As the cannabis industry continues to grow, new techniques and products for consuming cannabis are emerging. Prepackaged flower, which used to be the go-to option for cannabis enthusiasts, is no longer the only way to enjoy the plant. Concentrates have become increasingly popular, offering users a more potent and efficient way to consume cannabis.
Exploring the World of Potent Cannabis Extracts: A Guide to Marijuana Concentrates
Concentrates are a broad term used to describe other forms of concentrated cannabis. As the name suggests, they have higher levels of THC or CBD than the raw flower form of cannabis. While the THC content of raw flowers ranges from 10% to 25%, concentrates can have a THC content of over 80%.
The Science of Concentrates: Understanding the Process of Extracting Cannabis Concentrates
The method of extracting the concentrate from the plant material can significantly affect the final product and how it is consumed. Many concentrates are smoked or vaporized, while some can be consumed or applied to the skin.
All Types of Concentrates
There are several types of concentrates available in the market, but we will be highlighting some of the most common ones:
HASH OR HASHISH
Hash is the OG concentrate, which has been around for a long time. It is typically fragrant and is often squeezed into a thick ball before consumption.
Shatter is a type of butane hash oil and is believed to be the purest form of cannabis by regular users. It is usually a clear or semi-clear solid substance with a smooth surface that can be broken and consumed.
RESIN LIVE OR LIVE RESIN
Live resin is extracted from a fresh flower that has been flash-frozen. This process preserves the plant’s fragrance and terpenes, making it popular among people who love the smell and flavor of cannabis.
Rosin has become a popular concentrate that individuals can make themselves using fresh flowers, hair straighteners, and parchment paper. Its popularity is tied to how easy it is to make and use.
WAX/WAX OIL OR DAB
Wax or dab wax is the stickiest type of concentrate and is made by separating THC using a solvent like butane. The finished product is a concentrated oil frequently referred to as wax, honey, budder, shatter, crumble, or butane hash oil (BHO).
Crumble is created from wax and goes through a vacuum or drying process to transform it into a crumbly form that can be easily broken or molded into pieces for dabbing.
Vape oil is one of the most common forms of consuming cannabis, packed into a cartridge for vaping. Different vaporizer devices use a cartridge or a self-contained disposable e-cigarette infused with concentrated THC.
Tinctures are alcohol-based cannabis concentrates that are becoming more popular. They are consumed orally using a dropper or added to a drink for convenience.
As with any cannabis product, concentrates should be used carefully and with respect. They offer a low-key and efficient way to consume cannabis with a controlled dose and experience. Many users, especially new ones, prefer concentrates because they tend to be less guesswork involved. As the cannabis industry continues to grow, more cannabis concentrate options will become available.