One of the biggest concerns that people new to CBD products have is, “Will CBD get me high?” We can tell you with certainty that the answer is a resounding “no.” This is especially true when you are using Joy Organics products, so let us break down how our products are THC free but full of potent phytocannabinoids.
Full Spectrum Hemp and CBD
Just like you are much different than your siblings, hemp is different from marijuana. Marijuana is a bit of a wild child when it comes to the Cannabis sativa family. It contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This is the psychoactive chemical compound that is prevalent in this version of Cannabis sativa.
Hemp is a different variety of Cannabis sativa. Under state law, true hemp has less than 0.3% THC in its genetic makeup. If it tests higher than that, it is legally classified as the schedule 1 controlled substance known as marijuana. Legally authorized hemp cannot get you high. This is why Kentucky farmers fought for the legalization of hemp back in 2014.
The 2014 Farm Bill allowed for the selling of hemp products across all 50 states. It also made it federally legal to cultivate hemp if the state you reside in approves of the cultivation.
Up until recently, to grow hemp you had to apply for permission with your state. From there, they must agree that the hemp is being grown for educational purposes, research or in compliance with the state’s pilot program. Under the 2018 Farm Bill, which is expected to be signed by the president within the next few weeks, hemp will be completely legalized for commercial use, making the process much easier. However, the less than 0.3% THC requirement still applies.
Seeing as Joy Organics is supplied with organically grown hemp that complies with the Farm Bill, we know that there is no chance our products can get you high. However, we go the extra step in ensuring that the THC is removed from the final product while all other phytocannabinoids remain in place. Let’s go through the process we use to deliver the highest quality CBD products minus the THC.
Drying the Organically Grown Hemp
We receive our organically grown hemp from nutrient-rich soil in Colorado. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’d know that this state knows a thing or two about cannabis cultivation! Once the hemp arrives at our warehouse, we dry it out. When they are ready to be used in our CBD products, we mill the dried hemp into a coarse powder. Once processed, we ship to our Colorado manufacturing facility.
Extracting the Oil
While we use the whole plant during the process, you don’t want the whole plant in the final product! Depending on the product we make, we go through proprietary hemp extraction and purification processes.
The most common way to extract CBD is through CO2 extraction. There are three ways to achieve this:
- Supercritical (Most Common)
No matter the method, the extraction is accomplished through the force of pressurized carbon dioxide. These machines typically freeze the carbon dioxide gas. They then compress it into a supercritical state that is comprised of a cold liquid. When in contact with the hemp plant, these gaseous molecules will act as a solvent. They will draw precious phytochemicals out of the plant material.
To maintain the terpenes, this process is done at low temperatures such as -69 degrees F. Pressure is slowly raised to around 75 pounds per square inch. This is the beginning point for extracting CBD with carbon dioxide.
Once you hit that sweet spot, you want to keep increasing the temperature until reaches past the point that is known as “supercritical.” This is a unique moment in the genetic makeup of carbon dioxide. The gaseous vapors of carbon dioxide fill a container that captures the aromatic chemicals of hemp.
Meanwhile, the carbon dioxide still has liquid-like density. Therefore, its cold temperatures allow the cannabinoids to slow down and bind with carbon dioxide molecules. Also, the liquid density helps capture cannabinoids. As the temperature slowly goes up, those cannabinoids will be released when the carbon dioxide dissipates into a gaseous form.
You can also extract the oil with ethanol, in which case we use only the highest quality food grade ethanol.
Refining the Process
Once the extraction process is over, you will be stuck with a bunch of plant material that you don’t want. Therefore, you need to separate it from all the good stuff. The solution will get separated and broken down. Trichomes and terpenes will go down one path. Meanwhile, supercritical carbon dioxide goes into a condenser. Here, it is turned back into a liquid and put into a storage tank for future use.
During this process, unnecessary fats and solids are separated from the phytocannabinoids we covet. In the end, our products contain 112 cannabinoids including:
Having all of these molecules present further enriches the benefits of the final product. That is because cannabinoids have been shown to have an entourage effect on one another. Therefore, in the presence of other cannabinoids, their beneficial qualities are amplified.
Distilling without the THC
Once all the phytocannabinoids are extracted, they are distilled. This will take all the solid plant matter out of the equation. However, still in the equation? THC. At Joy Organics, we want you to experience all the benefits that each of the 112 phytocannabinoids hemp plants has to offer. We want to make sure you enjoy it worry-free without the THC.
Using proprietary technology, we take out THC, wax, chlorophyll and other plant pigments. To prove this, we use both in-house and third-party lab testing. Each product that leaves the facility is tested for quality and purity. Before walking out the door, each cannabinoid, essential fatty acid and terpene is determined and accounted for!
When the batch passes for purity, it receives a Certificate of Internal Analysis as well as a Certificate of Quality Assurance. That way each customer knows more than one pair of eyes inspected the product. This is the type of transparency that sets Joy Organics apart from other CBD products.
On top of the in-house testing, a third-party will come in once a month. These parties keep us in check by verifying our certificates. As of this date, not a single batch has failed a test!
Benefits of CBD
As we mentioned, full spectrum hemp oil comes with all the phytocannabinoids intact, minus THC. Having all these unique plant chemicals present is what makes CBD products so beneficial to many. So what are some of these benefits that THC-free products have? Glad you asked!
CBD has the unique ability to tap into areas of the body that no other compounds have access to. Throughout the system lies a series of synapses, molecular highways and complex systems known as the endocannabinoid system.
The endocannabinoid system communicates with numerous receptors throughout your body. When all is going well, the receptors mind their business. However, as inflammation pops up in the system, the neural tissues at the end of the receptors go into panic mode.
These receptors send signals out to the endocannabinoid system. This complex area of the body deciphers the message it receives and figures out a plan of attack. When you have inflammation in your joints, it may prompt the brain to create substance P, your pain perception. If you’re sleepy, it might trigger the pineal gland to secrete melatonin. In times of joy, the endocannabinoid system will tell the adrenal glands to let out a bit of dopamine.
Suffice to say, the endocannabinoid system covers a lot of ground. So, when the receptors are upset, cannabinoids in CBD products seek them out. When they find the stressed receptors, cannabinoids stimulate the neural tissues. As a result, the neural tissues communicate a new message to the endocannabinoid system. Whatever affliction you were feeling before is a non-issue to these receptors. This is why CBD products have been linked to many beneficial qualities such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and cell rejuvenating properties.
Even more unique? Our skin also contains its own endocannabinoid system. That’s right! Directly under the epidermis is a circuit of receptors. By using CBD products such as a CBD salve, you may get directly to the receptors that are screaming out in pain.
Lastly, you can quickly get the cannabinoids into your bloodstream by using a CBD tincture. The capillaries underneath your tongue draw a thin line between your bloodstream and exterior. By placing a drop of CBD tincture in this sensitive for 30 seconds, you are getting instant access to the endocannabinoid system.
There are many ways to enjoy CBD products, and they all come without the psychoactive side effects that THC brings. We hold our products up to the highest standards. That is why we take great care of the hemp plants from drying to extracting to distilling. We formulate our products with the greatest care and are proud to deliver the highest-quality CBD products you can find.