Why is CBD So Expensive?

Why is CBD So Expensive?

When this article was first written in 2018, CBD and CBD oils were a fairly new product. “Snake oil” salesmen were flooding the market with bad oils and charging astronomical prices. Luckily, companies like ours were able to save the CBD market, and prices leveled out. However, those price tags still vary depending on factors such as process, purity, product, and production.

Extracting CBD in its purest form is a process. It isn’t magic. Furthermore, with the continuous research that needs to be done to make sure we formulate the best products, CBD oil vendors have to compensate for the price of that as well. This is all in the best effort to provide the purest products.

But what allowed CBD to prevail after the initial rush of poor products and thieves trying to steal the market? The product itself; CBD works. When production is done well and with integrity, you get products like Intrinsic Hemp and other great vendors that believe in quality over quantity and provide that quantity. They are not shaken by crooks with slick tounges.

CBD will and has pushed past the poor publicity because, and science has shown, it may be able to replace hard drugs and help with a plethora of ailments — and to us, that is the magic.

What are CBD and CBD Oil?

To know why CBD oil costs as much as it does, it’s important to understand what it is. CBD is one of more than one hundred cannabinoids found in cannabis. Unlike THC, CBD does not cause a high. It actually has very few side effects. There has also never been any fatal CBD overdose reported.

CBD is 50-state legal, whereas THC has many restrictions in most states throughout the US. This is because most CBD is derived from hemp rather than marijuana. While these two plants both belong to the cannabis family and they have many similarities, they don’t have quite the same chemical makeups. Marijuana contains high amounts of THC—up to 30%—and legal hemp cannot contain more than .3% THC.

Not all CBD Oil is Created Equal

CBD oil can greatly vary in potency and purity. Many of the top companies promise an extremely pure product which they believe merits especially high prices. Don’t be fooled; some brands charge high prices not because of a superior product, but because of superior marketing.

It’s essential that you check the purity to ensure that you are paying for a high-quality product and not a well-funded marketing campaign. Some may charge twice as much as a product that is just as good. A good oil will contain between 200 and 2000 milligrams of CBD.

Extraction processes

There are two primary CBD extraction processes used in creating CBD oil products.

The first is the ethanol extraction process which uses alcohol to strip CBD oil from the hemp plant. In this process, ethanol is added to hemp, then the mixture is strained and distilled until there’s no more ethanol remaining.

This process is actually pretty simple and inexpensive, but it is often known to create a CBD oil that is not quite as potent as oils made with other extraction processes. Moreover, this process can be used to make large batches. For these reasons, CBD oils extracted with ethanol tend to be less expensive.

The second CBD extraction process is called a CO2 extraction. This process is done with expensive machinery in a much more controlled environment. Pressurized carbon dioxide is used to pull the oil from the hemp. Using this process, CBD oil batches tend to stay small. However, the CO2 extraction method is known for producing very high-quality and potent CBD oil. This often makes CO2-extracted oils more costly.

Hemp Matters

As with marijuana plants, hemp growers create strains for desired chemical makeup. Hemp used for CBD oil extractions should contain particularly high amounts of CBD. Otherwise, the product won’t have much of an effect on consumers. It’s important to check the potency since some hemp oil products contain little or no CBD. If a product does not specify the potency, you should use caution. In some cases, a product that may contain only trace amounts of CBD can be considered “CBD oil.”

Quality and Additives

Low-quality products can contain all sorts of chemicals that you don’t want in your body. This could be due to a poor quality extraction process, subpar hemp, unsanitary production environments, or a mixture of all of the above. Regardless of price, all CBD products should be healthy to use. Unfortunately, that isn’t always the case with poor-quality brands. Always go with a trusted brand—even if the price is a little bit more.

Is CBD Oil Worth the Price?

Sometimes, no, it’s not. Some products are simply poor quality and are not worth the expensive price. However, many times a quality product is worth it by providing many benefits. With the right product, a little bit of CBD oil goes a long way. With the wrong product, you may not see any benefits.

What is CBD Used For?

CBD is used by many to potentially treat health conditions ranging from chronic pain to insomnia to cancer. Its versatility, along with its lack of severe side effects, is what has made CBD oil so popular in recent years.

CBD oils have been found to help with migraines, insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, epilepsy, nausea, cancer, inflammation, rashes, fatigue, arthritis, and plenty more. All of these benefits are packed into a single product. Even more, CBD has few and mild side effects. CBD can be a natural alternative to many medications that lead to dependency, addiction, and severe side effects which may outweigh the benefits.

Closing Thoughts

Why is CBD so expensive? Well, it’s not always expensive. For some brands, you get what you pay for. With others, you’re paying for a fancy label. It’s important to distinguish between the two. Always check reviews, potencies, and labels to ensure you are picking the product that is right for you.

A good quality CBD oil can potentially improve your health, happiness, and overall quality of life. However, a poor quality CBD oil may just leave you disappointed. Intrinsic Hemp offers only high-quality products at great prices. We make sure every customer has the information they need about our products so that you can make the best buying decision. Feel free to take a look at our product reviews, and hopefully, you will find the CBD product that best fits your needs.

These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Due to FDA Regulations, we recommend that you do your own research on CBD products. We also suggest that you read the reviews on our website, where our customers record their real-world results of using our products.