Cannabis concentrates: What the #!%*? are these new products?

These potent products are preferred by frequent consumers with high tolerances to THC

Concentrates and extracts are the strongest cannabis products out there, and they’re now legal in Canada, gradually making their way to online and brick-and-mortar shops in 2020. This versatile class of products is made by extracting THC, cannabinoids and terpenes from cannabis flower to create super-strong liquid, buttery, waxy or solid substances.

Concentrates can be added sparingly to bowls or joints, or consumed on their own by vaporizing and inhaling. As the name suggests, they pack a punch — up to 90 per cent THC, compared to up to 25 per cent THC for most dried flower cannabis strains. While novice consumers might want to ease into the cannabis world with dried flower or oil first, concentrates are popular with users looking for purity and potency.

Concentrates vs. extracts — are they the same thing?

First, a note on terminology.

“Concentrates” and “extracts” are often used interchangeably, but there’s a key difference between the two: Concentrates use mechanical methods such as heat, pressing or sifting to separate the trichomes — the frosty white resin glands on the tip of the plant that contain THC and other cannabinoids — from the plant matter. Creating extracts involves a different process involving solvents, such as butane or ethanol. Think of concentrates as a big tree with different branches: All extracts are concentrates, but not all concentrates are extracts.

By Jane Switzer The Growth Op

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