There are many myths, and much false information floating around when it comes to CBD products in general, and specifically where CBD oil comes from. So, to make things easier, allow us to play myth-buster by giving you a definitive answer to what CBD is, where CBD oil comes from, and how CBD oil is created.
Strap in, it’s going to be a bumpy ride! (Please note: It is not going to be a bumpy ride, in fact, it’s going to be a very smooth and interesting ride, and we’ll sure you’ll enjoy it. We just really wanted to use that phrase, and we thank you for allowing us the opportunity).
What is CBD?
Let’s start at the beginning. CBD stands for cannabidiol, and it is found in cannabis plants. While often confused with THC, which is the part of the cannabis plant that creates the ‘high’ you may have experienced with other products (we don’t judge), CBD is actually a totally different part of the plant.
The CBD used in CBD oil, and other CBD products, come from totally different plants to the THC heavy products you may be familiar with (again, no judgement).
THC tends to come from marijuana plants, which have a very high THC content while containing very little CBD.
CBD, on the other hand, is taken from industrial hemp plants, which are the opposite, having very little THC, and high amounts of CBD.
In fact, any CBD products you find on our pages (or those of any other legal supplier in Europe) will come from EU-approved industrial hemp plants and will have a THC content of no more than 0.2%. (Note, this may change after Brexit, but as with everything else involving Brexit, nobody seems to have any idea! If any changes are likely, we’ll let you know immediately).
This is where we can bust a big myth around CBD. CBD does not get you high, at all, it is not the point of it.
How does CBD Oil Come From Plant to Oil?
So now you know where CBD comes from, but how does it get from the plant to the oil that you get from us?
There are four extraction processes that can be used to get CBD from an industrial hemp plant. While the Dry Ice Extraction Method, the Olive Oil Extraction Method, and the Solvent Extraction Method all sound cool, they are ultimately inferior to the one we will discuss here, the CO2 Extraction Method.
The other three methods are often used by those who create CBD products in their garage, or in other less than suitable conditions. This is not advised, they will tend to make low-quality oils, which can be very perishable (and in the case of the Solvent Extraction Method, which uses butane, ethanol, or low-grade alcohol, may also have the unfortunate by-product of blowing up your house).
The CO2 Extraction Method is not used as commonly be those who are experimenting with CBD production, mainly because it requires a lab and a lot of very expensive equipment.
However, this is the chosen method for the majority of respected and trusted producers and suppliers, because it makes the safest, and highest quality CBD products.
In order to extract the CBD from the hemp plant, pressurised carbon dioxide is used, as CO2 will act as a solvent at certain temperatures. This basically makes this a safer, and more effective version of the Solvent Extraction Method that we touched on above.
This separates the CBD from the plant and gets it ready for the oil that you then get from us. It’s simple, really, well, okay, it’s simple to describe, it is far from simple to execute, and that’s why we really, really do not suggest trying this at home.
So there you go, if anybody ever asks you where CBD comes from, you can tell them, it comes from industrial hemp plants with a very low THC content and a contrastingly high CBD content.
If you want, you can then get into extraction methods, but we will tell you from personal experience that, sometimes, people at a dinner party do not want a one hour lecture on the intricacies of separating CBD molecules using pressurised carbon dioxide (some people just don’t understand when they’re in an interesting conversation!).
Have any questions about where CBD oil comes from? Feel free to post them in the comments below, and we’ll be more than happy to answer them for you. The first five to comment a question or opinion on the subject will go into a draw for a 10% lifetime discount!
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We are simply bringing you the information needed to make an informed decision on what you want to use CBD for, and what you are comfortable using our products for.