Terpenes are the chemical calling cards of the natural world.
They are the volatile organic molecules secreted by flowers that shout “visit me!” to bees buzzing in your garden, they are the carriers of the pitch-perfect fragrance you catch when hiking through a pine forest, they are the carriers of that concentrated scent you inhale when the budtender whips the lid off a container of cannabis at a dispensary, and when herbalists tout the power of aromatherapy through “essential oils” from herbs and plants, they’re talking terpenes.
If there were such a thing as smell-o-vision, terpenes would be its A-list stars.
Terpenes scintillate (or scare) for a good reason. Many creatures navigate the world with their noses, and smell—along with its close cousin, taste—unite memory and learning centers of the brain. Even nasally challenged humans associate particular aromas with happy or comforting experiences, like that cinnamon thing mom had going for the holidays. However, they also can serve as warning signs: the stink in stink (or shield) bugs is their terpene reminder, “Don’t tread on me.”
Many terpenes are sticky and odorous to protect the plant that secretes them. Hence, the ubiquitous funky fragrance of cannabis sativa.
Upwards of 100 different terpenes have been identified in cannabis, and this aromatic advance guard can help you distinguish between various strains and their effects.
For instance, myrcene, which smells musky or earthy, is associated with a sedative effect; myrcene-heavy indica strains make you collapse in-da-couch. The citrusy scents of a limonene in a strain, on the other hand, signal an opportunity to brighten your mood and ’tude. Strains that contain the aptly named pinene are said to boost alertness and memory, and peppery caryophyllales often waft from CBD-heavy strains than can help ease a variety of ailments.
There are dozens more scents and sensibilities to explore. Just like a honeybee seeking out its favorite terpene-laden flower, you can sidestep confusing strain names and learn to select cannabis by associating the effect you’re after with the fragrance of the associated terpene. Let terpenes be your guideposts along the cannabis trail: They can help you follow your nose to your preferred destination. This cannabis color-wheel graphic from strain database Leafly associates the major terpene fragrances with their therapeutic and psychotropic effects.
And cannabis terpenes are not just another pretty or putrid smell. The psychoactive properties of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and anti-inflammatory qualities of cannabidiol (CBD) get all the credit for the potency of pot, but there is more emerging evidence for what is called the “entourage effect,” in which terpenes enable, enhance or moderate the high—and the health effects—of cannabis.
The landmark study Taming THC, published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, details how various terpenes can limit the downsides of cannabis (dopiness, anxiety) and amp the good (memory, concentration, joy). So if you’re not making terpenes part of your cannabis experience, you’re probably missing out on important information about brain and body benefits.
Which strains work best for you? There’s only one sure way to find out: See if they pass your sniff test.
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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.
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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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.
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.
It was only a matter of time before America’s best-selling cannabis concentrates brand launched sales in one of nation’s hottest marijuana markets. And to our friends in Nevada, we cannot wait to introduce you to the The Clear™.
Nevada cannabis consumers can now join those in California, Colorado, Arizona, Washington, Oregon, Michigan and New Mexico (CBD only), who are already enjoying The Clear’s potent, pure oil in their vaporizers.
We’re thrilled to be partnering with Nevada Treatment Solutions as our exclusive licensee to bring The Clear’s expansive line of cannabis concentrate products to dispensaries across the Silver State. Nevada Treatment Solutions, best known for their stand-out Las Vegas dispensary Zen Leaf, is an established leader in American cannabis.
And what exactly will customers find when they purchase their first vaporizer from The Clear™? Our 500mg THC vape cartridges and 350mg THC disposable vape pens both feature the groundbreaking ceramic heating technology of CCELL™. And our initial Nevada launch includes seven of The Clear’s 17 proprietary, handmade natural flavors, including Blue Raz, Grapevine, Lemon Haze, Lemon Lime, Orange Cream, OG, XJ-13, and the traditional Golden Goat.
