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A History of Distillate

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Distillate oil has been taking over popular shops all over the country. The quality and pureness of distillate is attracting many oil connoisseurs in the industry, and is taking a different approach to the way we vaorize oil out of our dab rigs today.

Let’s back up and start off with a brief history of distillation before oil rigs were even invented. The earliest known instance of distillation comes from early alchemists who were working in Alexandria, Roman Egypt. Distilled water was a process that was first described by Alexander of Aphrodisia. This later continued to the evolution of the distillation of alcohol. Alchemists back then believed that distillation released the essence or “spirit” of a substance. The first clear evidence of alcohol distillation came from Arab chemist Al-Kindi in 9th-century Iraq. This process later spread to Italy where it started being taught at the School of Salerno in the 12th century. By 1500, German alchemist Hieronymus Braunschweig published Liber de arte distillandi (The Book of the Art of Distillation), which was the first book solely dedicated to the subject of distillation.

Distillation later evolved throughout the centuries by using various methods like vacuum distillation, steam distillation, and fractional distillation up until today where we are still using the same methods to extract terpenes. Terpenes are basically the organic compounds that make up the profile and aromas from plants such as lavender, rosemary, oranges, and even lemons. In fact Limonene, a fairly stable terpene is derived from lemon peels through a process called steam distillation, which is a special type of distillation for temperature sensitive materials such as lemon peel and orange peel.


The herb strain Super Lemon Haze not only gets its name from its smell but it also contains Limonene. Another terpene profile is Alpha-Pinene and Beta-Pinene. As the name suggest, these are terpenes that have a pine aroma. As you can see, these terpenes aren’t just coming from plants and flowers, but they are also being derived from hemp plants as well. A study showed that up to 16 marijuana strains had notable amounts of both these terpenes.

Terpenes aren’t just known for offering flavor and aromas either. There are medicinal effects that cannabis researchers have found. For example the terpene Limonine is known to help promote weight loss and treat bronchitis. The terpenes Alpha-Pinene and Beta-Pinene have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. Eucalyptol a terpene found in Super Silver Haze is used in a multitude of products like mouthwash and cough syrup.

To get a better look into to complexities of the different terpene profiles the company GreenHouse Seeds Co, an online seed shop, has created a Terpene Wheel to help different medical patients decide on their strain of choice matching up to their different needs when smoking out of their dab rigs. There are many more companies starting to create their own Terpene Wheel to help their patients and to give a more in-depth look into the complexities and features that different cannabis strains have.

Quality Dab rigs are considered one of the best ways to go when it comes to smoking distillate. With a oil rig and e-nail kit it is fairly easy to control temperature. If you’re wanting to control the airflow as well, you can never go wrong with a banger nail and directional carb cap set up to get the taste you’re really wanting. The banger nail has been increasingly popular due to their durability and their ability to give a clean hit over and over again. Our online headshop has all the essentials you need to start vaporizing your distillate the right way while meeting all of the high-quality standards you would expect from an online smoke shop.

Today researches all over the world are still continuing the different terpene profiles that not only plants have, but different marijuana strains have. More often than not, it is being discovered that the same terpenes that are being found in medical herbs are being found in every day plants and flowers. Combining these two profiles to make unique distillates while surpassing the quality of every day dab oil is gradually taking the industry by storm. Using unique and innovative ways we can continue to evolve and develop world class tasting distillate oil.

 


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