Creating high quality CBD oil and products, like those from Enecta, requires skills, procedures and equipment that are fit for purpose. Nothing is left to chance. Since we know how essential it is to buy and consume with total peace of mind, it only seems right to explain the journey that takes a seed of Cannabis Sativa L. to becoming CBD extract, ready for consumption.

Creating high quality products, like those from Enecta, requires skills, procedures and equipment that are fit for purpose. Nothing is left to chance.

Since we know how essential it is to buy and consume with total peace of mind, it only seems right to explain the journey that takes a seed of Cannabis Sativa L. to becoming CBD extract, ready for consumption.

Creating a high quality product requires adhesion to some basic principles, principles that are sometimes enclosed within guidelines created by independent bodies.

The fundamental principles that guide our production are:

  • Growing in select fields without using pesticides
  • Applying Guidelines on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP)
  • Monitoring contaminants according to the specifications of European Pharmacopoeia
  • Good Manufacturing Practices

Creating a high quality product requires adhesion to some basic principles, principles that are sometimes enclosed within guidelines created by independent bodies.

The fundamental principles that guide our production are:

  • Growing in select fields without using pesticides

  • Applying Guidelines on Good Agricultural and Collection Practices (GACP)

  • Monitoring contaminants according to the specifications of European Pharmacopoeia

  • Good Manufacturing Practices

Growing in
select fields
without using
pesticides

Applying Guidelines
on Good Agricultural
and Collection
Practices (GACP)

Monitoring contaminants
according to
the specifications
of European
Pharmacopoeia

Good
Manufacturing
Practices

Growing in select fields
without using pesticides

Applying Guidelines on
Good Agricultural and
Collection Practices (GACP)

Monitoring contaminants according to
the specifications of European Pharmacopoeia

Good Manufacturing Practices

In particular, GACP and GMP guidelines act as a basis for establishing an adequate Quality Assurance system, providing useful information to guarantee certain standards and assuring:

  • that general and specific hygiene requirements are respected (which includes contamination/cross-contamination, personal hygiene and hygienic production of plant material).
  • control methods
  • documented procedures (SOP) that cover the entire production process in detail
  • process security
  • suitability of the final product.

This model helps us make sure, through standardised procedures and by identifying critical production phases (based on HACCP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points procedures), the product’s appropriate and consistent quality and safety, within a complete and up to date internal tracking system (every production lot is trackable and attributable to the producer and, therefore, also to the field or the place where the plants were grown and harvested).

In particular, GACP and GMP guidelines act as a basis for establishing an adequate Quality Assurance system, providing useful information to guarantee certain standards, assuring:

  • that general and specific hygiene requirements are respected (which includes contamination/cross-contamination, personal hygiene and hygienic production of plant material).

  • control methods

  • documented procedures (SOP) that cover the entire production process in detail

  • process security

  • suitability of the final product.

This model helps us make sure, through standardised procedures and by identifying critical production phases (based on HACCP, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points procedures), the product’s appropriate and consistent quality and safety, within a complete and up to date internal tracking system (every production lot is trackable and attributable to the producer and, therefore, also to the field or the place where the plants were grown and harvested).

Our products (other than following GACP guidelines) are certified: Made in Italy, Pesticide Free, Heavy Metals Free (we assure the absence of heavy metals through analysis and sampling during production phases) and Monitored Warehouse (dedicated buildings are constantly cleaned, ventilated and monitored, with respective work areas that are well defined and adequate for protecting products from any kind of possible contamination).

Our products (other than following GACP guidelines) are certified: Made in Italy, Pesticide Free, Heavy Metals Free (we assure the absence of heavy metals through analysis and sampling during production phases) and Monitored Warehouse (dedicated buildings are constantly cleaned, ventilated and monitored, with respective work areas that are well defined and adequate for protecting products from any kind of possible contamination).


CULTIVATION

The starting material for all Enecta products is the Cannabis Sativa L. This outstanding plant has many different varieties, each variety (also called "strain") has peculiar characteristics. Enecta has since 2013 invested in a program of seed genetic research to develop hemp plants specific to the production of cannabinoids. To ensure a perfect CBD oil we make sure that the right Cannabis seed is sowed, this is perhaps the most important decision we have to make each year.


