The Clear’s Secret to Amazing Natural Flavors for Our Many Award-Winning Concentrates

The Clear’s Secret to Amazing Natural Flavors for Our Many Award-Winning Concentrates

Let’s talk terps—and other magical molecules that plants produce.

We’ve already shared with you the secrets behind The Clear™’s cultivation and extraction techniques that yield the purest concentrate on the market. But what happens once we’ve made our ultra-clean, golden extract? How does our obsession with quality impact the array of luscious flavors our discerning customers seek out?

To bring our true-to-life flavors into The Clear™, we use naturally-derived terpenes and flavonoids. And our advanced vape hardware elevates taste to the next level.

Bring Out the Funk, and the Fruity Flavors, Too

While terpenes are what give cannabis strains their singular flavors and fragrances, they can be found throughout the plant kingdom—the immediately identifiable scents and flavors found in tart lemons, icy mint, savory thyme, spicy pepper and many more herbs, spices and fruits.

Flavonoids give fruits and vegetables their bright colors. Both types of compounds have been shown to have many health benefits.

So far, scientists have discovered more than 200 terpenes and over 20 flavonoids in cannabis plants alone, ranging from classic skunky scents to sweet, fruity notes.

Many other companies inject synthetic terpenes into their extracts. But our award-winning flavors come from natural plant sources, not a factory. And just as our extraction process distills our oil to its purest form, our terpene and flavonoid extraction process also draws out the best, most concentrated form of natural flavor.  

We use steam distillation to isolate and collect the terpenes and flavonoids—no synthetic or non-organic materials are used in any of our extraordinary, hand-crafted flavors. All of the plant material and compounds used in the process are organic, non-GMO and FDA-certified as “Generally Recognized as Safe” (GRAS). As always, our customers can count on a pure, clean experience.

As a result, the delectable flavors are true to the strains and fruits they are drawn from. Everyone’s taste buds are different, so we’ve created a dozen fruit flavors to please every palate, as well as five special flavors that pay tribute to some of the most popular cannabis strains around.

Our award-winning concentrate array starts with the cannabis flavor line, which runs the gamut from sweet-and-piney XJ-13, to pungently sour, salty and sweet OG, peppery Golden Goat, the citrus-minded Lemon Haze (also available in Clear™ CBD) and the terpene-free neutral Lobster Butter, which is an ideal option for edible applications.

Tantalizing fruit flavors:

  • Blue Raz is tart, yet sweet and mouth-watering, like cotton candy or a lollipop.
  • Red Apple combines the full bouquet of the orchard with a long, sweet finish.
  • Pure Pear’s soft sweetness tastes fresh-picked.

And the list goes on (*-also featured in our Clear™ CBD lineup):

Juicy Potent Pineapple*; ripe, sweet Blueberry*; tangy, sweet Lime Sorbet and Lemon Lime*; bright, rich Orange Cream*; juicy, soda-inspired Grapevine; super-ripe and deep Strawberry*; balanced, smooth Banana Cream; and the complex and satisfying Strawberry Banana.

The Clear’s Stellar, Straightforward Vape Tech  

When it comes time to consume, our vaporizer again exemplifies our desire to be straightforward and transparent, while implementing the most advanced technology. Our vape hardware is precision-made from medical-grade stainless steel, ceramic and glass. That’s it. No fibers, glues or chemicals.

We go to great lengths to make sure that when our customers pick up a Clear™ vape, they can tell right away that they’re getting the cleanest experience on the market. There’s no itchiness in the throat or lungs—just a smooth experience with consistent, flavorful and supremely effective results.

As it should be.

CBD Science: What Research has Revealed About Cannabidiol and Health

CBD Science: What Research has Revealed About Cannabidiol and Health

It’s tempting to think of cannabidiol (CBD), a non-psychoactive compound in cannabis, as an herbal panacea. After all, it’s being touted as a potential treatment for asthma, obesity, drug addiction, acne, Alzheimer’s, migraines, PTSD and insomnia, just to name a few conditions.

But research into CBD’s healthful properties has largely been stifled in the United States, until recently. So, much of the evidence is either historical (“Napoleon’s troops probably used it!”), anecdotal (“My aunt swears by it!”) or based on lab studies of animals (the rat was unavailable for comment).

