How complicated are CBD extraction methods?

Today, there are more than 30 CBD brands available in Hong Kong, and different CBD products claim to use this great method or that unique extraction technology, but for those of us who don’t work in a laboratory, we really don’t understand why there are so many methods. The following article will briefly introduce the most common extraction methods for CBD so that you can become an expert in 5 minutes!
 
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Distillation

(Not most ideal for CBD)

Distillation is one of the most commonly used extraction methods. It is usually suitable for obtaining plant essential oils and for plants that are not easily destroyed by heat.

Benefits
: The most commonly used extraction method. Time and cost of the process are relatively low.

Disadvantages
There may be trace amounts of THC remaining in the product after the extraction process.
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Enfleurage

(Not most ideal for CBD)

  
One of the oldest and traditional extraction methods in history that is mostly used for the extraction of herbs and spices, but the extraction process is relatively labor-intensive and inefficient compared to distillation, and is very rarely used in modern times.
 
Benefits:???
Disadvantages: Low efficiency, time-consuming, more processes, and varying amounts of THC components remain in the refining process.
 
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Cold-press extraction

(Not most ideal for CBD) 

The cold press method is usually used for obtaining essential oils. After the cold-pressed plant essential oil is extracted, it still requires chemical solvent separation to remove the various impurities that remain.

Benefits
: can highly retain integrity of the ingredients
Disadvantages
: There may be low to moderate amounts of THC remaining in the product after the extraction process.
 
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Solvent extraction

(Not most ideal for CBD)

 

It is not appropriate to use chemical solvents to extract CBD from the hemp plant. In addition to chemical solvent residues left in the end product, CBD molecules can also be destroyed during the process.

Benefits
: The cost is extremely low, and even a school laboratory can use this method of extraction!
Disadvantages
: There will be trace amounts of THC components and chemical solvent residues left the end product. In addition, chemical solvents will likely damage important ingredients in the CBD product.

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CO2 Supercritical Fluid Extraction

(Currently the best method for extracting CBD )
 
Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction method uses CO2 (carbon dioxide) as the extractant. Utilizing the characteristic that the critical temperature of carbon dioxide is close to room temperature, the extraction and separation can be completed at one time, and will not damage the extracted CBD. It is completely suitable for food and medicine products. Products manufactured using supercritical carbon dioxide technology are marked "CO2SFE "(Supercritical Carbon Dioxide).
 
Benefits: It can extract CBD ingredients with a high degree of purity without affecting the taste and flavor of the ingredients.
Disadvantages
: requires an environment that can control high temperature and pressure conditions, which is costly and time-consuming.