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Thc cbd separation

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The next step in the purification process is to remove waxes by cooling the extract down to approximately -20°C (-4°F) in a chiller-driven jacketed vessel. This “winterization” process precipitates some of the undesired elements out of the solution which after filtering, leaves oil made up of cannabinoids, chlorophyll and terpenes. Decarboxylation is an important step that may be performed either before or after the winterization process. It is used to activate CBD/THC components and is accomplished by carefully heating an extracted solution to release the carboxyl ring group (COOH).

There are quite a few different approaches to extraction and distillation of CBD/THC products, and each has certain benefits as well as some less desirable side effects; but they all have in common these parameters that need to be controlled: temperature, pressure or vacuum, source material throughput volume, and for extraction, solvent feed rate.

Temperature control is necessary throughout all the steps in the process, but precise extraction chamber temperature control is absolutely essential to managing final product quality and characteristics. This high level of control must also be replicable from one batch to another and in fact on a continuing basis over a large number of batches. Controlling temperature to within .275°C (.5 °F) is a standard that permits a consistent finished product. It is also important to note that repeatability, in addition to accuracy is extremely important for producers as it allows them to replicate the process over time, and thus insure consistent product quality.

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A distillation process is then conducted to complete the separation of the remaining elements and produce the purest possible CBD or THC oil. It is worth noting that even though a source material has been winterized, as much as 40% of the remaining feedstock may consist of undesirable materials. Also, in the case of ethanol extraction, ethanol must then be evaporated to separate it from CBD/THC components.

For CBD or THC extraction and distillation temperature control, Delta T Systems has the experience, expertise and capability to give processors and OEM equipment manufacturers standard or custom equipment to meet all aspects of the process’ requirements. All systems are designed for process repeatability. Our equipment lowers production costs, improves temperature accuracy, and delivers long lived quality and ease of maintainability.

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Similarly, decreasing extraction temperature can lead to:

Certain OEMs offer wiped film molecular short-path distilling equipment that integrates the removal of heavier materials directly into their distilling process. In this instance, chlorophyll, waxes and other heavier residue (up to 40% of the feed stock) descend the outer wall of the distillation vessel and are collected in their designated container.

For these reasons, having equipment that is capable of consistent and accurate temperature control is very important to producers; and as there is demand for many variations of this extraction process’ final product, chilling equipment and temperature control units with high precision, closed loop controls are critical.

Thc cbd separation

Pharmaceutical interest is focused on the plant’s many compounds, including its terpenoids, and its namesake cannabinoids — the group of related compounds that include the psychoactive agent tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and the medicinal substance cannabidiol (CBD) — any number of which could offer treatment for or pain relief from a range of debilitating diseases.

Although these molecules can be synthesized in the laboratory, many companies prefer to source the compounds from plant extracts, sometimes purifying them further by distillation. Even using this method, however, the result “is still a mixture of whatever cannabinoids are coming from a particular marijuana strain, which is a highly variable thing,” says Brian Reid, chief scientific officer of ebbu, a Colorado company that specializes in cannabis purification.

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