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Former NFL player launches CBD made from orange peel

Peels claims its CBD is unmatched in purity and consistency.



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Peels uses a proprietary process of deriving premium-quality CBD from orange peels called Cyclic Terpene Assembly

Former NFL player Chris Hetherington has founded his own CBD – and it’s made from orange peel.

New wellness brand Peels, which officially launched on 3 August, was founded by 11-year NFL veteran and seasoned CEO Chris Hetherington.

Peels’ claims its molecularly identical CBD acts in the body in the same way and has the same holistic benefits as cannabis- and hemp-derived CBD, but without the impurities and variability associated with cannabis and hemp-derived CBD. 

It uses a proprietary process of deriving premium-quality CBD from orange peels, called Cyclic Terpene Assembly, a technique for combining organic molecules without sullying them with solvents or destroying their essence. 

This process combines terpenes from orange peels with olivetol, a naturally occurring organic compound, under heat and pressure in the presence of a catalyst. 

After further processing, the result is crystalline CBD which Peels says is unmatched in purity and consistency.

Making CBD more accessible

The use of CBD in many stressful and physically demanding fields of work, such as professional sports, military, and first responders has previously been prohibited, even if used for medicinal purposes. 

This is due to unregulated amounts of THC found in many cannabis and hemp-derived CBD products that can be detected by periodic drug testing. But with guaranteed zero THC, Peels claims to offer a worry-free CBD experience. 

Former fullback, Hetherington has high expectations for the brand, he commented: “As our CBD is made from orange peels, we have a tremendous opportunity to reach target audiences and potentially enter channels our competitors cannot, thus expanding the existing CBD market and improving the lives of more people. 

“Our priority will always be putting our consumers first by continuously innovating and developing data-driven and science-based products to meet their wellness needs.”

Hetherington continued: “We’re extremely proud of our CBD Oil and we know Peels is going to revolutionise the way people view and use CBD.

“There are so many benefits to this amazing herbal supplement and we’re excited to finally offer 100 percent certified THC-free and Pesticide-free products for those who’ve been reluctant to try CBD in the past.

“With Peels, we’re taking all of the impurities and inconsistencies out of the equation. We believe our CBD products deserve a spot right next to your vitamins as part of your daily wellness ritual.”

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Cannabis company CiiTECH partners with Israeli rugby team Tel Aviv Heat

The cannabis healthcare company has become the global founder partner and sponsor of the team’s shirts



Tel Aviv Heat is a founder member of the Rugby Europe Super Cup. Photo: Daniel Halac

Israel-based firm, CiiTECH, has teamed up with Rugby team Tel Aviv Heat, a founder member of the Rugby Europe Super Cup.

The partnership sees the cannabis healthcare company become the global founder partner and sponsor of the team’s shirts in their inaugural year on the pitch.

CiiTECH, which has announced its intention to be listed on the London Stock Exchange, has also acquired a minority stake in the team.Sports: A banner advert for IMPACT CBD showing a bottle of CBD oil and a torso of a woman

Clifton Flack, CEO of CiiTECH, which owns leading UK CBD brands Provacan, IMPACT Sports and HuGG, commented: “We are delighted to become Tel Aviv Heat’s Global Founder Partner. Innovation is at the core of CiiTECH’s DNA and Tel Aviv Heat was a truly innovative concept, fast-tracking rugby to become a mainstream sport in Israel. This partnership is a continuation of CiiTECH’s long-standing association with rugby and Israeli rugby in particular.”


In addition to the Israel national team, the new franchise competing in the Super Cup will boost the profile of rugby within Israel.

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The tournament is hosted by Rugby Europe and was created to help emerging rugby nations gain valuable professional experience to elevate their skill levels and compete against stronger nations on the rugby pyramid. The Rugby Europe Super Cup launched this year with eight teams, with plans to expand to 16 teams by 2025.


Kevin Musikanth, head coach of the Israeli National Rugby team with over 20 years of coaching experience, has been appointed Director of Rugby at the Tel Aviv Heat.

“As the first pro rugby team out of Israel, the Tel Aviv Heat provides a professional platform with international mentors, providing a pathway for Israeli players to see a future in this great sport,” he said.

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“With the shared vision and support of CiiTECH, the Tel Aviv Heat is certain to succeed on the field as well as off the field within our development program. Huge thanks to Clifton and the CiiTECH team for jumping on board.”

Understanding CBD in high-impact sports

CiiTECH is renowned for its cannabis expertise, which is developed through partnerships with leading researchers, tech companies, and academic institutions. As a result, the company’s brands and its services have a cutting edge on the cannabis market.

Flack said: “We’re excited to be a global partner for Tel-Aviv Heat, strengthening our rugby relationships and providing a platform to further research and understand the benefits of CBD in high-impact sports.”

Pete Sickle, Tel Aviv Heat CEO, added: “As we enter into our very first season, we are excited to launch a strategic partnership between the Tel Aviv Heat and CiiTECH. Both are committed to the core values of innovation, creativity, adaptability and striving for excellence through hard work. We are proud to have CiiTECH on the front of our jerseys and look forward to growing together in the years to come.”


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International Day of the Girl: Five inspiring women in sport who use CBD for recovery

These women are not just using CBD to train better and recover faster but are becoming successful entrepreneurs in the field.



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To mark International Day of the Girl, we list five inspiring women in sport who use CBD to help with their training and sports injuries

What is the International Day of the Girl? 

The day was started by the United Nations in 2012 as a way to highlight and address the needs and challenges girls face throughout the world. The aim is to promote training and education to create successful women. It helps to empower girls and support them.

