If you’ve been a long-time cannabis user, chances are you’ve heard the terms “cannabis concentrate” and “flower” before. Both are full-spectrum, and research has pointed to many benefits of using full-spectrum cannabis. But how do you know which form is right for you? Keep reading to learn all you need to know to make the right purchase.
- What is the difference between cannabis flower and concentrate?
- Why would someone choose one over the other?
- How do they make these products?
- What benefits does each have?
- How can you use concentrates with flowers?
Flowers VS CBD Concentrates
First of all, both flowers and concentrate come from cannabis. In fact, concentrates start with raw organic flowers. Where flower is unprocessed in its natural form, Concentrates are the processed by-product of the raw organic flower.
|Product||Pros and cons||Form||Usage||Symptom benefits|
|Raw Flower||Versatile, 100% Organic, Lower Forms of THC||Raw Plant Material||Smoke, Eat, Steep, & Drink||Pain, Inflammation, Anxiety, Weightloss, Depression, Recreation|
|Concentrate||Higher THC, Less is needed for higher effects||By-product of flower in wax form, hard candy-like form, or liquid||Smoked, can be eaten, but not as effective||Pain, Inflammation, Anxiety, Weightloss, Depression, Recreation, Higher THC|
While you can eat cannabis wax, shatters or dabs, it isn’t the best way to consume concentrates. Bioavailability is key. Like any CBD that is eaten, it takes longer to enter the bloodstream, you lose some of the compounds through digestion, and you first must prepare the cannabis compounds for best absorption, aka decarboxylate or decarbing, your cannabis before baking with it to activate all the compounds.
Decarbing is essential for the conversion of the cannabinoid acids THCA and CBDA into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD). After decarbing, THC has its psychoactive effects, CBD has its sedative and anti-inflammatory effects, and you have the option of adding your weed wax to your edibles.
What is a CBD Concentrate?
Cannabis concentrates are the condensed product of the processed cannabis flower. In other words, a dense form of cannabinoids. Just like juice concentrate, cannabis concentrates all the extra water and substance other than cannabinoids have been removed. They are literally only the good stuff. Generally, concentrates also have more THC—the chemical compound in cannabis that gives you the high.
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When it comes to concentrates, it’s key to remember less is more! RVDCBD has 2 concentrates in classic American flavors: Ekto Kooler (a throwback to RVD’s prime time) and Cherry Pie (the American classic dessert). To know more about what form they come in, let’s dive into how they are made.
The Science Behind CBD Concentrates
Cannabis concentrates are made through a chemical process called extraction. This means the cannabis is treated with heat or chemical solvents. Why? So the heat or chemical can isolate the wanted compounds from their raw material. There are a handful of extraction methods. One way is to use low temperatures; this protects the desired compounds from damage. Another technique is called “butane hash oil,” which involves applying heat and pressure to cannabinoids instead of chemical solvents. Either way, the end results are a substance that looks like thick oil or wax. The end product is a concentrated form of cannabis compounds—the same ones found in raw flowers. Thus, concentrates are much stronger than flowers.
However, not all concentrates are the same. Potency is determined by how it’s made. 2 factors influence potency: cannabis strain(s) and the extraction method. In general, cannabis flowers with higher THC content will produce a more potent concentrate than lower-THC strains like hemp or industrial hemp.
The History Of CBD Concentrates
Cannabis concentrates were first concocted by hand in the 1960s and 70s. Hashish was the first concentrated and made by hand. In the 1980s, commercial hash oil came onto the scene and became available for purchase at dispensaries across North America.
In the 1990s, automated processes were developed that allowed for large-scale production of cannabis concentrates using machines instead of human hands.
Even though CBD was made commercially available as early as 1940, it wasn’t until 2014 when Obama signed the Farm bill which started a hemp pilot program. Then in 2018, again through the Farm Bill, hemp was legalized nationwide with a .3% THC limit. Today, the legislation goes back and forth on marijuana, and the hemp-derived delta-8 compound similar to delta-9 (aka THC).
Forms of Cannabis Concentrates
- Hash oil
- Live Resin
- Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)
RVDCBD has two concentrates, Ekto Kooler, and Cherry Pie. RVDCBD concentrates look like shards of hard candy. These crystallized shards are packed with flavor and higher levels of THC (15-20% more) than our raw flowers. Ekto Kooler and Cherry Pie come from different strains and thus have different benefits, but both will lift your body and mind with the cannabinoid classic high.
How To Use CBD Concentrates?
Some vaporizers heat oils to a point where they are hot enough to evaporate, but not hot enough to combust. Other vaporizers heart heat loose leaf material mixed with concentrates. Both ways heat up the substance for inhalation.
You can make any edible recipe with cannabis concentrates, it just needs to be fully incorporated like any other ingredient. Baking with cannabis does require some attention to temperature. Click here for more on baking with cannabis concentrates or flowers.
You can add concentrates to pipes packed with ground flower or smoke them alone. Using shatters may require extra heat to melt the dab. Also, remember a little bit of concentrate goes a long way.
There are many ways to consume cannabis, and each method has its own benefits. It’s important to know your options. When it comes to selecting a strain or product, choose the most effective one for your needs. If you need to know more, browse our CBD 101 education section. If you’re looking for something more potent, perhaps you should try RVD’s concentrates.