Hopefully this is the right category…as a scientist by trade and CBD consumer I’m trying to understand the products that I’m using and how they are prepared from plant to consumer product. I’ve seen shatter, isolate, oil, vape oil, etc which high CBD content, low THC content but anytime I request more information from the vendor and producer about their methodology, I hit a wall. I’ve researched the different techs like CO2 supercritical, volitile extractions, SPD, etc but not sure how they all fit together for the various products.
I’ve got the following questions:
- Processing raw hemp for CBD end products, what steps are employed for the different types of products?
- Would a typical process be something like supercritical C02 > SPD? Where do the vacuum ovens come into play and what purpose does that serve?
- For CBD end products, how is THC removed?
- Is the industry in a place now where a small amount of labs are contracted to perform these extractions and distillations to the vendors specs? IE many consumer products are produced out of the same labs.
I’ve gained tons of info from this forum and will keep reading but wanted to put some of these basic questions out there. Responses and avenues for further research are much appreciated.