The processing of hemp seeds / Medicinal Cannabis seeds is quite simple with all series of Florapower presses.
Due to the optimized configuration of the equipment, we can guarantee an efficient and stable pressing process at highest yields and best product qualities.
Full value added from a single source:
Through our very own developed process for hemp seeds, additional byproducts can be obtained that can be sold on the marked at maximized earnings.
The variations of the product streams in the process allow a precise adjustment of the oil quality and other end products. The special selection of system components (Universal Oil Presses, Filters, etc.) allows a product in organic quality.
Usually, all intermediate products can be utilized financially so that no unused or cost-causing intermediates or waste is generated in the process.
Our solutions are also scalable and can be easily upgraded and expanded without much effort.
For you, this means a maximum flexibility in production and a quick return on your investment with significantly higher margins. You can plan your budget individually and adapt it to the development on the market.
By the way: with this process configuration you can also process thistle and flax seeds.
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Hemp oil / Medicinal Cannabis Oil, which is produced by mechanically pressing the hemp seeds, is not to be confused with either hemp essential oil (which is brought about through distilling hemp leaves and blossoms), or with hashish (cannabis) oil (which forms as a resin extract from the resin of the plant). Unlike hemp extract, hemp seeds contain hardly any THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), and thus cause no intoxication.
Careful harvesting and a mechanical pressing / oil pressing are indispensable for obtaining high quality hemp oil from the hemp seeds. The seed is protected by its tough shell from environmental factors such as oxygen and sunlight. In order to produce oil from the seeds, they must be pressed in an oil mill with the aid of a screw press/ oil press. Most suitable for this is the cold-pressing process/ oil press, since the oil temperature here (with hemp) should be between 40° C and 60° C, so that the hemp oil’s valuable contents are not damaged or reduced through the heat. With an oil content of 30-35%, hemp yields 180 to 350 liters of oil per hectare.
The color varies according to the type of production. Cold-pressed hemp oil is greenish yellow, while warm-pressed oil is rather dark green; oil extracted with benzene and carbon disulphide has a brownish yellow tinge, and oil extracted with diethyl ether has an intense yellow color. Hemp oil smells herbal and fragrant, possessing a raw nutty aroma.
The taste varies from nutty to herbal.
The flash point is between 170 and 220° C; the melting point, from approximately -25 to -15°C.
In addition to containing diverse plant substances,such as chlorophyll, carotinoids and vitamins, hemp oil is composed largely of fatty acids (over 80% are unsaturated). Above all, the polyunsaturated fatty acids (omega-3) linoleic acid, α-linoleic acid, and the rare γ-linoleic acid contained in the oil are particularly important for a healthy diet.
Hemp oil stored in a dark bottle in a cool place will have a shelf life of six to nine months.
Due to its high percentage of mono-and polyunsaturated fatty acids, hemp oil is also readily used in the medical and pharmaceutical industries. It is successfully used, for example, to help treat high cholesterol, allergies, and arteriosclerosis, according to the Lexikon der pflanzlichen Fette und Öle (lexicon of plant fats and oils). Because it contains high amounts of important polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially α-linolenic acid and the rare γ-linolenic acid, it can also be used for dietary purposes, to deliver essential fatty acids to the body during a fat-restricted diet. In addition, it can be used therapeutically, to heal vascular disease for example, since the polyunsaturated fatty acids positively affect the cell membranes and thereby the elasticity of the vessels and the fluidity of the blood. Thus it strengthens the vascular system and prevents harmful plaque. What is more, it can also prevent the formation of blood clots (according to the Lexikon der pflanzlichen Fette und Öle).
Beyond this, the γ-linolenic acid contained in hemp oil, according to the Lexikon der plfanzlichen Fette und Öle, has an important significance in the formation of prostaglandin, an anti-inflammatory, and can also be effective against neurodermatitis, skin diseases, and psoriasis. It also aids in reducing diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and various chronic inflammations, as well as in reducing the risk of heart attack.
Further positive characteristics of hemp oil, according to Günter A. Ulmer’s book Heilende Öle (healing oils), are as an antispasmodic in epileptic attacks, multiple sclerosis, and chronic pain, thus also being able to positively affect the wellbeing of cancer and AIDS patients.
The high portion of unsaturated fatty acids, most especially linolenic acid and α-linolenic acid, lends it a strong lubricating property, making it very suitable for skin and hair, which is why it is readily used in cosmetic products. It is used particularly in products for rough, irritated or scaly skin, since the special fatty acids contained in the hemp oil stave off dehydration and tearing of the skin, as well as prevent excessive moisture loss. Moreover, this oil constitutes a very good softener for skin and hair, giving it wide application in the development of massage oil, ointments, creams, soaps, and also shampoos.
This oil is also employed in the natural cosmetic industry, since, owing to its pesticide-free cultivation, it contains no toxic residues.
Hemp oil finds yet another field of application as technical oil in industry. Here it serves as a resource for the production of detergents, due to its high percentage of triacylglycerides. Through various chemical processes (saponification, ethoxylation, and sulfation), different resources such as soaps, emulsifiers, solvents, care nutrients, and surfactants can be produced for the cleaning industry, all having the advantage of being easily biodegradable. Furthermore, its gliding property allows it to serve in the production of printing ink, paints, and varnishes; and it is also employed in the manufacture of wood preservatives, lubricants, and wax crayons.
Particularly in the East it is still used today as lamp oil, because it burns especially brightly and, when combined with essential hemp oil, develops the aroma characteristic of hemp.
Due to its fatty acid spectrum, which contains all the essential fatty acids important for human health, hemp oil ranks as one of the best and most nutritionally valuable plant oils and readily finds culinary usage. It is used chiefly to prepare salads, dressings, sauces, marinades, and spreads for bread. Its relatively low smoke point of 165° C, however, prevents it from being suitable for grilling or deep-frying, since the fatty acids would otherwise break down at higher temperatures and thereby alter the taste of the oil. In contrast, it is quite safe to use hemp oil for braising and steaming.
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