opportunity for written public comment, for stakeholders to share their experiences and challenges with these products, including information and views related to product safety.” (2)

What is CBD? The short story:

CBD or Hemp extract is a natural chemical compound that comes from the hemp or cannabis sativa plant.  It is one of over 100 such compounds, known as cannabinoids, that are found in the plant.  Research studies have shown this cannabinoid to be beneficial in helping to manage several health conditions, in particular reducing pain symptoms, treating nausea that often accompanies cancer treatment, and in adults with multiple sclerosis, there were improved spasticity symptoms. (3)

How is CBD extracted from hemp and what method does Murphy’s Natural Hemp use?

There are several ways to extract CBD from the hemp plants:

  • Co2 Extraction – Safe and provides a pure end product
  • Olive Oil Extraction – Safe, however, the end product is perishable
  • Dry Ice Extraction – Easy to produce, however low quality
  • Solvent Extraction – Straightforward process, however, strips plant wax and could generate oil that contains contaminants

Murphy’s Natural Hemp uses the CO2 extraction method to pull CBD from the hemp plant.  CO2 under high pressure, using low temperatures pulls out CBD isolating and preserving its purity.  Once the CO2 is no longer under intense pressure, it simply evaporates, leaving no traces on the extraction itself.  The CO2 extraction method ensures high quality and a chemical, solvent-free CBD product.

What are the ingredients in Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD tinctures?

  • Murphy’s CBD/Curcumin CBD contains:
    • 560 mg proprietary isolate – 18.67 mg per serving
    • (Pure water 99% + Pure CBD/Curcumin Isolates)
  • Murphy’s Natural Hemp Sleep Aid contains:
    • CBD/Curcumin 690 mg isolates – 18.67mg CBD/Curcumin per serving
    • (Pure water 99% + Pure CBD/Curcumin Isolate)
    • 30mg Melatonin – 1mg per serving
    • 99mg 5-HTP – 3.33mg per serving
    • 99mg GABA – 3.33mg per serving

Murphy’s Natural Hemp Pairs CBD & Curcumin for increased health benefits

Murphy’s Natural Hemp pairs the benefits of CBD with the powerhouse spice, Curcumin.  Curcumin is receiving worldwide attention due to its multiple health benefits, which appear to act primarily through its anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory mechanisms.  It is one of the main ingredients of turmeric powder, which is harvested from the turmeric plant by grinding up its root.  Curcumin has shown promising effects in patients with various pro-inflammatory diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel disease, peptic ulcer, gastric ulcer, gastric inflammation, psoriasis, and lupus.

Murphy’s Natural Hemp Products are Water-Soluble

One of the main challenges with CBD and Curcumin is guaranteeing the bioavailability of the active ingredients, especially when they have limited gastrointestinal permeability.  To improve aqueous solubility, and thus the therapeutic effectiveness of these compounds, we researched countless formulation strategies, and were successful in finding a solution!  Murphy’s Natural Hemp products are designed with pharmaceutical technology that is typically used where circumstances demand increasing vital water-insoluble proteins for patients who are dealing with illnesses.

Unlike other CBD formulas, there is no nano complex in our solution, which only disperses small nano-size clusters of CBD molecules in an otherwise insoluble mixture. Eventually, all nano products separate, like oil and water… and, they show no improvement for increasing bioavailability.  And our products are made with 100% purified water, unlike oil-based CBD products offered by other companies.  This is what makes our products stand out among the rest.  99% of our product is absorbed by the body.  Only 10% of CBD is absorbed using the leading oil-based products.

Does Murphy’s Natural Hemp contain any THC?

We use the CO2 extraction method to pull CBD from the hemp plant.  It is viewed as the safest way to extract and guarantee a pure end product.  Murphy’s Natural Hemp products are isolates, meaning they contain no tetrahydrocannabinol or THC.

Other market products may be full-spectrum CBD.  These will contain less than .3% or trace amounts of THC, which is not considered enough to provide a user with any side effects they may experience using other cannabis products.  Simply put, you will not get “high” from either the isolate or full-spectrum product.

Is Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD lab tested for contaminants?

Know what you are ingesting!  Be an informed consumer.  When looking for a CBD supplier, check to be sure the product has been tested for potency, pesticides, bacteria, and other contaminants.  Murphy’s Natural Hemp must pass a thorough inspection for heavy metals, (arsenic, cadmium, mercury, and lead), microbiological contaminants (bacteria, yeast, and molds), and VOC’s (propane, isobutane, butane, methanol, ethanol, acetone, isopropanol, acetonitrile, hexane, and heptane).  Test results are readily available to the consumer.

