Ok, now that we have differentiated between CBD (or, hemp oil) and hemp seed oil, why is some CBD more effective than others?
Hemp produces more than 80 different phytocannabinoids, and of these, cannabidiol (CBD) is the most widely known. Other phytocannabinoids including cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC) & many more are conventionally produced at much lower amounts.
Multiple phytocannabinoids are found at varying concentrations within broad-spectrum hemp oil extracted directly from the hemp plant. The different types and amounts of these phytocannabinoids depend on the genetics and conditions the hemp plant is grown in. This is why you may feel slightly different effects or efficacy depending on the source of your hemp oil. These compounds can work synergistically to affect your endocannabinoid system to potentially offer enhanced relief relative to only consuming 1 cannabinoid alone. This synergistic action has become known as the entourage effect.
The effectiveness of CBD is also dependent on the purity of the hemp oil after it is extracted from the plant. There are several types of extraction processes that separates oil from the plant. One way is to use a solvent, similar to how we use soap to remove dirt. However, some companies tend to use petroleum-based solvents (increases cancer risk) or ethanol (hard to remove from CBD oil at the end). A much safer and cleaner method is called ‘Supercritical CO2 Extraction’, which allows one to pinpoint exactly what compounds to remove and leads to a pure, safe, and high-quality oil.
At Asha, we partner with farms who work diligently to maintain hemp plants that yield consistent compounds and varieties in their hemp oil. Thus, our hemp oil always includes a spectrum of hemp phytocannabinoids including CBD, in addition to other beneficial plant compounds like terpenes and flavonoids (e.g., antioxidants) that can support the body. Our broad-spectrum hemp oil is extracted using Supercritical CO2 to yield the purest, most effective extract that contains much more than just CBD. Head over to our Shop page to learn more about our Premium Hemp CBD products!