IDENTIFYING HIGH-GRADE CBD HEMP OIL BASED ON COLOUR DIFFERENCE
Looking to buy CBD hemp oil?
To make sure you are buying a High-Grade CBD hemp oil, one of the first things to notice is the colour and strength of the oil. So what colour can confirm the quality of your CBD oil? Should it be a darker brown, golden or clear?
Here we have come up with this simple guide to help you out.
Check the Colour:
Not all consumers are aware of the fact that CBD hemp oils vary based on quality and strength. Sure, the oil should be extracted via the processes called supercritical and/or subcritical CO2 extraction. But this is not enough to vouch for the purity of the oil.
Broadly speaking, CBD oil has been categorized into:
- – RAW which is almost black or dark green.
- – DECARBOXYLATED which looks identical to raw CBD oil except that active compounds are treated with the decarboxylation process.
- – FILTERED/DISTILLATE is a commonly produced and used CBD oil. It has an amber to light yellow colour and minimal plant taste. This is because the terpenes and fats have been removed.
The Origination Point of Your CBD Hemp Oil:
Most high-grade CBD hemp oil is sourced from North America and Europe. But over time, some new locations have also come into the scene such as Australia, South east Asia and some other Scandinavian nations.
However, it also depends on the location of the plant as well as the species and the cultivation process. In fact, the soil and the climate also impact the quality of the product. Hemp labeled “non-food” is toxic in nature. Keep in mind that hemp is a ‘hyper-accumulator”, meaning that it absorbs contaminants from the air and the soil.
However, the hemp sourced from North America and European nations is known for being produced under strict agricultural regulations, thereby gaining the highest standards in terms of purity.
There are many practices to obtain CBD from hemp with the focus on extracting sought phytocompounds (cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids) and weed out any unwanted plant material.
Some of the common extraction methods are…
- – CO2 extraction (typically supercritical carbon dioxide)
- – Alcohol extraction (ethanol, butane, etc.)
- – Olive oil
However, CO2 is dubbed as the best practice though it costs more. This is because it gently removes hemp’s compound without inflicting any damage to them. Moreover, it involves no solvent, making it a total contamination-free method.
Alcohol extraction is a low-cost process and is a more direct process. However, it comes with the risk of extracting the contaminants along with the compound.
Well, this process is costly. Despite that, it is used by the most reliable brands as it generates high-quality extracts. Companies opt for supercritical, subcritical, or mid-critical. These methods are generally identical and follow the steps given below.
- – A carbon dioxide-filled extraction chamber is slowly filled with the hemp material.
- – As the pressure within the chamber gradually rises, the CO2 gas transforms into a liquid. The liquid is now laced with CBD and other hemp-derived chemicals.
- – After being changed back into a gas once more, the CO2 is isolated from the hemp extract by being transported from the liquid to another chamber.
- – The makers can then refine the extract until they are pleased with its purity after it has been infused.
Approval by an Independent Third Party:
Keep in mind that cannabis is not an Health Canada approved food or drug. And getting it tested by an independent third party is not compulsory for any CBD hemp oil company. No wonder why many companies skip this step to save money.
However, a good hemp oil company gets its products tested by a third party. As a result, you can always see a label for the same. The testing confirms the contents of their oil in terms of both potency and purity.
So you as a consumer should prefer a company that has shown the label of a third party on their products.
Check the THC Content:
THC is marijuana is what makes you high. A CBD hemp oil is allowed to use less than 0.3% THC. There is a very low percentage of this compound in industrial hemp. CBD is not toxic and can ease pain and helps you manage the symptoms of other medical issues.
However, not all manufacturers disclose the ingredients of their CBD hemp oil. So the golden rule is to prefer a product that shows the full list of ingredients.
Is it Made from Whole Plant Extract?
Is your CBD hemp oil made from the whole plant or just from isolated hemp?
Whole plant hemp refers to the seeds, stalks, and stems, meaning that the oil produced from it will contain other natural cannabis compounds such as terpenes, flavonoids, and “secondary” cannabinoids like CBG, CBC, and CBG-A.
Isolated CBD oils, on the other hand, contain at least 90% of pure CBD, with some other compounds.
The manufacturers weed out all the fatty acids, terpenes, and other cannabinoids found in the trichomes of the hemp plant.
According to some studies, CBD oil having a broad spectrum is more potent than those produced from isolated hemp.
So these are some factors to check to determine while buying a high-grade CBD hemp oil.
What do you think? Do you have other ways to identify high-grade CBD hemp oil to share with us?