Cannabis concentrates are the amalgamation of the essential oils, cannabinoids, and waxes of the cannabis plant. Some concentrates are made using propane, while others are made with butane. There are also concentrates made entirely without the use of solvents which utilize water to strip the trichomes off the plant matter which would then be pressed into rosin. We will explain these processes further.
Shatter can be made using both solvent and solvent free methods, it is hard to the touch, low on aromatics, and higher in cannabinoid content. Quality shatter should range from dark yellowish amber to almost colorless depending on the extraction process utilized. Shatter is typically the most economical choice out of all.
Badder can also be made with or without solvents. Badder is heavier in terpenes which causes the THCa in the mixture to “crash” or “nucleate”, turning the concentrate from transparent into an opaque batter similar to a thick pancake batter. A quality badder will have a shiny wet appearance, with a loud nose.
Sugar is the term for a concentrate that is mostly THCa, but still has a nice portion of high grade terpenes. Sugar concentrates looks like real grainy sugar but with a yellow hue due to the terpenes. Sugar is usually made from live trim or small buds. It is a high-end product, but can sometimes be rather economical depending on the source material (trim, small buds, live or dry)
Crystalline and Isolates are the purest form of cannabinoid concentrate. These typically have the terpenes fully removed, leaving behind only the cannabinoids found in the source material. These concentrates can test from 85-96% pure depending on how effectively the terpenes have been removed. While bland on flavor, these Isolates and crystalline concentrates have the fastest and strongest potential effect per gram.
Distillate is commonly made using a short path distillation apparatus, or wiped film distillation units. Similar to how alcohol is distilled into pure liquor, distillate is the purest form of delta 9 THC concentrate. While Flavorless and tasteless, distillate is the perfect starting point to formulate a vape blend utilizing choice terpenes to achieve a flavor profile that is enjoyable, and smells like fruit or foods rather than actual marijuana. Distillate can also be used to dose edibles or eaten raw. Each gram of distillate has 850-950mg of THC, so a one-gram distillate dart could be used for up to ten, 95mg oral doses.
Rosin is the term coined for all concentrates made without the use of solvent and refined through the use of heat and pressure. Rosin is typically the lowest yielding concentration technique. Good rosin is made using the freshest whole plant material possible. These two factors combined is the reason why rosin can be the least economical choice of all the concentrates.
The source material for quality rosin always starts with top tier true full-melt bubble hash. Full-melt bubble hash is name given to concentrates made using water only, and screens to sift out the contaminants. Full melt below room temperature can look like a white sand, but when warmed up will melt into a sappy, clear consistency. All water hash that is not “full-melt” quality should be pressed into rosin to maintain quality assurance.
When it comes to consumption of concentrates, the overwhelming majority of connoisseurs prefer to “dab” others will take their crumble or badder and spread it within a joint to add some extra strength and flavor to their flower. Distillate is the only concentrate that can be eating in its raw form but is most commonly found is vape cartridges.
If smelling like a joint isn’t exactly your cup of tea, then maybe a dabble in the field of concentrates would do you well. Take some time to browse our extensive concentrate selection. if you haven’t already tried some, take a gram home and give it a shot to see if it might be the choice for you!