What is total sphere, wide spectrum CBD oil?
When you are looking for wellness and potential health benefits, you need to use a wide spectrum product grown under watchful organic conditions like what we do at Vid. The reason comes in threes – synergy, symbiotic, and adaptogenic.
While it is true you can get CBD compounds that are isolate – CBD in colorless, crystalline form that is often dissolved into carrier ingredients to be safer to use, they are not giving you the entire picture. CBD as an isolate is one of 485 compounds in the Cannabis plant. Scientists are increasingly discovering that CBD is just one piece of the puzzle, and does not work that well by itself. It may have some benefit for specialized applications, such as rare, previously untreatable forms of childhood epilepsy, but not nearly as many as a full spectrum product offers. Total spectrum Vid-CBD oil, full of all the cannabinoids that bind to human endocannabinoids, is easy for the body to take up and utilize with no danger of overdose or potential physical harm.
Wide spectrum CBD oil, sometimes called pure or total spectrum CBD oil, uses the entire aerial plant processed in a healthy manner to get all the good stuff out. The aerial parts of the plants are everything – including flowers – that is above the soil line. Roots are not used when processing total spectrum oil for a very important reason. Hemp plants are one of the best phytoremediation plants known to man. Even though every plant grown and processed for Vid-CBD is grown fully organic and processed the same way, we take no chances. Besides, the roots are tough. That is why they hold soil so well and do their thing so efficiently.
Their thing is phytoremediation, an amazing process where a plant, in place or in situ as it is known, remediates or removes what does not belong in the soil. Hemp will remove toxins, heavy metals, wastes, sludge, ground chemicals, you name it, from the soil and from the water it uptakes. The “gunk” is stored in the roots and does not migrate into the plant. For hemp, this clean up process is so good hemp is used to clear radioactivity from soil, and to mitigate toxic spill and illegal dumping cleanup.
The good stuff that is produced in all components of the above ground green parts of the plant – leaves, stalk, flowers, stems – is where the magic happens for wellness* compounds. Different parts of the plant have different properties and compounds, but it takes the whole plant to give you the entire spectrum of cannabinoids, flavonoids, phenols, terpenes, and other compounds abundant in hemp. In order to get all the good stuff extracted it takes different methods and then mixing the extracts to obtain a complete spectrum product.
Many companies talk about cold pressing and “supercritical CO2” extraction. The problem is cold pressing can only be used on hemp seed for hemp seed oil. Elsewhere in the site you will find explanations about the differences, but in a nutshell, if you see anything talking about Omega fatty acids, or Omega-3, -6, or -9, you are looking at hemp seed oil and not CBD oil. While hemp seed oil is healthy, it does not possess any of the cannabinoids that are contained in the rest of the aerial parts of the plant. It will not, and cannot, provide any of the potential wellness* benefits you are seeking from true CBD oil.
CO2 extraction has been used for essential oils and other lipid compounds, as well as spice extracts, hops processing, and other potentially consumable items for a while. While effective and deemed to leave no residue for the leaf and hurd or stalk of the hemp plant, the method referred to as “supercritical” just means that CO2, a gaseous compound found in air and what is affecting the planet heating up, is held between a gaseous and solid state. You know CO2 solid as dry ice. Most supercritical CO2 processes do not require government agency inspection of the extracted product, since it does not leave residue. The challenge is it extracts nearly everything except cellulose, and suspends it in with the rest of what is obtained from the leafy parts of the plant. This means that microscopic particles of solids that are not what you want to consume into your bloodstream or respiratory system are in the mix.
The CO2 extraction method is not effective for removing the most important compounds, found in the flowers of the hemp plant. That has to be done with an effective, organic volatile compound that captures the terpenes and cannabinoids and done at a low temperature, as terpenes are very volatile (evaporate easily) and disappear at a wide but low range of temperatures. This is the only way to truly get all the beneficial components out of the flowers of the hemp plant. To get the cannabinoids to convert into the most potent, best bioavailable products, the flowers must go through a process called decarboxylation. The easiest way to explain what decarboxylation does is to describe a piece of bread you toast. You can kind of toast bread in the sun, in a toaster, or under a broiler. The most effective with the least chance of damage is a well-regulated toaster. Cannabis flower needs to release a carbon atom to let CBDa turn into CBD. Lightly drying (often considered part of a curing process) or toasting does that. It also helps release the critical oils containing other cannabinoids, allowing them to be extracted.
