Want to learn more about what CBD and colour means and why our CBII CBD oil is dark green instead of gold?
For example, a very fine filtration may remove some of the plant matter and therefore may alter the colour – i.e. to appear lighter. Filtering a CO² extract would probably not have the same effect.
At a glance
In order to understand why an oil is a certain colour, we need to look at what’s inside it after it’s been extracted. To simplify what we’ll be discussing below, here’s a little refresher on the difference between full spectrum CBD vs CBD isolate:
In its natural state, the Cannabis sativa L. plant matter contains chlorophyll which makes the plant appear green. Generally, with supercritical CO² extraction, the chlorophyll is removed which is why it no longer contains the natural green CBD oil colour. It tends to be more of a golden colour.
As we’ve mentioned above, in its natural state, the Cannabis sativa L. plant matter contains chlorophyll so with less filtering, the colour will be green like the plant. If it has been filtered to remove the phytocomplex, the oil may appear more golden coloured.
Using visual cues to discern information about the health and status of plants has long been a trick of the trade for botanists, but you don’t need a Ph.D. to pick up on a couple really important things just by looking at CBD oil. As a kid, you probably heard that you could determine the age of a split tree by counting its rings (Side note: Please don’t cut down any trees to test this out. It works, which is cool—but the tree will die, which is not). From color to consistency, visual cues can tell you a lot about CBD oil, and today we’ll run down a few of the most popular variations.
CBD oils with colors that you see in shades of brown are usually those that have been decarboxylated. Similar to the entourage effect, the process of decarboxylation can maximize the impact of the CBD, but this time by heating it. Large-scale manufacturers will do this through the use of high-tech CO2 equipment, but as we mentioned in our piece on how to make CBD oil at home, you can also do this yourself by baking finely ground hemp in the oven.
Color of CBD oil: Dark green
Believe it or not, there’s actually an oil that is even more filtered than filtered CBD, and it’s called CBD isolate. This is the purest form of CBD you can find because manufacturers will remove all other compounds and terpenes. If you read the section on raw CBD, you might be wondering why anyone would want to use CBD isolate since they wouldn’t benefit from the entourage effect. It’s a fair question. One positive to removing all other compounds except CBD is that the user can feel confident that they won’t receive exposure to THC.
When it comes to consistency, to say raw oil is sticky would be an understatement. It’s a thick, viscous substance that differs greatly from the silky-smooth feeling most people expect from an oil.
The heat not only makes the CBD more potent, but it’s thought to improve the efficacy of both the mixing process with a carrier oil and the oil’s impact on our bodies.