Full-Spectrum Cannabis Oil

The evolution of cannabis is moving steadily and methodologies are changing frequently. While smoking joints and taking bong rips still hold their spot in society, people are expanding their cannabis experiences to include edibles and extracts. Cannabis terminology is also progressing and today cannabis shoppers are inundated with words like, “full-spectrum oil,” and “distillate.” So, what do these terms mean and how do you know which is best?

From Flower to Full-Spectrum Cannabis Oil

Cannabis processing refers to converting cannabis plant material into an extract (it’s like hashish, but better). Cannabis extracts can be smoked, vaped or added to edible recipes for a more consistent flavor and potency than classic “weed butter.”

In the early days of extraction tech, extracts originated from processing left-over plant material, or trimmings. While many extracts are still made from just the trimmed leaves, cannabis extractors quickly discovered that processing whole, intact cannabis flowers are far more beneficial to the user because they retain so much more of the valuable compounds found in the plant. You get out what you put in!

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

This crazy-looking contraption is the heart and soul of our cannabis extraction.

Types of Extracts

Not all extracts are created equal, and not all extracts can be consumed in the same way. At Lunchbox Alchemy, we craft a variety of smokeable extracts such as Shatter, PHO, Sugar Wax, and Live Resin.

However, our most popular extract is one that’s less well-known but consumed far more frequently: our full-spectrum, food-grade oil. This is the oil specifically used in all of our edible recipes. We stand by the firm belief that full-spectrum oil is the most beneficial, potent, and reliable type of extract for crafting delicious cannabis-infused edibles.

What does “full spectrum” mean?

Cannabis is chock-full of important compounds, with cannabinoids and terpenes being the most prominent. Together, they contribute to the overall effects and benefits of cannabis. Keeping these compounds intact throughout extraction is crucial to producing a product that will have the most power. We process our full-spectrum cannabis oil using hydrocarbon extraction, with a proprietary blend of butane and propane, harnessing the butane for more cannabinoid retention, and the propane for preserving fragile terpenes.

Terpenes and Cannabinoids Explained

Terpenes

What the heck are terpenes?? Well, by definition they are “volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils in plants”. That fresh aroma you get when squeezing a lemon? That’s Limonene. Love the smell of fresh lavender? That’s Linalool you’re sniffing. Maybe you’re a big fan of IPA’s, the nose on those can be attributed to the Humulene terpenes in the hops. All of these terpenes and more are found in cannabis, and not only enhance the effects of cannabinoids, but provide medicinal benefits of their own.

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

Above is a screenshot from a recent Terpene analysis of our full-spectrum cannabis oil. Terpenes contribute to the oil’s overall effects including flavor and potency.

Cannabinoids

Cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoids, including the two most common – THC and CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound that gives you a “high” feeling, whereas Cannabidiol is more well-known to be non-psychoactive, with claims surrounding numerous health benefits. But those are only two of the amazing cannabinoids found in the plant. CBN works as a sedative, CBC is known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and promote bone growth. The list goes on and on, each cannabinoid having a unique reaction.

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

Above is a screenshot of a recent lab test showing our full-spectrum cannabis oil is rich in cannabinoids, including THC, THCA, CBN, CBG and CBC.

Working in Harmony

So, when you extract cannabis to produce an oil rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, what do you get? Maybe you’ve heard of the entourage effect, which is when all of these precious compounds actually work in harmony, better as a whole than divided. That is the beauty of full-spectrum oil; extracting cannabis plants to preserve all of its riches, which in turn provides the most medicinal efficacy, as well as the most comprehensive and complete mental and physical effects.

So if it’s not full-spectrum, what is it?

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

Distillate

Think of it like this – white rice is simply milled rice that has had its husk, bran, and germ removed. This makes it white in color, but also removes most of its beneficial nutrients. That’s why you’ll typically see something on the label that says “fortified with…” following a list of vitamins and minerals that have been added back in. You see this in white pasta and many cereals as well. The food has been so processed from its natural state that we often add back in what was wasted during processing.

