'Golden Oil' makes the best quality CBD products
Medical Cannabis Experience going back 25 years
Twenty five years ago I was a partner with Tony Taylor the proprietor of the most pioneering medical cannabis dispensary in Europe. A wholefood cafe, integrative medicine, and therapy centre at 10 Caledonian rd, Kings Cross.
Visitors were a varied group, one day it might be the actor and cannabis advocate Woody Harleson, another a 9/11 firefighter, or even a senior civil servant. On a bad day...Scotland Yard, and not off duty...!! This place was a hub of profound healing and passionate care, assisting thousands of people with chronic and debilitating conditions. It was the place of my beginnings....
In view of that experiential background, ethical stance and pioneering spirit the order of the day has to be quality, quality and more quality when it comes to CBD now.
Having a background in medical cannabis, historically dispensing to people with very real and serious conditions and witnessing the birth of commercial research open with medical pharmaceutical pioneers like GW Pharmaceuticals, understanding the needs of people is implicit in all we do. Being a practicing clinician with patient treatment and psychotherapeutic training, gives a different product focus than just being in business and riding the new popularisation of CBD.
As it always has been and always will be for the customer, in any specialist market it is very difficult if not impossible for them to know what goes into what they need and consume and we all know price certainly is no indicator of that. Many capitalise on the mark up potential. Fancy labels and packaging tell you nothing. You need to know what's inside to see for yourself. So here we lay it out for you to see and understand for yourselves. Transparency is central to what we do and allows people to see what they are purchasing.
Many of the CBD products on the market are made from a heavy dark unrefined hemp product. It tastes bitter due to the plant residues that are not refined out. The plant when processed makes a dark green mass...which should get lighter and lighter as all the unnecessary plant material, chlorophyl, waxes and unwanted material is removed through degrees of purification. With each stage comes a clearer and clearer product. Very refined hemp (CBD within it) is therefore like golden honey, as all the extraneous green and brown plant matter is removed. As you would hope it would be. But, people have come to associate the taste of CBD products, slightly plant like and bitter with hemp, not knowing that this is actually crude unrefined material...the industry standard product.
How 'CBD Golden oil' is made from hemp
Most CBD products available for purchase sourced from industrial hemp that’s grown either domestically, in Europe or the North Americas. CBD products containing less than .03% THC, sourced from the seeds or stalks of industrial hemp, are legal in the UK and are sold as health food products.
Why Growing Conditions are Important
Hemp is a known soil remediator. This means that hemp will suck up toxins in the soil that it’s grown in and will clean these toxins out. Hemp is great at doing this job and has been proposed as an environmental clean up agent. Therefore clean soil and growing conditions are important as well as the purification processes undertaken to make the raw product into medicines.
Extraction Methods Change the Nature of the Material
There are two main ways that CBD can be extracted. The first is by using a solvent and the second is by using temperature and pressure. Solvent-based extraction methods involve passing a solvent through the product and then burning off the solvent, so that only the desired chemical compound, like CBD, remains. There are a number of different solvents that can be used, but ethanol and butane are the most common. Solvent-based extraction methods are used frequently with the cannabis plant because the solvents work well with the cannabis flower.
Because CBD oil is often made from industrial hemp, in which case CBD must come from the seeds and stalks of the plant, CO2 extraction methods are most often used. CO2 extraction methods use a combination of temperature and pressure to extract the CBD from the plant material. In the CBD industry, CO2 extraction methods are often considered the gold standard because they don’t involve the use of chemical solvents and do a better job of preserving CBD and other beneficial chemical compounds.
CO2 extraction methods are even further classified into two — supercritical and subcritical extraction. Subcritical CO2 extractions use low temperature and low pressure and take more time. They produce smaller returns but can retain terpenes and oils, creating a full-spectrum CBD product in the end. Supercritical CO2 extractions use high temperature and high pressure. This process may damage terpenes and other chemicals, but it will extract larger molecules like omegas, creating a different, but still potentially potent product. Full-spectrum products take the “entourage effect” into consideration. The entourage effect states that the plant chemicals work better together than they do alone. To put it simply, a CBD oil that has terpenes and other cannabinoids mixed in will have a greater impact on the body than a CBD oil with only CBD in it.
three stages required to make 'golden oil' so pure
CBD OIl Colour
Once the CBD has been extracted, it can then be processed which will determine the colour of the oil. There are generally three different categories that CBD oils fall into. Our oils have been through all three stages, but this is rare, most CBD in the market place has only been refined to stage one, or at best stage two. Only the highest quaslity oils meet the gold standard of three levels of refinement:
Raw CBD oil is exactly what it sounds like. Once the oil has been extracted, the oil does not go through any more processing and does not get filtered. Raw CBD oil can be green or black in color because it still contains much of the raw plant material: phytochemicals, chlorophyll, and organic plant material. It can look like a very thick black tar. Raw oil may contain the most impurities leftover from the extraction process. This is used as a source of CBD, and mixed with carrier Oils for many CBD tinctures and products. It is the cheapest entry level product, but allows many tinctures and big brands to produce mass quantity, high profit margin products. Often quoting the 'entourage effect' to qualify their potency, what this often means is simply unrefined, raw or crude basic cheap first level processing. Such products look like the below image, dark, thick and bitter tasting. Once bottled most consumers know no difference. This is the industry basic common product.
