How to Guarantee Water Soluble Cannabinoids for Beverages

Posted by David Shechter on Sep 29, 2021 1:05:00 PM

AdobeStock_287477642

Cannabinoids, chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant, are naturally fat soluble, meaning they are dissolvable only in nonpolar solvents and, thus, not capable of mixing with water. It’s a major problem that often makes the manufacture of cannabis-based beverages difficult since cannabinoids can’t be broken down and mixed with other ingredients naturally for any sustained amount of time. Cannabis-based beverage products, for instance, work faster, taste better and last longer only when they are able to be mixed properly with — read: dissolved completely within — other ingredients. Leaving cannabinoids in their original oily state, then, makes it impossible to guarantee the bioavailability, stability or longevity of cannabis beverages. Luckily, manufacturers have options. Here’s how you can create water soluble cannabinoids for beverages and, therefore, always ensure that your cannabis drinks are of the highest quality:

What are Water Soluble Cannabinoids for Beverages?

Technically, there are no “true” water soluble cannabinoids. What we actually mean when we use the term “water soluble cannabinoids for beverages” is really just “cannabinoids that have been reduced to the smallest-sized particles so that they can be thoroughly mixed with a liquid substance.” With this in mind, the trick becomes finding a way to break down cannabinoids into such small pieces that they can be used to manufacture cannabis beverages with maximized flavor and potency.

Using Emulsions to Create Water Soluble Cannabinoids for Beverages

As mentioned, if cannabinoids are left in their natural state, cannabis-infused drinks would need to be shaken and then immediately consumed. It’s not unlike an oil-based salad dressing that has to be shaken before used. This is never ideal, however, since shaking a product can actually degrade it: carbonated drinks lose their bubbles, for example, or ingredients get unevenly distributed, making the drink taste funny, look cloudy and/or rendering it unable to provide a consistent dose of active ingredient(s). Furthermore, because the cannabinoids are still basically fat molecules which have been only temporarily suspended in a liquid, the body must still process them through the digestive system, a much longer process compared to that of water soluble cannabinoids dissolving directly into mouth, stomach and intestinal tissues. 

To solve the problem, manufacturers need to create water soluble cannabinoids via emulsification. Emulsification is the process by which normally immiscible substances are mixed together so that separation can’t occur. There are several different types of equipment that can facilitate emulsification, but the most effective and efficient one is a BEE International high pressure homogenizer. BEE stands for Best Emulsifying Equipment.  Our high pressure homogenizers create stable emulsions that guarantee water soluble cannabinoids for beverages each and every processing run.

The BEE International Advantage

Most emulsifying processing equipment utilizes only one or two forces to physically break apart and mix samples. BEE International high pressure homogenizers, however, utilize a combination of forces, including turbulence, shear, cavitation, impact and high pressure, that more forcibly reduces a sample’s particle size, creating larger surface areas to which bonding can occur. The result: shelf stable mixtures with increased potency and bioavailability. In addition, our patented mixing technology eliminates the need for pre-mixing and includes customizable options for the combination of forces, as well as the intensity and duration of operation, allowing manufacturers to manage the production of water soluble cannabinoids for beverages in the fewest amount of passes, saving them time and money.

To learn more about using BEE International homogenizers to create water soluble cannabinoids for beverages, please contact our team today.

You might also wish to download our free eBook, “3 Reasons Why High Pressure Homogenization Improves Cannabis Products” for additional information.

