What is Distillate CBD?
The word distillate refers to cannabinoids that have been distilled either from the plant or a concentrate. It is being nicknamed “The Pure” or “The Clear” as the technique creates an extract that is pure on a molecular level. The extraction process uses high heat and makes a product that is both odorless and tasteless. We will get into the specifics of how the process works below. The reason this method is drawing so much attention is that the results are nearly 100% cannabinoid. As a result, a user will have higher potency and more cannabinoids available for the endocannabinoid system.
Distillate is a very light yellow colored product and creates a very thick consistency. You can think of it to have a similar pour that would would experience with honey. Due to it’s lack of flavor or odor, distillate is making a big splash in the edibles world. Producers or manufacturers can add the extract to their products without altering the taste. Cosmetics and topical product will likely be infused with distillate, as it is so concentrated and can achieve better results. With it’s purity standards, the extract is expected to be used in more pharmaceutical capacities in the future.
Distillation extraction uses heat to vaporize cannabinoids. After this, the vapor is collected into a cooling system where everything is removed from the cannabinoids. The result is a highly concentrated, clean product. This method varies from others because it does not use any type of solvents, which can leave residue in the products.
One drawback to this process is that other compounds are removed during the distillation process, including terpenes. Terpenes are essential oils found in cannabis plants that work in conjunction with cannabinoids to create an “entourage effect.” Essentially, this means that terpenes and cannabinoids work together to boost and enhance the benefits of one another. The is research being done to figure out how to capture the terpenes during the distillation process. Terpenes can be added back into the extract after the process.
The process is also more expensive then other extraction methods, so that cost translates to the price of the extract. The machinery used to complete the process are generally very costly. Distillation does not remove pesticides, so the raw product must be free of any kind of chemicals.
Distillate is Different from Shatter, Wax or Hash
A misconception that some have is that distillate is the same as existing products like shatter, wax or hash. The extraction method and purity levels are what distinguish it from the others. Shatter and wax are made through processes involving solvents like butane or alcohol. Making hash does not use solvents, but uses pressing or rinsing methods of extraction. There are benefits to these extraction methods, like keeping the terpenes intact. Drawbacks include leaving behind compounds from the plants or having residual solvents left in the products.