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Learn | 04.29.2022

How Is CBD Oil Made?

CBD oil is saving the lives of people around the world. But with a variety to choose from, understanding how they are made will help you pick the right one.

CBD oil took the world by storm a few years ago when Dr. Sanjay Gupta investigated the cannabinoid’s ability to treat children with epilepsy. Initially, CBD oil was viewed as a medicine for the critically ill, but its appeal to the general public is surging. With few regulations, the CBD oil market is congested with questionable products. As a consumer of CBD oils, it is essential for you to know how they are made.


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Producing high-quality CBD oil starts with selecting the appropriate cannabis genetics. Whether you are creating CBD oil from marijuana or hemp plants, selecting a strain that is naturally high in CBD is key.

Today’s popular CBD producers, like Receptra Naturals, have worked for years to develop proprietary strains of cannabis that give each its unique appeal. While you can extract CBD from most cannabis strains, choosing a genetic that is naturally high in CBD will increase yields and quality.

Whole plant vs. Isolates

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Once the cultivation process is completed, the plant material is set for extraction. There are a variety of CBD oil products on the market. Some of them are “whole plant” extracts.

Whole plant means pretty much what you think it does – the entire plant is used for extraction. This method is popular in the medical communities because it is believed that a wider spectrum of cannabinoids is captured during extraction.

The cannabinoid spectrum is important because it encourages the “entourage effect”, which stimulates the endocannabinoid system.

Comparatively, there are CBD isolates that are “pure” CBD. These isolates rely solely on the effectiveness of the CBD and ultimately the quality of the genetics used to obtain it.

Alcohol extraction

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Whole plant CBD oils can be made in a variety of ways. The “original” CBD oil was created by Rick Simpson. This method requires you to soak the plant material in a solvent, such as grain alcohol. Once the material soaks, the remaining liquid is full of CBD (and other cannabinoids), you evaporate the solvent and the remaining oil is ready for consumption.

The Rick Simpson method inspired larger operations to scale their extraction for commercial demand. Today, ethanol is popularly used to extract CBD for oils. This method requires you to soak the plant material in ethanol and then the resulting alcohol solution is put through a “Roto-Vap”.

The Roto-Vap heats the alcohol solution, causing it to evaporate. Instead of evaporating into the air, the Roto-Vap reclaims the ethanol for later use. In a separate chamber, the CBD oil is left behind, free of the solvent and ready for consumption.

CO2 extraction

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Another popular method to extract CBD from cannabis is with CO2. This process requires a bit more skill and certainly more equipment than the alcohol method. CO2 extraction requires a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure. Simply put, the CO2 is forced through the plant material.

The temperature and pressure in the chambers cause the CO2 /cannabinoid solution to react and separate. As the cannabinoids separate, they are collected in different chambers. This method allows an extractor to separate the cannabinoids and ultimately introduce only those desired to their recipe.

These are not the only methods for extracting CBD from cannabis, but they are certainly the most popular today. But extracting CBD is only part of making CBD oil.

Flavoring and dilution

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The extracted oil is usually not the best tasting. Now that consumers are taking to CBD oils as an everyday part of their lives, producers are working to make their products tasty.

Additionally, consumers want different strengths of CBD, so producers must “dilute” their raw CBD oils to accommodate.

As a consumer of CBD products, you should focus first on where the plant material used for production is sourced. The best companies in the CBD oil industry are vertically integrated, giving them control of quality and safety from seed to sale. If you identify a company that you believe is the right fit for you, stick with it!

Great CBD Oils To Try

Let’s make a quick review of some examples of great CBD oils. These are the golden standard for these products in the cannabis industry, so they are a must-try for any hemp fan or anyone interested in trying CBD. You can find them on weed.com alongside the cannabis products from the best brands.

Koi CBD Oil Tincture

Koi CBD is an example of how diverse could be the flavors in the experience of CBD oils. Each bottle contains 500 mg of broad-spectrum CBD in 1500 mg of oil. And you can choose from five amazing flavors. There are Lemon Lime, Peppermint, Spearmint, Strawberry, and Orange flavors. Or, you can always choose the classic natural flavor.

There you have six different CBD experiences to try. You will find your favorite flavor of CBD oil in their catalog for sure. The ingredients are purely natural to ensure quality and simplicity for you.

CBDfx CBD + CBG Oil Wellness Tincture 2:1

An amazing feature of CBD oils is that you can combine the action of cannabinoids. For instance, this Oil Wellness tincture has a fantastic 2:1 CBD to CBG formula and minor quantities of CBD-V. All these cannabinoids have purely physical effects, so you can relax your body while staying awake and focused.

This tincture has 18 proprietary terpenes that enhance the entourage effects of this product, making it stand out from its rivals on the market. Trying it is an experience that any user can’t miss.

Cannabis Life 1:2 Delta 8:CBD Oil

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Cannabis Life gives you another outstanding combination of cannabinoids in their 1:2 Delta 8 THC to CBD formula. The mild mental effects of the hemp-derived Delta 8 enhance greatly the physical incidence of the broad-spectrum CBD you will find in this product.

Each bottle of 1000 mg has 30 servings from which you can enjoy 22 mg of CBD and 11 mg of Delta 8 THC per serving. This oil is the perfect option to take at night to help you fall asleep easily and have a restful night. No matter how hard was this day, tomorrow you will be reborn from your ashes.

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