What is CBD Oil?
CBD oil is one of our most popular products. Our tongue drops are used by customers the length and breadth of the UK, and many people swear that it helps them feel better, healthier, and brighter since they’ve used it as a supplement. But many people still have questions about cannabidiol products.
And one question that crops up time and time again is this. What is CBD oil?
In this post, we’re going to answer your questions. We’ll tell you what CBD oil is, and explain the different ingredients that go into it. We’ll explore how it’s made (and we’ll keep it simple and straightforward, we promise) and then, finally, we’ll explain how to use a CBD oil supplement.
So let’s dive in.
What is CBD Oil?
Before we begin, it’s worth noting that cannabidiol and tinctures containing CBD are often both known as CBD oil. Just to keep things straight here, when we say CBD oil we mean the tincture, the product, the flavoured liquid in the bottle with the dropper. When we talk about cannabidiol, we’ll just call it CBD.
CBD oil is a dietary supplement that’s packed with cannabidiol (CBD). This compound is extracted from the leaves and flowers of hemp plants which have been grown for this specific purpose.
Now whenever we mention hemp, the first thing people ask is whether or not you can get high taking our hemp-derived products.
You can’t. In order to legally sell CBD oil, the THC has to be removed during processing. There’s a margin of error in the processing, but even a 1000mg bottle of CBD oil will not have enough THC to have an effect. It’s like alcohol-free beer. Yes, there’s still a tiny, tiny bit of alcohol left over, but you can’t physically drink enough of it to get drunk.
How is CBD Oil Made?
Our CBD oil tongue drops contain a few ingredients:
- CBD-rich hemp extract
- Food-grade flavourings
- MCT oil
Let’s explore these ingredients one at a time.
Most important is the CBD extract itself. This is made by taking the leaves and flowers of the hemp plant (and occasionally the seeds) and pulverizing them together to form a hemp paste.
This is then processed using a range of methods, including using CO2 to separate out the CBD in the same way that instant coffee or omega-3 oil is made, or by using ethanol (alcohol) as a solvent to remove all of the CBD which is then distilled from the resulting solution.
It’s complicated, and it requires some chemistry, but like all food extracts you start with a whole ingredient, mash it down, and somehow filter out the bits you want.
The next ingredient in CBD oil is flavourings. You’ll be used to these from any sweets, desserts or other processed foods that you buy. Want the CBD oil to taste like spearmint? Add the same flavourings you’d find in a packet of mints. It’s that simple.
The final ingredient is MCT oil. This is used to dissolve the CBD extract and the flavourings to create a tincture that isn’t just pure CBD with a minty or fruity aftertaste, and it’s basically just refined oil from plants such as coconuts.
Some people believe that MCT oil also has health benefits, and that it can be metabolised very quickly, but as with many health supplements very little conclusive research is available.
How Do You Use CBD Oil?
CBD oil is taken orally, unlike a CBD eliquid which we’ll explore in another blog post.
Two to three times per day, you use the bottle’s dropper to place a few drops under your tongue. You then wait for a minute or so for all of the oil to be absorbed before swallowing.
You may take more CBD oil as required, but you should monitor your dose properly. We would recommend never taking more than ten drops per day. As with all supplements, it’s important to treat CBD oil with respect and listen to your body!Hopefully this post has cleared up a few questions about CBD oil. But if you have any other questions, you can always get in touch.