Why Choose Us?
Simply put – because we have done the work for you to find the best products available, and we will continue to do so. We have put together a variety of quality products from multiple brands and manufacturers all in one place that can meet your needs for method of intake, potency, effects, taste, ingredients, and presence of other cannabinoids and terpenes. There are many great companies manufacturing and branding high quality, industrial hemp extracts containing CBD (Cannabidiol). There are also many good ones as well as some …. others. Many hemp nutritional products are currently available on Amazon. While these products may have their own nutritional value, please know that nutritional hemp oils or hemp seed oils are not the same thing as CBD hemp extracts. We have spent countless hours researching CBD hemp extracts to learn about the best extraction methods, filtering methods, processing methods, additives, finished products, terpenes, absorption properties, potency, sustainability, ethics, farming practices, manufacturing practices, legal practices, source of hemp, transparency, affordability, and many more. We have researched company reviews, product reviews, company bios, product ingredients and labels, and potential medicinal value of cannabinoids and terpenes.
The products we offer are not the only great products currently available, but they are a great starting point. We will continue to add excellent brands and products as we grow. We do not carry all the products created by our partners. This does not mean their other products are not great as well. We encourage you to browse their online stores. We fully support all our manufacturers and brands.
The following are the criteria we used in selecting our products and brands.
- Source of industrial hemp. The cleanest industrial hemp is being grown in the USA (Colorado, California, Oregon, Kentucky, and North Carolina to name a few, the pacific Northwest, and in the EU (European Union). We do prefer USA industrial hemp as growers and plant geneticists in the USA are doing some remarkable things, but we do have some brands using EU industrial hemp. The EU has a long history of cultivating hemp and was a primary source of hemp during the USA’s long ban on hemp farming.
- Plant quality. We provide products made from pesticide free, organic, non-GMO, industrial hemp.
- Extraction process. The Brand Name products we offer are either alcohol (ethanol) or CO2 extracted. Both are the current gold standards for extraction. Alcohol extraction is gentler but more labor intensive. It preserves more of the beneficial plant components but is also more expensive as a result. Alcohol extraction usually yields a product with a more “hempy” taste. Supercritical CO2 fluid extraction (SCFE) is also a clean extraction method. It uses high pressure during the process and as a result does not preserve quite as many beneficial plant components but is more efficient and cost effective. This reduced cost is passed to the consumer. CO2 extraction usually yields a lighter colored and lighter tasting product.
- Raw, decarboxylated, and/or filtered. All three serve a purpose and are useful from a health standpoint. We strive to offer a variety of products manufactured at each level. During a cold-pressed CO2 extraction process, cannabinoid oil is extracted from industrial hemp without the use of heat. This provides the raw version of hemp CBD (CBDa) oil. Decarboxylation and filtering are not used. Because of this, valuable nutrients are left intact and are not lost in the heating process. Raw oil has a higher concentration of plant material, like phytonutrients, terpenes, flavonoids and phytosterols which helps to increase bioavailability (absorption) within the body. Pure unrefined hemp CBD products usually have a thicker consistency and stronger “hempy,” earthy taste like that of wheat grass or seaweed. Following initial extraction, the oil may then be gently heated in a process called decarboxylation. This changes the molecular structure of the cannabinoids. For example: CBDa (Acidic form of CBD) is converted to CBD when it is heated resulting in an increased amount of CBD in the finished product. The resulting oil still contains chlorophyll, a variety of vitamins, minerals and amino acids in addition to a higher percentage of CBD. Finally, the oil may then be filtered. This removes all the hemp plants’ excess waxes, chlorophyll and other plant material (plant sterols). The resulting oil has a significantly higher concentration of CBD, CBG, CBC while the amount of CBDa, THC and terpenes drop significantly.
- Full spectrum versus broad spectrum versus isolate. From a health potential standpoint, we prefer full spectrum extracts as they provide the greatest variety of beneficial components. If you have a concern regarding drug testing, however, there is a slim possibility that the test may read positive if you are taking a full spectrum product. For our customers with drug testing concerns we also offer a variety of Zero THC products. CBD isolate products do not have the additional beneficial cannabinoids or terpenes found in full and broad spectrum products but may have value as drink and food additives or as additions when cooking and baking.
- Additives. Our opinion is that less is more in this case. We choose not to include products manufactured with PG (Propylene Glycol) or VG (Vegetable Glycerin). We prefer products that contain essential oils and terpenes as flavors and MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) from coconuts if an additive is needed to improve taste, consistently, or bioavailability. We try to avoid products with emulsifies and preservatives, but when necessary we look for natural, plant-based versions.
- Terpene profiles. Terpenes (and terpenoids) are aromatic organic compounds found in many plants. Plants developed terpenes to ward off herbivores that might eat them and to attract helpful predators and pollinators. Industrial hemp and other forms of cannabis have naturally high levels of terpenes. They contribute to “The Entourage Effect.” A 2011 paper by neurologist and researcher Ethan Russo described the way cannabinoids and terpenes work together to boost and modulate the effects of one another in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Russo and the other researchers helped reveal how cannabinoids (like CBD) and terpenes can synergistically interact with the ECS to provide healthful benefits. The difference between a Sativa and an Indica cannabis plant is the terpene profile in the strain. Myrcene, for instance, can induce sleepiness and provide anti-inflammatory, and analgesic (anti-pain) effects. Limonene, on the other hand, is an energizing anti-depressant. They give industrial hemp and other cannabis plants their natural flavor. In the same paper by Dr. Russo it was revealed that terpenes “could produce synergy with respect to treatment of pain, inflammation, depression, anxiety, addiction, (other conditions), and fungal and bacterial infections.” The essential oils revolution has brought with it scientific research and awareness of the benefits of terpenes and aromatherapy. Nearly all the major terpenes in industrial hemp and other cannabis plants are either analgesic or anti-inflammatory. Different terpene profiles can offer variety in taste and wellness benefits. We chose several products that add additional terpenes to simulate popular medical cannabis flavors or to provide more focused wellness attributes.
- Potency. We strive to provide a variety of products with a variety of CBD concentrations to meet your needs. They vary from as little as 1-2 mg of CBD per vaporizer draw all the way up to 50 mg per dose in tinctures or oils. See our dosing guide to help you determine how to start using CBD to meet your needs.
- Manufacturing processes. We strive to select products manufactured in GMP / FDA registered facilities or by companies that provide rigorous quality control to conform to the guidelines recommended by agencies that control authorization and licensing for manufacture and sale of food, drug products, and active pharmaceutical products. We also look for transparency in manufacturing and extraction.
- Vertical integration. Vertically integrated companies provide the benefit of maintaining control over their products from growing and extraction all the way through final product development and lab testing.
- Lab testing. All the products we offer have undergone lab testing to ensure quality, cleanliness, and compliance. COAs (Certificates of Analysis) are available for all products.