How Cavitation is Used in Chemical Engineering

Posted by David Shechter on Aug 27, 2021 2:05:00 PM

AdobeStock_211363171

Cavitation is the rapid expansion and implosion of vapor-filled bubbles (or “cavities”) within a liquid substance. These cavities form when intense vibration within the liquid breaks its natural bonds and causes its ambient pressure to become lower than its vapor pressure. In many instances, cavitation is seen as a problem, causing functional changes in both natural and manmade processes that make reliable and consistent operational results impossible. In other cases, however, cavitation can be harnessed for specific manufacturing benefit, delivering products that are more effective — in both application and cost — than those made without it. Chemical engineers, for example, rely on cavitation to homogenize particles within colloidal suspensions, thus enabling them to create a wide range of chemical products including polymers, plastics, pigments, paints, pastes, pharmaceuticals and more! Read on to learn how cavitation is used in chemical engineering:

Cavitation is Used to Reduce Particle Size

In many (perhaps even most) chemical manufacturing processes, substances need to be mixed in order to be useful. Thus, first and foremost, cavitation is used in chemical engineering as a way to reduce particle size so that one substance can be more thoroughly combined with another one. Think about it: it’s a lot easier to combine small, uniform pieces than it is to combine large, various-sized ones!

Cavitation is Also Used to Improve Cohesion 

Furthermore, smaller particles mean more surface area; more surface area means more opportunities for particles to interact with one another; and more interaction ultimately yields better — i.e., tighter — cohesion. Because of this, the implosions caused during cavitation inception can be intentionally harnessed during chemically engineered product processing as a way to disrupt the natural bonds of a substance, creating products with a tight distribution of smaller particles that subsequently improve their consistency, viscosity, texture, appearance and even bioavailability (when applicable)!

Indeed, the uniformity of particle size and the cohesion it facilitates combine to provide enhanced product stability, ensuring more effective and a lot longer lasting products than those created in other ways.

The BEE International Advantage

In the chemical engineering world, cavitation isn’t just a problem to be avoided, eroding pumps and interfering with mechanical operations. On the contrary, cavitation can be used for advantage in many chemical manufacturing processes; intentionally initiating cavitation during production allows manufacturers the ability to create extremely effective, reliable and shelf-stable products. And if they use a BEE International high pressure homogenizer, the results can be further compounded. 

Want to Learn More?

Our proprietary emulsifying cell technology ensures the scalability and customizability of all types of chemical processing, benefits a lot of equipment used to induce cavitation on the market today can’t guarantee, as well as requires fewer passes of product to deliver maximum effect, saving companies time and money. Finally, the high pressure with which our homogenizers operate destroys potential pathogens, ensuring that all products made with our homogenizers are safe and free of biological contaminants. To learn more about the advantages of using BEE International high pressure homogenizers to induce cavitation during chemical processing, please contact us.

An Introduction to Creating Colloidal Solutions

Posted by David Shechter on Aug 13, 2021 1:50:00 PM

AdobeStock_224777398

Mixing is an important part of many processes, affecting the quality of numerous man-made (and nature-made) products. In laboratory and manufacturing settings, mixing often determines the overall value of a product, as well; mixed inappropriately, a product could end up being useless, costing scientists and manufacturers alike a lot of wasted time and/or money and offering no significant or effective operational merit. Thus, it’s important to know the different types of mixtures and their associated benefits. In this post, we’re going to discuss colloidal solutions, a type of mixture wherein tiny particles of one substance (liquid, solid or gas) are suspended within another substance (liquid, solid or gas). Here’s what you need to know about colloidal solutions, including how they’re created and what their differences from other types of mixtures mean for the people who use them:

What is a Colloidal Solution?

Multiple kinds of mixtures exist (solutions, suspensions and colloids/dispersions) with each one involving a specific process for its creation. For this blog, we’ll consider a colloid mixture (also commonly called a “colloidal solution” or “colloidal dispersion”), which is a mixture of one substance into another such that neither can be separated from the other. However, unlike a true “solution,” a colloidal solution does not involve the dissolution of one substance into another. Instead, a colloidal solution is comprised of particles that are evenly distributed (but not dissolved) within a substance in such a way that they can not settle nor separate from the medium over time. The key to this type of mixture is ensuring that the substance being dispersed into the associated medium is broken into particles that are small enough that they can be — and will always remain — thoroughly mixed with the medium containing them. Mixtures that don’t remain combined are known as suspensions.

