BHO Wax vs. Shatter Concentrates

Posted on Jan 15, 2020 11:00:00 AM

Cannabis concentrates are all the rage across most states with medical and recreational cannabis access laws. While marijuana flower buds can yield up to 30 percent cannabinoids, cannabis concentrates offer a significantly higher potency reaching over 80 percent cannabinoid levels. Within the concentrate segment, marijuana consumers can choose between solvent-based and solventless concentrates.

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BHO vs. CO2 Hemp Extraction: Battle of the Big Two Extraction Methods

Posted on Jan 2, 2020 1:51:00 PM

Cannabis concentrates are a must-have product offering for brands looking to reach a growing cannabis consumer base. Concentrated cannabis compounds can be used to make a wide range of medical and recreational products such as topical ointments, edibles, capsules, transdermal patches, suppositories, and small-batch extracts. While THC concentrate products currently dominate the adult-use market, hemp-derived CBD concentrates are tapping into the trending and lucrative health and wellness segment. 

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BHO 201: Post-Processing and Vacuum Ovens

Posted on Dec 23, 2019 10:15:00 AM

Vacuum purging is an essential component when creating high-quality cannabis concentrates. Vacuum purging solvent-based extracts removes residual solvents from light hydrocarbon extraction products to improve consistency, texture, color, and purity. The result is a translucent and pristine concentrate that’s both potent and safe for consumers.

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What Is Light Hydrocarbon Extraction?

Posted on Dec 16, 2019 5:59:46 PM

As the cannabis concentrate market balloons to an estimated $8 billion in sales by 2022, business-savvy and licensed marijuana producers are making the measured investment in a professional closed-loop extraction system. Cannabis extraction equipment can increase profits and reduce processing costs associated with trimming and curing flower for many wholesalers. Concentrates command a higher price per item compared to flower (buds) and include a range of products such as odorless distillate oil for edibles or flavorful terp sauce for those with a more discerning palate.

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Case Study: Bobsled Extracts

Posted on Nov 13, 2019 10:49:18 AM

Bobsled Extracts purchased their first extractor back in 2017 and it completely transformed their business. 

How can the IO Extractor help your business grow and scale? 

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How It's Made: Terp Sauce

Posted on Oct 30, 2019 10:10:00 AM

Cannabis concentrate connoisseurs are avidly searching for pure, potent, and flavorful extracts. Whether it’s shatter, wax, live resin, or crumble, premium concentrates contain a higher percentage of cannabinoids compared to fresh or cured marijuana flower buds. Unfortunately, most solvent and solventless extraction methods utilize high temperatures and pressures, which can degrade much of the strain’s original flavor and aroma. 

In recent years, however, a new and especially fragrant extract has gained favor among those that appreciate cannabis’ unique aromatic terpenes along with their THC and CBD. Terp sauce is a type of high-terpene full-spectrum extract (HTFSE) that can take your dabbing experience to a whole other level.

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Key BHO Production Factors

Posted on Oct 23, 2019 12:27:00 PM

Cannabis concentrate popularity may slowly dwarf flower sales with estimates that see extracts reaching over $13.78 billion in revenue by 2026. High-quality concentrates such as distillates and high-terpene full-spectrum extracts (HTFSE) can be used to make everything from vape cartridges to edibles to topicals for a consumer base starving for product variety. Solvent-based extraction methods are typically used to produce higher, safer, and purer yields than amateur and dangerous open-blasting techniques.

Hydrocarbons such as butane and propane are the solvent of choice for many licensed manufacturers when making butane hash oil (BHO) concentrates. Butane is non-polar and has a relatively low boiling point (31.1ºF), which is particularly helpful when preserving terpenes with lower boiling points than cannabinoids. Besides the solvent solution used, manufacturers must consider multiple factors to determine how much material their equipment will be able to process in a shift.

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Extraction Equipment Financing Q&A: Helo Capital

Posted on Oct 18, 2019 12:49:51 PM

Getting financing as a cannabis company is littered with federal and banking obstacles that prevent cannabis companies from securing funding to scale. Even entrepreneurs with sizable earnings saved up may require non-traditional financing options to be financially prepared.

Michael Grillo of financing company Helo Capital, specializes in merchant cash advances for businesses looking to get quick capital even with complicated credit scores. Cannabis-friendly financing companies like Helo offer an opportunity for businesses that have nowhere else to turn.

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Flavored Vape Is OUT in Oregon: How Live Resin's Time May Have Just Arrived

Posted on Oct 14, 2019 9:37:59 AM

The exploding cannabis concentrates market has always attracted bad actors looking to cash in with sub-par products and improperly sourced materials. For those companies taking shortcuts and disregarding the health of the end-user, the chickens may have come home to roost. 

Flavored vape sales have suffered a crushing blow due to a recent health scare that has seen hundreds of vape users hospitalized with a mysterious pulmonary illness. While regulators and researchers haven’t zeroed in on a specific culprit to the epidemic of lung injuries, they suspect harmful additives or shoddy vape hardware as the components responsible. 

Regardless of the origins of this deadly vaping-related illness, live resin now stands alone as the best choice for consumers concerned with their own health and well-being. 

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Luna Technologies Becomes Exclusive Pre-Approved Hydrocarbon Extraction Equipment Provider in Canada

Posted on Oct 2, 2019 1:09:09 PM

This September, Luna Technologies received its Canadian Registration Number, the first hydrocarbon extraction equipment manufacturer to achieve this goal.

Our IO Extractor, a fully automated hydrocarbon extractor capable of processing 20 pounds per hour of biomass with the push of a button, is now the ONLY hydrocarbon cannabis oil extractor that is pre-approved for use in Canada. Processors who want to get a jump on production can utilize our equipment right out of the box, without waiting for CRN registration. Customers will be sent a registration number along with the equipment.

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IO Extractor Equipment

Cut Labor Costs
Automated controls eliminate weeks or months of apprenticeship training required for manually controlled hydrocarbon systems.

Eliminate Operator Error
Pre-programmed recipe-monitoring system checks pressures and temperatures hundreds of times per second to remove risk of operator error.

Increase Capacity
Process 18 pounds of dried plant material or 25 pounds of fresh-frozen material per run. Single operator can process 400 pounds of biomass in a single day.

Improve Run Time
50-minute average run time with a 10-minute soak. Run-to-run changeover times of two minutes.

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