Female athletes in a variety of different sports are turning to CBD to help with recovery from injury. Their strength, determination and athleticism make them inspiring. As the CBD industry grows, more athletes are not only using CBD but becoming business entrepreneurs by investing in, partnering with and developing sports brands.

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Gabby Douglas

Gabby Douglas was the first African-American gymnast in Olympic history to become the Individual All-Around Champion. She was also the first American gymnast to win gold in the Olympic individual all-around and team competitions.

Gymnastics is a notoriously demanding sport that sees most athletes retire in their early 20s. The most common injuries are to the knees and ankles. This can be caused by landing and dismount activities and can include Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injury. Achilles Tendon Injury. Studies show that Female gymnastics may suffer more major injuries from the sport than men. They commonly undergo surgery after injuries at a rate of 24.4 percent in comparison to 9.2 percent of men.

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Douglas said: “My experiences in using CBD have led me to believe that I could have been more pain-free throughout my gymnastics career if CBD had been allowed. I am glad that athletes across all Olympic sports will now have the opportunity to use these products and hopefully experience their benefits.”

Douglas is also thought to be an investor in the CBD industry. She partnered with skier Bode Millar to invest in a CBD company, Motive CBD.

Megan and Rachel Rapinoe

Megan Rapinoe is possibly the best known female athlete who uses CBD. She also co-owns. a CBD company, Menhi, with her sister, Rachel Rapinoe. She is also an outspoken LGBT+ activist.

US footballer Megan is a two time World Cup Champion, 2019 Best FIFA Women’s Player of the Year and Gold Medalist. She is said to rely on CBD to help her stay balanced, manage chronic pain, and get better sleep. Her twin sister Rachel also comes from a sports background as a former American soccer player who played as a midfielder and forward. She played for Stjarnan Women in Iceland and the United States women’s national under-23 soccer team.

The sisters developed Menhi after discovering CBD post-recovery from football matches and training. Common injuries for footballers can include ankle or knee sprains, quad, hamstring and groin strains.


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Ashley Jade

Ashley Jade is a dancer and choreographer based in Seattle. As well as using CBD for her recovery, she has partnered with Just CBD to promote their range of gummies.

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She has spoken on social media about the difficulties of being a dancer with rheumatoid arthritis and how CBD helps her to cope with the chronic pain it causes.

She posted: “Integrating CBD into my daily self-care routine keeps me in my body and ready to move. It’s been difficult navigating a dance career living with a rheumatoid arthritis condition that causes chronic pain in my spine and pelvis. I haven’t woken up without pain in over 3 years but when I began the use of CBD for pain management, I felt my overall inflammation level soothe significantly. I honestly wouldn’t be dancing the way that I do now without access to the therapeutic benefits of CBD.”


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Mindy Chen

Mindy Chen is a powerlifter. She is currently transitioning into the running world. She came in second at the World Powerlifting Championships 2016 in the 52g Category. She has posted on social media about using CBD drinks while training in different sports. Mindy partnered with Life Aid to promote its range of CBD waters.

She uses CBD to help with the tension in her muscles which has developed throughout her weightlifting and sports career. Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximal weights on three different lifts. This includes squatting, bench pressing and deadlift. The most common injuries that occur over time are shoulder impingement, lower back injury and also patellofemoral pain (knee).


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Alex Morgan is best known for being one of the youngest members of the U.S Women’s National Soccer Team. She won a Gold Olympic Medal against Japan in the Summer Games in 2012 and co-captained the U.S team to victory in the FIFA World Cup 2019.

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She uses CBD topicals or tinctures for help with injuries from her sport.  but she helped to co-found a new brand that offers a range of products geared towards athletes.

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In a statement on the Just Live site, she says she uses CBD to unwind and also to help with shoulder pain. “I have a convincing experience when I sprained my shoulder and had a match 3 days later. I’ve used CBD on muscle aches and pains ever since. I also have a hard time winding down after a game and have found that I am able to go to sleep earlier after a game and feel more rested when I have a CBD capsule or tincture following the match.”

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NBA announce they won’t randomly drug test players for another season

The policy will remain in place for the rest of the 2021-2022 season



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The NBA has announced they are extending its policy of not testing for cannabis during the 2021 to 2022 season.

There had been confusion as to whether or not the temporary suspension of cannabis drug testing would continue. Chief communications office, Mike Bass confirmed that the policy would remain for at least the rest of the season which starts this month. This was thought to have been confirmed through a memo circulated to NBA players.

In a tweet, he said: “We have agreed with the [NBA Players Association] to extend the suspension of random testing for marijuana for the 2021-22 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse.”

Instead of testing, players who show signs of problematic cannabis use or have a history of substance abuse will be approached by the NBA individually.

The no testing policy was introduced at the height of the pandemic last year as players were thought to be under enough stress. The NBA also highlighted changing perceptions of cannabis use as a reason to suspend the testing.

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The NBA are not the only sporting agency changing their policies on how they drug screen athletes. Earlier this year, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced they will be conducting a scientific review on cannabis. It comes after U.S runner, Sha’ Carri Richardson was banned from the 2021 Tokyo Olympics after she tested positive for tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

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A number of former and current NBA players have moved into the cannabis industry such as Kevin Durant who founded an investment firm that backs cannabis ordering technology and venture capitalism. He has also partnered with US site, Weedmaps, to help destigmatise cannabis.

Former NBA player, Al Harrington founded cannabis company Viola, after he discovered the benefits of using CBD for injuries. Viola Cares, the charitable side of the company, focuses on providing resources for people in need of support, shaping local cannabis industry policy and social justice reform.

Michele Roberts, the head of the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) joined the board of cannabis company Cresco Labs in 2020.

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