CBD is everywhere these days. You can find it in many consumer products such as food, drinks, lotions, oils, and pet food. CBD comes in different forms, but some are more effective than others. For example, water-soluble CBD is more powerful than fat-soluble. With so many choices, how do you know which ones are safe? Choosing organic and water-soluble is essential, so there are no toxic elements in the hemp’s soil. If harmful ingredients are present, they could end up in the hemp plant and your CBD product. Certified organic products ensure that the hemp is grown in clean and healthy soil. If you’re new to CBD and want to ensure you’re getting the most value for your money, use this guide to learn why choosing organic and water-soluble products is vital.
How Are CBD Tinctures Made?
CBD tinctures are usually stored in a glass bottle with a dropper and are typically mixed into food or drinks. Herbal tinctures are traditionally made by steeping the plant material in alcohol for several weeks. The aerial parts of the hemp plant are soaked in alcohol to extract CBD and other compounds. The resulting mixture is further refined to remove the solvent, leaving a concentrated CBD tincture. Some manufacturers often mix the tincture with sweeteners, flavoring, vitamins, or other herbal extracts, depending on the purpose of the product.
What are CBD Elixirs?
Elixirs are similar to tinctures, but they are not made with ethanol. The ingredients are typically extracted with solvents, such as CO2 or butane. A certified organic will only use CO2 as a solvent, as it is safe and non-toxic. An elixir’s base can be anything other than ethanol, and the best base is certified organic glycerin, especially one made from coconut. Our Full-Spectrum Hemp Elixir uses CO2 extraction and certified organic coconut glycerin.
The Importance of Choosing Certified Organic CBD
The hemp plant is known as a dynamic accumulator. It draws nutrients from the deep layers of the soil and stores these nutrients in the plant’s leaves. If heavy metals and toxic ingredients contaminate the soil, they will settle in the plant, and the user will consume them. That’s why hemp must be grown in clean and pure soil. Knowing where and how a company produces and sources hemp is vital when selecting an organic product.
As an additional precaution, only choose CBD companies that conduct third-party batch testing to ensure no harmful substances are present in the final product. The hemp plant may have grown in uncontaminated soil, but some manufacturers extract CBD using toxic solvents. Although some companies use post-processing techniques to remove the solvent, the final product may still contain residual toxicity. Many companies also add synthetic fillers to their products to encapsulate CBD. However, these artificial agents are not fit for regular consumption. Several studies show that synthetic agents like polyethylene glycol or polysorbate create air pockets in the liver and spleen.
Every batch of the manufactured product should be third-party tested for heavy metals, volatile organic compounds, pesticides, and herbicides, so you know what you’re putting in your body every time you buy that product. Be wary of companies who post the results of a single batch from years ago because it could mean that they only tested that one batch (and not the others). Ojai Energetics pioneered third-party batch testing for the CBD industry and codified it into California law. We’re proud to know that other CBD companies have started following suit.
Organic farming also decreases our environmental impact. Harmful fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides pose a significant risk to the water in our oceans, rivers, and lakes, so removing those from the growing process keeps water clean. Choosing organic is a great way to decrease your carbon footprint while prioritizing your health.
What Does USDA Certified Organic CBD Mean?
CBD products with the USDA organic seal mean that the end product is verified organic at all steps in the creation process, from the farm to the store. The entire operation is certified organic by an independent organization that has carefully audited the company’s farm, facility, vendors, and production lines. It ensures that no synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides have been used and certifies that farmers use tillage and cultivation practices that protect and improve the condition of the soil. As a consumer, you are assured of the safety and high quality of the product. By choosing USDA Certified Organic CBD products, you decrease the synthetic chemicals your body consumes and support sustainable farming practices. Buying certified organic CBD tinctures benefits your body, the planet, and the farmer.
The Importance of Choosing Water-Soluble CBD
When you ingest fat-soluble CBD, it goes through the liver first and up to 90% is metabolized for excretion. Our bodies naturally block fat molecules from entering the bloodstream until digestive bile solubilizes the oil. On the other hand, water-soluble CBD is absorbed much quicker and efficiently, and more will enter your bloodstream, since our bodies are over 60% water. The ability of water-soluble CBD to circumvent the liver’s “first pass effect” is called bioavailability. Since water-soluble CBD has a higher absorption rate and is more effective, you get more for your money.
Try a Full-Spectrum Hemp Elixir
Ojai Energetics Full Spectrum Hemp Elixir uses CO2 extraction to pull the desired cannabinoids and other compounds from the hemp plant. CO2 extraction is a precise, safe, solvent-free, and environmentally friendly method that uses less energy and plant material during the extraction process. Compared to tinctures using alcohol-based extraction, CO2 extraction ensures the production of a cleaner, purer, safer, and higher-quality product. Visit our shop to learn more about our Full Spectrum Hemp Elixir.