In the ever-evolving world of cannabis edibles, it is crucial for enthusiasts and businesses alike to stay updated on the latest advancements. This blog post will smoke out into the differences between cannabis distillate and cannabis resin, shedding light on their definitions, creation methods, and ultimately why cannabis resin is considered superior.
Defining Cannabis Distillate:
Cannabis distillate refers to a highly refined cannabis extract containing a high concentration of cannabinoids, such as THC or CBD, after undergoing a distillation process. This distillation process involves removing impurities to isolate specific components, resulting in a clear and potent liquid form.
Methods of Creating Distillate:
The creation of cannabis distillate involves several steps to extract the desired cannabinoids effectively. Initially, a crude oil extract is produced, often through CO2, ethanol, or hydrocarbon (typically butane) extraction methods. The extract is then subjected to further refining processes like winterization, where unwanted plant waxes and lipids are removed. Another method is a process called fractional distillation. This technique involves subjecting a cannabis extract to specific temperatures that target various cannabinoids, separating them into distinct components. By utilizing fractional distillation, producers can isolate and concentrate specific cannabinoids, tailoring the resulting distillate to meet desired THC or CBD concentrations.
Defining Cannabis Resin:
Cannabis resin refers to a concentrated form of cannabis extract obtained through various extraction techniques like solvent-based or solventless methods. Cannabis trichomes contain a rich spectrum of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other naturally occurring compounds that contribute to the plant’s therapeutic effects. Unlike distillate, which is refined and stripped of most plant matter, cannabis resin retains a multitude of natural compounds present in the original plant material. It is typically dark brown or black in color, sticky to the touch, and possesses a distinct aroma.
Cannabis resin is typically defined by the material used to make it. Live resin is extracted from freshly harvested, or “fresh frozen” cannabis flower. Cured resin or hash resin is made from flower that is already cured, or carefully dried. Cured resin or hash resin, represents a more holistic extract of the cannabis plant than distillate because it fully captures is the sticky, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH)-rich substance found on the buds and leaves of the plant without the interference of the water in the live or fresh frozen plant.
In sum, resin consists of a vast array of cannabinoids, terpenes, and other phytochemicals, offering a full-spectrum experience that embodies the unique characteristics of the plant. It is known for its sticky, gooey consistency and robust aroma, making it a preferred choice for connoisseurs seeking a holistic cannabis experience.
Differentiating Cannabis Resin from Distillate:
While both cannabis resin and distillate are concentrated cannabis derivatives, there are noteworthy distinctions between the two.
- Cannabis resin retains a broader range of naturally occurring compounds due to the mechanical separation process, whereas distillate focuses on isolating specific cannabinoids. This differentiation results in variations in flavor, aroma, and overall therapeutic effects.
- Distillate relies on a distillation process that involves heat and vacuum to isolate specific cannabinoids, resulting in a more refined and purified end product.
- But don’t stop there. Distillate undergoes a meticulous purification (distillation) process to isolate and concentrate specific cannabinoids. This distillation method utilizes heat and pressure to remove impurities, resulting in a potent liquid substance boasting high levels of cannabinoids such as THC or CBD. Some say the end product is essentially devoid of any organic compounds, plant matter, or terpenes.
- Distillate is renowned for its unparalleled purity, achieving THC or CBD content up to 99%. Through the rigorous distillation process, impurities, including waxes, lipids, and even terpenes, are largely eliminated.
- Cannabis resin, however, boasts a more balanced mix of cannabinoids