Cannabidiol or CBD is a phytocannabinoid of the cannabis plant. Although unapproved by the FDA, research suggests that CBD works with your body’s existing endocannabinoid system to naturally support a healthy balance. Although CBD does come from the cannabis plant, it’s important to distinguish that CBD comes from the hemp plant which by law must contains levels less than 0.3% of THC. Therefore, the properties of CBD do not give you a “high” like the THC cannabinoid in the cannabis plant. Our products go through an additional process that removes 100% of the THC from the hemp oils.
When looking to purchase a product with little to no THC by-product remaining, it is important to understand the differing terms of CBD extract found on labels. Below is a brief description of each:
Full Spectrum: Contains all of the cannabinoids and terpenes that are naturally extracted from the hemp plant. By law, this must contain no more than 0.3% THC
Broad Spectrum: Much like full spectrum CBD, all of the cannabinoids are extracted from the hemp plant. Although after the initial extraction, the product endures another extraction process to remove ALL THC from the final product. This ensures that there is no high associated with use and there is zero chance of THC being in your system. This is the extraction method we prefer and utilize in ALL of our products.
CBD Isolate: Similar to full spectrum, CBD isolate is rendered through an additional extraction process in which all other cannabinoids and terpenes are removed and only CBD remains.
Hemp Extract: This is the term used to describe the extraction of the whole hemp plant, including stalks and flowers. The final product after hemp extraction will contain CBD and other cannabinoids. This is what is used for ALL of our products.
Hemp Oil: This term refers to the extraction of the hemp plant’s seeds. The final product after hemp seed extraction leaves the product with little to no CBD.
Quality of Differing Hemp CBD Products
There are multiple factors that play into what differentiates one hemp CBD product from another. The three main factors are the extraction method utilized, which parts of the plant are extracted, and the quality control process used during manufacturing.
Although there is much debate about this topic, based on our research, we feel that the best extraction method for maintaining a cannabinoid and terpene rich product is the CO2 extraction method. This process is less abrasive than the alcohol extraction method and allows for a final product that feels and tastes cleaner.
As discussed above in the description of the CBD extracts, the factors related to CBD potency in the final product can be associated with which parts of the plant are being extracted. Hemp seed extraction, referred to as hemp oil, contains little to no CBD in the final product. While whole plant extraction, referred to as hemp extract, extracts CBD and many other cannabinoids from the plant’s leaves, stalks and flowers.
And most importantly, quality control in manufacturing plays a huge role in the final product. In order to ensure the highest quality products, our company has taken the appropriate step to ensure the product consumed is safe and effective. In order to do this, we test internally during the extraction process and then also send the product off to a 3rd party lab for addition tests. We list these test results for you based on batch number found on each product in our “Lab Results” section at the top of our page. These tests allow us to determine the amount of pesticides, heavy metals and other contaminants within the product and also to verify the CBD content. We strive to keep the contaminants at an industry low and to have the most accurate CBD levels listed on all of our products.