Murphy’s Natural Hemp – Products you can trust

Quality guaranteed: We соnѕіѕtеntlу work to іmрrоvе the water-soluble CBD product in terms of quality and safety ѕtаndаrdѕ, though the CBD industry has of уеt to set a general standard for producers.  Sоmе рublіс laboratories еxреrіеnсе difficulties іn collecting tеѕt results for their рrоduсt chemical compositions.  Murphy’s Natural Hemp has set aside a large amount of rеѕоurсеѕ and funding to monitor quality control to ensure that our products meet our company high standards.

Laboratory tested: Through testing and re-testing we ensure that our рrоduсtѕ have the accurate percentage of CBD аnd water as ѕресіfіеd on the product расkаgе, and to also ensure that оur рrоduсtѕ are ѕаfе and free from pollutants.

100% organic and natural process: Our laboratory partners ensure that the production process is exact and carried out according to our quality control standards.

Dedicated customer care: Murphy’s Natural Hemp has a devoted customer саrе team thаt is аvаіlаblе to assist you before, during and after еасh product рurсhаѕе. Also, our team will provide you with any detailed іnfоrmаtіоn regarding Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD line of products.

Where can I buy Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD Products? 

For more information, or to purchase Murphy’s Natural Hemp products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
(1) https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm484109.htm;(2)https://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/ucm635048.htm; (3) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK425767/
by Colleen Morgan

Interview with Michael Shepard: CEO of Murphy’s Natural Hemp

Final Pic of Michael

This week I was able to pull CEO Michael Shepard out of the whirlwind of business and hometown activities he’s involved in to have a chat about Murphy’s Natural Hemp.  He’s the genuine, hometown kinda guy you sometimes read about, committed to family and community, and to lead his businesses with integrity.  Check it out.

Interview with Michael: 

Me:  Thanks for finding the time to answer my questions Michael.  Can you tell me about your company in a nutshell?

Michael:  Sure, we’re just everyday folks in a small town.  We aren’t any different from anyone else.  Originally, we wanted to have products that we needed, that our families needed, and through that process we became aware that we could also be a resource for others.  We realized that others might benefit from using the same products, and there it was… Murphy’s Natural Solutions.  Murphy’s Natural Solutions, DBA Murphy’s Natural Hemp, offers CBD products through our distribution network at competitive price points.

MeSo, it started with family, and became a business.  Nice!  What’s the mission now? 

Michael:  Of course, our mission is to be successful, but we hold to three things in order to achieve that success, trust, consistency and loyalty.  We believe that giving the customers the ability to place their trust in our business is critical for its ultimate success.  And we build that trust by not over-committing, honoring agreements we have with each individual customer, and being a reliable source for CBD products.  If any type of miscommunication or error occurs, you can be sure we’ll be on top of it, acknowledge any mistake and correct it. 

Also, it’s important for a business to be consistent.  We’re committed to the consistency of our products so quality is measured, and we have high-standard testing practices in place.  We offer the highest quality all-natural water-soluble products, quality customer service, reliability, and fair market pricing each and every time… And our success is not measured by how large our exposure is, but by how can we help our customers succeed, or make a difference in customer’s lives through our products.

Me:  I’ve seen the testimonials and customer feedback so it’s obvious you’re having great success in building partnerships.  How long have you been working on Murphy’s Natural Hemp products, and when did you bring the products to market?

Michael:  Although Murphy’s Natural Hemp is fairly new to the market, the development of just the right combination of ingredients, along with the process of creating truly water-soluble products took quite some time.  It was a real challenge.  The lab used a number of processes before finding just the right way to create a legitimate water-soluble solution.  We are proud to be part of PXL Laboratories.

Me As I’m sure you’re well aware, there’s been a huge boom in production of CBD products.  It seems like everyone is jumping into the CBD industry.  What makes Murphy’s Natural Hemp CBD different from other products on the market?  Especially those products that also say they are water-soluble or water-based? 

Michael:  Our products are a truly water-soluble, and not based on nano technology like our competitors, who also advertise as “water-soluble.”   The nano technology they use only grinds the ingredients down to micro particles, which can still ride through, and out of the body.  The process we’ve developed creates a product that is not only truly water-soluble, but significantly increases the bioavailability of the product to the body’s system.

