cbd co2 extraction process

Cbd co2 extraction process

Put on your gloves and eye protection, chop up the cannabis buds into small pieces and place it in the bucket. Cover the plant with the dry ice and leave it for 3 minutes. It is best only to fill the bucket halfway. This process causes the freezing of the trichome resins. Fit the 73-micron bag over the bucket and shake the ice & plant combo for about 4 minutes; this knocks the frozen trichomes off.

For extraction, the liquid is added to the plant material. The extraction liquid will strip away the cannabinoids and flavor from the plant material but will probably take some green colorings too. Once enough cannabinoids have been extracted, heat the liquid to evaporate it down to the CBD base oil.

Without further ado, let’s look at the 4 most common CBD oil extraction methods.

The above is just a taste of what CBD can do to help with certain medical ailments. Let’s take a look now at how it is extracted from the cannabis plant.

2 – The Olive Oil Extraction Method

Once you have the liquid CO2, the next step is to increase the temperature and pressure past the point where the liquid becomes ‘supercritical.’ This term means the CO2 can now adopt properties halfway between a gas and liquid simultaneously. Effectively, the supercritical CO2 can fill a container (like gas) while also maintaining density (like a liquid). When CO2 is in its supercritical state, it is ideal for chemical extraction. This is because it won’t cause denaturation or any damage that would make the CBD unfit for human consumption.

This form of extraction involves low temperatures and low pressure. Subcritical extractions take longer than their supercritical counterparts and also produce a smaller yield. While it retains the terpenes, essential oils, and other sensitive materials, it doesn’t extract larger molecules such as chlorophyll and omega 3 and 6. The benefit of subcritical extraction, however, is that it is less likely to damage terpenes.

Turn the bucket upside down on the Plexiglas and shake as much resin through the mesh bag as possible. Scrap the hash off the Plexiglas with your scraper and place it into one of the jars. Repeat with the 160 and 220-micron mesh bags, and you’ll be rewarded with three different strains of extract.


To extract the CBD oil using this technique, you simply begin with liquid CO2 and raise its pressure via a compressor. The temperature must also be raised, which can be done using a heater. The next step involves passing the supercritical carbon dioxide through some high-quality cannabis. This is how the CO2 will pull the essential trichomes (the sugary-looking coating of the cannabis plant) and terpene oils (essential oils) out of the plant.

To achieve this, you must use a plant material rich in CBD, such as special cannabis strains or hemp. Certain cannabis strains such as AC/DC and Charlotte’s Web have a high CBD concentration (up to 18% in some cases) and a low THC concentration (as little as 5%). You need a favorable CBD/THC ratio because even in cases where plants have a THC concentration of up to 6%, the extra high CBD content should hopefully render the psychoactive effects of THC inert.

Cbd co2 extraction process

Result of statistical analysis of Response 2– %THC Recovery.

We were not interested in assessing the capability of the system to separate different fractions and so the extract in each cyclone was combined prior to analysis. For each PD run the baskets were packed with the cured cannabis biomass (1.0 kg). The material was manually packed tight into the baskets using a custom-made stainless-steel plunger. The remaining space in the basket was filled with food grade glass marbles. The extraction programs were set up as described in Table  4 .

Table 3

Result of statistical analysis of Response 1– %CBD Recovery.

Result of statistical analysis of Response 3– % Extraction weight.

Chemicals and equipment

Factor B: Extraction pressure, 150–320 bar