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The highest level networking event in the Extraction Industry.

Extraction Expo is the world’s premier cannabis extraction and analytical science conference. This 3rd Annual breakthrough event connects extractors, scientists, industry experts, and thought leaders. The two-day immersive experience centers on real-world results, practical applications, and proven success.

Attendees network with recognized specialists across the cannabis extraction and analytical science industries. They also enjoy interactive demonstrations and vetted exhibits. Renowned extraction professionals deliver game-changing keynote seminars. Skilled scientists inspire with exclusive, innovative content. Don’t miss this unparalleled opportunity to problem-solve, collaborate, and advance solutions for the cannabis extraction industry.

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10:15 am – 11:00 am – A Walk in the “Woulds.” Previewing the Advances in Concentration for 2022

Confidence in the scientific evidence of cannabis continues to be reported from research laboratories worldwide. The reigns on further explorations are possible from regulatory agencies will expand the boundaries of potential therapeutic studies. The expansion of extraction and separation – concentration – has also become more critical to achieving. What innovations are being met in the research labs, manufacturers of equipment, and productivity? How has this affected the scientific results, the economics, and the future of tools available next year? These will be explored from the point of view of “Formulation-Centric” productivity.

11:15am – 12:00pm – Down to the Last Drop: Extraction Yields and the Factors that Influence Them

Whether you’re conducting LPG, or ethanol, or CO2 extractions, your mass, and chemical yields depend on a number of factors, including starting material, grind size and consistency, solvency, and extraction parameters, such as pressure, temperature, or time. For many new to these physical and chemical concepts, optimization might come through some serious, and laborious, trial-and-error. Understanding and mastering the dance between experimental conditions and actual product yields enables product designers to extract the most from their plants. Increased yields mean more medicinal products for retail, and more products should translate to more prosperity. This panel provides insight into these relationships to help you first optimize, then monetize.


12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break


1:15pm – 2:00pm – Analytical Lab 101

When one wants to make decisions regarding researching and developing cannabis as medicine, the importance of mountains of analytical data can’t be understated. The safety of cannabis and hemp products as a contaminant- and toxin-free requires accurate testing by third-party laboratories. And with increasing importance, the terpene and genetic profiles validate the chemical representation of a specific cultivar. It is paramount that manufacturers and consumers can trust the information on a product label, or perhaps, more importantly, the data that the grower or manufacturer is privy to, but not the consumer. This panel provides insight into analytical testing, what all the numbers mean and how to use them, and how to best cultivate the relationship between you and your lab.


2:15pm – 3:00pm – Analytical Lab 201: Enter the World of the Analytical Chemist

For many advanced product manufacturers, analytics and the cascade of data that follows are behind the wheel, driving them deeper into uncharted territory. For some, this might mean a deeper dive into their plants and products beyond what is required by industry regulations. Others might use these tools in their R&D to truly design the products they’ve envisioned without breaking the bank on outside testing. There are laboratories that use sophisticated chemometrics to classify products, research ensemble effects, or medicinal formulations. This panel regards options for those looking to bring more data to the table such as that new GC-FID for terpene quantitation in your hemp products, or a cryomill to prep much more homogeneous biomass samples or the evaluation of product consistency through principal component analysis. Everything you do can be useful data, and our panelists will help you understand how.


3:15pm – 4:00pm – Organoleptic Blueprinting: The Creation of Infused Foods and Beverages

Cannabis makes many, many things much more exciting from a sensory perspective. A hike through misty woods, a pizza, a concert, a visit to an art gallery or the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colorado – whatever the chosen experience, cannabis enhances one’s senses. So, it makes sense to rely on the palate and the nose, even the eyes, when designing cannabis-infused foods and beverages. Therefore, one needs a defined design before ever mixing any two ingredients to ensure palatability to the consumer, while maximizing the product’s therapeutic potential. This panel regards strategies for creating cannabis foods and beverages that please the senses.


