CBD Extraction: Different types, Methods, and Uses
28th Jun 2022
Where does extract come from?
It is no secret that the cannabis plant produces therapeutic compounds that can have a healing effect on our minds and bodies. These compounds, known as cannabinoids and terpenes, are produced by trichomes, the tiny and translucent bulbous resin glands that grow on the surface of cannabis flowers and leaves. Trichomes produce over a hundred cannabinoids which include CBD, THC, and CBG as the most prominent. Terpenes—aromatic compounds responsible for taste, smell, and enhancing the effects of cannabinoids—include myrcene, caryophyllene and pinene amongst many more.
As part of the reproductive organs of the female plant, these compounds are secreted in the form of plant lipids and oils in order to attract pollen from male plants. The extraction of these oils generally involves stripping cannabinoids and terpenes away from the female cannabis flower through the use of solvents, but they can also be extracted without solvents.
The most common types of cannabis extracts include crude, distillate and isolate. There are many differences between crude, distillate and isolate extracts including potency, color, consistency and taste. Understanding the differences between these types of extracts can help you make the right decision when choosing which product is best suited for your needs and preferences. First, we’ll take a look at how it’s made and then we’ll break down the end products commonly available for consumption.
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