Why is Cold Pressed CBD so important?
We are often asked what set’s our CBD oil apart from the hundreds of other oils on the UK market.
When it comes to quality and standards we have tried to set a very high bar, we are one of only a few companies that have official certification for being a fully organic and vegan CBD oil. However, we feel the most important feature that sets us apart from the crowd is our CBD extraction method, using a cold pressed technique.
This brings us to the question…
Why is cold press the best process of extraction for hemp and CBD oil?
The cold press technique of extracting CBD oil from hemp is the most natural and environmentally friendly. This culminates in a CBD oil that retains the full profile (full spectrum) of cannabinoids from the hemp plant. As a result, our oil is as close to nature as it can possibly be and allows you to experience the full benefits of the Entourage Effect.
What are the other CBD extraction methods out there?
There are three main techniques used to process hemp plants into CBD oil, these methods are:
- Cold press
- Alcohol Extraction
- CO2 Extraction
Below we give a brief breakdown to help understand the key differences between these methods:
We use only the hemp plant with no additional additives, this is then put through a press (similar to a juicer), and the pure organic hemp extract that comes out of the press is what we use to produce our CBD oil. Using this process retains most elements of the hemp plant, such as the natural fats, vitamins, oils, nutrients, and phytonutrients. Due to this, our CBD oil looks and tastes different to other CBD oils on the market that use alcohol or CO2 extraction.
This is where the hemp buds and leaves are immersed in alcohol, penetrating the plant cell walls and dissolving the CBD into the alcohol solution. That solution is then run through a still and at various temperatures, the terpenes, CBD and THC are condensed. The final product is dependent on the quality of the distillation. The volumes of each substance fluctuate from batch to batch. Due to the remaining biomass being saturated in alcohol, it is unfortunately rendered unusable.
This process of extraction involves pushing Supercritical CO2 (Supercritical CO2 is a fluid state of carbon dioxide where it is held at or above its critical temperature and critical pressure) in an extremely unnatural way through the hemp.
This supercritical CO2 passes through the hemp like a gas and dissolves the CBD like a liquid solvent. Once the CBD is extracted from the cells, it turns into a yellow foamy substance, which no longer resembles anything that grows naturally. The oil is then mixed with alcohol during processes called emulsification, filtration and distillation to eliminate the lipids (CBD absorption rates in the body are higher in the presence of lipids). This process, we feel makes the CBD far less effective for use. In our view, CO2 extraction is the least natural method of CBD extraction.
To make a final product from either alcohol or CO2 extraction, the manufacturer will take the concentrated CBD oil and add back some form of carrier oil. MCT (extracted from coconuts) is frequently used due to its ability to resist rancidity. In this case, the actual product you are paying for is often up to 90% MCT oil.