Demystifying some frequently asked questions about how CBD OIL is extracted or pressed and what is the best method of CBD extraction and pressing
A common question customers have is, "What is cold-pressed CBD oil?" As you may know, there are several CBD extraction methods brands can use to remove the 500-plus naturally occurring compounds from the hemp plant. Companies advertise they're using the safest or most effective process to develop their CBD formulas. However, that's not accurate. The two most common methods are CO2 and ethanol. Another option is cold-pressed method.
Understanding Cold-Pressed CBD Oil Method
The only method that preserves all the plant compounds and is 100% natural is cold-pressing. This cold-pressed CBD oil method is the same process cold-pressed organic essential oils use. The cold-pressing method uses multiple pressing cycles to press all the plant compounds, most notably phytocannabinoids and terpenes. This method leads to a final product that is more potent with fewer adverse side effects.
How is Cold-Pressed CBD Better than CO2?
Many brands promote CO2 as the best method because you don't use solvents, such as ethanol. However, there's nothing natural about forcing CO2 into a supercritical or subcritical state and forcing it through the hemp flowers. Cold-pressed removal doesn't involve extreme temperatures or solvents.
How is Cold-Pressing CBD Better Than Ethanol Extraction?
Another method companies like to use as a "more effective" and safer alternative to CO2 is ethanol. This procedure doesn't force CO2 gases through the flowers. Instead, it pushes harsh alcohol through the hemp and flushes the final product to remove most traces of ethanol. Again, cold-pressed removal doesn't involve low- or high-temperature exposure or alcohol.
Decarboxylating CBD After the Pressing Process
You may have noticed that this method doesn't mention a decarboxylation process to "activate" the phytocannabinoids. We can complete the finishing procedure after the pressing, if necessary. However, brands aren't always going through this process now. Over the past few years, research has shown that phytocannabinoid acids and phytocannabinoids offer advantages.
So, with this process, brands can decide if they want a whole plant product that preserves most of the phytocannabinoids and terpenes, something they won't get with any other extraction method. The alternative is a decarboxylated oil that will destroy some of those beneficial compounds.
Winterization After Cold-Pressed Method
Some customers want a pure oil that's only cannabinoids, terpenes, vitamins, minerals, and flavonoids. The final product must go through a winterization process involving cold temperatures to separate the waxes and lipids from the oil to achieve this result. When the processing is complete, the remaining oil is infused into a carrier oil, such as MCT oil which allows it to enter the bloodstream.
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