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Concentrates are just what the name suggests, concentrated cannabis. There are several different methods and techniques used to separate the cannabinoids, terpenes and other natural compounds from the plant material. Hashish had been around for thousands of years while concentrated oil has been around a relatively short time.
Concentrated cannabis oil has been evolving rapidly over the years but the basic process remains the same. Its creation involves the use of a solvent to extract the cannabinoids from the plant material. This is usually done using Butane (BHO), CO2 or alcohol. After extraction, the material is processed according to the final product desired.
Types of oil
Shatter – One of the purest forms of oil made from the butane oil extraction method. This method can be very dangerous and not recommend for anyone but the most experienced professionals. Shatter can be very clear, almost glass-like in appearance. It gets its name from the fact that it “shatters” like glass instead of bending or crumbling. The product can be very potent but not especially rich in flavor.
Sugar Wax (Sauce) – Similar to shatter with a more wax-like consistency. Small crystals are suspended within a sticky, watery, terpene sauce. Know for its aroma and flavor, sauce is quickly becoming a local Portland favorite.
Budder – A sort of cross between shatter and wax made using the popular butane extraction process. The consistency makes it easier to handle than shatter, great for novice dabbers. If you’ve ever went in for a dab of shatter only to have it scatter all over the room, you know what I’m talking about!
Crumble – Is very similar to budder with a dryer texture. The name gives away the consistency. All it takes is a simple tap to break crumble into dust.
Live Resin – Fresh frozen buds are kept in a freezer until ready for extraction. Since the plant contains all the original terpenes the product is very rich in flavor and aroma. The finest oils available today are all made using the live resin process.
Instead of using a flammable solvent like butane, extractors run liquid CO2 through the cannabis to extract the cannabinoids. This process is great for vaporizer pens and edibles. One of the other advantages of CO2 is that it’s nontoxic and nonflammable. CO2 is safer to use and doesn’t contribute toward carbon emissions in our atmosphere.
Hash has traveled around the world from North India, the Arabian peninsula and Europe. The two most common forms on the market now are Bubble Hash and Kief.
Trichomes are separated in ice water by agitating the flower and leaves. The hash is sifted through the same screen material used in creating Tee-shirt prints. Once the hash has dried it can be left as is or pressed into a slab.
Kief is essentially the dry sifted material used for making hashish before. The only difference between kief and hashish is the heat and pressure used to make slabs of hash We are all familiar with the kief that collects at the bottom of our flower jars or when breaking down flower for rolling a joint. Kief is a wonderful choice for flower smokers looking for a little more kick from their products. A little sprinkle on top of your favorite bowl will really make a little go a long way! Mix a little kief into your next joint for a super charged session.
Concentrate pens are one the most convenient forms of consuming cannabis. No flame or smoke makes it popular in areas normal cannabis users may not be allowed. Pens are battery powered and can be easily charged via USB port and the charge will usually last the life of a cartridge.
Oregon’s Finest carries the both cartridges and disposable pens and devices.