You’re probably familiar with the two best known cannabinoids produced by the cannabis plant: THC and CBD. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the active ingredient in marijuana, the one that gets you high. CBD (cannabidiol) is THC’s non-intoxicating cousin, legal across the United States and typically sought out for its stress-relieving or sedating properties. But did you know cannabis contains hundreds of other minor cannabinoids, many of which we’ve only just begun to study? Here’s a handy guide to a few of the best known rare and minor cannabinoids—and how one edibles company is harnessing them to enhance their customers’ lives.
What is a Cannabinoid Anyway?
All mammals have what’s called an endocannabinoid system (ECS), which is a complex network of transmitters and receptors that help regulate things like sleep, stress and pain management to keep your body in a state of balance.
Cannabinoids are molecules that activate the ECS’s receptors. Your body produces plenty of cannabinoids on its own (these are called endocannabinoids). Meanwhile, Cannabinoids like THC and CBD are produced by the cannabis plant and are known as phytocannabinoids. It’s also possible to synthesize cannabinoids in a lab, but for the purpose of this article, we’ll stick to those found in nature.
Just like your body’s naturally occurring endocannabinoids, plant-derived phytocannabinoids help send signals throughout your body—signals like, “Hey, we’re safe right now, you don’t have to feel so stressed,” or, “We should probably have a snack,” or, “Don’t you think it’s time to go to sleep?” In other words, they’re messengers that enhance your body’s natural regulatory processes.
What Kind of Rare Cannabinoids Are There?
The cannabis plant produces well over 100 known phytocannabinoids, and science has barely scratched the surface of what they can do. Let’s take a look at three of the best-known rare and minor cannabinoids, and the ones you’re most likely to encounter in commercial cannabis products.
CBN (Cannabinol): CBN is probably the third most famous cannabinoid after THC and CBD. That’s because it’s developed a reputation as an effective sleep aid. In point of fact, there’s really only one study that suggests CBN can make you drowsy–and it was conducted in 1975 with just five participants–so the jury is out on whether CBN truly deserves to be known as “the Sleepy Cannabinoid.” That said, some studies do suggest that CBN may have some anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. So, if stiffness or soreness is keeping you up at night, CBN may indeed help you get to sleep – just not in the way most people think it does.
CBG (Cannabigerol): In its acidic form (CBGA), CBG is sometimes called “the Mother Cannabinoid” because it’s the first cannabinoid the plant creates, which is eventually converted to THC or CBD. For this reason, CBG is actually pretty rare, but its potential benefits make it worth keeping an eye out for. For one thing, CBG may have some anti-bacterial properties. Some scientists are even hopeful it could aid in cancer treatment! And in terms of everyday usefulness, there’s also evidence that CBG can help make consumers feel less anxious–another important quality in a stress reliever or sleep aid.
THCV (Tetrahydrocannabivarin): Even though it’s only one letter off from THC, this fascinating cannabinoid is, in many ways, the total oppositeof its more famous counterpart. THCV does not get you high. Rather, it’s believed to sharpen focus. THCV doesn’t stimulate appetite in the way that THC is known to either. In fact, early studies suggest that THCV may actually curb appetite by disrupting the reward patterns in your brain, making you less likely to crave junk food and more able to make thoughtful, controlled choices about what you eat.
Where You Can Find These Cannabinoids
The more we understand about rare and minor cannabinoids, the more we can use them to improve our wellness and quality of life. Wana Brands, North America’s #1 manufacturer of THC and CBD-infused edibles, understands this and is an industry leader when it comes to harnessing cutting-edge cannabis technology.
Wana has recently launched a new first-of-its kind line of daily wellness solutions known as Wana Optimals. These vegan, organically sweetened gummies are infused with both rare and major cannabinoids, terpenes and other plant derived ingredients in order to target problem areas that keep people from living their best lives. In other words, they’re meant to achieve specific results like better sleep and an enhanced fitness routine.
So far, there are two Optimals products currently available in Wana’s home state of Colorado. The first, Fast Asleep Gummies, are powered by a custom sleep blend including CBD, CBN, CBG, a small amount of THC and melatonin, and more than 30 specialized terpenes. This carefully calculated formula doesn’t just induce drowsiness, knocking you out and leaving you groggy the next day. It targets the root causes of sleeplessness, like stress and physical discomfort. Fast Asleep Gummies are also powered by a fast-acting nano-technology that delivers effects in just 5 to 15 minutes.
The second Optimals product, daily Fit Gummies, are infused with THCV to help disrupt unhelpful eating habits and empower consumers to make healthier dietary choices. They’re not diet pills made with jitter-inducing chemicals, and they won’t get you high. They’re simply a plant-based tool to help you feel like the healthiest version of yourself.
Looking to the Future
More Wana Brands Optimals products are on the horizon, and you can sign up on their website to be notified when they launch. Are you ready to start exploring the brave new world of rare cannabinoids?
ReCreate is redefining the cannabis experience with their new product line, which features the addition of minor cannabinoids for a highly targeted, more effective experience. Founded in 2020, The brand is focused on unlocking the cannabis plant’s many wellness properties—a goal that remains clear with their newly reformulated products. With six main effects to choose from (Boost, Immunity, Relax, Relief, Sleep and Microdose), the new gummies and tinctures are intended to help consumers enhance their wellness goals while easily fitting into existing daily routines.
