Critical cleaning is defined as when the level of cleaning directly impacts the value of the final product. The cannabis and related industries certainly apply, and mastery of both the right detergents, for the right applications, right procedures, and right guidance documentation, ensures the end-product is at its highest efficacy possible. This paper will focus on the various surfaces that impact cannabis processing, the tools which most effectively
clean, and the methods to accomplish it.
Cleaning in Cannabis Processing
Critically clean processing equipment, whether it be labware, glassware, instrumentation, trimmers. or separation and extraction equipment, is vital. The potency, purity and quality, essential characteristics of any product, rely on critically clean surfaces by using aqueous cleaners. Cleaning for cannabis processing is no different, and in fact, likely more difficult than cleaning for traditional drug manufacturing. Waxy, resin, oily and sticky residues abound which can be highly adherent, difficult to emulsify, and just a plain challenge to remove. Strong solvents and harsh chemicals might be a quick answer, for sure. However, these can be
hazardous to workers, require treatment prior to discharge to drain, and have significant costs.
So the wise and more efficient answer is detergents that are not only effective, but end-user safe, aqueous, free-rinsing, interfering residue-free, biodegradable, and without any added dyes, fragrances, brighteners or softeners. In other words, maintaining the whole reason why cannabis, and its “natural” state is sought after.