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Hemp Oil Guide

What speaks to you?

There are a variety of decarb and raw products available these days;
Broad Spectrum, Full Spectrum, Isolate, Oil blends, Concentrates and Pastes!

What does it all mean and what is the best option and for what reason...

Read on... we will keep it as simple as we can.

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So, what is the difference between decarb and raw oil?

There are many new terms we need to become accustomed to when a new industry pops up; just as the hemp industry has [re] emerged from the past, and with a vengeance.  There has been a lot more research to support the countless benefits this one plant offers us across all industries, so simply put…

RAW is as it sounds; a raw cold-press extracted product that contains CBDa and CBD and all of the many other terpenes, flavonoids, and various other bio-active constituents this incredible plant has to offer.

Decarb is effectively a slang term for the process of decarboxylation which is the chemical process that removes the carboxyl group from the acid form [cbda] which all cannabinoids have in their initial form in the plant. [i.e. cbca, cbna, cbga, thca, etc]

Oils ain't oils!  A short guide to CBD/CBDa
Oils ain't oils!  A short guide to CBD/CBDa

okay, but what is the difference?

Effectively, the simplest way to answer this in the shortest way possible is based upon the 6+ years of working with these compounds; we have observed that people who are intending to improve sleep issues and/or anxiety have received the most benefits from Decarb [CBD].

Those who have been working with this oil to achieve benefits from various cancers, neurological issues, auto-immune disorders and inflammation have found the most benefits from Raw [CBDa].

We invite and encourage you to do further reading in this topic and more at ProjectCBD.org
and we also elaborate a little more on our page What are Calming Botanical Drops?

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Simply put… Broad-spectrum products contain almost every compound found in the cannabis plant with one key element removed; THC.

The absence of THC makes broad-spectrum products different from full-spectrum products, which do contain a little THC. [usually no more than 0.3%]

Broad-spectrum products are also different from CBD isolate products. CBD isolate is pure CBD, with no other cannabis compounds.

Broad-spectrum products are generally ideal for use with your pets as THC may have a toxic effect, particulary on dogs.  [another article will be coming on this later]


Visit this section of our Apothecary to order our Broad Spectrum oil.


Full-spectrum contains all beneficial constituents naturally found in the cannabis plant.

These include:

  • Cannabinoids: There are more than 100 cannabinoids, including CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). CBD and THC are responsible for the therapeutic and psychoactive effects of cannabis products; among various other intriuging and interesting cannabinoids still being researched such as CBG, CBN and CBC to name a few including their acid forms. While CBD doesn’t cause impairment, THC has an intoxicating effect.
  • Terpenes: Cannabis has more than 150 terpenes, which affect the plant’s fragrance (think: what makes an orange smell citrusy). Terpenes can also have therapeutic benefits (think: how lavender has a calming effect).
  • Flavonoids: Cannabis includes about 20 different flavonoids. Flavonoids are found in all kinds of plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, and more. Like terpenes, they have therapeutic effects. Research from 2016  shows that the flavonoids found in cannabis have anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and neuro-protective properties.

Visit our Full-spectrum products, available in:

Apothecary > Hemp

CBD Isolate

isolate is a pure form of CBD that can be synthesized quite affordably in a lab but may also be isolated usually from the hemp plant. 

Isolate contains no other cannabis plant constituents.

Isolate is a crystal form of CBD, and it is often ground up and sold as a powder.


Isolate is not a product we currently work with, however this may change in the near future.

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Frequently asked questions

What are benefits and the risks with each product option and which product may be the best choice for you?

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What are the benefits of Broad-spectrum

Broad spectrum has generally had the THC removed which in some instances may be beneficial for the user. Individuals sensitive to THC, concerned about roadside or employment drug tests or Pets would benefit from this option.

What are the downsides?

The benefits of hemp extracts are generally best when all constituents present in the plant are consumed together as they synergise and have benefits not otherwise felt when taken individually. This is referred to as the Entourage effect.

Is this what I am looking for?

