A Beginner's Guide to Emulsification

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Written by | May 7th, 2018

Emulsification. If you’ve been reading up on any of the tech-related news since the legalization of cannabis, you’ve probably come across the word emulsification. What does it mean though? We’d love to be able to take you on a Magic School Bus-style journey into emulsification but for sake of keeping it simple (and low-budget), we’ll explain it here.

You may have heard about emulsification when we refer to our product SōRSE. It’s the technology that produces taste- and odor-free cannabis that we add to our cannabis beverages and products like Happy AppleUtopiaVertusPearl20, and more. How does this wacky, tasteless cannabis formula work? Well, buckle up.


The act of emulsification reduces the THC oils to very small, protected droplets. An emulsifier is brought into the equation so that the oil droplets will remain dispersed as individual droplets as opposed to grouping back together and separating from the water again. With this process, the new liquid is an oil and water combination that plays nicely together. In fact, when done correctly the oil droplets prefer to be uniformly and equally dispersed throughout the surrounding liquid.

Another easy way to think about how emulsions act is to think about dropping food coloring into a glass of water. It eventually is dispersed evenly and completely transforms the color of the water.


With distillates. Distilling cannabis strips away its plant matter and terpenes, leaving pure, isolated cannabinoids to add to foods and beverages. Using extraction techniques, like CO2 and ethanol extraction, after the cannabinoids are extracted, they must be refined to remove the waxes, lipids and other compounds that came with them from the original plant.

Mini-Glossary: Terpenes provide flavors and aromas, while cannabinoids are the chemicals that either get you high or provide other sensory properties.

Next is refinement, the process of activating them to bring out their effects. The resulting material is then distilled again, potentially a few times, to remove the terpenes and isolate the desired cannabinoid.

Overcoming the bitterness of the cannabis distillate is a challenge for food and beverage manufacturers in the cannabis space, which is why many cannabis beverages contain a lot of sugar and strong added flavors but with SōRSE our products are taste and odor-free of the “weed” smell.

Check out Washington’s number one selling cannabis beverage Happy Apple to introduce your taste buds to the perfect summer enhancement.