With the help of this community, we have been making some awesome CBD distillate and I feel like we have a pretty good grasp on it. Now we are trying to decide how to further process our distillate into products.
Our dilemma is this: we can toll process our distillate or isolate (we are going to play with crystallization in a bit) on a local sonomechanics machine for a steep price - $10-18/g depending on quantity processed, including emulsifier and any other reagents. Even at that price, having a water soluble product is highly profitable when sold at retail and can be used in a variety of products; however, we are also considering just getting a high quality homogenizer from @CATScientific and going the more traditional emulsion in carrier oil route and making products in house.
This is what we are stuck on:
Should we just buy a homogenizer? Financially it makes sense, we can buy a homogenizer for the price of tolling <100 grams of material. The end goal is liquid capsules, tinctures, and single dose water soluble drops. Also, possibly food items, like gummies or cookies or something. I have read through Turning THC & CBD Water Soluble a few times and I’m not sure if the homogenizer alone can get us totally water soluble. @ShearGuy - are your results soluble and stable in aqueous solution?
At what point is sonication a necessity, if ever?
I haven’t found any peer-reviewed articles to back up the nano-emulsion bioavailability claims for CBD. Is this bullshit? Or does sonication truly produce a superior product?
Thank you for any information/advice. I’m starting to think that the homogenizer is the way to go, but I’d like to clear up these final sticking points before making a decision.