What is Weed Distillate?
On the cannabis market, you find many products, and keeping track of them all is hard. How to know which one works best for your needs can become confusing. The best is to educate you about all the products to find out what their purpose is.
One popular cannabis product is a distillate that is a translucent oil of the waxes of the plant. It is a desirable product as it has loads of potency and offers you versatility when used. You can use it to vaporize, dab, use it as topical, or add it to edibles. Achieving distillation is an extensive process to separate the compounds from the cannabis plant.
Distillate, What is It?
The distillate extracts the final cannabis product systematically stripped of the compounds and materials with one specific substance cannabinoid remaining. It is a base ingredient found in most vape cartridges and edibles lacking flavor, aroma, and taste. With the potency of the oil, you can use it on its own. Alternatively, you can use it infused with other marijuana products. THC oil or CBD (cannabidiol) oil is the most common product found. When looking at the oil, CBD, for example, is the prominent cannabinoid found in the product. While it is potent, it does lack the terpenes, aroma, and flavors of the plant.
Does It Make You High?
It depends on the cannabinoid you consume. If you ingest THC distillate, you will get high, as the oil is pure with THC content. While CBD distillate only taps into therapeutic benefits and produces no intoxicating effects to make you high. Therefore, you can use it on its own or as a base for other things. You can use it in a vape pen, dab rig, or portable vaporizer. The vapor is nearly odorless depending if flavored. You can also add it to your favorite edible and has no plantlike taste. These days you can buy a distillate pen containing THC distillate to heat up the oil for inhaling.
How is Distillate Made?
The process starts with a crude oil extraction where they separate the cannabinoids from the cannabis plant material. It involves either chemical or physical separation. The physical method goes through rosin or sieving to remove the impurities before actually separating the oil into individual cannabinoids. This applies to chemical separation as well.
The next step is winterization to purify the crude extract of the byproducts, chlorophyll, plant waxes, lipids, and fats. They mix it with ethanol and place it in a cold environment for up to 48 hours. The impurities thicken and separate, falling to the bottom. The solution passes through a filter to remove the ethanol.
At this point, it is not potent. Manufacturers apply heat to the THCA (tetrahydrocannabinol acid.) The process is called decarboxylation to create THC. The latter is the only cannabinoid needing this process to help it interact with the human body. The cannabinoids and terpenes separation takes place through heat and vacuum pressure. This is done from the decarboxylated extract to prevent the loss of potency.
A Word from Buzzed Extracts
To experience a high using distillate is the best way to achieve this. However, it all depends on the cannabinoids present in the distillate smoking oil. The important thing is to purchase them from licensed dispensaries and legal brands to get the most out of them.
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