What is CBD Extract?
CBD Extract from hemp plants has gained a lot of notoriety since the 2018 Farm Bill Act, which legalized the cultivation of Registered United States Industrial Hemp under certain conditions. CBD Extract is being sought after by consumers seeking relief from a variety of different health and wellness alignments, ranging from stress and anxiety to arthritis and migraines—to name just a few. There is still a lot of research to be done, and we are looking forward to new studies that further authenticate the therapeutic properties and benefits of cannabinoids.
While Cannabidiol (CBD) and THC are the most widely known and most researched cannabinoids to-date, CBD Extract can include many other beneficial cannabinoids like CBDa, CBDV, CBG and CBC. Many consumers solely focus on which cannabinoids are present in their CBD Extract Oil but it’s also equally valuable to understand how the CBD was extracted from the hemp, to create the final CBD Tincture. There are many different CBD extraction methods, all of which have different implications on potency and sustainability.
Why CBD Needs to Be Extracted
CBD isn’t a by-product like a fruit or nut, where you pluck. In order to consume CBD from the raw hemp plant, it first must be extracted. Cannabinoids like CBD, along with the terpenes and flavonoids, are extracted from the resin, which is primarily concentrated in the glandular trichomes in the hemp flower, with smaller amounts in the leaves and stems.
The CBD extraction process not only enables the CBD to be accessible for consumption but further ensures there are no microbes or impurities—like chlorophyll, lipids, waxes, and other destabilizing compounds—present in the raw hemp plant. If not properly extracted and purified, these compounds can be detrimental to our health if consumed.
So where do we start?
CBD Extraction Begins with Organic Hemp
The entire process begins with a rich CBD plant. At Veré we provide our exclusive organic farmers in Colorado and Oregon with unique hemp genetics that results in high-quality CBD Tinctures and Gummies. These hemp genetics include:
- Specially bred, non-GMO hemp cultivars
- Proprietary high-CBD and low-THC hemp cultivars
- Proprietary high-CBG and low-THC hemp cultivars
- Proprietary high-CBC and low-THC hemp cultivars
- Cannabinoid & terpenoid-rich strains
- Less than 0.3% THC
rigorous testing from farm to bottle
Before and after each harvest, our hemp farmers test the plant material to ensure the absence of pesticides, heavy metals, molds, and mildews. These tests performed by our hemp farmers are critical, and illustrate our committment to go the extra mile. It’s also to note that many novice hemp growers do not abide by the same hemp growing techniques or rigid standards as commercial hemp farmers. This poses a further threat to the safety of consumers as the hemp plant may contain chemicals, metals and pesticides.
After testing, our extraction facility turns the biomass into our CBD Oil. Once converted into high-quality CBD Hemp Oil, each batch is tested in our labs; and before the CBD Oil arrives at your door, it undergoes a final round of testing at a 3rd-party lab for additional validation. The result: guaranteed purity, potency and quality. That’s the Veré way!
From farm to bottle, the entire process is executed, managed, analyzed and tested in the U.S. We encourage anyone interested in CBD to research everything from where the hemp grows to the extraction processes and the testing to ensure no toxicity, GMOs, pesticide, fillers, additives, heavy metals, mold or mildew.
Proper CBD extraction also keeps all of the desirable hemp compounds intact for the greatest potency. Let’s now dive into the different ways CBD can be extracted.
CBD Extraction Methods
There are many different means to extract CBD and we will cover the 2 most popular: solvent extraction and CO2 extraction.
Solvent extraction can apply butane, propane or alcohol to extract the CBD from the hemp plant. While this is one of the quickest, easiest and least expensive CBD extraction methods, there is a lot of danger due to the very flammable solvent.
To simplify this CBD extraction process, the hemp plant is soaked in the solvent, separating the cannabinoids from the plant material. Unfortunately in this process, the solvent dissolves the hemp waxes—which also include nutrients—leaving just the cannabinoids intact with the solvent. In the next step, the solvent evaporates, leaving the concentrated cannabinoids behind.
If the evaporation process isn’t properly performed, solvent residue may still be present in the CBD. This can be toxic and may increase risk to cancer so it is important to review the Certificates of Analysis (COAs) to verify the absence of any toxic residue. Due to this risk of toxicity, other solvent extraction methods may use natural solvents like olive oil or ethanol. These natural solvents, while safer for our health, do pose their own challenges. They do not evaporate as effectively so the concentration of CBD in the CBD Extract is lower.
In CO2 extraction, carbon dioxide is used to separate the CBD from the hemp plant. Several pressurized chambers and pumps work in succession to extract high concentrated amounts of CBD through exposure to high pressure and low temperatures.
In this CO2 extraction method, one chamber contains pressurized CO2 and another chamber, the hemp plant. The CO2 is pumped into the second chamber with the hemp plant. This results in CO2 stripping the valuable oils from the plant material. To complete the CBD extraction process, the CO2 and the oils are transferred into a third chamber, where the CO2 evaporates. The end result—pure CBD extract that is of the highest concentration.
This CO2 extraction is also used to create decaffeinated coffees and teas; and is the safest of the extraction methods.
The Best CBD Extraction Process
CO2 extraction of CBD is the most expensive and complex of the methods. However, it results in the most potent and safest CBD Extract. At Veré, we believe your health deserves the best and we deliberately use CO2 extraction method for our Full Spectrum CBD Oil to bring our consumers the best quality—from potency to safety.
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