Hemp extraction labs are opening up in many different states now that hemp and CBD are federally legal.
For years it was illegal to grow and possess hemp, regardless of its near-nonexistent THC levels. This is a plant that can be used for everything from making lotion to making paper. It seemed like such a waste to keep a product like this illegal to the public, but that’s how it was for decades. The only places where you saw CBD being processed legally was in states that had legal medical cannabis industries. And for a while, it seemed like it was going to stay this way. Everything changed with the 2014 and 2018 Farm bills. The initial one opened up the pathway for the legal growing and processing of industrial hemp while the second one solidified these rules and ended all of the ambiguity in how the laws were expected to be approached from one part of the nation to the next. As long as the cannabis plant has less than 0.3% of THC inside, it is considered hemp and not marijuana. Not only are we seeing a surge in people growing hemp, but we also see a lot of people processing hemp into oils and concentrates. Hemp extraction labs are opening up in many different states now that hemp and CBD are federally legal. Hemp extraction labs use hydrocarbon solvent extractions, CO2 solvent extractions, and heat and pressure based solventless extractions. Even though hydrocarbon extractions are so sophisticated that you don’t ever have to worry about residual solvents if the extraction was done properly, many people prefer solventless extracts these days. It costs more, but hemp rosin made from heat and pressure is starting to become popular among hemp users.