With the legalization of Cannabis, consumption is expected to increase. The method of consumption however, is expected to evolve, with more and more people moving away from smoking cannabis and towards consumables. With this expansion of the consumables market the necessity for methods of extraction that are highly efficient and that have low environmental impact is becoming a prominent driving force in new research in the industry. In order to maximize profits and mitigate waste, while producing a superior product that consumers want, the optimization of the extraction process is essential.Read more
Alcohol extraction is the process of using extracting terpenes and cannabinoids from cannabis using alcohol as the solvent. The most commonly used alcohol is ethanol because of its low toxicity. This makes the solvent recovery step easier because the 0.5% residue left in the product is acceptable. Ethanol extraction can be done in warm, room temperature and supercooled conditions. Warm conditions are limited to predominantly small-scale batch production and thus are not suitable for large scale production.Read MORE
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To summarize, the increased demand for alternative methods, to inhalation, for cannabis consumption will continue to lead to the ever-increasing necessity of developing more superior methods of cannabis oil production. This is a complex task, however, as the optimization of the extraction is not a simple matter that can be taken lightly. It is a multifaceted quagmire with numerous influencing factors being intimately interconnected. To navigate this issue and attain favourable results requires academic training coupled with ample firsthand experience, in lab and full-scale operation. Anything short of this will result in subpar product quality, quantity and cost of manufacturing.