We love a thick nug, but thick winterized extracts are problematic. Read on and discover why winterized extracts need terpene liquidizers.
Regardless of the extraction method you use for your winterized products, you’re probably hoping to end up with something highly refined and potent. We can see it now—clear, free-flowing distillate with a seriously sexy concentration of cannabinoids. The tricky part? These high-purity extracts can have a thick, viscous consistency.
Don’t get us wrong. Sometimes thick is very good. Thick wallets? Yes, please. Thick, dense nugs? Sign us up! But overly thick winterized extracts can cause a world of problems for you and your customers.
Read on and learn why consistency is so vital for high-purity cannabis extracts. Plus, discover the best terpene liquidizer that helps maintain the integrity of your flavor and aroma profiles without any unnecessary additives or additional emulsifiers.
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Why Winterized Extracts Need Terpene Liquidizers
Here’s a quick rundown of what we’re covering today...
- Winterization is the process that helps remove unwanted compounds (fats, lipids, waxes, chlorophyll, etc.) from crude cannabis oil.
- This process is important because it improves the overall purity and potency of your products. That means a higher percentage of cannabinoids and a cleaner final product.
- Additionally, these compounds can actually burn if they’re not properly removed from distillate intended for vape cartridges. This can lead to additional chemical changes that alter the cannabinoids or even the transparency of your product
- High-purity cannabis extracts can have a honey-like consistency that’s very difficult to work with and can be problematic for manufacturing purposes.
- Instead of using fillers like Propylene Glycol or Vegetable Glycerin (which come with unwanted effects and flavors), terpene liquidizers give you maximum control over the consistency of your products.
- With our premium diluent, Tec Temper, you won’t need any unnecessary additives or emulsifiers. Plus, its odorless terpenes ensure it won’t influence the final flavor or aroma of your products.
What is Winterization?
Winterization is a process that helps remove unwanted compounds from a concentrate. Regardless of whether you’re working with hemp or cannabis, removing these compounds (fats, lipids, waxes, chlorophyll, etc.) helps you accomplish several things.
First, the purity will be much higher. That means a higher percentage of cannabinoids and even more transparency in your final product. Essentially, NOT removing these compounds can immediately lower the overall value of your product.
Second, depending on how you intend to use your final product, having these additional compounds can have a negative impact on the user experience. For example, if you don’t properly winterize a distillate intended for vape cartridges, those compounds can actually burn. This can lead to additional chemical changes that alter the cannabinoids or even the transparency of your product.
When it comes to the actual process, you might already be familiar with winterization. If you’ve ever cooked and refrigerated some type of fatty meat, you might have noticed the layer of fat that accumulated at the top of the container. Technically, that’s how winterization works. The cold temperature causes the fats to condense and gather at the surface where they can then be easily removed.
Winterization of cannabis crude oil is, obviously, a bit more involved than that. Crude oil is dissolved in a solvent at sub-zero temperatures. This helps the unwanted compounds coagulate so they can be filtered out. With the right equipment, expertise, and a fair amount of patience, you’ll end up with properly winterized extracts that can be used in a variety of ways.
So, what does consistency have to do with this?
Why Consistency Matters for Winterized Extracts
The simplest answer? When winterized products are the optimal consistency, they’re easier to use.
High-purity cannabis extracts can sometimes have a honey-like consistency. Yes, watching slow-mo footage of these thick concentrates drip off a stir bar is very satisfying. However, imagine how difficult it would be to add this thick substance to an edible or topical. Plus, it has the potential to completely change the consistency of those hypothetical products as well.
What about winterized distillate for vape products? Same issue. It would be like trying to get thick, sticky honey into a small container. That would LITERALLY be a sticky situation. Plus, it will clog the vape carts preventing you from having more than a few hits.
In the past, people added fillers to get their winterized products to the right consistency. Unfortunately, a lot of these fillers are just plain garbage. We’re talking fillers like Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Medium Chain Triglycerides, or even Coconut Oil. While these fillers can alter the consistency of winterized products, they also have pronounced effects and residual undesirable flavors.
Fortunately, terpene liquidizers help get your products to the right consistency without the negative effects associated with cheap fillers.
Use The Best Terpene Liquidizer | Tec Temper
By not using fillers, you’re ensuring the safety and purity of your products. However, if you’re still struggling with consistency, you probably need a terpene liquidizer.
Our Tec Temper is a premium liquidizer designed to give you maximum control over the consistency of your products. Its tri-ethyl citrate base includes a proprietary mixture of odorless terpenes plus antioxidant and anti-irritant components. It’s seriously a gamechanger!
You won’t need any unnecessary additives or emulsifiers. Plus, using Tec Temper won’t influence the final flavor or aroma. Basically, it lets you create a product that looks, smells, and tastes exactly the way you want it to.
Additionally, Tec Temper is:
- Sourced and derived from high-quality natural botanical specimens
- Food grade and Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) by the FDA
- Free of Propylene Glycol, Vegetable Glycerin, Phytol, Medium Chain Triglycerides, Coconut Oil, Squalene, Squalane, and Vitamin E Acetate.
- Its flavorless terpenes won’t alter the flavor of your products.
- Its odorless terpenes won’t alter the aroma of your products.
Consult A Terpene Expert Today
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If you couldn’t tell, we’re pretty hyped about cannabis and terpene science. So, if you have any questions about creating stronger, safer, more effective products (with badass flavors and aromas), contact us today. We’re more than happy to answer questions about our products or ingredients, assist with custom formulations, and more.