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How to Extract CBD: CO2 vs. Ethanol Extraction
Extracting CBD: CO2 vs. Ethanol Extraction
CBD is a cannabinoid that is a chemical compound typically found in hemp and cannabis. Extracting this cannabinoid can be done in several different ways. Using CO2 to extract CBD oil is one of the most popular mechanisms used. Supercritical and subcritical are the two types of CO2 extraction.
Our fully automated extraction systems use carbon dioxide (CO2) as a solvent to extract oil from botanical plant material because it yields safer, cleaner, and purer oil. The CO2 removes the oil as it passes through the plant, leaving it intact.
Another common method for the extraction of CBD from hemp fiber is using ethanol extraction. The two types of ethanol processing of cannabis extraction are cold temperature extraction and room temperature extraction. These processes lead to the distillation of CBD and it turns into a heavily refined liquid form that has a honey-like consistency.
CO2 and ethanol extraction processes are similar because they both require the input of the plant material into an extraction machine. Also, the end-products of both processes require testing from independent labs to guarantee that THC levels comply with industry guidelines and regulations. It’s important to note that regularly maintaining CO2 and ethanol extraction systems is essential to ensure the cleanliness of the extraction and overall preservation of the extraction machine.
CBD Extraction Machine Cost
Costs for CO2 and ethanol extraction processes vary depending on the type of automation and how large the scale of operation is. Each CBD extraction method requires a different amount of space to house the extraction equipment. Proper disposal of the byproduct is an extra cost that varies depending on the extraction process you choose.
Both CO2 and ethanol extractions from cannabis create changes throughout different phases that use temperature and pressure. The cost of making distillate varies depending on how much equipment you have and how much CBD you are distilling.
The 20Lx20LDU Duplex® CO2 system
Efficient Cannabis Processing Equipment
At Prospiant, we developed The Fleet® platform, which allows customers to expand as the market demands it. The Fleet® uses a single outdoor chiller that services three systems inside the facility. The systems can be Duplex’s®, Force® systems, or a combination of both.
The Fleet® can start with one system but the infrastructure is in place for expansion up to three systems. This efficient and intelligent method allows companies to customize their facility, in preparation for growth at a later stage. Each unit of the machine can be serviced individually which makes it easier to replace and prevents downtime.
We were the first to CO2 extraction systems designed for cannabis and continue to lead the industry through the advancement of cutting-edge technologies. We offer no-hassle, fully automated, self-managing extraction and processing equipment that allows businesses to expand into the future.
Hi Jim, First Run Complete. Thanks for your Help. The quality of the CO2 oil far exceeded my expectations. Brad, Ontario.
Hi Jim, things are great! The machine is performing great and we would be glad to recommend your machine. Florida is cultivating and we may be getting contracts to process for farmers. Your machine started it all. Tina, FL
I purchased the 16oz. Disruptor a few weeks ago. From the first phone inquiry to present I have been treated with a degree of respect and professionalism that is hard to find these days. The International purchase was made as easy as possible, unit arriving complete and in good condition. The operators manual is thorough. System design and quality are best. I work in a field dealing with process control and the standard to which I compare is industrial/medical etc. After you have done a few processes you will really appreciate the ease and simplicity of the Medextractor system. Al Block is a wealth of information (have pen and pad ready) and seems to be always available for questions. With his tips and reminders I was off to a running start. Congratulations to Medextractor for developing this amazing product for a reasonable cost. I have found it to meet all the quality and production claims and have received five star customer service.” D.C. San Diego
“Hi Jim, just wanted to let you know the MedXtractor D-16 is doing beautifully! We’re so pleased! Hope to do business together again soon!”
Tina and Daniel, Florida
“A few months ago I purchased the MedXtractor Disruptor 16 and I wanted to let you know that I am very happy with my purchase, it was an excellent investment.
The Disruptor 16 works great, silent, and produces an excellent extract. The shipment arrived after a few days of purchase, and everything was in the box as described. Best of all, the customer support is quick and reliable, the information provided was accurate and helpful, all my questions were answered in a timely manner.
Thank you Jim, I am looking forward to a long term business relationship with you and MedXtractor. “AA
“Good afternoon Jim. Let me tell ya you have two very excited guys up here. Last nights run went off without a hitch. Things are coming together nicely.” GH
“Hello Jim! Just a quick note to let you know how we are doing. We are achieving as high as 16 gms. Needless to say I am quite happy with that!
– Robert M (2oz extractor)”
“The dabs were fantastic, the flavor was very prominent, the effects were fantastic and came up slowly and faded slowly as well. I’m quite impressed with it! Thanks. Mona”
“It should not be understated!…this extractor WILL make a silk purse from a sow’s ear, remember this today at the show. Feel free to give my # if you have a serious customer that wants some testimony! Get pumped Jim…you have a great system!”
”Wow Jim. I’m so very happy. Finished the extraction late last night and I’m just trying it now. Very nice. I also did another extraction today. I wanted to see how much less of a yield I’d get if I didn’t decarboxylate the material first… definitely enjoy the terpene tastes I got from the second extraction more, but the decarboxylated version is pretty good as well.”
“There was a comment made in a review about “Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear”. Totally accurate assessment! First and foremost, you need to understand Co2 extraction. This is not Butane or other methods. This is a high pressure Co2 extract system. Truly as good as it gets. No Hydrocarbons etc. You will be producing the same product as the $100,000 plus co2 machines. Medical grade extract is produced. The Medxtractor method is incredibly economical when compared to other personal extract systems. The 2oz size is perfect for one or two people. When using this system the waste is minimal in all aspects. This goes for the raw material as well as the Co2. If you are familiar with extraction, you rarely get 60% of the essential oils out. While true this must be factored with; you use nearly 100% of your raw material. This changes the yield significantly. It also decreases handling during raw material picking and curing. The end product is always the same, just pure 100% extract. Instead of “garbage in garbage out” you will have varying amounts of extract based on the quality of the raw and your personal process capability. Depending on how good you get at it, more is always going to be there. This is with 2oz of pretty “sows ear” raw. This is not an “anybody can do it” “Turnkey” operation without forethought. I recommend watching all the videos. You will need to be comfortable with your expectations, theory of Co2 extraction, equipment and process. Our first try was spent tweaking the equipment, learning the process and testing. A few calls to Medxtractor and reading. We tightened any leaking fittings learned how to use timers, received a crash course in thermal dynamics etc. Even with that, on the first try the extractor produced 3ml of thinned extract that function perfectly. It indeed met ALL expectations. This will be much better than what you may have purchased that has been mass produced. Think of it as a “Craft” as opposed to “National Brewery”. Used with a neutral terpene thinner, it is nearly tasteless, odorless and 100% chemical free. On a final note, after my long career of customer service, I can say this company stands firmly behind their product. The most important part of this endeavor for me was the involvement of the company. A phone call away (at sometimes bizarre hours) if I didn’t receive an immediate answer, I received a rapid call back or email. Medxtractor displayed a willingness to walk you through it. Parts replacement and, general help were always right there. While learning how to do this I never felt I picked the wrong company. Super Job! Great price for what you can do.”