Mixing terpenes with distillates is a great way to create unique blends and therapeutic experiences. For terpene enthusiasts, this is a fun way to take things to the next level. But before you start playing mad scientist, you need to consider a few things.
In this article, we will discuss how to mix distillates with terpenes, including the proper dilution and mixing ratios.
What are Distillates?
Distillates are refined flower extracts containing a single cannabinoid, a type of chemical that produces therapeutic effects when ingested.
Various refining methods can help eliminate impurities — such as waxes and other plant matter — from the extracts. Once completed, the process leaves only a pure form of the flower extracts.
Why Should You Mix Terpenes with Distillates?
Some of the flower extracts’ terpene content may be lost during the refining process. As a result, the final product — the distillate — becomes less potent. Mixing terpenes with distillates can bring back some of that lost quality, enhancing the distillates’ effects and potency.
Adding terpenes to distillates also allows for customization, giving you complete control over the products’ flavor, aroma, and effects. Here, fine-tuning the solution to your liking lets you achieve your desired results.
Materials You’ll Need When Mixing Terpenes with Distillates
- Glass mixing container or glass jar – The container should be large enough to hold the mixture.
- Digital scale – Most digital scales can measure .01 gram of ingredients, making them ideal for mixing terpenes and distillates since the process involves small measurements.
- Glass syringes – Glass can be reheated easily and is non-reactive to terpenes. Glass syringes with big tips are recommended to avoid clogs.
- Heating pan – A thick-bottom pan can withstand the heating process.
- Diluents and carrier oils – Diluting your chosen terpene requires plant-based carrier oils.
- Stirrer (optional) – A magnetic stirrer enables you to stir the solution more easily and effectively.
Mixing Terpenes with Distillates: A Step-by-Step Guide
After preparing your tools, it’s time to start the mixing process. Here’s how to add terpenes to distillates:
1. Choose your terpenes
The first step in the mixing process is to choose the terpene profile you want to try. Decide what type of flavor, aroma, and experience you want to create.
If you don’t have a particular preference or favorite, try looking up resources discussing the different terpene profiles associated with specific strains or product types. This will guide you in selecting the terpene type that’s right for you.
2. Dilute the terpenes
After the terpene selection, the next step is to dilute them. Some concentrated terpenes can cause headaches, dizziness, skin irritation and allergies, seizures, and even heart palpitations, but neutralizing them with diluents or carrier oils can help prevent these effects.
The safe dilution ratio is about 1% to 5% terpenes of the total volume of the diluent or carrier oil. It is recommended that you start at 1%, adding more as needed until you reach the desired viscosity.
Alternatively, you can add one to two drops of terpenes per 1 gram of carrier oil. Since terpenes are potent, a small quantity goes a long way.
3. Heat the distillate
After diluting the terpenes, proceed to heat the distillate. Simply put the bottle of distillate in a thick-bottom pan placed over a heat source. Then, set the burner on low flame until the distillate thins or achieves a watery form. It may take a few minutes for the distillate to get thin enough for mixing.
4. Pour the distillate into the jar or mixing container and add the terpenes
After heating the distillate, carefully pour it into a glass jar or mixing container. Then, add the terpenes. The ideal mixing ratio is 1 gram of terpene to 5.6 grams of distillate or 1 ml of terpene to 5.6 ml of distillate.
5. Stir the mixture and enjoy
Once you’re done adding the terpenes to the distillate, mix the solution with a stirring rod and enjoy. Alternatively, you can simply shake the glass in a circular motion until the solution becomes clear, indicating that it has blended well.
Perfecting the Art of Mixing
For terpene enthusiasts, mixing terpenes with distillate is a great way to enhance the effects of flower extracts. While the process is straightforward, it still entails knowing the proper dilution and mixing ratios to achieve the best results.