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Stop Scorching Cannabis Consumers With Cannabinoid Hotspots

When you take a sip of your morning coffee, you aren’t worried about whether there’s too much or too little caffeine. The same’s also true when you take your multi-vitamin or enjoy a chocolate bar.

As consumers, we hold a solid expectation of ingredient accuracy. Could you imagine the uproar if Starbucks suddenly released a batch of coffee with irregular caffeine distribution? The nation would respond with fury! Not to mention the medical consequences of consuming excessive caffeine.

Unfortunately, throughout the cannabis industry, this scenario is playing out across dispensaries. Consumers, whether recreational or medical, are playing Russian roulette whenever they purchase an edible. With every bite, or sip, they run the risk of the dreaded THC hotspot.

Too Much of a Good Thing – What Are THC Hotspots?

Essentially, a THC hotspot is a common symptom of improper, or nonexistent, cannabis solution homogenization.

During processing, such as with an overhead magnetic hotplate stirrer, cannabinoids are mixed into a carrier solution. Yet, as many consumers and manufacturers already know, the act of mixing does not translate into even distribution. In fact, the opposite is quite common.

Instead of disbursing throughout the solution, cannabinoids tend to collect in groupings. These dense areas are known as hotspots.

While uniformity is vital for all cannabinoids, THC hotspots are notoriously dangerous.

The Stratospheric High – Dangers of THC Hotspots

There’s a common misconception among consumers, and even cannabis post-processors. Basically, these uninformed individuals feel there’s simply no such thing as too much THC.

While THC tolerance is dependent on individual factors, such as sensitivity to cannabinoid receptor activation, excessive dosing rarely ends on a good note.

There are two issues with THC hotspots:

  1. Extreme symptoms of being “too high”
  2. Lack of modulation due to a THC – CBD ratio imbalance

Even though there have been zero reported deaths due to overdosing on THC, this doesn’t mean consuming too much of this cannabinoid is a pleasant experience. For many, too much THC is a recipe for panic attacks or unsavory body sensations.

In some cases, such as those who medicate with cannabis for physical or mental disorders, THC hotspots may trigger an episode. For everyone else, this scenario is undesirable as it distills a layers of distrust.

As a newly flowering industry, not to mention one under extreme social and political scrutiny, the proliferation of uneven cannabinoid distribution potentially threatens our legitimacy and viability.

Cannabis Homogenization – The Solution for Uniformity

How do non-cannabis products achieve ingredient uniformity? The answer is simple: homogenization.

This common post-processing methodology transforms clumpy solutions into smooth, evenly distributed products. Unlike magnetic stirrers, which create a viable solution, homogenizer drives transform the molecular structure of the solution.

A homogenizer drive, such as those offered by CAT Scientific, send cannabinoids through the generator shaft at the speed of sound. The sheer caused by this action breaks apart the uneven THC, CBD and other cannabinoid groupings. As cannabinoid atoms travel, they combine into tightly-knit molecules, which are then evenly disbursed throughout the solution.

Ultimately, this simple action translates into uniformed potency.

Boosting Legitimacy at the Molecular Level – CAT Scientific

Without homogenization, cannabis products are a ticking time bomb. As government regulations and legislations tighten their focus on consumer safety, avoiding this essential process is avoiding your future business growth.

As a leading distributor of cannabis post-processing equipment, CAT Scientific is committed to the viability of this profound industry. Whether you’re looking to initiate homogenization within your company, or need to upgrade your equipment, Contact Us today. Together, let’s end the era of uneven distribution and enter the age of uniformity once and for all.


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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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