What is Cannabis Distillate?

What is Cannabis Distillate?

Cannabis distillate is marijuana which has been stripped entirely of all compounds and solid material in order to isolate one very specific cannabinoid, such as CBD (cannabidiol) or THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).


Once Distillation takes place, what is left is the individual compounds that are free of absolutely any taste, flavor, and probably most importantly – smell. Because the compound is isolated and isn’t “watered down” by any other compound or material, marijuana distillates – particularly THC distillate – is extremely potent: Essentially the most potent version of marijuana oil.

How manufacturers use it in CBD production

Cannabis CBD oil extracts in jars herb and leaves. Concept medical marijuana.

Distillation is a common process use for both CBD and marijuana edible production.

For CBD production many follow the above-mentioned process to simply isolate the CBD from all other compounds, leaving nothing but CBD left. This means that those wanting to obtain the medical benefits of cannabidiol with absolutely no psychoactive effects – such as the ones felt through THC consumption – are able to do so.

Typically when you purchase a CBD product from a marijuana store, such as CBD tinctures, capsules, etc., the CBD was separated using marijuana distillate.

How manufacturers use it in edible production

As mentioned above, cannabis distillate leads to all smell and taste to be removed. This makes the process a hugely popular one in the production of marijuana edibles.

Often manufacturers will make cannabis distillate, and will then add that into various food products such as cookies and brownies. Given the distillate has no smell or flavor, it allows the actual flavors of the foods to stand out stronger.

Some people, however, like the taste of cannabis, so they opt for going the route of making marijuana oil or butter and then adding that into their edibles.

Making cannabis distillate at home

Manufacturing marijuana distillate can be an extremely complicated and even dangerous process. Because of this, it is highly recommended that the process be left to industry professionals or those who have professional equipment and know what they’re doing.

Legality of cannabis distillates

Cannabis distillates are legal in most of the states where cannabis is legal, such as Washington and California. However, there are some states such as Vermont which allow marijuana possession but to not allow the possession of cannabis distillate or cannabis oil.

When it comes to producing cannabis distillate at home, we suggest you look into your local law to see if it’s legal – though we will warn that commonly it is not, and can carry heavy fines.

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