What is CBD Concentrate?
CBD concentrate is a high potency cannabidiol extract from the hemp plant. We secure CBD by using the CO2 extraction method, which is a solvent-free process. Think of other concentrated products, such as juice. Concentrated juices are much stronger and pure, and often times consumers even mix them with water to dull down the potency! Concentrated juice also has a much longer shelf life as well. Most of these same factors apply to CBD concentrates. They are the purest, most powerful form of CBD for consumers, and their shelf life is typically much longer than other CBD products.
CBD concentrates are very efficient and effective, offering consumers high potency along with reduced use. CBD concentrates can come in several forms. The most popular of these being wax, or dabs. CBD shatter and CBD isolates are also gaining popularity across the nation. CBD wax and shatter contain all the cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant. CBD isolates, on the other hand, contain 99% pure CBD without other cannabinoids or terpenes.
CBD Concentrate – How Is It Made?
There are several ways to extract CBD from the cannabis plant. Many of these methods involve solvents such as butane, hexane, and ethanol. These methods are not the cleanest though. CO2 extraction is the cleanest and most healthy way to extract CBD from cannabis. Like us, most reputable cannabis companies use this method because it leaves no residual solvents in the end product.
When the cannabis plant reaches maturation, the flowers, stalks, and leaves are dried out and ground up. This ground-up hemp is then placed in a container which is connected to a CO2 extraction machine. Carbon dioxide and high pressure are used to extract the CBD from the hemp at low temperatures. This process takes several hours and isolates and preserves the extract.
This is where the technological advances in the industry come into play. As we mentioned earlier, shatter and wax really only different in appearance. During the extraction process, the level of pressure and the temperature are both factors that can affect how the final product appears.
That is the process for making full-spectrum concentrates. Broad-spectrum CBD products have a slightly different process. One method to create broad-spectrum products is to remove the THC during the extraction process. Another method is to start with a CBD isolate and then reintroduce all of the compounds, except THC, back into the product.
Solvent extraction is the most common and least expensive method to make a CBD concentrate. The method consists of taking the flowers, leaves, and stalks of a CBD-rich strain of the cannabis plant and running a solvent (usually grain alcohol or butane) through the material. After that, the solvent evaporates away (either through natural evaporation or vacuum chamber suction). What’s left after the evaporation process is various forms of CBD concentrate. Concentrates that come from butane are known as BHO which stands for butane hash oil. If it comes from grain alcohol it is an ISO hash concentrate (the ISO stands for isopropyl alcohol). And if CO2 the end product is considered a CO2 concentrate.
One major downside about using solvents for extraction is that it usually leaves behind residual solvents. Basically, minuscule amounts of the solvent are still in the concentrate people consume. It is the CO2 extraction process, however, which results in the cleanest, safest CBD Concentrate.
What Types of CBD Concentrates Are There?
CBD oil, CBD wax, CBD shatter, and CBD isolates are the most popular forms of CBD concentrate. There is also CBD budder, rosin, distillate, and crumble which are all impressive concentrates in their own right. As technology advances, consumers should expect to see even more options available in the near future.
Full Spectrum & Broad Spectrum CBD Concentrate
Most CBD concentrates are full-spectrum products. This means that all of the cannabinoids and terpenes in the cannabis plant, including trace amounts of THC, are in the concentrate. Although CBD concentrates don’t contain enough THC to get you high (0.3% or less), the synergistic effects of all the cannabinoids in cannabis gives consumers the most effective benefits. This combined reaction is called the entourage effect.
Consumers can also look for broad-spectrum CBD products, which contain all of the cannabinoids in the cannabis plant except THC. Both broad-spectrum and full-spectrum CBD concentrates (like wax and shatter) offer some form of the entourage effect. Only CBD isolates, which are the purest CBD products, do not offer the entourage effect because they only contain the cannabinoid CBD and nothing else. Isolates, however, still provide all the benefits of cannabidiol.
