There are so many different kinds of cannabis extracts (also known as concentrates)to choose from and the choice can be overwhelming.
Talk about a paradox of choice!
If you’re feeling unsure about extracts Fear not! Today we’re going to go over some of the different kind of extracts. By the end of this article you’ll have a good overview of the differences between extracts and will be able to make a choice about what will work best for you, or what you’d like to try next!
Let’s begin with the basics.
What are cannabis extracts?
Cannabis extracts are products that derived from the cannabis plant. Typically, these extracts will contain a few main components:
- Terpenes – associated with various cannabis flavors and taste profiles
- Tetrahydrocannabinol – also known as “THC”, the psychoactive component of cannabis products
- Cannabanoids – the active chemical compounds in cannabis
- Cannabidiol – also known as “CBD”, this component doesn’t get you “high” and is linked to all sorts of health benefits and wellness
Concentrates and extracts will all have vastly different profiles of the components mentioned above. When it comes to the world of cannabis, it helps to ask questions. Whenever you go to the dispensary make sure you’re asking about each of the components so you can find the product that will work best for you.
Different Types of Extracts
Shatter is taking the extract world by storm and there’s a huge market demand for this product, but what the heck is it? Well, out all of the concentrates and extracts we’ll go over in this article, this one is the most potent. Typically this extract will contain up to 80 percent cannabinoid content. Compare that to typical bud (or flower) which, when smoked, will have around 5-18 percent cannabinoid content. This has the potential to be almost 4 times as strong as cannabis that hasn’t gone through the extraction process. Visually, it is pretty stunning and looks like a piece of golden glass. This extract gets its name from it’s glass-like qualities. Namely, if you drop it, it will shatter.
This extraction process is pretty straightforward. Typically butane is used to split the trichomes (those little hairs on your bud plant) from the rest of the cannabis plant. Once the trichomes are off, heat and air is used to get rid of the butane because you won’t want to ingest that at all. Once the mixture has taken form, it’s