ABOUT CBD EXTRACT
With countless CBD oil and CBD extract products on the market, it’s easy to get confused by the contents and potential benefits of each. At Highland Pharms, we offer raw CBD extract as it’s believed to be the most natural and pure form available. The term raw in this context indicates that neither chemicals, like solvents or alcohols, nor heat have been used in the CBD extraction and manufacturing process. This is significant, as distillation is one of the most common methods used to change the chemical nature of CBD, but it has a major impact on the final product.
In its raw state, CBD extract contains over 100 cannabinoids and approximately 400 trace compounds—roughly 200 of which are terpenes. Many of these have been studied for their natural effects on receptors in the endocannabinoid system. But when heat or solvents are applied, the entire chemical make-up of the extract is altered and many of the trace compounds found naturally within the extract may be damaged or destroyed. On the contrary, extracting CBD from the hemp plant using the CO2 extraction method ensures the derivative remains organic—exactly the way nature intended it to be.
It’s worth noting that sometimes, this extraction method is done to intentionally remove certain chemical compounds, namely THC, from the final product. THC is the psychoactive chemical that can cause mind-altering side effects, such as euphoria and cognitive impairment.
CBDA, or cannabidiolic acid, is one of three raw precursors to CBD (the other two being CBCA and THCA). It’s thought to have its own unique benefits that CBD does not. While studies are still in their infancy, early research indicates it may have powerful anti-nausea and anti-anxiety effects. (1)
Harnessing the potency of raw CBD extract and maximizing its potential effects is becoming an increasingly popular trend in the scientific community. Historically, cannabidiol has been the focus of most clinical and medical research, thanks to its broad potential therapeutic and wellness benefits. However, it’s believed that when CBDA and CBD work together, they may amplify each other’s effects. Researchers are continuing to explore how CBDA could be used in combination with CBD oil for increased health benefits. (1) (2) (3)
More scientific evidence is needed to substantiate these theories, and further studies must be conducted on humans to test for consistency in results. Even still, initial findings are encouraging and have generated heightened interest about the ways in which raw cannabinoid precursor compounds could be used in high-quality products containing pure CBD. We offer raw CBD and full-spectrum extracts as many customers prefer organic purity, and believe it to be superior to the more processed and synthesized versions.
Products derived using heat extraction methods may have still many beneficial compounds, but their potency and quantity have likely been diminished or stripped away by solvents and ethanol.
BENEFITS TO BOTH KINDS OF EXTRACT
It’s important to note that other types of CBD extract may still have great benefits. Raw CBDA extract that’s heated often transforms into CBD and contains many other cannabinoids. It’s also used to make most of our other products, from CBD drops to gummies, vape oils, and capsules.
We offer CBD extract in either 1g or 10g syringes, or, in 5g, 10g or 30g jars. Some people prefer syringes for easy, mess-free application, while others find jars more convenient. Either way, the quality of the CBD is the same.
Disclaimer: The information below is based on our independent research. While our team does everything in their power to provide accurate and current information from credible state-run websites and resources, we are not lawyers or legal experts. As such, none of the following information should be interpreted as legal advice. Content on these pages is provided for informational purposes only and those with legal concerns should consult experts within their state, such as the FDA.
- “CBDA Vs CBD: What Are the Differences?”, Source: https://www.analyticalcannabis.com/articles/cbda-vs-cbd-what-are-the-differences-312019
- “What is CBDA (Cannabidiolic Acid)?”, Source: https://www.cnbs.org/cannabinoids/cbda-cannabidiolic-acid/
- “Effect of low doses of cannabidiolic acid and ondansetron on LiCl-induced conditioned gaping (a model of nausea-induced behaviour) in rats,” Source: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23488964/
- “FDA Regulation of Cannabis and Cannabis-Derived Products, Including Cannabidiol (CBD)”, Source: https://www.fda.gov/news-events/public-health-focus/fda-regulation-cannabis-and-cannabis-derived-products-including-cannabidiol-cbd
CBD Extract FAQs
Will CBD extract help my condition?
The FDA doesn't permit claims that CBD products will relieve or heal any medical conditions, aside from Epidiolex, a prescription CBD solution legal for the treatment of two types of epilepsy— Dravet syndrome and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. However, our loyal customer base experience a diverse range of medical conditions, including arthritis, fibromyalgia, migraines, PTSD, insomnia, anxiety, epilepsy, ADHD, IBS, autism, diabetes, psoriasis, and more. Some believe CBD products have helped to alleviate symptoms of their conditions, while others report no relief.
It can take some trial and error to discover your ideal dosage and product. The only way to know whether CBD extract is right for you is to experience it for yourself.
Prior to adding a new substance or supplement to your daily regimen, it’s best to consult with your regular physician.
What dosage of CBD extract should I take?
There is no definitive answer to this, as results are contingent on each person’s unique body composition. This detailed FAQ page goes into more specifics regarding CBD products and doses for different body types. We recommend you read ALL the information available on our website prior to making a purchase. Ultimately, most find that trial and error is needed to find the ideal amount to take.
Once you’ve determined how many milligrams of CBD you wish to try, calculate the number of servings per package by dividing the total milligrams in a product by the milligrams you want per serving. The most affordable cost per serving is available from packages with greater amounts of servings.
Once you know how many milligrams of CBD you’ll want to take per serving, you can simply divide the total number of milligrams in any of the extract packages by the number of milligrams you want to take per serving to determine the total number of servings you’ll get per package. And, in all cases, the better value (cost per serving) will be achieved by using the packages that have the higher number of servings.
How often should I take CBD extract?
Much like dosage, the frequency in which to take CBD extract differs from person to person. We typically suggest starting with a twice-daily dosage—once in the morning and once in the evening—then adjusting after a few days to whatever schedule works for you.
Does CBD extract work better than other forms, like capsules, drops, and vape liquids?
All Highland Pharms CBD products utilize the same organic hemp extract—a full spectrum substance that contains CBD, along with countless other naturally occurring cannabinoids and phytonutrients in plant material that are often absent in CBD isolate form. Since all our products contain the same high-quality main ingredient, most people find similar results across the varying forms. However, as everyone’s physiology is unique, individual experiences may differ in terms of expected results and possible side effects.
Is CBD extract legal where I live?
With the 2018 signing of the Farm Bill, hemp and any of its derivatives from the cannabis plant containing less than 0.3% THC on a dry-weight basis are now legal under U.S. federal law. As we utilize extracts from organic hemp, ensuring THC levels below 0.3%, and abide by all other applicable laws, Highland Pharms CBD products are legal for sale across the United States and in many countries around the world. (4)
Prior to purchase, we advise you to check your individual state and/or country’s CBD regulations.
Can I take CBD Extract with my other prescriptions?
Before adding any new supplement to your medicinal regimen, we recommend you meet with your regular physician to mitigate any risk of unintentional interference with other prescribed medications you may be taking. You should also consult a doctor if you experience any unusual or negative side effects.
Does CBD taste good?
CBD certainly has an acquired taste; many find it unappealing, however it’s not designed nor marketed for its flavor. If taste is important to you, consider non-ingestible products, baked edibles, tinctures or flavored gummies.
Is Highland Pharms CBD extract made with CBD isolate or whole plant extract?
All our CBD extracts are made with pure whole plant extract (or full-spectrum CBD), meaning that along with CBD, they also contain all the cannabinoids (excluding THC) and phytonutrients found naturally in the plant. The oil extraction process used keeps all of the natural chemical compounds intact.