CBD - Decarboxylated or Raw?
Decarboxylated CBD Products
Without getting too technical, decarboxylation is a process of heating chemical compounds to transform its chemical makeup, which has its own distinctive benefits.
Decarboxylated CBD Products are made with the whole hemp plant containing both CBD and CBDa. CBDa is CBD's acid precursor, which is found in high amounts in the raw cannabis or hemp plants (and contain only small amounts of CBD)—is heated, and turns it into CBD. This means that your decarboxylated (heated) products will have a majority of CBD compound in it.
These are extracted using CO2 without any chemicals. The raw hemp material is then filtered and gently heated for the CBDa to transform into CBD. This keeps all the most important active molecules in the plant intact.
RAW CBD Products
A RAW CBD hemp product differs from their decarboxylated cousin because it is made with very little to no heat at all, keeping a majority of the CBDa intact. Many people like the idea of RAW CBD hemp products because CBDa has been noted to have its own benefits in a variety of health issues; ranging from anxiety to nausea, inflammation and much more.
Products are still extracted in the same way as hemp oil drops, however they aren’t subject to any heat during production, so the CBDa that has not been naturally decarboxylated by the sun and drying process is left intact, and is another cannabinoid which is also thought to have positive effects on other non-endocannabinoid receptors and enzymes. Raw CBD hemp oil maintains the fullest possible spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids from the original plant — all preserved as no heat has been applied.
Author: Vicky Collier
- Juno Wellness