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alcohol cbd extraction

While the demand for THC and CBD distillate products for recreational and medical use keeps growing, major producers of hemp, cannabis, and distillate products need to be conscious of the environmental impacts of creating their products. By taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies, companies can position themselves to not only be environmentally focused, but to also capitalize on opportunities to cut costs while creating the highest quality distillate.

Ethanol and supercritical CO2 extraction processes are the current leading methods for extracting THC and CBD distillate from cannabis and hemp biomass. It takes 6-10 CO2 extractors to deliver the same output as one ethanol extractor, which results in lower operating costs and a smaller footprint for the ethanol extraction lab. Ethanol extraction labs also offer flexibility and scalability in production that isn’t matched by alternative methods.

Why Use Ethanol for Extraction?

As the demand for CBD and THC distillate products keeps increasing, the supercritical CO2 extraction method is becoming less appealing to producers. The benefits of smaller lab sizes, lower operating costs, and better scalability and flexibility make ethanol extraction labs the clear choice, especially for mid-sized producers who would rather not suffer the headache of trying to build their own large-scale extraction facility. (Read more about the pros and cons of building your own extraction lab, and some alternatives).

Alcohol cbd extraction

Make sure you’re in an outside (or otherwise very well-ventilated) area, make sure there are no open flame sources around, and here are the steps you’ll take:

For this first method on how to make weed concentrate using alcohol, we’ll discuss the process when using 95% (190-proof) Everclear alcohol, as this is probably the most common technique (Everclear is fairly easily available in most U.S. states).

There are a few different terms for this style of alcohol extracted cannabis concentrate. Most would call it honey oil, but it’s also basically the same thing as Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO concentrate.

Easy DIY Steps for Making Cannabis Concentrate with Everclear (High-Proof Alcohol)

Here is a more organized and appropriate list of the materials you’ll need if you’re wanting to make cannabis concentrate at home using alcohol extraction:

If you’re wondering why people use alcohol to extract cannabinoids from raw plant material, it’s because the chemical nature of the alcohol works very well as a solvent to pull – or “strip” – the active compounds (i.e. THC, CBD, etc) from the nuggets. Once the cannabinoids are pulled from the weed, all you have to do is let the alcohol evaporate and you’re left with a thick, sticky, ultra-potent residue of cannabis concentrate.

A Few Notes on the Alcohol-Extracted Cannabis Concentrate You’ve Just Made

For the QWISO cannabis extraction technique, you’ll need:

You can spend literally hours on YouTube sifting through various instruction videos on how to extract cannabis oil with alcohol. Everybody out there seems to have their own preferred method, each of which probably works pretty similarly once all is said and done. Of course, if you really want to find some expert advice on cannabis extraction with alcohol, all you have to do is read a few user comments on the aforementioned YouTube videos. Apparently, there are a lot more marijuana extraction wizards out there than we realize.