A Guide to Cannabis Decarboxylation

For many years, hemp and cannabis have been banned across several parts of the world, but in the recent past, the legalities have been slowly changing worldwide.

There have been wholesale legislative changes in Canada and the United States, transforming an illegal, illicit market into a legal, multi-billion-dollar sector.

Products based on cannabinoid extractions are considerably growing in value. Specifically, CBD oil has become increasingly popular as a therapeutic and medicinal product, and similarly, virgin against decarboxylated CBD oil is one of the major debatable areas in the commercialization of CBD products.

A Guide to Cannabis Decarboxylation

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What is decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is a crucial process in the production and consumption of cannabis. It takes place when cannabis is cured, enabling the cannabidolic acid (CBDA) or tetrachydrocannabinolic acid (THCA) within the cannabis buds to be changed into cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

This is a chemical reaction process that removes a carboxyl group through chemicals or heat.

The process of decarboxylation

Conventionally, decarboxylation and solvent recovery instruments are modular, complex setups composed of several interconnected pieces of equipment.

Traditionally, decarboxylation requires a massive reactor with a chiller, a vacuum pump and another chiller for the condenser. This setup is needed to decarboxylate across extended periods of about 8 to 10 hours.

Other decarboxylation instruments, like vacuum ovens, take much longer, from 14 to 24 hours and, also have a reduced capacity. Such setups are not only large but are also costly and take up more space in the workplace, needing user intervention to yield the greatest results.

Decarboxylation instruments equipped with a chiller and reactor take more time because a thermal fluid is used to extract heat according to the precise decarboxylation temperature. This technique also takes a long time because it results in inefficient heat transfer and heat loss.

Decarboxylation solutions from Ecodyst

Ecodyst is an expert in organic chemistry and has produced a novel evaporation system that can be employed in both decarboxylation and solvent recovery.

Ecodyst’s software utilizes direct-cooling technology along with continuous feeds to sustain vacuum conditions over the whole extraction procedure. The EcoChyll® range from Ecodyst outclasses conventional decarboxylation systems in several ways.

Ecodyst’s decarboxylation solutions are more cost-effective than the conventional solutions, and the EcoChyll® range can even decarboxylate similar quantities of cannabis oils within 2 hours.

This is mainly because of the efficient heating mantle design that can reach optimal decarboxylation temperatures in just a few minutes and, at the same time, maintains a stable heat.

The heating mantle implies that Ecodyst’s real volume evaporators and the EcoChyll® intelligent self-cooling technology require only one action to begin constant decarboxylation of huge quantities of sample materials at incredible scales.

Ecodyst provides evaporation systems that are suitable for all levels of cannabis decarboxylation. Customers can contact the company to find out more about its product range.

About Ecodyst

Ecodyst was founded in 2014 by George Adjabeng and Kwabena Williams. Both had a desire to provide chemistry labs with the best solutions possible to maximize productivity at a lower cost, while also creating a safer workplace environment. Ecodyst’s rotovaps improve upon every aspect of the process, providing better samples exponentially faster and more efficiently without exposing the chemist to health hazards such as carbon dioxide and frostbite.

Ecodyst’s disruptive technology will ultimately set new standards for laboratories worldwide and facilitate unprecedented discoveries in countless fields of research. The revolutionary EcoChyll® is already in use by top chemists and laboratories at major universities in the United States, and it’s only the beginning. George and Kwabena’s hopes are that faster, safer rotovaps will lead to more discoveries and lives saved in the process.

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Last updated: Aug 23, 2021 at 4:05 AM


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