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Process: How Is A distillate made?

Friday , 8, April 2022 Comments Off on Process: How Is A distillate made?

Please remember that making distillates is a scientific process that should really be left up to the experts. We do not advise attempting to make your own distillates or oils at home under any circumstances. 

Making distillates is a technical and complex process, so let’s break it down to the basics.

Step 1: Separate the Cannabinoids

THC, terpenes, and other cannabinoids all have varying boiling points, so the first step is separating the THC from the cannabis plant using hydrocarbon or CO2 solvent-based extraction. This process removes the THC from the plant, but at this point, it still contains undesired fats, lipids, and other compounds.  You can even purchase bulk THC concentrates in Canada that are safe to use.

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Step 2: Winterization

Next, the extract must be refined through a process called winterization in order to remove any remaining undesirable components. This is usually accomplished using a chemical like ethanol.

Step 3: Decarboxylation

Once isolated, cannabinoids are then ‘decarbed’, which means they’re heated up enough to activate their medicinal components. If you’ve ever made edibles using flowers, you also decarb the cannabis before adding it to oil.

Step 4: Distillation

After decarbing, we’re finally ready to turn our THC sap into a distillate using short path distillation, which uses vacuum pressure, steam, and heat to manipulate boiling points to purify and remove undesirable components until all that remains is a honey-colored and textured pure form of THC.