Just a few short years ago, cannabinoid extraction was accomplished in secrecy. Today, cannabis products –including extracts– are legally produced and openly sold in legitimate dispensaries in more than 30 states.
If you’re interested in becoming part of this important business boom, you may wish to consider setting up your own extraction facility. With that in mind, here are five cannabis extracts to know about:
Probably the most well-known compound found in cannabis, delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the stuff that gives marijuana enthusiasts a euphoric, or ‘high’ feeling. First isolated from Lebanese hashish by an Israeli chemist in 1964, THC is one of a hundred or more cannabinoids with the ability to naturally bind to receptor cells located throughout the human brain and body.
Not all THC is the same, however.
Raw cannabis provides a cannabinoid called THCa. The jury is still out on what THCa actually does for a living cannabis plant, but studies suggest that it acts as a kind of defense for the growing plant, explains Leafly magazine. When heat is applied, THCa converts into the psychoactive THC that recreational cannabis users expect.
Too much heat during the extraction process can cause THCa to convert to a less desirable form of THC known as delta-8, explains Cannabis Pharmacy author, Michael Backes. To make extracts under optimal conditions, be sure to have an industrial chiller nearby at all times.
Cannabis strains abundant in THC
- Godfather OG
- Strawberry banana
- Emperor Cookie Dough
Second only to THC in cannabinoid count, CBD promises much in the way of medicinal value without any of the ‘buzz’ associated with cannabis. Typically extracted from industrial hemp, CBD is approved to treat seizures and is currently being studied as a treatment for a number of chronic conditions, including multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease, explains Mayo Clinic.
Cannabis strains with high CBD
- Ringo’s Gift
- Cali Cure
- Desert Ruby
- OG Kush
Known to botanists as cannabigerol, CBG is yet another cannabinoid that may be extracted and used medicinally without any mind-altering effects. Strains that are bred to be high in CBD tend to contain plentiful CBG as well. Researchers are currently testing CBG to treat chronic pain, glaucoma, inflammation, and other conditions, according to Leaf Science magazine.
So far, very few cannabis strains have been developed specifically for a high CBG count, explains High Times magazine. If you wish to create extracts that feature the CBG molecule, opt for good old cannabis sativa or industrial hemp plants.
Only slightly psychoactive, cannabinol (CBN) extract may be quite sedating and just right for bedtime use. As a byproduct of ripening THC, CBN holds promise as a future medicine, touts Marijuana Break magazine.
Any strain that is allowed to ripen for an extra-long time is bound to deliver a high dose of CBN. If you wish to make extracts, cannabis strains known to be abundant in CBN include Animal Cookies and Ace of Spades
Produced by the same plant glands that make THC and CBD, terpenes are oily molecules that give each cannabis strain a distinct aroma and flavor. Terpenes are most abundant in female plants that have never been exposed to male cannabis plants. Present in living cannabis plants as terpenoids, terpenes develop as buds and are dried and cured, explains Medical Jane.
More than 140 terpenes are identified so far, with more being discovered all the time. Some of the more popular terpenes that can be extracted for the cannabis industry include citrusy limonine, earthy myrcene, spicy caryophyllene, and pinene.
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