CBD Tonic Elderberry Syrup Drink Recipes

Elderberries are small, juicy purple berries that grow on small shrubs that can be found in Europe and the United States. You can find history of common use of the elderberry plant since the fifth century AD. Both Native American and European herbalists have revered the plant throughout history.

Elderberries have high contents of flavonoids anthocyanidins and anthocyanins, which give the berries their purplish blue color. They have also tested high on the ORAC scale, showing they have high antioxidant properties.

  • Berries: Vitamins A and C; flavonoids such as quercetin
    and rutin, and anthocyanins
  • Flowers: High in phenolic acids, sterols, flavonoids,
    mucilage, tannins, volatile oil containing triterpenes

Pineapple-Raspberry Sunset

8oz pineapple juice
2oz raspberry puree
1oz CBD Infusionz Elderberry Tonic
Garnish: Raspberries, pineapple wedge, and mint sprig
Combine: pineapple juice, raspberry puree and CBD Infusionz Elderberry Tonic over ice, garnish with raspberries, pineapple wedge and mint sprig.

Elderberry Pear Fizz

4oz pear puree
4oz sparkling water
1oz CBD Infusionz Elderberry Tonic
Garnish: blackberries, rosemary sprig
Combine: pear puree and CBD Infusionz Elderberry Tonic in shaker tin with ice, shake and pour over ice, add 4oz of sparkling water, skewer blackberry with rosemary sprig for garnish

Elderberry Golden Milk

2 1/2 cups of coconut milk
1 cinnamon stick
1 1/2 teaspoon of ground turmeric
1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger
1 tablespoon of coconut oil
Pinch of black pepper or 5 or 6 whole black peppercorns
1 tablespoon of honey
1oz of CBD Infusionz Elderberry Tonic
Garnish: cinnamon, star anise
Combine: coconut milk, cinnamon stick, turmeric, ginger, coconut oil and black pepper in small saucepan, warm contents but do not boil. Strain off cinnamon sticks and black pepper. Add CBD Infusionz Elderberry Tonic and stir. Sprinkle with cinnamon and garnish with star anise. Enjoy!

The History of Hemp

Hemp has been used for thousands of years and for many purposes. The first recorded evidence of hemp cultivation and usage dates back far into the BCE era, below are some of the major events that have sculpted hemp’s history.

Hemp History–Before Common Era(BCE)

Dating all the way back to before 8000 BCE, hemp was used in pottery found in an ancient village in what is now known as modern day Taiwan and thus marking it as one of the oldest agricultural crops. Neighboring countries such as China began cultivating and using cannabis and hemp around 6000 BCE for food, oils, medicines, textiles and other fibrous materials.

Around 2000 BCE cannabis and hemp are used medicinally and also as an offering to the god Shiva in India. The plant is also mentioned in the holy Hindu text Atharvaveda as one of the five sacred plants.

Scythians, an ancient nomadic warrior tribe began their extended influence over all of Central Asia around 1500 BCE. Their influence began the spread of cannabis and hemp cultivation all over Asia and into eastern Europe, they had even begun to leave cannabis seeds as spiritual offerings at tombs and grave sites.

600 BCE, Russians began using rope made with hemp; and around 200 BCE, hemp rope is found in Greece.

China invents the first hemp paper around 100 BCE.

Record of cannabis’ psychotropic properties is found in the Pen Ts’ao Ching–Chinese book of agriculture and medicinal plants–between 100-0 BCE.

Hemp History–Common Era(CE)

In the early beginnings of this era, Greek and Roman authors, naturalists and physicians such as: Pliny the Elder, Plutarch, and Dioscorides began studying and recording the uses and effects of cannabis–medicinal, analgesic, intoxicant.

From 100-1000 CE the spread of hemp continued across Europe, hemp rope was imported to England and was used by many naval fleets and merchants of the world. Vikings took hemp rope and seed back to Iceland, furthering the worldly spread of hemp. A French queen, Arnegunde was buried in hemp cloth.

Cannabis cultivation and usage exploded in the Ottoman Empire–south eastern Europe into the northern coast of African and Middle Eastern countries between 1090-1300 CE. Many used cannabis for it’s intoxicating effects; the smoking of hashish became very popular during this period.

The cultivation and usage of hemp is still going strong in Europe at the beginning of the 1500’s, King Henry VIII of England began fining farmers if they did not grow hemp crops for industrial use. In the mid 1500’s French, Portuguese and Chinese physicians began reporting on the medicinal effects of cannabis.

We will now turn our attention more toward hemp and cannabis history within the U.S.

