Homogenization in the Cannabis Industry: Why It Matters

Posted by Jen Hug on Jun 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

homogenization in the cannabis industryLegal cannabis consumption is sweeping the nation. Today, 33 states (including Washington, DC) permit marijuana to be used medicinally, with 11 of them allowing it also to be used recreationally. This doesn’t mean that just anyone can start growing, manufacturing and selling cannabis products in these areas. Strict laws and ordinances exist at both state and local levels that regulate cannabis cultivation, production and distribution. Thus, each cannabis product meant for legal sale in the U.S. must first undergo analysis by a state-licensed lab. These labs test for potency (active amounts of THC and CBD), as well as safety, screening samples for possible contaminants such as pesticides, mycotoxins, heavy metals, residual solvents, bacteria and other possibly harmful analytes. Only if a product meets all compliance requirements is it released for distribution and sale. Take a look at how homogenization helps the cannabis industry comply with state laws so that patients and recreational customers alike have access to high-quality cannabis products:

 

But First, What is Homogenization?

Homogenization is the process by which the components of a substance are each broken apart into particles that are equal in size and structure and then thoroughly mixed back together. Such a process ensures that a sample maintains the same molecular composition in each of its segments should it ever be divided.

 

How is Homogenization Used in the Cannabis Industry?

Homogenization is critical for the manufacturing and the testing of cannabis-related products.

 

Manufacturing

During the production of cannabis products (including, but not limited to, oils, edibles, concentrates, solids and liquids), homogenizers reduce the size of cannabis particles, standardize their composition and disperse them evenly across the final product. Having small, uniform cannabis particles equally distributed throughout a sample guarantees:

           

  • Increased Bioavailability - Small particles maximize surface area and allow for increased dissolution and absorption of the active ingredient by up to 75%.

 

  • Reduced Need for More Active Ingredient - Because more active ingredient is able to be absorbed, less is needed to make an effect.

 

  • Faster User Response - And a better active ingredient that dissolves quickly means users feel a faster response, as well.

 

  • Better Appearance (and Taste, When Applicable) - Properly mixing a product makes it look (and taste) better.

 

  • Longer Shelf Life - Homogenization combines a product’s particles so effectively that they can’t separate, creating goods that last longer.

 

Testing

Homogenization is also critical for the testing and analysis of cannabis products. In order to assess potency and search for certain analytes, lab technicians must first homogenize a cannabis sample so that all its particles are evenly dispersed and can be trusted as an accurate and reliable representation of the cannabis product as a whole. Properly mixing a sample especially helps labs verify the concentration of cannabinoids and terpenoids, those ingredients that most influence a cannabis product’s overall efficacy. Furthermore, homogenization enables the effective grinding of a sample so that further assay testing can occur.

 

Want to Learn More?

The burgeoning cannabis industry is strengthened by the homogenization process. To learn how you can use homogenizers for cannabis products, contact our team at BEE International. Our proprietary high pressure homogenizers guarantee cannabis products that are effective, safe and profitable.

 

You might also like to download our free eBook, “3 Reasons Why High Pressure Homogenizers Are The Right Choice for Nano Cannabinoid Formulations,” for additional information regarding the value of homogenization for the cannabis industry.

 

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5 Benefits of Developing a Cannabis Product with High Pressure Homogenizers

Posted by Tal Shechter on Mar 15, 2019 2:12:00 PM

Developing Cannabis Products with High Pressure HomogenizersThe legalization of cannabis use in places like Canada and many U.S. states over the last few years is changing the way cannabis manufacturers make their products. To remain competitive in a burgeoning market, they are being forced to differentiate themselves in some way. The smart ones are simply making superior products. More than snazzy marketing, quality products encourage trust between consumer and company that often translates into repeat sales. One of the best ways cannabis manufacturers can insure their products’ superiority is by using a high pressure homogenizer (HPH) during the manufacturing process. Long considered a necessity in many food, pharmaceutical and chemical applications, HPHs offer the best solution for particle size reduction and uniform mixing. Take a look at why cannabis manufacturers believe this matters:

Increased Bioavailability

High pressure homogenizers are adept at breaking apart substances. And our patented BEE International homogenizers compound this efficiency with specialized cannabis-specific homogenizing agents that reduce cannabis particle size even further. Breaking the cannabis into the smallest pieces possible maximizes the surface area of the cannabis as a whole, which increases the rates of dissolution and absorption (i.e., the bioavailability) of the active ingredient by up to 75%.

