What is high grade hemp extract / cbd oil?
What you should know before you buy high grade CBD oil
Despite the many health benefits associated with CBD oil and an FDA approval of Epidiolex, which is a CBD-based oral solution used to treat seizures resulting from epilepsy, the all-natural supplement remains unregulated. As a result, many consumers are finding it increasingly difficult to purchase quality oils as the market is quickly becoming overrun with low-grade CBD-based products that over promise and under deliver. It is important to note that, as of 2016, the CBD-based oil industry was valued at $688 million and is expected to reach $3 billion by the year 2021. With this exponential growth, choosing the right oil is becoming more complicated than it has been in recent years. In this article, we will detail what consumers should be looking for when it comes to these oils and why more consumers seem to be gravitating towards high grade CBD oil to help meet their health and wellness needs.
How to identify high-grade CBD oil
Before you make your next purchase, you should recognize that cannabidiol is derived from one of two plants, low resin hemp or CBD-rich hemp plants. Understanding this distinction can help guide your purchasing decision when presented with what seems like an endless stream of CBD-based oils. While both variations contain 0.3 percent of THC and are considered cannabis plants, this is where the similarities end. To further elucidate the difference between these two plants, low-resin hemp plants are generally used for fiber and seed production while high-resin plants are better suited for cannabidiol production. In essence, if you’re in the market for an oil that can help resolve health problems, cannabidiol oil derived from high resin hemp plants would be the ideal choice. Of course, this is not to suggest that oil derived from low-resin hemp plants are worthless, but they don’t provide the same health benefits commonly associated with high-resin CBD-based oil as they contain far less CBD and other beneficial compounds.
Where are high resin hemp plants grown?
Having established the fact that high resin cannabidiol products are ideal for addressing health problems, let’s take a moment to explore why sourcing is critical when it comes to producing the best possible CBD-based oils. To deliver the best oils to consumers, suppliers will need to source high resin plants from American farms using organic farming practices. Of course, some suppliers do not always follow best practices and will cut corners for the sake of higher profits. Whether you choose to buy high grade CBD oil online or from your local dispensary, it is always a good idea to get as much information as possible regarding sourcing practices. That said, most high resin hemp plants used to manufacture quality CBD-based products are organically grown in the United States, namely Colorado and Kentucky. Therefore, the odds of getting a high grade CBD oil is far better if you limit your search to suppliers who work exclusively with farms based in the U.S.
Now that we have a broad understanding of high resin hemp plants and how they contribute to a superior CBD-based oil, let’s go over 5 of the best ways to ensure you’re getting the best possible oil for your hard-earned dollars:
1. History of the hemp plant
The most important factors that one should consider when looking for a high grade CBD oil should include
- Whether the hemp plant is Cannabis sativa or Cannabis indica
- Where the hemp plant was grown
- How the hemp plant was grown
All of these factors will invariably influence the quality of your CBD-based oil, especially when it comes to how the plant was grown. The cannabis plant naturally absorbs contaminants from the soil, which is why you should aim to look for products produced from organically-grown hemp plants. Also, if you are concerned about high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the chemical compound that triggers a euphoric high synonymous with marijuana, cannabis sativa contains a greater percentage of this compound than cannabis indica.
2. The color of cannabidiol
One of the best ways to determine the potency and purity of a specific CBD-based oil is to examine its color. While this may sound peculiar, the color of the oil can reveal a lot of things that may otherwise go unnoticed like the extraction process, for example. The three most common CBD-based oils include
Raw oils – These oils are denoted by a black or green appearance, which is the end result of being extracted from raw hemp material. This extraction process allows the oil to retain terpenes, chlorophyll, and other properties found natively in the cannabis plant.
Decarboxylated oils – Similar to raw oils, decarboxylated CBD-based oils are generally black or green in color; however, the decarboxylation process improves bioavailability, which means that the oil can be absorbed effectively into the bloodstream.
Filtered oils – These oils are denoted by a light golden color and are produced using a decarboxylation and filtering process designed to remove residual plant materials that remain have the extraction process. Similar to raw oils, filtered oils are among the purest CBD-based oils available on the market today.
3. Third-party tested
Although examining the color and learning about the history of the cannabis plant used to produce your CBD-based oil is all well and good, the only way to definitively measure the quality of the oil is to have it tested by an unbiased and independent third-party laboratory. These tests can help determine purity, potency, and whether or not contaminants are present in the oil.
4. High-grade hemp extract
When it comes to CBD-based oils, the extraction process says a lot about the quality of the oil. The oil used to produce CBD-based oil can be extracted from either the whole plant hemp or from isolated hemp. For example, high grade CBD oil is produced by extracting oil from the stem, seeds, and stalk of the plant. Commonly referred to as high grade hemp extract, this process ensures that the oil retains as much of the cannabis compounds as possible including secondary cannabinoids like CBC, CBG, and CBG-A, for example. All in all, high grade hemp extract delivers a better end product than isolated hemp.
5. THC concentration
In order for CBD-based oils to be considered legal, federal law dictates that the oils contain 0.3 percent or less of the THC compound. Unfortunately, some suppliers will attempt to sell oils with a higher concentration of THC as the production cost associated with these oils is relatively low when compared to high grade CBD oils that must be processed via high grade hemp extract, which, coincidentally, is a far more rigorous and expensive extraction process. To ensure you’re getting a CBD-based oil with the lowest amount of THC, you should only purchase oils that have a full list of ingredients detailed on the packaging.
In summation, high grade CBD oils provide an array of health benefits for those looking for an all-natural alternative to traditional medicine; however, consumers are encouraged to do their due diligence before they buy high grade CBD oil to ensure they are getting the best possible product for their health and wellness needs.
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