Do you consider yourself someone who is well informed about cannabis? Do you consume it
regularly or only when you feel the need to?
If you are someone who has just recently got into this amazing plant, you might still need more information in order to start calling yourself an expert. And learning about different types of cannabis concentrates may even be a fun thing to do.
So, what is a cannabis concentrate?
Cannabis concentrates are the result we get after processing a cannabis plant to keep only the most desirable plant compounds (the cannabinoids and terpenes) while removing excess plant material and other impurities. Cannabis concentrates have a higher proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes when compared to natural cannabis flowers, and they also come in many different forms, shapes, and sizes.
Even though most of them are sticky, they differ in color and consistencies, which mostly
depend on moisture, temperature changes, and physical agitation.
So, how many different cannabis concentrates are out there?
- Butane Hash Oil, also known as BHO, is a kind of hash oil that is extracted from
cannabis through the use of butane. This process extracts the cannabinoids, terpenes,
waxes, concrete oils, and occasionally, chlorophyll from the plant itself.
- Propane Hash Oil (PHO) is similar to Butane Hash Oil, but instead of butane, it uses
- Nug run concentrates are especially loved by users as they have more trichomes and
terpenes than the actual cannabis plant, which makes it rich in flavor and less harsh to
- CO2 are concentrates made from extractions, which result in liquid amber or golden
concentrate. This method is considered to be much safer compared to butane or propane extraction methods, as the process itself is effectively killing any bacteria or mold that might have been present in the plant material.
- Rosin technique is not suitable for mass production, but it’s a safer way to make your own concentrate at home and is ideal for users who want to be sure that their concentrates don’t have any solvents in it.
- Trim run is made using cannabis plant trimmings and is a good way to ensure that none
of your cannabis plants are wasted, but the downside is that they usually contain more
chlorophyll, which doesn’t taste particularly good. The benefit of a trim run, however, is
that it can get you high at a lower price.
- Live resin is made by using frozen cannabis instead of cured plant material, and this
method preserves more terpenes and THC that the curing process usually removes. The rosin technique, which gives you “Live Rosin,” has a better and more powerful flavor profile compared to other kinds of concentrates.
- Oil is the most fluid kind of concentrate; thus you’ll need special tools for it since handling it can turn into a real mess. Keep in mind that oily dabs should be stored in a non-stick silicone container.
- Crumble is the driest kind of concentrate. In actuality, it is an oil that has been agitated until it reaches a point of crystallization, and it is best to store it using parchment paper to avoid squishing it all up. Luckily, you don’t need any tools for using it.
- Sap is a sticky concentrate that is best used indoors. It is ideal for moon rocks, and it is much easier to use than oils. However, you will need tools to use it to avoid melting.
- Dry sift is one of the finer forms of concentrates made using silk screens in varying sizes and microns that are used to isolate the trichome heads from the bud. The making process is considered to be very complicated, which ends up in a high priced product. Dry sift is so different from other concentrates because it has a sand-like consistency and is soft, plus, people love how delicious it tastes.
- Ice water hash uses ice water extraction but produces a final product similar to dry sift. You can make the product by hand or use a washing machine, after which a filter will be needed to separate the material and water using screens with different microns. Then you’ll use a metal strainer to break down the hash so that it can be cured once all moisture has been removed. Finally, the ice water hash is stored in an air-tight glass container for curing.
- Full melt can be made using either the dry sift or ice water hash method, and the end result consists of only isolated trichome heads and zero residuals. The name originates from the fact that the concentrate will melt at even the slightest exposure to heat. Full melt concentrates are hard to find and are usually great quality, which means they are expensive.
- Wax is somewhere between a solid and a liquid, and users love it because it is very easy to work with. However, it does require tools since handling with your hands will most likely end up messy.
- Budder is similar to wax, but it’s a little bit drier, and it is versatile for use both indoors and outdoors, but it still requires the use of a tool.
- Shatter is probably the most stable kind of concentrate, and the best part is – it’s pretty versatile and you can easily use your hands to break a piece off and then put it on a nail. Most shatters are transparent in color, but keep in mind that when exposed to heat, even room temperature, it can become oil. If a concentrate is exposed to enough heat, it will decarboxylate permanently.
- Pull and snap is kind of solid, but not a very stable form of cannabis concentrates. You can touch and bend it, or roll it into tiny balls for dabbing and even create a line of dab to add to a blunt. People like its flexibility and versatility, as well as the fact that it can be easily used outside and also stored in any kind of non-stick material.