The Different Methods of Extracting BHO from Cannabis

With the popularity of marijuana and cannabis, there are a variety of methods in creating different products from the marijuana and cannabis plants. Marijuana and cannabis enthusiasts are looking beyond rolled buds and want to try out different products out there to be able to have different kinds of experiences with these different products. One of the things that has really piqued the interest of marijuana enthusiasts is BHO which is short for butane honey oil. This is a concentrated extract taken from cannabis which contains a lot of THC. This high level of the “high” compound draws enthusiasts to it.

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BHO is made through the use of a BHO Extractor which is the device that contains the cannabis or marijuana buds as they are mixed with a solvent which essentially draws out the resin and oils contained in the buds. BHO Extractors use butane as a solvent to strip the oils and resin from the cannabis buds there are also other approaches to do so. There are four other solvents which are used in extraction of the oils and resins and those are water, hydrocarbons, CO2, and ethanol. For a better understanding on these different approaches, let’s take a closer look into them and see which one would be ideal.

1.) Water – The process of extracting with water involves having the buds (frozen or dry) mixed with cold water and some ice. The mixture of buds and H2O is then agitated whether manually by hand or using a machine. This agitation breaks the buds allowing the oils to seep out. The end mixture is then filtered to get the oil. Although an easy process, the end product isn’t that pure.

2.) Hydrocarbons – The use of hydrocarbons is probably one of the most common approaches to extracting oil from cannabis. Many producers of cannabis oil already have the machinery that uses hydrocarbons to draw out the resin and oil from cannabis buds.

3.) Ethanol – Ethanol is quite a favorable solvent to use in the extraction of oils from the buds of the cannabis plant. This is due to the fact that ethanol has been used in the creation of edibles as well as in the extraction of flavors. Ethanol is also quite easy to clean and filter out from the oil. The catch is that using ethanol can sometimes mix in other undesired compounds into the oil.

4.) Carbon Dioxide – Using carbon dioxide to extract the oils from cannabis is slowly getting less common. This is because the process involving carbon dioxide is starting to be considered a hazard due to the fact that any leaks of carbon dioxide cannot be detected. This means that there will be a high risk of asphyxiation. In addition, the product from this is also not of a good quality and can contain a lot of wax.

These are just a few methods that can be employed to extract cannabis oil. If you want to be able to extract on your own at home, purchase a BHO Extractor so that you can create some good BHO for your own use.