How is Cannabis Oil Extracted?
Extractions are concentrated cannabis oils. Like all plants, cannabis produces an essential oil. This essential oil is what contains the beneficial and psychoactive cannabinoids like tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the compound that causes the famous high. With cannabis, these oils are most concentrated on the surface of the flowering bud of female plants. Utilizing a high pressure vessel containing cannabis, the extraction process allows compounds to be extracted with little damage and low toxicity. Supercritical CO2 is inserted into the vessel, and pumped through a filter where it is separated from the plant matter once the pressure is released. Next, the supercritical CO2 evaporates and is dissolved into the cannabinoids.
What does Voyage use to extract the oil?
Voyage only uses the purest form of carbon dioxide (CO2). CO2 is a supercritical fluid, meaning it converts into a liquid form when pressurized. At the same time, it is a pure chemical substance that occurs naturally and leaves behind no residues.
Because the CO2 evaporates entirely during the process, the Supercritical CO2 extraction method (aka CO2 extraction) can help ensure cannabis concentrates are pure, making it a good option for people in search of a natural form of cannabis oil. Butane extraction is another popular alternative method to CO2 extraction in the cannabis industry. However, butane can potentially leave heavy metals behind in the finished product and is never used in our extraction process.