Making Edibles With Distillate Vs. Butter

Both heavy stoners and our first-time tokers have been asking us this question regarding weed in the kitchen recently: What is the difference between edibles made from distillate and canna butter?

Well, let us first make it clear that confusing them can have severe consequences—ruining cookware, getting uncomfortably high, and wasting your weed. But to really understand their differences we will need to learn how each of them are made.


Historians have discovered weed recipes dating all the way back to 10th century India and even a bit later during 15th century Europe—but they weren’t introduced into American “pot” culture until the film “I Love You Alice B. Toklas was released in 1968. Today, the most common way to make edibles is with cannabutter, however the tides are slowly changing…

With butter, the whole process starts with a little bit of decarboxylation action—which is a fancy way of saying activating THC. Decarboxylation can be achieved in a multitude of different ways, however the most common is to slowly cook the cannabis for a long time at a low temperature in some fatty butter. The final product renders a potent and efficient method to getting high and can usually be utilized into any recipe you want to enjoy your butter with.

What is Distillate?

If you think wax and shatter are potent concentrates, wait until you get your hands on some distillate! Created via a short path distillation process that removes waxes and other impurities that aren’t cannabinoids—making distillate the most potent and pure type of concentrate you can find. To put it into perspective, most concentrates test anywhere from about 40-80 percent THC— and distillates can test upwards of 99 percent THC. Needless to say, they are super strong.

shatter from cannabis distillate


Why Use Distillate for Edibles?

Since all contaminants and waxes are removed during the extraction process, there isn’t a distinguishable taste with distillates—which gives more freedom to focus on the flavors of each unique recipe. Trying to coordinate the taste of cannabis with other flavors like sweet, salty, savory, sour etc. can be daunting to some people—plus not everyone likes the terpene taste of weedy edibles.

Distillate edibles eliminate the issue of hash flavored food!

Shatter marijuana concentrate from distillateAlso, distillates help keep dosing easy and accurate. For instance, if a gram of distillate states it has about 900-1000 milligrams of THC, you can rest assured that your final product will maintain that 900-1000 mg potency level. This is amazing for both the consumers and edible manufacturers. If you recall, there have been problems regarding inaccurate potencies being labeled on cannabis products. The utilization of distillates for edibles solves this entire issue because dosing with it is so much easier and dosages are exact.

Final Hit

As more companies decide to incorporate cannabis distillates into their products since distillates are much more potent and can also be measured accurately—it is easy to see why distillates are becoming so popular among the Cannasseur culture. While we still love canna butter edibles, distillate means we can deliver larger batches, more products, higher potency, better consistency and overall more reliable products for our consumers. 

If you would like to learn how distillate is made—check out the video from our friends over at Leafly


Doy Dillon · April 19, 2019 at 1:20 am

Do you have to decarb distillate s when making edibles

    Grant L · September 17, 2019 at 7:27 pm

    No distillate is decarbed during the distillation period and the thca is already activated. You could just eat it by itself if you wanted to

      Chech or chong · November 21, 2019 at 12:30 am

      Have some wax and shatter, don’t like smoking get too paranoid! Edibles suit my medical problem perfectly! Would like to know how to make some decent Carmel’s instead of pharmaceuticals, even tho my state calls thc a pharmaceutical . Any help, totally legal just don’t like smoking this amazing gift that should be legal everywhere! It helps a lot of people in need

    Shelby · October 2, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    No. You do not decarb distillate!

Happy Baker · October 14, 2019 at 11:29 am

i have been making my own distillate edibles for a several months now. started out with a recipe for gummies made from jello. Since oil and water do not mix it was challenging. Many recipes called for Lechitin which was a little hard to find where I live and I really didn’t know what it was. ( soy and sunflower Lechitin are most common) Trial and error I finally got a decent gummy recipe developed but a note to beginners with distillate cooking.. educate yourself on the science of cooking before you begin.( By the way Lechithin which I found in capsule form in the vitamin section is used to help combine oils to waters in food. ) Another issue I was having seemed simple but was led to a hiccup I was having. Easy math problem. 1 Gram of distillate will make 100/ 10mg strength edibles… but I was having trouble getting the portions right. 2 cups of water plus jello and other ingredients did NOT fill 100 molds…so my edibles were incredibly strong as it only filled around 37 molds. Adjust accordingly by pre measuring your molds with plain water, maybe fill each cavity a little less or double the recipe or use only half the distillate. Also it helps to get a mold with the same shape and size of molds to ensure the correct doses. Don’t get lets say a flower mold with 4 different flowers. Maybe the Roses are bigger than the daisies and your Roses will be closer to 15 mg and your daisies may only be 8mg. (its ok but just be ware of this to keep from over dosing yourself.) I use a simple silicone Ice cube tray I bought at Walmart for about a dollar. Not exceptionally cute but consistent on dosing and I’m ok with that. Distillate edibles are great! My new favorite thing now and added bonus is youll save a bundle making them yourself.

    Newly approved medicinal patient · November 21, 2019 at 12:35 am

    recipes for gram of shale or shatter, Carmels? Don’t like smoking and feel like I’m on acid. Any help?

    Anita · December 28, 2019 at 7:21 am

    This is part really concerns me. I took a class but the instructor didn’t really focus on the math. I could really screw this up. Don’t want to waste product.

    John · December 30, 2019 at 9:15 am

    Hi Happy Baker, i too want to make edibles from distillate . Any chance you can email me and we can chat?

    BRANDON KANATZAR · January 18, 2020 at 8:26 pm

    Is this like a “DART”? Did you have to activate the distallates first? I want to try to make some edibles but a lot of articles say to activate it first. Thank you.

    Kelly · February 1, 2020 at 8:39 am

    I’d love to know more about how you made your own gummies from distillate. Looking for recipes! I’ve made tinctures and cannabutter and loads of baked goods from both. Never tried gummies and I just recently bought my first dab dart.

    Tina R. Huff · May 14, 2020 at 8:01 am

    Dear happy Baker… I would like to make two pans of peanut butter rice krispie treats using distillate… could you help me with how much I need to put in to make two batches

BRANDON KANATZAR · January 18, 2020 at 8:27 pm

Is this like a “DART”? Did you have to activate the distallates first? I want to try to make some edibles but a lot of articles say to activate it first. Thank you.

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