Hemp & Cannabis Distillation

Short Path Wiped Film Distillation

Short path wiped film distillation of THC sometimes referred to as molecular distillation of THC is a process that creates a high value clear distillate from concentrates containing cannabinoids using our wiped film evaporator. The percentage of THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol) in the distillate depends on the strain of cannabis or hemp that you start with. As mentioned, your starting material can be cannabis or hemp which then needs to be turned into winterized BHO (Butane Hash Oil) or winterized CO2 Oil concentrates through an extraction process. We will be discussing the Wiped Film Distillation process below.

Multiple Applications

The THC distillation process is split into two parts where on the first cut you remove the Terpenes (which can be reintroduced to the THC distillate) from the cannabinoids and the second cut removes the lipids, impurities and solvents leaving you with an odorless high value clear distillate. The wiped film evaporator creates a distillate that can produce a fine oil used in vape cartridges, tinctures or edibles. The THC distillation industry has advanced by leaps and bounds in recent years with new discoveries on the rise. There are lots of benefits to THC oil and distillate, which has skyrocketed its demand and led to price increases at the same time.

So how can the common person make distilled THC? The simple solution is by acquiring a turnkey short path distillation apparatus from Root Sciences!

Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5

Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5

The Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5 apparatus has a throughput of 1500ml per hour and features an automated easy-to-use continuous feed system. There are some common misconceptions when it comes to short path standard distillation versus our short path wiped film evaporator. The term short path is overly used to describe the distillation process and what most of the industry has adopted as short path is actually just standard distillation. Some disadvantages of standard short path distillation include a very long residence time, high temperatures resulting in degradation of product, a very slow rate of processing and your receiving flasks will be under vacuum which means you can't harvest the oil until you have stopped the distillation process. The Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5 has a residence time less than 10 seconds, meaning the residence is the entire duration of the run which also aids in no degradation of your product. Vacuum levels in the VKL 70-5 allow the operator to utilize lower temperatures negating oxidization and creating a truly shelf stable product. One of the biggest advantages of our equipment is the high rate of processing at 1500ml per hour with true continuous feed and discharge, allowing the equipment to be operated non-stop with very precise heating and temperature controls within .01 degrees.

A Turnkey Solution for THC Distillation Equipment

At Root Sciences we believe in providing the necessary tools to extract cannabinoids such as THC since everyone deserves to enjoy the many benefits of cannabis & hemp whether they be medical or recreational. That's why we combined cutting edge technologies with global brands such as VTA to provide a commercial-scale turnkey solution for distillation of THC. Our equipment has allowed our clients to make major breakthroughs in the recreational and medical cannabis industry.

We want to make it possible for everyone to create distillate from cannabis or hemp, which is why we have the best commercial-scale short path distillation equipment. All you have to do is simply fill out our contact form and you'll be emailed some information on how to get started!

THC has been around for centuries, but only now it is being truly cultivated and its benefits unleashed for everyone. It has allowed medical researchers to make major breakthroughs, and has changed medicine and therapeutic treatments completely.

How it Works

In a wiped film evaporator a rotating wiper system distributes the THC concentrates which in this case would be winterized BHO (Butane Hash Oil) or CO2 oil to a film on the inner surface of a heated pipe. The wiping system in the evaporator helps speed up the evaporation process by keeping the BHO or CO2 THC oil turbulent so that the heat transfer and mass transfer are optimized. The residence time of the product at the evaporator wall is actually very short and the vapours are condensed on an external condenser on the 70-5. The evaporator can recover the Terpenes which can be added in afterwards.

    Advantages of our Wiped Film Evaporator

  • Low operating pressures
  • Short residence time
  • High evaporation rates
  • Low fouling on evaporator wall
  • Distills THC concentrates

Installation, Training & Leasing Solutions

Root Sciences provides installation and training for our turnkey THC 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 99.85% in total cannabinoids. The science of cannabis is incredibly complex, but with the right parameters and our professional training you will be able to create a clear highly concentrated, odor-less and solvent-less THC distillate.

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