Making CO2 shatter with Apeks Extractors.

End products from Apeks Supercritical Systems

Extractions for CO2 shatter

Thick and sticky particles collect on walls of the separator vessel


Making shatter

Pure CO2 shatter

The difference between shatter and live resin.

Decarboxylation activates THC

Depending on the end product, the cannabis plant material is heated (either before, during or after the extraction process or not at all) to activate the cannabinoid THC. This is known as decarboxylation, or “decarbing.” Without heat, plant material or the oil extract contains THCa, THC in acid form, which doesn’t have psychotropic characteristics. This is preferred by many who need medicinal cannabis without psychoactive effects. It goes without saying, medical cannabis for children has not been activated and only contains THCa.  Apeks systems give processors greater control over the decarb of their extractions by utilizing cold separation processing which does not decarboxylate (or very minimally) the extracted oils in the separator vessel.

Consumers who want to experience the psychoactive effects, will opt for oil concentrates that have been decarboxylated. Or, they will consume it using a device which heats (decarbs) the oils, such as a vape pen.

“Apeks customers are making some amazing products with their systems. The photos on this page all come from Apeks customers, who are proud to share their success with us and we’re delighted to be a part of it!” — Andy Joseph, Apeks Supercritical president

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