Our CBD Extraction Process

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Our CBD Extraction Process

There are many variations of CBD oil. From the dark crude oil when first extracted to the nearly clear distillate oil, there’s a benefit to each variation of the plant. This page will provide a general overview of the variety of ways CBD can be enjoyed.

When CBD oil is first extracted, it is dark in color and has a cloudy appearance but bursts with a wide group of characteristics of the original hemp flower. All the cannabinoids, including CBD, make up about 60% of the oil, with the remaining 40% consisting of flavors and terpenes, waxes and lipids, chlorophyll, and other nutrients.

In the first step of refinement, we remove the plant wax through a process called winterization. We dilute the oil and chill it down to super, super cold temperatures with the help of a -80 Celsius freezer, and we run the mixture through a series of filters to catch the heavier wax molecules. With the waxes separated, we refine the oil back out of the diluent, resulting in a high-clarity, beautiful amber color. This “winterized” oil is used in our Full-Spectrum tinctures and contains all the natural flavors, terpenes, and cannabinoids from the original hemp plant.

CBD Distillate Production

To create our Distillate tinctures, we refine the oil using, you guessed it, distillation! Using specific combinations of heat and vacuum, we can isolate and separate different parts of our winterized oil. CBD and other cannabinoids are collected in their own golden extract called the distillate. This distillate is separated from both the natural hemp taste and the amber color. The distillate has a very mild flavor and when added to a tincture it looks almost water-clear, making it a perfect addition to your morning coffee or smoothie.

Federally Compliant THC-Potency Limit

All our products are mixed to the federally compliant THC limit of 0.3% potency or less. While they may not feel the effects of the naturally occurring THC, many customers prefer to have it removed entirely. Our distillate is separated even further, down to a molecular level, with the help of High-Performance Liquid Chromatography. HPLC is a very common process in pharmaceutical companies all around the world, it works by mixing a different combination of liquids with the distillate and flowing it through a very fine, sand-like material packed tightly into a column. The heavier molecules in the distillate take longer to flow through the column than the lighter ones, similar to a semi-truck navigating through a city street versus a sports car.

The smaller molecules, like THC, can be collected and separated first from the heavier ones, like CBD. Once the THC is separated, the oil is added to the tincture to provide the same benefits as distillate oil without the trace amounts of THC.

What’s the difference?

Overall, the biggest variation of each oil is the further refinement and removal of certain additional components in the oil mixture. Studies have shown that CBD works best when delivered with the full spectrum of the hemp plant but distillate and THC-free oil still shows all the same benefits.types-of-cbd-elan-naturals

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Extracting CBD

The most common method for extracting CBD is called supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) extraction. This method uses a closed-loop extractor, which is also used to create perfumes and food additives. Hemp is placed in a chamber which is then filled with liquid CO2. Applying pressure to the chamber causes the liquid CO2 to turn into gas and absorb the oils, flavorings, and other compounds found in hemp.

The gas containing hemp-derived compounds is then pumped into another chamber where it reverts back into a liquid state. This final liquid can be further refined into CBD isolate or distillate, which are purer forms of CBD oil.

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CBD EXTRACTION: WHAT IS IT?

CBD extraction is the process in which CBD compounds are extracted from hemp plants to produce concentrated extracts, oils, and other products.

It can be produced in a variety of ways, but most commonly employs high-pressure liquid CO2 extractions or supercritical extractions. There are many benefits to CBD extraction.

Any substance that comes from a cannabis plant and contains CBD is technically a CBD extract.

In most cases, however, CBD extract is synonymous with CBD oil. It is possible to add CBD oil to various products, including lotions, creams, tinctures, and pills.

WHY IS CBD EXTRACTION GOOD?

Most commercial CBD extraction techniques involve the use of solvents, which are used to separate the CBD molecule from the other compounds found in the cannabis plant and purify the solution. Afterward, the solvent evaporates, leaving behind only pure CBD Oil. Many people are turning to cannabidiol (CBD) extract for relief from chronic wellness issues that they have experienced for years. CBD extract is derived from hemp plants that contain only trace amounts of THC, the psychoactive element in marijuana. Unlike tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), CBD does not cause feelings of euphoria or impair cognitive abilities. The lack of side effects makes it an attractive option for anyone looking to avoid the “high state” associated with THC.

