Getting To Know Our Family of Tinctures

One of the most common questions we get is, “What’s the difference between your tinctures?”

It’s a great question because we have three different kinds of tinctures with a total of 7 different potencies.

First of all, all our tinctures are made with Co2 extracted oil. That’s important because using the subcritical (Liquid Co2) extraction method you get the cleanest extract without any residual solvents left over.

Now let’s talk about the difference between the Holistic Blend and the Signature Blend.

HOLISTIC BLEND:

The Holistic Blend is the darker oil. This oil is the first extraction from the plant and is unwinterized. This means that it contains all the parts of the plant including the waxes, lipids chlorophyll etc.

It’s the rawest tincture that we have.

So DARKER IS BETTER? Yes, it is. Made of 100% UNREFINED full-spectrum CBD! 100% chemical and preservative FREE! NOT ALL Full-spectrum CBD is created equal! Did you know CBD is DARK when extracted from the hemp plant? This is the RAW, UNREFINED state. It takes a lot of refining to make the oil GOLDEN and PRETTY like most other companies on the market. Cannabinoids, nutrients, and terpenes are LOST at EVERY STAGE of the refining process. So, the darker the oil the better! DARK, Unrefined, full-spectrum CBD contains the MOST cannabinoids, the MOST terpenes, and the MOST plant nutrients over any GOLDEN REFINED oil.

So what’s the catch? Taste. 

Some people don’t like the taste of this oil.

SIGNATURE BLEND:

Winterized CBD oil (such as the oil we use in our Signature Blend) has the waxes, lipids, and chlorophyll removed from it.

You don’t lose CBD potency but you don’t have all the compounds of the plant left in your final product.

The added benefit is taste though.

Both oils work great and it just depends if you are a purest or not and how much the taste effects you.

The leaves our Entourage Blend.

ENTOURAGE BLEND:

The Entourage Blend gets its name from the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect is the idea that getting the full spectrum of the cannabinoids of the plant is the most effective method for cannabis consumption. So while many people have heard of CBD and THC there are at least 113 cannabinoids! Our Entourage Blend takes the three main therapeutic ones CBD, CBG and THC and combines them to deliver the Entourage Effect.

We start with our Signature Blend extract oil and we augment it with CBG to create a 1:1 CBD to CBG ratio.

 

 

Understanding Our Terpene Profiles

Currently, we have 28 different terpene profiles across 4 different categories. One of the most common questions we get is, “what’s the difference between them?”

28 does seem a little overboard but for those that really know what they are looking for in their terpenes they are able to dial in their experience.

This post is meant to help you with that.

The 4 different categories of terpene profiles we have are:

-Hemp Strains

-Cannabis Terps

-Fully Involved

-Fruit Terps

Let me explain each category a little more so you understand the differences between them.

HEMP STRAINS:

Our hemp strains were some of the first terpene profiles that we offered. The hemp strain terpenes are natural and organic but they are botanically derived. This means that they come from natural organic plants but that they don’t actually come from hemp. So why are they called hemp strains? This is because we took the terpene profile from our popular hemp strains and duplicated it. Each profile is a copy of the terpenes that they hemp flower has in it.

Our Hemp Strains Are:

CANNABIS TERPS:

Cannabis Terps are the terpenes taken directly from the cannabis plant. The profile is the exact same and the cannabis strain because it is the terpenes from that strain. None of the THC is extracted with the terpenes so they are legal of course but they have the same taste and smell as the popular cannabis strains. You’ll notice these cost a little more because it’s much more expensive to take the terpenes from actual cannabis instead of an orange for example. It’s a great way to get an excellent CBD product that has the same taste and terpene effects as the cannabis counterpart.

Our Cannabis Terps Are:

FULLY INVOLVED:

Fully involved is a terpene blend that is natural, organic, and botanically derived. They are the profiles of popular cannabis strains but they are amped up a little more in their flavor. Terpenes by nature aren’t flavors. They have an aroma and some taste but they aren’t flavors. These profiles are formulated to have more taste while also maintaining the effects of the strains they are duplicating.

Our Fully Involved Terps Are:

FRUIT FLAVORS:

Fruit flavored terps are natural, organic, and botanically derived but they don’t represent any specific hemp or cannabis profile. Instead, these are formulated first with taste in mind. So the terpenes for Green Apple taste like a Green Apple and it has an up or a down effect. Sativa or Indica. We don’t get into that right now but for the sake of brevity we will stick with Sativa is good for daytime and indica is good for nighttime.

