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Ever wonder who is making any money in the cannabis industry ? Here are some easy steps to follow, to lose money quickly.
1. Have a Outdoor Grow:
Produce one crop per year, susceptible to pests, theft, Mother Nature, drought, and seasonal price drops at harvest time due to over supply, this is the number one way to lose money. Currently, the market is saturated with too much supply, which drives prices even lower. Consider alternatives like a indoor grow, and with a variety that allows multiple harvests every 6 weeks. Focus on a plant strain that has a short maturity and produces good quality oil extracts. Let the outdoor cultivators sell the flower, and lose money. Buy the trim, and process into oil. Lab test to be sure it’s pesticide free.
2. Do What Everybody Else is Doing:
Run with the herd, and they’ll steer you into oblivion. The best way to lose money, in a market saturated with product which drives prices lower, is to do the same thing everybody else is. Complementary, don’t combine resources with your local producers, since you may get a comparative advantage by combining forces to get better discounts for supplies, or combining funds to purchase a extractor. Just selling the flower won’t make you money. Buy the trim, and process into oil extract for up to a 4-to-1 value added.
3. Make BHO Extractions:
BHO is dangerous to process with, since the solvent is typically butane or propane (which is very explosive). Closed loop hydrocarbons produce huge amounts of static electricity, and the resulting corona discharge will make an explosion. Some of the solvent will make it into the product, which does not have desirable medical effects for the buyer (nose burn and heart pains). Even worse, it does not have a good shelf-life. You need to sell and use the extract within a few weeks, or it goes bad. It’s cheap to produce, and is very typical of the low-end junk extract you’ll find in the market.
4. Buy an Expensive Supercritical CO2 Extraction Machine:
Like a Waters or Apeks. They run great, but you’ll spend so much time paying them off, the ROI in a saturated market will unpleasantly surprise you. Plus, since they’re automated, expect a release of CO2 anytime there’s a software issue. Great machines, at a huge price. Opt for other fantastic alternatives in the CO2 space like Infinity Supercritical. Don’t buy on promised yield, buy on the ability to extract. If you only have a 2 percent oil in your trim, how can you get a 17 percent yield ? Don’t buy claims, buy results.
5. Don’t Buy a Industrial Supercritical CO2 Extraction Machine at a Reasonable Price:
There are plenty of great machines, at a price that is affordable, with great payback, and produce a superior product. Instead of a automated machine, opt for a semi- automated machine which gives you more control over your processing extract, like Infinity Supercritical. Buy a machine with a proven lab and testing development program, and one that can process fast, using technology instead of increasing flow. Buy a machine that has a good collection efficiency, or you’ll be cleaning the pump every day.
6. Don’t Produce a Custom Extract:
The best way to lose money is to just sell crude oil from your extractor. If you want to leave the herd behind, develop your own custom extract recipe and product. Develop a brand, and provide free samples to dispensaries. Build that reputation for quality and taste. Be sure to lab certify and test all incoming botanicals, especially trim. Test for pesticides (you want pesticide free) and oil content. Base your buying price on those two factors. Low oil content = low price. Target trim around $50 a pound for 8 percent oil content.
7. Don’t Put in a FogPonics Indoor Grow System:
Other than growing outdoors, to lose the most amount of money, start a indoor grow which doesn’t use aeroponics, and uses lots of HID lights, not optimized for plant per square foot. The relatively new kid on the block is FogPonics. This highly efficient grow system is based on optimizing grow conditions for healthy roots and canopy, while minimizing worker interaction, light power, HVAC power, and nutrient costs. It has the best wattage per gram output anywhere. Using a fast growing strain like Cinderella, increases production to a 5-6 week rotation to maximize oil output.
9. Don’t Process Extract From Trim:
Just sell the raw trim, to lose the most amount of money. If you process trim for vape pen or concentrate extract with Supercritical CO2 (which has a long shelf life), you may be able to make 4 times return on the purchase of the trim per pound. In some areas, the comparative advantage is even higher than 400 percent. Again, be sure to lab test for pesticides and available oil. Base your buy price on the available oil.
