A majority of processors assume that because cannabiniods and terpenes are miscible in some solutions; MCT Oil, coconut oil, olive oil, distillate and terpenes, etc . mixing the constituents with a Hotplate Stirrer, immersion blender or an overhead stirrer, uniform cannabinoid potency within the batch happens automatically, no hot spots. This is not the case!
We worked with a lollipop processor in Oregon who kept failing the 15% cannabinoid potency deviation for the batches he was processing. His potency deviation analysis was showing 60%. The processor was using an overhead stirrer and got these results. We suggested he use a homogenizer in order to get uniform cannabinoid potency for each batch processed. When he employed the homogenizer to emulsify the constituents, the cannabinoid potency deviation analysis for each batch 1% - 1.5%, meaning every lollipop had the same THC potency. From a 2.5 liter emulsified batch of Lollies with the CAT X1740 Homogenizer, 240 lollipops produced, 13 lollipops were randomly selected for the cannabinoid potency deviation analysis, 1%-1.5%, January 30, 2018.
This illustration shows how a homogenizer achieves uniform cannabinoid potency. The same applies for processors blending terpenes in distillate, uniform distribution of terpenes throughout the distillate.