Cannabis sativa commonly known as cannabis or marijuana plant contains around 104 chemical compounds known as cannabinoids, one of which is CBD. It is important to note that CBD is not a psychoactive compound.
Another such cannabinoid found in cannabis is Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC which is the main psychoactive cannabinoid. This is the compound responsible for the sensation of getting “high” that’s very commonly associated with marijuana.
As CBD is non-psychoactive, it makes it an alluring possibility for those who are looking for relief from pain and other symptoms without the mind-altering effects of marijuana or certain pharmaceutical drugs.
CBD extract is made by extracting CBD from the Cannabis sativa plant, it is then diluted with a carrier oil like coconut or hemp seed oil.
It’s being noticed in the health and wellness world, especially for relieving pain as there have been some scientific studies confirming it may help treat a variety of ailments like chronic pain and anxiety.
CBD Extract is nothing but CBD oil in its most natural form. It is also known as CBD paste because it is a thicker form of CBD oil which still contains the plant waxes.
The benefits of CBD Extract
The CBD extract is basically CBD oil in its most natural form. CBD Extract is perfect if you are interested in benefiting from the whole hemp plant with nothing added or taken away.
Some CBD Extracts go through less of a filtration process than CBD oil. This results in a thick, waxy paste that’s dark and treacly in color.
To make CBD Hemp Oil Extract, a state-of-the-art CO2 supercritical extraction method is used to remove the active ingredients from the raw hemp, followed by cold filtration. This is done so that more of the plant’s chemical structure can be retained in the oil – meaning the hemp plant is left in its most natural form to be enjoyed.
What’s in the CBD Extract?
If you want the power of the whole hemp plant, there are extracts that offer both a Raw CBD Extract oil containing CBDa and a Decarb CBD Extract.
The difference comes down to science. If the extract has been through the process of decarboxylation then the extract is called a decarb extract. In this, the chemicals get activated through heating or drying. This is particularly true of the CBDa compound.
CBD has an acidic precursor known as CBDa which in itself is also a cannabinoid. In fact, there is an abundance of CBDa and very little CBD in freshly picked hemp leaves and flowers. Through the decarboxylation or decarb process, CBDa converts into CBD through sustained heat.
The RAW form is the purest form of CBD extract and the most natural form there is. It means that the extraction or packaging process is void of any heat and/or chemicals (solvents or alcohols) having been used. This is incredibly important.
When CO2 extraction is used to obtain the extract from the plant, the resulting gel or goo is just as nature intended it. In its natural state, the CBD extract is made up of around 100 cannabinoids and around 400 trace compounds, approximately 200 of which are terpenes.
But the entire make-up of the extract changes as soon as any amount of heat (or chemicals) is applied. If this happens the entire CBDa which is hugely available in the Raw Extract, gets converted to CBD.
CBDa has its own unique advantages that CBD does not. And, more importantly, when CBDa and CBD work with each other, they amplify the effect of each other. This dual effect is lost when heated.
Also, heat is capable of damaging or even entirely eliminating almost all the other trace compounds naturally found within the plant’s extract. While the resulting extract can still have many beneficial compounds, much has been lost.
Benefits of both kinds of extract
It is important to note that both types of CBD extract have great benefits of their own. In fact, upon heating, the CBDa found only in the Raw form becomes additional CBD. So, a heated extract, while has no CBDa, has approximately double the CBD, and many of the other cannabinoids as well.
Also, it’s this type of extract that is used to make most of the other products like CBD Drops, Gummies, Vape Oils, Capsules, etc.
How to take CBD Extract
As dosing isn’t an exact science when it comes to CBD extracts so consumers are advised to start with a low dose, building up gradually until a plateauing is noticed. This is known as the up-titration method.
If using premium strength products, just a tiny amount of CBD Extract Oil is needed.
CBD Extract can be taken by placing it under the tongue and on an empty stomach to ensure maximum absorption in the body.