Interested in meeting the Root Sciences team?
We’ll be attending the MJBizConNEXT cannabis conference from May 9 – May 11 2018.
Interested in meeting the Root Sciences team?
We’ll be attending the MJBizConNEXT cannabis conference from May 9 – May 11 2018.
Join Industry Ambassadors Root Sciences at the California Cannabis Business Conference on:
Thursday, September 21: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Friday, September 22: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
700 Convention Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
Visit us at the Cannabis World Congress & Business Exposition (CWCB Expo) between September 13-15 2017 at Booth 123!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Root Sciences will be attending the following cannabis conferences between September and November. We hope to see you there!
The marijuana industry is fast becoming more mainstream in the United States.
Medical legalization has spread to include 28 states as of March 2017. More are in the forecast for approval before the end of the year.
Currently, the cannabis industry is worth close to five billion dollars. As the cannabis industry unfolds, it is expected to employ more people in the United States than the manufacturing industry. Experts estimate this number to reach 300,000, by 2020.
Insiders must work to stay ahead of the widening competition pool as the industry continues to grow. The goal to produce the purest possible concentrate ranks highly among processors. Over the last two decades, conversion has relied on common methods of extraction. The concentrated form is then used for specific purposes, depending on the patient and/or recreational user.
Corey Balma of Root Sciences is also a technician for Suspended Brands (Bare Concentrates), a Washington-based i502 producer / processor.
He has uncovered the secret to the purest forms of cannabis. It is not the practiced method of extraction that many assume.
Instead, Balma has discovered the cutting edge of cannabis production. Special distillation equipment makes it possible to manufacture the clearest concentrates possible.
Balma claims, “The purity of extraction is far inferior and has limited uses compared to a pure distillate.”
Typical extraction methods use solvents, such as butane, propane, CO2 and alcohol. These derive potent concentrates from the cannabis plant.
Concentrates of cannabinoids such as THC and CBD are extracted from the cannabis plant during this process.
Extraction produces a refined product. The refined product has a far greater purity level than the 15-25% of THC that is often found in the average flower.
Cannabis distillation involves a process known as ‘short path distillation.‘ This removes unwanted molecules for a cleaner and clearer concentrate. This sophisticated process produces concentrates with total cannabinoids up to 99.95%.
Generally, the distillation process separates the terpenes from the cannabinoids, which is the source of “flavor, smell and enhanced effect”.
The workers at the Organa lab in Denver, Colorado, use cannabis distillation to create potent concentrates. With distillation, they are able to create the concentrates while preserving the terpenes.
The resulting concentrate is cleaner and clearer than anything ever used before.
Industry leaders have created an innovative distillation system that will not reduce quality. Although it maintains the desired effects, it removes unwanted residue. Until now, extraction methods have left this residue behind.
Root Sciences Short Path Distillation apparatus is a Wiped Film Evaporator that can process up to 1500ml per hour of BHO or CO2 oil. This process turns the oil into a high-value clear THC distillate.
This innovative distillation equipment has brought new excitement to the cannabis industry. The ability to produce high concentrations of THC allows consumers the best experience possible.
The short path distillation equipment is quick and easy to use. Its automated system provides high concentrations of THC and CBD.
This equipment is groundbreaking in nature. It has gained popularity among a wide audience within the cannabis industry.
Research supports various uses for concentrated THC oil. Many recreational users have appreciated THC for years. However, there is a renewed growing interest in its healing properties among the medical community.
The short path distillation unit is a new and unique way of extracting the most concentrated levels ever available to consumers. Its cutting edge technology provides a way of delivering the greatest results possible. The equipment’s designers are part of the industry’s leading forces, providing professional support, expertise, and education to customers. THC is no longer appealing only to the recreational user. Now, physicians, patients, and their families are hopeful because of discoveries regarding THC. More and more people are showing an interest in the possibilities surrounding THC and physicians and scientists have found that THC has a variety of uses and their discoveries illustrate the untapped potential of THC.
With the equipment created by Root Sciences, featuring a continuous feed fully-jacketed system, consumers are finding a method that is easy to use and accessible to everyone.
The cannabis industry is a strong force in tomorrow’s economy. Reports show that the industry will continue providing more revenue and jobs.
Cannabis distillation gives us a glimpse into the industry’s future.
This equipment provides an efficient and productive way to derive cannabis’s most beneficial properties. It offers those in the cannabis business a better way of providing their product to consumers.
To find out more about how this revolutionary breakthrough can benefit you, contact us!
May 17-19, 2017
Gaylord National Harbor Hotel
201 Waterfront St, Oxon Hill, MD 20745
Many thanks to the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) for putting on an amazing conference in Berlin this past April!
Marijuana. Cannabis. Weed. Bud.
Whatever you want to call it, legal cannabis is the fastest growing industry in North America. In 2016 alone, North American marijuana sales grew by 30% to total $6.7 billion.
That growth is faster than both cable television in the ’90s (19%) and broadband internet in the ’00s (29%). To put it mildly, the legal cannabis business is heading in a promising direction.
But what exactly are the economic benefits of marijuana? How can cannabis legalization actually help the economy?
To answer that, let’s start with the most obvious economic benefit.