MeMichael, what about the skeptics?  There are still people out there who doubt CBD’s effectiveness as far as having natural remedy health benefits, what would you say to those people? 

MichaelEducation is very important in understanding not only the benefits of CBD, but also the different qualities of CBD, along with whatever other ingredients you may be buying when purchasing a CBD combination product.  Unfortunately, what might be advertised on a product label, may not be the true contents.  In fact, the Food and Drug Administration sent out letters to a number of companies over 2015 through 2017, stating on their website that… 

“Over the past several years, FDA has issued several warning letters to firms that market unapproved new drugs that allegedly contain cannabidiol (CBD).  As part of these actions, FDA has tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain…” (1)  Also, the Journal of the American Medical Association found only 31% of online purchased CBD was accurately labeled. (2) 

I don’t know if there’s a great way to address the skepticism surrounding CBD, other than to be forthright about our products.  Heck fire, we don’t have all the answers for sure, but it’s our responsibility to be as open, plus as honest about our products as possible, without giving up the “secret sauce,” so to speak.  That’s why we have you Colleen, to educate our current, and potential partners or end users using research and factual blogs, which you yourself have put hours into.  This is exactly how you begin to address the skeptics, by providing evidence. 

Me:  Thanks Michael for the kudos!  I’m curious, how did you become a business owner?  Have you always been a kind-of entrepreneur?  What’s your driving force that keeps you going? 

Michael:  By definition, I’ve not always been an entrepreneur, however, I would say I’ve always been a risk taker.  I was a somewhat average kid, maybe a little more challenging teen than most… I’m sure my parents would say so.  As a senior in high school, I had no direction I was really leaning toward, except that I always wanted to serve my country in the military and become a fighter pilot.  I never did become a pilot, but I did join the Marine Corps, and had the honor to serve with the best of the best.  Some might differ with my opinion, regardless, I am forever in debt to those I served with, they were an integral part of my success today.  

After serving in the Marines, I took what I consider to be my first “business” risk by entering into commission only sales.  I definitely won’t be writing the next how-to book for sales, but I found it satisfying to be part of a process that changed people’s lives in a positive way.  I have been very blessed to have become an “entrepreneur,” although I don’t really care for that word in describing myself. 

MeWhy this business in particular?

Michael:  I like being in a position where there is a possibility to make a difference in someone’s life.  In the end, we can’t take anything with us, but if we can make just one positive difference in someone’s life, I believe we have achieved success, which should be the ultimate goal for any entrepreneur. 

By the way, has anyone ever told you that you ask a lot of questions?  I’m just a simple person… Today I worked in sweat pants, and at least a 10-year-old shirt that still had paint on it from years back when I pretended I knew how to put paint on a wall.  Summer is coming, and you’ll most likely find me wearing shorts and Crocs or sandals, regardless of where I’m at or what I’m doing.  

Me:  Hahaha… that’s my job, to write about your products and share who you are with everyone else!  Just a couple more questions.  What types of challenges have you faced in building this company and how did you meet those challenges? 

Michael:  Every day is a challenge, every hour there is a challenge!!  It’s a challenge to answer your questions! (humor) I don’t believe anyone ever truly builds a company.  I like to think I have a unique streak of pure luck rather than an ability.  Most likely, God feels bad for falling asleep while I was created, so he put the right people around me to build a company.  I am definitely not the company, nor any other company I own… and by no means did I build them alone.  The people I have the great opportunity to work with are the company.  They are the ones that faced the daily challenges while building the company.  You know you are surrounded by great people when others don’t truly know who owns the company.  I could just call to make sure the phone rings instead of going in, and know the customers are well taken care of.  

Me:  Wow, that’s quite a testimonial to your team!  So, what now?  What’s ahead for Murphy’s Natural Hemp?  Any new products on the horizon? 

Michael:  As long as we can develop or team with others, like our lab, who have developed products that make a positive difference in someone’s life, we will always have products on the horizon. 

Me:  Fantastic, thanks for taking the time to answer my questions.  I look forward to what new products you’ll have to offer in the future. 

To reach Michael, for more information about the business, or to purchase Murphy’s Natural Hemp and Solutions products, go to http://www.murphysnaturalhemp.com.

by Colleen Morgan
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
(1) https://www.fda.gov/newsevents/publichealthfocus/ucm484109.htm; (2) https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/fullarticle/2661569