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There is more information than ever before on the extraction processes of CBD oil and the benefits of using such products, but there are still a large number of things that many people do not understand – Decarboxylation is one of those.

Decarboxylation is an essential step in the process of creating CBD hemp oil, which is a popular daily supplement that can be used to help remedy a variety of ailments. This process applies to all types of cannabis, including medical marijuana use, recreational marijuana use, and in the use of CBD oil products created from the industrial hemp plant.

So, what actually is decarboxylation?

Decarboxylation is a process and chemical reaction that removes a carboxyl group from a molecule and releases carbon dioxide. Before cannabis (both hemp and marijuana) is decarboxylated, there isn’t naturally occurring CBD or THC present in the plant.

Instead, these phytocannabinoids are found in an acidic state, better known as cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA).

The decarboxylation process converts these inactive components in cannabis, which are not psychoactive, into active components – converting CBDA into CBD and THCA into THC.

How does this process work?

If you’ve ever wondered why people smoke marijuana instead of eating it raw, it’s because the decarboxylation process requires cannabis to be heated – and CBD from the hemp plant is no different.

While partial decarboxylation can be achieved to some extent from curing and drying over time, the process of CBD oil decarboxylation can be done in an extraction lab by heating the material at a certain temperature for a certain amount of time.

This process is highly complicated and can’t simply be done in a kitchen. It requires an exact science and specifically-engineered cannabis extraction technology, such as the oil and ethanol recovery systems designed by Cannabis Oil Tech.

The benefits of decarboxylated CBD oil

The decarboxylation process is essential to unlocking all of the benefits that CBD oil offers consumers. CBD is non-psychoactive, so even after decarboxylation users won’t receive the “high” of THC products – the process is simply to be able to activate the various therapeutic compounds of CBD.

Scientific studies have found that CBD oil can work as a treatment for various mental and physical illnesses (such as anxiety, cancer and chronic pain), as well as possessing beneficial properties such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics.

Want to learn more about how Cannabis Oil Tech can help you achieve a high-quality CBD oil product? Contact our team of experts today, we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.

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The cannabinoid industry has boomed in recent years, mainly down to the large number of health benefits that scientific studies continue to find. Extraction of CBD oil from both marijuana and hemp plants is now big business, and it’s not expected to slow down.

Recent reports indicate that the cannabidiol market is estimated to grow by 700 percent by 2020. A further report by market intelligence firm Hemp Business Journal projects that the CBD market will grow to $2.1 billion US by 2020 – a huge jump in value compared to last year’s CBD market of $202 million.

This increased popularity has come after numerous scientific studies found that CBD can be used for the treatment of various mental and physical illnesses, and possess beneficial properties such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics.

How is CBD & THC oil extracted?

CBD & THC oil extraction is the process of creating cannabinoids in a pure and highly concentrated form that are suitable for human consumption. It can be extracted from the marijuana plant, but is more commonly extracted from the hemp plant due it its significantly lower levels of THC – the property that gives the “high” of marijuana.

The extraction of CBS can take place through various methods, the most common two are ethanol or CO2.

CO2 – The CO2 extraction requires expensive equipment that use pressurized CO2 (carbon dioxide) to extract CBD from the plant. Plants are filtered through a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure, and cannabinoids are on average isolated at a 90 percent purity.

Ethanol – Ethanol, on the other hand, extracts CBD or THC oil with up to 99 percent purity, far higher than that of C02. The extraction process introduces the solvent ethanol to the hemp or marijuana plant in order to extract the cannabinoids.

Cannabis Oil Tech by Maratek has a series of highly-regarded oil and ethanol extraction equipment. We’ve listed the top four benefits of using an oil and ethanol recovery system (OERS) when extracting CBD / THC oil from marijuana or hemp.

1 – Improved purity

OERS are high quality and that translates back into the final product. Ethanol extraction is capable of producing cannabis oil with up to 99 percent purity, meaning a higher quality end product. That’s far higher than alternative extraction methods, which generally only reach around 90 percent purity. It can also provide built in decarboxylation, providing a more useful / valuable final product.

2 – Batch or continuous systems

Oil and ethanol extraction equipment can come in both batch or continuous systems, depending on the scale of your company. A batch system will operate one cycle at a time, allowing you to control exactly when the equipment is running.

