How is CBD Oil Made and How to Choose the Best One for You
How CBD oil is made
Producing a high quality CBD product takes time and dedication. The first step is choosing the plants. Most CBD companies prefer hemp plants that already are rich in CBD. This allows greater yields and the overall process to be more cost effective.
With hemp-derived CBD, the plants typically are grown and harvested overseas. Then the finished product is imported to its final destination. After the plants are received, the CBD is extracted, using one of several methods. The best extraction method is one that uses little to no heat, such as CO2 extraction. When you heat up the plant, the CBD’s structural integrity is compromised. In addition, many of the nutrients and medicinal properties are lost as well.
Some companies prefer using a carrier oil to extract CBD. Hempseed and olive oil are popular choices for this extraction method. When this method is used, the shelf-life of the final product is typically shorter, though the product itself is potent.
Low-quality CBD products often are extracted by using a solvent, such as butane, ethanol or grain alcohol. This method is relatively inexpensive, which is why it’s typically used by smaller companies. Using a solvent to extract CBD has several disadvantages over other extraction methods.
For example, solvents tend to leave a residue. This can cause the final product to be contaminated and potentially even unsafe for human consumption. In addition, when extracting using a solvent, the temperature rises drastically. As mentioned previously, this can affect the potency and effectiveness of the final CBD product.
The final step in the production process is dilution and flavoring. While some consumers do prefer the natural taste, most don’t. This is why you see companies offer multiple flavors for their CBD oils and other products. In addition, the potency of the CBD extract can be higher than what is desired. This is why CBD oils typically are diluted with some sort of carrier oil. Ideally, the extract will be mixed with some sort of MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides). These fats are the same as those found in healthy oils, such as coconut oil. They are also the easiest fat chain for the human body to use. Using a MCT oil also is thought to increase the CBD’s bioavailability (proportion that enters into circulation when introduced into the body).
How to choose a high-quality CBD oil
As you may know, not all CBD oil is created equally. So when researching a CBD product, it’s important to understand the growth, extraction, and production processes. This helps you become a more educated consumer and will help prevent you from using any potentially harmful products.
When choosing a CBD oil, you first should look at the growing conditions of the plants. With CBD, it’s important that the hemp plants are grown organically, or free from pesticides, herbicides, and any other harmful chemicals. This is because hemp is what’s known as a ‘bioaccumulator.’
Because hemp is such an efficient bioaccumulator, it absorbs everything in the surrounding soil, whether good or bad. This means that whatever chemicals are present likely end up in the final product. So, the first step in choosing a quality CBD oil is making sure the plants were grown organically.
Another important factor when choosing a quality CBD oil is whether it is a whole-plant extract, or an isolate. Whole-plant extracts use the entire plant, allowing a wider spectrum of cannabinoids to be captured. This is important, because when the CBD oil is consumed, it interacts with an important regulatory system, the endocannabinoid system. Isolates generally are cheaper to produce, which is why they are so common with lower-quality CBD companies. When all of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the hemp plants are left intact, it produces a synergistic effect and has a greater benefit on the body. While CBD is effective in and of itself, it is more effective when used in conjunction with the other nutrients found in a whole-plant extract.
Next, you will want to look at the extraction method used. As mentioned previously, CO2 extraction is ideal. That’s because it uses less heat, which keeps the CBD’s medicinal properties and structural integrity intact. So, be sure to choose a product that uses CO2 extraction, rather than one of the aforementioned lesser alternatives.
Now that you know how CBD oil is grown, extracted, and produced, you will be able to make a smarter decision when choosing a CBD product. While finding a high-quality CBD oil can be a tedious process, in the end, your body will thank you.
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