LEARN: Concentrates

Discussion in 'Concentrates' started by VakarianZ, Jan 30, 2018.

  1. VakarianZ

    VakarianZ Administrator

    From brownies to medicated muscle creams, you can find cannabis concentrates in hundreds of products.

    Concentrates are products made from the cannabis plant that have been processed to keep only the most desirable plant compounds (primarily the cannabinoids and terpenes), while removing excess plant material and other impurities. Ounce for ounce, cannabis concentrates have a greater proportion of cannabinoids and terpenes when compared to natural cannabis flowers.

    Concentrates can also help increase the potency of your flower. The next time you pack a bowl with cannabis flower, try sprinkling kief on top, or add drops of concentrate oil to cannabis flower before rolling your joint. Cannabis concentrate products can also be consumed on their own. For example, concentrates can be vaporized using a portable vaporizer or dab rig (this activity is referred to as “dabbing”). Dabbing has quickly become one of the most popular consumption methods in the market.

    Clockwise from top: Shatter, distillate, crumble, badder, crystalline, rosin, dry sift

    Concentrates let you experience cannabis in a multitude of ways; they come in a variety of textures and can be consumed using several different methods. The look and feel of a concentrate doesn’t necessarily indicate its level of quality (effects, flavor, potency); these are simply aesthetics that can help you keep track of your personal preferences.

    One of the leading benefits of concentrates is the rapid onset time and the ability to yield a high more potent than consuming cannabis flower. Concentrates have a high bioavailability, meaning the effects you feel and experience, as well as the rate of absorption into your body, happen almost immediately. The effects of a cannabis concentrate can last anywhere from 1 to 3 hours, depending on the person.

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  2. bigchunk

    bigchunk Registered

    This is an excellent definition and description of what cannabis concentrates are all about. It helps consumers and especially cannabis users understand the key benefits of using concentrates as opposed to smoking the dried flower in a joint, “the old fashion way”. More importantly, it helps commercial growers of dried flowers understand why in legalized states the price has plunged for dried flowers alone and why producing cannabis oils is now the number one choice of growers who want to continue to make good profits in the cannabis industry. Is there a way to grow cannabis oil? No! Of course not... directly. But indirectly, all a commercial producer like myself, needs do is stretch his mind. I grow in the majestic beauty and isolation (the key word here!) of the BC Rocky Mountains. With over 5000 plants per harvest 4-5 times a year, split between summer greenhouses and our retro-fitted abandoned mine shaft our annual harvest of Bud is in the tons. When we saw prices in legalized US states plunge for many reasons, we up in Canada needed to get prepared for the same situation once Canada was supposed to go legal nation wide this July 2018. After we saw the prices for premium cured flowers drop in Colorado from dollars to pennies per gram we started to study the market to see where all the money in cannabis was still being made. Even though there was a glut in the market, in the just 6 US states to have gone legal, the rate of production soared by over 500%! We had to ask ourselves where was all the money going and who was making it. We decided to follow the money and the trail led us to cannabis concentrates in the form of oil extracts!

    The governments in these states saw these figures of course as well and had been planning all along to take advantage of the price drops in dried flower and add taxes on the sale of it to licensed dispensaries so legal weed stayed nearly the same as black market weed (before legalization) only now Big Brother was making most of the money! MOST but not all! The only producers who continued to profit were the ones who learned the art and science of cannabis oil extraction and packaging in the form of cannabis oil extracts in bottles for droppers and sprays and vaping in vape cartridges. And of those profitable produces, the ones at the very top where doing it all: growing their own flowers, (selling only a fraction to dispensaries) extracting the majority for oils and even packaging those oils themselves with their own robotic bottle and cartridge filling systems.

    We copied this successful business model and made out like Bandits! The hitch was that soon after we saw the market value shift to oil produced from the regular methods to 100% organically grown Bud with no chemicals of any kind. We felt blessed that our methods had always been one hundred percent organic growing. But the hitch for us remained in the trimming process. All the auto trimmers we tried used blades and some with chemical coatings on those blades to prevent the valuable resin, trichomes and terpenes from sticking onto the blades. When we tested our Buds in independent labs for purity we were horrified to find high traces of chemical residue from metal shavings from those blades and the chemical coatings that quickly wore off the blades onto our Buds! Since ALL producers using auto-trimmers to ready their medical marijuana for sale had this problem we were still OK. But about 4 years ago we discovered the only auto-trimmer new on the market that didn’t use blades and as a result didn’t contaminate our trimmed Buds with metal shavings and worn-off chemical residue. They’re called, “Tom’s Tumble Trimmer”. These machines don’t use blades or chemical coatings of any kind. Instead of blades they used a mesh drum to tumble the Buds and as they bumped into each other from tumbling that’s what did the trimming! What they didn’t advertise, but should have, and what we found out later, was that the mesh on their drums was non-stick as a result of a patented solid medical/food grade material that worked like Teflon without the chemical contaminants of “non-stick” coating because of its solid medical/food grade material construction. NOTHING STICKS to our Tom’s Tumblers and ALL of our Buds not only come out looking like perfect hand-trimmed Bud, but the non-stick mesh keeps 99% of the valuable resin on our Buds and trim. We have 5 of these machines now and our flowers we sell to dispensaries and turn into cannabis oils with our own cannabis oil extraction and filling machines make 100% pure medical grade oils for CBD and THC oils...that no one can dispute.

    So now we’re ready for legalization in Canada whenever that happens and we continue to stay on top of the market with 100% pure organically produced cannabis oil concentrates.
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