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Get to Know Your Cannabis Concentrates

Cannabis Concentrates

Most cannabis users, especially newbies know what a flower is in the cannabis world.  They are familiar with edibles and may have tried both flowers and edibles.  These two ways to consume cannabis are easy, require little in depth knowledge and the effects are fairly well known if not sometimes unpredictable.  The world of cannabis concentrates is a foreign world for many cannabis users and some choose to avoid them simply because they don’t quite understand how to use cannabis concentrates, what the effects might be or what equipment they need to have on hand.  We will explore some of the more popular concentrates.

Live Resin

If you buy frozen fruit or veggies, you already know what live resin is.  The fresher the cannabis plant, the more cannabinoids and terpenes it retains and the better quality product you end up with. Live resin is flash frozen almost as soon as the cannabis plant is harvested, much like fruits and veggies, so it retains almost all the THC and terpenes.  Its best not to let live resin sit around for too long though, store it in a darker container in the refrigerator or a cool place.  Usually dark amber in color, the consistency varies depending on the cannabis strain used.  You consume live resin much the same way you do with flowers but with a bit more specialized equipment such as a dabbing rig or a vaporizer designed for live resin.  A powerful buzz awaits you.


A distillate form of cannabis improves on an already good thing by taking simple cannabis concentrates and basically removing all the “extras” through the distillation process.  What you are left with is a highly potent product.  A specialized product though because the distillation process removes all the terpenes from the cannabis and for users who love their terpenes, this can be a surprise.  For cannabis users who are only interested in CBD for medicinal purposes, distillates are the way to go.  Some distillates are all THC while others are all CBD so check your labels carefully at the dispensary.  Most distillates are a light amber to yellow color and can be used with a vaporizer and are super convenient once you choose the right vape device.

Terp Sauce (sometimes called just Sauce)

If you know and love your terpenes, this one is for you!  The super potent cannabis concentrate contains pure THC and terpenes.  The liquid, it’s not actually an official concentrate is pretty versatile.  You can either find it in vape cartridges at your local dispensary or you can dab it if that is your thing.  It can also be a pretty potent addition to a bowl, bong or pipe, your choice or infused into a blunt.  Use caution though as Terp sauce can be pretty intense especially if you’ve never tried it before so vaping it first to get an idea of what you are working with is a good idea.  Then you can add it into some of your other favorite cannabis consuming methods.

BHO (Butane Hash Oil)

This concentrate is a broad category and likely includes a number of types of cannabis you may have already heard about or even tried.  BHO is created by using butane, a highly flammable solvent so DO NOT try this at home) to extract the THC and other cannabinoids including terpenes. Depending on the method used and the marijuana strain, different consistencies will result.  Which one you choose depends on how you plan to consume it and what you feel like trying.  Remember, it’s your cannabis experience.  One popular consistency is shatter, which as the name indicates, is a hard amber colored concentrate that quite little shatters when broken apart or dropped.  Easy to put into a bowl or a blunt, shatter can also be dabbed.  Another common BHO consistency is crumble and the consistency is much like a cookie and is not translucent like shatter but is equally as versatile in the way you can consume it.  Yet another BHO cannabis concentrate is Badder or sometimes called Budder and yes you are right it has a somewhat buttery texture.  More like salt water taffy.  Wax is the most popular variety of BHO concentrates and like the others it’s all up to you to decide if and how you want to try this type of concentrate.