Based in Desert Hot Springs, Canndescent has been active in the cannabis industry since the mid-90s, opening California’s first municipally-permitted facility in 2015 — the site in which their coveted “virgin cannabis” is meticulously cultivated.
From this highly potent flower, a skilled team of lab technicians work diligently to extract ultra premium vape oil. Canndescent’s cartridges come in five signature effects — Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect, and Charge — and are the result of a painstaking CO2 extraction and triple distillation process.
What is CO2 Extraction?
Simply put, CO2 extraction is a process in which pressurized carbon dioxide is used to pull lipids, terpenes, and cannabinoids from the cannabis plant. CO2 extraction may be otherwise known as supercritical fluid extraction. This process is one of the most effective solvent-free extraction methods to maintain terpene levels and prevent a loss of cannabinoids.
Why does Canndescent use CO2?
“Our goal is to make the product as efficiently as possible while following the highest quality standards for pure terpenes and cannabinoids,” explains Canndescent VP of Product Development, Shelly Tallabas.
While CO2 is not the cheapest extraction method, it is one of the most versatile solvents. Canndescent utilizes the Green Mill Supercritical and a “cold and slow” process to produce the best oil possible.
How does the extraction process work?
For Canndescent, it all begins with exceptional cannabis. Plant material of the highest quality is sourced from their gardens and brought to the extraction lab. Canndescent technicians then place the plant matter into the “SFE PRO” — a Green Mill Supercritical extraction system — which automates much of the process for consistently excellent results.
Next, extraction-grade CO2 is chilled to freezing temperatures and pumped through a high-pressure liquid CO2 pump. This pressure turns the gas into a dense liquid, which passes through the chamber of raw plant material.
When warmed, the CO2 evaporates and the density changes, leaving behind pure oil, lipids, and terpenes in different collection chambers. At this point, any terpenes that have been gently extracted from the CO2 process are reintroduced in a fresh, unadulterated state.
The key difference during the production of Canndescent oil happens during the finishing distillation stage.
Canndescent’s most notable method comes during the finishing distillation stage. While others utilize just a Wiped Film system which can leave some damaged terpenes behind, Canndescent uses both Wiped Film and Spinning Band systems. This combination not only removes any residual impurities, but can also significantly boost THC and other cannabinoids, while creating a virtually clear distillate that stands out among other vape cart producers on the shelf.
Is color an indication of quality concentrates?
“Color and clarity are two key variables that can be used to determine the quality of any oil product,” explains Tallabas. “But with that said, there are various techniques that can be used to get that type of clarity. In the case of Canndescent, we meticulously adhere to the highest standards during our distillation process.” The resulting product is a virtually water-clear oil with potencies anywhere between 78-94%, depending on the effect. “This is also due to the quality of flower used to begin the process,” and as Tallabas admits, “that’s something we’re really proud of around here.”