From tinctures to gummies, CBN products are taking the health and wellness world by storm. CBN is believed to have many benefits, and is used for a variety of health reasons. But how are CBN products made? How is CBN extracted?
Cannabinol, or CBN, is a cannabinoid. This means it’s one of the many compounds found in hemp and cannabis plants. You can find CBN products in a variety of different forms, including vapes, oils, and tinctures.
While cannabidiol (CBD) is probably the most popular health product on the market right now, CBN is fast gaining popularity because of its reported benefits. Like CBD, CBN is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t make you feel high.
But how exactly is CBN extracted from hemp plants in the first place? Here’s what you need to know about the CBN extraction process.
How is CBN extracted?
CBN is a minor cannabinoid. While other cannabinoids, like CBD, are found in high concentrations in hemp plants, CBN isn’t as abundant. This makes the extraction process much more difficult, which is why it’s far easier to find CBD products than it is to find CBN products.
Fortunately, our sister company, FloraWorks, has the technology and experience to extract CBN and produce high-quality CBN consumer products. FloraWorks, a premium hemp processing company in Oregon, refines the CBN and produces top-notch CBN products using this extract.
Cannabinoids can be extracted in a variety of ways, but this is the process FloraWorks follows:
- Hemp is grown on US farms using agricultural methods that take sustainability, quality, and responsibility into account. This hemp is then harvested.
- The hemp flower is used to create hemp broad spectrum CBD oil. Ethanol is used to extract the cannabinoids – a clean, safe, and efficient extraction method.
- The crude oil is processed by FloraWorks. This removes all the unwanted impurities so that you’re left with high-potency CBN crystalline powder commonly referred to as CBN Isolate.
- The consumer product – in this case, our tincture – is manufactured.
At every step of the process, we prioritize quality and safety to ensure you get the very best product. The result is our much-loved Right Relief ® CBN Tincture.
Ethanol extraction of broad-spectrum oil
You’ll notice that a lot of hemp processors use ethanol during the extraction process – but why is ethanol used to extract broad-spectrum hemp oil?
There are dozens of different extraction methods, but ethanol extraction is one of the best and most commonly used methods in the cannabis and hemp industries.
Ethanol is a solvent that can be used to extract numerous chemicals. It’s been used for centuries to produce food colorings, flavorings, essential oils, fragrances, and more, and now it’s being used to extract minor cannabinoids.
There are a few different kinds of ethanol extraction methods. Essentially, ethanol is used to dissolve certain active components of a product, removing it from other plant matter.
Is ethanol extraction safe? Yes! The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers ethanol extraction to be safe for human consumption. Ethanol is actually the safest kind of alcohol (safer than isopropyl alcohol, another popular solvent) which is why it’s so widely used.
Some of the benefits of using ethanol to extract broad spectrum hemp oil include:
- Ethanol extraction produces less waste
- It’s more cost-effective than some other methods
- It produces products that are safe to consume
- It can be used to create large amounts of product at a time
For this reason, FloraWorks finds ethanol to be the best solvent to use during the first step of the CBN extraction process.
What is the CBN extraction process?
CBN is a minor cannabinoid, meaning that it’s typically only found in small amounts in cannabis plants. CBN is actually created from THC: over time, oxygen and UV light cause THC to convert into CBN. This is why aged cannabis is higher in CBN.
This makes it tricky to extract CBN. Fortunately, manufacturers like FloraWorks have developed a process to refine broad-spectrum hemp oil in order to create CBN extract.
After ethanol is used to create broad-spectrum hemp oil, the liquid undergoes a process of oxidation. This involves using heat, pressure, and oxygen to artificially speed up the aging process.
This liquid is then purified through a distillation process. The CBN oil then crystallizes, forming a pure CBN isolate. The CBN isolate is then used to make CBN products.
Pure CBN vs CBN + CBD
Is CBD added to CBN products? Yes – sometimes it is. Some people believe CBN and CBD enhance one another’s effects. You’ll find that some CBD/CBN tinctures contain high amounts of CBD and a miniscule amount of CBN.
We’re one of the few companies providing premium, high-quality pure CBN tinctures. We decided to provide pure CBN in tincture form – and many of our customers keep coming back for more!
The difference between CBN and CBD is that CBD doesn’t bind well to the endocannabinoid receptors in your body. CBN, on the other hand, binds very well to the CB2 receptors, which means it can get to work on the rest of your body. For this reason, many people are opting for pure CBN over CBD.
Research shows that CBN could have a range of uses – including many of the uses CBD has. Many of our customers use it as a part of their daily wellness routine. As with CBD, CBN has the benefit of being non-intoxicating – so you won’t feel high, dizzy, or out-of-body after using it.
Where can I find pure CBN tincture?
Although CBN is becoming increasingly popular, it’s relatively difficult to find high-quality pure CBN tinctures. As mentioned above, CBN is often combined with CBD in tincture form.
You’ll find that many broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD products contain trace amounts of CBN – but this amount is often far too small to make an impact. Plus, many companies mislabel their CBN and CBD products, thus misleading the customer. While CBD products are everywhere, finding high-quality CBN products is a little more difficult.
We’re proud to say that we’re one of the few companies providing premium pure CBN tinctures. Our flagship product, The Right Relief ® CBN Tincture, comes in three strengths – 300mg, 600mg, and 900mg. Our tincture has a base of organic MCT (medium-chain triglyceride) oil and vitamin E oil.
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