What Are Cannabis Concentrates?
For beginners who often see this word “concentrates” it can be confusing and several questions can come to mind… What are they? Is it strong? How are they made? Are they healthy?…
Concentrates are a broad term that refers to any product derived from the plant, such as cannabis oils, concentrates, edibles, and extracts from cannabis plants.
How strong are concentrates?
The resulting products, collectively referred to as cannabis concentrates, may contain tetrahydrocannabinol, commonly referred to as THC, the psychotropic component of marijuana. Marijuana concentrate contains exceptionally high levels of THC between 40 and 80 percent of THC. This form of marijuana may differ from high-quality marijuana, which usually contains about 20% of THC.
While extract and concentrate are often used interchangeably, some people define an extract as a product produced with a solvent or extracted from the plant with a non-solvent. However, the term is sometimes used colloquially to extract concentrates in other ways. Live resin is one of the latest forms of cannabis concentrate and is also considered a form of butane hash oil (BHO). Polka dots can be products made exclusively from butane hash oil, such as edibles, oils and extracts from cannabis plants.
Other forms of BHO and most concentrates differ from each other as they can be produced in a variety of ways, making them ideal for those who are particularly hoping for the many medical benefits of the cannabis plant. Unlike other cannabis products, which are generally processed from dried cannabis flowers, a concentrate is produced by using almost the entire plant immediately after harvesting.
While there is no type of concentrate that can be made at home, it requires expensive, high-quality equipment that must be operated by professionals.
Shatter is considered a form of butane hash oil (BHO) and is a type of concentrate produced from the extraction of butane-based cannabis oil. The process involves the extraction of dried cannabis flowers and the use of butane to separate the plant material from the trichomes containing plant cannabinoids and terpenes. The debris is then processed into shards and the resulting cannabis concentrate is then processed into a variety of possible forms, including hashish oil, hash, cannabis oil and shatter.
Marijuana is available in a variety of products, including dried herbs, sativa, indica or hybrid, smoked with a joint or an evaporator, as well as edible products such as baked goods, chocolates, tinctures and oils. With an efficacy of 50 to 90 percent of the cannabinoid weight, marijuana extracts can be used as a fast, efficient, and smoke-free way to use cannabis. As with any other marijuana extract, concentrates are usually vaporized or dabbed off by a specially equipped water pipe, a so-called blotch device.
Concentrates are processed to obtain the most desirable compounds of the plant, including terpenes and cannabinoids. Marijuana concentrates contain a variety of cannabinoids, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabidiol (CBD).
There are many forms of concentrates, including edibles, oils, tinctures, extracts, evaporators, capsules, and even rickshaws. The oils from flower and cannabis oils are strongest and most concentrated.
How are they made?
There are many different types of concentrates and ways to extract them, some of them can be obtained with solvents such as hydrochloric acid, hydrofluorocarbons, glycerol and hydrocarbons. The most commonly used solvents in this process are quaking propane, alcohol, carbon dioxide and butane. The most common type of cannabis concentrates are produced by using a solvent such as carbon dioxide or butane to extract the cannabinoids from the flower, sugar and leaf.
The concentrates that are produced bear many different names depending on their consistency, including splintering, wax and BHO. Concentrates can be smoked by heating them on a hot surface and inhaling the steam that is produced, similar to a blow from a bong.
Due to the high potency medical marijuana patients are advised to start dabbing only after determining their tolerance level. Dabbing offers significant symptom relief to many marijuana users – especially to patients with an unusually high tolerance for THC. So, if you are an amateur, please be careful and try to determine your tolerance level first before using concentrates.