How is a hemp plant processed?

With a variety of CBD supplements on the market today, narrowing down a selection best for you may come as a challenge. To increase your selection choices, many companies are offering raw products as well as the traditional products that have gone through the process of decarboxylation and sometimes filtration in order to create the final product. Understanding the basic science behind the different extraction processes and what is left as a final product may be of value and assist you during the decision-making process.

Decarboxylation is a process in which the extracted oil is heated at a low temperature over a long period of time to convert or “activate” the cannabinoids. During this chemical reaction, a carbon atom is removed from the carbon chain and CBDa is converted into CBD, the well-known cannabinoid that has been discovered to have numerous therapeutic benefits. All precursor acidic cannabinoids are converted during this process (THCa becomes THC, CBGa to CBG, CBNa to CBN, etc). Decarboxylation is an essential step for making CBD available to be used within the human body in order to achieve the maximum benefits from the cannabinoid. Products that have gone through the decarboxylation process usually have a higher concentration cannabinoids (i.e. Blue & Gold Label products as well as the NEW, Special Blend from RSHO).

How are raw CBD products different? During a cold-pressed CO2 extraction process, cannabinoid oil is extracted from industrial hemp without the use of heat. The raw version of hemp CBD (CBDa) oil is closer to that of a whole plant extraction. The heating process known as decarboxylation, as well as a final filtering process, is not used. Because of this, valuable nutrients are left intact and are not lost in the heating process. The extracted oil has a higher concentration of plant material, like phytonutrients, terpenes, flavonoids and phytosterols in the product which helps to increase bioavailability (absorption) within the body. These products can come in a thicker consistency found in oral applicators or set dosage capsules and softgels. Some products use partial raw and partial decarboxylation extraction processes to create a final product that has a wide range of full spectrum cannabinoid benefits like Hemp Classic Oil. Pure unrefined hemp CBD oil has a strong, earthy taste comparable to that of wheat grass and seaweed.

Nutrients contained in various labels of hemp CBD products:

Total Plant Complex

Contains the following cannabinoids: CBD, THCV, CBG, CBC, CBN

The raw hemp oil goes through the decarboxylation process to convert the cannabinoids. After the decarboxylation process, the Total Plant Complex products contain (retain) 13 fatty acids, 5 cannabinoids, 5 terpenes, 3 plant sterols, chlorophyll and Vitamin E.

Green Label (Raw)

Contains the following cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBC, CBDa

Pure, raw CBD hemp oil that has been cleanly extracted from the hemp plant then packaged without further processing. The Green Label products contain a higher percentage of cannabidiolic acid (CBDa) than the other colored labels along with CBC, essential vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and other trace cannabinoids.

Blue Label (Decarboxylated/Heated)

Contains the following cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBC, CBG

Blue Label products are created using the raw (Green Label) hemp oil then adding another step, decarboxylation. During the Decarboxylation process, the raw oil is heated which changes the molecular structure of the cannabinoids. For example: CBDa (Acidic form of CBD) is converted to CBD when it is heated resulting in an increased amount of CBD in the finished product. The resulting oil still contains chlorophyll, a variety of vitamins, minerals and amino acids in addition to a higher percentage of CBD.

Gold Label (Decarboxylated & Filtered)

Contains the following cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBC, CBG

Gold Label products begin with the raw (Green Label) hemp oil then go through the process of decarboxylation which converts/changes the molecular structure of the cannabinoids. After the raw oil has been decarboxylated, it is then filtered to remove all the hemp plant’s excess waxes, chlorophyll and other plant material (plant sterols). The resulting “Gold Label” oil has a significantly higher concentration of CBD, CBG, CBC while the amount of CBDa, THC and terpenes drop significantly.

Special Blend

Contains the following cannabinoids: THC, CBD, CBC, CBG

This oil contains all the cannabinoids, chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals and amino acids of the Blue Label oil with the added benefit of almost twice as much CBD. This would be the clear winner for someone who wants the higher amount of CBD per serving without losing the other benefits of the hemp plant (i.e. chlorophyll, assortment of vitamins, minerals and amino acids).

In conclusion, we all have different ailments and reasons for wanting to use CBD. Each product or colored label offers a different mix of cannabinoids and other nutrients that can work together, creating synergy in our body to achieve a desired result. Keep in mind that what works for one person, product and dosage, may not work for the next person the same way. It is our sincere hope that you find this information helpful and are able to use it while selecting products that may work best for you.

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Disclaimer: CBD Oil is not intended for use under the age of 18. Do not take if you are pregnant or lactating. Consult your physician before use if you have a medical condition or are taking any medication. Do not exceed recommended serving size.

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