This is similar to Distillate, which is what you’ll commonly see in many edibles on the market today. Distillation is a technique that is intended to create a cannabis extract that is more pure on a molecular level. By distilling an existing cannabis extract (such as an extract produced by using a solvent such as butane, propane, or CO2), one can create an oil that is over 90% pure. Distillation uses heat to vaporize the targeted cannabinoid (THC or CBD) from the extract.  The desired vapors are then retrieved in a cooling system and collected. The resulting product, distillate, is almost completely clear, with no undesired plant matter, terpenes or cannabinoids (other than those targeted in the distillation process) remaining. While distillate may indeed be highly potent, it shortcoming lies in the fact that it’s effects are shorter in duration, and may not produce the same therapeutic benefits as a full-spectrum oil.

The verdict?

Full Spectrum for Full Benefits

Full-spectrum cannabis oil is the most effective way to achieve optimal benefits from cannabis edible consumption. The technological development happening in the cannabis industry can be a bit overwhelming, and we believe that the best way to help this movement along is to provide as much information as we can about these topics and more so you are able to make the most informed decisions about your cannabis lifestyle. Stay tuned for additional posts about the endocannabinoid system, Sativa vs. Indica and what it really means, and how to dial in the perfect ratio of THC to CBD for you.

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

Tangos, our deliciously sour fruit bites, are handmade with our proprietary full-spectrum cannabis oil.

Shrapnel was a lifesaver for me. I have to hold Shrapnel, at the very least, partially responsible for my recovery from opiates.

-Jeremy S

I’m so obsessed with the squibs. They are so perfect in serving, and taste good. [They are] the only edible that has worked for me. Thank you so much for that.

-Heather P.

Lunchbox Alchemy is one of my favorites! I have an anxiety disorder that I use cannabis to treat, and LBA has a variety of products to meet my needs.

-Shreya R.

Full-Spectrum Cannabis Oil

The evolution of cannabis is moving steadily and methodologies are changing frequently. While smoking joints and taking bong rips still hold their spot in society, people are expanding their cannabis experiences to include edibles and extracts. Cannabis terminology is also progressing and today cannabis shoppers are inundated with words like, “full-spectrum oil,” and “distillate.” So, what do these terms mean and how do you know which is best?

From Flower to Full-Spectrum Cannabis Oil

Cannabis processing refers to converting cannabis plant material into an extract (it’s like hashish, but better). Cannabis extracts can be smoked, vaped or added to edible recipes for a more consistent flavor and potency than classic “weed butter.”

In the early days of extraction tech, extracts originated from processing left-over plant material, or trimmings. While many extracts are still made from just the trimmed leaves, cannabis extractors quickly discovered that processing whole, intact cannabis flowers are far more beneficial to the user because they retain so much more of the valuable compounds found in the plant. You get out what you put in!

Types of Extracts

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

This crazy-looking contraption is the heart and soul of our cannabis extraction.

Not all extracts are created equal, and not all extracts can be consumed in the same way. At Lunchbox Alchemy, we craft a variety of smokeable extracts such as Shatter, PHO, Sugar Wax, and Live Resin.

However, our most popular extract is one that’s less well-known but consumed far more frequently: our full-spectrum, food-grade oil. This is the oil specifically used in all of our edible recipes. We stand by the firm belief that full-spectrum oil is the most beneficial, potent, and reliable type of extract for crafting delicious cannabis-infused edibles.

What does “full spectrum” mean?

Cannabis is chock-full of important compounds, with cannabinoids and terpenes being the most prominent. Together, they contribute to the overall effects and benefits of cannabis. Keeping these compounds intact throughout extraction is crucial to producing a product that will have the most power. We process our full-spectrum cannabis oil using hydrocarbon extraction, with a proprietary blend of butane and propane, harnessing the butane for more cannabinoid retention, and the propane for preserving fragile terpenes.

