What is CBD/Hemp Extract?
Cannabis is often used as a synonym for marijuana when, in fact, the term cannabis refers to the family of plants that include both marijuana and hemp. CBD/hemp extract comes specifically from the industrial hemp plant and can be thought of as the laid-back cousin to the marijuana plant due to it containing less than 0.3% THC (the molecule that produces a psychoactive “high”). Just one of over 80 different valuable cannabinoids that occur naturally in hemp, CBD is the most well-known for its abundant holistic health properties. When CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and infused into oil, there is a cannabinoid profile; the richer the profile, the more effective and beneficial results are. BluPeak Botanics strives to create an oil that is bursting with a full complement of rich cannabinoids. We do this by extracting from the leaves and buds of the hemp plant since that is where cannabinoids are at their richness peak. We strongly believe that this is a huge reason why our products work so well for so many people.
Is CBD/Hemp Oil Legal?
Yes! In 2018, the Farm Bill was passed which removed hemp from the Controlled Substances Act. Hemp must contain less than 0.3% of THC to be considered legal. Every product at BluPeak Botanics meets this regulation, and some of our products even contain only trace amounts of THC making them virtually non-detectable.
Why Should I Choose Your Products?
Not only are we a lab, we are a product formulator. We work with a handful of vetted hemp farmers in Colorado, Utah, and Kentucky who are all known for their superior plant genetics and earth-friendly growing practices.
Our clean extraction process sets us apart from many other CBD companies. By using CO2 gas as opposed to solvents like ethanol, we end up with a rich, clean oil to add to our products. With state-of-the-art equipment and the hired help of expert industry consultants, we are able to create our proprietary methods. Amongst our staff, we have a full-time chemist who oversees lab operations and formulations. To ensure the freshest and most effective products on the market, we make our oils in small batches. Our chief formulator is a certified pastry chef who formulates with the intention that any ingredient added is there to support and enhance the final product and desired result. We are committed to incorporating only natural ingredients like botanicals, essential oils, and fair-trade butters within all our products. Customers have told us we have some of the freshest, superior tasting oils they have ever tried, and we are devoted to keeping it that way.
Why is There Such a Variety of Prices for CBD?
The quality of CBD matters. Customers often tell us they have wasted money on previous CBD products that didn’t work for them. In an attempt to save money, some CBD companies cut corners within the formulation process or use cheaper ingredients to incorporate into their products. Other times, the concentration of cannabinoids is not rich enough. As a result of these methods, the overall quality and effectiveness of CBD can be hindered. To be most effective, each of our bottles contains a minimum of 500mg of CBD, but we also offer 1,000mg and 2,000mg tincture and salve options. While most CBD companies only conduct a single-panel test with an independent lab, we do a five-panel test.
A good way to evaluate the pricing of different CBD brands is to take the price and divide it by the total number of milligrams in the bottle to give you the total number of cents per milligram. Our 1,000mg tincture sells for $69.95 which equates to less than $0.07 cents per milligram! When you are considering products for your health, having a standard of quality that provides optimal results equals value. As with most products, you get what you pay for. Taking the extra steps to research how CBD products are manufactured can save you big in the long run. Our goal is to earn your trust and to be known for providing high-quality, effective, organic, and holistic products that enhance your well-being and work for you.
How Do I Choose the Best Product for Me?
Because CBD/hemp affects everyone differently according to gender, weight, and body chemistry, it is advised to look for the concentration of CBD (how many milligrams per serving). Understanding the difference between broad-spectrum and full-spectrum oil (which are clearly labeled on our products) is important. For many, the full-spectrum oil is more effective because it contains the full complement of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that the hemp plant naturally produces. It is also beneficial to take into consideration which delivery system you most prefer.
It is recommended to start with a smaller dosage and slowly increase the amount until you achieve your desired effect. For many, it takes more than the first use to notice or feel a difference. Consistent use, especially in the beginning to help you identify your ideal dosage, is key and offers the most long-term benefits.
