Recently there has been a big debate surrounding solvent-based extractions. The issues have stemmed from dangers surrounding the production of solvent-based extractions as well as issues regarding strength and product purity. I’m going to look at the differences between solvent-based and non-solvent based extractions.
Hash has been in our culture for thousands of years and is something that has deep roots in our collective history. I recommend Rob Clarke's book, Hashish, as an amazing look at the history of hash.
In recent years there have been many advancements in the hash-making business, many of which are refinements of older hash-making techniques. Hash oil (solvent extractions) and bubble hash (non-solvent extractions) are not something new, but the production methods have been improved upon over the last many years.
Bubble or ice-water hash has been around for years, appearing on Dutch coffeeshop menus in the mid ’90s (it was originally sold in in circular pressed blocks with an H2O stamp on it).
Hash oil or honey oil has also been around for many years, but it’s only in recent history that dabbing and solvent-based extractions have become popular and refined. Today’s oil can come in many different forms, from shatter to budder.
Due to the rising popularity of dabbing, some amazing labs that have sprouted up in medically sanctioned states. Labs like Emotek have taken extraction to another level as they use custom-made, closed-loop systems that look right at home in a science lab.
With this degree of science, the quality of extractions has risen in strength, purity and effect. That being said there is still a large group of people that won't smoke or dab solvent-based extractions, even those made using CO2 extraction systems.
As with all things cannabis, it really comes down to personal preference. As with anything, we recommend seeking out the best quality whenever possible and asking your local budtender what product is best for you.
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