Saturday, April 13, 2024

Researchers Extracted Cannabinoids Using A Keurig

Keurig’s are amazing and have revolutionized coffee. They same to be everywhere and are branching into other beverages.  What is next? Mixed drinks? Soda water? Now researchers extracted cannabinoids using a Keurig!

A group of researchers from the University of Valencia in Spain have concocted a method for extracting cannabis compounds with a Keurig.

Their thesis describes quick “extraction of cannabinoids in marijuana samples by using hard-cap espresso machines,” such as a Keurig or Nespresso.

In a study published by the journal Talanta,  “A simple, quick and low-cost procedure was developed for the extraction of Δ9-tetrahydrocannabinol, cannabidiol, and cannabinol from marijuana samples, based on the use of a hard-cap espresso extraction with 2-propanol.”

Researchers detail that, “After extraction, cannabinoids were directly determined after appropriate dilution by gas-chromatography-mass spectrometry.”

Additionally, “a reference methodology based on ultrasound-assisted extraction,” was used.

Funding for the research was provided by the Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad (Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness).

Their concept is the first of its kind in Europe, however, it may be awhile before any table-top cannabis extraction machines are available on the market. In the United States, the closest equipment comparison is the Levo diffuser. In the meantime, you can still put cannabis coffee pods in your Keurig.

The original single-serve brewer and coffee-pod manufacturing company, Keurig, Inc., was founded in Massachusetts in 1992. It launched its first brewers and K-Cup pods in 1998, targeting the office market. As the single-cup brewing system gained popularity, brewers for home use were added in 2004. In 2006, the publicly traded Vermont-based specialty-coffee company Green Mountain Coffee Roasters acquired Keurig, sparking rapid growth for both companies. In 2012 Keurig’s main patent on its K-Cup pods expired, leading to new product launches, including brewer models that only accept pods from Keurig brands.

From 2006 to 2014, Keurig, Inc. was a wholly owned subsidiary of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters. When Green Mountain Coffee Roasters changed its name to Keurig Green Mountain in March 2014, Keurig ceased to be a separate business unit and subsidiary, and instead became Keurig Green Mountain’s main brand. In 2016, Keurig Green Mountain was acquired by an investor group led by private-equity firm JAB Holding Company for nearly $14 billion. In July 2018, Keurig Green Mountain merged with Dr Pepper Snapple Group in a deal worth $18.7 billion, creating Keurig Dr Pepper, a publicly traded conglomerate which is the third largest beverage company in North America.

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