HPN uses ethanol, which is organic grain alcohol (with federally required miniscule amounts of pentane added to stabilize it), all of which is distilled out of the final hemp extract, to remove all the oils and compounds from the flowers. It is done at a low temperature so as to not lose or damage the delicate terpenes. The extracts from the green and flower parts are then blended, and you have pure, total sphere organic Vid-CBD extract that is then blended with a carrier oil to protect it. CBD extract is not stable by itself for over 2 weeks outside refrigeration, and cold does things that are not complementary to it, either. That is why we then blend the extract with MCT – medium chain triglycerides coconut oil – which stabilizes the CBD oil for two full years.
Total spectrum CBD oil has so many different compounds in it, at least 200 cannabinoids and 285 other things that are good for you*, that labels often do not tell the whole story, nor do laboratory tests that are posted on products or websites. Vid always posts their most recent independent, third party laboratory results on our website, and coming soon via easy to access QR codes on our boxes you will be able to see the current analysis without even having to go to the site. We believe transparency is very important to your well-being*.
Please note that most labs only test for the top terpenes (aromatic compounds found in hemp that scientists believe aid digestion, act on the central nervous system to calm anxiety, and other things) due to the limitations of their testing equipment. Many terpenes are rare, or do not exist in hemp, or are in very tiny amounts that make them very challenging to measure. Weather, sunlight, nutrients, the genetic lineage of the strain, all affect the terpene and cannabinoid content in every harvest of hemp. This is true for all growers, regardless of where they grow. Grow houses can establish control fairly well for some particular high concentration components such as THC and terpenes for flavors, much more than they can for CBD and cannabinoid content. Our proprietary strains have been bred to give the widest range of terpenes and cannabinoids possible, much of which depends on sunlight, clean air and water, and good soil conditions. Vid has high standards and provides our customers with high quality, wide compound content products that meet their needs. The reason is the synergy, symbiosis, and adaptogenic reasons we spoke of earlier.
Endocannabinoids are a fascinating bunch of receptors, compounds, and combinations. The cannabinoids are just as complex. While it is well known that 9-delta tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is the stuff that “gives you a head rush”, most people do not know that hemp has its own buffering agent that grows in the same plant – CBD. It is actually CBDa and CBDb at the point of being completely raw, but let’s just say CBD and a limited number of terpenes are the agents that keep the THC in check and under control. It is what takes the edge off to make things not so scary or paranoid, but mellow and relaxing when they are combined in recreational herb. There are other inter-reactions of the same nature that happen within the large variety of cannabinoids that researchers are just now beginning to understand.
Synergy is what happens when two or more substances come together and combine to make one that is more effective, stronger, or works better combined than the two parts functioning separately. That is exactly what cannabinoids do. Symbiosis is usually used to talk about two organisms that grow together, sharing nutrients or other things to help the other one survive or thrive. It also means when two things come together for a mutually beneficial relationship, like CBD has on THC.
Adaptogenics are plants that are non-toxic that appear to bring the body back into balance, or homeostasis (homoios– like, stasis– standing or stopping) by ameliorating stressors. In other words, they counteract things that make you stressed out and help your endocrine and parasympathetic systems calm down. An area of nutrition and physiology that is ancient but being explored heavily now, research on hemp and all the cannabinoid compounds that affect the endocannabinoid system suggests that it, too, provides adaptogenic properties when it is wide spectrum. Much research is being done on total spectrum CBD being used for calming anxiety, dealing with mood swings, helping depression, PTSD, addiction behavior, opiate addiction, and other challenging issues*. It is an exciting time to be adding Vid-CBD oil to your regime toward well-being* and wholeness.
High Plateau Nutraceuticals/Vid is dedicated to only supplying total sphere, all aerial CBD hemp oil products, but we actively reach beyond our field lines. We believe that the whole plant with all the nutrients available is what the body needs to have access to in order to provide the components for potential healing. Isolates that are refined with extreme chemicals are not a safe product for general use and should only be used in well-supervised medical settings. (The only currently FDA approved uses of CBD isolates is for rare forms of epilepsy, using critically monitored dosages under intense medical supervision.) We know that Mother Nature put all that good stuff in the hemp plant for a reason, and that maybe she knew we needed it worse now than ever to help people and the planet heal. We sure hope so.
You have our word on that.