Cannabis concentrates are made by taking the marijuana plant and refining it, to extract concentrated amounts of the most sought after components of the plant, namely high levels of cannabinoids and terpenes. Three general categories define the spectrum of concentrates that are sold at (Lux): light hydrocarbon extractions, alcohol based extractions and Co2 based extractions. Light hydrocarbon extractions use solvents such as butane, isobutane or propane. Alcohol based extractions call for alcohol based solvents, such as grain alcohol or sometimes wine. Finally, CO2 extractions require liquid form CO2 to be placed in a high-pressure system, which then pulls the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant. Each extraction method creates a different product that can be used in various ways, from dabbing to personal vaporizers or sublingual use.
Cannabis concentrates come in many varieties and their final appearance depends on the original concentrated compound, as well as the extraction method. For example, vaporizer pen cartridges require that the concentrate be in a very low viscous near-liquid state. Many CO2 and Butane concentrates typically used in vaporizer pens rely on the medical grade polypropylene glycol to achieve the necessary fluidity. Whereas wax, regularly referred to as a ‘dab’ or ‘shatter’, and formally known as Butane Hash Oil (BHO) are in a solid state that cannot be used in most vaporizer pens.
At (Lux), our primary concern when working with concentrate vendors is the purity of the product. Washington State has enacted strict laws on residual solvents, measured in parts per million (PPM), that may be left over in a concentrate. Each batch is tested by an independently licensed testing facility to guarantee they are safe for the consumer. At (Lux) we have partnered with the State’s best extractors to insure that all of our products have been meticulously refined, with industry leading vacuum ovens and top tier, commercial grade, distillation equipment. Moreover, as we are acutely aware of the environmental risks posed by the use of some of these solvents, (Lux) works to partner with providers who recapture virtually all of their solvents for future use and take additional, necessary steps, to be environmentally friendly.