Heads Fractions & Terpene Strips are in a very literal sense the same thing. Here’s why.
What’s a Heads Fraction?
A head fraction refers to the short-path distillation phase where fractions are separated by boiling point and come out at different times.
You’ll rotate your cow after all the light, medium, and heavy terpenes come out and that’s your heads fractions, meaning you’ve fractionally distilled some percentage of your material which could include cannabinoids in the mix.
In Summary: The material mixed together in the first flask is your heads fraction.
So what’s a Terpene Strip?
How does a Terpene Strip differ from a Heads Fraction?
Instead of having components come out at separate times, like in an SPD heads fraction, in a wiped-film, everything is evaporating together, this is happening in different areas of the wiped-film. The mixture you’re collecting is staying constant in your entire run as long as you’re not fiddling with settings and you’re continuously feeding the wiped-film at a constant rate.
Pro-tip: We recommend cleaning your short path after every use. Using our Mega-Kleen is faster and more effective than ethanol. Mega-Kleen leaves no residue and it’s not flammable. This ensures that you don’t have any contamination when you start your next distillation cycle. Mega-Kleen dilutes 10-1 in water so one bottle can work for multiple sonicating baths.