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Introducing a New Industry Standard in Drying and Sanitizing
THC Therapeutics, Inc. has received full patent protection for the dHydronator®. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (the “USPTO”) has approved all 20 claims in the patent application. The term of the patent provides 20 years of protection on the scalable intellectual property for the dHydronator®.
The main function of the patented dHydronator® is to reduce moisture and effectively dry out plant matter in a short period of time when compared to traditional methods which can take weeks or months. We have developed a product that can achieve an industry recognized relative humidity standard in less than 14 hours. We have a working prototype that has been tested and is proven to achieve a drying criteria of 8-15% moisture. The dHydronator has also been proven effective in eliminating the presence and viability of contaminants on any plant matter or objects placed into the dryer such as glass pipes and smoking accessories. Current quick-dry methods utilize crude appliances such as conventional ovens and microwaves which significantly damage the plant matter on a macro and molecular level.
We have done extensive research to develop a technology that accelerates drying time without the plant material being damaged and without the complications that other methods present. Simply place your freshly harvested cannabis and all other herbs in the dHydronator, turn it on and in 12-14 hours your herbs will be dried to industry humidity standards. We believe that applications for this product in the cannabis industry are widespread and can accommodate the needs of cultivators, dispensaries and cannabis consumers. The patented dHydronator technology is fully scalable and could be made to accommodate a wide range of quantities and processes. We have a working prototype that has been tested, and prior to commercial release we intend to upgrade the technology and visual components to meet marketplace demand.
Laboratory Proven Technology
Over the past two years we have created two generations of the dHydronator® with built-in SanitiZen® technology which have been subjected to rigorous independent laboratory testing. The first generation prototype dHydronator was subjected to a full battery of tests by an independent laboratory based in Colorado. The results were spectacular, they confirmed we had something revolutionary for the cannabis, herb and agriculture industries. All tests were repeated with 5 different replicates to provide enough data points for statistical analysis and to ensure accuracy. View the report for the first generation dHydronator HERE.
This chart , from DigiPath Labs preliminary report, demonstrates the moisture and total aerobic count reduction over time. Total Aerobic Count (TAC) represents an indicator of microbial populations on the cannabis samples. TAC was reduced dramatically from 300,000 to 78,000 over 15.5 hours. Moisture content was reduced from 80% down to 8.4% after 14 hours. Nevada’s drying criteria is from 8 to 15% moisture content. Cured data point is from the same strain and for reference purposes only. View the report for the second generation dHydronator HERE. Report is censored to protect proprietary information.
SanitiZen® – Striving to Ensure Your Health and Safety, Every Time.
SanitiZen is a registered trademark for a surface sanitizing process. cannabis is generally recognized by the medical community to be safe for human consumption. However, the plant has been found to be contaminated by a large number of microbial organisms. The following lists a few of the microbial contaminants that may be found in medicinal cannabis.
One of the more potentially deadly molds to humans. Some species produce large amounts of aflatoxin, which is both a toxin (mycotoxin) and a carcinogen. Exposure can cause allergic reactions and/or infections, especially in immunocompromised patients.
A plant pathogen and allergen to humans. Exposure can cause hay fever and may lead to asthma. Exposure can also cause infections in immunocompromised patients.
Is a plant pathogen that can affect cannabis size, yield and quality. This is the group that contains the most common molds but generates no mycotoxins. Overexposure can cause asthma attacks and/or pneumonia in some patients.
Spider mites are common cannabis pests, especially when growing in soil. Although less common in hydroponics, spider mites can show up in any setup where cannabis is being cultivated. Mite feces can be allergenic and provide an environment for E. coli to propagate.
Penicillium is a genus of ascomycetous fungi of major importance in the natural environment as well as food and drug production. Exposure can cause severe allergic reactions in patients who are sensitive to the antibiotic Penicillin.
A group of microorganisms that are often found in cannabis. Some are pathogenic and/or allergenic and should be avoided by immune compromised patients.
Escherichia Coli (E. coli)
Most strains are harmless, however, several can cause food poisoning in humans. E. coli is among the contaminants for which we specifically lab tested the dHydronator®. SanitiZen® technology was proven effective in eliminating the risk of exposure due to handling and ingestion.
A necrotrophic fungus that affects many plant species. Also known as grey mold or bud rot, exposure can result in “winegrower’s lung” a rare form of hypersensitivity pneumonitis (a respiratory allergic reaction in predisposed individuals).
To address these concerns, producers have resorted to third party Quality Assurance, sending cannabis to labs to be tested for bacteria, fungus, and mold. If a product has been found to have unacceptable levels of fungus or bacteria, producers have used gamma radiation to reduce or eliminate the contamination. The irradiated cannabis is then sent back for retesting. It is important to note that this transfer and travel time removes the cannabis from its controlled and Quality Assurance environment, further increasing risk of contamination. Also, many patients are becoming concerned about the use of radiation to treat products for ingestion, as well as the fact that it is not a risk-free mechanism for eradicating mold and other adulterants. It is also known that radiation can destroy the essential oils, called terpenes, which are naturally produced by the cannabis plant and can play an important synergistic role in therapeutic response.
Microbial contaminants in Medical Marijuana can be harmful to patients, with particular risk for the immunocompromised and critically ill. With the increasing use of edible forms of cannabis, as well as vaporization, it has become essential for the patient to know that their cannabis is free of all contaminants. We at THC Therapeutics have designed the dHydronator with built-in technology to effectively minimize the health risks associated with the ingestion of contaminated cannabis. Additionally, the dHydronator is scientifically proven to maintain the integrity of the organic matter, pollen and herbal potency throughout the sanitizing process. It is with these concerns in mind that we continue to develop the technology to provide consistency and safety to medical and recreational cannabis users alike.