What is a good CBD oil, and what is a poor one?
Not all oils are the same, and there are oils and other hemp products that you should avoid. Some manufacturers and retailers think more about their wallet than your health.
CBD powder (capsules) is really the most natural "CBD product" you can take. It is simply ground hemp and contains just about all the beneficial substances found in the plant naturally. In most cases, the hemp is decarboxylated, ie heated, to obtain the right substances (including CBD).
Let me start with the boring, but right answer:
– A good CBD oil is the one that works for you.
Natural lasts the longest
Based on our way of seeing it, we want to strive for as natural product as possible. The more unnatural a product is, the higher the risk that it will affect the balance of the body in one way or another.
If you look on drugs, which are often produced chemically and extremely unnatural for our bodies, the body reacts negatively in many cases. Our bodies often treat unnatural preparations as poison, and we will try to clear it out as soon as possible. There is nothing that is supposed to stop us, and the body is not built for it.
Of course, medicines can help us in different ways, so I don’t want to say that we may not need help now and then. But if you look at the list of potential side effects in many drugs, you can understand that this is not something that our bodies like to stop us.
Now you should not confuse the hemp oil we sell here in EU with products that are classified as pharmaceutical, but I used medicines as an example here to show how unnatural products may not be the most optimal.
Our underlying philosophy is to try to help and strengthen the body in the most natural way possible. The angles further on here are based on that idea.
Hemp oil or CBD oil alone?
Many people say hemp oil and CBD oil are exactly the same, but is that really true?
Hemp oil is, as its name says, an oil made from hemp. If it is naturally produced, it contains all the substances that are naturally found in the hemp plant. So there is not much to think about.
However, there are manufacturers of hemp oil that use manufacturing processes where some of the natural substances disappear in the process, but I will return to that a little later.
Hemp seed oil (made from seeds only)
Hemp oil is made of seeds only. This oil is also useful and sound but lacks many of the beneficial substances that we strive for with the hemp oil made from flower and plant parts (CBD oil). So if you find a hemp oil at a much lower price, and in a much larger bottle, it is often hemp seed oil where they put “wrong” name on the product.
The term CBD oil, on the other hand, is a bit tricky. Most often the term is used on products that should really be called hemp oil.
But, there are also products where you have separated only the subject CBD. The other beneficial substances from the hemp plant are not included. It’s called CBD extract. Such oil is not the same as hemp oil.
In extreme cases (e.g. in the pharmaceutical industry), CBD-like substances have been chemically produced without using any natural parts of the hemp plant. These types of products are very doubtful. Why create something unnatural when it’s natural? Probably the explanation is money, patents etc., but let’s not go into that discussion here.
There are some studies, including in Israel (where you have one of the most prominent research labs on Cannabis in the world), which points out that the substances in the hemp plant cooperate with each other and enhance the effect of each other. Thus, together, they become more potent than simply picking out one or a few of the substances. With this knowledge, perhaps one should avoid hemp oil that is made on CBD extract only, and that lacks the other substances in the plant.
The more natural, the better, and more efficient
So my advice is that you are vigilant with oils that are labelled “CBD oil” as it may be products that contain only the substance CBD and lack all the other beneficial substances found naturally in the hemp plant.
If the oil is very cheap, compared to other oils on the market, you may suspect that it is made from CBD extracts and can, therefore, be oil containing fewer beneficial substances.
Unfortunately, many manufacturers and retailers are more focused on their wallet than on your health.
“Full-spectrum” is an expression that many manufacturers and retailers swing by. The hemp plant naturally contains many different useful substances. When writing “Full-spectrum” on their bottles, you want to clarify that they contain “all” useful substances, and not just CBD.
I write “all” in quotes because it is challenging to include all topics. Unfortunately, some manufacturing processes also cause substances to be destroyed along the way. For example, too high heating of the hemp destroying or affecting natural substances.
Full-spectrum is also used on products where extracts of other substances have been added to compensate for a manufacturing process that destroys the natural substances. For example, a product is added extra turpentines. With this procedure, the product goes farther and farther from a natural product, and the natural relationship is disturbed.
The term “Full-spectrum” may thus be relevant, but at the same time, you must also be aware that it is a marketing term used to try to make their products sound better and sell more.
Unfortunately, the term is also used by companies that sell lower quality oils.
When we are still talking about full-spectrum, it can be pointed out that oil without THC can never be called “full-spectrum” as THC is one of the potent natural substances in the plant. The natural hemp oil sold and manufactured in EU is made from Industrial Hemp and contains THC naturally, although it is in minimal quantities.
To obtain an oil that is THC-free requires a fairly extensive process. This process is not entirely optimal for producing as natural oil as possible. There are THC-free oils that are quite good, but my advice is to go for the natural oil if you do not feel that you must have oil without THC.
