Acidic cannabinoids are what is found in the “raw” version of hemp. These non-decarboxylated versions preserve the cannabinoids in their raw and natural form.
We bypass the process of decarboxylation, which converts these valuable cannabinoids to the non-acidic version. For instance, THCA converts to THC, CBDA converts to CBD, and so on. Most extraction and processing requires the use high heat, which destroys these acidic versions.
What is Acidic Cannabinoid Remediation?
Cannabinoids are naturally present in the hemp plant in their acidic form, such as CBDa and THCa. Hemp extract is usually heated in order to convert these acidic cannabinoids into their active forms, for example, CBD and THC, in a process known as decarboxylation. However, there is an increasing interest in maintaining acidic cannabinoids in hemp oil, as they have unique benefits of their own.
Normal processing of hemp oil can expose the cannabinoids to high heat and low pressure, resulting in loss of these acidic cannabinoids. However, with careful temperature and pressure regulation, we use reverse flash chromatography to separate THC and THCa out while maintaining the acidic cannabinoids.