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Our Process

It all starts in the soil

Danodan’s process starts in the fields of southern Oregon. Here, our beautiful organic hemp flowers are grown on two different farms. The perfect combination of clean water, fertile soil, and warm sun create the ideal growing conditions for our therapeutic hemp. In the fields, tall stalks bud bright flowers with prismatic shades of green, purple, and blue. 

Once the flowers are mature, they are harvested by hand and then dried. The farm has its flowers tested for purity and potency and shares those test results with us. Knowing the level of cannabinoids in our hemp flower is essential. The recipe for our products is so simple that the hemp flowers must have a certain percentage of cannabinoids to ensure that we achieve the correct potency.

Our Founder, Daniel Stoops, hides in a hemp field, searching for the perfect hemp for our production process
colorful hemp flowers, full of deep purples and greens, used in our production process

We choose to source our hemp from multiple Oregon farms to expand the variety of compounds and flavors. This makes our products both more effective and more delicious. Different strains of hemp contain different concentrations of various cannabinoids. So, by using multiple varieties, we increase the diversity of cannabinoids in our infusions. 

Once the hemp flowers are adequately dried, we transport them back to our facility in NE Portland. There they are stored as whole dried flowers until it’s time to make a batch of Danodan.

Let’s get cooking

Each batch of Danodan begins with the same process. We weigh out a specific amount of whole hemp flowers, grind them fresh, and begin the slow process of infusing them into organic vegetable glycerin. Our patented process takes custom-made equipment and lots of patience to achieve the desired results. 

After several weeks, the first stage of infusion is done. The flowers and liquid are removed from the barrel. Then, they are gently heated and agitated for several hours, which makes it easier to press and filter. Once they are nice and warm, we hand-press and filter every drop, making sure we get all the good stuff from the flowers.

A churning container of hemp flower CBD shot
A lab technician takes samples at the Danodan facility during our production process

At this point, we contact our lab partner, who sends a representative to verify the product and collect a sample for testing.  We run a full battery of tests that extend far beyond potency.  These tests look for contaminants like yeast, mold, salmonella, e.coli, total coliforms, aerobic plate count, and heavy metals. In our testing, we go above and beyond the legal requirements to ensure that every batch meets our high standards for purity.

Once our test results come back, then we have what we call our ‘tincture base.’ This tincture base will go one of two ways. If it is a batch for our blue-label products (6mg Single-Serve, 90mg 1oz tincture, or 360mg 4oz pump), then it is ready to be packaged and sold. Otherwise, we move on to the next stage of our process, where we use it for one of our higher-potency products. 

How we achieve higher-potency products

To make our higher-potency products (those with a yellow or red label), we take our tincture base and blend in a precise amount of organic full-extract hemp oil. What is full-extract hemp oil? Let’s learn a little more about this important ingredient.

Full-extract hemp oil is a very strong hemp extract, with very high levels of cannabinoids. The oil is produced using food-grade organic cane alcohol and Oregon-grown organic hemp flowers in a controlled environment. Although it is called an oil, in reality, it is a very strong extract. In fact, when we receive it there is very little alcohol left.

Our full-extract hemp oil is made by a certified organic hemp processor here in Oregon. Once we pick up our batch of full-extract hemp oil, we have it tested, to verify its potency and purity. This also helps us know how much to use in our formulations. Then we take the oil and combine it with a little organic cane alcohol. This helps it mix in more easily with our tincture base. Finally, we blend the two together to make our higher-potency products.

We test that product again to make sure we achieved our desired results. Once we’re satisfied, every drop of Danodan is bottled by hand in our facility, so we can ensure that our standards of quality are carried through to the very end.

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Certified Non-GMO by NSF
Certified Gluten-Free by NSF logo

Our Certifications

We have achieved three certifications that demonstrate our commitment to quality, purity, and environmental stewardship. As of December 2020, our facility and all of our products are certified USDA Organic, Non-GMO, and Gluten-Free!

USDA Certified Organic means that all of our ingredients are grown using certified organic methods. It also requires that we can verify the source and supply chain of all of our ingredients, from field to bottle, to ensure they meet organic standards. Our organic certifier – OneCert – worked with us throughout the process to help us achieve this exciting certification.

Non-GMO Certification confirms that none of the ingredients or inputs used in our products or production facility are grown or produced using genetically modified or engineered components. At Danodan, we believe in using products as they are found in nature, not altered in a lab.

Gluten-Free Certification is important to ensure that our products are safe for those with sensitivities to gluten. Researchers estimate that up to 7% of the US population – over 20 million people – may have sensitivity or intolerance to gluten, and we want to do everything we can to ensure that our products are safe for everyone.

Both our Non-GMO and Gluten-Free certifications are from NSF.

While all of the products currently available in our shop may not reflect these certifications just yet, we are working diligently to update our packaging. Nevertheless, rest assured that our standards have always been above and beyond the rest of the industry.

The proof is in the product

From field to bottle, we at Danodan are dedicated to excellence at every step. What starts in the fertile fields of southern Oregon is slowly and methodically transformed into every bottle of Danodan Hemp Flower Infusion. We cut no corners and make no assumptions in our process; instead, we take extra steps and test multiple times to make sure we’re doing it right. 

Our commitment to taste, quality, and trust dictates every step we take in crafting Danodan Hemp Flower Infusion. The results are the purest, cleanest, and most delicious hemp infusions anywhere. Experience the Danodan Difference.

A Danodan employee labels a 4oz bottle of hemp flower CBD