These products will of course be just as potent (up to 90% THC) and clean (using solvent-free extraction) as the cannabis concentrate products our enthusiastic customers across America have grown to love over the last five years.
Customers will also notice our industry-leading technology, which we’ve spent the last five years perfecting in Colorado and other states. We’ve been working with Nevada Treatment Solutions—as we do with our partners all over—on how to optimize the latest cannabis science available, our customized laboratory processes and the state-of-the-art equipment that has become synonymous with The Clear™.
Because we’ve provided such high-quality and reliable products to our customers over the years, The Clear™ has become the best-selling and best-known concentrates brand in the country. Many Nevadans already know us since they live next door to California, where The Clear™ was born and remains immensely popular. And of course, we’re looking forward to putting The Clear™ into the hands of Nevada’s legion of adult tourists, numbering in the millions every year.
We’re excited to be a part of Nevada’s new legal cannabis era, especially since Nevadans have gotten on board for recreational cannabis in such a big way; Consumers purchased $263 million in adult-use cannabis products in the first nine months of legal retail sales alone. And now the state is on track to generate $350 million in recreational sales in its first 12 months.
And for that, we applaud you, Nevada friends.
We’ll continue to do our part by expanding the offerings of our flavorful products to market in Nevada in the coming months—and in the meantime, please reach out and let us know what you’d like to see.
Learn more about The Clear’s wide array of industry-leading cannabis concentrate products.
Why would an industry-leading cannabis brand known for its pure, potent THC concentrate products decide to branch into the CBD market?
Frankly, although we’ve spent five years building our THC product line, it wasn’t a difficult decision to bring The Clear into the cannabidiol (CBD) marketplace.
The Clear™ already holds a significant percentage of the vape cartridge category in the lucrative cannabis concentrates industry. But CBD products give us even more options and flexibility, and that’s what is fueling our expansion into America’s robust CBD market.
First, clinical data on the positive effects of CBD on various medical conditions continues to roll in. In December, the World Health Organization issued an important report that stated CBD is not harmful, has health benefits and does not have abuse potential, among other findings. While there have been years of anecdotal evidence, finally having scientific studies to point to is a critical component for helping educate people as to the effectiveness of CBD.
Second, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is beginning to open the door to cannabidiol products, with an advisory panel in April unanimously voting in favor of approving GW Pharma’s cannabis-derived CBD medication Epidiolex for treatment of certain forms of epilepsy
Third, more and more states are legalizing cannabis in various forms, and low-THC or CBD-only laws have been enacted in at least 15 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The Senate, meanwhile, has fast-tracked Sen. Mitch McConnell’s bill that would nationally legalize hemp, which would vastly improve the domestic economics of hemp-derived CBD. Awareness of CBD products and their benefits will only continue to grow as more people encounter legalized medical marijuana, medical hemp and patients using these products.
While modern cannabis is consumed in a number of different ways, including edibles and tinctures, non-smokable cannabis products are a key component of state medical marijuana laws in places like Minnesota, Texas, Florida and New York.
And vaporized CBD fits the bill nicely.
While we are encouraged by the 29 states that allow medical marijuana and the nine that have legalized adult-use cannabis, we believe consumers in every state should have access to potent, pure cannabis extracts now. To ensure this, we extract our CBD from US-grown hemp that is certified compliant with the 2014 Farm Bill.
And because the terpenes that give our products flavors like Orange Creme and Potent Pineapple are not cannabis-derived, we can send products that incorporate them in most states and many countries.
We believe The Clear will become a CBD market leader, just as it has been in state-regulated THC marketplaces. Initial sales figures in our CBD product test markets—Arizona, Colorado and California—already tell us that our move to CBD is the right one. In Colorado and California, which have been big markets for our THC products, we exceeded our THC sales in just a matter of months. And that was without marketing, simply making the CBD products available. As we start to market these products, the potential for our CBD products is huge.
