The How, The Why, The Love & Hate, The Lowdown on THC Distillates
Clear and golden. We can’t help but think of it like those slow-motion fast food commercials as it slowly drips from the glass syringe onto our nail as we inhale the smooth clean vapor. We’re talking about what THC distillates are and how to use them!
WHAT ARE THC DISTILLATES
When we produce distillate, we’re taking pre-extracted concentrate oil and further separating to refine the cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids from the stuff we don’t want such as pesticides, plant matter, or other impurities.
When compared to the process by which we extract wax and shatter, it’s quite different. Distillate is made by a molecular distillation process, much like the process of distilling alcohol. The extracted material is heated to the point of vaporization, which causes decarboxylation (activation of THC), then the evaporated material is decondensed and collected.
WHY PEOPLE LOVE TO USE THC DISTILLATES
The first reason our THC distillates are so popular among patients is because of the potency. If a distillate were to test at 99% purity, this would mean that in a one-gram syringe of distillate you have 990 mg of THC out of the 1000mg. For those using distillates purely for medicinal purposes, the cleanliness of this type of purified THC is practically unmatched.
There are also several ways of consuming THC distillates including vaporizing, topping off your joint or bowl to smoke it, sublingually, or even as a suppository. It can also be used to make anything an edible, due to the THC being activated (decarboxylation). This type of cannabis is extremely versatile and can be easily incorporated into any form in which the user feels most comfortable consuming it. Additionally, because we are able to control the substance at a chemical level, we can also determine how much taste (if any) is given to the distillate by the reintroduction of terpenes.
WHAT ARE THE NEGATIVES?
As stated by High Times Magazine, there is a large misconception that distillates are the “hot dog” of concentrates, meaning they are produced from the “leftovers” of plant trimmings. This largely misunderstood concept is false because, as we’ve learned, producing distillate is a refinement of concentrate oil and not the other way around.
In some cases, however, THC distillate can be produced from a consolidation of leftover plant trimmings, and although most distillates have very high potency, the potency of the final product completely depends on its origin. Low-grade flower, for example, will produce low-grade distillate, and vice versa. To avoid these lesser quality THC distillates, search for higher potencies from reputable dispensaries, such as Grant Pharms MMC in Colorado Springs, CO.
Although distillates are the cleanest cannabis product on the market, some patients feel that it’s a bit too sterile. Increasing cannabinoid potency means decreasing terpenes—the compound that gives each strain its unique smell and taste—so, for users that enjoy the sensory experience of cannabis, this may not be the most favorable consumption method. On the other hand, this may be the very reason distillates are attractive to medicinal users who are purely searching for relief. The good news is, distillers are able to add terpenes back into the distillate at the end of the process, which would dilute the overall potency but add back the tasty flavor and smell that’s produced by terpenes.
LEARN YOUR PREFERENCE
If you need help deciding what THC distillates are best for you, visit the Grant Pharms team in store or contact us online! We’re happy to answer any questions you have regarding medical marijuana.