Frequently Asked Questions

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About Root Sciences

Root Sciences is the global leader in the distribution of equipment and support services for processing facilities in the cannabis and hemp industries, representing premium extraction, distillation and other post-processing technologies and services.

Root Sciences represents premium extraction, distillation and other post-processing technologies, as well as business planning and lab/facility design and consulting services.

In 1980, two sets of brothers became life-long friends and would later change the way hemp and cannabis is now processed around the globe.  Over three decades later, Root Sciences was officially founded in 2016 and the company became one of the first to bring cannabinoid distillation to the hemp and cannabis industries. Today, Root Sciences represents premium extraction, distillation and other post-processing technologies, as well as business planning and lab/facility design and consulting services.

In 2020, Scitek became the first sub-agent to represent Root Sciences’ equipment in the Australia and New Zealand markets.

Currently, Root Sciences represents equipment manufactured by DEVEX, ETS, VTA, and GEA. Root Sciences also has a variety of partners to ensure all other processing needs can be met, including Across International, Cascade Sciences, Ecodyst, REM Technologies and Tandem Technology.

Starting with their extraction line, Root Sciences represents technologies offered by both DEVEX and ETS:

Combining DEVEX’s 25 years of know-how and experience in the field of botanical extraction with Root Sciences’ reputation as the market leaders in the field of cannabis processing, the partnership was formed to produce what both companies identify as “The Ultimate Cannabis Pre-Distillation Process.” Learn more about DEVEX at https://www.devex-gmbh.de/devex-CryoEXS.html.

Established in 2011, ExtractionTek Solutions produces quality-manufactured, safe and efficient extraction machines, forging the paths needed for using light hydrocarbon, propane, and butane as solvents. ExtractionTek Solutions manufactures four hydrocarbon extraction machines ranging from 2 lbs to 35 lbs, of source material capacity, delivering industry-leading processing speeds catering to a wide range of run sizes.

Next, in their distillation line of equipment, Root Sciences represents VTA of Germany. As global distributors of VTA Short Path Distillation Plants, Root Sciences ensures that new customers are properly setup, trained and ready to make high-quality distillate on day one. This is followed up by the industry’s best  after-sale support. VTA’s main focus of production is thin film and short path distillation plants at laboratory, pilot and industrial scale. Learn more about VTA at http://www.vta-process.de

For their post-processing line of equipment, Root Sciences and GEA of Italy joined forces to introduce nano-emulsion technology for use in cannabinoid applications. GEA is one of the largest technology suppliers for food processing and a wide range of other industries. They specializes in machinery and plants, as well as process technology and components. GEA provides sustainable solutions for sophisticated production processes in diverse end-user markets and offers a comprehensive service portfolio. For more information, visit http://www.gea.com.

If you’re considering leasing or financing options, we’re here to assist.  We have several partners that we work with offering up to $10 million for equipment financing. Click here to learn more about leasing and financing options. 

About Extraction

Root Sciences is proud to announce our partnership with DEVEX, the global leader in Cryo Ethanol Extraction Equipment. Root Sciences and Devex, together, will pave the way for cryo ethanol as a sustainable solution for pre-distillation crude cannabis oil.

 

Established in 2011, ExtractionTek Solutions produces quality-manufactured, safe and efficient extraction machines, forging the paths needed for using light hydrocarbon, propane, and butane as solvents. ExtractionTek Solutions manufactures four hydrocarbon extraction machines ranging from 2 lbs to 35 lbs, of source material capacity, delivering industry-leading processing speeds catering to a wide range of run sizes.

In 2021, Pinnacle and ETS joined forces and are now represented under the name ExtractionTek Stainless.

Ethanol extraction has some unique characteristics which make it one of the most efficient solutions for large scale cannabis processors (specifically processors operating in big pharma) to make its final form of cannabinoid distillation concentrates. Contact us with any questions or additional information.

Hydrocarbon extraction separates desired compounds from cannabis plant matter with the use of liquid hydrocarbon gas solvents. Hydrocarbon extraction systems can produce a range of products including live resin and diamonds, as well as feed downstream processes like distillation, isolate production and more.

Butane Hash Oil, or BHO is the essential oil extracted from the cannabis plant using Butane as a solvent. BHO concentrate can be extracted from fresh or cured material. The result is a mix of waxes, cannabinoids and terpenes.

Root Sciences saves you time and money helping you determine which method of extraction is best suited for your unique application and facility. Our team of experts works with you to ensure you receive the most suitable solution based on your requirements from our range of best-in-class manufacturers.

