If you’re ready to step out of the CBD norm with your standard, everyday tinctures and cannabidiol-based topicals, Radical Roots is a new company worthy of checking out.
Not only does Radical Roots harness the unprecedented power of CBD but also uses “the wisdom of Chinese herbs” to create a product unlike anything available on the CBD market today.
The vision of Radical Roots is to combine the healing wisdom of Chinese herbal medicine with top quality, full spectrum hemp extract to provide a safe and effective medicine for all. All of Radical Roots’ products have been designed by licensed herbalists in prepared formulas that concentrate on individual issues, rather than the one-size-fits-all approach they believe most CBD companies adhere to.
Who is Radical Roots?
There are countless new CBD companies coming out every day. Many have jumped on the CBD bandwagon to make a quick buck (CBD is projected to be a $22 billion industry by 2022, after all), but there are also those that have gotten into the industry to truly make a difference in the lives of others.
Radical Roots is one of the latter.
Founded by New York-based Chinese medicine specialists and acupuncturists, Bart Beckermann and Chloe Weber, Radical Roots was born with the desire to approach hemp medicine from the perspective of an herbalist.
Chloe wanted us to make sure we told you she has another site she just launched, a resource website for people with neurological disabilities — Remy’s Revenge — in case it’s helpful for anyone. Please visit and see what it’s all about!
Learn even more about Chloe in the recent podcast episode we did with her (episode 100 of the CBD School Podcast!)
Within the roots of Traditional Chinese Medicine (that dates back more than 2,500 years), there are some 300 herbs used for their therapeutic value. Coincidentally, cannabis is also an herb that has been used for thousands of years for its own therapeutic benefits. Beckermann and Weber believe that by combining these ancient herbal remedies that individuals can reach an optimal level of health and wellness.
With the faces behind so many companies truly a mystery, we really appreciated that Radical Roots offered so much information about who they are and why they’re doing what they do. To learn more about the team behind Radical Roots, click here. Anyone interested in natural health and wellness (and knowing where their products come from) will appreciate the story behind this new, unique CBD company.
Radical Roots’ Hemp and Healing Herbs
Before we get into the products Radical Roots offers, let’s get into the actual herbs behind the products themselves.
Organically-Grown Colorado Hemp
Radical Roots has done things right by being totally upfront about where they source the hemp to create their products. On their website, they let you know that most of their hemp is cultivated at the Pachamama Farm in Longmont, Colorado from plants grown organically with “love and respect.”
Radical Roots also lets you know that they’re currently working with two different strains of hemp in order to find the perfect match to blend with each of their Chinese herbal formulations.
Either way, the hemp used to extract CBD oil is some of the highest quality, US-grown cannabis that exists.
High Quality Traditional Chinese Herbs
The Chinese herbs used in their products are sourced from a world-renowned herbal provider known for adhering to the most stringent testing policies and providing the cleanest herbs you can find.
The extraction process used by Radical Roots is a bit different than that typically used for CBD products, but is one that has been used in old alchemic preparations for centuries. Radical Roots uses what’s known as spagyric extraction, which uses organic grape ethanol to extract the essence of hemp and various herbs. The hemp and herbs are then burned at high temperatures between 6-8 hours and from the ashes, water is then used to reconstruct the salt and mineral components from the plant, where they are then added back to the tincture.
Why this process?
Because Radical Roots has taken an approach unlike anyone else in the CBD industry. They believe that from a spiritual perspective, they are joining the body and spirit. From a chemical perspective, they are adding back the minerals and salts they believe are important to help the plant be more effective in its healing power.
Transparency and Third Party Testing
Radical Roots believes that quality, transparency, and safety are the heart of a company. They’ve let their hearts lead the way and live up to this by offering third-party lab results for each and every one of their formulations. Products are tested for cannabinoid potency, terpenes, pesticides, heavy metals, mycotoxins, aflatoxins, and microbiological analysis for salmonella and e. coli. Radical Roots offers Certificates of Analysis that are easily available on their website.
Radical Roots CBD Products
Radical Roots has formulated six products that include five different tinctures and a topical. Here we’ll take a deeper look at each to see exactly what this CBD company based in Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine has to offer.
Remy’s Revenge was named after Weber’s son, Remy, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder…one that Chinese Medicine refers to as “wind disorders” (tremors, seizures, and neurological disharmony). Remy’s Revenge is specifically formulated with CBD and Chinese herbs to address conditions such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s, MS, and some types of vertigo or hypertension.
Aside from 500mg full spectrum hemp extract, each 1oz bottle contains Shi Jue Ming, Tian Ma, and Gou Teng (to stop wind), Mai Meng Dong, Sheng Di, and Nu Zhen Zi (to nourish yin energy), Bai Shao and Dan Shen (to move blood and stagnation), Zhi Zi and Huang Lian (to clear heat, and Fu Shen and Tian Zhu Huang (to clear phlegm).
