What Color Is CBD Hemp Oil Supposed To Be?
What color is CBD Hemp oil supposed to be?
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If you've asked yourself questions similar to the ones below, you should find this guide useful.
1. Why is my CBD oil this color?
2. How to identify CBD oil colors?
3. What does the color of CBD mean?
4. What color should CBD oil be?
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We often get asked why various CBD oils have different colors, and why the color can vary even within the same brand.
The color of CBD oil indeed varies. While you can't determine the quality of the oil by color alone, it can still often tell you a little about the product.
The type of product, carrier oils, extraction processes, and additional ingredients can all impact the color of the finished product that ends up in your home.
For example, a manufacturer might start with a high-quality CBD oil with a light golden color, but just by adding hemp seed in the carrier oil will cause the color to darken.
Color alone cannot be the only thing to factor in when looking for high-grade CBD oil!
In Chapter 03, I will list a few things you should take notice when searching for CBD oil, including the color, to help you be sure you’re getting a high-quality CBD oil.
Now, let's dive right in.
Stages of CBD oil colors
The process of manufacturing CBD oil starts with growing hemp plants. It may go through many processes before it gets sealed in a bottle.
Each process along the way can fundamentally change the color of the CBD oil.
Let's take a look at the two occasions that one may check the CBD oil color.
STAGE 01- CBD oil color after extraction and filtering only:
The way we get CBD is by extracted it from hemp plants. There are various extraction methods, some better than others, which I'll go deeper into in a later blog. After extraction, there may be addition filtering processes, depending on what type of CBD you desire for the final product.
Each of these processes will affect the CBD oil color.
At this stage, only the manufacturer will be able to see the color of the oil. That's why it is so important to know where the manufacturing of your CBD takes place and who manufactures it. For example, many Amazon sellers claim to sell CBD "Made in USA," but that was actually imported from China with no lab testing for pesticides or heavy metals. One buyer on Amazon posted a picture of the hemp oil he purchased, which claimed to be "Made in USA" with a customs and border protection inspection tape on it.
The CBD oil color at this stage will indicate the filtration process that the product has undergone. The oil’s color will give an idea of its filtration processing.
Here are a few of the filtration processes that CBD oil may go through and how it affects the color of the oil:
Just as the name suggests, this type of CBD oil is direct from the hemp plants. After extraction, there is no more processing, and the CBD does not get filtered. The color of raw CBD oil can range from being green to being dark as a result of it containing raw materials from the plant, and also chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is green pigments found in plants. It is vital to allow plants to absorb energy from light. From the extraction process, if not extracted properly, the raw oils are likely to get contaminated with impurities.
When the CBD oils are said to be decarboxylated, it means that they will be more active in the body after being used. "Decarboxylation" means that the oil will be treated with heat to change the chemical properties and ensure that the oils are “turned on.” This heat treatment helps improve the potency and efficacy of the oil. It makes it easier for the oils to affect the body after being used. Brown is the color of the decarboxylated oil, but it can also be darker in color.
Filtered CBD oil:
This type of CBD oil is more expensive than the rest but not from all manufacturers. These types of oils have undergone much processing. The process starts with the oil being decarboxylated and then undergoes further filtering to remove chemicals and plant materials. After these processes, the color of the oil changes to become golden. The quality of the filtered oil is highest while compared to others, such as raw and decarboxylated oils.
Let's summarize STAGE 01 by color:
White CBD Oil: There is no genuinely white CBD oil. There are, however, noticeably bright yellows and golds that have undergone extensive filtration and decarboxylation. However, there is a process that extracts CBD from the plant material and further refines it into a white powder, which is often used in edibles. Also, pure CBD forms a white powder, which is referred to as CBD isolate.
Green CBD Oil: Green CBD oil contains chlorophyll, which is what gives the plant its green coloration. This CBD oil is considered raw and has never undergone filtration.
Brown CBD Oil: Brownish CBD oil has been decarboxylated to activate the CBD (and THC for products with THC). However, it has not experienced further filtration, so it is still robust in flavonoids and plant material.
Gold/Yellow CBD Oil: Premium filtered CBD oil is golden or yellow. All the plant’s material and chlorophyll have been removed.
STAGE 02: bottled CBD oil color, after adding carrier oils and\or additional ingredients
Pretty much all CBD oils are made by diluting CBD extract into a carrier oil. Therefore the carrier oil can affect the CBD oil color.
Carrier oils are a necessary ingredient of CBD oil to make them easily consumable. The type and color of the carrier oil used will impact the color of the finished product.
Additional ingredients are also a factor in oil color change. Adding a little chocolate flavor will naturally give the oil a darker color.
What are Carrier Oils in the CBD Oil Making Process?
The body can't use CBD isolate, as it is bioavailable. It must be in the presence of fat for the body to utilize. When ingested, the carrier oil binds with the fat molecules in your system. Also, CBD is far more natural to measure out when mixed with oil.
A variety of carrier oils are used to mix with CBD.
Hemp seed: This oil is one of the best oils to use with CBD because it is already a natural component of the plant. When combining hemp seed oil with CBD, you have created a whole plant experience, which is very favorable. Pure hemp seed oil is typically dark golden colored with a hint of green.
MCT Coconut Derived Oil: MCT Coconut oil makes a fantastic carrier oil because it has little or no flavor. It is also very thin, compared to other oils, so you can easily measure the oil. The oil is a natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial substance. MCT Coconut oil is rich in saturated fats, particularly medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), in which the body has no problem absorbing. Pure MCT oil will be nearly completely colorless and transparent.
Olive Oil: Olive oil is very thick, which most people do not like when measuring dosages. Also, the oil contains larger fat molecules, which reduce the amount of CBD that your body can use. Pure olive oil is typically dark golden colored with a hint of green.
Grape-seed Oil: The thin consistency of grape-seed oil and its polyunsaturated fats makes it a less than ideal carrier oil for CBD.
How to Spot Fake CBD Oil Color?
Yes, fake CBD oil does exist, and it poses a severe health hazard. In 2018, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) reported that 52 people in Utah got sick from taking fake CBD oil fashioned from a toxic synthetic – and 31 of these folks ended up in the emergency room!
Color won't tell you all, but here are some things it can say to you.
Spot Fake CBD by Color?
Sadly, no measure of caution or restrictions can eliminate all fake CBD sellers. There will always be those who get through the cracks. But knowing what to look for can help us weed them out from the honest CBD sellers who put tears and sweat to bring you a high-quality product.
Many will say to look out for price, extraction methods, label content. Still, these things are easily manipulated as a seller of fake CBD can write whatever he wants. So my suggestions include looking for things that are missing or wrong, things that are much less likely to be manipulated.
CBD oil color can change by the time it reaches your bottle. CBD oil can range from nearly clear, to golden, to almost black, and all are normal. Several factors determine the color of CBD, such as the type of extract used, the method of extraction used, the carrier oil itself, and even added ingredients such as flavoring.
The color can range from batch to batch, even within the same brand. If you notice significant differences, or other considerable changes in smell, taste or texture, we’d recommend contacting the company directly to see if anything has changed with their products.
Don’t consume CBD oil if you’re unsure about the color, and be sure to read the label and check third party lab reports so that you’re familiar with your CBD product.
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Dr. Doni Zivotofsky
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Doni Zivotofsky is a mixed animal veterinarian living now in Ma'ale Adumim, Israel. His patients range from dogs & cats to birds and camels.