If you follow the Papa & Barkley story, you know that we’re incredibly proud of the natural ingredients and processes we use to make our products. Whether it’s elements like beeswax and pure botanicals for our CBD Topicals or the natural coconut-derived MCT oil in our CBD Ingestibles, we’re big believers in the power of nature to provide us with everything we need to craft exceptional and award-winning cannabis products.
The same goes for cannabis extraction methods like the ones we use to make our potent (and totally craveable!)cannabis-infused edibles. Because while there are any number of ways to add powerful cannabinoids like THC and CBD to various products, those methods aren’t all the same. If you’re interested in a chemical-free cannabis experience, today’s post is just for you!
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Cannabis Extraction: What Is a Solventless Extract?
So…what is cannabis extract? In one sense, cannabis extraction—or removing and concentrating the active cannabinoids and terpenes that lend the cannabis plant its unique healing properties—is nothing new. After all, the same hash-making process that fuels products like our irresistible P&B Kitchen Sour Peach Gummies is an ancient and time-honored technique dating back literally thousands of years. But in the modern era, a cannabis extraction typically refers to the more highly refined products you see on dispensary shelves: Distillates, wax, shatter, badder, budder, live resin, and many others still.
With all these various products on the market, it can be hard to get a handle on just what differentiates them. One common way to categorize them is as “solvent-based” or “solventless” extractions. Here’s what that really means.
A solvent-based cannabis extraction is made by removing those precious natural compounds such as THC and CBD by chemical means. Processors use compounds such as butane, CO2, or propane, and they’re made using laboratory equipment and careful techniques. After the active compounds are removed, the cannabis extraction is purged (or “rinsed”) of the solvent, so you shouldn’t be consuming chemicals when you consume a competently made solvent-based extract.
That said, we don’t believe there’s a reason to interact with potentially harmful chemicals if there’s no need to. There are many other ways to produce potent cannabis concentrates, and that’s why at Papa & Barkley we lean on what are known as solvent-free, or “solventless,” methods to create true-to-plant infusions rather than extractions to make many of our ingestibles such as the Releaf tinctures and capsules.
Produced using gentle heat, pressure, and pure filtered water, extracts like the aforementioned hash or the flavorful rosin found in our delightfully nutty P&B Kitchen Salted Almond Dark Chocolate Bar are made without the use of any chemicals, ever. The result? A scrumptious sensory experience designed to help you feel better, laugh harder, and enjoy more.
What’s more, every single one of our products—from balms to transdermal patches and beyond—are completely chemical-free from start to finish. It’s our pledge to you and a very important part of our process.
Cannabis Extraction: In Conclusion
What’s the “best” THC extraction method? At the end of the day, that’s a matter of personal choice. But as California’s #1 Cannabis Wellness Brand according to Headset’s brand rankings, we’re incredibly proud of the natural products we produce. Our chemical-free infusions harness the power of all active compounds in the cannabis plant—cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients—to bring you the most holistic experience of the plants as possible.
We freely share our Certificates of Analysis because we consider ourselves beholden to some very important people: The tens of thousands of people who rely on our products every single day. And we’re passionate about leveraging the power of cannabinoids like THC and CBD for wellness, lasting relief, and naturally enhanced fun.
If there’s anything more you’d like to know about cannabis extraction methods or our delicious small-batch edibles, don’t hesitate to ask. We’re here to help!