Rest + Relax was formulated to help alleviate symptoms of anxiety, stress, overwork, difficulty falling and staying asleep, and heat sensation at night.
Aside from 500mg full spectrum hemp extract, each 1oz bottle primarily contains Ye Jiao Teng, Suan Zao Ren, and He Huan Pi (to nourish the blood and yin energy of the heart and liver). Ban Xia (to direct chi downward) and Dan Shen (to move energy from the mind into the chest and body and alleviate stagnation in the heart) work harmoniously together, while Sheng di Huang, Xuan Shen, and Zhi Zi are added (to clear heat and nourish yin energy of the kidneys).
Relief Remedy was created with the Chinese Medicine theory that “where there is stagnation, there is pain.” The traditional herbs used in the Radical Roots’ Relief Remedy formulation are those known to move chi and blood in the body.
Combined with the pain-relieving properties of CBD, the herbs used in this tincture are combined together to alleviate various types of aches and pains. How exactly does it do so? It’s formulated with the idea of stopping pain and cold, damp wind energy in the legs and back by tonifying the blood, kidneys, and liver.
Relief Remedy is suggested for conditions such as fibromyalgia, leg cramps, weakness in the back, and hip or back pain.
If you’re exhausted and overworked, Radical Root’s Revive formula could be exactly what you need. This unique tincture address what is referred to in Chinese Medicine as Qi deficiency.
Aside from 500mg of full spectrum hemp extract, each 1oz bottle contains traditional Chinese herbs known to help strengthen the yin/yang energy of the body, while nourishing the kidneys and spleen.
Revive is suggested for conditions such as chronic stress syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, adrenal fatigue, and immune deficiency.
If the idea of Chinese Medicine seems a bit daunting to you, Radical Roots also offers their Complete Spectrum formula that’s 100% pure, full spectrum hemp extract. This is the base for all of Radical Roots’ other products and is full of all the cannabinoids, terpenes, phytochemicals, and nutrients naturally present in cannabis.
Complete Spectrum is suggested for those individuals who are interested in the benefits of CBD but are possibly concerned with Chinese herbs interacting with other medications, or for those that are looking for a high-quality CBD tincture with nothing added to it.
Radical Roots’ Topical Relief is formulated to soothe body aches, pains, and inflammation. It’s made with several traditional Chinese herbs known to move chi and blood within the body.
Radical Roots’ topical formula focuses on alleviating pain and eradicating cold wind damp energy in the back and legs.
Topical Relief is suggested for individuals with fibromyalgia, back and hip pain, back weakness, or leg cramps.
We found that when using in on our hip (one fractured long ago in a snowboarding accident) that the chronic pain we tend to experience in this area decreased noticeably.
Our Personal Experience with Radical Roots
One of our favorite things about CBD School is the many new products we’re fortunate to review on a regular basis. Our passion for cannabidiol has led to a journey that allows us to meet several people doing amazing things in the industry.
We love the fresh approach Radical Roots has taken to their line of hemp-derived CBD products. Not only are we (obviously) huge fans of CBD, but we prefer a natural approach to taking care of mind, body, and spirit in our personal lives. We truly believe in the power of plant medicine and believe that Radical Roots has done an excellent job of creating a product that harnesses the healing power of nature.
Those looking for a fruity-flavored CBD tincture won’t find it in Radical Roots. The taste of the Radical Roots tinctures we tried was decidedly on the “natural” side. While this is something we actually prefer, many people don’t like the earthy taste of plant-based tinctures.
Radical Roots’ Topical Relief is also much more on the “natural” side as far as smell is concerned. The topical itself smells what you might imagine a shop full of herbal brews and tonics to smell like.
Earthy. Dank. Natural.
Definitely not for those who prefer a pleasant smelling topical. If you don’t mind the natural scent of this topical, we imagine you’ll appreciate the relief it provides as much as we did.
Final Thoughts on Radical Roots CBD
We’re super pleased with our Radical Roots experience. Not only do we appreciate their transparency, but believe they’re doing something awesome to stand out from many other CBD companies that have flooded the market. These days when it comes to CBD, there’s a lot to be said for being different. We believe Radical Roots has done an amazing job of doing so.
If you’re interested in a CBD tincture that contains the healing power of Chinese herbs that have been used for centuries, Radical Roots is it. Formulated for a variety of different ailments and conditions, Radical Roots is realizing their vision of “providing incredibly safe medicine for all people big and small.”
Will we continue to use Radical Roots after trying them out?
We truly appreciate the approach they’ve taken and look forward to seeing them succeed in the industry.
Have you tried Radical Roots yourself?
We’d love to hear about your experience in the comments below.