What is CBD oil?
CBD is short for Cannabidiol and is one of over 100 cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant (hemp or marijuana) grown in many areas around the world. As it is illegal to sell CBD oil which contains more than 0.20% THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), most oil will be derived from hemp plants high in CBD or specially grown strains of marijuana, low in THC.
Following harvest, the plants are ready for the oil extraction process. This can be done in a number of ways but the best oil is produced using the full plant so that a wider spectrum of cannabinoids is captured – which is believed to provide better health benefits.
The most popular extraction methods use either CO2 or alcohol, taking great care to ensure that no harmful substances enter the oil. The product of the extraction process is a ‘raw’ CBD oil which is thick and sticky. The oil can then be diluted to produce more usable tinctures or other products such as balms, sprays and edibles.