CBD oil continues to grow in popularity, and there are no signs that it will slow down anytime soon. In fact, over a third of US adults report having tried or using CBD regularly.
As more consumers discover the wonderful world of CBD, the more educated they become. However, a common question that many consumers still ask is how is CBD oil made?
Making CBD oil isn’t an easy or fast process. But as a consumer, there are a few things you should know about making CBD Oil.
Making CBD Oil Starts with Great Hemp
CBD oil is derived from hemp plants. So it should be no surprise that making high-quality CBD oil starts with high-quality hemp.
Before hemp seeds even touch the ground, the soil is sowed and tested for herbicides. Once it’s determined the soil is ideal for hemp, the farming process can begin.
- Hemp is a very unique produce for a few different reasons, including:
- Hemp plants can be planted very close together
- Removes metals and toxins from the soil
- Grows rapidly in a short time frame
- Uses very little water
- Requires no fertilizer
We here at bicocbd+, understand that to provide a life-changing product to our customers requires great hemp. That’s why all our hemp is sourced from US farmers using organic growing practices.
Hemp isn’t just impacted by the way it’s grown but also by how it’s harvested. Harvesting season can vary depending on where the hemp is grown. But generally, hemp is harvested in the fall.
Before harvesting can take place, a sample of the product must be collected. The sample is sent for testing by the state’s department of agriculture.
The state then tests to make sure the sample is less than 0.03% THC. In order for the product to be federally legal, the product must be less than 0.03% THC. All of our products are 0.00% THC.
After the sample is tested and confirmed to be legal, hemp plants can be collected. Once the plant is collected, it goes through a drying and curing process. The curing process takes approximately one month.
After being completely dried, the flowers are removed from the hemp plant. Flowers are where the strongest concentration of cannabis is found. Once the flower is dried and removed, the extraction process can begin.
How to extract CBD oil from hemp
Turning the CBD extract into a usable form for a product is known as extraction. There are various extraction methods for making CBD oil. Each extraction method offers its own pros and cons. CBD oil extraction methods include:
Co2 extraction is the most common method of CBD extraction. Hemp is placed in a chamber filled with carbon dioxide. As pressure is applied to the chamber, the carbon dioxide turns into liquid.
The liquid absorbs the hemp and flavor. The newly created liquid enters a final step where the carbon dioxide is turned into a gas.
One of the simplest methods is alcohol extraction. The alcohol method involves using liquid solvents like butane, ethanol, or isopropyl alcohol.
While alcohol extraction is a common method and gaining popularity, it has some major drawbacks. Tests show that alcohol extraction can leave oil with an unpleasant taste and that solvent residue may be left behind.
Oil extraction requires the hemp plant to be cooked in oil. In some cases, the oil can be as simple as common kitchen olive oil. Heating the oil extracts the cannabinoids.
The biocbd+ extraction method
At biocbd+, we buy organic hemp that only uses one method of extraction -the supercritical CO2 extraction process. This method of extraction is expensive and time-consuming but provides our customers with the highest-quality product possible. As an added bonus, the supercritical CO2 extraction process method is environmentally friendly and requires no combustible materials.
Making CBD oil products
Once the extraction process is complete, the CBD oil can be combined with other oils and flavoring. This is when great products can start to be created. We have three different products including:
To learn more about each product and its uses, visit the product pages.
You may think developing products is the last step in making CBD oil, but there is still one crucial step – testing. Any high-quality CBD product will have products tested. Test results should be clearly listed on the products’ labels or clearly listed somewhere on the brand’s website.
The most trusted tests come from third parties. We’re proud to say all of our products are tested, and the results can easily be found on our website. Visit our Certificate of Analysis page to see our tests results.
As you can see, the answer to how is CBD oil made isn’t very simple. Making a great CBD product has many different steps that all require attention. From the first second of farming to the moment the product arrives at your door, biocbd+ is committed to providing the best CBD product possible.