How to Create a Colloidal Solution

The first step in creating a colloidal solution is breaking apart the product to be dispersed into the medium. There are several ways to facilitate this process; chemicals can be used to break apart a product and/or physical force(s), such as agitation, stirring, pounding, grinding, etc. High pressure can also be used, and our team at BEE International believes that our high pressure homogenizers provide the best options on the market when it comes to particle size reduction for colloidal solutions. Our homogenizers combine a variety of forces (high pressure, shear, cavitation and impact) to ensure nano-sized particles result in the least number of passes. These extremely small particles are then able to be fully distributed throughout the medium, thereby effectively creating a colloid solution.

Why Colloid Solutions are Important

Colloids are valuable because they prohibit the separation of two otherwise immiscible products. The milk we drink; the paint we use; the makeup we wear; the drugs we take: these are all example of colloid solutions. Because very small particles have been mixed in just the right way, many of the foods, paints, polymers, pastes, cosmetics and pills (and more) that we consume are able to exist. Mixed properly, they are consistently more stable, lasting longer than they would otherwise, as well as more attractive, remaining fully combined so that they look and feel smooth and cohesive. When applicable, colloids are also better tasting with better bioavailability. These are all important benefits of colloidal solutions.

Want to Learn More?

Creating colloidal solutions is a critical process that affords us with many useful and vital products for everyday life. To effectively disperse products within a medium, manufacturers and scientists need reliable, effective equipment. We believe BEE International high pressure homogenizers (HPHs) offer the tightest distribution of the smallest sized particles in the least number of passes, making them the best option for the creation of colloidal solutions. To learn more about our HPHs and the advantages they offer for a variety of processes, please contact our team.

You might also wish to download our free eBook, "How to Achieve Efficient & consistent Particle Size Reduction,” for additional tips.

New Call-to-action

High Pressure Homogenizers for Nanomilling for Bioavailability Enhancement

Posted by David Shechter on Jul 16, 2021 2:25:24 PM

unspecified_1Approximately 50% - 90% of existing and potential new drugs are poorly soluble. It’s a statistic with dramatic implications, since poor solubility inhibits the absorption of a drug’s active pharmaceutical ingredient (API), which renders less beneficial effects for the patients who wish to use them and less profitable results for the companies that try to sell them. Recent advancements in pharmaceutical development processes, however, indicate that using high pressure homogenizers for nanomilling dramatically improves the bioavailability of active drug ingredients, thus benefiting individuals and drug companies alike. Take a look:

What is Nanomilling for Bioavailability?

Drugs work better when they have a large surface area available for solvation. Think about a sugar cube dissolving in a cup of tea: a crushed cube will diffuse throughout the cup quicker than a lump. In much the same way, a drug whose active particles have been reduced to their smallest uniform size will disperse throughout the body better than a drug with larger particles.   

Nanomilling, then, is the process by which an API is reduced to particles less than 1000 nm in size. It’s also called wet media milling, and can be effectuated via several different techniques, but we believe high pressure homogenizers (HPHs) offer the most advantages when nanomillling for bioavailability. Here’s why:

High Pressure Homogenizers Minimize Contamination

High pressure homogenizers apply constant pressure to a product to break it into uniformly-size pieces. Other types of particle size reducers (such as bead mills, for example) use an actual grinding material (i.e., beads) to the facilitate particle reduction, agitating this material along with the product so that the product itself breaks apart. We believe HPHs, particularly those with BEE International’s propreitary pressurized pumping system, are far superior to bead mills and other wet media milling technologies specifically because they don’t introduce any foreign materials into the particle reduction process — just high pressure and the active pharmaceutical ingredient —  thus, posing little to no risk for contamination.

High Pressure Homogenizers are Faster

High pressure homogenizers supply a very intense and focused energy that enables quicker particle reduction than other processing methods. They are also highly efficient, enabling optimal particle size in the fewest passes, saving valuable production time and getting drugs — that actually work! — more quickly into the hands of the patients who need them!

High Pressure Homogenizers Allow for Targeted Particle Reduction

Because BEE International’s HPHs utilize a modular system that combines pressure, shear, cavitation and impact, many different configurations can be set up, each according to the specification of the product at hand. This means operators can customize their processes so that the exact particle size needed is produced during each run.