4:15pm – 5:00pm – The Visionaries: What Makes an Award-Winning Concentrate/Oil?

There are a lot of cannabis- and hemp-derived products on the market. The law of averages would say that some will be great, others wretched, and many in between. A Gaussian distribution (a bell-shaped curve)… With so many products perhaps idling in the majority, wouldn’t it be nice to separate from the pack a little, and really differentiate your brand from the masses? Makes sense, but the question is how? Should you start with the extraction equipment? Or generate a mountain of data from internal or additional 3rd party testing? Or, should you go back to square one, and focus on your plants? The answer is really all of the above, and our panelists will share insights regarding how they navigated the course to producing exceptional, trustworthy, award-winning products.

11:15am-12:00pm – Who Controls the Thermostat?: Temperature Control in Extraction and Product Refinement

A bird’s eye view of cannabis and hemp extraction would reveal some common themes. Ethanol extractors look to frigid ethanol such that they won’t have to run through winterization. Those employing carbon dioxide must target a specific temperature to transcend into the realm of the supercritical phase. Decarboxylation requires heat to transform acidic cannabinoids to their neutral progeny. Modifications to one’s distillation parameters can help target specific cannabinoid fractions. All of these pathways involve temperature, ranging from the cryogenic to the scorching hot. The extraction artist needs to harness the thermostat to hit all of the Goldilocks zones for downstream product manufacturing. Our panelists will help you domesticate this wild physical property.


12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch Break


1:15pm – 2:00pm – The Extraction of Mushrooms

Terms are often projected into the universe without a clear understanding of what it all means. The entourage effect has soared, but this implies a leader and followers, and we know that with cannabis, it’s all about the community. Ensemble effects highlight the synergy between different members of the natural polypharmacy within trichomes. This philosophy, once anecdotally speculated as truth, is being proven in defined research settings, enhancing the accuracy of patient reports when specific plant molecules were used singularly versus in tandem. This panel provides a glimpse into the scientifically-proven reality of the ensemble.


2:15pm – 3:00pm – How to Improve Bioavailability

For many people, smoking and vaping just aren’t their bag. It might be way easier for them to consider cannabis products should they be able to be even more discrete. Or, they might just desire the specific type of experience to be found through eating versus inhaling THC. For these people, foods and beverages present a welcomed option. The downside is, of course, that our bodies metabolize THC into something else, and therefore, not much actually reaches the bloodstream. Thus, many product manufacturers seek ways to safely increase the bioavailability to ensure the most medicine gets to consumers. These methods may include nano emulsification, glycosylation, acetylation, or alternative ingestion forms like gums, ethanolic tinctures, etc, all in the name of a faster and stronger absorption of THC, CBD, or any other molecules that might degrade through the metabolic pathway following oral ingestion This panel discusses methods and matrices for increasing your product’s bioavailability.


3:15pm – 4:00pm – Remediation Methods for Eliminating Product Contamination

The cannabis industry has a glut of negative stories all too handy for naysayers to build their foundations upon. Here’s the thing. Our manifesto should mandate an industry free of product contamination, whether we’re describing Federally illegal cannabis or legal hemp and all of their downstream derivatives. The plants are grown and products manufactured in these increasingly ubiquitous communities need to be ethically-produced to be contaminant-free to be validated as medicinal. Product safety and compliance require care, diligence, expertise, and technology. This panel regards innovative methods and equipment for ensuring that products start out and remain clean.


4:15pm  –  5:00pm – SOLO: To Be Announced

Abstract: Coming Soon

10:15 am – 11:00 am – The Solvent v. Solventless Dialogue

Many passionate people naturally are biased when it comes to what they do, what they say. They feel and know that their ways are best. That’s why they chose them. For those new to the industry, it can be challenging to sift through all of that passion and get to the facts parceled from opinion. Such is the case regarding the choice of extraction solvent. The debate still rages on. Is butane okay to use? Can CO2 produce the same caliber of wax or shatter as butane, complete with a representative chemovar native to the flower? Or, are mechanical, traditional methods like hash and rosin going to come full circle, like humankind’s return to organic farming despite the biotech and other options for faster, cheaper crops that might come with extra ecological baggage? Our panelists range from those paying homage to tradition to those looking to harness technology for future cannabis industry generations.


