Cannabis Concentrate Emulsifier: How Does It Work and What Even Is It?

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MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on May 21, 2019

Cannabis Concentrate Emulsifier

If you’ve ever asked yourself ‘what is emulsification and how does it work,’ or ‘what is a cannabis concentrate emulsifier liquid,’ you’re not alone. With the marijuana industry blossoming into virtually each and every sector in existence, folks are wanting to learn more and more about how the various compounds work, and how they can be “manipulated” into a multitude of marketable products like foods, beverages, and vape oils.

This is where the process of a cannabis concentrate emulsifier comes in. In this article, we talk about what the emulsification of cannabis is, how it works when you’re wanting to make a simple eLiquid, and why “potrepreneurs” are increasingly interested in employing its properties.

First of All, What is Marijuana Emulsification?

We won’t get much into the actual chemical process of marijuana emulsification here in this article. For one, it’s a complex topic that involves an array of terminologies and definitions that most of you probably wouldn’t understand — and more importantly, that we ourselves don’t really understand.

Secondly, the actual chemical process itself of marijuana emulsification is not that crucial to understanding what it’s actually used for. In other words, you don’t need to understand how to carry out the process of emulsifying cannabis in order to have a solid idea of what a cannabis concentrate emulsifier actually does.

With that in mind, the most basic explanation of cannabis emulsification is that it’s a technique to reduce extracted cannabis oils into tiny droplets. In its natural form, cannabis oil is very hydrophilic – meaning it won’t dissolve easily into water.

This makes the process of manufacturing something like a THC-infused beverage virtually impossible — without emulsification, the cannabis oil would separate from the liquid in the drink much like olive oil does when poured into a glass of water. Let’s take a little closer look at this before we talk about other kinds of cannabis emulsifiers that will help you turn most any concentrate into a vapable eLiquid.

Emulsifying Cannabis Allows Cannabinoids to Disperse in Liquid

Unlike natural cannabis oil that’s extracted from the raw plant material (there are a variety of ways to do this), emulsified cannabis oil exists in small enough droplets that it can almost entirely dissolve – or disperse – into a water-based liquid.

For the dozens of companies that are wanting to break into the THC and CBD-infused beverages market, emulsifying marijuana extract is a must. It allows the active components of the cannabis (i.e. cannabinoids) to remain functional on a physiological level while letting the manufacturers create a tasty, appealing drink.

Without emulsification, cannabis beverages would probably be oily, bitter, rather disgusting concoctions that would have almost zero potential in terms of broad-scale marketability. Have you ever tried drinking coffee with butter and palm oil? You’ll know that the oil floats to the top of the cup if you’re not constantly stirring it.

The result is an unappealing, bitter taste of palm oil/butter mixture, with almost zero coffee flavor. The same thing would happen to marijuana drinks and infused beverages, if not for the process of emulsification.

Before Emulsification, Cannabis Oil Must be Made!

One doesn’t just emulsify marijuana straight from the plant material and infuse it into a beverage. It first has to go through multiple stages of extraction, distillation, and purification before the final steps of emulsification and infusion can be carried out. Let’s talk about a few of these steps in more detail.

Extraction

Unless you’re brewing THC-infused tea with raw flower, you can’t make a cannabis drink without first extracting some of the plant’s active chemical components — namely THC and CBD. There are dozens of ways to extract cannabinoids, but a few of the most popular techniques include CO2 extraction, alcohol extraction, solvent-based extraction, and rosin pressing. When the extraction process is complete, the manufacturer is left with a sticky, gooey, syrupy like mess of thick oil.

Distillation

Since this thick oil can’t be infused directly into a water-based beverage, distillation techniques need to be carried out in order to separate the active components (cannabinoids) from the rest of the plant material. Basically, distillation separates THC and CBD from other compounds like terpenes, flavonoids, organic acids, and so on. Once isolated, the THC and CBD can then be refined, emulsified, and ultimately infused into a cool, refreshing beverage.

Refinement/Purification

Before the above steps can be carried out however, the cannabis oil has to be refined and purified after the initial extraction process. Again, this is a process that “filters” out active ingredients like THC and CBD into pure, usable substances that are readily workable when manufacturing things like marijuana-based foods and drinks.

Emulsification

As we’ve mentioned, emulsification of marijuana is a complex process that transforms pure cannabis oil into small enough parts to disperse evenly throughout a liquid. Once emulsified, the THC (or CBD) oil is ready to be made into a functional, marketable beverage.

The Simple Cannabis Concentrate Emulsifier Liquid… Explained

In addition to more complex emulsification processes that help transform a concentrated oil into tiny droplets for beverage infusion, cannabis concentrate emulsifiers can also be added to extracts to create a vapable eLiquid.

Concentrate emulsifiers are actually increasingly common and can be purchased for pretty reasonable prices in the form of an easy-to-use kit. When added to almost any concentrate or extract (wax, shatter, budder, resin, etc), the extract will “convert” into a thin, liquidy substance that you can use in almost any vaporizer.

Like we said earlier, the actual chemical process of a cannabis concentrate emulsifier is quite complicated, but this doesn’t mean you can’t understand the basic uses of this increasingly practical technique.

Final Thoughts on Marijuana Emulsification

We hope that this article on marijuana emulsification has been helpful for you in some way and that it has helped answer (partially or otherwise) the question of ‘what is cannabis emulsification.’

As the marijuana food and beverages market continues to grow, we can only expect complex chemical processes like these to continue to infiltrate the industry in practical, functional ways. And trust us – ten years ago even the most advanced marijuana business folk in the world would not have thought the idea of a marketable, decent-tasting cannabis-infused drink was a possibility.

With emulsification, however, it is not only possible but in fact, a highly practical (and for the right people, relatively simple) process that introduces yet another market to the robustly popular – and rapidly growing – cannabis industry.

So, when you go to take that first sip of your (newly minted) favorite marijuana beverage, just think of the process of cannabis emulsification and be thankful that it exists – otherwise you’d be drinking an oily, not-too-tasty mess.

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