'What is the difference between spagyric extracts and other CBD products currently on the market?'
For starters, most CBD on the market comes in the form of CO2 extracts either from overseas or here in Colorado. The extracts from overseas are usually by-products of fiber or seed production. In other words the quality is sub par, if even that. It is not grown organically or with medicinal quality in mind. Instead the quantity is prioritized. Many of these extracts are by-products made without healing intent. Their production is missing a crucial herbal perspective that would allow plants to show their full potential.
Unfortunately, the lower-quality extracts have become hugely popular because the medical cannabis world doesn't incorporate a solid perspective from herbal medicine. This new and growing industry is, for the most part, lacking a holistic approach in its foundation.
Of the various well-known forms of natural healing (Naturopathy, Homeopathy, Western Herbalism, Ayurveda, or Chinese Herbalism), none utilize CO2 extracts of medicinal plants. Ayurveda makes use of the minerals and most traditional herbalism makes use of the organic acids (vitamins) extracted in alcohol (very few include both minerals and alcohol extracts at the same time). Alcohol is a solvent that is also only produced from plants themselves. It can be organically sourced at a lower cost than CO2 extraction, and doesn't require harsh chemicals or huge amounts of energy. Though CO2 should be credited for being much safer than butane, CO2 extraction equipment is very pricey and requires lots of energy to run. Most importantly, CO2 extracts are not applicable to herbalism or any other traditional herbal practice.
Herbal Synergy is another aspect also missing from the cannabis industry. When using herbal remedies, they are commonly used with other herbs that have similar qualities and very few companies are actually implementing this. Herbs like Turmeric, Chaga and Red Reishi all work collectively to help with things like inflammation, immune support, fighting free radicals and overall anti-oxidizing the body. The big problem is people just don't know. We rarely hear about herbs in any mainstream media, school or university...What it really comes down to is education.
Spagyrics: The Origin of Traditional Herbalism
Spagyric preparation of a plant is the only method that makes use of both the purified minerals and the organic acids that are so effective as whole plant medicine. The creation of many modern-day pharmaceuticals is highly influenced by spagyric processes, however, pharmaceutical drugs include many synthetic chemicals. Spagyric medicines contain only the naturally occurring chemicals in plants. Today, pharmaceutical companies profit from the exclusive ownership of plant chemical synthesis methods. With mainstream education focusing on synthesizing chemicals instead of finding them naturally, the gifts plants offer us are often ignored.
The Spagyric Apothecary is on a mission to unlock the powers of plants, including cannabis, with this ancient herbal perspective. Spagyric preparation is, fundamentally, alchemy applied to plants and thus the origin of both spiritual and physical health.