WHAT ARE CANNABIS CONCETRATES?

Cannabis concentrates are cannabis-derived extracts that contain concentrated amounts of the psychoactive and therapeutic compounds found in cannabis flowers. These extracts can provide powerful symptom relief without the harmful smoke associated with the inhalation of marijuana flower.

WHERE DO CONSETRATES COME FROM?

Cannabis concentrates are a concentrated form of THC or CBD (the chemical compounds in cannabis that have psychoactive effects). They can be made from different parts of the plant, like the flowers or leaves.

In most cases, they’re made by extracting the THC or CBD from the rest of the plant material. The resulting product is much more potent than regular cannabis—in some cases, it can be up to 90% THC! You can consume cannabis concentrates by vaporizing them with a special device called a dab rig.

Concentrates come in a variety of forms, such as hash, oil, wax, shatter, and live resin. Each type has a different consistency based on its method of extraction and purging process. The most common forms of concentrates include hash, oil, budder, wax and shatter.

Many cannabis concentrate products are made by passing butane through a tube full of ground-up flower. The butane extracts the cannabinoids from the plant matter, leaving behind a liquid solution that contains butane. This solution is heated until the butane evaporates, leaving behind a sticky oil that can be heated on a hot surface (like a nail or in a vape pen) to inhale the potent cannabinoids inside.

Because butane is often used to make cannabis concentrates, it is important to make sure that your product was made using safe methods with no residual solvents left behind. If you need help determining which concentrates are safe to consume, you can ask your local budtender for help choosing one.

CARTRIDGES:

Cannabis oil cartridges are pre-filled with concentrated THC or CBD oil designed to be used with vaporizer pens and other similar products. They function similarly to e-cigarettes, allowing users to inhale a vaporized form of THC or CBD rather than inhaling smoke from burning plant matter. Vaporizers heat up the cartridge contents just enough so that they turn into a vapor instead of burning them.

There are several different types of concentrated cannabis oil cartridges which will allow you to customize your vape experience. If you’re looking for something with more power or just something that can handle higher temperatures then we recommend checking out our 510 thread tanks and 510 thread batteries section for some great options!

RESIN:

Live resin is a type of cannabis concentrate that is created using a technique that preserves more terpenes than other extraction methods. Because terpenes are what give each strain its unique flavor and aroma, this method results in a product with more robust flavor and stronger aromatic qualities. The process of creating live resin begins before the plant is harvested, when it is still growing. The cannabis is frozen immediately after harvest to preserve its natural state.

This method of production results in a product that has unique properties and benefits. Because it contains higher levels of terpenes, it has more intense flavor profiles than other extracts. The high concentration of terpenes also contributes to its entourage effect; this refers to how cannabinoids like THC and CBD work together with terpenes for enhanced therapeutic effects.

What does live resin look like? Live resin can take on several forms, including wax-like textures or shatter-like consistencies. If you’re looking for live resin at your local dispensary, you may see different products labeled as live resin or live rosin depending on how they were processed.

WAXES:

Cannabis wax is a form of marijuana concentrate that resembles smooth, solidified honey—thus the term “budder,” which is another name for it. It can come in varying consistencies, from wet and pliable to dry and crumbly. To make budder, producers first extract the THC using a solvent such as CO2 or butane. The resulting substance is a thick honey-like oil. This oil is whipped for several minutes until it thickens up and gets airy and light. The longer you whip it, the drier it will be.

The result is a highly potent form of marijuana that can have THC levels as high as 90%, making it one of the most powerful forms of cannabis on the market today.

CANNABIS CONCETRATES VS EXTRACTS

One of the most common questions we get is “what’s the difference between a concentrate and an extract?”

The answer: not much. They’re pretty much the same thing.

Both concentrates and extracts are very concentrated forms of cannabis that are made by separating trichomes from plant matter through different extraction processes. Trichomes are small, fine hairs on the leaves of cannabis plants that contain high amounts of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids. They look like frost or sugar crystals, which is why some people refer to concentrates as “potent potpourri.”

Extraction processes can be separated into two broad categories: chemical solvents and physical separation. Chemical solvents include CO2, butane hash oil (BHO), ethanol, or alcohol. Physical separation includes water-based extraction, dry sift/kief, rosin, and ice water hash/bubble hash.

There’s also a difference in texture between concentrates and extracts—but that’s where it gets confusing. The texture of a concentrate is largely dependent on the extraction process used to make it. For example, kief can be very powdery while BHO tends to be very sticky and hard to handle.

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