Spotlight on CO2 Extraction
The purpose of CO 2 extraction is to remove from the cannabis plant its rich active
compounds. It is not the intention to have an extract full of chemical residual,
which could be potentially harmful.
During the extraction process, the resin is removed from the plant. Extraction is
used to get as many cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids as possible. They
provide the final effect, taste, and smell of the concentrate.
Extracts used for medicine is free of solvent residues. Just as important, mild operating
temperature ensures product stability and quality. Finally, product recovery is accomplished via a simple pressure reduction.
By the way, extraction of cannabis is a process, which people have used for
centuries. There are records of people using cannabis extractions dating back to the
year 900 in Arabia when it was used for tea, hash or tinctures.
CO2 extraction is important for the future because the process gives concentrate
makers the ability to isolate, capture and scientifically understand, not
just THC and CBD, but the more elusive cannabinoids like cannabichromene (CBC)
and cannabicitran (CBT).
In other words, CO2 extraction may be the key to understanding the hidden
medical benefits of the other, less known cannabinoids and how they work
together (a process that is known as the entourage effect) when the whole plant is used
The process of CO2 extraction is complicated and you may need to be a Chemist to
fully understand. However, everyone understands and can appreciate that “CO2
Extraction” is universally accepted, by the scientific community, as friendly and
fully recyclable. For more information about how Summit is using this process,