In an interview from the Emerald Conference 2020, Dr. Markus Roggen tells us about his slightly reluctant entry into the industry, the maddening inefficiencies in current extraction protocols, and his mission to put solid science at the heart of the industry.
There are many common inefficiences when it comes to cannabis extraction; many of which can easily be overcome. We look at how companies like outco and fritsch have optimized their extraction processes.
Many in the cannabis industry are skeptical of big pharma; and sometimes for good reason! But there many things they get right (and that we are currently struggling with). If we want to survive as long as big pharma companies, we need to learn from them.
The cannabis industry is filled with people who make incorrect assumptions based on anecdotes and incomplete data. And Dr. Markus Roggen is not immune. What makes a good scientist is a willingness to prove yourself wrong- and thats exactly what he did. Its a willingness to prove ourselves wrong that will help the industry progress.
Most extraction methods are just upscaled versions of what your college roomate used 30 years ago. Dr. Markus Roggen points out that we have the ability to make these processes more efficient to save time and money in the long run. But people are so focused on the “gold rush” of the cannabis industry that nobody is stopping to think what they are doing.
There is a lot of talk about the conversion of THCA to THC in the scientific cannabis community, but nobody can agree on the best conditions for this reaction to occur. Knowing the best conditions, and working under these conditions, can save companies time and money. So, Delic labs teamed up with PerkinElmer to design a technique to watch this reaction in real time, so the best conditions for this reaction can be determined.
Many risks associated with extraction facilities burning down or literally exploding are being addressed as the cannabis industry matures. But reduced risk does not mean no risk. Dr. Markus Roggen provides 5 tips to ensure safety in extraction labs.