Exploring the Science Behind Cannabis Extraction Methods

Diving Deep into Cannabis Extraction Techniques

At P37 Cannabis – Albuquerque, we pride ourselves on providing high-quality cannabis products to our medical and recreational customers. To achieve this, we rely on various extraction methods to isolate the desired compounds from the cannabis plant. Let’s explore some of the most common techniques used in the industry:

1. CO2 Extraction

Carbon dioxide extraction is a popular method due to its efficiency and safety. This process involves:

  • Pressurizing CO2 into a liquid state
  • Passing the liquid through cannabis material
  • Separating the extracted compounds from the CO2

The result is a pure, solvent-free extract that preserves the plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids.

2. Ethanol Extraction

This method uses high-grade alcohol to strip cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material. It’s known for its:

  • Speed and efficiency
  • Ability to process large quantities
  • Production of full-spectrum extracts

However, it may also extract unwanted compounds like chlorophyll, requiring additional purification steps.

3. Hydrocarbon Extraction

Utilizing solvents like butane or propane, this method is favored for producing potent concentrates. The process involves:

  • Passing the solvent through cannabis material
  • Collecting the resulting solution
  • Purging the solvent to leave behind the extract

While effective, this method requires strict safety protocols due to the flammable nature of the solvents.

4. Solventless Extraction

These methods don’t use chemical solvents and include techniques like:

  • Rosin pressing
  • Ice water extraction
  • Dry sifting

Solventless extracts are prized for their purity and natural flavor profiles.

At P37 Cannabis – Albuquerque, we employ a combination of these methods to create our diverse product range. Whether you’re shopping for medical or recreational cannabis, understanding these extraction techniques can help you make informed choices about the products you consume.