Where Does CBD Come From?
Short answer, a plant.
CBD, aka Cannabidiol, comes from Industrial Hemp. Hemp was recently approved as an agricultural crop in the United States, and its scientific name is Cannabis sativa. Hemp’s well known cousin Marijuana is a different type of Cannabis sativa, one that produces a lot of THC, the psychoactive compound that makes people feel ‘high’.
It’s important to note that Hemp and Marijuana differ in one very specific way. While Marijuana produces a lot of THC and very little CBD, Hemp is the opposite, producing a lot of CBD and very little THC. This means that hemp does not produce the same intoxicating psychoactive effects as marijuana, because it has very little THC.
What is Industrial Hemp?
Hemp is a plant that has been growing around the world for centuries. It originated in Central Asia, and has traveled around the globe producing medicines, food products and fiber for building materials. In 1606, hemp made its way into the Americas, and by 1840, the hemp industry in the United States was strong.
Hemp was used mainly for its fiber, which can be made into fabrics or building materials. In the 20th century, lawmakers began to restrict hemp production due to its close association with marijuana, and in 1970, Cannabis sativa was classified as a schedule one drug. Even though hemp does not produce much THC, the reason for the outlaw, it was grouped together with varieties that produce high THC.
That all changed in 2018 when the Hemp Farming Act was passed. Lawmakers made the official distinction between hemp and marijuana, and legalized hemp production in the United States, as long as the THC level in the plants is very low ( <0.3%).
What Does Hemp Have To Do With CBD?
CBD, along with 80+ other similar compounds classified as ‘cannabinoids’, are produced by hemp plants. The flowers are the main source of these cannabinoids, while the leaves and stems contain much less. CBD, CBG, CBN, and THC are some of the most prominent cannabinoids found in hemp, but CBD is usually produced in the highest quantity.
After Industrial Hemp is planted, grows, and produces cannabinoid rich flowers, it is then harvested and dried. In order to extract the CBD, other cannabinoids, and terpenes, the dried hemp is ground up and sent to an extraction facility where the cannabinoids and terpenes are separated from the plant material to produce an oil with high concentrations of CBD.
Quality CBD Starts with Quality Hemp
At Dr. Diol, our Colorado grown industrial hemp undergoes thorough quality control from the moment it is planted. Our in-house testing capabilities allow us to test the plants for cannabinoid levels and to make sure there is no contamination.
It is then sent to our facility, which uses large scale extraction techniques and a proprietary purification technology to produce a broad spectrum, THC-Free, CBD rich extract with all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes included. Our analytical lab allows us to test our product through every stage of the process in order to make sure we are providing a consistent, premium quality hemp extract every time.