CBD, formally known as cannabidiol, is a vital, naturally occurring cannabinoid found in the flowers, leaves and stems of the hemp plant. CBD is the second most abundant cannabinoid and has historically taken a backseat to other notable psychoactive compounds. Now, more scientists and manufacturers are learning the benefits CBD has to offer to one’s health and wellness - the potential is limitless. As consumers look to get their hands on CBD products, many are asking: What is CBD oil?
Since CBD is non-psychoactive, it will not cause consumers to feel “high” and is legally available to purchase in stores and online in the form of CBD oils. Oils appear in a variety of volumes and concentrations and can be used as a supplement for various ailments.
CBD oils begin as organically sourced EU-grown hemp, that has been cultivated with the consumer in mind. Once plants have matured, they are ready to be harvested and processed. Next, the terpenes, which are aromatic and therapeutic compounds, are retained from the flowers through a proprietary steam distillation process, followed by the CO₂ extraction of CBD. This process results in purified oils, that purposefully maintain a complex set of cannabinoids and full spectrum of terpenes present in the original plants.
CBD oils can be broken down into two main categories: crude and purified. Crude oils are extracted and mixed with a vegetable oil, but undergo no further processing. This method results in uneven oils, that sustain a dark green color and vary greatly in concentration.
Additionally, crude oils aren’t always decarboxylated, meaning, that the inactive compound CBDa has not been turned into CBD through the process of heating hemp flowers and other plant matter. In terms of usability, crude oils can be difficult to remove, adhering to the bottle in solidified deposits.
Conversely, purified CBD oils are extracted, then filtered to remove the chlorophyll, waxes, excess plant matter and other materials found in crude oils, that detract from the power of cannabinoids and terpenes. Pure oils are easily recognized for their golden color, pleasurable smell and solely liquid consistency. By separating out everything unnecessary, purified oils hone in on what really matters.
The effects of consuming pure CBD oils made with CBD crystals are noticeably less comprehensive than oils that feature a diverse, interactive set of cannabinoids. CBD is not meant to be separated from its support system and as such, CBD oils simply containing “pure CBD” crystals should be avoided.
CBD oils are ingested orally one or more times a day from small bottle droppers, making it easy to take the correct dose. They appear in three concentrations: 2.5%, 4% and 10% to suit the needs and experience level of each and every customer. In addition, oils are easy to bring on the go and can be taken discreetly. There is no risk in consuming CBD oils at work or in leisure - it’s completely safe, yet fully effective. Depending on the frequency of use, oils can be purchased in 10, 30 and 50ml containers.
Although legal standardization has slowed the mainstreaming of CBD as medically beneficial, scientific research and anecdotal consumer evidence has shown an expansive number of potential health benefits. Frequently touted for its anxiolytic properties, CBD does not sustain any of the negative psychological effects associated with psychoactive cannabinoids.
The only way to find out if CBD oil works for you is to try it! Purchasing products is a small investment with great potential for reward. The best part? No negative side effects.