FROM OUR DEVEX LINE: 

  • CryoEXS 400
  • CryoEXS 800

FROM OUR ETS LINE: 

  • MiniMEP
  • MEP 30
  • MEP XT70
  • EFR
  • AESC

  • Traditionally, the most common extraction methods used in the creation of cannabis crude oil have been CO2 extraction, light hydrocarbon extraction, and warm ethanol extraction, as shown on the left side of the diagram pictured above.
  • In contrast, CryoEXS, as shown on the right side of the chart above, entered the hemp and cannabis extraction market in 2019, and has since cut the extraction process down from days to hours by utilizing cryo-ethanol extraction (commonly referred to as cold-ethanol extraction) technology.
  • CryoEXS efficiently leaves lipids behind during the extraction process, which allows processors to cut the process bottleneck down from a few days to just a few hours.
  • Manufactured by DEVEX of Germany, our cryo-ethanol extraction systems provide the benefit of bypassing several steps that must be followed during the other pictured extraction methods. As you can see from the diagram above, this type of cold-ethanol extraction technology offers a much more advantageous and time-efficient solution to the extraction process.
CryoEXS vs. Traditional Extraction Methods, a Comparison Chart

Yes! With CryoEXS technology, hemp and cannabis processing facilities reduce the extraction process down from several days to just a few hours.  Contact us to learn more.

Cryo-Ethanol Extraction System Provides the Following Processes:

  1. Solvent Cooling
  2. Ethanol Extraction
  3. Ethanol Recovery
  4. Ethanol Stripping (out of cannabis biomass following ethanol extraction)
  5. Decarboxylation

About Distillation

VTA is a specialist in thermal process engineering. The company designs and manufactures thin film and short path distillation plants for laboratory and pilot purposes. You can view a VTA laboratory model here.

Short Path Distillation is a thermal separation process characterized by the distilled vapor only traveling a short path before condensing on the condenser, enabling efficient operation with little waste.

Wiped film distillation makes use of wipers to spread the feedstock into a thin film, greatly increasing surface area and decreasing residence time – or how long the feedstock is exposed to high temperatures. Wiped film evaporators can use either an external condenser or an internal condenser, in which case they are called wiped film short path evaporators.

The Short Path Distillation Plant VKL 70-5 can process 1500ml/hr of cannabis concentrates into a high potency distillate.

Yes! All of our wiped film short path evaporators are continuous feed and discharge systems.

Yes, our short path evaporator is fully jacketed to help maintain a consistent temperature throughout the cannabis distillation process.

The VKL processes pre-processed cannabis oils derived from CO2 (Carbon Dioxide), BHO (Butane Hash Oil) or Cold Ethanol (-40˚C to -60˚C or lower) that have been fully winterized, decarboxylated and devolatized.

Root Sciences’ VKL distillation systems quickly and efficiently distills a highly-purified, cannabinoid-rich fraction.

Primarily, only heavy-end terpenes are recovered during distillation. However, these terpenes may reused if desired.

Individual yields are highly dependent on the material used. However, the VKL system can capture up to 99% of available cannabinoids, and typical yields range in the low 90’s by weight.

Potency is highly dependent upon the material used, but can exceed 99% total cannabinoid. Our clients report typical ranges in the low to mid 90s.

ABOUT NANOEMULSIFICATION

GEA is one of the largest technology suppliers for food processing and a wide range of other industries. The global group specializes in machinery, plants, as well as process technology and components. GEA provides sustainable solutions for sophisticated production processes in diverse end-user markets and offers a comprehensive service portfolio.

For more information, visit http://www.gea.com

An article published by the US National Library of Medicine defines nanoemulsion as a ‘fine oil/water or water/oil dispersion stabilized by an interfacial film of surfactant molecule having droplet size range 20–600nm’.

At the top of the list, the bioavailability of the cannabinoids greatly increases in the human body. (Cannabinoids are the active ingredients in edibles.) When compared to traditionally manufactured edibles and beverages, recent studies indicate products created with nanoemulsions take effect more quickly and deliver more consistent and enjoyable experiences for consumers. Most people also report a much cleaner taste in nano-emulsified edibles and beverages they consume, opposed to traditional edibles.  

In the application of hemp and cannabis-infused products, bioavailability is the measure of how much ingested THC or CBD is absorbed into the bloodstream and thus to what degree it elicits an effect on the consumer. 

Depending on the route of ingestion, this can be affected by a number of factors. For example, smoking flower, eating an edible, or drinking a nanoemulsion-based beverage will result in different effects on the consumer.