Conversely, as the volume of CBD sales rises, it will augment the THC side of our business by boosting brand awareness. When consumers become familiar with the superior technology and unique flavors of our CBD products, they can easily move over to our THC offerings sold in state-regulated dispensaries. It’s a force multiplier for our business.
And beyond those regulated dispensaries, there is powerful potential in distribution to unregulated vendors where CBD products are currently sold: pharmacies, smoke shops, retail health-and-wellness businesses, spas, drug stores and more. And the cannabis product trend is not just domestic—our partners are planning to bring our products to Europe and Japan, and then to other markets in Asia.
Consumers are also hungry for science-based, lab-tested CBD products that will provide positive experiences for those who have not found success with inconsistent off-the-shelf CBD products. Reliability, efficacy and quality are key for consumers, and with products like The Clear™, consumers know how much CBD they are consuming with each puff of the vaporizer.
From providing relief for those suffering from chronic pain or terminal illnesses, to killing a craving for nicotine, there are so many potential benefits, applications and avenues for CBD products. In the coming years as companies like The Clear™ continue to expand cannabinoid research and develop new methodologies for producing cannabis extracts, and as more states support a wider variety of CBD products, we believe the CBD market has limitless potential—and we are honored to bring a better CBD product to the market for these customers and patients.
Some big news for consumers looking for a clean way to vape CBD: The Clear now offers a cannabidiol-specific line of vape pens that are available in all CBD-permitted states and beyond (see below).
We are thrilled to introduce: The Clear CBD.
As the producer of The Clear, America’s best-selling THC concentrate, we are known for our patented science, advanced technology and unparalleled design—as well as the efficacy and quality of our products. The Clear is now bringing that singular familiarity with cannabis concentrates to the non-psychoactive space, in both 420-legal markets and non.
Vaporizable cannabis is our passion and focus, and our mission is to make sure everyone has access to pure, potent cannabis extracts. So making our clean technology available to those who want to benefit from CBD without getting high is the logical next step in carrying out that important mission.
There are so many nuances that go into an effective, enjoyable and safe vaping experience—so you want to go with experts who stand behind the history of their product. In the last five years, The Clear has set the standard for excellence and exploration in the industry with our golden, potent and pure cannabis oil that is available in cartridges, syringes and honey buckets.
When we develop a new product, we make sure it is the best on market, and our vaporizer cartridges are a prime example. Our precision-made CBD cartridges will be familiar to anyone who has tried any of our popular THC products, as it’s important to us that all products bearing The Clear’s iconic badge utilize industry-leading hardware and technology.
We also know that consistency is everything in the cannabis space, whether we’re talking psychoactive or non-psychoactive products. So not only will our customers know exactly how much CBD is in each cartridge—but they will also know that every complete hit on a Clear CBD cartridge will draw exactly 10mg of CBD, every time.
As we tell our customers: “Know what’s in your cart(ridge).” By reaching for The Clear, you never have to worry. Our proven scientific processes make The Clear CBD as clean, pure and consistent as our THC products. We use state-of-the-art equipment for all of our processing. Our labs create the purest CBD concentrate isolate out there, testing at 99.9% CBD. And we are proud to use only United States-grown hemp.
The first six palate-pleasing flavors for our CBD cartridges are Grapevine, Strawberry, Blueberry, Lemon Lime, Orange Creme and Potent Pineapple. All of our flavors are made in-house with steam-distilled, naturally derived plant terpenes.
After very successful test runs in Arizona, Colorado and California, our global partners will soon expand availability to other North American locations, plus Europe and Japan—and then other markets in Asia and beyond.
There are seemingly countless CBD-centric companies out there on the market, but The Clear has a longstanding history and unparalleled experience with this medicinal plant, and we have the loyal customer base to prove it.
The Clear is here to stay, and we’ll continue to bring new, top-quality products—like The Clear CBD—to cannabis consumers for decades to come.
With a product launch in Nevada and more to come, The Clear™ is growing nationally – quickly.
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