So, what are concentrates? An aptly-named cannabis delivery system, concentrates are concentrated combinations of the cannabinoids and terpenes extracted from the cannabis plant. Concentrates vary in texture depending on the extraction methods and solvents used during production and are significantly stronger than flower. We use the word “concentrates” as an umbrella term that refers to a range of cannabis products that have a higher potency than the raw cannabis plant including various types of extracts, such as oils, waxes, shatter, and more.
Due to the equipment needed for use and their strong effects, they are typically preferred by individuals who have more experience with canna-products. Of course, we will teach you anything you need to know if you’d like to give them a try. If you would like to explore your concentrate options or have questions about the different forms that we offer, feel free to chat with one of our Reverie 73 Muses.
When it comes to creating cannabis concentrates, there are several different methods though they are all based on the process of extracting cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis Flower while excluding unwanted plant material. Each way has its unique benefits and drawbacks when it comes to efficiency, safety, and the end result. Here is an overview of a few methods to give you a better idea of how these concentrates are made. As the name suggests, solvent-based extraction involves using gasses such as butane, propane, or ethanol to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant.Another method, CO2 extraction, uses pressurized carbon dioxide to remove cannabinoids and terpenes. The rosin press method, also referred to as solventless, uses heat and pressure to withdraw the desired plant materials. This method works by applying enough pressure to the flower that the trichomes then release their oils
Extracts are specific types of concentrates that are made using solvents. While all cannabis extracts can be considered concentrates, the same is not true of the reverse. Similarly to concentrates, extracts vary in texture depending on the extraction methods and solvents used during production. They are also significantly stronger than flower.
In comparison to concentrates, the word “extracts” is a more specific term used to specifically refer to products that have undergone an extraction process that removes the desirable compounds from the plant. Extracts are produced through multiple methods using one or more of the following solvents: alcohol, butane, CO2, water, or ethanol. Each of these methods allow the cannabinoids to uniquely separate from the cannabis plant resulting in a highly potent extract.
Due to the equipment needed for use and their strong effects, they are typically preferred by individuals who have more experience with canna-products. At Reverie 73, we are happy to teach you anything you need to know if you’d like to give them a try. If you would like to explore your options or have questions about the different forms that we offer, feel free to chat with one of our Reverie 73 muses.
Oftentimes we think of the terms “concentrates” and “extracts” as being interchangeable, but they aren’t quite the same thing. Though both terms refer to cannabis products that have undergone a process to isolate the cannabinoids and terpenes, concentrates include a broader range of products while extracts are more specific.
Much more potent than flower, which typically contains between 20 and 30% THC, concentrates can range from 40 to 99%. This means that a little bit can go a long way, which is why we suggest speaking with one of our muses to determine how much THC is right for your needs and how much of a concentrate you should be using at a time.
There are many concentrates types and the consistency and form of each type of concentrate are dependent on the extraction method and the source material used during production. While the results all qualify as high-quality, extremely potent canna-products, different people prefer to use different forms. Some other common concentrate types include shatter, wax, and butane hash oil aka CO2 oil.
Another concentrated form of cannabis, hash is made by separating trichomes from plant material and pressing them into a solid form or shape. Traditionally consumed orally, hash can also be smoked and, depending on the variety, vaped. All hash is still a cannabis concentrate that is much stronger than flower, so remember to start low and go slow!
Shatter is a butane hash oil (BHO) that is consumed with a vaporizer using a dab rig. During production, shatter is allowed to fully set undisturbed after extraction, which results in glasslike transparency and breakability.
Similar to shatter, wax concentrates are also a butane hash oil (BHO) that is consumed with a vaporizer using a dab rig. The difference between shatter and wax is how the product was handled during production. Unlike shatter, wax is stirred or agitated while it sets. This produces a gooey and sometimes flakey final product.
Crumble is a type of cannabis concentrate that is characterized by its crumbly and granular texture and is produced through a solvent-based extraction method. It’s known to be easy to use and manipulate and is typically consumed by vaporization or dabbing.
Rosin is a type of concentrate that is produced using heat and pressure to extract the resinous oils from the cannabis. It can be consumed through vaporizing in a dab rig or vaporizer pen, adding it to a joint or bowl, or infused into edibles or topicals. It’s known for being extremely pure compared to other concentrates when it comes to the plant’s natural flavors and aromas, and it typically has a sappy or wax-like consistency.
THC and CBD oils are just that — liquid oil extracts — that are usually put into vape cartridges, tinctures or capsules. The raw oil contains the plant’s most valuable vitamins, minerals, terpenes, flavonoids and cannabinoids, amongst others. This form of cannabis can be up to four times stronger than other forms you find within the dispensary.
At Reverie 73, we are always happy to help guide you to the best type of cannabis for your journey! Our muses are super knowledgeable and we love to educate, so please be sure to ask lots of questions. Check out our shop page to explore some popular types of concentrates.