Cannabis concentrates are products made from the cannabis plant. Cannabis sativa and the Cannabis indicaThe plant contains a high proportion of cannabinoids (CBD, THC and other compounds) and terpenes (organic compounds from which essential oils are derived, responsible for the strong smell of cannabis, among other things).
Concentrates are part of a millenary tradition present in China and India, although they have had a greater technological development since the beginning of the 20th century. twentieth century.
Cannabis concentrates are made from trichomes, small glands found in the buds, the flowering part of the plant.
From these trichomes different organic compounds are extracted from the plant, but mainly THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), responsible for the hallucinogenic effects of cannabis; and CBD (cannabidiol), which has medicinal and therapeutic effects.
Types of concentrates
In principle, there are two main types of cannabis concentratesthose that are made solvent-free and those that are prepared with solvents.
These are the oldest forms of preparing cannabis concentrates, and the best known are hashish and kif, but there are other concentrates such as charas, Bubble Hash or Rosin Hash.
Traditional concentrates are prepared using sieving, heat and compression. For example, kif (pollen) or kief is obtained by shaking the plant to release the trichomes. Hashish is produced by heating and compressing the kif to form small bricks.
Charas are prepared in the same way as hashish, but using fresh flowers. Bubble Hash is created using water in the pressing process; and Rosin Hash is a resin extract that is extracted from raw flowers, using irons and temperatures that can reach 160°.
Concentrates with solvents
These are cannabis concentrates made using solvents such as alcohol, butane, propane and CO2. This kind of concentrates are also known as extracts or oils.
Cannabis tinctures and oils, waxes (Wax), Shatter (with caramel texture), and Live Resin, are very potent concentrates obtained with solvents.
This technique is also used to produce concentrated THC, a complex process in which the THC is eliminated. terpenes and other organic compounds and a THC with a purity of 99 % is obtained.
You can find more information in the article on The High Class Cannabis Concentrates.
Dangers in the use of cannabis concentrates
The risks of using cannabis concentrates can vary, depending on the type of concentrate and whether it is solvent-free or solvent-based.
Risks of solvent-free concentrates
It is good not to forget that carrying or selling cannabis is still illegal in many countries, so the main risk may be to end up in prison.
Cannabis concentrates without solvents, such as hashish or kif, which are consumed by inhalation, may eventually cause cancer; there are also warnings about the medium-term neurological effects of consuming high concentrations of THC.
Risks of solvent concentrates
It is important to use oils, extracts, waxes and resins whose process is duly certified, as they are the result of a combination with substances hazardous to health, such as butane and propane (to a lesser extent alcohol).
It is also important to remember that THC cannabis concentrates, as well as other cannabis products, are still illegal in Spain. For this reason it is important that you have as much knowledge as possible. If you are a member of our cannabis association in Raval, we invite you to solve your doubts with one of our collaborators.