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#1 goldrusher

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 08:49 AM

After nearly setting my house on fire with the Butane extraction heres a better way found it in a ebook i had on my computer:

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THC-Resin Extraction
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Since so much time, labour, and cost has gone into the production of each plant, growers do not
overlook utilization of the "shake" or leaves. Extraction involves the process of removing the essential
oil, THC resin, from the leaves remaining on the plant and those removed during pruning. This is
accomplished through the use of a solvent in which the oil will dissolve, which is later separated from the
plant material by passing it through an appropriate filter. The best solvent found to date is chloroform. It
is non-flammable, which makes it safer to handle than ethanol. Further, it has a low boiling point (61 C.,
142 F.), and a residue after evaporation of .0005 percent. This low residue percentage means that
virtually no trace solvent remains to contaminate the oil and cause an aftertaste, which is usually a
problem encountered with ethanol unless time-consuming distillation processes are used. Another
important concern is that chlorophyll is relatively insoluble in chloroform, eliminating the heavy "green"
taste that always results from ethanol extractions. To initiate the extraction process, the leaves must be
dried thoroughly. This can be done by placing them on fairly absorbent paper, such as newsprint, in a
good sunny spot near a window. (Fresh newsprint paper can be obtained in most art supply stores.
The lead content of ordinary newspapers makes them unsuitable for this purpose.) The leaves are then
turned over every few days to ensure complete drying. When they are sufficiently and completely dried,
the leaves should be brittle and crumble easily between the fingers. They are then placed in a blender or
food processor and ground to a fine powder. Studies have shown that to achieve 90 percent extraction
of the oil, the plant material must be powdered. ["Studies"?! Don't ask... -ed.] This is because nearly
as much oil is contained in non-glandular internal tissues as is produced by the glandular tri-chomes.
Next, a filter (a coffee filter will do) is placed over a clean Pyrex beaker or Corning Ware dish. The
plant material is piled about halfway to the top of the filter, and the rest of the material (if any) is saved in
an air-tight container. Pour approximately 200 ml of chloroform into the blender or food processor and
slosh it around the sides. This rinses out any oil that may have adhered to the container's walls.
Chloroform is poured from the blending container over the plant material until it reaches the top of the
filter (adding more chloroform if needed). When the chloroform has completely filtered in to the beaker
or dish, this process is repeated by adding chloroform until it again reaches the top of the filter. Two
extractions of the same plant material are usually sufficient to remove all of its THC oil. The plant
material is discarded; the same procedure is repeated until the beaker or dish becomes full of solvent.
Now the beaker or dish is placed on an electric stove or hot plate and heated slowly to a very low boil.
When the chloroform is being evaporated, the area must be completely ventilated! In the early days of
medicine, chloroform was used as an anaesthetic until harmful side effects [such as liver damage! -ed.]
were discovered, so it is clear that extreme care must be used when evaporating this solvent. After the
solvent has been evaporated, the same procedure is repeated until all of the plant material has been
treated. The oil is collected and stored in a glass pipette. These can be obtained at a scientific supply
and are inexpensive. The oil is drawn into the tube (this may be easier if the oil is first heated a bit), and
the tube capped at both ends. Resin is best stored inside airtight containers and in an area of low light
and humidity.

#2 L'Emmerdeur

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:10 AM

a. Chloroform sounds just as dangerous as any solvent to me.
b. Good luck getting hold of it.

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Edited by L'Emmerdeur, 02 October 2010 - 09:11 AM.


#3 Biokid

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:20 AM

Chloroform is also a known Carcinogen - nasty stuff. Used to use it to make a very good adhesive for Perspex many years ago.
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#4 goldrusher

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 09:38 AM

a. Chloroform sounds just as dangerous as any solvent to me.
b. Good luck getting hold of it.

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Ino ye i cant find it anywhere on the net

#5 Randalizer

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 02:06 PM

I've used it, I advise not to. The fumes are exceptionally pervasive and make you woozy. And it is a known carcinogen.
However it is the best solvent for THC extraction, as in it extracts quicker and more efficiently than any other that I know of.

It also yields a very clear (red) oil with little need for filtering.

Edited by Randalizer, 02 October 2010 - 02:13 PM.


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Posted 02 October 2010 - 02:20 PM

Chloroform is also a known Carcinogen - nasty stuff. Used to use it to make a very good adhesive for Perspex many years ago.


Butane and ISO are not?
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Posted 02 October 2010 - 05:21 PM

Chloroform is also a known Carcinogen - nasty stuff. Used to use it to make a very good adhesive for Perspex many years ago.


Butane and ISO are not?


Not according to their respective MSDS documents.
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#8 metalbasher

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 05:35 PM

good idea L'Emmerdeur!



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#9 L'Emmerdeur

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Posted 02 October 2010 - 08:08 PM

good idea L'Emmerdeur!



knock yourself out :unsure:


Wasn't my idea...

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