Where do you source your hemp from?
All of our hemp is grown, tested and manufactured in Sisters, Oregon at Desert Green farms, Pacific Crest Botanicals and Rainshadow Organics. Desert Green is a collective of farms on the eastern foothills of the Oregon Cascade Range that grow and produce the highest quality full spectrum CBD products currently on the market. We grow some of the finest genetics in the world using organic and biodynamic practices to provide the cleanest and most effective CBD. The rich volcanic mountain soils, dry climate and directly sourced mountain spring waters are what give us our uniquely pure and powerful CBD products. Our fertility programs only use on-farm and certified organic inputs. We also grow a variety of herbs and flowers on our farms that not only provide us with a direct source for some of our products but also introduce beneficial bugs and pollinators to the land.
Desert Green is not only a collaborative of farms but a group of likeminded people that believe in creating local, sustainable and healthy products for future generations. We only use the highest quality extraction process with organic food grade ingredients making our product truly full spectrum, clean and safe for all to enjoy. We care for our land and our process, putting only natural and organic ingredients into every product we produce. We pride ourselves on contributing to the regeneration of the social, economic and environmental health of our planet.
How is your CBD extracted?
One of the biggest issues with most other extraction processes is that a large percentage of terpenes are lost in the process unless you have a vacuum sealing closed system that preserves terpenes specifically and stores them. Or they are using lab based chemicals or gases that don’t lend themselves to purity of product. Another important difference of these, supposedly “clean” methods like Co2 or basic lipid extraction is their inability to interact with the polar parts of the plant, these methods only pull non-polar. Our organic food grade ethanol extraction method has a cryogenic system that preserves the essential compounds of the plant, including the terpenes and flavonoids lost in all other processes. No other ethanol extraction either uses organic food grade ethanol that I know of or is able to preserve the terpenes and flavonoids like the one we use.
Also something to note is that alcohol is a solvent made from plants for plants and is the only solvent that maintains the original chemical ratios contained in the plant prior to extraction. This means our extracts represent the most complete plant profile compared with Co2 which may keep terpenes to add them back in later in the process. Basically Co2 is like cutting down a tree, milling it up and then gluing it back to together and trying to call it a tree again. “Since alcohol is both polar and non-polar it is able to dissolve a much wider range of molecules that includes almost all of the plants medicinal oils, polysaccharides and carboxylic acids.” Again our process goes even further and keeps even more of the volatile terpenes and chemicals traditional ethanol extraction loses to make this a true medicinal grade product. “Another interesting fact about alcohol extraction, if that wasn’t enough, is how alcohol also has ester formation. Esters are formed when an organic acid combines with alcohol. When carboxylic acid is esterified it changes into a more water soluble, bio-available form.” Therefore increasing the medical bio-availability for our clients. We are in the business of helping people with a truly medicinal product.
What is Full Spectrum Hemp Oil (FSHO)?
Unlike CBD isolate products FSHO includes a wide range of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids present in the hemp plant. Depending on the condition and what you are looking to achieve it can provide a greater effect than CBD alone as all the cannabinoids and terpenes synergistically work together in what is known as the entourage effect. One of the most important studies relating to full spectrum hemp oil took place at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Hadassah School in 2015. It compared the performance of a full spectrum extract with one that contained CBD only. The study concluded that full spectrum was more effective when fighting pain and inflammation. While CBD only is somewhat effective, the whole plant extract not only provided faster and better relief, the effects also lasted longer. This is why an increasing number of companies in the CBD industry are selling full spectrum hemp or CBD oil as a rule. The aforementioned entourage effect is the main reason behind the efficacy of whole plant extracts. There are over 100 ‘identified’ compounds in the cannabis plant. While most of these compounds have their own therapeutic benefit, they combine synergistically to provide a far better performance than any single compound, including CBD. Here are a couple of examples of conditions that benefit from the entourage effect:
- Gastrointestinal Disorders: While THC improves your appetite, adding CBD to the mix can help with issues such as anorexia and nausea. CBG could be the real star here, focusing in on the G.I. system with its calming and therapeutic effects.
- Anxiety Disorders: CBD is a profound anti-anxiety compound which can even counteracts the effects of THC. It alleviates the symptoms of stress, PTSD, and much more.
- Neurological Disorders: Although THC can help patients with Tourette’s, the addition of several other cannabinoids can ease the symptoms of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and more.
While most readers are probably aware of the impact of THC and CBD on their health, there are plenty of unheralded cannabinoids that offer relief.
Also known as the ‘stem cell’ cannabinoid, most CBG is transformed into cannabinoids such as CBD and THC by the plant. But as genetics are shifting we will be seeing much more of this compound soon. It is particularly helpful in relieving G.I. symptoms and interocular pressure as in the case of glaucoma.
The degradation of THC leads to CBN. While there is usually a low amount of it in the fresh plant, the decarboxylation process typically raises the level of CBN. It offers a slight psychoactive effect and has a greater affinity for the CB2 receptor compared to the CB1 receptor.
It is probably the least studied ‘major’ cannabinoid even though it is rather abundant in certain marijuana strains. As such, there isn’t enough data available to suggest it offers the same remarkable benefits as THC and CBD. However, the research that is available suggests that CBC has antidepressant, pain relieving, and anti-anxiety effects.
Lesser known cannabinoids include:
- Cannabicyclol (CBL)
- Cannabivarin (CBV)
- Cannabicitran (CBT)
- Cannabifuran (CBF)
Terpenes are chemicals that give the cannabis plant its unique scent. Even in tiny amounts, terpenes work extremely well with cannabinoids to heal the body. Here are some of the most prominent terpenes in our hemp flower:
- Myrcene: This anti-inflammatory terpene is known to mellow your mood. It has sedative and pain relieving properties as well.
