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FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Carmelo Parasiliti’s goal for Green Acres Organic Pharms is to provide quality CBD products for the public at the lowest possible cost.

The unique part of his operation is that he is using Alabama-grown hemp to make the products in the Shoals.

He said most stores that sell CBD oil and other products purchase them from a wholesaler to sell in their shops.

“We are an industrial help processing company,” the 29-year-old Parasiliti said. “We started the company in September 2019 and got our industrial hemp license in February.”

The young company, which is located at the Shoals Business Incubator, offers a variety of CBD products such as oils, cremes and gummies.

“After we extract the crude oil from the plant, we make several different products — CBD oil for humans and pets, CBD gummies and topical cremes,” Parasiliti said. “We also sell wholesale oil.”

Parasiliti said his manufacturing process uses hydrocarbons to separate the oil from the plant.

What’s left is a dark “crude” CBD oil that is further processed to remove any trace hydrocarbons. It eventually becomes a lighter, golden-colored liquid that is mixed with an ultra-refined coconut oil to dilute the product.

“To my knowledge we’re the only ones doing hydrocarbon extraction,” he said.

Some producers use a heat-press method or ethanol alcohol to extract the oil.

Parasiliti said the hydrocarbon method is used in the production of CBD products in Colorado and California.

He wants to keep the business as local as possible, and keep money in north Alabama.

“We buy all our hemp from Alabama farmers,” he said. “Everything we buy is below the legal permissible limit.

Industrial hemp grown in Alabama must have a THC content of 0.3%.

Parasiliti said he purchases his raw materials from Bluewater Hemp in Decatur.

Bluewater Hemp co-owner Taylor Marks said the company had a small office on Helton Drive, but moved to a larger facility in Decatur last year. They grow hemp, consult with north Alabama farmers who are growing hemp, and produce their own line of CBD products.

Marks said he and his partner, Alan C. Gerling Jr., have worked with Parasiliti and hope to continue providing him with raw materials.

“We’re hoping to be able to supply him with the best hemp flower he could get,” Marks said.

Marks said Bluewater Hemp is working with farmers in Colbert and Lawrence counties. He said some farmers grow the product, but don’t know what to do with it once they harvest it. He said his company can help farmers to find markets for their crops.

“Hopefully, we’ll have 50,000 pounds of hemp to process this year,” he said.

Marks said he likes local CBD producers because some oils on the market originated in China and England.

“I think this will be a good partnership,” he said.

At this time, Green Acres Organic Pharms doesn’t have a storefront. The products are available online at, or can be delivered in the Shoals.

Parasiliti said he wants to be able to produce a high-quality product that is the most affordable on the local market.

“It kind of upset me how high prices were for CBD,” he said. “I think there’s a good future for it.”

He said there are five people working at the processing facility, including his wife, Kristina, and younger brother, Brian.

Hemp farming and the production of hemp products is regulated by the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries.

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The 10 best SPFs for acne you can buy in 2020 to protect your skin from the sun

SOME acne sufferers may (mistakenly) believe that they shouldn't use sunscreen as it's just another layer of potentially pore-clogging cream.

But the best SPFs for acne are now lightweight, oil-free formulas that won't leave you with a greasy residue.

11 The best SPFs for acne are now lightweight, oil-free formulas that won't leave you with a greasy residueCredit: Getty - Contributor Is SPF good for acne?

Regardless of your skin type, you should be wearing an SPF daily - and an SPF of 30 and up on sunnier days.

Those with acne-prone skin need to look out for sunscreens billed as 'oil-free' and 'non comedogenic'.

If you are using an acne-based treatment like benzoyl peroxide or taking antibiotic tablets for your acne, it's even more imperative that you apply an SPF since those products can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.

Be sure to check out the NHS guidelines on the various treatment options for acne.

Which sunscreen is best for oily acne skin?

Mattifying sunscreens can help anyone with naturally oily skin since they are non-greasy and lightweight.

Many of these also contain ingredients which absorb oil - essential so that you don't look shiny, they can also help to prevent future breakouts.

La Roche-Posay, Ren, and Clinique all have oil-free SPFs that those with acne-prone skin can use.

Can I apply sunscreen on pimples?

You need to apply sunscreen evenly across the skin - those with acne-prone skin are just as prone to sunburn.

In addition, acne sufferers are also at risk of hyperpigmentation and dry skin from sun exposure - all the more reason for them to wear sunscreen.

1. Best high SPF for acne: La Roche-Posay Anti-Shine SPF 11 La Roche-Posay Anti-Shine SPFCredit: La Roche

Looking for a cream that gives great shine-control? This is it.

It's super-fast-absorbing and has a dry finish without leaving white marks.

The lightweight mattifying fluid is hypoallergenic, water-resistant and soothing on inflamed skin, plus it's got an SPF of 50+.

It also works to prevent acne-breakouts post-sun exposure, and helps to stop prickly heat episodes.

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti-Shine SPF50+ 50ml, £14.85 from Feel Unique - buy here
2. Best mattifying SPF for acne: Bioderma Mattifying SPF 11 Bioderma Mattifying SPFCredit: Look Fantastic

This mattifying lotion controls shine like a boss.

