Cannabis Extraction: How To Escape The Hazards At Home
Cannabis extraction is becoming of the most popular ways to enjoy our favorite herb as we look for more health-conscious alternatives to smoking.
With the practice of smoking generally on the decline as we become a more health-conscious species, people are looking for other ways to enjoy their favorite herb. One of the most popular alternatives is cannabis extraction. In this process, the chemical compounds from the plant material are extracted, then that concentrate is used to make cannabis edibles, a.k.a. “medibles.” Edibles are a booming commercial enterprise in many of the states where cannabis has been legalized for discretionary and/ or medical use.
Cannabis extraction = Safety first
Whether done in small batches or on an industrial scale, the extraction process is rife with hazards:
- Employees working around flammable liquids, toxic fumes, and high temperatures must be ever-vigilant against the threat of fire that stalks their every move, ready to literally explode at the slightest mistake.
- Carbon dioxide extraction brings with it the twin dangers of asphyxiation by the colorless, odorless gas and explosion from equipment generating pressures over 1,000 PSI.
- Cannabis dust presents the risk of pulmonary disorders arising from repeated inhalation of airborne microscopic particles.
- Breathing problems and other symptoms can also result from exposure to the highly flammable vapors of organic solvents like butane, isopropanol, heptane, or ethanol used in the extraction process.
The same dangers of cannabis extraction, unfortunately, surround the process of making herbal extracts at home, albeit on a lesser scale. Until a few years ago, this was a boring, smelly, hazardous chemistry experiment of a chore that left the house choked with vapors and the kitchen a sloppy mess.
Cleanup took nearly as long as the cannabis extraction itself, which seemed to last forever because you had to stand over a hot stove, stirring without stopping. Making an herbal infusion was risky and physically demanding, but the longer you stood it, the deeper the intensity of the resulting extract.
The perfect tool for our time
Then came the modern age and the MagicalButter machine. The first countertop appliance for making herbal extracts changed the game forever. Instead of a labor-intensive ordeal, you toss in your decarbed buds and some alcohol, butter, or flavored cooking oil, close the lid, and press two buttons.
That’s it. Sometimes easy is better than hard, and this is one of those times. Everything is easier when it’s all done for you, automatically and in safety, with almost no work on your part in comparison to the low-tech, risky, paleolithic way. (Pre-human cave dwellers used to do this procedure in a skull over an open flame and look what happened to them. They’re all but wiped out now.)
Though you shouldn’t leave the machine unattended while it’s in operation, it’s not necessary to stare at it like a hawk, either. This frees up your time and your mind to enjoy other activities nearby while the MB extractor takes care of all the dirty work for you.
No muss, no fuss, no cuss
The machine safely heats, chops, stirs, and steeps your infusion to perfection, preventing the all-too-common mistakes that lead to ruined recipes, wasted stash – and wasted cash. You, meanwhile, get to relax and enjoy a cool light show. (If you do want to watch the machine intently, that part is fun and hypnotic to watch. Especially in a highly relaxed state of mind.)
Most important, the fully self-contained apparatus also keeps a lid on odors and vapors, reducing them to a low level that any fan can handle. This is especially key when creating alcohol tinctures. It’s important always to follow all safety precautions carefully when working with flammable solvents.
And the MB machine not only keeps the kitchen clean; it also cleans itself afterward.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Garyn Angel is an inventor, entrepreneur, award-winning financial consultant, and CEO of MagicalButter.com, which manufactures the appliance he invented for converting cannabis to an edible form. Angel is committed to cannabis law reform and was named to the CNBC NEXT List of global business leaders for his work on legal marijuana. He is also the founder of the Cheers to Goodness Foundation, a charity that helps “medical refugees” – veterans and children who need cannabis therapy when traditional treatment options have failed. Angel’s charity helps families relocate to states where cannabis medicine is legally accessible.