"What extraction process/method is used to extract the CBD from hemp?
Glad to see you only use medicinal grade hemp, however, it’s still against federal law (see: Controlled Substances Act 21 USC § 802(16)) to extract anything from the flowers of the hemp plant. Which is what leads me to wonder where all of these products which contain hemp-derived CBD actually obtain said CBD, seeing as the cannabinoid CBD is produced solely within the resinous glands on the flowers of the plant, leaving behind merely traces, if anything, upon the legally-usable parts of the plant.
Beyond that, I have to ask, why use hemp? There’s plenty of high-CBD, low-THC strains of cannabis available with a much richer, more diverse profile of cannabinoids. I would think it would take pounds and pounds of hemp stalks and seeds just to get an ounce of CBD oil, and then who knows what else you’re getting. (Let’s not forget hemp is a bio-accumulator)
Of course, I know the answer to that last one, asking "why hemp?" is because it’s legal and you can then ship it to other states, make more money, etc."
Thanks for your question and yes, there is a lot of confusion around hemp vs. cannabis.
The hemp we are using is from Colorado, and is actually a strain of cannabis that is a cross between Harlequin and AC/DC, with further refinement to remove the THC. It has been classified as hemp due to its very low THC content, which is below the .3% allowed for interstate shipments.
The extraction method used is a CO2 extraction process. It is not comparable to hemp extraction which does use enormous amounts of seed and stalk to extract. It is the full plant extract and contains all the rich terpenes and cannabinoids one would like to provide for their pets.
Furthermore, this unique hemp is registered as medicinal grade hemp because it is specifically grown for medicine and is not industrial in nature. It is tested for and free of heavy metals and bio-contaminants.
We do not use cannabis strains higher in THC for two reasons: they contain above the .3% legal for interstate activity and we have dogs all over the US using this product who we would not be able to care for if we used cannabis strains higher in THC. Additionally, it is not advised to give dogs more THC than this amount due to the abundant receptors in their brains, their heightened sensitivity, and their propensity for experiencing static ataxia due to toxic levels of THC.