Cannabis sativa L. is a plant that naturally contains chlorophyll, which gives it a green color. However, when extracting supercritical CO², the chlorophyll is eliminated and the CBD oil usually takes on a more golden hue. If the oil has not been filtered to remove the phytocomplex, it may still have a green color.
The color of CBD oil can vary from transparent or slightly golden to dark brown, almost black. This is due to the type of hemp extract, the extraction method, the carrier oil, and any additional ingredients. Some companies may add chlorophyll and other ingredients to an isolated oil to make it appear green. If the oil is completely transparent and colorless, it is likely an isolated or broad-spectrum product that uses coconut MCT oil as a carrier oil.
The extraction technique can also affect the color and quality of the CBD oil. Droplets of CBD oil that are greener in color could indicate the presence of chlorophyll and that the ethanol extraction method was used. Once the CBD extract has been safely harvested, it is usually mixed with a carrier oil such as olive oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, or hemp seed oil. To obtain the hemp extract used to make a CBD product, the processor must go through an extraction process.
The key elements that affect the color of CBD are mainly the extraction method itself, the filtering technique and any ingredient that is added or reintroduced into the oil.