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How Is CBD Made?

How is CBD Made?

CBD seems to be the new must-have product. It’s in everything from bath bombs to skin cream. With its popularity increasing by the day it makes sense to learn more about how exactly CBD oil is made. As a starting point, you should know that any product containing CBD has CBD Oil in it which comes from the hemp plant through one of a few of the main extraction methods. Read on to learn more about these methods as well as pros and cons of each form of extraction.

Super Critical fluid Extraction CO2 (SFE)

Using CO2 has been one of the more popular methods for extracting CBD from the hemp plant. CO2 is unique in that it can function in solid, liquid, and gas states of matter.  In this method of extraction, solid CO2 gets pumped into a chamber that contains cannabis. When kept at a specific pressure the CO2 stays in a liquid-like state within the chamber allowing it to absorb the oils and flavors of the plant. The CO2-cannabinoid mixture is then moved to another chamber where the CO2 returns to a gas state, leaving behind the oil and flavor from the plant.


In this process isomers of butane, pentane, propane and heptane pass though the cannabis and collect cannabinoids and terpenes. The solvent is then pumped away to evaporate off the butane, pentane, propane or heptane. However, not all solvents are created equal and some can be toxic and increase one’s health exposure risk if they aren’t fully eliminated during the purification steps. It’s highly important to understand what solvent CBD is being extracted with to ensure the highest quality and safety standards.


In this process cannabis is first soaked in an alcohol, such as ethanol, to remove the plant material. The alcohol is then removed through centrifugation and evaporation.

Pros and Cons of each method?

At Made By 1440 Processing, we use a proprietary 25 step process and we have outlined the first 3 steps in this post. One of core tenants is making the highest quality product at the best prices. For this reason, we use a non-isopropyl solvent based extraction method that’s always free from metals, pesticides and other harmful toxic ingredients. We also always 3rd party test at ISO 17025 facilities. To learn more about the rest of our process contact us at