What are Cannabis Extracts?
Cannabis Extracts encompasses a wide variety of products and processes. Essentially a cannabis extract entails taking the raw plant material like a hemp plant and extracting a certain compound or quality from the plant such as cannabinoids or THC. As previously stated, there are a large variety of processes to obtain a cannabis extract. But what are cannabis extracts? Cannabis extracts are a type of concentrate of cannabis that comes from solvent based and/or supercritical CO2 processes. Cannabis extracts can come in solid or liquid from through various different CBD products such as cannabis oil, wax, and more.
Different Cannabis Extraction Methods
- Alcohol Extraction: Involves soaking the raw plant material usually using Ethanol. Ethanol can pull harmful chemicals like chlorophyll which has to be filtered and removed in the final product through an evaporation process.
- CO2 Extraction: This extraction process is used through heat and pressure of CO2 in a supercritical state, in liquid or gas form, to remove the desired components of the raw cannabis plant. The most up-front costly method with the high cost of equipment required but this is the most cost-efficient method with being able to reuse the CO2.
- Hydrocarbon Solvent Extraction: Butane and Propane are the main hydrocarbons used in this extraction process. The mixture of these hydrocarbons with cannabis is subjected to heat and pressure. The hydrocarbons are removed through a vacuum system leaving behind the desired compound of CBD. Butane and Propane are highly flammable which causes some extra dangers to the extraction process.
The process for creating extracts varies depending on the desired final product which affects which extraction method is best to use however, the same basic principle of extracts applies which is to isolate and remove the cannabinoids from the raw plant material.
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