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Top 10 Reasons Why CBD Is Everywhere?

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In the last twelve months, the CBD industry has gone from strength to strength. What was until recently an obscure and somewhat ridiculed wellness product has become the biggest trend in wellness and beauty. Professional athletes are using it. The world’s biggest A-listers are using it. Doctors are recommending it to their patients. And Wall Street analysts are expecting the industry to continue its rapid growth in the months and years to come. 

“Consumers’ interest in wellness, natural ingredients, medicinal benefits and the legalization of marijuana in several states/countries have catalyzed interest in CBD,” said Stephanie Wissink, an analyst at Jefferies. It’s predicted that by 2025, 25 million Americans will be using CBD. Investment in the industry is soaring as a result, and consumers are seeing CBD products everywhere they go. 

However, all isn’t well in the world of CBD. Brands and the industry generally are coming under increasing pressure to be more transparent with consumers. Studies have shown that many CBD oils contain heavy metals, carcinogens and other toxic chemicals. Some have even shown that there’s no CBD in the actual oils themselves, or significantly less than advertised. As consumers get wind of the ways that CBD brands are misleading them about their products, calls for industry regulation are getting louder, but the FDA remains slow to introduce regulation.  

Nonetheless, CBD’s popularity continues to soar. But why? What is it that makes CBD so special anyway?

Top 10 Reasons Why CBD Is Everywhere

  1. The Cannabis Revolution

The CBD industry has greatly benefited from the rapid change in attitudes towards cannabis. As more and more states legalize both medical and recreational cannabis, attitudes towards the plant are changing more quickly than anyone expected. Cannabis companies are receiving massive investment, the media is reporting on the science behind the plant in a way that it never has before, politicians are pushing for federal legalization, and CBD brands couldn’t be more pleased. 

2. The Plant-Based Medicine Trend

Over the past few years American has seen a big shift towards plant-based medicine. Consumers are keen to explore natural ingredients and their medicinal properties, prefering to use brands that use natural ingredients rather than chemical-packed products.

CBD oil has established itself in the wellness industry as the plant-based ingredient everyone needs to try, and brands are scrambling to add it to their product formulas to entice curious consumers. 

3. FDA Approval 

When the Food and Drug Administration approved the first CBD-based drug many people who had been CBD skeptics were forced to reconsider their opinions on the health benefits of CBD. The Administration gave the go ahead to Epidiolex, a drug that uses CBD to reduce seizures in patients with rare forms of epilepsy. It was a major win for the CBD industry and the doctors and scientists who were endorsing its medicinal value. 

4. The Farm Bill

The Farm Bill was passed in October 2018 and paved the way for a legal hemp industry in the United States. Suddenly, CBD could be legally produced and sold in the US and farmers saw hemp for the highly profitable crop that it is. With this change, CBD started cropping up everywhere (pun intended) and the industry has gone from strength to strength ever since. 

5. It’s Beauty Effects

CBD beauty has exploded in the past twelve months. Much like the wellness industry, beauty execs and experts have noticed that consumers are spending more on natural beauty brands who use plant-based ingredients. From activated charcoal cleansers to honey and avocado masks, the demand for natural ingredients in beauty is real. 

Enter CBD. Not only is it a plant-based ingredient but it’s also thought to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, manage acne symptoms and even soothe eczema. Which is why CBD lotions and potions are everywhere. 

6. The Opioid Crisis 

One of the reasons why CBD is becoming so popular is that many people see it as a safe alternative to opioid pain medications. For decades, opioids have been the go-to pain treatment in the US. but their widespread use has led to catastrophically high levels of addiction. 

CBD – researchers say – can be just as effective at reducing pain levels even in patients with chronic conditions like fibromyalgia and multiple sclerosis, without having the addictive nature or other harmful side effects of opioids. For that reason, countless people across the country are using CBD vapes, topicals and more to tackle pain. 

7. Natural Sleep Remedy

Studies show time and time again that at least one third of American’s are getting less than 6 of the recommended 8 hours of sleep per night. CBD has become something of a self-care tool to the millions who struggle in this regard – whether due to pain or anxiety. 

Because it doesn’t come with the long list of potential side effects (including addiction) that traditional sleep medications do, CBD offers a natural sleep remedy that helps many to get a long, deep night’s sleep every night. 

8. The Medical Community

As is always the case, CBD didn’t become really popular until the medical community got behind it. Initially, research on CBD was so lacking that there was little or no hard scientific evidence to back up the claims that brands were making about their CBD products. But as new studies published their findings, doctors started to see that the oil really did contain real medicinal value. 

Since then, many doctors have started to promote CBD oil and recommend it to their patients for a wide variety of medical conditions, which means that society in general is taking the ingredient more seriously than ever. 

9. Celebrity Endorsements

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year, you’ll probably know that every celebrity from Jennifer Aniston to Kim Kardashian (who recently held a CBD themed baby shower). And what encourages people to buy a hot new product more than celebrity endorsements?

Of course, this isn’t the right reason to buy something. Often, celebs are paid by brands to talk about their products – much like social media influencers are – and they rarely disclose that they’re being paid. Nonetheless, the rise in popularity of CBD is a great example of how celebrity endorsements encourage people to try new products. 

