The Co2 cannabis oil, widely known as the Co2 Honey Oil, is a cannabis concentrate that uses Co2 or Carbon Dioxide in extraction. Co2 Extraction involves the use of subcritical and supercritical fluids that depends on pressure and temperature.
There can be several types of concentrate under the Co2 oil category, making the concentrate uses Co2 as the solvent; it can be considered a Co2 oil.
The Supercritical Co2 Extraction
Supercritical Co2 extraction is the process of compressing the Co2 gas up to its critical point. A supercritical fluid is then produced and mixed with the plant matter to remove cannabinoids and terpenes.
The entire solution will be back to go on amounts of heat and pressure to evaporate the Co2, and the chemicals from the cannabis plant will remain. The Co2 fades within a short period, and it does not affect the final product.
The Process of making Co2 Honey Oil
Manufacturers of Co2 Honey oil uses temperature and pressure to become a liquid. The cannabis plant is soaked in the Co2 liquid to strip off cannabinoids and terpenes. After the terpenes and cannabinoids separate, the solution is put back under heat and pressure to evaporate the liquid Co2. The liquid Co2 fades, and the pure plant chemical remains accumulated at the bottom of the vessel. That is the consumable Co2 Honey oil.
The Usage of Co2 Honey Oil
The Co2 Honey oil is usually consumable through vaporization. It is used in a vape pen with a cartridge which you can pre-fill with Co2 Honey oil. It is then smoked without flavor and odor.
The Co2 Honey oil has a runny liquid and translucent texture, which looks like a usual oil. It can also be consumed using a dab rig. The advantage of smoking Co2 Honey oil over the ordinary cannabis plant is that the ordinary ones have only 20% THC content. The ones which are products of extraction, the Co2 Honey oil, can have up to 80% of THC content.
Making Shatter with Co2 Honey Oil
Shatter is the glass-like and brittle kind of cannabis concentrate that is usually consumable through dabbing. Shatter is thin and not sticky, and its name implies its main characteristic, easily breakable and brittle enough to shatter.
Shatter is usually made through butane extraction because butane is one of the most common solvents for extraction. But shatter can also be produced through Co2 extraction. The exact process applies to making the Co2 Honey oil. Co2 is heated and pressed until it becomes a liquid. The cannabis plant is soaked in that liquid to strip off cannabinoids and terpenes. It is put back under heat and pressure to get the pure substance from the plant.
The only difference is that the process does not end in the accumulation of the pure cannabis substance. It is then put in a vacuum and spread out into a non-stick surface. After hours, the solution dries and solidifies, which is the shatter.