Dabtown’s Distillate Hack #1: Emptying Receivers

Before you read this very cool hack please understand that there are more than a few ways this can go wrong.  This blog post does not purport address all the possible safety concerns associated with its use.  Consult your safety officer for full professional guidance.

High purity THC/CBD distillate will be very viscous. If it is cold enough it will become a glassy solid that will not flow. Emptying the receivers often requires a way to heat the distillate up just enough so that it is able to be poured without overheating it.

The receivers are full of ~90% cannabinoids and in the presence of oxygen and heat, they can potentially degrade. Here are some tricks from Dabtown Dylan of Lucid Oils.



A microwave is an inexpensive way to carefully and homogeneously add heat. The microwaves are able to penetrate the whole sample evenly and the glass is not being directly heated.*

There is still the possibility of overheating the THC/CBD distillate, so Dabtown doesn’t heat for more than 30 seconds at a time and no more than 45 seconds total.

*Microwave ovens should be for lab use only and never used to heat food or drink.  We are also pretty sure that operating a microwave on its side is not part of any lab’s best practices policy.  Read and follow your microwave oven’s instructions.

Emptying the Receivers

Whether you are preparing for a second pass or just need to fill some vape cartridges, getting your distillate out comes first! Be careful not to pour the distillate out all at once! It can form a large glob that can quickly overwhelm the mouth of whatever containing you are using.


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