Do you know where hemp comes from? How it was processed? What kind of hemp is in your tincture? Here are some key attributes to look for when looking at products and why it’s important.
Where was my hemp grown?
The hemp for ALL of our CBD products is 100% grown in Oregon. Our hemp grain seed for our food products was grown in Washington State, Montana, Minnesota, and North Dakota. Always know where your CBD is sourced and grown. Some companies are sourcing their extracts and oils from other countries that don’t have the same high standards of soil, plant and product testing and regulation that we have here in the United States. We work only with American farmers to grow our seeds and flowers. We develop relationships with our farmers to be an active part of the process, from seed to harvest.
Was my hemp grown organically?
Yes, 100% of the hemp grown for our CBD and nutrition products was grown organically. Most hemp is grown organically by nature because it grows successfully without a lot of additional input. Up to the 2020 growing season in the United States, it wasn’t legal to use any pesticides or herbicides on hemp. Starting in 2020, farmers are only allowed to use organic pesticides from a list of 10 allowable organic inputs, approved by the EPA in 2019.
How was the hemp processed?
There are a number of different ways to process, or extract, CBD flower including supercritical CO2 extraction (this is what we use), butane and propane extraction. We believe CBD processed using supercritical CO2 produces potent cannabinoids that are extremely stable and reliable without any contaminants that you get in other processing methods. Though the products are a little more expensive, the purity, potency and safety are worth it in the long run.
Our nutritional hemp seed food products are minimally processed, raw, ready to eat foods. Oil is cold-pressed from the seeds and hemp hearts are ‘dehulled’ seeds, where the outer shell is cracked off of the heart and then sorted out. Very simple in theory, quite complex in reality.
How do I know what's in these products?
All CBD products should have an ingredient list, whether an ingestible or a topical. For tinctures, look for short and simple. Great carrier oils for CBD tinctures include hemp seed oil, organic MCT oil, olive oil, and avocado oil with the most nutrient-rich option being hemp seed oil. MCT oil is not made in the United States, so be sure to look for organic. Some brands use sunflower oil because it is a mild and cheaper alternative to hemp seed oil and MCT oil, but it also has inflammatory properties, so stay away from it if possible!
What's the difference between hemp oil, hemp extract, and hemp seed oil?
We are so glad you asked! The terms get used interchangeably quite a bit!
Hemp Oil should always be a carrier oil infused with CBD. Unfortunately, the term “hemp oil” has been used to circumvent CBD sales restrictions on sites like Amazon and Shopify, and then is commonly mistaken for hemp seed oil.
Hemp Seed Oil is a completely different oil — it is the nutritional oil cold-pressed from the hemp seed (vs. the flower) and should never be referred to as just “hemp oil”.
Hemp Extract, on the other hand can be commonly interchanged with “hemp oil”, but is also used to describe the raw, pre-blended CBD extract in distillate or isolate form. Are you confused yet? We use the term “Hemp Oil” for our CBD tinctures that are blended with other carrier oils such as hemp seed oil and MCT oil.
How do I know it's the potency it says it is?
In the state of Oregon, where we produce our products… all finished CBD products are required by the Department of Agriculture to conduct a 3rd party lab test to report exact milligram or % amount of CBD in a sample, serving, or bottle. Oregon is one of the only states with this requirement, so at the least, always get your CBD from a licensed Oregon company!
This report can be accessed by either going to a brand’s website or asking the company directly. Some brands include QR codes on products directing customers directly to the report. All of our CBD products have gone through 3rd party lab testing. You can find these reports on our website, directed from a QR code or batch number on the product.
What kind of CBD do you use?
Our products are made with broad spectrum, non-detectible THC distillate, which draws all the beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes, fatty acids, chlorophyll and other wonderfully beneficial essential plant components, but extracts and leaves out the THC, the component that creates the psychotropic (or “high”) effect.
I get drug tested. Can I take your products?
This is a tough question to answer — even with zero detectible THC in our products, there is still a very very small trace of THC that exists with a broad spectrum product. That said, it is highly unlikely you would get a positive test using our products, but we like to be extra cautious. Any brand that sells a broad or full spectrum CBD product should never fully guarantee a clean drug test for THC.
Which is the best carrier oil for CBD?
Nature has a tendency to support and sync very intuitively with its own, hence why we believe in using cold-pressed hemp seed oil as our primary carrier oil for our hemp CBD products. The fatty acids are highly beneficial, known to boost our body’s production of endocannabinoids! We also use organic coconut oil for our unflavored and Oregon Mint flavors because the mild flavor blends well for the desired flavor profile.
Are there any side effects of CBD?
No, there are no known side effects of CBD. Some people report getting sleepy after taking too much CBD, which is typically a desired effect.
Is CBD ok for animals?
Yes! In fact, animals typically have very efficient endocannabinoid systems, allowing their bodies to respond well with small doses. Start off with small doses (1 mg per 10 pounds body weight) on a regular schedule.