Is CBD Oil Vegan? What About CBD-Based Products?
CBD is the new trending craze which has is hitting shelves in massive waves across the country. Even large pharmacies like as CVS and Walgreens sell CBD oil nationwide!
It seems everyone now is looking to use, purchase, or investing into CBD!
But what is CBD exactly?
CBD stands for cannabidiol, it is one of the many cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant.
Cannabinoids are natural chemical compounds which are found in the resin of the cannabis plant. Other than CBD, the other most popular cannabinoid found in the plant is THC.
The difference between CBD and THC?
THC will get you high and CBD won’t get you high at all.
Some CBD does have very small amounts of THC in it, less than 0.3% THC, but don’t worry. This amount is so negligible, and still won’t get you high or show up on drug tests.
Why is CBD so popular?
CBD is known for its incredible healing effects and its ability to treat certain ailment! Just give it a try and you’ll notice a difference too.
Here is the list of ailments that CBD treats!
- Pain and Inflammation
It also promotes heart health and has been shown to protect and fight against certain types of cancer!
Is CBD Oil Vegan?
Yes, CBD oil itself is vegan.
The oil is a byproduct of the cannabis plant, the same way avocado oil is a byproduct of avocados and olive oil is a byproduct of olives.
Nothing in CBD oil contains animal flesh or animal byproduct.
What about the other ingredients in CBD oil?
Some CBD oils will have different ingredients mixed in for flavoring or adding additional health benefits.
For example, some CBD oils will have coconut oil to help with absorption. CBD oil dissolves better when combined with higher lipid oil content. This increases the efficiency and effect of the oil, giving you better results.
Generally, all these ingredients are vegan!
How Is CBD Made?
CBD oil is extracted from hemp or marijuana, both of which are subspecies of the cannabis plant.
But generally, hemp is the main plant produced for CBD extraction…
When hemp is harvested, the plants will be hung upside down and left to dry. The flowers of the plant will be cut away, usually by hand.
From here, there are multiple different ways to extract the CBD into an oil form, but the two most common are:
- CO2 Extraction
- Alcohol Extraction
CO2 extraction works by forcing CO2 gas at a perfect temperature and pressure through the plant material. The CO2 gas will separate the oil from the plant itself.
Alcohol extraction works by soaking the plant in alcohol, using ethanol. After soaking for a little bit, the ethanol will pull out the oil into a solvent. The solvent is heated up to evaporate the remaining unwanted materials, leaving you with the remaining CBD oil!
After creating the CBD oil, companies or individuals will add flavoring and other ingredients to improve the taste and absorption process.
Some companies will skip this process completely and you’re left with 100% pure CBD oil.
Are CBD Products Vegan?
We know that CBD oil itself is vegan, but what about all the other different forms of CBD out there?
After all, most people choose to take CBD in forms such as:
- Edibles and Gummies
- Skin Patches
Regular non-CBD gummy candies are usually not vegan. They contain an ingredient called “gelatin” which is a makeup of leftover animal products like bones and cartilage… EW!
Lucky for you, most of the CBD gummies and edibles I looked at online were vegan. I actually had a hard time finding non-vegan CBD gummies!
I did find some CBD edibles that were not vegan. They were made from milk chocolate. Again, each company and brand will have different forms of edibles and food that may not be vegan, so do your research.
As for the other forms of taking CBD, they are all vegan.
Vaping or smoking CBD is vegan.
Skin patches are 100% vegan, as well as capsules.
The only remaining product that’s up for debate are topicals like lotion and cream.
While the ingredients may be vegan, that doesn’t necessarily mean they are cruelty-free. Just like shampoos which contain no animal-based ingredients, they are still tested on animals like rabbits and mice.
When looking for products, always look for a “cruelty-free” mark on the label or packaging. This will help assure you that the products are not tested on animals.
Now, for CBD products, I highly doubt any of the lotions and creams are tested on animals, but it is possible.
Just to be sure always check before you purchase! Don’t be afraid to call or email the company to verify if their CBD products are vegan and cruelty-free.
Check The Ingredients Label
Like anything else you purchase, always check the ingredients label.
The ingredients label will determine if a product is vegan or not.
Companies are required by law to list all the ingredients in their products!
If you don’t know what an ingredient is, or if it’s vegan, just look it up!