How it’s Made: Concentrated CBD Isolate

July 18th, 2018

What a wild ride it’s been since the 1930s when Reefer Madness captivated a country full of impressionable parents and lawmakers concerned with the rising popularity of one specific plant, the hemp (or Cannabis) plant. Fast forward almost a hundred years, and Cannabis has taken on a life of its own, evolving, with the help of science, into a global powerhouse industry, and laying the foundation for hundreds of product innovations with consumer applications squarely in mind.

Despite the fact that CBD, or cannabidiol, the non-psychedelic cannabinoid found in hemp, was discovered in the 1940s, it was never given its fair share of research because of its close chemical-proximity to the highly-psychedelic marijuana flower. The prejudice against the hemp plant lasted quite a long time, but we have some good news: it’s not 1940 or 1980, it’s 2018, and CBD’s time has come at long last.

There are many forms of CBD extract on the market today, but at Innovative Separations, we want to take this opportunity to break down the CBD extract process for our isolate product, in particular, because of its medicinal and therapeutic potential. CBD isolate is 99% pure CBD with zero traces of THC, and all excess plant materials removed. This results in the most concentrated form of CBD available.

The process begins with the growing of hemp or another high-CBD strain. When the plant is fully matured, it is harvested and prepared for CBD extraction. Extraction uncouples the cannabinoids from the terpenes, the terpenes from the trichomes, and the trichomes from the flavonoids. Once each cannabinoid is separated and isolated from its chemical counterparts, you’re left with cannabis concentrate. Some common extraction methods include:

  • CO2
  • Butane
  • Alcohol/ethanol
  • Ice water

Depending on the form of concentrate you are trying to isolate (e.g., liquid, solid, semi-solid) you can then make things like wax, shatter, tincture, and oil. But, if it is CBD isolate you seek, you’ll need to refine that concentrate through a process called winterization.

Winterization is just a fancy scientific term for the cooling of a chemical substance in order to “exorcise” impurities. The extraction and refining processes sound simple, but they are really not. Some extraction methods can be successful at home, but winterization is slightly more complicated than throwing your cannabis concentrate in the freezer for a couple of days.

At Innovative Separations, we offer the highest grade of CBD isolate available, extracted from hemp plants grown in Central Point, Oregon, one of the most natural environments for growing cannabis in the world.

For more information on CBD isolate, and to learn more about the different forms of CBD extract we offer, continue browsing our site, or contact us at 800-787-0018 to see how we can provide bulk CBD solutions for your business.

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