CO2 extraction necessitates expensive, high tech specialized pressure and temperature control equipment to handle turning gaseous CO2 into a supercritical fluid or cryogen. The liquid CO2, with careful control, easily extracts oils and waxes and in some uses requires little to no post-processing. The CO2 extraction process is highly tunable, allowing different pressures and temperatures to extract unique botanical compounds.
Industrial hygienists are trained to anticipate, recognize, evaluate, and control all potential health and safety hazards in the workplace. Knowing that many chemical solvents pose significant risk for exposure and health consequences, we must admit that exposure assessments are necessary.
Alcohol extraction uses ethanol and can be performed cold, hot, or at room temperature. It remains one of the most efficient extraction methods. However, the hot ethanol often extracts unwanted chlorophyll and plant waxes and requires clarification or correction steps. The cold process reduces these contaminants at the price of longer extraction times. Room temperature ethanol extraction splits these differences.
In addition to the hazards, employees should receive training on the potential exposure routes, signs, and symptoms of exposure and chemical warning properties (or lack thereof). Training should also include any personal protective equipment necessary for using the chemical as well as incident response, mitigation steps, and first aid measures.
“ Long term forecasts predict that US sales will reach $37 billion by the end of 2024.”
Since CBD and THC extraction is a complex process resulting in a product that will be ingested or used topically by humans, governments have implemented a ton of regulatory requirements you’ll have to meet to produce your own CBD or THC distillate.
How to Build a CBD or THC Extraction Lab
With demand for THC and CBD distillate products skyrocketing around the world, it’s never been a better time to be a cannabis cultivator or producer of edibles, topicals, or beverages .
As jurisdictions legalize hemp and cannabis for medical and recreational use, they’re implementing strong licensing, quality-control, and compliance standards for cultivators and producers.