Cannabis Plants Are Not the Only Choice for CBD Extraction

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CBD is one of the vital components of cannabis, and with great value that generally is added in medical or facial products. However, according to studies, cannabis is not the only plants that contain CBD. Scientists had extracted CBD from other common plants.


CBD oils from orange peels

According to the recent news, Japanese company Hiro International extracts CBD from orange peels. The company is now developing a new product chain that focuses on orange peel-drive products, such as the popular CBD oil extracted from oranges. This new kind of products remain the benefits of CBD but seems safer than regular CBD oils that extracted from hemp or cannabis.

Hiro International was founded in 1984. Its business line includes the wholesale distribution of groceries and related products. Fruit and fruit juice import is one of its business, and this business helps it discover CBD content in orange peels imported from America. The CBD found in the orange peels is structurally the same as the CBD derived from hemp, the company said.

(CBD extracted from oranges | The CBD Insider)

After this finding, the company developed several prototypes for testing, such as body lotion, make-up remover, and a hair care product with CBD oil from orange peels. Then Hiro introduced CBD oil from orange peels at the Cosme Tokyo cosmetics trade show (reported by the Hanf magazine).

The CBD market in Japan has great potential and with ample value-added space. According to the data shared by Hemp Industry Daily, the Japanese CBD market presented a double growth from 2017 to 2018. CBD is legal in Japan. However, CBD derivatives are under strict control due to THC’s component in products, which is illegal. Thus, this strict control will inevitably affect the development of the CBD market in Japan.

The development of CBD oil from orange peels as a THC-free product could be a chance for CBD market growth in Japan.

Ryousuke Koseki, spokesperson for Hiro International during the Cosme Tokyo cosmetics trade show, said:

“With Orange CBD, you get the same ingredient, same effects, and there’s no danger in terms of legality. It also provides a different story of CBD for the consumer that sounds better than being derived from the marijuana plant.”

What is CBD?

After knowing CBD oils from orange peels, we may be curious about the possibility of the extraction from other plants except for cannabis plants. Before talking about the CBD oil from other plants, we first know about the CBD.

CBD-The Motley Fool
(CBD | The Motley Fool)

CBD refers to Cannabidiol, a chemical compound and non-addictive substance in cannabis plants like hemp and marijuana. CBD is now considered as potential treatments for various disease, including but not limited to:

  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Neurological conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Skin disease

Hence, because of the potential medical use of CBD, CBD based products are more and more popular, such as CBD oil.

CBD extracted from other plants

Hiro pointed out that the CBD structure found in the orange peels is the same as the CBD derived from hemp. This finding draws the question that is there any other plants that contain cannabinoid-like compounds? The answer is yes.

Firstly, it is necessary to know about how CBD works in the human body.

The basic principle is that CBD interacts with the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) responsible for maintaining body homeostasis.

Several common plants contain cannabinoid-like compounds. According to the analysis of experts, these chemicals in common plants is not the same as the CBD from cannabis plants. However, these cannabinoid-like compounds also have positive effects on the human ECS, and don’t need to concern about the negative effect like ‘getting high’.

The common plants contain cannabinoid-like compounds including (but not limited to):


Echinacea is a common herb that widely used in treating cold and inflections. Also, it is prevalent in juice and tea, especially in the herb tea market. Echinacea is well known as a medicinal plant for its immune-supportive properties. The cannabinoid-like compound finds in echinacea is called alkylamides and appeals to interact with ECS.

(Echinacea | Naturallivingfamily)

Black Pepper

caryophyllene is the cannabinoid-like compound found in black pepper. It is effectively helpful to offer relief for various diseases. For example, pain management, high cholesterol, and circulation issues. Hence, the extraction of B-caryophyllene is mostly used in essential oil.

(Black pepper | One Green Planet)


Cocoa, the same compound in chocolate. The reason why eating chocolate could make people happy and relax, and it may due to the cocoa interacts with the ECS Natural chocolate interacts with the ECS.

(Cocoa | NBC News)


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