Normally when you ask someone to tell you how they concocted a great recipe, they might say something like, “I can’t tell you, or I have to….”. We don’t like to keep all the secrets at Chronic Creations. We’re happy to share the insights behind our distillates and THCA diamonds.
For one thing, we’re extremely proud of what we do here, so answering questions always feels like a humblebrag. Further, we just really love cannabis and the industry around it. One of the best parts of our job is educating others whenever we can. With that said, let’s get right down to it.
Cannabis Distillate Process
People have distilled various things for hundreds of years– moonshine, vodka, and whiskey comes to mind. It turns out that we can use a very similar process on cannabis. Instead of starting with fruits, vegetables, or starchy grains, we work with our favorite flower.
It all begins with a solution containing the specific strain and harvest we want to turn into an isolate. Then, just like people might do with a whiskey still, we use heat to evaporate our ingredients, capture them, maneuver them into another container, and cool the vapor until it condenses, settling back into a liquid. For those who aren’t already familiar with the finer details of making moonshine, let’s walk through the process in smaller steps:
- Turn raw cannabis into a concentrated oil. This is a lot like the first step on the road to any other extract. Using heat, pressure, and solvents, we can use remove cannabinoids from the plant material and capture them as a liquid. Extraction processes might use hydrocarbons, CO2, butane, or other solvents. Here at Chronic Creations, our facility is certified for both Butane Hash Oil (BHO) and Propane Hash Oil (PHO) Extraction.
- After using solvents to extract cannabinoids, extremely critical to purge those solvents from the equation. Simply put, it’s not acceptable (or safe) to have people consuming products that still contain butane or propane. Aside from the fact that those solvents aren’t healthy to ingest, they’re also flammable and can be difficult to work with. It’s worth reinforcing at this point that cannabis distillate is not something for people to make at home. We use state of the art Certified Botanical Closed Loop Extraction equipment to keep our property, our staff, and our end consumers safe.
- As an added safety measure, all oil should be tested for residual solvents, even after it has been purified by an Across International Vacuum Oven. Only a state-certified lab is qualified to determine whether or not a product is safe. As an added bonus, we can also get an idea of potency at this stage. Premium cannabis oil might already be about 75% in this early step.
- Next, we decarboxylate the liquid to activate the THCA, turning it into THC. As the oil is decarbed, even more, unwanted material is removed to increase the potency.
- Finally, we continue to separate the THC from the rest of the oil using the classic distillation process, taking care not to burn it off completely.
THCA Crystalline and THC Distillate for Dispensaries
The juice is worth the squeeze, as there’s a large reward for such an intensive process. Cannabis distillate is almost pure THC– even the organic compounds responsible for taste and smell have been removed. Cannabis distillate can be harvested for THCA diamonds, sold as it is, or filled into cartridges. What will your dispensary choose? Contact Chronic Creations today if you’d like to learn more about our top-quality cannabis concentrate products.