As more and more people are looking towards alternative medicine, the once highly stigmatized cannabis plant is gaining widespread use in the form of the oil extracted from it known as CBD oil. From relieving chronic pain to treating common mental disorders, some people have sworn by the positive medicinal effects of CBD oil after using it. But have you ever wondered how CBD oil is made? Below are some of the ways that established manufacturers of CBD oil make the said herbal extract:
- Alcohol extraction
One way of extracting CBD oil from the cannabis plant is by soaking the entire plant itself in grain alcohol. After this the alcohol evaporates until only the CBD oil itself remains.
- Carbon dioxide extraction
Another way of extracting CBD oil from the cannabis plant is by using carbon dioxide. Compared to alcohol extraction, you’ll need a series of chambers to trap carbon dioxide gas and heat it. They then force the highly pressurized carbon dioxide through the cannabis plant itself to extract the CBD oil from it.
- Adding flavors
But unless you’ve got a high tolerance for unsavory-tasting liquids, you might find pure extracted CBD oil to be less than palatable. Flavours are then added into the CBD oil that extracted. Generally small amounts of flavour are added to the oil in small quantities.
- Reducing the strength of the extracted CBD oil
The CBD oil that’s produced using alcohol extraction is usually very potent. If you want to lessen the strength of your CBD oil, especially if a child would be taking it, you can add water, coconut oil, or olive oil to dilute it.
The times are surely changing as the previously illegal cannabis plant is becoming legalized in several places worldwide, thus making it easier for CBD oil to get manufactured. However, as the CBD oil industry is still in its infancy, some manufacturers put out low-quality and even potentially dangerous versions of the herbal extract. The above-listed ways that legitimate manufacturers make CBD oil should prove to be useful when choosing a brand. It’s entirely up to you whether you take CBD tinctures, cream, capsules, or some other type of CBD oil product.
Blake is the Director of Digital Marketing with Functional Remedies. He has worked in digital business for 20 years and is a strong advocate for CBD oil, having found much relief by taking CBD for a debilitating health challenge that he has lived with for nearly 25 years. Blake lives with his wife and 3 children in WA state where he hikes in the North Cascades, cares for a small organic orchard, meditates, and never stops asking ‘What can we do to help those in need?’