Cannabidiol (CBD) is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid in the hemp plant which has a multitude of health benefits including its abilities to help mood, insomnia and sleep issues, stress, immune function, anxiety and depression, IBS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, ADHD, Fibromyalgia, and many more. In fact, the power of CBD oil is rapidly becoming undeniable due to its effects on the entire endocannabinoid system.
The CBD Extraction Process
There are several extraction methods which can be utilized to obtain cannabidiol from the hemp plant. The most common methods include the use of petroleum or naphtha, ethanol or carbon dioxide (CO2).
Petroleum and Naphtha CBD Extraction
Petroleum-based solvents focus on extracting THC and are considered a less expensive way to create a potent product. However, these solvents tend to produce lower concentrations of CBD and other non-psychoactive cannabinoids and terpenes. The petroleum extraction method is also considered unsafe because of the solvent residue that remains after extraction which could cause potential problems with your health.
Ethanol CBD Extraction
Ethanol-based extraction is a safer means to extract CBD oil; however, oil extracted with ethanol can have higher amounts of chlorophyll which can change the taste and colouring of the product. Furthermore, ethanol extraction methods prevent concentrating CBD levels. This means that larger amounts of oil should be consumed to obtain all health benefits.
CO2 Extraction Process
CO2 extraction is considered the best method to preserve CBD oil purity. This cannabinoid extraction process is the most expensive as it requires specialized equipment and training; however, unlike petroleum and ethanol methods, the CO2 technique is both non-toxic and produces a potent product, concentrated with high levels of CBD.
Organa Wellness Centre CBD oil is extracted using the CO2 method. Through this process, CO2 is pressurized and brought to a low temperature. This captures CO2 in a liquid state to be used as a safe and natural solvent, allowing the extraction of essential oils—like CBD and terpenes—from plant material, while eliminating THC and chlorophyll.
Processing CBD oil through this method is expensive; however, it is the safest, most effective way to create the highest quality of cannabinoids, terpenes, essential oils and other hemp plant compounds without residues.