Freeze drying, aka lyophilization process, preserves more cannabinoids than any other dry & cure method. Buds are perfectly preserved with ZERO shrinkage. In order to achieve this desired result we must understand that there are 3 key components to the freeze dry process which are necessary to optimize the process… 1.) The time that we hold the freeze dryer at each stage of its multi step recipe. 2.) The temperature controlled at each stage of the recipe for desired length at each stage. 3,) The vacuum pressure or militor reading is controlled throughout the entire process. This will require a retrofit bleeder valve to your freeze dryer, unless you own a CannaFREEZE unit. (CannaFREEZE and Harvest Right are the only two companies and freeze dryer models we currently endorse.)
The third point is extremely important to understand when it comes to how we are able to preserve terpenes without them volatilizing. Under deep vacuum below 500 militor, terpenes become volatile. This is why it is not possible to freeze dry cannabis or hemp buds/flowers with a Pharmaceutical or a Home unit with brands we utilize and distribute like Harvest Right. As well because set points 1., 2. and 3. are not able to be managed. (Home & Pharmaceutical models are great for Live’ Kief & Bubble hash applications but not for buds/flowers.)
That is why it is necessary to use a Scientific model freeze drier with a digital bleeder valve for the vacuum control in systems we distribute like Harvest Right. Please feel free to DM, email or call us with any additional questions that you might have. We are happy to share our experience and knowledge about this amazing and revolutionary new dry and cure process. Read “Viva the lyophilized revolution” article featured in Terpenes & Testing magazine for a great synopsis.
Understanding Lyophilization, aka Freeze Drying
HOW IS CANNABIS & HEMP FREEZE DRIED?
The basic principle of freeze drying cannabis or hemp is the removal of water from cannabis as water vapor through sublimation. With the biomass solidly frozen during the process, and under a deep vacuum, shrinkage is eliminated, and near perfect preservation will result. This process is also known as lyophilization.
HANG DRIED VS. FREEZE DRIED:
When you hang dry a cannabis plant for 18-30 days to dry, the enzymes that cause plant senescence deteriorate as they act on the chlorophyll. That is why it takes so long to get rid of the “green” or grassy taste. In freeze drying, all the cell walls are cracked open so it is easy for the biomass to absorb moisture from the air. When freeze dried cannabis comes out of the freeze dryer and is in an oxygen rich atmosphere, the oxygen, moisture plus enzymes which are still 100% potent will cause degradation of the chlorophyll in 1-4 hours (pending humidity) and give you a product that is cured as if it were traditionally dried and cured for 18- 30 days.
WHY SHOULD I FREEZE DRY MY CANNABIS?
-Preserve more cannabinoids and terpenes including THC, CBD, CBN, CBG & CBC than any other Drying method.
-Stabilize and preserve live biomass and cannabinoids for further refinement.
Prevents oxidation in concentrates through controlled moisture removal while increasing trichome harvest efficiencies. Essential for stabilization and processing of “live” or ”uncured” biomass.
POTENCY & ADDED VALUE
-More potent than traditionally dried and cured products with enhanced quality distinction, allows for higher retail price point and direct to market benefits vs. traditional practices.
-We are maintaining potency with no degradation of terpenes resulting in better fragrance and taste while seeing an average of 3 to 4% increase in total cannabinoids, allowing for a premium product markup and increased revenue.
-Freeze drying cannabis prevents deterioration of THC-A, which when decarboxylated, converts into Delta-9 THC, & CBN, the cannabinoids responsible for making users feel drowsy or lethargic. That translates to more energy and less inactivity.
-Minimized tussication while providing smoother inhalation than traditionally dried and cured cannabis.
-Fresh floral essence makes for enhanced flavor profiles.
-With testing standards becoming increasingly specific and regulatory oversight in
effect in many places, it is vital to mitigate cross-contamination from physical laborers,
and unnecessary exposures, making freeze drying indispensable.
-The F-Series range from 55 lb. to 1,100 lb. capacity operating in 16 to 24 hour cycles.
-The DX-Series range from 20 lb. to 220 lb. capacity operating in 3 to 5 day cycles.
-All units can be configured to suit your site, production requirements and budget.
Cyro-Trim™ + Lyophilization = Crop-to-Cure™
Live cannabis is a masterpiece of nature. It’s beautiful to look at, touch and smell. It’s too bad that harvested cannabis and hemp loses so much of its magic. You see, cannabis degrades during the curing process. It’s rare to end the process with the same full bodied, colorful bud that started it. The worst part is that you’re spending time and money on a curing process that degrades the product. You need two weeks or more to complete it. You need space. People. Climate control and power. Those costs take a bite out of the bottom line. And pests or mold can take an even bigger bite. Thankfully, there’s a better way.
A CROP-TO-CURE™ SOLUTION
A new way to trim, dry and cure cannabis or hemp flowers.
