Concentrates at Options Medical Center
Our goal at Options Medical Center is to always provide customers with the best cannabis products in the state of Colorado. Since concentrates are becoming so popular, we’ve identified some of the best and added a wide variety to our dispensaries’ menus. When you’re looking for cannabis concentrates with excellent flavor and high THC content, you can find them at our dispensaries in Wheat Ridge and Boulder. Since there are so many different options, most of our patients and customers find it helpful to learn more about concentrates as they narrow down their search for the one that appeals most to them.
What Are Cannabis Concentrates?
Cannabis concentrates are refined extracts made from cannabis plant material. Scientists have found a number of different ways to extract the most desirable components of the cannabis plant and deliver them in a condensed product. The nature of cannabis concentrates allows people to consume less product and still get a massive amount of cannabinoids, normally THC.
In addition to the high THC concentration, cannabis extracts may contain especially concentrated amounts of terpenes. Terpenes are natural organic compounds found in cannabis and other plants, somewhat like essential oils. It’s the terpenes that help give each strain of cannabis its unique flavor and aroma. In recent years, we’ve also learned that the unique terpene profile of a strain may influence how it affects people due to something called the entourage effect.
How Are Cannabis Concentrates Made?
There are several different ways to make cannabis concentrates, and each extraction process has its own nuances. At their most simple level, though, cannabis concentrates can be categorized as either solvent-based cannabis concentrates or solventless cannabis concentrates. To create solventless cannabis extracts, scientists normally use environmental stimuli like heat to isolate cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material.
Alternatively, solvents like propane and butane can be used to create high levels of pressure that separate cannabinoids and terpenes from the plant material. These types of concentrates are often referred to as Butane Hash Oil (BHO) or Propane Hash Oil (PHO) to give people an idea of the process used by the producer. Solvent-based cannabis concentrates must be carefully purified to remove all of the solvent after the extraction is completed because propane and butane are not safe for human consumption. Here at Options Medical Center, we only source our concentrates from reputable scientists who conduct thorough testing on all of their products.
Types of Cannabis Concentrates
Once you dive deeper into the world of cannabis concentrates, there’s more to these products than whether they were made with or without solvents. Depending on how exactly an extraction was completed, the final product will have its own unique characteristics. Aspects like flavor, THC concentration, and appearance separate the different types of cannabis concentrates even further. When you investigate the menu at your local Colorado dispensary, you’re likely to see types of cannabis concentrates like the following.
Shatter is a glassy concentrate with an appearance like amber hard candy. It gets its name because its relatively hard texture makes it easy to shatter like glass. It forms like this because the cannabis extract is poured onto trays where it hardens. The stiffness of shatter makes it tricky to work with at first, but many people report that heating the dab tool slightly makes things easier. Since it’s not an especially flexible substance, most people like to enjoy shatter on a dab rig.
Wax is softer than shatter because they’re typically whipped into a frothy consistency at the end of the extraction process. Moist waxes may also be called budder, badder, or frosting, while dry waxes might be referred to as honeycomb or crumble. Wax can be dabbed or added to flower, and it’s generally easier to manipulate than shatter is. Be careful of how you store it, though, because it doesn’t stay fresh quite as well as shatter does.
Live resin is the result of a solvent-based extraction process performed on fresh, flash-frozen cannabis flower. The entire process takes place at low temperatures, which prevents any terpenes from being burnt off. As a result, many people say that live resin is the best tasting cannabis concentrate and has the most authentic, flower-like flavor. Live resin often has a juicy consistency, and you might start to notice clumps of THC crystals forming in it over time as the mixture settles.
Like live resin, live rosin is extracted from fresh cannabis plant material that has been frozen to low temperatures. The primary difference between these two types of cannabis concentrates is that live rosin does not use any sort of solvent in the extraction process. To make live rosin, the producer has to make ice wax first– the frozen plant material is tossed with ice to break the cannabis crystals loose into a fine, kief-like hash.
That ice wax is dried thoroughly, at which point it has less water content than the original plant material did. It’s heated carefully to fuse the crystals together into live rosin without getting so hot that terpenes or cannabinoids burn off. Live rosin is another one of the most flavorful cannabis concentrates thanks to its high terpene density.
Cannabis sap normally has the consistency of a thick liquid, almost like honey. Since it’s more flexible than most of the other concentrates on this list, it’s relatively easy to combine with cannabis flower. People also like to enjoy cannabis sap in refillable dab pens.
A Word About Cannabis Vape Cartridges
One of the easiest ways to enjoy cannabis extracts is by using a pre-filled vape cartridge. All you need is a battery, and you can even get a disposable one that comes attached to the cartridge. These products offer the opportunity to try cannabis concentrates before you invest in a dab rig or any other accessories.
What to Know Before Enjoying Cannabis Concentrates
If you’ve ever tried cannabis edibles before, you might have been told to “start low and go slow.” Cannabis concentrates take effect almost immediately, so there isn’t as much weighting. The advice to “start low” is still extremely relevant, though. Since cannabis concentrates often have about three times the THC concentration of even the strongest flower, it’s important not to consume too much.
One of the great things about cannabis concentrates is that they can be enjoyed in so many different ways. Some types of concentrates are more versatile than others, so it’s good to think about what you want to do with your concentrates. The most common reasons people buy cannabis concentrates are to add them to traditional flower, enjoy them alone with a dab rig, or cook with them.
Get The Best Cannabis Concentrates in Wheat Ridge & Boulder at Options Medical Center Today!
At Options Medical Center, we pride ourselves on our selection of cannabis concentrates, among other things. We have a network of the best cannabis growers and extractors in Colorado, and are always adding new products to our dispensaries’ menus. Take advantage of our easy ordering, or talk to an experienced budtender for help navigating your different options at either our Wheat Ridge or Boulder locations today!.