What’s In Your CBD Oil?
There are two types of CBD oil. The first is the product that we described above – an oil extracted from whole, natural hemp plant material. Because it’s a whole-plant extract, it is a full-spectrum extract expressing the qualities of hemp’s many beneficial compounds. Hemp contains hundreds of plant-based compounds called terpenes, and many of those terpenes may work synergistically with CBD to achieve a heightened effect. When you use a whole-plant CBD oil, you’re getting all of those compounds.
There is also, however, a second type of CBD oil product. Once you’ve extracted CBD oil from hemp, you can further refine the oil to capture just the CBD and nothing else. At that point, you’ll have CBD isolate. CBD isolate is a fat-soluble white powder containing more than 99 percent CBD. Since CBD isolate is very light and is almost entirely CBD by weight, it’s a great solution for importers who want to sell CBD oil. Why import gallons of oil when you could import a small package of powder and add the oil to it yourself? Many of the companies that sell “CBD oil” are actually selling CBD isolate with hempseed oil added. While the product certainly contains CBD, it contains none of hemp’s other beneficial terpenes.