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CBD Science: What Research has Revealed About CBD and Health

CBD Science: What Research has Revealed About CBD and Health

CBD Science continues to be furthered. It’s tempting to think of cannabidiol as an herbal panacea. Further, it’s being touted as a potential treatment for several common ailments. This includes, asthma, obesity, drug addiction, acne, Alzheimer’s, migraines, PTSD and insomnia, just to name a few.

Scientific research into CBD’s healthful properties has largely been stifled in the United States. Until recently, that is. As such, much of the evidence is:

  • Historical, i.e., “Napoleon’s troops probably used it!”
  • Anecdotal, i.e., “My aunt swears by it!” Or,
  • Based on lab studies of animals. The rat was unavailable for comment.

Accordingly, CBD Science is coming to fruition. In June 2018, a decision was made by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Consequently this approves a cannabis-derived drug called Epidiolex. It treats certain forms of epilepsy. This is a positive sign that barriers to cannabis research may continue to be lifted.

Consider, 30 states plus the District of Columbia have approved some form of medical cannabis. The need for answers and more CBD science research is obvious.

We know that cannabidiol is a key component in the body’s endocannabinoid system. This system is responsible for maintaining homeostasis. Claims exist stating CBD topicals can help with dandruff, athlete’s foot and everything in between.

A growing body of research suggests exploring the anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, anti-cancer, anti-you-name-it properties of CBD. There are few definitive results yet. However, there are hundreds of CBD products trying to answer people’s urgent health needs. This has 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 Science and Convulsive Disorders

First, the medical journal Epilepsia notes cannabis being used to treat epilepsy for centuries. As research continues, patients are using CBD to limit or eliminate seizures. Consequently, this has been seen in numerous reports, most famously CNN’s docu-series Weed.

CBD Research and Cancer

Secondly, some of the strongest support for medical applications of cannabis comes from cancer research. In The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine’s 2017 review, 10,000 scientific abstracts gained consideration. In summary, cannabinoids are helping cancer patients deal with pain, general wasting and the nausea and vomiting that come with chemotherapy. This is according to the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Other studies suggest CBD and other cannabinoids may also play a role in limiting tumor growth.

Academic CBD and Acne

Third, a study in The Journal of Clinical Investigation cites positive notes about CBD and acne. They claim its effectiveness in corralling over productive sebaceous glands, and limiting the inflammation that causes “acne vulgaris.”

CBD Potential and Anxiety

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

CBD Science and Addiction

Surprisingly, another Neurotherapeutics study makes the case for using CBD to limit “drug-seeking behaviors.

This is ironic. How many times have you heard the term “gateway drug” as it relates to cannabis? It is now being thought of 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. Incidentally, rats have feelings, too.

CBD Science quirk

The Entourage Effect enhances the effects of cannabis. If you want the whole effect, you may need the whole plant.

In conclusion, based on current and future findings, there may be a wave of CBD-related therapies coming soon. Given the limits of current CBD science, you’ll have to be your own research scientist and lab rat. However, it beats waiting for the next issue of Neurotherapeutics to hit your mailbox.

Check out The Clear CBD’s Blog for more info!

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How a Cannabis Plant Becomes The Clear THC Distillate

How a Cannabis Plant Becomes The Clear THC Distillate

The Clear makes the purest cannabis concentrate on the planet. So, we’re explaining: how a cannabis plant becomes The Clear cannabis distillate. 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 purchase top-of-the-line equipment and modify it to be even better. Investing in research, we make sure the final product emerging 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. However, only the highest-quality plants go into our machines to become The Clear. 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

We use sophisticated extraction techniques to maximize yields of the full cannabinoid profile in each plant. This includes CO2 extraction, hydrocarbon, butane and alcohol extraction. All these processes separate important cannabinoids from the flower we are starting with. No harmful chemicals are involved. This is the first step in how a cannabis plant becomes The Clear.

Many concentrate makers consider the process complete once the solvents are removed. At this point, they package their crude extraction and send it to the dispensary.