10. New Research

Finally, the huge increase in CBD research is really driving sales. Since hemp was legalized by The Farm Bill last year, research teams have found it much easier to explore the effects of health benefits of CBD for both humans and animals. With the media reporting on the most recent findings, people have access to the latest information which is giving them more confidence to buy everything from CBD vape oils to CBD skin care products.

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Memorial Day Playlist

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As you lay out by the pool, the beach, Central Park or on the sidelines of a parade, T2C offers you music to celebrate and get you in the mood.

 

 

 

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Ken Fallin’s Broadway: Richard M. Sherman Songwriter for Mary Poppins and Jungle Book Passes On

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Richard M. Sherman, was a nine-time Academy Award nominee along with his brother Robert. The Sherman Brothers wrote more than 200 songs for some 27 films and 24 television productions. Their film credits include Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Parent Trap, Summer Magic tv, The Sword in the Stone, That Darn Cat!, Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, The Happiest Millionaire, The Aristocats, and Bedknobs and Broomsticks.

The won two Academy Awards for Mary Poppins, taking home the trophies for Best Score – Substantially Original and Best Original Song (for “Chim Chim Cher-ee”). They won three Grammy awards and received 24 gold and platinum albums and were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and received the US National Medal of the Arts in 2008.

They also wrote the score on Broadway for Over Here.

The brothers were portrayed in the 2013 film Saving Mr. Banks, which told the story behind the making of Mary Poppins.

Sherman died of age-related illness at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Beverly Hills. His brother Robert died in 2012.

 

 

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The Outer Critics Circle (OCC) Awards And You Are There Part 2

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Yesterday we gave you part 1 of The Outer Critics Circle (OCC), awards ceremony held at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center’s New York Public Library for The Performing Arts 111 Amsterdam Avenue, NYC).

In this part Steve Guttenberg gives the award to Outstanding Featured Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: Jay O. Sanders – Primary Trust


Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Musical:
 Andrew Durand  Dead Outlaw

Current President David Gordon introduced Andrea Martin who gave away the awards for Outstanding Direction of a Musical: Jessica Stone – Water for Elephants

A special award was given to Harry Haun longtime OCC member who served on the board as well.

Outstanding Choreography (Broadway or Off-Broadway):Justin Peck —Illinoise

And the tie for Outstanding Lead Performer in an Off-Broadway Play: William Jackson Harper, Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Play: Primary Trust

Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical: Dead Outlaw

Kelechi Watson presented the awards for Outstanding Featured Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kecia Lewis  Hell’s Kitchen

Outstanding Direction of a Play: Daniel Aukin – Stereophonic

Outstanding Lead Performer in a Broadway Musical: Kelli O’Hara  Days of Wine and Roses


Outstanding New Broadway Play:
 Stereophonic

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Outstanding New Broadway Musical: Suffs

Founded during the 1949-50 Broadway season by respected theater journalist John Gassner, The Outer Critics Circle is an esteemed association with members affiliated with more than ninety newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and online news organizations, in America and abroad. Led by its current President David Gordon, the OCC Board of Directors also includes Vice President Richard Ridge, Recording Secretary Joseph Cervelli, Corresponding Secretary Patrick Hoffman, Treasurer David Roberts, Cynthia Allen, Harry Haun, Dan Rubins, Janice Simpson and Doug Strassler. Simon Saltzman is President Emeritus & Board Member (Non-nominating) and Stanley L. Cohen serves as Financial Consultant & Board Member (Non-nominating). Lauren Yarger serves as the Outer Critics Circle Awards ceremony executive producer.

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The Stars Showed Up Michael Greif at The New Dramatists Luncheon

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The New Dramatists Annual Spring Luncheon at the New York Marriott Marquis honored Michael Greif, the acclaimed director of not one but three shows playing on Broadway, Days of Wine and Roses, The Notebook and Hell’s Kitchen. Tony Award-winning producers Kevin McCollum and Stacey Mindich served as honorary co-chairs.

Michael Greif

Michael Greif

Christie Brown, Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James and Emily Morse

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Brian d’Arcy James

New Dramatists also presented the inagural Konecky Award, named for New Dramatists’ beloved Board President Isobel Konecky and her husband, renowned entertainment attorney Ron Konecky, recognizes those in the theatre and entertainment industry, who serve the field with passion, dedication, excellence, and leadership. The inaugural Konecky Award will be presented to Concord Theatricals.

Attending were:

Ali Louis Bourzgui

Joy Woods

Jordan Tyson

John Cardoza

Betsy Aidem

Will Brill

Rick Elice

Brian d’Arcy James

Michael Greif, Hannah Greif and David Greif

Adam Pascal, Michael Greif and Daphne Rubin-Vega

Members and Creatives of Hell’s Kitchen that includes-Susan Oliveras, Lily Ling, Tom Kitt, Camille A. Brown, Michael Greif, Kecia Lewis, Desmond Sean Ellington, Badia Farha, Kristoffer Diaz, Aaron Nicholas Patterson and Oscar Whitney Jr.

