Beginning in the 1980’s marijuana cultivators worldwide were on one mission: to grow the most potent, most psychoactive cannabis on the market. Because of this, plants that were rich in other cannabinoids like CBD (THC’s non-intoxicating counterpart) were considered “garbage crops.” That was the case until news about CBD’s potential exploded on the cannabis scene, suddenly destigmatizing the “stoner-centric” industry.
Today “CBD Oil” is searched on Google an average of 200,000 times each month. On the cusp of conjuring its own revolution, this hot product is catching the attention of millions of people all over the world, who are curious about the benefits of cannabidiol paired with the ease of consumption, accurate dosing, and overall effectiveness that CBD oil offers.
So how is CBD oil made and what is important to know before choosing a product? We answer these questions and more below.
CBD oil can be extracted from marijuana plants (which are typically high in THC) or industrial hemp plants. For legality purposes, The CBDistillery uses the stalks and stems derived from non-GMO, naturally grown industrial hemp plants.
Hemp plants are grown similarly to marijuana plants but are typically tall and thin and compared to marijuana plants which are short and wide. Once cultivated, hemp plants are lifted from the ground and brought to an extraction facility. Ethanol and C02 extraction are two commonly used methods for extracting CBD and two of the cleanest ways to extract cannabidiol for human consumption. CO2 extraction, a popular extraction method typically used when extracting smaller quantities of hemp, involves filtering hemp plants through a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure. When different temperatures and units of pressure are applied to cannabis plants, this sophisticated system is able to isolate cannabinoids at a 90% efficiency.
An alternative method is ethanol extraction which involves introducing the solvent ethanol to the hemp plant in order to separate and isolate cannabinoids. Unlike CO2 extraction, one is able to produce a very high volume of full spectrum extract with this method. Ethanol also removes unwanted components such as chlorophyll from dried hemp.
Once this potent oil is extracted, it is mixed with a carrying oil such as aforementioned MCT Coconut oil.
One of the reasons CBD oil is such a highly sought after product is because of its ease of use. Cannabidiol oil is meant to be consumed orally and most often used sublingually. Sublingual administration involves placing drops under your tongue and holding it there for several seconds before swallowing. Using CBD sublingually is the second fastest form of consumption (the first being vaping or dabbing). Some find the taste of CBD oil very appealing while others do not prefer the hemp flavor. For those who are not fond of the taste, drops can be placed in a beverage like orange juice or foods like salad dressing to dilute the taste.