What is winterization?
There are many steps to processing hemp into a consumer level product. One of the most critical, in terms of making a clean product, is winterization. No, this isn’t what your dad does to the lawn mower every fall. Winterization is a process that removes undesirable elements extracted from hemp, for example, fats, waxes and lipids. Without winterization these elements cause the final product to be cloudy, darker and have an unpleasant taste.
What steps come before winterization?
The winterization process starts with raw extract straight from our CO2 machine (see photo below). This crude oil contains all the essential parts of the hemp plant except for the actual plant material itself. CBD, minor cannabinoids, terpenes, fats, waxes, and lipids are all part of this viscous liquid. Crude oil extracted from a CO2 machine will have an attractive, light color to it, especially compared to alcohol extracted oil, which will have a dark, sludge-like appearance.
How does winterization work?
The crude oil is combined with 200 proof alcohol and stirred vigorously until completely mixed. The alcohol is used to thin the crude oil out, as the desirable parts of crude will go into solution with the alcohol while the undesirable parts will coagulate and freeze allowing them to be filtered out. The mixture is then placed in a deep freezer at below-zero temperatures. Once it has time to freeze it looks cloudy and is ready for filtration.
The next step is to place the mixture in vessels that use paper filters to remove the frozen fats, waxes and lipids. The actual CBD oil remains with the alcohol solution, and passes through the filter while the frozen undesirable parts are caught by it. The photo below shows what a filter will look like after having the solution pass through it:
When properly winterized, the filters will catch all of the frozen plant waxes from the oil, leaving them sitting on top. Once a pass is compete, the filters and waxes are discarded. The clean oil flows through the filter into a collection vessel where it is refrozen for more passes. We winterize multiple times just to make sure that our oil is 100% clean!
So wait, even though the oil is CO2 extracted, it will still contain alcohol?
Nope! The alcohol is just used to thin the CBD oil in order to properly filter it. Once it’s been filtered and the undesirable elements have been removed, it’s time to remove the alcohol. This is done with a piece of equipment called a rotary evaporator (rotovap).
This is CEO Craig Henderson, who started refining hemp from the garage of his home, using a rotovap in the early days of Extract Labs. This bad boy is a very efficient way to quickly distill the alcohol out of solution. The bulb spins in a hot water bath while the system is under vacuum, allowing the alcohol to evaporate out while leaving the winterized CBD oil spinning in the bulb. The alcohol vapors then travel up to the chiller coils where they condense into a liquid and drip down for collection. The alcohol is then recycled into our process. Once the rotovap is done with a work order, the spinning bulb will contain only clean winterized CBD oil. The winterized CBD is then ready to move on to the next phase of the process. From here, the winterized oil will be formulated into tinctures or it will move to our distillation department for further refinement.One of the most critical steps in terms of making a clean product is winterization. No, this isn’t what your dad does to the lawn mower every fall.
What Is Winterized CBD
The first thing we here at Hot Juice would like to mention is that all Hot Juice CBD Vape Juice is created with Winterized CBD Isolate using the “Supercritical C02 Method”. That being said, this article will serve as a detailed account of what is winterized CBD. We will discuss the process behind making it, and why it is quickly beginning to take the vaping industry by storm.
Continue reading to learn more about winterized CBD oil, as well as to learn more about the Hot Juice winterized CBD products currently available for purchase.
CBD Oil And Its Uses
Before diving into winterized CBD oil and why it is important to ensure that your CBD oil is winterized. It is crucial to have a general understanding of what CBD oil is, as well as what it is used for.
Cannabidiol, known commonly as CBD, is an extract taken from the marijuana plant that has numerous health benefits. What many people may not understand about CBD oil is that it does not cause a high; CBD products contain a very miniscule amount of THC, if any at all. THC is the chemical compound that causes a mind-altering high for an individual. All regulated CBD products are required to contain no more than 0.03% THC content, making it virtually impossible to contract a high from using a CBD product.
Because CBD oil does not contain a psychoactive, it serves as a wonderful option for individuals who wish to naturally and effectively manage pain, anxiety, or a number of other physical or mental ailments without the mind-altering high.
