Cannabis Distillation Equipment

Extremely effective and efficient for steam distillation of cannabis or short-path distillation of cannabis, the Pope 2" glass Canna Still system is today’s most popular starting point for producers of high grade THC and CBD concentrates for dab, shatter, vape pens, tinctures, hash oil, edibles, and other forms. It is based on proven fundamental designs going back to 1950 and offered by Pope since 1976, with many improvements incorporated over the years. This molecular short path distillation system is comprised of components carefully selected to provide the concentrate manufacturer with a complete turnkey package optimized for cannabinoid work.

Package includes:

  • The required heating items for evaporation, elevated temperature condensing, and keeping the viscous material flowing.
  • The chilling units for the external condenser and cold trap.
  • Vacuum pump system with gauge, wiper drive speed controller.
  • An assortment of spare receivers for product collection and sampling.
  • Spare parts are also part of the package.

The user of this THC and CBD distillation equipment can be up and running making high purity, high value product the same day the equipment is received! Proudly made in the USA, parts and accessories can usually be delivered overnight to domestic locations and within 2-3 days to most other countries.

Versatility is also part of the package. In addition to the internal short path condenser for cannabinoid collection, an external condenser is also included for terpenes collection – a unique Pope advantage! A cold trap is also included to protect the vacuum pump. The body and internal condenser come apart for easier cleaning. The external condenser can also be utilized to provide the user with a continuous solvent evaporation system, substituting for a rotary evaporator. Stainless steel conversion kits, feed pumps and other items are also offered.

Depending on several factors including initial plant quality, harvesting, extraction and other processing operations and techniques, plus product goals, distillation rates, yield and purity can vary. It is typical to make 2 passes through the system, the first for gas and volatiles removal, the second for cannabinoid distillation. However, some users perform a single pass and others may make 3 or more passes, depending on material and goals, (for example collecting various terpenes fractions). Feed rates with the 2" Pope still normally range from 250 to 500 ml/hr or more and overall throughputs from 0.6 to 1.5 liters or more per an 8-10 hour day of feed material. Final total cannabinoid purities often range from 85 – 95%, with some reporting more than 96%.

Other sizes in the glass Pope Canna Still line include the 4" and 6" diameter systems, each similarly equipped, but with larger components and greater power and throughput. The 4" still typically runs at 0.8 to 1.8 liters/hr and from 2 to 5 liters/day, the 6" still at 1.6 to 3.6 liters/hr and 5 to 10 liters/day.

Pope Glass 2" Still

Steam Distillation Cannabis, Short Path Distillation Cannabis

Pope Glass 6" Still

Steam Distillation Cannabis, Short Path Distillation Cannabis

Pope Turnkey Solutions

Steam Distillation Cannabis, Short Path Distillation Cannabis

Pope Turnkey 2-Stage 6" Stainless Steel Molecular Still System with Computer Control.

Steam Distillation Cannabis, Short Path Distillation Cannabis

Pope Turnkey Explosion-Proof 2-Stage 9" + 6" Stainless Steel Wiped Film Evaporator System for Solvent Removal.

In addition to standardized glass stills, Pope produces turnkey skid mounted industrial production systems. These are often multi-stage, stainless steel plants with all components such as liquid and vacuum pumps, instrumentation and control, pre-mounted and tested and ready for continuous duty for large quantities of feed material. The 6" molecular still system shown above is capable of processing 10 liters/hour of CBD feed material for example. The 9" + 6" WFE (Wiped Film Evaporator) system shown can remove ethanol and other solvents from post extraction or post winterization feed material at up to 50 liters/hr, application dependent.

Growing Business Beyond Buds

Steam Distillation Cannabis, Short Path Distillation Cannabis

Steam Distillation Cannabis, Short Path Distillation Cannabis

Many large industrial installations feature Pope's post-extraction cannabis distillation equipment.

CBD distillation operations are typically much larger scale than THC purification operations; thus requiring larger scale turnkey equipment like that shown above.

No mater what size your operation currently is, Pope can supply the right-sized short-path distillation equipment to achieve unmatched post-extraction THC and CBD purity and yield as well as help you scale up when ready.


Steam Distillation Cannabis, Short Path Distillation Cannabis