Cannabis Concentrates Explained: An Interview

By Goldleaf‘s Charles McElroy, provided exclusively to Benzinga Cannabis.

How many forms of cannabis can you think of beyond flower?  How many have you tried? The fact is, there are gobs of options and depending on your location, you may find the choices are very different, or perhaps it is only in the name. Beyond the world of just flower (and the myriad of cultivar species), there is the world of concentrates. 

A concentrate is a broad term for anything that is made of extracted material from a plant.

In practice, there are a variety of extraction methods to pull the desired chemical components from cannabis and reconstitute them in all sorts of interesting ways.

In an effort to shed some light on these varied and expansive products available (which are often misunderstood), we had our team assemble some of the most common forms of cannabis concentrates, define what makes them unique, and put together a survey to share with concentrate veterans and experts in the space.  The goal was to help illuminate some of the differences between each option, point out the strengths, applications (vaping, smoking, dabbing) and mention any potential risks (namely residue & solvents based on the extraction process).

We surveyed each concentrate type by three attributes: Flavor, Purity & Potency. Language is everything, so we defined each attribute like this:

Flavor – Amount of terpenes preserved in the end product.

Purity – Average likelihood of a pure product, free from solvents or byproducts.

Potency – Average amount of total cannabinoids present in the final product.

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Finally, we instructed the participants to …

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