CBD DISTILLATION: WHAT IS IT?

The cannabis oil available in stores today is not the same as what was available a decade ago.

Consumers have been demanding more from their oils and that has led to a new focus on CBD distillation.

The process of CBD extraction means heating the plant material with a solvent so that the cannabinoids dissolve into the solvent and can be separated from everything else.

This process is repeated until all of the plants have been heated, which leaves behind a hemp-based distillate.

CBD distillation involves the heating of a CBD to the boiling point of the chemicals being separated, then collecting pure vapor at the boiling point of the chemical being extracted.

WHY IS CBD DISTILLATION GOOD?

CBD distillates are extremely pure and can be tasteless and odorless. Also, they make it easier to engineer specific cannabinoids in and out of the mix when creating CBD products for wholesale CBD or legality purposes and are versatile enough to be used in multiple ways. That’s why CBD distillates are frequently used across a variety of CBD supplements, CBD vape cartridges, CBD edibles, and CBD topicals.

CBD DILUTION: WHAT IS IT?

CBD dilution is a way to measure the concentration of CBD in a product. It’s typically small amounts of ground-up hemp plants, which are added to the product to increase its CBD content.

This technique can be used for edibles, liquids, oils, or creams. The CBD is usually mixed with oils before being added to the other ingredients.

The more plant matter that’s added, the more CBD will be available in your finished product.

WHY IS CBD DILUTION GOOD?

CBD Dilution is a process where CBD is diluted in a carrier oil such as hemp seed oil, olive oil, or coconut oil. The carrier oil can be consumed orally or applied topically.
This process can be used to reduce the possible side effects of CBD consumption and to include other beneficial substances such as terpenes and other cannabinoids.

CBD ISOLATION: WHAT IS IT?

CBD isolation is the process of separating the CBD chemical compound from other substances found in cannabis.

CBD can be isolated through chemical synthesis in a lab setting. Its various uses include pharmaceuticals, wellness supplements, food additives, and more.

WHY IS CBD ISOLATION GOOD?

CBD Isolation is the process of removing any other cannabinoids, residual solvents, or plant material that would interfere with CBD isolation. It also could be the extraction of CBD-rich cannabis strains to isolate high-purity CBD products. The extraction process requires an organic solvent like butane, ethanol, or C02 to extract the oily hemp parts. The final product is a pure concentrated form of CBD, which can be used in making tinctures, edibles, and capsules.

CBD REFINEMENT: WHAT IS IT?

CBD refinement is a process that removes chlorophyll from bio-logical hemp-derived cannabinoids to create a product that provides a more pleasant experience for those who have sensitivities to THC.

It’s an alternative to full-spectrum CO2 extraction, which also takes out terpenes and other plant material from the original material.

WHY IS CBD REFINEMENT BENEFICIAL?

CBD refinement is the process of removing any unwanted parts from the CBD extract that was created. This is done by using a chemical like Ethanol to strip out any unwanted parts. Ethanol evaporates and leaves behind an extract that is pure CBD.

CANNABINOIDS/ CBD: WHAT IS IT?

CBD is a naturally occurring compound found in the cannabis plant. It can be extracted from substances such as hemp oil and marijuana plants. CBD has been legalized in some states for medicinal use, and it has been shown to have wellness benefits. CBD does not produce psychoactive effects and there are no known side effects.

WHY IS CBD GOOD?

CBD, otherwise known as cannabidiol, is a natural compound found in the cannabis plant. CBD has been touted for its benefits to the human body and is said to have many medical applications. Some people take CBD as a supplement and others use it, or products made with it, for relief from various conditions such as epilepsy, fatigue, depression, anxiety, protective effects on the brain and nervous system, and nausea caused by chemotherapy treatments.

THC: WHAT IS IT?

The chemical compound that produces the feeling of being “high” when smoked is known as THC. This compound is found in marijuana and is called delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol, abbreviated to THC.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THC?

Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is the main psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. It has been found to have therapeutic qualities such as pain relief and reducing nausea. It also can be used as a treatment for glaucoma and other eye diseases. However, it is important to note that these are just preliminary findings and there are no set standards for how much you should use or take for this type of medical treatment.

CBG: WHAT IS IT?

