BHO or Butane Honey Oil is an essential oil that has been extracted from cannabis with a method using butane. This method has become all the rage in the marijuana industry as it boasts a cleaner, more potent product. BHO extractors come in many varieties and may use a different process for extraction. There are systems which use open-blasting. These systems are cheaper but also pose more health and safety risks. There are also a safer system that uses a closed-loop process for extraction. Whichever system you decide to use, make sure that you get some training before using the equipment. It is imperative that you understand how the equipment is assembled and how to properly operate. Most importantly though, you must educate yourself on the safety precautions you must take and the risks that are involved. Most problems with BHO extraction are usually a result of improper training and human error.
A BHO extractor is not stand alone. In current closed-loop systems, it combines with other components to offer a full turn-key BHO extraction system. Other components include a vacuum system that helps to remove the butane and any contaminates from the cannabis oil. It also includes a recovery system which prevents the butane from escaping and storing it so that it can be reused later. You will also need a series of hoses, filters and coils. It is also recommended to include a gas leak detector to monitor the air and alert you to any vapor escaping. These components, for the most part, add up to be a professional system.
For a full system including the ancillary parts mentioned above, it could run you anywhere from $4000-$10000. Buying the system together will ensure that all of the components are compatible. A compatible system will help to reduce any health or safety concerns. If you want to purchase the components separately, here is a breakdown of the main component costs:
Closed-Loop Butane Extractor: $600-$6000
High Vacuum Pump: $100-$5000
Vacuum Oven: $1000-$6000
Recovery Pump: $500-$3000
Teflon lined Stainless Steel Braided Hose Set: $400-$500
Gas Leak Detector: $20-$300
As you can see, these costs can add up if all the components are purchased individually. The list above does not include the accessories you will need to put all of these components together into a full extraction system. It is recommended to purchase a turn key extractor setup which can save you money as well as the headache of ordering all of the parts separately. Plus, you are ensuring that your system is the most compatible, efficient and cost-effective. Prices, of course, vary based on where you purchase the components and the quality of their parts.
There are many places online where you can purchase BHO extraction systems, so make sure that you do your research before choosing a company. Since this is a professional system, you want high quality equipment. Due to the safety risks involved in working with butane, a super-flammable material, it is imperative that you invest wisely in a BHO extractor and its ancillary components.