Definition - What does Extraction mean?
In the cannabis industry, extraction refers to the process of extracting or concentrating the most potent compounds from the plants. Extraction essentially removes the oil found in the trichomes from the plant. The resulting products from the extraction process (the concentrates or extracts) are therefore a highly concentrated and potent form of THC and other cannabinoids.
The extracted concentrates can be in the form of oils, pills, and other forms, and can also be used to make edibles like baked goods, candies, and infused beverages.
Hydrolife explains Extraction
Extraction is a common practice performed for a number of different reasons, ranging from increasing marijuana’s medical benefits to producing a more potent recreational product.
Cannabis extractions or concentrates are far more potent than the buds. They are often used in medical marijuana to concentrate the cannabinoids, which will be most effective for treating patients. For recreational use, extractions produce a far more potent high than an average bud. Extracts are commonly used in vaporizers.
Extraction of concentrated cannabis is an extremely complicated process that should be left to professionals because it involves expensive equipment. In other words, it usually isn’t something the average home grower is going to attempt. However, there are lower key methods of cannabis extraction, including the finger hash and ice hash methods.
The rosin extraction technique involves using heat to liquefy the oils in the plants, and then pressure to flow them away from the plant material.