Cannabis extracts can offer the ultimate versatility, flavor, and convenience for medical marijuana patients and recreational consumers alike. If you’re searching for a high-quality cannabis experience that you can tailor to your personal preferences, extracts might just be the perfect product for you.
What is a Cannabis Extract?
A cannabis extract is a specific form of cannabis concentrate, made using a process that relies on a solvent for effective extraction.
Depending on your experience, you may have heard an extract referred to as a “weed extract,” “marijuana extract,” “pot extract,” or “hash extract.” Essentially, those are all different names for the same thing: a highly concentrated form of cannabis that’s become hugely popular for both medical and recreational consumers.
How are cannabis extracts made?
Just as the name suggests, cannabis extracts are made by extracting specific components from the cannabis plant. Depending on the type of solvent that’s being used, the exact process can vary slightly.
But in general, extraction involves using a chemical or another substance (the solvent) to separate cannabinoids from plant matter. Through a series of steps, both the plant matter and solvent are eliminated. The final product is extremely high in cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, and packed with potential benefits.
What are marijuana extracts used for?
Extracts can serve so many purposes, offering a highly concentrated cannabinoid content in relatively small doses. Like many forms of cannabis, extracts are just as diverse as the consumers that enjoy the helpful benefits they purportedly provide. And because there are so many types of extracts, they can be used for many purposes and in many ways.
For individuals that want a smoke-free alternative to traditional pre-rolls or joints, extracts are a popular choice. One of the most common ways to use cannabis extracts is by vaping, which relies on heat to vaporize the extract until it turns into a cannabinoid-rich, breathable vapor. Some vape devices are specifically designed to be used with certain types of extracts (more on that below).
Other methods of enjoying extracts include dabbing, adding the extract to cannabis flower before smoking, and using extracts to make homemade, cannabinoid-infused edibles. Depending on your preferred dispensary, you may also be able to find extracts in capsule form, tinctures, or even topical and transdermal patches.
Different Types of Weed Extracts
There are many types of cannabis extracts, each with a unique texture. It’s pretty common for extracts to be named for their consistency, ranging from dry and crumbly to completely liquid. Other extracts are named after the extraction processes by which they are made.
Depending on how you’d like to enjoy your cannabis extract, you’ll probably find that certain forms are a better fit than others. Most dispensaries with hash carry at least a few different options, so you can try out various types until you find an ideal match.
Some of the most common types of marijuana extracts include:
- Shatter: A glass-like concentrate with a solid texture is considered one of the purest extracts available. Some shatter is clear and smooth, while other varieties are slightly sticky.
- Crumble: A soft, crumbly extract that tends to have a dry consistency that’s easy to work with.
- Wax: This yellow-brown extract has a thick, sticky texture and is best handled with a dab tool. For consumers wondering, “what is weed wax used for?” the most common answer is as a preferred extract for a vaporizer or water pipe.
- Budder: This extract is typically made using butane as the solvent in extraction, with a whipped texture that resembles butter (hence the name).
- Oil: Cannabis oils are one of the most widely-known extract types and are usually made using CO2 as the means of extraction. The liquid in texture oils is often found in pre-filled vape cartridges or easy-use syringes for mess-free dispensing.
- Live resin: This extract form is made from fresh, raw cannabis plants rather than the typically dried plant matter.
Butane hash oil (BHO): This cannabis oil extract utilizes butane as the solvent during the extraction process.
- Rosin: One of the newest kinds of weed extract, rosin, is made from dried buds, trim, or water hash/kief. It has a golden color and a texture that ranges from an oil to a more solid shatter.
Visit SWC for Premium Cannabis Extracts in Prescott, AZ
If you’re ready to try a new marijuana extract – whether you’re a seasoned extract enthusiast or a first-timer – SWC Prescott or Tempe should be your first (and only) stop.
When you visit our Prescott or Tempe, AZ dispensaries, you’ll find a diverse selection of cannabis extracts to choose from, featuring a broad range of cannabinoid contents, strains, price points, and more. Our knowledgeable team has curated the very best options on the market, selecting many types of cannabis extracts from the industry’s leading brands and cultivators. Not quite sure which marijuana extract is right for you? We’re always here to help you navigate your dispensary shopping experience and are happy to offer assistance in choosing products that match your wants and needs.
Learn how to use cannabis extracts to enhance your sense of wellbeing when you visit our recreational and medical hash dispensary in Prescott, AZ, today.
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