Concentrates, also known as hash, are a popular way of consuming cannabis. Concentrates are made through the process of stripping the marijuana plant matter of its psychoactive and cannabinoid resin properties (trichomes). The most popular and commonly known cannabinoids are THC, due to its psychoactive properties, and CBD, known for its therapeutic effects. That said cannabis contains over 66 cannabinoids, each with a unique set of properties and effects. During the extraction process, cannabinoids within the plant profile are extracted finding their way into the final product—hash. Plant material that is fresh at the time of extraction results in a higher quality hash.
Enjoying cannabis in the form of a concentrate allows consumers to receive a strong dose of cannabinoids without inhaling burnt plant matter. Concentrates continue to grow in popularity as more consumers look for an alternative to smoking marijuana.
Most marijuana concentrates are named after their appearance. For example, shatter, wax, and budder all refer to the consistency of the cannabis concentrate, although it is the method in which they were created that determines the difference in melting points, appearances and price. While many marijuana concentrate products are similar in THC percentage, they all have different melting points, cannabinoid profiles and appearances.