Often when we discuss CBD, we mention that it’s derived or extracted from hemp. However, we don’t often dive into detail about how CBD is extracted from the plant itself. It’s not picking fruit off a tree, it’s actually a highly specialized process, and different extraction methods can lead to different results.
At Axis Labs, we’re all about helping you make smart decisions about your health and wellness. It’s why we have an entire page dedicated to our quality control process. Today, we wanted to walk you through our CBD extraction method and why we chose it for our premium CBD products.
What is CBD Extraction?
Unlike other plant products, CBD cannot be harvested by picking up fruits or oils. It has to be removed from the plant in order to utilize the useful cannabinoids in products like capsules, tinctures, and gummies. Across the industry, there are a variety of extraction methods, including CO2 extraction, olive oil extraction, and liquid solvent extraction. Each come with their own host of benefits and downsides, and depending on which products the CBD manufacturer is making, they may choose one extraction method over another.
Our Choice of Hemp
Equally as important as the extraction method is the hemp that the CBD is derived from. The fact is, poor quality hemp will lead to poor quality products, no matter how advanced the extraction method is. That’s why Axis Labs uses hemp from organic hemp farmers here in Colorado. We personally visit the farms to ensure that the growing practices are natural and ethical. Their hemp is rich in CBD and has been cultivated to ensure that its THC content is far below the legal THC limit of 0.3%. We’ve found that the Colorado climate is ideal for growing and drying hemp.
Our Cold Extraction Method
We base all of our products around our premium CBD oil, which we extract using a distinct method ─ cold extraction. This process is state-of-the-art and food-grade safe, meaning that you can rest assured knowing you’re getting a high-quality and healthy product.
What’s Different Between Cold and Ambient Extraction?
While both use ethanol extraction, the results are quite different but equally valuable.
Cold extraction yields a higher quality oil that doesn’t pull the lipids and chlorophyll, but still maintains the natural terpene profile and amber color. With its 64-70% CBD concentration, this oil is well-suited for our tinctures and gummies.
The ambient extraction pulls some of the fats, lipids, and chlorophyll, resulting in a high profile of natural terpenes. The extract is dark green in color with amber tones. With a concentration of 50-65% and a unique earthy taste, this method does not yield the quality of CBD we demand for our products.
We chose the cold extraction method for the immense benefits it has to offer our products and you. For instance, theis method allow us to obtain a full-plant extract, meaning we use every part of the plant to create our CBD. Rather than obliterating the hemp and making it into a powder before extracting the CBD, cold extraction captures the vital nutrients, minerals, and terpenes in the hemp.
It's also a pressure-free process, meaning that the terpenes within the hemp are not compromised during extraction. With more of the plant and its cannabinoids intact, our CBD oil can help maintain the entourage effect.
Our filtration process after extraction uses 10, 5, and 1-micron filtration to remove any impurities from the oil, ensuring the purity of our CBD is unrivaled. Unlike other extraction methods, like CO2, this process only uses one solvent, ethanol, which has been recognized by the FDA as safe for consumption.
The end result of all of this work is a high-quality oil that is rich in CBD. Our cold extracted oils test out between 60-70% CBD, which means we can use less oil to offer you the same concentration of CBD. This means that you get an effective product that offers the benefits you’re looking for without that distinct hemp taste.
The Best Methods Yield the Best Products
At Axis Labs, we’re always in pursuit of producing better quality products. We’re willing to pursue and explore the latest and greatest in extraction methods in order to do it. We offer some of the finest full-spectrum CBD products on the market, thanks to our clean, sustainable, and cost-effective extraction methods.
We invite you to try the entire line of Axis Labs CBD products, from shots to gummies, hemp oil to pain relief creams, and more, we’ve got the hemp-based goods designed to fit naturally into your lifestyle.