How is CBD Produced?
Using Supercritical CO2 Extraction for CBD Products
At The Cannabis Oil Company, we provide CBD products made using a process called 'Supercritical CO2 Extraction'. This is a common and highly-effective procedure that poses many benefits for the outcome of CBD production. But what does that actually mean for you, and why should you care?
Because our bodies produce carbon dioxide, it is considered a ‘natural product’. This is why the FDA considers it as a safe and clean way of producing CBD products - and it’s no new method either. Our CO2 extraction method is common in various industries, including coffee-making to extract caffeine from coffee beans, producing carbonated soft drinks and in food products.
CO2 Extraction is considered the best method in producing CBD, as it ensures pure, clean and quality results. By using a supercritical process, the product produced is free of any toxins or solvent chemicals that could harm the scent profile.
CO2 extraction is an environmentally-friendly method. It’s non-toxic and the extraction process does not contribute towards carbon emission increases in the atmosphere. The looped method also allows for the CO2 to be reused!
The extraction process does not bring any petroleum-based solvents like butane into the mix, removing the danger of explosions. In fact, the cannabinoids produced are completely pure and have minimal risk of contaminants.
When we discuss CO2 Extraction, we talk about the art of manipulating the form of carbon dioxide by utilizing temperature and pressure. This sounds complex, but for our team of medical experts and professional lab technicians, the process is a popular and safe procedure that ensure quality CBD products time and time again.
Firstly, using state of the art lab equipment, CO2 gas is frozen and compressed into a ‘supercritical’ liquid state, maintaining a temperature below -69℉ and increasing the pressure to 75 pounds per square inch.
Once the CO2 is at a supercritical state, the fluid is passed through a chamber that contains the raw cannabis material. When the fluid enters the chamber, it dissolves into the membrane of the trichomes and captures the active compounds such as terpene oils and other waxes of the plant.
The CO2 (including the active compounds) is then pumped through a separator and broken down into its constituent parts. Once it has separated, the compounds are passed to a collection receptacle, whilst the CO2 is returned to the storage tank as a liquid where it can be used to restart the process again.
If you have any other questions regarding the extraction process, or general production of our CBD range, then please do not hesitate to contact us.