A Guide on How CBD Oil is Made

When it comes to health and wellness, there are few products in higher demand than those infused with CBD. From tinctures and chews to balms and drinks — the holistic approach to healing is loved by people far and wide thanks to the many purported benefits the all-natural ingredient has to offer. 

While there are many different ways to consume CBD, taking it in oil form is arguably the most popular — and it’s really not hard to see why. CBD oil is convenient, portable, and undeniably easy to use. Plus, it’s among the most effective methods to take the versatile compound due to CBD oil’s high bioavailability. 

Today, CBD oil is just about everywhere. You can find it on shelves at your local supermarket, gas station, and convenience store. You’ll see it on menus listed as an “add-on” at trendy coffee shops and gastropubs. 

That being said, even with more and more people looking to defend their wellness with CBD oil every single day, one of the most common questions is, “how is CBD oil made?”

Despite being a rather simple question, the truth is that the answer is much more complex. But don’t worry — we’ll break it all down for you! Read on for our guide on how CBD oil is made. 

The Basics of Cannabidiol (CBD) Extract 

A natural extract from the hemp plant, CBD stands for cannabidiol. It’s non-intoxicating, and unlike its infamous cousin tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) — CBD is non-psychoactive. In other words, taking it won’t get you “high.” 

Used to calm, soothe, and relax both the mind, body, and spirit, CBD oil is made by extracting the naturally occurring compound from the stalks, flowers, and leaves of industrial hemp to create a powerful oil that contains high concentrations of cannabidiol. 

It All Starts With a Seed 

Before the hemp seeds are placed into the earth to grow, the soil is tested for herbicides and prepped for planting. 

Hemp is great for environmental efforts because each crop can be planted very closely together, which allows for a greater yield with less land use.

Once planted in the ground, hemp grows quickly, sprouting up in 60 days. Usually tall, thin, and fluffy, CBD extracted from this remarkable plant is legal on the federal level because industrial hemp contains little to no THC.  

Time To Harvest! 

Prior to harvesting, a sample of each crop is tested and cleared by the state’s department of agriculture to ensure that the farmers are following federal regulations — aka, keeping their hemp at 0.3% THC or less.  

After getting the stamp of approval from the state, the hemp plants are harvested and spread out evenly to dry, usually in large barns. 

Once dried, the flowers — where you can find the most potent concentrations of cannabinoids — are stripped from the plants before getting shipped to the manufacturer. 

The Extraction Process 

Once the manufacturer receives the shipment of dried hemp flowers, they immediately get to work on extracting the CBD. 

There are two common methods for CBD extraction:

> Liquid Solvent Extraction

Did you know that any fat-soluble substance can dissolve in alcohol? This means that manufacturers can efficiently extract CBD from the dried hemp flowers using liquid solvents such as ethanol, butane, or isopropyl alcohol. 

Widely regarded as one of the simplest ways to extract CBD, the main drawback of this method is that it often dissolves the plant waxes, which contain body-nourishing nutrients, and may also extract chlorophyll, which can give the CBD oil an especially bitter taste. 

> Supercritical CO2 Extraction

For top-quality CBD, stick with companies like Healist that use CO2 to extract our hemp. 

Considered the “gold standard” in the world of CBD, this popular extraction method involves passing the CO2 through a few temperature-controlled chambers under high pressure to transform the gas into a liquid. 

It then passes through the plant material to pull CBD (and other phytochemicals) before getting pumped through another chamber where the CO2 returns to a gas state, leaving behind the plant’s oil and flavors. 

The final product is a highly concentrated, pure CBD extract. 

Here at Healist, we choose to use the CO2 extraction method to provide the richest profile of cannabinoids, flavonoids, terpenes, and fatty acids that work in perfect harmony with the body — just as nature intended. 

Creating the Best CBD Oil 

The CBD is finally in its purest form and extracted from the plant — now what?

To turn the extract into the CBD oil you know and love, it’s combined with a carrier oil and other unique ingredients which can vary from brand to brand. 

For example, across each of Healist’s products, we’ve paired top-quality CBD with clinically backed botanical ingredients designed to power your body’s innate capacity to find calm, relief, sleep, and overall well-being.  

Triple Lab Testing

Once the final ingredients have been added to the mix, the CBD oil is bottled, and a sample from each batch is analyzed by a third-party lab to ensure quality. 

To provide you with the best of the best, we put our CBD oil through not just one round of rigorous testing — but three. Triple lab testing means we test:

  1. Raw materials. We verify the lab results of every single raw material we receive. 
  2. Hemp extract. Prior to formulating, we test each batch of hemp extract to guarantee perfect potency, purity, and consistency. 
  3. Finished product. After formulating, we test again to ensure potency, purity and verify that there has been absolutely no microbiological contamination.

Healist has CBD oil you can trust — we’ll never compromise on your well-being or our standards.  

What To Look For When Purchasing CBD Oil  

There is an abundance of CBD products, making the beloved cannabinoid extremely accessible to consumers. That being said, while you can purchase CBD oil just about anywhere these days, it’s important to keep in mind that not all CBD is created equal. 

When looking for CBD oil, be sure to purchase from an honest and reputable company — like Healist — that uses CO2 extraction for top-quality CBD.  

Sourced from nature and cultivated with you and your well-being in mind, our ethos is simple: always 100% clean and natural ingredients, always 100% benefit-focused products. 

But don’t just take our word for it— on every Healist product, you’ll find a QR code and batch code that allow you to view all lab reports. This way, you can see exactly what goes into each and every product. What’s not to love?

Wrapping It Up 

From start to finish, the process to make CBD oil is an intricate one, but having a direct and clear supply chain helps yield top-quality products. 

When shopping for CBD oil, stick with brands that are transparent about their methods of production and can provide you with lab results on each product, so you know exactly what you’re getting. 

Not sure where to find the best CBD? Check out Healist —we offer U.S.-grown organic broad-spectrum CBD + clinically backed active naturals to help restore balance while cultivating your body’s innate capacity to heal. 

All of our products are clean, natural, triple lab tested, cruelty-free, non-GMO, vegan, and are manufactured in GMP (good manufacturing practice) certified facilities. 

Whether you’re looking for calm, sleep, relief, or simply wellness support, you can always count on us to provide you with the cleanest products on the market that are second to none. 

Are you ready to defend your wellness? 



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