Cannabis products are currently in a state of rapid evolution, reflecting the cannabis market’s expanding technological applications and changing consumer tastes. There now exists a wide array of cannabis experiences for people to choose from, ranging from basic flower products to extracts and potent distillates. The field of CBD research is still new, but preliminary studies suggest the compound may carry benefits in areas like pain management, mental health, seizure control, and more. Following the Farm Bill of 2018, demand for cannabis products, and entrepreneurial freedom to supply them, is set to increase significantly.

Terpenes are that latest craze in the ever-expanding cannabis connoisseur or “cannaisseur” market. In fact, according to one source, the total number of search engine inquiries for the term “terpenes” has increased five-fold in just the past two years. We can only expect this interest in quality marijuana- and hemp-derived products to continue to grow as more and more consumers discover the benefits of higher-end cannabis products, especially those rich in quality terpene extracts. Today, many consumers view terpene content as indicative of the overall quality of a cannabis product’s crop-to-counter harvest and production process. Needless to say, not all terpene extraction methods are created equal. So what are terpenes and how are these compounds best extracted? Let’s take a look...

As was the case with many other pioneering firsts, the discovery of the human endocannabinoid system was more happenstance than deliberate accomplishment. Like the petri dish contaminated by mold spores in the open window, or the melted candy bar in Percy L. Spencer’s pocket due to a chance interaction with a running magnetron tube, the human endocannabinoid system became evident to a team of researchers who were initially researching something else, specifically marijuana’s psychoactive effects. In only a few short decades since these discoveries, the CBD market has transformed into a burgeoning industry, and hemp-derived products can be found in more than 25,000 goods and counting. Nonetheless, we are still only just beginning to fully understand the human endocannabinoid system. So what is the endocannabinoid system? And how do cannabinoids affect this complex network imperative to our overall health? Let’s take a look...

The Fundamentals of Supercritical CO2 Extraction

Thursday, February 28, 2019 8 min

The market for CBD extract is booming at the moment, with consumer CBD product sales reaching more than $350 million in 2017. Industry-wide, CBD sales more than tripled between 2014 and 2017, and by some estimates, the market could exceed $2 billion dollars by 2020. The CBD industry continues to expand, further tapping into natural grocers, cosmetic brands, cafés, and other product sectors. As a result, 2019 is poised to be a record year for large-scale hemp production and Cannabidiol (CBD) extraction. To reap the benefits of this bountiful coming harvest, an increasing number of businesses and entrepreneurs are in the market for an efficient state-of-the-art CBD extractor. While there is no one-size-fits-all CBD extraction process, and the optimal method will vary depending on the needs of each manufacturer, supercritical C02 extraction (also known as scco2 extraction) is by far the most common process used in the CBD industry today, and for good reason. In this post, we will guide you through the process of CBD supercritical extraction and its comparative advantages, to help you make an informed decision about how best to produce the premium product you wish to offer. Remember, not all CBD extraction methods will yield the same quality extract, and some CBD extractors pose certain risks and operational challenges you’ll need to consider carefully before making an investment.

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