Where Does CBD Oil Come From?

CBD oil is made from marijuana or hemp plants. Both of these plants are among the earliest agricultural crops in history. Cultures have been using hemp fibres to make ropes and materials for millennia. The seeds are used for health purposes, and the flowers have medical-related applications.

People started cultivating hemp and cannabis as they came to understand that different types of cannabis served different purposes.

In ancient Egypt, pregnant women were given marijuana to ease the pain of childbirth. In the Old World, hemp was used to make clothes and construction materials. In the early 20th century, people started breeding cannabis plants to contain high THC concentrations to make them more potent.

Facts and Figures

CBD, the abbreviation for cannabidiol, is one of the hemp plant’s many cannabinoids. The amount of CBD in CBD oil is not excessive so as to spark concern regarding overdosing. Still, dosages above 100 mg a day are not recommended unless you have a doctor’s approval. It’s also a good idea to ask a doctor if you can safely consume CBD oil if you are taking any other medication. CBD is not known to interact with other medication in general, but it still helps to be aware of the risks.

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Flavonoids and terpenes are just as important to the efficacy of the oil as the CBD content and quality. The best ones are fully preserved in golden CBD oil, the quality of which is superior to that of all other oils.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

There are some differences between the plants, with the appearance being the first and most obvious one. Marijuana plants are bulky and short, while hemp plants are tall and slender.

How is CBD Oil Made?

There are several ways to extract the oil from hemp, such as using hydrocarbon, ethanol, or CO2 as solvents. Full information on this is available at reactiveplus.com one of the UK’s leading CBD brands.  The oil is separated from the plants via specific extraction processes into four main types. The best one is filtered golden oil, which is 100% pure. There is also isolate, which contains no terpenes, no cannabinoids besides CBD, and no flavonoids. Terpenes can be added to the isolate after it’s made. CBD isolate is crystals in pure form, extracted from industrial hemp.

Raw CBD oil contains all the hemp elements including the impurities. Distillate is a form of processed and enhanced CBD with fewer cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes.

Europe’s Hemp Leaders

France is Europe’s hemp growth leader with 14,500 hectares followed by Estonia with 3,500 hectares. The biggest licensed hemp farms in Europe are Endoca and Aurora Cannabis.

Licensing for European Hemp

Industrial hemp is legal in most European countries. Authorities state that it is legal to cultivate and supply plants for hemp fibre in the European Union if their THC content is low. Hemp rarely contains more than 0.3% THC. In the EU, you can grow industrial hemp legally if it contains less than 0.2% THC. Each country has specific legislation. EU-based farmers can get subsidies to cultivate hemp. Hemp producers in the UK must undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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