How to Make Distillate at Home: This Guide Has Got You Covered

As with any successful brand, consistency is very important in building and maintaining a product. With this, you might ask what all the craze is about distillate. Imagine if your favorite liquor has inconsistent alcohol content or smelled and tasted different every time you drink it. It won’t be long before you switch to another brand because of such unpredictability.

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The cannabis plant is no different, as it possesses unpredictable and inconsistent properties, which may depend on the strains, its taste, and smell, as well as THC potency. In this post, we are going to discuss how to make distillate at home. Included in this article is everything you need to know before you begin the process of doing this intricate process at the convenience of your own home.

Distillation Glass Package with Accessories

-2 Liter Voltage is 120 , 450 Watts
-5 Liter Voltage is 220 , 800 Watts

Item List

1x 2L/5L Round Bottom Flask
1x 2L/5L Fractional Distillation Head with Vacuum Port
1x 24/40 Thermometer Adapter
1x 14/20 Penny Stopper
1x 24/40 250ml Cow Receiver
3x 24/40 250ml Round Bottom Flask (2L)
3x 24/40 500ml Round Bottom Flask (5L)
1x 4″ 45/50 Dewar Condenser / Cold Trap
1x 45/50 1000ml Round Bottom Dewar Flask
1x 45/50 50ml Round Bottom Dewar Cap
5x GL-14 Hose Barb Connectors
1x GL-14 Cap
2x Metal Keck Clips
4x Plastic Keck Clips
1x Stainless Steel Ball Socket Clamp


1x Heating Mantel
1x 10ft 1/4″ Silicone Hose
1x Lab Jack
1x Lab Stand
1x 3 Prong Arm
1x 3″ Retort Ring
2x Boss Head Clamp
1x Large Chain Clamp
3x 250-500ml Cork Rings
1x 1000-3000ml Cork Ring
1x Tube Vacuum Grease
1x Pack of assorted PTFE Stir Bars

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What is THC Distillate?

Before we begin, we must first discuss what a THC distillate is. This might cause confusion, especially if you are a beginner to medical marijuana. The THC distillate is the purest form of medical cannabis oil, which is almost 100% THC. Also known as The Clear or the Tetrahydrocannabinol, it is the golden and translucent oil that has no flavor or real aroma.
The distillate is considered one of the h2est marijuana products and cannabis enthusiasts love it. While most users and medical patients opt to dab the oil, it has a lot of other uses. In addition, the THC distillate is solvent-free, unlike other marijuana extracts. This makes it a lot healthier to consume than others that contain solvents like butane and alcohol.
One of the many advantages of the distillate is that it undergoes the process of decarboxylation during extraction. This would mean that it has already been activated and you would not be needing to heat it up when used on edibles or any other application. Indeed, it delivers an obvious advantage to those who use medical marijuana.

What are the Effects and Health Benefits of THC Distillate?

It must be remembered that it differs depending on your consumption method. When you dab it, the effects can be extremely psychoactive and euphoric. The effect is purely cerebral, and you will not feel sluggish after you smoke a perfectly done distillate.
When you eat the distillate in a marijuana edible, the effects are somewhat the same as when you dab it but it is less intense. In case you did not know, edibles that are made with an appropriate dosage of distillate are perfect to use in the day because it would not make you feel sedated or lazy.
When it comes to its health benefits, you can get a great deal out of it because of the inclusion of the most significant medical compounds found in marijuana. It can help patients who suffer from chronic pain, in which there is instant pain relief just seconds after inhaling the oil. And because of its euphoric effect, the patient can simply forget about his or her pain.
The THC distillate is also a very popular and common choice for patients that want to reduce the feeling of nausea and other digestive benefits. As the distillate oil is the most potent form of THC that is available now, it can also aid in improving a patient’s appetite, especially those with eating disorders.
While it is one of the best pain relievers out there, it also serves as an anti-spasmodic, which helps your nerves and muscles to relax and provides instant relief from spasms. It also offers a great advantage for people who suffer from mental health issues, cancer, and several other diseases. Lastly, the oil has the capability of killing cancer cells in the body.

What are the Many Uses of THC Distillate?

As one of the most versatile marijuana products available today, the THC distillate is now being used a lot more because manufacturers and producers are now realizing its benefits. Probably one of the biggest advantage for those of you who opt to make chocolates or brownies using a THC distillate is that it has already undergone decarboxylation, making it very easy to use.
Another great use of the THC distillate in the marijuana industry is that it is also utilized in producing vape cartridges, as well as its oils or juices. With this, more and more vape manufacturers are using pure distillate because of its potency and purity compared to other marijuana extracts.

