At Caliper, we believe that you have a right to know exactly what you’re putting in your body when you take Caliper CBD. That’s why we’re sharing every ingredient we use to create our CBD powder—and why we choose to be fully transparent, despite working in an industry that famously doesn’t have much regulatory oversight.
Unfortunately, not many 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. Equally opaque: Hiding the presence of an ingredient, like an emulsifying agent, under a generic term like “flavors.” If you see a label that’s vague or confusing, don’t buy the product!
It was our decision, right from the start, to conform to the stringent labeling guidelines required by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for food products. Here are the ingredients we use to make our Caliper CBD dissolvable powder. You’ll find them clearly listed on our label—no smoke or mirrors needed.
1. CBD (Cannabidiol)
CBD, or cannabidiol, 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. Note that CBD can’t get you high! It’s different from tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), another cannabinoid that’s responsible for the “high” in marijuana products. Unlike THC, CBD has no psychoactive effects.
CBD is the heart and soul of our Caliper dissolvable powder, so we are exceedingly careful about where and who we get ours 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.
Our Supplier Assurance Program verifies that our hemp is always free of contaminants like heavy metals, pesticides, or microbial organisms, and we test to verify potency throughout our production processes. You can be confident that our hemp meets (and often exceeds) the industry’s highest standards for quality and safety, and that the amount of CBD we list on our labels is precisely what you’ll get when you use our products.
2. MCT (Medium-Chain Triglyceride) Oil
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.
When we formulate Caliper CBD powder, 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).
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.
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.
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.
4. Modified Food Starch
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 starch is pre-gelatinized to help make a pudding mix smooth and creamy.
We use modified food starch derived from non-GMO corn to help formulate Caliper CBD. Our food scientists use modified food starch to bind with CBD particles, transforming the CBD into a water-soluble dissolvable powder that’s well absorbed by the body.
5. Natural Flavors
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—less than .02% of the product—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.
With these 5 plant-based ingredients, Caliper provides an optimal form of CBD that’s highly bioavailable, flavorless, calorie-free and convenient to use. It’s the best way to consume CBD – pure and simple.