Concentrates Issue 2017: Distillate and THC-A

July 06, 2017 | NORTHWEST LEAF

Everything you wanted to know about Distillate and THC-A.


Cannabis distillate is a solvent free process that extracts up to 98% THC or CBD in a refined and pure manner. 
While every company has a different method, the most basic form of creating distillate starts with an already processed Cannabis product like bubble hash, FECO, BHO or CO2. The Cannabinoids (mainly THC) are generally pulled from the starting product with steam and then fractionally distilled to refine the final oil into a pure form. 

The result is a product that is often 80 to 98 percent THC or CBD and free of adulterants or plant matter.

Distillate can be thought of as a Cannabis essential oil that is pure of residual solvents, including those from the starting material, and can be used for dabbing, cooking edibles, as a vapor cartridge or more. Distillate is sold typical in a “raw” form, which is mostly flavor free, or can be infused with Cannabis terpenes or natural fruit terpenes. As always, we recommend avoiding anything with unnatural or artificial flavoring,

Looking at you, Cereal Flavored Terps. The best option for a tasty distillate dab is to add natural terpenes derived from Cannabis to the oil!



Provides incredible relief from anxiety, inflammation and pain. Best used as a bowl topper or dipped in another extract. 




THC-A is the acid form of THC that is quickly becoming a highly sought after concentrate in the world of cannabinoid extractions.

Non-psychoactive in a raw form, this acid form of THC has many medicinal and recreational benefits. When the Cannabis plant is maturing, the THC that we all know and love starts out as THC-A. As the plant matures and is cured after harvest, the THC-A slowly converts into THC. This is natural process when the plant is curing, and any remaining THC-A on the flower is converted to THC when heat is applied while smoking.

Extracting THC-A is in most ways the reverse of that process. Extractors take a finished distillate process and through a heating, distilling and re-cooling method the distillate is turned into a vapor form, and as it cools the THC converts back into THC-A as a crystalline form, and the shards are collected like little miniature diamonds of cannabinoid gold from inside a collector. Note — this is a non-scientific description of a process that is highly valuable to the extractors who make these crystals. 

Once the crystals are collected, they are the purest form of THC-A on the planet. Often in the 95-99 percent potency range, there are two main uses for THC-A: medicinally in an unactivated form or vaporized for an extremely pure and potent high. THC-A is known for anti-epileptic effects and is useful in the treatment of many other ailments.
The other and most popular way to consume THC-A is to dab it. Although it is inactivated raw, dabbing it converts the THC-A to THC, and delivers an extremely powerful and potent high. THC-A often sells for $100 or more for a gram, making it one of the most expensive concentrates on the market. Dabbing it produces a strong THC high, and delivers it in a vapor that is for the most part flavorless and odorless. 

What is most appealing about this treatment is that there is no psychoactive high and so it is a great treatment for those not seeking a head high.

Holding a hit for a long time is recommended with this vapor, to allow the most cannabinoids to enter the body. We recommend taking a small dab of BHO or CO2 and then rolling it lightly in THC-A crystal, making for a dab that is high in flavor and potency. Look for THC-A at your local dispensary, and Google medicinal benefits for more information about how this cannabinoid can benefit you medicinally and recreationally!

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