Below is a list of positive effects that have been associated with CBD oil:
- Nausea relief
- Pain relief
- Immune system support
- Stress relief
- Treatment of cancer treatment side-effects
How Is CBD Oil Used?
CBD oil can be used in a number of different ways; many individuals choose to use it in a vaporizer device. Hot Juice is proud to offer a number of delicious and luxurious CBD vape juice flavors that deliver a enjoyable and helpful CBD vaping experience.
CBD oil is also commonly added into coffee and food in the form of liquid drops. This is a great option for individuals who either can not vape CBD products, or simply wish not to.
Why Winterize CBD Oil?
The outer layer of the cannabis plant is covered in a substance known as the cuticle wax; quite simply, it is a waxy layer of lipids. This layer is usually burned away when cannabis is smoked due to the high temperature. When using a vaporizer, the temperature does not reach high enough levels to burn off this waxy layer of lipids. Thus, there has been a rise of concern among healthcare professionals.
The process of winterizing CBD oil is done in order to ensure that the cuticle wax is removed, and that the final product is pure CBD isolate, free from phytonutrients such as terpenes. Using CBD isolate ensures that there is no chance of wax buildup in the lungs, or any other considerable health risks that may be associated with vaping unpurified CBD products. While there is no concrete evidence or studies done to determine what health risks may be associated with vaping CBD products that have not been purified, it may be best to practice caution by ensuring that you are using winterized CBD oil products.
The CBD Winterization Process
Winterization, also commonly referred to as an alcohol wash, is essentially an extraction process that purifies the CBD by removing potentially harmful waxes, transforming it into a pure CBD isolate. The oil is first soaked in alcohol and then heated to approximately 120 degrees. It is then allowed to completely freeze for a minimum of 24 hours. This process allows the cuticle waxes to be separated and removed, and allows for the removal of phytonutrients. The final product is thick and rich in color, with a maple syrup-like consistency.
Vaping Winterized CBD VS Vaping Non-Winterized CBD
As previously stated, there is not yet a great amount of concrete evidence to indicate exactly what happens to the body when vaping winterized CBD versus vaping non-winterized CBD, as the use of vaporizers has not yet been around long enough to conduct thorough studies.
While there are no formal studies to refer to in order to draw a conclusion, it can be assumed that the removal of the waxes in the CBD substance helps prevent the eventual buildup of residue inside the lungs. It is for this reason that it is recommended to only use winterized CBD products; until more final conclusions can be made about the effects of non-winterized CBD products, it is wise to stick to the option that presents the most pure form of CBD oil.
What Is The Supercritical CO2 Method?
The supercritical CO2 method is known to be one the most efficient methods of ensuring the purity and effectiveness of the winterization process. It is the only method of winterization that is used here at Hot Juice for all CBD products.
This powerful method uses pressurized carbon dioxide to remove the unwanted phytonutrients and toxins.
As compared with other methods, the supercritical CO2 method is known to be one of-if not the most-successful in producing the most pure and clean products that deliver CBD safely and without potentially harmful phytonutrients and toxins.
Advantages Of Using The Supercritical CO2 Method
Below is a comprehensive list of the advantages of using the supercritical CO2 method in order to produce winterized CBD products:
- No amount of waste produced
- Produces the cleanest and safest product
- Produces an incredibly pure product
- Total chemical purity
- No air needed to complete the process; prevents oxidation from occurring
- Preserves natural structure and composure of cannabinoids
- Guarantees removal of harmful toxins, phytonutrients, and terpenes
Disadvantages Of Using The Supercritical CO2 Method
While this method of winterization is known to be the best and has countless benefits and advantages, it is important to consider all aspects concerned. Below is a comprehensive list of the disadvantages of using the supercritical CO2 method in order to produce winterized CBD products:
- The process can be quite costly; this may result in higher product prices.
- Supercritical CO2 extraction can be quite complicated, and should only be attempted by professionals who are confident in their abilities.
- The process can be difficult to comprehend at first, and therefore can be difficult to learn.
Trust In Hot Juice For All Your Winterized CBD Needs
Hot Juice is proud to offer a wide array of winterized CBD products that are carefully crafted and purified to ensure that all products put forth to our customers are safe, delicious, and useful.Its important to know what you are putting into your body. This artcle will break down alll the facts you need to know about winterized CBD ]]>