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CBD 101

Everything You Need To Know About CBD


CBD and CBD products have become increasingly popular in recent years given the amount of research continually being done on the benefits they provide in humans. 


But if you are a bit leery about starting to take CBD, this guide will help answer your most common questions and concerns regarding CBD and its use. 



What is CBD?


CBD  is a hemp derived oil and one of hundreds of components that is derived from the hemp plant. CBD stands for cannabidiol (CBD, get it?), and it is generally extracted in an oil form. 


CBD in itself is adaptogenic, which means it can go where it’s needed by adapting to its surroundings. In the body this means that it will go to different places depending on the needs of the person taking it. This is also part of the reason that CBD has become so widely popular is that it seems to work for almost everyone. It’s not magical, but it’s the closest thing we have to magic wellness. 


What Is The Difference Between CBD and THC?


To begin with, hemp is defined as a cannabis plant that containing 0.3 percent or less THC, while marijuana is a cannabis plant that contains more than 0.3 percent THC


CBD is hemp derived oil that is the non-psychoactive component in  cannabis - it can be relaxing but does not produce a “high” feeling. .


Tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC) is another cannabis  extract, but one more commonly known for producing a “high” feeling. 

CBD is not a drug according to the Food and Drug Administration. At the end of 2018 they passed the “FARM BILL” which made CBD not considered a drug anymore on the federal level. 


How Do You Make CBD Oil?


CBD oil is extracted from the hemp plant either by CO2 extraction or ethanol extraction. These are the two most common forms of extracting pure CBD.


The plant material is placed into an extraction vessel. CO2 gas undergoes high temperature and pressure. A pump then forces supercritical CO2 into the extraction vessel where it meets the plant and breaks the trichomes allowing it to dissolve part of the plant material.


Warm ethanol is passed over the material multiple times, and the solvent is recycled. Once the extraction is complete, additional steps such as winterization are carried out as needed and the ethanol is removed, usually via a rotary evaporator


What Are The Different Types of CBD Oil?


There are different methods to extract CBD from the hemp plant, and different types of extractions We use the full spectrum extract which is the whole plant extract. The extracted material is oil , like crude oil.  We infuse that  oil  into our  chocolate.


Full spectrum

Full spectrum CBD is extracted from the hemp plant while keeping  all of the components present - including a trace amount of THC (less than 0.3%). The full spectrum takes advantage of what is called the Entourage Effect, where the different cannabis compounds  are working together, synergistically,  thus enhancing  the benefits of the plant


You can think of it like a soccer team - they might win the game without a goalie, but it’s a better bet they will if the whole team is present. We use full spectrum CBD oil in all of our GATAKA  Chocolate products, and we sell the full spectrum CBD oil tinctures as well. 


All of our full spectrum products are legal to ship to all 50 states in the United States. 


Broad spectrum

Is full spectrum CBD without the THC. It’s a good product, but you don’t get all of the benefits of the Entourage Effect without the tiny amount of THC. 



Only the CBD - this is a very clean oil but does not have any of the other beneficial ingredients found in the hemp plant. This type of CBD is generally used topically when combined with carrier oils. 


Where does GATAKA  Chocolate source the CBD?


We use Colorado grown hemp derived CBD in all of our products (read more about our Colorado proud mission here). 


We test many types of extracts to make sure the flavor and texture of the CBD pairs perfectly with our chocolate. That way you don’t get the sort of dank flavor you can with some of the other CBD oils. 


Additionally, all of our CBD is third party tested to ensure purity, and that you know exactly what is in your product. You can find out more about our lab results here).

If you have more questions about CBD or our products, don’t hesitate to contact us for specific information. And make sure to visit our shop.

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