Cannabis / Hemp


Mother Nature may have her own schedule, but with WaveMix, you can accelerate drying time up to 99.5%, allowing you to process hemp almost as fast as you can harvest it. WaveMix can dry up to 3,000 lbs in under three hours, gently removing moisture by precisely applying low temperature thermal power. Our patented process prevents overheating or burning, and puts you in total control of all the variables. WaveMix creates more opportunities for maximum extraction, and does so in a smaller footprint and with increased energy efficiency, which delivers a lower total cost of ownership compared to other solutions. With WaveMix, you can expect consistent quality, batch after batch.

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Why thermal processing for cannabis?


Cannabis drying can be one of most time-consuming parts of preparing cannabis for market, but it doesn’t have to be. Industrial thermal processing has been used in foods, pharmaceuticals and biomass products for more than 100 years, and several types of equipment have proven outstanding results in cannabis drying.

Even though cannabis processing is a new industry, there can be a tendency to use “tried and true” methodologies like hang drying. The pride in the perfect hang-drying system comes from the history of the industry—the “best” producers were perceived to be those who used old-fashioned methods. Of course, in today’s world, the old methods aren’t necessarily the best. As a cannabis processor, you’re looking to extract CBD and THC at the optimal levels, from large quantities of biomass. You aren’t running a boutique dispensary―it’s about scale. That’s why you want to start working with real professionals, like Marion, who have been in the industrial biomass processing industry for decades.

Moving your operations from hang-drying to microwave thermal processing provides cannabis processors major efficiencies including:

  • Faster time to market, with drying times of less than 3 hours
  • Lower risk of material losses due to incorrect drying
  • Consistent quality of product
  • High-quality materials for further process

Cannabis producers are increasingly moving away from hang-drying towards faster and more reliable forms of cannabis drying. An industrial thermal processor is a major investment, and the equipment could last 20 to 30 years. Long-term costs include electricity, maintenance, cleaning and replacement parts, so make sure you know what you’re getting into before purchasing any type of drying equipment.

Choosing an industrial thermal processer doesn’t have to be confusing. Marion’s free Thermal Processing Handbook has all the information you need to compare air, microwave and freeze drying for cannabis.

Real results: From 77% to 9% in 45 minutes


After some research on drying technology, you may be wondering about the real results you can get when moving to industrial thermal processing of cannabis flowers and hemp. Here’s the reality. Marion’s WaveMix™ Thermal Processor has been tested and validated by third parties:

  • In just 45 minutes, moisture in hemp flowers was reduced from 77% to 9%
  • THC content went from 0.33% to 0.23%
  • CBD content went from 11.46% to 11%
  • Total Terpene content went to 2.58% to 1.06%

WaveMix Cannabis accomplishes these results using direct heating, that is, microwave technology, along with vacuum for protecting the quality of the product. Learn more about the results your peers are getting and how you too can benefit from Marion’s thermal processing solutions.

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