How to make cannabis distillate
Introduction: Making cannabis distillate, why all the craze?
Imagine if your favorite beer tasted and smelled different every time you drank it. Or the alcohol content was wildly different with every batch. Faced with such unpredictability, it wouldn’t be your favorite for long.
Product consistency is fundamental to building and maintaining any successful brand.
The cannabis plant, by nature, possesses inconsistent and unpredictable qualities. Depending on strains and evolution within strains, taste, smell and THC/CBD potency may vary greatly. These inconsistencies will flow into any end product, thereby causing undesirable variations.
In order to produce a consistent product, the THC and CBD components must be isolated and separated from other cannabis components and then infused into the product. Via distillation, this is possible.
The Basics: What is cannabis distillation?
Cannabis distillation is a post-processing extraction technique done subsequent to an initial solvent-based extraction.
In practice, and by way of example, the raw oil (sometimes referred to as “crude” oil) from the cannabis plant will first be extracted via the use of a PX1 or PXP system. Depending on a number of factors, that crude oil will have a THC/CBD concentration of 60-80%.
What is not THC and CBD in the crude oil will be a blend of flavors and smells, known as terpenes, and a variety of other plant-based components from vitamins, antioxidants and additional consumable substances.
In order to further purify the oil, it will then be subject to the distillation process with a specialized commercial distillation unit such as Precision’s CDU 1000. The distillation process isolates specific compounds, such as THC and CBD, thereby producing a refined oil (or “distillate”) of over 90% purity.
The remaining terpenes and other non-THC/CBD compounds will have an insignificant effect on the flavor and smell of the product. By targeting THC and CBD, for example, one can see how flavor, smell and potency may not be controlled by the producer.