Cannabidiol is one of at least 113 active cannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is a major phytocannabinoid, accounting for up to 40% of the plant’s extract.
CBD is one of over 60-113 compounds (variation depends on if you count active or non active) found in cannabis that belong to a class of molecules called cannabinoids. Of these compounds, CBD and THC are usually present in the highest concentrations, and are therefore the most recognized and studied. We at CBD Crew are using cannabis to create our strains, not hemp.
CBD and THC levels tend to vary between different strains and varieties of cannabis. By using selective breeding techniques, we have managed to create varieties with high levels of CBD and THC.
CBD does not cause a high, unlike THC. The reason why CBD is non-psychoactive is due to its lack of affinity for CB1 receptors. CB1 receptors are found in high concentrations in the brain, and are the pathways responsible for the psychoactive effects of THC.
1) Industrial hemp Co2 extract high in cannabidiol (CBD)-
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp and hemp oil. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid in hemp/cannabis. Our CBD oil extract is a full spectrum CO2 oil extraction of an industrial hemp variety of Cannabis sativa. Hemp (as opposed to marijuana) is usually ideal for cannabidiol (CBD oil) extractions as it is naturally high in CBD and low in THC, making it superior to most high-THC marijuana strains as far as cannabidiol (CBD) content is concerned.†
The hemp we use is grown on family farms in select USA locations, Oregon and Colorado where it is legal to do so, and is done under the regulations of the governing bodies in those countries. Because we derive our cannabidiol rich hemp oil from different hemp cultivars that are grown in multiple locations under different conditions, there is a natural variance in taste and sometimes color. We’ve systematically sought out the most beautiful and healthy hemp cultivars for our raw ingredients used in manufacturing, and we always test for purity and potency, so even if there is a variance, it is one that succeeded approval through our rigid quality assurance system. Hemp, because of it’s innate ability to thrive so easily doesn’t require pesticides (the aromatic terpene compounds in hemp can actually act as natural pesticides), fertilizers, or herbicides in it’s cultivation, and requires much less water than standard commercial farming. The hemp we use is grown under the same methods and standards of organic farming, but at this time there is no actual legal procedure for the organic certification of hemp cultivation in the countries we import from. We’re expecting the process for organic certification of hemp to be available within hopefully a year, and we will officially certify our CBD oil products as soon as that’s possible.†
The CBD hemp oil is extracted through a high pressured CO2 extraction system. To determine the purity and potency of every batch of CBD oil each extraction is analyzed through a High Pressure Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) system, a Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry (GC-MS) system, and other methods to test for aerobic organisms, yeast, fungus, E. coli, pesticides, heavy toxic metals, cannabidiol (+ other cannabinoid) potency, and terpenes. With these multiple analyses performed we can weigh the Hemp/CBD extract for making our blends knowing that the cannabidiol content is pure and consistent throughout every batch of Hemp CBD oil we make. Then, once our final CBD oil products are prepared we have them further analyzed, once again, for their potency and purity by a company based out of Massachusetts called Proverde Labs, where we adhere to international ISO standards and whose head scientist is a recognized worldwide experts.
2) Organic Virgin Hemp Seed Oil-
Hemp oil cold pressed from hemp seeds grown in Israel. This hemp oil is also from an industrial hemp variety of Cannabis sativa which doesn’t require herbicides, pesticides and fertilizers. Hemp oil is considered to be very nutritious, but the main purpose for it being in our blend is to have a base oil to emulsify the CBD oil extract in to. Because the hemp derived, CBD oil extract is a thick, tar like substance that is messy to handle and work with, it is much easier to package and consume when mixed into a base oil. And we figured if we’re going to emulsify the cannabidiol (CBD oil) extract into a base oil, what more appropriate oil could there be to use for this purpose than hemp oil (from seed). Standard hempseed oil only has a trace amount of cannabidiol.†
*Our hemp derived CBD oil blends, Full SPecturm and/or CBD Isolate are sometimes referred to by people as cannabis oil, or CBD cannabis oil, as the term cannabis can technically describe hemp or marijuana, and in our case the term cannabis oil is being used to describe our CBD rich industrial hemp oils. See our CBD oil and CBD FAQs for more information about hemp, CBD oil and more.