The VTS-50 Uses Water to Separate Trichomes from Biomass
Did You Know? Our Vortex Trichome Separator Utilizes Water to Mechanically Separate Trichomes from Biomass
If you’re producing hash to scale you may want to consider upping the ante on your processing capability with solventless, water-based separation equipment. The latest market trends are showing that consumers are more and more demanding solvent-less concentrates because they’re seen as being more naturally derived and best preserves the flavor profile of the specific strain (although this still remains a hotly debated topic).
Our latest innovation in solventless extraction equipment is the Vortex Trichome Separator (VTS-50). The system utilizes mechanical separation techniques (in contrast to say Solid Phase Extraction) to separate cannabinoid and terpene-rich trichomes.
How does the Vortex Trichome Separator Work?
The highly sought-after cannabinoids CBD, THC, and accompanying terpenes are produced in the trichomes of the cannabis plant. These trichomes are quite prominent and are clearly visible as sticky crystals on the cannabis flower.
The VTS system utilizes cold water in a double-vortex flow pattern to gently remove hardened trichome heads from their stalks, ultimately yielding a much cleaner, solventless hash product. Water in this case is not acting as a solvent but as a separating mechanism. With the right amount of agitation these trichomes are physically removed from the plant while the remaining biomass is left relatively intact.
A cross-flow turbulence is produced by the bottom-driven paddle in combination with a uniquely shaped wash basin to create a powerful agitating force. The result is a maximum separation of resin heads from the plant surface with negligent to non-existent plant-particulate contamination.
The trichomes then remain in the water as suspended undissolved solids. Once this water and trichome slurry mix is separated from the remaining biomass itself, it is very easy to filter, separate, collect, and dry these trichomes for use in high quality hash. It is this hash that is known in the market as either “water” and/or “ice” hash.