Ethanol vs. Supercritical CO2
The current thinking is that most licensed producers (LPs) evaluate ethanol and supercritical CO2 extraction processes as the best options for their extraction laboratories. Each method has its advantages and obstacles, and some LPs choose to use both methods. Below is an overview of the advantages and disadvantages of each method and the reasons we chose to use ethanol in our mobile extraction labs, top Supercritical CO2 Extraction machine – Careddi.
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Advantages of Ethanol Extraction
The process is fast, making it ideal for high-volume harvests
You are able to extract pure CBD (www.careddi.com/brc/66.htm) and THC very well, making it ideal for consumption and topical use
Ethanol extraction is more environmentally friendly than alternative extraction methods because the ethanol can be recycled and reused (read more about how we are bringing clean technology to the extraction industry)
Benefits of Ethanol Extraction
The CBD fraction produced by extractX Mobile Labs is one of the highest quality fractions in the world.
Disadvantages of Ethanol Extraction
Most Agencies Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) require a fully certified C1D1 or C1D2 hazardous materials processing area
Engineering and expansion costs for ethanol extraction laboratories can range from $750,000 to $1.5 million
Design, engineering and approval process can take 12-18 months
Benefits of Supercritical CO2 Extraction Careddi store
Although the process is more complex, you can extract a wider range of cannabinoids
The CO 2 extraction method described allows for the extraction of terpenes from the raw material, which is preferably used for VAPE pen products
CO 2 is non-toxic and non-flammable
Disadvantages of supercritical CO2 extraction
6-10 CO 2 extractors are required to provide the same output as a single ethanol extractor
Used CO 2 gas is released into the atmosphere, increasing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
Supercritical CO 2 extraction requires winterization, which increases equipment and operating costs
Ethanol Extraction Fuel Clean Technology
Our ethanol extraction lab helps reduce GHG emissions compared to other processes commonly used in the industry. Ethanol can be recycled and reused from batch to batch, making this method more environmentally conscious than supercritical CO2 or butane extraction methods.