concentrates

What is hash and concentrates?


Hashish, also known as hash, is made by eliminating plant material and collecting the trichomes from the flower tops of female cannabis plants. These flowers, or ‘heads’, are the most potent parts of the plant. As a result, the THC content of hashish typically varies from 20% to 60%. In Colorado

Many know marijuana concentrates as "hash" but most of what is in Colorado's recreational marijuana dispensaries is not the traditional hash that was common before marijuana was commercialized. In Colorado, concentrates include products like oils, waxes, budder, shatter, and rosin. Marijuana concentrates can reach extremely dangerous THC content levels - 40-90% THC potency levels.

wax_300x200Budder is the result of extracting THC utilizing butane (which has caused many house explosions in Colorado from individuals attempting this process) or CO2. Budder has a buttery cream texture in pale or light yellow color almost in a paste like consistency. It contains high level of THC about 99.7% more potent than the actual buds of the marijuana plant which usually only have about 5 to 25 percent. Wax is the failed form of budder extract. Waxes varies in appearance from crumbly candle wax that has a creamy color to amber colored wet sugar type, totally depending on what procedure was used in obtaining the wax.  

hashoil_300x200Oil is made from concentrated hash oil that comes in a molasses like form and usually has an amber color or golden for the more expensive variety. This hash oil is extracted by using solvents like ethyl or isopropyl alcohol via method of agitation and evaporation. Commons types are called “honey oil,” “honeycomb,” or “flake.” Hash oils have high potency THC content that ranges from 50 to 80 percent.

shatter_300x211Shatter is the most pure of potent concentrates with THC potency upwards of 90%. Shatter is a refined version of butane hash oil , which typically involves multiple steps to extract all the plant matter and solvents. This form will shatter into bits when use with a dabber, but when heat is applied it will transform into a chewy consistency. It has very light yellow color to dark amber and has a glasslike appearance.


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