According to the dictionary, hybrid means “the offspring of two plants or animals of different species or varieties.”
Most strains of CBD oil today are hybrids (bred from different strains of cannabis such as Sativa and Indica) to produce certain effects and characteristics. They can be either Sativa dominant or Indica dominant or an even split between the two. Hybrids have become very popular.
I recently ordered a bottle of Yellow Spectrum CBD Oil (I have my Medical Marijuana license) from a company I have been dealing with for over a year. I happened to look at the bottle and noticed the word ‘Hybrid’ and it had me wondering just how long I had been using a hybrid CBD oil, what did it mean, and was I getting quality CBD.
Hybrid CBD Oil
The Yellow oil I bought is made from a strain of cannabis where CBD is much higher (20.0 mg/ml) than THC (in fact there is little THC – 1.00 mg/ml). It is made from a hybrid strain. As mentioned earlier, a hybrid is a mix of Indica or Sativa strains and most strains of cannabis are a hybrid of the two and not one or the other.
Medicine produced from Indica plants have higher CBD and lower THC amounts while medicine produced from Sativa plants have lower CBD and higher THC amounts.
Still being curious, I also noticed the word ‘Potential.’
Licensed producers are now required to report both actual and potential potencies on product labels. The figures quoted above represent the total amount of THC and CBD that is activated once the cannabis has been decarboxylated (a chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group and releases carbon dioxide (CO2) – in other words, heating cannabis at a low temperature to convert the inactive cannabinoid THCA into active THC).
So now that I know what hybrid CBD Oil means, I am quite comfortable in the knowledge that I am getting quality stuff!
Purchasing Quality CBD Oil
A more important concern, to my mind, is not the fact that it is a hybrid but how do I recognize a good quality hybrid CBD Oil? There are several things you should know or check out:
(1) Is it legal?
Unless you live in an area where recreational or medical marijuana is legal (for example, both medical and recreational are now legal in Canada), this is important to know. Otherwise, CBD products need to contain less than 0.3% THC (or the amount legal in your area).
Note: This article about legality in the States was written in October 2018 and has not been updated.
Conclusion – Check out the legality of CBD oil in your particular area of residence.
(2) How is CBD Oil Made?
Extraction methods vary with some companies choosing cheap methods and selling their products at crazy low prices. The best method to produce the highest yield amount of cannabinoids is the ethanol process which removes unwanted toxins from the plant. It is also considered safe.
The C02 Extraction method is a process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull active compounds found in the plant, providing a full spectrum pure product but even though it is the safest, the equipment is very expensive.
Conclusion – Before purchasing, ask how the CBD oil is made. If it is not mentioned on their website, then see if they offer customer service.
(3) Where Does the CBD Come From?
Was it grown in rich soil or soil contaminated by other products such as heavy metals? Is it free of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers? In the US farmers are required to get certification from state departments of agriculture.
Conclusion – Although this information may be hard to obtain, check the vendor’s website or manufacturer’s or ask their service or support person for this information.
(4) Is it Full Spectrum?
The CBD should not only contain Cannabinol but also all compounds found naturally occurring in the plant as well as terpenes, flavonoids and other cannabinoids all working together in a therapeutic way.
Conclusion – Check the labels for the term ‘Full Spectrum’ or ‘Whole Plant.’
(5) Are There 3rd Party Lab Results?
If you are buying from a reputable company, this information should be stated on their website; if not, check with customer service or support. Third parties are laboratories that have no interest or connections with the brand they are testing.
Conclusion – This information should be readily available and it is within your rights to ask for this if you don’t see it on a website and/or in the packaging of the products sent to you.
(6) Are You Dealing with a Reputable Company?
While this won’t guarantee you are getting the best, it is a form of metrics. Find out what others are saying. Are there a lot of complaints or praises?
Conclusion – A company’s reputation is important. Go online to see if there are any market reviews on their CBD oil; do they have a social media presence and is it good or bad? Check with friends to see if any of them are using the company.
(7) Has the Company Made Unrealistic Claims?
Making health claims is illegal. The FDA is cracking down on health claims. A personal testimonial is one thing but a company has to be careful of what they are claiming.
Conclusion – Be wary of companies that are blatantly telling you or claiming on their websites that CBD can cure diseases such as cancer.
I am quite confident that I am getting a quality CBD Oil Hybrid from my company. My own personal testimonial is that when I take it consistently, I have a great night’s sleep. Keeping in mind that the information provided above is to help you find good quality CBD oil, you must also be wary of CBD oil that is ridiculously cheap, or of unfounded claims that it will cure everything. Unfortunately, there are many unscrupulous people willing to take your money.
Any statements or claims about the possible health benefits conferred by any CBD or Marijuana products have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.
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