Preparing the ground

Preparing the ground for sowing, is the starting point and one of the fundamental factors of the production phase. Good land (in terms of composition, nutrients and contaminants) will actually be able to produce a good product. We work, therefore, to create “hospitable” soil that will become the natural habitat for roots, creating optimal conditions for growing with careful and precise checks to avoid the development of weeds or the presence of contaminants.


Sowing


CULTIVATION

The starting material for all Enecta products is the Cannabis Sativa L. This outstanding plant has many different varieties, each variety (also called "strain") has peculiar characteristics. Enecta has since 2013 invested in a program of seed genetic research to develop hemp plants specific to the production of cannabinoids. To ensure a perfect CBD oil we make sure that the right Cannabis seed is sowed, this is perhaps the most important decision we have to make each year.


Preparing the ground

Preparing the ground for sowing, is the starting point and one of the fundamental factors of the production phase. Good land (in terms of composition, nutrients and contaminants) will actually be able to produce a good product. We work, therefore, to create “hospitable” soil that will become the natural habitat for roots, creating optimal conditions for growing with careful and precise checks to avoid the development of weeds or the presence of contaminants.


Sowing

We only plant industrial varieties registered in the European Catalog of varieties of agricultural plant species pursuant to article 17 of Directive 2002/53/CE of the European Council of 13rd June 2002, with a level of THC lower than 0.2% (accurately identified and certified seeds). All information relating to the lots of land dedicated to cultivating hemp are registered and documented, from the cultivation location to plant growth conditions, to continuously monitor crop growth.

We emphasise that we do not use pesticides or other chemical substances that are not essential in developing and protecting crops. In addition, thanks to continuous analysis carried out in the field, we check the quality and any needs and/or deficiencies during the vegetative phase. In addition, the performed analyses represent the basis for

sampling Cannabinoids that allow you to evaluate the percentage of active ingredients during the growth of plants and, consequently, allows us to decide upon the right moment for harvesting.

We only plant industrial varieties registered in the European Catalog of varieties of agricultural plant species pursuant to article 17 of Directive 2002/53/CE of the European Council of 13rd June 2002, with a level of THC lower than 0.2% (accurately identified and certified seeds). All information relating to the lots of land dedicated to cultivating hemp are registered and documented, from the cultivation location to plant growth conditions, to continuously monitor crop growth.

We emphasise that we do not use pesticides or other chemical substances that are not essential in developing and protecting crops. In addition, thanks to continuous analysis carried out in the field, we check the quality and any needs and/or deficiencies during the vegetative phase. In addition, the performed analyses represent the basis for

sampling Cannabinoids that allow you to evaluate the percentage of active ingredients during the growth of plants and, consequently, allows us to decide upon the right moment for harvesting.


Harvesting

Harvesting occurs through specially designed agricultural means that cuts Cannabis Sativa L. plants and directly moves them towards a trailer to the side, where the plants are slowly cut. During this phase (as for all the work phases), we place a lot of importance on cleaning all machinery/equipment that come into contact with vegetable material, so as to avoid the risk of contamination before, during and after harvesting.


Drying


Harvesting

Harvesting occurs through specially designed agricultural means that cuts Cannabis Sativa L. plants and directly moves them towards a trailer to the side, where the plants are slowly cut. During this phase (as for all the work phases), we place a lot of importance on cleaning all machinery/equipment that come into contact with vegetable material, so as to avoid the risk of contamination before, during and after harvesting.


Drying

The drying process plays a fundamental role in obtaining a product suitable for quality standards, so that any type of degradation, alteration or contamination of Cannabis Sativa L. plants is avoided. After being harvested, the plant material is transported (in dry and clean conditions) to drying sites specifically dedicated to processing hemp alone.

The drying process plays a fundamental role in obtaining a product suitable for quality standards, so that any type of degradation, alteration or contamination of Cannabis Sativa L. plants is avoided. After being harvested, the plant material is transported (in dry and clean conditions) to drying sites specifically dedicated to processing hemp alone. The drying phase, a crucial point in processing the material and consequently the quality of the final product, is carefully monitored, especially through continually checking fundamental parameters like temperature and drying time, air circulation and the relative humidity of the dryer.

Monitoring these three factors represents an operational guarantee in obtaining a uniformly dried finished product, avoiding possible mould that could contaminate the whole plant matter and allows for correct and adequate conservation over time.

