With the cannabis market raking in $6.7 billion in 2016 in the U.S. and Canada and the market expected to hit $20.2 billion by 2021, processors are looking for the best ways to increase their product quality and grow profit margins.
With a predicted compound growth rate of 25%, the market is expected to be bigger than even the dotcom boom, according to Forbes.com.
To produce the highest-quality products, processors are looking to more traditional methods of extraction and isolation. Using techniques long established in the botanical, chemical and distilled spirits industries, cannabis processors have several options to improve their manufacturing techniques.
Here’s a look at how processors can use rotary evaporation to better isolate the extracts and components:
Applying Rotary Evaporation To Cannabis Processing
A fixture in many labs, the rotary evaporator is a common tool for solvent removal. The process allows the solvent to be removed in a controlled manner under vacuum.
It’s also easily scalable, ranging from smaller bench top flasks up to 5 liters to pilot scale, using flasks of 20 liters and more. This flexibility makes it very adaptable when processing cannabis.