The legalization of cannabis and changing consumer preferences have created a thriving industry. This industry offers a variety of strong, high-quality cannabis concentrates. Understanding these various types of cannabis concentrates may seem overwhelming because so many different products are available. This article simplifies it for you, explaining the basic types of concentrates and their unique properties.
Kief: The Simplest Cannabis Concentrate
Kief is a natural form of cannabis concentrate that is easy to collect. Kief is made up of small, crystal-like trichomes found on cannabis flowers and leaves. These glands contain the bulk of the plant's cannabinoids and terpenes. These crystals are easy to collect. You can collect them manually or mechanically by using a grinder.
Kief is not as strong as other concentrates, but it is popular because it is easy to get and can be used in many ways. You can smoke it alone or add it to regular cannabis flowers to strengthen smoking.
Hash: The Classic Concentrate
Hashish, also known as hash, is believed to be one of the earliest forms of concentrated cannabis. Hash is created by separating trichomes from the cannabis plant. These trichomes are then compressed into a solid block.
Hash is usually stronger than kief, but its potency can vary based on how it's made and the strain used. There are different types of hash, such as Afghani and Lebanese hash. Additionally, modern methods have led to the creation of bubble hash. Hash can be consumed by smoking, vaporizing, or even ingesting.
Cannabis Oil: High Potency in a Liquid Form
Cannabis oil is a strong extract made by using butane, propane, or CO2 to separate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant matter, creating a thick, sticky oil. It has a high level of THC and/or CBD and other helpful compounds found in the plant.
Cannabis oil can be consumed in different ways. It can be vaporized, dabbed, or taken orally. It is often sold as pills or added to edibles. It's prized for its high potency and versatility.
Shatter, Wax, and Budder: BHO Concentrates with Visual Appeal
Butane hash oil (BHO) extraction is used to make popular cannabis concentrates. Butane is used to extract cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. This creates a concentrated product that can be in shatter, wax, or budder and is very potent.
Shatter is a solid, amber-colored concentrate. It is clear and brittle, resembling glass. This strain is famous for its strong THC content and clear effects. The producers carefully process it to achieve its impressive quality.
Wax has a consistency similar to candle wax—soft, pliable, and often opaque. It's easier to handle than shatter but possesses comparable potency levels.
Budder has a creamy consistency and contains a high concentration of THC, similar to wax and shatter. Its popularity stems from its rich terpene profile alongside its high THC levels.
Rosin: Solventless and Pure
Rosin is unique among cannabis concentrates because it is made without using solvents. When heat and pressure are applied to the cannabis plant, it produces a thick substance full of cannabinoids and terpenes. There are no leftover solvents.
Rosin is popular among people who want a cleaner and more environmentally friendly cannabis extract. It maintains its potency and flavor. As it avoids using solvents, it's considered one of the safest types of cannabis concentrates.
Crystalline: The Purest Concentrate
CBD or THCA isolate diamonds are highly pure forms of cannabis products. These concentrates achieve a purity level of up to 99% through intricate extraction and crystallization processes.
These diamonds are very potent. You can consume them through dabbing, vaping, or adding them to cannabis flowers. They're generally more expensive due to the intricate extraction process.