CBD Hemp oil is all over the place these days, which is a really good thing, but it can be hard to whittle down the specific process of how hemp oil is made. Well, you are in luck, I have done all the research for you and compiled this easy to follow guide on the different ways hemp oil is made and which one is the best for you. I know you came here for quick info so let’s get right to it.
Naphtha or Petroleum CBD Extraction (worst type)
This is the most inexpensive way to extract CBD oil from the Hemp plant. As with a lot of things you usually get what you pay for. The petroleum method of extraction uses Naphtha (a flammable oil containing various hydrocarbons, obtained by the dry distillation of organic substances such as coal, shale, or petroleum) to extract the CBD oil from the hemp plant, Yummy right? Naphtha is run through the whole hemp plant, extracting the CBD oil into the naphtha then the naphtha is evaporated off and the CBD oil is left over. The kicker is that research and testing show traces of naphtha stick around and stays in your CBD oil. Nothing like having a brain toxin in your CBD oil huh? As you can see this is just a horrible way to extract hemp CBD oil. If you encounter CBD oil that has been extracted this way run away as fast as you can!
Ethanol or Alcohol Extraction (not as bad but still not great)
This is a process that has been used for many years and was actually the first way CBD oil was extracted from the hemp plant. As in most things the first of anything isn’t always the best, would you buy the first flying car? This process is performed in pretty much the same way as the Naptha method but using ethanol instead. The ethanol or alcohol is used to soak the whole hemp plant in then the ethanol or alcohol is evaporated off leaving the CBD oil. The problem with this method is that more chlorophyll is left behind by this, leading to an off-color and taste. The levels of CBD in the oil, unfortunately, cannot be controlled. This means you would have to consume more of the product to get the same effects. This method is not harmful to you but it is still not the best. Hemp CBD oil that you find that this method of extraction was used will not be high quality for sure. I do not recommend this process.
CO2 Extraction (Hooray for the best)
Why do people always save the best for last? To build up anticipation, get the bad news out of the way to make the good news even better! Well, here it is, CO2 extraction for hemp CBD oil! This method is the most expensive due to the specialized equipment needed due to the intricacies of the process but it also produces the highest quality product. The rewards definitely out way the costs. The first step in this process is to take CO2 in its gaseous state, cool it down to -70 degrees Fahrenheit to get it into its liquid state. Next, the liquid CO2 is heated back up, and repressurized, becoming supercritical CO2 which is used as a solvent. iI passes through the whole hemp plant, gently dissolving the hemp plant to extract the CBD oil. The same basic principals as the above-mentioned methods.
Scientists can then extract the raw CBD oil and use it in the many wonderful products out there. The CO2 is non-toxic and leaves no residue. Yay science! This leads to an ultra-pure CBD oil containing well over 100 other cannabinoids that are still being researched but so far have been found to have some amazing properties. This is the same process used to extract essential oils, decaffeinated coffee beans and many other things in the food and herbal supplement business. Do we see why this is the best? You are a smart person of course you do! All the CBD oils I use and recommend, use this CO2 extraction process because it is the best!
Supercritical CO2 extraction benefits
The CO2 process that is actually used when people say “CO2 extraction” is the supercritical CO2 process. Once the CO2 has been cooled to -70 degrees Fahrenheit it transitions into its liquid state, then gets reheated and repressurized becoming supercritical CO2. This supercritical CO2 is the solvent used to extract the CBD oil. One of the added benefits of using this method is that the supercritical CO2 actually kills any insect mites, mold, microbial bacteria or mildew on the plant. This makes for extremely pure, clean and healthier CBD oil for your consumption. The other processes can damage some of the cannabinoids, which is taking a lot of the benefits away.
These are some examples of the other cannabinoids found to have significant health benefits:
- The myrcene cannabinoid has shown effectiveness in decreasing the resistance of the blood-brain barrier to allow beneficial chemicals easier passage into the brain.
- The terpene pinene helps to lessen memory loss from THC and helps to counteract cognition malfunction.
- Combining pinene, myrcene, and caryophyllene cannabinoids can help to eliminate anxiety and stress
These are just a few of the benefits you can get from the “full spectrum” (using the whole plant with the CO2 process) CBD oil. You wouldn’t want to miss out on anything right?
You want to put the best things in your body as you possibly can. We want to be healthy, happy and stress-free. We want to make sure we are making well informed, good decisions. So here is what I hope you take away from this article. When buying hemp CBD oil make sure that it is extracted using the CO2 method to experience all the benefits of this wonderful oil. That’s it, nice and simple, right?
Nowadays there is so much information out there to help us make informed decisions and healthy choices it all can be quite overwhelming. My goal is to provide you with an easy to follow guide for some of it at least. I hope you enjoyed this article and it was easy to follow and informative for you. If you have any questions or would like more information please leave it in the comments below.
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