Cannabis concentrates have been on the rise in recent years—so much so that some reports, including one from Arcview Market Research and BDS Analytics in 2018, forecasted that concentrates will outsell flower by 2023.

Additional data the following year from BDS Analytics detailed just how significant the concentrates market is. As of August 2019, concentrates accounted for 37 percent of the market share for June 2019, totaling $90.9 million in total sales. Colorado was another state that saw significant performance stats from cannabis concentrates.

The data from BDS Analytics covered concentrates extracted using both solvents and solventless methods. For some time, manufacturers almost exclusively relied on using solvents to generate large yields in a time frame that would meet market demand. In recent years, technological advancements have made solventless methods feasible for large-scale commercial production.

With innovation and scalability on the rise, solventless products will no longer be made with suboptimal equipment. No one trying to make an impact in cannabis should be using hair straighteners to press rosin. This is especially true for hash. The versatile concentrate is used to create numerous other solventless cannabis products and should be revered for its impact on the cannabis community. For bubble hash producers, the days of using garbage containers and washers meant for other purposes are over.

Today, top producers need equipment meant for
solventless extraction and only that. If your operation makes the investment, it will likely see gains in its overall product and its bottom line.

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Use Equipment Meant for Solventless Rosin Extraction

While the trend is fading, too many producers still rely on DIY equipment. This has to stop. Not only is it a bad look for the industry, but segments of the market demand that much more clarity on their cannabis products. Patients who treat cannabis as medicine are unlikely to want medicine that was partially developed in a garbage can—regardless how many times they are told the can is clean and used strictly for extraction purposes.

Or, think of it this way: you wouldn’t use non-food-grade products to prepare food, would you? Then, why do it differently with a consumable product like cannabis? Sure, marijuana may not be entirely legal at this time in all places. However, its acceptance so far has ushered in an era where you don’t have to use garbage containers and other products not meant for cannabis extraction.

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Today, extraction tech developers aim to meet the highest standards on the market, thus proving the reliability of their equipment for producers and consumers alike. The team at PurePressure followed California’s rigorous testing standards to ensure that the Bruteless™ hash washing line met the highest standards in the market today.

The team also strove to include features hash producers need. These include containers with no nooks or crannies for easy cleaning, as well as a removable false bottom, an insulated sleeve, and three drainage ports to give a production what it needs to produce hash properly.

When searching for equipment to produce bubble hash or other concentrates, be sure only to choose food-grade machinery. Ensure a company is FDA compliant. Seek clarity before making any purchases.

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Proper Machinery Produces Proper Solventless Concentrates

Some have called ice water hash production a difficult process. Those who do tend to point to its low yields generated from the extraction process.

And they are right. That is, they were right, until recently.

Technological advancements across cannabis are now helping increase yields and justify their inclusion in product offerings. Hash washing is now starting to produce worthwhile returns on investment. This includes seeing daily eight-hour workday yields reaching between 300 grams and 1,800 grams of hash.

The total yield depends on the size of the container and the amount of product used. Those seeking larger returns may want to consider the Bruteless™ 65-gallon option, which can wash upwards of 15,000 grams of fresh frozen flower at a time, in total generating an estimated daily revenue between $27,000 and $54,000.

Whether going for a large or smaller option, using proper cannabis extraction technology is going to help produce better products. Not only should quality increase, but so should quantity, thanks to larger containers that are made for smooth production and easy cleaning.

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Giving Producers More Insight with Sight Inside

In storytelling, going through the looking glass represents seeing a world that is not quite what it seems.

Thankfully, that is not the case with hash washing. Instead, a looking glass— more specifically, a sight glass—allows producers to get a better look at the hash washing process in real time.

Instead of having to wait it out and see the results, producers who use sight glass can see the results take shape as they
occur. So what? You get to watch flower being washed. Is that it? Far from it!

The sight glass allows producers the ability to make changes if the process is not living up to expectations. In broad strokes, producers get to create excellent water management practices, thanks to having a better look at how their flower is washed.

Still don’t think it’s a valuable addition? Think about other aspects of the hash making process. Would a freeze dryer be better with or without a look inside? With the former, producers are opening and closing the container, exposing the product to the outside elements, and introducing unneeded warmth to the process. The same is now the case for the washing machine, which only needs to be opened if any alterations need to be made to the water.

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Not Every Product Lives Up to the Billing

The previous points about tech advancements are still valid. Innovations have certainly increased capacities and yields in
solventless cannabis extraction, especially with ice water hash production. That said, not every product lives up to the standards needed today. That’s why producers must consider each aspect of the machinery before making any purchases.

Sure, a machine can produce the yields and hold the amount of cannabis needed to satisfy a commercial production. That,
however, isn’t all that needs to be considered. Modern technology, especially solventless, has to consider the full plant experience. Unlike solvents, where terpenes and other parts of the plant’s profile are often stripped out, solvents need to retain the whole plant experience. Otherwise, the machinery and its products fall short on delivering.

Consider tech on the market today. Some being billed as the superior options can only produce four-star hash at such high
volumes. Often, this is due to equipment parts, like the uses of mixing blades that are tough on the plant and can damage its trichomes. So, while the production can produce the yields needed, it falls short on providing high-quality products consumers demand.

In short, these types of equipment aren’t worth the investment. PurePressure took these points into consideration when developing their Bruteless line. They understand that producers need quality equipment that produces not only the yield but also the plant profile that consumers expect from a full-melt cannabis extract. The same goes for other applications using the Bruteless line, including mechanical separations of THCA and terpenes.

Going solventless can be cost-effective and serves as a viable method for generating revenue quickly using a product in demand. If the proper research is conducted, a producer can save thousands
compared to startup solvent extraction lab costs. The key to achieving this outcome is doing your research and purchasing FDA-compliant products made for hash washing or other solventless extraction methods.

Do your research. Make the right purchases. See your revenue and customer satisfaction soar in no time. Go solventless today.

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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.

CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.

2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?

Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.

3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?

Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. organic hemp seedsTypically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!

99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.

In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”

4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?

The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.

Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.

5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?

colorado growing operationWe feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.

6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?

Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.

7. What is the best method of use?

For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.

8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?

There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.

9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?

Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative CBD Oil Extractside effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.

10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?

As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.

When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.

The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.

For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.

THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.

11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?

In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.

12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?

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Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.

13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?

No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.

We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor thereCannawell.

14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?

Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†

Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.

15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?

We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. mjna message boardWe also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.

16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?

We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.

17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?

CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.

Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.

18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?

“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia

There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).

For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.

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