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Scientific knowledge is a key component to all extraction processes.
" There are a lot of 'side hustle extractors' out there, " Flippo says. " In my opinion, not only is that
incredibly unsafe, it's a waste of time and resources. "
Flippo, who comes from a real estate finance background before getting into cannabis, knew he had
to surround himself with extraction experts for his business to succeed.
" If I didn't take the time to educate myself, take more time to raise millions of dollars, and then
execute by hiring a team of highly skilled chemists and engineers, I likely would have blown myself
up by now, " he says. " In this industry, you get out what you put in, and if you don't possess the
natural skill sets to be successful as an extractor, look at outsourcing. "
RISK OF CREATING ENVIRONMENTAL WASTE
Whether taking steps to reduce energy use or finding ways to recycle used materials, extraction
businesses should implement strategies that reduce harm to the planet.
" There is absolutely a high potential for creating environmental waste, " Stem says of extraction
processes. " The two biggest concerns are material waste as a byproduct of extraction and
chemical/industrial waste as a byproduct of distillation, purification or cleanup. "
Stem advises reusing and reclaiming solvents whenever possible. This can help limit an operation's
ecological impact in addition to improving overall efficiency.
" There are toxic and caustic waste products that need to be properly disposed of according
to local regulations, " she adds. " Your local (U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) agent or
health authority can be a good resource to discuss options, as is the hazardous waste disposal
contractor in your area. "
Liz Geisleman, CEO at Rocky Mountain Reagents, points out that despite innovations in extraction
technology in recent years, professionals can't rely on machinery to prevent unnecessary waste.
Instead, consider using solventless extraction methods and apply regular equipment maintenance.
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