Case Study: Improving your Hemp Oil Product and Purity with Maratek

Research shows that cannabis oil (also known as cannabinoids and CBD) has benefits such as anti-inflammatory properties, anticonvulsant, antioxidant, antiemetic and antipsychotic, meaning it is the potential treatment for numerous physical and mental illnesses.

However, the medicinal value of the property 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 Maratek’s Cannabis Oil Tech division.

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.

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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 Maratek’s Cannabis Oil Tech division, 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.

Maratek’s highly automated and advanced Solvent Saver Custom System (SSC100) 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.

Maratek has been a market leader in the solvent and oil recycling industry for the past 20 years, with its systems separating cannabis and hemp oils from ethanol (or any other solvents) and producing a finished product with more than 99 percent purity.

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