Distillates, Isolates and Crystalines
As American author William Faulkner famously said years ago, “Civilization begins with distillation.
” While he was referring to alcohol, distillation has been around for thousands of years—in fact it has been in existence since ancient Rome, India and Egypt with the distillation of water and alcohol.
This time-tested process has now been modified to accommodate the development of cannabis concentrates.
The advantage distillates have is the sizeable reduction of impurities on the lungs after vaporizing because they aren’t exposed to combustible smoke.
It should be noted that the higher quality extract, the higher the quality of distillate.
What separates distillates from traditional concentrates like shatter or wax, is they use thinning agents like butane, propane as an extraction method—whereas distillation removes all unwanted elements like ethanol.
The distillation process would take a normal concentrate that has an 85% THC potency level and elevate it up to 99.85%.
Distillate is also a lighter yellow color than concentrates, with considerable clarity— and distillate can be stored in a container, capsule, or cartridge depending on the product.
You can vaporize distillates which is a great way to smoke cannabis indoors or incognito because it produces little to no smell, smoke, or obvious paraphernalia.
What Are Diamond Dabs? Diamonds (or THCA diamonds) are the crystalline structures that develop at the bottom of a jar of terp sauce. While they’re sometimes called THC diamonds, they’re actually THCA, the non-psychoactive precursor to THC.