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More About Cannabis Concentrates
As the name suggests, cannabis concentrates are highly concentrated forms of cannabinoids and terpenes, with potencies reaching as high as 95% THC. There are many different types of cannabis concentrates, each with their own unique characteristics. Wax concentrates resemble the texture of candle wax, although this product is often separated into other names, like sugar, budder, or crumble, depending on the consistency. Shatter is a solid material resembling a thin, honey-colored shard of glass. When touched, shatter easily breaks into pieces, hence the name. Kief is concentrated resin or trichomes from cannabis flower that is sifted through a mesh screen or sieve. Rosin is created using high heat and pressure to squeeze out resin from marijuana flower, hash, or kief.
Concentrates are created through either solvent-based or solventless extraction methods. Solvent-based extraction techniques use chemicals like CO2 or BHO to remove plant material and isolate the cannabinoids and terpenes. Some concentrates do not use solvents, but instead use pressure, heat, or other methods to remove the trichomes.
Due to the high potency of cannabis concentrate products, it is highly recommended consumers start with a low dose and take it slow.