Q: Why is it better to use cannabis buds, also known as flower, versus the trim or shake of the cannabis plant?
The cannabis plant holds medicinal properties within all parts of its anatomy. The buds, leaves, stalk and roots contain healing compounds, but the flower of the plant contains the greatest concentration of cannabinoids, terpenes and phytonutrients. The majority of CBD and THC products in today’s market are produced with oil extracted from cannabis trim or hemp plant, which have a far lower amount of the valuable chemicals needed when producing medicine.
Q: What’s the difference between CBD products made from hemp versus those made from cannabis strains?
The hemp plant is a cousin of the cannabis plant, but hemp is not known for its medicinal qualities. Hemp contains similar cannabinoids as cannabis, but in very low amounts. Large amounts of hemp are required to extract a small amount of medicine. The patient would need to use a higher dose of hemp compared to a full spectrum cannabis CBD to achieve intended results. Cannabis medicine is intended for serious issues and conditions. CBD derived from whole cannabis flower yields a final product rich in precious cannabinoids, terpenes, phytonutrients and fatty acids. The highest quality cannabinoid therapeutics are derived from the flower of the cannabis plant. As a medicine, many hemp products use isolate technology, which only contains the single molecule of CDB and no other very important parts of the plant. Hemp is a bio-accumulator and absorbs toxins from the soil as it grows, which increases the chance of additional toxins in the final product.
Q: What is decarboxylation or activation?
Cannabis in its raw form contains cannabinoid tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) with medicinal and therapeutic properties that produce anti-inflammatory, antiemetic and pain management benefits. But if you ate raw cannabis, you would not acquire its psychoactive effects. To prepare the cannabis flower for consumption in edibles, the accelerated process of decarboxylation must be used. Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2) into THCa when heated. When the carboxylic group is removed from the THCA, it transforms into THC and become psychoactive.
Q: What extraction methods are used to make RA’ Flower products?
The problem with typical extraction methods used in the industry is that they employ the use of harsh pressures and temperatures, and some dangerous chemicals. Many of these practices fail to yield a final product rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, which is imperative for the user to experience a full spectrum or full extract medicine. Solvent-free extraction is the future of cannabis medicines and Ra’ Flower Brands provides the cleanest, safest and highest bio-available medicine per dose. We use an industry-leading, micro-dehydration process to produce decarboxylated cannabis flower. Our method uses 100 percent pure sun-grown cannabis processed into a fine flour using no chemicals or solvents. Our final product is in the form of an easily metered food grade ingredient with high bioavailability. This results in cannabis of the highest purity, potency and quality.
Q: How do cannabinoids work together in one product?
Cannabinoids are natural occurring compounds found in the cannabis plant. Tetrahydrocannabidiol (THC) is the psychoactive cannabinoid that is responsible for the high, euphoric relaxation feeling. Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive compound that can relieve pain and reduce inflammation without the psychoactive effects of THC. There is still much research needed to fully understand all of the applications and discoveries of the cannabis plant. Science has identified the synergistic relationship of more than 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant and how they work together to create the “Entourage Effect,” coined by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam in 1964. To ensure a cannabis product works most effectively as a medicine, it must contain as many of the original plant’s chemicals as possible.
Q: What is the endocannabinoid system and how does it work?
Humans and all vertebrates have an internal endocannabinoid system (ECS). It is a complex network of cannabinoid receptors expressed in cells that can be found in the central and peripheral nervous system, digestive and immune system, as well as all body extremities and tissue. The ECS is stimulated by endocannabinoids produced internally in the body (such Anandamide and 2AG) to help regulate normal function in the brain, immune and endocrine systems and maintain the body’s natural balance (also known as Homeostasis). The ECS also reduces inflammation, which is the body’s natural response to damaged tissue or infection. When not controlled properly, inflammation may lead to pain, chronic conditions and serious disease.