Over the past few years, the cannabis industry has seen a lot of positive growth. However, there’s still a lot of misunderstanding and lack of awareness about most CBD products, especially concentrates. This can make it extremely difficult to know which products are right for you.
That’s why we’ve decided to put together a little guide on CBD concentrates such as oil, hash, wax, and isolates.
What is a CBD Concentrate?
A CBD concentrate is typically extracted from a hemp plant that has high CBD levels and low THC levels. As mentioned there are different types of concentrates available on the market for you to choose from, and each provides different benefits. The consistency, potency, and purity of each concentrate depend on the extraction method that’s used.
The different types of CBD concentrate that are available include:
- CBD Hash
Hash is extracted from the hemp plant by rubbing CBD crystals out of the hemp buds. These crystals are then compacted together to create CBD hash. While most hash is safe to eat and smoke, it does also contain a fair amount of other compounds like flavonoids and terpenes so it’s not very pure.
Also, hash needs to be converted from CBDA to CBD before it can be consumed orally, and this process involves additional heating at a strict temperature range that’s between 110 and 116°C.
- CBD Oil
CBD oil is probably the easiest concentrate to make. All you have to do is grind up some high-quality hemp plants, boil them in oil and then put them through a strainer. The oil will be usable but it won’t be as pure as professionally extracted oil.
Professionally extracted oil usually goes through a CO2 solvent which produces very pure oil with a favorable consistency and texture. But the machinery required is very expensive which makes it inaccessible to the regular consumer.
- CBD Wax
CBD wax is also known as “Shatter” or “Budder” depending on its consistency. This concentrate is typically used to treat chronic health conditions. The differences between the three types of CBD wax are often likened to the differences between hard candy, toffee, and fudge.
In order to consume the wax, you have to inhale it through a process known as dabbing. This involves heating it at extremely high temperatures until a vapor is created and then inhaling that vapor. What makes dabbing CBD wax so effective is the fact that you only need to use a small amount of it when compared to smoking or taking it orally.
- CBD Isolates
Isolates are created through the CO2 extraction method and they probably provide the purest form of CBD out of all the other options mentioned in this article. Isolates usually come in the form of CBD-rich white crystals. They’re an ideal option for patients that need to take high amounts of CBD regularly.
Although very pure, CBD isolates don’t contain the complexity of natural chemicals that you’d get from hash or wax. So users of CBD isolates may need to use it in conjunction with these other concentrates in order to get the full benefits.