As the name suggests, ‘Concentrate’ products are concentrated forms of cannabis. This means that the cannabis plant material has undergone a process that leaves you with a more potent form of the good stuff. This process, called extraction, involves removing the excess plant matter so that all you have left are the cannabinoids and terpenes.
Here are five popular form of cannabis concentrates:
Considered to be one of the purest forms of concentrated weed, that has either no color or have the tinge of colour Amber. This type of concentrate is made using BHO extraction, meaning butane is the main extraction solvent. It gets its name ‘Shatter’ because it often shatters into little pieces when broken apart.
This concentrate’s nature is waxy. Wax is normally yellowish in color and can be smoked out of both a rig or vaporizer. There are slight variations of wax concentrates ranging from those that are less sticky and crumblier to wax that is more honey-like in texture. This variation in the consistency has to do with the heat and moisture levels used during the extraction process.
Rosin is made with just heat and pressure being applied to the cannabis buds, kief, or trim to remove the plant resin. Higher-grade rosin is made with a hydraulic press that results in a concentrate that is golden, sappy, and oil-like.
Concentrates produced with CO2 are referred to as oils. Cannabis oils are commonly found in vape pen cartridges or in syringes and they have a unique taste that differs from concentrates containing BHO like wax and shatter.
Hash is a good potent form of concentrate that is made by compressing kief together into what looks like small greenish disks or pucks.
Other forms of hash are made with ice water and are sifted through screens to collect the concentrated cannabis extract. Hash are often either smoked alone or are mixed in with regular bud.