THC DISTILLATE: LIQUID CANNABIS
What is THC Distillate?
THC Distillate is in essence, a liquid made from cannabis. The name “distillate” refers to the purification and distillation process that removes and separates cannabinoids in the cannabis plant (see CBD vs THC) into their precise individual portions. Cannabis is composed of various compounds that can be separated with controlled temperature and evaporation levels. This process creates a very pure marijuana extract and eliminates the need for solvents such as BHO (butane hash oil) and Co2 (carbon dioxide) require alcohol-based solvents to make their final product. A very high level of THC without any impurities, the extracted cannabinoids (THC, CBD, etc. and terpenes) are re-infused into the concentrates to create a completely pure product. Distillates allow cannabis product manufacturers to separate the various cannabinoids and terpenes, then recombine them into specific ratios.
In the distillation process, the THC is already activated and its high potency is felt almost immediately, though it lacks the terpenes, or naturally occurring flavors and aromas of the cannabis plant. It has been argued that one benefit of having the natural terpenes removed is being able to have complete control over the final product’s taste and smell. On the other hand, the removal of terpenes may cause distillates to lack some therapeutic benefits. Terpenes can be added back into distillate, though it has been theorized that any medicinal advantages are reduced by their initial removal. Nevertheless, due to its potency and versatility, Cannabis Concentrates are very desirable in the ever-expanding industry of. This process allows for 90-99% THC in the finished product, compared to 15-25% flower THC content and 60-80% of BHO and Co2 Extractions. This method is ultra-clean in nature, which explains why distillation is rapidly becoming an industry-standard product.
How is distillate used?
The appeal of concentrates is the potential for so many uses. Distillates can be used on their own or infused in other cannabis products or goods. It can be left to harden and turned into shatter or wax for dabbing. Often used in dab rigs or vaporizers, it can be nearly odorless, depending on whether it’s been flavored, with the effects felt almost instantly. Or it can be kept in liquid form as an oil or tincture. In fact, the most common forms of distillate on the market are THC oil and CBD oil. Adding drops of THC distillate to the flower in a joint or bowl intensifies the high, without altering the flavor or smell. Distillates are also the base ingredient of many types of edibles, both for the ability to portion the cannabinoids and terpenes into precise amounts, as well as for its flavorless quality.
Is it right for you?
Distillates may be beneficial to those interested in an alternative to vaping or smoking. Distillates are great in topical applications. Cannabis butter is a common ingredient used for edibles. Experimenting with distillates as a cooking ingredient could be your next adventure. Be cautious when preparing edibles at home. Be sure to introduce the distillate in low doses, about 5 mg THC or less per serving, then slowly increase the dosage for the desired potency and taste. Since the invention of Rick Simpson Oil (RSO, high oral THC extracts have been shown to treat patients for an entire day without the need to smoke a joint every few hours. THC Distillate only requires a drop or two for its effects to be felt. Couple this with an almost immediate onset (under the tongue) of effects, the distillate is a perfect application for medical patients.