CBD Tinctures: Ojai Energetics vs NuLeaf Naturals
water-soluble and oil-soluble formulas of cbd tinctures
The statements within this article have not been approved or evaluated by the FDA. All statements within are matters of opinion though research is abundant. For more interesting information on CBD, I encourage every reader to review the research themselves before making an informed decision on their options. This article is my take on a few of the most rewarding formulas for CBD on the market today.
With over 500 known compounds, Cannabis sativa is one of the world's most well-studied healing plants. The reason I'm writing this article is two-fold: I believe that had the healing benefits of this plant been made known, and been made socially acceptable earlier, many of the people we know and love who are no longer with us, might still be around and alive today.
We have, collectively, lost many people to inflammatory based illnesses and addictive conditions and because of this, I want to commit myself to providing the information necessary to heal these things we now know can be healed.
Enter CBD -
CBD, (cannabidiol), is one of the anti-inflammatory agents of the Cannabis sp. plant that is currently getting a ton of attention in the medical marijuana world and with that, a lot of new brands and formulations are offering their unique take on providing this healing plant to the many who need it.
In search of a helpful, and effective peaceful mindset promoting aids for many of my clients and friends, and to help those coming off addiction, and those with chronic inflammation, I've been testing out different brands and formulations of CBD for the past year.
(To find out how CBD can help you, just type into Google Scholar your concern + CBD to find the research supporting or negating your area of interest.)
After all this, I wanted to share with you two types of tinctures involving this compound that you could take to promote health in a variety of ways in your life.
There are many ways to take CBD - you can eat it, smoke it, do a tincture, and take it via tincture. I find this last one to be one of my favorite methods primarily because tinctures, being fluid formulas and the body over 75% fluid, are very fast acting.
When choosing a CBD compound to work with, it's important to note that different cultivars of Cannabis are bred and mixed by botanists and yes, by wind (its a wind-pollinated plant mostly), to bring out different types of phytochemicals - some plants are bred to be higher in THC and other compounds, some plants are bred to be higher in CBD, some are bred to contain hybrid levels of both or to produce different bodily effects or tastes.
So, you can have the same plant, but different cultivars of that plant bred to produce different effects - just like with roses, apples, grapes or basically anything else in horticulture.
Meaning, not all CBDs are going to contain traceable levels of THC and vice versa or produce the same effects on your body, mind, and spirit - so it may take a minute to find the formula you trust and one that works for you - which is partly why I'm writing this article now.
Before choosing any healing plant to work with, it's also important to remember this when taking any type of plant for healing - the cultivar, it's properties, and it's growing location all matter when selecting your source formula. Being that Cannabis is a bio-accumulator like a lotus, this is especially important to remember for Cannabis- that source, growing medium, and growing site, all matters when going into creating a high caliber formula.
And because some people I know have had negative experiences with poorly sourced, processed, and grown plants, and thusly, subsequently poor formulas, I wanted to write this article to highlight a few of the brands I trust for tincture-form CBD, highlighting the different formulas available.
Overall, there are two types of CBD tincture formulas - oil-based formulas and water-based formulas.
Oil-Based CBD Tinctures
The majority, 99% of the CBD tincture market is composed of oil-based tinctures and these enter the fat cells and exit through the liver and for the last couple of months, I've been working with NuLeaf Naturals to test their oil-based formula.
NuLeaf Naturals, a botanical research company out of Denver, Colorado, and they produce primary oil-soluble tinctures of CBD.
I was first drawn to this company due to their extraction methods, which I mention below, but was further drawn to this company by their exceptional friendliness and the positive reviews I've received from family and friends after testing this formula out to others besides myself. Forget the positive reviews on their website, word of mouth in my clique is that this formula is great. So great, I couldn't even get my sample bottles back.
A 725mg (15mL) bottle retailing at $99 USD pictured below, provides about a month supply with daily use -
And here's the color of the tincture itself:
As you can see, it's a pretty clear formula.
And while you should never be keeping your precious potions out in direct sun, I love that this formula is in a brown bottle, because I love all my chemical formulas to be in brown bottles to prevent UV degradation even from the diffuse sun coming in through windows.
A single serving is about 1/2 dropper full or 10-12 drops and you can take a maximum of two (2) recommended drops per day.
The NuLeaf customer service team is very friendly and what I particularly like about this brand is their extraction methods - yes, they use the high standard CO2 extraction everyone recommends and on top of that, they extract the phytonutrients of this plant at both high and low temperatures to get the full spectrum of phytonutrients out of each batch.
