Hemp Oil Extract Distillation
Cannabis oil is often viewed as the most versatile cannabis plant byproduct. It’s been said that THC and CBD distillate are the future of cannabis, making it desirable due to its potency, versatility and infinite application potential.
One of the newest production processes is known as distillation. Distillation is an extraction process that separates and refines cannabinoids at a molecular level. To fully isolate cannabinoids like CBD there are several refinement processes that must take place.
To produce single compound oils that can reach 99% purity, a process known as “fractional” or “short path distillation’ takes place.
Due to the volatility and varying boiling points of THC
As well as other cannabinoids and terpenes, they must be separated from the cannabis plant via hydrocarbon or CO2 solvent-based extraction techniques. Remaining impurities in this extracted oil including lipids and various other compounds must then be removed in order for the oil to be separated even further.
The next step of creating cannabis distillate is a process known as winterization, whereby a solvent such as ethanol is used in order to remove these unwanted compounds.
These isolated cannabinoids must then undergo decarboxylation, by which the compounds are heated enough to activate their therapeutic benefits
Finally, the material is run through a short path steam distillation or rational distillation chamber several times in order to purify the CBD further into a pure, isolated state.
To ensure that the critical attributes of taste, color, potency, and purity consistently meet quality control specifications for making phytocannabionoid-rich finished products, rigorous testing is implemented.