Our Fruit Flavored Terps Are:

Hopefully, that helps clear up any confusion between different terpene profiles!

A new definition of hard work.

The new facility requires a fence around it. We figured we would save here and do that ourselves.

68 poles each 12 feet long for a total of 544 feet. We have a post hole auger on our tractor so it shouldn’t be a problem. Wrong. Most of it wasn’t a problem but about 12 of our holes couldn’t be dug because of thick rock that we kept hitting. The auger just wouldn’t cut it. Days went by trying to crack this nut! So finally, we got out the backhoe and figured we would get them at least started through the rock. That worked for about 4 of our last 12 holes but then even the backhoe couldn’t get through!

We had to run to the hardware store and rent a hammer drill and bit set so we could drill it out, then jackhammer the rock out! Finally, we got all the poles set! What should have been a three-day project turned into 2 weeks!

A big vein of this went right down the fence line. After broken up it looked pretty cool with a bluish color but it was sure hard to get through!

 

Finally, after many long days, we have all the posts set! Well, most of them.

Starting to see something familiar!

It grows like a weed! Very quickly these plants go from little seedlings to branching out into big plants. The iconic 5 blade leaves are already on most of the plants and some are even starting to push 9.

It got a little too hot over the weekend so some started to curl their leaves. These plants will communicate with you though if you listen and fix things before they get too distressed.

Some strains starting to push out 9 leaves.

Not all water is created equal!

Not all water is created equal! Well maybe it’s created equal but that doesn’t mean that it stays that way.

Simple tap water has things added to it to help in water treatment and to help maintain the cities pipes etc.

So we bring in our own water from the farm. At the farm, we have a well that we test yearly for heavy metals etc.

Our well water has the right PH levels for the plants as well so we don’t have to add any modifiers.

The farm is about 20 minutes away though so we truck it in in big tanks.

Stage 2

The babies are now toddlers! After not much time they needed to be transplanted into their temporary housing.

When we have the space in the future they will germinate in these 3qt planters but for now, we have to start them in pete pellets because without the germination rate being 100% we just don’t have space.

At this rate, they are a little easier to take care of and can make it through the weekend without constant care.

They can start to get into their cycle of soil drying out and watering drying out and watering.

Super Soil!

We get organic soil custom made from a local nursery. Custom made? Mixed I guess. We require a certain PH level and certain types of nutrients and compost. They mix it up for us and we run some tests before they deliver. They have always been awesome to work with!

The secret ingredient? Mushroom compost.

It helps with lots of things but here in West Virginia we have lots of clay that doesn’t drain very well so one benefit is that the mushroom compost helps create a loom soil that has great drainage.

You can learn more about why it’s so awesome here.

 

Germination week!

Germination week!

We got sprouts coming up like crazy! Our germination rate has been great this year too! We are really excited to get these babies turning into teens!

In their little planter pellets, they grow really fast but are incredibly sensitive to drying out so they take lots of care, even coming in on the weekends to water and check room temperatures and humidity levels.

Chris checking on the babies.

Excavating is done.

The excavator guys finished up their work and we now have an empty canvas to work with.

With ditches cut for drainage and some of the trees removed, we are ready to turn up the heat!

We really hated to cut down this sycamore tree but it was leaning the wrong way and also cast a lot of shade across the lot where the greenhouses will go. We have some cool plans with it though, we are going to drill out the stump and put a hemp plant inside. It will be right near the front door of the new packaging facility.

Seeing what the land looks like underneath and official groundbreaking!

We aren’t big on formalities but we did want to celebrate the start of this massive project and what better day to celebrate than 4/20?

So after the post office closed we all got together at 4:20 on 4/20 to turn over the first shovel-full of dirt!

The excavator guys beat us there though and they already had peeled back all the topsoil with the grass.

In fact, they were already leveling the building site! It made such a difference to see the ground without the grass to really see the grade of the land and where everything would be.

Brad and Mara were the only ones that followed directions and wore their Apical Greens shirts that day. 🤦‍♂️

Overall it was a big moment to mark. It was the beginning of A LOT of work to be done!

The Apical Greens Family!

Interesting side note, we have 10 kids between all of us! It can get loud fast when we have a family get-together! And is there anything better than a big dirt pile and cousins when you’re a kid?