Synthetic CBD Is Coming…
Commercial innovation has contributed hugely to the development and acceptance of wellbeing-enhancing cannabis products. But is a line about to be crossed? Synthetic CBD is here and will be used for many products in high street shops. But what exactly is it? And is it a welcomed arrival?
What is synthetic CBD?
Synthetic CBD is molecularly identical to standard hemp-derived cannabidiol. However, the way in which it is produced is completely different.
Natural CBD is extracted from real Cannabis plants, normally through CO2 or ethanol extraction. This results in a crude extract that can either be used as it is or further refined using distillation or winterization. Once enough refining has been done, CBD Isolate is all that remains of the plant
Synthetic CBD, however, does not use any cannabis plants at all and relies on chemistry to produce isolated cannabidiol.
Most synthetic CBD is made by chemically engineering yeast. A complex chemical alteration is made which allows yeast to produce CBGa – commonly known as the mother of all Cannabinoids. CBGa can then be exposed to heat and light in order to convert it into CBG, THC & CBD.
As synthetic CBD skips the entire growing, harvesting, and extraction process, it is touted as a more environmentally friendly alternative to standard CBD Isolate. It also eliminates the chances of heavy metals or pesticides ending up in the final product.
Is synthetic the way forward?
Among those who have a passion for natural health, the word ‘synthetic’ instantly rings alarm bells.
But not all synthetic ingredients are necessarily bad. Indeed, synthetic CBD does solve a few problems that can be associated with traditional production methods.
However, we believe that synthetic is not the road that the cannabis industry should be taking.
CBD is just one of hundreds of compounds that are present in Hemp, and in its isolated form, it isn’t as effective. Full-spectrum Cannabidiol products, containing the plant’s full range of compounds are known to deliver the best results.
This is because the compounds within natural products have synergistic relationships, which can both produce more potent effects and balance out any potential negative effects.
Furthermore, the Hemp plant has over 25,000 end uses, from building materials to batteries. So the fiber of the plant that is grown for cannabinoids can be used for other environmentally-friendly products.
If we were to calculate the environmental benefits of growing hemp, including all of its end uses, they would probably far outweigh any benefit from producing CBD synthetically
Finally, as long as Hemp is organically grown with care, and tested properly, there is no need to worry about elevated levels of heavy metals and pesticides in the end product.
A transparency issue
One of our main qualms about synthetic CBD is that, under current rules, companies will not need to state whether a product contains natural or synthetic CBD.
We have already witnessed certain larger companies taking advantage of consumers by selling ‘CBD products’ containing next to no CBD.
These practices are not only unethical, but they will give cannabinoids a bad name as consumers may not get the benefits they were looking for.
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