A Guide to Cannabis Concentrates and Extracts

June 13, 2024

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As the world of cannabis continues to evolve, so do the forms it takes. Beyond the traditional dried flower, a plethora of concentrated forms exist, offering different experiences for users. This guide will explore the world of cannabis concentrates and extracts, including their types, uses, and benefits.

What Are Cannabis Concentrates and Extracts?

Cannabis concentrates and extracts are products derived from the cannabis plant that have been processed to keep the most desirable compounds (primarily the cannabinoids and terpenes) while removing excess plant material and other impurities. These products offer a more potent or concentrated form of cannabis.

Types of Cannabis Concentrates

There are numerous types of cannabis concentrates and extracts available today. Here are a few common ones:

1. Kief: The simplest form of concentrate, kief, is the collection of the trichomes (the tiny, sticky, crystal-like structures on the cannabis flower) that fall off the buds. 

2. Hash: One of the oldest types of concentrates, hash is made by compressing the cannabis plant’s resin. It’s known for its potency and long-lasting effects.

3. Shatter: Shatter is a complex, glass-like concentrate named for its breakability. It’s one of the purest forms of cannabis extract.

4. Wax: Wax is a softer concentrate that can take on various forms, including “budder,” “crumble,” or “honeycomb,” depending on the heat, humidity, and extraction techniques.

5. Oil: Cannabis oils are made by extracting the cannabinoids and terpenes with a solvent like ethanol or CO2. The solvent is then evaporated, leaving behind the oil.

Using Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates can be used in a variety of ways:

Inhalation: Concentrates can be vaporized or smoked, often using specialized equipment.

Oral ingestion: Some concentrates, like oils, can be consumed orally or added to food or drinks.

Topical application: Some cannabis oils can be applied topically for localized relief of pain or inflammation.

Benefits of Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis concentrates offer several potential benefits:

1. Potency: Concentrates are typically much more potent than traditional flowers, offering more intense effects.

2. Flavor: Many concentrates offer a rich, complex flavour profile due to the high concentration of terpenes.

3. Efficiency: A small amount of concentrate can go a long way because of its potency.

Cannabis concentrates and extracts are a diverse and exciting part of the cannabis world. They offer a range of experiences, from the physical effects to the flavour profile, that can be customized to suit your preferences.

Ready to explore the world of cannabis concentrates and extracts? Visit our locations today. Our knowledgeable staff is prepared to guide you through our selection and help you find the perfect product. At Nature’s Canopy House, we’re committed to helping you navigate the ever-evolving cannabis landscape.

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