Like Across International’s Rotovap, the Genius ASAHI Rotoray Evaporator’s solvent of choice, alcohol, helps keep it economical. Two cold chambers help keep chlorophyll trapped in the plant matter, giving the final product a lighter color and richer flavor.
More of a home chemistry set than an industrial extractor, Across International’s Rotovap may be a perfect choice for the savvy buyer. In addition, due to its smaller size, the Rotovap offers greater control over the evaporation of liquid phase materials. Of course, any drawbacks come from the stripped-down design of the extractor. For example, any cooling system must be purchased separately.
Genius ASAHI Rotary Evaporator
BOSS CO2 extraction system
The Source Turbo is an extractor designed for the on-the-go cannabis connoisseur and can be operated remotely via a mobile app. No day is too crowded for this extractor. As an added feature, the Turbo is also equipped with adjustments for altitude, so it runs at peak performance whether you’re on a mountain or a beach.
Compared to the industrial giants, OCO Labs’ SuperC extractor looks like a toy. But don’t be fooled by its size; for the right buyer, this small extractor is all-in-one. capable of handling 1oz at 4500psi by itself, the SuperC’s capabilities can also be expanded with purchased add-ons, such as OCO Labs’ rack specs.
Cannabis Alcohol Extractor
Carbon dioxide may not be the cheapest solvent, but the benefits are worth it. In these machines, high heat and pressure turn the gas supercritical, allowing it to be extracted in higher yields than many other solvent methods.
Carbon Dioxide Cannabis Extraction
At Apeks Supercritical, 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.
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 temp extraction and room temp extraction. These processes lead to the distillation of CBD and it turns into a heavily refined liquid form that has a honey-like consistency.
CBD Extraction Machine Cost
An Apeks Supercritical 20Lx20LDU Duplex® CO2 system
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.
Apeks Supercritical 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.
CO2 and ethanol extraction processes are similar because they both require the input of the plant material into a machine. Both processes require testing from independent labs to guarantee that THC levels comply with industry guidelines and regulations. It is 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.
A raw marijuana plant contains several important compounds, and carefully controlled extraction methods can unlock others like THC. Many of these compounds change as they are heated. For example, cannabis contains THC in its acid form, THCa (non-psychoactive). When the plant material is exposed to heat, the THCa converts to THC.
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CO2 Cannabis Extraction
Other extraction solvents, such as hydrocarbon-based propellants like propane and butane, hexane and pentane, or ethanol/alcohol mixtures, require additional distillation or purging beyond the supercritical CO2 extraction process to separate the solvent from the extracted oil. Carbon dioxide has a very low boiling temperature and wants to be a gas at room temperature, so it naturally separates from the extracted oil, without additional distillation or purging.
With the proper products and training, processors can extract specific compounds like THC. Understanding boiling points of each compound is critical. Extraction processes takes time, money, and dedication but is well worth it! And with an Apeks Supercritical system utilizing cold separation to preserve the terpenes and other compounds, you can join other customers producing award-winning cannabis oils!
A very specific heat and time ratio is critical, not only to convert THCa to THC, but also to prevent the THC from changing to a different compound. That’s why Apeks Supercritical has engineered thermally sensitive CO2 cannabis extraction systems using lower, plant-friendly temperatures for cold separation processing. Cold separation protects plant oils by never exposing them to temperature higher than the extraction temperatures, thereby protecting the volatile oils and terpenes, as well as retaining more THCa. Depending on the end products, processors may use the oils containing THCa (which offers its own therapeutic benefits) or convert it to THC.