This is only the beginning of the process for The Clear.

Step 3: Chill and Purify

Next we “winterize” the mixture by freezing the plant-based fats out using natural, food grade solvents. We use different temperatures and vacuum pressure to separate out the plant compounds—like THC—that we want to keep and get rid of the ones we don’t want. 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 and Evaporate

Then we use a proprietary filter that ultra-refines the oil. The filtration removes the separated plant compounds and material. We use another piece of proprietary equipment, an evaporator machine, to remove any remaining plant material and undesirable compounds. From this machine, specially built for cannabis and hemp, we obtain incredibly pure and potent THC distillate. The result is a clean, ‘refined’ crude oil by taking out the food grade solvent for a full cannabinoid profile. At this point, you could drink the resulting cannabis oil and it would not get you high. 

Step 5: Decarboxylation

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 occurring acid form of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC-A) to convert it to THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis. Decarboxylation is the process. It happens at precise temperatures to ensure the cannabinoids don’t degrade. 

Step 6: Achieve Maximum Purity with Molecular Distillation

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™. Distillation is a process that refines the raw oil, removes impurities, waxes and other undesirable elements, like chlorophyll. The Clear was one of the first in the country to use molecular distillation for cannabis, adding our award-winning proprietary flavors to our AAA grade distillate.

And That’s How a Cannabis Plant Becomes The Clear Distillate

There’s a reason we call our product The Clear™: It’s the cleanest, clearest cannabis 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.

 

WARNING: Overconsumption of Marijuana Concentrate may lead to Psychotic symptoms and/or Psychotic disorder, Mental Health Symptoms/Problems, Cannabis Hyperemesis (CHS), and Cannabis use disorder/dependence, including physical and psychological dependence. 

Green and Clean from Seed to Concentrate

Green and Clean from Seed to Concentrate

With regard to responsible, green, clean cultivation practices, The Clear sets industry standards for CBD and THC concentrate.

The difference between The Clear concentrate and other products is that most other manufacturers use leftover plant material instead of flower. The flower is where most of the cannabinoids and terpenes are located. Many of our competitors’ main source of revenue is selling flower. Thus, they use only trim or shake that doesn’t make the cut for the dispensary sales floor. Accordingly, this includes plants with mold or spider mites. Microbial contamination will not show up in testing after the affected plants are processed.

Subsequently, the motto they use is, “Just blast it,” as they put poor-quality plant bits into cheap equipment.

We agree: Ewww.

The Clear Concentrate Difference

Plants grown for The Clear are of the highest possible quality. We use premium flower for our oils, because concentrate is all we do.

That standard for excellence starts with the soil we grow our plants in. We don’t use nitrates or synthetic pesticides. These leave a nasty taste that lingers in concentrate. Coincidentally, they have been connected to causing illness in consuming patients. 

All of our hemp-derived CBD concentrate starts with plants grown by local Colorado farmers with industrial hemp certifications.

For our THC concentrate sold in Colorado, our sister company Bonsai Cultivation ensures plants meet their full potential. Bonsai Cultivation has won dozens of industry awards. So far, they’ve won the High Times Cannabis Cups and THC Championships multiple times.

Bonsai is Making Green, Clean

Our Colorado grow partner shares our belief that all segments of the cannabis industry need to be conscientious about our ecological impact. Moreover, there is consideration for what we put in the ground and water, for our energy consumption, and water use.

Bonsai’s state-of-the-art cannabis cultivation facility incorporates the latest in ecologically friendly techniques. Therefore, there is 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. Working to reduce waste, they are composting everything from soil to stems to fan leaves.

The Bonsai team focuses on being as energy efficient as possible. Stepping down their power consumption for all lighting and mechanical equipment is part of this. 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 are robust. With specially designed trellising, they can produce the same yield with 40 percent less energy consumption. They rotate the flower cycles in each room, to 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. They set the standard for our THC cultivation partners in other states.

From Seed to Concentrate

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. They also have incredible purity and potency. There is a difference, and our satisfied, loyal customers recognize it.