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Refresher Course Ft. CBD

Well, WHAT THE HECK IS IT? Glad you asked, 'cause I'm gonna tell ya.

CBD (cannabidiol) is one of roughly 113 cannabinoids (active chemical compounds) in cannabis or hemp. Cannabinoids contain 21 carbon molecules that either block or stimulate endocannabinoid receptors. Every person has an endocannabinoid designed to process these compounds. See the formula for CBD below!

Okay, marvelous. Understood. But, how do you get your paws on CBD? Since it is, in fact a derivative?

There are several ways to birth CBD oil and tinctures. To each their own, of course. Some of these methods can be expensive, and require lab equipment and quite the learning curve, in an attempt to make sure the process is safe.

- CO2 EXTRACTION. The supercritical (or subcritical) CO2 method uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and extremely low temperatures to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the medicinal oil. This process requires expensive equipment and a steep operational learning curve. But, when done well the end product is safe, potent, and free of chlorophyll.

-ETHENOL. High-grade grain alcohol can be used to create high-quality cannabis oil appropriate for vape pen cartridges and other products. But this extraction method destroys the plant waxes, which may have health benefits that are favored by some product-makers.

-OLIVE OIL. Extra virgin or otherwise, olive oil can also be used to extract cannabis oil. Dr. Arno Hazekamp, director of phytochemical research at Bedrocan BV, which supplies medical cannabis for the Dutch Health Ministry, reports this method is both safe and inexpensive, “You won’t blow yourself up making cannabis-infused olive oil.” However, cannabis-infused olive oil—whether CBD-rich or THC-dominant—is perishable and should be stored in a cool, dark place.

[As far as HOW to use CBD products, whether that is topically, orally, via vape inhalation, additives etc, we are available to assist! We like to respond to these concerns directly, as everyone's case and preference is different! Message us through our Facebook page!]

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