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Our Process

A Note on Radical Transparency.

Radical transparency has changed food, fast fashion, and personal care industries for the better. We believe that transparency in process, production, and intention is important for all industries, especially ones that make products used in and on our bodies. 

 

Extraction So Pure, It’s Disruptive

Our hemp-infused products are unique because of how they’re made. Unlike most CBD and hemp brands, we don’t add solvents* to extract compounds from the plant. We utilize plant matter and heated air to extract hemp compounds in their purest forms — a radical shift from current solvent-based extraction methods. The end result is not only cleaner, but it more closely resembles the plant from which it came.

 

Here’s a peek into our process:

Organic harvest: We source our hemp from a small family-run farm in Fort Collins, Colorado that grows USDA certified organic plants.

Vapor distillation: Whole plant actives are ground to a powder before being decarboxylated and extracted by propelling heated air through the powder and collecting its liquified concentrate.

Nature’s best yield: The end product is a true full spectrum oil that’s a blueprint of the hemp plant from which it came. Mother Nature would approve.

 

Our hemp-infused products are:

  • organic and sustainably sourced
  • environmentally responsible
  • robust with cannabinoids
  • rich with hemp-derived terpenes
  • vegan
  • non-GMO
  • no animal testing
  • free of solvents, heavy metals, parabens, phthalates, pegs, silicones, sulfates, gluten, glycols, and artificial colorants

 

How we’re different.

While our extraction process uses only hot air and preserves the plant’s true nature, most other extraction processes rely on a solvent. There are three solvent-based extraction processes out there: hydrocarbons like butane, carbon dioxide, and ethanol.

Hydrocarbon extraction: This uses highly flammable hydrocarbons like butane and hexane to extract from the hemp plant. While it’s efficient and can produce good yields, you cannot extract organically using this method and most extractions are not done with pure hydrocarbons, which may be hazardous to human health. The process is also fairly risky and could cause an explosion.

Carbon dioxide or CO2 extraction: Carbon dioxide extraction is arguably one of the most popular ways to extract plant essence and is used in the hemp and essential oil industries. For one, CO2 extraction can be organic. It’s safer than hydrocarbon extraction, but the process is slower, the equipment is expensive and the output often tastes sour or bitter. More importantly, the extract typically loses terpenes organic to the hemp plant and is often replaced with terpenes from other plants like lavender. While the practice of adding terpenes does not compromise the end formula, losing the terpenes endemic to the hemp plant does.

Ethanol extraction: Like CO2 extraction, ethanol extraction can yield organic hemp oil. It’s also safer than hydrocarbons and rivals CO2 extraction in popularity. Due to the chemistry of water, oil, and ethanol, the ethanol can pick up chlorophyll and other water soluble compounds in the plant, which can make it taste grassy and bitter. Similar to carbon dioxide extraction, ethanol extraction typically burns off terpenes in the hemp plant which requires additional terpenes to be added from other plants.

*This is not to diminish the power of solvent extraction methods done right. With attention and diligence, solvents can yield high-quality extract. We just think our vapor distillation technology takes purity and efficiency a few steps further. To better empower your choice, compare our recent batch results with other brands.