Why Not Hemp?

July 27, 2017

Ohio has legalized medical cannabis, yet hemp remains illegal. I asked one of our customers more. Scot Waring is the Extraction and Laboratory Manager at Champlain Valley Dispensary & Southern Vermont Wellness.  Why is hemp still not legal federally? Is it simply the shared family tree with cannabis or are there other factors? It’s complicated…

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Fractional Distillation/Short Path Distillation

July 27, 2017

We asked our in-house R&D guru, Joel Hatfield to explain more about fractional distillation. If you know about winterization already, then skip to the part about fractional distillation below! Starting with the initial extraction, the operator either processes it subcritically (low temperature, low pressure) or supercritically (high temperature, high pressure). If a subcritical run, the terpenes…

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We Can’t Do It Without Them!

July 24, 2017

In the manufacturing industry, there’s a serious shortage. Skilled trades are fast becoming extinct, thanks to an entire generation heading into retirement. The perception that skilled tradespeople are “dumb”, “lazy”, and “clumsy” could not be further from the truth. Tradespeople possess skills that are essential in any manufacturing facility. Parents say they don’t want their…

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What Else Can I Process with my Apeks system?

July 18, 2017

Our R&D department is constantly testing on new substances to see if we can extract something. Here’s what we’ve tried so far: Pepper seeds Vanilla Algae Kava Kava Lavender Turmeric Cacao Mangosteen (an Asian fruit) Hops Coffee Seaweed Coconut Mint Bee Pollen Our customers tell us that in addition to the obvious, they’ve extracted: Hemp…

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Joel P.’s bittersweet farewell to his first Apeks system

July 7, 2017

Joel P. from SJR Labs LLC of Maine (who operates the cleanest system we’ve ever seen – photo above!) mentioned that upgrading to a new Apeks system would be bittersweet. We asked him about it.  What part of the country are you in?  We are located just outside of Portland, Maine. SJR Labs was the…

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Size matters! Apeks can help you get there.

June 5, 2017

So you want to get into the cannabis industry? Great! You have a 300 acre farm you’re planning to plant? Lovely! You plan to be in full swing this time next year? Settle down there, Seabiscuit.  If you called us and we put a damper on your enthusiasm, it’s only because we want you to…

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Ken R. and how he handles moisture

May 31, 2017

Our customer, Ken R. was experiencing issues with condensation/moisture in his plant material. He operates out of southern Oregon where the humidity is a factor. To combat the problem, he grinds his material, then freeze dries them. This removes the moisture and also improves the shelf life of his material. We caught up with Ken…

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