Its broad spectrum protection is non-greasy, and it's got a fancy ingredient called Fluidactiv that prevents the clogging of your pores and development of blemishes.

As well as being hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, it also contains anti-ageing goodies to keep wrinkles from knocking at the door.

  • Bioderma Photoderm AKN Mat SPF30, £14.50 from Look Fantastic - buy here
3. Best shine-free finish SPF for acne: Avène Cleanance Mattifying Sunscreen 11 Avène Cleanance Mattifying Sunscreen

Developed specifically for oily and blemish-prone skin, this cream packs an SPF punch with a factor 50, while also actively working to battle breakouts.

A mix of potent antioxidants renew and protect skin cells, and the Avène Thermal Spring Water softens and soothes redness associated with acne.

What's more, it's packed with monolaurin, which is a sebum-regulating, mattifying ingredient for a no-shine finish.

  • Avène Cleanance Sunscreen SPF50+ Very High Protection 50ml, £12.37 from Boots - buy here
4. Best anti-ageing SPF for acne: Heliocare Oil-Free SPF 11 Heliocare oil-free SPFCredit: Amazon

When you suffer with blemish-prone skin and you see 'oil-free' and 'dry touch' in the product title, you know you're onto a winner.

This Heliocare lotion should definitely be high on your to-buy list.

It's non-comedogenic so less likely to block pores and cause breakouts.

It's fast-absorbing and smells nice too. Not something you hear very often about sunscreen.

  • Heliocare 360° Sun Protection Gel Oil-Free SPF 50, £20.73 from Amazon - buy here
5. Best everyday SPF for acne: Neutrogena Hydrating Lotion 11 Neutrogena Hydro BoostCredit: Look Fantastic

Grease-prone girls, sit up and take notice - this is a brilliant oil-free sunscreen to wear daily under your makeup.

It's lightweight and hydrating without being greasy thanks to the absorbing water-gel formula.

The cream melts invisibly into skin, and its hyaluronic acid locks in moisture without shine.

It's also non-comedogenic, which means it won't clog pores and build up a breakout.

The product is perfect for on-the-go city gals and outdoorsy country lasses alike.

  • Neutrogena Hydro Boost City Shield SPF Moisturiser, £8.88 from Amazon - buy here
6. Best natural formula SPF for acne: REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30 11 REN's mattifying sunscreen is lightweight, quick absorbing and even alleviates red skinCredit: Look Fantastic

REN is a popular brand for a lot of reasons: it uses recycled packaging and natural materials to minimise its environmental impact, for one.

Secondly, the products are gentle yet effective, like this mattifying face sunscreen which contains zinc oxide to protect the skin from the sun's UVA/UVB rays as well as blue light.

It goes on matte and gives skin a less-greasy appearance thanks to ingredients like yellow passionfruit seed extract and soothing rice extract.

  • REN Clean Screen Mineral SPF30, £30 from Look Fantastic - buy here

7. Best SPF for acne for all day oil control: Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 45 11 This oil-control SPF is hydrating, protects from the sun and leaves skin shine-free for hoursCredit: Cult Beauty

Murad's oil and pore control mattifer is ideal for anyone who wants to keep their oily complexion shine-free while enjoying the benefits of sun protection.

It will give you a shine-free complexion for up to 10 hours, and also contains avocado and African yellow wood bark extracts, to improve skin's condition and make it less acne-prone.

  • Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 45, £35 from Cult Beauty - buy here

8. Best tinted SPF for acne: Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF40 11 This BB cream from Clinique is tinted and helps to camouflage acne while providing sun protectionCredit: Look Fantastic

Clinique's BB cream is designed for those with blemish-prone skin, and allows users to lightly build up the coverage so acne is covered up while your skin is protected from the sun.

The mattifying formula has quite the fan club of reviewers, who are impressed with the lightweight-yet-full coverage and the fact it doesn't irritate the skin.

  • Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions BB Cream SPF40, £25 from Look Fantastic - buy here

9. Best SPF for acne mist: La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+ 11 This lightweight SPF mist is designed for those with acne-prone skinCredit: Look Fantastic

With an ultra-high SPF, non-greasy finish and lightweight texture, La Roche-Posay's Invisible Face Mist is the go-to SPF for any acne-prone skin types.

The best part is that it's one of the few SPF sprays that won't leave a white cast.

  • La Roche-Posay Anthelios Invisible Face Mist SPF 50+, £14 from Look Fantastic - buy here
10. Best gel cream SPF for acne: Eucerin Sun Oil Control Face Protection SPF 50+ 11 Eucerin's SPF helps regulate sebum and reduce shineCredit: Boots

This oil control gel-cream from Eucerin ticks every box, with a high SPF and oil control ingredients.

This fragrance-free sun cream feels dry once it's on the skin and keeps skin shine-free for hours.

It can also be used in conjunction with topical acne medication.

  • Eucerin Sun Oil Control Face Protection SPF 50+, £16 from Boots - buy here

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