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The How, The Why, The Love & Hate, THC Distillates: The Lowdown

When we make distillate, we take pre-extracted concentrate oil and further separate the cannabinoids, terpenoids, and flavonoids from impurities such as pesticides, plant matter, and other contaminants.

When compared to how we remove wax and shatter, the method is significantly different. Distillate is produced using a molecular distillation method similar to that used to make alcohol. The extracted material is heated to the point of vaporization, which results in decarboxylation (activation of THC), followed by decondensation and collection of the evaporated material.

Our THC distillates are extremely popular with patients for several reasons. The first reason is their potency. If a distillate tests at 99 percent pure, that means that a one-gram syringe has 990 milligrams of THC out of 1000mg. For people who use distillates just for therapeutic purposes, this form of purified THC is virtually unsurpassed in terms of cleanliness.

Additionally, there are various ways to consume THC distillates, including vaporizing, topping out your joint or bowl for smoking, sublingually, or as a suppository. Additionally, because the THC is active, it may be used to transform anything into an edible (decarboxylation). This strain of cannabis is incredibly adaptable and may be easily put into whichever shape the user like. Additionally, because we can regulate the chemical composition of the material, we can also control how much flavour (if any) is imparted to the distillate by the reintroduction of terpenes.


As High Times Magazine points out, there is a widespread misperception that distillates are the “hot dog” of concentrates, meaning they are made from “leftovers” of plant trimmings. This widely held misconception is incorrect because, as we have learnt, distillation is a refinement of concentrate oil, not the other way around.

However, THC distillate can be manufactured in some situations by condensing residual plant trimmings, and while the majority of distillates are extremely potent, the final product’s potency is entirely dependent on their source. For example, low-grade flower will yield low-grade distillate, and vice versa. To avoid these low-quality THC distillates, seek for higher concentrations from renowned dispensaries like as Grant Pharms MMC in Colorado Springs, CO.

Although distillates are the most sterile cannabis product available, some patients believe they are too sterile. Increased THC strength results in decreased terpenes—the chemical that gives each strain its distinct smell and taste—so this may not be the optimal method of intake for consumers who love the sensory experience of cannabis. On the other hand, this may be precisely why distillates appeal to medical consumers seeking immediate relief. The good news is that distillers may reintroduce terpenes into the distillate at the conclusion of the process, diluting the overall strength but reintroducing the delectable flavor and aroma provided by terpenes.