Live resin and live rosin products are growing in popularity among consumers, with last year’s growth alone hovering around 87% in the United States and 626% in Canada. This popularity extends into a desire for vape products that offer this higher quality, more pure and less refined form of cannabis. Our operations manager, Vlad Valme, wrote about this trend, and some potential solutions, for Cannabis Equipment News in an article called “Balancing Act: Considerations Surrounding Live Resin Vape Cartridge Filling Processes.”
He starts out by briefly covering the current market for live resin products, and the trends that have led to its increasing popularity. Because this pure cannabis product is not “decarbed”, a more delicate process is required when processing it or filling vape cartridges. He writes, “This type of product is more difficult to fill because the integrity and quality of the product must be maintained at every stage during the filling process.”
Harry Rose of Rosette Wellness seconds this assertion, and is quoted in the article conveying some of his expertise about the need for granular control to “mitigate any potential volatility during the filling process”. It boils down to minimizing the risk of damaging the quality of the end product, which can be accomplished by using equipment that gives precise control. Heating this type of material up to fill a cartridge, or creating a vacuum that can result in atmospheric change, can damage the terpenes or degrade the cannabinoid profile. The discerning consumers who prefer these higher end products will not be happy.
Ben McCabe, an award-winning live rosin expert, also weighed in saying that reducing the complexity of the filling process can help avoid degradation. He says, “Without the right process and equipment, you risk it [live resin product] degrading very quickly or easily. Especially when it comes to solventless, because the product itself is much much more fragile than distillate would be.”
Vlad concludes the piece with, “For companies trying to meet increased consumer demand for these types of vape products, they must have a reliable, repeatable and automated process and fit-for-purpose equipment for efficiently getting these products to market…Demand for concentrates like live resins and rosins is skyrocketing, and vape manufacturers need to keep up with cartridge filling machines that will retain the integrity of these products.”
You can read the complete article here: https://www.cannabisequipmentnews.com/manufacturing/news/22250355/balancing-act-considerations-surrounding-live-resin-vape-cartridge-filling-processes