What is a THC distillate

The cannabis world is becoming more and more innovative at a rapid pace, and one of its greatest goals seems to be to create the purest and most powerful product possible. Cannabis distillate appears to be the next step towards this goal.

The perfect version of a strong and pure product would not only provide an extremely easy and straightforward way for recreational users to get a perfectly psychoactive high and the desired body comfort, but it would also allow medical users to get an instant dose of an incredibly effective one and take effective medicine.

Cannabis products have come a long way from simply lighting a joint full of dried flowers or hash. Oils, tinctures, and extracts served as a stepping stone into a brand new cannabis scene that enables countless ways to get high and much stronger and more effective experiences.

Certain extracts and oils are much more effective these days and can reach ranges between 70-85%, but are still considerably weaker compared to distillate. Cannabis distillate is the end result of a distillation process that can produce an end product with a strength and purity of up to 99% cannabinoid content.

While this effectiveness is absolutely unmatched, you should exercise caution when planning to ingest it. Even the most seasoned weed veteran could have an awkward time if they overdo it in this area.

However, a product of this purity can also provide recreational users with a high that they have probably never experienced before, and give medical users a better chance at combating a wide range of diseases.


Cannabis distillate is very pure. It is also called "The Clear" and "The Pure" for good reason. Compared to other cannabis extraction techniques such as BHO or CO₂, distillate produces a resin that consists almost exclusively of cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids, without any unwanted residues, which makes it much purer.

Methods of creating shatter, hash, or wax all make for a respectable and strong end result, but the process involved in making them almost always results in slight contamination.

Many runs are made using solvents or butane in combination with pressure and flushing techniques. While these techniques are effective, they can leave unwanted residue that spoils the taste and certainly has no place in the human body.

The impressive purity of the cannabis distillate is achieved through the distillation process, in which a liquid is purified by heating and cooling. The distillation extracts the essential oils and compounds from a plant and pulls out everything that is valuable and desired and leaves everything else behind.

In the case of the cannabis plant, it is the cannabinoids, terpenes and flavonoids that you expect in your end product because of their effects, their taste, their aroma and their medicinal benefits. What remains are waxes, fats, chlorophyll, and various potential contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides.


Cannabis distillation works by taking advantage of the volatility of the target compounds that exist within the plant. The volatility - or boiling points - of terpenes, flavonoids, and cannabinoids all vary.

That means they can be extracted or precisely separated into the same end product to create an end product that is made almost entirely of THC or CBD. The distillate can be designed so that it fulfills different purposes depending on the objective. The temperature ranges for the more sensitive volatiles like terpenes are around 190 ° C, while for cannabinoids they are around 260 ° C.

The distillation process uses heat to vaporize cannabinoids and a cooling system to condense and separate them. A cannabis extract is placed in glass utensils that are heated. When the correct temperature is reached, the cannabinoids are vaporized and rise into a cooling tube. The vapor then condenses and drips into a separate glass container that contains the distillate.

This process separates the described cannabinoids from unwanted products and creates an incredibly clear and pure substance.

Because terpenes and other more volatile but useful compounds have a much lower boiling point, they can be destroyed during this process. However, it is possible to extract these valuable compounds separately beforehand and then mix them together after both procedures have been carried out.


The pure and strong nature of cannabis distillate can make the development of many different cannabis products much easier and potentially cheaper. Distillate containing only cannabinoids has no flavor and can be very easily added to a range of foods and beverages, avoiding complicated and lengthy cooking processes.

Distillation will also find its place in the health and beauty industries, where it can be easily applied to a wide range of creams, oils, and even bath products.

Perhaps the most significant and worthwhile change the distillate can bring is the change it could potentially make to the role of cannabis as a medicine.

Up until this point, many patients were limited to extracts and products that didn't even come close to the potency of a distillate. Distillate will inevitably become more widespread, and it will certainly bring relief and efficacy to many patients who need higher doses of cannabinoids.

A CBD distillate can be very useful in some medicinal use cases and an end product that contains mostly THC with some beneficial terpenes is considered very helpful for pain relief.


The only real downside to such pure substances is that dealing with proportions can be a bit tricky.

In a cannabis plant there is a certain amount of all the compounds it contains and they all interact with each other (called the "entourage effect") to create an effect. Therefore, different strains produce different effects: they have different ratios of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other compounds. In the production of distillates, it is up to the creator how he adjusts these conditions as needed.

It could be argued that whoever makes the distillate is messing with Mother Nature and if done wrong it could make for a very uncomfortable experience. For example, pure THC is viewed as a terrible experience when other cannabinoids fail to regulate and complement the effects.

But distillates also give you a great deal of control that cannot be achieved in professional hands.

So regardless of whether you would like to try distillate for medicinal purposes or as a leisure activity, it is therefore incredibly important to know what type of product you want to use and how you can regulate the dose.

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