The drying phase, a crucial point in processing the material and consequently the quality of the final product, is carefully monitored, especially through continually checking fundamental parameters like temperature and drying time, air circulation and the relative humidity of the dryer. Monitoring these three factors represents an operational guarantee in obtaining a uniformly dried finished product, avoiding possible mould that could contaminate the whole plant matter and allows for correct and adequate conservation over time.


Mechanical separation

Once dried, the material undergoes mechanical separation. This processing phase allows for the plant material to be perfectly separated through a machine that works automatically by rubbing brushes and passing through vibrating sifts and fixed sieves. Once the mechanical process is complete, the waste material will be completely separated from the material which is perfectly grinded and is useful for our purposes (such as extracting the main ingredients) which will undergo packaging and storage.


Packaging and Storage


Mechanical separation

Once dried, the material undergoes mechanical separation. This processing phase allows for the plant material to be perfectly separated through a machine that works automatically by rubbing brushes and passing through vibrating sifts and fixed sieves. Once the mechanical process is complete, the waste material will be completely separated from the material which is perfectly grinded and is useful for our purposes (such as extracting the main ingredients) which will undergo packaging and storage.


Packaging and Storage

Once the separation process is complete, the ground material moves directly from the machine dedicated to separation to the specific exit mouth, which have bags at the end (previously selected for their compatibility with food use) that are clean and dry (which allows for transpiration but not contact with external substances/possible contaminants) for the final packaging. The machine cycle therefore allows for controlled and continuous filling (reducing the passing and intervention of operators). However, we highlight the fact that all the materials used during the different processing phases are registered and accompanied by technical data sheets that demonstrate compatibility and the use of our qualitative aims and objectives.

The packaging material, therefore, is stored with forming palettes. In this phase the definitive labelling of homogenous lots occurs, with a lot number that synthesises all relative processing data and allows for clear and definitive product tracking. The pallets are stored in specific areas of the warehouse, a well-ventilated structure with protected entries, where the environments are easy to clean and are subdivided by processing phase. Once packaging is complete, therefore, the material waits to be shipped to our extraction production site.

Once the separation process is complete, the ground material moves directly from the machine dedicated to separation to the specific exit mouth, which have bags at the end (previously selected for their compatibility with food use) that are clean and dry (which allows for transpiration but not contact with external substances/possible contaminants) for the final packaging. The machine cycle therefore allows for controlled and continuous filling (reducing the passing and intervention of operators).

However, we highlight the fact that all the materials used during the different processing phases are registered and accompanied by technical data sheets that demonstrate compatibility and the use of our qualitative aims and objectives.

The packaging material, therefore, is stored with forming palettes. In this faze the definitive labelling of homogenous lots occurs, with a lot number that synthesises all relative processing data and allows for clear and definitive product tracking. The pallets are stored in specific areas of the warehouse, a well-ventilated structure with protected entries, where the environments are easy to clean and are subdivided by processing phase. Once packaging is complete, therefore, the material waits to be shipped to our production site (or to any clients).


CBD OIL PRODUCTION

To obtain an extract we need to separate the compounds of the plant which are interesting for us from the ones which have no use. More specifically every Enecta extract is developed and formulated around a specific cannabioid. Cannabinoids can be separated from the plant matter in many different way. We have developed specific methods to ensure both safety and efficiency. This is why we can guarantee that the best CBD oil can be also affordable for our clients.


Pharmaceutical guidelines


CBD OIL PRODUCTION

To obtain an extract we need to separate the compounds of the plant which are interesting for us from the ones which have no use. More specifically every Enecta extract is developed and formulated around a specific cannabioid. Cannabinoids can be separated from the plant matter in many different way. We have developed specific methods to ensure both safety and efficiency. This is why we can guarantee that the best CBD oil can be also affordable for our clients.


Pharmaceutical guidelines

The packaged and stored hemp is ready, therefore, to be shipped to our production site (or to any clients), where the plant matter will undergo processing to create the final product. Our priority is to maintain high quality management standards in developing, producing and controlling our products, in order to guarantee that they conform to contemporary safety, quality and efficiency requirements.

The packaged and stored hemp is ready, therefore, to be shipped to our GMP certified extraction facility, where the plant matter will undergo processing to create the final product. Our priority is to maintain high quality management standards in developing, producing and controlling our products, in order to guarantee that they conform to contemporary safety, quality and efficiency requirements.

