Extraction & Third-Party Lab Testing

At KIF, we have three core principles that guide us each and every day: authenticity, transparency, and quality. We believe that it’s our duty to provide pure, high-quality, and above all, safe, oils to our customers. This means we go to great lengths to ensure that our product is of the highest standard.

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KIF only carries one type of vape cartridge, CO2 oil, a non-toxic solvent used to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant, creating a concentrated cannabis oil. Often a light-amber color, this method offers consumers the natural flavours of the strain. One main benefit of this technique is that it may provide a wider range of cannabinoids than other forms of extraction, giving users the ability to take full advantage of its medicinal properties. CO2 has proved to be one of the most versatile and safest methods of producing cannabis concentrates.

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What Is Supercritical CO2 Extraction?

Supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) is the process of separating components from each other by use of a particular type of solvent. These types of solvents are labelled “supercritical” by virtue of the fact that when they are exposed to extreme temperatures and pressures, they display structures that fluctuate between intermediate states of solid, liquid, and gaseousness. When in this state, supercritical fluids are capable of breaking down structures where they can then be separated, or fractioned. Among the variety of supercritical solvents used for this process, the most common by far is CO2.

What Are the Benefits of Using CO2?

There are several reasons why CO2 is particularly useful within botanical extractions, namely with cannabis: CO2 is a naturally occurring compound. It exists all around us and our bodies produce it. As far as non-polar solvents are concerned, CO2 is among the safest. In fact, the FDA has labelled CO2 safe for industrial extractions, making it a much less controversial solvent than petroleum based hydrocarbons such as butane or propane. The conditions that allow CO2 to change from a fluid state to a supercritical state can occur without having to exceed temperatures above 90°F, meaning there is less risk of compromising the natural volatile compounds found in cannabis. CO2 is also unique in that its solubility will change with pressure, allowing for fractioning of the many different types of biomolecules available in cannabis strains. CO2 extraction can be used to pull various cannabinoids from the plant such as THCA, CBD, CBG, THCV as well as terpenes and other compounds.

One way we keep our products consistent and safe, is by sending our oil to a lab where they test for terpene content, pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, microbial contamination and more. This is called third-party testing.

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