Ryan Vasquez

Kecia Lewis

Camille A. Brown

Kristoffer Diaz

Schele Williams, John Cardoza, Victoria Navarro, Geoffrey Ko, Dorian Harewood, Michael Greif, Maryann Plunkett, Jordan Tyson, Bekah Brunstetter, Katie Spelman and Kurt Deutsch

Schele Williams and Michael Greif

Priscilla Lopez

Jennifer Whyte, Steven Skybell, Tom Scutt, Rebecca Frecknall, Julia Cheng and Henry Gottfried

Priscilla Lopez and Michael Greif

Henry Gottfried

Tom Scuttt

Christine Ebersole and Michael Greif

Francis Benhamou

Steven Skybell

Jennifer Whyte

Julia Cheng

Michael Greif, Christine Ebersole, Priscilla Lopez and Doug Wright

Rebecca Frecknall

Eli Gelb

David Adjmi

Corey Stoll

Alison Luff

Isabelle McCalla

Amy Ryan

Amanda Green

Eden Espinosa

Sarah Pidgeon

Shoshana Bean

Quincy Tyler Bernstine

Michael Greif and Shoshana Bean

Justin Peck

Paula Vogel and Celia Keenan-Bolger

Juliana Margulies

Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Jim Dale and Daryl Roth

Jim Dale, Daryl Roth and Juliana Margulies

Brody Grant

Lea Salonga

Lea Salonga

Sarah Paulson

Leslie Kritzer

Shaina Taub and Leigh Silverman

Amber Iman

Nikki M. James

John Weidner

Jessica Hecht

Andrew R. Butler

Casey Likes

Grant Gustin

Sean Patrick Flahaven

Doug Wright

Bradley King

Jamie deRoy

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What is a Sweepstakes Casino?

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Sweepstakes casinos are websites where you can play the top casino-style games without making any purchases. In other words, they’re 100% free-to-play, which distinguishes them from traditional gaming sites. The fact that sweepstakes casinos don’t require payments also makes them widely legal across the United States. If you’re wondering how these platforms work, you’re on the right page. 

Details on the Sweepstakes Legal Framework and Operation

In the U.S., most states prohibit online gaming at conventional casinos, with only a few regions permitting the activity. However, sweepstakes casino sites are legal and operational in 47 states except Washington and Michigan, while players in Idaho can’t redeem SCs for prizes. Sweepstakes casinos are legal in the U.S. because they are classified as promotional gaming contests under online gaming laws. Hence, they’re not in the same category as traditional gaming sites. 

How Sweepstakes Casinos Operate 

If you join a top sweepstakes casino such as Fortune Coins, you’ll receive virtual coins to play for free. The standard model uses a dual-currency system of Gold Coins (GC) and Sweepstakes Coins (SC). Both coins are available for free via regular bonuses and promotions, and they have no monetary worth. However, the interesting part is that you can usually redeem prizes if you meet specific requirements. 

Sweepstakes Casino Gameplay and Rewards System

At sweepstakes casinos, there’s usually a wide range of games to play. These include slots, blackjack, roulette, fish games, and poker. It’s worth mentioning that the gameplay isn’t notably different from conventional casino games. 

For instance, if you play slots at Fortune Coins, the target is still to win by hitting matching combinations. The primary difference is that you’ll be spinning the reels for free with Gold Coins and Fortune Coins (equivalent to Sweepstakes Coins). If you happen to run out of coins, there are always bonuses and promotions you can claim to receive more. 

However, you can optionally purchase a package if you want more Gold Coins. Additionally, wins from Sweepstakes Coins can be redeemed for prizes. Purchases and redemptions are a core part of the sweepstakes casino gameplay and rewards system. 

Purchasing Coins

Only Gold Coins are purchasable at sweepstakes casinos. You can’t buy Sweepstakes Coins.  Typically, you’ll find multiple packages with different GC amounts, and you can go with any that suit your interests. Once the purchase is complete, the sweepstakes casino will top up your balance with the specified number of Gold Coins.

Most sweepstakes casinos attach Sweepstakes Coins as bonuses when you buy a package. However, keep in mind that purchases are 100% optional, and there are always bonuses to give you free GCs and SCs

Redeeming Prizes

If you want rewards at sweepstakes casinos, the target is to play with Sweepstakes coins. GCs are not redeemable in any form. To redeem prizes via Sweepstakes Coins, you usually have to meet certain requirements, including: 

  • Confirming your identity
  • Getting up to a minimum amount of redeemable SC
  • Completing a playthrough

Most sites send prizes via bank, eWallet, or gift card, and you’re free to choose any option you prefer. 

Impact and Future Trends of Sweepstakes Casinos

Without question, sweepstakes casinos have made a significant impact in the US online gaming space. Players in states where online gaming is prohibited now have safe and legal alternatives to enjoy their favorite games. Gaming is 100% free, so players can focus on the fun without worrying about any risks. 

The future appears promising for sweepstakes casinos in the United States. Currently, they’re widely permitted, there would likely be more sweepstakes regulations in the near future to make these platforms more secure.

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