What Are Cannabis Oil, Wax Extracts, and Shatter?
- Posted by Options Medical Center
- On July 3, 2018
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Extracts or concentrates are commonly referred to as wax, shatter, and oil. They are a relatively newer entry into the world of cannabis. At Options Medical Center, we want to clear up the information regarding extracts and concentrates. The three types of concentrates featured here are oil, wax, and shatter. All three have their own unique benefits and properties, and we are happy to share this knowledge with our customers and patients.
What is Cannabis Oil?
Cannabis oil is extracted from the marijuana plant and contains high levels of THC and CBD, including many other cannabinoids. The levels of these cannabinoids are much higher than the levels found in the flower or even resins. Along with the high levels of potency and THC, oil is reported to be beneficial for people with many conditions including epilepsy, anxiety, multiple inflammatory diseases, and has even shown evidence in impacting the growth of certain cancers. More and more research is being done that will shed more light on the medical benefits of cannabis oil and its relationship with modern medicine.
What is Wax?
Wax is one of the lesser stables of the concentrates. Due to this, it is a little more tricky to consume. Wax is extracted from the cannabis plant in a special process using butane. Wax is known for its lower THC level (around 70%) and buttery, gooey consistency. Buttery versions are referred to as budder while more crumbly dryer versions are called crumble.
What is Shatter?
Shatter is almost identical to wax as far as the butane extraction process, but it is characterized by a more translucent clear appearance and is much more stable, so it makes consumption easier. The name shatter refers to the concentrate’s tendency to shatter when using it. There is also a more gooey shatter that pulls and snaps when taking some to dab; both are glass-like in appearance and translucent. Typically higher in THC than wax (closer to 90% THC), it also appears to last longer due to its potency and ease of use for dabbing.
At Options Medical Center pride ourselves on carrying some of the best concentrates in the state of Colorado. Check out both our medical and recreational options and visit us to find our locations, hours of operation, and more.
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