What Is A Cannabis Extraction Technician?


Lots of people have been searching for their way into the cannabis industry, and rightfully so. Because legal cannabis isn’t just making people around the world feel better, but is also creating many great new jobs in areas such as cultivation, processing, manufacturing, retail, and marketing.

If you have you been searching for cannabis jobs, you’ve surely seen a listing for a ‘cannabis extraction technician’. What is it, you ask? Well, let’s take a closer look…

A cannabis extraction technician is someone who is trained in the art of separating the chemical compounds that make up the beloved plant. The extraction process will make products like wax, crumble, shatter, and other sticky things that we love to dab. Having these skills requires an understanding of how to safely use volatile gasses and exceptionally expensive equipment. Lots of the processes and methods used to make extracts are actually applied in the oil and food industries, but the cannabis plant reacts slightly different to extraction than other plants.




Currently, there are a few types of cannabis extracts on the market. Technically, an extract is a cannabis product that is made by using a solvent, so rosin and pressed hashes do not count. Any dab pulled with supercritical CO2 or hydrocarbon gasses falls under the category of an extraction. That is why becoming a technician takes such specific skills and experience because utilizing these solvents incorrectly can result in poor and/or flavorless product and even worse, create a dangerous explosion.




Though there currently isn’t any type of extraction technician certification, many companies will only hire technicians with working knowledge of chemistry and other relevant sciences. Some more discerning companies will even requires a Master’s Degree on the subject before even considering applying.

Extraction technicians can make anywhere from $80,000 to $120,000 per year depending on the company they’re working for, level of experience, and amount of education. Sound pretty good? We think so too. But getting in on the industry know will require some base education and

Sound pretty good? We think so too. But getting in on this area of the industry will require some specific education and useable experience. So, all of you extraction enthusiast need to get out there and start learning!

October 18, 2017

by Cara Wietstock

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Cara began working in the retail cannabis industry of San Francisco, CA in 2011 and continued in that sector for years. In 2015 she put down her budtender hat and dedicated herself to writing full-time. Her passion for the written word and deep respect for the healing properties of the cannabis plant fuel the passion in her posts.


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