A cannabis concentrate is a highly potent THC extract that is produced by extracting the psychoactive compound THC from the raw plant material.
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Decide what kind of concentrate you want to make
The first step in learning how to make cannabis concentrate is understanding the different types of concentrates and what you want to use them for. The three main types of cannabis concentrates are:
Oil – This is the most common type of cannabis concentrate. It can be used in a variety of ways, including smoking, vaping, and baking.
Butter – While not as popular as oil, butter is still a great option for those who want to bake with cannabis or add it to their favorite recipes.
Tincture – Tinctures are typically used as a way to administer cannabis concentrates sublingually (under the tongue). They can also be added to beverages such as coffee or tea.
Choose your solvent- this will determine the quality of your final product
There are many solvents that can be used to make cannabis concentrates, but some are better than others. The most common solvents used are butane, propane, CO2, and alcohol. Each of these solvents has its own benefits and drawbacks.
-Butane is a common solvent used to make cannabis concentrates because it is readily available and relatively inexpensive. However, butane is also highly flammable and can be dangerous to work with if you don’t have the proper safety equipment. Additionally, butane-extracted concentrates often have a “harsh” taste and can be harsh on your lungs if you don’t vaporize them properly.
-Propane is another common solvent used to make cannabis concentrates. Like butane, propane is readily available and relatively inexpensive. However, propane is also highly flammable and can be dangerous to work with if you don’t have the proper safety equipment. Additionally, propane-extracted concentrates often have a “harsh” taste and can be harsh on your lungs if you don’t vaporize them properly.
-CO2 is a less common solvent used to make cannabis concentrates, but it has some distinct advantages over other solvents. CO2 is non-flammable and doesn’t have a harsh taste like many other solvents do. Additionally, CO2 extraction often results in a higher quality final product because it preserves more of the terpenes (flavor compounds) than other extraction methods do. However, CO2 extraction equipment can be quite expensive and it can be difficult to find someone who knows how to use it properly.
-Alcohol is a common solvent used to make cannabis concentrates because it is readily available and relatively inexpensive. Alcohol extractions often result in a high quality final product because they preserve more of the terpenes than other extraction methods do. However, alcohol extractions can be difficult to do properly without the proper equipment and they can be very time consuming. Additionally, concentrated alcohol products can be harsh on your lungs if you don’t vaporize them properly.
Gather your materials- including your cannabis
You’ll need a few things before you get started: cannabis, a solvent (like alcohol), a mixing device (like a mason jar), and a straining device (like cheesecloth). You’ll also want to make sure you’re working in a well-ventilated area—preferably outdoors.
Once you have all your materials, you’re ready to start making your concentrate!
Prepare your cannabis- this will ensure maximum potency
To make the highest-quality cannabis concentrate possible, you’ll want to start with freshly harvested, cured, and trimmed flowers. If your starting material is old, or wasn’t properly cured and trimmed to begin with, your end product will suffer. For the best possible yield and potency, it is essential to begin with premium-quality cannabis.
Extract the THC from the cannabis
Cannabis concentrates are made by extracting the THC from the cannabis plant. This can be done using a number of methods, but the most common is to use a solvent such as alcohol or CO2.
Once the THC has been extracted, it can be used to make a variety of products, including edibles, tinctures, and topicals. Cannabis concentrates can also be smoked or vaporized using an dab rig or vape pen.
Making cannabis concentrate is a relatively simple process, but it does require some special equipment and safety precautions. This guide will show you how to make cannabis concentrate using CO2 extraction.
Filter your solvent
You will need to use a filter to remove any impurities from your solvent. You can use a coffee filter, cheesecloth, or even a clean sock. Place your filter over a funnel and pour the solvent through it into a clean container.
Evaporate the solvent
The next step is to evaporate the solvent. This can be done using a variety of methods, but the most common is to use a rice cooker or a cooking pot on a stovetop. If using a rice cooker, simply pour the solution into the cooker and turn it on. It’s important to stir the solution occasionally to ensure that all of the solvent evaporates evenly. If using a pot on a stovetop, place the solution in the pot and turn the heat on low. You’ll want to stir the solution frequently and carefully watch it to make sure that it doesn’t boil. Once all of the solvent has been evaporated, you’ll be left with pure cannabis concentrate.