A question asked in the CBD industry, is where to buy my CBD oil? Technically everywhere. However, many companies use different carrier oils and extraction methods. So why is this a problem? Not all carrier oils are suitable for the use of CBD, due to the thickness. For example, hemp oil is a bad carrier oil as it actually blocks the CBD from getting to your receptors.
There are many carrier oils for CBD but the main 6 are MCT oil, Palm oil, Olive oil, Avocado oil, Hempseed oil, grapeseed oil.
Fractioned Coconut Oil (MCT Oil) – It not only has its own benefits, but it has no flavour, and is thinner than most oils making it easier to measure and allows it to easier pass through your receptors.
Palm Oil – Is the exact same, however its manufacturing process is often linked to deforestation, animal cruelty and climate change.
Olive Oil – This oil is thicker and the larger fat molecules need to be processed further which decreases the amount of CBD your body absorbs.
Avocado Oil – This oil can give you a nutty taste and is very thick, meaning your body won’t absorb as much CBD.
Hemp Seed Oil – This oil isn’t an efficient carrier oil on its own.
Grape Seed Oil – This product mainly consists of polyunsaturated fats meaning it isn’t the best carrier oil for CBD.
There are three extraction methods CO2 extraction, steam distillation and solvent extraction.
Carbon dioxide extraction is the safest and most efficient way to extract CBD. The reason been it can extract as much as 92% of CBD, however the specialized machinery is very expensive, but is the most preferred way. Another reason this method is preferred is because of the easy adjustments that can be made to achieve the desired concentration of CBD.
Steam Distillation has been used for centuries to extract essential oils. It has truly been tried and is true. However, it is less preferred than CO2 extraction due to its inefficiency. Also, this method uses a significantly larger amount of the hemp plant and its more difficult to extract exact amounts of CBD concentration. Another negative is if the steam gets too hot it can damage the extract and alter chemical properties.
Solvent Extraction is more efficient and cheaper than steam distillation however, the solvents used in hydrocarbon extraction, such as butane, propane and petroleum create a great concern. As the solvent residue if not fully eliminated in the evaporation step can increase one’s risk of cancer. However, to avoid the risk of toxic residue, natural solvents such as olive oil or ethanol can be used for the extraction. These solvents are just as effective but remove the risk of toxin residue. However, chlorophyll may also be extracted when using natural solvents which can result in an unpleasant taste. The main problem with natural solvents is that they don’t evaporate very well, which means the CBD extract contains lower concentration of CBD than any other method.
So, CBD oil, where to buy?
So, where do i buy my CBD oil. We recommend looking for companies that use MCT oil as their carrier oil and CO2 extraction method as this way is the safest and most efficient as well gives the customer the best possible CBD on the market. We at CBD Pharm pride ourselves on using both the carrier oil and the CO2 extraction and really recommend using our product as you will see the amazing benefits of CBD.