ZGO’s 7-Step Process for the Highest Quality THC-Free Broad Spectrum CBD
Step 1: Superior Farming
Every ZGO product starts with natural proprietary strains of hemp that are high in CBD. All of the hemp we use is grown in nutrient-rich soil in the United States.
The suppliers we use operate under strict guidelines while using state-of-the-art farming processes. Not only does this enhance the quality of our strains, but it also makes sure our products are safe, regulated and unsurpassed in their potency and consistency.
These farming processes avoid herbicide use by planting hemp in a way that encourages natural plant health and growth. They also include innovative water-saving practices and implement the “sea of green” approach, meaning that our hemp plants mature quickly in higher density.
Step 2: Raw Hemp Processing
The plants our farmers use are dried and warehoused after they are harvested. When we need a plant for production, it is milled into a coarse powder. The milling process adheres to the highest standards in the industry. Once processed, it is shipped to our supplier’s processing and manufacturing facility in Colorado.
Step 3: Proprietary Extraction
Our manufacturer’s facility follows the highest standards for manufacturing and is rated cGMP compliant.
In order to achieve the highest quality broad spectrum, our supplier uses a proprietary hemp extraction and purification process that involves supercritical CO2, a commonly used method of extraction to make sure that many of hemp’s beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are preserved in the process. Once extracted, undesirable plant solids like waxes and chlorophyll are removed from the oil.
While CBD on its own offers many benefits, a growing body of research has found that a broad-spectrum product leads to multiplying benefits. This is called the entourage effect.
Step 4: Separation
Before further refinement, the hemp extract is separated from the supercritical CO2 used in the extraction process. Once this step is completed, the CO2 is recycled and used again in the distillation process.
Step 5: THC Removal and Refining
One of the most important steps in the process is to extract even the most minute traces of THC. Our product’s THC is the compound found in cannabis that produces the “high” associated with the plant. Our manufacturer uses proprietary technology to remove unwanted compounds including wax, chlorophyll, plant pigments and trace amounts of THC. Finally, it is “washed” and “polished.” As you can see on our lab reports, our product’s contain no detectable THC.
Step 6: Third-Party Lab Testing
Before any batch is released, it goes through rigorous third-party lab testing. Every batch receives the most comprehensive testing available to ensure what is on the label is in the bottle and nothing more. The labs test for traces of: microbial (E. coli, yeast, mold), potency (ensuring what’s on the label is in the bottle), heavy metals (lead, arsenic, mercury and cadmium) and sixty (60) pesticides total, thus setting a new bar for testing in the industry.
We strive to use organic ingredients whenever possible. Each of our products includes a QR code linking to both the internal lab reports on the raw oil and the third-party testing on the finished product.
Step 7: Our Supplier’s Proprietary Nanoemulsion Technology
Our softgels require our oil to go through another processing step. The raw hemp oil goes through a proprietary process that transforms it into nano-sized emulsions. This makes it the most bioavailable broad-spectrum CBD in the industry. This means the ability to be absorbed and used by the body is much greater.
Our competitors’ hemp oil particles are anywhere between 100 and 1000 nanometers in size. Our particles are around 25. This small size leads to much more effective absorption.
This nanoemulsion process makes our softgel formulas more bioavailable than oil-based products. In addition to the nanoemulsion process, other proprietary technology is used to create the water-soluble hemp powder used in our dog treats and energy mix — since our bodies have difficulty absorbing oil, this water-soluble format is also more bioavailable than standard hemp oil.