10. Don’t Research, Educate, and Make Yourself More Knowledgeable:
The best way to lose more money is to be uninformed. Don’t ask questions. Don’t ask dumb questions. Don’t seek better and more efficient ways to make money, while spending less time doing it. Don’t have a plan or strategy. Don’t have a backup plan when something doesn’t work. Don’t have a methodology. Try not to innovate and try not be creative. When you’re following the herd, all you have to do is follow, it’s simple. On the flip-side, you have nothing to lose by educating yourself. And everything to gain.
11. Listen to Media and your Competitors who Provide False Information:
Listen to the media who receives misinformation from the source, and all of the other misinformation that the herd puts out there. The surest way to kill competition, is to lead them down the path of losing money. Keep in mind there is no regulation to bad data, poor sources, and false information, and lies in the industry. Be keenly aware of Social Media Trolls, which many manufacturers use to boost false-positive reviews of equipment.
The best way to lose money in the Hemp and Cannabis industry is to do what everyone else is doing. The herd isn’t making any money, why should you ?If you don’t have a niche market, find one. If you don’t have a niche product, make one. If you don’t have a niche method, create one. If not, you’re guaranteed to lose money.
Have lots of hemp to process ? Then consider our 100L equivalent – the 10 pack (10 x 10L systems). With an aggressive extraction schedule, you can process up to 200 pounds per day of hemp with this package. Price for the 10 pack: $390000.
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Or how not to extract oils: 1. Turn up the flow. 2. Don’t collect the oils. 3. Clog your pump.
How to tell if a company hasn’t tested their equipment, or if they haven’t tested to improve yield: Claim High Flow Rate.
What’s that you say ? It’s not the flow rate that matters, it’s the permeability of the CO2 into the botanicals, and the the availability to harvest the extracted oil. Now you know more than most of the upstart CO2 Extraction companies out there.
Why ? Because we’ve tested these parameters over the past three years. If you haven’t tested your machine, then you won’t know that flow isn’t the key, and it can actually be a Pandora’s Box of bad tricks.
Permeability of Cannabis and Hemp Which Allows CO2 to Extract Oil:
It’s not the flow of the solvent (CO2), but how it interacts with the botanicals. In one example, you can have a high flow rate, and that flow goes around the outside of the Cannabis (if introduced in one end of the extraction vessel, and exits the other), which leaves the core of the botanicals under exposed to solvent. That’s why most companies reverse flow in their extraction vessel – because they have incomplete saturation or permeability. The CO2 as a solvent needs proper distribution through a batch reactor system.
Once you’ve extracted that precious oil, you need to collect it. The problem with high flow is that without a proper way to slow it down (or spin out the oil), you’re not going to collect the oil, and it’s going to blow-by your collection vessel(s) and clog your pump. How can you tell if a system that doesn’t collect oil properly ? If the pump is constantly being clogged. Solution: slow down the flow, and charge the entrained oil with a static cling, so that it does not go into the pump. We do that by ElectroStatic Precipitation (ESP). We have one customer who has run his machine on a daily basis, and hasn’t needed to clean the pump in over 2 months.
How To Insure Your Machine Runs Properly:
One word – maintenance. If you are not going to take care of your machine, I promise you it will fail, you won’t have proper extraction, or even worse, you’ll lose valuable extracts (not to mention time). Of course, it goes without saying that your operator must have proper training, and needs to run the system for success (we suggest a learning curve on high-oil-content hops). Running with this methodology gives the operator confidence, and reinforces a positive learning curve.
Pump Flow and Speed: At first we had a high flow rate, and noticed everything mentioned above. It wasn’t until we found a way to slow down the flow, and properly harvest oil, that our yield and time to process improved greatly.
It’s typical for larger vessel manufacturers (and start-ups) to boost flow, in order to compensate for improper solvent (CO2) distribution in a large vessel. Go big, or go home, right ? Wrong. You need to properly introduce and distribute the CO2 throughout all of the cannabis, to efficiently extract the oil. This can’t be done with sheer flow rate alone.
