There are several methods to extracting CBD from the hemp plant, and CO2 extraction is arguably the industry’s gold standard to doing so. This is because CO2 extraction methods utilize carbon dioxide(CO2) to collect CBD in a way that is safe for the environment, consumer and manufacturer. Additionally, CO2 extraction technology is advanced and highly customizable, thus resulting in a more pure, premium-quality CBD oil.
CO2 extraction is the process of manipulating CO2’s natural state with equipment that alters temperature and pressure to create a substance that has properties of both a liquid and a gas. A substance is considered to be in a “supercritical” state if it possesses characteristics of both a liquid and a gas. This method works to extract CBD from the hemp plant material by using specific amounts of heat and pressure to alter CO2 into its supercritical state. Once the CO2 is in a supercritical state it acts as a solvent, which causes the plant material to separate in a way that allows the CO2 to collect its essential compounds. Finally, the CO2 is separated from the organic compounds and the end result is a pure, full spectrum CBD oil.
Here at Seabedee, we utilize supercritical CO2 extraction to cultivate each and every one of our CBD products. Ensuring that our products are exceptional and safe for our customers has always been our priority at Seabedee. CO2 extraction processes guarantee that our customers will be getting exactly what they paid for in the most efficient, safe and savvy way possible. Keep reading below to get a deeper understanding about supercritical CO2 extraction, and why we believe it is the best method for extracting CBD.
Manipulating the temperature and pressure of CO2 causes it to exist in solid and liquid forms simultaneously. The equipment and operation experience necessary is advanced. Manufacturers must have considerable experience, and the CO2 extraction equipment costs a pretty penny, to say the least. However if a CBD company is reputable and well established, it is well worth the money spent on CO2 extraction equipment. But before we go over the many pros provided by CO2 extraction, let’s first take a closer look at the industrial process.
Specialized equipment is used to decrease the temperature of CO2 to -69°F and increase the pressure of CO2 to 75 pounds per square inch (PSI). This causes the CO2 to achieve a liquid state. Upon achieving the liquid CO2 state, the temperature and pressure are increased to achieve the supercritical state of CO2. In the supercritical state, CO2 behaves like a liquid and a gas at the same time. Supercritical CO2 can fill a container just like CO2 in its gas state would, however, it also has the density of a liquid when it’s supercritical. Supercritical CO2 is ideal for chemical extraction of CBD because it does not cause denaturing or damage to the plant or its components. When supercritical CO2 passes through the hemp-plant material in the chamber of the machine, it separates the plant material and carries the essential compounds out of it; a process known as fractionation. The CO2 is then separated from the essential compounds, and the substance left is a pure full spectrum CBD concentrate. Meanwhile, the supercritical CO2 is passed through a condenser and converted into liquid CO2. This liquid CO2 is then stored in a storage container and is used again to repeat the process, thus making it exceptionally eco-friendly and time-efficient.
At Seabedee, we proudly use solventless, supercritical CO2 extraction as the only means to extracting CBD for our products. Here’s just a few of the reasons why we see CO2 extraction to be the best method for extracting CBD:
1. CO2 extraction has the capacity to extract dozens of cannabinoids and terpenes, thus revealing the benefits of the Entourage Effect.
2. CO2 extraction method is recyclable, highly safe, cost-effective (after the initial equipment purchase), and tackles the largest workloads in the industry.
3. CO2 extraction increases the likelihood of getting a clean and quality product that is free of harmful chemical residues.
4. CO2 extraction offers an exceptional level of control.
5. CO2 extraction allows for highly efficient yields, meaning it’s getting the most out of the hemp plant.
Here at Seabedee we believe that CO2 extraction is the safest and most effective way to extract a high-quality CBD, and we want only the best for our customers. You can trust that your CBD needs will be met, and expectations exceeded, when shopping with us. Come check out our CBD products today on the Seabedee website. New to using CBD? No problem! Take our quiz to receive a personalized CBD product recommendation, just for you. Already know exactly what you’re looking for? Great! Just head over to our shop and pick out your CO2-extracted, CBD product today!