Cannabidiol, commonly known as CBD, is one of the main components of hemp, a plant related to marijuana. Cannabidiol is used to create CBD oil.
How Is it Made?
There are multiple extraction methods out there, but the two most common are the subcritical CO2 extraction method and supercritical CO2 extraction method. Both rely on temperature and pressure, with the subcritical method relying on cool temperatures and low pressure -- and the supercritical method relying on high temperature and pressure.
The latter method is faster, and many companies are enticed by it, but subcritical CO2 extraction preserves more cannabinoids and terpenes, while taking out bitter compounds. The process takes longer, but the subcritical extraction method produces better CBD oil, and it’s why we use this process at Straight Hemp. Learn more about our extraction method.
CBD History and Laws
The FDA has approved only a handful of medical products containing cannabis: three cannabis-related products and one cannabis-derived product. Also, products cannot be marketed as a way to treat a condition.
The history of CBD goes back to China, where the chemical has been described in medical texts for 2,000 years. It wasn’t until 1940 that it was extracted from Minnesota Wild Hemp and first studied by University of Illinois researchers. Since then, CBD has gained mainstream popularity and most recently, industrial hemp was legalized at the federal level in the 2018 Farm Bill.
The Secure and Fair Enforcement (SAFE) Banking Act, which has passed the House, would clear the way for banks and financial institutions to work with cannabis businesses
Check your local laws to see what is legal in your state.
How To Take It
CBD oil is just one way to absorb CBD. You can also find tea, gummies, salves and balms, just to name a few.
To take CBD oil, consume the dosage (as suggested) by placing drops under the tongue. This method, called “sublingual”, allows more of the CBD oil to be absorbed and leads to quicker results, partially because it bypasses the digestive tract. This is why CBD oil is a popular method to absorb CBD.
Choosing The Right CBD
As you find the right CBD oil for you, it’s important to note how the product is produced and tested. The FDA admits that they are continuing to learn more about CBD. There is a lack of regulation in these early stages. It’s important to research companies and their products before making a CBD purchase and to confirm that the THC levels are within the legal limit and the product lacks harmful chemicals.