Phytocannabinoids and Their Medicinal Applications
September 6, 2017
cannabinoids

A recent history of prejudice against the cannabis plant has led to a negative perception of the effects of cannabis on the human body. Current news and legislation are throwing the use of medicinal cannabis back into question- is it as bad as it seemed or is there medicinal potential from this plant?

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Pressure Equipment Requirements in Canada for Cannabis Extraction
September 6, 2017
certifications

Cannabis concentrates (or extracts) are becoming increasingly popular as consumers look for alternatives to traditional flower. To date, the most common methods of producing cannabis concentrates have involved the use of organic solvents (i.e. alcohols or hydrocarbons). When used correctly, organic solvent extractions can produce a quality product. However, organic solvents are flammable and many of them are toxic, even at low concentrations. Furthermore, the use of many of these solvents for cannabis extracts is banned in Canada (i.e. BHO).

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Hydrocarbon vs Carbon Dioxide Extraction
August 2, 2017
Butane Solvent

There are multiple current methods for extraction of oil from cannabis, using different solvents or techniques to obtain specific types of oil products like butter, shatter, wax, or liquid oil. Most of these methods involve use of dangerous means to create these extracts. Butane hash oil extraction is probably the most well-known of these methods. Supercritical carbon dioxide extraction has been designed as an alternative method to obtain high quality oil extracts without risking damage to the operator or environment. When the benefits of supercritical carbon dioxide as a solvent are compared against butane, it becomes clear why CO2 supercritical extraction is quickly gaining preference and taking over the extraction market.

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