As cannabis-based medicinal products become increasingly accepted as legitimate treatment options for common health problems, the science and technology behind them continues to evolve. This expansion of understanding and capability is highlighted by the growth of the CBD product market in recent years.
Short for cannabidiol, CBD is one of the dozens of compounds found in the cannabis plant. Referred to as cannabinoids, the list includes tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound responsible for the psychoactive reaction popularly attributed to consuming cannabis.
Unlike THC, CBD is non-psychoactive and can, therefore, be consumed in a broader range of settings and circumstances. Used to treat a variety of chronic problems including joint inflammation and anxiety, it’s also not uncommon for people to use CBD for sleep as well as unwinding after a workout. These and other reported benefits of consuming CBD have ignited an industry aimed at providing people with high-quality products infused with the cannabinoid.
Given the relatively recent arrival of the CBD industry, we felt it’d be worth it to take a quick look at the infrastructure and talent pool present at your typical high-quality CBD production facility. The following is a breakdown of the science and technology behind the manufacturing of products containing CBD:
The science behind top of the line CBD products starts with the ingredients themselves. Cannabis plants selected for production are scientifically engineered for optimum concentrations of cannabidiol. This ensures the final product is 100% pure. It also guarantees the final product doesn’t contain THC.
A laboratory manufacturing high-quality CBD products will be cGMP certified to ensure lawful standards are being met. This lab will be state-of-the-art in terms of its ability to test, process, and refine the products being manufactured on a daily basis.
Overseeing the production of CBD-infused products will be a licensed Chief Science Officer with a background in chemistry and biology. This individual will be running systems analysis and scrutinizing ingredient quality to optimize the nutritional output of the products being manufactured.
In order to eliminate bias and guarantee quality, a CBD production facility will send samples to third-party labs to be analyzed. This extra step is the equivalent of the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval for CBD products, as it ensures the consumer is getting actual CBD oil, not snake oil.
Thanks to recent legislation passed by the United States Congress and signed into law by President Trump, hemp production is once again legal in the U.S. This means manufacturers will have access to more varieties of the cannabis plant best suited for CBD production.
Such an uptick in research and development demands will likely drive existing CBD product makers to invest in business growth. This trajectory will include the introduction of more advanced testing and production equipment, as well as more precise computer analysis software used in the lab. What’s more, it will mean having to hire more and more skilled scientists to take on the duties of further improving CBD product quality.
With the way in which the CBD industry is expanding, it’s anyone’s guess where it will be in ten years time. Will we be seeing CBD product commercials on television by then? Stay tuned to find out. In the meantime, consider the science and technology behind CBD production to be a good sign of things to come.
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