CBD Processing from Hemp​

Since safety is always the number one concern, hemp processing for products that will be used or consumed by an end consumer should be produced under food safety quality standards such as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices).

In terms of products like hemp oil, distillate and isolate; having a consistent source of high CBD hemp biomass and/or flower should be established to maintain quality.

Selecting High CBD Hemp for Processing

Hemp can and optimally should be gown from specifically bred and selected strains cultivated to be high CBD (or other cannabinoids). Industrial hemp cultivators should work with legitimate sources of genetics through smart clone selection.

While CBD can be extracted from most cultivars of industrial hemp, the best quality extracts and medicines come from specially selected, bred and cultivated high CBD hemp plants.

​Strains containing high CBD contents are specially bred with characteristics including large flower buds, high resign contents, and a high percentage of CBD ranging from ten percent (10%) to twenty percent (20%). Due to US government regulation, breeders and growers must successfully test their plants at below 0.3% THC content. Terpene profile is also an important trait to take into consideration. A quality smokable flower  should have a good appearance, good flavor and negligible THC. Included in the consideration are other cannabinoids such as CGB, CBN, CBDV and others.

The cultivator should take into consideration what their product will be. ​Different strains of hemp will produce different molecule combinations and at different amounts. By optimizing your selection of genes the amount of processing and contaminants can be minimized. ​

Industrial hemp is often cultivated as a rotational crop, some cultivators use pesticides, pesticides are susceptible to accumulation of pesticides because the plant is a bio-accumulator.

For this and other reasons much of the high quality hemp are sourced from and produced in North America. These high quality flowers and biomass can be processed into better tasting oil and products. Genetics that encourage high CBD are usually grown differently and receive more specified care and attention.  

Post-Harvest Hemp Processing

Drying and processing must be handled carefully during harvesting to prepare for CBD extraction.

In terms of the different ways in which CBD and other cannabinoids can be used, it should be insured that safety is paramount during production. Being certain of purity, composition and potency is vital.  

Achieving this high level of quality management can be accomplished by following standards such as GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice).


CBD Manufacturing Process

The post-harvest process of hemp can include drying, trimming, and curing. It can also be pelletized and bagged with many storage options. This handling can occur either at the farm or a processing facility. A specially built facility can include equipment for hemp drying, grinding, extraction, filtration, distillation, isolation and even down to product packaging for full integration.


Manufacturing facilities usually produce products including the following:

  •        Extracts

  •        Hemp Oil

  •        Distillate

  •        Isolate

  •        Others


These products are then completed into marketable products such as:

  •        Oil Tinctures

  •        Vape Juices

  •        Topical

  •        Edibles

  •        Many others


CBD Toll Processing from Hemp​

For hemp farmers wanting to have their own product processed for a fee AMERICAN HEMP PROCESSING is optimized for  hemp CBD Toll processing services.

​CBD Toll Processing Split​

For farmers who are cultivating hemp flower or hemp biomass and want it processed, one option is to partner with us on a Processing Split Contract.

AMERICAN HEMP PROCESSING can provide processing capability through purchases of biomass, toll processing, and splits. We can also assist the cultivators with marketing and selling their processed material. This can include full integration down to individual product development and marketing.

Source: WHO Pre-Review Report on Cannabidiol (PDF)

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