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Butane: Its value to the Cannabis industry

About butane

Butane (C4H10) is a liquefied petroleum gas, available from Electronic Fluorocarbons in every weight from 6 pounds to half a ton. A flammable gas (hazard class 2.1), butane will burn at a temperature of about 1700° Kelvin (about 1426°C), hot enough to melt aluminum and vaporize some organic compounds—hence, its use in torches. It is chemically stable and under normal storage will not present a hazard.


Applications of butane

The cannabis industry uses butane as a solvent, by running the flower through a closed loop system. The solvent draws cannabinoids out of the plant by dissolving them, producing potent Butane Hash Oil or BHO (if carbon dioxide is used, the result is called CO2 oil). The butane method is considered superior because it better preserves the teripene profile of marijuana. One authority said that using butane in marijuana processing raises the same concerns about side-effect as, for example, using a butane torch to crust a flan. In fact, Colorado recently raised the limit on the amount of butane solvents allowed in cannabis concentrations.


Other uses of butane:

  • as a fuel for cigarette lighters
  • increases the octane level of motor gasoline
  • helps to produce other petrochemicals as a feedstock
  • replaces methane as a refrigerant
  • works as a propellant in aerosol sprays
  • within torches for cutting steel, gas, and other materials; sterilizing medical equipment; heat shrinking tubing; fusing adhesives; and annealing wire


Where to buy butane

Electronic Fluorocarbons provides butane at 99.999% purity to meet all of your customer’s needs. For additional information/ordering, call 1-888-924-3371 or email us at


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