Cannabis Extracts and Concentrates

Cannabis Extract and Concentrates

A cannabis extract is a concentrate produced with the use of a solvent. They are named for their textures that range from liquid cannabis oil extracts to a dry, crumbly THC extract such as crumble. Find premium, potent extracts like crumble, wax, shatter, budder, live resin, and more while browsing the largest selection of cannabis products New Mexico has to offer at PVP locations statewide.

What are cannabis extracts?

Cannabis concentrates are processed from plant compounds known as cannabinoids and terpenes. Through a variety of processes the aromas, flavors, and psychoactive compounds are extracted from the cannabis plant, leaving the excess plant materials behind. There are numerous types of concentrate consistencies, all generally having higher levels of THC and CBD compared to cannabis flower ounce for ounce.

Cannabis extracts are concentrates produced with the use of solvents to elicit active ingredients, known as trichomes, from cannabis. These trichomes are small, crystal-like glands that construct terpenes and cannabinoids that cater to the flowers’ potency, flavor, and aroma. Extracts come in a variety of forms including bubble hash, tinctures, shatter, rosin, waxes, and oils. Cannabis extracts are growing in popularity due to their higher levels of cannabinoids including CBD and THC compared to cannabis flower.

How do you use cannabis extracts?

Cannabis extracts can be used in a variety of different forms. These processes include inhaling the cannabis oil from a vape pen, dabbing the extract with a dab rig, applying the extract to cannabis oil, ingesting it as a tincture, pill, or infused edible, or even applied to the skin as a topical application. For this reason, cannabis extracts are extremely popular and versatile.

What is the difference between extracts and concentrates?

While these terms are used interchangeably, all extracts are concentrates, but not all concentrates are extracts. The most significant difference between the two is how trichomes are collected. Extracts are a type of concentrate created using solvents like alcohol, carbon dioxide, butane, etc. that essentially wash the trichomes off the cannabis plant and come in many different types of textures. While some concentrates are made without the use of solvents and are produced using mechanical or physical means to remove and gather the trichomes, some examples of this are rosin, dry sift, and kief.

How are concentrates made?

Cannabis concentrates can be made in a variety of different ways depending on whether they are solvent-based or solventless. Solvent-based concentrates also known as extracts collect the trichomes with the use of solvents such as carbon dioxide, butane, propane, or alcohol. Solventless concentrates are made by either dry or water-based processing methods, or by combining large amounts of heat and pressure.

Who should buy cannabis extracts?

Cannabis extracts may attract a more experienced cannabis user because extracts tend to have higher levels of CBD and THC compared to cannabis flower. Cannabis extracts can take a variety of different forms allowing consumers the freedom to choose their preferred cannabis extract texture. Those interested in cannabis extracts may also need additional equipment in order to stimulate the cannabinoids. For example, those looking to dab their cannabis extracts will need a dab rig and a nail to dab their preferred concentrate.

What are the different types of extracts?

Cannabis extracts can come in a variety of different types and consistencies. Shatter has a glass-like consistency that can be broken into smaller pieces, and is made through butane (BHO) extraction. Wax has a honey-like consistency due to its high moisture content. Rosin has a golden, sap-like texture and is made through an intense process combining heat and pressure. Cannabis oils are produced with carbon dioxide and are commonly found in vape pen cartridges. Hash is another type of cannabis concentrate that compresses kief into small disks and can be made in a variety of processes including ice water bubble hash, and dry sift hash.

Why should you buy extracts?

Cannabis extracts are great for the experienced cannabis user because they are easy to use and often offer a higher potency than flower. Extracts tend to have refined flavors and offer precise dosing since they are taken directly from the plant’s cannabinoids.

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