As many of you may already know, CBD is an organic substance or an active natural compound extracted from the hemp plant. This substance needs to be treated with the utmost care and respect for consumers to reach the best results. At the start of the cultivation phase, the extraction of cannabinoids from the plant material takes care and experience to master. The most crucial part of producing effective and stable CBD oil products comes after the substance is extracted and stored correctly.
Producing CBD oil
How is CBD Oil produced?
CBD or Cannabidiol is one of the many active compounds that are inside a hemp plant. On leaves and flowers of mature hemp plants. A fatty element occurs naturally. You can not find it in young plants. It occurs in stages of the plant’s growth and reaches its peak in the plant’s maturity.
That’s right, CBD is not naturally present in all stages of the plant’s development. You’ll find the highest concentration of CBD in mature hemp plants. It has to do with the fact that cannabinoids like CBD, and other elements found in hemp, change during the development of the plant.
After a specific process happens while the hemp plant matures, CBG slowly turns into CBD acid or THC-acid, depending on the cultivar (strain or variety of the hemp/cannabis plant). That’s why it is so important to know what hemp variety you’re using and when to harvest the plants – to see what you’ll be extracting and what effects the product might offer—the first step in the production of the best hemp extracts for high-quality CBD oil.
Oxidation of cannabinoids
As you would expect, these cannabinoids keep changing over time. And the rate at which they change depends on environmental factors. Luckily, CBD is a very stable component – and will stay CBD for about ten years before it oxides and changes into the very rare CBD-HQ. At Dutch Natural Healing, we found a way to speed this process up. Positioning us to produce this very special cannabinoid ourselves and offer it to our consumers in our webshop.
Though other elements in hemp extracts are less stable, take THC-a, for example, which could pretty quickly decarboxylate, turning it into the psychoactive delta9-THC. After which, it can produce oxide and change into the more sedative cannabinoid: CBN. For this to happen, all it needs is UV from daylight and oxygen. Through this process, too, requires several years to complete. Most CBD oils don’t last that long with regular use…
Our best CBD oils made with extracts from carefully selected hemp plants. These are harvested late in the season. To ensure they contain a high concentration of CBD, as we let our farmer ripen the plants a little more compared to other CBD producers. We achieve a wider variety of cannabinoids – such as CBN, CBC and CBG – to aid the product’s synergetic entourage effect. After extraction, we make sure our products are stored well and stay stable. Accordingly, for CBG extracts and CBG oil, we ensure our plants get harvested earlier to contain higher levels of this ‘stem cell’-cannabinoid.
Though cannabinoids are not the only substances present in our CBD oil – nor are they ones, we need to keep stable. For the best entourage-effect, each CBD product we produce contains a wide variety of terpenes, too. These aromatic compounds give each cultivar their unique smell and taste – and determine the effects your cannabinoid product will have on the body and mind. In short, CBD products containing more limonene (also found in lemons). For example, it will provide a more activating effect – perfect for use during the day, while CBD products with higher concentrations of the calming terpene myrcene or linalool will have a more relaxing effect – and better suited for nighttime use. The richer your product is in terpenes, the better its effects will be.
And where cannabinoids are pretty stable and require a long time to oxide or degrade, terpenes are highly volatile. Meaning that the slightest temperature change, a ray of UV or whiff of oxygen may cause terpenes to evaporate – slightly decreasing the product’s efficacy with each particle lost. To avoid this from happening and ensure the longest possible shelf-life for our products, almost all Dutch Natural Healing CBD products bottled in dark, UV-blocking bottles. After closing the bottles tight with a screw-on dripper cap, those terpenes are not going anywhere – unless you let them!
You’ll find our CBD Curcumine edition and CBD HQ bottled in transparent bottles. These products have a beautiful colour, which we love to see and show to the world. CBD HQ always comes closed with a spray-head, though. Meaning you won’t have to open the bottle and let terpenes escape to use the product. Curcumin edition is a water-soluble product, taken through a process that makes the terpenes less volatile. This product, too, comes with a dripper that stays on the bottle at all times. To avoids evaporation of active ingredients. It is advised to store these in a dark and cool place and keep the bottles closed when not in use.