For some of us, concentrate is an elusive substance. This highly potent, beautifully amber, and uniquely sticky extract can seem like a blessing from the heavens! So, are concentrates a gift from the stars? How are cannabis concentrates made? Here are some quick facts about concentrates at Los Angeles dispensaries.
Concentrates Vs. Extracts: What’s The Difference?
Technically, concentrates and extracts are different. Concentrates has become somewhat of an umbrella term for both of these products. The main difference is, concentrates use mechanical methods to collect the trichomes. On the other hand, extracts use solvents during the process.
Concentrates and extracts have a higher potency than traditional marijuana. THC levels in these products can be double or even triple the amounts you can find in flowers. Concentrates and extracts can have higher-quality flavor profiles than flowers.
So, What’s The Process Like?
As mentioned earlier, the two types of products are solvent-based and solventless. These processes produce different kinds of concentrates.
Solvent-based extractions use chemicals such as butane, carbon dioxide, ethanol, or propane to dissolve the plant while keeping the desirable parts. The solvent is removed once the desirable trichomes, terpenes, and cannabinoids are gathered. Solvent-based products do vary in purity and potency. Nowadays, this is becoming less of an issue with increased lab testing and knowledge.
Solventless extractions are created manually with high pressure, temperature, and filtration. These extracts can appeal to health-conscious consumers because there isn’t a risk of inhaling any harmful substances. This process is also geared to at-home consumers due to its DIY-friendly nature.
What Product Falls Into What Category?
Now for the fun part! You want to know what your dabbing, don’t you? Here’s which types of concentrates are solvent-based and solventless.
- Honey Oil
- Live Resin
- CO2 Oil
Shatter and wax are some of the more common types of solvent-based concentrates. Shatter is made using butane and will have a glasslike consistency. Wax will have a stickier texture and be soft and pliable. THC Diamonds are new to the market and super potent. We recommend trying Lemon Walker Diamonds by Raw Garden!
- Bubble Hash
Hash is one of the oldest forms of cannabis and has a unique history. Bubble Hash is made by aggravating the trichomes with movement and frigid water. Rosin, on the other hand, is incredibly pure. This form of concentrate uses just heat and pressure during extraction.
Come Try A New Concentrate At Our Los Angeles Dispensary!
Ready to try a new type of concentrate? Roots La has you covered! We carry over 500 varieties of concentrates, so we’re sure there’s something for everyone. If you’re having a tough time making a choice, our knowledgeable staff of budtenders is here to help!