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If you are looking to get the absolute best flavor or highest THC content possible, you are going to need extraction equipment. Everything from Butane Hash Oil (BHO)filled edibles to live resin and even rosin are all produced with different extraction techniques but the end result is similar; higher concentrations of THC in their product.
Most concentrate separates the resin from the plant material in an attempt to get a higher percentage of the product to be the active ingredient. Refiners use several solutions as solvents so they do not damage the resin during the extraction process.
The easiest and oldest way to refine cannabis is to create palm-butter by rubbing the still growing flowers with your hands. The resin deposited on the palm is then rubbed into a small ball and another bud is rubbed. The sticky trichomes congeal and create a paste similar to caramel or darker as they gather.
Palm-butter is a time consuming and inefficient method but has been a tradition for centuries in places like the Hindu Kush mountains of Northern India and Pakistan. Farmers have developed more advanced and efficient methods over the centuries to produce fine concentrates but industrial technologies have gotten into the mix recently. These machines and processes require specialized knowledge and safety procedures to be in place to prevent negative repercussions. Besides the chance of damaging the product itself, some of the methods for concentrating cannabis are outright deadly or prohibitively expensive.
Processes like BHO production and anything in closed-loop extraction have the possibility of exploding. For this reason, state and local guidelines have been very strict in what and how they allow extraction and anybody looking to engage in the practices outlined on this site need to abide by the rules and regulations for their location.