Continuous units, on the other hand, operate using continuous distillation methods and can come fully automated with self-cleaning oil recovery. These are great for companies with much larger production processes.

3 – Affordability

As well as offering a higher quality end-product, OERS equipment is much less expensive and far more efficient than using C02 systems, Rotovaps or butane for CBD oil production. OERS equipment, for example, is far cheaper than the expensive machinery used in C02 extraction.

4 – Non-labor intensive

Extraction equipment should not be labor intensive, and some oil and ethanol machines allow for full automation. Equipment can be fully automated and operated by a touchscreen interface that will start the automatic extraction process.

OERS equipment from Cannabis Oil Tech, for example, can run for hours or even for days without the need of an operator.

Cannabis Oil Tech has engineered its very own set of unique Oil & Ethanol Recovery Systems specifically for the cannabis industry, which can produce CBD oil with up to 99 percent – meaning a higher quality end product.

Want to learn more about our Oil & Ethanol Recovery Systems? Contact us today.

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The cannabinoid (CBD) industry is continuing to grow leaps and bounds over the past couple of years, but do you know the difference between CBD oil derived from hemp and CBD oil derived from marijuana?

Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the three main chemicals found in the cannabis and hemp plants. It’s growth in popularity in recent years has coincided with various scientific studies that have continued to find benefits for its application.

It’s believed CBD can be used for the treatment of various mental and physical illnesses, and possess beneficial properties such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics.

However, there are some key differences between the CBD oil derived from hemp and the CBD oil derived from marijuana.

The simple answer is that anything sold in a health store will be derived from the hemp plant and can be legally sold in most countries due to its THC content being lower than 0.3 percent – the property that gives you the “high” of marijuana.

CBD oil derived from marijuana, on the other hand, contains a much higher THC content and is normally the CBD oil sold by licenced cannabis producers.

What’s the difference between THC and CBD?

THC and CBD are the most prevalent cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant, and both are found in marijuana and hemp plants but at much different levels of concentration. To qualify as hemp, a cannabis plant must legally have less than 0.3 percent THC. Marijuana products, however, have significantly higher levels of THC.

Unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive. In fact, CBD is known to reduce the psychoactive effects of THC. Put simply, THC can cause the ‘high’ or euphoria associated with marijuana, as well as any other potential psychoactive side effects – CBD does not do this.

The differences between THC levels in a hemp-based CBD oil and a marijuana-based CBD oil play a large role in determining its legality in each country. Due to its higher THC content, CBD oil derived from the marijuana plant remains illegal in most countries and states, while CBD oil from the hemp plant is legal and available in most.

The medicinal differences

Despite the potential psychoactive side-effects, CBD oil derived from marijuana is believed to have important medicinal applications for patients with AIDS, chronic pain, and as a remedy for chemotherapy.

Meanwhile, studies have shown that hemp-derived CBD oil has medicinal benefits that can help inflammation, diabetes, cancer and more.

Not all CBD oils are the same quality

The extraction process of CBD oils is extremely complex especially once you add in popular features such as decarboxylation. Medicinal properties of the plant can easily be damaged, and low-quality machinery will result in a worse end product. Learning the process and using the right machinery is essential.

The aim is to extract CBD in its purest and most highly concentrated form, to create a high-quality product that is suitable for human consumption. There are two extraction methods for this – ethanol and C02.

Cannabis Oil Tech has engineered its very own set of unique Oil & Ethanol Recovery Systems specifically for the cannabis industry, which can produce CBD oil with up to 99 percent – meaning a higher quality end product.

Want to learn more about how products? Contact us today.

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Cannabidiol (CBD) is one of the three main chemicals found in the cannabis plant, and it has grown in popularity in recent years as scientific studies continue to find benefits for its application.

Over the past few years CBD has become so popular that it is now being produced into a wide range of commercial and pharmaceutical products, from edibles, oils, creams and even infused drinks such as coffee.

This naturally occurring compound in the cannabis plant can be used for the treatment of various mental and physical illnesses, and possess beneficial properties such as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, anticonvulsants and antipsychotics.

Cannabinoids are THC-free, meaning they do not provide you with the ‘high’ of marijuana and that means CBD products are legal in many countries around the world.

CBD, however, is not easy to extract from the hemp plant. The medicinal properties of the plant can easily be damaged in the extraction process, particularly if the wrong equipment is used.

Learning how to extract CBD from a hemp or marijuana plant, and using the most effective machinery to do this, is essential for a high-quality end product.

