Friday, November 18, 2016 by Don Wrightman
The word Ananda translates from Hindu to English as perfect bliss. It is also the name of a recent juice product from the Portland Juice Company contains only 6 ingredients. Ginger, grapes, Jacobsen sea salt, lime, pear — and hemp leaves. Company owner Liz Nolan speaks about the beverage and it’s benefits, along with the challenges faced when using leaves from a plant our federal government classifies to be as unlawful as heroin. The leaves come from Fedora, an industrial hemp strain. They may contain less then .03 percent THC leaving the absence of psychoactive properties.
The compound content in hemp products is something many consumers are concerned about when making a purchase; people want to know that they are really getting what they’re paying for. That’s why the Health Ranger has teamed up with Native Hemp Solutions to create a hemp extract that has its CBD content lab-validated. CWC Labs, Mike Adams’s very own independent ISO-certified lab, has developed some of the most accurate CBD testing available to ensure 100 percent authenticity.
Hemp extracts have become very popular, it stands to reason that a hemp-containing beverage will also be something people are interested in. According to Nolan “[T[he hemp we use is also sourced locally, grown organically, and is a highly sustainable food source.”
The Portland Juice Company has used almost every type of produce to cold press products since the company’s inception 4 years ago. They are excited that hemp in their product is unique, tasty and subtle — unlike most strong, bitter-tasting leafy greens. Each bottle is sixteen fluid ounces, with just under one ounce of actual hemp juice. Although the competition is strong, with many edible food products containing hemp seed, Nolan is proud to be the pioneer of fresh domestic grown hemp leaves as a juice ingredient.
Luckily, the company was spared from working with the OLCC, since the product’s THC content does not exceed the threshold. The Oregon Department of Agriculture was actually helpful and supportive in issuing the company a Hemp Handlers License. The risk of venturing into unproven territory has paid off for Nolan. Ananda has sold out daily since hitting the shelves and customer feedback reinforces a pleasurable experience among consumers.
Although teens might be attracted to anything from the hemp family for the wrong reasons, parents are also concerned with childhood obesity and the risks of related diseases associated with poor dietary choices, including but not limited to soda and other over-sweetened beverages. Since cannabinoids have been found to be naturally present in breast milk, some parents have been allowing their children to consume Ananda as an alternative knowing that the juice can support healthy living without experiencing the psycoactive effects of THC.