Producing the products follows, the principles and guidelines of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice, rules and instructions that apply to all phases of the production cycle) and is based on a reliable integrated quality system and accurate risk management,

Producing the products follows, as far as possible, the principles and guidelines of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice, rules and instructions that apply to all phases of the production cycle) and is based on a reliable integrated quality system and accurate risk management, with the aim of guaranteeing products that also conform to ICH models (The International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use) and ISO (International Standard Organisation) quality concepts and that, therefore, are suitable for intended use and do not risk consumers due to inadequate safety and quality.

This quality objective is achieved both through the work of adequately qualified personnel involved in processing phases, and by using approved procedures on the premises, spaces and with equipment and adequate services.


CBD oil extraction

with the aim of guaranteeing products that also conform to ICH models (The International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use) and ISO (International Standard Organisation) quality concepts and that, therefore, are suitable for intended use and do not risk consumers due to inadequate safety and quality.

This quality objective is achieved both through the work of adequately qualified personnel involved in processing phases, and by using approved procedures on the premises, spaces and with equipment and adequate services.


CBD oil extraction 

A key role of production is the chemical extraction phase which happens in laboratories in which laboratory operations are planned, checked, recorded and reported. Chemical extraction consists of separating the interested components (i.e. CBD, CBG) from the solid plant matrix, so to only obtain rich/concentrated extracts of the components that we are interested in with accurate removal of THC. The applied extraction methods are able to make the most of the properties of our prime material, maintaining the structure and original biological activity of the substances.

The extraction conditions are accurately standardised, with attention towards the process parameters like temperature, and the extraction agent and reagents used. Our process involves the use of GRAS (Class III) solvents like EtOH; the different steps that follow ensure that the interferents are separated (like wax) which disturb the following purification and isolation phases

of a specific Cannabinoid without degrading its natural molecular structure. A process that is structured in this way allows us to work on the acid components (i.e. CBDA) to be decarboxylated if necessary, minimising the creation of secondary process metabolites.

A key role of production is the chemical extraction phase which happens in laboratories in which laboratory operations are planned, checked, recorded and reported. Chemical extraction consists of separating the interested components (i.e. CBD, CBG) from the solid plant matrix, so to only obtain rich/concentrated extracts of the components that we are interested in with accurate removal of THC. The applied extraction methods are able to make the most of the properties of our prime material, maintaining the structure and original biological activity of the substances.

The extraction conditions are accurately standardised, with attention towards the process parameters like temperature, and the extraction agent and reagents used. Our process involves the use of GRAS (Class III) solvents like EtOH; the different steps that follow ensure that the interferents are separated (like wax) which disturb the following purification and isolation phases

of a specific Cannabinoid without degrading its natural molecular structure. A process that is structured in this way allows us to work on the acid components (i.e. CBDA) to be decarboxylated if necessary, minimising the creation of secondary process metabolites.

Quality control

To ensure a safe and trustable products Enecta implements a rigid quality check protocol. Quality control deals with validating and implementing all quality control procedures: writing procedures that describe sampling and testing during and post process; keeping documentation and production records; defining cleaning operations and sanitisation of the premises; checking working conditions (calibration and maintenance) of instruments, machinery and plants; monitoring process efficiency guaranteeing correct container labelling and packaging conformity; guaranteeing the monitoring of product safety; implementing effective tracking systems. Quality control, therefore, is not limited to laboratory operations, but is involved in all decisions that regard the quality of the product (from growing the prime material to packing and distributing the final product).


Post-production

As for product packaging, packaging can be divided into different categories, based on the function performed and the rule in the production chain. By “packaging” we mean the packing material designated to contain the products, protect them, ensure their presentation and allow them to be handled from producer to consumer. In general, packaging can be divided into primary and secondary. In the first case, this refers to containers that come directly into contact with the product (i.e. vials, bottles), while in the second case it regards containers that enclose the primary material (i.e. cases for small bottles etc)

Quality control

Quality control deals with validating and implementing all quality control procedures: writing procedures that describe sampling and testing during and post process; keeping documentation and production records; defining cleaning operations and sanitisation of the premises; checking working conditions (calibration and maintenance) of instruments, machinery and plants; monitoring process efficiency guaranteeing correct container labelling and packaging conformity; guaranteeing the monitoring of product safety; implementing effective tracking systems.

