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What Is It?
Nicknamed “The Pure,” it is an odorless, tasteless extract obtained using high heat extraction.
It results in 100% pure cannabinoid.
So what is it?
Its called cannabis distillate.
Its here and it is making waves as a new kind of cannabis concentrate
Cannabis has already travelled far from the bud. However, a new production technique is now hitting the world of weed. It is called distillation. It is also very likely to be the future of commercial marijuana.
Distillate – in other words, cannabinoids that have been distilled from concentrate or plant matter – has arrived. Distillation is a technique for creating cannabis extracts that are pure on a molecular level. It is possible to isolate specific cannabinoids. It is also possible to create odourless and tasteless THC (or CBD) that is 99% pure concentrate.
Why is it important?
This is the next stage of cannabis science. And it is likely to show up near you, no matter if you are a recreational or medical user. This technology is very likely to catalyse some major changes worldwide. It has already begun to show up at trade shows everywhere there is a legal cannabis market.
THE NEXT STEP OF CANNABINOID PROCESSING
Distillates use a process very different from other concentrates you may have heard of, such as wax, shatter, or hash.
Up until now, there were two main methods of creating concentrates. The first uses a solvent such as butane to extract the key components from plant matter. This category also encompasses alcohol-based methods. Using solvents is a common production technique for making shatter and wax. The other method, commonly used in making bubble hash, flower rosin, and full-melt hash, does not use solvents. Instead, these techniques use pressure or rinsing methods to extract cannabinoids and terpenes.
That said, both approaches have drawbacks. And both processes can leave behind residue from the solvents, or from the plant matter itself.
Distillation, on the other hand, employs a process that actually separates and refines molecules. It is frequently nicknamed “The Clear” or “The Pure” for this reason.
Distillation uses heat to vaporize cannabinoids. This vapour is then collected in the distillation cooling system. This strips everything from the cannabinoids, including plant matter and chlorophyll.
This in turn creates a very clean, very concentrated liquid that is also completely solvent-free.
The distillate can then be infused into everything from consumer products to medicine. And the benefit, obviously, is that there is nothing in it except the desired cannabinoids. Research and experimentation on how to capture terpenes is ongoing
HOW TO DISTILL CANNABIS
Distillation is a time-consuming, fairly expensive hobby, but the results are absolutely worth it.
It is also a far safer method of making concentrates than others.
On the commercial level, there are kitchens who open their facilities to interested groups for classes. The big machinery required, however, are far too expensive for most home enthusiasts to access. These are professional, commercial pieces of lab equipment. Some of the top distillate manufacturers, in fact, come directly from the pharmaceutical world.
DRAWBACKS AND CRITICISMS
The biggest critique of the distillation method so far is that it usually destroys all terpenes. The culprit is heat. Terpenes are quite delicate and can only be extracted at lower temperatures. That said, extractors can sidestep this issue by separately extracting terpenes, then infusing them with cannabinoids later.
Flavour can be added from any flower downstream of the extraction process.
Raw distillate is not only odour, but taste free.
THE DAWN OF COMBINED CANNABINOIDS
This production process is becoming commercialized at a time when demand is outstripping supply.
If there was such a thing as pure cannabinoid essence, distillate is it.