Sometimes you want the purest experience possible. For fans of Delta-8 THC, that’s what a Delta-8 distillate is. Made by stripping away nearly everything but Delta-8 THC in its most concentrated form, it takes on an almost pristine quality. That said, it also tends to have a tinge of color, which can give some hints as to how it was extracted.
So how are Delta-8 distillates made and what gives them their unique colors?
What is Delta-8 Distillate?
A distillate is an ultra-fine extract that’s made using a process called distillation, which contains a single cannabinoid in a pure, highly concentrated oil. A Delta-8 THC distillate is the potent form of Delta-8 available, as all other waxes, terpenes, and other cannabinoids have been systematically removed. The result is a thick, syrupy liquid that can then be used for vapes, topicals, edibles, and other products.
What Colors Does Delta-8 Distillate Come In?
One thing that can vary quite a bit with Delta-8 distillates is their color. Different colors often mean something specific about the product itself and can sometimes be a sign of how pure the product is. There are four main colors you should look out for: clear (colorless), pink, amber, and dark/cloudy.
So, what do these colors mean?
A clear distillate is often seen as pure and highly prized, as it was made without any oxidation, which is often difficult to accomplish. This doesn’t guarantee that the distillate is pure (certain solvents and acids could still be present), but it has an aesthetic effect that convinces many people that it is cleaner than other distillates.
Many Delta-8 THC extracts have a pink color to them, which is a by-product of the oxidation process. This occurs naturally over time, which could mean that the extract is already a few months old, but other things like changes in the pH and refluxing can also cause the extract to turn pink. However, some rosy-colored distillates have been treated with bleaching products, which can hurt the purity and generally isn’t something you’d want to smoke or vape.
If you come across a distillate with a light amber or gold hue, then you’ve probably found an ideal product with a purity level of at least 90%. This means that other than Delta-8 THC, only a few trace terpenes have been left behind. These terpenes are sometimes considered desirable as well, as they have useful properties for the body and don’t interfere with the high one experiences when using Delta-8.
Lastly, if your distillate is dark, cloudy, or has any kind of black tinge to it, then its purity levels are likely of poor quality. The fact is that there is no reason for an extract to be dark or hazy if it’s been made pure and up to modern extraction methods. In some cases, the color might be the result of high oxidation levels, but this would also mean that the Delta-8 has degraded significantly and won’t be as potent as it should be, so just avoid darker colored distillates.
Which Color Is Best?
Generally speaking, the best option when choosing a Delta-8 distillate is to go with either a clear or amber-colored product. A light amber color is generally the best choice, as it is the right balance of purity and freshness. Clear distillates can also be high-quality, though this isn’t as much of a guarantee as some people insist that it is. Rose-colored distillates can be fine, but there are still concerns in terms of purity and quality. At the very least though, you should avoid any distillate with a darker or hazy color, as this points to poor quality overall.
Ultimately though, the most important thing to remember is that while color can give you a hint of what you’re in for, it isn’t a sure thing. It is much more important to look at the lab reports to determine purity rather than making a judgment based on the color alone. Just steer clear of expired, darkly colored, or cloudy distillates. Also, avoid anything that smells or tastes “odd” or chemically. As with any cannabis-based product, you should do your research to make sure what you buy is reputable and high-quality.