Cannabis has been used medically and recreationally for centuries, but there is still much to know about it. Of particular interest are the compounds CDB and THC and their effect on the human body.
Here we are taking a closer look at THC, the psychoactive compound, how it is made, how it is used today, and what is THC concentrate.
As with each type of cannabis plant, each of the concentrates will have a different THC content and a different texture. The texture decides how these products need to be consumed.
If you would like to know more, keep reading, and we will clear up some of your questions.
What Is THC Concentrate?
Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentrate is made up of any part of the plant that is processed into a concentrated form. Terpenes and cannabinoids are naturally created in the flowers, but there is no excess plant material in these products. Cannabinoids and terpenes are what make the plant individual taste and smell and how they each affect us.
Types of THC Concentrates
When we look at some of the more common types of cannabis concentrates, know that they are divided into solventless and solvent-based products. These products are available for online purchase or from licensed dispensaries as they are much more potent than the flower alone.
The solvent-based extracts mean that a substance such as alcohol, butane, or CO2 has been used to extract the THC from the marijuana. The solventless products use nothing except heat/cold, pressure, and water to extract. New techniques are developing all the time on how to extract, and so the types are continuously changing.
The two most common solvent-based cannabis concentrates are CO2 oil and wax/budder. The most common solventless choices are bubble hash or rosin.
Let’s take a closer look at how to make THC concentrate.
As its name suggests, CO2 oil involves using CO2 to extract the oil from the plant. This is often sold in an oil syringe. Some companies add other ingredients to the oil to reduce potency or add secondary benefits.
Wax / Budder
One of the most popular types of concentrate is wax or budder. This is taken by dabbing and made using a closed-loop extraction system with a solvent. It is heated on a low heat to preserve the terpenes and cannabinoids and then whipped to remove the solvent.
The main difference between wax and budder is consistency. Wax is dry and crumbly, while budder has a similar consistency to butter.
Known also as ice water hash, it is created using ice, water, and micron or bubble bags. These bags filter out waste and plant material. It is safe to create at home if you have cannabis flowers, water, ice, a bucket, and at least seven bags ranging in size from 25 – 220 microns.
Creating rosin needs high pressure and high temperatures. You need to isolate the essential oils from the trichome heads, which will create a solid resin. It can also be made at home due to its lack of solvents.
Why Use Concentrate?
Now we know what is THC concentrate and how it is developed. Used both medicinally and recreationally we see how there are many different types of concentrates available.
Some users are looking for a new level of intoxication, which can be reached through using concentrates. For others, especially medicinal users, it is a faster and more potent way to get your relief than by using flowers.
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