CBG is a cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant. CBG is an acronym for Cannabigerolic acid which is a precursor to THC and CBD.

It can be found in both high and low-CBD varieties of cannabis plants. CBG has been researched by scientists to provide relief for conditions such as inflammation, pain, and anxiety.

WHY IS CBG GOOD?

CBG has antipsychotic effects and may be neuroprotective. It also lowers nausea and vomiting, relieves anxiety, and treats inflammation, pain, and spasm.

CBN: WHAT IS IT?

CBN stands for cannabidiol, which means it’s a cannabinoid that can be found in the cannabis plant. The levels of CBN vary depending on the strain and the maturity of the cannabis plant, with higher levels typically found in older plants and flowers.

WHY IS CBN GOOD?

The chemical compound CBN is found in cannabis plants and is known to offer medicinal benefits. It’s also a potential sleeping agent, but more research is needed for this use.

TERPENES: WHAT ARE THEY?

Terpenes are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in plants and some animals.

They’re responsible for the aromas, flavors, and even colors associated with various types of vegetation.

In terms of cannabis, terpenes are what make certain strains smell or taste different from others.

WHY ARE TERPENES GOOD?

Terpenes are responsible for the aroma and flavor of fruits, herbs, and vegetables. When you take a sniff of any of these plants or stroll through a garden, you come into contact with terpenes. In regards to CBD, the terpenes within cannabis hold the chemicals responsible for the suggested wellness benefits.

CRUDE CBD OIL: WHAT IS IT?

Crude CBD oil is a product that contains CBD, or cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive cannabis compound.

Roughly 60% of cannabis from the marijuana plant is CBD, and it has been used as a therapeutic agent for managing pain, anxiety, seizures, and different other conditions.

Crude CBD oil is usually made from hemp plants because it’s a much cheaper form of product to produce.

WHY IS CRUDE CBD OIL GOOD?

Crude CBD oil has been reported to help with a variety of conditions such as relieving the effects of anxiety and depression, helping to reduce inflammation, promoting a healthy sleep schedule, and even reducing the chances of someone with epilepsy having a seizure.

WINTERIZED CBD OIL: WHAT IS IT?

Windertized CBD oil is simply crude CBD oil that doesn’t contain fats, lipids, and other unwanted materials.

WHY IS WINTERIZED CBD OIL GOOD?

Winterization is crucial because it is effective in removing cuticle wax from the hemp plant, which, when consumed, can cause respiratory problems. Winterized CBD oil offers greater flexibility in how you consume it and can also be used in the treatment of patients with various ailments.

FULL-SPECTRUM CBD: WHAT IS IT?

A full-spectrum CBD product contains multiple cannabis plant extracts, including essential oils, terpenes, and other cannabinoids, such as cannabinol, and may also contain up to 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

WHY CHOOSE FULL-SPECTRUM CBD?

Full-spectrum CBD may increase overall sleep amounts and improve insomnia. It also helps relax the mind and body and promotes a healthy stress response to promote feelings of tranquility.

BROAD-SPECTRUM CBD: WHAT IS IT?

The term “Broad Spectrum CBD” is often used to describe CBD that contains all the other cannabinoids including CBN, CBG, and CBC, as well as terpenes, flavonoids, and other plant compounds in addition to traces of THC.

These additional compounds work synergistically with CBD.

WHY USE BROAD-SPECTRUM CBD?

Broad Spectrum CBD acts as an antibiotic, anti-seizure, and anti-inflammatory.

THC-FREE CBD: WHAT IS IT?

A THC-free CBD oil is designed to provide the natural wellness benefits of hemp extract but without the trace amounts of THC found in most.

WHY IS THC-FREE CBD BENEFICIAL?

A recent study has shown that CBD can be used to treat a variety of conditions, but there is one major difference: THC-free CBD products contain 0% THC, thus any psychoactive properties. This means that while the user will still receive the benefits of the product, they won’t experience any of the negative side effects associated with other substances such as marijuana.

The Many Benefits of CBD

In conclusion, the benefits of CBD are wide-ranging and vast. No matter your ailment, it is likely that CBD can provide some relief. There are benefits currently being researched and discovered by scientists across the world. While the FDA has not federally legalized the use of cannabis – CBD is a stepping stone into the hemp wellness market.

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