Now that we know that Delta 8 is made from the hemp plant, we can discuss how it is extracted from the plant. Extraction is the process of separating the Delta 8 from the rest of the hemp plant to be used in some form of Delta 8 concentrate. In this case, the concentrate we are talking about is Delta 8 vape oil.
Most companies will use a CO2 (carbon dioxide) extraction process. There are benefits to a carbon dioxide-based extraction method for Delta 8 over other methods such as an alcohol-based process. The primary benefit for a manufacturer is that it is more cost effective to use CO2 over alcohol. You may think it is just about cost, but it is not. A CO2 extraction method tends to create higher quality products and is more sustainable. In addition to these benefits, a carbon dioxide method allows the product to be used by a larger amount of people. Some individuals may have a sensitivity to alcohol-based products or simply do not like the alcohol taste, which can limit the extraction method.
When you are extracting Delta 8 from hemp it can be somewhat of a complex process. This is because there is only about 0.1% Delta 8 naturally occurring in a plant. Since this is such a trace amount, the process to isolate Delta 8 can be an extremely tedious process. This process entails companies creating a Delta 8 extract in one of the following two ways:
- Method 1: Isolating the naturally occurring Delta 8 compound in the hemp plant’s chemical composition.
- Method 2: Rearranging the atoms of the CBD compound to turn it into Delta 8.
Delta 8 is an isomer of CBD, which means that the atoms present are the same, except they are arranged in a different fashion. Therefore, converting CBD into Delta 8 is a surprisingly efficient method.