A cannabis plant is a very tricky plant to grow and farm, and the extraction of the oils from this plant is just as much of a complex process.
What is cannabis extraction?
Cannabis extraction is a complex chemical as well as the physical method which is used to extract the cannabinoids. In this method, a crude product is formed which is then purified to produce an oil-like extract in which dissolved compounds are present. These dissolved compounds include THC or CBD. In this way, the most potent compounds of the cannabis plant are extracted through different methods.
Why is extraction done?
Extraction of cannabis is vastly implemented throughout the world to extract cannabis oil. This is because of many reasons. By extracting all of the potent compounds from the cannabis plant, we are increases the medicinal benefits that it has. Furthermore, we are also increasing the recreational benefits which are achieved by its use. The purity of the cannabinoid compounds is also increased by extraction.
Types of cannabis extractions:
Cannabis extraction can be done in a variety of ways. It can be solvent based or solventless. The solvent based extraction is a little more complex, but it produces a higher quality extract with more concentration of potent compounds whereas the solvent-less extraction is a little more simple and easier but the extract produced is of lesser quality.
While looking for a way to turn your weed into oil, one should keep many factors in mind. Here are ten such devices which are extremely efficient in turning cannabis into the extract.
The Source Turbo (Alcohol Extractor)
This extractor is an extremely efficient way to turn your cannabis into the extract. It is small and can easily fit into a small space on the kitchen counter or upon the kitchen table. It extracts the cannabis oil with a solvent, and that solvent is alcohol. Its price ranges from almost 599 to 649 dollars depending upon the source. However, it can only extract a small amount of oil at a particular time; this is better for personal use.
The Hi-Flo FX2 (CO2 Extraction)
This extractor is not only expensive but also requires space as well. However, it uses carbon dioxide to provide quick, efficient and toxin free oil. It does not take forever to purify the oil at all. The FX2 also acts as a purifying agent and therefore kills unnecessary toxins and increases the shelf life of the oil.
Icarus 21 B
This extractor is one of the best closed loop hydrocarbon extractor in the market. It is solvent based, but due to the closed-loop system it has the ability to regenerate the solvent by filtering it continuously. After filtration, the oil left behind in the base of the extractor is the cannabis oil. The oil is toxin free too as it is produced inside a vacuum chamber.
ABLAZE mini, closed loop extractor
This is also a closed loop extractor which uses CO2, (Carbon dioxide) to produce the cannabis extract. It is one of the most pocket-friendly extractors in the market, with the price at only 399$. It also converts the plant material to extract through a closed loop. It can be placed anywhere within the house, but it also fits in little material at a time.
This is very convenient and easy to use closed-loop extractor. It has a 10-pound body only, and that body is further mounted on a rack, making it easier to use. It is based on the regenerative principle of heat mechanism. In it, the hot vapors of solvent circle back to pressurize new material.
This extractor is also a closed loop, full spectrum, carbon dioxide based extractor which is used to extract cannabis oil from the plant material. This extractor is one of the best in the market and can even remove mold from the actual plant material. The extractors are pocket-friendly and inexpensive as well.
ASAHI rotary evaporator
This extractor uses solvent-based cannabis extraction to form cannabis oil. It uses alcohol as a solvent instead of Carbon Dioxide. In this extractor, the chlorophyll molecules of the plant material are kept intact which results in a more fresh and colorful final product. The only downside is that it is expensive and also somewhat large.
Apeks Supercritical CO2 System
This is easily one of the most famous as well as efficient cannabis extractor which is available on the market. Its price range is almost 40,000$, and thus you will have to get a loan just to afford this device. But it is easily worth more than the cost. It purifies and produces the most flavorful extract. Every function of the machine is remote controlled and monitored.
The Super C Extractor
This extractor is one of the best means of producing high-grade cannabis oil at home. It used carbon dioxide as the solvent and also produced some of the highest quality cannabis oil efficiently at home. It is small and portable and can easily fit on a tabletop or on a counter. Therefore, there is no need for special spacing for it. The price range is also nominal and ranges from about 3900$ to 4000$. It, however, needs a continuous supply of carbon dioxide; thus the solvent source is important.
PX1 (butane/propane extractor)
This extractor works brilliantly and does a lot of work easily. It requires nominal space to work. Moreover, the extractor uses hydrocarbons such as propane and butane in the extracting process. And at the end of the extraction, it regenerates the solvent and provides us back with it. However, this extractor does need a little space to work.
Cannabis extracts are a better and healthier alternative to using actual dried cannabis leaves. This is because the extract after the extraction process is a toxin-free, golden, oil-like liquid that has no deteriorative effects at all. Microbial waste products and germs are also killed during the process of extraction, and therefore, it is a better alternative than using directly crushed cannabis leaves.