Reduction of Active Ingredient Amount

Increased bioavailability also means less active product is needed for the same effect. Because high pressure homogenizers reduce cannabis particles and mix them together so well, the final cannabis product is uniform throughout the whole of its composition, ameliorating disparate concentrations of its active ingredient and allowing maximized absorption to occur. If there’s more active ingredient being absorbed, you don’t need to use as much.

Reduction of Response Time

Similarly, HPHs reduce the amount of time it takes for cannabis products to take effect. They create such small particles of active ingredient that are easier to dissolve. And faster dissolution equals faster response.

Increased Shelf Life

High pressure homogenizers create more stable mixtures than lower shear mixers. They so effectively combine particles that the particles don’t separate, even after a certain amount of time. Thus, you can store cannabis products that have been homogenized using high pressure longer and still remain confident of their stability and their efficacy.

Better Appearance and Taste

Finally, high pressure homogenizers ensure that cannabis products always look and taste the same. When ingredients are properly combined, you can’t differentiate their individual parts. Cannabis-infused lotions will appear smoother and more homogenous, and edibles will be uniform in texture and test. These are all important qualities. If manufacturers create products that always look and smell and taste the same, then consumers can trust them with each and every purchase, making it easy to come back for more.

Need More Information?

High pressure homogenizers enable the precise particle size reduction and mixing of many types of substances. They are especially beneficial for cannabis manufacturers who need to guarantee the potency, consistency, efficacy and appearance of the products they make. Our patented and proprietary high pressure homogenizers here at BEE International allow for automated and continuous operation and feed. Our machines are sanitary and temperature-controlled with the capacity to immediately scale up or add secondary products. If you need help determining the best high pressure homogenizer for your own processes, contact our team. We can help you match the right product to your needs.

To learn more about CannaBEE, download our free eBook, “3 Reasons Why High Pressure Homogenizers are the Right Choice for Nano Cannabinoid Formulations." In it, we provide information about our customized homogenizing solutions specifically designed for the cannabis industry. New call-to-action

Three Reasons Cannabis Product Manufacturers Choose BEE International

Posted by Deb Shechter on Dec 27, 2018 11:30:00 AM

homogenizers for cannabis1At BEE International, we understand that quality products are reliable ones. Our high pressure homogenizers produce ingredients that make cannabis product manufacturing uniform and, thus, more effective. And in an industry where news of even one bad product or experience — whether due to poor quality or poor regulatory oversight — can give those opposed to legalized cannabis consumption the fuel needed to stoke their flames of dissent, it’s paramount that licensed cannabis manufacturers take the necessary steps to ensure that the products they deliver are of the highest quality. It’s not enough simply to get a product out there.

Cannabis manufacturers must verify both the consistency and the constancy of their products even if the market doesn’t officially demand that they do so. Take a look at three reasons cannabis product manufacturers choose to partner with BEE International:

Our Homogenizers Guarantee Efficacy

Our team at BEE International has developed cannabis-specific homogenizing processes into our equipment that effectively reduce cannabis particle size. By reducing particle size, the surface area of the cannabis increases, thereby also increasing the rates of dissolution and absorption (i.e., the bioavailabilty) of the active ingredient. This facilitates many advantages, from reducing the amount of active ingredient and time needed to produce optimal effect to stabilizing and extending shelf life for storage. These benefits translate into better products and more sales for you at the end of the day. 

