Decarboxylation is a crucial step in the process of creating nearly any cannabis product. Methods to incorporate this ‘decarbing’ step into an existing operation can vary, but its importance in creating valuable product is paramount. Failure to properly decarboxylate cannabis can limit potency and impact cannabinoid profiles – turning a productive crop into a bust…

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Scientists in research laboratories and pilot plants are often challenged to find ways of processing small or limited-sized samples in the quest to develop then refine procedures leading to production-scale operations.  Several tools are available to help in this quest, one of which is called the laboratory homogenizer.  This post explains how to select a…

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Depending on your specific application, you may discover that it is necessary to process active ingredient, extracts, or concentrates that are highly viscous. Viscosity poses obvious challenges when it comes to the blending, stirring, and mixing of disparate substances. Start With a Magnetic Hotplate Stirrer So what specific equipment will you need to process these…

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When manufacturing cannabis distillates, such as CBD or THC, processors have discovered it makes sense to reintroduce an appropriate measure of terpenes. Blending distillates and terpenes helps make a more appealing product. It also happens to make a substance that’s easier to work with during processing and packaging. That’s because natural cannabis terpenes help reduce…

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Properly mixing distillate and terpenes safeguards consumers and businesses, but how do we achieve uniformity? We’ll get into that in a minute. First, we must understand the concept of what particle reduction is. Particle reduction is where two substances; distillate and terpenes have inconsistently sized particles and when a rotor-stator homogenizer is used it reduces the particle…

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Blending distillate with terpenes is an important step in the creation of various cannabis products intended for retail sale. Of course, terpenes are aromatic compounds that occur naturally in whole cannabis plants. Their retention — or reintroduction — to select products may contribute to the flavor and final character profiles of these products. Perhaps more…

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A wide range of products can be made with CBD distillate; vape cartridges, MCT oil tinctures, lotions, gummies, beverages, etc. Raw CBD distillates can be surprisingly challenging to work with, as they tend to be highly viscous, especially at ambient temperatures. Blending distillate into carrier oils for edibles can be tricky. Most manufactures commonly use…

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Raw CBD distillate is extremely viscous and is challenging to work with at ambient temperatures, typically rock hard. Distillates must be heated to about 65° C (149° F) or more to facilitate transference to vape cartridges or other media. Even then, this substance is highly viscous. During the distillation process the terpenes are vaporized off…

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Success in the lucrative cannabis-products marketplace will depend heavily on your ability to consistently deliver high-quality products. And that depends on your willingness to invest in the right laboratory homogenizer equipment. Make no mistake: This is no job for home appliances. A kitchen blender, for example, may seem adequate for blending CBD-laced salves or tinctures…

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Many of the tasks performed in a given laboratory may be described as mundane. Stirring, mixing, blending, homogenizing, heating…all of these tasks and more constitute the ordinary, workaday business of a working laboratory. Many of these menial tasks can be accomplished using manual labor — and sufficient time, not to mention patience. But they can…

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