How are Our Products Crafted?
We source all of our products organically, without the use of pesticides or fungicides. Each batch is lab tested to assure patient safety. Plants and herbs used in CannaCare are grown on a biodynamic farm or wild harvested in Sonoma County. The herbs we use in addition to cannabis have been selected for their synergistic beneficial properties. We seek to provide a full mind-body expereince by creating a atmosphere for healing to occur with relaxing and uplifting smells, and providing a healthy dose of powerful pain reducing full-spectrum whole plant cannabis.
Why Whole Plant Medicine?
With many herbal products to choose from, it takes a lot of knowledge to be able to choose what’s right for you. The increasingly popular term full-spectrum implies dried and encapsulated or processed and preserved whole herb or plant medicine. Whole herbs are considered full-spectrum when they contain the root, stem, leaves, flowers—essentially all constituents of the herb.
A standardized herbal extract is an herb that has been distilled, refined, isolated, or processed to guarantee the amount of a specific component. This is presented as a percentage or in milligrams (mg). The intention is to provide consistency from batch to batch when manufacturing. The chemical makeup of a plant and product varies depending on a number of factors: plant variety, harvest time, part of plant, quality of soil, age of plant, extraction and processing techniques.
Modern scientists developed the practice of standardization with the intention to identify the components of the plant that are pharmacologically active. Ironically, CBD was discovered when searching for the psychoactive, or THC, part of the plant. Unfortunately, scientists upset the natural balance when concentrating one element at the expense of others by unintentionally eliminating or neglecting components that contribute to the entourage effect.
There are over 700 components to the whole cannabis plant. The medicinal significance of plants and herbs comes from complex interactions and a balance of macro and micronutrients rather than a specific component. Derivatives, genetically modified plants through selective breeding, standardized herbs, and synthesized medicine are limited in the scope of treatment and often come with side-effects. They do not exhibit the full spectrum use of whole plants and herbs.
Cannabis vs Hemp?
Cannabis is composed of phytocannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavinoids—all of which add to the effectiveness of the plant. When cannabis became illegal in the 1930s, selective breeding allowed for hemp farmers to continue growing with trace amounts of THC. In the black market, varieties that produced quickly and in large quantities were preferred. Presently cannabis is available in a variety of products that are mainly high-CBD or high-THC.
Hemp and cannabis are the same plant, but different species. They are siblings in the same family. Hemp has a minute amount of THC, below 0.3%, and small amounts of CBD, about 3.5%. The hemp plant is fibrous and produces fewer resin flowers. Therefore, it takes hundreds of these plants to produce what one cannabis plant could for medicine; just as it takes hundreds of cannabis plants to produce the paper, plastic, and other industrial uses of hemp fiber. This calls for an increase in the number of plants grown per acre, water, nutrients, and processing when producing hemp for medicinal use.
Unlike their cousins’ hops and hackberry in the Cannabacea family, cannabis and hemp are bioregulators. Their medicinal quality comes from their ability to absorb nutrients from soil and metabolize them quickly. While this imbues them with beneficial qualities if grown in organic soil with an abundance of nutrients, they can become toxic and harmful if grown in unhealthy soil. The cannabis plant easily absorbs nutrients and anti-oxidants as well as toxins, carcinogens, pesticides, fungicides, heavy metals, and radiation. It has been historically used to purge land of toxins and recently used in the Chernobyl nuclear disaster decontamination. Cuttings from a plant exposed to toxins take generations before the absence of trace amounts of containments is seen.
Why a Blanaced Ratio?
When taking high-CBD products for pain, they are significantly less effective and harder to dose when using a standardized extraction lacking THC and terpenes. THC and CBD work together to provide pain relief and balance any unpleasant psychoactivity or memory loss associated with standardized medicine. While this is mainly true for ingestion, we also believe in the power of balanced medicine.
How do Topicals Work?
Topicals are a way to physically help our body relax and heal by interacting with the nerve receptors attached to the end of each hair follicle. Wherever you rub it in, within 5-15 minutes you will expereince a noticable decrease in swelling, pain, and inflammation where applied.
How are Topicals Non-Psychoactive?
The skin does more than just keep our organs in. It is our greatest protectoin and provides a blood barrier from invading pathogens. As long as you avoid broken skin or cuts and do not ingest, swallor, or inster in any orifice you will not get psychoactively altered or high.