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Providing Clarity on Cannabis Distillate

November 1, 2018

4 min read

When it comes to cannabis there are many options to choose from today. There are different strains, various consumption methods, and products that come in a range of doses. But, for a clean and pure experience, nothing compares to cannabis distillate.


It all comes down to the extraction method. The cannabis plant contains hundreds of different compounds known as cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids that provide various medicinal and therapeutic effects. Through an extraction process called “short path distillation” or “fractional” these compounds are separated from the cannabis plant and isolated from one another. They are then further refined to create a cannabis concentrate that can reach up to 99% purity.


It’s possible that cannabinoids, flavonoids, and terpenes can be separated from one another because each compound has a different boiling point. Once the compounds reach their boiling point they can be separated and then further refined using solvents such as butane, propane, high-proof alcohol, or carbon dioxide.


3Leaf uses distillate refined with carbon dioxide through a method called CO2 supercritical extraction. The cannabis is heated and pressurized with carbon dioxide, which is one of the safest solvents to use in the distillation process because it leaves behind no harmful residue. Instead, what’s left is a clean, consistent, and safe product.


Other solvent-based extraction methods, such as butane hash oil (BHO) and propane hash oil (PHO) produce cannabis concentrates that can also be used in edibles or consumed on their own. These concentrates vary in potency and consistency and come in various forms known as: shatter, budder, sap, and sugar. It takes an expert to ensure that no residual solvents are left during the refinement process because it is quite complex and dangerous, considering that butane and propane are extremely flammable. Another popular extraction method involves soaking cannabis in alcohol, either isopropyl or Everclear. The high-proof alcohol breaks down the cannabis compounds and eliminates much of the plant material. It is then purged through evaporation, which is a lengthy process that requires precise temperature control.


3Leaf uses distillate refined with carbon dioxide rather than butane, propane, or high-proof alcohol because it produces a pure final product with no residual solvents. Above all, we aim to provide consumers with a safe product that can be consumed without having to worry. Our approach also allows us to craft products where the food taste and experience is first and foremost.


We choose distillate comprised entirely of cannabinoids, either tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) or cannabidiol (CBD), without any terpenes because we want a cannabis concentrate that provides the healing effects without the cannabis taste. When you enjoy a Quinoa Granola Bite you can taste the cranberries, walnuts, and dark chocolate; when you eat a Coconut Oatmeal Cookie you’ll taste coconut and a hint of white chocolate and agave; and when you eat a Strawberry or Blood Orange Fruit Jelly, you taste the refreshing flavors of real fruit.


The right food will keep you healthy and energized, and cannabis can provide a wide variety of healing effects that can make your day-to-day that much better. More consumers are seeking out micro- and low-dose edibles to promote their health and wellbeing, rather than for getting high. The key to effectively boosting your health and wellbeing with cannabis is proper dosage. Edibles infused with distillate are proven to be one of the most effective ways to achieve proper dosage. Both its level of purity and its ability to be evenly infused in products makes it ideal for achieving an effective and consistent cannabis experience.


The recommended starting dose for new consumers is between 2.5 and 5 mg per serving. This may not seem like alot but it’s important to remember that distillate can reach up to 99% potency, making it highly effective. 3Leaf spent months perfecting our dosing method to ensure that each of our edibles contain the amount of distillate specified on our labels. Moreover, all manufacturers are required to provide a Certificate of Analysis with every product order to prove that we adhere to the lab-testing and potency regulations required by the State of California.


It is our goal to provide you with a delicious edible that meets your exact needs and provides a consistently enjoyable and effective cannabis experience. Cannabis distillate allows us to craft tasty food products where you enjoy a food-first experience. Whether you’re enjoying one of our micro- or low-dose Fruit Jellies, or our healthy snacks dosed with 10 mg per piece, know that we choose each ingredient, cannabis included, with the intent of providing you with a premium cannabis experience.


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