With so many options for adding CBD to one’s diet, how do we choose?
I personally choose to eliminate all extraction processes that utilize high heat. Heat is known to damage the cannabinoids and terpenes in Cannabis, and results in the loss of the integrity of the plant. While CBD and THC are not damaged by heat, there are over 130 other cannabinoids that can be destroyed. And the more we learn about Cannabis, the more we realize that keeping the structure of the plant intact, can result in more benefits for our health.
Most solvent based methods require high heat for extraction and that includes: Naptha, Butane, and Alcohol.
While Co2 appears to be the best of the solvent based methods – high heat is not required – it still damages a portion of the plant. It is said that only 10% of the terpenes remain intact with this method.
What are terpenes?
Terpenes are the fragrant essential oils within Cannabis. With their value initially discounted, it seemed to be an unimportant extraction loss. But as we learn more about the plant’s function, we find that terpenes may in fact help with the delivery of THC and CBD. They may be responsible for how well our body metabolizes CBD.
The least known method, and seemingly the most viable, is the paste method. It involves taking plant material, with added oil, and cooking over low temps for lengthy periods. This delivers a product that escapes high heat damage, preserves a majority of the cannabinoids and almost all of the terpenes.
While I believe that there are applications where Co2 created CBD Oil may be the best option, my preferred choice is the method that does the least amount of damage to the plant. And that is the ancient CBD Paste method of delivery.