What are Cannabis Concentrates?

The term concentrate can have many meanings when it comes to cannabis. It may refer to wax that is vaporized, the tincture under your tongue, or oral administration of THC-free cannabis oil. The future of cannabis is moving more towards concentrated forms of cannabis, especially in terms of the therapeutic potential to the public.


Known as dry sift or pollen, kief is made up of resin glands found on the trichomes of cannabis flowers. Kief is commonly used to make hash, or you can collect kief in a grinder and sprinkle it onto ground cannabis.


Hash is a concentrate made by compression of the plant’s resin. The powdery kief that coats your cannabis flowers can be collected and pressed together to form hash, or solvents like ice water to strip the plant of their cannabinoid-loaded crystals.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

BHO, or butane hash oil, is a potent concentrate consumed for dapping and other vaping methods. Cannabinoids are drawn out of the plant through butane extraction, which leaves behind a wax that maintains stickiness or hardens. This gives it a honeycomb like appearance. It is a popular remedy for relief of chronic pain.

CO2 Oil

This concentrate is made from expensive botanical extractors that use pressure and carbon dioxide to separate plant material. This is one of the most effective ways of reducing cannabis to its essential compounds. Vaping pens are a popular way to smoke this.

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

Rick Simpson treated his skin cancer in 2003 with a homemade remedy made from cannabis. By soaking the cannabis in pure naphtha or isopropyl alcohol, the therapeutic compounds are drawn out of the plant, leaving behind a tar-like liquid after the solvent fully evaporates. Oral administration or direct application to the skin are the most common ways to use this type of concentrate.


Tinctures were the most common form of cannabis medicine in the United States. A tincture is a liquid concentrate procured through alcohol extraction. A few drops under the tongue is usually enough but some may desire more, depending on the effects they want. This method of administration is great for people who don’t want to smoke cannabis but still get some of the effects.

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