How Hemp extract oils Color, Clarity And Extraction Affect Your Experience
Updated: Jul 24, 2019
Hemp extract oil has exploded in popularity in recent years. Consumers are digging for more information about Hemp compounds, as more research and media stories come out to the public. What is it? How do I shop for it? How do I know if I’m purchasing high-quality products?
Hemp has over 112 known compounds which are chemical components that are found in the hemp plant. Hemp Gold Drops is known for its therapeutic benefits and is non-psychoactive, so you won’t get high from consuming it. Hemp extract oil is popular among those seeking relief from anxiety, pain, inflammation, sleep-deprivation, spasms or other conditions. First the hemp compounds must be extracted from the plant before it’s infused into products. Many oil's are hitting the market with force, one of the most popular products is Hemp Gold Drops tincture. These oils are taken orally by placing the product beneath your tongue, holding for a few seconds, and then swallowing.
The colour of these oils can offer some clues about the quality and makeup of the product. In order to understand more about this, it helps to understand how Hemp extract oils is made.
How Hemp extract oil is Made
Most Hemp extract oil in the mass market is sourced from industrial hemp that’s grown either domestically or abroad. All our Hemp extract oil is made from locally sourced organic UK hemp farms.
Why Does Growing Condition Matter? Hemp is a known soil remediator, this means that hemp will suck up toxins in the soil that it’s grown in and will clean these toxins out. Hemp is great at doing this job, so it’s worth noting where the hemp is sourced from in any hemp based products that you purchase. Clean soil and growing conditions make for a better end product.
Extraction Methods Matter Because…
There are two main ways that Hemp compounds can be extracted. The first is by using a solvent and the second is by using temperature and pressure. Solvent-based extraction methods involve passing a solvent through the product and then burning off the solvent, so that only the desired chemical compounds remain. There are a number of different solvents that can be used, but ethanol and butane are the most common. Solvent-based extraction methods are used frequently with the hemp plant because the solvents work well with the hemp flower.
Because Hemp extract compounds are often made from industrial hemp, in which case must come from the seeds and stalks of the plant. CO2 extraction methods use a combination of temperature and pressure to extract the compounds from the plant material. In the hemp industry, CO2 extraction methods are often considered the gold standard because they don’t involve the use of chemical solvents and do a better job of preserving the beneficial chemical compounds. Our Hemp extract oils use the low temperature and low pressure CO2 extraction method.
CO2 extraction methods are even further classified into two super critical and sub critical extraction. Sub critical CO2 extractions use low temperature and low pressure and take more time. They produce smaller returns but retain important compounds, creating a much higher quality end product. Supercritical CO2 extractions use high temperature and high pressure, this process may damage compounds and other chemicals, but it will extract larger molecules like omegas, creating a different but still potentially potent product. Sub critical products take the “entourage effect” into consideration. The entourage effect states that the plant chemicals work better together than they do alone. To put it simply, Hemp extract oils that have a mixture of hemp compounds mixed in, will have a greater impact on the body.
Hemp extract oil Color
Once the Hemp compounds have been extracted, it can undergo a filtering process that determines the color of the oil. There are generally three different categories that Hemp extract oils fall into:
Raw Hemp extract oil is exactly what it sounds like. Once the oil has been extracted, the oil does not go through any more processing and does not get filtered. These oils can be green or dark in color because they often contains phytochemicals, chlorophyll, and raw plant material. Raw oil may contain impurities leftover from the extraction process.
Decarboxylated Hemp extract oils means that the compounds will be more active in the body. Decarboxylation is when the oil is heated up to change the chemical components. This process improves the efficacy and potency of the oil making it easier for the oil to have an impact on the body. Decarboxylated oil is often brown or darker in color.
Have been through the most processing. Generally filtered oil has been decarboxylated and then even further refined by filtering out the phytochemicals and plant materials. This makes the oil gold in color which is often considered the highest quality compared to raw or decarboxylated oil. Filtered Hemp extract oil is commonly referred to as gold drops and is very popular among consumers. It also tends to be the most expensive, but this isn’t always the case.
The darker or more opaque a Hemp extract oil is, the less amount of processing it’s had. Hemp Gold Drops are considered the highest quality, but it doesn’t mean that the other forms are not valuable. It is important to remember that colour can often be indicative of the manufacturing process and thus the quality of the oil.