What ARE Clean Cannabinoids?
Clean, natural and pure cannabinoids are the foundation of it all. A non-psychoactive cannabinoid derived from some strains of hemp, CBD is just one of many botanical compounds – including other cannabinoids, terpenes, and even small amounts of THC – that work synergistically and interact beautifully with the human endocannabinoid system. And that’s no accident – we co-evolved this way, together over millennia.
USDA organically certified hemp from our home state of Vermont is meticulously processed through a range of extraction methods to preserve the full spectrum of constituents in the most beneficial combinations, specific to the products they’re intended for.
We make stripped clean, pure cannabinoids, elevated to their purest forms, and we have them third-party tested for purity and potency so you know what you’re getting is a cut above.
Why does extraction matter?
We use several extraction and processing methods to create the optimal profile of constituents for each of our products.
Lipid infusion is a unique process of using a coconut oil or MCT oil base to draw the fullest possible spectrum of active compounds from the hemp plant, carefully preserving their molecular structure and maximizing the co-evolutionary benefits of the entourage effect.
Cold organic ethanol extraction utilizes a proprietary, closed-loop ultra-cold extraction methodology. Maintaining cryogenic temperature through the entire extraction process preserves the phytocannabinoids, terpenes, terpenoids and flavonoids within the plant while leaving behind unwanted lipids, waxes and plant sugars. Non-GMO, food grade, organically certified ethanol is used. The result is a 100% USDA certified organic CBD Oil that is exceedingly pure. It is full spectrum oil that is rich in CBD and minor cannabinoids.
CBD isolate is a pure crystalline extraction of the CBD compound. It is free of all other cannabinoids including THC, as well as the other plant constituents that are present in our full spectrum extractions. This purified CBD has no odor or flavor, making it perfect for edibles and beverages, and choosing isolate is a sure way to know exactly what you’re getting – and not getting – for people who wish to limit their exposure to THC and other hemp compounds.
Nano-encapsulation is a novel processing method that mechanically compacts the CBD compound into very small (<100 nanometer) particles. By reducing the size of the particles, we increase the total surface area of CBD in contact with tissue. The microscopic size and water solubility of our nano formulations combine to enhance bioavailability and expedite the dispersion of cannabinoids into the bloodstream.
What have we learned and where are we going?
Our family has been developing Cannabis cultivars through rigorous selective breeding since before we could tell you about it. At Upstate Elevator Supply Co., we’ve focused our research on the development of high CBD:THC type III CBD-rich cultivars with robust terpene profiles that are optimized for the short Vermont growing season.
In 2016, our team initiated a breeding program to develop unique and acclimatized Vermont CBD hemp cultivars. In 2017, we partnered with Evergreen Capital Management to grow 1000 plants on a two-acre plot in Charlotte, Vermont, and in 2018 we expanded production by adding new farmers and vertically-integrated processing and extraction.
Our 2018 Vermont acreage was comprised entirely of internally developed proprietary seed stock. Flower to leaf ratio and total CBD content were improved over our 2017 grow. We prioritized terpene expression and minor cannabinoid diversity within these seed lines. (In new hybrid lines, we prioritize heterozygosity and target >10% CBD content by dry weight as the bar for further genetic exploration.)
In 2019 and 2020, we partnered with Pete’s Greens, Vermont’s premiere organic market farming operation, to grow 70 acres of USDA-certified organic hemp using our in-house feminized seed.
In 2022, Upstate is proud to be a founding member and anchor tenant of Earthkeep Farmcommon – a six hundred acre regenerative farm in Charlotte, VT. Earthkeep will become a catalyst for revitalizing key agricultural and value-added food sectors through the lens of agrotourism.