Extraction Methods for Live Resin CBD

Extraction Methods for Live Resin CBD

Extracting live resin CBD involves a process that preserves the full profile of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids found in the fresh cannabis plant. Here are the common extraction methods:

  1. Cryogenic Ethanol Extraction:
    • Process: The fresh cannabis material is frozen immediately after harvesting. This freezing preserves the plant’s terpenes and cannabinoids. The frozen material is then soaked in ethanol at ultra-low temperatures.
    • Benefits: This method efficiently preserves the delicate terpenes and other volatile compounds, resulting in a high-quality, flavorful product.
  2. CO2 Extraction:
    • Process: Supercritical CO2 extraction uses carbon dioxide under high pressure and low temperature to extract CBD. This method can also be adjusted to target specific compounds by changing the temperature and pressure.
    • Benefits: It’s a solvent-free method, which means there’s no need for further purification to remove residual solvents. This method is also efficient in preserving terpenes and cannabinoids.
  3. Hydrocarbon Extraction:
    • Process: Hydrocarbon solvents like butane or propane are used. The cannabis material is soaked in these solvents, which extracts the cannabinoids and terpenes. The solvent is then purged from the extract under vacuum and heat.
    • Benefits: Hydrocarbon extraction is excellent for preserving the terpene profile of the live resin, producing a flavorful and aromatic final product.
  4. Subcritical Water Extraction:
    • Process: This method involves using water as a solvent but under specific temperature and pressure conditions that keep it in a subcritical state. The cannabis material is processed with this subcritical water to extract the desired compounds.
    • Benefits: It’s a relatively new and eco-friendly method. It avoids the use of harmful solvents and is efficient in preserving the natural qualities of the cannabis plant.

Each method has its own advantages and is chosen based on the desired quality of the live resin, the equipment available, and environmental considerations. The key in all methods is to maintain the integrity of the plant’s original chemical profile, resulting in a potent and aromatic product

different extraction methods for Live Resin CBD. Upper left_ Cryogenic

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