The Four Steps to Making THC Distillate, and Why It’s the Future for Cannabis Edibles

Here’s a step-by-step guide to how we make premium THC distillate for High Notes cannabis chews.

Are you wondering how we make High Notes(™) cannabis chews? It starts with one essential ingredient: THC distillate.

What is THC distillate?

THC distillate is 99% pure THC. It’s the purest, most potent, and versatile cannabis concentrate out there. And according to industry insiders, THC distillate is the future of weed extracts.

But before you start searching Google for home distillation kits, here’s a piece of advice: leave cannabis distillation to the professionals. Distilling THC safely and successfully requires a lot of know-how and a laboratory full of expensive equipment.

Nevertheless, it’s fun to learn about the process. Plus, to make the best purchase decisions, it’s always wise to know how your favorite brands manufacture their cannabis products.

With that said, here’s how we make the THC distillate for our High Notes cannabis chews.

Step 1: Extraction

First, we separate the THC and other cannabinoids from the cannabis plant matter.

We use ethanol to extract the good stuff. Ethanol is the same ingredient you’ll find in many of the foods and drinks you enjoy every day, from burger buns to wine.

The FDA says ethanol is safe for consumption. Plus, ethanol has a low boiling point, which means it’s removed quickly in the purification process.

Other companies use hydrocarbon solvents like petroleum – the same stuff you put in your gas tank. Worryingly, a 2013 study detected harmful hydrocarbon residues in cannabis extracts like Butane Hash Oil (BHO). No thanks – we’ll steer clear of petroleum.

Step 2: Winterization

Extraction leaves us with thick cannabis oil containing unnecessary plant matter, including fats, waxes, lipids, and chlorophyll.

Winterization removes these byproducts. To do this, we keep the THC concentrate at extremely low temperatures (between -20°C and -60°C) for up to 24 hours. The ethanol and cold temperature separate the cannabinoid extract from the impurities.

Next, we filter the cannabis concentrate and pass it through a rotary evaporator to remove the remaining ethanol.

Step 3: Decarboxylation

Now, we activate THC, the primary extract ingredient.

Raw cannabis extract contains the non-psychoactive compound THCA. We convert THCA into the psychoactive THC through decarboxylation

After decarboxylation, we heat the cannabis extract at a high temperature for roughly 40 minutes to remove the extra carbon atom (the “A” in THCA).

Step 4: Distillation 

Finally, it’s time to distill the THC through heat and pressure.

Every cannabinoid has a unique boiling point and molecular weight, which makes it easy to isolate the ones we’re looking for – in this case, THC.

We transfer the cannabis extract to a vacuum distillation vessel. The oxygen in a vacuum is limited, which prevents cannabinoid oxidation. The cannabinoids vaporize at a lower temperature in a vacuum, which stops cannabinoid decomposition through thermal reaction.

Later, we can balance the THC effects by combining it with CBD and other cannabinoids (if we want to), which we’ve also isolated through distillation. This creates a full-spectrum extract. Full-spectrum extracts offer the entourage effect – the theory that cannabinoids work better as a team.

Premium quality, without the premium price tag.

Free of all impurities, the beautifully clear THC distillate is ready to infuse in all our High Notes(™) cannabis chews.

THC distillate is more expensive than other cannabis oil, thanks to the cutting-edge equipment required for production. But don’t worry – we don’t charge you a premium. You can enjoy our high-quality chews without the lofty price tag.

Oh, and did we mention the three unique flavors – Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Cream, and Thai Iced Tea? Inspired by the tastes you’d find in a boba teahouse, our chews are unlike anything else in cannabis.

We’ll be releasing even more delicious flavors next year. What’s more – these new chews will be effects-based, including a 1:1:1 THC/CBD/CBN chew for a fantastic night’s sleep.

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