What Kinds of Products are Made With Distillates?
You may have heard of distillates, or even enjoy them now, but do you know all the different kinds of products that can be made with distillates? Here’s a rundown to keep you up to speed.
Distillates are a hot item in the cannabis world right now. The potency and price can’t be beat by any other method of consumption and the effects can be especially therapeutic. Extraction methods vary between different kinds of concentrates creating an endless list of products that can be made with them but distillates are a little different.
First, What is a Distillate?
For those who are unfamiliar with newer technological advancements in cannabis, a distillate is essentially a very highly concentrated form of the cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Distillates use the same method of extraction we have been using for centuries to distill alcohol- through vacuum pressure and heat.
Other concentrates are extracted through various other methods, though all leave only the desired parts of the plant and discard the rest. Distillation is different from other methods because it isolates only the cannabinoids CBD or THC from the terpenes and other compounds, which can be added later.
This allows producers more control over the flavor and aroma of their concentrate, as well as more control over the unique effects of the product. The essential oils and other compounds that were removed from the extract can be replaced in specific amounts or even by other terpenes to create an individualized profile.
How are Concentrates Made?
There are a few ways concentrates are made. Most involve using mechanical separation or chemicals, even chloroform, to soak the plant before removing those chemicals and leaving the cannabis compounds to create the end result.
What are the Differences Between Distillates and Other Concentrates?
Sometimes the end results of the extraction process are called crumble, shatter, wax, budder, dabs, sap, or other creative ways to refer to the very thick, often very sticky, and extremely potent product often simply referred to as concentrates.
So what are the differences between the various concentrates and distillates? Beyond the extraction process, there are a few key differences between the kinds of concentrates and distillates that dispensaries sell. Foremost, all distillates are oils. Other concentrates come in various forms.
- Crumble: Just like it sounds, this product resembles cookie crumbles and is very easy to handle.
- Shatter: This concentrate looks like hard candy and ‘shatters’ when you break a piece off to consume it.
- Wax: Wax concentrates have more of a peanut butter consistency- like soft wax from a candle.
- Budder: Budders, like waxes, are soft and almost spreadable.
What Kind of Products are Made With Distillates?
You can find a plethora of concentrated cannabis products like the ones mentioned above at dispensaries across the country. Those waxes, shatters, crumbles and also distillates are typically intended to be inhaled through vaporization. However these gooey products can be used to create different products intended for other uses.
- Vape Cartridges
- And more!
How Do You Use Distillates?
How to use distillates is much easier than understanding the extraction process. There are a few chosen methods, and all have their own advantages and desired effects.
The most common way to consume distillates is through vaping. This can be done with a refillable vape cartridge and rechargeable battery, with a ‘dab rig’ and torch to heat the distillate, or combining the distillate with a pre-rolled cone packed with flower.
Dab rigs are a popular way to inhale the vapor of distillates and concentrates. The rigs or bongs use a chamber that is heated with a torch to bring the extraction to the vaporization point so it can be inhaled.
You can consume distillates sublingually, too. With tinctures and oils, simply hold the concoction under your tongue for as long as you can before swallowing. If the distillate is too thick, just cut it with olive oil or coconut oil to thin it out and make it more palatable. By letting it sit in your mouth before swallowing it, you allow the compounds to absorb into your bloodstream. It won’t be as fast acting as vaping, but it is faster than edibles.
Edibles are a delicious way to consume distillates though. You can bake distillates into brownies and cookies; put concentrates in your coffee or smoothies; use an olive oil mixed with a distillate to create your own salad dressing. The possibilities are nearly endless and there are numerous easy recipes that use distillates online.
Capsules and pills are also available for edible consumption. This method takes a little longer to feel the effects because it has to be metabolized by your digestive system first and can take up to 2 hours to feel the full benefits of it.
Can You Make Distillates at Home?
We don’t recommend it but you can make your own distillates at home. It is certainly more convenient and much easier to go to your local dispensary and just buy some. And it is a heck of a lot safer. If you do want to give it a shot, make sure to follow safety precautions and know what you’re getting into.