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The Practitioner's Guide to
Plant Medicine

A Basic Breakdown of CBD, Adaptogens, Functional Fungi, and Medicinal Plant Extracts

Finding the right solution for patients isn't always easy, and can often leave experienced professionals unsure
if they have covered all of their patient's requirements.

Kiara aims to simplify this process by providing personalized training and guidance to healthcare professionals,
empowering them to pass this knowledge on to their patients.

Plant Extracts

Nature has always proven to be a reliable source of ingredients that are beneficial to human health. Plants promote the recovery process in a natural way. They are designed to stimulate the self-regulatory powers, support the body’s own defenses, and can bring destabilized systems back into their natural equilibrium.

Extracts are naturally occurring phytochemicals (plant-produced compounds) that have been removed from the original plant. The main advantage of using extracts over raw herbs is that extracts can be more easily broken down by the body and are far more absorbable.

Extraction Ratios

Kiara products are made from only the finest flowers of our naturally grown hemp, resulting in a higher potency than products made from the entire plant. Using ultrasonic extraction, we transform our hemp directly into pharma-grade oil, without the use of chemical solvents.

There are many different numbers on most plant medicine labels, and the ratios can feel like a confusing math problem.

Our Tinctures (liquids) are made at a 1:3 ratio. 1 kg of plant, 3 kg of liquid. The industry standard is 1:10 (Kiara is 230% stronger).

Our Dry Extracts (capsules and creams) are made at a 5:1 ratio. 5 kg of plant, 1 kg of liquid. The industry standard is 4:1 (Kiara is 25% stronger).

Functional Mushrooms

Mushrooms come in all shapes and sizes and have played a key role in society’s evolution over the years. Certain mushrooms have been proven to serve a wide variety of medical purposes earning them the prefix “functional”. 

This diverse group of fungi can be found in even the most remote sections of the world, as they have succeeded to thrive where other forms of life have failed. Resilience aside, these fleshy umbrellas possess tremendous abilities to strengthen our bodies and minds. 

Functional mushrooms such as Reishi, Turkey Tail, and Lion’s Mane are known to interact with several of the major systems and provide countless benefits including immunostimulating and anti-inflammatory activities, as well as antioxidant, and neuroprotective properties.


So what are adaptogenic herbs? The clue lies in their name. Adaptogens are plant substances that have been found to help the body manage stress and maintain balance (homeostasis). In other words, they help you adapt to external changes.
They can keep you calm in times of stress and help you cope in intense situations.

When you consume adaptogens, their organic properties and compounds work with the HPA-axis to help balance your system.
If there’s too much of one hormone, the adaptogens help to lower it. On the other hand, if there isn’t enough of a hormone, adaptogens can help replenish its levels.

Tinctures vs Oils

Tinctures are a mixture of CBD and multiple unique plant extracts working together to benefit your health. The plants and CBD team up to attack the problem through multiple mechanisms in the body.

Oils are a blend of CBD-extracts and an inert carrier oil like medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) coconut oil. Oils contain a higher potency of CBD than tinctures.

Topical vs Ingestible

Topical CBD – is when the CBD is applied directly to the skin and the cannabidiol compounds attach to the skin’s cannabinoid receptors where the topical cream is applied. With CBD topicals, the cannabinoid compounds don’t get absorbed into the bloodstream; however, the effects of topical CBD are more concentrated because it isn’t spread thin throughout the entire body. It is a great choice if you have a targeted area where you need CBD the most, for example, lower back pain.

Ingestible CBD – means to consume CBD through your mouth for better absorption. This allows for the CBD to work its way systematically through the body, interacting with multiple receptors along the way. It is suitable for systematic long-term care, such as chronic pain, inflammation, or stress relief.

Plants - A Long and Loving Relationship

Medicinal herbs were found in the personal belongings of the 5,000-year-old Ötzi the Iceman.

In 1500 B.C. the Ancient Egyptians wrote the Ebers Papyrus, in which over 850 medical plants, including garlic, juniper, cannabis, castor bean, aloe, and mandrake are described.

In the early Middle Ages, Benedictine monasteries preserved medical botanical knowledge in Europe, translating and copying classical texts and maintaining herb gardens.

The ancient Romans and Greeks crowned their leaders with dill and laurel. The Romans also used dill to purify the air.

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