From wax to shatter and hash to rosin, cannabis concentrates are as diverse as they are potent.
July 10th, also known as 7/10, is International Dab Day - a day in which we celebrate cannabis oil and concentrate. On this day of cannabis concentrate celebration, we thought it might interest those of you who don’t know much about the world of cannabis oil to learn more about it. From wax to shatter and hash to rosin, concentrates are as diverse as they are potent.
Concentrate is oil that is extracted from cannabis flower and the end result is considerably more potent than the flower alone. Concentrates can be extracted into many different forms and consistencies, considering the starting material used and extraction technique.
One common way to create concentrate is by extracting the cannabinoid-rich flower with a solvent. A solvent-based extraction refers to the source used to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis flower, including CO2, butane or ethanol. This process can create concentrates with very high potencies ranging from 60-90% active cannabinoid content. Properly made solvent-based extracts remove all of the solvents before sold.
Solvent concentrates include:
Solventless concentrates require no solvent extraction. Solventless refers to a more mechanical method or craft based approach of extracting concentrate from cannabis flower. One solventless method, for example, simply applies heat and pressure to press out cannabis resins which produces what is known as rosin.
Solventless concentrates include:
Concentrates can be either smoked or vaped, otherwise known as dabbing. A basic dab rig set up includes a water pipe, glass or metal tool to put the concentrate on, nail and blow torch. You will use the blow torch to heat up the nail, then use the glass or metal tool to put the concentrate onto the nail. Inhale slowly. A more simplistic or easier method of dabbing is to use an electronic vape or dab pen. The Puffco Peak and Puffco Plus offer great options for electronic dabbing.
If you’re new to concentrates or smoking cannabis, remember that concentrate is much more potent than smoking flower alone. Between different types, potency and price points, there is much to take into account when picking out a concentrate. March and Ash virtual concierges are always happy to help you pick the right product for you. Simply click on the green chat box in the bottom right corner of your screen to begin a live conversation. Happy dabbing!