Cannabinoid Distillation Tips for Maximization
Cannabinoid distillation and processing is a complex process that involves multiple steps to move from plant material to individual molecular components. Distillation is an especially challenging step in the process. Getting it wrong reduces the quality of your end product and can ruin an entire batch. Procure CA cannabis industry insurance to cover those losses that are out of your control, and take the time to reduce losses due to poor execution in distillation. Here are a few measures you can take to increase your success rate.
Use Only Quality Materials
Ensure that the materials you are using are sufficiently clean. There are some agents that can interfere with your equipment and reduce its functioning capabilities. This can slow down your process and lead to costly maintenance requirements. You also want to make sure that your materials are highly refined to prevent isomerization. Include the following in refinement:
- Scrubbing filtration
Invest in Your Vacuum System
Using a high-quality vacuum system is key to producing a consistently superior product at the end of the distillation process. Cannabinoids present a challenge because they tend to degrade before they reach their boiling points. The purpose of a vacuum is to remove the atmosphere, which subsequently reduces the temperature at which the material boils.
To minimize degradation, select a capable vacuum system with appropriately sized tubing and seal the connectors. For the best results, use a dual-stage rotary-vane vacuum pump that can pull as much as 1×10-4 Torr. To maximize stability and depth under load, include a diffusion pump in your operations.
Reduce Vacuum Load
You can increase the volume of material you are capable of distilling when you reduce the vacuum load. Convert the acidic form of a cannabinoid to its neutral form through decarboxylation and then remove the volatiles by degassing the material. These processes involve applying heat to the oil and then agitation. Doing so allows you to distill more units in the same amount of time.
Decrease Heat Exposure
Exposure to high levels of heat for too long leads to degradation and isomerization in Cannabinoids. This results in a lower quality end product and affects your business’s potential for success. Be sure you choose a system that minimizes heat contact.
Optimally, you want a wiped film or centrifugal system that sends heat to just a thin oil layer. With these types of systems, heat contact is measured in seconds rather than hours. Select one made of stainless steel to improve heat transfer efficiency and increase your distillation throughput.
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