Hey everyone, new member here. I’m hoping some veteran members here can help me out.
I have zero experience in solvent extractions of any kind, however I know they can be dangerous, especially to the ignorant. My family and I have a patient grow in a legal state and have been saving all our trim (no leaves/stems) and larf and keeping it cured. I’m interested in producing bho dabs for medicine. I’d be wanting to run 3-4lbs of said material every 3-4 months. I don’t have a preference on the consistency (wax, shatter, baddar, etc). But I would like safe equipment that’s relatively easy to use or learn to use. Bonus points if there’s an ability to finance it, but not necessary.
What equipment would I need given the above information, and are there any specific brands you’d recommend or ones that I should avoid.
Before you go buying stuff, spend some more time reading and researching your options. This site and most of its membership are a real goldmine of information. Although your volume isnt large, if you keep at it, over time investing in ability to recover your solvent will pay for itself. If you go CLS route, I would just get a 1LB column. More batches can give you oppoetunity to learn, dial in your technique, try different stuff.
Here are a few threads you should read before making a purchase:
Outside of Rotovap cost, there are some advantages to ethanol. Check this thread out where TheLostBiologist lays out his Bucket Tek SOP:
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But even if you like the ethanol approach, you should absolutely check out OTSS diamond thread
Thank you for the links, to be honest, they’re a bit above my head. I was thinking of a small closed loop bho system to learn on. The rotovap route seems like it’d probably run more money, and Id rather have dabs than carts.
At that volume, wouldn’t it just be smartest to open blast the old fashion way? With a few precautions it’s pretty safe. I know most will laugh at this but… running 4 lbs every 4 months or 1 lb a month, just seems like he can throw it in a glass tube and let ol butane can rip.
I know, butane contaminant etc. just throwing out options. For the price of even the smallest systems he can probably just buy dabs
I looked into it, but my understanding is the yield is a far bit lower than BHO, and the lower cost presses are pretty bad aren’t they? I’m not saying I should get a 5k press, but the difference between a $500 press and a 2k press has to be a fair amount right?