How to Create CBD Edibles

Updated September 6th, 2020

Sure, a lot of us take CBD edibles daily, but how many of us really understand what goes into producing that tasty morsel loaded with all of the compounds for which we desire from the hemp plant? Each time you pop a gummy, candy or other form of edible into your mouth, you’re reaping the benefits of a large and very involved process. This process requires extremely advanced technology, a deep understanding of preservation of plant compounds and a passion for providing consumers with only the very best that hemp has to offer.

Now, as you’ll quickly find out, it takes a number of steps that are executed with the highest standards in practice.  Let’s walk you through each step of the way so that you can appreciate your gummies more. All, of course, while learning about the ways in which CBD gummies can differ from each other at the same time.

A Note on CBD Edibles

As we explore each step of making CBD edibles, we’re explaining the processes employed by the top companies in the industry.  Unfortunately, not all CBD companies hold themselves to the same high standards. You may come across cheaper, lower-quality options on the market that skip some of these steps, or do them improperly.  That’s why it’s always important to buy gummies from trusted companies that provide third-party lab results to consumers.

How CBD Edibles are Made – Taking it Step-by-Step

Time needed: 1 day.

How to make CBD edibles

  1. Quality Hemp is Key

    Of course, all CBD products that’re sold commercially start with one thing, hemp.  The hemp plant that is used to produce CBD goods is the female plant. It contains all of those wonderful compounds within its budding flowers.  These compounds include cannabinoids, of which CBD is one, as well as terpenes, flavonoids, and nutrients. 

    Now, how the hemp is grown makes a difference.  By and large, organic hemp is considered far superior to hemp that’s conventionally grown.  This is because organic hemp is more likely to retain its stable chemical composition, and be free of potentially harmful impurities like pesticides and herbicides.  Hemp is uniquely absorbent. What does that mean? It easily absorbs surrounding elements in the soil. So, it’s extra important that the hemp is grown in an organic farm.

  2. The Extraction Process Matters

    CBD edibles don’t contain the hemp flower, but a hemp extract. This means that the hemp flower must be put through an extraction process using state-of-the-art technology and methods.  There are a number of ways to extract the compounds out of the hemp plant material. However, some are better than others.  Methods that require solvents, for instance, can and will introduce impurities into the resulting extract.

    Now, those impurities aren’t necessarily something that you want to be consuming daily.  Other methods that rely on alcohol or oil can cause the hemp compounds to degrade at a relatively fast pace. This means by the time the edibles end up in your hands, there’s only a short period of time before they lose their potency.

    The best method by far is the CO2 method, which uses pressurized CO2 to gently yet thoroughly lift the compounds out of the plant.

  3. The Type of Extract Makes a Difference

    CBD edibles don’t contain the hemp flower, but a hemp extract. This means that the hemp flower must be put through an extraction process using state-of-the-art technology and methods.  There are a number of ways to extract the compounds out of the hemp plant material. However, some are better than others.  Methods that require solvents, for instance, can and will introduce impurities into the resulting extract.

    Now, those impurities aren’t necessarily something that you want to be consuming daily.  Other methods that rely on alcohol or oil can cause the hemp compounds to degrade at a relatively fast pace. This means by the time the edibles end up in your hands, there’s only a short period of time before they lose their potency.

    The best method by far is the CO2 method, which uses pressurized CO2 to gently yet thoroughly lift the compounds out of the plant.

  4. The Formula Must be Just Right

    Up until now, we’ve focused on the hemp that’s in CBD edibles, but not the other ingredients.  Well, once the hemp extract is ready, then the manufacturer can produce the rest of the formula.  The key is producing an edible that checks all of the boxes: good texture, as clean of an ingredient list as possible, and the right amount of hemp extract.  CBD edibles come in a variety of milligram strengths, which means consumers can choose how potent they would like each dose to be.

  5. Good Flavoring is Key

    Another key part of the formula is the flavoring, which we’ve made into a separate section due to how important it is.  A CBD edible can be extremely high in quality, but if it doesn’t taste good, what’s the point in buying it?  Companies rely on a wide variety of options, ranging from natural fruit extracts to synthetic flavoring agents, to ensure that their edibles taste better than the competition.  If you’re particular about the flavoring that you consume, find out more information on the product’s ingredient list located on the label.

  6. Proper Testing is in Order

    Another crucial aspect of making CBD edibles, and all CBD products, is having the hemp thoroughly tested.  Any legitimate company will happily send off their batches of hemp extract to a third-party laboratory where the hemp is carefully analyzed.  The laboratory returns the hemp along with reports stating its level of purity, chemical composition, and other aspects of its overall quality. From there, the manufacturer can then share this information with consumers.  This is a way for brands to prove that their CBD is the real deal, and capable of satisfying demands.
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Now You Know What Goes into Those Amazing CBD Edibles

CBD edibles involve many intricate processes. While they can be quite laborious, the results are well worth it when they allow a large number of consumers to have a euphoric experience with hemp.  The next time you eat a CBD edible, think about what has gone into creating that blissful treat that provides you with many desirable compounds.

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