Cannabis Concetrates

Cannabis flower is covered by microscopic, mushroom-shaped, hair-like compounds called trichomes. These trichomes surround the budding cannabis flower and produce the plant’s cannabinoids. Different varieties of these trichomes can be collected. The resulting products, collectively called concentrates, typically contain very high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol, otherwise known as THC (the psychotropic ingredient in marijuana). These THC-filled marijuana products can be vaporized and inhaled using a vape pen or through a process known as dabbing. 

How Are Concentrates Made?

Cannabis concentrates can be made at home or in a commercial environment utilizing modern equipment. These products can be made in various ways, including:

  • Dry Processing
  • Dry Ice Processing
  • Water-Based Processing
  • Combining Pressure with Heat
  • Using Non-Flammable Carbon Dioxide Solvents
  • Using Flammable Solvents Including Butane (lighter fluid), Propane, Ether, or Alcohol

Utilizing flammable solvents is one of the more popular methods because the resulting products have high THC levels, users report longer-lasting effects, and it’s a relatively inexpensive and efficient production method. 

What Does the Final Product Look Like?

The cannabis products resulting from these methods look like this:

  • A gooey liquid wax
  • A soft solid with a texture similar to lip balm
  • A hard, amber-colored solid

Vape pens can consume hash oil and waxes, while solids can be smoked by being placed on a heated platform, vaporized by high heat, and inhaled through a dabbing tool, often referred to as a rig.

The Difference Between Concentrates, Extracts, and Dabs

The terms used to describe these cannabis products often vary. All products that have been extracted from the plant are often called concentrates. Some people don’t consider products pulled from the plant without using solvent methods as extracts. Others use the word extract and concentrate interchangeably. Dabs are usually used to describe products made from butane hash oil. However, it’s another term that sometimes refers to concentrates collectively. 

Finding the Right Concentrate Product For You

When it comes to finding the right concentrate product, it sometimes takes a lot of trial and error. You have to know what you enjoy the most. This usually takes a bit of sampling. At River City Dispensary, we have a variety of different concentrates. Our trained and professional staff can help you find the right concentrate. Order cannabis concentrates online today!