Quality control, therefore, is not limited to laboratory operations, but is involved in all decisions that regard the quality of the product (from growing the prime material to packing and distributing the final product).


Post-production

As for product packaging, packaging can be divided into different categories, based on the function performed and the rule in the production chain. By “packaging” we mean the packing material designated to contain the products, protect them, ensure their presentation and allow them to be handled from producer to consumer. In general, packaging can be divided into primary and secondary. In the first case, this refers to containers that come directly into contact with the product (i.e. vials, bottles), while in the second case it regards containers that enclose the primary material (i.e. cases for small bottles etc)

The function that quality packaging must perform, that is, what we are asked to guarantee are:

  • Perfect adaptability to the product, to protect the integrity of the product and prevent any possible penetration from external agents;

  • Effective resistance to external environmental conditions (particularly referring to the needs of primary packaging able to resist light and air);

  • Adequate product protection: it has to have precise characteristics to guarantee the integrity of the product during various movements;

  • Correct communication on the nature of the contents.

The products, in fact, can deteriorate due to chemical incompatibility between formulation components or with packaging materials, or even the effects of humidity, oxygen, light and various temperatures. For example, using opaque containers (made of metals, coloured plastic or amber glass) allows you to protect the product from light and oxidation reactions. The packaging will contain the relevant lot number for tracking and the necessary information to identify the product (name, qualitative and quantitative composition, expiry date), allowing its authenticity to be traced. The tracking, in fact, is a process that follows the product from upstream to downstream in the production chain and ensures that, at every stage it passes through, appropriate traces (information) are left that are included in the creation of the lot number.

The function that quality packaging must perform, that is, what we are asked to guarantee are:

  • Perfect adaptability to the product, to protect the integrity of the product and prevent any possible penetration from external agents;

  • Effective resistance to external environmental conditions (particularly referring to the needs of primary packaging able to resist light and air);

  • Adequate product protection: it has to have precise characteristics to guarantee the integrity of the product during various movements;

  • Correct communication on the nature of the contents.

The products, in fact, can deteriorate due to chemical incompatibility between formulation components or with packaging materials, or even the effects of humidity, oxygen, light and various temperatures. For example, using opaque containers (made of metals, coloured plastic or amber glass) allows you to protect the product from light and oxidation reactions.

The packaging will contain the relevant lot number for tracking and the necessary information to identify the product (name, qualitative and quantitative composition, expiry date), allowing its authenticity to be traced. The tracking, in fact, is a process that follows the product from upstream to downstream in the production chain and ensures that, at every stage it passes through, appropriate traces (information) are left that are included in the creation of the lot number


Storage and distribution


Storage and distribution

The places dedicated to stocking products are protected for: ensuring good storage conditions, allowing for the orderly stocking of categories of goods, at minimum reducing the risk of contamination and, in general, any negative effect on the quality of the products, maintaining adequate storage conditions (for example light, temperature, humidity etc) and, therefore, keeping the quality and integrity characteristics constant (which are preserved both during storage and during transport).

Distribution and Transportation within the timescales contribute to minimising any risk or condition that could compromise the quality and integrity of the products, ensuring that the identity of these is not lost and that they are not damaged during transportation.

The places dedicated to stocking products are protected for: ensuring good storage conditions, allowing for the orderly stocking of categories of goods, at minimum reducing the risk of contamination and, in general, any negative effect on the quality of the products, maintaining adequate storage conditions (for example light, temperature, humidity etc) and, therefore, keeping the quality and integrity characteristics constant (which are preserved both during storage and during transport).

Distribution and Transportation within the timescales contribute to minimising any risk or condition that could compromise the quality and integrity of the products, ensuring that the identity of these is not lost and that they are not damaged during transportation.

The places dedicated to stocking products are protected for: ensuring good storage conditions, allowing for the orderly stocking of categories of goods, at minimum reducing the risk of contamination and, in general, any negative effect on the quality of the products, maintaining adequate storage conditions (for example light, temperature, humidity etc) and, therefore, keeping the quality and integrity characteristics constant (which are preserved both during storage and during transport). Distribution and Transportation within the timescales contribute to minimising any risk or condition that could compromise the quality and integrity of the products, ensuring that the identity of these is not lost and that they are not damaged during transportation.