CBD oil is a popular supplement that people are turning to for pain relief, sleep disorders, anxiety, and other conditions. As a consumer, you may wonder how these products are made and whether all CBD products are the same.
CBD is the abbreviation used when referring to cannabidiol. This is a non-psychoactive compound derived from the Cannabis Sativa L. plant. Plant strain, extraction method, and dosing all play a role in a product’s effectiveness. Because CBD is not federally regulated, it is up to consumers to do their own research.
How CBD oil is extracted from the plant makes a significant difference in efficacy and strength. Always research before you buy a CBD oil to determine which extraction method was used.
The best, though most expensive, way to extract CBD oil is through carbon dioxide distillation. This method uses CO2 under high pressure to isolate, preserve, and maintain the purity of the oil. This process is considered safe because it does not use any harmful toxins. CO2-extracted products cost more to render and are usually more expensive for the consumer.
Other safe extraction methods involve the use of rosin, water, or olive or coconut oil. While these methods are considered less effective than the CO2 method, they are deemed safe because they are free of toxins.
Inexpensive CBD Oil Can Harm Your Health
While high-priced CBD oils do not guarantee high quality, buying cheap products could create health issues. Some companies may opt for a cost-efficient extraction method that compromises the integrity of the oil and introduces toxins. Solvents like propane, butane, xylenes, hexane, and ethanol can leave traces in the CBD oil.
Each state sets its own limits regarding extraction materials, but the National Institute on Drug Abuse has formally acknowledged the risks of residual chemicals in cannabis extraction.
If you do choose a solvent-extracted CBD product, the only way to determine if it is safe is to buy a licensed, regulated product. State-regulated producers rely on guidelines established by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), an independent nonprofit group for the pharmaceutical industry.
Are you interested in trying CBD oils or other cannabis-derived products for pain, anxiety or another condition? Dr. Sheila Brush, Laytonsville medical cannabis doctor offers a wealth of knowledge. Contact her today for a consultation.