Temperature Control in the Cannabis Industry

Posted - April 8, 2021

In the booming industry of cannabis and cannabis-related products, one thing is becoming perfectly clear to business-owners and operators – they cannot grow their business without proper temperature control investments in place. Everything from delivering cold or frozen edible treats, to keeping flower fresh and potent, to the storage of flash frozen cannabis for oil extraction depends on maintaining precise temperature set points.

“The cannabis industry has reached a point where infrastructure and logistics are becoming the determining factor for a company’s success,” says Frederick Holt, a longtime cannabis chemistry consultant and a member of an extraction guild. “There are so many start-ups and new businesses now, that you have to really focus on what sets you apart in the market. If you can deliver frozen edibles, that makes a difference. If your product is fresher with better aroma, that makes a difference. Temperature control can be what separates a thriving business from a failure.”

Preserving Your Harvest

Preserving your hemp or cannabis in long-term cold storage immediately after cutting the harvest gives the business grower the option for the material to be safely preserved until better market conditions are present, a buyer can be found, or until the extraction process can be performed. In addition, freezing your flower helps to keep flavor and aroma intact, while preserving the plants’ chemical attributes for maximum extraction yields. By essentially trapping the plant at that moment it was fresh cut, producers can tap into the plant’s most prominent and potent traits. This results in quality and preservation benefits. In addition, freezing allows further biomass handling without smearing the oil-containing trichomes, and can also help prevent mold formation.

Another reason to freeze is the preservation of the precious terpenes and cannabinoids because degradation is much less of a worry for products that are immediately frozen after harvest. When traditionally dried and cured, cannabis buds will start to lose their terpene value to oxidization, becoming dry and dusty, and, in time, becoming overall less enjoyable to smoke. When frozen, all of those potent and pleasing compounds stay preserved, and the freshness lasts longer than it would otherwise.

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Oil Extraction

To reach its potential, every new cannabis business should look into the opportunities extracting oil offers.  Extracts are fast becoming one of the most popular way to consume cannabis other than smoking flower. By flash-freezing the harvest and extracting the compounds, one can create resin, an extract category that is becoming very popular among cannabis consumers. Live resin cannabis oil can be used in pens, vaporizer cartridges, and dab rigs. But fresh frozen cannabis is being used beyond just live resin. It is being seen in the manufactured-goods market, as well.  It can be used to make edibles, topicals, and for premium vaporizers as well, so the possibilities are endless for cannabis producers.

The freezing process is an integral part in creating the superior taste and aroma that comes from this type of concentrate. By essentially trapping the plant at that moment it was fresh cut, producers can tap into the plant’s most prominent and potent traits.

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Coldtainer, with its ease-of-use, precise temperature control, and durable construction is the type of investment smart cannabis operations are making at this time. From long-term storage, to urban delivery, Coldtainer offers a way to improve the level of safety, consistency, and desirability of their end product.

“Superior trichome, terpene, and flavor preservation is the key to success,” says Frederick Holt. “The essence of the plant’s smell and taste comes from its terpenes. In most extraction processes, many of these monoterpenes are lost during the dry and cure phase. But by freezing and storing your harvest with a product like Coldtainer, you can preserve that quality. Any cannabis operation that hasn’t thought about temperature control is missing the mark.”


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