What is THC Distillate?
Just when you thought you’ve heard (or tried!) all possible methods in the world when it comes to consuming cannabis, here comes THC distillate.
Distillate is a next-generation way of consuming high potency cannabis. And by high, we’re talking about 90-99% high. Many believe that THC distillates are the future of concentrates, and for good reason.
Also known as “The Pure” and “The Clear”, the distillation process is different from the way that other concentrates are made, such as hash, shatter, or wax. To make shatter or wax, the process relies on a solvent, usually butane or alcohol, that is used to extract the compounds from the cannabis plant. On the other hand, making flower rosin, bubble hash, or full-melt hash uses rinsing or pressure methods to extract cannabinoids as well as terpenes. While the end product of both methods already have a cult following, both concentrate production methods can still create a product that contains residue from the plant or the solvents used.
On the other hand, distillation uses a process called short path distillation that separates the molecules and refines them. That’s where the difference lies. Distillation utilizes heat to vaporize cannabinoids, and once it turns into vapor, it is collected in a distillation cooling system which removes chlorophyll, plant matter, and all other kinds of residue from the cannabinoid. The process used to create THC distillate is nothing new – it’s been around for a very long time and is usually applied to make alcohol, although its use for cannabis applications is generally new.
The result: 100%. PURE. THC. CANNABINOID. Highly concentrated, and very clean.
Benefits of THC Distillate
Potency: The finished product from a distillate process results in 90-99% THC, even when using a flower that has 20% THC. This is a far cry from other kinds of concentrates, since BHO or Co2 extractions usually yield around 60-85% THC. This kind of high just won’t benefit recreational users who enjoy getting dislodged from reality from time to time, but it also benefits cancer patients who rely on THC’s potent medicinal properties to stop cancer in its tracks.
Purity: Because there is no need to use solvents to extract the constituents from cannabis, distillation results in a very clean cannabis extract. What you get is a concentrate that contains very high levels of THC but with none of the impurities.
Discretion: THC distillate is flavorless and odorless – this means that you can consume it using a vape, e-cigarette, or even topically without being detected.
Fast-acting: The effect of THC distillates can be felt almost immediately. THC is already activated during the distillation process, and the serious potency it offers allows patients that require fast-acting relief from chronic pain, cancer, injuries, and more to enjoy fast-acting relief.
Are there any disadvantages to using THC distillate?
Well, purists will argue that THC distillates may just be the beginning of engineered cannabis.
The other drawback, if you call it that, is that this process typically destroys all terpenes. This is why THC distillate is not just odorless, it’s also tasteless. Terpenes are destroyed because they are so sensitive, and distillates use high temperatures. Terpenes can only be preserved when much lower temperatures are used. That being said, it’s not to say that there isn’t a way around it: it’s possible to extract the terpenes separately, and then infuse them into the THC distillate later on.
Additionally, while THC distillates are generally cleaner than your average concentrate, it still doesn’t remove pesticides completely. For this reason, it’s important to use raw flower that is organic and pesticide-free.
How To Use THC Distillate
Oral/Sublingual: A miniscule drop under the tongue, or swallowed completely, will provide as much as 8-10 hours of relief for medical patients. It will take around an hour for it to hit when taken orally or sublingually, but it’s perfect for all-night (or all-day) relief.
Joints: No matter how futuristic THC distillates may sound, you don’t have to be a nerd to be able to smoke it. If you love smoking joints, all you need to do is spread some THC distillate on your rolling paper, and roll it as usual with some pot. You’ll need to use less flower but still be able to enjoy a great hit.
Vaporizing: Fill your vape tank with THC distillate, but make sure to use a ceramic coil and not a cotton coil otherwise the impurities may ruin the taste.
Edibles: Add some THC distillate into your butter or cooking oil, then infuse it into your favorite dish.
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