How we make CBD oil
Great CBD products start with a meticulous growing, harvesting, processing and formulation process. At Half Day, we take this process seriously, and make it our mission to be as transparent as possible with our process for making CBD oil. Scroll to step through our full production process.
Step 1: Genetics
A great CBD oil will contain a combination of terpenes—cannabinoids that will be unique to the strain of hemp from which it is derived. Our trusted network of farmers uses strains from Canada that have been carefully bred for a robust cannabinoid profile, while keeping THC below .3%. These genetics are approved by the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the plant’s heritage is cataloged to ensure quality and authenticity. To learn more see our batch records and read our COA.
Step 2: Growing
Fortunately, hemp thrives easily outdoors, without the use of pesticides. And we visit and inspect each farm to ensure that there is no risk of exposure to pesticides by nearby farms. It’s also important to know that the land is “virgin”, meaning it hasn’t been sprayed with harsh chemicals in the past. We have found that the best land is previously uncultivated, or was formerly used to grow hay.
Step 3: Harvest
Harvest is hard work because there are very few machines capable of harvesting hemp at scale. Farmers harvest all plants around the same time to ensure consistency and then hang the plants for several months to allow them to dry out. In Kentucky, where we source our hemp, farms often use old tobacco barns to dry their hemp. It’s important to control moisture in these barns because mold can develop. All of our hemp is inspected and tested for mold to ensure mold doesn’t end up in the final product.
Step 4: extraction
Our CBD oil is made via the supercritical CO2 extraction process. Supercritical CO2 extraction uses intense pressure and temperature change to push CO2 through the hemp to strip it of oils, waxes and everything else. The result is a completely pure extract that doesn’t require additional filtering or evaporation. The facility is GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices) certified and is often inspected for quality control.
Step 5: Third-Party Testing
Third-party testing is a crucial step in proving the cannabinoid make-up of your product and whether or not it’s compliant with rules sets by the federal government. We test through ProVerde Laboratories , the industry gold standard for third-party testing services. ProVerde has a proven track record for scientific precision, which ensures accuracy and safety.
Step 6: Formulation
Every formulation considers three important things: What problem are we trying to solve for our customer? What flavors or smells make the product more enjoyable to consume? What is the best delivery method for the CBD’s intended use? Since CBD has a wide range of consumption methods, we design products and packaging around these three principles.
Step 7: Bottling
We think bottling is one of the most important steps to delivering a safe product. That’s why we don’t outsource; instead we bottle all of our products in a local Chicago facility with a licensed food safety manager. We partnered with Kitchen Chicago to provide a safe, clean, and frequently inspected environment for quality control that meets retail standards.
Step 8: Gratitude
We greatly appreciate your trust and strive to deliver a great customer experience every time. We pride ourselves on listening to our customers and taking feedback—that means praise AND critique. We especially love to hear ideas for new CBD products you might like. Feel free to send us an email, DM, or give us a call at 833-425-3329. We’d love to hear from you.
Half Day’s CBD products are American-grown, pesticide-free, and put through rigorous scientific testing to ensure consistency, potency and safety.
From seed to sale, complete information—plant origin, processing method, bottling information and more—is available here.
We adhere to FDA standards and employ a food safety manager to oversee all production in a FDA-approved bottling facility in Chicago.
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