Making your first cannabis concentrates for smoking can be daunting and people think it’s out of their reach to achieve something great to smoke. I promise that anyone can make a great concentrate with this easy guide, using the Source Turbo by ExtractCraft. The steps are easy so don’t take unnecessary shortcuts that’ll adversely effect your end product. Are you ready to throw down? Lets do this…….
The material you use and how it’s prepared is one of the biggest factors in how well your extraction turn out. The vast majority of the THC, CBD, terpenes and all the stuff we’re after is on the outside surface of the plant so there’s no reason to break up the cannabis too much and defiantly don’t grind. If the alcohol can easily flow over and around all the material that’s what’s important.
FREEZE! For a great smokeable and vapable concentrate it’s very important to freeze the cannabis for at least 5hr and the 190-proof (95%) ethanol for 24hr. It’s a good idea to freeze the cannabis in a ziplock bag or mason jar, so later when it’s time to combine the cannabis and ethanol it’ll be cold and convenient. For a closer look at why freezing is so important it’s detailed well here, Super Cooled QWET Wash for Cannabis Extraction Using Dry Ice.
MAKE EXTRACTION ETHANOL SOLUTION
Add the freezer cooled ethanol to the cannabis until it’s fully covered and the ethanol can easily flow through and around the plant material. Allow the Ethanol to work its magic by absorbing the THC, CBD and terpenes for between 3-20 minutes. This is called the “wash”. The 3-20 minute range is wide but will have a large impact on the quality and yield of your final product. If the wash is too short the yield will be limited, but if it’s too long your extract will fill with green and unwanted plant matter. Figuring out how long the wash should be depends mostly on the material you are dealing with and what shape it is in. If you’re using trim that is chopped up and has extensive cell wall destruction then plant matter will leak easily and a shorter wash must be used. For flower gently broken up by hand a 20 minute wash will provide the best yield.
During the wash it’s important to agitate the ethanol to move saturated ethanol away from the cannabis and fresher ethanol in to continue its job of collecting. Agitation is good because it can help break down the trichomes on flower for collection, but with chopped up trim it will exacerbate leaking green plant matter. So this is another consideration that must find balance, better starting material can handle more agitation than poor starting material.
When the color and density of the wash is perfect it’s time to quickly separate the ethanol from he plant matter and stop the wash process.
STRAIN AND SEPARATE PARTICLES
First the plant material and ethanol must be separated quickly to stop the ethanol’s penetration of the plant material. If this step is prolonged as the solution and plant material warm it will lead to plant matter leaking. Using a strainer or wire mesh coffee filters that allow a rough strain and fast flow is perfect for this step. With the plant matter removed we move to a more filtering to remove all the small particles from the ethanol. It’s very important to understand that the better you filter the better your final product will be. A few coffee filters can be used to filter but for best results a proper filter like the Buchner funnel and flask in the photo would be best. Repeat the filtering until you have a crystal clear ethanol solution. This golden, clear solution holds all the cannabis oil you’re after and now all we need to do is remove the ethanol and claim the oil.
REMOVING THE ETHANOL & CLAIMING THE OIL
There are many ways to remove the ethanol but the best way is to use the Source Turbo by ExtractCraft ( because it performs the process quickly, under vacuum, at very low temperatures, and most importantly safely in the home. Simply put the nicely filtered wash into the cup, the cup goes into the machine, and just push the button to separate the ethanol into the glass collection area for reuse.
Allow the process to advance until the concentrate is the consistency of a viscous oil, stop the unit and remove the cup.
Removing the oil can be a sticky ordeal so you need to be ready with a small spatula and a silicone mat to pour it onto and move quickly while the oil is still warm.
With the oil there are many choices of what can be made. You can leave it as is and make vape cartridges, spread it thinly on a silicone mate to cure into pull and snap, add a little heat for some wax, or put in a vac chamber to make shatter. Do whatever you want because you’re the crafter!