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Our mission at Hawaiian Choice is to help people lead better, healthier and more fulfilling lives, and we believe education is a key part of that. We fully believe that the amazing properties of CBD can have significant health benefits. Due to the historical legally restricted status of cannabis, there has been limited research in the USA, but there has been extensive pioneering research in the rest of the world. For this reason, we are conscious there are distinct FDA governmental restrictions around what information we are allowed to present, as well as how we present it. However, we will strive to give you the best possible overview into the world of CBD we can. We are also keen to bring to your attention the fact that there is an enormous amount of peer reviewed scientific research and literature available online which is allowed to say more than we can. So as with all aspects of your health, we would recommend validating and exploring CBD through your own research.

Our Approach

Hawaiian Choice CBD products are formulated from plants which have been bred to have high CBD and very low THC levels, to minimize the naturally occurring THC in our end products. In all cases, when the concentrated hemp oil is diluted into our tinctures our products are below the legal threshold (0.3% THC by weight) and in most cases, these trace THC levels are reduced to “non detectable” levels when tested using normal cannabis industry tests. Our CBD products will not make you high.

Because the products are made from natural hemp oil, there is some level of variability of cannabinoid content. We can guarantee to you that every product has at least the content listed on the bottle. Every batch is independently tested here in Hawaii, and the test results posted online. See your bottle number for your specific batch number and then visit www.hawaiianchoice.com/staging/batch to look up your result.

What is CBD?

CBD stands for cannabidiol, which is a compound found in cannabis plants. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of phytochemicals known as terpenoids. Phytochemicals are actually found in all plants, fruits and flowers and they provide much of their taste, smell, personality and active qualities.

Phytocannabinoids (cannabinoids found in plants) are a type of terpenoids, and there are more than 100 phytocannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. The human body also naturally produces substances called endocannabinoids.

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Our Approach

At Hawaiian Choice, we only source CBD extracted from legal, certified industrial hemp which produces a final product well below the legal THC threshold of less than 0.3%, so you can use and travel with our products in confidence. Please see our online batch reports for your product’s specific test results.

Legality

CBD can be extracted from both the marijuana plant and from industrial hemp, both of which are slightly different genetic expressions of the same plant cannabis sativa. The substance itself is identical, but the crucial difference is around legality.

Marijuana is generally 5% THC and above and is grown for recreational and medical use, and in some cases has been bred to contain significant amounts of CBD. Because of the THC content, it can only be sold to varying degree in states that have liberalized laws allowing this.

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Our Approach

Hawaiian Choice produces various tinctures, customized around how different people use CBD. The base product is the same – with the same CBD oil (and potency content), along with MCT oil and various fruit extracts. We recognize though that people consume CBD for different purposes, be it to relax, focus, improve metabolism and aid physical or and have aimed our terpene mixes to cater to this.

What are terpenes?

Terpenes are organic compounds found in various plants and insects. The cannabis plant has naturally high levels of terpenes which have medicinal benefits and also provide the flavour and scent of the oi. The terpenes provide distinctive flavors such as citrus, berry, mint, and pine.

The essential oils revolution has brought more awareness of the medical benefits of terpenes and aromatherapy. Nearly all of the major terpenes in cannabis are either analgesic (anti-pain) or anti-inflammatory.

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Our Approach

Key to our products is incorporating locally grown Hawaiian fruit and produce, not only because they are effective in enhancing the health benefits of our products but also to make them uniquely delicious.

Yes there are commercial and even artificial versions available, but our standards are ultra high, our requirements specific. We incorporate locally grown, premium quality fruit where we can be assured organic and non-GMO status, sustainability and improvement to the local Hawaii community.

Fruit & Flavoring

Who doesn’t love fruit? If you are interested in CBD, it’s probably also true that you appreciate the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle. Consuming fruit every day is an important part of this.

Many people also have an aversion to the taste of cannabis products, which has alienated a significant number of people from traditional tinctures. Some CBD manufacturers have attempted to improve the flavor of their tinctures by adding artificial flavors.

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Our Approach

At Hawaiian Choice we have selected MCT (medium-chain triglycerides) oil as our carrier oil. Medium-chain triglycerides are a form of saturated fatty acid which has demonstrated many health effects including improved cognitive function and weight management. Although regular coconut oil is also healthy, it is the MCT portion which represents the best part (in coconut oil roughly only 60% of the fatty acids are MCT), and so we choose to use a refined oil which contains 100% of the MCT portion.

We have selected soy lecithin as our emulsifier of choice because it’s the most commonly used food additive used for emulsification and we felt we got the best results with it. A very small amount of residual alcohol remains in the product from our fruit extracts.

Additives

Carrier Oil – there are many options of base liquid which dilutes and combines the CBD oil with other ingredients. Most CBD tinctures use alcohol, olive oil, coconut oil, or MCT oil.

Emulsifier – in order to efficiently combine various fruit based water soluble ingredients it’s necessary to use an emulsifier. The raw materials for emulsifiers can be made from many types of seed or soy oils, but can also be made from egg or even animal lard. Common in many food products, they play a key role in mayonnaise, creamy sauces, candy, confections and baked products.

Alcohol – the fruit extraction process leaves small traces of alcohol in our product.

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