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Many people are drawn to supercritical co2 extraction because of its solventless extraction process but it does have its downsides. When co2 is pressurized to 1071 or higher PSI and heated to 88 degrees it essentially becomes a solvent which extracts the cannabis oil from the plant material. Unfortunately, once the cannabis oil is released into the collection chambers, you inherently leave most of the terpenes in the Co2 that is then recirculated into the system. Also, once the extract is winterized, you can lose even more terpenes.
Mixing Terpenes with CO2 Extract for Flavor and Effect*
Due to the fact that the terpenes are not fully extracted, many consumers complain that most of the extract products all taste similar, even across different strains. This also caused the pens to have similar effects because the terpenes are what determine the strains effects. The THC will get you high, but you won’t experience the unique effects or flavor each strain has.
The solution to this problem has been the addition of terpenes to enhance the extract products’ effects and flavors. When you extract headband, you can add additional headband terpenes to make it a full spectrum extract. You can also use terpenes instead of VG and PG to obtain the ideal viscosity for your needs.
Start by placing the CO2 extract in a glass jar.
- Glass jars are the best possible choice for mixing as they are non reactive and can be heated.
Add the terpene profile you would like to try and start stirring/mixing.
- When adding terpenes to CO2 extract, it’s good to start with a ratio of 1 – 2 drops per 1 gram of oil.
- A dabber works just fine for mixing but you could use a magnetic stirrer on low heat as well.
- For best results mix until the consistency is even throughout.
Your concentrate is ready!
- If you leave it in a sealed container overnight the terpenes will infuse themselves into the concentrate better.