While ReCreate products are designed for the health-conscious consumer, there’s no need to sacrifice flavor. Boost mind and body while having a little fun with their colorful and delicious gummies, available in flavors like Watermelon Lemonade, Strawberry Kiwi, and Tart Cherry. Cannabis wellness doesn’t have to be boring, and ReCreate is proving itself to be one of the most innovative brands on the market.
Minor (But Mighty) Cannabinoids:
All ReCreate products are formulated with their full-spectrum extract and fast-acting nanotechnology to provide one of the most efficacious products available in the market. Categorizing products by effect rather than strain helps those who are new to cannabis more easily understand how the products work, and which one is best suited to meet their needs. When utilized correctly, THC and CBD can play a big role in any wellness routine. These products are designed to help enhance any aspect of daily life, harmoniously blending your routine with the medicinal benefits of THC, CBD and adaptogenic botanicals.
Now, let’s look a closer look at the effects of these new products, and how each minor cannabinoid works to provide more targeted results. We’ll also touch on each product’s infused functional botanicals which have natural properties, intended to amplify and augment your ReCreate experience.
THCv: This cannabinoid helps cut down on insulin resistance and regulate blood sugar levels making it perfect for those looking for an uplifting boost throughout the day.
CBG: Look no further than CBG for an immunity boost and powerful effect. Coined the “Mother of all Cannabinoids,” CBG is the original compound from which other cannabinoids were created. It is currently being evaluated in numerous studies to determine the full extent of its wellness benefits.
CBN: This cannabinoid touts powerful anti-inflammatory results, as well as sedative effects. CBN has been shown to help calm the mind and support sleep cycles within the body, making it a great addition in products designed for relaxation and sleep.
1:1 with THCv: These Watermelon Lemonade Gummies are jam-packed with cannabinoids and beneficial botanicals specially formulated to help uplift your spirits. Recommended for those needing an extra lift in no time.
Botanical Booster: Yerba Mate. Popular across South America, Yerba Mate is a traditional drink well known for its energy-boosting properties and support in reducing fatigue.
3:1 with CBG: Naturally flavored with mocha, the 3:1 oil Immunity tincture is packed with Echinacea and 30mg of CBG to help support your immune system.
Botanical Booster: Echinacea. Also known as coneflower, Echinacea is a flowering plant found in the daisy family. Native to North America, these plants have been widely used to support the immune system.
2:1 with CBN: The 2:1 Relax oil tincture and Strawberry Kiwi Gummies are packed with 10MG of CBN and beneficial botanicals specially formulated to help support a sense of calm. Recommended for those searching for sweet, sweet relaxation. Ashwagandha and 10mg of CBN to help support your sense of calm.
Botanical Booster: Ashwagandha. This Ayurvedic herb that has been cultivated in India for generations. Classified as an adaptogen, it’s used to help support a sense of calm and manage everyday stresses.
2:1 with CBG. The Relief oil tincture and Tangerine Gummies are formulated to help your body recover from exercise-induced inflammation. Perfect for those who need that extra bit of recovery after an intense workout.
Botanical Booster: Cordyceps Mushrooms. Originally used by Tibetans, Cordyceps has powerful compounds that help protect and support joint health and mobility.
1:2 with CBN. Tart Cherry Gummies are jam-packed with cannabinoids and beneficial botanicals specially formulated to help support healthy sleep cycles. These Sleep Gummies are perfect for those who want to fall asleep easily while developing healthy sleep cycles.
Botanical Booster: Passionflower. Used across native populations worldwide, Passionflower is known for its calming and soothing effects. Research from the National Institute of Health shows that Passionflower may help adults who suffer from mild sleep irregularities.
6:1 with THCv: These Peach Dragonfruit Gummies are specially formulated to help provide daily support for your endocannabinoid system. By combining full-spectrum CBD with low levels of THC, these gummies are designed for microdosing and formulated to release the benefits of the entourage effect. These fast-acting gummies are formulated to help you find your daily balance and feature a variety of vitamins for additional support. Both the gummies and tincture are designed to be easy to microdose and incorporate into your daily wellness practice.
Heightened CBD: Increased levels of CBD for a balanced, well-rounded experience
Vitamin Blend: ReCreate’s proprietary superfood vitamin blend is made from whole foods like banana, papaya, oranges, and shitake mushrooms, and includes folate for maximum benefits.
Providing specific results that you can count on, there is no guesswork involved when it comes to ReCreate’s products. Reliability is important when it comes to integrating cannabis and wellness, and the brand prides itself on consistent results. By breaking down the focused advantages of individual cannabinoids, ReCreate was able to improve the reliability and effectiveness of their product. Not to mention, every product is non-GMO and ethically sourced.
The Brains Behind the Operation
Founded by the Stanley Brothers in an effort to incorporate cannabis seamlessly into the world of wellness, ReCreate has gained recognition for its innovative botanical blends. By combining the benefits of cannabinoids with adaptogens like Yerba Mate, Ashwagandha, Cordyceps and Passionflower, the brothers were able to create formulas that break free from traditional cannabis expectations.
As the world of cannabis continues to grow and expand, so does the demand for products that go above and beyond. Recognizing that THC and CBD are a powerful tool in treating a plethora of ailments, the Stanley Brothers created the well-known CBD brand, Charlotte’s Web, setting the stage for the brothers’ goals in the healthy and mindful segment of the cannabis industry.
