Over the past decade, the cannabidiol (CBD) oil market has exploded, with sales projected to reach $2.1 billion by 2020. The oils are becoming increasingly popular throughout the health industry and are helping users manage everything from acne to neurological conditions. However, with new CBD companies sprouting up all the time, regulators are struggling to keep quality high. It means manufacturers are under special pressure to ensure that their products are safe if they want to see the market continue to grow.
Cibdol is clearly aware of these concerns. "CBD oil can only become a fixture in the marketplace if companies abide by regulations," says Mario van Herpen, the firm's CEO. "That's why we set the bar high. Cibdol is setting a golden standard for CBD oils. It is therefore important not to treat CBD as a fad. We have to ensure its regulation, and this can only happen if reputable brands take the lead in the market.
"This helps make regulators confident that there is a genuine need for CBD products to be available on the health product market, in health product shops. Cibdol has provided quality and results from the start. Cibdol is the only company that produces pure CBD oil. We don't call it our 'golden' CBD oil for nothing."
Cibdol uses a supercritical CO2 extraction process to ensure clean and safe extraction, in which the cannabinoids are disrupted as little as possible. "In our Swiss laboratory, we filter out the impurities through an elaborate purification process, keeping the powerful profile of the active ingredients intact," Van Herpen explains. "Thanks to this process and complete decarboxylation, we can provide a full-spectrum CBD oil that guarantees the highest effectiveness. This process results in smooth, golden oil, and not the black sticky stuff that is the result of the presence of waxes, fats and chlorophyll."
Picking natural ingredients is another important part of the process, Van Herpen says. "We ensure our oils contain a full spectrum of cannabinoids for optimal quality, unlike many competitors who rely solely on isolates," he explains. "Our CBD oil is also enriched with terpenes, which contributes to the so-called 'entourage effect. This is where the many natural substances, through interaction with the human body, produce a stronger influence than they would individually, which helps to enhance therapeutic potential."
Cibdol is careful to test all its products before they hit the shelves. "Our oils pass a rigorous quality control," says Van Herpen. "We continuously test our products to ensure they don't contain contaminants or additives. We also test for microbacterial substances to eliminate anything harmful. Cibdol's gold standard for CBD oils maximises the effectiveness of the cannabinoid."
Its products are also extremely versatile. "We are continually working on new and innovative techniques to produce and improve our CBD oil, resulting in an ever improving and varied range of products," notes Herpen. "A great example of this is the recent introduction of liposomes into some of our products, which dramatically improve CBD uptake by the body. This ensures customers get the best 100% natural CBD oil on the market.
Cibdol's oils are available in three concentrations: 2.5% for beginners; 4.0% for regular users; and 10.0%, which is the most powerful version." Nor are customers limited to buying CBD oils; Cibdol also offers CBD capsules, softgels, creams and supplements. It is even developing a line of CBD products for cats and dogs.
According to Van Herpen, Cibdol's future success is based on educating customers about what quality CBD oils can do. "There are many different rules about CBD products, and they vary by country," he says. "Many of our customers don't know what CBD does, and because there are a lot of different oils on the market, they don't know what constitutes quality. We hope to show them."