While dewaxing results in a better product, it frequently causes manufacturing to be delayed. Technological developments, on the other hand, promise a brighter future and even a better now than previously possible.
WHAT EXACTLY IS DEWAXING? IS IT NECESSARY TO DO SO?
It contains fatty acids, lipids, and waxes, all of which are present in cannabis concentrates. All of these components are naturally produced by cannabis, however they are problematic when used in concentrates. Not only can fats and lipids impair the appearance of a cannabis concentrate, but they also reduce the potency of the material. The failure to separate these undesirable components from the extract results in a poorer flavor, burn, and overall experience than if they were separated.
It is common practice to totally dissolve a sample in a solvent when dewaxing it. Separating the various components is accomplished by immersing the sample in ethanol at 30 to 60°C in a 10 mL:1g ratio for 30 to 60 minutes. The fatty molecules precipitate out of the solution once it has been frozen again. The wax can then be separated from the concentrate using a vacuum system after the process is complete.
It can take up to a day to refreeze the material, and fats and lipids can reenter the sample even as the material is being processed. When it comes to dewaxing samples, traditional approaches are effective but cumbersome to do.
Fortunately, technological developments are constantly taking place. While it used to be necessary to wait a whole day for frozen samples, there are now more efficient ways available. Although it may have been appealing in the past to forego dewaxing, the availability of novel and effective procedures means that there is no longer any justification.
DRAINDROYD MADE THE TRANSITION FROM GLASS TO STEEL.
Jon Thompson of United Science had a vision a few years ago to bring innovation to the area of dewaxing. His idea was to replace ineffective Buchner burners and glass tubes with stainless steel tubes, which were previously in use. Thompson was then compelled to develop the DrainDroyd product. Instead of being limited to a low output over hours like the narrow glass Buchner burners, the DrainDroyd claims to be capable of handling a high output in minutes.
Not only can the DrainDroyd’s speed save producers a great deal of money, but it is also a much safer equipment to use. Glass can shatter during the dewaxing process, causing operations to come to a halt and the concentrate to be exposed to shards. It is possible to save the costs associated with cleanup, lost time, and the purchase of replacement equipment by making use of the DrainDroyd.
DrainDroyd’s technology also prevents fats and lipids from reabsorbing into the concentrate, which is beneficial for the environment. Due to the fact that time is saved and processing is done consistently, there is less time for the concentrate to either heat up or cool down at inconvenient periods, causing the components to become mixed. Apart from being highly sought after in the cannabis industry, hundreds of DrainDroyd machines are currently in use in the food, beverage, and chemical industries.
The adoption of clever and advanced technologies has continued to propel the cannabis business forward, from sanitization to efficacy and beyond. Obviously, saving time equates to saving money, and the DrainDroyd provides a clear return on investment in this regard. In order to modernize any operation, placing faith in science is essential. As a result, concentrate producers would be prudent to explore anything that can change a procedure that takes hours into one that takes minutes.
DEWAXING METHODS USED BY ARTISANS AND THEIR AVAILABILITY
While the DrainDroyd has shown to be one of the most efficient alternatives available on the market, artisan producers are falling in love with live resins as a result of its effectiveness. It is important to note that the process of making these concentrates is intricately intertwined with terpene extraction. As the legal cannabis market grows, manufacturers are discovering new techniques to preserve cannabis samples in order to maintain the highest level of cannabis compound preservation.
These approaches include flash-freezing cannabis crops immediately after harvest, which is one of the most effective. Producing live resins is accomplished by doing so and maintaining subcritical temperatures during the entire process. It is possible to preserve natural terpene profiles with careful temperature management during the purification of the concentrate, and even isolate them from the cannabinoids, during the extraction of the concentrate. This is accomplished by crystallizing the cannabinoids and allowing the terpenes to rise to the surface, resulting in a sauce. In order to maintain purity, both chemicals are individually purified and then either maintained separate or mixed to create a strong and pleasant result.
The quality and rate of production of cannabis concentrates continue to improve year after year, despite the fact that producers become more selective in their production. Producing more effective pharmaceuticals while also lowering production costs is made possible by innovative techniques of handling the material and breakthrough technology. Dewaxing should be accessible and friendly in order to maintain a high level of purity across the market. Technologies such as the DrainDroyd and JC Younger’s chillers enable for the processing of bigger batches of cannabis samples in a more efficient manner. The purification of cannabis concentrates only becomes more straightforward as more steps are eliminated and scalable technology is introduced into the process. Despite the fact that there is always more work to be done, recent advances have demonstrated that cannabis is a thriving and sophisticated sector.