Wellness, Meet Weed
Cannabis as a market has evolved greatly since we first saw California legalize medical marijuana in 1996. Since then, the work to destigmatize cannabis continues, and the plant is much more widely utilized for its recreational and medicinal properties. Historically, integrating marijuana into your daily routine was frowned upon. But the desire for a product that merges the worlds of wellness and cannabis is rapidly growing. By merging two booming industries, ReCreate is helping new and veteran cannabis users find a holistic alternative for enhancing body and mind.
There are a ton of new cannabis products coming out all the time now, some with more relevance and staying power than others. Which will really survive this stage and go into the next? It’s hard to say. Some cannabis discoveries have caught on better than others. Which cannabinoids will survive the current industry, any new decriminalization or legalizations that might occur, and prosper into the future? This still remains to be seen.
Is delta-8 one of the cannabis cannabinoids that will make it into the future? Of all the alternate cannabinoids on the market, delta-8 is the most popular, and most likely to make it big. We’re ahead of the game with tons of delta-8 THC products and deals for you to look into. But delta-8 isn’t alone in the game, other hemp-derived THC products, such as delta-10 THC, THCV, THCO, THC-P, HHCare also selling very well and might survive into the future.
Everyone knows about delta-9 THC. This is the main psychoactive compound of the cannabis plant, and the part that makes a person feel euphoric. THC was first isolated in 1964 by Raphael Mechoulam, but it was first found by Roger Adams in the early 40’s, around the time that CBD was isolated. CBN was the first cannabinoid to be isolated, in an attempt to find the ‘intoxicating factor’ of cannabis, which it didn’t end up being. CBN was discovered by Thomas Easterfield at the end of the 1800’s.
Everyone also knows about CBD at this point, the other major cannabinoid of the cannabis plant, which is the primary cannabinoid of the low-THC hemp plants. Significantly less CBD is found in high-THC marijuana plants, and vice versa. CBD was discovered in 1940 by Roger Adams, although Alexander Todd discovered it at about the same time in the UK, making for dueling research and discoveries for several years.
The whole reason Roger Adams investigated cannabis at all, was at the behest of the US government. The US government, often through the military and CIA, has done all kinds of drug research and testing, from the Edgewood Arsenal Experiments, where THC-O-Acetate was given to military personnel, to MDMA tests during the Cold War era for use as psychological warfare. There are even various unconfirmed reports of unleashing chemicals like LSD in public places. That compounds like THC-O-Acetate and LSD were found on the streets at the time of such testing even indicates that street use might have been started by these organizations in an attempt to study the compounds further.
This, of course, is supposition on my part, but in the 1940’s, the government did sponsor research into cannabis, with a main factor being the isolation of the intoxicating agent. In so doing this, and in the follow-up research when THC was isolated, several different cannabinoids were found, including other delta THC’s, like delta-8, delta-7, and delta-6, some naturally occurring, and some entirely synthetic. Other compounds were found around this time including CBL, CBC, and HHC.
Most of what has been mentioned are cannabinoids, but what exists in the actual cannabis plant, before decarboxylation, oxidation, or any other chemical process that changes the chemical structure, are phytocannabinoids. THCA and CBDA are the precursor acids to CBD and THC, and a range of other cannabinoids. These cannabinoid acids also have tons of medical benefits, but are different from their cannabinoid counterparts. THCA, for example, is not psychoactive, and does not cause the same response as its decarboxylated version, delta-9 THC.
Research into the cannabis plant has turned up tons of naturally occurring cananbinoids like delta-8 THC, THCV, CBC, CBG, and 11-hydroxy-THC, what delta-9 becomes after being ingested. There are also a range of purely synthetic compounds that can’t be found in nature. These include delta-10 THC, delta-7 THC, THC-O-Acetate, and HU 580.
How popular are these alternate cannabis cannabinoids?
This is an interesting question, and one without a formal answer, as there isn’t much data out on buying patterns for these products. This might be partly because this is an unregulated market, and a relatively new one, where that kind of information has not been collected as of yet. The best indication for establishing interest, come from individual sales statistics, mentions and conversations online, and overall population know-how about these compounds. Different researchers might turn up different opinions, since even these metrics involve personal research methods, and subjective analysis.
If a person is to blindly believe the marketing hype of an industry, delta-8 is about the biggest thing out there. But marketing campaigns are rarely real life, and looking at real metrics, (and over a period of time), is the better way of establishing where something actually fits into the grand scheme. Maybe delta-8 has raised in popularity, but if it has, will this be a passing fancy, to disappear in a year from now? And how big is this popularity to begin with?
It’s always good to remember that while it’s great to take the plant apart and find new ways to access different aspects of it, we never lose the original cannabis plant itself, which has been doing just fine keeping people happy for millennia. Whether these compounds really become stable market representatives or not, will likely do little to effect a worldwide cannabis industry that has propelled itself along, even under worldwide prohibition. This means, regardless of which currently out cannabis cannabinoids make it to the future, we’ll always have our standby.
