The CBDistillery is known for beautiful CBD crystallization (hence the crystals in our logo). Our customers and followers on social media (@the_cbdistillery) have always been curious about these crystals and how they are grown. So on 7/25/17, over five days, we live streamed the crystallization of 150 grams of CBD.
The event was incredibly successful, reaching 1.5 million people on Facebook and was shared over 800 times. Don’t worry if you missed this event, here is a recap of the five-day crystallization as well as all of the answers to your questions about CBD crystals.
What Is A CBD Crystal and How Is It Different From CBD Isolate?
A CBD crystal is grown using CBD isolate or distillate, during the process known as “isolation”. CBD isolation is the method of forcing the CBD molecule to come out of a solution (in our case pentane) and allowing it to reform into a pure substance generally at 99+%. Once the crystals have formed, there is a “mother liquor” left behind which contains the impurities that were removed during the isolation process. Crystallization can, therefore, be performed in order to remove impurities from the isolate or distillate.
How To Grow A CBD Crystal
DISCLAIMER: THE CBDISTILLERY DOES NOT RECOMMEND ANYONE TRYING TO GROW THEIR OWN CBD CRYSTAL. IF IN THE EVENT THAT YOU ATTEMPT TO GROW A CRYSTAL, WE RECOMMEND USING THE PROPER LAB EQUIPMENT, UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF A PROFESSIONAL, USING PROPER SAFETY PROTOCOLS.
As previously mentioned, a CBD crystal is grown using a CBD isolate or distillate typically with a 60-80% purity. Isolate is a powder form of CBD which is extracted from the mature stalks and stems of hemp plants. Under a ducted fume hood, the first step of growing a CBD crystal is to add the isolate to a graduated cylinder or in our case to a mason jar. Then, you slowly add your solution (pentane) to the CBD isolate to create a super saturation.
Once the pentane has been added, seal the container with a lid and place it in a safe location, away from any fire sources (pentane is a highly flammable solution). The now saturated isolate will slowly crash out of the solution, eventually isolating the CBD molecule.
During a crystallization, smaller crystals structures generally have fewer solvents trapped whereas the larger crystals can end up with a lot of residual solvents trapped within them. This is the reason The CBDistillery does not sell the crystal formations on the website. After a crystallization, the formation is broken down, the majority of the residual solvents are removed in a vacuum oven, and the now purified isolate is turned into either slab or powder form which can then be shipped directly to your front door.
Here is a time lapse of the crystal growing over a 5 day period. At one point in the first 48 hours, our camera stopped recording, hence the gap in the video.