The Story of X
The first recorded use of Cannabis sativa, better known as marijuana, dates back over 5,000 years ago in ancient China, where extracts of the plant were used for relief of cramps and pain.
In recent years, attention has been drawn to utilizing hemp extracts in medicine and therapies. Due to the clinical application of hemp and the non-psychoactive nature of CBD, the potential of these compounds are now being enjoyed by people all over the world. And at ritualX, our premium collection of CBD products are tested for purity, potency, and safety.
What’s Your ECS?
Endocannabinoids are molecules made by your body that have a complex cell-signaling system.
While scientists are still learning about the endocannabinoid system (ECS), studies have shown it plays a major role in regulating a range of functions and processes, including your memory, appetite, mood, and sleep, using three core components: endocannabinoids, receptors, and enzymes.
The ECS regulates and maintains homeostasis, which refers to stability of your internal environment. If your body’s homeostasis is impacted by illness or injury, your ECS helps your body return to its ideal state of operation. Experts believe that maintaining homeostasis is the primary role of the ECS.
What Are Cannabinoids?
The hemp plant contains over 100 unique compounds called “cannabinoids”, including CBD and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabinoids work by imitating endocannabinoids, the compounds produced naturally by the body, to promote a state of equilibrium (homeostasis).
Essentially, cannabinoids mediate communications between cells to alleviate endocannabinoid deficiency and help the body heal itself.
Cannabinoids affect the brain and body in distinct ways due to the receptors, or proteins, they bind to. These receptors, called cannabinoid receptor 1, or CB1, located in the brain and throughout the body, while cannabinoid receptor 2, or CB2 receptors, are found mostly in the immune and gastrointestinal system, determine the behavioral effects of cannabis when consumed.
Each plant contains a different combination of terpenes and cannabinoids that create varied effects as they react to the CB1 and CB2 receptors in our ECS.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are natural compounds found in many plants including hemp. Research shows that terpenes work with cannabinoids and directly interact with the ECS. Terpenes are believed to contribute to the “entourage effect” which, when interacting with the corresponding receptors in the human body, produces a stronger influence than any one of those components used alone.
What are cannabinoid strains?
Strains are variations of the hemp plant believed to produce different responses when consumed due to the entourage effect. The strains are all different due to the combination of terpenes.
What are the different extraction techniques?
Ethanol extraction uses ethanol to extract cannabinoids from the hemp plant. Unlike other extraction methods, ethanol extraction can produce CBD oil with up to 99% purity. Our ethanol extraction process uses only food-grade ethanol.
Cold Press Extraction
Cold press extraction uses direct pressure to extrude the oil from the hemp flower without the use of solvents, leaving its non-decarboxylated form. The oil is not chemically cleaned or bleached, and sediments are removed mechanically using filtration.
CO2 extraction uses a variety of pressurized chambers and pumps to expose CO2 to high pressure and very low temperatures, resulting in an oil that contains high amounts of cannabinoids. Our CO2 extraction process uses “supercritical” carbon dioxide to separate the oil from the hemp plant. Super critical refers to CO2 with properties of both a liquid and gas state