Cannabis concentrates have been trending as of late, but how much do you actually know about your favorite THC product? If you’re looking to expand your breadth of knowledge or dominate a cannabis subreddit, here are 4 things you didn’t know about cannabis concentrates.
Cannabis concentrates are versatile
Cannabis concentrates can be consumed, smoked or lathered on your skin. What a world, right? Cannabis concentrates are used in edibles that range from baked goods to fruit chews–and the gourmet options keep expanding. Concentrates known as dabs can be smoked using a pipe. Cannabis concentrates are even used on the skin as topical treatments for localized pain relief or to reduce inflammation.
Cannabis concentrates have been around for a while
While the exact date for the advent of the first cannabis concentrate is unknown, concentrates have been around for centuries. Cannabis has always been an important crop for developing communities. The cannabis plant has held medicinal, commercial and spiritual value for cultures for a long time. Historically, cannabis concentrates have been used in similar ways that they are used now: by ingesting them or turning them into tinctures. Cannabis concentrates were also often used in healing rituals.
Cannabis Concentrates can be made in many ways
The extraction methods for cannabis concentrates are as varied as the different concentrates available. Extraction methods can be divided into two categories: solvent and solventless processes. The solvents that are most commonly used to extract terpenes and cannabinoids from cannabis material are: butane, propane, CO2 and alcohol. After extraction, the solvent is removed or burned off, leaving you with a textured concentrate like Butane Hash Oil or Propane Hash Oil. Solventless extractions, like ice-water extractions, don’t introduce a foreign substance to remove THC from cannabis.
Cannabis Concentrates have very literal names
Unlike weed strains that have abstract names like Nutcruncher or Steve McGarrett’s Hair, cannabis concentrates have fairly literal or straightforward names. Concentrates typically have names that correspond to their specific texture. Shatter, for example, has a glass-like texture. Budder, another type of concentrate, is named after its creamy counterpart: butter. Wax is named after ear wax, and so on and so forth. Similarly, dabs are named after the action of dabbing a concentrate onto a heat source to produce smoke.