What are your options for extracting THC from cannabis?
If you plan to process a lot of cannabis biomass each year and want to make a specific type of distillate, there are three main ways to meet your extraction needs:
- Partner with a mobile extraction lab company, so you don’t have to build your lab. You can extract at your place without having to make your lab.
- Build your own fully compliant extraction lab at your place of business.
- Hire a 3rd party processor (sometimes called a “toll-processor”) who can handle the extraction process for you at their place.
Does a mobile cannabis extraction lab sound right for you?
There is a type of lab called a “mobile extraction lab.” This fully certified cleanroom has been modified to have ready-to-use extraction tools. GPP, cGMP, and EU GMP standards are met when built off-site and then delivered and set up at your place. They are staffed and run by the partner. You don’t have to create an extraction lab yourself, so you can focus on growing, making products, and selling and marketing your products instead. The relationship is based on a pay-as-you-go relationship.
Mobile labs let you extract at your place without building your lab, spending a lot of money, or using a lot of space. You can use the skills of the best engineers, whose primary goal is to build labs that make the best distillate. Labs can be up and running at any place in the world in 4 to 6 months, and they take the stress out of choosing the proper extraction process and finding the right equipment.
There are a lot of benefits to having a mobile extraction lab partner. If you’re processing 50,000 to 2 million pounds of biomass each year and want to outsource the lab’s CAPEX and ongoing staffing and SOPs, maintenance, and upgrades to a trusted partner, then this is the right choice for you. These labs can also be instrumental if you want to test the market for new products or if you want to move into isolate or THC-free products through remediation and separation processes so that you can make these products.
Whether or not you should build your cannabis extraction lab is up to you. If you know how to make your products, have a lot of biomass, and already have a lot of customers, building your owntraction lab may be the best choice. If you process more than 1 million pounds of biomass each year and have the space and money to make your lab, you can be very competitive in this new market.
When you build an extraction lab, you need to know that it isn’t going to be easy. If you want the proper process and the right equipment for your business, you’ll need to hire engineers to help. You’ll need to meet regulations and hire people who know what they’re doing. Depending on the size and type of distillate you’re making, the whole process could take 12-24 months and cost $3 million to $7.5 million. Before starting your Toll processing or Cannabis Toll extraction, you’ll need to pay for the lab upfront.
Also, building the lab isn’t the end. Because the extraction industry is changing so quickly, new technology makes production more efficient to do cannabis contract manufacturing. Suppose you’re willing to take on the massive project of building your lab. In that case, you must also be willing to take on the ongoing compliance certifications, maintenance, and upgrades required each year to keep your lab up to date with changes in the industry.
When is toll processing a good idea?
Distillate extracted by Houdini Lab in a Toll Manufacturer in California
When you need to process cannabis toll conversion of fewer than 50,000 pounds of cannabis biomass per year, you might want to use a toll processor.
People who work for toll-processors rent out a large-scale extraction lab that they have built.
Wouldn’t it be easy to load your cannabis biomass into a truck, drive it over to the processor, and get your distillate back from them?
You must make sure this contractor operates a fully compliant facility that meets GPP, cGMP, or EU GMP standards.
Before working with them, you should check their references, certifications, and quality assurance promises. You could be held responsible for the distillate’s quality and contents if you work with them.
Based on how quickly and how much it costs to use the toll processor, you can determine if they’re right for you.
This is an excellent option if you’re a small grower or processor. It lets you avoid the high costs of building your lab, and it enables you to get to market and test the market viability of your products faster.
It’s essential to keep in mind that problems can happen if there are production delays, transportation problems, or problems with quality control.
Weighing the pros and cons
When you look at these three extraction options for your business, you should think about your company’s short-term and long-term goals. Over the next few years, do you want to grow your production capacity?
Do you want to get your product on the market as quickly as possible?
Do you have the money and skills to do this on your own?
These are just a few things to consider when looking into which extraction method is best for you.
Fortunately, the industry is always coming up with new ways to meet your needs.
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