When it comes to sales, I don’t see any massive breakthrough reports about any of these compounds. Delta-8 THC gets the most press, but mainly only within the world of weed itself, and as a niche part of the cannabis market. For the most part, even delta-8 goes unnoticed in terms of sales statistics. Even in the articles where delta-8 is mentioned as a growing fad, none of them can offer any backup for this. In fact, an article like this one in Fortune Magazine, show this well. The article refers to delta-8 as the “fastest-growing segment of the market for hemp chemicals for roughly the last year.”
This makes it sound pretty big, right? But then it goes on to state that this happened only after “wholesale CBD prices plummeted amid oversupply and other issues.” This merely implies that with CBD leveling off (or possibly losing value), that delta-8 has taken its place as the top hemp chemical product. Even the comparison is weak, and shows a changing fad, from CBD to delta-8, with the inability to keep that trajectory long-term. Considering delta-8 isn’t likely to produce anything substantially new for users, the expectation of it getting to the point where it could threaten the longstanding regular cannabis industry, is sort of short-sighted.
One of the biggest indicators, which the authors of the Fortune article seemed to gloss over, is that if cannabis cannabinoids like delta-8 THC follow in the footsteps of CBD, they’re not going to make it into the future, especially if they don’t hit the same volume before leveling off. That CBD has lost momentum, is an indication that delta-8 is just a passing fancy too. 2021 numbers for CBD sales (when released) might help us understand how cannabis cannabinoids like delta-8 THC might fair in the future, better.
Mentions and conversations
Without sales statistics, one of the other ways to see how big something is, is simply in how much its mentioned and talked about. The internet is a huge place, so finding mentions of a subject is never that hard. But the questions become, how often is it mentioned, where is it mentioned, and what is being said? When it comes to delta-8 THC, the most popular of the alternate cannabis compounds, there are plenty of mentions online. Many of these mentions come from large scale publications that are non-cannabis related. Most mentions are of the fear variety, talking about the possible detriments, or mentioning new regulatory measures to keep it out. As an untaxed item with any amount of popularity, this makes sense. Delta-8 THC is undesirable for governments that can’t tax it.
But the general conversation is limited. Apart from what seem like pre-emptive fear-marketing campaigns, people aren’t talking about it all over the place. There aren’t a huge number of questions being asked, or reviews being given. Even a site like reddit, has some, but not too much. When I changed my search results to just the last month, only one reddit mention came up, and as a news article about issued warnings. A search for ‘Acapulco Gold’ turned up several mentions on Reddit just from the last month. And that says a lot. Since delta-8 proposes an issue to the government as an unregulated and untaxed product, the issues of legality and regulation are among the bigger talking points, when it does show up on-line.
Realistically, if the stuff is sitting on store shelves, at least some people are bound to buy it. Most of what’s written, however, seems like a reaction to the possibility of an out-of-control market, more than the reaction to an actually out-of-control market. This is also backed up by very few arrests being made, or government intervention beyond these articles.
Do people know about it?
I find this question to be the most interesting one. It’s possible to get the wrong idea by something being seen online. It’s easy to forget how big the internet is, and how much is necessary to show real engagement with an industry or product. Marketers can fill internet pages with content that isn’t backed up by anything, and governments can put out campaigns in an effort to stop something before it starts. Neither has to indicate mass appeal, though they can be a factor in it. So, one of the best ways of assessing whether something has an influence, is to see if its actively influencing people. And this is where I see the biggest issue.
The vast majority of people have no idea what delta-8 THC is. Had I not been a writer in the cannabis industry, I probably wouldn’t know about it either. I know a lot of weed smokers, and somehow, not a single one has heard of this compound. First off, it’s only a US product that hasn’t gained popularity anywhere else, and that means we’re only looking at a US audience. On top of that, cannabis – as stated – is a stable industry, and its been there for a while. Even now it exists as bigger black markets than legal ones, which means, we already have a version we can use. It’s not like delta-8 is the answer to not being able to get any weed at all. We can all get it, and this will always be a roadblock to delta-8 sales.
Having said all this, I will point out one countering factor. Governments are making specific legislation to rule out delta-8 THC, even with other legalizations. This could indicate that sales are high enough to cause worry and necessitate these laws. But, it could also be a reactionary measure meant to stifle a possible industry, whether it would actually meet the potential indicated, or not. That it would be singled out by governments does say something for its existence, and ability for at least some popularity. However, even this doesn’t indicate that it’ll stick around.
Cannabinoids Future – Conclusion
None of this article really answers the question of what can be expected for all cannabis cannabinoids in the future. However, the most useful point comes from the fact that delta-8 seems to be following in the footsteps of CBD, which itself has been leveling off after a few years of being the golden product. If this is any indication, none of these products will last it out, not even delta-8 THC. In the end, there realistically isn’t a great reason for it. Does this mean it doesn’t have good or alternate benefits? No, it doesn’t mean that. But it’s also quite possible that the slightly lesser high and clearer head are more important for medical patients, and might not be as desirable by those looking for a full effect. On top of that, reports of causing less anxiety have never been totally confirmed meaning it might not provide these effects the way we read about them.
Though this doesn’t mean something can’t catch on further, my best bet is that none of the newly released, bottom-feeding (let’s be honest) attempts to capture a greater part of the industry, will work. Alternate cannabis cannabinoids might be fun to try, but if they don’t provide a better answer, and if they come at a higher price, they’re likely to be dropped fast and never see the future. Luckily for us though, we’ll always have our regular weed. And if the last few years is any indication, our black markets for that aren’t going anywhere.