How can CBD be extracted?

The purpose of CBD extraction is to create cannabinoids in a pure and highly concentrated form that are suitable for human consumption. CBD can be extracted from both hemp and marijuana plants, although it is most oftenly extracted from the stalks and stems of industrial hemp plants.

The two most popular methods for extraction are ethanol and C02. C02 extraction involves filtering plants through a series of chambers that control temperature and pressure. This methods isolates cannabinoids at a 90 per cent efficiency by applying different temperatures and units to the hemp or marijuana plants.

The C02 extraction method requires extremely expensive equipment that use pressurized C02 (carbon dioxide) to pull the CBD from the plant.

Ethanol extraction, however, can produce cannabis oil with up to 99 percent purity, meaning a higher quality end product. Ethanol extraction involves introducing the solvent ethanol to the hemp or marijuana plant in order to extract the cannabinoids.

So, what’s the best equipment?

Cannabis Oil Tech is a leader in the separation of cannabis and hemp oils from ethanol and our machinery creates a finished product with over 99 percent purity.

With installations across the US and Canada our highly automated and advanced Oil & Ethanol Recovery System – Continuous (OERS-C) and our Oil and Ethanol Recovery System – Batch (OERS-B) are highly regarded within the industry.

Our machinery, which is designed specifically for the cannabis market, requires less manpower than industry competitors and both pieces of equipment are significantly more cost-effective than using C02 extraction machines.

  • Here are some benefits of using Cannabis Oil Tech’s equipment:
  • Our systems produce a Cannabis or Hemp oil with up to 99 percent purity.
  • Can decarboxylate the oils.
  • Offer both batch and continuous systems for companies of all sizes.
  • Industrial quality with stainless steel, grade 304 or higher (including fittings and condenser).
  • GMP compliant (Good Manufacturing Practices compliant).
  • Class 1, Division 1 certified By MetLab, for explosion proofing and safety.
  • Much less expensive than using CO₂ systems, Rotovaps or butane for oil production.
  • Extremely safe to operate.
  • Very non-labor intensive, running for hours or even up to days without needing an operator.
Find out how Cannabis Oil Tech can help your CBD extraction and contact us today!

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Case Study: Improving your Hemp Oil Product and Purity with Cannabis Oil Tech

Cannabis oil has been found to have beneficial properties such as anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic and antipsychotic. This means it can be used for the potential treatment of numerous illnesses, both physical and mental.

The medicinal value of the property, however, can be damaged by the complicated extraction process – this is how one company has become a leader in the sector with the help of innovative equipment from Cannabis Oil Tech by Maratek.

The company, which has history in successfully installing commercial plants in purifications of fish oil, krill oil, proteins, and sweeteners across the world, is now a specialist in the production of cannabinoids from industrial hemp.

It is now a large-scale producer of THC-free CBD Isolate and THC-free CBD Oil from Colorado-grown industrial hemp, which can be used for both medical and recreational purposes when created with proprietary extraction technology.

Having installed equipment from Cannabis Oil Tech, the state-of-the-art facility near Denver now produces THC-free CBD oil and CBD isolate with zero solvent at up to 80 percent potency. It produces a whopping 1,000 kg each month, making it one of the largest manufacturers.

Cannabis Oil Tech’s highly automated and advanced Oil & Ethanol Recovery System – Continuous (OERS-C) helps the company’s production by recovering the ethanol medium used in the chromatography, by a method called vacuum distillation.

The GMP-compliant unit operates for a 20-22-hour cycle, in which a continuous feed of ethanol enters the boiling distillation vessel under very high vacuum and is distilled automatically. The ethanol is condensed and re-used while the oil remains in the vessel. A scraper keeps the oil from overheating on the sides of the vessel and ensures a maximum discharge at the end of a cycle

Some 50 gallons of 95 percent ethanol are input into the system each hour along with 5 percent CBD hemp oil. As a result, the system helps the company to produce up to 100 gallons of  THC-free oil per hour.

The system is far more efficient and cost-effective than the use of a CO₂ system or other industry competitors.

Cannabis Oil Tech is a market leader in the solvent and oil recycling industry. Its systems separate cannabis and hemp oils from ethanol (or any other solvents) and producing a finished product with more than 99 percent purity.


Find out how Cannabis Oil Tech can help your business, and contact us today!

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