There are two main ways that CBD can be extracted. The first is by using a solvent and the second is by using temperature and pressure. Solvent-based extraction methods involve passing a solvent through the product and then burning off the solvent, so that only the desired chemical compound, like CBD, remains. There are a number of different solvents that can be used, but ethanol and butane are the most common. Solvent-based extraction methods are used frequently with the cannabis plant because the solvents work well with the cannabis flower.
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CBD Oil Color
Typically dark or light gold in color, these oils contain a wide range of compounds found naturally occurring in the plant, including terpenes, cannabinoids, and essential oils.
Once the CBD has been extracted, it can undergo a filtering process that determines the color of the oil. There are generally three different categories that CBD oils fall into:
These compounds work together to magnify the therapeutic benefits of each individual cannabinoid, a phenomenon referred to as the “entourage effect.”
It can be easy to become confused when choosing, and when it comes to your health and wellness, especially if you have a budget, you need to know that the CBD oil you buy will be the most effective one for your needs.
The colour of CBD oil can vary hugely, especially in an ever growing market with many different brands available. This makes it hard to know how to identify the best quality CBD oil.
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There are many, many fans of CBD and the other 120+ cannabinoids found in the Cannabis plant (an estimated 1.3M people in the UK now regularly use.
At KLORIS we use MCT (Medium Chain Triglyceride) oil derived from Organic Coconuts as our carrier oil. While more expensive to use, this is a colourless and flavourless oil which mixes very effectively with CBD to ensure an even distribution throughout the bottle. MCT is also very easily absorbed by the body, helping to make the CBD more bioavailable, giving the most benefit per drop.
The colour of CBD oil is determined by a few factors:
To understand what color CBD Oil should be let’s learn how it’s made! CBD is extracted from the Hemp plant. In order to process the extract to be used in the final product, an extraction must occur to pull the CBD & other cannabinoids from the plant. In this process, a solvent / chemical is used which causes the CBD to be extracted from the Hemp.
Ethanol extraction usually results in a darker-colored, brown extract. This is because it preserves more of the plant material! It doesn’t filter out as much of the chlorophyll, waxes, & color of the raw extract. These kinds of oils produce a more raw, botanical flavor & texture. They are best for those who want a more raw, natural extract. It’s not recommended for those who dislike earthy tastes & textures. But, they certainly provide a more “in tune with nature” experience.
How CBD Oil is Made
Ethanol extraction is another very common & widely accepted solvent to use. Ethanol is a very potent alcohol that helps to separate the Cannabinoids from the plant material! The important caveat is to ensure that human AKA food-grade Ethanol is used. This ensures that the Ethanol is safe for human consumption, even though in the end product there will be minimal to none of it left.
Full Spectrum – These CBD products contain all of the cannabinoids that are naturally present in Hemp. This includes, but isn’t limited to, THC. Products that fall under this category have the most preserved cannabinoid profile of all three choices. More cannabinoids means less refinement/processing. All of that results in a darker gold & sometimes brown color. This is simply because there is less filtration that occured in the making of these products.
Raw CBD Oil, straight from the plant is dark brown in color & very thick. It’s almost a paste in it’s raw form, which proves hard to work with & absorb. Which is why the raw extract is later blended with a carrier oil such as MCT or Hemp Seed Oil to thin it out & help with absorption!