Summary of our Extraction Guide

If you are looking for a definitive guide to the extraction industry, look no further. This guide will take you through the hemp and cannabis industry step by step covering the history of hemp and CBD extraction, CBD processing the process of CBD extraction, The various opportunities in the extraction industry, the various types of extraction, an in depth look at supercritical CO2 extractor, the steps of post extraction, and the various products you can make through extraction. Let’s take a quick look at this guide and who it will benefit.

A Brief Look at Each Chapter

This guide has eight chapters that contain useful information for a number of processors, chemists, farmers, investors and entrepreneurs in the extraction industry. Below, we’ll briefly explain what we have to offer in each chapter:

The History of Industrial Hemp and CBD Extraction

This chapter examines the use of industrial hemp going back thousands of years, up to the history of CBD extraction starting in the 1940s. Whenever you are discovering a new topic, or if you want the most accurate information, you have to go back to the roots. This article walks through hemp use in its infancy including the earliest uses of industrial hemp, it’s migration west to North America and the uses of industrial hemp today.

This article also covers the beginnings of CBD extraction from its early discovery in the 1940s to the recent extraction methods today. This article also briefly covers the most recent interest in other hemp derived cannabinoids like delta 8 THC, delta 10 THC, THC O and the uncertain future of their extraction and use.

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Hemp Processing

This chapter goes into both the processing of industrial hemp and the basics of CBD extraction as both of these processes are often under the title of hemp processing. It will go into detail about farming, harvesting, shucking, extraction, various products and more.

Looking at both industrial hemp and CBD extraction, this page will look at multiple products from processing including clothing, paper products, fuel, skin care and more. From extraction, it will cover products including tinctures, vaporizer products, edibles, and topicals.

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CBD Extraction

This page covers the three most common types of extraction: hydrocarbon, ethanol and supercritical CO2. It also covers the basics of extraction including grinding, decarboxylation, the extraction process itself, winterization, solvent removal, and distillation and all of the necessary equipment needed for each.

Once the basics have been covered, this article dives into detail about the three common types of extraction. It goes into the pros and cons of each of these extraction methods comparing them to help you identify the ideal method that will help you be the most efficient in this industry.

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Opportunities in the Extraction Industry

This chapter examines the possible opportunities in the extraction industry for a number of individuals. Those include farmers, processors, chemists, investors and entrepreneurs. This chapter is ideal for anyone looking to be a part of the hemp and CBD industry and want to identify exactly what they can look forward to in those particular fields.

This page will also go into detail about the concerns and ideal circumstances for each of those potential individuals entering or expanding in the extraction industry. It is a great article to decide whether or not a field of interest is particularly right before taking the risk all on your own.

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Supercritical CO2 Extraction

This chapter is an in depth look at what we believe to be the best extraction option: supercritical CO2 extraction. This page describes everything from the basics of extraction to the eccentricities of supercritical CO2 extraction and even subcritical CO2 extraction.

The detailed section of this chapter fully explains the CO2 extraction process from what exactly makes a supercritical fluid to the equipment necessary to perform CO2 extraction and the important details to optimize the CO2 extraction process altogether.

Post Extraction Steps

This section is designed to guide through the steps after the extraction process that get you to a final product ready for retail sale. The steps included in this chapter are winterization and filtration, solvent removal, distillation, chromatography, and isolation. Each of these steps are critical to create a final product that is market ready for consumption and this guide is intended to take you through each of them in detail.

As well as guiding through the exact processes of post extraction, this chapter of our guide will explain the benefits of making products like distillate and isolate. Both of these end products are essential for making the products that are in demand in the market and there are a number of factors that can make or break your distillate and isolate production. Follow this chapter to dial in your process and make the best end product possible.

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Products You can Make at Each Stage of Extraction

This chapter details the various products that can be produced throughout the extraction process including how and where to sell them in the market. Some of these products include terpenes, crude oil, distillate, isolate and new cannabinoids. Each of these products are sellable in the market giving you profit opportunities throughout the extraction process.