How to Spot a Start-up: Those who claim high flow rate, without any mention of how to collect the oil.
Anybody pre-buying a new unproven system (that hasn’t been tested for a good period of time), is buying a headache.
Nikola Tesla started with a theory, then tested it. That methodology worked well. We use his AC system, electric motors, and yes, he was the inventor of radio. Thomas Edison just did trial and error (thousands of times for a light bulb). Be a Tesla, not a Edison.
Test, Test, and Test: A great CO2 manufacturer will always test, and keep testing their machine. And they will always look for technology to improve its performance. A good builder will want to improve customer satisfaction, and customer experience. Testing is the only way to improve your product. This applies on the extraction process as well. Get to know your machine and test with hops. Experiment with varying pressures, temperatures, times, configurations, etc.
Extract Color: One of the good ways to see how well a extractor is performing, is to look at the extract color. For Cannabis, you want that peanut buttery, honey-like, yellow-orange color and consistency. If you are trying to extract live-resin, or other extract specific components, you may have other textures and color. But for 99 percent of you out there extracting for the vape pen and concentrate market, you want the yellow-orange color. If you are extracting a brown oil, you need to look at the temperature, pressure, or the machine parameters.
It’s not the rate of the flow that matters, it’s what you do with it:
If you have a high flow into a large batch extraction vessel, chances are good that there will be partitions in the vessel that don’t get flow, hence the term “soak” time. That is time needed to soak all of the botanicals. In a improperly designed system, a long soak time is needed to release the oil into the solvent flow stream. Smaller extraction vessels will result in even and better solvent distribution, than large batch reactors. Infinity uses a FlowBar, which is the best method to distribute the CO2 solvent along the entire length of the extraction vessel.
Flow rate doesn’t determine extraction cycle speed:
The integrated system and operator determine the run time. If your system is designed properly, the solvent (CO2) will extract the oil (with temperature and pressure) by distributing the solvent evenly through the cannabis, and (hopefully) it will be collected in the collection vessel. High flow rate can create blow-by, and the oil may end up in the pump. The operator has a huge factor in this, even in automated systems. A improperly trained operator (or no training at all), may negate any system design, and lead to a consistent failure rate, with little oil.
How Do You Spot A Improperly Designed or Operated System ?
Look for oil extract (called “carry-over”) in the pump. The leading cause of pump failure (and maintenance) is extracted oil which is not collected in the right place – the collection vessel. A poorly trained operator can foil even the smartest systems, and force oil into the pump. The three best methods to insure fast cycle and a clean running pump is to properly distribute the CO2 in the extraction vessel, harvest all the oil in the collection vessel, and have proper operator training. Infinity uses a FlowBar for proper CO2 flow, and TriboTube for electrostatic precipitation to harvest oil.
Experimentation – Repeating Success Leads to Not Duplicating Failure:
Once you have a good handle on your system operation, use a low cost, oil rich botanical to experiment with cycle times with your system. We use hops for the botanical. Always log your experiments and results. Infinity has develop a simple database log for this purpose (works with any machine). This allows you to experiment with different recipes, and see which method produces the best results. Some automated systems already have these, however the pro’s will tell you they prefer semi-automated systems so they can have more control over the cycle.
30/30 and 45/45 Cycle Experiment:
Using our FlowBar, we started to experiment with hops and a cycle time of 30 minutes on, stop the machine and remove the botanical basket, put it back in, then run for 45 minutes more. What we found was really interesting. It turns out that with proper solvent distribution, most of the oil is extracted in the first part of the cycle, or 30 to 45 minutes. If a manufacturer claims fast extraction times, ask to see testing results on the website. In the cannabis industry, there is lots of talk. Ask to see the proof.
In conclusion, don’t trust the marketing hype.
