While there’s a lot of discrepancy between products labeled full, complete, and broad spectrum due to lack of industry standards, most companies provide third-party lab results on their website so you know exactly what’s in your CBD.
These extracts may also undergo additional processes like nanoemulsion encapsulation, which gives the product higher bioavailability to help CBD and other compounds enter the bloodstream with greater ease.
Oils mentioned in this video: Endoca (Raw/Dark Oil), BlueBird (Decarboxylated/lighter) and Medterra (Isolate/clear)
Why Do Growing Conditions Matter?
Hemp is a known soil remediator. This means that hemp will suck up toxins in the soil that it’s grown in and will clean these toxins out. Hemp is great at doing this job, so it’s worth noting where the hemp is sourced from in any hemp-based CBD product that you purchase. Clean soil and growing conditions make for a better end product.
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.
Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of over 112+ known cannabinoids. Cannabinoids are chemical components that are found in the cannabis and hemp plants. THC is another popular cannabinoid known for its psychoactive effects. It’s the cannabinoid that gets you high. CBD is known for its therapeutic benefits and is non-psychoactive, so you won’t get high from consuming it alone. CBD is popular among those seeking relief from anxiety, pain, inflammation, sleep-deprivation, spasms or other conditions. First, CBD must be extracted from the plant before it’s infused into products like gummies, oil, salves, lotion, pet treats, and vape oil. CBD products are hitting the market with force. One of the most popular products is CBD oil, also known as CBD tincture. These oils are taken orally by placing the product beneath your tongue, holding for a few seconds, and then swallowing.
The most widely recognized & accepted as “safe” extraction methods involve one of two solvents. One is C02 extraction, which includes utilizing Carbon Dioxide to safely & cleanly extract the CBD from the plant. This method is known to be a great choice to ensure a solventless end product that is safe to consume & cannabinoid-rich. It is a method that is used to extract many different substances from plants & is our top choice.
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.
Different Extraction Methods
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.
C02 extraction tends to produce a clearer, golden, & refined extract. These kinds of oils are easier to take, as they don’t retain as much of the original plant matter. This makes for a more “pleasant” experience with a less botanical, earthy taste. This can be beneficial for those who find the flavor & aroma of CBD oil to be off-putting.
So, you might be wondering what all of this “extraction” talk have to do with the color of your CBD Oil? Well, it has a lot to do with it! In fact, it’s one of the biggest factors as to the color of your oil.
Using visual cues to discern information about the health and status of plants has long been a trick of the trade for botanists, but you don’t need a Ph.D. to pick up on a couple really important things just by looking at CBD oil. As a kid, you probably heard that you could determine the age of a split tree by counting its rings (Side note: Please don’t cut down any trees to test this out. It works, which is cool—but the tree will die, which is not). From color to consistency, visual cues can tell you a lot about CBD oil, and today we’ll run down a few of the most popular variations.
When it comes to CBD oil (cannabidiol), some people think dark green is the new black. Then again, others believe light brown is golden—both literally and figuratively. There are already several facets to consider when purchasing a CBD product, but color is another characteristic you should be paying attention to.
Color of CBD oil: Dark green
As you probably know, THC is the cannabinoid most associated with the euphoric high obtained through the use of marijuana—it’s also illegal. CBD products are legal in the United States providing they fall under the 0.3% threshold for THC. However, we’ve heard of CBD users testing positive for marijuana on drug tests. For some people, the safety of knowing they are using pure CBD with an isolate is more important than any potential gains from other compounds working in tandem.
Because of the great lengths taken in the filtering process, isolate is nearly water-like in fluidity.
When it comes to consistency, to say raw oil is sticky would be an understatement. It’s a thick, viscous substance that differs greatly from the silky-smooth feeling most people expect from an oil.