cannabis-distillation

How would you like to go out for lunch while your distillation system churns out high potency THC distillate.  It may seem like a dream but it’s already happening.   Automation The B/R Spinning Band distillation system already comes highly automated.  There’s no need to sit in front of it all day.  Operators are free […]

crude extract preparation

Various types of crude cannabis extract can be successfully distilled into high purity cannabinoid distillate. With that in mind, it’s critical that the crude always be properly prepared prior to a vacuum distillation process. Depending on the type of extract being distilled, this can include one or more post-extraction steps, such as:   Rough particulate […]

Before you read this very cool hack please understand that there are more than a few ways this can go wrong.  This blog post does not purport address all the possible safety concerns associated with its use.  Consult your safety officer for full professional guidance. High purity THC/CBD distillate will be very viscous. If it […]

Crystallization

Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)  is a naturally occurring isomer of THC found in cannabis plants.  It’s psychoactive effects are well known.  While delta-9-THC is the most abundant isomer of THC, there is interest in the lesser studied delta-8-THC isomer.   IUPAC Naming Convention The diagram below has numbered positions on the top left ring structure.  If the […]

Optically clear THC distillate

Tired of chasing vacuum leaks, streaks and residual terpene smell in your THC distillate? Try spinning band distillation on your crude extract.   No leaks Stop chasing vacuum leaks and using globs of messy vacuum grease (vacuum grease is not food grade).  Spinning band distillation uses o-ring joints that are vacuum tight with every use.  […]

carbon for scrubbing cannabis oil

Carbon scrubs and other filter media for cannabis oil extracts   Carbon scrubs can be used to remove color from cannabis oil extract and THC distillate.  Other materials are also used as filter media such as diatomaceous earth, fullers earth, bentonite, kaolinite and alumina silicate. While filter media may remove color from cannabinoids, it may […]

Make THC distillates with spinning band distillation

Short Path Distillation – Just Getting Started Short path distillation is an entry level system for making THC distillate from crude extract.  Its simplicity and low cost make it attractive to those new to making distillates.  Making THC distillate with the short path is exciting at first but in time the excitement can turn to […]

distillation for cannabis oil cleaning

Keep it clean. High quality THC distillate should be odorless.  It doesn’t take much terpene to give a whole batch of an off smell.   Proper cleaning of the distillation system between batches will get rid of any lingering terpenes after distillation.   Clean the Distillation Column in Place With spinning band distillation, ethanol can be […]

How do different methods of distillation stack up against each other?   System (Size)   Distillation Rate   Liters of Distillate Number of Passes Final Purity Total Time Short Path 1 (Average) 0.5 L/hr 10 L 2 90% 40 Hours Short Path 2 (Large) 1 L/hr 10 L 2 90% 20 Hours Wiped Film 1 […]

equipment for wiped film

Did you know that during a decent first pass in a wiped film that 50% of your starting material can go to waste?   The 50/50 split is the perfect example of the low-efficiency of a wiped film. If your crude extract is 50-70% cannabinoids, then how can 50% of the material be waste on […]