You’ve likely already tried THC or CBD distillate products, especially if you live in a legal state. Perhaps you’ve purchased distillate in a syringe to be applied to a dab rig, or contained in a vape pen cartridge. Cannabis concentrate distillation is the modern-day process of refining already extracted cannabis material (concentrate oil)—by separating and concentrating three distinct fractions: cannabinoids, the lighter volatiles (terpenoids and flavonoids) and the non-volatiles—the heavier, unwanted materials (pesticides).
One chief advantage to distillates is when you’re looking for that strong, specific cannabinoid formulation for a specific purpose,” Adam Lustig explained. One example would be a distillate containing the cannabinoid CBD for purely medicinal purposes. Distillation is distinct from more prevalent cannabis concentrate outcomes, like wax and shatter, in which more basic extraction methodology is employed by using thinning agent solvents, like butane, propane or, preferably, via supercritical CO2 for superior taste