When you strip away the plant matter from a hemp plant, you are left with valuable components like cannabinoids, terpenes, and other plant compounds. CBD concentrates give you these valuable agents in a perfectly concentrated form that yield potency levels as much as 40 to 99 percent. Let’s take a closer look.
What Are CBD Concentrates?
CBD concentrates are essentially concentrated cannabidiol, which can be found in a variety of forms. The concentrates deliver high levels of the valuable cannabinoids and sometimes terpenes to give you more of what you want with less product used. CBD concentrates may be many different consistencies, from thick oil to waxy sauce and powder.
Types of Concentrates
CBD concentrates can take on a number of forms depending on the technique used during extraction and then processing. You can have a totally unique concentrate form by manipulating certain steps in the extraction process. With so many types of CBD concentrate, you have a ton of ways to experiment with using them in different ways. Everyone finds they have a specific concentrate preference. Here is a look at some of the most common types of concentrates and the qualities of each. Back to top.
Crystalline or Powder
Crystalline or powder CBD is basically pure isolated CBD that contains virtually nothing but the CBD itself. This is bare-bones CBD with no terpenes, no resin, and no other cannabinoids present. For example, our CBD Isolate Powder is 99 percent pure CBD. You may also see CBG isolate powder as well (a less commonly occurring cannabinoid in hemp). Back to top.
Hash is a dry concentrate that is created by dry-sifting trichomes from the plant and then using pressure and heat to compress them. CBD hash is pretty high full-spectrum cannabinoids content even though it never goes through a major extraction process. However, the cannabinoid content will most likely still be lower with hash than sauce or resin. Back to top.
Budder is a fluffy, waxy concentrate that has a consistency similar to whipped budder. This unique composition occurs due to the manufacturer using a combination of heat and air pressure during the final stages of extraction to incorporate the extra with more air than usual. Back to top.
Shatter looks about like it sounds—like something that could shatter with direct force. Shatter has the consistency of something like hard candy or toffee, which makes it easy to break off tiny chunks to add to a bowl or dab rig. However, once heated, shatter becomes thick and oily like melted candy. Back to top.
CBD crumble is a bit waxy and lumpy. The concentrate is not all that sticky so it easily crumbles in your fingers, and it is easy to separate to get just a small amount to use in a way of your choice. Believe it or not, the secret behind the consistency is added moisture, which does not mix well with naturally present oil in the base extract. Back to top.
Live resin is a concentrate made by freezing hemp plants before harvesting them and extracting the cannabinoids immediately thereafter. This concentrate contains a high concentration of terpenes and is known to taste amazing. Back to top.
Honey thick and chock-full of cannabinoids, CBD distillate is a popular form of concentrate because of its superior potency. The distillate is not just full of cannabinoids; it is also filled with concentrated terpenes. This thick, oily concentrate is great for dabbing, but can also be used in refillable vape cartridges. Back to top.
Terp sauce is similar to live resin because it is specifically created via an extraction process that protects almost every available terpene. The sauce is the consistency of a thick and “sugary” sauce, which means it works out well for dabbing. Terp sauce has a high concentration of terpenes, which gives it a variety of flavors and makes it highly sought after by connoisseurs. Back to top.
CBD wax has a waxy consistency and is dabbed in small amounts with an electric nail, vaping device, or dab rig. CBD wax is ultra-concentrated, so you only need a “dab” to get the full CBD effects. Back to top.
Typical Extraction Methods
As noted above, you can extract CBD from the hemp plant in several unique ways, and each methodology can generate a different form of CBD concentrate when all is said and done. A few of the most commonly used extraction methods today include:
- Solvent-Based Extraction
- Supercritical CO2 Extraction
- Hydrocarbon Extraction
In short, all of these extraction processes are effective at separating the valuable plant compounds from the invaluable plant matter. Some methods are more effective than others, and some create a purer end product that is less likely to be contaminated with unwanted agents or plant materials.
Can CBD Concentrates Be Vaped?
Yes. Most concentrates can be vaped by using either an electronic vaporizer or a pre-filled cartridge attached to your own rig. For example, we have Broad-Spectrum CBD Cartridges you can freely attach to your own 510 threaded battery to enjoy.
CBD concentrates are partially popular because they can be enjoyed in a plethora of ways. While the most popular form of consumption is hands-down inhalation, concentrates can also be infused into topical products, added to edibles, and even used to spice up your smoking experience.
Looking for Quality CBD Concentrates?
It really is no wonder concentrates are so popular in the world of cannabis, and now with CBD, concentrates are gaining just as much worthy attention. If you are on the search for high-quality CBD concentrates, be sure to check out our full collection at The Hemp Barn. Back to top.