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.