Our latest article is a short introduction to cannabis extraction by our guest writer Quinton Van Gundy from Colorado Extraction. Colorado Extraction Systems believes that the most effective extraction systems should be simple and easy-to-use. They work with the best people to deliver exceptional customer service, high-performance operations, and consistent output, using only the highest quality components. Smart design and superior customer relationships result in unparalleled satisfaction every time.
You may be quite the cannabis connoisseur, but are you getting the best bang for your buck? It's good to know what goes into cannabis extraction to help you get great quality. Here are some things to know before you get your cannabis.
Getting Down the Basics
Before you get a cannabis extraction system, you need to brush up on the basics of cannabis. Within this concentrate, there are psychoactive elements, such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and trichomes. The trichomes glandular and non-glandular subdivisions are quite abundant on the cannabis flower.
Solvent and Non-Solvent Concentrates
The interesting thing is there are extract and non-extract concentrates. Extracts use a solvent to remove impurities from the cannabis plant, which are good for wax and resin. The non-solvent ones are produced with just heat and pressure to create things, such as hash and kief.
Making Cannabis Concentrates Witholvents
While this is an entirely different process, it's able to keep high potency and purity together. Take care to use the proper safety precautions because these are highly flammable and dangerous. You'll need to use the following extraction methods with good expertise and special lab equipment:
- Butane extraction
- CO2 extraction
- Alcohol-based extraction
The Difference Between Cannabis Flowers and Concentrates
The cannabis flower is the raw plant material while the concentrates are elements that you can separate and bring out through heat and pressure. Concentrates have a higher potency than the flower. The process of producing the concentrates eliminates the rare cannabinoids and terpenes, but the flower portion helps to keep the true flavor intact.
How to Store Your Concentrates
Make sure you store your concentrates properly after you use the right cannabis extraction process. The way you store it depends on how long you intend to use it. Here are some methods to help you out:
- Parchment paper is a good way to store it for the short-term in a cool, dry place
- Silicone container helps you keep it sealed to use for a week
- The glass container is perfect to use with your parchment paper to help keep it moisturized and consistent for a week.
When you use your cannabis, you want to make sure you have the best quality right out of the gate. Take some time to find the right storing methods to preserve it safely and consistently.