If you are concerned about failing a drug test or you are sensitive to THC or concerned about your pet having negative effects this is the best option for you.
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Full Spectrum means that it contains everything that was present in the plant.  This includes terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids.

Our products are all hemp derived which means although they still contain THC the psychoactive component of Cannabis, it is no more than 0.3% of the overall makeup.

The entourage effect is the term used in reference to the synergy of all cannabinoids working together to bring an effect each individual component won't bring when isolated.  The benefits generally mean the product is more effective, especially when it comes to pain relief and inflammation.

Even though the THC content is still very low at 0.3% or less, there is still a minor chance that a roadside drug test or employment test may trigger a positive reading.  Although unlikely, this is something to be aware of when choosing your oil if this is a concern.  It is more likely if higher dosages are being taken and despite us never hearing of this happening it could happen.

If a small THC content is not an issue for you then this is the best way to get the most out of your product.  The entourage effect is supportive of enhanced anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-nausea and anti-anxiety effects among others.

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The blends we have available are a combination of full spectrum or broad spectrum oil and MCT or medium chain tryglycerides derived from coconut oil that have been shown to enhance the absorption of the cannabinoids through the uptake of the liver up to 30%.

Most people use the blends compared to the other options,  we offer 2% or 3.6% oil blended with MCT.

Check out Our Blends here!

The concentrates that we offer are 20% in strength which equates to approximately 10mg of CBD per drop!  This product is generally used by those who require a much stronger dose for more serious issues such as epilepsy, severe neurological disorders etc.

Checkout our Pure Oil concentrates here!

Much like the concentrate oil, the paste is a 20% product.  This is used by those who require a much stronger dose and is generally found to be faster acting than the oil options.

Checkout our Pure Paste here!

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The milligram chart below is from our Full Spectrum Hemp oil range.

Oils ain't oils!  A short guide to CBD/CBDa

Example Starting Dose

For a 2000mg in 10ml bottle:

  • First 3-5 days – 1 drop 3 times a day
  • Next 3-5 days – 2 drops 3 times a day
  • Next 3-5 days – 3 drops 3 times a day
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After beginning as above, stay on 3 drops 3 times a day until you have been using hemp oil for about 3 weeks, then access how it is working for you. If necessary, continue to gradually increase the dosage to where you feel the most relief. For example, increase to 4 drops 3 times a day. If you increase and feel that not much additional relief is obtained, reduce back to your previous dose. This becomes your ‘maintenance’ dose.

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It is recommended to take your hemp oil 3 times per day, with around 3 hours between doses, however some people may feel that taking hemp oil only once per day is right for them as a maintenance program.

It’s also best to consume the hemp oil on an empty stomach, to avoid the stomach acids breaking down the hemp oil before it is absorbed.

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Our recommended dosage regime would include both morning and evening, however as previously mentioned, it is important to find out what works best for your unique self.

Raw Hemp Oil may feel more uplifting, and therefore some people find this product more suitable for a morning dosage. Whereas the decarb Hemp Oil is generally found to be more calming, and therefore beneficial for sleep and relaxation.

Whichever you choose, you will find the suitable maintenance dosage for your system.

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As with many medicines, placing CBD under the tongue for 1-2 minutes is recommended, this provides maximum absorption via capillaries in the mouth.

Immediately swallowing CBD oil may offer less absorption due to the acids in the stomach breaking it down before it is taken up by the body.

Some people find that swallowing CBD oil can leave a harsh taste at the back of the throat. By holding it under the tongue and letting it absorb gradually, this is minimised. Another solution for those who find the taste harsh is to follow it with a light snack, or a spoonful of honey.

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For ideal longevity, store your CBD oil in the fridge and it will last for up to a year. Note that when exposed to sunlight or direct heat, the potency may be reduced.

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Always consult with your doctor or health professional before trying CBD if you are taking prescription medicine.

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As a precaution, we advise not to take CBD when pregnant. Your decision should always be made with the advice of a qualified medical practitioner.

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