How to Make Distillate at Home

In this section, we are going to talk about the two most popular methods of making distillate that both offer outstanding flavor, which is the short path distillation and the short path wiped film. While these are two different processes, they achieve a very similar outcome. Now, let’s talk about how short path wiped film distillation process works.
This distillation process takes advantage of cannabinoids’ melting points, as opposed to other methods that use solvents to move the extract material. The system is set up using a feed vessel that sends the extract material into a vessel for heated evaporation. Inside it, there is a rotating wiper blade that distributes the material to the walls evenly.
An internal condenser can be found at the center of the evaporation vessel, where the extract material is split up and concentrated. Due to the proximity of the heated wall to the condenser, a shorter path has been provided for the extract to travel to. Therefore, this distillation process is called short path wiped film distillation.
As the wiper blades move the extract material down the vessel, it now evaporates to the condenser; thus, converting it back to liquid form. This liquid collected at the bottom portion of the system is now a distillate.
Sugar, wax fractions, salts, and chlorophyll, which are all heavier materials, do not evaporate off the surface of the vessel, which is why they travel with the help of the wiper blades. These heavier materials go into a separate container, which can also be found at the bottom part of the system. To add, you will find terpenes in chilled and separate evaporators.
The next method is called the short path process, in which it uses the same setup as the short path wiped film distillation process but without the wiper blades that distribute the extract material. Instead, you will find a heated flask where the extract material goes into. Though gradually, increased heat will be applied to the material inside the flask.
You also need to use a vacuum to help in moving the vapors into the fractionating tubing. From this tubing, the extract material moves on to the condensing tube wherein the fractions go to separate paths. Then, just like the wiped film distillation process, the weight of the fraction determines the flask used for collection.
To further refine the product, both processes can make the extract material run through the system a couple more times. To add, the short path distillation process’s setup is more compact and it also works well even you have multiple devices working simultaneously in a tight space.
With regards to cost, you might find out that they vary in price. However, you can expect to pay $3,000 for basic short part systems. Wiped film systems, on the other hand, may run between $5,000 to $40,000, depending on the features and capabilities.

How Does the Distillation Process Work?

In this section, we will be discussing how the THC process work. First, the plant is ground and extracted until it becomes a solvent, which will then be separated from cannabidiol CBD. Due to the high boiling point of these cannabinoids, a short path distillation will be used to distill it at a low temperature.

The materials evaporate a lot quicker if there is low air pressure. This distillation process apparatus has a low residence time, which is referred to the amount of heat the material is exposed to while it is being evaporated. With this molecular distillation, it is assured that everything is separated, including the THC, terpenes, lipids, plant materials, pesticides, and all other components.
The process comes in two parts. During the first run, you separate the terpenes from the cannabinoids at low temperature. On the second run, you now remove the lipids, solvents, and other impurities, which makes an odorless high-value distillate that contains THC, CBD, along with other cannabinoids.
In the simplest sense, these cannabinoids mostly depend on the strain you are using. The wiped film process produces a THC distillate oil that can be used in tinctures, edibles, or vape cartridges.

Why Choose THC Distillate?

There are several reasons why THC distillates are chosen by weed lovers. Here are some of them:


The process of distillation creates a pure marijuana extract; therefore, omitting the need for solvents to separate marijuana components. Extractions including butane hash oil and carbon dioxide both require alcohol-based solvents to make the final product. the bonus of this process is that you achieve a very high level of THC, excluding all impurities.


Distillation allows up to 99% THC in the final product, unlike the 80% of butane hash oil and carbon dioxide extractions. Indeed, this process is now becoming an industry standard due to the super clean nature of this method.

Discreet usage

The distillate oil is an odorless and flavorless product, which would mean that you can consume it discreetly. It can also be used for edibles, e-cigarettes, vape, or any other topical applications. You would not find any tar even if you inhale it. In addition, because the THC dilates the airways, it might also be good for people who suffer from asthma.


As mentioned in the earlier sections, the effects can be felt almost instantly. Since the THC has already been activated, its high potency can deliver fast results to any patient that requires heavy medication.


THC distillates have been proven to treat patients for a day even without the need to smoke a joint. A patient would only need a drop or two of the oil and its effects can be felt immediately. To add, swallowing distillate is good for an all-night relief, wherein the effect will hit after an hour after swallowing and dropping at about 8 hours.

Here are some of the popular usages of THC distillates:


Using this method, you just need to fill the vape tank with the THC distillate. It should be noted that you need to use ceramic coil instead of a cotton coil, in which impurities alter the taste. Sure, the potency is still there but terpenes can go missing. Another thing to note is that distillate fractions need to be combined to get a full herb final product.


One of the most popular forms of consuming THC distillate is through dabbing, which is essentially the process of vaporizing the distillate oil on a hot surface, done through taking a dab. It is also considered a great way to use marijuana without wasting the end product, which can only happen if you have good inhalation techniques.


Another popular method of consuming THC distillate is through smoking a joint, in which you just need to spread the oil on the rolling paper and then roll it as usual. This technique allows you to use lesser flower, while still having the great medicinal benefits from the marijuana. Doing this method will enhance the quality and potency of the smoke and burn.


You can do this method just by putting a pea size drop of the THC distillate under your tongue. If that is not an option, you can add it by mixing it into butter or cooking oil and then using with on your favorite recipe.


Now that we are done with the discussion, we certainly hope that you have learned how to make distillate at home. While it is a very intricate process, it is something that you can definitely do on your own. Just remember to take note of the process, as well as the differences between the processes.

  1. leo says

    can you show it with pictures step by step, please? which components do i need exactly to buy. how do i put em together? how do i heat up the extract and at which temperature? your guide is not really detailed enough so please make a more precise one with pictures….greetings leo

    1. Jamie says

      What is the FB community? I would love to join

  2. Vince says

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Nothing better than a high quality distillate. Any chance you could do an article on winterization, I prefer to vape distillate without all the waxes.

    1. Admin2 says

      No problem at al:) We have some more great content coming!

  3. angelo says

    what is the liquid or what step is the one that allow me to know what to use for destilation? water? a very high alohol level rum or vodka? or how do I get that green liquid to destilate??

    1. Jimmy says

      Distill it

  4. Shawn Lechner says

    great info but it says : “you can expect to pay $3,000 for basic short part systems”. However I found a short path distialltion set for 850 on amazon. or am I just reading something wrong here?

    1. Georgie McJoey says

      You get what you pay for, especially with lab equipment.

    2. Illy says

      Make sure it has the pump and the chiller.

  5. Robert says

    I’m looking for your FB info so I can get your info on making distillate.

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