‘Concentrate’ has become a widely used term in the cannabis industry that refers to a number of available products that are each quite different. Any weed product that has been created through an extraction process will leave behind a concentrate that is packed full of high potent cannabinoids. This could refer to under the tongue tinctures, CBD oils or wax for your vaporizer. The following are just some of the various kinds of marijuana concentrates out there on the market today and how they work. In this way, the wide world of marijuana concentrates might be made a little bit clearer.
Kief is the white, powdery, dry sift or pollen that is found on the trichomes or ‘hair’ on cannabis flowers. This is the sticky part of the bud that contains a high concentrated amount of the compounds that give cannabis it’s medicinal value. It is therefore extremely rich in terpenes and cannabinoids and the quality and nature of the high will depend on what plant strain the kief is collected from. It’s often used to make hash although it can also be collected and used as a marijuana concentrate. You can also place accumulated kief in a grinder to be sprinkled over ground cannabis to add potency to the hit.
This is one of the oldest marijuana concentrates used throughout Asia, the Middle East and India for centuries. It gained popularity in the west during the 19th century when world renowned writers such as Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, and Charles Baudelaire began using it in Paris nightclubs. Hash is a concentrate that comes from the resin of the plant. Kief is collected and tightly compressed to form the hash. The result is a sticky brown substance that is extremely strong and full of cannabinoids. It is not as strong as Butane Hash Oil but still very potent and a natural alternative to it that has been a part of cannabis culture for many years.
3. Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
Butane Hash Oil, commonly abbreviated as BHO, is a popular concentrate used for dabbing. It is extremely potent and should always be used with a degree of caution. BHO is made from concentrations of kief, like regular hash, only this kief is treated with butane as a solvent. The butane is used to extract the cannabinoids from the plant. The result is a concentrate that can actually exceed 80 to 90 percent THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that produces the high. BHO has a sticky, waxy consistency that can harden up to create “shatter” which is a brown, glasslike concentrate or “honeycomb” which is a more crumbly version of the hardened BHO.
4. CO2 Oil
This oil is harnessed using botanical extractors that use pressure and carbon dioxide to extract the cannabinoids from the plant and create a sticky, liquid concentrate. The benefit of this concentrate is that it is a healthier way of extracting the concentrate than butane. Other solvents like butane can leave behind metals and other toxic elements. This method is able to safely extract a concentrate that is low in toxicity while still doing the job. CO2 oil is used in many vape pens and is also sold in disposable cartridges.
5. CBD Oil
This edible oil is made from a concentration of the CBD compound in cannabis that contributes to a sense of calm and stability while also being a very powerful anti-inflammatory with pain killing, anti-spasmodic properties that can help with seizures and other medical disorders. The CBD compound does not make you high and these oils contain little to no THC. Therefore, people can use this concentrate without getting high and it’s perfect for children suffering from seizures and epilepsy.
Tinctures were one of the most traditional ways of consuming cannabis as medicine before it became outlawed in 1937. The cannabinoids are extracted from the plant using alcohol. The result is a liquid concentrate able to be safely applied under the tongue. Tinctures are a popular way in general of harnessing the medicinal powers of plants and tinctures of all varieties can be found in health food stores. Cannabis tinctures are a concentrated liquid form of cannabinoids that can be used as needed. As a bonus, these are now available in many different flavors from dispensaries and cannabis stores.
This concentrate is usually just referred to as wax and can be gathered using a variety of methods for extraction. The result is a substance similar to molasses in texture that can be used in vape pens or added to flower to give an extra level of intensity.
This is a wax that is extracted using heat. A popular method for extracting this wax is by placing a bud or flower between parchment paper and then placing it between a hair straightener and squeezing all the wax out of the flower to create a concentrate.
9. Rick Simpson Oil
Rick Simpson Oil is a recipe produced through an extraction method created by cannabis activist Rick Simpson. He used the concentrate to cure himself and thousands of others of cancer. The oil is made using the buds and flowers of the female cannabis plant. They are soaked in pure naphtha or isopropyl alcohol and, through this method, the medicinal compounds are drawn out resulting in a concentrated solution of medicinal compounds. He doesn’t sell the oil already made but instead has provided the public with the recipe for it. Many companies, however, have tried to capitalize on the recipe’s popularity by creating their own versions of the oil that are available on the market.
As you can see, there are many different varieties of marijuana concentrates available that can be consumed in a variety of different ways. These are only a few of the many varieties available. It’s always good to use a measure of caution when embarking on the journey of discovering the various marijuana concentrates and their medicinal or recreational uses. Dabbing will give the most intensive experience of a concentrate but it’s good to be moderate and execute caution. Having said that, there’s a lot of joy to be experienced using marijuana so enjoy!