Types of Cannabis Extracts

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There are many types of cannabis extracts. What's the difference between them? Let us explain.

WIth cannabis becoming more and more acceptable, people and companies have been creating some really great cannabis extracts. But what's the difference? There many differences. But in the end, you still get the same effect. Here are a few of the more popular types of cannabis extracts:

  • Wax
  • Shatter
  • Live Resin
  • Oil
  • Hash
  • Rosin

What is Wax?

Wax is a cannabis concentrate (extract) that has the consistency of ear wax. Hints the name: Wax. Wax is generally made from a butane extraction. The butane is pushed through the cannabis plant material, leaching out all of the essential oils. Those are collected, the butane is evaporated and then vacuum purged off, and you are left with your BHO in a wax form.

 

What is Live Resin?

Live resin is still a form of BHO. The main differences between shatter/wax and live resin are the flavor profiles, terpene (the aromatic hydrocarbons found in cannabis) quality, texture, and consistency of the final products. Live resin uses fresh, frozen cannabis flowers that are taken from the grow before they have had the chance to cure and dry. Most extracts use dry plants.

 

What is Rosin?

Rosin is made by an extraction process that utilizes a combination of heat and pressure to nearly instantaneously squeeze resinous sap from your initial starting material. The result is a translucent, sappy, and sometimes shatter-like product. If executed correctly, rosin can rival the flavor, potency, and yield of other solvent-based extraction products. It can also be made in any household as there are no chemicals used in the process.

What is Shatter?

Wax can also be made into “shatter” through the same extraction method used to make Wax. However, the difference is in how it comes out of the purging process and the temperature you use. It behaves like glass in its stable form and can be easily broken apart with a dabber. Shatter contains more terpenes on average and generally tastes better than wax.

 

What is Oil?

The Oil extraction process can be extracted with Butane or CO2. This allows compounds to be extracted with low toxicity; it utilizes a high pressure vessel containing cannabis. Supercritical CO2 is inserted into the vessel and pumped through a filter where it is separated from the plant matter once the pressure is released. The supercritical CO2 evaporates and is dissolved into the oil.

 

What is Hash?

The oldest form of cannabis extracts is "Hash". There are many types of hash that  can be found around the world. Ranging from Bubble Hash, ISO Hash, and Keif Bricks. Hash can have many looks. Usually it will come in a brown brick that can be crumbled down to more smokable amounts. Hash is more common in Europe and Middle East as it's easy to obtain. Any old stoner will have a story of smoke hash blocks!

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