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December 7, 2020

What the Heck is Green CBD Oil?


Paaez Coleman

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Have you ever wondered what the heck green CBD oil is? 

The CBD market is constantly changing, so it’s always a good idea to read up on new products before trying them. 

If you’ve researched CBD oil, chances are, you’ve run into this “green CBD oil” but had no idea what it meant. 

You may think it’s something different from your typical CBD oil, but it’s not. It simply comes down to the color of the oil. 

CBD oils vary in color for a couple of reasons, like quality and extraction methods. We will explore specific extraction methods and see how they affect CBD oil’s outcome and color. 

But first, let’s start with the basics. 

What is CBD? 

A tincture of CBD oilCBD (cannabidiol) is a compound derived from the cannabis Sativa plant. Additionally, by definition, hemp plants contain less than 0.3% THC. 

This low percentage of THC is one of the main reasons it produces profound therapeutic benefits without psychoactive effects. As a result, CBD is an excellent alternative for those who don’t typically enjoy THC’s effects.  

CBD works with your endocannabinoid system and the many receptors located throughout the body. This incredible system regulates some of the most essential bodily functions like sleep, mood, appetite, and much more. 

There are receptors throughout the body, but the CB1 and the CB2 receptors are most intertwined with the endocannabinoid process. The CB1 receptors are located in the central nervous system. 

The CB2 receptors are found everywhere outside of the central nervous system, with a heavy influence on immune cells. 

As you can see, CBD has widespread capabilities when it comes to producing a variety of beneficial therapeutic benefits. 

Extraction Methods Make a Difference  

Hemp comes from the cannabis Sativa plant, and this plant, like all other plants, contains chlorophyll. This is the pigment that gives plants their beautiful green hue and allows them to absorb the sun’s rays. 

This is where the extraction method comes in and makes a difference in the color of some CBD oils. With ethanol extraction, the chlorophyll remains in the oil. However, with the supercritical CO2 extraction, the chlorophyll is removed, giving the oil a golden color. 

Ethanol extraction is also known as solvent extraction. This process involves using some type of solvent, usually ethanol, butane, and propane, to separate the plant matter from the oils. 

Yet, there is still some controversy on the safety of these solvents. More specifically, any chemical residuals leftover in the end product. 

On the other hand, the CO2 extraction method has gained a great deal of acceptance and notoriety for the level of purity it provides. 

Once extracted, it’s combined with some type of carrier oil. The most common are hemp seed oil, olive oil, avocado oil, and MCT oil. Since all of these oils are high in healthy fats, they make for a great blend. 

We all know the human body is primarily water, right? Well, CBD is a fat-soluble compound, so they need a little help connecting at times. 

That’s why this type of blend (fatty oil) ensures the cannabinoids in the oil can adequately absorb into the bloodstream and latch onto the necessary receptors. 

Furthermore, the carrier oil can influence CBD oil’s overall outcome, especially when the oil has a natural green tint like hemp seed oil. 

As you can see, the main difference between green CBD oil and golden CBD oils comes down to quality. 

Why Most Companies Remove Chlorophyll

Although chlorophyll has many health benefits, most companies remove this pigment from CBD oil because it creates an earthy, pungent taste. 

Ultimately, when chlorophyll remains intact, it overpowers the other compounds in the oil. If you’ve tasted CBD oil like this, you know how unpleasant it is. CBD has come a long way since it hit the market, with one of the main changes being a variety of enticing flavors that draw consumers in. 

This is the primary reason plant matter is separated from the phytocannabinoids with specific extraction methods. 

Shopping for High-Quality CBD Oil 

cbdfx capsules instagramIf you’re shopping for CBD oil, you can always look into the extraction process the company uses. Most times, you can find an abundance of information on the “about us” page. 

When you pair this information with what’s on the product description page, you should have a decent understanding of how the product was created and what’s in it. Most reputable companies provide in-depth descriptions of each component that goes into their formulation. 

You want to always look for a few things when exploring and learning about new CBD oils (or CBD products in general).

First and foremost, you want to look for organically grown hemp because it means you’re getting a purer product without any chemicals, pesticides, or toxins. Then, you want to pay close attention to the extraction process. 

As you can see from the information above, the extraction process heavily influences the overall outcome and quality of the product. The CO2 extraction process is highly favored and preferred because it produces a pure oil, free from harmful chemical residuals leftover with the solvent extraction process. 

Another important aspect of shopping for high-quality CBD oil is looking for products that have been tested by an independent third-party laboratory. This is extremely important because not all companies operate with the same moral premise concerning quality. 

These lab reports serve as a purity and quality confirmation because you can see everything in the product, especially if tested at a batch level. Ultimately, lab testing is a way for you to check your product for toxins, chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metal—all of which you don’t want. 

Additionally, you can see exactly how much CBD the product contains, ensuring it aligns with the advertised amount. 

Moving Forward with CBD Oils

When you extract oils from a plant, there will always be plant matter. In this case, the plant matter in question is chlorophyll and how it creates green CBD oil. 

The next time you run across green CBD oil, you’ll know it has everything to do with plant matter and the extraction process. The combination of the two is the deciding factor for what color the CBD oil is. 

When it’s all said and done, whatever color CBD oil you choose is entirely up to you. Still, if you want a higher quality oil with a manageable taste, you’ll want to look for clear and golden color CBD oils. 

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