There are several factors that can affect the quality of cannabis concentrates. Understanding how each component affects the final product may help you choose a concentrate that delivers a captivating high.
Live resin is one of the most highly robust cannabis concentrates currently on the market. To produce live resin, the extractor must utilize fresh frozen plants, often cryogenically frozen only minutes after harvest. According to a study from the University of Mississippi, oils found in fresh weed have higher levels of terpenes, and curing cannabis before extraction could result in a 55 percent loss of the essential compounds. Researchers also discovered that monoterpenes (mycrene, limonene and linalool- just to name a few) are adequately preserved in fresh buds, which is why live resin has superior aromatic and potency value compared to other cannabis concentrates.
Concentrate Remedies (CRx) produces a wide range of live resin products, including live budder, sugar, shatter and resin.
Quality Buds and Trimmings
Using low quality buds almost always leads to a bad batch of concentrates. Previously, producers relied on leftovers and trimmings to create concentrates, because it was an effective way to turn unusable cannabis into something profitable. But as the demand for quality concentrates increased, companies were forced to revamp their standards, which included the application of high quality flowers. The use of special strains not only makes you higher, but also improves other secondary aspects of the experience.
“Of course, one must remember the old computer industry mantra: Garbage In, Garbage Out. If one uses poor-quality, weak cannabis to create a concentrate, the result will never be as good as when leveraging a top-shelf medical strain with a high percentage of THC, CBD, or both,” said Gooey Rabinski from Whaxy.
The extraction process applied to the concentrate during production affects the outcome of the final product. Some extraction methods, with emphasis on techniques that rely on butane, are known to leave a residual taste from the solvent used to collect the concentrate from the plant. The residual taste of solvents could mask the flavor and smell of the product. However, it is essential to consider that solvent cannabis extractions offer exceptionally high THC content, sometimes as high as 80-90 percent. This is why patients diagnosed with chronic pain or insomnia prefer butane-based concentrates.
Solventless concentrates, such as rosin, kief and water hash, are a viable alternative for health conscious consumers. These lines of concentrates uses natural extraction methods to collect potent components found in the herb. But as mentioned earlier, the THC content in solventless marijuana products can be underwhelming for weed enthusiasts, at roughly 30-60 percent.