You may have come across the word if you tend to follow up on cannabis industry updates. We are talking about THC distillates and what they really are.
Are distillates the same as cannabis concentrates? What part of the cannabis plant are they made from?
We’ll be answering these questions as we discuss distillates.
What are THC Distillates?
Smoking is just one way of benefiting from cannabis. You probably already know that the flowers are also subjected to extraction processes to take out all of the compounds present in the plant, such as terpenes and cannabinoids.
Such processes create highly concentrated cannabis products known as cannabis concentrates. They are usually stored in oil form.
Now think of distillates as unique versions of concentrates.
To create a cannabis distillate, you’ll need to extract individual compounds from the plant matter and not the whole package, as is the case with concentrates.
What that means is that a distillate contains just one purified and highly potent compound. If it’s a THC distillate, then it’s nothing but THC, and the same goes for CBD.
If you’re wondering why distillates have become popular, it’s because of their potency and the fact that everything else is removed, leaving behind the desired cannabinoid.
How to Use THC Distillates
When it comes to THC distillates, the uses are many. Nothing restricts you from applying them in whichever way you wish.
Since distillates are stripped of everything, including flavonoids, they don’t taste or smell like anything, which makes them perfect for various applications.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can use THC distillates.
1. Smoke in Dab Rigs
Dab rigs are devices used to burn and inhale cannabis concentrates, which include distillates. Rigs are similar in design to bongs as they both use vaporization to allow the user to consume weed.
The only difference is that with bongs, you burn the flowers, while rigs focus on the solvents.
Rigs come with an attachment where you can place your THC distillate and heat it into vapor, which is filtered through water before you can inhale the pure THC.
2. Use in Vape Pens
Vape pens are small vaporizing devices with cartridges for holding the liquid you want to heat up. In this case, THC distillates.
The device works almost the same way a dab rig does. You heat your THC distillate inside a heating chamber until it vaporizes, and then you inhale the vapor.
3. Add to Buds
If you’re not getting the right kick out of your stash, you can add THC distillate to the buds for a stronger THC experience.
You’ll have to improvise, though, when smoking weed flowers using a bong or joint. Simply add several drops of distillate to the dried flowers before rolling them into a joint.
One thing, however, is to make sure the buds you’re using are completely dry to make burning easier.
4. Create Tinctures
Tinctures offer some of the easiest ways to enjoy cannabis. All you need is a base solvent, usually alcohol, but oils are also used.
The simplest way to prepare tincture is soaking buds in the base liquid for days to extract marijuana compounds into the liquid.
Once you have your concentrate, you’ll use a process called winterization to separate the various cannabis compounds to create a distillate.
5. Make Edibles
Just like concentrates, you can use distillates to prepare edibles. In fact, they are perfect if you’re looking to benefit from a specific cannabinoid and not the entire chemical profile.
Making edibles using a THC distillate should be a fairly simple process as it doesn’t differ from the use of concentrates. Just add the distillate into an oil carrier of choice, such as butter or coconut oil and use it for cooking.
6. Add to Drinks
If you didn’t know, you could use THC distillates in a drink of your choice. Just be careful not to mix weed with alcohol, as the reaction could be harmful.
As for fruit drinks, add a few drops of distillate to enjoy the benefits of THC without having to taste weed.