Many people in America have decided to take the plunge and try CBD products. The Farm Bill of 2018 has given many people a new look on botanicals like the hemp plant and has opened the door for more health and wellness options. CBD touts many great wellness opportunities for the human body through the multiple cannabinoids (over 120) that comes with this product. While you may be enjoying the benefits of CBD, your body is loving it too due to the endocannabinoid system that dance intimately with these compounds and also through the entourage effect that comes with the CBD oil product.
However, it is very important to understand everything you can about the hemp plant and how these compounds are delivered to your door. While many people are content with simply enjoying the final result of CBD oil, there are others out there who would like to find out how the finished product comes about. In this article, we want to discuss all of the steps it takes to create the finished CBD oil product you and your body both enjoy.
Sidebar – Growth and Harvesting
Growing a hemp plant is a little more detailed than just planting a seed and waiting for the good stuff to arrive. There are lots of variables that create the perfect plant. Soil, rain, how dry the atmosphere is, how wet the atmosphere is, and whether or not mold has been an issue. The hemp plant must be privy to certain conditions in order to ascertain specific characteristics CBD users have come to know and love. This article will assume that all of these conditions have been met during growth and harvesting. Once the plant is ready for extraction, the fun begins.
The Extraction Process
In order to arrive at the completed pure CBD oil product, farmers understand that a strenuous process called extraction is needed. There are multiple ways one can use this extraction process to get the best CBD oil out. Over time, farmers and vendors alike figure out which method is best for them and their customers. Here are the different extraction methods that can develop the CBD oil you love:
- CO2 Extraction
- Ethanol Extraction
- Hydrocarbon Extraction
- Lipid Extraction
These methods are used in hemp extraction and a solvent is made to pass through various materials in the plant. This process separates different materials in the plant, the more important part is the active compounds separating from the bulk material of the plant. The end result of this process is how ingredients like cannabinoids, terpenes, and other ingredients like chlorophyll are rounded up and collected as oil and then processed further arriving at the next step in the process.
The Distillation Process
Once the extraction process has finished, the oil needs to go through a distillation process. While one may think the finished result could be after extraction, there are certain compounds that are in the product that isn’t safe to consume. The distillation process takes care of those harmful ingredients and purifies the oil. Here is how it’s done.
#1 – Winterization
Once the extraction process is over, there are still a lot of undesirable compounds left over. All of the fats, waxes, and lipids were crucial to the extraction process because of the high pressure and intense temperature the plant went through, however, they do not need to be in the final product. What you’re left with after extraction is a crude oil of sorts and still needs to be refined through a process called winterization. This is where the product is essentially chilled and filtered until all of the undesirable ingredients are removed from the process. Once the product goes through this process, it is then warmed up to remove some final unwanted compounds before going on to the next step.
#2 – Short Path Distillation
The extraction method is a process, a stair step of sorts, that allows the extractor to take measures that break down purification in levels. While the winterization does get us a little closer to where the final product needs to be, short path distillation is the end all that wipes out any unnecessary compounds you’re not looking for in CBD oil. Short path distillation works the same way as winterization in a way where the extract is heated and each compound separated due to the boiling point of each ingredient. In doing the short path distillation, you can be sure that each compound is separated and cleaned before arriving at your doorstep.
CBD Oil Is The Future
While many Americans are learning more and more about the powerful effects that CBD oil can bring their body, many hardcore users already understand this is the oil of the future. Whether you are looking to develop your health and wellness issues in your life, or you are just trying to educate yourself further on CBD products, one thing we can all agree on is that CBD is very powerful. While many people don’t quite understand the characteristics of the extraction process, those who do can have a deeper appreciation for this botanical because of the strenuous processes it goes through before it is delivered to their door. CBD is a great way to continue the path to wellness and the extraction method is how it gets there.