At the beginning of the 1600’s the French and British spread cultivation of hemp and cannabis to the America’s–specifically, Port Royal in Jamaica, Virginia and also Plymouth, Massachusetts. In 1616, settlers of Jamestown, Virginia began growing hemp for the strong fibers that the plant provides, these fibers were used in the production of ship sails, rope and clothing. Cannabis and hemp cultivation continues in large scale all across the colonized settlements of the America’s into the 1800’s. Hemp was even grown by our presidents, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson. Hemp begins to take a backseat to cannabis around this time all over the globe as word begins to spread about the intoxicating effects of cannabis; smoking hashish becomes increasingly popular in Europe and the Middle East.

In 1914, the Harrison Act was passed in the United States labeling the consumption of cannabis as a crime. In 1916, chief scientists for the United States Department of Agriculture, Jason Merrill and Lyster Dewey created paper made from hemp pulp and concluded that hemp paper uses far less plant material than that of traditional paper made from wood pulp, making hemp paper much more environmentally friendly. Hemp crops can be grown far faster than trees, and hemp pulp for paper does not have to be bleached unlike wood pulp. American factories had already made hefty investments in machinery that could handle processing wool, cotton and linen thus leaving no room for the processing and production of hemp products such as paper and fabric.

Prohibition of non medicinal use of marijuana began in the United States in 1915. The 18th Amendment was passed in 1919, which prohibited the sale, manufacture and transport of alcohol–many turned to cannabis as an alternative. 1933, alcohol prohibition ended and in 1937 U.S. Congress passed the Marijuana Tax Act criminalizing cannabis. Later in 1941, cannabis and hemp are removed from the U.S. Pharmacopeia and no longer recognized for it’s medicinal properties.

The status of hemp and cannabis stayed in the same position for many decades, a position of a criminally used intoxicant. Many advocates have since tried to reverse the stigma and re-legalize cannabis and hemp, which was unsuccessful until more recent years.

Finally in 1996, California passed the re-legalization of cannabis for medicinal uses like AIDS and cancer. Thirteen other states followed suit over the next few years. Even after laws and initiatives like such were passed, medical research findings were ignored. For example, The Institute of Medicine was commissioned by the U.S. Office of National Drug Control Policy to examine the medicinal benefits of cannabis therapy, they concluded that it was a safe an effective medicine and research should be expanded–all findings were ignored.

The “war on drugs” raged on until 2009, President Obama guided the Department of Justice to end federal prosecution of medicinal cannabis users and distributors as long as they abide by state laws.

November of 2012, Colorado and Washington make recreational use of cannabis legal. Many states to follow in the upcoming years, the U.S. now has 10 states where recreational and medical cannabis is legal–Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts, Michigan, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Alaska. 23 other states have made medical cannabis legal.

The Farm Bill of 2018 stated that cannabis plants cannot contain more than 0.3 percent THC to be considered hemp. States now have to work with the federal government on plans for licensing and regulation and must be approved by the Secretary of the USDA before plans can be put into action. The law also outlines violations and punishment for those found producing and processing cannabis containing over the 0.3 percent THC allowance without proper license. The Farm Bill legalizes hemp but does not do so in such a fashion that individuals can grow it as freely as they would any other plant in their garden, but rather legalizes it for highly regulated industrial production.

Hemp and cannabis has been around for as long as history has been recorded and has taken quite a journey in spreading globally. Hemp has gone from a revered medicine commonly used to a demonized intoxicating substance and back again to a more positive status as more research is conducted and more states push for legalization.

A Guide to Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum

A lot of CBD companies are now offering products in Broad Spectrum and Full Spectrum options. The popularity of these CBD options are rising due to the cannabinoid spectrum range they offer. *see disclaimer below

How CBD Spectrum Products Are Created

Typically, a whole, dried hemp plant is processed by a CO2 extraction method that uses lower temperatures to extract the oil. What is extracted from the plant is cannabinoids (like CBD and CBG), flavonoids, and terpenes. This is a preferred method because the lower temperatures prevents the loss of cannabinoids. Because of the way these spectrum oils are created, they may have a strong natural odor and flavor.

Full Spectrum CBD

Full Spectrum is also referred to as “whole plant’ products, as this oil has everything the hemp plant contains. This means it has a range of cannabinoids, but it also has naturally occurring terpenes, flavonoids, fatty acids, and essential oils. All of these elements on their own have therapeutic value, and when combined you get what is called the “entourage effect”.

Another highlight of Full Spectrum Oil is it goes through the least amount of processing. This leaves you with an oil that gives you the most the hemp plant can offer. For those seeking to get the most out of their CBD product, Full Spectrum is definitely one to look at.

