BHO commonly refers to “butane hash oil”, a cannabis or hemp extract made with hydrocarbon solvents such as butane, propane or a mix of both.
The solvents used in BHO extraction strip the plant of its essential oils, including THC, CBD, terpenes, vitamins, antioxidants and other good things, creating a highly potent oil.
BHO Extraction is the Most Efficient and Cost Effective Method
With an average extraction cycle of less than 1 hour, BHO is the fastest commercial extraction method. Compare that to an average 8 – 10 hour comparable CO2 supercritical extraction cycle.
In the fast-paced and lucrative extraction industry, time is money. The longer it takes to produce extract, the less profitable your extraction business will be.
Additionally, the average cost of a 5 lb material professional BHO extraction system is $35,000. Compared to a comparable supercritical CO2 extractor costing over $100,000, a BHO system represents significant savings and lower startup costs.
Safety With Closed Loop Systems
When it comes to safety, a professional closed loop BHO extraction system in a controlled lab environment is extremely safe.
Because the plant’s essential oils easily attach to hydrocarbon solvents, BHO extractions require very low pressures, usually never more than 150 PSI. Compare that to CO2 extractors, which require pressure often well in excess of 1,500 PSI and as much as 8,700 PSI.
So what happens when a highly pressurized CO2 tank fails?