Whether you’re an extract enthusiast or a wax aficionado, there’s something about concentrates that keeps you coming back. Maybe it’s the amplified potency or the enhanced terpene flavors, but whatever your reason for loving that oil, there’s nothing more satisfying than sweet sizzle at the bottom of a quartz banger and watching the smoke filter through the chambers that is beyond compare.
A concentrate lover’s holiday is right around the corner: July 10 – a date that when the numbers 710 are turned upside down — spells “oil.” In honor of 710, we have gathered our picks in a handy list you can take with you as you hit the dispensary ahead of the holiday.
Let’s break it down, what are concentrates? Concentrates contain the more desirable compounds of cannabis, the cannabinoids and terpenes. There are many different types of concentrate textures, but rosin is one popular option among concentrate connoisseurs.
Rosin doesn’t require the use of solvents. Rosin is created with heat and pressure, which essentially squeezes out oil that contains the flower’s cannabinoids and terpenes.
Olio Cookies ‘N Cream is a prime example of grade-A Rosin. The extraction artists at the Olio headquarters craft rosin from freshly extracted ice wax at the very lowest temperature and pressure to filter away contaminants. This results in an ultra-refined, solventless budder loaded with sweet vanilla flavors. The exhale is just as smooth as the inhale and the lingering terpenes fade into a blissful aroma. Drop a dime-sized dab of Olio Cookies ‘N Cream Rosin into a heated nail and have some milk with your cookies.
Extracts are concentrates that involve the use of another substance, called a solvent, to pull the desired compounds away from the flower. Solvents such as butane, propane, ethanol, and supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2) are used to extract cannabinoids from the flower. Common forms of extracts include Shatter, Budder, and Sauce.
Easy to break and dab, Shatter earned its name from its glasslike appearance and breakability. High-quality Shatter tends to have a translucent amber-gold tint. This type of extract goes under a meticulous purging cycle to properly remove all solvents before the manufacturing process.
Galaxy’s Banana Tangie Live Resin Shatter is luminous and light. The color reflects the amber-gold finish that dabbers desire and if heated and taken at the precise temperature, the tropical-citrus flavors will elevate your taste buds to a sweet paradise filled with hints of banana and oranges.
Badder and Budder
Badder? Budder? What’s the difference? There is a slight difference in texture but other than that, there’s not much of a distinction between the two. Badder describes a cannabis concentrate that is similar to cake frosting in texture. Budder’s consistency is similar to a stick of cooking butter and appears in a variety of solvent-based extractions.
Moxie uses a laboratory-grade three-step process along with updated technology to churn its Live Resin Badder. They extract the cannabis plant’s oleoresin, or natural essential oils, to retain important byproducts such as cannabinoids, terpenes, and plant lipids. By applying this method of extraction, each scoop of Moxie Super Lemon Haze Live Resin Badder carries a potent palate of terpene flavors that translate into a crisp citrus fragrance.
Sauce has been popping up everywhere on dispensary menus. This cannabis concentrate has grown into popularity over the recent years because of its reputation for strong aromas and flavors. Shovel a fair-sized scoop of sauce then wait for the nail to cool, so you can enjoy the full spectrum of flavors. There are other types of sauce like High Cannabinoid Full Spectrum Extract (HCFSE) and High Terpene Full Spectrum Extract (HTFSE).
West Coast Cure Apple Fritter Sauce takes the cake in quality. Clusters of crystals swim in a pool of terpene-laden sauce. Upon untwisting the lid, your nostrils will identify notes of nutmeg followed by a classic apple cinnamon aroma. The savory scent breezes through your senses and the dab leaves your lungs feeling refreshed as the compelling flavors linger.
Vapes are a convenient and discreet way to medicate. Vape cartridges are filled with base cannabis oils like distillate or CO2 and offer a potent alternative to smoking flower or dabbing wax. In the today’s marijuana marketplace, new vape cartridges are hitting dispensary shelves in a variety of shapes and sizes.
The 510-thread cartridges are the most common type of vape cartridges on the market. It is optimal to use a 510 because they produce more vapor resulting in larger smoke clouds but they do have a slightly restricted airflow. Alpine Vapor fills 510-thread vape cartridges with grade-A cannabis oil that use organic sun-grown cannabis distilled by a solvent-free process making it perfect for anybody who doesn’t want to sacrifice potency for convenience. Its thorough process also ensures that each cartridge provides consumers with a consistent entourage of therapeutic effects and flavors.
Pods and 510-thread vape cartridges have the same amount of cannabis oil with a different method of delivery. Pods are square-shaped and usually designed to fit specific vape batteries. When the pod is attached to the battery, it can be commonly mistaken for a flash drive, like the Stiiizy pen. Pod-style cartridges are discreet and fit in the palm of your hand. Stiiizy uses handcrafted distillate adds cannabis-derived terpenes to preserve the strain flavors and potency.
There we have it — a 710 guide to extracts to help you choose your concentrates of choice so let us know below; are you a sauce boss or are you a baddie that prefers budder?