Our Commitment to Quality
CBD Now! Collective
CBD NOW! Collective is a community of farmers, health practitioners, medicinal herbalists, caregivers, and patients committed to the highest quality, safe, effective, CBD-rich medical cannabis products. Cannabis flowers, grown naturally and sustainably outdoors in California’s pristine redwood country are at the heart of our CBD-rich medicinals.
From our best flowers we extract cannabis oil using a CO2 sub-critical extractor, allowing all of the essential healing components of the plant material to remain present. Our hand-blended salves, sprays, tinctures, and other products offer you vibrant, CBD-rich healing medicine.
All of our formulations are lab-tested, ensuring optimum standards of quality.
CBD Alive product is grown outdoors, in natural sunlight, using organic, sustainable farming techniques. Outdoor, as opposed to indoor, greenhouse-grown cannabis, has no high-carbon-footprint energy use associated with it, because it is grown and harvested in accordance with the natural ebb and flow of the seasons. Outdoor, sun-grown cannabis yields plants and flowers with better CBD/THC cannabinoid profiles, due to the broad spectrum of natural sunlight it receives, something not possible with indoor, synthetic lighting. Organic, chemical-free growing practices mean our cannabis is free from toxins, pesticides, and other residuals that may be harmful to humans, animals, and our environment.
CBD Alive Collective grower/producers are strongly encouraged to collect and store rainwater in storage tanks, and to not draw from streams, creeks, or wells during habitat-critical months for fish and wildlife. We encourage sustainable soil-building practices and the use of bulk soil over packaged soil, and require soil and amendments to be organically sourced. Bio-diverse plantings, including border plants that naturally attract beneficial insects and keep pests away, are also recommended to all CBD Alive Collective growers.
CBD Alive maintains clean growing and processing conditions. All products are tested for mold, mildew, pesticide residue, and potency, ensuring that our patients receive products that are reliable, consistent, and of the highest quality.
What sets CBD Alive apart from other cannabis growers and producers is our focus on:
- Creating organic CBD-rich cannabis medicine
- Testing to provide CBD-rich medicine in consistent, verifiable, and measured dosages
- Enlisting and supporting small, local grower-members
- Requiring grower-members to follow sustainable, environmentally-sound growing practices including:
- No indoor growing
- No generators polluting air and water sources (creeks, streams, rivers)
- No chemicals or animal poisons
- Adequate water storage, so limited water supplies are not taxed during the dry season
CBD Alive Collective tests all plant material and products for actual cannabinoid content, to verify and create reliable, dose-specific, CBD-rich medicine. Testing enables us to develop standards and practices, assuring quality control, which sets us apart from recreational and indoor growers and producers.
CBD Alive Collective tests for:
- Potency, including amounts/ratios of cannabinoids such as: CBD, THC, CBDA, THCA, CBN, terpenes, and other essential plant components
- Biological contaminants including mold, mildew, and bacteria
- Pesticides and chemical contamination
Knowing the precise amount of CBD and THC contained in our extracts is essential to providing true, reliable medicinal cannabis products in medically appropriate ratios. Testing for harmful and undesired contaminants assures our patients that the medicine they receive is clean and of the highest quality. Unlike Hemp oil, our organic, C02 extracted Cannabis oil is true, CBD-rich medicine.
Quality, consistency, and reliability!
C02 (Carbon Dioxide) Extraction is one of the cleanest, greenest methods of super-concentrating cannabinoids. Unlike other chemical solvents, such as Hexane (C6H14) or Butane (C4H10), C02 is a naturally occurring organic compound, and is odorless and non-toxic.
CO2 extracts display some of the characteristics of both essential oils and absolutes. Like essential oils, they contain many beneficial therapeutic properties. But unlike absolutes, they are not solvent extracted. Instead of using a solvent like hexane, they are extracted using CO2 (carbon dioxide) gas under pressure at ambient temperature. Under normal atmospheric conditions CO2 is a gas, but when highly compressed it becomes supercritical – neither a gas nor a liquid. Supercritical CO2 is an excellent organic solvent that can be used to extract aromatic oils from plants. The beauty of CO2 extraction is that once the oil is extracted from the plant material, the CO2 returns to its gaseous state by lowering its pressure, allowing the gas to quickly and completely dissipate.
Depending on the pressure used, a “select” or “total” extract will result. Select extracts are created at lower pressures, and are more similar to essential oils in that they are usually fully mobile liquids, and essential oil constituents make up the vast majority of the extract. Total extracts are created using higher pressures and contain more constituents of the plant, can be thicker or waxier, and more closely resemble the constituents of the whole plant rather than just the essential oil fraction of the plant.
Because of the purity of CO2 extracts and since they display some very favorable characteristics not found in essential oils, CO2 extracts are primarily used by the food, body care, and herbal industries.
CBD NOW! Collective operates as a legal, not-for-profit collective, registered with the State of California, abiding by state law. Californians with a doctor’s recommendation to use medical cannabis are invited to join the CBD NOW! Collective and experience the benefits of CBD-rich cannabis.
For more information about joining the CBD NOW! Collective as a Grower/Producer or Patient Member or carrying our CBD-rich cannabis products in your Dispensary, please contact us.
CBD NOW! Collective offers CBD-rich cannabis oils, tinctures, and topicals, under the brand CBD Alive!