How does PCR Hemp Oil Compare to CBD Oil?
The legalization of hemp and all its derivatives has created the opportunity for huge market growth across the CBD industry, from oils and tinctures, to skincare and food and drink. Terminology in the market space is also evolving to allow for easier product definition, as the differences between the many types of CBD oil are vast. Product quality, and its resulting effect, depend on the extraction methods employed. Two questions that often come up are, “What is PCR hemp oil?”, and “Is PCR hemp oil the same as CBD oil?”. Here, we take a deeper dive into the differences between the two products in order to allow product manufacturers to make better informed decisions regarding the type of product lines they choose to offer to the end consumer.
What is PCR Hemp Oil?
There are well over 100 known phytocannabinoids found in hemp and CBD is just one of them. One of the reasons why CBD has become the most well-known, and has been the focus of a fair amount of dedicated research, no doubt relates to the fact that it is by far the most abundant cannabinoid found in the flowers and leaves of the hemp plant. The acronym PCR stands for phytocannabinoid rich, which means that a PCR hemp oil contains high levels of cannabidiol (CBD), along with other naturally occurring cannabinoids. These include cannabigerol (CBG), cannabichromene (CBC), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabicyclol (CBL), to name just a few. PCR hemp oil is also rich in other phytocompounds, including terpenes, chlorophyll, fatty acids, and flavonoids. The only cannabinoid that PCR hemp oil isn’t rich in, in order to remain compliant with the recent changes to federal law, is THC. By law, federally complaint hemp must contain less than 0.3% THC.
Sometimes, PCR hemp oil is referred to as full-spectrum hemp oil. It’s best extracted from the hemp plant using ethanol. While all compounds needed for a PCR hemp oil can be extracted by other means, ethanol is the method that provides the truest full-spectrum product, containing all of the naturally occurring cannabinoids and terpenes, and stays as true as possible to their naturally occurring ratios. When comparing PCR hemp oil to CBD oil, it’s best to think of PCR hemp oil as a full-spectrum oil product, and CBD oil as an extraction with a higher concentration of CBD. Essentially, it’s closer in composition to a CBD isolate. Other plant matter and compounds may still be available in various alternative forms, but the focus of the extraction will not be to maintain the plant’s full cannabinoid profile. Instead, producing a hemp-derived oil product that contains a high percentage of CBD will be the main priority.
PCR Hemp Oil Benefits
As more consumers become aware of the potential health benefits offered by hemp-derived CBD products, demand continues to grow at an impressive rate. It’s clear the end consumer is driving demand for both CBD isolates and full spectrum PCR hemp oils. It’s also important to note that the hemp market isn’t only registering growth in terms of CBD and PCR hemp oil sales for human use. Market data also shows evidence of a notable growth in the purchase of CBD and PCR hemp oil for dogs as well. Whether used to treat humans or animals, there’s evidence to suggest that PCR hemp oil can be used to effectively relieve chronic pain, arthritis, symptoms of anxiety, improve skin conditions, and calm feelings of nausea.
At Point3 Farma we craft a range of high-quality, hemp-derived oils and other products, to ensure that our clients are able to explore a full range of product and manufacturing possibilities. We know that consumer demands vary from state to state (Kansas and Idaho for example, require that all hemp products are made using hemp oil with zero THC), and under these circumstances we would recommend the use of either a CBD isolate, or a broad spectrum CBD oil. We know how beneficial it is for our clients to be able to offer the end consumer a variety of choices. Some of our clients require hemp-derived oils that have higher percentages of CBD. Others need a quality, full spectrum oil, that they can use to create a product that boasts the complete consortia of cannabinoids; one which taps into the therapeutic benefits of the plant’s terpene profile and makes use of the entourage effect, as explained in more detail below.
Additional Cannabinoids: Although found in smaller amounts, other cannabinoids present in hemp offer the end consumer a whole host of solid health benefits. To use just one cannabinoid as an example, Cannabigerol (CBG) has proven to be a very effective anti-inflammatory, and antifungal. There’s also evidence to suggest that it can inhibit the growth of cancer cells and help encourage bone growth.
Terpenes: Terpenes have played a large part in the holistic health market for many years in the form of aromatherapy. Terpenes such as myrcene, limonene, pinene, and beta-caryophyllene, don’t just add scent and taste to the plant, but they also contribute to its therapeutic properties. For example, beta-caryophyllene, abundant in clove oil, is widely recognized as a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
The Entourage Effect: This is the process by which all of the naturally occurring phytocompounds in hemp are thought to work synergistically to enhance overall therapeutic benefits of any given hemp-derived product. It’s been shown in various studies, for example, that Cannabichromene (CBC) is extremely effective at decreasing pain signals when working in direct conjunction with CBD. Even the incredibly small amounts of THC found in hemp-derived PCR-rich oil are thought to help agitate the body’s endocannabinoid cell receptors, making them more responsive to other compounds and their positive effects.
Further research related to the different phytocompounds found in hemp is rumored to be in the making. The hope is that new studies will help all operations in seed genetic programs (such as ours) to develop anti-disease-specific and anti-disorder-specific strains that contain the ideal combination and levels of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds, to improve consumer experience.
Giving the Consumer a Choice
An important factor to bear in mind when sourcing your hemp oil, is that not all hemp is created equal, and some strains contain a greater abundance of phytocannabinoids than others. Any hemp oil, whether it is a CBD isolate, or a PCR hemp oil, should be sourced from a supplier that offers full traceability on all their products. It’s important that you know whether or not the biomass of any given grow is compliant with federal and state laws, among other things. When it comes to full spectrum PCR hemp oil, it’s especially important that the hemp sourced is rich in the compounds that the end consumer is looking for.
At Point3 Farma we operate our own in-house seed genetics program to ensure that we produce the highest quality feminized hemp seeds which, in turn, produce premium biomass, rich in phytocannabinoid goodness and balance. As a vertically-integrated company, we grow our own superior strains of hemp, and extract our oils on-site in the San Luis Valley area of Colorado. Our PCR hemp oils are fully-compliant and superior in terms of quality. Our CBD isolates are premium-grade. To learn more about Point3 Farma, our seed genetics program, grow, or in-house extraction processes, please do not hesitate to contact us: email@example.com.