CBD: How It’s Made

With all the myths and opinions surrounding CBD, you may have never gotten a full picture detailing how it’s made and where it comes from. If you’ve ever wondered what goes into the process of extracting cannabidiol, then you’ve probably read over complex articles with scientific jargon. The CBD extraction process can be complex, but in simpler terms it may be easier to understand.

What Exactly is it?

CBD is an extract from the hemp plant. It is extracted and then made into numerous different forms. Raw CBD is taken and then converted into things like gummies, tinctures, oils, and even lotions or creams. CBD in its raw form has not been cured and heated. This process is known as decarboxylation, which results in the CBD you are probably more familiar with. 

So How is it Extracted?

There are three ways CBD is extracted:


The solvent method requires running a liquid, usually butane or ethanol, through the cured hemp plant in order to extract CBD. This method, however, can result in impurities in the final product.


The solvent-less method involves heating the cured hemp inside oil and allowing the CBD to diffuse into the oil. This process results in a purer product than when using solvents.

Carbon Dioxide

CO2 extraction involves using highly pressurized carbon dioxide to run through the cured plant. This method is expensive, but results in the absolute purest form of CBD. 

Now that you know a bit more about how CBD is made, be sure to examine the source of your CBD supply and make sure it’s a high quality vendor. Emerald Forest CBD Dispensary takes the time to ensure that our CBD products are extracted cleanly and are pure and free of toxins, so you can shop at ease knowing you are putting quality ingredients into your body.