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Propane Vs. Butane for Cannabis Oil Extraction: Which is Better?

Discover the differences between propane and butane for extracting cannabis oil and determine which one is the superior choice. Explore their extraction capabilities, industry standards, and customer preferences.

Propane vs Butane: Understanding the Differences

When it comes to extracting cannabis oil, the choice between propane and butane is an important one. Both fluids have their own unique properties that can affect the quality and efficiency of the extraction process.

Cannabis Oil

Propane is known for its speed. It is a lighter molecule with a lower boiling point than butane, which means that it is more easily (and quicker) separated from the cannabis oil during extraction. This can be advantageous for large-scale production where time is of the essence. On the other hand, butane is a less selective solvent and therefore "better" at extracting cannabinoids, resulting in a potentially more complete extraction of all available terpenes and cannabinoids.

Propane tanks

To strike a balance between speed and extraction quality, the industry standard is often a 70/30 blend of butane and propane. This blend allows for a faster extraction while still achieving a satisfactory level of cannabinoid extraction.

However, Luna's customers' preferences can vary. The majority of customers tend to use the 70/30 blend, as it provides a good balance of speed and extraction quality. Some customers, particularly those focused on producing the best hash, may opt for 100% butane for a more thorough extraction. It ultimately depends on the specific goals and priorities of the producer.

Best of Both Worlds: Achieve Fast, High-Quality Extraction with Nitrogen Assist

One alternative that has gained popularity is Luna Technologies Nitrogen Assist PureFlowN2. This is unique in the world of extraction because it's the only system that utilizes nitrogen to assist in the extraction process, eliminating the need for propane to speed up the process. It also recaptures/reuses the nitrogen and does not vent any out into the atmosphere like other closed-loop systems. This allows producers to achieve the best of both worlds - the thorough extraction capabilities of butane and the speed of propane, without compromising on quality.



Find Your Perfect Match: Tailoring Cannabis Oil Extraction to Your Needs

In conclusion, the choice between propane and butane for cannabis oil extraction depends on various factors such as desired extraction speed, extraction quality, and individual preferences. The 70/30 blend is often considered the industry standard, but some producers may opt for 100% butane for specific purposes. The Luna Technologies closed loop nitrogen assist system, PureFlowN2, offers a compelling alternative for those seeking a balance between speed and extraction quality. Ultimately, it is important for producers to carefully consider their goals and priorities when deciding which solvent to use. Reach out, and we'll be glad to explain how we came to these conclusions. Happy Extracting. 

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