4 Spectrum CBD Botanicals Differences
“No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else.”
For its extraordinary health benefits, Cannabis sativa has been used medicinally for at least 5,000 years. But, down through the centuries, people have relied upon countless other incredible plants to heal or treat virtually every medical condition. Even today, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that most of the world's population depends on herbal medicine for their health care.
To deliver a wealth of healing and soothing benefits, we have added other powerful botanicals and essential oils, each with its own unique blend of phytochemicals, to our topical products. Our pain salve, for example, includes arnica-infused olive oil, Moringa oil, and Tamanu oil as well as essential oils of birch, eucalyptus, ginger, and turmeric CO2. These all have individual healing properties. Aren’t plants and the phytonutrients and health benefits they provide for us amazing?
Palisade, Colorado, Difference
Our field-grown hemp plants thrive on our three small farms in Palisade, Colorado. Known as the state’s peach and wine capital, Palisade is the ideal environment for growing the highest quality hemp to be found anywhere in the world. Colorado makes up in sunshine for what it lacks in rainfall, and hemp plants love the sun. Cool nights temper the heat of the days, creating optimum growing conditions.
For more than a century, Palisade has produced some of the best tasting fruit in America, and today its orchards, vineyards, and wineries attract visitors from near and far. A town of only several thousand people, Palisade is situated in far western Colorado within a 30-mile long and five-mile wide valley called the Grand Valley. The small farming community lies alongside the Colorado River at the mouth of DeBeque Canyon. High country breezes funnel through the canyon, cooling the hemp fields in the mornings and evenings. Snowmelt from one of the world’s highest and cleanest landscapes — the Rocky Mountains — feeds the Colorado River and provides the water that irrigates our hemp plants.
Full Spectrum Difference
Our company logo — a hemp leaf in the colors of a beautiful rainbow — emphasizes our commitment to full spectrum CBD. All our products are made with full spectrum oil. We retain the complete array of compounds that occur naturally in the hemp plant in the oil — the plant’s entire range of cannabinoids and terpenes. In contrast, products made with isolate contain only one cannabinoid —“CBD”.
Research has demonstrated that full spectrum CBD is more effective in combating pain and inflammation and offers more health benefits in general than does CBD in isolate form. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of different chemicals, including at least 60-80 cannabinoids. In addition to CBD and THC, it contains lesser known, tongue twisting cannabinoids such as CBG (Cannabigerol), CBN (Cannabinol), and CBC (Cannabichromene).
Beyond its cannabinoid components, full spectrum CBD includes terpenes, which give plants their unique aromas and flavors, vitamins and minerals, up to 20 amino acids, essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 and Omega 6, and even protein. The rich abundance of different chemicals within full spectrum oil produce what scientists call the “entourage effect”. The chemicals interact synergistically with each other, and the medicinal power of the entire plant surpasses that of its individual compounds. The whole truly is greater than the sum of its parts.
Seed To You Difference
One of life’s guiding principles that we have learned from farming is to give more than you take. This principle informs everything that we do. Keeping our customers in mind every step of the way, we control quality — from the soil in which we grow the hemp plants to the harvest and finally to the method we use for extracting and refining our full spectrum CBD.
In the spring, we plant the hemp seeds on our three Colorado-certified farms, only about 20 acres in all. We care for the hemp plants throughout the summer. Palisade’s dry climate and optimal spacing keep the growing plants free of powdery mildew and mold. We use drip tape to provide water to the plant’s roots and not to its leaves and flowers. We harvest the plants and hang them to dry (“cure”) in the fall. How the plant is dried is critical to the presence of secondary metabolites in the final oil product. Once the plants are dry, we strip the flower buds from the stalks by hand and store the material in food-grade barrels to await processing.
Our CBD extracting and refining facility is located right on one of our farms — the same farm where we have grown apricots and plums and manufactured our line of organic jams and wine and beer jellies for nearly two decades. We use carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction to remove the crude oil from the plant material. CO2 has been used historically to make various food and other products. We chose CO2 as an extraction method over other types because it is safer to operate and the oil that is produced is cleaner and safer for the consumer in that it is free of toxic fossil fuels. In addition, because CO2 dissipates into the atmosphere as soon as it is removed from the extraction chamber, it is more environmentally friendly than extraction processes that use hydrocarbons such as butane and propane.
After extraction, we further refine the oil in our onsite laboratory, employing conventional distillation methods. The purified, distilled oil then undergoes a series of rigorous third-party tests. Finally, the oil is ready to be used in creating our full line of CBD products — tinctures, topical pain salve and lotion, and CBD-infused jams.
We grow “industrial hemp” on our three farms. The Colorado Department of Agriculture, which regulates the growing of industrial hemp statewide, provides this definition: “Industrial hemp means a plant of the genus Cannabis and any part of the plant, whether growing or not, containing a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of no more than three-tenths of one percent (0.3%) on a dry weight basis.” This is also the federal definition of industrial hemp. We register our fields with the CDA and report to the CDA. Every Cannabis plant, regardless of the strain, contains some amount of THC, but we guarantee that the products we make with the CBD from our plants meet the state and federal guideline and have no psychoactive effects.