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Unpacking The Difference Between CO2, Hydrocarbon, and Solventless Extractions

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Unpacking The Difference Between CO2, Hydrocarbon, and Solventless Extractions

By Sophia Schivone

We’re here to break down the differences between three popular methods of extraction: CO2, hydrocarbon, and solventless. Let’s examine the nuances of each process, comparing them in terms of plant matter content and THC potency.

CO2 Extraction

This method is all about keeping it clean and minimal. CO2, or carbon dioxide, is used in a supercritical state to gently coax the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material, leaving behind the least amount of plant matter in the final product. Concentrate produced using CO2 tends to have the highest THC content but lowest terpene content among the three methods we’re exploring today. It’s pure, potent, and perfect for those who want to experience the full force of their favorite strains without the extra plant material. If you want to try out c02 extracts for yourself, check out our MOODs and Black Line Collections.

 

Hydrocarbon Extraction

Hydrocarbon extraction strikes a balance between efficiency and purity. It employs hydrocarbon solvents to gently extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material. This method typically falls somewhere in the middle when it comes to plant matter content and THC potency. The resulting extract is rich in cannabinoids and terpenes but may contain a bit more plant matter compared to CO2-extracted sugar. This might appeal to those who enjoy a fuller spectrum of flavors and effects while still appreciating the potency that concentrates offer. If you want to try out hydrocarbon extracts for yourself, check out our Cured Sugar.

 

Solventless Extraction

Solventless extracts are created without the use of any chemical solvents or hydrocarbons and preserve the essence of the whole cannabis plant. They rely on heat and pressure to release the precious compounds from the trichome heads of the cannabis flower. Solventless concentrates contain the most plant matter among the three, leading to the most well-rounded cannabinoid spectrum. If you want to try out solventless extracts for yourself, check out our live rosin cartridges.

 

 

In the world of cannabis concentrates, the choice between Co2, hydrocarbon, and solventless extraction methods ultimately depends on your preferences and priorities. Co2 delivers a purity-focused experience with the highest THC content, while hydrocarbon offers a balanced blend of potency and flavor. Solventless extraction, meanwhile, embraces the whole plant, providing a fuller spectrum of terpenes and cannabinoids at a higher price point.