Amount of End Product
The amount of CBD oil you extract decreases if you’re looking to produce a more refined end product, like CBD isolate (approx. yield 140lbs per acre) or broad-spectrum CBD distillate (approx. yield 160lbs per acre). If you’re just looking to extract crude oil, you’ll extract a larger volume of oil than if you refine it down further.
Amount Per Acre
If you’re harvesting hemp plants for the purposes of extracting CBD oil, you will need to grow only female plants, which are the ones that flower. The flower (or bud) of the hemp plant contains the trichomes with the highest amount of CBD, making it the best and easiest way to extract CBD oil from the plant. On average, you can grow about 1,500 hemp plants per acre if you’re growing for CBD oil.
Factors that Impact CBD Amount
Of course, these total numbers are just estimates. There are a variety of factors that can impact how much CBD could be extracted from a single hemp plant.
Some of these factors include:
- Quality of plant (genetic potential, length of cultivation cycle)
- Method of extraction (ethanol, carbon dioxide, or hydrocarbon)
- Efficiency of operations (impacted by the skill level of your technicians, familiarity with the equipment, etc.)
As your business grows and becomes more efficient, you’ll likely be able to increase your production and productivity, as you become more familiar with the machines.
Industrial Hemp vs. Hemp for CBD Oil
Hemp plants grown to harvest CBD require different planting techniques than hemp plants that are grown for more industrial or manufacturing purposes.
With hemp grown for industrial purposes, you can grow many more plants per acre—around 400,000 plants. These plants can be male varieties since you don’t need the flower to harvest CBD, and the plants grow much taller, allowing for more volume per acre. Hemp plants grown for the purpose of extracting CBD oil require more space, so you can grow fewer plants per acre.
Precision Equipment for CBD Extraction
Precision Extraction offers high-volume, high-quality ethanol extraction equipment optimized for hemp extraction.