High Pressure Homogenizers Are Consistent and Versatile

The unique combination of forces used in BEE International high pressure homogenizers produces a tighter, more uniform distribution of particles and can be used for both inline and batch processing.

High Pressure Homogenizers Yield Scalable Results

The most beneficial type of processing equipment allows operators the ability to progress from the laboratory to production with no loss of reliability or efficacy. High pressure homogenizers allow customization of the particle size reduction process according to product volume so that the chemical integrity of active ingredient(s) is always the same.

High Pressure Homogenizers Are Easy to Clean

Finally, unlike bead mills and other types of homogenizers, high pressure homogenizers do not require manual cleaning. Inline cleaning processes permit routine (and nearly) hands-free maintenance that is not available with other nanomilling options.

Want to Learn More?

Utilizing high pressure homogenizers for nanomilling for bioavailability enhancement allows companies to produce more effective drugs and people the opportunity to take them. To learn more about what makes BEE International high pressure homogenizers the superior choice when nanomilling for bioavailability enhancement, please contact our team today.


You might also wish to download our free eBook, “Advantages of BEE Homogenizers for the Pharmaceutical Industry,” for additional information.

New Call-to-action

What’s the Best Way to Lyse Bacterial Cells?

Posted by David Shechter on May 28, 2021 9:10:46 AM

the-benefits-of-a-laboratory-homogenizer-for-cell-lysisCell lysis is the process by which a cell’s membrane is ruptured so that the cell’s contents are released. It can occur naturally (such as when certain viruses cause infections that lead to cell rupture and death) or it can be induced artificially. In addition to scientists who wish to study and experiment with intracellular contents, and thus, must be able to control the cell lysis process, there are multiple industries (including, but limited to, the pharmaceutical, biotech, food and chemical industries) that need to lyse cells in order to make products. To ensure their products’ safety, quality and efficacy, these industries must intentionally disrupt cell membranes according to their own standards instead of waiting on any natural lysis sequences that mayor may not occur. Indeed, one of the most critical components of any manufacturing process is ensuring safety, removing all potentially harmful substances so that the wellness of consumers is always protected. To this end, many industries use artificial cell lysis to remove pathogens, of which some of the most frequently occurring are bacterialcells. The question then becomes: what’s the best way to lyse bacterial cells, essentially killing them and rendering them incapable of causing illness and disease? Here’s the short answer:

Bacterial Cell Lysis is Best Facilitated by BEE International High-Pressure Homogenizers 

While there are several ways to artificially lyse cells (sonication, chemical lysis and traditional homogenization, to name a few examples), there is only one method that is capable of lysing all cell types (including bacterial ones) and that is high-pressure homogenization. Specifically, our high-pressure homogenizers here at BEE International incorporate a patented Emulsifying Cell (EC) technology that combines shear, cavitation and impact forces so that the high-pressure homogenizing process always renders optimal results. Whether used in research, pilot or industrial settings, BEEI high-pressure homogenizers ensure the best processes for bacterial cell lysis because they:

  • Provide accessibility of intracellular proteins for extraction and solubilization.
  • Disrupt all cell types since users can alter pressure, flow and processing time, as well as the amount of cavitation, shear and impact forces, to get the best results for the type of cell they are disrupting.
  • Offer flexibility, allowing easy adjustment for different cell disruption strategies.
  • Deliver high yields in less time, which lowers Total Cost of Operation (TCO).
  • Possess scalable technology, which enables users to elevate from laboratory scale to pilot scale, while achieving reproducible results.
  • Support various sample sizes and permit users to adjust the widest variety of mixing forces.
  • Require minimal training and are easy to use, reconfigure, clean and maintain.

 

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about high-pressure homogenization and why it is the best method for bacterial cell lysis, please contact our team at BEE International. We believe our equipment offers superior quality and provides the best value for researchers and manufacturers alike. Our proprietary processes guarantee that our customers produce high cell rupture yields in the shortest amount of time across the widest variety of cell types. 

