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Spinning Gold: How Hydrocarbon Elevates Everyday Extraction

Co-Founder Jack Naito discusses the benefits of using hydrocarbon extraction for producing high-quality cannabis extracts, especially for preserving terpenes.

Luna Technologies co-founder and President wrote an article back in 2021 for Cannabis & Tech Today about how extraction with hydrocarbons such as butane and propane is emerging as the best method for extracting high-quality cannabis extracts due to its ability to process fresh-frozen plant material, which is unable to be processed properly with CO2 or ethanol extraction methods. Hydrocarbon extraction can create ultra-fresh resin and retain up to 80% more terpenes, which are responsible for producing the distinct aroma and flavor unique to each cannabis strain. In addition, hydrocarbon extraction helps producers' bottom line by requiring less post-extraction processing, making it the preferred choice for many cannabis extract producers.

Two years after the article was written, the market has confirmed the budding trends. The article explains that the use of hydrocarbons as a solvent enables the preservation of ultra-fresh resin, thereby producing a high-quality end product with a variety of consumer products an extractor is able to produce. This method also helps retain terpenes, the cannabis compounds that produce the distinct aroma and flavor that is unique to each strain, leading to a difference seasoned consumers will definitely notice. The article mentions that we've entered a sustained boom in the appeal of artisanal products and natural flavors tied to individual makers, where BHO extract brands are likely to benefit going forward. with the rise of craft-concentrates succinctly explained by Rolling Stone, it's clear that BHO is continuing it's path toward dominance in extraction.



A Pathway to Dominance: The Continuation of BHO

The world of cannabis is marked by continuous innovation, and hydrocarbon extraction, often referred to as BHO (butane hash oil), stands unwavering at the forefront. As consumer preferences veer toward nuanced flavors and distinct aromatic profiles, the enduring relevance of BHO becomes evident. Its journey toward dominance in extraction is propelled by its ability to capture the essence of cannabis in its most authentic and potent form.

In retrospect, Luna Technologies' co-founder and President's article acted as a prescient roadmap for the trajectory of hydrocarbon extraction. As we navigate this exciting era of cannabis evolution, hydrocarbon extraction is not just a method – it's an art form that captures the very soul of the plant, crafting an experience that resonates deeply with both connoisseurs and the burgeoning cannabis community.

With the imprints of the past guiding the strides of the present, Luna Technologies remains at the forefront of the hydrocarbon extraction movement, pioneering excellence, and refining the art of cannabis extraction.

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Cut Labor Costs
Automated controls eliminate weeks or months of apprenticeship training required for manually controlled hydrocarbon systems.

Eliminate Operator Error
Pre-programmed recipe-monitoring system checks pressures and temperatures hundreds of times per second to remove risk of operator error.

Increase Capacity
Process 18 pounds of dried plant material or 25 pounds of fresh-frozen material per run. Single operator can process 400 pounds of biomass in a single day.

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50-minute average run time with a 10-minute soak. Run-to-run changeover times of two minutes.

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