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What is CBD?

What is CBD?

Authored By The Hempmeister

What is CBD?

In this blog we take a quick look at the scientific side of CBD in terms of where it comes from, how it is extracted from the hemp plant itself and how we prepare it for use.

CBD Composition

CBD (cannabidiol) is sourced from the Hemp plant through a number of extraction methods. The most common of which is supercritical CO2 extraction, which uses liquid CO2 at high pressure to extract all interesting components from the plant material. After the extraction, all that remains is the extracted residue without the presence of solvents or contaminants that may be present from other extraction techniques. This highly concentrated ‘resin’ is then tested and treated according to which product is required. In the case of CBD oil, the residue is dissolved in a carrier oil and bottled at a specified CBD content, ready for use. The concentrated form can be purified further to produce CBD crystals, a highly pure form of CBD that is 98% pure or higher.

Source of CBD

The CBD itself is derived from a plant known as ‘industrial hemp’. Industrial hemp is only approved to be grown by the state, and the grower must be licensed to grow the plant. CBD is a cannabinoid (a compound of the hemp plant). There are many other non psychoactive cannabinoids that can be extracted from the plant such as CBG, CBC. 

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