An intro to THC distillates

Published Mar 20, 2019 11:57 a.m. ET

The marijuana plant has long been used for its psychoactive and sedative effects, but now that we see growth in the cannabis market there have been hundreds of new marijuana plant derived concentrates introduced in the last few years. Though some of the more popular THC concentrates like BHO and shatter have been around for quite a while, it was not until recently that THC distillates started making a more significant appearance in both cannabis culture and the medical world across the globe. Here we will cover all of the basics of THC distillates including what they are, how to make some, and how to use them to hopefully answer some of the most important questions you might have.

What are THC distillates?

THC distillates are a form of cannabis concentrates that can hold up to 98% THC depending on how it is made. THC is a cannabinoid that is naturally produced by marijuana plants and is the chemical component responsible for the euphoric stereotypical high that most users expect when they use cannabis. THC Distillates are THC that is combined with a solvent of some sort like alcohol to extract the essential cannabinoids from a dry marijuana plant. The remainder is made up of terpenes and other cannabinoids found in the plant material.

How to use THC distillates

THC distillates are most popular for their potency but can be used for more practical reasons like the ability to control your doses. THC distillate can be taken orally, vaporized, smoked, dabbed, or made into edibles. The amount you want to take at any one time will depend on your tolerance level and experience with concentrates. If you have little to no history using cannabis products than start small between 5-15 mg at first. 20-40 mg is more recommended for regular user’s, and 50-100 is a safe zone for those with a well-established tolerance and plenty of prior experience with THC products.

Effects of THC distillates                                                                                                                                              

The expected impacts on an individual from THC distillates or any marijuana plant derived concentrates will depend on the amount you consume as well as your tolerance to THC. However, in general, THC will provide a relaxing, euphoric, psychoactive high that gains in intensity the higher the dose. The unfortunate part about distillates is that they don't keep most of the terpenes or essence oils intact, so the flavor isn’t there until it’s been added which some people find to be a benefit.  

How to make THC distillates

There are two most common techniques that are used to produce THC distillates. One is called the Short Path Distillation Process and the second is called Short Path Wiped Film Distillation. Both will require a distilling system that can cost hundreds of dollars and be difficult to find. The most significant difference is that one is given a consistent feed of liquid while the second is filled manually as required. Both use heated beakers to slowly distill several different chemicals that extract the THC. Short Path Wiped Distillation systems will also use a solvent. The machines will effectively draw out the cannabinoids from the marijuana plant material and result in a THC concentrates liquid that is processed two more until it reaches a thick and potent consistency.

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