Hemp Extraction​

Our seasoned experts deliver the most cost-effective and efficient hemp extraction available. See how our advanced facilities – designed and built by Entexs – and highly qualified staff help farmers manage high-volume extractions while producing the highest quality CBD and CBG oil and distillates for manufacturers. 

Get a deep look into our extraction technology by listening to episode one of our podcast with our extractor engineers at Entexs. 

What is Hemp Extraction

Hemp extraction is the process of separating cannabinoids in the hemp (primarily CBD and CBG) from the physical plant matter. The initial extraction process provides crude CBD or CBG oil. Typically, this oil is then further refined through a process called “winterization,” which removes any chlorophyll, chemical solvents, and plant waxes and fats in order to produce clean hemp oil with up to 99% CBD, minor cannabinoids, and terpenes. While this is the typical process for many extractors, Arbor Vita8’s advanced extraction process maintains ultra low solvent temperatures, bypassing the need for “winterization.”

Our fully automated process also keeps human hands (and any impurities) out of the equation and allows us to handle a lot more volume than competing processors. Our cutting-edge facilities can extract up to 1,500 pounds in 8 hours. We also have the capability to refine crude oil into full-spectrum and broad-spectrum distillates, or take “hot” distillate from other producers and remediate it into T-free distillate.

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Our Method of Hemp Extraction

There are several viable methods for hemp extraction, including CO2, ethanol, and cold water processes. 

Currently, Arbor Vita8 utilizes an ethanol extraction system from Entexs because our research has proven that ethanol extraction is the cleanest and most cost-efficient process on the market.  Our high-tech approach recycles about 85% of the ethanol required for this process, making it both cost-effective and environmentally friendly. In comparison to other processes, such as CO2, wet and butane, ethanol is the most cost-effective, safe, and creates high-quality products while producing high yields.

With this method, hemp flowers and biomass are placed in the extractor. Then ethanol is used to saturate the plant matter, dissolving the plant waxes and extracting the cannabinoids. This is followed by a final evaporation step, which leaves behind the concentrated cannabinoids as an oil. 

What Types of Oil Can You Extract From Hemp?

Beyond crude oil, Arbor Vita8 also helps our partners produce various types of distillate from their hemp crop, including full-spectrum distillate and broad-spectrum, T-free distillate. So what’s the difference?

Full-Spectrum Distillate

Full-Spectrum Distillate Full-spectrum CBD distillate (sometimes called “whole plant CBD”) contains all the cannabinoids and various natural compounds found in hemp. This includes terpenes and amino acids. Additionally, full-spectrum distillate contains trace amounts of THC.

Broad-Spectrum Distillate

Broad-spectrum distillate takes the refining process a step further and removes the trace amounts of THC found in full-spectrum distillate. This is achieved through a special process called liquid chromatography, which eliminates the THC at low temperatures while preserving other cannabinoids, terpenes, and amino acids.

How Does Hemp Tolls Processing Work?

Depending on your specific business objectives and the size and quality of your crop – as well as market volatility and other external factors – there are several ways to approach toll processing. Typically, our toll fees will range from $0.75 to $2.50 a pound for drying and $25.00 to $35.00 per pound for extraction based on these factors. If you already have an outlet to sell your oil, it is returned to you as soon as we receive payment. Otherwise we can help you sell it through our network for a 6% brokerage fee.

We can also partner with you for a toll split, where the post-extraction oil is divided between both parties. Toll split percentages will vary depending on the quality of your hemp samples as well as the time needed in our facilities for extraction.

Experience The Arbor Vita8 Difference

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At Arbor Vita8, we’re committed to building long-term, seed-to-sale partnerships with farmers and manufacturers. Part of that commitment is ensuring that we provide the highest quality, cleanest, and safest extractions possible.

To that end, we’ve invested our time, money, and effort to create the preeminent extraction facility in the Southeast. It was built by certified engineers at Entexs to meet or exceed applicable codes, like ASME and NFPA. And with our fully automated, high-tech process, we can effectively offer the most competitive prices and results. Few, if any, are able to match extraction yields of up to 2,500 pounds per 8 hours. Whether you’re a farmer – or a manufacturer with excess biomass that needs to beat the processing bottleneck – we can help. We also have the capability to separate compounds effectively and eliminate contaminants. Our efficient removal process requires extensive washing and ensures your end product has 0 parts per million of any impurities or solvents, including ethanol.

And we’re no strangers to the farming and commercial manufacturing industries. We partner with you to facilitate a familiar workflow and sales cycle – even if you’re new to hemp. We want farmers to be successful, and in this environment, it’s getting more and more complicated if you don’t have an onsite processing facility or a reliable processing partner. Reach out today to see how we’re helping farmers and manufacturers reach higher profits with less stress!