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Have you tried the new entourage products? Several companies have recently introduced what they call “Entourage Vape Cartridges”, a combination of three new psychoactive cannabinoids: Delta 8 THC, THC-O and HHC with some CBN, CBD & CBG for the final touch.
Simply put, entourage vape cartridges are new blends, that combine different cannabinoids, in-order to reach the most-wanted ‘Entourage Effect‘ (AFA the ‘Family Effect‘ – the way different cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids work together to offer health benefits you can usually only get when consuming the entire plant in its natural state). This is why the best hemp products are usually either full spectrum or broad spectrum and not made from isolate. However, it is much more complicated when you are trying to create hemp-derived psychoactive entourage vape cartridges, as some of the compounds are not naturally occouring, or exist in only small amounts.
That’s why, until recently using psychoacative entourage vape cartridges felt somewhat ‘hollow’, as there were just not enough cannabinoids to create the full-image needed for a deeper experience. All that changed when the new cannabinoids such as Delta 8, THC-O, THCV, THCP and even HHC entered the game. Now, for the first time ever, you can create sophisticated blends that that gives you a much more rewarding experience.
While these new products are psychoactive, some even very potent, they are sold online, as unlike regular Delta 9 THC, they are hemp-derived and not coming from cannabis. This loophole provides hemp-suppliers a legal way to sell psychoactive products, such as Delta 8 THC, THC-O, HHC, Delta-10, THCP, THCV and starting this month, allowed them to create ‘entourage vape cartridges’ – advanced products with tailor-made blends that effectively takes you to the next level.
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Zion Herbals is carrying their motto, “strictly the best,” into all they do.
Founded in 2010, the Richmond, Virginia-based botanicals and extracts brand offers a wide range of hemp products, all designed to give users clean, effective and consistent results for an improved sense of well-being.
In order to maintain control over the entire manufacturing process and ensure the highest quality from seed-to-sale, Zion Herbals sources hemp from their Oregon and Virginia hemp farms. Both farms are located on land that has been untouched for over 100 years, and are completely free of chemicals, pesticides and processed fertilizers. Only bat guano and fish emulsion are used for fertilization. Although they don’t have the USDA certification, all farming is organic and follows a a Rastafarian level of purity known as “Ital.”
Zion Herbals is the flagship brand of parent company BotanaWay, which offers white label manufacturing and branding services for approximately 40 brands and provides hemp cannabinoid extracts for more than 200 brands. For BotanaWay founder and CEO, David Reynolds Derian, Zion Herbals is an outlet where he can showcase the company’s high-quality extractions via in-house formulations in a variety of delivery methods—from tinctures and pressed tablets to pre-rolls and liquid gels.
“We always offer a higher level of purity and lab-verified cleanliness with less residual solvents then can be found anywhere in the industry,” he said. “Strictly the best is our motto, and that is what we’re known for.”
Pushing the Limits of Extraction
Zion Herbals pushes extraction methods to over 99% pure, meaning a complete isolation of the cannabinoids. Their Delta-8 THC is at 95% purity, compared to most competitors on the market, which rank in the high 80s. Once purity reaches the high nineties, the oil becomes crystal clear, like water.
“You can visibly see its cleanliness,” Derian said.
The company’s proprietary extraction process uses multiple extraction methods in order to reach this high level of purity with the end-result being a completely solvent-free extract.
“The final steps to get to the higher stages are super expensive and difficult,” Derian said, explaining that a greater level of knowledge and understanding around safety is required, as well as additional lab equipment.
A higher level of purity doesn’t necessarily make for a stronger product. However, when cannabinoids are surrounded by fewer impurities, they can bind to the body’s receptors more effectively. This translates to a cleaner, healthier, and more well-rounded experience.
“Steps of pushing it to the extreme are costly, but these are things we don’t avoid,” Derian said. “I believe we are a couple steps ahead. By the time others get to where we are, we are going to be on another plateau.”
Zion Herbals intentionally stays away from more recreationally inspired consumption methods, such as gummy bear edibles and vaping. Rather, the company aims to create mature delivery methods, like pressed CBD tablets.
“We’re trying to forge and develop new paths as a dietary supplement manufacturer,” Derian said. “I think CBD tablets, much like a pressed aspirin, is the future.”
According to Derian, since these kinds of products are more normalized in society, they also appeal to a broader range of consumers seeking the benefits of hemp.
All Zion Herbals products are health-oriented, including their Delta-8 THC. Derian was initially on the fence about adding Delta-8 THC to the product line, but after a loyal customer shared how the cannabinoid had helped him manage pain without anxiety, Derian decided it supported the Zion Herbals mission.
“My mission is to provide natural alternatives to pharmaceuticals,” he said.
Packaged in pharmaceutical-style bottles, the Delta-8 liquid gels are intended for medicinal uses rather than a way for people to get high. The effects are fast-acting and immensely stronger than CBD.
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Zion Herbals offers a plethora of products to choose from online. A few favorites are the best-selling CBD Soft Chews, Pressed CBD Tablets, Hemp Flower Jars, Delta-8 THC Liquid Gels, and their line of Element C CBD Sparkling Juices. Pushing the limits and staying ahead of the curve is what Zion Herbals is all about. Each of these products exemplifies their mission to improve and perfect delivery systems and flavors as they take CBD products to a new level.
