Hydrocarbon Extraction is often used in large-scale extraction/production facilities. Propane and Butane have low boiling points allowing the extraction of botanical oils without using high temperature and high-pressure, both of which will degrade the end product. Propane Extractions and Butane Extractions allow for much faster run times than Alcohol extraction or C02 extraction, causing less degradation in the process, resulting in a larger variety of end products. Butane Extraction is overall slower in comparison with Propane Extraction, for the reasons below:
Butane has a boiling point higher than that of Propane, causing lower pressure, which results in slower solvent recovery and possibly less terpene preservation. Butane offers a variety of high potency end products similar to Propane, such as wax, budder, shatter, live resin and more. Butane tends to yield a darker color extraction than that of Propane.
Propane has a boiling point lower than that of Butane, creating higher pressure, which results in faster solvent recovery and possibly more terpene preservation. Propane offers a variety of high potency end products similar to Butane, such as wax, budder, shatter, live resin and more. Propane yields a lighter color extraction than Butane and offers faster run-times.
Isobutane has a lower boiling point than N-Butane, and higher than that of Propane. This generally yields a lighter color extraction in a shorter time than is achievable with N-Butane. Inquire with your regulatory agencies, as some local markets do not have Isobutane on the list of approved solvents, even where hydrocarbons are permitted.
Blending Butane and Propane at different ratios allow different degrees of each solvents’ characteristics be utilized, to achieve the desired product. If a light color is most important, consider a heavy Propane blend. However, if stability, especially for shatter, is most important, a heavy Butane blend with a smaller amount of Propane to speed up the process could be the solution. Plant material plays a large role, as certain strains are more suitable for certain end products, therefore dictating choice of solvent(s). The ability to blend hydrocarbons provides versatility to fine tune all the products popular on shelves, today.
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