alcohol cbd extractionDecember 15, 2021
Another popular method for making cannabis concentrates using alcohol extraction is the quick-wash isopropyl alcohol technique, otherwise known as QWISO. This process may be a little quicker, and if done right, it can produce a nice amber, slightly more visually appealing extract than RSO concentrate (though you’ll typically get a much smaller yield).
For this first method on how to make weed concentrate using alcohol, we’ll discuss the process when using 95% (190-proof) Everclear alcohol, as this is probably the most common technique (Everclear is fairly easily available in most U.S. states).
Here is a more organized and appropriate list of the materials you’ll need if you’re wanting to make cannabis concentrate at home using alcohol extraction:
While chlorophyll can be very healthy when ingested in a normal diet (i.e. eating leafy greens), it combusts/vapes terribly and is probably not too great for the respiratory system. For this reason, you should administer your alcohol-extracted cannabis oil orally, sublingually (below the tongue), or infuse it into edibles . You can dab it, but it’s definitely not advisable – especially if you’re after a good, pure taste.
If you’ve got this assortment of easily-attainable materials, you can be making your very own marijuana concentrate with alcohol extraction in no time at all. First, though, let’s run through a few safety aspects of the process to point out some of the inherent dangers that are potentially involved.
How to Make QWISO Cannabis Concentrate (Quick Wash Isopropyl Alcohol Technique)
Again, properly-made QWISO extract can produce a beautiful golden/amber concentrate that (depending on the extraction conditions) may or may not end up in the form of a nice 80%+ shatter . The steps are more or less the same as the previous extraction technique with Everclear, albeit with a few crucial differences:
All joking aside, making cannabis concentrate (including dabs, wax, shatter etc) with alcohol is a pretty easy process, and is one that you can tackle using a few standard household items – most of which you’ve probably already got.
Be safe, know what you’re doing before you start doing it, and also ensure that what you’re doing is legal in the state/area you live in – we are NOT responsible for any illegal activity, and are certainly not responsible for any fatal or ill-fated attempts at trying to make weed extracts at home using alcohol. In fact, we recommend that you just go to a dispensary and buy the product from a professional, rather than trying to do it yourself. But that’s just us.
Why, you might ask? Well, for one it will probably taste like crap if you try and dab/inhale it. While the alcohol strips that plant material of the active cannabinoids (THC and CBD) very efficiently, it also extracts chlorophyll, which is largely the reason why you end up with such a dark, thick, gooey, tarry substance.
You can spend literally hours on YouTube sifting through various instruction videos on how to extract cannabis oil with alcohol . Everybody out there seems to have their own preferred method, each of which probably works pretty similarly once all is said and done. Of course, if you really want to find some expert advice on cannabis extraction with alcohol, all you have to do is read a few user comments on the aforementioned YouTube videos. Apparently, there are a lot more marijuana extraction wizards out there than we realize.
As such, when you’re making cannabis concentrate with alcohol extraction, you’ll want to ensure two things: that you’re doing so in a well-ventilated, open-air environment, and that there are no open flame sources around – or even something that can produce a spark.
There are a few different terms for this style of alcohol extracted cannabis concentrate. Most would call it honey oil, but it’s also basically the same thing as Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO concentrate.
That said, there are still a few inherent dangers involved with the overall process, as well as some crucial tips and pointers to make sure you end up with the cleanest, purest, and most effective concentrate possible. So without further ado, we present how to make marijuana extracts using alcohol – straight from the comfort of your own home.
If the process was done correctly, the end concentrate should be nothing but pure plant extract. It may look (and taste) a little funky, but at least you know you’re not consuming (or shouldn’t be, anyway) any foreign chemical substances.
If you’re wondering why people use alcohol to extract cannabinoids from raw plant material, it’s because the chemical nature of the alcohol works very well as a solvent to pull – or “strip” – the active compounds (i.e. THC, CBD, etc) from the nuggets. Once the cannabinoids are pulled from the weed, all you have to do is let the alcohol evaporate and you’re left with a thick, sticky, ultra-potent residue of cannabis concentrate.
Easy DIY Steps for Making Cannabis Concentrate with Everclear (High-Proof Alcohol)
For the QWISO cannabis extraction technique, you’ll need:
All in all, making cannabis concentrate using alcohol extraction techniques is a pretty crude method. However, it can no doubt produce a safe, pure, medicinal, “highly” effective (pun fully intended) end product – if done correctly.
While high grain alcohol is not quite as combustible as other (more volatile) solvents like butane or hexane, there is still an inherent risk of setting something (including yourself) on fire if proper safety precautions are not taken. In fact, several people have died in recent years from accidental explosions while trying to make cannabis concentrates at home in poorly-ventilated areas.
Have you ever seen someone take a big slug of high-proof alcohol then blow a massive fireball by spitting the liquid out over an open flame? This badass technique is typically only attainable in the movies or on TV, but the general scientific idea behind the process is pretty accurate: that is, that alcohol is very flammable.
Really all you need, if you’re wanting to extract cannabis oil using alcohol, is weed, a few heat-safe glass dishes, a strainer of some sort, something to mix with, a heating device, and of course, some quality high-proof grain alcohol.
Whatever you choose to call the cannabis concentrate you just made, be advised that it should be used for oral consumption only. In other words, this type of cannabis concentrate using alcohol extraction should not be used in a dab rig or vaporizer.
Make sure you’re in an outside (or otherwise very well-ventilated) area, make sure there are no open flame sources around, and here are the steps you’ll take:
What Do You Need to Make Cannabis Concentrates Using Alcohol Extraction?
