Raw, Decarboxylated, or Filtered Hemp Oil: Which One Should You Use?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is an active component in cannabis and, along with THC, takes prevalence over the 100+ cannabinoids in the plant. The importance placed on CBD is due in large part to the effects of consumption. Even with research in the beginning stages, the published benefits of CBD have been numerous.

Our hemp oil concentrates are raw hemp oil, meaning the oil is extracted directly from the plant and contains no additives. These best-selling concentrates are available in three versions: green, blue, and gold. Each version is a variation of hemp oil.

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In this blog, we will explain each version in greater detail. By explaining each version, we will also clarify various topics surrounding hemp oil, including the difference between CBD and CBDa, the entourage effect, and the process of decarboxylation. Let’s use these concentrates as a guide to hemp oil.

Green Label: The Difference Between CBD and CBDa

With the emphasis that is placed on CBD, it is surprising to find that CBD does not occur in high concentrations in cannabis. The raw form of CBD, called CBDa, however, is predominant in the plant. CBDa, or cannabidiolic acid, is the acidic precursor to CBD. Put simply, CBD begins as CBDa and, in the natural state, there is more CBDa in cannabis than CBD. Like CBD, CBDa is non-psychoactive and will not get you high.

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With CBD in the research spotlight, information on CBDa is lesser known. In the past, CBDa was seen as being inactive. Researchers are just now uncovering the possible benefits of CBDa.

The green label, also known as the raw label, is CBD oil in the rawest form. The oil is extracted from the plant using the CO2 method and is then packaged; the oil is unaltered in any way. The green label contains all components of the hemp plant, including cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytonutrients. For this reason, the green label is called full-spectrum.

Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil and the Entourage Effect

Previously, it was thought that the sole benefit of hemp came from cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. However, researchers are now finding that components of the hemp plant work together to produce an effect greater than cannabinoids alone. This is known as the entourage effect.

The green label appeals to those who are interested in the benefits of whole plant consumption, such as the entourage effect. With the green label, you are consuming hemp oil as nature intended.

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Blue Label: The Process of Decarboxylation

CBDa turns to CBD through a process called decarboxylation. Decarboxylation is a chemical reaction activated by heat. (Time can also activate decarboxylation; however, heat is a preferred method.) In the process of decarboxylation, a carboxyl group (-COOH) is removed and carbon dioxide is released. In less scientific terms, heat turns CBDa into CBD.

To create the blue label, raw hemp oil [green label] is heated to convert the CBDa. This process converts much of the CBDa to CBD while maintaining a level of phytonutrients. The blue label is ideal for those interested in the benefits of a whole plant extract but are less concerned with consuming CBDa.

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Gold Label: The Benefit of CBD

To create the gold label, decarboxylated hemp oil [blue label] is filtered to remove all plant parts. By removing all other plant components, the hemp oil has a higher concentration of CBD (about 25% rather than around 15%).

The gold label has the highest CBD concentration; however, this version does not benefit from the entourage effect. Without any plant components, the gold label is suited for those who are solely interested in the benefits of CBD.

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By explaining the different versions of hemp oil, we begin to understand more about the components of hemp oil and how they interact. When choosing a hemp oil concentrate, it is helpful to first decide which part of the hemp plant you find to be the most beneficial. Each version has its advantage.

Do you have any additional questions about hemp oil concentrates? What is your experience with this product? Leave a comment below!

8 replies on “Raw, Decarboxylated, or Filtered Hemp Oil: Which One Should You Use?

  • Brid Martin

    Great information but I am confused . I just started taking a 10% CBD in Olive Oil as I was ignorant of information. Now I will get a CBD IN HEMP OIL, But the products I have researched in stores do not tell us if they are gold or green or blue label, I am a cancer patient and want to continue taking it but honestly I am ignorant of product relaibility ? I am delighted with the information I have just read , I realise the medical professionals have not endorsed the product to date , however I will continue to take it but wish I knew a brand name that I could rely on.

    • Cherie S.

      Hi Brid,
      We can understand the confusion! This blog refers to our hemp oil concentrates specifically. Not all brands will label hemp oil concentrates as blue, green, or gold. From the information you have provided, it sounds like you are taking a tincture, which is different than a hemp oil concentrate. With a tincture, CBD oil is often combined with other oils, such as olive oil. Whether you take a hemp oil concentrate or a tincture is of personal preference. It sounds like you are doing a great job of educating yourself and we’re more than happy to answer any additional questions!

  • Robert L. Risser

    I have only started with your Hemp Oil Extract Drops, with the intention of relief, in time, of my lower back
    aches and pain. Has this product been proven by user’s to help when used as directed and when should
    I feel any appreciative results ??

    • Cherie S.

      Hi Robert,
      Yes, when used as directed, our customers have found hemp oil to be beneficial. It takes about two weeks for your body to adjust to a new supplement, so we recommend two weeks of consistent usage.

    • Cherie S.

      Hi Darlene,
      All of the products on our site are non-intoxicating and will not get you high. The serving size for our hemp oil concentrates (which we discuss in this blog) is the size of a grain of rice. Serving sizes can vary, however, and it may take a bit of trial for you to discover the proper amount for you.

    • Cherie S.

      Hi Bernadette,
      Since we are not doctors, we cannot prescribe a product for a specific condition. If you’d like to give our customer service team a call, they can help you choose a product that fits your mother’s preferences including method and taste. I hope this helps!

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