CO2 oil – The “Champagne” of CBD
The other method, much rarer and much more time consuming and expensive, uses carbon dioxide in its liquid state, sometimes called “supercritical CO2”, to extract CBD from hemp. The lengthy process requires accurate regulation of temperature and pressure to obtain the highest quality CBD. CO2 equipment costs much more than the routine ethanol brands, and the process of CO2 extraction is much more selective taking much more time.
The most glaring benefit of CO2 extraction is that it is the most environmentally friendly type of extraction known. Supercritical CO2 extraction has a long history of safety, having been used in the food and herbal supplement industries since the 1990’s. CO2 extraction has been historically used to remove caffeine from coffee beans to make decaffeinated coffee, and in the production of essential oils. This long history of safe and effective extraction related to products to be placed in or on human bodies continues at Utopia CBD.
The vastly superior quality of CO2 CBD products make up a smaller portion of the retail offerings, and often are priced a bit higher. True quality takes time, and the slight increase in cost is justified. Benefits recognized about CO2 extraction include:
- CO2 extractions are pure and lack toxicity
- CO2 extraction uses non-hazardous environmentally friendly green technology and is
considered a green solvent by the American Chemical Society.
- CO2 extraction has an incredibly low environmental impact
- CO2 extraction does not denature or otherwise harm the CBD extracted
1 Ethanol is denatured when something is added so that it is no longer consumable by humans without toxic effect.
Ethanol that is not denatured is often classified as drinking alcohol, with the attendant taxes, tariffs and