Stratos: Bringing Pharmaceutical Accuracy to Cannabis

Helping people powers everything we do. 

It’s our mission to offer people safe, pure, and reliable cannabis and CBD products they can trust.

Our careers didn’t start out in cannabis, they began in the pharmaceutical industry. When people go to Walgreens or CVS, they trust that what they buy is safe and will help them get better. And while the pharmaceutical standards for manufacturing and production are well-trusted, some of the motives behind pharmaceutical companies are not.

We get it. And we got out because of it. 

We started to see some of the highly controlled drugs we were developing to “help” people being abused by patients, doctors and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Instead of helping people, we started to see the drugs hurting them. 

We knew there had to be an alternative to truly help people that didn’t involve potential long-term damage. 

When we learned about the healing effects of cannabis, it reinvigorated our passion to help people. From that day forward, we’ve worked to create cannabis and CBD products with the same pharmaceutical standards as what you’d find on pharmacy shelves.

What We Do

Before our team spends months developing a product, they spend time at the drawing board. After comparing the different ways to ingest cannabis and CBD, we narrowed the options down. Our research found that tablets, tinctures and topicals are the best options for rapid onset, longevity, and body receptivity. 

Because health and safety are top priorities, our focus is on products that are vegan, sugar-free, and gluten-free, and our topical products are paraben-free. Excipient ingredients are pharmaceutical grade, and all of our hemp and cannabis are grown in Colorado.

Every product is tested multiple times during the manufacturing process. This includes pesticides, microbial growth, heavy metals, potency, and residual solvents to ensure your safety.

You can put us to the test by reviewing a Certificate of Analysis for our CBD products. We include one with each online purchase. We want to earn your trust, and we will go to any length to earn it. We are grateful that nearly 700 dispensaries in Colorado have entrusted our THC products to their customers by adding them to their shelves.

We’d also like to share a bit about our products for you to consider.

Tablets:

This option is portable, discreet, reliable, convenient and long-lasting. Unlike infused food products such as gummies, which may require 90 minutes to take effect, tablets have an onset of 15-30 minutes and can last up to 8 hours.

Tablets can be halved or quartered based on your dosing needs. Be sure to take the tablets with a fat source (such as a spoonful of peanut butter) to experience the maximum benefits. Cannabinoids are fat soluble so they need to bind to a lipid to absorb into the body.

  • Stratos CBD tablets are available in Full Spectrum 300 (30 tablets of 10mg each), Full Spectrum 750 (30 tablets of 25mg each), Isolate 300 (30 tablets of 10mg each), and Isolate 750 bottles (30 tablets of 25mg each). 
  • Stratos THC tablets are available in Sleep (Indica THC), Energy (Sativa THC), Relax (Hybrid) and CBD 1:1, CBD 2:1, CBD 15:1, CBD 25mg (THC and CBD). Tablets come in doses of 5mg, 10mg, or 50mg. Available in bottles of 75mg, 100mg, 300mg, or 500mg. 

Tinctures:

We want you to get the most out of your tincture, and quickly. To increase absorption and speed up onset, we use high-shear technology to break down cannabis and CBD molecules into smaller particles. This allows the plant to take effect in less than five minutes and last 3-4 hours. 

Placing a tincture under the tongue (sublingual absorption) is up to 10x faster than anything you chew or swallow (first pass digestion absorption). Place the tincture under your tongue, wait 30 seconds, then swallow. The tincture then heads straight to the bloodstream. 

  • Stratos CBD tinctures are created with hemp-derived CBD oil and MCT oil and are available in 500mg and 1000mg quantities for Full Spectrum or Isolate.
  • Stratos THC tinctures have two options:
    • A tangerine tincture created with MCT oil and cannabis oil available in Sleep 1:1 (Indica, CBD), Energy 1:1 (Sativa, CBD), Relax 1:1 (Hybrid, CBD). Each come with 100mg of THC and 100mg of CBD. There is also a 15:1 CBD option with 100mg CBD and 6.67mg hybrid THC.
    • A chocolate mint tincture created through a phospholipid emulsion of water, MCT oil and cannabis oil. This special emulsion offers the highest bioavailability tincture option available and must be mixed well before taking. It is also available in Sleep 1:1, Energy 1:1, Relax 1:1 and 15:1 CBD.

Topicals:

If you’re looking to target a specific part of the body, such as your back or legs, then a topical salve is perfect. Our salves are infused with a whopping six essential oils, shea butter, coconut oil, and beeswax, so it’s like a big hug for your skin. This smooth, silky salve can be massaged wherever you need it, and you’ll feel the benefits within minutes. For those concerned about any psychoactivity, it’s important to note that you won’t “feel high” by applying a THC product to your skin (it must be ingested).

