From Hemp Extract to CBD Oil Tinctures
Hemp extract is the final product that is derived from the sticky, oily resin produced by the trichomes on the unfertilized female flower of the Cannabis plant. This sticky resin grows on the same flower which would be be consumed by recreational and medical marijuana users alike. In fact, the flower used to make our hemp extract looks, tastes, smells and feels just like a typical marijuana plant flower!
Within the hemp extract, there are close to 100 unique cannabinoids. One of those cannabinoids has become very popular and is known as CBD (cannabidiol). When making our tinctures, we have the option of using a formulation that is made from the entire hemp extract (aka full-spectrum extract), some of the hemp extract (aka broad-spectrum extract) or a single isolated cannabinoid (aka isolate) from the hemp extract. Given these 3 options, not all “CBD” oils are the same. You must be very careful when choosing to purchase a product because your outcome will likely vary greatly between these 3 different formulations. The last thing you would want to do is prematurely conclude that “CBD oil” didn’t work for you when a different formulation might have done the trick.
Therefore, Restoration Hemp CBD tinctures are made from the entire hemp extract (we are a full-spectrum extract) because we believe there are properties in the extract that, when taken together, produce a better result for the end user. This better result has become known as “the entourage effect,” an effect that Walt was able to experience first-hand when trying to find a CBD oil that worked best for him. If you’d like to read more about Walt’s journey of finding healing with CBD oil (hemp extract to be exact), you can do so at waltsstory.com.
Our process starts with washing our hemp with a food grade pure ethanol to dissolve all of the cannabinoids into the ethanol solution. We then chill and filter this “wash” before siphoning it into our rotary evaporator where the ethanol is removed and recycled for use again.
After evaporating the ethanol, the wash is ready to be further refined through decarboxylation. We decarboxylate this thick molasses-like substance for a couple reasons: it ensures complete removal of any residual ethanol solvent that might be remaining in the wash and it converts unstable cannabinoid acids in the wash to stable forms which prolongs shelf life and increases bio-availability. Once the wash has been ‘decarbed’, our short path distillation equipment removes unnecessary and inactive plant matter and leaves us with a highly-concentrated, pure cannabinoid extract.
The extract becomes a tincture when we precisely and carefully mix just the right amount of our pure extract into our preferred carrier oil (organic MCT coconut oil). Those 2 components are the only 2 ingredients in all of our Natural Hemp flavors. For those who might prefer a flavored oil, we use a couple drops of organic essential oil to offer 3 flavor alternatives: lemon, orange and peppermint .
We then bottle our tinctures in bottles that are UV resistant, leak proof and have precision droppers for consistent dosing convenience and accuracy.
Just a few FAQ’s
By law, the hemp flowers used to make our extracts can only contain trace amounts (< 0.3%) of the psychoactive compound known as delta-9 THC, the cannabinoid responsible for the “high” people get from smoking or ingesting marijuana. This extremely low allowable threshold of delta-9 THC eliminates any possibility of getting “high” from using our extracts, no matter how much is taken. Conversely, a typical marijuana flower may have upwards of 15% to 30% or more of the THC compound in its cannabinoids.
A second cannabinoid found in the hemp plant is called Cannabidiol, often referred to as CBD and it is this compound that is being studied and investigated for its beneficial healing / medicinal properties in relation to the Endocannabinoid Receptor System in our bodies. All of the plants we grow and process for the production of our extracts are low in THC and high in CBD content. As a matter of fact, our plants are tested in advance of us being able to harvest any flowers from them and if they exceed the legal limit of THC (0.3%), they are destroyed and we are precluded from using them in the production of our extracts.
Once they have done so, we harvest the flowers, extract the cannabinoids and process them into a bottled tincture for your use. All of our hemp is either grown by us or by farmers who ascribe to our growing practices so we can say with 100% confidence that no chemicals were ever sprayed on our flowers. We believe that our food shouldn’t contain unwanted toxic chemicals, and neither should our extracts.