Our Homogenizers Reduce Costs

Our specialized inline processes mean better results in less time. Our homogenizers establish reproducible results quickly, making it more efficient for you to validate product quality. By reducing your processing time, we can help reduce your manufacturing costs! And because our homogenizers are so good at minimizing particle size and increasing bioavailability, products made with our machines need less active ingredient to ensure superior performance. Thus, you can source less active ingredient and still produce the same great effects, saving you time and money. 

Our Homogenizers Create Stable and Uniform Particles for Quality Control

Regardless of end use, a cannabis product must be reliable and capable of being exactly reproduced. Its appearance and function must meet certain standards, with potency, appearance, consistency and even smell remaining uniform across manufacturing batches and through all moments of time. Our BEEI homogenizers help verify and maintain quality control by producing similarly sized ingredient particles that are uniform in appearance, smoother in texture and easier to mix together. We guarantee “a golden clear high performance oil” for quality products that are visually appealing and functional no matter the application. 

Want To Learn More?

Increased efficacy, lowered costs and guaranteed quality are just a few of the benefits BEE International homogenizers offer. Download our free eBook below to better understand how our proprietary processes can strengthen your cannabis products, securing you valuable market share.

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Homogenizers for Cannabis: How To Deliver More Consistent & Uniform Particle Size

Posted by David Shechter on Nov 29, 2018 11:30:00 AM

homogenizers for cannabisIf you’re looking into cannabis processing options, homogenization might seem a bit complicated at first. While there are certain elements to homogenization that are technical, homogenization is actually a pretty simple process! When it comes to particle size reduction, homogenizers work to combine two or more ingredients in a uniform manner. Since homogenization is mechanical, it doesn’t involve adding preservatives or other materials to the mixture. Thanks to pressure and other forces, particles become uniformly dispersed in the homogenization process.

When it comes to cannabis products, one of the best benefits a homogenizer can offer is how they deliver more consistent and uniform particle sizes in their dispersions. Here are the top three reasons why this should matter to you:

1. No More “Hot” and “Cold” Spots

As mentioned above, when you homogenize two or more ingredients, those particles are reduced to a small size and uniformly dispersed throughout the mixture. So without homogenization, there’s not a good way to determine where the cannabinoids are in your products. Therefore, you may have one item that is chock full of cannabinoids while the next item doesn’t have any. In fact, a recent study found 31% of cannabis products tested did not contain the amount of cannabinoids their labels claimed. That’s an unacceptable number in any industry, but can be particularly embarrassing for companies that are looking to establish themselves in the relatively new commercial cannabis industry.

2. Increased Drug Efficacy

Next, a smaller particle size will have a greater total surface area which can increase the rates of dissolution and absorption of any active ingredient. Therefore when working with cannabis, you need to ensure your products have small, uniform particle size for a greater absorption rate and there’s no better way to do this than using a homogenizer. Homogenizers can help you reach your target particle size reliably plus you can run a filter through the end product to see that all particles are the target size. Further, smaller particles can increase bioavailability by up to 75% by increasing the surface area and you can actually reduce the active ingredient required to achieve the same effect.

3. Product Appearance

While this doesn’t apply to cannabis products alone, a smaller, more uniform particle size can be beneficial for aesthetic reasons. When particles are homogenized properly, the end product can appear smoother and more homogenous. Therefore, when looking to add cannabis to lotions, food products, and other items, having a beautiful product can make all the difference when it comes to sales.

Final Thoughts

There’s a long history of businesses across all industries using homogenizers to guarantee uniformity in their product, which is something that everyone in the cannabis industry should want when creating new products. Plus, consumers want to associate with brands and products they can trust. So when you use high-pressure homogenizers in your process, you'll be keeping the promises you already make to your customers.

To learn more about CannaBEE, our homogenizer solutions customized for cannabis, check out this page for more information or download our free eBook:

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