What is THC Distillate?
Have you ever heard of distillate? Maybe you’ve seen it while browsing a local dispensary and wondered what it is, and how it could have so many different uses — from dabbing to vaporizing to being mixed in with edibles and topicals, it seems that THC distillate can do it all! Keep reading to learn more about what exactly distillate is and what makes it so versatile.
What is THC Distillate?
Distillate describes any cannabis extract in which the final product is systematically stripped of all other materials and compounds except one particular cannabinoid.
Distillate is the base ingredient in most vape cartridges and edibles. Typically, distillate lacks flavor, taste, and aroma. It is a potent cannabis oil that can be used on its own or to infuse other cannabis products.
Today, THC oil and cannabidiol (CBD) oil are the most common forms of distillate. The name of the oil indicates its most prominent cannabinoid. For example, CBD is the most prominent cannabinoid in CBD oil.
The name distillate refers to the process in which the cannabis is purified in order to remove and separate the cannabinoids, like THC or CBD, into separate products.
Although it lacks terpenes or naturally occurring flavors and aromas of the cannabis plant, the substance is still highly potent. It is so popular for edibles and vapes because when the natural terpenes are removed, you can have full control over the final product’s taste and smell. One downfall to a lack of terpenes is that the final product may lack the therapeutic benefits associated with cannabis — although terpenes can and are often added to distillate later on in the process.
Can Distillate Get You High?
Whether or not distillate will get you high depends on the exact cannabinoid you are consuming. The primary benefit is that the final product is incredibly potent by removing everything except the desired cannabinoid. For that reason, when you consume THC distillate, you will likely get very high because the resulting oil will contain virtually pure THC. If you consume a CBD distillate, on the other hand, you can tap into CBD’s therapeutic benefits, but you won't get high because CBD does not produce psychoactive effects.
How Do I Consume Distillate?
You can use a dab rig or portable vaporizer to consume distillate on its own. You can also vape it using a distillate cartridge and a vape pen. If you don’t feel like investing in special equipment to try distillate, you can also add some drops of THC distillate to flower in a bowl or rolling paper to intensify the intoxicating high with no impact on the flavor or smell.
You can also make edibles or topicals with distillate. To make edibles at home, introduce the oil in low doses, about 5 mg or less of THC per serving, and then slowly increase the dosage for your desired potency and taste.
Alternatively, you can drop some distillate under your tongue or apply it right on your skin to allow it to be absorbed.