Due to prohibition, it’s hard to know precisely how much money can be made from regulating cannabis sales. But a Harvard economist estimates the marijuana trade to be worth about $113 billion annually.
That translates to about $45 billion in taxes that the government is missing out on every year. Tax money that can be put toward a variety of social and economic programs nationwide.
Fortunately, more than seven states have pushed to legalize marijuana for recreation. And even more support its medicinal uses. Meaning, there’s plenty of data coming to light that reveals legal cannabis’ impact on state tax revenue.
So let’s look at Colorado. Within the first 10 months of 2016, marijuana businesses in Colorado made roughly $1.1 billion in legal cannabis sales. That translates to more than $150 million in tax revenue for the state–just between January and October alone!
That’s crazy! Especially when you consider that Colorado voted to legalize recreational use in 2012. Which means that before 2012, this extra cash flow simply didn’t exist in the state.
By contrast, in states where marijuana is illegal, all money made on its sale goes to…well, we can’t really know. But since it’s completely untaxed and unregulated, we can be sure it’s not going to governmental programs or building schools.
But cannabis legalization doesn’t only generate money.
The so-called “war on drugs” costs the United States $25 billion dollars every year. That breaks down to $793 every second!
See, that’s the thing about prohibition: it costs money to enforce. Meanwhile, cannabis legalization could save the government (and taxpayers) big bucks. Roughly $8.7 billion per year can be saved on enforcement and prosecution spending alone.
But the savings don’t stop there. States that legalized medical marijuana saw their annual prescription overdose fatalities decrease by 25% on average. That’s right, legalization can actually help save lives.
From an economic perspective, each prescription overdose fatality costs taxpayers $3,000. This is due to the costs of the investigation, autopsy, testing, transportation, and clerical work. That doesn’t even touch the personal financial burden of funerary expenses or the emotional toll of losing someone you love to drugs.
That’s why cannabis legalization is a homerun. It means more people saved, better allocation of taxpayer money, and the police focusing on more pressing crime beats.
Which is a big deal when you consider that a marijuana possession arrest happened every 51 seconds in 2014.
Or look at it another way. In 2015, there were more arrests for possessing small amounts of marijuana than there were for all violent crimes combined.
Pretty skewed statistics, don’t you think?
Which brings us to another huge economic benefit of cannabis legalization.
Mass incarceration is a huge problem in the United States. Since 1970, the US prison population has gone up 700%. Outpacing both population growth and crime rates over the same period.
There are a lot of factors that play into the explosion of prison populations. One of the big ones is mandatory minimum sentencing laws. They became popular nationwide thanks to the drug war, and continue to put a tremendous number of petty criminals behind bars every year.
One in four people in prison for a cannabis offense (approximately 6,600 people) is considered a low-level offender. Yet an estimated $4 billion is spent every year to arrest, prosecute, and jail marijuana offenders.
The excessive spending doesn’t make economic sense.
And these arrests have lasting impacts far beyond just wasting taxpayer money. Criminal records last. As Americans complete their possession sentences and return to society, it can be nearly impossible to find a job willing to hire an ex-convict.
Cannabis legalization can help. One, by not putting petty offenders behind bars in the first place. And two, by removing the stigma of cannabis consumption. Making it easier for Americans with a marijuana-related criminal record to find jobs.
And if cannabis offenders can get hired, they can more successfully readjust to being productive members of society.
But while we’re on the subject of employment.
In 2015, the cannabis industry created just over 18,000 full-time jobs in Colorado alone. That number includes positions directly related to the marijuana biz. Like jobs working in dispensaries, cultivating plants, and manufacturing cannabis-infused products.
But cannabis legalization also boosts employment in other industries. Think about it: marijuana has to be grown, processed, packaged, and sold. That’s a lot of work.
Far more than a single, newbie grow house can handle.
Which means more jobs for cannabis-related service providers and vendors. Like:
Not to mention, with legalization comes regulation. Thorough testing is necessary to create safer cannabis for consumers. That means more high-skilled laboratory jobs examining and certifying cannabis.
The verdict is in: cannabis legalization lights up the economy (in more ways than one). It makes money, saves money, creates jobs, and empties jails. I mean, what more could you want?
And as more states move to legalize, we look forward to even more studies and data to illuminate the other benefits of legalization.
Until then though, cannabis science has come a long way. Check out how scientists identified the gene responsible for marijuana flavor. Or take a second to learn about cannabis oil, also known as THC distillate, and its numerous benefits.
But if you’re still not sure about getting involved in the cannabis industry, we can help. Contact us with your questions, so you can jump into the booming cannabis business as soon as possible.
Original Article from UBC News
Scientists at the University of British Columbia have scanned the genome of cannabis plants to find the genes responsible for providing various strains with their fruity, earthy or skunky flavours.
“The goal is to develop well-defined and highly-reproducible cannabis varieties. This is similar to the wine industry, which depends on defined varieties such as chardonnay or merlot for high value products,” said Jörg Bohlmann, a professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and faculty of forestry at UBC. “Our genomics work can inform breeders of commercial varieties which genes to pay attention to for specific flavour qualities.”
The study was published today in PLOS ONE.