Why is Cold Press the best processing method for hemp products and CBD oil?
The Cold Press method of extracting CBD oil from hemp is by far the most natural, the most environmentally friendly, and results in a CBD oil that contains more elements of the hemp plant, in the ratios found in nature, for the best Entourage Effect.
Our customers and their results from using HempJuus™ products are the proof. We are not allowed to make any health claims, but here’s a fact we can share. One of our larger customers is a medical pain clinic with 10,000 patients dealing with addictions and other issues. In the past, they sold a CBD product made via the CO2 extraction process. After trying our Cold Press Full Spectrum CBD line, they now use our products exclusively.
We’re willing to put our money where your mouth is…If you’d like to try a free sample of one of our products, we’d welcome the opportunity to share one with you here. Please give us a try, you won’t look back.
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What is Cold Press Hemp Extraction and how does it compare to the alternatives?
Since our main product line is called HempJuus™ (pronounced “HempJuice”), let’s compare making CBD oil to making orange juice. There are 3 main methods of turning hemp plants into CBD oil: Cold Press, Alcohol Extraction and CO2 Extraction.
What we do is called “Cold Press” extraction. That’s very similar to fresh squeezed orange juice. We take the hemp plant, AND NOTHING BUT THE HEMP PLANT, and put it through a small press/juicer. The pure, natural hemp extract that comes out of the press is our end product, HempJuus. Because it contains more elements of the hemp plant, like natural fats, vitamins, oils, nutrients, and phytonutrients, our product looks and tastes different than CBD oil from Alcohol or CO2 extraction.
Alcohol Extraction is like making orange juice from concentrate. Hemp buds and/or leaves are submerged in alcohol, penetrating the plant cell walls and dissolving the CBD into the alcohol solution. That solution is then run through a still, and at various temperatures, the terpenes, CBD and THC are condensed. The final product is dependent on the quality of the distillation, and amounts of each substance vary from batch to batch. Even worse, the remaining biomass is soaked in alcohol and unusable, so it gets thrown away.
CO2 extraction is also like making orange juice from concentrate. But in this case, the concentrate is made by forcing CO2 in an extremely un-natural “supercritical” state through the hemp. Supercritical CO2 is neither a liquid nor gas, but wants to be both. It flows through the hemp like a gas but dissolves the CBD like a liquid solvent. When the CBD is exploded from the cells it turns into a yellow foam, and no longer resembles anything that grows on planet earth. The oil is then mixed with alcohol during processes called emulsification, filtration and distillation to eliminate the lipids (which seems dumb to us, as CBD absorption rates in the body are higher in the presence of lipids, this literally makes the CBD less effective for use). CO2 extraction is the least natural method of CBD extraction.
To make a final product from either Alcohol or CO2 Extraction, the manufacturer will take the concentrated CBD oil and add back some kind of “carrier oil.” MCT is often used because it’s very resistant to going rancid. So the actual product you are paying big $$ for is mostly, often 80 – 90%, MCT oil extracted from coconuts, not even from the hemp plant.
Look at the pictures below. Which looks more natural to you? The HempJuus™ liquid and powder fresh from the press, or the CO2 extracted yellow foam?
Photos above: HempJuus™ fresh Whole Plant Hemp Powder and HempJuus Tincture
Photo:“Fresh”?? CO2 extract
Which extraction method is the most environmentally friendly?
Last, and very importantly to us, cold pressing is very environmentally friendly. We don’t throw ANY part of the plant away. The biggest by-product of our cold press process is sold as our HempJuus™ Whole Plant Hemp Powder™. It’s a great source of protein, fiber, and rich in omega-3 and omega-6. We’ve published a recipe book on Amazon, and there are several quick recipes right on the label.
With Alcohol or CO2 extraction, there is much energy use for post processing distillation, etc. The remaining biomass, about 75 – 85% of the total hemp plant, is sent to the landfill.
So if Cold Press creates a better product, and is more environmentally friendly, why do most processors use Alcohol or CO2 extraction?
That’s an easy question to answer…for maximum profit and maximum scale. You see, Cold Press extraction creates the best, most natural and most environmentally friendly CBD product, but it is also the least efficient and hardest to scale. We leave significant CBD in the powder that comes out of our presses. We don’t mind that, as that powder is still a salable product for many great uses.
We aren’t out to maximize profit. We are out to maximize the quality of our product, and to be good friends to mother Earth.
Finally, we’re willing to put our money where your mouth is…If you’d like to try a free sample of one of our products, we’d welcome the opportunity to share one with you here.
Please give us a try, you won’t look back.