There are a variety of ways to create cannabis extracts, but the most common is by using solvents. The type of solvent you use will depend on what you’re looking to extract from the plant material and what kind of end product you want.
Some of the most common solvents used in extraction are butane, propane, CO2, and ethanol.
Cannabis Extract Dosing
There are many ways to create cannabis extracts, but the most common methods use either alcohol, butane, CO2, or cold water. Each of these methods has its own advantages and disadvantages, so it’s important to choose the right one for your needs.
Alcohol extraction is the simplest method and can be done at home with little more than a mason jar and some high-proof alcohol. However, it is also the least efficient method and can result in a lower quality extract.
Butane extraction is much more efficient than alcohol extraction, but it is also more dangerous. Butane is highly flammable, so this method should only be attempted by experienced professionals in a well-ventilated area.
Butane Honey Oil Extraction
One method of extracting oil from cannabis that is used predominantly in the food and perfume industry is butane honey oil (BHO) extraction.
For this process, cannabis is placed in a container and sprayed with butane. The cannabinoids and butane are then collected in another container.
It can be dangerous if not done properly, as butane is a highly flammable substance. It is important to make sure that the area in which the extraction is taking place is well-ventilated and that all of the butane has been removed from the final product.
Utilizing a closed-loop system specifically made for BHO extraction is much safer. As the end result, the BHO extraction should result in a substance that has about 80% THC levels.
Supercritical CO2 Oil Extraction
Supercritical CO2 oil extraction is a process of separating cannabinoids from the cannabis plant using pressurized carbon dioxide. This method is highly effective and leaves behind zero toxins, making it a great choice for those looking for a safe and environmentally friendly way to extract cannabinoids.
The process can be used to infuse cannabinoids into beverages, such as beer, coffee, or tea. It can also be used to create topicals, tinctures, and edibles. This method is precise and requires specific equipment, but it is a great way to extract cannabinoids from the cannabis plant.
Ethanol extraction is a process that is rising in popularity because it is safe, efficient, and effective. Ethanol is an organic chemical compound that is often used as a food preservative. According to FDA guidelines, it is considered ‘generally safe’ for consumption.
The extraction involves using ethanol as a solvent to strip cannabinoids and other compounds from the plant material. The advantage of this method is that it is a ‘clean’ solvent, which means that it will not leave any unwanted residues in the final product. This makes it an ideal choice for those who are looking for pure extract.
Cold Water Extraction
If you’re looking for a cannabis extraction process that is relatively simple and doesn’t use any chemicals or solvents, cold water extraction is a great option. This method involves submerging the cannabis plant in a container or vat of freezing water. The plant is then stirred, causing the trichomes to separate and fall off. Once this happens, the trichomes will pass through a series of screens.
It results in a product that has anywhere from 50-70% THC levels. While it is simpler than some of the other extraction methods, it is still very effective in producing high-quality cannabis concentrates.
As we mentioned before, there are different ways to use CBD oil. One of the most popular methods is to take it orally, either by swallowing it directly or by using a tincture.
This allows the CBD to be absorbed into the bloodstream and then circulated throughout the body.
Vaping has become a popular way to consume cannabis, as it is portable, and discrete, and you can choose from a variety of extracts and potencies. The heating element in a vape is called the ‘atomizer’. When exposed to the atomizer,
Cannabis extracts are heated to the point of vaporization, which creates vapor rather than smoke. For those who don’t like to traditionally smoke, or who are after a different experience, try checking out vaping instead.
When cannabis extracts are vaporized and inhaled, the effects are almost instantaneous. This is because the extract bypasses the digestive system and is absorbed directly into the bloodstream.
Dabbing is a popular choice among more experienced cannabis users as it delivers a potent dose of THC (the main psychoactive compound in cannabis).
- Infusing Edibles
You can also use cannabis extracts to make your own edibles at home. Simply add the extract to your food or beverage of choice after it is already cooked. You can also find pre-made edibles at many dispensaries. Make sure to read the labels or product descriptions to find the proper dosing for you.