We are European pioneers in introducing quality control processes on the highest level and being completely transparent about it. We publish them on our web site for everyone to see. In this way we are introducing pharmaceutical standards of product purity.
Keeping hemp contaminants at bay is our mission
There are many aspects of high-quality CBD product. It starts with controlling raw material - industrial hemp flowers. Hemp is known to clean soil of its pollutants. It can clean 160 g of cobalt from one hectare of soil in just 3-4 months of its growth. Pesticides and heavy metals that may have been in the soil are finally extracted to the cannabinoid resin.
Levels of various groups of toxins in hemp extract can be dozens of times higher compared to the raw material (hemp flowers) used for extraction. We provide scientific article that elucidates this issue in more detail. For this reason, it is very important to put all necessary effort to screen quality of hemp biomass that enters CBD extraction process.
Another challenge with hemp is its storing. If not properly stored yeasts and molds develop with time and as a result also mycotoxins develop which are mold byproducts. It is generally advisable to test stored biomass every few months to be on the safe side.
Full spectrum extract and entourage effect
There is no single clear definition of what full spectrum CBD is therefore we provide explanation of the definition we stick to. Our full spectrum CBD consists of: - non-psychoactive cannabinoids in their “active” form (CBD, CBG, CBC, CBN, …) and also legally allowed levels of psychoactive THC. This range of cannabinoids is a standard in most “full spectrum” products on the market;
- cannabinoids in their “acidic” form: cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) and other cannabinoids in acidic form such as CBGa, CBCa, CBNa, THCa … They add to the quality of CBD oil because they have therapeutic value in their own right. Cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) in sufficient amounts is particularly important because it significantly improves CBD absorption. See scientific article Heat exposure affects pharmacokinetics… that explains this topic.
- terpenes and flavonoids have long known therapeutic properties and have been used for millennia as a part of natural remedies. They importantly influence also the so-called entourage effect that explains why hemp extracts have widest scope of therapeutic value when there is sufficient amount of terpenes and flavonoids present.
All these compounds together with naturally occurring chlorophyll and other lesser compounds work synergistically and enhance therapeutic value and absorption levels. Father of cannabinoid research dr. Raphael Mechoulam has dubbed it entourage effect.
Cannabinoids absorption in the body or bioavailability as it is also called is one of the most prominent issues in the industry. According to the scientific findings it is as low as 6%. This means that most of the CBD that a patient orally ingests never reaches her blood. Full spectrum CBD oil is one of the best completely natural ways to improve CBD absorption levels. Taking CBD on a full stomach increases it even further, especially after a fatty meal.
How do we extract our version of full spectrum CBD?
Cannabinoids in acidic form can be preserved with gentle distillation at low temperatures. It is all about patient control of the parameters of distillation. Odorous terpenes and flavonoids are bigger challenge to preserve. There are different methods of hemp extraction that all have their advantages and disadvantages. When it comes to preserving terpenes and flavonoids ethanol extraction is proven to be among the best choices. We go an extra mile following scientific findings and producing CBD oil with sufficient amounts of CBDa (cannabidiolic acid) that improves CBD oil absorption significantly.
What is “broad spectrum” CBD oil and what is “low THC” CBD oil?
Similarly, as full spectrum CBD oil also broad spectrum CBD oil lacks common definition. As a well-known psychoactive substance of hemp THC is not desired by some users. When THC is removed from CBD extract it is then called broad spectrum CBD. THC can be eliminated from the extract to different levels of purity. Legal limit of THC in hemp products in most European countries is 0,2%. When CBD oil has less than 0,05% of THC it is generally considered low THC product. CBD oils with less than 0,01 % THC are often referred to as Zero THC products. All these products are broad spectrum CBD oils and to produce them it is necessary to heat the extract and by heating it all volatile compounds such as terpenes and flavonoids can be lost. This inevitably means that compared to full spectrum CBD oil this kind of product has lower therapeutic value. It can be somewhat improved by collecting terpenes during distillation and re-adding them again in the later stages of the process. It is important to mention that THC by itself improves therapeutic value of the CBD oil and it adds to the entourage effect. By heating extract also acidic forms of cannabinoids (CBDa, CBGa,…) are converted into their active forms (CBD, CBG,…) and in this way also important part of therapeutic value of the CBD oil is lost. Broad spectrum products are preferred by users that do not want to risk being exposed to psychoactive effects of THC that can occur when taking higher doses of CBD oil. It also has less bitter taste and golden colour because during the CBD distillation process also chlorophyll is eliminated.
Food grade ethanol
We always use only food grade ethanol appropriate for certified organic CBD production. We never extract with synthetical alcohols like isopropanol or any other kind of alcohol. They are made from oil and contribute to the environment pollution.
Production facility certificates
Certified organic and HACCP.
Artisanal CBD extraction
Our CBD is made in a small-scale production facility. Our product is made with personal commitment and dedication of the company founders in order to assure highest quality of the product in all relevant details.