The Scientia Labs Process
Our Farm Bill-compliant extraction process turns high-quality industrial hemp into pure CBD extracts.
Step 1: Prep & grind biomass
We grind the biomass in-house and prepare it to be soaked, allowing the CBD to be more easily separated from the raw plant matter.
Step 2: Alcohol Extraction
The ground biomass is then rinsed with alcohol, which picks up cannabinoids like CBD, CBG, and CBC along with other phytochemicals, omega oils, and vitamins.
Once the biomass is separated from the solution, the alcohol is evaporated in a Scientia-designed and built, low-energy evaporator. This leaves behind a thick, dark oil consisting of 100% plant material, with ~50-70% CBD.
Step 3: Distillation
The alcohol extract is loaded into a custom short-path distillation system that separates terpenes, plant oils, and cannabinoids from one another. This step removes much of the color compounds and solid materials, yielding a thick, golden distillate, similar to honey in appearance. CBD concentrations are brought up to ~70-90% CBD, while the total cannabinoid content can reach over 95%.
Step 4: Crystallization
Our crystallization chemists process the distillate in a proprietary blend of solvents at a range of temperatures and pressures to produce >99% pure isolated CBD. Solvents are removed through filtration and vacuum systems, resulting in pure, clean CBD isolate in either crystal or powder form.
Scientia takes samples for third-party testing at every stage of the process, ensuring the finest possible result.
While Oregon has clear testing guidelines for cannabis in the regulated marijuana market (plants and products with more than 0.3% THC by weight), hemp testing regulations have been vague. Scientia tests incoming biomass for potency and pesticides, and conducts potency, pesticide, solvent, and terpene analysis on its crude and distillate extracts 一 leading the industry with our rigorous testing standards for hemp.
In addition to this incremental testing practice, Scientia is one of the first businesses to conduct compliance control studies with the Oregon Department of Agriculture (ODA). For ODA approval, a third party lab arrives at the manufacturing facility and selects 15-40 different samples from a range of locations within a container to build a statistical representation of the material. Each sample is tested independently to analyze variation in potency, pesticides, and solvent levels throughout a batch. In addition to helping us hone process adjustments to maximize the consistency of our products, these control studies give credibility to the consistency of our product.
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