How Industrial-Scale Extraction Can Affect CBD Distribution
Everyone is excited about CBD (cannabidiol). But who wouldn’t be? For an all-natural substance that can help battle many difficult health conditions, it’s sure worth getting excited about. More so, I’m more than happy to see its increase beyond what non-believers in its benefits ever fathomed.
Have you heard about the Draconis Extraction Technology (DET)? It’s said to be a proprietary commercial-scale ethanol extraction process. I was quite fascinated when I heard about it.
Paul Baskis, a scientist and designer in soil science and carbon transformation is the brains behind the technology. Paul brings more than 30 years’ experience on wastewater treatment, compound isolation and process development on how to produce broad-spectrum, de-waxed, winterized, solvent-free CBD, and in way to make it easily accessible by consumers.
According to Paul, he designs large systems and there should be no issues with DET getting ready to construct their first industrial-scale extraction facility. Now, this extractor is believed to be able to handle at least 25 tons of biomass per day, and this by far exceeds the maximum capacity for industrial CO2 extraction.
The reason for this industrial-scale extraction is so that CBD can easily get into the hands of those who need them.
Tommie Baskis, DET’s director and CEO has this to say; “A lot of ex-military people are dealing with ongoing health problems,” said Tommie Baskis, DET director and CEO. So, Draconis provides retailers an all-inclusive service, which includes security and risk assessment, and will also employ many skilled workers in those roles.
“I’m thinking of them when I say you have to start with a really good crude that is affordable for the people who have PTSD, pain, neurological issues and so on. You have parents trying to help a sick child, people dealing with addiction; I want everyone to be able to afford CBD and right now very few people can. In order for it to be affordable, you have to extract it on an industrial scale.”
A broad-spectrum of CBD costs about $350 per 1000 milligram on the average. It’s nothing new that people are using CBD as support for an array of ailments, from anxiety and PTSD to chronic pain and insomnia, however many people still can’t afford it. For example, if you discovered that 5mg per pound of body weight is your most effective dose and you weigh 180 pounds, then that bottle of $350 CBD should last for like 11 days.
Nevertheless, the tech by Paul Baskis will help reduce the extraction costs, thereby lowering the prices. This will boost the supply of CBD extract without affecting the quality.
“I worked on the design to create a very clean crude,” Paul said. “It’s so pure that you can use it in a vape pen without leaving any residue. It has a good taste. From there, if you’re doing CO2 extraction, you can easily purify it into isolates, and you get 10 to 20 times more isolate out that if you started with raw hemp.”
One amazing thing about Paul’s tech is that rather than removing and discarding of “waste”, it extracts out oils and waxes for sale as standalone products. For example, waxes can be used for cosmetics. Also, when the pulp is extracted dry and de-waxed, it can be used for fabric, paper or bioplastics.
Even if there is no one to buy the pulp, the design can still be used with an additional component that produces the fuel that runs the extractor from which the final product, a carbon-based fertilizer is produced. This fertilizer helps maintain the carbon level of the soil and as a result enhances the soil structure and microbial growth.
Vice President of Draconis, Max Le Pera has this to say; "Sustainability and circular economy are becoming increasingly important aspects of global business," Le Pera noted. "The Draconis extraction technology and re-purposing of biomass residual are in direct alignment with these principles.”
Since hemp was legalized in December 2018, there has been a lot of buzz surrounding its acceptance and market. And DET, just like many others yet to come is one of the green tech explosions sparked by the legalization.
This innovation and others still unknown are going to make it easier for grower farmers to process and profit off their cannabis crops. It will also help more people gain better health as well as create more employment opportunities in rural communities.