The biggest thing to consider with Full Spectrum Oil is it does contain trace amounts of THC. Up to 0.3% of this psychoactive cannabinoid can be found in these products, so for those sensitive to THC or those who can’t have THC in their system one should consider Broad Spectrum instead. Full Spectrum can also have a sedative effect depending on the individual. It’s best not to drive or operate machinery when using these products.

Broad Spectrum CBD

To get Broad Spectrum CBD, the full spectrum oil is put through another extraction process where all of the THC cannabinoid is removed. This process leaves the other cannabinoids such as CBG and CBN, as well as the enriching terpenes.

These products are ideal for anyone who is sensitive to THC, or those who can’t have any traces of THC in their system. They still offer the entourage effects you get with full spectrum, but without any chances of ingesting THC.

The one downside to Broad Spectrum is the lack of research done on this particular spectrum combination. From the studies that have been done on just CBD and those on full spectrum, the up and coming Broad Spectrum CBD choices show great promise with their cannabinoid family.

Continuing Education

One of the best places you can learn about cannabinoids is from research and studies.

This study done from 2015 examined individual cannabinoids versus a spectrum range of cannabinoids.

http://file.scirp.org/pdf/PP_2015021016351567.pdf
Gallily, R., Yekhtin, Z. and Hanuš, L.O. (2015) Pharmacology & Pharmacy, 6, 75‐85.

*The FDA has not evaluated these statements, and this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any diseases or ailments. Always check with your doctor before starting any new routine.

Choosing Your CBD Product

There are so many CBD products and companies out there, it can be overwhelming choosing the right one for you. Do you choose THC Free / Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum CBD? Would you rather consume a CBD edible, smoke a CBD vape, or perhaps you need a CBD topical for an external application? Read on CBD family! We’ve got your answers covered!

Step 1 – Choosing between THC Free / Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum CBD

All CBD products, regardless of the company, will either have a THC Free / Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum Hemp CBD. It’s important to know their differences, so you can decide which one is for you.

Our CBD come from Industrial Hemp plants grown in Boulder, Pueblo, and the Eastern plains of Colorado, and have been certified by the Colorado Department of Agriculture. Once the plants have grown to peak maturity, they are then harvested, dried, and then sent to an extraction center for processing. Using sub-zero, cold temperature ethanol extraction technology, the hemp plant will either be processed into Full Spectrum CBD or into THC Free / Broad Spectrum CBD. Ethanol extraction is one of the cleanest methods for human consumption, and when done at extremely cold temperatures removes unwanted chlorophyll.

Full Spectrum Hemp CBD

After the hemp plant goes through the first round of extraction, what’s left is an oil full of different cannabinoids like CBD. (Did you know the hemp plant has hundreds of cannabinoids?)

This oil that is left is our Full Spectrum Hemp CBD oil, that is then taken and either added into MCT Oil to make a tincture, or added with other products such as Full Spectrum CBD gummies.

Full Spectrum CBD products are perfect for those looking for an entourage effect you get with the different cannabinoids.  It’s important to note these products can have no more than 0.3% THC in them, and have an earthy flavor.

THC Free / Broad Spectrum Hemp CBD

After the first round of extraction, the hemp oil is taken through an even further extraction process to remove the THC cannabinoid. You still get a range of cannabinoids plus terpenes!

These products are ideal for anyone who is sensitive to THC, or those who can’t have any traces of THC in their system. They still offer the entourage effects you get with full spectrum, but without any chances of ingesting THC.

Step 2 – Choosing a type of CBD product

Now that we’ve given some thought on choosing THC Free / Broad Spectrum or Full Spectrum, there’s the question on how you want to consume your CBD?

There are several different consumption methods available that include ingesting, smoking, and applying a topical. Each one has their advantages, so let’s break them down!

CBD Oils / Tinctures
CBD oils and tinctures have become the most popular ways to consume your CBD. They can easily be added into beverages and can be dropped onto food. The best way to consumer is to place the oil under your tongue and hold it there for 30 – 60 seconds before swallowing.
Fast onset
Lasts 4 – 6 hours

Edibles / Ingestion
When you ingest your CBD it lasts the longest and is most consistent. There are tasty treats like CBD gummies and lollipops you can choose from, or if you’re looking for something without the sugar there are CBD capsules available.
30 – 60 mins onset (depending on metabolism can take longer)
Lasts 6 – 8 hours

Vape / Smoke
Some people enjoy smoking their CBD. The onset is extremely fast, which is perfect when you find yourself needing a dose of CBD right away. CBD Vape Pens are convenient and easy to use. People looking to quit smoking find these are great tools to help!
Extremely fast onset
Lasts 1 – 4 hours

Topicals / Lotions
CBD lotions and other topicals are great when you need something externally. Rub onto an exterior part of the body.
It’s not as clear how long it lasts, but you can apply liberally.

