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Cannabis extract made with isopropyl alcohol

When dealing with isopropyl alcohol (commonly called isopropanol) or other easily flammable substances, one should put high emphasis on workplace safety. Since flammable gases evaporate from these solvents, they can easily ignite when exposed to sparks, open fire or high temperatures.

 

Affordable and available

Isopropanol is often used for home-made extracts because it is quite cheap and easily obtainable when compared to other solvents. Previously, naphtha was recommended (e. g. by Rick Simpson), but isopropanol is alcohol-based solvent, thus it does not contain as many harmful substances as naphtha. However, there are still rules that need be respected when working with it.

 

Safety

Breathing of the fumes is harmful, so you should work with isopropanol only in well-ventilated areas with proper equipment. Isopropanol can explode in case of ignition. A spark can even come from common things like burner on the stove, but sometimes unusual reasons play a role: an electrostatic discharge, friction of certain materials, when someone turns on a kitchen appliance or even from a red-hot catalyst or an exhaust pipe. Among other sources of electric discharge is an ordinary compressor in a fridge.

Even though these sources are assumed to be harmless, all of them are powerful enough to cause explosion and successive injury, death or property damage.

Konopný extrakt z izopropylalkoholu