As you begin learning more about the finer points of hemp and how to choose quality products, there may be another aspect of CBD production that keeps showing up on your radar — extraction methods. This term refers to the method used to pull out or separate one substance from another and isolate compounds when combined. An example of this would be using hot water to brew tea. The heat from the liquid is used to extract the compounds from the herbs, which become available for your body to consume and absorb safely. A similar process takes place when it comes to producing CBD. There are many different ways to extract CBD from hemp, including ethanol extraction, which uses the grain alcohol to strip the cannabinoid from the plant material. Another method to extract CBD is lipid extraction.
What Is Lipid Extraction?
Lipid extraction is a technique used to draw out CBD as well as other cannabinoids and terpenes from the hemp plant. Lipids are naturally occurring fatty acids that provide a toxin-free way to separate compounds with minimal processing. The process includes applying pressure, heat, and time to absorb and encapsulate plant compounds into a lipid or fat like coconut oil, olive oil, or MCT oil. It’s a simple but effective method that preserves the beneficial nutrients with minimal processing. Without the use of any harsh chemicals, the integrity of the cells of the plant remain intact and free of any contaminants.
What Are the Benefits of Lipid Extraction?
One of the major benefits of utilizing lipid extraction is that it offers full-spectrum, whole-plant extracts that don’t use any alcohol or solvents. That means many of the nutrients, vitamins, essential fats, antioxidants and protein from the hemp plant are preserved and contained in the end product. Products made using the lipid extraction process may be able to capture a greater portion of the plant material than other extraction techniques. This is important because full-spectrum CBD has been shown to maintain greater efficacy than CBD isolate at higher doses in animal models.. Other studies have also shown that lipids promote better absorption of CBD when taken orally, which can substantially increase the bioavailability of the cannabinoid.
Why We Use Lipid Extraction
Clean, natural, and pure cannabinoids are the foundation of what we do and how we make our products. We use a coconut oil or MCT oil base in our proprietary lipid infusion process to carefully preserve the molecular structure and maximize the co-evolutionary benefits of the entourage effect. This method allows us to make sure that we draw the fullest possible spectrum of active compounds from the hemp plant. We use USDA-certified, sustainably sourced, organic hemp flower grown on Vermont farms to make potent products that are also non-GMO and vegan. Some of the products you can try include our Full-Spectrum CBD Capsules (30 mg, 50 mg, Blister Packs), Full-Spectrum CBD MCT Oil (Natural) and the Extra-Strength CBD Coconut Oil.