What is CBD Oil and How is it Extracted From the Hemp Plant?

esteban-lopez-297232-unsplashCannabinoid (CBD) oil is becoming increasingly popular across the world for its health benefits, but many consumers are still unsure on what exactly CBD oil is and how it is extracted from the hemp plant.

Despite many people still not understanding exactly what CBD oil is and the expertise it takes to extract it, the market is still set to grow exponentially within the next few years. In fact, recent reports indicate that the CBD market is estimated to grow by 700% by 2020, while Hemp Business Journal also predicts that the CBD market will grow to $2.1 billion by 2020.

This is a huge jump in value when compared with the CBD market of 2017, which stood at a value of $202 million.


So, what exactly is CBD oil?


CBD is a naturally occurring compound that occurs in the cannabis plant. It has grown in popularity in recent years due to its health benefits, in which it can be used for the treatment of various mental and physical illnesses, as well as possessing beneficial properties such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics.

As a result, CBD oil is now being produced into a wide range of commercial and pharmaceutical products, such as edibles, oils and creams.

Since these products do not give you the “high” of cannabis, CBD products are available and legal to purchase in most countries around the world.


How is CBD oil extracted from the hemp plant?


CBD is not easy to extract from the hemp plant. The medicinal properties of the plant can easily be damaged in the extraction process, so it’s important that the very best equipment is used for this process.

To be consumed by humans CBD oil must be pure and highly concentrated, and is commonly extracted from the hemp plant due it its significantly lower levels of THC – the property that gives the “high” of cannabis.

There are two popular ways for this extraction process to take place, either through ethanol or C02 equipment.

C02 extraction involves filtering plants through a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure, however this method involves the purchase of costly equipment and generally only isolates cannabinoids at 90% efficiency.

Ethanol, on the other hand, produces CBD oil at a 99% purity rating and machinery can be far more cost-effective than C02 equipment. Due to the higher quality of cannabinoid oil that the ethanol equipment creates, this is generally the preferred method for most extraction processes.


How can Cannabis Oil Tech help?


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