Part One: Behind The Curtain of Industrial Cannabis Extraction

Cannabis Science Podcast, Episode 9: Part One

Ever wondered how your cannabis vape-pen cartridge, shatter, or balm was made? Join Dr. Ricardo Rivera as he covers the four most popular industrial cannabis extraction methods and there uses. Demystifying the four most popular extraction techniques: solventless (rosin), hydrocarbon (butane/pentane), supercritical CO2, and ethanol extraction. On this journey is our producer and resident chemical engineer, Dr. Macarena Cataldo, and visual artists and overall renaissance man, Kimit Sekhon, accompanying the listener on this fascinating dive into the way most consumer cannabis extracts are made today.

Music by KV – Bongo

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