Oil, wax or shatter are just a few names for those well-loved concentrates that dabbers just can’t seem to get enough of. They are the result of a complex and delicate process called extraction. The precise methodology involves drawing cannabinoids out of the cannabis plant by dissolving them in a solvent. When the plants are submerged in a solvent — typically butane, hexane or ethanol — active ingredients including cannabinoids and terpenes disintegrate into the liquid. After the solid plant matter is removed, only the potent compounds remain. This is the concentrated substance that gets people sky high.
The yield, potency and quality of a concentrate is heavily dependent on the solvent used to dissolve the active compounds. A recent study explored the different properties of premium butane brands. The group referred to four main data testing points in order to properly rate each product. They focused on the color of the first extraction, yield of concentrate per gram of starting material, time to complete the initial purge and the flavor profile of the finished extraction.
Between the four different brands, Whip It! Premium performed excellently every single category. With their brand, the extraction process yielded a beautiful, light yellow concentrate with a clean, smooth flavor that was favored by the tasting panel. The extraction also had excellent terpene preservation and wasn’t harsh like some concentrates that can cause deep coughing post-exhale. Whip It! Premium had exceptional color, yield and total purge time, coming in at just 11 minutes.
The study offers extractors more insight into how they can have more control during the extraction process. By providing information about small but significant variables between different brands of butane, the study may help to increase the quality of concentrates for consumers everywhere.
courtesy of Cannabis Now Magazine