When we say CBD concentrates, we say CBD content in its purest and most potent form. In the world of CBD products, concentrates are available in various forms, such as wax for vaporizers, CBD tinctures, or the classic CBD oil concentrates. If you decide to get the real benefits of CBD concentrates, you need to find a reliable provider, especially if you want to make sure that the CBD product you are about to consume does not contain more than the legal homeopathic concentration of 0.2 % THC.
The market in this particular domain is not regulated as it should, so the quality of the products can be arguable in some cases. But, what you need to know is that you can extract and prepare your own CBD concentrate. All you need are cannabis sativa (hemp) buds (female flowers) coming from a reliable strain, something you can find if you do proper research.
There are particular cannabis strains that are rich in CBD and have very low content of THC if you need the product for therapeutic purposes, so the quality of the finite product will be a certain thing.
What are CBD Concentrates?
But, what are CBD concentrates? Well, according to the specialists in this domain, a concentrate is any product that results from an extraction process. When it comes to extracting CBD from the cannabis plant, one could use several solvents, such as CO2, butane, or ethanol, which get the desired oils respectively the resin out of the plant. More specifically, from the trichomes of the cannabis plant.
The resinous – oily compounds of the plant contain the cannabinoids you are looking to get out of the plant, the ones that could help you improve your state of health. What you need to know about CBD concentrates and extracts is that they come in various forms or concentrations.
Some have a very high concentration of THC, while others are richer in CBD, with little to no concentration of THC, which makes them more suitable for therapeutic uses. The list of the different Cannabis concentrates is rather long, so we are going to mention some of the most popular.
Commonly known as pollen, Kief is a powdery product extracted from the trichomes of the plant, more precisely in their glands.
This is where the cannabinoids and terpenes are found in abundance, the ones that give cannabis products their flavor and effect.
Usually, Kief is used for the making of hash, but you can collect it separately and use it sprinkled over ground cannabis, in case you need to add more potency to it.
It may be futile to say that this is one of the oldest and most popular types of concentrates when it comes to cannabis. As mentioned previously, the hash is made out of Kief, once the powder is compressed.
Another method to make sure you collect all the good stuff from the plant is to use several solvents, such as ethanol or ice water, which can also help you obtain the hash.
Even though is not one of the most potent cannabis concentrates, hash still manages to be one of the most appreciated.
The tincture is a type of CBD concentrate that is extracted with the help of alcohol or other solvents.
So yes, tinctures are quite rich in cannabinoids, many CBD tinctures users put several drops under their tongue to get the benefits of the product.
If you don’t want to smoke in order to get the cannabinoids you need, a CBD tincture is the best alternative, especially since you can find them today in a variety of flavors.
But depending on how much the tincture is diluted with oil (hemp seed oil or coconut oil), one can no longer speak of a concentrate.
Butane hash oil or BHO
If you need a strong concentrate then you need to know that BHO is one of the strongest. A butane extraction is used to get the compounds out of the plant, the result being a thick wax usually used for dabbing or other methods that involve vaping.
Available as “honeycomb”, in a crumbly form, or “shatter”, similar to glass, BHO has a content of up to 80% CBD or THC depending on the strain from which it was made.
Which makes it a suitable concentrate for people suffering from chronic pain conditions.
If you opt for this, then it is highly recommended to make sure that the product’s purity was tested in a laboratory, because some products may contain certain amounts of butane.
CO2 extracted oil
This is a type of concentrate that cannot be prepared at home because it needs very special botanic extractors that use CO2 and high pressure to get CBD oil.
Still, the product is extremely popular due to the manufacturers that invested in proper equipment and made it available on the market.
This kind of product is mainly used for vaporizer pens, which work with CO2 oil cartridges.
How to make CBD Oil & CBD Concentrates
The easiest way to extract CBD oil from the cannabis plant is with the help of alcohol. Anyone can do this operation and it produces a few grams of CBD oil that is highly potent, suitable for ingestion, and great for medicinal purposes.
Once you get the hang of this, it won’t take longer than 2-3 hours to get the CBD oil you need. But first, you need to make sure that you have all the needed supplies.
You will need 100 gram of dried and ground hemp buds or trimmed cannabis plant, 1 gallon of solvent that is ideally grain alcohol, Isopropanol or another similar kind of alcohol with more than 90% alcohol content.
But never rubbing alcohol, a ceramic or glass bowl of medium size, a cheesecloth, a catchment container, double boiler, and several kitchen utensils, made out of wood, plastic, or silicone.
Make CBD oil concentrate with alcohol as solvent
!!! Foreword: This process is dangerous and should be done with great caution. The vapors from the evaporated alcohol are harmful and highly inflammable. The process should take place in open air & well-ventilated area. And there must be no open flames. Therefore, the heat source must also be electric to heat the solution !!!
Start by placing the dried and ground plant in the bowl and cover it with alcohol until you have 1 inch of alcohol above the plant material in the bowl, making sure the bowl you pick provides sufficient space for this.
Take a plastic or wooden spoon and stir the content in the bowl for 3 minutes, allowing the alcohol to extract the resin. When the plant looks saturated, the solution is separated from the remaining plant material. For this purpose, a coffee filter or kitchen roll and a funnel or the like is used.
Pour the liquid from the bowl through the funnel with the filter and allow it to filter into the container. At the end, squeeze the content that remains in the filter, making sure you recover as much liquid as possible. You can repeat these steps several times, allowing the solvent to capture more resin.
Place this liquid in a temperature-resistant glass vessel and put it in a water bath of a double boiler or rice cooker and heat it until the liquid (Alcohol & Extraction) starts to make bubbles.
Just don’t forget to add water to the boiler in the appropriate area. Depending on the alcohol content of the solvent, it starts to bubble at around 70 ° C. Since the boiling point of the alcohol is at this temperature, the temperature will not increase until the alcohol is completely evaporated. Continue this process until the alcohol is completely evaporated.
Once the alcohol has evaporated, raise the temperature to about 110 ° C so that the decarboxylation process is initiated. Once you reach the right temperature, the remaining CBD Extract will re-bubble. Continue this process until bubbles no longer form at this temperature. Depending on the amount of extract, this can take 5 to 20 minutes.
The decarboxylation process is important to convert the cannabinoid CBDa, which is the raw form of CBD, into the cannabinoid CBD. CBDa is simply the acidic form of CBD.
The final result should be a thick compound, pretty much like tar, which does not create bubbles anymore. Thereafter, switch off the device and remove the container containing the CBD extract from the heat source. As long as the extract is warm, it is still liquid and can be absorbed well with a syringe. But as soon as it gets cold, it’s a tough, resinous paste.
If you are interested in how to make Cannabis Oil / CBD Oil. In this video a method is shown very vividly. The alcohol extraction method. Credit: I am Cannabis https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsBIe4iIPGNO4qpNmSl749A/videoshttps://thehempoilbenefits.com/
Posted by CBD Hemp Oil Benefits on Sunday, October 1, 2017