1) Citrus Mango CBD Soft Chews
Through a partnership with The Apple Rush Company, a leader in the natural beverage industry, Zion Herbals utilizes their access to large-scale food preparation equipment to make these unique CBD Soft Chews, featuring all organic ingredients. Reminiscent of a starburst, each delicious chew has a sweet Citrus Mango flavor and is formulated to offer a relaxing and well-balanced sense of calm. It’s like a little treat and completely masks the bitter taste of CBD. Individually wrapped, each CBD chew contains 30mg of hemp extract and can be taken as needed. This is a great consumption option if you need CBD but haven’t had much to eat, as the organic sugars act as a carrier and help your body absorb the product.
2) Pressed CBD Tablets
Available in jars of ten, these pressed CBD tablets contain 75mg of CBD each. If you are seeking relief for a specific health issue, whether it’s severe pain or epilepsy, these tablets are an easy way to incorporate high levels of CBD into your diet daily. The precise dosing means you can count on every tablet being exactly 75mg. While there are a few other pressed CBD tablets on the market, you’re unlikely to find any with this high of a dosage.
3) Premium CBD, CBG and Delta-8 Infused Hemp Flower Jars
Zion Herbals’ whole hemp flower is available in CBD, CBG and CBD/Delta-8 THC strains. All of these flower offerings give people a way to enjoy the benefits of CBD in a more social and spiritual way.
Sour Space Candy, Cherry Cirtus, and T1 are CBD-only varietals. The Bubba Kush and Honolulu Haze strains combine both CBD and Delta-8 THC for an immediate calming effect. Whole hemp flower is also available in two CBG strains: White Lion and White Whale. A natural sedative, CBG is a perfect way to wind down before bedtime. White Whale is grown in Oregon and is very frosty with a lot of cannabinoids on the flower, helping clean out your lungs. White Lion is grown on Zion Herbals’ Virginia hemp farm and has an earthier flavor profile.
This year, Zion Herbals is also growing Goliath, Abacus 2.0, and Peach Mint Kush on their Oregon hemp farm and will be adding these strains to their lineup in the fall.
4) Delta 8-THC, 20-mg Liquid Gels
The Delta-8 soft gel is an excellent way to ensure you are taking precisely 20mg at a time. To get standardized exact dosing requires precision—something Zion Herbals can claim, thanks to their experience manufacturing for brands on a large-scale. One capsule is a sufficient serving size and is very effective. You can expect to receive the maximum benefits that Delta 8-THC has to offer through an advanced delivery method that is easy to take with you on-the-go. And last but not least, MCT oil (commonly known as coconut oil) is used for the carrier, making these liquid gels a natural, healthy option.
5) CBD Sparkling Juices
Zion Herbals teamed up with the beverage company Apple Rush to create their Element C CBD Sparkling Juice line and reach a wider audience by tapping into their impressive distribution network. Available in Black Cherry, Blueberry, and Plain, these sparkling juices contain 25mg of water-soluble CBD. The plain flavor is like a sparkling water while the black cherry and blueberry flavors are similar to Fanta.
With no added sugars and all organic ingredients from real juices, these sparkling juices are a fun and delicious way to ingest CBD. Zion Herbals’ proprietary emulsification process makes for high bioavailability, meaning you will feel the effects faster and stronger too.
All of Zion Herbals’ products are third-party lab-tested (typically by Columbia Food Laboratories) in order to give consumers complete peace of mind. Current QR codes are listed on each and every product, taking you directly to the most recent lab results for total transparency.
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Transparency, quality, innovation and trust are four of the most important cornerstones of building brand loyalty. And in the realm of cannabis, this sentiment is paramount. Companies that provide education and innovation with their product portfolios are the brands that see repeat customers and hold on to coveted positions at the top of the game.
Dosist is one such company. Founded in 2016, the modern wellness company is globally recognized for their dose-controlled cannabis therapy, used to help people manage their health and happiness. According to Gunner Winston, CEO of dosist, the company’s fundamental premise is improving people’s lives. The team works hard to destigmatize the negative stereotypes around cannabis and cannabis consumers, breaking down decades of the ‘reefer madness’ reinforcement around cannabis prohibition.
“Cannabis is such a wonderful plant that we owe it to the world to make it more understood and more trusted. That’s really important,” Winston said.
Trust and Transparency
Dosist is a lifestyle performance brand, meaning “when you sleep better, you perform better the next day,” said Winston, explaining that when people are able to find time to relax, whether it’s at night or during the day, they can consequently perform better in their endeavors.
“People need to realize that controlled amounts of cannabis can be very helpful to your life,” he said. “Our goal is to really take cannabis, which is this gift from Mother Nature, and then make it accessible and more powerful to everybody.”
Dosist focuses on providing customers with education around the benefits of cannabis, rather than marketing its products.
“Cannabis can be an absolutely wonderful and powerful experience for so many different people. Dosist helps people know that it’s OK to step inside this category. Then, once you’re here, there are a variety of other products in the category.”
For nearly five years, dosist’s proprietary pen has been delivering dose-controlled, THC-powered cannabinoid therapy via disposable vape pens, each one finely tuned to meet customer needs.
