Talk Nerdy With UsThe science behind the revolutionary new ethanol for extraction
710 Spirits® is a product that was designed to alleviate the burden of Federal Excise Tax from the Ethanol herbal extraction industry while using only the highest grade materials to maintain the absolute best end product. We saw a growing problem in the industry and found a solution.
Many extractors prefer to use pure ethanol for a variety of reasons including high yields, larger terpene counts, low impurities, and environmental considerations. Pure ethanol is taxed heavily by the TTB as a byproduct of the days of prohibition. While using pure Ethanol has been the preferred method, the tax implications greatly restrict production capabilities.
710 Spirits® is an Ethanol formulation that can be used for herbal extraction with no Federal Excise Tax, no permitting, and no additional record keeping. 710 Spirits® is a blended product made with premium food/pharmaceutical quality 200 proof ethanol that has been denatured with a small amount of a High Purity industry standard solvent. Because the material is completely denatured, TTB regulations relating to sale and use of pure Ethanol do not apply. 710 Spirits® can therefore be purchased and used without paying Federal Excise, obtaining a permit, or additional record-keeping requirements.
We have had several clients switch to find the same – and sometimes better – yields with very little change to procedure or process. One of these clients will save in excess of $1 million in Federal Excise Tax in the next fiscal year alone.
The n-Heptane used in 710 Spirits® is extremely high purity with very low levels of other organic solvents, heavy metals, and impurities. Blending this high purity n-Heptane with food/pharmaceutical grade Ethanol creates a solvent capable of producing an exceptionally clean, premium quality oil.
710 Spirits® performs much the same as pure Ethanol in cannabinoid extraction. Several oil producers have successfully switched from pure Ethanol to 710 Spirits® with only minor modifications to processes or procedures. Additionally, these producers have reported producing oils that have no detectable residual solvents or heavy metals. Because Heptane has a higher boiling point than Ethanol, it may be necessary to heat the oil to a higher temperature and increase distillation times in order to completely remove the Heptane.
The Federal Government, specifically the TTB, closely regulates the sale and use of Ethanol. Pure Ethanol, most commonly used for beverage and food purposes, is heavily taxed by the TTB at a rate of $27 per gallon. For Ethanol extraction purposes there are many alternatives to using pure Ethanol, but they require burdensome permitting and record-keeping requirements with which many businesses are unable to comply. 710 Spirits® is a trademarked product that can be purchased and used for Ethanol extraction without having to pay the Federal Excise Tax, obtain a permit, or keep anything more than ordinary business records.
According to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), the solvents approved for use in cannabinoid extraction are acetone, butane, CO2, ethanol, heptanes, isopropanol, and propane. The CDPHE also requires that solvents be either food grade or at least 99% pure. 710 Spirits® is food/pharmaceutical Grade Ethanol blended with a small amount of High Purity n-Heptane, two materials that meet the solvent requirements set forth by the CDPHE.
The FDA is following the International Council for Harmonization Guidelines for Residual Solvents (ICH Q3C) which classifies solvents into 3 classes based on their toxicity. Class 1 solvents are to be avoided, Class 2 solvents are to be limited, and Class 3 solvents are considered “Low Toxicity Potential”. The components of 710 Spirits®, Ethanol and Heptane, are both considered Class 3, “Solvents with Low Toxicity Potential”. Because it is made with premium quality starting materials, 710 Spirits® has very low levels of Class 1 or 2 solvents. Levels of Class 1 solvents present in 710 Spirits® are lower than the limits set forth in the ICH Q3C protocols.