What is CO2 Extracted CBD Oil?
Posted on January 20th, 2022 to AroMed CBD & Aromatherapy Blog
When shopping for CBD (cannabidiol) oil or CBD tinctures at Aromed Essentials, you may notice that we mention we use CO2-extracted cannabinoids. What does CO2 extracted CBD mean? Why is this important? Here is a closer look.
What does CO2 extracted CBD mean?
CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction is a process that involves using pressurized and temperate CO2 to pull phytochemicals out of plant matter. The process relies on upscale, expensive equipment, but allows producers to create a pure product that does not contain residual solvents.
Supercritical CO2 is a form of CO2 that is held at either a unique pressure or temperature in order to force the gas into a more fluid state. By adjusting temperature and pressure, processors can control the state of the CO2, which works out extremely well in terms of botanical extraction. The fluid state can be used to first immerse the plant matter, and then the fluid can be converted into gas to remove any residual CO2 from the material.
How does CO2 oil extraction work?
The basic CO2 extraction process will look something like this:
- A chamber in the extraction equipment is filled with plant material
- Pressurized CO2 is forced into the holding chamber
- The CO2 pulls out the cannabinoids
- Particles are pushed into a separator chamber
- The captured oil naturally falls away from the CO2 into a vessel for collection
- CO2 rises out of the separator for reuse
The collected oil is then further processed as needed by the manufacturer; what remains after CO2 extraction is actually quite concentrated. For example, the highly concentrated, cannabinoid-rich oil may be added to a carrier oil for easier dosing or enhanced with essential oils.
Is CO2 extracted CBD oil safe?
CBD is considered generally safe when it comes from a reliable source, especially one that relies on CBD harvested through CO2 extraction. CO2 extraction is often thought of as the gold standard in modern-day cannabinoid extraction. It produces a pure, clean end product. Other extraction processes often rely on solvents like alcohol or butane. While both can be effective for the purpose, they are more likely to damage the sensitive elements of the plant and leave behind residual particles in the end product. Therefore, CBD oil extracted using CO2 could be deemed as a safer product.
Note: All of our CBD oils are made using CO2 extraction!
CO2 Extraction FAQs
Can CO2 extracted CBD be full spectrum?
Absolutely. In fact, one of the perks of CO2 extraction is the fact that dozens of other plant elements can be extracted beyond just the CBD. Cannabis, including hemp, contains hundreds of identified compounds that bring their own benefits to an end product. The theory known as the entourage effect describes how cannabinoids and terpenes may work together for a more profound level of interaction with the endocannabinoid system. Therefore, CO2 extraction is especially valuable.
Are CBD tinctures from CO2 extraction decarboxylated?
CO2 extraction alone does not decarboxylate cannabidiol. Just like THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), CBD does have to be decarboxylated for end-users to experience the full benefits. The CBD cannabinoid starts out in the plant as CBDA (cannabidiolic acid), which basically means the molecule has an extra carbon bond. When CBD tinctures are created, either the initial plant material or the extract after CO2 extraction must be aptly heated to convert any remaining CBDA into CBD.
Can you buy flavored CO2 CBD oil?
You may! Here at AroMed, we carry a variety of flavors to cater to many different tastebuds. Ours include:
Find CBD Oil and Tincture Made Using CO2 Extraction
CO2 extraction has made it possible for interested consumers to truly experience the value of CBD in a pure, safe way. Further, CO2 extracted CBD oil can serve up that ever-important full-spectrum experience. Be sure to take a look at our full-spectrum, CO2 CBD oil today!