What types of medicines do you produce?
We produce full-strength cannabis extracts, cannabis-infused olive oils, and cannabis-infused coconut topicals. The extracts are dispensed through oral syringes and are intended for patients requiring very high doses. The olive oils are dispensed through a glass dropper bottle with a gradated dropper. The cannabis-infused coconut topicals come in small metal jars and are intended for topical use only, not ingestion.
What is the potency of your medicines?
Our full-strength cannabis extracts are generally between 55-80% (550-800mg/g) total cannabinoids. Most extracts also contain between .5-1.5% terpenes. Our infused cannabis olive oils are between 1-5% (10-50mg/mL) total cannabinoids. To achieve the 50mg/mL potency, we add extract to our standard infused olive oil. In these cases, the same strain is used for the extract and the infused olive oil so effects are predictable.
The cannabis-infused coconut topicals are standardized to 5mg/g. The topicals also include 10 added essential oils to provide constituents which enhance effectiveness, including penetration through the skin.
The proportion of THC to CBD, and vice versa, is 20:1 – 25:1 in most medicines we produce. Most patients get two medicines so they can easily reach their recommended doses.
Are your medicines lab-tested?
Every batch of medicine we produce is lab-tested to identify cannabinoid and terpene levels as well as confirm absence of contaminants. Every medicine we sell features a label showing dominant cannabinoid and terpene levels.
Are your medicines organic?
While cannabis itself cannot be formally certified as organic, we contract with growers who do not use pesticides, herbicides, or other inorganic chemicals during the growing process. We also lab-test flower to ensure an absence of molds, mildews, and pesticides. For extracts, we use certified organic ethanol as the solvent. This solvent is evaporated out during the manufacturing process, leaving only pure cannabis extract behind. For infusions, we use certified organic olive oil. For topicals, we use certified organic coconut oil and either certified organic or wildcrafted essential oils.
How do I order medicine through Aunt Zelda's?
To order medicine, you must have a United States ID and California 215 recommendation. You must also be in California to pick up the products.
First, sign up at https://auntzeldas.cdrmed.org/pre-registration. On the first page of the Preregistration, select Products next to the “Interested In” field. On the second page, upload pictures of your 215 Recommendation and United States ID. The third page has a few health questions that will enable us to make more informed product recommendations.
After signing up, you will be directly contacted via email by an Aunt Zelda’s representative to share our current inventory with you. After deciding what you want, an invoice will be sent, which can be paid through check or an online service. You will then be instructed to pick up the products at a local dispensary or via other convenient means.
Is there a fee for joining Aunt Zelda's?
There is no fee to become a member. The only cost is associated with the purchase of products.
How do I know which medicines to get?
We can help you find medicines based on recommendations from your physician or caregiver. For example, if your physician recommends a low dose of THC to help with sleep, we would suggest a 10mg/mL THC infused olive oil with sedative terpenes. Our sister company, Calla Spring Wellness, provides physician-led consultations to determine exactly how many milligrams of THC and CBD you should take as well as the ideal terpenes that should be in the medicine.
Most patients acquire two medicines, one THC-rich and one CBD-rich. This facilitates accurate dosing and maximizes the therapeutic efficacy of cannabinoids. THC activates cannabinoid receptors whereas CBD blocks them, so administering THC and CBD at the same time weakens the effect of THC. Separating the cannabinoids allows patients to get the most benefit from THC while still benefitting from the synergy of THC and CBD.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are a class of aromatic compounds produced by cannabis. Unlike cannabinoids, which are only found in cannabis, terpenes are found in thousands of other plants. Most of what you smell from flowers or as well as many plant foods are terpenes. For example, a terpene called limonene is found in lemons and can stimulate energy, and the primary terpene in lavender, linalool, has a calming effect.
What makes your medicines different from other producers?
We use only the highest-quality and purest ingredients in the production of our medicines. We use certified organic ethanol as the solvent for extracts and certified organic olive oil for infusions. All cannabis is grown without pesticides and lab-tested to confirm absence of toxic contaminants like bacterial toxins and heavy metals. The medicine is produced using a proprietary process that decarboxylates the cannabinoids while preserving the terpenes. Many other products on the market are overheated and thus suffer loss of terpenes.
What is decarboxylation?
In the raw cannabis plant, the cannabinoids are found in their acidic forms – THC acid (THCA) and CBD acid (CBDA). Heat is required to transform these acidic cannabinoids into their neutral counterparts, THC and CBD, a process known as decarboxylation. However, heat also results in terpene loss. Through extensive experimentation, we have found a way to decarboxylate the cannabinoids while preserving terpenes.
Can you smoke or vaporize any of your medicines?
The extract can be vaporized or smoked. The infused olive oil and topical cannot. For those requiring the inhaled route of administration, we recommend vaporization as it produces far less toxins than smoking.
How long has Aunt Zelda's been in operation?
Aunt Zelda’s was launched in 2010 and has steadily grown ever since.
What is required in the state of CA for me to purchase cannabis?
To purchase cannabis in California, you need to have a 215 recommendation. This is the legal document signed by a doctor which authorizes you to purchase and possess cannabis for medical purposes. As of November 9, 2016, any adult 21 or older can possess up to 28.5 grams of cannabis and up to 8 grams of cannabis oil. For maximum protection, as well as the right to legally possess higher quantities of cannabis, it is strongly recommended you obtain a 215 recommendation.