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How to Make High Cannabinoid Full Spectrum Extract

Published: December 8, 2022

Not all cannabis extracts are created equal. The concentrates may vary in texture, quality, and potency. Concentrates may also differ based on the cannabinoids they contain. The overall extract composition and quality differences are largely based on the extraction method used.

In order to create a premium product, you will also need a premium ingredient. In the case of cannabinoid extracts, this means using one that captures the full essence of the cannabis plant — a high-cannabinoid full-spectrum extract.

Here at High Profile Cannabis, we offer a variety of products carefully made with high-cannabinoid full-spectrum extract to ensure customer satisfaction.

Cannabis Extract Butter
Cannabis Extract Butter

What Is High-Cannabinoid Full-Spectrum Extract?

High-cannabinoid full-spectrum extract (HCFSE) is one of the purest forms of cannabis concentrates available on the market. It is also exactly as its name describes. It is a highly concentrated cannabis extract that contains a full range of naturally extracted cannabinoids and compounds.

This means that it not only contains well-known cannabinoids but also various terpenes, flavonoids, phenols, sterols, and other beneficial compounds. The only elements it leaves out are waxes and lipids.

Some of the cannabinoids that a high-cannabinoid full-spectrum extract contain are:

  • Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

  • Tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA)

  • Cannabidiol (CBD)

  • Cannabidiolic acid (CBDA)

  • Cannabigerol (CBG)

  • Cannabinol (CBN)

  • Cannabidivarin (CBDV)

  • Cannabichromene (CBC)

  • Cannabinol (CBN)

  • Cannabitran (CBT)

  • Cannabiripsol (CBR)

High-cannabinoid full-spectrum extract is sometimes referred to as high-terpene or high-terpene full-spectrum extract (HTFSE). However, there are slight differences between the two products.

Although both HCFSE and HTFSE contain a high concentration of all cannabinoids, they have different textures and appearances. HCFSE has a more sugar-like texture due to its higher THC content. Meanwhile, HTFSE is more translucent and viscous.

Cannabinoid Extract Diamonds
Cannabinoid Extract Diamonds

How Do You Make HCFSE and HTFSE?

The same extraction process that creates high-cannabinoid full-spectrum extracts also produces high-terpene full-spectrum extracts. Both concentrates are made using cured cannabis buds and a sophisticated extraction system and process.

Ensure Quality of Base Ingredients

Prior to extraction, it is important to first ensure the quality of the input material. The cannabis buds used for both HCFSE and HTFSE are all of premium-quality and freshly frozen to retain the plant’s natural cannabinoids and terpenes.

The buds undergo primary extraction, which uses a low-boiling point solvent and sub-zero temperatures. The low temperatures help protect and preserve not only the cannabinoids and bioactive compounds but also its flavors and aroma.

Remove Unwanted Components

These unwanted plant materials are generally extracted using a dewaxing process which usually is a single solvent deep dewax. Fats and lipids are sometimes removed even before the primary extraction. Doing so helps to further ensure the purity and potency of the resulting extract.

Propane or mixtures of methyl ethyl ketone with other solvents are often used for dewaxing. During this operation, the solvent is used to reduce the viscosity of the extract and then chilled. The resulting crystallized wax makes it easier to filter from the essential compounds.

Recover the Solvent

Once the fats and lipids are removed, the extract will undergo a recovery process. It will be subjected to a mild amount of heat again to recover the solvent and protect the cannabis compounds against further deterioration. The process results in a highly concentrated and highly flavorful sauce.

Choosing the Right Extraction System

A high-cannabinoid full-spectrum extraction process is highly sensitive to pressure and temperature. Slight differences in how these factors are controlled can result in differences in product quality. Two groups that use the same process and ingredients may still end up with distinctly different HCFSE because of the extraction system used.

It is best to use a high-precision extraction system that gives you greater control over the entire extraction process, from temperature and pressure to even the dewaxing and filtration.

Quality Products from Full-spectrum Concentrates

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