Just be safe, make sure you’re working in an open-air (and/or extremely well ventilated) environment, and make sure that there are NO open flames around (this includes sparks and vaping devices). Also, make sure that what you’re doing is legal in the state or area that you’re in . As we said before, we are NOT responsible if you break the law, and/or if you hurt yourself, others, or damage property while trying to make cannabis concentrates with alcohol extraction.
The processing for ethanol extraction does require more work and involves the use of several different methods of refinement and filtration. Although if it is done properly, then there is no need for winterization, the process to remove undesirable elements which were also extracted from the plant. For those just starting in the industry, this process is easily scalable and obtainable at a small scale.
Technology continues to advance and the cannabis and hemp industries, in many ways, are driving it. The most advanced and widely used method of extraction is CO2 Extraction. This is a process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to pull the desired photochemical from a plant. This comes in two forms: subcritical and supercritical. Both yield results based on temperature and pressure.
HOW DOES WATER EXTRACTION WORK?
CO2 AS A METHOD FOR EXTRACTING CBD FROM HEMP.
Manufacturers continue to move away from using specific substances like alcohol to extract CBD as the industry continues to agree, the cleaner the process the better the product.
Typically administered under the tongue, tinctures generally takes effect much faster than edibles because there are blood vessels under the tongue where cannabidiol can enter the bloodstream immediately. The quality is the greatest factor in bioavailability, which is how well your body absorbs and then uses what you consume. The second factor is how you use it.
Subcritical: This method has a lower solvency power which leads to pulling mostly lighter oils and leave behind most resins, paraffin, and waxes. This process is not as common as supercritical CO2 extractions as extraction takes longer and yields are generally lower. Relative to the ‘sub’ name this extraction is cold, this makes it very effective in extracting temperature-sensitive volatile oils and terpenes.
YOU’VE EXTRACTED WHAT YOU NEEDED, NOW HOW DO YOU STORE AND PRESERVE YOUR CBD CONCENTRATE?
Another option that many go to when thinking of storing CBD oils is refrigeration. Many believe this will increase the shelf life of their product. There is only one drawback to this and that is that if the CBD oil gets too cold, it may thicken to the point that you would need to heat it a little before use.
BENEFITS OF CBD TINCTURES.
HOW DOES ETHANOL EXTRACTION WORK?
This may be the oldest form of extraction. CBD can be stripped from the plant by soaking it in ethanol or a high profile alcohol. Not only is this an efficient way of extracting CBD from the hemp plant, but it’s also classified as GRAS (Generally Regarded as Safe) by the FDA. This method is great for creating a full spectrum of hemp extracts and tinctures as it aims to extract all cannabinoids, not just the CBD.
ETHANOL AS A SOLVENT FOR CBD EXTRACTION.
Just like hemp farmers are perfecting methods of crop cultivation, the CBD processing industry has developed various methods of extraction. Throughout the R&D process, safety and efficacy are the key concerns for pros and consumers alike. Below are 4 key factors that can determine the best choice for CBD extraction:
WATER CAN ALSO BE USED FOR THE EXTRACTION OF CBD.
HOW ARE CBD TINCTURES MADE?
All commercially available CBD oil products have more than just CBD. They contain a carrier oil which can come from a variety of plant-based fats. This does not mean that your CBD oil is less “pure” as some may think, instead it makes the CBD more efficient. For example, olive oil is a more efficient carrier oil for orally ingested CBD because it’s high fatty acid content allows it to travel through the lymphatic system thus, distributing CBD more thoroughly.
This process can be simply described in 3 steps:
Basically CBD is soluble in alcohol as well as in CO₂. Therefore both substances are generally suitable for dissolving the contained cannabidiol from the plant material. But what is the difference?
The CO₂ extraction is an exceptionally elaborate process in which the flowers and the solvent must be exposed to the necessary pressure and the right temperature in special facilities.
The situation is quite different when it comes to alcohol extraction. Instead of dissolving unwanted waste products such as wax, the alcohol is able to release other cannabinoids, terpenes, amino acids and other beneficial substances from the plants.
The extraction with CO₂ is an extremely complex process in which a large amount of valuable ingredients gets wasted.
While carbon dioxide does dissolve the CBD from the hemp, it also releases a lot of undesirable substances such as waxes and chlorophyll. Therefore CO₂ extracts have to be cleaned in many time-consuming steps before they can be used.
The resulting extract is much purer, clearer in colour and better in taste. It contains the full spectrum of cannabinoids and can be utilized much better by the human body (i.e. it is more bioavailable).
The reason why most producers of cannabis extracts choose the CO₂ method is as simple as it is a pity. Especially in Europe, the extraction sites for alcohol extracts are only available in a small scale. Although alcohol extraction is basically the cheaper option, many producers use the already existing infrastructure for the CO₂ extraction. They process their plant material in large, industrial complexes, which are also used for the commercial processing of herbs and spices.
We as a manufacturer of genuine, high quality Cannabis CBD extract have consciously decided to use alcohol as a solvent. Our flowers are carefully processed by hand in regional production facilities by cannabis specialists. This is a rarity, as the majority of the available CBD extracts are produced in large factories using carbon dioxide (CO₂).
So when it comes to producing a particularly clean extract that exploits the full potential of the hemp plant and carries it into the concentrated power of cannabis, alcohol is the only suitable solvent.
On the other hand, valuable amino acids, other cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids are not or only partially soluble in CO₂. So a lot of awesome ingredients are lost during the CO₂ extraction.
Alcohol is the only suitable solvent for producing real full spectrum extract, as it dissolves the entire spectrum of cannabinoids, valuable terpenes, amino acids and other beneficial substances from the plants.
For our customers, we as a manufacturer want to offer only top-quality products. Therefore, as always, we go our own way. Contrary to the general public, we at Bushplanet produce on a regional level and use the better method of extraction with alcohol.