CBD oil is partially responsible for the cannabis industry’s continuing growth in sales and revenue. Many Americans are flocking to dispensaries to acquire cannabidiol oil after hearing about the myriad of potential health benefits that are locked inside that tiny bottle. However, the very sudden expansion of the cannabis industry has not been without its pitfalls. Cannabidiol oil is still unregulated by the FDA, leaving a huge discrepancy between premium cannabidiol oils and scam products.
Fundamentally, premium CBD oil is a product that is rich in cannabinoids and completely void of industrial contaminants. It is essentially a product that is what it claims to be, contrary to other CBD oils on the market. Upon close investigation of the CBD products available in and around the USA, it is obvious that some products are simply a scam.
In this article, we have a look at premium CBD oil and what makes it different to other kinds of CBD oil. Plus, we give some advice on how to choose a premium CBD oil without falling into the marketing traps of sub-standard CBD products.
Benefits of premium rich-in-cbd oil
CBD’s sudden fame as a cannabis product doesn’t come out of nowhere. There are a myriad of health and nutritional benefits of consuming rich-in-cbd oil. It can even be used as a therapeutic treatment for a huge variety of ailments. It is gaining a reputation as a miracle compound, a superfood, and a solution to many treatment resistant illnesses.
For the everyday consumer, premium hemp-derived cannabidiol oil can have the following beneficial effects:
- Sleep aid
- Pain management
In addition to these everyday uses, hemp-derived cannabidiol oil can also assist in the treatment of the following conditions:
- Nausea related with chemotherapy
- Crohn’s Disease
- Inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis
- Chronic pain
- Neuropathic pain such as fibromyalgia
- Tumor reduction
How is premium hemp-derived cannabidiol oil made?
cannabidiol oil is almost a futuristic notion compared to how we have come to know cannabis; a pungent flower that is smoked for its properties. Thanks to modern technology and extraction techniques, we are able to isolate the most potent parts of the plant: cannabinoids. Extraction is the vital process which helps us get from plant material to cannabidiol oil.
Most premium CBD oils are created from hemp flowers. This is because hemp is naturally rich in CBD and contains negligible volumes of THC (usually less than .3%). However, CBD is sometimes extracted from strains of marijuana that are bred specifically for their high CBD content. In this case, there is sometimes THC in the final product.
After flowers are harvested and dried, they undergo an extraction process. This is one of the essential parts of producing premium CBD oil. Some extraction processes are more expensive than others but have compromised products, such as the case of BHO extraction. In this method of extraction, butane is used as a solvent. There is the risk of butane contamination in the final extraction.
Some different extraction processes include:
- Alcohol extraction: the process of steeping cannabis flowers in alcohol, in which cannabinoids are soluble. The final product is a tincture.
- Solvent extraction: a solvent such as butane is used to dissolve cannabinoids, and the remaining solvent is evaporated off, leaving a yellowish liquid rich with cannabinoids.
- Solventless extraction: a process of extraction where no solvent such as butane or alcohol is required. Instead, techniques such as freeze drying are used.
The most efficient modern technology for extracting CBD from hemp flowers is the CO2 extraction method. At normal temperatures and pressures, CO2 is a gaseous compound. However, when it is frozen and the pressure is increased, CO2 turns into a liquid. This liquid is then pumped, at high pressure, through cannabis flowers. The final product is an almost pure CBD extraction with virtually no contaminants. Although it is a form of solvent extraction, there is virtually no risk of solvent contamination. Most premium CBD oils are extracted using this method.
Different ways to use premium CBD oil
Most premium cannabidiol oils on the market are made for sublingual consumption. This means that drops are simply absorbed under the tongue. This is the most common and easiest way to consume cannabidiol oils. However, there are many other ways to use this miraculous product.
Some premium CBD-enriched oils are converted into vaping liquids. The oil is mixed with vegetable glycerin or similar liquid, making it appropriate for a vaporizer. This is also a popular way to consume CBD, as it is extremely fast acting and the most bioavailable option.
