CBD oil is a natural remedy extracted from the cannabis plant that reportedly eases pain without causing euphoria like effects. Other benefits of CBD include reducing inflammation, helping with seizures, and bringing balance back to your body and mind.
It’s because of this effectiveness that this natural medicine is becoming a multi billion, dollar industry. Unlike prescription drugs that are addictive and have many side effects, CBD oil is not addictive and non-toxic.
Regrettably because the industry is unregulated there are concerns on how these oils are manufactured. Concentrations can vary greatly including the quality and purity of the CBD which in turn affects it’s effectiveness.
A study conducted by the U.S Food and Drug Administration FDA that tested CBD products in 2015 reported the following. “FDA has tested the chemical content of cannabinoid compounds in some of the products, and many were found to not contain the levels of CBD they claimed to contain.”
With the market starting to be flooded with new CBD brands every month. It can make choosing the right product and brand more difficult. Below are some things you should consider before purchasing CBD oil.
Where is the CBD grown?
Derived from hemp or cannabis plants CBD oil belongs to the same species of the cannabis plant. Quality CBD oil quality is based on the sources of where it is grown and how it was grown, as well as from what cannabis species (eg., sative, ruderalis or indica).
Soil quality is one of the most important factors of where the hemp or marijuana was grown. Hemp plants are bio-accumulators, meaning they absorb contaminants such as heavy metals, lead, chemicals, etc, from the soil in which they’re grown. These chemicals will finally end up in your CBD oil, always look for organically farmed hemp.
Extraction Methods are not all the same
In order to produce CBD oil you have to extract it from the cannabis plant. Like in many industries there are always companies that value profits before people. These companies produce CBD oil the cheapest way possible using products that contain propane, hexane, butane or other harmful solvents. Making their product cheaper to produce and offering CBD oil that is less expensive but can cause serious respiratory problems.
The proper and safest way to produce CBD oil is with super-critical CO₂ extraction. Carbon dioxide is used under high pressure to isolate, preserve and maintain the purity of the CBD. This type of extraction assures that the CBD is a quality product, and has no toxic substances. The cost of producing CBD using this method is more expensive which accounts for the price difference compared to the solvent extraction method.
Respectable manufacturers of CBD oil are usually very clear about their extraction methods. Make sure you see how extraction is produced for the product your purchase, either in their labeling, website or literature. If producers avoid mentioning any of their extraction processes be careful, the manufacturers that use the CO₂ method reference it in their literature.
Look for hemp CBD products that are organically grown, this reduces the potential exposure to pesticides and chemicals. Manufactured by reputable American or European companies, using non-psychoactive hemp. This insures that strict high quality standards, along with the proper extraction methods results in CBD oil of the highest quality.
CBD Isolate of Full-Spectrum
There are two types of CBD oil to choose from, CBD isolates and full spectrum oils.
Full spectrum CBD products means that the CBD contains cannabinoids found in marijuana including CBN, CBD and THCV. Full spectrum also contains trace amounts of THC but in very low densities (up to .3%) which provides very little psychoactive stimulation. These compounds are said to provide better healing and performance.
CBD Isolate, is a purified CBD that has been extracted from the marijuana plant and isolated from the other cannabinoids. CBD isolate would be favored over full-spectrum when you may not necessarily need the full abilities of full-spectrum, or if you aren’t legally allowed to use THC.
Whether you choose CBD oil made from isolates or full spectrum oil is a personal choice. Both offer benefits but full-spectrum CBD has proven to be more effective than the CBD isolate. CBD isolates are more widely used and are just as effective the reason being that the full-spectrum CBD has traces of THC which cannot be legal sold or distributed via mail orders.
Also important is that full-spectrum cannabinoids can cause negative reactions whereas isolates CBD will not. Please speak to your doctor or a medical authority before trying any version of CBD.
One company that sources organically grown hemp plants and uses supercritical CO2 extraction is CBDfx. Full spectrum hemp extracts are available in CBD vape additives, CBD vape pens, and CBD tinctures. CBDfx is proud to offer their customers the most traceable, organic CBD oil’s for sale anywhere.