Everyday consumers are hearing more and more about the buzzword “CBD” but behind those three little letters are a line of farms, processors, and finished goods CBD manufacturers. Consumers are faced with a overdose of information and misinformation propelled by the internet. Processors and brands go to great lengths to focus on the bottom line to meet overhead and running costs to be competitive with today’s tight CBD market. Brands buy these bulk concentrated CBD oils in bulk and blend them with other ingredients into multiple finished goods.
One of the most common is Isolate CBD in its purest form. It’s exactly how it sounds— an isolated form of cannabidiol.
During the extraction process, everything from the chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, waxes, and lipids are removed or filtered out of the hemp plant except for one single cannabidiol (CBD) molecule. This leaves you with a pure CBD product but removes much of the needed support that the other minor cannabinoids that help the over the potency of CBD.
Distillate CBD has to go through several different refinement processes, starting with crude extraction. This requires the use of a solvent to remove cannabinoids from the plant matter.
Then it has to go through what is known as winterization. This requires the crude extract and solvent to be mixed and left in an extremely cold climate for 24-48 hours so it can congeal and separate.
The next step is decarboxylation using high amounts of heat until its refined until it becomes a pure, isolated product. These over-processing concentrating elements and isolating molecules using unnatural extraction reduces the natural elements and moves the goal post of natural health further away. Test results on residual solvents
Solvent Extracted CBD
There are several extraction methods dominating today’s CBD market these days. Those are (BHO) Butane Extraction, CO2 Extraction, Alcohol Extraction, and the new kid on the block that’s catching major attention is Cold Pressed CBD Oil. So we are going to explore these methods and maybe help consumers understand the differences and why they matter.
Butane extraction is a form of hydrocarbon extraction, which is the process of using a hydrocarbon like butane or propane as the solvent to extract cannabis concentrates.
Among the many extraction methods processors are now using, BHO extraction remains popular because of its low-cost and effectiveness. It can be done at home without any fancy machinery.
Alcohol Extraction: It is the process of extracting essential oils and cannabinoids from the Cannabis plant by using ethyl or isopropyl as the solvent. Once the plant material is removed, the alcohol is evaporated leaving behind a sticky and highly potent substance. Further purification is done to obtain various forms of oil.
Co2 Extraction: Unarguable probably one of the safest among all the Solvent-based extraction methods. With increasing regularity, cannabis concentrate manufacturers are choosing CO2 extraction methods because they are non-toxic and environmentally friendly. CO2 extraction is a process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull specific desired phytochemicals from a plant. At certain temperatures and pressures, CO2 behaves like a solvent without the dangers of actually being one. The most common CO2 extraction method has been “Supercritical,” where the extraction solvent behaves like both a liquid and a gas. Supercritical is a high pressure, high-temperature process that damages terpenes and other heat-sensitive chemicals, but can extract large molecules such as lipids, chlorophyll, and waxes. Solvent power can be modified by adjusting the temperature and/or pressure.
Unfortunately, this method also pulls allot more than just cannabinoids out. It also pulls the beneficial fats, terpenes, and other natural elements. Separating molecules the plant’s natural elements and playing god with the plant’s natural molecules is what got us in the pharmaceutical mess we are now in. Anytime you isolate or concentrate the plant’s molecules we believe the goal post of natural health moves further away. Now before we get up in arms that concentrating elements are great for helping with chronic illness or other related uses where one might need to be treated with a concentrated form of cannabinoids.
Alcohol Extraction: Ethanol, low-grade alcohol, and butane are among the most common substances used in solvent extraction. Although ethanol extracts the full range of cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant, which makes the end product safe for consumption, it also extracts chlorophyll which may lead to some unpleasant side effects.
You can remove the chlorophyll by filtering the extract, but you significantly reduce the oil’s potency. Butane offers a stronger oil than ethanol, but it is more likely to contain solvents that could irritate the lungs.
For extraction, the liquid is added to the plant material. The extraction liquid will strip away the cannabinoids and flavor from the plant material but will probably take some green colorings too. Once enough cannabinoids have been extracted, heat the liquid to evaporate it down to the CBD base oil. Unfortunately, this also alters the plant’s natural elements and adulterates them to an unfamiliar molecular state the body has a hard time understanding.
Cold Pressed Extraction: It seems there is a new kid on the block rising in popularity among consumers who are searching for a product that offers a much safer option for those looking for all-natural cbd oil. Cold Pressed CBD Oil coined by Apex Hemp Oil is 100% solventless and cold-pressed extraction method that uses no solvents gasses or heat. This produces an all-natural organic product that is much safer and full of natural elements that your body will love. There are some drawbacks to Cold Pressed CBD Oil as its completely smokeless so it’s used more for topical’s and food additives. By Cold Pressing the whole plant’s natural elements the consumer also gets the beneficial fats, vitamins, minerals, waxes, and Phyto-Cannabinoids left intact and undisturbed. This method extraction gently releases the plant’s natural molecule’s thus making it a perfect topical or food additive and unsuitable for the smoking market without further refinement. Cold Pressed CBD Oil means consumers have the confidence that the products that they are consuming are safe healthy and free of unwanted, chemicals, solvents or additives. Behind those tiny little words is a world of processing methods science and understanding them and their health and safety concerns matter. All (CBD) CannBinoiDs are not created equal and depending on how they are processed might carry more risk than reward.
Apex hemp Oil is 100% Cold Pressed Full Spectrum Hemp Oil seems to be a much safer bet than hemp processed with un-natural extraction methods. Apex is the leader in Cold Pressed Extraction and believes that using the whole plant and gently Cold Pressing this retains the all natural vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and enzymes, unadulterated and in perfect form much like a glass of your favorite orange juice. Apex Hemp Oil takes the whole food approach and uses only all natural and organic ingredients with all our skin care and beauty care products. We take great pride in sourcing a cold pressing all our own oils for all our products. We feel by using the most primitive method of cold pressing and un-adulterating processing this is welcomed by the body instead of invading it with unnatural ingredients. At the end of the day we dont feel like you and your family want to be a science experiment through unnatural extraction methods and unnatural ingredients.