Pure, light oil from a terpene run, ideal for vape pens
Set parameters to replicate or adjust extractions with a touchscreen user-interface
Lighter subcritical extraction on the left, heavier supercritical extraction on the right.
Creating CO2 vape oil from an Apeks Supercritical extractor is usually done via a terpene run — a short, 20-minute run at subcritical parameters (low pressure/low temperature). The extract is harvested and either used just as it is, or set aside to be added later to a subsequent extraction. Then the processor can continue a subcritical run to extract more oil. This oil will be slightly darker with fewer terpenes than the initial terpene-run oil but will contain greater amounts of THC. Highly concentrated, it can contain as much as 80% THC. Processors can choose to add some of the terpenes from the first run into this extract to give it the smell and flavor that it lost. Finally, the system can then be set to supercritical parameters (high pressure/high temperature) to extract the rest of the oil. Supercritical extractions also pull waxes and lipids from the plant material which will require a common post-processing technique known as winterization to remove them.
Watch a demonstration of the winterization process:
Apeks offers all of its customers a free 2-hour training class on winterization. (Also available to non-customers for a fee.) Classes are scheduled quarterly at our manufacturing facility in Johnstown, Ohio. Look for dates on Upcoming Events on our website.
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