How to Make THC Distillate

Molecular distillation virtually separates everything, from the THC, terpenes, to the additional lipids, pesticides, and other plant materials.

What You’ll Need to Make THC Distillate?

When it comes to making a THC distillate, the cannabis plant material is grounded and extracted. A solvent is made and separated from the cannabinoids. You need a distillation apparatus. This is a vacuum pump for terpene and low-temperature cannabinoid extraction.  Because of the high boiling point of cannabis, a short path distillation process is utilized to vaporize the material under a high power vacuum was.  Evaporation is quicker under a lower air pressure. A vacuum has zero pounds air pressure. It has low “residence time” which is the amount of heat exposure to during evaporation.

Step-by-step Guide to Making a THC Distillate

  1. The THC distillation process has two parts. First, the terpenes are removed from the cannabinoids at lower temperatures. Terpenes are eventually reintroduced to the THC distillate.
  2. On the second run, the solvents, lipids, and impurities are removed. This will leave an odorless high value and clear distillate containing the CBD, THC, and other cannabinoids. The cannabinoids available will highly depend on the chosen marijuana strain. The wiped film evaporator can create a THC distillate. It can produce a fine oil that is used in edibles, vape cartridges, or tinctures. The high boiling point promotes high viscosity, or a thick like heavy oil, tar, or honey. The separation and extraction system should be designed to cope with these viscous substances. Bear in mind that CBD crystallizes, while the THC is still thick like a goo.

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How to Achieve Purity?

With the distillation process, it creates a very pure cannabis extract. It omits the solvents for pulling out the cannabis components. Extractions like butane hash oil or carbon dioxide would require alcohol-based solvents. With this method, you get a very high THC level. As compared to 15 to 25% flower THC content and 60 to 80% of butane and carbon dioxide extractions, the distillation process provides 90 to 99% THC content in the finished product.  It is ultra clean in nature. That is why distillation is now rapidly becoming a most-sought industry standard product.

A pure and distilled THC produces an odorless and flavorless distillate that can be discreetly consumed. It can be used for vapes, edibles, and topical applications. No tar when inhaled. There are also claims that THC distillate can help treat asthma and other lung conditions. The effects are immediate. It has a high potency good for medical cannabis users.

How to Make a THC Distillate at Home

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The two most popular techniques of making a THC distillate offer outstanding flavor. These include a short path distillation method and the short path wiped film method. Both achieve a similar outcome. 1. Short Path Wide Film Method

The short path wiped film distillation process takes advantage of the melting points of cannabinoids, unlike other methods that use solvents. The system uses a feed vessel which sends the extracted material into a vessel for a heated evaporation. There’s a rotating wiper blade inside which distributes the material evenly to the walls. In the center part of the evaporation vessel, an internal condenser is found. This is the area where the material is split up and eventually concentrated. Because of the close proximity of the condenser to the heated wall, a shorter path is provided for the cannabis extract to travel to.

When the wiper blades move the cannabis extract material down into the vessel, it evaporates to the condenser. It is converted back into liquid form. The collected liquid at the bottom section of the system is referred to as a distillate. Wax, sugar, salts, and chlorophyll are heavy. They do not evaporate on the surface of the vessel, so they travel with the aid of the wiper blades. They move into a separate container found at the bottom portion of the system. You’ll find terpenes in separate and chilled evaporators.

Short Path Process

The next method is referred to as the short path process. It uses the similar setup as the short path wiped film without the wiper blades. You’ll find a heated flask instead where the cannabis extract material goes into. Increased heat is applied gradually to the marijuana material inside the flask. Using a vacuum help in moving the vapors to the fractionating tubing. After which, the extracted material goes to the condensing tube and the fractions go into separate paths. The weight of the fraction will determine the flask used for the collection.

The product becomes more refined by running the extracted material through the system several times. In addition, the short path distillation process is more compact. It works well for multiple devices that operate simultaneously in a small space. In terms of price, the average cost is $3,000 for a basic short part system. Wiped film systems cost $5,000 to $40,000 which depends on the features.

THC Distillation Process

There’s a lot of research going on about medical cannabis. Most of the research science is angled in finding out whether THC distillate is detrimental or beneficial. Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC is extracted from cannabis. When it comes to the distillation process, it uses a wiped film evaporator. It removes impurities, lipids, and solvents to leave a clear THC distillate.

Whenever patients use a THC or CBD distillate, the ingredients bind with the body cellular membranes housing the CB1 receptors.  It’s the receptors modulating the nerves which result to dial down body aches and pains. In addition, cannabis is an anti-inflammatory agent that helps with different disorders, from arthritis, Crohn’s, to vascular disease.


A THC distillate is made from cannabis or hemp. It is a fast becoming standard household medical and recreational cannabis product. Making a THC distillate involves using a special equipment and it does not come cheap. However, if you are planning to make for medical or recreational purposes on a regular basis, it will be a very good investment for an ultimate cannabis experience.