FAQ

Our FAQs address the most common questions asked by our customers and website visitors.  By no means is this a complete list.  Please feel free to send us questions and we will update this page with our answers for everyone’s benefit.  

Why does Elysian OilWorx only focus on distillation?

Establishing a hemp processing facility that meets food grade manufacturing standards demands a significant capital investment for items such as extraction equipment, lab supplies, solvents, storage, environmental and employee safeguards, and packaging.  The majority of these costs are passed through to the customer.  We took a hard look at the entire extraction lifecycle and determined that distillate results in products with the highest wellness and therapeutic value.   The limited versatility and marginal value of crude oil did not justify the capital investment for us because it is currently less expensive to purchase it outright than produce it in-house.  There was no way that we could rationalize passing this cost to our customers.  The avoided overhead by only focusing on distillation is a competitive advantage for us but we recognize that we must have a laser focus on quality control since we now rely on third-party suppliers for crude oil.

How much distillate does 1kg of crude oil yield?

Distillate yields depend on the quality of crude oil and potency and extraction efficiency.  Generally, crude oil with >70% total cannabinoids potency should yield about 0.7 liters of distillate, assuming efficient extraction.  Said differently, it would take about 1.4kg of crude to yield 1 liter of distillate.  Distillate yield is directly correlated to higher cannabinoid potency in crude oi and extraction efficiency.  

What does 0.3% THC by dry weight mean?

Even though 0.3% THC by dry weight is the legal limit for CBD products based on the 2018 Farm Bill , the answer is complicated due to the inconsistent interpretation by individual states of the difference between hemp and cannabis.  Some states define total THC as limited to Delta-9 THC and other states include THCA (the non-intoxicating THC compound).  

If product with THC is being transported across state lines, it is best to include THCA in total THC in order to avoid federal violations.  

How much THC will get you high?

It only takes 5-10 mg of THC to cause intoxication.  

Here are a couple of examples of 0.3% THC by dry weight can potentially equate to:

“CBD” Oil

A 30ml bottle of CBD oil – a common retail unit – is equivalent to 30,000mg which can contain 81 mg of THC (0.27% THC).  A 30 ml bottle contains 30 1 ml doses (single drop).  A dose of two drops (2 ml) may contain 5.4 mg (81/30 *2) of THC.  

“CBD” Gummy

A 4-gram gummy – sold in a 30-count jar – could contain 12mg (4*1000*0.003) of THC and comply with the 0.3% by dry weight limit.

What is bioavailability?

In order for CBD to be effective, it must reach the endocannabinoid system.  This means it first needs to be absorbed into the bloodstream.  The percentage of CBD absorbed by the blood is bioavailability.  

It is important to understand that cannabinoids are “lipophilic” molecules which mean they dissolve in fats and do not mix with water (hydrophobic).  Our bodies are up to 60% water and therefore have difficulty absorbing cannabinoid molecules.  

There are three predominant ways to deliver cannabinoids into the body – inhalation, ingestion and application.  Inhalation offers the most effective bioavailability with levels as high as 56%.  Bioavailability drops to about 20% when ingested.  As far as topical application, transdermal delivery is the only known method of transferring CBD to the bloodstream.  

Emulsion improves the ingestion bioavailability rate as high as 30% due to  breaking down large oil molecules into nano particles using ultrasonic waves. These nano particles are emulsified into a stable form which becomes water soluble and easily absorbed in the human body.

What does isomerization mean?

Isomerization is a chemical process by which a molecule is transformed into another molecule that has the same atoms but arranged differently.  Research since the 1960s revealed that CBD isomerization into THC is possible.