Challenges in cannabis oil filtration

Learn more about the challenges in cannabis oil extraction and how our solutions can help.

As demand for products containing cannabis oil continues to rise, strict quality control standards are becoming increasingly important to consumers. Coupled with investment in new product development and new companies entering the market, producing an exceptional product is key to remaining competitive.


Key challenges in cannabis oil manufacturing and production


Manufacturing processes need to be effective for small batches and larger product demand, while keeping product losses to a minimum.  


  • Maximizing yield 

  • Focusing on quality and consistency 

  • Overcoming technological limitations 

  • Putting streamlined processes and systems in place 

  • Ensuring efficient production and improving product quality 

  • Finding economic processing and production solutions to expedite extraction 


Additional issues arise in ensuring marketability and quality. A Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) will ensure your products are consistently controlled and produced to the highest quality. Mandated by local Governments, GMP is a set of standards to ensure safe, effective products for distribution.  Processes like identification, separation, extraction and filtration need to be carefully selected and managed within GMP. 



Cannabis Oil Extraction and Filtration Steps


For over 70 years, we’ve been delivering exceptional filtration solutions across food and beverage industries, with our food contact compliant product portfolio. Our experience means we can provide a complete portfolio of solutions and expertise to suit your cannabis oil filtration needs.  




As products containing various types of cannabis oil are projected to grow in popularity, small-scale extraction processing laboratories won’t be equipped to meet product demand.  Removal of carbohydrates, fats, waxes, proteins and chlorophyll while refining the oil, has traditionally been accomplished using filtration methods such as Buchner funnels, bag filters and flat sheets.  The challenges arising from these methods are:


  • Small batch production (20L) and not scalable  

  • Large bottlenecks caused from step to step, for example flask, ethanol or filter paper changeouts

  • Potential contamination risk with open air processing  

  • Unable to integrate into in-line processes with production or packaging lines

  • Low yields resulting from drip loss

  • Slow flowrates resulting in a temperature increase requiring multiple filtration passes 

  • Labor intensive installation and assembly


To meet the extract requirements and overcome the pitfalls of traditional methods, Pall worked with cannabis oil producers on an innovative solution utilizing SUPRA technology.  Learn more about cannabis oil clarification.



Color Removal


Removing color resulting from chlorophyll whilst still preserving cannabinoids remains a challenge. Traditionally, this process includes adding activated carbon to extract, then manually filtering through a coarse filter.  There are different methods available for activated carbon treatment including manual addition of carbon powder or granules and carbon packed columns. While manual carbon addition is inexpensive and effective, it does have its drawbacks. In addition to requiring special attention to operator’s health and safety, the process of manual carbon addition can be labor intensive and messy.


Carbon columns, while easier to use, often bleed carbon downstream. This can be resolved with two options: recirculation through the filter train, and carbon trap cartridge technology placed directly after the carbon filter. Our carbon impregnated SUPRAdisc™ AKS Series Filter Modules are an effective solution for these issues.


Learn more about our solutions for cannabis oil color removal


Sterile Air Filtration for Packaging


As with many other Food and Beverage markets, downstream processing is an essential step for companies using cannabis oil in their finished products. Regulations are becoming more stringent for products containing cannabis oil, and it is imperative that finished products are completely safe for consumption. One challenge experienced during the processing and packaging steps of production is protecting the final product from bacteria. One of the proven ways to produce bacteria free products is using sterile air.


To learn more about Pall’s solutions for air filtration applications in cannabis click here



Cannabis Sample Preparation Solutions from Pall Laboratory


For cannabis quality control testing, please visit here.


Pall Corporation does not support, encourage or promote the use of its products or services in connection with any illegal use, cultivation or trade of cannabis or cannabis products. Pall products are intended to be used for cannabis related purposes only in compliance with all applicable laws in a manner that promotes public safety and/or in connection with any lawful and approved scientific or research activities. 

Contact us to receive a free 30-minute filtration consultation.


How to Use and Install Lenticular Filters:


Cannabis Oil Clarification

Find out more about our effective filtration solutions for cannabis oil clarification in large scale production.
Find out more about our effective filtration solutions for cannabis oil clarification in large scale production.
Read more

Cannabis Oil Color Removal

An important step in cannabis oil production and filtration, our color removal solutions help improve appearance and taste.
An important step in cannabis oil production and filtration, our color removal solutions help improve appearance and taste.
Read more

Sterile Air Filtration for Packaging

Clean air in food & beverage production.
Clean air in food & beverage production.
Read more