Root Sciences

Cannabis Distillation Equipment

Short Path Distillation

Root Sciences specializes in commercial-scale short path distillation equipment for the cannabis industry.

Our system can refine cannabis and hemp concentrates into a golden clear distillate that can be infused into a variety of edible products or fine oils to be used in vape cartridges and tinctures.

In our cannabis distillation process we take advantage of the melting points of cannabinoids, specifically THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).

By using molecular separation or short path distillation we can separate the THC from the terpenes, lipids, impurities and solvents, leaving you with an odourless and clear golden distillate.

The main advantages to using distillate is that it is safer to smoke, has a much higher potency than extracts or flower and activates immediately after use.

Learn more about distillate and its benefits.

THC Distillate

Short Path Distillation THC

Short path distillation (molecular distillation) and wiped film distillation are two thermal separation processes for heat sensitive crude material. For fixed clearance wipers, the wiped film evaporator is also referred to as a thin film evaporator. The short residence time (less than 10 seconds) and low evaporation temperature on the Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5 allows for minimal thermal stress to the distilled cannabis concentrates. Typical applications for short path distillation are high molecular weight compounds such as BHO and CO2 oil cannabis concentrates.

The most important requirement for all cannabis distillation processes is the boiling point difference of the cannabinoids that need to be separated from the terpenes, lipids, solvents and any other impurities.

With short path distillation and wiped film distillation, a decrease of boiling temperature is obtained by reducing the operating pressure. It is a continuous process with very short residence time.

In other distillation methods such as circulation, falling film and column distillation the cannabis concentrate would be damaged from the long residence times and high temperatures that must be applied. With the VKL 70-5 the temperatures can be used down to 0.001 mbar as compared with conventional wiped film evaporators which can be used down to approximately 1 mbar.

In a wiped film evaporator and short path evaporator, the cannabis concentrate is heated up on the internal surface of a heated tube also referred to as the evaporation chamber. During this process a special wiper rotates inside the evaporation chamber, generating a very thin and turbulent film on the heated surface of the evaporator.

A Turnkey Solution

The Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5 system can process up to 1500ml/hour of cannabis concentrates into a clear distillate.

Advantages to using our system:

  • Continuous feed so you don’t have to break vacuum
  • Short residence time
  • High evaporation rates
  • Low processing temperatures
  • Compact design
  • Cannabinoid separation
  • Automated controls
  • Fully Jacketed for precise temperature controls

Included with the Short Path Distillation plant VKL 70-5 is the feeding system, short path evaporator with internal condenser, cold trap, discharge systems for distillate and residue, heating and vacuum system.

The main glass components are carefully fabricated in Borosilicate glass to allow you to view the cannabis concentrate during the short path distillation process.

Interested in our short path distillation equipment? Contact us today for more information and a price quote.

Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5

Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5


Root Sciences provides installation and training for our turnkey short path distillation equipment so you can start making distillate on day one! Ask about our attractive leasing terms available through trusted partners, contact us today!. With our help you can achieve results as high as 99.95% in total cannabinoids.

Root Sciences - Short Path Distillation of Cannabis & Hemp (THC/CBD)

Root Sciences is a leading provider of commercial-scale short path distillation equipment for creating THC & CBD distillate from cannabis concentrates.