CBD (Cannabidiol) Oil is a completely natural compound found and extracted from hemp plants. It’s a botanical concentrate that’s taken from the stalk and seeds of marijuana plants and providing that the plant has been grown and nurtured organically, the oil is entirely organic. Unlike THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol), it does not induce a ‘high’, so is highly sought after as a non-leisure product. The oil contains a potent amount of CBD and so makes for a high-quality remedy to many health and wellness issues associated with the use of cannabis.
However, by the time that CBD oil makes the shelves of your nearest dispensary in the United States, it may have had other chemicals added to it; even if it is still in a pure oil form rather than having been manufactured into other CBD oil products.
Certified organic CBD oil is a fantastically diverse compound, containing not just CBD but also lots of other naturally-occurring chemicals that contribute to its health benefits. This includes, but is by no means limited to, Omega-3 fatty acids, essential amino acids and vitamins, as well as a healthy dose of chlorophyll. In this form, organic CBD oil can be consumed directly as a nutritional supplement. This concentrate is often infused with other products; including skin and body care products for topical use and capsules and edibles (or even ‘chew-ables’ such as gum). But are these still considered organic?
Your dispensary assistant or CBD company representative should be able to give you more information on exactly what is in the products you’d like to purchase, but there are lots of things that can influence the potency and quality of the oil as its processed into other items.
When decarboxylated (or, in layman’s terms, heated up), the potency (amount of CBD within) can be maximised and if done well enough, the other goodness within the oil can remain. The oil can also be filtered for refinement, and if done without using any synthetic materials, will remain organic.
Whether oil remains certified organic or not within edibles depends on the recipes used by the manufacturer. A label might say that it ‘contains’ organic CBD oil, but this may not mean the whole product is organic. Read through ingredients and research into them if you’re not entirely sure on the contents used.
CBD chewing gum is a good example of this: it’s often made using oil extract, but so much is added to it to achieve a proper gum consistency and quality that it can very easily include non-organic material. Beauty and skincare CBD products are more likely to include natural ingredients and other botanicals as there’s such a demand for them, but these too can easily include chemicals that aren’t organic-grade added in.
Research your CBD oil products to better understand exactly what is in them and, indeed, if they still count as organic. Many manufacturers and dispensaries will be able to advise on additive-free and certified organic ingredients so that you can make an informed decision on what best to purchase and use for you.