CBD is the non psychoactive cannabinoid that is found in the hemp and the marijuana plant. What is the difference betweent the two? It is mostly harvested from hemp, which is legally required to have less than 03% THC.
CBD is just one of 85 chemical compounds that are referred to as cannabinoids. It is extracted and separated from strains of hemp plants. CBD is removed in the form of oil. There are actually many different ways to extract the CBD from the hemp plant. One method requires soaking the plant in grain alcohol. The liquid then absorbs the CBD in the plant. Once the plant is removed it leaves behind the CBD oil as the solvent evaporates.
There are newer processes to extract the CBD from the hemp plant. Machines are used to evaporate the alcohol, which is then saved for use later. This method provides a much purer CBD oil.
CO2 can also be used to extract CBD. There are many steps to this method and a number of different machines that have to be used. The machines can pressurize the container of hemp and blows the CO2 through the hemp leaves. Leaving the CBD behind, which can then be put into capsules, or infused into other products.
Some medical researchers believe that the best way to extract CBD is with “whole plant extraction” which captures all of the cannabinoids in the plant. This is believed because to achieve maximum performance all of the cannabinoids need to work together.