A lot of companies use the preferred CO2 method, but this high-low temperature extraction is interesting because you don't see that everywhere and the chemistry nerd in me was intrigued at this extra step taken to give you the most out of your purchase.
So just to recap, NuLeaf Naturals CBD oil, is:
An oil-soluble formula, fast acting
Extracted using Co2 and high/low temp methods
$99, a 725mg/15mL bottle is about a month supply
Produced in Denver, Colorado
Water-Based CBD Tinctures
Water-based tinctures are newer to the market and great for those who are concerned about the effects of CBD lingering in their body, for those concerned about liver load, and my rep there also feels it's great for cats - since cats can't handle many oils in their systems.
Ojai Energetics, a brand run by a bunch of permaculturists and horticulturists - hello, friends - from Ojai, California that I am currently swooning over - and they offer the only water-soluble formula on the market today.
I find it wonderful for mixing into herbal cocktails and drinks. Research on CBD with animals is currently emerging so remember that if you try this with your pets, to do so with care and to let your veterinarian know what you're up to (just in case your field findings could provide insight into any work they are already doing).
I have a wholesale account with this company, so that should tell you something about how I feel about this formula, I am particularly am excited about the fact that it is a water-soluble formula - as it's the only one on the market right now.
In fact, I recommend it especially for friends of mine that could use a more gentle formula on the detoxification organs of our bodies or they worry about fat-cell accumulation of any cannabinoid.
Ojai sells one single size of their Super CBD tincture - 30mL and it's about a month's supply, just as above, retailing at about $74.95 per bottle, but discounts are available when you buy in bulk or set up a wholesale account (for example, if you anticipate giving or selling these bottles out to folks, such as those who read this blog and also run physical apothecaries or websites of their own).
Here's a picture of the Ojai Energetics bottle and as you can see, also in darkened glass -
The formula itself is a bit more milky than most of oil-soluble formulas I've tested and it does have a taste, but with that, I've found it blends perfectly in smoothies, iced green teas, in water dishes and bottles.
You can see the difference in the consistency between the two simply by the photos above, but personally, I like them both for different reasons - one is more refined and the other is a little milkier and this has to do with their solution and the level of refinement (Ojai's also includes some superfoods in addition to the CBD no doubt adding to this consistancy of color.
So just to recap, Ojai Energetics Super CBD is:
The water-soluble formula leaves the body faster
Extracted using Co2 and for increased bioavailability
$74.95, the 250mg/30mL bottle is about a month supply
Produced in Ojai, California
The recommended dosage on the above bottle an entire dropper full, maximum two times per day.
All in all -
I find NuLeaf's formula to be great for nighttime use and Ojai's formula to be great for daytime use because I find that one to be gentler on the body and great for mixing, but I've found NuLeaf's formula to be great for those who aren't used to herbal tinctures, because the Ojai formula definitely has a tincture-like taste. It tastes distinctly herbal.
I like both formulas and brands and find both their extraction methods commendable and their formulas effective. I stock both of these for my own family and to hand out to friends, coworkers, and clients who I feel could benefit from the effects.
For regular CBD fans, I typically find NuLeaf to be a bigger hit among friends and family when taking it by itself. For those new to CBD, I find that the Ojai Energetics formula has been more appealing because you can mix it in to more things.
All in all, it's up to you which brand you like the most and both have their virtues.
If you like a smoother formula with less taste, I'd go with NuLeaf Naturals, but if you like a potent formula that's gentle on the body but don't mind that herbal tincture taste, then I'd go with Ojai Energetics. But, if you're shopping around, I might try both!
If you’d like to purchase your own bottle visit Nuleaf Naturals at this link and enter HAPPYLIFE15 for a 15% off discount code at checkout, valid on any bottle(s) you pick-up from the shop. In my experience, the shipping has been fairly swift arriving sometimes within the same week of purchase. Use and enter the coupon code HAPPYLIFE15 at this link. The code does not enter automatically at checkout.
To learn more about Ojai Energetics and their founding mission, please visit their website here. I do not have a coupon code for Ojai Energetics yet, but will update this post when I do!
Amanda Linette Meder
The statements in this article have not been evaluated by the FDA. I am not a doctor. I am an herbalist with a specialization in horticulture, working with extra sensitive people and those who struggle with anxiety. These have been my personal observations. For more research on CBD and how it may help you please do your own literature review to find out how it could benefit your specific concerns (my favorite tool is concern + action on Google Scholar).
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