How to Extract CBD Oil from Hemp

How to Extract CBD Oil from Hemp

Cannabis plants contain naturally occurring compounds called cannabinoids that primarily include marijuana or hemp plants. Cannabidiol (CBD), is desirable among people looking for relief from inflammation, pain, anxiety, and other ailments. For legality purposes, many people extract CBD products from the stalks and stems of hemp plants. The hemp plants contain 3% or less Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This makes the plants the best option to use for industrial hemp in the extraction of CBD oil. After cultivation and maturity, hemp plants go into an extraction facility for processing. Let us take a closer look on how to extract cbd oil from hemp.

 

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Winterization

Winterization is the extraction process to remove unwanted elements from the plant. Mostly, unwanted elements include fats, waxes, and lipids. Manufacturers perform the process at high pressure and temperature. These conditions facilitate an intense extraction that pulls everything from the plant. However, the extract is crude oil because it includes material that is unnecessary in the final product. This implies that the oil needs refining. Therefore, the next thing involves mixing the extract is with alcohol and stirring vigorously until thoroughly mixed. The mixture is placed in a deep freezer overnight. In the morning, the mixture appears cloudy and is ready for the filtration process. After filtration, the oil is ready for consumption.

 

CO2 Extraction

CO2 extractions are the more sophisticated processes. It requires a greater level of chemistry expertise and a more refined technique to get the best yields at an efficient output. To do this, experts perform most CO2 extractions in commercial labs using special equipment. It is imperative to note that the equipment is unaffordable for personal use. The CO2 extraction process utilizes temperature and pressure differences to isolate cannabinoids from other elements. The experts achieve this at high-efficiency rates by passing the hemp through a system of chambers that control temperature and pressure administered to the plant matter. The output is typically concentrated and pure extraction that contains high levels of CBD oil. Additionally, along with the oil is a handful of other present cannabinoids in the plant that is safe for human consumption.

 

Lipid-Based Extractions

Typically, a lipid-based extraction focuses to dissociate the active cannabinoids into lipid or fat. One can do this by applying pressure and heat for a specified period. This technique is similar to the process of making what is known as “cannabutter.” One can perform lipid extraction in two approaches. First, one can heat the mixture of decarboxylated plant matter and the fat of choice over a stove.
On the other hand, one can combine the ingredients in a vessel and heating them in a water bath to prevent burning. After the mixture has come to the ideal temperature, one leaves it to cool so that it will bind to the lipids in as high a volume as possible. Some experts even repeat this process after cooling to allow more of the cannabinoids to bind.

 

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Conclusion

When attempting to extract only CBD oil from plant oil, it prudent to focus on reducing the number of extraneous cannabinoids in the extract. This will help you get safe-to-consume CBD oil that will not be harmful.