A quick primer on buying CBD oil
August 8th, 2019
There are multiple strains of the Cannabis plant that are broadly classified as either marijuana or hemp. Unless specified otherwise, all CBD products come from the hemp plant. By legal definition, hemp is a Cannabis plant that contains less than .3% THC by dry weight.
The hemp plant produces two products:
• hemp seed oil is squeezed from the seeds of the plant and has a very, very low (if any) cannabinoid level. It is primarily used in cooking, as an essential oil, and as a base oil to mix in different products. Many, many CBD producers use these to add to their product to dilute it down to the CBD potency they wish to achieve.
• hemp extract comes from the “aerial” part of the hemp plant, usually the buds/flowers but sometimes the stems and stalks too. A CO2 extraction process separates out the desirable cannabinoid compounds as well as terpenes and other phytonutrients. Depending on what the producer is seeking, they may extract it down to 99.9 CBD molecule only, known as “Isolate”, or they may wish to keep more cannabinoid compounds or terpenes in it, known as “broad spectrum”. Sometimes they do very little to it and it contains trace amounts of THC, called “full spectrum”
Sometimes there is confusion because the term “hemp oil” has been loosely used for both hemp seed oil and hemp extract.
The main thing you need to look for is the CBD content and what spectrum (isolate, broad, full) it is. You could have an isolate that is purified CBD mixed with hemp seed oil to dilute it, or you could have a broad-spectrum extract that has been mixed with hemp seed oil.
Your vendor should always be able to produce a lab report.