‘Industrial’ isn’t really the kind of word that most people would associate with natural and organic CBD oils! When checking out the best options where to buy your CBD oils from you should always take the time to examine their manufacturing process.
The best companies will explain at length the quality of their plants and the environmentally sound methods used to create their extracts. If the plants are certifiably organic and the company uses CO2 extraction techniques, then you’re usually on safe ground. But why do so many companies – including many of the best ones – use ‘industrial hemp’ instead of natural marijuana plants?
It is an interesting question and one that covers quite a bit of legal and technical ground! Here are the basic reasons why you should not be worried about the use of industrial hemp to make your CBD oils.
What Makes Industrial Hemp Special?
While hemp is very closely related to Sativa cannabis plants it is highly distinctive and even grown in very different ways. This distinction has been understood since at least the 15th century but in most likelihood far longer – there is plenty of proof that ancient civilizations cultivated both plants for their unique industrial and recreational qualities!
What matters to us today is that hemp has a long history of use throughout a range of industries – from classic boat ropes through to biofuels. Rather handily, it also contains lashings of benign and no psychoactive cannabinoids that can be used for supplemental purposes.
For our purposes, THC content is at the root of why most manufacturers prefer to use industrial hemp instead of Sativa strain marijuana plants to produce CBD oils. CBD oils must contain no more than 0.2% THC (the psychoactive component that gets people high) for legal sale in large parts of the word. Remember that laws and limits vary across the globe!
The vast majority of CBD products – even the whole plant or full-spectrum varieties – will contain barely any THC whatsoever. Much like how caffeine can be removed from coffee beans, the same process is applied to hemp plants to remove those psychoactive elements.
The resulting products can contain all the goodness of the cannabis plant family without any of the unwanted (or illegal) aspects. Very broadly speaking industrial hemp will rarely contain more than 1% THC while marijuana plants grown for recreational purposes will contain anywhere between 10-30%+ THC.
Growing & Cultivating Industrial Hemp
Industrial hemp is grown in huge quantities and the quality can vary enormously. Most of the highest quality plants will be cultivated specifically for supplemental purposes although you should once again always take the time to check this with your manufacturer/producer.
The hemp industry is not very well regulated so look for traceable certification local to the growing country that specifically mentions organic and green qualities. Plenty of lower grade CBD oils are made from the same material that you’d use for binding ropes together, and while they may retain some goodness a healthy plant is what you should always be looking out for.
Until quite recently most hemp processed for supplemental purposes would be washed with chemicals (especially ethanol) during extraction. This is still used widely in the lower end of the market and is proven to potentially substantially reduce the quality and quantity of beneficial cannabinoids.
Look for manufacturers who treat their plants using environmentally sound methods than ideally use no chemicals whatsoever in the growing or harvesting phases.
Industrial hemp may not sound like the classiest ingredient in your CBD supplement, but the fact is that this amazing plant can contain all the goodness of the marijuana family without any of the problematic aspects. It is readily available (even high-quality plants are widely grown) and can be processed to isolate almost entirely any residual THC content.
It is very rare nowadays to find even full-spectrum CBD oils that contain more than a trace of psychoactive components – making them perfectly legal and utterly nonintoxicating to use. So, while industrial hemp may not sound as exciting or fun as marijuana sativa/Indica, it is actually a better source of all that goodness for both the end-user and the manufacturer!
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