You may have heard of the dance move “dab,” but this is something much different. CBD wax is a sticky, typically oily substance. It resembles a candle wax or ear wax in texture. CBD Wax is the most popular of the CBD concentrates. It is typically brown, beige, or yellowish in color, with the lighter hues signifying a better product Because of advances in technology, there are some cosmetic differences in consistency. While some CBD waxes look gooey, others look like a waxy substance that retains its form well unless disturbed. CBD wax typically has a very distinct flavor, so some manufacturers may add terpenes to alter the taste which makes it more appealing to some consumers.
In comparison, CBD shatter is different in appearance than CBD wax. It looks more solid and shiny in appearance, much like a piece of glass. CBD shatter earns its name from the texture. It is brittle yet firm and it will break up or “shatter” easily when disturbed. CBD shatter varies in color as well, but typically comes in yellow, amber, or tan-ish shades and it can be transparent or translucent A simple rule for judging shatter quality is lighter hues and transparency usually indicates a better product.
CBD isolate is the purest form of CBD. Because of this, CBD isolate looks more white in appearance. They do not contain the terpenes and other cannabinoids that are present in the cannabis plant, and instead just present consumers with a pure CBD product. CBD isolates typically look like powdered sugar or rock candy.
CBD budder is a concentrate that has the appearance of butter or margarine. The creamy look may also remind consumers of a warm piece of fudge.
CBD crumble is a concentrate that resembles blue cheese crumbles in appearance. Some CBD crumble can even have the appearance of a spongy cookie, defined by a porous body and a fragile composition. As the name implies, CBD crumble will break up when disturbed.
CBD distillate has been used by cannabis manufacturers for years and now it’s available for consumers. Essentially, CBD distillate should be almost odorless, tasteless, and flavorless. It is a refined concentrate that has been used to create uniformity in commercial production. Several of the cannabinoids and terpenes in CBD distillates have been removed. By utilizing CBD distillate, manufacturers can mass-produce a consistent base product, and then from there add the extras they prefer.
There are two types of CBD rosin: live rosin and regular rosin. They are both created with heat and pressure, which is a different method than the other CBD concentrates referenced above. Rosin also does not use solvents during the extraction process. Regular CBD rosin is extracted from dried hemp flower (CBD flower). Live Rosin, however, is extracted from fresh hemp flower. This process is typically completed by first freezing the hemp. This allows the hemp flower to preserve more of its compounds until they are ready to be extracted. That means live rosin retains more cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. Because live rosin extraction is more complicated, it is more costly.
CBD Concentrate – Will It Get You High?
CBD is the second most common cannabinoid in nature. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the most common cannabinoid and the most widely known. Due to ongoing research and development, scientists have been able to create strains of the cannabis plant that have high percentages of CBD with virtually no THC content (and vice-versa). It is this form of the cannabis plant that they use in the oil extraction process.
The reason for creating these types of strains is to ensure that the final product will have only CBD. This is because even though CBD and THC are closely related, CBD is a non-psychoactive cannabinoid. This is just a fancy way of saying that CBD will not get you high – it should not cause intoxication in anyone who takes it.
For many patients who take cannabis supplements, this is the defining factor for why they prefer CBD. Unlike THC, a patient can take CBD products any time of the day or night and still function normally. They will not experience the distortion of time and perception that comes with ingesting THC. That means that you can enjoy all the life-changing benefits of cannabis with none of the drawbacks.
What Are The Benefits Of Using CBD Concentrates?
CBD concentrates are very powerful. This is great for consumers for two reasons. The first, and more obvious reason, is that the consumer gets a very potent product. The benefits will be far greater, and will also be felt much faster. For consumers dealing with very pervading and acute issues, CBD concentrates are the best bet for attaining the highest form of relief.
The second reason that CBD concentrates are great for consumers is the value. Because of how strong and pure CBD concentrates are the benefits should last longer. The bioavailability of CBD concentrates usually falls between 50-80%. Bioavailability is defined as the proportion of a substance that enters the circulation when introduced to the body. