How Are Cannabis Concentrates Made? Top 3 Techniques

This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today, and appears here with permission.

In the last couple of years, the popularity of cannabis concentrates has increased dramatically. They are incredibly potent and can provide relief from chronic pain. Moreover, cannabis concentrates have countless applications.

They can be used to make edibles, wax, and cannabis oils. Cannabis concentrate can also be smoked through vapes and e-pens. There are many websites available where you can check out an assortment of products and applications for concentrates.

Though many people know about cannabis extracts, quite a few are actually aware of how they are made. There are three common ways to create cannabis concentrates: hydrocarbon extraction, ethanol extraction, and supercritical CO2 oil extraction.

Hydrocarbon Extraction

Butane and other similar compounds like propane and hexane are very useful in extracting plant-based chemicals like terpenes or cannabinoids. Butane Hash Oil (BHO) is quite prevalent for its extreme potency. It commonly has an eighty to ninety percent THC content. 

BHO is perfect for people who are looking for therapeutic effects of THC. BHO is usually used to counter severe pains and muscle spasms. It is quite effective against stress and anxiety, as well. 

Hydrocarbon extraction is a popular technique that is used outside the cannabis industry as well. It is used to make essential oils and oil-based fragrances. As such, hydrocarbon extraction is a very well-known and commonly practiced method of capturing organic compounds from plants.

The process of making butane hash oil starts with a tube containing the cannabis plant, and a vessel containing butane or any other hydrocarbon that you may be using.

Some people also mix two types of hydrocarbons, i.e. propane and butane, to increase polarity and get a more thoroughly extracted final product. The hydrocarbon is then pumped into the flowers of cannabis, which draws out the cannabinoids like THC, CBD, and CBA.

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