Step 3 – Choosing the right CBD dosage

Now that you’ve figured out what type of CBD product you want to use, it’s time to figure out the right dosing! For people new to CBD, it’s recommended to start with a smaller dose and then gradually increase until you find the right dose for you.

1. Start with a low dose of 5 – 10mg CBD, either 2 or 3 times a day.
Do this for an entire week, and be sure to keep notes on how you feel, your reactions, and your appetite. Try increasing the dose if you feel you need a larger dose.

2. Increase your dose amount by 5 – 10mg, and continue taking 2 or 3 times a day.
Again do this for an entire week and be sure to note your feelings, mood, and appetite during this time.

3. Repeat the second step until you find the right dosage for you!

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How To Use CBD Concentrates

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So you’re interested in CBD concentrates. Where do you start?

CBD concentrates are an excellent approach to getting higher doses of cannabinoids into your system quickly and efficiently with each use. This is because they are hemp plant extracts that are processed down into large levels of THC Free Broad Spectrum Powder or Full Spectrum Oil. CBD concentrates are fast becoming a popular consumption choice.

What are some of the benefits of using CBD concentrates?

  • Smoking and vaping CBD is one of the fastest and most powerful way to get your cannabinoid.
  • You get high levels of CBD per use with only a minimal amount of product needed.
  • Derived from hemp plants containing little to no THC.

Are all CBD concentrates the same?

To be sure you’re receiving the most from your concentrates, it’s better to use high quality CBD products from a trusted CBD company who regularly tests their products.

CBD Infusionz starts with the highest quality non-GMO hemp plants, grown in Colorado and certified by the state agriculture department. These plants are cultivated with methods that produce high levels of cannabinoids, terpenes, and resin, flash frozen to preserve these levels, and without the use of non-organic pesticides.

By starting with these quality standards while the hemp plant is growing, we can ensure we create our products with clean, potent CBD bursting with flavor.

How can you find a good CBD company?

Unfortunately not all CBD products are created equal. Sometimes contaminants like chemical pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers can be found in raw CBD material. These unwanted contaminants are the reason you need to pick a CBD company who regularly tests their products for safety.

All of CBD Infusionz raw materials, products, and CBD concentrates are tested using a 3rd party accredited testing facility. We test for quality, safety, and accurate dosing consistency.

What are some of the ways to consume CBD concentrates?

You can consume your CBD concentrates in several ways, from smoking them along with your favorite CBD Flower, vaporizing using a vape pen or standalone vaporizer, smoking dabs using a dab rig, and some can even be added into your food or drink. 

Vaporizing your CBD concentrates

By heating your CBD concentrates to their vaporization point, you get a thick vapor that is smooth and easier on the throat and lungs. For this method, most people choose a vape pen for it’s easy portability, but there are also vaporizers that plug into an outlet and are a nice home addition piece.

Vape pens come are available in disposable pens where you throw away the whole unit once the CBD concentrate has been smoked, or permanent fixtures where you can refill and use again and again.

Dabbing your CBD concentrates

This can sound strange or even scary to someone who’s never done a dab before, but it doesn’t need to be! The wonderful thing about dabbing CBD concentrates is since CBD is non-psychoactive, there’s no fear of getting high. At most, you may feel the urge to take a nap, so be sure to not drive or operate heavy machinery after partaking in a CBD dab.

For those used to smoking flower products, dabbing is much easier on your lungs than smoking. You can easily take in high doses with minimal amounts of product used, and with dabbing you get to taste the delicious flavors of each CBD concentrate you bring home.

To start dabbing your CBD concentrates, you will need some gear. If you have a friend who is seasoned in dabbing, this would be a great time to ask them to show you how to use their setup. There are also references on the web to help you pick out your perfect rig, use it with your favorite concentrates, and how to clean it.

To begin dabbing your CBD concentrates you will need

      • A dab rig
      • Small blow torch (if your unit doesn’t use an electronic nail)
      • Dabber (small utensil used to grab and place the concentrate)
      • CBD concentrate (like CBD Infusionz Saucy Boss Concentrates)

Simple instructions to start dabbing

*Note – be careful when using an open flame and be sure all equipment has CBD cooled off before grabbing with your hand!

      • Use your dabber to grab some concentrate (start small when first starting)
      • Heat your dab nail with your torch until it starts to glow red, then allow to cool for 10 – 20 seconds
      • Still using the dabber, place your loaded CBD concentrate onto the heated nail and start to inhale steadily
      • Exhale

Each rig can vary, so read the instructions of your rig before starting!

*Studies worth noting

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3793381

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21307846

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2503660/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5481305/

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