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Our Process

Today CBD can be found in a rapidly increasing number of places. Despite the wide number of products available on the market labeled with these three letters, the contents and quality can vary wildly. Some products contain low quality hemp extracts, others might contain sugar and artificial ingredients, and some are marketed on hype alone.

Here at Big Sky Botanicals offering only the absolute highest quality of hemp-derived CBD is and will always be our number one priority. For this reason we've partnered with some of the best in the business to offer you only the best phytocannabinoid rich products available.

Our products come from a Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certified facility located in Colorado, USA. This facility is fully licensed and registered with the Colorado Department of Agriculture. They lead the way in hemp production using safe, unique, and effective processes to create the pharmaceutical grade hemp extracts that end up in our products.

Outlined below is the process behind the creation of our product line.

Organic Hemp Farming & Processing

It all begins with a phytocannabinoid and terpene rich hemp strain that was designed specifically for producing CBD-rich extracts. This strain is organically grown in nutrient rich Colorado soil without the use of pesticides. Once the hemp is harvested, the plants are dried and warehoused. Before extraction they are milled into a course powder for extraction.

Each plant produces the following cannabinoid content on average:

  • 18% Cannabidiol (CBD)
  • 1-2% Cannabigerol (CBG)
  • 1-2% Cannabinol (CBN)
  • 1-2% Cannabichromene (CBC)
  • less than .3% THCA

Note that these levels are at the raw plant material stage and differ from the end product.

Extraction & Processing

After harvest, the hemp undergoes a proprietary extraction process that preserves the majority of the beneficial hemp derived cannabinoids and terpenes while eliminating unwanted compounds.

Beginning with either supercritical CO2 or ethanol extraction an extract rich in terpenes, CBD, and other cannabinoids is produced. Then this extract undergoes a process called winterization and solvent removal using vacuum distillation to remove the chlorophyll, waxes, and other unwanted materials from the extract.

THC Removal via Chromatography

Using a unique chromatography process, the extract is filtered using a unique media that selectively binds to the Delta 9-THC, the only psychoactive component in the extract. As the extract is filtered, the THC alone is stripped and discarded, while the remaining cannabinoids and terpenes remain intact.

The absence of detectable THC is confirmed through High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) tests. Our processing facility been certified by the CDPHE (Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment) as a producer of 0.0% THC products and has been issued Free Sale Certification which can be found on our compliance page.

This means that you can guarantee that the products we sell are all certified to be free of THC.

Nanoemulsions & Water Soluble Products

Through further patent pending processing, the extracts used in some of our products are further processed into nanoemulsions. This process breaks up the hemp oil droplets and emulsifies them to keep them stable in this state. The result is a product which disperses throughout water and offers a higher bioavailability. The result are products which require lower doses thanks to higher absorption into the bloodstream due to the larger surface area.