Today, I’m walking you through STEP 4 of How to Find the Best CBD Oil. So, yet another important factor to take into consideration is testing for residual solvents.
Now, to get a better understanding of what I’m talking about, I’ll walk you through some background info. The term oil in the phrase “CBD OIL” is kinda misleading. It leads you to believe that it’s just CBD mixed in with an actual oil. And, that’s part of it. But, there an important step that comes between mixing the CBD with the oil, which is extracting the CBD from the plant, whether it’s hemp or marijuana.
To extract the CBD from the hemp or marijuana plant, generally one of 3 solvents are typically used,
- Carbon Dioxide
- Ethanol, which goes by the household name Alcohol, or
When it comes to your health, CBD extracted in Carbon Dioxide & Ethanol are far more safer than CBD extracted in a Hydrocarbon.
Hydrocarbons, are as the name implies, made up of hydrogen and carbon. The most common hydrocarbons used to extract CBD include, butane, propane, hexane and naphtha.
And, just to make it more tangible for you. Many of these hydrocarbons are found in your everyday household items.
Butane is found in lighter fluid.
Propane is found in the tanks that fire up your barbecue grill.
Naphtha is found in paint thinner.
Even in small amounts these hydrocarbons are associated with increased health risks.
Short-term exposure to these hydrocarbons is associated with inflammation, nausea, vomiting, headaches, confusion, lightheadedness, drowsiness, and unconsciousness.
Long-term exposure to these hydrocarbons is associated with toxic effects on human reproduction, neuropathy, blurred vision, numbness, anemia and cancer, such as leukemia.
So, if it’s not already obvious, you want to select a CBD oil that’s made using either Carbon Dioxide or Ethanol. Given that carbon dioxide and ethanol are pretty much non-toxic, you don’t have to much to worry about.
And now you know that you want to avoid any CBD oils made using a hydrocarbon.
Now how do you know which solvent was used to make your CBD oil? This information is not always provided on the label, unfortunately, so you may just have to ask the company selling the CBD oil which solvent was used to extract the CBD.
And, if the CBD oil was made using a hydrocarbon, then you absolutely have to make sure that it was tested for residual solvents. Let’s take a look at some lab test results for residual solvents.
So, you’ll notice here that the sample was tested for several types of solvents, including the most commonly used hydrocarbon solvents – butane, propane & hexane. And you notice that it says ND next to each type of solvent, which is a good thing. It means that the particular type of solvent was not detected.
Alright so there you have it. You now know about all about how to figure out which solvent was used to make your CBD oil.
And remember, if the company is in anyway skirting around being transparent with giving you information about which solvent was used to make the CBD oil or providing lab test results, then I’d say it’s a no-go. You have plenty of other options when it comes to CBD Oil.