Helius Therapeutics recently signed a New Zealand-exclusive license with EnWave Corporation to use its proprietary drying technology. Now, the company is preparing to unlock new medicinal cannabis opportunities with innovative drying and dehydration.
Radiant Energy Dehydration (REV) is a rapid, low temperature drying method that maintains cannabis compounds during the drying process. EnWave's patented vacuum-microwave technology enables uniform drying with flexible moisture content, unattainable with conventional air drying or freeze drying.
Using EnWave's REV technology, provides Helius extreme precision over the final moisture content in cannabis, enabling a long shelf life of medicinal dry flower. We can rapidly, gently dry cannabis in a way that preserves the plant's active components. Importantly, the technology helps us to preserve cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other therapeutic compounds in cannabis.
Rapid Dehydration: From fresh to dry cannabis in 45 minutes
EnWave’s low-temperature process means Helius can quickly and uniformly dry organic material to the precise moisture needed for vaporisable, combustible or extractable flower.
Quality dried flower
Low temperature drying retains cannabinoids and terpenes
Low-pressure drying prevents oxidation
Gentle process preserves resin-coated calyxes
Delivers excellent aroma and appearance
Fast drying times
45 minutes from fresh to dry (80% to 10% – or to 2%!)
Vacuum pressures lower boiling point for fast water removal
Semi-continuous automated process
Dry large volumes with a small machine footprint, reducing the need for oversize drying rooms
Prevents inventory loss from microbial spoilage
Closed cycle drying captures volatilised terpenes for sale or use in product formulation
Drying capacities range from 52 – 105 kg of wet untrimmed flower per hour (115 – 231 lbs per hour) in the medium and large scale machines
Process about 420,000 kg (about 925,000 lbs) of wet untrimmed flower per year resulting in about 95,000 kg (about 209,000 lbs) of dry flower per year (in two 8-hour shifts per day operation, 5 days per week).
Robust, flexible system
Automated tray unloading/washing/drying available
24/7 operational reliability
Proven technology with worldwide machine installations
Compliance with New Zealand (and international) regulations
Equipment is GMP-certified and can be certified organic
Ready for clean-in-place (CIP) automation or COP
Compliance certifications: Process recording
Designed for manufacturing convenience
Full PLC control for process automation
Remote monitoring of HMI via online connection
Menu driven protocol selection enables easy selection of protocols you develop for specific cannabis strains
Equipment and protocol monitoring and recording
Gravity drainage and SOP for sanitising