Distillates are a runny, transparent oil devoid of the waxes or undesirable compounds from the original plant. Often sought out due to its potency and versatility, as it can be used to dab, vape, or mix in as an ingredient in edibles, topicals, and other products. Distillates are achieved through an extensive distillation process that separates compounds from cannabis plant matter.
Distillate is the base ingredient of most edibles and vapes and typically lacks any flavour, taste, or aroma. It’s a potent cannabis oil that can be used on its own or infused in other cannabis products or goods. Though it lacks the terpenes or naturally occurring flavours and aromas, it gives you complete control of the final product and is a nice little added treat to say a batch of brownies.
Distillate is one of the most commonly made types of cannabis oil, often purchased by consumers for its potency. Because it has been stripped of virtually everything other than cannabinoids it is extremely versatile, capable of being consumed on its own or as the base of numerous other cannabis products or goods. While all distillates are oils, not all cannabis oils are distillates. A cannabis oil is only a distillate if all other materials and compounds, including terpenes, have been systematically stripped and removed. There are many other types of marijuana oils on the market that have not undergone that process.
A drawback of removing terpenes is that without them, the final product may lack the therapeutic benefits commonly attributes to entourage effect. Adding terpenes to distillate later in the process is possible, and many manufacturers do this, though it’s been theorized that any medicinal advantages are reduced by their initial removal.
Distillates can be consumed on their own using a dab rig or vaporizer. You can also use them in a vape using a distillate cartridge and vape pen. Adding drops of THC distillate to flower in a rolling paper or bowl intensifies the intoxicating high without altering the flavour or smell. This type of oil can also work in topicals, which are applied trans dermally, or applied to the skin and absorbed.
Bottom line, cannabis distillate can be an efficient way to get high or experience specific cannabinoids in their most distilled form.