Yes.  Our machines produce water-soluble cannabinoid nanoemulsions for easily incorporating in the manufacturing process of cannabis-infused edibles and beverages.

Depending on the machine model purchased and other influential operating factors, producers have the option to create clear, high-load, or flavorless nanoemulsions to include in the formulations of hemp and cannabis-infused products.

Our equipment produces water-soluble cannabinoid nanoemulsions:
  • Easily added to beverages and edibles
  • Improved bioavailability and faster uptake
  • More precise dosage due to true homogeneous mixing
  • Create clear, high-load, or flavorless nanoemulsions
  • Proven homogenization technology used in beverage, chemical, and pharmaceutical processing

Manufactured by GEA of Italy, Root Sciences now offers post-processing equipment to produce THC and CBD nanoemulsions for use in the formulation of hemp and cannabis-infused edibles and beverages. GEA, specializing in machinery, plants, as well as process technology and components, is one of the largest global technology suppliers for food processing and a wide range of other industries.  For more information, visit http://www.gea.com

Currently, Root Sciences offers 6 models in our nanoemulsion line of post-processing equipment. The approximate flow rates for these models range from 7 to 24+ liters per hour.

ABOUT OUR SERVICES

Root Sciences is the global leader in the distribution of equipment and support services for processing facilities in the cannabis and hemp industries, providing premium extraction, distillation and other post-processing technologies as well as business planning and lab/facility design and consulting services. For more information on our equipment and services, please contact our sales team.

Business Consulting Services Include:

• End-to-End Consulting
• Business Plan Development
• License Application Preparation
• Complete Facility Design
• Equipment Selection
• Equipment Installation
• Staff Training

Individual Client Services Include:

• Machine Relocation
• Equipment Training
• Re-Training (Refresher)
• Equipment Maintenance (Basic or Comprehensive)
• Pre-Distillation Engineering Services
• Decarboxylation Training
• Ethanol Recovery Training
• Concentrates and Formulations Engineering Services
• Nanoemulsion Engineering Services
• Regulatory and market research: Ensure you are armed with the best information when starting or growing your business.
• Business plan and financial analysis: A solid business plan with professional financial analysis will ensure capital is raised quickly and with ease.
• Cultivation design and construction: From massive outdoor or greenhouse operations to top-quality indoor grows, we have the experience to guide you to success.
• Biomass harvesting, drying, and storage solutions: Picking the right harvesting and storage solutions for your biomass will protect its quality and integrity.
• Processing facility design and equipment selection: Planning is the key to efficient biomass processing, selecting the right equipment and the right environment to minimize downtime and maximize profit.
• Product formulation and packaging: From bulk cannabis flower and topicals to vape cartridges and nanoemulsified beverages, Root Sciences can guide you to creating your ideal product.
• Quality assurance and testing: The cornerstone of any company, a thorough quality management system will help to ensure your business sees years of profitable operation.

Business Consulting Services Include:

• End-to-End Consulting
• Business Plan Development
• License Application Preparation
• Complete Facility Design
• Equipment Selection
• Equipment Installation
• Staff Training

Absolutely.  Root Sciences has skilled technicians that can assist your business every step of the way with relocating your machine.  Contact us to learn more.

Our Client Portal is designed to equip processors with the knowledge, tools, and expertise needed to reach optimal machine performance and maintain well-trained staff. Premier Members enjoy perks like annual VIP service visits, access to the online self-serve help desk, complimentary shipping, parts discounts, and much more.

ABOUT THC REMEDIATION

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) remediation can be defined as any process that removes or reduces the level of the THC cannabinoid from hemp-derived products and extracts.

Hemp cultivators performing CBD extraction may have illegal levels of THC in their extract. This occurs when their CBD extract tests above the 0.3% THC limit. Root Sciences’ team can assist you with this issue. Contact our sales team to learn about the best THC remediation equipment option that suits the needs of your operation.

THC remediation benefits producers by reducing the levels of THC in their extract in order to meet legal requirements (to produce extract that falls beneath the 0.3% THC limit.)

Root Sciences’ team can assist you with this issue. Contact our sales team to learn about the best THC remediation equipment option that suits the needs of your operation.

No, but Root Sciences’ team can assist you with producing extract that falls beneath the 0.3% THC limit.

Contact our sales team to learn about the best THC remediation equipment option that suits the needs of your operation.

In certain states, CBD extract must meet legal requirements of staying beneath the 0.3% THC limit. 

ABOUT OTHER PRODUCTS OFFERED

Root Sciences provides a comprehensive selection of ancillary equipment to complete your processing line.  Get in touch to learn more about our ancillary lineup.

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