Knowing what products you can sell is only half of the battle. This chapter will also detail the various market opportunities for each of these products including what products can be sold B to C, and B to B and where the chances of profit are highest depending on your operation.


Who This Guide is For

There are a number of individuals who can find valuable information in our guide to the hemp extraction industry. Let’s take a look below at some of the individuals who can benefit from our hemp extraction guide:


Hemp processors are those who either process industrial hemp for textiles, food and other products, or those who extract hemp for CBD and other cannabinoids. This guide is particularly useful for both of these processors by illustrating the best market opportunities for each field.


Being a chemist in the extraction industry is more exciting than ever. When it comes to hemp and cannabis, extracts have begun to sweep the industry. Of course, this means that properly performed chemistry is a must. Our chapters on extraction, post extraction processing and opportunities in the industry give ideal information for chemists in the industry whether they are trying to refine their extraction knowledge or looking to capitalize on the opportunities of the industry.


Farmers in the hemp industry are quickly finding that cultivating hemp is one of the fastest growing money making crops since its legalization in 2018. This guide will illustrate the benefits of farming hemp and show how diverse hemp farming can be for textiles, food, CBD extraction and more. Our chapter on the history of industrial hemp and CBD extraction highlights the long use of hemp cultivation and how it is still a relevant worldwide crop today.


Investing in the hemp and CBD industry may be one of the most profitable investment options today and investors need to know what they are looking for. In our chapter Opportunities in the Hemp Industry, we discuss why the investment opportunity in the extraction industry and hemp as a whole is so valuable. Take a look at this chapter if you are interested in investing in this highly profitable industry.


Entrepreneurs are always looking for the next big thing, and it is clear that hemp and CBD are only growing in popularity. This is why startups are following the hype and trying their hand at the competitive, but booming CBD industry. While our chapter on Opportunities in the Hemp Industry talks specifically about entrepreneurship in this industry, this entire guide is a must if you are hoping to create a successful startup in hemp and extraction.

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extraktLAB is Here to Help You Succeed

This guide is part of what we do at extraktLAB: helping others succeed in the industry. Whether you are looking to invest in the industry, start your own business, begin cultivating hemp or simply want to learn more about hemp and extraction, we hope this guide will help you learn and decide what your place will be in the industry.

If you’re looking for more information, we have plenty of resources throughout our site. Check out our podcast, courses, guides, and our blog for a wealth of information about this fascinating industry. It doesn’t matter whether you are looking to start your own extraction company, or just want the truth about hemp and CBD – we want to help you get the best information. We hope that you find us to be a reliable resource as you navigate the world of hemp and CBD extraction.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes new cannabinoids a good product?

The short answer is that customers want a psychoactive cannabinoid, but don’t want to break the law. Cannabinoids like delta 8 THC offer a mildly psychoactive product that users can take without breaking federal regulations and risking prosecution.

Is isolate THC Free?

The term THC Free is not regularly used anymore by reputable companies because there are chances that there are trace quantities of THC in an isolate. A better term that is used now is THC ND or THC Non-detect because the quantity of THC is unlikely to be detectable by testing.

Which distillate product sells best on the market?

The truth is that distillate products depend on user preference. While vaporizer products may be perfect for one user, another may prefer the ease of use of gummies. Then, wholesale distillate will be best for B to B sales. It’s best to have a wide range of products to capitalize on the market.

Does solvent type matter when selling crude oil to other businesses?

For the most part, the extraction method will not make a difference in the crude you generate. The primary difference is with supercritical CO2 extraction where crude oil should be winterized. A business may desire a winterized crude oil, or may perform winterization themselves.

Can terpenes be collected without decarboxylation?

Yes, terpenes can be collected during the extraction process. However, they can be lost or degraded due to the temperatures used to perform the extraction. Decarboxylation uses a lower temperature which makes it the best time to collect terpenes without degradation.’

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