Multi-use products create endless recipe possibilities.
The hemp plant has been used in many ancient healing traditions for its power to enhance the medicinal properties of other plants. When combined with other healing herbs it can make remedies more potent and effective. In the same way that our protocol helps you clarify why and how much CBD you need, it is good to note how CBD relates to other plants. In combination, these tools make it easier to understand how CBD works and how to make it effectively work for you.
We have created two CBD concentrates designed to be versatile in their application. You can add it to essential oils, foods, beverages, skincare, hair care and beauty products. This gives you full control and makes a variety of uses readily available to you. The more universal the product, you can reduce was and save money.
Consider the many ways that you can infuse Pure and Golden into your daily routine. Tag us or share your recipes @thehoneycbd on Instagram or Pinterest as we absolutely love to hear all the ways The Honey CBD is helping you be happy and healthy.
Taking a look at the flavor and scent of CBD...
The flavor profiles of hemp oil come down to its terpene content. Terpenes are naturally occurring compounds that exist in all varieties of cannabis, and are what give cannabis and hemp its distinct smell and taste. The Honey CBD uses a particular Broad Spectrum that is very rich in terpenes and cannabinoids. Because our products are highly concentrated and contain no additives, you will notice the CBD flavor and smell.
Why is this a good thing?
The body uses our senses as a sort of introduction. When you use plants for their medicinal purpose you want to increase its bioavailability. When you introduce a medicine through the initial senses, it prepares your body to receive the medicinal properties. As we start considering CBD and other plant medicines, we are working with the chemical compounds present in these plants which is when you start to experience a variety of mental and physical effects, from fighting pain to relieving stress. You are taking CBD for its effect, so always consider scent and taste as a part of that process.
So let's talk about terpenes!
Terpenes are what give the hemp plant its flavor, so let's talk about them as they are (in our opinion) the best way to look at flavors when creating CBD recipes.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are what gives all plants and herbs their particular smell and taste.
Terpenes can act on the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) in a similar way to cannabinoids, but are absorbed differently by the body, which distinguishes them from one another.
Because they interact with your ECS, terpenes play a huge part in the Entourage Effect. The Entourage Effect is the theory that the medicinal properties of cannabis are enhanced by the synchronistic combination of the plant cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids.
(This is why we pride ourselves for having a CBD oil that has a 2-3 times higher ratio of minor cannabinoids than other Broad Spectrums.)
If you consider terpenes in this way, it may help you distinguish which essential oils or flavors would best enhance our products to better meet your needs or desired effect.
How to consider TASTE when using plant medicinals...
In the case of the five tastes (sweet, salty, umami, sour, bitter) our tongue has specific sensory cells that can detect each of them because they all have their own nerve paths.
-Sweet foods tell your brain there are carbohydrates, or energy, in your food. Your brain loves energy, so it is hardwired to love sweet flavors.
-Salty your body uses salt to maintain water balance. Water balance is essential for survival, so your brain loves when some (but not too much) salt is added to food.
-Umami signals to your brain that there are amino acids in the food, which means protein. These are the building blocks of all the cells in your body.
-Sour food signals the presence of acid and fermentation, which are important to your digestion. Some vitamins, like vitamin C, also have a sour taste.
-Bitter taste is still under speculation as that science is yet to come up with a definitive answer.
We know for sure that many of the healthiest foods––dark leafy greens, chocolate, coffee––have a subtle and pleasant bitter taste. The most likely conclusion is that bitter taste indicates the presence of small amounts of toxins that actually strengthen your body, a property called hormesis.
-Fat is not considered a taste, but scientists have found certain sensory receptors geared to recognizing fattiness in food.
-Spiciness doesn’t qualify as a taste because we do not have specific nerve receptors for it. Instead we recognize spice because it actually hurts our tongue. A pain signal is then sent to our brain by the nerves that transmit touch and temperature sensations.
*Although fat and spice are not considered tastes we have included them as they are useful in balancing flavor, spice or heat can influence the body’s composition and CBD is fat soluble.
Specific taste profiles work together to create flavor. In combination different tastes can balance and enhance one another, which is what makes food so flavorful.
Ways to look at SCENT when using plant medicinals...
Terpenes communicate through the olfactory receptors in our cells, which are primarily located in the nose but have been found throughout many tissue types of our body. When we smell certain terpenes, they communicate through the cells to inhibit or encourage certain processes.
A cool example of can be found here.