Cannabis concentrates are highly potent extracts derived from the cannabis plant. They are known for their concentrated levels of cannabinoids, such as THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (cannabidiol). Here’s a guide to help you understand some common types of cannabis concentrates:
Cannabis concentrates guide
- Hashish (Hash): Hash is one of the oldest forms of cannabis concentrates. It is made by collecting and compressing the resinous trichomes from the cannabis plant. Hash comes in various forms, including pressed bricks, soft and malleable solids, or powders. It is typically consumed by smoking or vaporizing.
- Shatter: Shatter is a translucent, brittle concentrate that has a glass-like appearance. It gets its name from its brittle texture that can shatter when handled. Shatter is made by extracting cannabinoids and other compounds using solvents, resulting in a highly potent concentrate. It is commonly used for dabbing.
- Wax: Wax, also known as budder or crumble, has a soft and waxy texture. It is produced using similar extraction methods as shatter, but with variations in the process that create a more malleable consistency. Wax concentrates are often used for dabbing or vaporizing.
- Live Resin: Live resin is a type of concentrate made from flash-frozen cannabis plants. This freezing process helps to preserve the volatile terpenes, resulting in a concentrate with a robust aroma and flavor profile. Live resin is often consumed by dabbing.
- Rosin: Rosin is a solventless concentrate made by applying heat and pressure to cannabis flower or hash. This process extracts the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material without the need for solvents. Rosin can be in a sticky, sap-like form or pressed into a solid consistency. It can be consumed by dabbing or used in other forms, such as adding it to joints or edibles.
- Distillate: Cannabis distillate is a highly refined concentrate that undergoes a purification process to remove impurities and separate the cannabinoids from other plant compounds. It is often high in potency and has a clear or golden appearance. Distillate is commonly used in vape cartridges or infused into edibles.
- THC/CBD Oils: Cannabis oils are concentrated forms of cannabinoids that are typically extracted using solvents or other methods. These oils can be high in THC, CBD, or a combination of both. They are versatile and can be consumed orally, used in cooking or baking, or added to other cannabis products.
It’s important to note that cannabis concentrates are highly potent and should be used with caution, especially for individuals new to cannabis or those with low tolerance. Start with small doses and gradually increase as needed. Also, be aware of local laws and regulations regarding the purchase, possession, and use of cannabis concentrates in your area.