When it comes to creating the highest quality products in any industry, purity is key. Whether it’s the use of organic materials or a state-of-the-art filtration process, today’s consumers are expecting increasingly higher standards when it comes to the products they consume.
After all, who wants to purchase a product that’s chocked full of “extra stuff” (i.e. potentially hazardous chemicals).
Extraction methods, such as Hydrocarbon Extraction, strive to hit industry standards in producing chemical- and toxin-free extracts. With these methods, producers look to deliver best-in-class extraction products for consumers to enjoy.
What is Hydrocarbon Extraction?
Hydrocarbon extraction is a type of extraction used to eliminate unwanted contaminants - like tannins, pesticides, and oxides - from your botanical extract. It is a popular form of extraction, particularly in creating cannabis products.
6 Facts About Hydrocarbon Extraction
At AFS Filters, we support our customers in being well-informed consumers. With a topic as seemingly complex as hydrocarbon extraction, it’s important to know the ins and outs in order to choose the right method for your production needs.
1. Hydrocarbon extraction is the leading extraction method for creating Butane Hash Oil (BHO).
Hydrocarbon extraction is the most popular extraction method used to separate the active components of cannabis from the original plant material. The result is a cleaner, toxin-free product: Butane Hash Oil (BHO). This consists of the specific psychoactive components of the cannabis plant.
Reports suggest that BHO THC concentration can be as high as 80% (compared to traditional cannabis, which is about 10-25%).
2. Hydrocarbon extraction strips trichomes away from the cannabis plant, creating a purer product.
Hydrocarbon extraction washes the trichomes away from the plant surface, leaving behind the remaining plant material and extracting what’s now Butane Hash Oil. BHO contains high levels of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids, making it a preferred choice in a variety of products, such as:
3. Hydrocarbon extraction filters out dangerous contaminants.
Hydrocarbon extraction uses a hydrocarbon solvent (like butane or propane) to filter out a variety of compounds. This process targets the unwanted contaminants while allowing the desirables to pass through. Some of these contaminants include:
- Heavy metals
- Other particulates
AFS's P+ filters are ideal for filtering out pesticides and other harmful metals.
4. Hydrocarbon extraction does not significantly decrease output.
With hydrocarbon extraction, there is minimal loss of the desirables (such as terpenes) in your extract. The overall output remains high, and actually results in a higher concentration of desirables compared to other extraction methods. The extract is even more potent!
5. Hydrocarbon extraction is used in AFS color remediation filters.
AFS Filters prefers hydrocarbon extraction as the choice extraction method in our color remediation filters. We offer the first and only disposable color remediation filters, which can be used with a variety of hydrocarbon extraction equipment options. Our filters are the #1 choice in the botanical extraction industry.
6. Hydrocarbon extraction has some “competition” with other extraction methods.
CO2, hydrocarbon, and ethanol are the top three types of extraction methods used by producers, and experts have mixed opinions about the pros and cons of each.
In fact, there remains no consensus from industry executives on which is the #1 favorite.
Overall, one's chosen extraction method preference depends on their goals for output, desired quality, budget, and a range of other factors.
Why Choose Hydrocarbon Extraction?
Clearly there are a range of extraction methods, such as botanical extraction, to choose from when it comes to producing premium product. It may not seem like an easy choice, based on the broad range of factors to consider.
Fortunately, we have narrowed these down to highlight the benefits if hydrocarbon extraction, specifically:
- Cost of production and equipment - Hydrocarbon extraction has lower starting costs than CO2 extraction, which involves expensive equipment.
- Product quality - Hydrocarbon extraction produces extract which is comparable in quality to product produced by other extraction methods. It all depends on the exact type of product you want to produce.
- Output - Hydrocarbon extraction is the most effective and efficient method for extracting the essence of the entire plant.
Shop Hydrocarbon Extraction Filters
The best way to find the best extraction method for you is to try a variety of options. At AFS Filters, we provide a range of products to assist you in creating top-quality extract products.
Our color remediation filters employ hydrocarbon extraction in order to maximize output without the added “stuff”. The result is a better product for your customers (or you) to enjoy.