Cannabinoid Distribution – Achieving Uniformity is Easier Than You Think

What’s the biggest threat to the cannabis industry? Over-zealous law enforcement? Antiquated rhetoric from political leaders? How about widespread misinformation regarding cannabis users and its socioeconomic impact?

No, the most notorious threat capable of derailing the entire industry boils down to a single word: homogenization.

The topic of cannabis homogenization is one of passion. For some, it’s viewed as an essential methodology, while others view it as an unnecessary step. As governing bodies in California, and beyond, push for stricter homogenization laws, this process has moved away from an optional process and into the harsher light of legal requirement.

Cannabis Homogenization – A Widespread Void

As cannabis etches its way into the mainstream marketplace, the fundamental concepts of processing and uniformity have greater impact than ever before. For decades, our industry has rallied behind the centralized goal of legalization and regulation.

Now, as we stand at the precipice of accomplishing this mission, the biggest obstacle isn’t ethical dilemmas, but technical regulation.

While the concept of cannabis homogenization isn’t new, recent events highlight its absence. A glaring example comes from the 2017 Emerald Cup. This celebrated annual event offers a rare chance for cannabis businesses to showcase their products and innovations. Companies submit their best products for review and competition.

To the surprise of many, analysis told the story that’s far too familiar for countless consumers. Six different products tested negative for any cannabinoids. Let’s further clarify, six products chosen specifically for this respected annual event contained zero THC and CBD.

This is only the tip of the iceberg.

CAT Scientific remains on the forefront of cannabis homogenization. Throughout our investigative tactics, we’ve uncovered a treasure trove of popular cannabis products void of their proclaimed cannabinoid concentrations. As our industry progresses, it’s no surprise the requirement of THC, CBD and other cannabinoid distribution is under scrutiny.

The (Not So) Secret Technique for Even Cannabinoid Distribution

Simply because cannabinoids are miscible with a carrier solution doesn’t mean cannabinoids automatically distribute evenly. Even when a solution is properly combined, such as with magnetic overhead stirrers, without homogenization, the final result is potentially harmful to consumers and your brand.

Achieving cannabinoid uniformity is surprisingly easy, but only with proper equipment. There’s confusion among many cannabis processors, especially those new to the industry, that overhead stirrers distribute cannabinoids evenly throughout a solution. However, as stated earlier, just because a solution mixes, doesn’t mean it’s ready for shipment.

Homogenizers transform cannabis solutions on the molecular level. As the solution is emulsified, cannabinoids are agitated away from their sporadic distribution and evenly packed throughout the entire solution. In a relatively short time, your solution is void of THC “hot spots,” which makes dosing and user experience consistent across an entire batch.

Elevate Cannabis Consistency and Experience – CAT Scientific

While cannabis homogenization sounds complex, with the right equipment, this additional process is easy and effective. As legal regulations, and consumer expectations, continue to evolve, homogenization is no longer an option.

CAT Scientific isn’t just a cannabis post-processing equipment supplier. We’re dedicated to the disbursement of knowledge and skill. Contact Us to see how our homogenizers can transform the validity and value of your cannabis products.

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Bob Wilcox

Bob Wilcox has represented CAT Scientific’s family of homogenizers, magnetic stirrers, liquid handling and related laboratory equipment since 2002 when Staufen, Germany-based CAT Ingenieurbüro M. Zipperer GMbH established operations in North America. Bob oversees CAT Scientific laboratory apparatus sales and service organization from the company’s headquarters in Paso Robles, CA. He also is in charge of the parent company’s line of JetCat jet turbines, turboprop, and helicopter power plants for hobbyists’ radio controlled fixed wing and helicopter model aircraft. -- Earlier in Bob’s career he was involved in visual and special effects as well as camera and electronics supervisory responsibilities for the motion picture and television industry.

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