For many, Tinctures take effect the quickest because they are sublingually absorbed into your bloodstream. By using our calibrated dropper to control your dosage, dispense the oil under your tongue and hold for a minimum of 30 seconds before swallowing. Our tinctures are made with broad-spectrum oil and have a non-detectable amount of THC (well below the minimums suggested by the FDA) which is a great solution for those with THC sensitivity.
For those with more sensitive palates, Soft Gels are a great option. Full-spectrum oil (which includes THC below 0.3%) is encased in a small gel capsule that can be easily swallowed. Because they must work through your digestive tract, soft gels may be slower to take effect, but they still have a sustained release.
For a fun and indulgent way to partake in a smaller dose of CBD, we offer a variety of delicious, gourmet Chocolates (with that small percentage of THC).
Cooling salves, which we offer in a tin or stick form, are a topical that makes an immediate impact on sore areas of the body and is particularly great for targeting smaller areas. The Massage Oil and Nourish Body Oil are recommended for relieving larger affected areas of the body while additionally moisturizing the skin.
How Much CBD is in a Serving?
The concentration of CBD is dependent upon the strength of tincture or soft gel you decide on.
The Soft Gels have 20 mg. of CBD per capsule.
The 1,000 mg. Tincture has 33.4 mg of CBD per full dropper.
The 2,000 mg. Tincture has 66.7 mg of CBD per full dropper.
The gourmet Chocolates have 25 mg. of CBD per piece.
Our tinctures have 30 servings per bottle, and the soft gels have 60 servings per bottle.
Will I Pass a Drug Test While Taking CBD?
All our products contain less than 0.3% THC per FDA regulations. If you are subject to drug testing, we strongly suggest you consult with your health care provider and/or legal advisor before consuming any hemp products. CBD affects each person’s biochemistry differently. If you are concerned about a drug test, using products containing CBD/hemp extract may not be for you. Because studies regarding the effects of CBD/hemp products on our bodies are ongoing, it is always advised to do more research before taking CBD.
Do I Have an Endocannabinoid System? And How Does CBD/Hemp Affect it?
Yes, we all have an endocannabinoid system! The endocannabinoid system was discovered in the 1990’s while researchers studied how the cannabis plant interacted with the human body. The endocannabinoid system helps regulate the functions of many of our body’s other biological systems. There are endocannabinoid receptors throughout our body which activate when cannabinoids like CBD are present. The hemp plant has phytocannabinoids that work with our endocannabinoid receptors to help create this balance and stability to our various systems (e.g. central nervous system, immune system, digestive system, etc.).
What’s the Difference Between Hemp Seed Oil, Isolate, Full-Spectrum, and Broad-Spectrum Oil?
Understanding these differences can play a big role in helping you select the product that is right for you.
Containing no CBD, hemp seed and hemp seed oil is mostly comprised of dietary fats and is excellent to consume as a superfood or to use on your skin.
Hemp extract is derived from the hemp plant and can be either full-spectrum or broad-spectrum. Full-spectrum (think of a full orchestra) contains all the naturally occurring cannabinoids (like CBD), terpenes, and flavonoids found in the plant. Broad-spectrum (think of the woodwinds and brass section together) still contains many of the naturally occurring cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids while others have been removed, often the THC. Isolate (think of the drum section only) is made up of CBD only and typically comes in powdered form. Isolate is a cheaper form of CBD and often used in underperforming products. Not surprisingly, most people find the full complement of all the plant goodness in full-spectrum products the most satisfying and effective form of hemp oil to choose.
What is a COA and Why is it Important?
COA stands for a Certificate of Analysis. Conducted as a safety assurance procedure, tests are conducted by a third-party independent lab to measure the potency of a product. As we test our oil while in production and, again, when it is in product form, we go one step further and additionally test for microbials, molds, heavy metals, and toxins before sending any product to market. To best inform our consumer on what exactly is in a specific product, we attached a COA button on each product page. Here, a description regarding information like product potency and the full cannabinoid profile can be reviewed.
The hemp plant is a bio-accumulator meaning it draws into the plant what’s found in the soil and water where it grows. For this reason, we are meticulous about the raw hemp we source from our farmers and how we craft the oil we use in formulation. A company proud of its products will be proud to show you the Certificates of Analysis.