- Limonene: This stress reliever also helps boost your mood. You can even rely on it to assist with gastric flux issues.
- Pinene: It could potentially improve your memory and boost alertness. It is also anti-inflammatory.
- Linalool: This has a sedative effect and works to help patients with depression, insomnia, and stress.
- Caryophyllene: This terpene is an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory that helps relieve the symptoms of pain. It is also useful against insomnia.
- Humulene: This is another pain-relieving terpene which has antibacterial properties and also works as an appetite suppressant.
Vitamins & Minerals
Full spectrum CBD oil contains vitamins A, C, & E along with complex B vitamins such as niacin, riboflavin, and thiamine. An increasing number of people don’t consume beta-carotene, but it is abundant in full spectrum oil. Crucial minerals contained in this oil include zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, and phosphorus. Source
What is a Cannabinoid? (pronounced Kuh-nab-in-oid)
“A cannabinoid is a class of chemical compounds that act on cannabinoid receptors found in cells. There are two types of cannabinoids occurring in nature. There are endocannabinoids, meaning cannabinoids produced by the body and phytocannabinoids produced by plants. Both work with your Endocannabinoid system, ECS. Endocannabinoid receptors are found through the entire body, your brain, organs, immune cells and connective tissue, you can see why they are so important!!! Phytocannabinoids and Endocannabinoids work synergistically in the body. CBD inhibits FAAH which slows the degradation of the endocannabinoid Andamide, pretty cool right? CBD also stimulates the ECS receptor TRPV-1 which is responsible for inflammation, pain and body temp. Over 113 cannabinoids have been found in hemp. They all interact differently with the ECS receptors located throughout the body to promote a balance of your best health. CBD is the most readily available cannabinoid to activate your health.” Source
What is MCT Oil
MCT Oil is concentrated with the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), capric acid and caprylic acid. MCTs are easily digested and are burned by the body for energy and fuel. Nutiva MCT oil is produced without chemicals, fillers or additives. It is derived only from 100% organic coconuts, and has a light and clean coconut flavor.
What is the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
First and foremost they are all Cannabis Sativa and the fundamental difference is a legal differentiation based on THC percentage. By law it is required there is less than 0.3% THC present in any Cannabis Sativa plant to be called Hemp or Industrial Hemp. If it has more than 0.3% THC by volume it is legally considered Marijuana and is classified differently in the legal system.
THC is the compound in Cannabis Sativa that causes one to feel intoxicated or “high”. Research into cannabis however, has found other substances (of which CBD is the most well researched) that provide a variety of medicinal effects without the “high” from conventional marijuana.
Will hemp CBD get me high?
Even though hemp does not cause the “high” that marijuana does, the amount of THC found in CBD products can vary, since it is legal for hemp extracts to contain as much as 0.3% THC. That amount isn’t enough to cause a person to feel “high”, but it may be enough to cause problems with a drug test.
Our Hemp is tested here in Oregon to ensure that it has a THC content below the legally allowable limit (less than 0.3%), and that is has all the appropriate documentation and certifications.
Will <0.3 THC show up in a UA?
See previous question.
Can I add the tinctures to food?
Feel free to add it to any ready to eat food or mix into any drink or dish of your choice.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are responsible for a plants smell and taste. Not exclusive to cannabis, terpenes are found in all plants. They act as an attractant for helpful bugs like bees or as a repellent for pest’s like aphids. Different terpenes have different effects on the human body. For example lavenders terpenes tend to have anti-anxiety effect while pine enhances memory and is antibacterial. In cannabis however terpenes are rather important. They play a big roll in the overall effect a strain will take on your body. Terpenes can boost the effect of cannabis, otherwise known as the “entourage effect.” Ever gotten crazy high off a lower THC strain? That’s probably because of the terpenes present in that plant. Each terpene profile is unique, no one plant will smell, taste, or smoke the same unless grown from clones in the same environment. That means your favorite strain will feel a little different from different climates/growers. Familiar with essential oils? They are simply the separation of plant matter from the terpenes used for anxiety, stress, sickness, nausea and more for centuries. Some extraction methods used today strip cannabis of it’s terpenes. Other companies are adding synthetic terpenes to boost aroma and flavor. After reading this you’ll appreciate the blast of scents coming from the next jar of bud you open. Below is the terpene wheel further explaining the effects of many of our favorite plants/fruits. Take a look, or a sniff…
Can I use hemp CBD while pregnant?
Please consult your physician/naturopath before using any herbal supplements while pregnant.
How do I use your products?
Tincture- Shake your tincture. Drop 15-20 drops or about 1/2 dropper under tongue and hold for 30seconds to 1 minute, then swallow or add to your favorite tea or beverage.
Honey- 1tsp is equal to 20mg. Start with just one teaspoon and increase accordingly.
What dose should I start with?
Everyones cannabinoid system is different so the amount a person needs for relief will vary. We recommend starting with 20mg CBD per dose (Honey=1tsp, tincture=20 drops) . Wait one hour and see how you feel, then if needed, take more.
Difference between hemp seed oil and CBD oil?
Hemp seed oil is made from pressing the seed of the hemp plant. While this type of oil can be extracted from all plants in the cannabis genus, industrial hemp is the only plant used for hemp oil because it has negligible amounts of THC.
CBD oil is the short form of the term cannabidiol oil. Cannabidiol is a natural component of industrial cannabis or hemp. CBD oil is cannabis oil that has a significant content of cannabidiol. It is made from the flowers and leaves of industrial hemp and not from its seeds like hemp oil. CBD oil has become very popular in the medical marijuana industry, because it can be helpful in the treatment of various conditions without the typical intoxicating effects of marijuana use.