You might also wish to download our free eBook, “7 Key Factors to Consider When Choosing a Cell Lysis Method,” for additional information bacterial cell lysis.

New Call-to-action

What is Microfluidization and How Does It Work?

Posted by Deb Shechter on Nov 23, 2020 3:00:00 PM

businessman hand working with modern technology and digital layer effect as business strategy conceptIn the pharmaceutical industry, size matters. More specifically, particle size plays a key role in the overall effectiveness and quality of many drugs, medicinal products (like creams and gels), and foodstuffs. All drugs contain elements known as active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). And it’s crucial that these APIs have high solubility. Broadly speaking, the smaller the API particle size, the higher the solubility, the higher the bioavailability, and ultimately, the better and more effective the drug is. As such, the process known as micronization has become an integral part of the pharmaceutical manufacturing process. Micronization is the process of reducing the average diameter of a solid substance’s particles.
This leads us to our topic of the day, namely, what is microfluidization and how does it work?

Essentially, microfluidization is a form of micronization that involves the use of fluid pressure to create and apply one or more of the following forces: cavitation, shear and impact to reduce the particle size of a given substance. (It is not the same process as emulsification, which is the combination of two normally unmixable liquids.) Here, we’ll explain in greater detail how microfluidization works and what benefits it can provide for pharmaceutical and foodstuff manufacturers.

The Micronization Process

Particle size reduction through the micronization process can occur in several different ways. Modern manufacturers may utilize one of several types of equipment to reduce the size of the particles in a given substance. Each of these pieces of machinery is designed for different purposes, and businesses may utilize different micronization techniques for different products.

Crushers, agitators, rotary mixers, blenders maybe used for less challenging mixing. Less challenging might mean that the material is easily broken down to smaller particles, has less of a tendency to re-agglomerate, or that the target end product has a wide tolerance of acceptability or that the target particle size in the high micron range. For more challenging applications, homogenizers, sonic mixers, bead mills, grinder and sheer mixes are employed.

For example, pharmaceutical companies may require the use of an ultra-fine grinder to produce nanoparticles in order to improve the bioavailability of a drug. On the other hand, a foodstuffs manufacturer with a less challenging product may be better off using a rotary mixer. What’s more, some businesses may have to use several different forms of micronization equipment to achieve their desired particle size reduction.

Using High Pressure Homogenizers for Microfluidization

High-pressure homogenizers are often an ideal alternative for manufacturers looking to achieve micronization in an accurate, precise, and efficient manner. That’s because –– unlike traditional micronization machinery –– high pressure homogenizers use multiple forces at once to break down and shape APIs and other particles. Here at BEE International, for example, our high pressure homogenizers utilize a combination of forces — including turbulence, shear, cavitation, impact, and intensity — to generate nano-sized particles that can be more easily combined with other particles. What’s more, these forces can be tuned to produce the required results with the most efficient (shortest) process. Though microfluidization was not the principal reason for the creation of high-pressure homogenizers, many businesses prefer to use these homogenizers in the micronization process because of their superior performance capabilities. To sum up, the key benefits of using a high pressure homogenizer for micronization include:

  • Tighter distribution of smaller particles.

  • Better particle reduction in fewer passes.

  • Increased manufacturing efficiency.

  • Reduced manufacturing costs.

  • Reduce the need for other premixing equipment and steps.

High pressure homogenizers help create products with longer shelf lives, increased bioavailability, and improved sensorial and biophysical properties. Lastly, BEE International high pressure homogenizers possess specialized modular components that can be used for specific purposes. As such, our high-pressure homogenizers are perfectly suited to carry out the micronization process for a wide range of products, from pharmaceutical drugs, to foodstuffs, to sanitary products, and more.

Want to Learn More?

To learn more about high pressure homogenizers, including how and why they are necessary for facilitating the highest quality microfluidization and emulsification processes, please contact our team at BEE International. Our suite of high pressure homogenizing equipment allows a comprehensive range of applications, ensuring our customers the best value and quality in terms of time, money, and result.

