If you enjoy cannabis extracts and more specifically CBD, then it makes sense that you’re going to want extracts that have been made using the safest and cleanest extraction methods on the market.
If you have been searching for the purest and cleanest CBD extracts in Hawaii, then you have come to the right place! Why, you ask? Because of the supercritical CO2 extraction method, which we use for all of our CBD extracts. There are a variety of different extraction methods that companies and individuals use to extract cannabinoids, but the cleanest, safest, and most economical method is supercritical CO2 extraction.
What is supercritical CO2 extraction, you ask? Good question! In the following article, we’re going to take a look at what CO2 extraction is, how it works, and why it’s one of the most popular methods of extracting cannabinoids in the industry.
There are a variety of other extraction methods that people can use to extract cannabinoids such as CBD and THC from plant material. Some of these extraction methods include solvents and alcohol. In the following article, we’re going to be focusing on Supercritical CO2 extraction and why it’s the preferred extraction method.
What Is Supercritical CO2 Extraction?
There are over 113 cannabinoids that scientists have identified so far in the marijuana and hemp plants. While both hemp and marijuana may look and smell the same, they are, in fact, quite different plants that both belong to the same plant family, cannabis sativa.
Two of the most abundant cannabinoids found in the hemp and marijuana plants are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). THC is responsible for the euphoric high that many users experience when they use marijuana products, but CBD has no psychotropic properties and won’t get you high.
Through the use of the supercritical CO2 extraction process, manufacturers can target specific cannabinoids such as CBD. Most CBD is sourced from the industrial hemp plant because it’s high in CBD and low in THC. Studies have shown that it’s a safer method of extraction while also providing an increased yield.
Using specialized equipment and machines, CO2 gas is compressed into a supercritical state. In this state, the CO2 gas turns into an extremely cold liquid form. CO2 gas is placed into a machine that puts pressure on the gas at 75 pounds per square inch. Different compounds can be extracted at different levels depending on the pressure of the CO2. It’s the small level adjustments that allow producers to target certain compounds while excluding others.
Why Is Supercritical CO2 Preferred Over Solvents for Cannabis Extracts?
Many people use solvents such as butane, propane, and ethanol for the extraction of cannabinoids. While solvents may seem like a cheaper and easier option, with lower initial setup costs and equipment costs, the entire process can be quite labor-intensive. You’re also running the risk of having residual solvent left in the finished product.
The problem with many of these solvents is not only are they extremely unstable, but they can also leave dangerous levels of residue in the finished product if not handled correctly. CO2 extraction eliminates the need for any solvents and means that the finished product won’t contain even trace amounts of dangerous solvents.
While the initial costs of setting up a professional CO2 extraction system are high, in the long run, a system that’s set up correctly is going to save you money. Supercritical CO2 extraction is a safe and effective way to get maximum yield while reducing the amount of time handling and processing the finished product.
During the CO2 extraction process, the CO2 works much like a sanitizing agent. The finished product is clean and pure, with no additives or traces of solvents left in the finished product.
Supercritical CO2 Extraction Conclusion
When it comes to all of our CBD extracts, we always use supercritical CO2 extraction. We believe that it delivers a cleaner, purer, and more consistent product to our clients. While it may be a larger initial investment, the finished product is worth the large investment. If you would like to learn more about our range of CBD extracts or how we use supercritical CO2 extraction, then please don’t hesitate to contact us directly. Our friendly and professional customer service team is always more than happy to help!