Solvents Method: How to Extract CBD Oil
Companies use liquid solvents such as alcohol, butane, ethanol, or isopropyl. The most commonly used is isopropyl because of its low cost and fast extraction of CBD. Because isopropyl is flammable, it is a very dangerous method of extraction CBD. These liquid solvents destroy hemp or cannabis plant waxes but leaving the cannabinoids in the solvent along with chlorophyll. Once the solvent evaporates it leaves concentrated cannabinoids in oil form. This form of extraction may produce oil that contains chlorophyll or other harmful contaminants.
Olive Oil Method: How to Extract CBD Oil
This method is used primarily by recreational extraction than by companies. By far the safest method and cheapest method. But at a cost, the CBD extracted is perishable. You must handle it with care and keep it in a cool dark place.
The harvested plant matter must be decarboxylated. Decarboxylation is when the raw plant matter of hemp or cannabis is heated for a time to activate the chemicals in the plant. This step converts chemical compounds within the plant from CBDA(Cannabidiolic acid is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid and the acidic precursor to CBD) into CBD. The material is heated a second time in olive oil to extract the cannabinoids. Because the olive oil is not removed, this method produces a less concentrated CBD.
CO2 Method: How to Extract CBD Oil
The most expensive and complicated method involves using CO2 to extract CBD. It produces a potent, safe and chlorophyll free CBD oil. This drives up the price of production and the increases the price of your CBD Oil.
The CO2 extraction method allows for the temperature and pressure to be adjusted during the process to isolate specific cannabinoids. It’s a complex procedure to send the raw plant materials through chambers while acted upon by CO2 and pressures to produce a separate chamber of only cannabinoids.
About CBD Oil Extraction
It is extremely important to understand the CBD extraction methods because they impact the quality of your CBD you place in and on your body. These are only the most common methods used. To learn more go into your local dispensary and discuss.