Decarboxylated CBD oil means that the CBD will be more active in the body, it is a process of gently heating the material to ‘activate’ the CBD. Decarboxylation is when the oil is heated up to change the chemical components and “turn on” the CBD. This process improves the efficacy and potency of the oil, it allows for the oil to be absorbed by the body and utilised effectively. Making the oil more available to the body to use, means that more product is absorbed and is better value. This increased efficiency is crucial to the effectiveness of your CBD product.. Our CBD has been decarboxylated in stages that has increased the ‘bioavalibility’ as much as four to fives times in efficiency. The body will only be able to use as little as 5-10% of CBD, but having been more efficiently created, that availability to the body has improved to 30%. This means that you get four times more effectiveness from the same quantity with our production processes. Decarboxylated oil is often brown or darker in color due to this extra processing stage.
Filtered oil has been through the most processing. Generally, filtered oil has been decarboxylated and then even further refined by filtering out the phytochemicals and plant materials. This makes the oil gold in color which is often considered the highest quality compared to raw or decarboxylated oil. Filtered oil is commonly referred to as “gold” CBD oil and is very popular among consumers. It also tends to be the most expensive as it is the most refined, potent and purified. It is light and golden in colour due to all the chlorophyl, waxes and lipids having been removed. What is left is a purified mix of turpenes and CBD with the most important ingredients intact. This creates the ‘gold standard’ of CBD products, giving the ‘entourage effect’ but without the unnecessary plant components. This oil will be light and delicate in taste and highly effective in the body.
The Bottom Line
The darker or more opaque a CBD oil is the less amount of processing or refinement it has gone through. Clear, gold CBD oil is considered the highest quality and the premium level of CBD products use this highest level of product. However, this it doesn’t mean that the other forms are not valuable, it is just about knowing what it is that you are purchasing and the standard of product you wish to ingest. On top of this our hemp carrier oil is also processed in a similar way and for the same reasons while in the production laboratory. This is the level of effort and consideration which has gone into our product. All of this m,eans that you get an exceptionally refined and thought through premium CBD tincture. We believe you will be hard pressed to find any product better at any price point. We are confident that ours is ‘The Gold Standard of CBD’.
Why is Golden CBD Oil the Best?
Golden oil is extremely pure, containing a full range of Flavanoids, Terpenes and Cannabinoids that make it the most complete oil on the market. It is extensively filtered after having been through decarboxylation to activate the CBD’s potency. The unnecessary plant matter, fats, chlorophyll and waxes are separated, which leads to the clear gold color end product.
The refined filtration process as opposed to extensive processing allows for it to retain the elements required to get the very best from the Hemp plant in a fuller sense. This gives a ‘full spectrum’ product with all the benefits plus the refinement of taste and effect.
A Full Spectrum Product gives the Entourage Effect
The more of the Hemp plant that is included in the dosage they are taking, (minus the impurities like fats, waxes and Chlorophyll), the better the effect due to the symbiotic nature of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavanoids available including the CBD. This creates an amplified synergistic effect known as the ‘Entourage Effect’. Golden Oil enables this to happen with a greater chance than oils carrying impurities, or weaker traces of useful elements. However, many brands will use the term 'entourage effect' when the product is rich in all the raw unprocessed, unfiltered material, so caution is needed when interpreting this term and looking at what is inside the bottle is of utmost importance. With our oil the entourage effect is created due to precise and complex filtration process it undergoes, coupled with an exceptionally high bio availability level of 30%, this adds even more power to our tinctures.
See the above image to look at how supposedly similarly labelled products can be so different. Our bottles are clear glass as we want you to see what you are buying and consuming, brown glass bottles prevent this, so here you can see for yourself.
The Experience of using High Quality Become Whole Tinctures
When we use our products we often comment on how good we find them to be. But what exactly does that mean?
Having used a variety of other products we have a basic knowledge of comparisons that we have noticed.
We notice with our own products a sense of becoming energised when using them, a clarity of mind that opens up and a sense of what can be described as being very transparent in nature..meaning they feel exceptionally pure. This is very clear if you have used other CBD products, some can feel pretty grim, taste really unpleasant and simply give you a feeling of quality that is rough or at worst dirty. Become Whole CBD is just in a league of its own, and we say this every time we use our own products. This isn't bias, it is literally how they make us feel. The incredible sense of natural relaxation and peacefulness that we both experience, and the beautiful sleep and clear mindedness we experience after a fantastic sleep is on a level that other products we have tried could only dream of.
CBD is sadly somewhat falling short of it's true capacity by the mainstream of brands which yes, do work, but are simply a poor experience by comparison to a truly super refined cutting edge product. Only having had the opportunity to make side by side comparisons have we been able to come to this conclusion. The highest quality CBD really is an experience all in itself, and quality is everything, not just because of what you put into your body, but also because the effect with it is so pronounced it is like a different product. When profits are the goal, the highest standard product will not be used that is the simple truth. But when you experience the difference it is like night and day...it suddenly makes complete sense and there is no option to ever use anything else again.
Full Spectrum and Legal UK THC levels in our Tinctures
Most people are aware of the effects of cannabis, and this can lead to confusion surrounding CBD and products that contain it. Because CBD doesn’t bind to the CB1 or CB2 endocannbinoid nerve receptors in your brain, CBD does not get you high, there is no psychoactive effect.
It is THC (the illegal part) that is psychoactive and as all of the CBD products available on the Become Whole range, despite being strong medications, they have to contain less than 0.03% and remain within the UK standard required tolerances.
This quality makes our products a very appealing option for those who are looking for a safe and reliably strong tincture that is effective for their needs. Our CBD oil is mixed with complementary fatty oils to help with absorption into the body, our carrier oils are high quality MCT oil (coconut) and hemp seed oil.
Please look at our scientific research pages to see how enthusiastic the scientific establishment are about CBD and its multiple benefits. The great thing about our range is that it allows for those people who need and higher dose medication to use clinical level doses at non extravagant prices.
We believe you will not find a higher quality CBD oil, please get in touch for more information.