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The Art of Extraction: Experts Talk Cannabis Extracts

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The Art of Cannabis Extraction

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Cannabis oil, hash oil, dabs, wax, shatter, BHO, and rosin: cannabis concentrates take on many forms and seem to have about a thousand names. There’s a strong argument to be made about why concentrates might be the future of cannabis, but few are familiar with how these concentrates are crafted. Join host Roxy Striar as she travels the country to learn about the science (and art) of cannabis extraction.

Experts Talk Extracts

You might know how cannabis extracts are made, but what happens after cannabis oil, BHO, rosin, shatter, and wax hit dispensary shelves? For part 6 of The Art of Extraction, Roxy sits down with four cannabis industry experts as they take turns sampling some of the newest products to hit the market.

Plus, hear answers to some of the most common questions budtenders receive about extracts, including tips for choosing the right concentrate, how to dabble in dabbing without committing to buying a dab rig, and more.

The Future of the Cannabis Extract Industry

In part five of The Art of Extraction, Roxy sits down with extract experts from Oleum Extracts in Auburn, Washington; Evolab in Denver, Colorado; Vapen Clear in Phoenix, Arizona; and Pioneer Nuggets in Arlington, Washington to hear their ideas about the future of the cannabis extract industry. Their responses are as varied as their cannabis extraction methods, and include pushing for an increased focus on the importance of cannabinoid and terpene ratios, striving for consistency between batches, and listening to and creating the perfect extract for medical marijuana patients.

Rosin Extraction at Pioneer Nuggets

In the fourth installment of The Art of Extraction, Roxy visits Pioneer Nuggets in Arlington, Washington, to learn about their all-natural rosin extraction process. Rosin might have humble beginnings in the cannabis community, but it’s quickly gaining in popularity. Pioneer Nuggets founder Fitz Couhig and rosin expert Ethan give Roxy a tour and show her how they’ve developed a process that meticulously combines heat, pressure, and cannabis to create small batches of terpene-rich, flavorful rosin. After learning how it’s made, Roxy sits down with Fitz to sample the product.

Distillate Extraction at Vapen Clear

In the third episode of The Art of Extraction, Roxy meets up with the minds behind Vapen Clear in Phoenix, Arizona, to watch them do distillate extraction. After learning about Vapen Clear’s extraction process and distillate, which serves as the base for all of the company’s products and contains over 99% cannabinoids, she sits down with sales manager Roman. He shows her the Vapen Clear syringe, a product that’s excellent for dabbing and contains THC levels above 90%. After that, Roxy tests out Vapen Clear’s cannabis inhaler, which was developed to ensure consistent, metered dosing.

CO2 Extraction at Evolab

In the second episode of The Art of Extraction, Roxy visits Evolab in Denver, Colorado, to learn about their unique CO2 extraction process. She meets up with founder Alex Cahoj and managing scientific director Dr. Steven Bennet, who give her a behind-the-scenes look at how Evolab is able to recreate strain-specific, whole plant profiles in extract form with their proprietary method of terpene isolation and extraction. After learning about how Evolab’s terpene-rich extracts are made, Roxy sits down with Alex to sample some of them.

BHO Extraction at Oleum Extracts

For our debut episode of The Art of Extraction, we follow along as Roxy visits Oleum Extracts in Auburn, Washington. Join her as she learns about different extraction methods, THC crystallization, live resin, and terpene ratios before getting an in-depth tour of Oleum’s BHO extraction process from owner Graham Jennings. After the tour, Roxy tries dabbing for the first time.

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