Do You Know Your CBD?

Though CBD is popular and almost ubiquitous, most people know very little about where it comes from and how it’s made. As a natural product used for self-care, we thought you should know a thing or two before you shop.

Cannabidiol Explained

What and Why?

CBD, or cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the hemp plant. It is a member of the phytocannabinoid family. Phytocannabinoids are plant-based compounds that work naturally with specific receptors in the human body. These receptors are part of the ECS, or endocannabinoid system, which maintains homeostasis, or balance, in our bodies. The ECS helps to regulate appetite, moderate pain, maintain memory and stabilize mood. CBD is extracted from the hemp plant and then added to a variety of products common household supplements – capsules, tinctures, massage oils and even chewable gummies.

CBD? THC? Are they Different?

CBD is Not Marijuana

You may be surprised to know that hemp and marijuana are both from the plant whose scientific name is Cannabis sativa. The difference between the two is based on their content. Cannabis bred specifically for low THC content is called hemp. Conversely, cannabis bred for high THC content is commonly known as marijuana. 

Legally, the two plants are separately defined by the Federal Farm Bill of 2018, which establishes “Industrial Hemp” as a Cannabis sativa plant with a THC concentration below 0.3 percent by weight. All of our products are grown from American hemp meeting this classification. 

Is it Good? Is it Safe?

Quality Matters

Hemp is a bioaccumulator. That means it tends to absorb anything in its environment, including pesticides or heavy metals from the soil. This can be common with imported hemp. If your CBD product doesn’t have lab testing available to confirm the absence of these contaminants, its quality and provenance are likely to be suspect. You should only buy CBD products that use domestic hemp and are tested by independent, ISO-certified labs. At Beyond Botanicals, we put Transparency on a pedestal. It’s one of our core values, and it guides every effort we make in presenting the best possible CBD products. 

What it is, and What it Isn’t

Hemp Oil

Hemp oil is short for hemp seed oil, which is the oil from seeds of the hemp plant. This oil is very popular and used in supplements, natural foods, and cosmetics, but is not naturally high in CBD. Hemp oil does not mean CBD oil, so if you see claims like “200mg hemp seed oil” as opposed to “200mg CBD”, you’re being led astray. CBD should come from the flowers of organically grown hemp cultivars that are high in CBD, and professionally extracted to ensure purity and potency. 

It’s Affordable, But it’s Fake

Synthetic CBD

Quality CBD comes from reputable suppliers who can provide proof that they meet the necessary legal and regulatory requirements for operation. If a brand makes no mention of how their crop is grown, doesn’t provide test results, or simply uses the term “CBD” in their ingredients with specifying origin, you may be buying lab-made cannabinoids that could have been processed with any number of solvents, which can also contain harmful byproducts. In some cases, illnesses have been reported from consumption of synthetic cannabinoids. Look for Beyond Botanicals products which contain only plant-derived cannabinoids made from organically grown American hemp.

Cheap and Toxic

Solvent Extraction

Solvent extraction is the cheapest way to extract CBD from the hemp plant and involves using compounds like hexane, butane, or propane to dissolve plant components into solution. This method leaves residual solvents in the CBD oil, many of which are known carcinogens. Organic alcohol solvents can provide safe products like tinctures, but the process removes many beneficial plant waxes and dozens of other beneficial compounds of the hemp plant. If you want a safe product that contains everything good, your CBD should be CO2 extracted. 

The Best of The Best

Supercritical CO2

Supercritical extraction uses carbon dioxide gas across temperature and pressure gradients to isolate and extract desired cannabinoids like CBD from the hemp plant. It is non-toxic and leaves no residual solvents. In fact, its use is widespread in highly regulated pharmaceutical manufacturing as well as with herbal supplements. When the extraction is complete, the carbon dioxide dissipates, leaving intact a concentrated extract without any residual solvents. This extract is then blended into the full array of Beyond Botanicals products.