  • Stratos CBD topicals have 500mg each, and are available in Full Spectrum or Isolate.
  • Stratos THC topicals include Soothe 1:1, which is infused with 100mg THC and CBD, and Soothe ER, which includes 300mg THC and 300mg CBD.

We hope we’ve piqued your interest. If you’re still reading, we’d like to say thank you: visit www.stratoscbd.com 

Want to see if you’re eligible for discounted products?  Have questions about how to use Stratos’ products? Call Realm of Caring’s Care Team 719-347-5400 Option 1 

Learn more about what we offer or reach out with questions or comments at or – we’d love to hear from you.

CBD, Liver Damage – Rebutted

Forbes recently released an article called Marijuana Study Finds CBD Can Cause Liver Damage. It focuses on a recent research article from the journal Molecules, called “Hepatotoxicity of a Cannabidiol-Rich Cannabis Extract in the Mouse Model.” The researchers made their own CBD extract and took findings from GW’s Epidiolex clinical trials to give equivalent dosages to mice to observe the short-term effects. Keep in mind that their COA showed residual hexane, which is a known hepatotoxin.

The author uses this study to claim that CBD might be just as dangerous as alcohol or acetaminophen (Tylenol). These substances both have safe daily recommended amounts that do not harm the liver. But while alcohol’s abuse is well known and acetaminophen toxicity has replaced viral hepatitis as the most common cause of acute liver failure in the US, CBD has zero abuse potential because it is non-intoxicating, so its users have no incentive to approach similar levels.

GW observed that 20 mg/kg is the safe maximum daily dose of CBD. That’s 9 mg/lb. For a 100 pound person, that would be 900 mg a day. That’s between 1-2 grams for most adults.

The mouse researchers tested the effects of giving this max dose in a single day, and separately, the effects of giving it for fourteen days in a row. They then went on to perform the same test using triple the recommended safe daily dose and then once more using 10 times the limit.

In the same-day phase of testing, all of the detrimental effects occurred at the 3x and 10x levels. No negative effects were reported for the recommended safe maximum dose.

In the two-week phase, detrimental effects occurred only at the highest level. The author leaves a strong implication that CBD killed some of the mice, however, that isn’t the case. Some mice in the highest dosage group became so lethargic and anemic that the researchers decided to kill them on the third day. Mice in the lower two levels exhibited no visible signs of toxicity throughout the two weeks.

Because GW Pharma already determined a maximum recommended dose, it should come as no surprise that amounts higher than that can cause problems. Most people who regularly use CBD can’t or won’t ever come close to the “maximum” recommended amount due to cost, access, or simply needing less because of using whole plant extracts.

The author goes on to point out the warning on Epidiolex packaging that there is a risk for liver injury because 5-20% of patients in recent clinical trials experienced elevated liver enzymes. The overwhelming majority of increases in enzymes were at the 20mg/kg dose in combination with Valproic acid, another known liver toxin. Their published article cites three specific studies to support the case for elevated enzymes. In all three studies, the risk of elevated enzymes mostly applies to users who are also taking other medications, the risk isn’t severe, and the problem resolves itself for most. The author somehow conflates that to say all CBD users will develop a disease.

The fact that CBD can interact with other drugs in the liver is well-known and practices are already in place to avoid or minimize negative reactions.

As long as a reasonable amount of CBD is taken, and it isn’t taken at the same time as other medications, then there is a minute chance of a negative reaction occurring.

The author begrudgingly concedes that there is research on the positives of CBD. He brings up a study showing that cannabis users have a significant dose-dependent reduction in the odds of developing each of the four major stages of alcoholic liver disease. He quotes a doctor who said cannabis can lead to progression of liver disease in patients with hepatitis C, however, “cannabis” isn’t defined here and there is no citation provided by Healthline. The RoC Research Library has more studies showing the positives of cannabinoids for the liver.

One of his final warnings about CBD is actually a testament to its therapeutic potential. “CBD regulates 50 genes.” The keyword here is “regulate.” CBD works to regulate the rest of the body and help bring it to homeostasis. CBD actually has over 80 mechanisms of action.

The author concludes by saying that due to all the harms that CBD poses, users may as well be taking vodka to ease what ails them. Equating CBD to vodka is not a fair comparison. This article highlights why it’s important to do your own fact-checking and not accept everything you read at face value.  

