Why we're working with Hemp Flower instead of CBD isolate.
As many of you know, we recently decided to discontinue making and selling our CBD Ghee line. The CBD Ghees that we were making were crafted with a CBD isolate powder, whereas our new line of The Hempress Ghees are crafted by steeping hemp flowers into ghee. I’d like to share some more information about this decision, as it came with a huge learning curve for me - and I want you, as a consumer during the CBD craze, to be informed.
// CBD isolate //
“To produce this extract, CBD is isolated and then refined to strip out any additional cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant components found in the hemp plant. The final product is a fine white powder that contains around 99% cannabidiol.” - https://madebyhemp.com/whole-plant-hemp-cbd-isolate-difference/
“In the United States, CBD's legal status depends on the source from which it is derived. When derived from marijuana it is a schedule 1 controlled substance under the federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA). This is because the CSA's definition of marijuana (spelled "marihuana") includes "all parts" of the cannabis plant. When it is the investigative new drug Epidiolex it is schedule 5 (see below). However, when CBD is derived from hemp or some other lawful source it is not a controlled substance. Section 10113 of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018defines "hemp" as "the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of that plant, including the seeds thereof and all derivatives, extracts, cannabinoids, isomers, acids, salts, and salts of isomers, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis." Hemp is excluded from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). CBD is not specifically scheduled in the CSA. It is therefore lawful when derived from hemp, which is not a controlled substance and the definition of which includes "cannabinoids". CBD is a cannabinoid.” - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannabidiol
Because CBD isolate is classified as a pharmaceutical drug it is illegal in many states to add it to food/bevarages - just like it’s illegal to add Aspirin or any drug to commercially sold food.
Something that I struggled with while using the CBD isolate in our ghee is that it doesn’t have any color or smell or flavor, and so the actual plant is unrecognizable. It resembles a pharmaceutical drug on a physical level AND an energetic level. It’s powerful medicine, yes. There is no denying that. So is Aspirin. However, it doesn’t fully align with Goddess Ghee’s mission - which is about food (food, not drugs) being our medicine.
(Sidenote: I am not condemning the use of pharmaceutical drugs. They are helpful in certain situations. Aaaand, I am interested in helping catalyze the shift from relying less on pharmaceuticals and more on natural/ancient medicines.)
The key difference between CBD isolate and hemp is whole plant medicine and how that relates to bio-availability (and effectiveness).
// Hemp //
“Whole plant hemp extract keeps the full properties of the hemp plant intact. In addition to CBD, this extract includes terpenes, cannabinoids, vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, phytonutrients and any other materials that are extracted from the hemp plant. The hemp plant naturally contains over 100 cannabinoids that, similar to CBD, provide their own unique benefit.
Also referred to as a full-spectrum extract, whole plant hemp extract contains all of the available benefits within the hemp material. By keeping all of the plant components, whole plant hemp extract benefits from the synergistic properties between the components. Scientists have found that plant components interact with one another to create an enhanced effect (compared to the component alone).
According to this theory, known as the entourage effect, CBD and other components of hemp work together to improve absorption and effect in the body. These compounds influence each other’s function for a sum greater than its parts.
Since the natural cannabinoids remain intact, whole plant hemp extract contains small levels of THC. However, in order to be considered hemp, whole plant hemp extract must have less than 0.3% THC. This is a trace amount that does not create a high.” - https://madebyhemp.com/whole-plant-hemp-cbd-isolate-difference/
Here are some of the benefits of full spectrum hemp flower:
I invite you to read more about this topic to decide what feels best for you, but as far as Goddess Ghee goes we are committed to working with the hemp plant in her pure, unadulterated form. Even if suddenly it becomes legal to put CBD isolate in food, we won’t do it again. There is something really magical about working with this green aromatic plant - in the same way that we work with the golden turmeric and the deep luscious cacao - and this feels more aligned with our values.
Our luscious ghee infused with /H e m p/ Flower, Nettles, Tulsi, Mint, and Lemon Balm, then whipped with Raw Honey and Vanilla Bean, topped with a Calendula flower.