Comparing Solvents

There’s only one solvent which the state of Oregon has seen fit not to legislate at any level, and that’s CO2. We imagine it’s great peace of mind knowing that even if post-processing was disturbed there is never any safety risk to consumers.

Safety is important, but it’s not the only area where supercritical CO2 far outperforms traditional alternatives. The tunable properties of supercritical CO2 allow for the most selective extraction, meaning higher concentrations of active compounds and more precise fractionation. Beyond its standard competitors, CO2 is the laboratory standard for precise fractionation as evidenced in this article from the Journal of Separation Science.

As far as facility safety is concerned, you’d most likely use CO2 to put out the fires started by more dangerous hydrocarbon or alcohol liquid solvents. As with all compressed gasses, there are some physical risks which can be avoided by following these guidelines.