Best Way To Extract CBD From Hemp

Medically reviewed by Bryan Doner, MD, and Cannabidiol Life’s Medical Review Team.

Learn the facts about CBD extraction methods.

If you are considering to make, take, or buy CBD products, it’s important to take into consideration a single yet huge detail that will directly affect the quality of the CBD you obtain.

This #1 factor of importance is the extraction method.

Continue reading to find out why this is so important.

Three Common Extraction Methods

While mankind continues to think of ways on how to extract specific cannabinoids from hemp, there are three main/common ways that have been practiced for years.  Thankfully, only two of these are considered the most common.


Butane &Amp; Propane Cbd Extraction

The worst way and the least safe.

This was the first way that farmers, cannabis/hemp growers, and backyard CBD enthusiasts extracted CBD. It is the easiest way for the average Joe to extract CBD, but as you can imagine, it yields the poorest quality CBD.

This extraction process involves HIGH HEAT and HIGH PRESSURE.  Furthermore, the solvents carry over into the final product. This is a no-go for Cannabidiol Life and we advise that you say no to this method as well.

Extraction Difficulty:  EASY

Time Needed To Extract:  3 HOURS PER PLANT

Product Yield:  MILD-HIGH

Overall CBD Quality:  2 OUT OF 5 STARS

Recommendation:  Not Recommended

Supercritical CO2 Extraction

Supercritical Co2 Extraction

A great way, but not the best.

Extraction Difficulty:  MILD-HARD

Time Needed To Extract:  5 HOURS PER PLANT

Product Yield:  HIGH

Overall CBD Quality: 4 OUT OF 5 STARS

Recommendation:  Slightly Recommended

This is the most popular way to obtain CBD right now because there are no additional additives and it literally squeezes out every last drop of Cannabidiol from a hemp plant using 3,000 lbs of pressure. This process is a much faster extraction process and it also allows manufacturers to yield the most produce possible from a hemp plant. From a manufacturer standpoint (retailer), this is 100% the way to go.  It is quicker, cheaper, and it creates the most product possible out of the three.

From a user/buyer standpoint (you), it is a good option due to the fact that there are not any additives and no extreme heat is applied (which destroys the plant).  The pressure used, on the other hand, does destroy the plant, and as a result, you miss out on some of the health benefits of the hemp plant, but you get most!

Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) Extraction

Ethyl Alcohol (Ethanol) Extraction

This is the best way to extract a true full-spectrum CBD product.

Extraction Difficulty: HARD

Time Needed To Extract:  8 HOURS PER PLANT

Product Yield:  MILD-HIGH

Overall CBD Quality:  5 OUT OF 5 STARS

Recommendation:  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

This is a much slower process in comparison to the prior two options, but this is undoubtedly the best way to extract CBD from hemp.  It also yields higher percentages of cannabinoids in comparison to the first two.

Wait, there’s more!

Ethanol extraction is able to preserve more flavonoids and terpenes as well!  This is absolutely the most effective way to extract CBD and produce a product that could offer the most potential wellness benefits one could possibly receive from a full-spectrum CBD oil.

This is the “Tiffany & Co.” extraction process and is rarely found from a retailer standpoint.

This extraction process brings the hemp plant and the organic (food-based) ethyl alcohol to a very low boil. During this low heat boil, the hemp plant is actually cradled back a forth in the kindest way possible, almost like cradling a baby to sleep.  As the plant mixes with the ethanol and as the slow rocking creates natural friction (molecule movement), it will gently pull cannabinoids from the hemp plant.

Cannabidiol Life Secret Tip:  Capture the vapor during this process and drip the vapor back into the ethanol extraction.  You will yield a much higher quality CBD product.

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