11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Even Renegades Need Rules

You don’t need us to tell you that the rules in the cannabis and hemp industries are in a state of flux. Hemp regulators have had blinders on that train them on THC. Cannabis regulations vary by state and present about 30 different experiments going on in tandem. Like tossing a handful of noodles against a wall, hoping something sticks and we can evolve to standardization without stripping the ability to get creative. While many people may have started out without any regulatory structure, modern consumers expect quality. It’s no longer enough that, after 80+ years of indoctrination and Reefer Madness gibberish, cannabis is legal. And while the feds have yet to recognize cannabis as anything other than dangerous, that doesn’t mean that the rest of us should sit idly by. This panel is for those who wish to find compliance, keep compliant, and raise the flag of cannabis medicinal safety.


12:30 pm – 1:15 pm – Next-Generation Vape Cartridge Technology and Product Design

We’ll remember 2019 as a year that brought a lot of content about faulty vape hardware that leached heavy metals into products, and therefore, consumer’s lungs. Or, toxic ingredients, such as vitamin E acetate, that was much more deleterious to consumer health than might have been known. Or lead solder and other off-gases from the electronics produced from the perhaps egregious temperatures that some devices go to. This panel regards innovative technology to help product manufacturers supplant cheap or potentially hazardous processes and chemicals therein, in favor of better hardware design and manufacturing, better quality, and therefore, enhanced, ethically-produced, consumer experiences.


1:30 pm – 2:15 pm – Sludge to Gold: Filtration Strategies for Product Refinement

The extraction artist has several options available when contemplating how to refine crude oil into a cleaner, more concentrated products. These strategies include simple filtration through large-scale funnels after winterization, filter presses, activated carbon products, and different types of membranes. Like most things in life, there are tradeoffs. Some might work better but also cost more. And yet, trying to save a buck or two on gear could backfire loudly, reducing the desired throughput. Some products might really scrub color but at the expense of cannabinoids. With so many options available, what works best for which situations? Visit this panel to learn more about filtration.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – Dueling Panel: To Be Announced


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – LUNCH BREAK


1:15 pm – 2:00 pm – Next-Generation Vape Cartridge Technology and Product Design

We’ll remember 2019 as a year that brought a lot of content about faulty vape hardware that leached heavy metals into products, and therefore, consumer’s lungs. Or, toxic ingredients, such as vitamin E acetate, that was much more deleterious to consumer health than might have been known. Or lead solder and other off-gases from the electronics produced from the perhaps egregious temperatures that some devices go to. This panel regards innovative technology to help product manufacturers supplant cheap or potentially hazardous processes and chemicals therein, in favor of better hardware design and manufacturing, better quality, and therefore, enhanced, ethically-produced, consumer experiences.


2:15 pm – 3:00 pm – The Holy Grail of Cannabis Medicine is Steeped in Safety

In 2019, concern and distrust enveloped the cannabis community, as vape oils began hurting a portion of consumers. While the illicit market provided the main villain, it became clear to legal markets that something needed to be done. This is medicine, after all, whether using Cannabis sativa products preventatively or for a defined medical condition. As more people depend on these plants, it has become increasingly important that extractors obtain quality cannabis flower and other plant matter for creating high-quality, clean products. This panel will cover strategies employed for ensuring ethical, safe, medicinal cannabis products. Topics include alternatives to using ingredients like vitamin E acetate in oils, the need for testing cannabis/hemp plants for contaminants like mycotoxins, and techniques for lessening the need for potentially harmful pesticides.


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