CBD

In 2018, Congress signed into law the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018 (aka Farm Bill of 2018).

Why CBD?

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  • The farm Bill of 2018 which passed congress in December of 2018 was a monumental shift in the hemp industry. The passage of this bill is very detailed but there are several key points that are worth highlighting in this evolving industry.
  • Farm Bill of 2018 has successfully de-scheduled CBD from the Control Substance Act (CSA). What does this mean? CBD is no longer federally banned, therefore it can be extracted and used as an ingredient across many sectors. Hemp is defined as any plant material derived from Cannabis Sativa – L that has less than .3% THC in its overall biomass. Since THC is federally illegal to cultivate (States are allowed to legalize within its own territory), anything above > .3% total THC would be classified as marijuana and would not be allowed for extraction and mass distribution.
  • That being said, THC is allowed to be used in any finished product provided that the product contains no more than .3% THC by the total weight of the product.
  • CBD on the other hand, as of 2019, does not have a limit in terms of usage or dosage in a final product. As of today, FDA is regulating it as a cosmetic ingredient in topical products.
  • It is important to highlight that CBD is heavily scrutinized by the FDA and FTC. The FDA is strictly monitoring any drug claims that are being made solely on CBD or any other cannabinoid. The FTC are monitoring the declared amount of CBD in the final package so consumers are not receiving a product that contains less than what is actually claimed. So for example, if a product claims 100mg/ container, it is important the product actually tests as close to that number as possible so the product doesn’t fall under mislabeling.
Allure will help ensure drug claims are reviewed before any final print is conducted. Allure will conduct CBD testing on products that disclose the pack size concentrations to ensure CBD is within an acceptable range

We Provide CBD
White Label Service!

Allure Labs can provide turnkey white label solutions to the production, manufacturing and distribution of high-quality CBD cosmetics.

Our iterative process involves taking our high-quality CBD and infusing it uniquely, resulting in a final product that is tested, certified and fully compliant for cosmetic purposes.

Allure Labs have a fully dedicated white label team who are happy to help guide you through the process from design, testing, and fulfilment in order to make your dream product a reality.

The CBD Market

Now that we covered the important points of the Farm Bill of 2018, lets cover the differences between the different types of material that exist in the market place. 

It can be quite confusing for people that don’t understand the extraction process that the hemp plant goes through, and we encourage you to further research on the different methods of extractions as that is entirely a different subject.

At Allure, we work with a variety of different CBD extractions. Most commonly you will either hear full spectrum CBD, broad spectrum CBD, CBD isolate, and distillate across the marketplace.

What's the Difference?

Full spectrum

This type of material extraction is done when using the whole plant from the stem to the leaves of the plant in the initial extraction process. Basically the term Full spectrum means that anything and everything that the plant contains, will be present in the first pass of extraction. So that will include chlorophyll, lipids, waxes, terpenes, and different types of Cannabinoids like CBD, THC, CBN, CBC, etc.

Broad Spectrum

When full spectrum oil goes through additional passes for further refinement, the term broad spectrum comes into place. Broad spectrum is taking the non-essentials out such as the chlorophyll, lipids, and waxes out and focuses on the actives within the plant which constitute of a combination of cannabinoids and terpenes.

Isolate

This process called isolation is defined as the final step to isolate any particular cannabinoid like CBD or CBN in its purest form, removing it entirely from the full spectrum oil. This is done using solvents like hexane or pentane for example. The end result will yield a fine white powdery substance which typically tests around 97% and above in potencies. This material is also stripped of any terpenes, so the material is almost tasteless and odorless and easy to use.

Distillate

This term is used as another way to define full spectrum or broad spectrum oil as it’s going through several refinement stages.

Why is full spectrum better?

Well the idea really comes from a term that is called the “entourage effect”. The idea behind the entourage effect is quite simple, the abundance of all the cannabinoids and terpenes together yield a higher efficacy as the cannabinoids work synergistically with each other to create an overall boost. Simply meaning that if THC and CBD are combined for example, then the combination is more efficacious then taking CBD isolate by itself. It’s important to note that the entourage effect is a proposed theory and not yet proven by scientific evidence. So it’s difficult to prove that the entourage effect is real however people from individual testimonies speak on the benefits being real and observed.

Endocannabinoid

Dr. Sunil Aggarwal stated during the 2016 Cannabis health summit, “The Endocannabinoid system plays a role in processes such as pain perception, inflammation, muscle tone and movement as well as stress management and protection of nerves and brain tissue”. The newly discovered endocannabinoid system is known to manage homeostasis which means that it regulates every metabolic process in the body to keep things running as they should. The main psychological function of the endocannabinoid system is to control the proliferation, differentiation and survival of cells. This system is made up of receptors that are located in the brain, spinal and peripheral nervous system which is important for pain perception (CB1) .The second portion is located in the immune system and is important for inflammation and neuropathic pain (CB2). These receptors are abundant and widely dispersed throughout the body. Their distribution has been mapped by auto radiographic studies, immunohistochemically techniques, and electrophysiological studies. Cannabinoids, which can be either consumed (phytocannabinoids) or produced naturally by the body (endocannabinoid), are chemical compounds that interact with the body’s central regulatory system (the endocannabinoid system). CBD is an example of a phytocannabinoid which can help to kick start our central regulatory system and provide powerful benefits. The endocannabinoid system can be manipulated through the administration of natural or synthetic cannabinoid receptors and has shown therapeutic value for a number of medical conditions including chronic pain, inflammation, acne, psoriasis and can help with anti-ageing as well.

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