Strain-Specific Isolation of Terpenes

Strain-Specific Isolation of Terpenes Utilizing Microwave-Assisted Extraction

As the cannabis industry matures, terpene isolation from cannabis plant material has become a primary issue. So far, there have only been two practical applications: steam distillation, which is time consuming and smaller in scale, or CO2 extraction, which requires expensive equipment and an experienced operator. Solvent-free microwave-assisted extraction solves these problems with a cost-effective, efficient solution.
The process requires nothing other than water, takes roughly 1 h per run, and yields tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) free, strain-specific terpenes from a variety of starting materials. Throughout this article, I discuss the capabilities of microwave-assisted extraction and how the cannabis industry can utilize it.


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