Fall is here! It is getting colder, wetter, and full of pumpkin spice. Autumn is also the perfect time to expand your cannabis palette. Cannabis concentrates are more than the typical ‘dabs.’ Here are a few cannabis concentrates worth your time this Fall:
Let’s begin with a simple one: Wax. This style of cannabis concentrate is seldomly mentioned as ‘sap.’ Wax is typically a soft, crumbly cannabis concentrate. Wax usually has attributes similar to that of cookie crumbs. Despite wax’s dry and non-glassy appearance, giving the cannabis concentrate an ‘earwax’ condition, this style of cannabis concentrate has a relaxed consistency. Cannabis patients in possession of great wax may encounter high-end titles of wax like ‘sap’ or ‘budder.’
Shatter is a sturdy, opaque cannabis concentrate with natural properties similar to that of shattered glass or firm candy. This is where it gets its title of being ‘shatter.’ Cannabis concentrates with similar styles of consistency are often the result of hydrocarbon extraction, like Butane Hash Oil (or BHO.) Shatter applies when the raw essence is placed onto a faint, flat surface while remaining undisturbed during the process of extraction. Shatter commodities are often held in high esteem for being a flexible concentrate (irony.) Despite this, shatter is known to become loose and quite gooey when exposed to awkward temperatures like extreme heat. Ideally, when stored in cooler temperatures, the consistency of shatter becomes ‘pull-and-snap’; This is the style of shatter that cannabis concentrate aficionados have come to expect.
Comparable to how opaque cannabinoid-pulled oils overwhelm the spectrum between cannabis concentrates like shatter or others, wax can take on a slew of textures depending on variables like heat, humidity, and the overall balance of oil before extraction (or the system in which solutions or enzymes are diffused from cannabis.) Oils with excess moisture usually create goop-like waxes called ‘budder.’ On the other hand, the sturdier forms of cannabis concentrates are likely to make a soft, crumbly texture referred to as ‘crumble’ or ‘honeycomb’ The term “wax” can be used to represent all of the more delicate, solid textures of cannabis concentrates
The name rosin relates to a unique extraction method that works a fusion of heat alongside the pressure. This process instantly forces the sap, typically referred to as rosin out of the cannabis. Furthermore, the phrase “rosin” derives from a style of crafting a product using friction. Considering cannabis, this style of cannabis concentrate creation (say that three times fast) is incredibly flexible. Rosin can either be used with bud or clean hash and kief into full-melt oil. The result is often transparent and can even resemble shatter. If performed properly, rosin can be reminiscent of the taste, amount, and even strength of other extraction products that utilize enzymes.
Live resin is a form of cannabis concentrate crafted by employing a method that uses cannabis and freezes it to sub-zero temperatures before and during the cannabis extraction process. Considering cannabis concentrates, live resin is fairly young in the cannabis concentrate game. Live resin was crafted in 2011. Other reports state the cannabis concentrate was created in late 2013. Live Resin is produced by creating a specialized BHO (or Butane Hash Oil) extractor with the capacity of sustaining the low temperatures required to make live resin cannabis concentrates. With a small amount of ingenuity, the creator of live resin produced something never seen before. Utilizing frozen bud, the trichomes become more detachable from the cannabis for the pending concentrate. Together, the creators of live resin were able to mold extract cannabinoids, terpenes, and other desired cannacompounds for concentrates.