If you've ever been shopping for CBD oil, you might have come across different concentrations of CBD on the label - such as 5, 10, 20%. You were probably wondering why not go for 100% pure CBD powder instead - CBD in its purest form - called CBD isolate. The answer is, it's simply not as effective as when mixed with other ingredients. Here's why.
Pure CBD Oil
Many of the CBD products are made of raw industrial cannabis plants. Cannabis is the general definition given to cannabis species with a THC level of less than 0.2% THC content. Medical Cannabis, on the other hand, may contain up to 30% THC, depending on the varying types. Both plants are Cannabis, belonging to the Cannabaceae family, which is the smallest family within the plant kingdom.
When 100% pure CBD is separated from the cannabis plant and dried, it is a solid, white form and crystalline in shape similar to table salt. Contrary to what you might imagine, by itself, pure CBD powder is not entirely effective. If you eat a spoon of 100% pure CBD isolate, most of the active compound is passed through the kidney system and a significant portion is discarded as waste. For the human body to absorb and metabolise CBD effectively, the CBD needs to be mixed with a carrier oil.
The Benefits of a Carrier Oil
A high-quality organic carrier oil is the most crucial compound of any CBD solution. Crystalline CBD and CBD hemp extracts dissolve in oil, not in water, bind to molecule compounds, and then are absorbed and used by the body. CBD has a high lipid content affinity (attraction) found in essential oils such as olive oil, hemp seed oil and coconut oil.
Why Is Hemp Seed Oil Not Enough?
The cold-pressed seeds of the hemp plant produce a very high quality of oil, which contains beneficial health supplements like vitamin D, vitamin E, Omega 6, Omega 3 and Omega 9 and many more.
So why do some manufacturers use olive oil or coconut oil as a CBD carrier instead of the hemp seed oil produced from the Cannabis plant itself? If you are buying a full-spectrum CBD oil, why do you need something other than just hemp seed oil?
Olive Oil Activates the CB2 Receptor
The answer is that each oil has its specific absorption and metabolism assimilation properties which help the CBD with easier diffusion in the human body. For example, olive oil intake in mice has shown to increase the cannabinoid-2 receptor (CB2 receptor) and reduced inflammation of fat tissue. The CB2 receptor is known for its anti-obesity effects, its anti-inflammatory effects as well as its anticancer effects. Olive oil showed the best results on the activation of the CB2 receptor.
MCT Oil And Its Digestive Efficiency
On the other hand, MCT oil derived from coconut oil has better overall absorption and metabolism properties. MCT is a natural extract from medium oil that expresses medium-chain triglycerides. Coconut has both medium-chain and long-chain triglycerides as part of its natural chain component. There have been many studies showing that MCT is superior in digestive efficiency. But better be careful not to overuse it as it can have a laxative effect too.
Nevertheless, it should be noted that the carrier oil, be it olive oil, hemp seed oil or coconut oil, won't make a big difference. The important thing is that you use a quality CBD product, which is obtained using supercritical CO2 methods or molecular distillation system, free of solvent residue, heavy metals, pesticides or fertilisers.
What Is the Meaning Of "Hemp Extract" On the Label Of CBD Oil?
Many CBD oil producers write "Hemp Extract/Extract" on the label. This means that the CBD oil is a mixture which contains active hemp compounds with full-spectrum CBD (with THC <0.2%) or broad-spectrum CBD. A full or broad-spectrum CBD oil will contain highly beneficial aromatic terpenes, flavonoids, omega acids, phytonutrients and other phytocannabinoids naturally present in hemp such as CBG/CBC. The reason why manufacturers write "Hemp Extract/Extract" on the label instead of listing each ingredient separately is that they don't know exactly how much of each component is found in its content. With such a label, you know that you get more benefits for your body than from the isolated CBD (pure 99% CBD isolate) component. Studies have shown that full or broad-spectrum CBD extract is much more useful than its isolated form.