And as cannabis continues to evolve, so too has dosist’s product portfolio. To meet the needs of cannabis consumers, dosist developed an innovative line of consumption verticals including a new range of wellness-focused sublingual drops. The drops, available in sleep, calm, and relief, are offered under their new label, dosist thc-free, marking dosist’s official entry into the CBD marketplace. To provide ease of access to customers, dosist also launched its first e-Commerce platform, which ships the THC-free line nationwide.
In true dosist style, cannabinoid therapy has been taken one step further with the addition of more isolates, including CBG and CBN, to its hemp-derived thc-free blends. Additionally, a proprietary self-microemulsifying drug delivery system (SMEDDS) enhances the formula’s bioavailability to increase the drops’ efficacy and efficiency.
“Consumers want different consumption options, and they want different formats,” Winston explained. “Some people appreciate the benefits and fast-acting elements of inhalation. Other people prefer an edible. Some people that prefer not to ingest anything at all will want a topical. We try to bring innovative and differentiated controlled products to the market to give consumers more accessibility and choice.”
Winston believes fundamental obstacles exist for people who might be interested in cannabis but are “nervous about THC, and who might prefer THC-free products.”
A range of gummies that utilize the company’s nanotechnology will first be introduced in California in the new year, and then rolled out across the country in both THC and THC-free options.
Issues around pollution and waste in the cannabis industry need to be addressed by all manufacturers to create a more sustainable sector. Dosist recognized this as an opportunity for innovation and developed a new rechargeable pen — the dose controller – to sit alongside their original disposable pen and other products on dispensary shelves in California, Canada, Nevada and Colorado.
The Importance of Regulated Products
It’s no secret that the vape crisis of 2019 made a lot of vape pen enthusiasts nervous about their chosen method of consumption. Black market THC products created a public health problem that resulted in 60 deaths and more than 2,711 hospitalized cases reported from a vaping-related pulmonary illness, which swept across the country. The situation was a tragic reminder that while everyone may not agree with the finer details, regulated markets give consumers access to safer products.
“These kinds of things happen when governments continue to allow unregulated markets,” said Winston, who believes responsible regulations are important.
“If you don’t have regulated products, and you’re putting something in your body, it’s very, very risky,” he said. “People are going to find a way to use cannabis. It’s been shown. So, stomping out the illicit market in favor of a regulated market is really, really important.”
It’s early on a mid-March Friday morning at the Oregon CBD headquarters, outside Corvallis, Oregon. The company’s co-founder, Eric Crawford, is breaking up a piece of intimidatingly frosty cannabis as I watch with apprehension.
“Don’t worry, it’s only hemp,” Crawford jokes as he packs the flower into the bowl of a glass pipe. “It has no measurable THC or CBD, but about 15 percent CBG and it really helps with staying focused.”
Fridays are usually filled with non-stop meetings at the industrial hemp seed firm, especially as the cannabis growing season approaches. Clients travel from across the nation to sit down and pick the two brains behind the business: Eric Crawford and his co-founder and brother Seth Crawford. The brothers admit that with the barrage of questions visiting clients often lob their way, sometimes a little help with focus can go a long way.
While their innovative early-finishing, CBD-rich strains have brought them success in the past, the duo has spent the last two years working to stabilize the nation’s first production-ready, CBG-dominant varietals in seed form.
CBG, the non-intoxicating cannabis compound whose full name is cannabigerol, has been garnering attention for its promising effects in the treatment of a wide variety of medical conditions.
According to multiple studies from researchers investigating its potential as a palliative, CBG works to fight inflammation, pain and nausea, and is showing potential in terms of slowing the proliferation of cancer cells. Research has shown it also significantly lowers the intraocular eye pressure caused by glaucoma. Strains high in CBG also could be beneficial for treating conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and cancer.
In cannabis plants, CBG is essentially the stem cell, or chemical precursor, of many other cannabinoids, and is present in virtually all cannabis plants in their early stages of flower. As the plants mature, CBG morphs into any number of the 113 currently known cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.
Back at Oregon CBD, I inspect a fragrant nug of the “White Series,” the company’s initial strain offering into the soon-to-be-blossoming CBG market. Out of the four phenotypes of the series, we pass back and forth #103. The flower is coated thick with crystals, speckled with vibrant orange hairs and its terpene profile oozes sweet skunk. It’s hard for me to fathom how something frosted so heavily in trichomes is THC free.
My first hit produces smooth smoke that coats my mouth with sweetness. I’m not drooling high, but I feel an immediate calmness sweep my mind. It slowly gives me a boost of energy, like a cup of coffee without the anxiety.
“It’s a more profound experience than CBD, and while it does not fall under the umbrella of ‘psychoactivity’ like THC does, it does produce a noticeable head change,” Seth says. “It’s perspective-altering.”
For the Crawford brothers, breeding a CBG-rich flower was only half the challenge. Their company focuses on breeding seeds ready for cannabis farmers looking to cover anywhere from a few to hundreds of acres.
“We conduct rigorous laboratory testing and large-scale field trials on everything we produce,” Seth says. “It takes many years to develop these lines in a way that creates a uniform crop at any scale.”
In recent years, Oregon CBD’s breeding program has sparked national and international attention for a long list of breakthroughs in the industrial hemp industry. In 2018, Seth spoke at the Emerald Cup, as well as at the CannMed conference at UCLA, giving viewers insight as to how they have isolated specific traits and compounds for their seed stock.
