Processors usually use different methods to extract marijuana. While there is a lot that goes into this, safety should be a top priority at all times. Natvana’s CEO Casey Flippo states that extraction laboratories should implement the applicable safety standards for the method of extraction they use.
The most common methods of extraction include:
- Rosin, which is regarded as the safest method of extraction. However, individuals should be careful as burns are possible
- Ethanol is another extraction method that can create a flash point if too much vapor leaks into the air. The method is also highly flammable
- Carbon dioxide extraction is another method used by processors, which is dangerous if a leak occurs as it puts individuals at risk of carbon monoxide poisoning
- Hydrocarbon extraction is regarded as the most dangerous method of extraction as it could blow up if the flammable solvents utilized leak and are ignited
Other health hazards in marijuana production include eye and skin exposure to harsh cleaning products and chemicals, hearing loss from being around extremely loud equipment and the breathing of marijuana dust. It should be noted that properly run laboratories that have been designed and built in the proper way have significantly decreased safety risks.
Below are a few factors processors should consider when establishing a new facility to ensure that safety is upheld.
Personal protective equipment
Essential Extracts founder Nick Tanem states that personal protective equipment should always be worn at all times in the laboratory, regardless of whether the facility uses solventless or hydrocarbon methods of extraction. He notes that the PPE also helps keep products safe from contamination and the laboratories clean. This equipment includes eyewear, nitrile powder-free gloves and ear protection.
Managing partner of Illuminated Extractors JD Garrick states that it is important to ensure that all employees are trained in all processes and products used in the lab, in addition to following the Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards.
Proper facility design
The chief brand officer of Spirits Extraction Products Liz Geisleman states that having a proper facility design can ward off accidents. She adds that having proper ventilation located in the right spots is also a must, as some gases are heavier than others.
Garrick adds that having a third-party certified engineer take a look at design plans before construction can begin will make certain that someone has acknowledged that the premises will be safe to work in.
When medical marijuana products are made with the safeguards above in mind, and those products are then administered using enabling tools such as the IoT dose-measuring devices manufactured by RYAH Group Inc. (CSE: RYAH), users are likely to have better outcomes than if they were using random ways to determining the right dosage of their plant medicines.
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