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THC Distillate: What Is It & How Is It Used?

If you’re purchasing cannabis products based on potency, look no further. THC distillate is one of the purest and most potent products on the market today, thanks to the fact that it’s basically just THC in a gooey, liquid form. In this guide, we’re going to talk about this popular product and everything you should know about it, answering the questions:

  • What is THC Distillate?
  • How is THC Distillate Made?
  • Distillate vs Cannabis Oils: What’s the Difference?
  • How Do You Use THC Distillate?
  • FAQs About THC Distillate

What Is THC Distillate?

THC distillate is a concentrated, liquid form of tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. It’s a thick, pure THC extract that’s known for its extremely high potency.

Because of the extraction and purification processes, THC distillate typically does not have any scent or aroma, making it a product that’s perfect for cannabis consumers who don’t like the marijuana flavor. THC distillate lends itself well to a variety of consumption methods, including edibles, dabbing, infusions, and more.

How Is THC Distillate Made?

To make THC distillate, manufacturers utilize an extraction system. This typically requires a solvent, like butane, to be pushed through dried cannabis flower in order to extract a thick, oily substance.

That oil is then put through a variety of processes, filtering out the solvent, decarboxylating the THC, and finally, purifying the final product. This creates the THC distillate which is then packaged and sent to your favorite dispensary.

Distillate vs Cannabis Oils: What’s the Difference?

If you’ve heard of cannabis oils, and you’re learning about THC distillate, you might think they’re the exact same thing. The truth is that there are significant and important differences between the two. THC distillate is technically an extract of pure THC. To make THC distillate, cannabis flower is put through an extraction process that creates the THC extract. That extract is then purified into the THC distillate.

Cannabis oils are carrier oils that have had THC, CBD, minor cannabinoids, and sometimes terpenes, added to them. In many cases, cannabis oils have to be decarboxylated in order to feel any effects from them. THC distillate has already been decarboxylated, in many cases, so it can be added to food or consumed in other ways without ever needing to heat it up.

How Do You Use THC Distillate?

There are a few ways you can consume THC distillate, and all of them are popular options among marijuana enthusiasts. Here are some of the top ways both our customers and our budtenders enjoy their cannabis distillate:

  • Vape: If you purchase vape cartridges or disposable vape pens, chances are you’ve already enjoyed THC distillate. While you certainly can find vape cartridges and pens with cannabis oils that contain cannabinoids and terpenes, there are also brands that offer a simple THC distillate experience.

  • Edible: If you don’t like to smoke your cannabis products, THC distillate is a great option for you. Because it’s already decarboxylated, you can add it to just about any food or drink, provided you don’t plan to cook it (this would ruin your distillate). As an added benefit, THC distillate in edibles can be stronger and last longer, giving it a bigger bang for your buck.  

  • Dabbing: If you already have a dab rig, pick up a THC distillate syringe. This allows you to dab your distillate versus vaping it. Just be prepared: dabbing THC distillate creates a much stronger effect, so start with a low dose and increase once you know just how intoxicating the experience is.

  • Infuse:If you love your flower (and all of the cannabinoids and terpenes that contribute to the entourage effect), you can still enjoy THC distillate by infusing it with your flower. Whether you’re rolling your flower as a “joint” or packing your flower into a bowl, you can add a couple of drops of distillate to it. This will increase the potency of your flower and create a much stronger, more intoxicating experience.

Answering FAQs About THC Distillate

There are a few common questions we get about distillate THC. They include:

What is a THC distillate syringe?
A THC distillate syringe is a syringe without a needle that you can use to accurately and easily dose your THC distillate. While many distillate syringes are designed for sublingual (under the tongue) consumption, you can also use a syringe to add a bit of THC to food or drinks. Check your THC syringe’s packaging to learn the best way to consume your product.

Is THC distillate the same as THC?
Yes, for the most part, THC distillate is the same as THC. This is because THC distillate is a concentrated THC liquid that has been extracted from dried cannabis flower. It’s one of—if not the most—potent products on the market.

Is distillate more potent than dabs?
No, distillate isn’t more potent than dabs because distillate is a type of dab. The term “dab” is used to describe concentrates that can be consumed using a dab rig or pen. THC distillate is one of those concentrates. Therefore, THC distillate is one of the most potent dabs you can purchase from your favorite dispensary.

Purchasing THC Distillate

If potency is important to you, you should definitely give THC distillate a try. You only need a tiny amount to start experiencing the effects of the THC. This means that your product will last longer, making it more budget-friendly in the long run too. That said, if you’ve never tried THC distillate, start slow. While some enthusiasts absolutely love concentrated THC, others quickly realize they like their THC mixed with other cannabinoids. The good news is that we have products available that suit both preferences, so just talk to your budtender when you’re ready to make your purchase.  


Recreational cannabis is not available in all states. Cannabis is for medical use only and may only be used by certified patients in Ohio and Pennsylvania. State laws impact what dispensaries can and can’t sell to recreational customers and certified patients. Not every type of product, consumption method, dosage form, or potency mentioned on this blog will be permitted in all locations.