How to Use a Homogenizer for Mixing Terpenes

Mixing Terpenes into Oil and Vape Carts

The notion that terpenes can act as a solvent and dissolve other materials is not a surprise to many. One might assume that the intimate mixing provided by a homogenizer would not be needed, but there are reasons why the homogenizer is the idea tool for this application.

The basic function of a homogenizer is to "homogenize" which means to break up into many pieces and distribute evenly. If you try and mix water and oil together it will separate quickly. No matter how much you mix if the particle size is not small enough the suspension will not last and the separate layers will form. The same is true of terpenes and cannabinoids although to a lesser degree. The density of the two components are enough to cause natural separation and this can lead to variability in the distribution of the terpenes into the end product and vape cart. This drift in concentration also makes filling machines inaccurate and perform poorly. 

In order to mix or stir a heavily viscous oil it must be heated beforehand which presents a potential risk of degradation. Any common mixer or stirrer will require a long time period of mixing (30min+) before it is temporarily stable. This time is extremely shortened by a homogenizer which can perform the task in such little time (30s) that the risk of material degradation is basically non-existent. This risk can also be completely eliminated with a sealed vessel and inert gas.

For mixing terpenes and distillate select the viscous oil setup here

 

Follow the steps below

Goldleaf Scientific X1000D Homogenizer USAGE:

  1. Heat your distillate until liquid (80-100c),

  2. add terpene mixture,

  3. immerse probe past the stator 

  4. Start the homogenizer at low power and increase to nearly full power

  5. After 20-45 seconds, your solution will be complete

  6. Remove the probe from the solution 

  7. Remove the probe from the X1000D by unthreading the probe retaining bolt counterclockwise. Pull straight down to clean safely:

    1. Twist the stator (birdcage) clockwise to remove
    2. Grip the rotor (twin knives) with cloth wrapped pliers
    3. Push the universal tool over the drive prongs and twist clockwise until the rotor is fully unthreaded
    4. Remove the ceramic slip ring and pull out the washer and oring
    5. Carefully place the washer, rotor, stator, spring, and ceramic slip ring into a shallow solution of alcohol
    6. Clean the oring with a microfiber cloth dipped in food grade lubricant
    7. Clean the drive shaft with alcohol and lubricate the ceramic with food grade lubricant
    8. Drop the ceramic slip disk flat side down onto the drive shaft
    9. Push the oring down into the slip disk
    10. Drop the washer into the slip disk
    11. Push the spring over the slip disk and ensure the arm is nested in one of the slip disks retaining slots
    12. Thread the rotor back onto the drive shaft clockwise
    13. Thread the stator back onto the drive shaft counter clockwise