The Science: How does cannabis distillation work?
In its most basic form, distillation is accomplished by using an apparatus that heats a solution to a specific temperature to vaporize a specific compound of a solution without destroying it, then condensing the vaporized compound back into a liquid.
A simple example of this is the process of purifying water. Heating water to 100°C (212°F) will vaporize H20 molecule, leaving behind any undesirable compounds. Rapidly cooling this water vapor causes it to condense into distilled, purified water.
The same principle used in water distillation can be applied to cannabis. A short-path distillation unit is a one of the most common apparatuses used in cannabis distillation.
Short-path distillation units have three major components: a boiling flask, a condensing head, and a collection flask. The cannabis compound being distilled is heated in the boiling flask. The vapor then passes through the condensing head (turning the vapor to a liquid) and collects in the collection flask, thereby isolating the THC and CBD components.
The Takeaway: So why is this relevant to my business?
Via distillation, isolating THC and CBD as a cannabinoid group can be done from any source cannabis plant material, regardless of quality or origin. Distillation allows the processor to buy large volumes of trim and otherwise low-quality biomass, and covert it to a consistent, high quality and high potency liquid.*
The isolated THC and CBD distillate can then be infused into a variety of products such as vape pens, edibles, pills, topical solutions and everything non-leaf. Flavors may be separately infused in a controlled manner thereby creating a predictable, replicable and consumable product, from taste to potency, for the end user.
Essential for the building and maintenance of any brand, distillation makes product consistency a practical reality.
*Note that quality of input will always affect quality of output and proper preparation of the crude material will ensure uniformity of potency.
The CDU 1000 | Commercial Distillation Equipment
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Crude oil is fed into the distillation column via an automatic dosing pump. The automatic dosing pump is fully programmable based on the operator’s desired throughput. The crude oil is pumped into a column, where it is evenly distributed over the evaporative surface by several PTFE “rollers”. This thin film technique allows higher efficiency and lower temperatures to be utilized during the distillation process.
The CDU 1000 maximizes the efficiency of your lab with no batch-size limitations and no flask swaps. Continuous operation with minimized downtime. Click here to find out more about the ultimate cannabis distillation solution or contact us now.