To fully isolate the different cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, various refinement processes need to take place. The process of cannabis distillate starts with crude or primary extraction methods utilizing solvent or physical techniques that will extract the cannabinoids.
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The uses for distillate are nearly endless, because of the variety of ways you can apply this to your business. Whether or not your sole focus is cannabinoids, this product should not be over-looked. Touted as the ‘Bread and Butter of product developers’ the distillate may be used for edible products, vaping, and topical uses. There may not be a more effective way of combining cannabinoids into your products than with distillate.
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Distillate Production Process
Any impurities remaining in the extracted oil, such as lipids, fats or other compounds, need to be removed for the oil to be separated to a further degree. The following step to create a cannabis distillate is a technique known as winterization.
The process of winterization involves mixing ethanol with the crude cannabinoid extract, then placing it in a frigid environment for 24-48 hours. By putting the extract in a cold setting, any remaining impurities will congeal and separate; thus, falling to the bottom of the container. If you think about it, the process can be compared to baking a chicken. When cooking a chicken, any of the excess juices or grease (similar to impurities) will drip down into the baking pan; thus, coagulating once the chicken is cooled.
After removing the impurities, the crude extract with ethanol is passed through a filter where the ethanol is carefully removed. This is often done utilizing a rotary evaporation procedure.
The following step to produce a cannabis distillate is known as decarboxylation. If cannabinoids are not provided with heat, they will not become active and will remain in an acid state. The process of decarboxylation occurs when a person “lights a joint” and the cannabis is heated; thereby, allowing all of the therapeutic benefits of the cannabinoids to be activated.
Finally, all of the extracted, winterized and decarboxylated material passes through a distillation procedure. The distillation process uses a short path steam or fractional distillation chamber numerous times to purify the cannabinoid. By distilling the cannabinoid, it is transformed into an isolated and pure state.
The short path distillation option utilizes heat, steam, and vacuum pressure to influence boiling points and expose the product to cool temperatures as it passes through the distillation chamber. Dependent on the technique being used, the compounds may be fractionated individually or together for collection. CBD distillate can be exposed to this procedure several times to produce the purest substance.
After completing these procedures, you will have a type of sap similar to pure honey – this is the cannabis distillation product. The method of distillation is famous for both THC and CBD, and the application of the products is available on a global scale. It is important to note that cannabis distillate is as close to pure cannabinoid oil as a person will come. Taking this into account, when you are accustomed to products containing a cannabinoid, using cannabinoid distillate is receiving the purest form of CBD or THC.
Cannabis distillate is one of the most commonly used cannabis products today. It is also the most versatile, thus can be used in many applications. Some of the methods/ways to use CBD distillate are outlined below.
Many people consume CBD distillate (as well as THC distillate) through vaping. Also known as dabbing, vaping provides the best and fastest way to deliver these compounds to the bloodstream. The effects/results of vaping CBD distillates are almost instantaneous. The distillate produces a nearly tasteless and odorless vapor. You might, however, have a blend of flavor added to give it a twist, which amplifies the vaping experience. One can also add THC distillate to the vaping pen’s cartridge to increase its effect. Rubbing THC distillate on your joints can even come in handy in bringing about its psychoactive effects.
Vaping CBD distillate has a therapeutic effect and more effective if using it to treat a condition.
If you aren’t a fan of smoking or vaping CBD distillates, you can then make use of edibles. This entails using the distillate alongside other ingredients when preparing your meals. The distillate has already undergone the carbonization process, hence activated on the go. That said, you can use it in your dishes without altering its composition. In addition to this, CBD distillate is odorless and tasteless – you won’t even notice its presence in your food.
Preparing edibles with cannabis distillates is relatively easy. If worried about altering its chemical composition, you should consider adding low doses of the distillate when the food is almost ready. Experts recommend adding 5mg or less to the meal until you can find the perfect dosage to your liking. Adding low doses of the same in all your meals should make it more effective and mainly if using it to treat a condition.
Beauty Products and Topical Applications
CBD distillate can be infused in beauty products, skin care products, and other topical products as well. Adding a few drops of the distillate to skin care products, for example, enriches it with cannabinoids that come in handy in treating various skin conditions, and manage pain as well. Just massaging the affected area with CBD distillate helps provide relief to inflammations and sore muscles.
You too can make topicals at home. You will only need a carrier oil, say jojoba or coconut oil, and any other oils you feel like adding. Add the recommended amount of CBD distillate in the same, shake well, then start using.