How it's Made: CBD Oil Edition
How it's Made: CBD Oil Edition
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The process behind the creation of any product is one of the key questions that many consumers ask before trying a new product for the first time. Brand loyalty is developed by trust between the producer and consumer on the basis that their product is made correctly and ethically. For industries such as dairy, it is obvious how your milk is made and processed. On the health side of things, thousands of different minerals and substances go into creating modern medicine. The process for creating these drugs is so complex, that it is almost impossible to understand without some sort of medical background knowledge. This causes many people to turn to alternative health methods that are less synthetic and therefore, far easier to understand. In the case with the new and quickly growing Cannabidiol (or CBD for short) industry, many potential customers and fist time CBD users find themselves asking where CBD comes from and how CBD oils and products are made. As CBD products are now becoming one of the leading alternative and natural health products across the United States, it is only natural that CBD consumers want to learn about the process behind creating these products.
Where Does the Cannabidiol come from?
Cannabidiol is one of the primary compounds of the Cannabis plant. It is the non-psychoactive cousin of THC and is the main component of all of your CBD oils, gummies, and topicals. Most CBD products come from Hemp, one of the two subspecies of Cannabis because of its high CBD and low THC concentration. Most of the CBD that is used for the creation of CBD products comes from the flowering part of the plant. A popular misconception is that the CBD that is used by consumers comes from stalks and leaves of the hemp plant. While these parts of the plant do contain CBD, the highest concentration of CBD is located at the flowering part of the Hemp plant. As the Hemp plant reaches maturity, the nutrients of the plant eventually become flowers and trichomes that are home to the hemp plants naturally occurring cannabinoid chemicals. One of which is Cannabidiol or CBD that is ready to be extracted and begin the journey into becoming your CBD oils, creams, gummies, and products!
How is the CBD Extracted?
The CBD extraction process includes multiples steps in order to remove the CBD oil from the hemp plant then further purify the CBD oil to make sure that consumers are receiving the purest form of Natural CBD in their products. The most popular method used by CBD companies is to extract the CBD oil from the hemp plant using C02. This incredibly precise yet still non-synthetic extraction method uses the naturally occurring liquid and gas forms of C02 in order to extract chemicals from the hemp plant. This allows the distillers to be incredibly precise when choosing all of the natural chemical compounds that go into their CBD products. The process is simple yet precise as Co2 is pushed through a closed-loop extractor where liquid Co2 removes the CBD oil from the plant before then passing through another chamber where the C02 is then returned to a gaseous state, leaving only the CBD oil behind.
What is CBD Winterization?
Winterization is the next step in the CBD extraction process and brings the CBD oil one step closer to the oil that will be mixed into your CBD gummies, facemasks or sold on its own for consumer use. The Winterization process is done in order to further purify the CBD and remove other substances from the Cannabidiol that are unwanted in CBD products. For this process, the CBD is mixed with 200 proof alcohol and kept in a freezing chamber. After around six to twelve hours, the CBD oil is ready to be passed through a filter that removes all of the unwanted byproducts of the Oil from the CBD mixture. The alcohol is then ready to be boiled off and removed from the CBD oil, leaving with a purer CBD oil that is ready for the Distillation process.
What is CBD Distillation?
Some CBD products require distillation in order to refine the exact aspects of CBD that are being used. CBD oil once extracted, contains different chemical compounds that each have their own respective boiling and melting points. Because of this, specific chemicals can be boiled out of the CBD oil itself, allowing for the purest and most refined CBD oil. These other chemicals can be separated for other uses as well by allowing the evaporated chemicals to then pass through cooling ventilators where they then condensate and are isolated. The best CBD products undergo this process to ensure quality, effectiveness, and purity.
Okay so now I know how my CBD oil is made. But Why is This Important?
Currently, there are no official regulatory bodies that grade the purity of CBD products. FOCUS or the Foundation of Cannabis Unified Standards is currently working to develop a grading system of CBD products. As the further legalization of products using the Cannabis plant continues, more standards will be enacted and enforced by bigger organizations such as the FDA and related organizations in the field of health and medicine. Right now, it is important to make sure that you are buying your CBD products from a trusted and reputable source as many CBD companies that are trying to jump on the trend in order to make a quick buck aren’t selling their consumers the purest CBD products. These lower quality products are less likely to ease pain, anxiety, or provide any of the other benefits of CBD.