However, times are changing. The June 2018 decision by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to approve a cannabis-derived CBD drug called Epidiolex for treating certain forms of epilepsy is a positive sign that barriers to cannabis research could soon be a thing of the past. When you consider 30 states plus the District of Columbia have approved some form of medical cannabis, the need for answers and more CBD research is obvious.

We do know that cannabidiol is a key chemical messenger in the body’s endocannabinoid system, which is responsible for maintaining homeostasis and other functions from head to toe. (And there are claims CBD topicals can help with dandruff, athlete’s foot and everything in between).

There is a growing body of CBD research exploring the anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-you-name-it properties of cannabidiol. There are few definitive results yet. But urgent health needs, plus hundreds of CBD products trying to answer them, have a way of putting public demand ahead of the research curve.

How might it help you? Here are just a few of the applications that show promise.

CBD and convulsive disorders: The medical journal Epilepsia notes that cannabis has been used to treat epilepsy for centuries. Even as research continues, patients are using CBD to limit or eliminate seizures—as seen in numerous reports, most famously CNN’s docu-series Weed.

CBD and cancer: Some of the strongest support for medical applications of cannabis comes from cancer research, as reported by The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in its sweeping 2017 review of 10,000 scientific abstracts. Cannabinoids are helping cancer patients deal with pain, general wasting and the nausea and vomiting that come with chemotherapy, according to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Studies suggest CBD and other cannabinoids may also play a role in limiting tumor growth.

CBD and acne: A study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation cites its effectiveness in corralling over productive sebaceous (oil) glands, and limiting the inflammation that causes “acne vulgaris.”

CBD and anxiety: In a research review published in the journal Neurotherapeutics, researchers said there is “considerable potential” for CBD as a balm for a wide range of anxiety disorders, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive behaviors and panic disorders.

CBD and addiction: Another Neurotherapeutics study makes the case for using CBD to limit “drug-seeking behaviors,” which is ironic, given how many times cannabis has been cited as a gateway to more dangerous drugs.  Now, it’s being seriously considered as an “exit drug.”

CBD and smoking cessation: An Addictive Behavior study showed that tapping a CBD inhaler decreased the number of cigarettes users smoked by 40 percent.

CBD and pain: The Journal of Experimental Medicine reported that CBD therapy soothed both chronic inflammatory and neurophathic (nerve) pain. It’s important to note it was a rat study. But rats have feelings, too.

One cannabinoid quirk: Often the effects of cannabis are enhanced by what is known as the entourage effect—combining, say, CBD with THC and terpenes, the volatile organic compounds that give cannabis its distinctive fragrance. If you want the whole effect, you may need the whole plant.

Based on current and future findings, there may be a wave of CBD-related therapies coming soon … or even this afternoon, depending on the advice you get at a dispensary. Given the limits of current science, you’ll have to be your own research scientist and lab rat. But it beats waiting for the next issue of Neurotherapeutics to hit your mailbox.

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What’s in Your Concentrate? How a Cannabis Plant Becomes The Clear

What’s in Your Concentrate? How a Cannabis Plant Becomes The Clear

The Clear™ is known for being the purest cannabis concentrate on the planet. But to get from plant to purified concentrate takes a number of pivotal steps and a lot industry-leading technology.

At The Clear™, we take the extra time and go further to ensure the cleanest concentrate, free from plant-matter byproducts and other residuals. We’ve purchased top-of-the-line equipment and modified it to be even better. And we’ve invested in research to make sure the final product that emerges from the extraction and distillation process is as pure as scientifically possible.

Step 1: Start With the Best Plants

Many companies start with leftover plant material, but only the highest-quality plants go into our exclusive machines. Put simply, we don’t use material that doesn’t meet our standards. It’s an expensive choice, but our product is worth it, and our customers understand that.

Step 2: Extraction

In many states we use a CO2 extraction process and a proprietary distillation process that involves no hydrocarbon solvents and no harmful chemicals.

Many concentrate makers consider the process finished once the solvents have been removed, and at this point they package their BHO and send it to the dispensary. But at The Clear™, we’re just getting started.

Step 3: Chill and Purify

First we “winterize” the mixture to freeze the plant-based fats out of the solution. The liquid we use to super-chill the extract is a natural, corn-derived ethanol. In this separation process, we use different temperatures and vacuum pressure to separate out the plant compounds—a.k.a. cannabinoids like THC—that we want to keep and get rid of the ones we don’t. If the resulting product is anything less than 85 percent THC, we run it through the process again, to obtain the purest product possible.

