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 THC distillates, and here’s the deal with them.


When we produce distillate, we’re taking pre-extracted concentrate oil and further separating and refining the cannabinoids, terpenoids and flavonoids from the stuff we don’t want; like 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 distilling alcohol. The extracted material is heated to the point of vaporization, which in turn causes decarboxylation (activation of THC). The evaporated material is then decondensed and collected.


Obvious reasons first, this stuff is potent, I mean really potent! The occasional 99% purity would mean that in a one-gram syringe of distillate you have 990 mg of THC out of the 1000mg. The cleanliness, while it may not matter to some, is important for people looking for purified THC for medicinal purposes, or potency. Its appealing due to its various methods of ingestion. You can vaporize it, smoke it (top a bowl or a joint), or use it sublingually, even use it as a suppository. It can also be used to make anything an edible, due to the THC being activated (decarboxylation). That makes its use super versatile and can be easily incorporated into any form that the user feels most comfortable consuming it. Also, because we can control the substance at a chemical level, we can determine how much taste (if any) is given to the distillate by re-introducing terpenes.


As stated by High Times Magazine, there is a large misconception that distillates are the “hot dog” of concentrates. That’s a misconception because, as we’ve learned, producing distillate is a refinement of concentrate oil and not the other way around. While it can be, but is often not in our case, distillate is produced from a consolidation of left over plant trimmings. While most distillates have a very high potency, to make good potent distillate depends on the source. For instance, low grade flowers and oils will produce low grade distillate. Although distillate is the cleanest cannabis product on the market, some 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. Whereas that may be the very reason distillates are attractive to some, especially medicinal users. Others may miss that sensory experience. However, distillers can add terpenes back into the distillate at the end of the process, which will dilute the over all potency but add some delicious flavor.

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Getting Near The Clear: A Guide To Cannabis Distillates