Cannabis concentrates, also referred to as hash, extracts, shatter, wax, butane hash oil or butane honey oil (BHO), live resin, budder, and taffy, are extremely strong concentrated amounts of THC that has been extracted from the raw cannabis plant. Marijuana concentrates contain extremely high THC levels that can reach up to 98% THC, which is about four times stronger than cannabis, which normally measures around 20% THC levels.
All cannabis extracts are concentrates, but not all concentrates are extracts. While those terms are often used interchangeably, the main difference between a concentrate and an extract is the process in which the trichomes are gathered. Extracts are a type of concentrate that are made using solvents such as alcohol, ethanol, butane, carbon dioxide, etc., that essentially pull the trichomes off of the cannabis plant. Concentrates that are made without the use of solvents are produced using mechanical or physical means such as heat and pressure to collect the trichomes. Concentrates such as rosin, sift, and kief are examples of concentrates that are made without using solvents.
Benefits of using concentrates include:
They are extremely potent:
Concentrates are widely known to treat a variety of illnesses like cancer, multiple sclerosis, neuropathic pain, Crohn’s disease, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, anxiety, depression, seizures, chronic pain, and more.
You get a much purer flavor
There is no smoke produced from the use of concentrates so they are much more discreet.
Shatter: Shatter is typically hard and glass like with a yellowish/brownish color. Shatter can reach up to 98% THC levels.
Distillate: Distillate is a strong and more refined version of oil.
Tincture: Is an alcoholic extraction of THC. It is made by soaking the flower in grain alcohol and taken orally.
CBD isolate: CBD isolate is a white powder of pure cannabidiol with all of the cannabinoids stripped out.
Hash: Hash is usually considered hard pressed kief or compressed resin made from the bud’s trichomes.
Wax: Wax are concentrates that have a sticky, ear wax like texture. It's used to describe shatter, crumble, budder, and bho.
Rosin: Rosin is a sticky substance created when heat and compression meet a bud of cannabis flower. Unlike hash which is made with just trichomes, rosin is made with the entire cannabis bud. Rosin has a clear, yellow-golden color like shatter but it's stickier.
Oil: THC oil and hash oil are commonly used to categorize all types of oil extracts that are made from the raw cannabis plant.
Live Resin: Live resin is a sticky wax-like concentrate that has more intense terpene flavors and smells than many other marijuana concentrates with the THC or CBD content ranging up to 95%. Live resin is created from entire plants that are frozen right after they are harvested preserving all of the terpenes that are usually lost during the drying and extraction process.
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