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CBD Manufacturing: A Holistic Overview

CBD can be used in many different ways for those dealing with symptoms associated with chronic pain, anxiety, arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, and other health-related issues. Because of the scientifically proven health benefits of CBD, the industry has grown exponentially over recent years. This surge of popularity is accompanied by a growing need for wholesale CBD manufacturers. CBD manufacturing is a highly intensive process that requires a well-rounded knowledge of the cannabis plant along with the extraction and distillation process. 

Whether you’re interested in starting a CBD company of your own or you’re just curious about how CBD is manufactured, continue reading to learn the history of CBD manufacturing and how it has evolved over time. 


History of CBD Manufacturing 

The first recorded use of CBD is rumored to date back to 2727 BC when Emperor Sheng Neng of China used a cannabis-based tea to treat his poor memory, malaria, and gout. In the following centuries, many civilizations continued to experiment with medical marijuana, but CBD couldn’t be isolated until 1942 when American chemist Roger Adams isolated CBD for the first time, proving that there were beneficial non-psychoactive compounds in the hemp plant. 

Following this ground-breaking discovery, the cannabis industry experienced a halt in innovation due to President Ronald Regan’s war on drugs which made hemp a taboo scientific subject. Across the pond in 1998, a British pharmaceutical group began official medical trials to better understand the capabilities of CBD resulting in new research on the health effects and potential uses for CBD oil in the treatment of major conditions. 

CBD experienced a massive growth period in December of 2018 when the United States passed the new Farm Bill, making CBD derived from industrial hemp federally legal and thus a boom in CBD manufacturing companies. 


How is CBD Manufactured?

The CBD manufacturing process takes about 2-3 weeks. During this process, hemp is farmed, processed, distilled, and tested to produce high-quality tinctures, balms, gels, and capsules. The CBD manufacturing process can be summarized in six steps: 


Step 1 – Farming

To ensure that we harvest the highest grade of CBD our quality control begins even before the planting process. All of our products and ingredients are made and sourced locally to ensure that our products are safe and regulated. Our hemp is farmed using sustainable and organic practices that yield the highest quality and most potent formulas on the market. 

Step 2 – Raw Hemp Processing

After they’re farmed, the hemp plants are dried and warehoused. The plant is then milled into a powder for production. Once processed, the hemp is shipped to our processing facility for cannabidiol extraction. 

Step 3 – Extraction and Winterization 

Once the hemp is processed it undergoes an extraction and purification process that eliminates unwanted compounds while keeping natural molecule structures in tact. During the extraction process, high temperature and high pressure is used to extract crude oil from the hemp plant. 

The crude oil is then combined with alcohol, mixed vigorously and placed in a freezer overnight for purification. Finally, the oil is filtered through a funnel to remove undesirable elements like fats and waxes are heated to evaporate the alcohol. 

Step 4 – Distillation

Distillation is integral to producing a consistent product. In the distillation process, the various CBD components in hemp are separated from other cannabis compounds by heating them to their specific boiling points. Once the CBD distillate is isolated it can be infused into tinctures, balms, gels, and capsules. This process allows manufacturers to create a predictable, replicable, and consumable product.

Step 5 – THC Isolation

THC is the compound found in hemp that produces the “high” associated with the plant. In CBD manufacturing, it’s important to remove even the slightest traces of CBD for FDA regulation purposes and for the safety of the consumer. After the distillation process, it is easy to remove the isolated THC distillate from the crude oil and you’re left with a pure cannabidiol. 

Step 6 – Lab Testing

The last step in CBD manufacturing is lab testing. Every batch of our product goes through rigorous in-house laboratory testing to ensure that each product is of the safest and highest quality. Our full-service lab is constantly conducting research, both for your product formula and our own advances. You can rely on our data, knowledge, and team expertise to produce the most cutting-edge CBD formulas on the market. 


What’s Next?

CBD manufacturing has come a long way since the first recorded use of CBD in 2727 B.C. Expected to increase to $386 million by 2025, the global cannabidiol market is showing now signs of slowing down which makes reliable CBD manufacturers more in-demand than ever. The CBD manufacturing process can be extremely difficult and can produce subpar products if performed incorrectly. 

At Hemp Labs of America, we are constantly developing new ways to increase the effectiveness of our CBD manufacturing process to better serve our clients. If you’re interested in developing a custom CBD formulation, give us a call at (858) 215-3187 or contact us online to get started.


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