Whether you prefer vaporizer pens, salves, infused edibles, or elixirs, chances are that you have sampled a product that was produced using carbon dioxide (CO2) supercritical fluid extraction technology. CO2 WAX
Although fairly new in cannabis concentrate processing, this technology is anything but new to the botanical extraction industry at large. However today, the use of CO2 for cannabis extraction is quickly positioning itself to be one of the leading technologies for industrial hash oil production. While the reason for this paradigm shift is certainly debatable, the technology’s versatility pair with improve sustainability and safety are strong indicators.
At the consumer level, retailers more than ever now are labelling their concentrates by extraction method, detailing whether or not solvents were use and to what extent. One popular dichotomy that exists in the cannabis extraction market is between petroleum-based solvents. Such as butane or propane and more natural solvents such as CO2.
But what exactly is a CO2 extract and how is it produce?
What Is Supercritical CO2 Extraction? CO2 WAX
Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) is the process of separating components from each other. By use of a particular type of solvent. These types of solvents are labelled “supercritical”. By virtue of the fact that when they are expose to extreme temperatures and pressures. They display structures that fluctuate between intermediate states of solid, liquid, and gaseousness.
When in this state, supercritical fluids are capable of breaking down structures where they can then be separated, or fractioned. Among the variety of supercritical solvents used for this process, the most common by far is CO2.
Hash oil comes in many forms, all of them popular. Sometimes these marijuana concentrates are high in THC, sometimes low; sometimes high in CBD, sometimes less so.
But the biggest difference between one batch of oil (aka wax, shatter, honey oil) and another is how they’re made. Some methods are more common than others, and some are safer. If you’re going to make hash oil at home, it’s important that you research whatever method you choose, lest you make terrible oil – or explode your house.