Extraction Services

Ascent Naturals utilizes cryogenic ethanol extraction technology to extract from hemp.  Why did we select this method?

  • Extraction Efficiency: Our technology boasts an extraction efficiency of over 90%.  We have tested our biomass before and after extraction to confirm this efficiency.  

  • Cost Efficiency:  Ethanol extraction is highly cost-efficient.  For the same level of investment, ethanol has up to 20x the throughput capability of supercritical CO2 extraction.

  • Processing Efficiency: Unlike traditional ethanol extraction, cryogenic processing (-80 C) does not pull fats and lipids from the hemp plant eliminating the need for a separate lengthy winterization process. Processing time is reduced and yields improved, saving time and money.

  • Safety: Ethanol is much safer to handle than other hydrocarbons (i.e. butane), and doesn't need to operate at super-high pressures (like CO2).

  • Sustainability:  Ethanol is recovered and reused to process additional hemp biomass.

  • Quality:  Ethanol, (aka pure alcohol) has GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status.  That means it is safe to use in food (and drink) products.

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What does all of that mean to you?  You can get the highest quality, most cost-efficient hemp concentrates and consumer products from Ascent Naturals.  Try us!

Tolling and Splits

While we purchase most of the biomass we extract, we also partner with farmers to process their biomass on a Tolling or Split basis.

  • Tolling means that the farmer pays for processing the biomass, however, all output from processing goes back to the farmer.  What goes back can be any stage of processing - Full Spectrum Extract, Distillate, Zero-THC, or White Label Product, ready for sale.  

  • In a Split, the farmer does not pay for processing.  Instead, the output from processing is divided between the farmer and the processor in a pre-agreed upon percentage "split".