THC Distillates vs BHO: Which should you choose?
What is THC Distillate and How it is different from BHO?
This article will help readers understand what are THC distillates in detail and how it is different when compared to BHO.
What is distillation?
We’ve all heard the word “distilled” before. The word is commonly associated with bottled water. While the word is thrown here and there quite so often, not a lot of people understand the delicate chemical process behind the word. Let’s dig into it.
Distillation is a chemical process that separates the substances in a liquid solution (composed of two or more types of liquid) by selective boiling and condensation. The resulting liquid from a distillation process may either be nearly pure or it only increases the concentration of selected components within the solution. In the case of distilled water, distillation rids the water of impurities, thus making it safe for us to drink.
Although it sounds complex, it is important to note that distillation is a physical process and it does not alter any of the elements in the mixture. Simply put, it is not a chemical reaction.
Cannabinoids and THC
An important part of being able to appreciate THC (or tetrahydrocannabinol) is to have a basic understanding of cannabinoids.
Cannabinoids are chemical compounds in the cannabis plant. These interact with receptors in the brain and body. Each type of cannabinoid has varying effects. There exists no less than 100 cannabinoids in the cannabis plant.
THC is the most popular cannabinoid in the cannabis plant, mainly due to its abundance and euphoric effects. But why does the cannabis plant produce cannabinoids?
Cannabinoids are chemicals produced in the cannabis plant that has no primary role in the plant’s development, making it a secondary metabolite. A secondary metabolite acts as an immune system for the plant, fending off predators, parasites, and pests.
Humans are able to reap the benefits of cannabinoids for both health and enjoyment due to receptors in our brains.
What’s a THC distillate?
A THC distillate is a form of cannabis extract derived from the distillation of cannabis oil.
During the process of making THC distillate, all impurities such as pesticides, fungi residuals, plant sats, and waxes are removed.
High-grade THC distillate takes an actual chemist to safely make. The distillation process comprises complex procedures such as heating up and cooling down of flammable and explosive liquids. This alone makes distillation a more complicated mode of extraction as opposed to BHO extraction. In fact, in some labs producing THC distillates from scratch, certain processes have been made fully automated to limit human error, limit human interaction and to decrease the potential of introducing foreign substances to the distillate, and of course as a safety precaution.
Despite being awfully complex, the THC distillate derived from this process is so pure the cannabinoid content can reach up to 99%.
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What is BHO?
Butane hash oil (BHO) is made from extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis using butane and heat, resulting in an end product in varying forms and consistencies.
BHO extraction is a popular method because of its speedy process and inexpensive materials. The materials are also easily accessible. Many people extract THC from their homes using this method and the finished product can be done in less than an hour. The method’s popularity can be attributed to the end product containing high amounts of THC (about 80% concentration).
Depending on the heat, humidity, and the way it’s whipped, BHO has seven different forms of consistencies and corresponding attributes:
1. Shatter – hardest and most solid form of BHO; transparent and has about 80% THC.
2. Pull and snap – great for dabbing; does not easily break or melt in hand.
3. Crumble – takes 10-15 hours to process; not good for manipulating with hands.
4. Budder – purest form of BHO with around 90% THC; rare and expensive.
5. Wax – most common type of BHO; easy to work with.
6. Sap – sticky and runny.
7. Oil – easy to use in cartridge form.
How does it work?
Marijuana trimmings are put into a form of holding container. Butane, a flammable gas, is then pushed through until it escapes, leaving the cannabis plant in the container. It acts as a catalyst in extracting all the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant. Heat is then introduced to the process. It then becomes a liquid mixture of butane and marijuana. Later on, the butane is evaporated to remove harmful substances while keeping the waxy or honey-like end product.
However, it is important to remember you get what you pay for. Being an easy and affordable method means this extraction method has numerous cons.
The drawbacks to this method concern the safety of those extracting it and the health of those taking it in.
Because the process involves using butane, it is an extremely hazardous method. Butane can be inhaled by those processing it, and since not all parts of the butane will have evaporated, some of that would be inhaled by those smoking it. Apart from inhalation, the risks of fire hazards and explosions are also high. There are even documented cases of house and apartments catching fire due to attempts of making BHO at home. There also have been cases of people being burnt due due to an accident during the process and later died in the hospital. For this reason, it is best to leave this extraction method in the hands of a professional.
How is BHO and THC distillate different?
First and foremost, it is possible to derive THC distillate from BHO but BHO cannot be derived from THC distillates.
While both forms are quite potent, THC distillates are still purer than BHO.
Apart from the science of it, there are differences in the way it is consumed and whether or not one or the other is safe to consume.
Both BHO and THC distillates can be smoked. The more modern and popular methods are in the form of vape pens and e-cigarettes. There is however a concern when smoking BHO. Because butane is made in the process, it is possible to inhale some remnants that did not properly evaporate during the process.
THC distillates are safer to turn into edibles than BHO. You can infuse your food or drinks with BOH. However, consuming BHO orally can put you at serious risk for poisoning.
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