A THC distillate syringe offers tokers an accurate and measured way to consume distillate, but its somewhat intimidating name has put off many from trying it out.
Contrary to what their name might suggest, THC distillate syringes aren’t meant to be injected into your body like an insulin shot – the syringe is a dispenser used to help users accurately and neatly dose their distillate. This way, an accurate amount of distillate can be neatly dispensed down the length of a joint, into foods and beverages and into dab rigs.
If you’re on the fence about trying a THC distillate syringe for yourself, don’t be. Here’s what you need to know about THC distillate syringes.
What is a THC Distillate Syringe?
A THC distillate syringe is a syringe filled with THC distillate that’s already decarboxylated. If you’re familiar with cannabis anatomy, you’ll know that cannabis has to be “activated’ before it can deliver its psychoactive effect.
While distillate most often appears in THC vape pen cartridges, distillate can also dabbed, added to joints or eaten as is. It’s an extremely versatile cannabis concentrate that can be used however you’d like.
Unfortunately, not many people know that distillate can be used in this way. Many prefer to vape them via vape pens, despite the accessibility and creativity that distillate syringes can provide.
How Are They Made?
A THC distillate syringe is usually made of either glass or plastic, featuring a chamber filled with THC distillate and a plunger for dosing it out. The THC distillate within is a refined oil derived from the cannabis plant.
Through solvent extraction, excess cannabis plant matter is removed, leaving behind only therapeutic cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes. Solvent extraction involves mixing ground cannabis flower with a solvent to separate plant material from the resin-filled trichomes where THC and other cannabinoids are located.
Petroleum-based solvents such as butane are often used for this technique, producing what are known as butane hash oils (BHOs).
Alcohols such as ethanol can also be used, but these tend to produce lower calibre distillates, so they’re typically only employed when quantity is favoured over quality.
For producing high-quality distillates, CO2 extraction is often preferred over petroleum or alcohol. CO2, being abundant in the Earth’s atmosphere, is more sustainable than other solvents, along with being safer and cleaner.
The crude cannabis extract produced using any of these methods will then be further processed and refined to create a number of different products. Using certain heating, cooling, and pressurizing techniques, it can be transformed into a cannabis concentrate such as budder, shatter, and crumble.
Extracts can be mixed with carrier liquids to make oral tinctures, or with creams and lotions for topical products.
And, of course, it can be distilled to separate out a specific cannabinoid such as THC, resulting in a refined distillate product.
Can Distillate Get You High?
We know that cannabinoids such as THC come from the cannabis plant, but have you ever wondered why it’s so common to smoke cannabis or infuse it into edibles instead of eating it raw?
The secret lies with decarboxylation.
While cannabinoids are still contained within the plant, they are in an inactivated form known as cannabinoid acids.
Cannabinoid acids don’t interact with our bodies the same way that activated cannabinoids do; so, if you were to eat raw cannabis, you’d be consuming THCA (tetrahydrocannabinolic acid) not THC, which doesn’t get you high.
Cannabinoid acids are converted to cannabinoids by adding heat, a process known as decarboxylation.
Simple decarbing is done when we light up a joint or spark a bowl.. Because adding heat is part of the process of creating THC distillate, the THC in a distillate syringe is activated and does not need to be further decarbed before use.
So, to return to the question of whether distillate can get you high, the answer is most yes! How high you get is dependent on the purity and THC content of the distillate you purchase.
High-quality distillates contain upwards of 90% THC. This is far stronger than cannabis flower which generally maxes out around 25% THC.
Given the potency of the product in a THC distillate syringe, make sure you exercise caution when you dose.
What’s the Best Way to Use a THC Distillate Syringe?
THC Distillate syringes are extremely versatile and can be employed in a variety of ways.
If you enjoy the discretion and convenience of vape pens, try creating your own vape juice blends using THC distillate syringes.
Note that some distillates are too thick to be vaped straight out of the syringe, so must first be mixed with a thinning agent before being loaded into a cartridge.
Dabbing has become a popular way to consume cannabis concentrates for experienced users looking for a heavy-hitting dose of THC. This is done using either a dab rig (a water-bong type device) or a dab pen (a vape device), often using concentrates such as shatter, wax, and budder.
It couldn’t be easier to use a THC distillate syringe for dabbing—just deposit it right onto a dab nail or into the chamber of a dab pen for a mess-free sesh!
Even if you like to stick with the classics—a nicely rolled joint or blunt, or a puff on your favourite bong or pipe— you can still use THC distillate syringes to add an extra kick.
Try adding a little drop of distillate to your bowl before sparking up. Next time you’re rolling a joint, deposit a little distillate into your paper before adding your ground herb or try spreading it along the seam of your paper after rolling.
Anyone who’s tried making their own pot brownies can attest to the arduous process of making your own cannabutter. You have to decarb your herb, infuse it into oil or butter, and let it cool before you can even start making your baked treats. Not only is this process time-consuming, but it’ll probably stink up your kitchen too!
Because the THC in a distillate syringe is already activated, it can be added directly into any recipe without any additional steps.
THC distillate is flavour and odour-free so even if you decided to simmer it into a soup – the smell won’t alert your neighbours what you’re getting up to.
The controlled dosage of a syringe also has an advantage over homemade cannabutter, which can quite unpredictable unless you have the equipment needed to test THC levels.
Eat as is
The benefit of a distillate syringe is that you don’t actually have to do anything with it to enjoy the product.
You can squirt a dot onto your finger and orally ingest from there, or drop it right onto or under your tongue.
Cannabinoids bind well with fats so you may find you get more benefit from your distillate by putting it on a spoonful of peanut butter or a piece of cheese.
THC Distillate Syringe – Accessible and Accurate
Controlled dosage, mess-free use, and ease of consumption make THC distillate syringes an ideal choice for any cannabis user looking to explore the benefits of concentrates. While they might not be as popular as THC vape carts, we hope that more users come to enjoy the accessibility and countless possibilities that distillate syringes can offer!