The equipment to produce an isolate can be expensive, and processing the oil further can significantly reduce the volume of product to be sold. Depending on the scale of your operation and the current sale price of isolate, it can be expensive to produce with little output and the equipment may not be beneficial at this time.
The price of isolate powder had a big drop in 2019. This may be due to the increase of supply as legalization expands and more processors are further refining their product into an isolate.
Once it hits a certain temperature, agitation will slow as the temperature is slowly brought down. This will cause the CBD or THC to “crash out” meaning it will begin to crystalize. The crystals can be removed from the vessel and rinsed with cold pentane, or another solvent, which will help to remove any unwanted remains. The crystals can be then milled into a powder, depending on what their use or final product will be.
Important things to consider before producing THC or CBD isolate
What is an isolate in the cannabis industry?
Most CBD isolates are more than 99% pure CBD, and can provide comfort to people who do not want the effects of THC.
An isolate is also free of odour and taste as all those terpenes and components of the cannabis or hemp plant have been removed during the process. It is also colourless because any chlorophyll has been removed leaving just the clear/white crystals.
Both CO2 and ethanol extractions from cannabis create changes throughout different phases that use temperature and pressure. The cost of making distillate varies depending on how much equipment you have and how much CBD you are distilling.
Apeks Supercritical fully automated extraction systems use carbon dioxide (CO2) as a solvent to extract oil from botanical plant material because it yields safer, cleaner, and purer oil. The CO2 removes the oil as it passes through the plant, leaving it intact.
Another common method for the extraction of CBD from hemp fiber is using ethanol extraction. The two types of ethanol processing of cannabis extraction are cold temp extraction and room temp extraction. These processes lead to the distillation of CBD and it turns into a heavily refined liquid form that has a honey-like consistency.
CBD Extraction Machine Cost
The Fleet® can start with one system but the infrastructure is in place for expansion up to three systems. This efficient and intelligent method allows companies to customize their facility, in preparation for growth at a later stage. Each unit of the machine can be serviced individually which makes it easier to replace and prevents downtime.
CBD is a cannabinoid that is a chemical compound typically found in hemp and cannabis. Extracting this chemical can be done in a few different ways. Using CO2 to extract CBD oil is one of the most popular mechanisms used. Supercritical and subcritical are the two types of CO2 extraction.
An Apeks Supercritical 20Lx20LDU Duplex® CO2 system
CO2 and ethanol extraction processes are similar because they both require the input of the plant material into a machine. Both processes require testing from independent labs to guarantee that THC levels comply with industry guidelines and regulations. It is important to note that regularly maintaining CO2 and ethanol extraction systems is essential to ensure the cleanliness of the extraction and overall preservation of the extraction machine.