You might also like to download our complimentary eBook, How to Achieve Efficient & Consistent Particle Size Reduction for additional information and tips.

New Call-to-action

What is Emulsification and How Is It Used to Produce Cannabis Nanoemulsions

Posted by Deb Shechter on Aug 26, 2020 9:15:00 AM

Bee International helps cannabis producers with emulsification to create a superior productThe legal cannabis industry is a multibillion dollar enterprise that rests largely on the quality of the cannabis plant’s active components. Called cannabinoids, these chemical compounds — when effectively harvested and processed — are capable of bonding with receptors in our bodies and have the potential to produce anti-inflammatory, analgesic, euphoric and/or calming effects. Indeed, cannabinoids have been used by humans, both clinically and recreationally, for thousands of years, suggesting they are safe to consume with many beneficial properties.

But just because humans have a history of safely using cannabis products, it doesn’t mean that all cannabis products are created equal. Changes to federal and state laws have decriminalized cannabis use and relaxed criminal mandates in many areas of the country, allowing more and more players to enter the CBD and cannabis market. The result: a plethora of products but few standards. Yes, most states regulate the manufacture of cannabis products, but many lack even minimum requirements for potency, safety and/or testing; consumers are simply at the mercy of manufacturers, hoping they actually get what they pay for.

To better guarantee the quality and effectiveness of their products, reputable manufacturers work to create their own production processes that both sustain and maximize cannabinoid stability and bioavailability and deliver reliable results — in this case, medicines and products that are capable of provoking specific physiological effect(s) — each and every time. They do that by emulsifying the cannabis during production. Here’s how it works:

What Is Emulsification?

Emulsification is the mixing together of two or more substances that wouldn’t normally be able to combine. A chef vigorously whisking oil into vinegar to make a dressing is an example momentarily of a mix, but within seconds separation occurs. Emulsification adds an emulsifying agent, something that successfully binds the oil and water phase together without separation.

Cannabis manufacturers also use emulsification to ensure that the cannabinoids they extract from cannabis plants are able to be incorporated into viable products — drinks, creams, edibles and more that taste, look and/or smell good and that deliver the same results with each production run. The stability of these products, part of which is determined by the length of time the components do not separate, extends shelf life and expiration date.

How Are Homogenizers Used in Cannabis Production?

The process starts with the harvesting of the cannabis plant. From there, a manufacturer must extract the cannabinoids, basically a sticky syrup that is then refined, purified and distilled (or separated) from compounds that aren’t needed, such as terpenes, flavonoids and other contaminants. It is this resulting substance — an oily, bitter isolate that naturally repels water — that necessitates the emulsification process. At this point, the cannabinoid isolate is exposed to mixing equipment that uses one or more forces to break apart the chemical bonds of the cannabinoids and reduce the size of their particles.

Homogenization is the ideal mixing method. It is an in-line process, which means that all particles undergo the same mixing forces and there is less variation in the results. This eliminates “hot spots “in the end product. Homogenization is also an efficient mixing process, which means less time to produce a better effect.

Why BEE International Homogenizers Are the Best at Emulsifying

Typical emulsifiers use only one type of force, but a BEE International homogenizer uses multiple forces (turbulence, cavitation, shear and impact) to break apart and reduce particles. This creates smaller particles, maximizing the surface area of the cannabinoids.

BEE International homogenizers are versatile, with the ability to deliver a gentle mix to the most intense mixing process with up to 45,000 PSI. The intensity breaks product particles into the smallest size, down to nanometers. Smaller particles make it easier for their particles to completely mix, stay mixed with the aid of an emulsifier and deliver a product that is shelf stable and ready to be used. Smaller particles also increase potency and bioavailability up to 75%.

Only BEE International homogenizers have an option to eliminate the need for pre-mixing. This increases the efficiency and ease of the manufacturing process with less equipment and fewer manufacturing phases.

