Ever wondered where your Cannabidiol (CBD) came from?
The question has fascinated many users who are interested in knowing how the CBD oil or other CBD product they are using landed from the main source into their hands.
This article answers just that!
Where CBD comes from
In order to understand Cannabidiol’s origins, we should gain a basic understanding of what CBD is – a chemical compound derived from the cannabis sativa plant. The CBD oil, however, that you buy online is a concentrated extract of the same plant.
Cannabis producers extract CBD from specific varieties of the green herb. Manufacturers and growers in particular extract it from the hemp plant – which has been popular for many centuries. In fact, the first ever derived medicine from cannabis dates back to 4000 BC in ancient China.
To be more specific, CBD is derived from the female variety of the cannabis crop, in not just hemp but marijuana as well. However, this cannabinoid is more readily available in the hemp plant.
Some ‘experts’ believe that the hemp present in CBD directly comes from the plant’s seed, stalk and leaves. This may be technically true, but this is certainly a very inefficient and expensive way of extracting it.
People generally get confused so as to what part of the hemp plant CBD comes from – the European methods of growing CBD, for example, are significantly unique from those used in the US. The hemp fiber market is thriving in Europe, so that means the crop is mostly grown for its fibre, which in turn, means that the fields have thin stalks.
Once the fibre has grown past its strength threshold, the energy from the stalk begins to push into the surface of hemp where the grain grows. Eventually, the nutrients from the plant produce flowers and trichomes – and this is where cannabinoids like CBD find residence. The plant is quickly harvested, otherwise the male plants tend to pollinate the females.
Without getting too technical, the CBD that you’re consuming through an oil, tincture, e-liquid, vape or capsule, directly comes from the flowers of the hemp plant. CBD is most readily available when female-only plants are grown. Beyond all this, the level of CBD that can be extracted depends on the genetics a farmer wants to use, because this has a direct impact on the CBD-to-other cannabinoids ratios.
Generally speaking, CBD is extracted from the hemp plant in an oil form. It should be noted that consuming CBD will not have any of the intoxicating effects that are typical of other cannabis supplements and products – i.e. those containing the psychoactive compound THC.
Today, CBD is used widely as it helps manage conditions such as pain, insomnia, inflammation, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and stress, to name a few. Its effectiveness has led to endorsement by the NHS Health and Wellbeing Program.
When buying CBD products, always ensure that they are UK manufactured, fully tested and carry a ‘quality guaranteed’ seal.
CBD’s mounting popularity has led both recreational and medical users to ask questions about the best methods of extracting and consuming the well-known cannabinoid. The