Have you ever wondered how Cannabidiol (CBD) is extracted?
They are naturally found in cannabis plants and their popularity has tremendously increased in the past few years.
It is well known for its therapeutic properties without the psychoactive effects that are associated with tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
This article, tell look into the art and science of extracting CBD from cannabis plants and the different technology and method that is used to make this possible.
1. Understanding CBD and Its Significance
CBD is known to be one of the several cannabinoids that are found in cannabis plant strains. Compare to THC which is said to have a “high” sensation, CBD is rather embraced because it is non-psychoactive and has therapeutic properties.
It has been proven that its therapeutic benefits are possible because of its interaction with the endocannabinoid system in our brain, which is 2gat we use to process regulate emotions regulation, control pain, regulate temperature, sleep, and immune response.
2. Legal Status of CBD
The 2018 Farm Bill removed hemp from the definition of marijuana and made CBD products legal under federal law, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC
The reason there’s a limit on it is to make sure users do not end up experiencing any psychoactive effects
Though the case may be different across other states, the authority to regulate it is in the hands of their respective governments.
3. Extraction Methods
There are different methods of extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, but we’ll only be looking at the most popular methods for now:
- Alcohol Extraction: This is done by using butane to extract the needed terpenes and flavonoids from the cannabis plant. One thing about this method is that it can easily be replicated at a small scale because it doesn’t require any advanced expertise. But the disadvantage of this method is the potential for solvent residues to remain in the final extract, which can destroy the purity and potency of the CBD oil
- CO2 Extraction: For this method, you use pressurized CO2 to get essential terpenes and plant waxes. This cannot be easily replicated because it demands a level of expertise and it is usually more expensive than a normal alcohol extraction. And yes, the CBD oil is of higher quality
Considerations For Future Extraction Techniques
With the fast growth in the Cannabis industry, businesses must work towards improving the techniques for CBD Extraction.
There are thousands of chemicals that are in Cannabis and each of them is different. Therefore the method of extracting them must be carefully done to keep the components pure.
Recent research shows that when organic solvents are being used, it’ll make the extraction easier for medicinal purposes.
But there’s a need to encourage devising green and sustainable cannabis extraction methods for future reference.
Also Read – The Future of CBD: Trends and Directions
Extracting CBD must be carefully done to ensure the best quality is extracted to get the best quality in CBD products that can be used in the Cannabis industry.
Dr. Jason O’Donnell works at Holy Cross General Hospital. He is a General Practitioner with extensive experience in cardiology, geriatrics, adult medicine, and internal medicine. Dr. O’Donnell studied at the UCL Medical School and holds a Doctor of Medicine in London in the UK. He also completed an internal medicine internship at London Imperial College. From here he went on to complete a residency in internal medicine at St. George’s London University. He is currently practicing adult medicine, cardiology, geriatrics, and internal medicine at Holy Cross General Hospital. Before he performs any operation, he first assesses the patient’s medical goals and concerns. After the surgery, he monitors the recovery of the patient and makes adjustments to the treatment program, when necessary. Dr. O’Donnell is also a proud member of Health for Humanity where he volunteers his skills in medicine for people in need across the globe.