And do it faster, for less, with a better result.
That way is The Original Resinator® in sequence with CannaFREEZE™.
A Crop-to-Cure™ solution for trimming, curing and processing that results in a product as beautiful and potent as when it was first picked – in just sixteen to twenty four hours.
DETAILING THE BENEFITS
- Rapid Processing, Drying, and Curing for a Superior Product
A revolutionary method to trim, dry & cure your cannabis or hemp in only 16-24 hours.
That’s one benefit of using The Original Resinator brand trimmer with CannaFREEZE. Others include:
- A Nearly Perfect Manicure
A nearly perfect manicure of the outer leaves, resulting from the patented liquid carbon dioxide based Cryo-Trim™ process.
- Preservation and Stabilization
A process that preserves more THC, CBD, CBN, CBG, CBC & terpenes than any other drying method. The process also prevents oxidation through controlled moisture removal, which is essential for stabilization and further refinement of uncured biomass.
- User Experience
Freeze drying cannabis prevents deterioration of THC-A into Delta9 THC and the CBN cannabinoids responsible for making users feel drowsy or lethargic. That translates to more energy with less inactivity.
- Potency and Added Value
Lyophilized cannabis results in a more potent final product than traditionally dried and cured methods. The fact that our process maintains potency with no degradation of terpenes not only means better fragrance and taste, it also means you can expect an average increase of as much as three to four percent in total cannabinoids. That critical quality distinction allows for a higher retail price point, direct to market benefits, and increased revenue.
With our process, the cannabis or hemp flower retains its shape, size, color, and fragrance. That means zero shrinkage. Experience increased yields with lower loss rates due to molds & pest, and raise your bottom line. When properly stored, it can have a shelf life of over a year.
Fresh floral essence makes for enhanced flavor profile, minimizing tussication while providing smoother inhalation than traditionally dried and cured cannabis.
With a smaller footprint, you won’t need large curing and drying rooms. So you save time and money on maintenance, utilities, and labor.
- Consistency and Production Speed
That leads to consistent, reliable results from your newly automated trimming, drying and curing process for a true crop to cure in 24 hours experience.
- Eliminates Mold and Pest
Using deep vacuum through lyophilization eliminates the possibility of mold, mildew, bud rot and pest contamination.
Our process helps to diminish cross-contamination by reducing contact with laborers and unnecessary external exposures. This produces better test results, which are crucial in this time of demanding and increasing regulatory oversight.
Capacities range from 1 to to over 500 lbs. per 24 – 36 hour cycle pending unit selected.
EXPLAINING THE PROCESS
What is Cryo-Trimming™?
Micro injections of liquid carbon dioxide brittle exterior leaves, allowing them to quickly fracture and fall from the flower. By momentarily flash freezing the biomass, we are able to produce the cleanest manicure in remarkably short times – multiplying your production throughput and turnover. All while preserving botanical essence and keeping trichomes intact.
What is Freeze Drying?
Freeze drying cannabis or hemp is the process of removing water from cannabis as water vapor through sublimation. With the biomass vacuum sealed and frozen during the process, bud shrinkage is eliminated, resulting in near perfect preservation.
Why Freeze Dry?
It’s simple. It can take two weeks to a month to get cannabis ready for market. With freeze drying, you can do that in less than a day. Which means the freeze dying process delivers a product that is cured like it has been traditionally dried and cured for thirty days, only wIth a higher added value.
PROOFING THE PRODUCT
The Original Resinator® with CannaFREEZE™ or Harvest Right (scientific) represents a sea change in the way cannabis or hemp is processed and cured, to the delight of consumers and experts alike. Listen to what customers and experts have to say.
Botanical Preservation Specialist Rich Delong says:
“The most perfect preservation method for drying and curing cannabis or hemp in a fraction of the time it traditionally takes”
Entrepreneur and industry enthusiast Scott van der Horst says:
“There’s no burn on my throat and no cough. The taste and smoking experience of the freeze dried is remarkable!”
And as the founder of The Original Resinator Travis “TJ” Arnovick says:
“This is a historical moment in cannabis evolution. Taking a live plant from Crop-to-Cure in 24 hours is nothing short of unbelievable.”
WHAT DOES ALL THIS MEAN?
The Original Resinator® with CannaFREEZE™ or Harvest Right (scientific) in sequence is a revolutionary method for trimming, drying and curing your cannabis or hemp in 24 to 36 hours. Our patented Cryo-Trim™ process in tandem with CannaFreeze™ equipment produces a resulting GENUINE PREMIUM & ENHANCED QUALITY product for a true Crop-to-Cure™ in 24 hours.
Freeze Dryer equipment specifications, loading capacity and pricing online at:
Call 1-877-RESINATOR or 1-833-IPE-EQUIP to learn more about how to go from Crop-to-Cure™ in 24 hours.