CBD-enriched oil is also used to create topical salves and lotions. By dissolving CBD oil into coconut oil, beeswax or another solid fat, the resulting product can be rubbed onto the skin and used topically. This method is typically used by those with external ailments such as arthritis, sore muscles or wounds.
Finally, premium CBD oil can be used to make edible products. It is simply added in place of other fats or oils required for the recipe. It is then eaten, making its way to the body via the stomach and small intestines.
The difference between premium CBD oil and other CBD oils
When you are shopping for a CBD product, it is always advisable to choose a premium product. Cheaper products are often adulterated, contaminated or simply do not contain the volume of cannabinoids that they claim to. It is a common problem in the growing cannabis industry, with many products doing more harm than good.
Premium CBD oil is free from contaminants
A premium CBD oil is generally made out of organically grown hemp. If chemicals and pesticides are used in the cultivation process, there is a high likelihood that these industrial contaminants will end up in the final product.
Premium CBD oils use clean extraction techniques
As mentioned earlier in this article, there are clean extraction techniques and there are more dangerous ones. In the example of BHO, butane is the solvent used for extraction. It is a highly flammable gas which can “stick” to the final product that is extracted. Certain CBD oils are extracted using this technique, and the final product contains traces (and sometimes more) of butane. Even minimal exposure to butane can have harmful and adverse effects in humans.
Premium CBD oils use cleaner extraction techniques such as CO2 extraction. In cleaner methods such as this one, there is no threat of solvent residue in the final product.
Premium CBD oils are rich in cannabinoids
Some sub-standard CBD products simply do not contain a significant amount of cannabinoids. This is either because something went amiss in the cultivation process or because the extraction technique was insufficient. Premium CBD oil, on the other hand, has a generous volume of cannabinoids. It means that less needs to be taken to feel the effect and overall, the effect is stronger.
Full-spectrum vs. CBD only
It is common to be confronted with two options when searching for CBD oil: full-spectrum or CBD only (single cannabinoid). Technically speaking, a premium CBD oil can be one or the other. One does not necessarily denote a better quality but rather, each person will choose differently depending on their needs.
A full-spectrum CBD oil contains much more than CBD. It contains the many terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids that are present in the hemp flower. Some herbalists swear by whole plant medicine, stating that the plant is more powerful when it is not refined. This is the fundamental basis of the entourage effect theory which states that cannabinoids work more effectively with their teammates rather than when they are alone!
CBD only oils, on the other hand, do not contain the same profile of compounds. These oils contain CBD only, where special extraction techniques have been used to isolate CBD from the rest of its teammates. For some, this is the best mode of action because it is the only remedial compound necessary.
For each person, the choice will differ depending on what that person requires from their oil. With that being said, full spectrum and CBD only oils may both be premium quality, so long as the manufacturer has taken utmost care during the cultivation and extraction processes.
How to discern between premium CBD oil and scam products
The US is currently an enormous marketplace for CBD products. While these products remain unregulated, thanks to federal laws about cannabis, the onus falls on the consumer to discern which CBD oils are premium and which ones are not. There are certain questions you can ask before making a CBD oil purchase that should help you along in finding a premium CBD source:
- Where and how was the plant material grown to manufacture CBD oil? Was it grown organically or were pesticides used?
- Which extraction technique was used to acquire CBD oil from the plant material?
- Does the product come with a third-party lab report? (This report details the volume of cannabinoids, terpenes, pesticides and other contaminants)
- How much is revealed on the label?
- Does the manufacturer share all the details about the process or are they secretive about the behind-the-scenes?
These are the kinds of questions you can ask to a manufacturer or a budtender at a dispensary. If information is missing or concealed, it is better to move on and find a more transparent manufacturer from which to purchase CBD oil. And of course, if the lab test shows contaminants such as pesticides, you can be sure you are not looking at a premium CBD product.
At the end of the day, CBD is a health product. It simply doesn’t make sense to use a substandard product that may have more health risks than benefits. When shopping for a CBD product, it is always better to choose the premium oil, even if it is a little bit more expensive. You will thank yourself for spending the extra dollars!