Lecture 1: Cannabis Concentrates: B.E.S.T. Practices with Dr. John MacKay

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What is B.E.S.T.?

Cannabis concentrates are among the most popular ingredients in medicinal and recreational markets. But, the process of extraction doesn’t happen on its own—transforming a common plant into a concentrated oil requires science and technical know-how. In this segment of the accelerated training, Dr. John MacKay explains the theory behind the B.E.S.T. process for botanical extraction. 

MacKay’s B.E.S.T. process outlines the four key principles for successful botanical extraction. Through this process, learn how to create concentrates that are effective, safe, thoroughly tested, and have high integrity. Hoping for a summary? Here are the key takeaways:

1.) Base Decisions on Scientific Data 

The scientific method is all about testing. Testing produces analytical data that can be used to improve your process. So, remember to test and record data over the duration of the process, as well as the end. 

2.) Set Real Goals 

Good is not a number. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses are important throughout the extraction process. Extracts must not only test well in laboratory analysis, but they also need to be effective for the product you are making, as well as valuable and practical for the patient or end consumer.

3.) Research First 

Cannabis plants are also chemically diverse. Some chemovars may require slightly different concentration processes from one another. Before you begin, you need to find the raw plant material that works best for the product you are trying to make. 

John A. MacKay, Ph.D., brings 44 years of experience in analytical testing, extraction, and purification techniques to the hemp and cannabis spaces. He currently works as a consultant, helping labs and operators develop the precise processes they need to succeed. Now, he’s the lead expert in the Green Flower Cannabis Extraction Certificate Program, teaching canna-industry hopefuls and teams the ins-and-outs of successful botanical extraction.

Trusted by top universities, utilized by companies around the world, and endorsed by the leaders shaping the modern cannabis industry, Green Flower programs are the gold standard in cannabis education and training.

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