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Cannabis Concentrates

What Are Cannabis Concentrates?

Cannabis concentrates are concentrated forms of marijuana, specifically the cannabinoids. Cannabinoids and terpenes are removed from the cannabis plant using extraction methods to create a crude extract.

Concentrates take many forms based on how the resulting crude extract is manipulated; shatter, crumble, distillate and rosin are common forms, but there are many more. The final form ranges in texture, but the dose remains the same across types.

Cannabis concentrates are 5 times more potent than the dose of a vape—each grain of rice-sized piece holds approximately 25mg of THC. For this reason, marijuana concentrates are considered a macrodose option.

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Types of Cannabis Concentrates

For a novice, it may seem like all extracts and concentrates are just as potent. That much is true—the most potent products contain high levels of cannabinoids such as THC. In addition to similarities, there are many differences between the various types of concentrates, including texture, taste, color, and extraction process.

We’ve created the ultimate guide to everything you need to know about all the various types of concentrates, the differences between them, and your top FAQs.



Shatter is a cannabis extract best known for its stunning appearance. Often referred to as shatter weed, marijuana shatter, or shatter wax, shatter is unlike any other marijuana product on the market. It’s reminiscent of stained glass—not quite opaque, not quite transparent. It has a brittle consistency that tends to shatter when dosed, hence the name, and varies in shade from dark ambers and honey-like tones to lighter shades of yellow like vegetable oil.

Shatter FAQs



Rosin is a form of concentrate that uses no solvents for extraction. Creating cannabis rosin starts with collecting the trichomes, or the resinous glands, from the cannabis plant. These mushroom-shaped hairs are where the treasured cannabinoids and terpenes are produced and give bud its prized frosted appearance. After the trichomes are collected, they are sifted through mesh screens to isolate solely the trichome heads, then pressed using only heat and pressure.

The resulting oil is set aside to solidify. Taffying is required, or the twisting and pulling of the concentrate, to ensure a homogenous distribution of cannabinoids and terpenes, as well as to perfect its texture.

Cannabis Rosin FAQs



Rick Simpson Oil, or RSO, is a marijuana concentrate that was created by Rick Simpson. The concentrate is a full extract cannabis oil, or FECO—in addition to cannabinoids and terpenes, RSO contains the fats, lipids, chlorophylls, and more plant compounds.  One syringe-full of RSO may contain around 600 mg of THC. The RSO has a dark appearance and is viscous, so it should be warmed slightly in the crook of your elbow prior to dosing. Users in the know will buy their RSO from a dispensary and dispense minute amounts from a special plastic oral syringe with a plunger.

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) FAQs

Budder and Badder

Budder and Badder

Budder, a concentrate that ranges from slightly runny to thick like cookie dough, and badder, a concentrate with a runny, wet appearance slightly thicker than sauce, are intensely aromatic and flavorful macrodosing options.

These forms of cannabis concentrate are derived by melting down Shatter. The extract is whipped to achieve a homogenous texture. Budder looks fluffy, like butter, hence its name, while badder is slightly runny and similar in texture to cake batter.

Cannabis Budder FAQs



Cannabis can be distilled to create a highly refined extract that contains cannabinoids and terpenes, or one cannabinoid only in an isolated form. Terpenes are responsible for the final product’s taste and smell, so removing them provides complete control over the final product and produces an odorless, flavorless, translucent, and amber-colored product.often used in topicals and edibles.

Cannabis Distillate FAQs



Crumble is a potent and strain-specific extract that captures the essence of nature's most sought-after flower in a pure, flavorful dab. This delicious extract boasts a honeycomb-like texture that is light and airy, making it the ideal accompaniment for dabbing or adding to the top of your flower before rolling into a joint.

Crumble reflects the careful attention to detail that goes into each and every step of the extraction process. From the selection of the finest buds, to the use of advanced extraction methods and careful, deliberate agitation, the result is a fragrant product that exceeds expectations, embodying the spirit of craftsmanship, quality, and passion.

Cannabis Crumble FAQs


Cannabis Sugar

Sugar, a remarkable and versatile cannabis extract, is a textured collection of small THCA crystals, each one a tiny treasure trove of potent and delicious cannabis goodness. Created through a meticulously controlled hydrocarbon extraction process, Sugar boasts an uncompromising purity and mouth-watering taste experience that is sure to delight even the most discerning connoisseur.

What really sets Sugar apart is its terpene content. By using high-quality cannabis flower and carefully preserving a high percentage of terpenes from the strain extracted, the resulting crystals are immersed in a terpene sauce for a rich and complex flavor profile that is both subtly nuanced and powerfully aromatic.

Cannabis Sugar FAQs

Cannabis Concentrates FAQs

Get answers to any of your additional questions about cannabis concentrates and discover everything you need to know to make an informed decision about which extracts is right for you!

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