SO. THC and CBD Equipment. Hows to plan them? Well Green Machine LABS has something to say about it. THC and CBD come from the same plant but that does not at all mean that the process is the same. No it is not. The biggest difference between the tho ( THC AND CBD ) is the throughput requirement. Hemp processors have a much greater processing demand than cannabis processors. You need to know what to consider when selecting between the two. We will help you decide right now.
CHOOSING THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT IS A MUST AND THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT. INSTRUCTIONS
When processing hemp and CBD you should use ethanol extraction equipment, like a centrifuge, and supporting solvent recovery stuff like rising/falling film evaporators or you want to make sure to use a rotary evaporator. You also need wiped film distillation units or some short path apparatuses, crystallization equipment like jacketed reactor and temperature control units. The other things that you need to have are some drying ovens and filtration equipment, depending on the desired finished products.
Cannabis/THC extraction is a hydrocarbon-based process that uses a closed-loop system and residual solvent removal, such as vacuum drying ovens. As with hemp/CBD extraction, processing cannabis requires distillation equipment, and stuff like glassware, a jacketed reactor, or if you want to you can even use a diamond mine. At Green Machine Labs we do this all of the time with our team. Our customers love our experience and our professional team that we have here.
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Each THC and CBD Process has these considerations that must be determined when executing the primary extraction process. The three important parameters are time, temperature, and pressure.
Time is the amount of time that the solvent can interface with the material. This is also called the soak, dwell, or residence time.
Some words to remember! Temperature is temperature of the primary extraction solvent as it interfaces with the material. The material temperature is also essential, and the material should ideally be stored and prepared at a similar temperature to the extraction solvent to reduce the overall delta between the two inputs. Pressure is the pressure acting on both the material and the solvent during the primary extraction phase. This can relate to the vapor pressure of the solvents of choice.
Each of these three variables can be changed if you want to, so you can have your desired outcome. Skilled operators can gauge which parameters need to be adjusted to meet their goals on the fly, based on the output quality. Input quality is the biggest variable when it comes to output quality. The quality of your starting material will determine the theoretical maximum quality of your finished products most times.
In instances of compound isolation or refinement via distillation, this has less merit. When you make full-spectrum hemp products or live resin cannabis concentrates, input material quality plays the most considerable role of any single parameter when determining the quality of the finished product that you want to have.
SAFETY FIRST AND BE AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE!
The safety and compliance differences that must be taken into account vary dramatically from solvent to solvent, which is one of the reasons that ethanol is preferred for large-scale processing operations in favor of hydrocarbon-based primary extraction systems.
Solvent volatility, flammability, operational pressure, maximum allowable storage quantities, and operating environment classifications all need to be carefully considered during the design and equipment selection phase of any compliant extraction lab project, regardless of scale or primary extraction method. Learn more here at Green Machine Labs by visiting our other blog posts.