Extraction & Concentrates Fundamentals ECF is taught by Murphy Murri, one of the leading extraction experts in the cannabis industry. With over a decade of experience in CO2, hydrocarbon, and ethanol extraction, and pioneering gas chromatography for cannabis fractions, Murphy will guide you through all of the foundational information you’ll need to understand cannabis extraction techniques and their products.
We know you want to be knowledgeable about cannabis concentrates so you can provide the best possible experience for your customers. To make that happen, you need to understand the fundamentals of the various extraction methods, post-processing techniques, and the quality of concentrate products on the market. The problem is that knowledge is hard to come by. Traditionally, the only way to learn is by working for an extract manufacturer or lab—and even then, practical training isn’t guaranteed. We believe you should have access to the information usually kept behind the scenes, so we partnered with Murphy to bring you the first in a series of online courses on extraction and concentrates.
Several types of solvents are used to extract cannabis oil from fresh frozen or dried and cured flower. CO2, ethanol, butane, and propane are the most common solvents found in an extraction lab. Throughout the course, you will learn about the extraction efficiency of each of these methods and will gain a firm understanding of what makes them safe to use.
Solventless extraction methods incorporate heat, pressure, or agitation to separate cannabis resin or trichomes from plant material. These methods are one of the safest extraction forms as there is never a concern about residual solvents remaining in the final product. This section dives into the details of the two primary solventless extraction methods and products; bubble hash and rosin.
Post processing is required for solvent-based extractions and some solventless extractions. Regardless of the extraction method, post processing is what separates the different types of cannabis products, such as wax, shatter, budder, distillate, isolate, and more. Throughout the course you will learn what post processing techniques are utilized to create final concentrate products.
The residual solvents section of any concentrate product is one of the most critical areas to evaluate when identifying the safety of a concentrate product. This section is presented by MacKenzie Keller of Sano Gardens, who will guide you through understanding the importance of solvent recovery and lab testing.
Terpenes are aroma compounds that play a crucial role in the experience someone has when consuming a concentrate product. You’ll learn to appreciate how essential terpenes are for a high-quality concentrate product throughout the course.
Chromatography is a process in which a natural extraction is fractioned into individual or specifically grouped compounds. Murphy is one of the leaders in the extraction world when it comes to fractioning cannabis oil so that she can create consistent concentrates. This advanced section will guide you through the process of separating cannabinoids, terpenes, and other cannabis compounds within a hydrocarbon setup.
The majority of flower available in the US averages around 15-25% THC. However, concenrates average between 60-99%. When a product is concentrated, everything changes. Some compounds increase significantly, while others are removed. You’ll learn how these changes can affect tolerance and consumption throughout the course.
The two primary ingredients that make up the majority of all concentrate products are cannabinoids and terpenes. In the course, you will learn what separates wax, shatter, budder, distillate, and other final concentate products based on how these ingredients are combined.
This module demonstrates one of Murphy’s hydrocarbon extraction rigs that includes a chromatography column for fractioning cannabinoids and terpenes.
Extraction & Concentrates is for three primary types of students. The first would be budtenders and dispensary staff that wish to increase concentrate product sales by having a solid knowledge base that will best assist their customer’s needs. The next includes extraction labs that want to ensure all employees have the same foundational education on extraction methods, post-processing techniques, and products. The third type of student is consumers who want to understand the safety of the concentrate products they purchase.
The Extraction course provides an in-depth overview of the various extraction methods, post-processing techniques, and the different types of concentrate products manufactured. The course does not offer individual lab equipment operation instructions or SOPs.
The course is designed to learn at your own pace.
The video lessons are prerecorded! You can take as long you need. You are allowed 3 attempts on the exam to earn your certification. We want to help you succeed and get the most out of your Trichome education.
Success Tip: If you don’t pass the exam on the first go around, we recommend re-watching the videos. Take notes!
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