If a new system hasn’t been tested, and you don’t see run results on the website, then you’re buying a system that hasn’t been thoroughly tested. The important factor with flow is how it interacts through the cannabis to precipitate out the oil, and it has to be at a rate which can easily have the oil separated (harvested) from the CO2 in the collection vessel. If the sticky, extracted oil, makes it to the pump, then it’s too late. All of these observations can only be learned through experience, and many runs.
SEATTLE, November 17, 2017 (GlobeNewsWire) — Infinity Supercritical LLC, a leading manufacturer of botanical extraction equipment, is pleased to announce that it has delivered a 10L Supercritical CO2 Botanical Oil Extraction Machine to HempAmericana Inc. (HMPQ). The system was completed and delivered with a chiller last month. The Infinity system will be the first CO2 extraction system in their new facility. See more at: http://hempamericana.net
The Infinity Supercritical 10L System is unique in that has the shortest cycle time from its Flowbar (consistent and better flow of CO2 solvent through the botanicals) and its patent pending ESP (electrostatic precipitation). These industry innovations provide fast extraction of oils from botanicals.
Hemp CBD Isolate Prices Strong: In recent discussions with the Hemp industry, the current demand for Hemp CBD isolate is very strong (both domestic and international), and current purchase contracts are around $8000 for 1 kilogram (about $30 per gram). The isolate is a processed product from the Hemp crude oil (the oil which is extracted in the CO2 machine). Hemp CDB isolate has many healthy uses. The Infinity 10L machine is capable of 10 Liters of volume of Hemp flower input per cycle. This can amount to anywhere from 20-35 pounds input per day, depending on the weight of the Hemp (weights will vary depending on density of the material).
Market Growth: According to The Hemp Business Journal, they “estimate that hemp industry sales reached $688 million in 2016, representing a 22% compound annual growth rate. By 2020, the same researchers believe that the hemp industry will expand to more than $1.8 billion, driven primarily by the rise of hemp-based cannabidiol (CBD) products. These products could make a dent in the $17.7 billion opioid market, especially given emerging research and renewed political pressure.”
Infinity Offers Continuous Hemp Processing Machines: For larger processing requirements, Infinity offers its new Spinning Disc Reactor (SDR) processor. This is the Hemp industry’s first organic method of oil extraction using distilled water as the solvent. No CO2 is required.
The new method involves a spinning disc reactor system which is being introduced into the industry for the extraction of oil from cannabis and hemp. The oil extract, called a concentrate, can be used in vape pens, edibles, and further processed into CBDs for medical and health purposes.
SDR – Efficient Extraction On-Demand: The system is so efficient that the process takes a few seconds, instead of hours or days, which is common in the industry now. In addition, the system uses distilled water as the solvent, instead of commonly used CO2, ethanol, or butane.
SDR – The Only Continuous Feed Hemp CBD Oil Extractor on the Market: The SDR equipment is modular and can be scaled up to any size. With a continuous feed system, different botanicals or varieties can be processed on-the-fly. Legacy batch systems can only process one botanical or variety at a time. As a continuous feed (more than 50 pounds per hour input of Hemp) continuous flow process, batch systems are now obsolete. The smaller footprint results in lower initial acquisition, maintenance, and operational costs. The added benefit of a smaller continuous feed system is more efficient use of energy.
SDR Botanical Processing and More: This process technology can also be used in other industrial applications, such as the production of biodiesel, nutraceuticals, and algae oil extraction. In the high-tech sector, the process can produce Quantum Dots, which have been identified as a future solar cell technology. With a spinning disc reactor, (SDR) perovskites can be commercially manufactured, with a low cost, continuous feed, production format, which can then be used for continuous, printable, flexible, thin film solar cells, and other complex mixing applications.
Infinity Supercritical LLC develops and markets innovative botanical oil extraction systems. Emphasis is placed on developing new technology to reduce extraction time, and producing a superior oil product, maximizing extracted antioxidants, terpenes, and nutrients. Industries served include cannabis, hemp, and hops. Please visit http://www.infinitysupercritical.com for more information.