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Learn | 04.28.2022

What Is CO2 Extraction?

This is what makes separates great vape oil from the rest. Created with Eureka Vapor.

Technology for creating cannabis-infused products is always advancing, and some of the best methods mix a part of tradition with innovation.

CO2 extraction is one of the many ways to get concentrated oils, and in this case, cannabinoids and terpenes, to just the right amount.

Brands like Eureka, who became one of the first CO2 extractors and distributors in California, have integrated these methods into making their disposable vaping devices and cannabis oil cartridges. 

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What Is CO2 Extraction?

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This process is roughly defined as how cannabinoids are extracted from the plant, using CO2 as a solvent.

It breaks down the states in which cannabinoids and terpenes are found in marihuana, extracting a clean form.

This reduces the amount of unnecessary and even potentially dangerous ingredients found in other extraction processes since CO2 is safe to use. 

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How Does It Work?

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CO2 is exposed to critical conditions, like high and very low temperatures, that change its state from gaseous to liquid and so forth.

Supercritical extraction means that when CO2 is put through these conditions with the cannabis flower, it will extract a cleaner and highly concentrated version of the cannabinoids, ensuring its purity.

It is an extraction method that has been around for a while now. Still, it only recently became part of the cannabis industry due to the innovation in production technology.

This way, companies can extract the exact amount and kind of cannabinoids they need for their pñroducst, even going as far as keeping only the psychoactive ingredients with none of the skunky smell or flavor.

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Why Is It Better?

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This process allows for cleaner smokes, literally: by adding the oil extracted with CO2 to vaping cartridges, users can consume these with less fear of finding harmful and unnecessary solvents and additives that can be found in these devices.

The CO2 extraction process makes for oils that have highly concentrated cannabinoids and nothing more, so labs can add only necessary flavoring and preservatives only if needed.

Eureka has become an expert and a fan-favorite brand for those who care about how their cannabis products are made. 

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