How to use THC distillate
Are you one of the Canadian consumers that are disappointed that cannabis-infused alcohol products won’t be hitting store shelves anytime soon? If so, then THC distillate will fix that in a jiffy. Add a few drops (or several) to your favorite drink or cocktail, and the results will be a warm combination of both recreational elements,
What is THC distillate?
Often referred to as the happy medium between smoking and vaping is dabbing. THC distillate makes excellent dabs on its own, or when combined with other marijuana concentrates to increase both the potency and flavor. This type of extract works well for low-temperature dabs and will leave behind no sticky residue on your nail or banger.
How to make THC distillate?
Smoking marijuana is quickly becoming a thing of the past, as this new generation of consumers demands a stronger and healthier option than ever before. With most other cannabis concentrates the process of extraction requires one or two rinses with a solvent that draws the cannabinoids from the plant materials, but the potency of these products ranges between 60% and 80%. They also tend to contain plant matter, residual solvents, and other elements that you pay for. None of which positively enhance the experience of using cannabinoids. THC distillate is a relatively new marijuana product that is garnering attention from every corner of the cannabis industry.
The average cannabis plant will contain approximately 20% THC, and THC distillate ranges much higher from 90% up, so the results are typically four times as potent as the original strains they are created with. If you begin with a light, energizing, and uplifting strain, then those effects will be intensified, and the same is true with potent more sedating types.
THC distillate is just one result of cannabis distillation. The process targets the cannabinoid THC and cleanses marijuana concentrates of other materials such as plant matter, solvents, or oils. THC distillate is typically between 90% and 100% THC and is one of the purest THC products out there.
The effects of THC distillate
Smoking marijuana is becoming a thing of the past, as this new generation of consumers demands a stronger and healthier option than ever before.
Since the distillation process leaves behind terpenes and plant matter (the compounds that give cannabis its distinctive herby and earthy flavor) what’s left is an odorless, flavorless oil that is ideal making cannabis-infused edibles. Distillates also make it much easier to precisely dose your edibles, which can be tricky when making cannabis infused oil or butter with flower, for example. And, distillate is by default decarboxylated, an important heating process that activates THC’s intoxicating and euphoric kick.
Many consumers enjoy distillate because of its potency. To make distillate, manufacturers utilize a process called short path distillation, which uses steam, heat, vacuum pressure, and certain boiling points (depending on the cannabinoid) to isolate and purify the desired cannabinoid. This distillation process isolates and increases the potency of both THC (in some cases as high as 99 percent) and CBD – but also leaves behind other compounds found in cannabis like terpenes, as well as any toxins and impurities.
Making homemade cannabis-infused gummies with distillate is another crowd-pleaser and easy to do, though dosing can be a bit tricky with these tiny treats (more on that in a minute). Check out the simple recipe below:
Saturday September 21, 2019
L egal cannabis sales across all product types have continued to surge year after year, but no segment of the market has seen more growth than cannabis concentrates, such as vape cartridges, tinctures, shatter, and wax. But there is one form of concentrate leading the way, and according to cannabis market research firm BDS Analytics, that concentrate is cannabis distillate. Not only is cannabis distillate a great product to dab, but it can also be used in at-home infusions to create tasty and effective DIY edibles.
Cooking or baking at home with cannabis distillates is actually incredibly simple, though not quite as simple as putting a few drops from a dropper into a pre-made brownie mix. At the very least, you’ll have to do some stirring. Lucky for us, our very own PotGuide contributor Abby Hutmacher has spelled out a foolproof method to make DIY cannabis distillate infused edibles:
As mentioned above, cannabis exposed to high temperatures does degrade, so if you’re baking something, be sure to keep the temperature at 325 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. But be assured that you won’t lose much of cannabis’ kick through baking if done properly. Remember, distillate is extremely potent!
Have you ever made homemade edibles with distillate? Share your experiences, as well as any tips or tricks, in the comments below!
Now that you’ve got a couple of recipes handy, you’ll need to find a great distillate for at your at-home cannabis culinary adventures. Distillates have are known to be some of the purest extracts on the market, and for good reason. Distillation removes everything but the desired cannabinoid, including extraction compounds like hydrocarbons, any plant matter, and pesticides. The end product should be a light yellow with excellent clarity. So, what’s for dessert?
Not only is cannabis distillate a great product to dab, but it can also be used in at-home infusions to create tasty and effective DIY edibles. Click here to read our foolproof method to make DIY cannabis distillate infused edibles.