What is CBD?
CBD stands for Cannabidiol, which is one of about 66 different cannabinoids and one of over 400 total active compounds found in the cannabis plant. It is a natural and non-toxic compound with zero psychoactive properties. It will not get you high. It has many potential uses in the human body, as it is considered a natural anti-inflammatory.
CBD is extracted from the hemp plant (a cannabis sativa plant bred to genetically have a low THC content) and is typically used in an oil form. You can ingest it by putting it under your tongue, rubbing it on your skin or adding it to your food.
The CBD oil we and our partner farmers produce contains .3% THC or less, which is the legal limit that hemp plants grown and processed in the state of New York can possess. This is such a low level of THC that you will not experience any psychoactive effects when ingesting our supplement oils.
How does CBD work?
CBD and all phytocannabinoids (cannabinoid compounds produced by plants) interact with a system in our body called the Endocannabinoid System. All mammals have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is a network of receptors throughout the body that seem to play a great role in regulating homeostasis or what could be referred to as your overall sense of wellbeing.
The ECS has receptors located in the brain, peripheral organs, immune cells and gastrointestinal tract. These receptors work with and help regulate a wide variety of our bodily functions including: pain, mood, sleep, immunity, pleasure, appetite, and motor control.
CBD and other phytocannabinoids in full-spectrum hemp oil interact with your body’s own ECS and with other important receptors in your body such as your seratonin, dopamine and opiod receptors. These receptors regulate behaviors like aggression and anxiety, and conditions like pain and inflammation.
Although your body produces its own endocannabinoids, research has found that the phytocannabinoids from the cannabis plant are so similar to our own natural endocannabinoids that they can utilize our ECS and effect positive changes in our body.
Where do your hemp plants come from?
We are first and foremost organic hemp farmers. Our hemp plants are grown in the rich soil of the rolling hills of the Green Mountain Uplands along the New York- Vermont border. We grow on our 50 acre farm, and we have a number of partner farms in our area that work with us to supply our oil. We are all licensed and regulated growers through the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. We are all small, family farmers and our reputations rest on producing the highest quality full-spectrum hemp oil in the Northeast.
We never source CBD oil from outside of New York State, nor do we buy oil from anyone except the small group of local family farmers that we know and trust. And even better, during the growing season, we have a demonstration field, and we welcome the public to our farm to see our hemp plants growing in the field. When we say field to bottle, we mean it.
Is your hemp extract tested? Can I get a Certificate of Analysis?
Yes and yes! A Certificate of Analysis, also referred to as a “COA”, is a lab report generated by a third-party independent laboratory. A COA ensures that you are getting the quality product you are paying for. We print QR codes on each of our bottles and boxes which will link you via your smartphone to our full 6-page lab reports. You can also request our COA’s via email.
Our full-spectrum hemp oil is laboratory tested to ensure it is free of pesticides, herbicides, mildew, mold, heavy metals and other harmful contaminants. In addition, our COA also indicates the levels of cannabinoids (such as CBD and THC), flavanoids and terpenes present in our extract.
What type of extraction method do you use?
All of our extracts are processed as well as grown in NY State, and we utilize a multi-step CO2 extraction method that allows us to put back in the cannabinoids, favanoids, terpenes and other important actives once the original extraction has taken place. That is why the color of our oil is deeper and richer compared to the clear light yellow extracts of other brands. You can literally see our extract is bursting with plant actives. In addition, this type of extraction allows us to retain a mellow, herbal, grass-like flavor to our extracts which we enjoy tasting far more than the sharp, camphorous flavor of other full-spectrum hemp oils.
Why is full-spectrum CBD oil so seemingly expensive?
There are many factors that go into the retail price of full-spectrum hemp extracts. First and foremost, these extracts are not a commodity – each crop is different and CBD levels can vary, so can the quality of the oil. Hemp plants, if they are to be grown well, require a lot of hand work in the field. There is very little mechanization in growing hemp for CBD oil production. We and our partner farmers are out in the hemp fields every day during growing season. Then there is the licensing and constant testing required by our state agencies. Then high-quality processing costs are considerable, in addition to the costs of bottling, branding, retailing and educating the public.
However, when you consider that a 1200 mg bottle of our full-spectrum oil is around $100 retail, and at a 20mg/day moderate dose it will last the average person about 2 months, it works out to less than $2 per day to enjoy all of the benefits of a high quality full-spectrum hemp extract in your life. Is your health and well-being worth $2 a day? We think it is.
I am drug tested at work. Can I take your full-spectrum oils?
This is a very important question, as we do not want anyone losing their job because they took a CBD supplement. Since our extracts are full-spectrum and the variety of hemp plants we grow can contain up to .3%THC, our extracts WILL CONTAIN trace amounts of legal THC up to .3% (please see our COA’s for the specific levels in each batch). If your place of employment requires mandatory drug testing or you fall under DOT regulations, there is a possibility even this small amount of THC may show up on a drug screen. It is therefore extremely important that you discuss this with your employer PRIOR to beginning a hemp extract regimen.