All You Should Know About Cbd Oil

Published : 03/11/2018 22:20:20
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All You Should Know About Cbd Oil

Did you know that there is sufficient archaeological evidence to suggest that the cannabis saliva plant is probably one of the first crops planted by early man?

This information will help erase the misconception that cannabis is a modern discovery. Although hemp and marijuana have been in circulation long before our time, it was only in the past few decades that the medical community became interested in cannabidiol (CBD).

What Is CBD?

There are over 110 active cannabinoids inside the cannabis sativa plants, and cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the commonest cannabinoids, taking up over 35 percent of the plant.

There are several cannabinoid receptors in various parts of the human body ranging from the skin to the reproductive organs. CBD acts as an agonist, binding itself to these receptors in order to enhance or inhibit specific functions.

What Is CBD Oil?

CBD oil is produced when Cannabidiol is extracted from the cannabis plant and mixed or diluted with a carrier oil such as hemp seed or coconut oil.

Although a lot of people are interested in CBD oil because of its apparent benefits, very few people have any knowledge of the extraction process.

How Is CBD Oil Extracted?

There are many ways in which CBD oil can be extracted, but it is important to note that it is a very complicated process. Each method has its advantages and disadvantages, and some are safer than the others. For the purpose of this post, we will discuss two of the most popular extraction processes.

The CO2 Extraction Method

This is the safest and most popular method of extraction, and it is also the most expensive. The supercritical or subcritical CO2 method is also used in the extraction of various other substances including fragrance and perfumes, tea, coffee, and fruit extracts.

Here, expensive, state of the art equipment is used to create phase changes in carbon dioxide with the aid of temperature and pressure. The carbon dioxide is cooled and compressed at very extreme levels such that it becomes ‘supercritical,’ i.e. it converts to liquid. At this stage, the CO2 is heated up and passed through the hemp in a closed loop extractor, leaving a pure and highly concentrated extract that can be easily digested by the body. The CBD oil that is produced with this method is full spectrum and chlorophyll free.

The Ethanol Extraction Method

The FDA recognizes ethanol as a safe substance, and it is commonly found in paints, markers and some personal care products. Basically, ethanol is an excellent general-purpose solvent which can be used in the extraction of high-quality cannabis oil.

Although ethanol can be effectively utilized in extracting the full-range of cannabinoids from the cannabis plant, it is a polar solvent, and when mixed with water, it will dissolve water-soluble molecules and compounds including chlorophyll. Fortunately, chlorophyll can be removed by filtering the extract, but this additional process will lead to the production of a less potent oil.

 

Benefits of CBD Oil

CBD oil can be used topically or orally, and research suggests its benefits may include:

• Help with Pain relief

• Anti-inflammatory effects

• It may reduce nausea and anxiety.

• Neuroprotective effects

• Helps with treatment of heart-related diseases.

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