Are all CBD products the same?
No, definitely not. Many producers derive their CBD from imported hemp with unknown growing conditions, little to no production quality control, and no testing to ensure purity. Healing Alternatives CBD is procured from a tenured genetic library of seeds developed over years to create CBD-rich Industrial Hemp with low THC.
The hemp plant is organically farmed solely in Switzerland on a dedicated farm using professional indoor, greenhouse & outdoor infrastructure. This means that there is a fully traceable record from seed to plant which is crucial for ensuring quality. The nursery is divided up into rearing- flowering- & genetic research departments. As a result, there are no issues with GM or pesticides due to the controlled growing and extraction environment. Through years of research and development, the farm has developed a strain of hemp that when cultivated ensures the level of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, is low enough at 0.2% for most European countries while still providing a rich source of CBD.
Quality control is crucial within the CBD industry, from ensuring THC levels to checking the use of pesticides, heavy metals and microbiological profile of the finished oil. This is why we are different. Many CBD providers on the market will use CBD that is purchased on the open market with no traceability and no guarantee of THC levels, heavy metals and so on. Yes, many companies can provide you with a test report, however, how do you really know that test report is representative of the CBD oil. Have they used a UK lab to verify? It is a gamble, are you willing to take it?
We use solvent extraction where alcohol is used as the solvent. There are many differences between the extracts of carbon dioxide (CO2) and alcohol, both applications can have their own benefits however alcohol can extract more plant matter during the extraction process due to its ability to dissolve polar and non-polar molecules. Alcohol is a solvent manufactured through fermentation and is a by-product of vegetation. Think of it as a solvent made by plants for plants.
Carbon dioxide is a liquid gas that is stored at freezing temperatures and it only extracts the non-polar chemicals of a plant which results in less plant matter extraction when compared to alcohol solvent extraction. Alcohol simply removes more plant matter than CO2 thus providing an increased range of plant extracts.
When you consider that alcohol can dissolve both polar and non-polar molecules you are opening up the extraction process to include a wider range of plant extracts to include plant oils, acids, sugars, starches, polysaccharides and more including water-bound molecules which are of a higher bioavailability when compared to just oils alone.
Hemp oil is rich in naturally occurring fats rich in omega-6, omega-3, terpenes, and flavonoids. Terpenes interact synergistically to magnify therapeutic benefits, and flavonoids are known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits.
The majority of compounds in cannabis are fat soluble which means they dissolve in fats. We use coconut oil which is referred to as MCT oil. However, coconut oil is an excellent choice of oil to dissolve cannabis extracts in. Not only does it keep the cannabis extracts in suspension which provides you with an even dose for each application is also has its own health benefits and also aids the absorption of the cannabis extracts into the blood stream.
Coconut oil has a high saturated fat content which allows for the cannabis extracts to bind more freely which helps ensure the cannabis extracts are absorbed easier and faster into the body when compared to say olive oil which has a much lower saturated fat content.
Coconut oil mainly comprises of C8: Caprylic acid or octanoic acid and C10: Capric acid or decanoic acid. Both of these fatty acids are transported directly to your liver upon ingestion which provides for the fastest intake of cannabis extracts. Coconut oil is also very shelf stable and is not prone to oxidisation and degradation over time. This means that your CBD product will keep its freshness for longer without the risk of turning rancid and oxidising.