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Dry vs. Wet – Cryo-Trim™

DRY TRIM

When we trim traditionally dried and cured cannabis buds or flowers, the cannabis is already gone through its natural dry and cure process. The Cryo-Trim™ process aids us to get the exterior of the leaves just brittle enough to fracture and fall from the flower after a CO2 injection. Therefore there is no adverse effect on injecting liquid CO2. The CO2 acts as a freezing agent getting the exterior of the leaves just brutal enough to fracture and fall from the flower. We do not shave, shape or contour the bud. Our Cryo-Trim™️ process tailors to the rise and fall of the structure of the buds without having an adverse effect on the quality, trichomes or Cannabinoids. Co2 is hydrophobic, meaning that it repels water. That is why a dry trim with Co2 does not cause condensation within the center chamber. Coupled with the fact that Co2 displaces oxygen, your traditionally dried and cured flowers are ready for a Cryo-Trim™ directly from the drying rack or cure bin. Although cold temperatures are achieved and there may be some residual dry ice (“dry snow”) throughout the biomass, once removed from the Resinator chamber it will normalize in the ambient room temperature of the localized environment within minutes with no negative effects. While other mechanical trimmers will tell you that you need to have a RH% as low as 5-7% to be effective, The Original Resinator can work with buds/flowers at any RH% range. We prefer to work with buds when they are between 10-15% RH. This practice will aid in maximizing throughput and retention of your A and B bud ratios. After a dry trim all that that is left to do is a light cleanup of some remaining crows feet for bag appeal.

Trim as much as a pound plus per minute! When you load your machine with cannabis buds/flower, you can inject liquid Co2 into the chamber and achieve very cold temperatures. This allows the exterior leaves to become just brittle enough to fracture off of the flower and fall through the mesh screen without damaging, bruising or compromising the integrity of the flower. When trimming with CO2 we recommend “ice-cream” temperature. That’s between 10°F and 30°F. When prepared properly, we often experience results that exceed our expectations. The better bucked and bigleaved your material, the less time necessary to achieve desired results, only adding to increased processing times and production volume. As a trimmer, the OG model has a 1.5 lb capacity while the XL model has a 7 lb capacity. If you load 5-7 pounds, then you spin for 5-7 minutes. This is a guideline, as not all flowers are created equal. In fact, often only 30 seconds per pound is optimal, this of course is directly related to how well the product has been grown and also prepped. Refer to our Operating Guide for suggested run times, speeds, and load sizes. The whole bodied, high quality trim that remains after CO2 separation is preferred over scissored or bladed trim due to the lack of chlorophyl and plant particulates found through trimmed clippings as a result of utilizing a bladed surface, making for better extracts anyd pre-rolls. Once you experience the Resinator difference, you will wonder where we have been all your life…! This is a revolutionary new & patented process. The Original Resinator was developed by growers & processors for growers and processors. We know that innovation requires education. We always remain students first as we continually strive to expand our knowledge base through research and development while sharing our craft and love for cannabis with new innovative products and techniques.

When CryoTrimming™️, we inject liquid CO2 into our Resinator chamber while gently tumbling material to allow exterior leaves to fall through our 1’4″ mesh screen. We rotate our drum for less then a minute per pound. Micro CO2 injections brittle exterior leaves, quickly fracturing from flowers ready to collect for additional processing with a quick swap from our custom mesh trim screens for a subsequent Cryo-Sieve™️ process to one of our micron (µm) rated screens. This process is done with ease and efficiency, preserving structural integrity and botanical essence all while keeping trichomes intact and maintaining terpene profiles. We experience less than 1% total THC & CBD loss when trimming with CO2. We have Certificates of Analysis of before and after results when using The Original Resinator to trim with CO2 on our website.

We get 85+% of the job done with ease and efficiency. Some cultivars come out of the Resinator package ready. All that is required is to buck down your material before tumbling and a light cleanup after. What typically takes as long as 8 hours of hand trimming to accomplish, can now be done with less than an hour scissor time per pound including bucking and big leaving on front end (pre treatment) & light touchup on back end (post treatment). We say that your material comes out of the Resinator in the same condition it went in, only trimmed…!

We are often asked, doesn’t freezing the buds knock off the trichomes? That is a good question and common misperception. NO IT DOES NOT… We only go to ice cream temperatures of 10°F to 30°F when trimming, that coupled with short run times delivers VERY favorable results. As opposed to when we are doing a kief separation we going to sub-zero temperatures as low as -85 °F. We find that trichomes don’t start falling off until negative temperatures below -5 °F. In fact, we have found that even when dropping to as low as -20°F within internal chamber of the Resinator that there are no adverse effects or reduction of whole body body trichomes. This is also reflected in COA’s. When trimming with liquid Co2 we lose no more then the average handling as a hand manicure utilizing scissors, trim trays and finger hash which is list from general processing. We have extensively ran hundreds of 5lb test utilizing the metric system with two independent labs to demonstrate how effective our CryoTrimming™️ with co2 process is. There are COA’s on our website that demonstrate we are losing on average of .03 to .08% total THC and CBD loss from raw flour to post Resinator trim.

Temperature accompanied with time spun are the primary contributors to the difference between kiefing aka biomass reduction and trimming with co2. For example, when we are kiefing we go to subzero temperatures as low as -85°F. Whereas when trimming we only go to ice cream temperatures, being 10° to 30°F. Trimming we only spin for 30 seconds to 1 pound per minute on average. Whereas when kiefing we will spin on average from 10 to 30 minutes on average or up to an hour in some applications, accompanied with sub zero temps. Pending the application and personal preference we modify parameters accordingly.

 

WET TRIM

It’s only when trimming wet uncured/live flowers with The Original Resinator that we need to take in consideration the science that is occurring. By injecting liquid CO2 into the Resinator chamber with live biomass we are effectively lowering the temperature below the freeze point of 32°F. When we do this we are rupturing the cellular wall of the plant. And normal dry and her application after this has occurred there will be an adverse effect in the form of oxidation and discoloration of your cannabis or hemp flowers. In order to avoid this from occurring we need to “maintain the cold chain” once we have dropped below the freeze point. We then must place our frozen and trimmed bud’s directly into a pre-frozen freeze dryer (in the same way one woul;d preheat an oven) for the lyophilization process, to effectively achieve a Crop-to-Cure™️ result in 24-36 hours. If the freeze dryer was to reach capacity we could then store the cannabis or hemp into a deep freezer to suspend biomass in it’s frozen state until it is ready for processing. After pulling out of the freeze drier the biomass is stable and can be stored in a cool, dry and dark environment. A humidor or moisture packs or the likes in a tote/bin or a sealed jar can be used to maintain optimum moisture levels or just allowing the biomass to acclimate in an oxygen rich atmosphere with a RHof 60% and an ambient room temperature of 70°F will allow the biomass to gradually reach ideal state for handling,testing,packaging and consumption.

 

In short, freeze drying aka lyophilization is not necessary when Cryo-trimming traditionally HANG DRIED cannabis or hemp flowers. Traditional hang dry or rack dry and cure allowing water to evaporate is a standard practice. Whereas it is essential to utilize a freeze dryer to remove water via sublimation when working with live or uncured cannabis or hemp flowers. Resulting in LIVE’ DRIED Crop-to-Cure™️ cannabis in 24 hours.

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