The road to hemp legalization has not been a short or smooth one, but we are excited to announce that with the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, Hemp has been removed from the Schedule 1 list of federally controlled substances and is now regulated by the USDA. This is particularly exciting news for us as we roll out our Premium CBD Distillate. Our CBD line meets all hemp regulations and standards for the state of Nevada, where these products are manufactured and filled.
Across the nation, states have various requirements for legal hemp processing, purchasing, and importation. With new legislation passing almost every day, our legal team is working tirelessly to ensure we are in compliance with all state and federal laws.
Our hemp is sourced directly from USDA certified farmers from across the United States, including New York, Oregon, Colorado, and Nevada. We strive for top quality products, only using US grown hemp oil, and will never import material from outside of the United States. All the CBD components are naturally-occurring in our hemp distillate. We have not altered any cannabinoids and have only removed the THC component.
While hemp is physically and genetically similar to cannabis, the similarities end there. The biggest difference between hemp & cannabis, according to the 2018 Farm Bill, is the percentage of THC found in the plant material. Courier Journal states “industrial hemp grown in the United States since 2014 must limit the level of mood-altering Delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol - a psychoactive compound better known as THC - to 0.3%”.
Hemp has a large variety of uses from paper to textiles and even consumables. In recent years, hemp clothing has become particularly trendy as consumers have begun looking for more environmentally friendly and ethical fashion options. Leafly says “hemp can be grown as a renewable source for raw materials that can be incorporated into thousands of products. It’s seeds and flowers are used in health foods, organic body care, and other nutraceuticals”. Hemp’s industrial method of production produced genetics that have large, beautiful flowers that can grow in a variety of conditions, and have a fast seed-to-harvest cycle. These genetics are specifically crafted to meet federal regulations. Before reaching the consumer, the cured hemp’s cannabinoid content is verified using third-party testing to analyze overall THC levels.
How Is Hemp Made Into Oil?
As previously mentioned, all CBD components are naturally-occurring in our hemp distillate. Rather than altering any cannabinoids, we have only removed the THC components. To successfully remove the THC component, we had to be extremely careful and thorough during this lengthy and detailed process, explained below.
We first begin with cured hemp material consisting of stalks, stems, and flowers that are processed into a fine grind. This ground hemp material is then washed with food-grade ethanol, to remove all cannabinoid, terpene, and flavonoid compounds. After the wash is complete, the material is spun in a centrifuge to remove all of the ethanol solution.
The ethanol solution is then transferred to a separator where any residual ethanol is removed from the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, creating a crude hemp oil, but the solution doesn’t stop here.This crude oil must be refined even further before being processed into various consumer ready hemp products.
Through winterization and filtration, all unwanted materials like chlorophyll and any remaining plant matter is removed. Now the “clean” hemp oil is ready to start the next phase of its journey to your cartridge. Using short-path distillation, a simple technique that involves the distillate traveling a much shorter distance than traditional methods, we are able to capture only the natural cannabidiol (CBD) and alike. When all is complete, this process allows us to produce a THC-free broad spectrum distillate.