Which manufacturing process is best
There are a variety of manufacturing processes, and all manufacturers claim that their method is the best. As I pointed out earlier, we consider that the process that retains the substances in the plant in the most natural way possible is the most optimal.
And as we see, it is the process of extracting in oil (olive or coconut) at low temperature for a long time. This process is a bit more complex and takes a little longer but on the other hand, gives an oil with a lot of useful substances.
Otherwise, one of the more straightforward methods is to produce the oil on hemp extract. It is a cheaper method, which is also often reflected in the price, but the quality of the oil can vary greatly depending on which extract you get. Frequently this extract is bought from abroad, and unfortunately, many rogue manufacturers in the EU look more on the purchase price than on the quality of the extract.
Uptake in the body
How quickly and how effectively the body absorbs the hemp, in what way to take it, there are many opinions.
Some think that you get the best absorption if you drop under the tongue, others believe that you should let the stomach and intestines do the job, some think it is better to pull it into the lungs and so on. Which is best is difficult to say, and you simply have to test yourself.
Vaping, an e-cigarette, is said to have fast absorption capacity in the body. But my personal opinion is that as far as possible, you should try to avoid dragging anything other than air into your lungs.
Capsules have also become more and more popular. There are capsules partly with powder of the ground hemp but also capsules with oil. The idea is that the capsule should dissolve in the stomach, and the body should absorb the beneficial substances.
If this is more effective than dropping oil under the tongue, there are divided opinions.
Capsules take a little longer for the body to absorb, but on the other hand, you probably take your hemp regularly, keep the cannabinoids at an even level, and then the uptake time doesn’t matter that much.
It is more a question of what you think is a good way to get the hemp into you.
Some manufacturers market themselves hard with the fact that water-soluble “oil” is the most effective way. They even go so far as to say that it “beats everything else…”. Upon closer examination, the marketing arguments are just marketing. There is no evidence that it is more effective; it is only an assumption.
On the other hand, it requires a fairly cumbersome process to obtain an oil that can be dissolved in water. So we have once again taken a step away from what is natural.
It may very well be an excellent oil, but the manufacturing process is not entirely optimal if you consider that we want as natural a product as possible.
The percentage, the higher, the better
This with the percentage on the bottle is a little tricky. Foolish from several perspectives.
Some state the percentage of CBD alone; others say the percentage of all cannabinoids. It is rarely seen on the packaging so it is not easy to determine.
If the percentage becomes very high, the price may look very attractive, but the actual percentage of cannabinoids is not at all correct after mixing it with the oil for a salable product.
You can see it from some of the smaller dealers in the EU who import finished oils or concentrates from outside. Again, it’s their wallet (or ignorance) that is more important than your health.
The natural level of oil produced from industrial hemp grown in the EU is around 2%.
As far as the percentage is concerned, it is also not the case that a higher percentage is better than one with a lower percentage.
I would also like to mention a few words about so-called cannabis oil as there are many questions about it.
The plant that we produce the legal oil on here in the EU is usually called Industrial Hemp. Industrial hemp is a cannabis plant, but you must not confuse it with the plant from which the drugs cannabis and marijuana are manufactured. It’s not the same plant.
In simple terms, cannabis is the collective name for many different plants. Different types of plants containing different amounts of active substances have been crossed. The plant on which the drugs are manufactured contains a very high level of the substance THC. It is the substance that makes you feel affected. In most cases, a high level of substance THC is not appropriate from a health point of view. In other words, using hemp oil is much healthier than smoking a “joint”.
The frightening proposition that all types of Cannabis are deadly does not go home with our youth today, so you must probably present it in a completely different way to get them not to take drugs that affect the judgment.
The plant grown in the EU contains a very low level of THC (below 0.2%), which makes it impossible to use as a drug. However, it contains many other useful substances, which instead make it a super dietary supplement.
When you hear that someone is talking about cannabis oil, in most cases it is usually related to an oil with a higher content of THC than the one produced here in the EU. This type of oil is legal in some countries of the world but not here in the EU. Imports of that oil are thus regarded as trafficking in drugs and are punishable. Since it is allowed in many other countries and is sold openly online, I just want to raise a warning finger so that you do not order it in the EU.
Which oil is best?
Which oil is best for you, I can’t possibly answer. My recommendation, assuming that naturalness lasts the longest, is that you start with as natural oil as possible.
I primarily recommend European-made oil. Should I also give in to a recommendation of extraction method, it would be low-temperature oil extraction to extract most of the substances in the hemp naturally. Then you do not have to think about origin or quality. However, if you choose a manufacturer that uses extracts during manufacture, several factors may be of importance for quality.
The natural strength of oil extraction is around 2% cannabinoids.
You do not need to start with any oil that has a higher percentage of cannabinoids. For best effect, you should take more drops if needed.
Natural lasts the longest!