Stop Scorching Cannabis Consumers With Cannabinoid Hotspots
When you take a sip of your morning coffee, you aren’t worried about whether there’s too much or too little caffeine. The same’s also true when you take your multi-vitamin or enjoy a chocolate bar.
As consumers, we hold a solid expectation of ingredient accuracy. Could you imagine the uproar if Starbucks suddenly released a batch of coffee with irregular caffeine distribution? The nation would respond with fury! Not to mention the medical consequences of consuming excessive caffeine.
Unfortunately, throughout the cannabis industry, this scenario is playing out across dispensaries. Consumers, whether recreational or medical, are playing Russian roulette whenever they purchase an edible. With every bite, or sip, they run the risk of the dreaded THC hotspot.
Too Much of a Good Thing – What Are THC Hotspots?
Essentially, a THC hotspot is a common symptom of improper, or nonexistent, cannabis solution homogenization.
During processing, such as with an overhead magnetic hotplate stirrer, cannabinoids are mixed into a carrier solution. Yet, as many consumers and manufacturers already know, the act of mixing does not translate into even distribution. In fact, the opposite is quite common.
Instead of disbursing throughout the solution, cannabinoids tend to collect in groupings. These dense areas are known as hotspots.
While uniformity is vital for all cannabinoids, THC hotspots are notoriously dangerous.
The Stratospheric High – Dangers of THC Hotspots
There’s a common misconception among consumers, and even cannabis post-processors. Basically, these uninformed individuals feel there’s simply no such thing as too much THC.
While THC tolerance is dependent on individual factors, such as sensitivity to cannabinoid receptor activation, excessive dosing rarely ends on a good note.
There are two issues with THC hotspots:
- Extreme symptoms of being “too high”
- Lack of modulation due to a THC – CBD ratio imbalance
Even though there have been zero reported deaths due to overdosing on THC, this doesn’t mean consuming too much of this cannabinoid is a pleasant experience. For many, too much THC is a recipe for panic attacks or unsavory body sensations.
In some cases, such as those who medicate with cannabis for physical or mental disorders, THC hotspots may trigger an episode. For everyone else, this scenario is undesirable as it distills a layers of distrust.
As a newly flowering industry, not to mention one under extreme social and political scrutiny, the proliferation of uneven cannabinoid distribution potentially threatens our legitimacy and viability.
Cannabis Homogenization – The Solution for Uniformity
How do non-cannabis products achieve ingredient uniformity? The answer is simple: homogenization.
This common post-processing methodology transforms clumpy solutions into smooth, evenly distributed products. Unlike magnetic stirrers, which create a viable solution, homogenizer drives transform the molecular structure of the solution.
A homogenizer drive, such as those offered by CAT Scientific, send cannabinoids through the generator shaft at the speed of sound. The sheer caused by this action breaks apart the uneven THC, CBD and other cannabinoid groupings. As cannabinoid atoms travel, they combine into tightly-knit molecules, which are then evenly disbursed throughout the solution.
Ultimately, this simple action translates into uniformed potency.
Boosting Legitimacy at the Molecular Level – CAT Scientific
Without homogenization, cannabis products are a ticking time bomb. As government regulations and legislations tighten their focus on consumer safety, avoiding this essential process is avoiding your future business growth.
As a leading distributor of cannabis post-processing equipment, CAT Scientific is committed to the viability of this profound industry. Whether you’re looking to initiate homogenization within your company, or need to upgrade your equipment, Contact Us today. Together, let’s end the era of uneven distribution and enter the age of uniformity once and for all.