Exploring A CBD Certificate of Analysis: Part 3 of a Series
Know What Goes into Your CBD, and Why It’s There
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is the key ingredient in our Caliper CBD—but it’s not the only one. In fact, Caliper CBD is a precisely engineered product, made with 5 plant-based ingredients—each working together to make our CBD easy to use, and easier for the body to absorb.
You’ll find our 5 ingredients listed on our labels, as well as in our Certificate of Analysis (COA) that’s provided for every batch. Our Ingredients Listing conforms to the stringent labeling guidelines required by the FDA for food products—listing our ingredients in descending order by weight.
Unfortunately, few CBD brands follow these high standards, and many don’t tell you what’s actually inside their products. For example, a label might say a product contains “50 mg hemp oil,” without telling you how much CBD is in that hemp oil. If you see a label that’s vague or confusing, don’t buy the product!
Here are all the ingredients we use to make our Caliper CBD dissolvable powder, and a little background information about each.
What is it? Sorbitol is a naturally occurring sugar that’s about half as sweet as your standard table sugar. It’s found in many fruits and vegetables, and has a long history of safe use in sugar-free products like gums and candies.
Why do we use it? In Caliper CBD, we use sorbitol derived from non-GMO corn to help transform our CBD emulsion into a powder. That enables it to dissolve smoothly and quickly into hot or cold liquids, and makes it easy to add to your favorite baked goods, food and drinks. And, since sorbitol is slightly sweet, it also helps balance some of the CBD’s natural bitterness.
Modified Food Starch
What is it? Modified food starches are plant-based ingredients, usually derived from wheat, potatoes, corn, or tapioca, that are widely used in the food industry. Don’t worry, the word “modified” doesn’t mean the food starches are genetically modified. It simply means they’re processed to alter their physical properties and make them work better in recipes—for example, when a modified starch is used instead of eggs as an emulsifier in vegan mayonnaise, to make it smooth and creamy.
Why do we use it? When our food scientists formulate Caliper CBD, they use modified food starch derived from non-GMO corn. It binds with the oil that contains our CBD, transforming the CBD into a water-soluble dissolvable powder that’s well absorbed by the body.
What is it? Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a cannabinoid—one of more than 100 compounds unique to the cannabis family of plants. It’s extracted from hemp, one strain of the Cannabis sativa plant species that’s grown specifically for industrial use. While its effects on the body are still being studied, CBD’s actions appear to be associated with general wellness, such as relaxation and relief from everyday aches or stresses.
Why do we use it? Well, because CBD is the heart and soul of our Caliper dissolvable powder! And, it’s why we’re exceedingly careful about where our CBD comes from. All of our CBD is extracted from U.S.-grown, non-GMO hemp, planted and harvested by farmers who follow strict state regulations—and from CBD extractors who operate under the FDA’s guidelines for safe food production.
MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) Oil
What is it? Medium-chain triglycerides are the scientific term for a type of fat found mainly in coconuts, palm fruit, and dairy products. Compared with the more common long-chain triglycerides found in most foods, MCTs are processed slightly differently in the body and are more readily absorbed and converted into energy.
Why do we use it? We use a little coconut-based MCT oil as a carrier oil, which helps to keep our CBD emulsion stable and improves the bioavailability of our powder (ability to be absorbed by the body). All traces of allergens are removed from the final product.
While it’s cheaper to use MCT oil made from palm kernel oil, as some companies do, we don’t want to be a part of the harm palm oil processing has done to rainforests and wildlife in the areas where it’s grown and harvested. We prefer to use coconut-based MCT oil as a much more sustainable choice.
Even though Caliper CBD is essentially flavorless, a small amount of natural flavoring is needed to help mask CBD’s very bitter taste. At Caliper, we counterbalance some of that bitterness with natural flavors derived from botanical extracts. The amount we use is tiny, so you won’t notice any perceptible flavor. Our goal is to create a form of CBD you won’t notice as you add it to anything you’re eating or drinking.
The Science Behind our Ingredients
It takes a village—or more precisely, a team of highly skilled food scientists, sensory specialists, and quality control experts—to formulate Caliper CBD! With carefully chosen ingredients and precise manufacturing processes, Caliper can bring you consistent quality, and a consistent experience, in every packet.