US cannabidiol (CBD) company Peels has launched a CBD oil made from orange peels, PR Newswire reported on 3 August.

Traditionally, CBD was extracted from the hemp plant but, on its website, Peels said it could reconstruct the same molecular structure from the terpenes naturally present in citrus peels to create a pure, bio-identical CBD molecule.

The company said its CBD oil had the same holistic effects as cannabis and hemp-derived CBD, but was free of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the psychoactive constituent of cannabis.

“With Peels, we're taking all of the impurities and inconsistencies out of the equation,” Peels founder and CEO Chris Hetherington was quoted as saying in the PR Newswire report.

Organic citrus flavour and organic medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) oil (from coconut) were added to the company’s CBD oil to improve its taste and aroma, the report said.

Peels uses a process called cyclic terpene assembly (CTA) to produce its CBD oil from orange peel, according to its website. This process combines terpenes from orange peel with olivetol, a naturally occurring organic compound, under heat and pressure.

After minimal further processing, the result was a crystalline CBD, the company said.