Concentrates are poised to sell more than flower within the next few years, and it’s safe to say they’re one of the best ways to consume cannabis. People have been making home-made concentrates like bubble hash for several years, but the quality of extractions has improved a ton since cannabis became legal. Now professional cannabis scientists make extractions using specialized high-tech equipment and innovative processes.
Modern concentrates like wax and shatter regularly get close to an 80% THC potency, and THCA diamonds offer a chance to experience nearly 100% pure THC. Customers flock to the dispensaries with the best extractions. To surpass the competition, dispensaries should know how their concentrates were made, and be able to explain it to customers. Here’s a quick look at how some of the most common extraction methods, CO2 extraction, and solvent-based extraction, differ from each other.
There are two primary benefits of CO2 extraction:
It’s completely non-toxic and leaves only a little bit of residue, so it’s not as difficult to make these products safe and delicious.
CO2 isn’t flammable and doesn’t need to be subjected to high temperatures that could cause lab fires.
The downside is that CO2 extraction isn’t effective at extracting polar hydrophilic molecules from cannabis, so it’s leaving some desirable parts of the plant behind. Furthermore, CO2 extractors can be extremely difficult to buy, and their high price drives up the cost of the operation. For that reason, concentrates made with CO2 extraction are often more expensive.
The most common kinds of solvent-based extraction processes are butane hash oil (BHO) and propane hash oil (PHO) extractions. The shape, size, and chemistry of butane and propane molecules are extremely similar, so there are only small differences between these two methods. Butane and propane are fairly easy to purge from hash oils after extraction because of their low boiling points.
The downside to solvent-based extraction is that it can be dangerous unless it’s performed by experts. Butane and propane are both very flammable, and high temperatures could cause a disaster if something goes wrong. Further, butane and propane aren’t safe for human consumption, so they must be purged completely from the concentrates.
Which Extraction Method is Best?
Here at Chronic Creations, we prefer solvent-based extraction methods because they’re often more efficient at acquiring non-polar compounds. We also have the correct staff and equipment to make solvent-based extractions safe both in our lab and for the end consumer. Our facility is certified for both BHO and PHO extraction, and we use state of the art Certified Botanical Closed Loop Extraction equipment.
We also rely on an Across International Vacuum Oven to purge any residues from our extractions. For good measure, we have our products tested for residuals, contaminants, and potency at a state-certified lab. Such a high level of attention to detail helps us keep the solvent-based extraction process safe and effective.
Best Concentrates for Dispensaries in CO
We at Chronic Creations pride ourselves on our work, and Colorado cannabis enthusiasts appreciate the effort. We offer the best concentrates in the business, and people will frequent dispensaries that carry our products. We can perform quality control on your existing products to ensure they’re the cleanest, purest, most potent concentrates available.
Alternatively, we can deliver made to order hash oil products on a short 14-day turnaround. Our supply chain has been streamlined for maximum efficiency, and these concentrates will come in effective packaging that protects the package and boosts sales. Contact us today to learn more about our extraction process or schedule a free consultation.