“Good breeding is no secret, it’s just a lot of hard work and it takes years of research and development to accomplish,” Seth says.
When asked about the flood of hemp seed stock hitting this year’s market, the brothers both laugh.
“Good breeders are not people to who just take two plants they like and cross them to get some ‘good stuff,’” Eric says. “Good breeders are people who take the time and make a plan, they create specific inbred lines to reach a target. But overall, it’s not rocket science.”
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Decarboxylation, which is an essential action in enjoying cannabis flowers and edibles, is a process in which carbon dioxide (CO2) leaves a stable molecule and floats off as a gas. Atoms in a molecule can be thought of like billiard balls, with each one having a size, weight, and exact position. As these atoms float away, the substance left behind will become lighter, like a dry towel being lighter than that same towel soaking wet. The idea is that as the CO2 leaves, the weight left behind is reduced.
Decarboxylation typically occurs by heating, but can also be caused by exposure to certain frequencies of light, and certain substances like molecular oxygen in the air.
If the weight of the molecule before and after its decarboxylation is known, then a percent of mass lost in decarboxylation can be calculated. If the CO2 contributes 10 percent of the weight of a molecule, than 90 percent of the mass remains after decarboxylation. This would mean that continuously heating 100 grams of this substance would eventually yield 90 grams of the decarboxylated substance, as the remaining 10 grams represent the weight of CO2 which gassed off.
How Does Decarboxylation Affect Cannabinoids?
Decarboxylation of cannabinoids and cannabis products is very crucial to understanding the power of cannabis as medicine. The cannabis plant only has the ability to produce cannabinoid acids, like THCA, and THC is only created by decarboxylation outside the plant. This decarboxylation is usually done by fire when smoking, or by baking in edibles. Most cannabinoids lose approximately 87.7 percent of their mass upon decarboxylation. This means that if you had 100 grams of crystalline isolate of a cannabinoid acid, such as THCA, after decarboxylation you would have 87.7 grams left of THC.
This is important for people decarboxylating their cannabinoids themselves, such as producers of cannabis-infused edible products and hash oil producer that wish to sell decarboxylated oil. This is also important for advertisers of raw cannabis products such as cured cannabis flower, who must either report the value of the cannabinoid acid directly observed by the testing lab, use the theoretical conversion, or display both.
This labeling issue with raw flower is not as easy as it seems at first glance. Let’s consider a typical example of THC-dominant cannabis. The lab will test the flower and find 26 percent THCA and 3 percent THC. This is because some of the cannabinoid acids produced by the plant are decarboxylated by air and sun before harvesting and curing. The smaller the amount of THC observed directly by the lab typically indicates that the cultivator has submitted fresh cannabis that has been protected from light and exposure. A very high THC content indicates that the cannabis flower is not as fresh and been more exposed.
Now the dispensary has to either advertise two numbers, 26 percent and 3 percent, or advertise one theoretically calculated number, 25.8 percent, or both. Both allow the patient to access the greatest amount of information and be the best informed, while also reducing liability on the cannabis business involved in label making.
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is a well-known cannabinoid for being the primary intoxicant and euphoriant of cannabis. THC is also one of the most practical and safe treatments for neuropathic, chronic, and other types of pain. THC is effective in addressing both the immunological and symptom component of multiple sclerosis (MS).
Despite the fact that THCA is not an intoxicant, it is a powerful medicine. THCA is one of the strongest anti-inflammatory agents in cannabis. Smokers receive very little to none of this cannabinoid, due to its decomposition in the smoking process. THCA is an anti-inflammatory agent, and according to one study, a more powerful neuroprotective agent than THC. THCA is a powerful COX-1 and COX-2 antagonist, similar to aspirin and ibuprofen, but with far less toxicity to the liver.
The effects of THCA and THC reflect the diversity of action on the human body a cannabinoid and its precursor acid can have. The other cannabinoids, CBD, CBG, CBC, and THCV all have acid forms which have distinct effects on human health.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has been shown to be an effective medicine for people suffering from anxiety. What CBD has also been shown to be effective at fighting is breast cancer cells. Many of these studies find that CBD promotes apoptosis, or cell suicide, in breast cancer cells while leaving the healthy cells unaffected.
Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) is CBD’s acid precursor from raw cannabis flower. CBDA has also been shown to fight human breast cancer, but in a different way. Whereas CBD causes apoptosis in breast cancer cells, CBDA has been shown to slow or stop metastasis of breast cancer cells by arresting their motility, or ability to move throughout the body. This evidence would indicate that a breast cancer patient may want to talk to their doctor about dual CBD/CBDA therapy, taking both decarboxylated CBD and raw CBDA together.
It is important to note that the mass loss is not a conversion rate. Mass loss assumes that all of a substance will decarboxylate and calculates how the mass will change. An accurate answer must account for how much of the cannabinoid will decarboxylate. Studies indicate that 30-70 percent of cannabinoids undergo decarboxylation under standard smoking conditions. This is why our calculations are only a theoretical maximum, and are not a result with the same standing as those directly observed in the plant. This is also why it can be very important to label your theoretical calculations as such, and provide all original values provided by lab results, as a means of reducing liability upon your business.