Terpenes and Cannabinoids Explained

Terpenes

What the heck are terpenes?? Well, by definition they are “volatile unsaturated hydrocarbons found in the essential oils in plants”. That fresh aroma you get when squeezing a lemon? That’s Limonene. Love the smell of fresh lavender? That’s Linalool you’re sniffing. Maybe you’re a big fan of IPA’s, the nose on those can be attributed to the Humulene terpenes in the hops. All of these terpenes and more are found in cannabis, and not only enhance the effects of cannabinoids, but provide medicinal benefits of their own.

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

Above is a screenshot from a recent Terpene analysis of our full-spectrum cannabis oil. Terpenes contribute to the oil’s overall effects including flavor and potency.

Cannabinoids

Cannabis contains over 100 cannabinoids, including the two most common – THC and CBD. Tetrahydrocannabinol is the compound that gives you a “high” feeling, whereas Cannabidiol is more well-known to be non-psychoactive, with claims surrounding numerous health benefits. But those are only two of the amazing cannabinoids found in the plant. CBN works as a sedative, CBC is known to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, and promote bone growth. The list goes on and on, each cannabinoid having a unique reaction.

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

Above is a screenshot of a recent lab test showing our full-spectrum cannabis oil is rich in cannabinoids, including THC, THCA, CBN, CBG and CBC.

Working in Harmony

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

So, when you extract cannabis to produce an oil rich in cannabinoids and terpenes, what do you get? Maybe you’ve heard of the entourage effect, which is when all of these precious compounds actually work in harmony, better as a whole than divided. That is the beauty of full-spectrum oil; extracting cannabis plants to preserve all of its riches, which in turn provides the most medicinal efficacy, as well as the most comprehensive and complete mental and physical effects.

So if it’s not full-spectrum cannabis oil, what is it?

Distillate

Think of it like this – white rice is simply milled rice that has had its husk, bran, and germ removed. This makes it white in color, but also removes most of its beneficial nutrients. That’s why you’ll typically see something on the label that says “fortified with…” following a list of vitamins and minerals that have been added back in. You see this in white pasta and many cereals as well. The food has been so processed from its natural state that we often add back in what was wasted during processing.

This is similar to Distillate, which is what you’ll commonly see in many edibles on the market today. Distillation is a technique that is intended to create a cannabis extract that is more pure on a molecular level. By distilling an existing cannabis extract (such as an extract produced by using a solvent such as butane, propane, or CO2), one can create an oil that is over 90% pure. Distillation uses heat to vaporize the targeted cannabinoid (THC or CBD) from the extract.  The desired vapors are then retrieved in a cooling system and collected. The resulting product, distillate, is almost completely clear, with no undesired plant matter, terpenes or cannabinoids (other than those targeted in the distillation process) remaining. While distillate may indeed be highly potent, it shortcoming lies in the fact that it’s effects are shorter in duration, and may not produce the same therapeutic benefits as a full-spectrum oil.

The verdict?

Full Spectrum for Full Benefits

Full-spectrum cannabis oil is the most effective way to achieve optimal benefits from cannabis edible consumption. That is not to say that other forms of extraction and distillation have no value, or that they are not good for you. The technological development happening in the cannabis industry can be a bit overwhelming, and we believe that the best way to help this movement along is to provide as much information as we can about these topics and more so you are able to make the most informed decisions about your cannabis lifestyle. Stay tuned for additional posts about the endocannabinoid system, Sativa vs. Indica and what it really means, and how to dial in the perfect ratio of THC to CBD for you.

Full-spectrum cannabis oil

Tangos, our deliciously sour fruit bites, are handmade with our proprietary full-spectrum cannabis oil.

Shrapnel was a lifesaver for me. I have to hold Shrapnel, at the very least, partially responsible for my recovery from opiates.

-Jeremy S

I’m so obsessed with the squibs. They are so perfect in serving, and taste good. [They are] the only edible that has worked for me. Thank you so much for that.

-Heather P.

Lunchbox Alchemy is one of my favorites! I have an anxiety disorder that I use cannabis to treat, and LBA has a variety of products to meet my needs.

-Shreya R.