We often get emails from customers asking “What’s the difference between a concentrate and a distillate?” Well, that’s a great question – and in this post, we’re going to answer it! Cannabis extracts have become one of the most popular methods of consumption among users. Distillates in particular have emerged as (arguably) the most popular method, thanks to the rise of vaporizers. Concentrates and distillates share their similarities, but they also have their own unique differences.
What are Cannabis Concentrates?
The term ‘Concentrate’ casts a wide net over a variety of cannabis extracts. It’s an umbrella term that includes products such as Live Resin, Rosin, Budder, Wax, Shatter, and more. The defining factor that separates concentrates from traditional flower is potency. While flower strains typically have a THC content of anywhere between 10-25%, concentrates can reach potencies as high as 80%.
Concentrates can be used via a variety of methods – dab rigs and vaporizers being the most popular. However, they can also be smoked, if that’s your preference. The extraction process involves a thinning solvent (such a butane or propane) or CO2, and although the final product can take many different forms, it melts into a liquid once exposed to heat.
In short, concentrates are a more portable and discreet variant of traditional flower with tremendously more potency.
What are Cannabis Distillates?
These days, you’ll typically find cannabis distillate in your vape pen. However, distillation is a processs that dates back thousands of years, used to producce purified liquieds. Applied to cannabis, distillation results in a clean, pure extract where THC levels can reach as high as 99%! Simply put, distillation is a process that removes impurities and unwanted compounds from a substance, thus making cannabis distillates some of the purest products on the market.
The distillation process itself is quite simple. Cannabinoids are vaporized using heat, and then that vapour is collected inside a cooling system. Once cooled, the extract can be inserted into a liquid base to produce distillate. The result is a fully decarboxylated, distilled yellow liquid with zero odour or taste – with very high THC levels.
Most people commonly consider distillate to be a concentrate. Although it technically isn’t, it could be considered a cleaner, more potent version of a concentrate – for conversation’s sake. If there’s one thing that we can all agree on, it’s that distillates are widely regarded as the future of cannabis use.
Interested in getting started with distillates? Head over to our vapes section and browse our wide selection of pens and refill cartridges!