Cannabis concentrate, oil, extract – An introductory guide
Cannabis concentrates, oils and extracts are the latest trends in the marijuana market. They are increasingly favored by the cannabis users across the world for their phenomenally high potency and refined flavours. Cannabis concentrate oil extract delivers the compounds in marijuana that matter the most – cannabinoids like THC or CBD and a variety of terpenes. They present some clear advantages over the consumption of dried cannabis flowers. This post provides a brief introduction to cannabis concentrate oil extract – what they really are, how they are made, how to use them and their benefits. Come on, let’s take a look.
Cannabis concentrate, oil, extract – what exactly are they?
Cannabis concentrate, oil or extract – the terms are used interchangeably at times. However, there are subtle differences between them. All of them are derived from marijuana flowers and contain only the essential ingredients of the cannabis plants, namely the cannabinoids and the terpenes. There are over a hundred different cannabinoids – of which THC and CBD are the most important – as well as more than two hundred terpenes in weed that produces various intoxicating and therapeutic effects.
You need to understand that cannabis concentrate oil extract is basically umbrella terms which refer to a range of products in the market. Cannabis oils, CBD oils, vape oils, tinctures, keif, hash, budder, wax, shatter – they are all various forms of these three general types. Let’s have a look at them more closely.
Different kinds of cannabis concentrate
Cannabis concentrates are products processed from the cannabis plants that contain only THC and/or CBD along with the terpenes. All other unwanted plant materials and impurities are removed from it. Normally concentrate refers to those products which are mechanically extracted from the trichomes of the cannabis flowers. Trichomes are those tiny, hairlike crystals covering the marijuana buds that contain all the cannabinoids and terpenes. Concentrates are available in many forms – hash, charas, kief, bubble hash, rosin etc. While the golden colored and powdery kief is processed from the dried cannabis flowers by using a sieve, hash can be either dry or moisty, soft and pliable or sandy. Various kinds of hash and live rosin are made by heating or freezing and then handpressing the flowers. The concentrates are known for their extremely high THC contents – 40 to 80 percent and even more than that at times.
What are the cannabis extracts?
Extracts are also cannabis concentrates, but not mechanically processed. They are extracted by using a chemical solvent like propane, isopropyl alcohol, ethanol or carbon dioxide. Butane hash oil (BHO), Rick Simpson Oil (RSO), shatter, budder, crumble, wax, sugar, live resin are all different types of cannabis extract. Like different types of concentrates, various extracts also differ in texture and consistency. Cannabis extracts usually have exceptionally high THC/CBD and terpene contents which make them much more potent and effective than the flowers.
Cannabis oil can be both solvent-based and solventless. There are various types of cannabis oils in the market – hash oil, marijuana oil, THC oil, CBD oil, hemp or hemp seed oil. Cannabis oils also find their way into a variety of cannabis-infused products like edibles, capsules, tinctures, topicals, balms, vape liquids, hair and skincare products etc. Besides the different cannabinoids and terpenes, they also contain all the different flavonoids, minerals, vitamins, omega fatty acids from the original plant in high amounts. This makes them very effective for a variety of medicinal uses.
How to consume cannabis concentrates, oils and extracts?
Cannabis concentrate oil extract can be consumed in several ways. Kief, hash and crumble can be smoked in a bowl/pipe or by adding them to a joint. Extracts like shatter, badder or wax, which have a more malleable texture, are best to be consumed by vaping them using a vaporizing device or a dab rig. There are also various kinds of pre-filled vaping devices, vape pens, and vape cartridges that use vape oils as e-liquids. A variety of cannabis oils, especially tinctures, are taken orally while the topical are applied directly on the skin. While all the methods have their unique advantages, it really depends on the texture and consistency of the product that you are using.
Why should we prefer cannabis concentrate, oil, extract over the buds?
Using cannabis concentrates, oils and extracts offer a range of benefits.
• The exceptionally high THC/CBD content of the concentrate, oil or extract makes them 5 times more potent than the average dried buds. That means you have to use very little to get a standard high and full symptom relief.
• Concentrates and extracts have a rapid onset time and medium to long duration of effects.
• They are very easy to dose consistently.
• Being carefully refined marijuana derivatives, they provide a clean and smooth inhale.
• Because the terpenes are perfectly preserved in cannabis concentrates, extracts and oils by removing all unnecessary plant materials, they provide a richer aromatic and flavourful experience than the buds.
• Some of the extracts are ideal for vaping or ingesting, which are much healthier methods of consuming marijuana than smoking buds.
Cannabis concentrates, extracts and oils have truly revolutionized the ways of consuming weed. Those days are long gone when using marijuana meant smoking a joint or a pipe, or baking some hash brownies and cookies at the most. Vaping/dabbing some concentrate/extract or taking cannabis oil is the new cool. They have some great advantages too. After reading our post, we hope that you got a fair idea of what the concentrates, extracts and oils really are as well as the different ways to consume them. So, what are you waiting for!
Get any concentrate/extract/oil of your choice and have a premium marijuana experience. Most marijuana stores in Canada both online and retail will offer you a pretty decent selection of edibles. Make sure to start with a small quantity which will open up hitherto uncharted territories before you!