Jake Didion is a sales engineer at Apeks Supercritical, a leading CO2 extraction manufacturing company, based in Ohio. Jake has been with the company since 2014, and started by building the extraction systems, then moved to customer service and support, before joining the sales team in January 2018. Jake has spoken at several other conferences, mostly recently the Cannabis World Congress and Expo in Boston.
There are several extraction methods available to processors. There is no “best” extraction method – it all depends on the end product. For example, live resin is best produced with butane/propane, while CO2 works best to produce oils for edibles. While CO2 systems may be more expensive, the peripheral equipment required for a volatile extraction system might outweigh the equipment cost, but if it’s essential to make large amounts of shatter, then butane may be the best option. The pros and cons of each method depends on the individual extraction business. Factors such as cost, safety and regulations need to be assessed before decisions are made.
In addition, in this unregulated industry, buyers need to be wary of outrageous statements and do extensive research to make the most intelligent choice. Part of the presentation will cover common claims that are made and what buyers should ask to ferret out the truth.
Finally, regulations in certain states require closed loop extraction systems so buyers need to check specific regulations before making purchases. Jake Didion from Apeks Supercritical will share best practices, and educate the audience about extraction methods, the pros and cons of each, and questions buyers should ask their extraction manufacturer before making a purchase.