THC "Wax" is an extremely potent concentrate popularly consumed for dabbingand other vaporization methods. Cannabinoids are drawn out of the plant through butane extraction, which leaves behind a wax that will either maintain its sticky consistency or harden up, resulting in a crumbly “honeycomb” or a glasslike “shatter.” Because its THC content stretches up to 80%, BHO is a popular remedy for chronic pain and other intractable symptoms.
One of the oldest players in the cannabis game is hash, a concentrate made by compression of the plant’s resin. The powdery kief that coats your cannabis flowers can be collected and pressed together to form hash, or solvents like ice water or ethanol may be used to more effectively strip the plant of their cannabinoid-loaded crystals. Though not as potent as BHO and other cannabis concentrates, hash remains a staple of cannabis culture around the world.
CO2 oil, a concentrate made possible by botanical extractors that use pressure and carbon dioxide to separate plant material. This method, called supercritical fluid extraction, is one of the most effective ways of reducing cannabis to its essential compounds. The amber oil it produces can be vaporized in a variety of ways, one of the most popular being portable vaporizer pens. Among the industry’s best sellers are disposable cartridges containing CO2 oil and a medical grade solvent called polypropylene glycol which gives the oil its liquid consistency.
“Concentrate” is a word of many meanings. It could refer to the wax you vaporize, the Hash or Kief you mix in with the bud you roll up or put in a bowl, the tincture under your tongue, the orally administered cannabis oil that’s changing attitudes toward cannabis everywhere, or many other forms with higher than average concentrations. The future of cannabis is steering toward these potent forms, especially as the therapeutic potential of non-smoking methods is realized by the public.
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Simply said, kief (also known as dry sift or pollen) refers to the resin glands which contain theterpenes and cannabinoids that make cannabis so unique. While marijuana sans kief still contains cannabinoids, the resin glands that develop on flower buds pack the biggest punch.