Step 4: Filter

Then we use a proprietary filter press that ultra-refines the oil. At this point, you could drink the resulting cannabis oil and it would not get you high. Just like you have to apply flame to a bowl of cannabis flower or heat to cannabutter to trigger its intoxicating properties, we have to add heat to “activate” the naturally occuring acid form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-A) to convert it to THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. This process, known as decarboxylation, is performed at precise temperatures to ensure the cannabinoids don’t degrade.

Step 5: Evaporate Again

We use another piece of proprietary equipment, an evaporator machine, to remove any remaining plant material and undesirable compounds, and obtain incredibly pure and potent THC distillate. We created our own machinery for this step that is specially built for cannabis and hemp.

Step 6: Achieve Maximum Purity

Where other manufacturers stop, The Clear™ takes one last special step that puts it ahead of everyone else. We put the first round of distillate into our house-designed and manufactured “still,” which takes the cannabis extract and makes it The Clear™.

Why The Clear is Hands-Down the World’s Best Cannabis Concentrate

There’s a reason we call our product The Clear™: It’s the cleanest, clearest oil out there. We guarantee it’s at the very least 85 percent THC, but it is often even purer.

We’ve patented the processes and equipment that we’ve developed to make the world’s purest extracts. But we’re still not satisfied: We’ll keep innovating and fine-tuning our refining techniques, using the latest technology to make the Clear™ better all the time, and to bring new products to the market.

Green and Clean From Seed to Extraction: How The Clear Sets the Industry Standard for CBD and THC Concentrates

Green and Clean From Seed to Extraction: How The Clear Sets the Industry Standard for CBD and THC Concentrates

The Clear™’s commitment to producing the purest cannabis concentrates on the market starts at the seed level.

The difference between The Clear™ and other products is that most other concentrate manufacturers use their leftover plant material to create their oils instead of the flower, where most of the cannabinoids and terpenes are located. Many of our competitors’ main source of revenue is selling flower, so they use only trim or shake that doesn’t make the cut for the dispensary sales floor, sometimes including plants with mold or spider mites. Considering how microbial contamination will not show up in testing after the affected plants are processed, the motto they use is, “Just blast it,” as they put poor-quality plant bits into cheap equipment.

We agree: Ewww.

On the other hand, plants grown for The Clear™ are of the highest possible quality, and we use premium flower for our oils, because concentrates are all we do.

That standard for excellence starts with the soil we grow our plants in. We don’t use nitrates or synthetic pesticides, which can leave a nasty taste that lingers in concentrates, and have been connected to causing illness in consuming patients. We use only organic soil, as well as natural methods like biocontrols to fight pests.

All of our hemp-derived CBD concentrates start with plants grown by local Colorado farmers with industrial hemp certifications, growers who use organic practices. And for our THC concentrates sold in Colorado, our sister company Bonsai Cultivation ensures plants meet their full potential. Bonsai Cultivation has won dozens of industry awards, including multiple High Times Cannabis Cups and THC Championships.

Bonsai shares our belief that all segments of the cannabis industry need to be conscientious about our impact on the planet, from what we put in the ground and water to our energy consumption and water use.

Bonsai’s state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation facility incorporates the latest in ecologically friendly techniques, including top-level technology for irrigation and automated plant feeding. The cultivation team reclaims and reuses 1,000 gallons of reverse-osmosis water produced each cycle by facility dehumidifiers. They also work to reduce waste by composting everything from soil to stems to fan leaves.

The Bonsai team’s focus on being as energy efficient as possible includes stepping down their power consumption for all lighting and mechanical equipment. Their energy-efficient HVAC system uses water chillers that reduce their energy consumption by 33 percent. They have created a special layout for their double-ended lighting system that reduced their facility’s lighting needs by 400 fixtures.

That system and techniques of managing their plant canopy with specially designed trellising mean they can produce the same yield with 40 percent less energy consumption. They also rotate the flower cycles in each room so that they only use 50 percent of their cooling capacity at any time. They also manage peak demand for energy use by offsetting times for power needs.

Bonsai is as green as they can be, and they set the standard for our THC cultivation partners in other states.

The old saying “garbage in, garbage out” definitely applies to concentrates. After proper curing, we put only the cleanest plant material into our proprietary extraction equipment. And it shows.

The Clear™ concentrates smell, taste and test better, with incredible purity and potency. There is a difference, and our satisfied, loyal customers recognize it.