Lecithin comes from the Greek lekithos, meaning egg yolk, and is a term used to describe yellow-brownish fatty substances that occur naturally in animal and plant tissues.
It is used in foods and supplements to provide a smooth, moist texture and to keep ingredients from separating. Because we want to blend oil based cannabis with water based medicinal herbs or other water ingredients AND we are committed to creating products that are cruelty-free, we use sunflower lecithin in some of our tinctures.
Sunflower lecithin is made by dehydrating a sunflower and separating it into three parts: oil, gum, and solids. The lecithin comes from the gum. It is processed through a cold press system like the one used to make olive oil.
Most companies use soy lecithin in their products. But there are three big issues with using soy lecithin:
Sunflower is the opposite. Most sunflower is organic, not genetically-modified, and is not processed with chemicals. It is also not considered a top allergen.
Because soy lecithin is cheaper, you will find it in the majority of commercial products. We have chosen to use sunflower lecithin, despite the added cost, as pure ingredients are our number one priority.
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