To learn more about the benefits of our patented Emulsifying Cell (EC) technology, as well as our proprietary systems, please contact us. We can help you choose equipment that guarantees safe and effective products, enabling you to stand superior to the competition and offer the most benefits to consumers.

 

download cannabis ebook 

Why Homogenizers are Essential to CBD Processing

Posted by David Shechter on Jun 30, 2020 10:00:00 AM

CBDFor many business leaders, the CBD industry represents an exciting investment opportunity. Indeed, one major player opened 70 new CBD store locations in 2019 alone. And experts predict that the industry as a whole will continue to grow over the next few years. However, it’s important that businesses involved in CBD processing and the manufacturing of products like lotions, edibles, and extracts understand how to ensure efficient and uniform production standards. This is crucial for business reputation, customer satisfaction, and ROI. Here, we’ll explain why high-pressure homogenizers are essential to this process, and how CBD-based companies can benefit from using them: 

Cannabinoids

Cannabinoids are the chemical compounds found within the cannabis plant. Crucially, they represent the active ingredient in CBD products. In order to create a CBD product, manufacturers harvest cannabis flowers, reduce them to first unrefined and then refined oils, and then process the oil into a single compound known as cannabinoid isolate.  

The problem at the next, and final, stage of the process is that cannabinoids are hydrophobic –– meaning that they don’t mix with water. So it can be very difficult to evenly and efficiently incorporate cannabinoids into a finished CBD product. 

As such, CBD manufacturers must use emulsifiers to create oil-in-water emulsions involving cannabinoids. From there, they are able to form micro-emulsions, nano-emulsions, or liposomes, which are effectively combinations of hydrophobic and hydrophilic materials. Ultimately, this enables effective mixing of CBD and non-CBD compounds within a given product.

How Homogenizers Work

Generally speaking, the quality of an emulsion depends on the quality the mixing method employed. This is where high-pressure homogenizers stand above other mixing options. Most mixing equipment uses all of the three following methods to form stable emulsions: 

  • Impact –– high forces applied over a short period of time.

  • Slice/Tear ––  motion between adjacent layers of liquid.

  • Cavitation –– rapid pressure changes. 

High-pressure homogenizers are unique in that they employ all three methods at the same time. This ensures effective particle-size reduction –– a crucial aspect to quality control and production in any mixture. The smaller the particles are, the more even the mixture is and the higher its bioavailability becomes. 

Benefits to Using Homogenizers for CBD Processing

Because homogenizers so effectively emulsify and mix CBD substances, businesses are able to guarantee quality control every time they produce a new batch of products. The homogenization process eliminates “hot spots” –– or collections of CBD compounds within a mixture –– thus creating evenly distributed mixtures every time. 

What’s more, high bioavailability maximizes the potency of CBD products. So businesses are able to deliver high-quality products while using lower amounts of active ingredients. Bolstered bioavailability also contributes to faster-acting CBD products, and more stable CBD products that have a longer shelf-life. All told, high-pressure homogenizers can increase bioavailability by up to 75%.

In summation, using homogenizers to complete CBD processing boosts ROI, reduces costly inefficiencies, creates high-quality, potent, long-lasting products, and –– in all likelihood –– will improve customer satisfaction as well. 

Contact Us

BEE International has been a leading provider of high-pressure homogenization solutions for decades. Not only is our equipment cutting-edge and versatile, but we’ve also added cannabis-specific innovations to our process based on customer feedback. For more information, you can check out our eBook on cannabis products. Or, to get started with us today, contact us here.

download cannabis ebook

Does Vitamin D Boost Immunity Against COVID-19?

Posted by Deb Shechter on Jun 25, 2020 1:26:19 PM

vitamin d and covid-19Researchers are studying patient data looking to for a correlation between low vitamin D levels and COVID-19 mortality rates and indicate a link between vitamin D deficiency and COVID-19 severity and mortality. Vitamin D is known to strengthen immunity and prevent overactive immune responses.

Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, K) are crucial for human health. The addition of these vitamins into foods, pharmaceuticals, supplements and topicals is challenging due to solubility, bioavailability and stability issues. There is a tremendous need to make water soluble emulsions out of these vitamins to improve the behavior in the biological system. BEEI technology provides a way to produce repeatable, homogeneous stable nano emulsions, micro emulsions, or liposomes of fat soluble vitamins. These emulsions are critical for effectively incorporating additives such as Vitamin D into products.

BEE (Best Emulsifying Equipment) International’s high-pressure homogenization technology differentiates from other homogenizers and mixers in delivering constant and controllable energy to the process. BEE’s technology produces homogenous smaller and stable particles which has a significant impact on rate of absorption and total bioavailability. BEE International’s equipment is known for creating emulsions and liposomes made of two immiscible liquids that are stabilized by an emulsifying agent. Specifically this equipment is used to create emulsions and liposomes with higher bioavailability and longer shelf life.

For this reason, BEE International equipment enables vitamins such as Vitamin D to be incorporated into oil or lipids effectively improving the efficacy of vitamin D delivery. Contact us to learn more about how we can help.

 

Contact Us

 



1. Petre Cristian Ilie, Simina Stefanescu, Lee Smith., The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality. Received: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 15 April 2020.

2. Frank H. Lau, Rinku Majumder, Radbeh Torabi, Fouad Saeg, Ryan Hoffman, JeffreyD.Cirillo, Patrick Greiffenstein, Vitamin D insufficiency is prevalent in severe COVID-19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.24.20075838.

Vitamin D Insufficiency and Severe COVID-19 Cases: What's the Relationship?

Posted by Deb Shechter on Jun 23, 2020 6:38:38 PM

vitamin d and covid-19COVID-19 is a global pandemic and scientists are looking for factors and indicators that may protect the public. The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality,1 a publication by Petre Cristian Ilie, Simina Stefanescu, Lee Smith, studies this topic providing relevant data. The study reveals that in Louisiana, African Americans account for 70% of COVID-19 deaths despite representing only 32% of the population.2 The study also notes that VDI affects 80-90% of the African American population.

In a Boston homeless shelter, 100% of 147 COVID-19 positive subjects were asymptomatic.3 Homeless persons generally have poorer health and nutrition, but can have greater exposure to sunlight, the source of 80-90% of the body’s vitamin D6.

Vitamin D is a nutraceutical agent, which is necessary for good health, particularly normal growth and development of bones and teeth, as well as improved resistance against certain diseases. However, the sufficient amount of this vitamin needed for daily intake is not found in most foods which leads to many producers choosing to develop vitamin-enriched products. Strategies to increase the bioavailability of Vitamin D are sought. Several peer reviewed publications link a more stable emulsion to higher bio-availability of Vitamin D. Oil in water emulsions and liposomes are considered as the best approach to effective nutraceuticals.

O/W Emulsions or liposomes with a tighter distribution of smaller particles known to create a more homogeneous solution with longer shelf life. Product manufacturers seek the ideal homogeneous emulsion which entails formulation, minimum particle size and uniform dispersion of particles. High Pressure Homogenizers are the most efficient fluid processing equipment for creating these liposomes, nano and micro emulsions. BEE (Best Emulsifying Equipment) is renowned for their high-pressure homogenizers which are designed for sanitary particle size reduction to create stable emulsions.

BEE International technology is scalable, so the results produced on the smallest R&D device can be reproduced on the largest manufacturing equipment. This is crucial for industries needing to fast track formulations from R&D to clinical trials to manufacturing.

Contact Us

 



1. Petre Cristian Ilie, Simina Stefanescu, Lee Smith., The role of vitamin D in the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 infection and mortality. Received: 30 March 2020 / Accepted: 15 April 2020.

2. Frank H. Lau, Rinku Majumder, Radbeh Torabi, Fouad Saeg, Ryan Hoffman, JeffreyD.Cirillo, Patrick Greiffenstein, Vitamin D insufficiency is prevalent in severe COVID-19. doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.04.24.20075838.