Cannabis Oil Extraction

As the cannabis market rapidly expands worldwide, Lab Alley has been on the ground floor supporting entrepreneurs manufacturing cannabis oils and edibles. While ethanol is the most popular solvent for separating the 113 cannabinoids of the cannabis plant, we have also seen the emergence of acetone, hexane, heptane, butane and propane mixtures.  To browse our full line of extraction grade ethanol, click hereFood grade ethanol is for sale here.

Lab Alley is unique in our ability to not only provide the solvents and nutrients necessary to succeed, but the equipment as well- from rotary evaporators and hotplates to nitrile gloves and glassware.

For those using ethanol to extract cannabis oil, we invite you to read "How To Buy Ethanol For Cannabis Extraction In The U.S.". This page was designed to give you a better understanding of the state of ethanol extraction in the cannabis industry and the options Lab Alley can provide to avoid excise taxes.

Who Buys Food Grade Ethanol From Lab Alley
Food grade ethanol is used to make nutritional supplements, neutraceuticals, cleaning products, herbal tinctures, dietary supplements, clean-label botanical extractsfood flavoring ingredients, cannabis products, alcoholic beverages and plant extracts. Food manufacturing companies, distilleries, firms in the herbal extract market that make tinctures, medicinal plant extraction operations, cannabis extraction companies, universities, life science and biotech research laboratories and beverage manufacturers purchase food grade ethanol in large quantities. Laboratory technicians even use ethanol to makes sprays to sterilize their equipment.

Buying Food Grade Ethanol In California
A large percentage of the businesses and organizations that purchase food grade ethanol from Lab Alley are located in California where there are large cannabis processing facilities. These facilities make cannabis concentrate products, high terpene full spectrum extracts and distillates which are sold to medicinal and adult-use licensed dispensaries. Flow Kana operates the world's largest cannabis processing center in California. Some cannabis processing facilities avoid paying excise taxes by ordering extraction grade ethanol which has been denatured but is still safe for for a variety of cannabis extraction methods and techniques.  Extraction techniques are used to separate the components of cannabis and remove them from the plant matrix.

Permits Are Not Required To Purchase Food Grade Ethanol
Lab Alley customers are NOT required to apply and obtain a valid Federal Industrial Alcohol User permit from the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB).

Food Grade Ethanol Applications In The Cannabis Processing Industry
Cannabis extraction facilities purchase food grade ethanol online from Lab Alley every day of the year. Cannabis potency testing and manufacturing labs order food grade ethanol from Lab Alley to test cannabis products for CBD and THC levels. Cannabis extraction facilities isolate specific compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD), cannabinol (CBN), myrcene, linalool and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).  Cannabis extraction grade (food grade) ethanol purchased from Lab Alley is used as a solvent by cannabis processing industry firms to manufacture cannabis products such as edibles and full spectrum CBD tinctures. Testing labs use solvents such as ethanol to perform HPLC (High Performance Liquid Chromatography) procedures to separate, identify, and quantify various cannabis flower components in a mixture. Cannabis products such as cannabis oil that are sold to consumers, often list the THC and CBD levels on the packaging. Labs obtain these measurements by using ethanol. CBD is used therapeutically for everything from chronic pain to insomnia. Cannabis companies are buying more food grade ethanol ever since President Trump signed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, which legalized hemp in all 50 states.

Extraction grade ethanol is a grade or classification of ethanol that is suitable for all food, beverage, medicinal and nutritional supplement applications in which the product, or derivatives of the product, come into contact with humans. It is commonly used to extract componentsflavor moleculesCBDflavonoidsessential oilscannabinoids and terpenes from plants such as cannabis.

Buy Extraction Grade Ethanol For Cannabis Extraction
Many of Lab Alley customers buy extraction grade ethanol for use in large scale cannabis extraction facilities in the United States. Cannabis extraction facilities often buy food grade ethanol in bulk by purchasing 5 gallon pails and 55 gallon drums online through this website. Permits are not required to buy the food grade ethanol that is for sale here. This polar solvent is used to produce high quality extracts along with high cannabinoid and terpene yields. Terpenes are chemicals constituents of the essential oils from cannabis. These aromatic molecules are incredible medicinal value.  For mid-scale cannabis extraction operations, cannabis ethanol extraction is often preferred to hydrocarbon extraction methods. Ethanol purchased from Lab Alley is excellent for producing full spectrum tinctures and hemp extracts. CBD oil from cannabis is not the same as “hemp oil” or “hempseed oil” extracted from hemp.  Full-spectrum hemp and cannabis extracts are produced using solvent-based methodologies like ethanol or techniques such as lipid solvent extraction, hydrocarbon extraction and supercritical CO2.  Using ethanol is one of the most economical ways to produce cannabis and hemp extracts such as flavanoids and CBD. Supercritical CO2 is a more expensive but cleaner option.  Just the cost of a CO2 extraction machine can be expensive with some prices running from $135,000 to $150,000.  For more information about buying ethanol for cannabis extraction in the U.S., click here.

Popular Products in the Cannabis Oil Extraction category

Ethanol 200 Proof, ACS-USP Grade Various Sizes
Ethanol 200 Proof Pure 55 Gallon Drum
High Purify Extraction Grade Ethanol
Ethanol 190 Proof, Undenatured
Isopropyl Alcohol, ACS, 99.5% Min.
Hexanes ACS
Acetonitrile, HPLC
Methanol (HPLC)
Heptane Lab
Heptanes, Reagent 99.9%
Buffer pH4 (Coded Pink)
Buffer pH7 (Coded Yellow)
Buffer pH 7 non-colored
Buffer pH10 (coded Blue)
Acetone, ACS
Chemical Water