Hemp Hacker and Orion GMP Solutions are both strongly rooted in chemistry, extractions, and biomolecule purifications. We have years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry, academic science, and the cannabis industry.

These articles focus on information needed to perform extraction processes well. It takes time to educate yourself, but we have done our best to show you the essential nuances that will help you improve your product quality.

If and when you have questions, contact us through the comments tab, or you can email us at info@oriongmp.com, and we will answer in short order.

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How to make live resin hash oil extracts

Minimum standards for making live resin hash oil extracts So what is a bare bones method to making live resin? Well, just about any extractor can be made to meet […]


What every hash oil extraction artist needs to know about temperature

Four temperatures parameters. Terpenes are a valuable product captured the extraction process. Not controlling temperatures through the extraction will cause you to lose terpenes. There are four temperature parameters that […]

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Inert conditions for live resin hash oil extractions

This is how a chemist makes live resin, attending to every detail. Sometimes the additional work is well worth the reward. Every person running an extractor is a scientist in […]

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Dehydrate your butane to improve Live Resin yields

Water kills butane hash oil yields Butane picks up water during extractions and causes lower yields. Butane picks up 3.25mL of water per liter and propane picks up 3.9mL of water […]


How to set up your recovery pump for optimal hash oil extraction

Setting up your recovery pump is a simple process on most extractors. You will likely have a 3/8” recovery hose connected to the lid of your collection chamber, where the […]


How to pack columns for live resin hash oil extraction

There are probably a dozen different ways to pack a column. While as a Sergeant in the Marines, I was sometimes amazed by the different interpretations my Marines would take […]

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How to increase extraction productivity 10 fold

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity” said Henry David Thoreau… In any process, it’s best to simplify it if you can. In any math class, you want to simplify your algebra before doing […]


Why winterization stabilizes hash oil extracts

Why winterization stabilizes hash oil extracts Why winterize your extract? Stability. Winterization removes impurities – specifically plant lipids and waxes. This is a very important step if you’re trying to […]


3 parameters hash oil blowers can control that improve live resin quality

Effective purging is dependent on three things – temperature, surface area, and pressure. The right combination of these parameters will remove butane from the extract and leave you with a […]

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How to handle and process hash oil extracts after winterization

I remember the first time I transferred oil from the collection chamber of a BHOGart onto a silicon mat. Suffice it to say, it was a sticky shit show. Years […]

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5 ways BHOtards make Butane Hash Oil

BHO-tard. noun. A person making butane hash oil that is aware of the following mistakes, but does not heed the warning: Blasting indoors Placing butane containers in the freezer Open blasting […]

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Hemp Hacker Glossary

Here are a few terms that will help you understand both the extraction process and components of an extractor. Please post your questions or any other terms you’d like to […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 101: Extractor Anatomy

The biggest benefit to CLS over open blasting is safety. Operating a CLS safely requires close adherence to procedure and understanding the system you’re working with. This guide is made to […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 102: Extractor Plumbing

It is essential to understand the pathways of the different braided stainless steel lines lead to in order to understand the flow of the butane. The best suggestion to learn this, […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 103: Vacuum

There are two reasons to vacuum the extractor: 1. create negative pressure to “pull” the butane into the extractor; 2. remove oxygen from the extractor to prevent potential explosive conditions. […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 104: Fill with Butane

Once the extractor has reached maximum vacuum and no leaks have been detected, it can be filled with butane. Step 2 – Fill the extractor – open recovery cylinder liquid […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 105: Continuous Shower

Continuous showers are the easiest and most efficient way to extract cannabinoids in a CLS. The butane is recycled by being pulled out of the bottom of the collection chamber, […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 106: Continuous Shower Shut Down

After the desired amount of time running the continuous shower, the process needs to be shut down. The process can transition directly to the recovery step, but first make sure that […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 107: Pull/Push Butane Recovery

After running the continuous shower, the liquid butane is pulled off into the gas phase by the recovery pump and pushed into the liquid phase, which then fills back into the […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 108: Extractor Shut Down

Once the extraction collection chamber reaches the desired pressure under vacuum, it’s ready to shut down. Shut down always starts with stopping the flow of butane – i.e. turning off […]


Closed Loop Extraction Systems (CLS) 109: Extractor Disassembly

When the extractor has been properly shut down, it’s time to disassemble it and reveal the cannabinoid alchemy you’ve performed, turning solid green plant matter into a concentrated liquid gold […]


Origins of Live Resin

https://patents.google.com/patent/US8530679B2/en?q=thc&q=butane&q=cannabis In 2007, a patent was filed for delta-9 THC processing. It covered a range of organic solvents with boiling points preferably below 0C – ie “low boiling point solvents.” […]

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