Alternative to antidepressants

The cannabinoid therapy has helped me in many ways such as constipation relief from rare illness (SMAS) and a better sense of well being. My current health prognosis is I will not get better as I have dealt with this rare illness since 11/2010 and struggle daily with severe fatigue, abdominal pain, constipation, lack of normal digestion, etc. Plus cancer, aneurysm, and damaged spinal cord T6. I stopped using the oil and I got back on it as it helps with many things such as increased energy, sense of well-being, and helps a little with severe chronic pain.

This treatment gives me a better mood without taking antidepressants. I notice a huge difference when I take it daily and when I stop for a week so I can tell the difference. It does help once I load in my system (endocannabinoid) and I have also tried taking more such as 1 mL three times a day but it affected my liver so I dropped back down to .5 mL twice a day.

Zane’s Story

I wasn’t aware of CBD

Jazzlyn’s seizures are pretty much kept to baseline. She’ll have maybe 1 or 2 every 1 – 2 weeks except for when she gets sick. Her immune system is weak so it’s very easy for her to get sick and when she does she can have a seizure every day for however many days she’s sick with multiple seizures some days day.  Maybe increasing the dosing when she is sick will help. I usually give her clonazepam, which her neurologist recommends when this happens, and it doesn’t help but I’m working on it.

This aid really makes a difference given CBD isn’t covered by medical insurance and it’s pricey. AED’s do not work for my daughter to their full potential alone, she’s currently on 4, and CBD does. It’s unfortunate that for a lot of families the difference between seizure free and not is being able to afford CBD products. Of course, the legality part of it plays a part as well depending on where you live but the financial burden is definitely impactful. I mean, for the longest I stuck to just AED’s because I wasn’t aware of CBD and when I became aware, I couldn’t afford it. So thank you to the RoC!

Jazzlyn’s Story

Quality of Life Matters!!

Overall, Raymond’s health has improved. His appetite has increased and he is starting to have better coordination allowing him to move around more freely. The progress is slow but still steady. He is also beginning to make more sounds and try and talk. He is able to enjoy life so much more than before and we are so thankful!

Raymond’s story

Living with GI issues

I’ve been experiencing abdominal cramping and hot flashes before a bowel movement, waking up at night with hot flashes, cramps, and severe diarrhea. My only relief would come after a bowel movement.

My GI Doctor decided to run some tests to eliminate cancer. I immediately went home started on cannabis oil/hash oil and ordered a high CBD oil.

After using the cannabis oil (high in THC) the next morning the cramping reduced by 80%, stools were firming up, and hot flashes reduced dramatically. On day two my symptoms were gone. I started the CBD oil around day 3 and cut back on the high THC oil until I eliminated the THC oil completely.

I’m only using CBD only now and feeling great, my system is back on track and I take 1/8 tsp twice a day.

The help & info from ROC is fantastic!

John’s story

Not all stories are success stories

Payton’s health has not improved. She is having complications with her stomach. She has been vomiting and coughing. Her stomach will not digest properly.  She had a G-tube placed and it has helped some. The CBD oil has helped with Payton’s pain and sleeping. I do believe her seizures have slowed down a bit since she has been on CBD.   

Payton’s story

Parkinson’s Disease symptoms are improving!

My health has improved all over. I have Parkinson’s Disease and my illness was very poor; ie: my limbs, feet, hands, and fingers constantly shook, along with the feeling of swelling in my throat, biting my inside cheeks and tongue to where they bleed, eye twitching, mouth opening and closing. All of the above is remarkably improving! It’s amazing! I can NOT take Parkinson’s medicines, because I get horrific side effects, so thank you from the bottom of my heart for this medicine!!

Without this grant from Realm of Caring, I would be mostly bedridden. The 24/7 pain I was enduring, along with all of the above ailments are slowly subsiding. It brings tears to my eyes as to how grateful I am, and my caregiver son is so grateful, too! For example, my son had to help me get up out of chairs, the couch, etc., but now I can do it by myself most of the time.Although he had to help me walk from point A to point B, this is subsiding also!!!

Sonya’s story

Jayden has meltdowns with her autism

Jayden did really well with the CBD oil when we first started it last year. As we increased the oil, she continued to do well. Then after about 4 months, she seemed to become immune to the oil. We ran out of the oil after 5 months of use and we decided to give it a break. Jayden has autism and has severe meltdowns. The days that the oil seemed to get in her system, she had less severe meltdowns. She has once again increased her speech. We are super excited about starting the CBD oil therapy again!

Jayden’s story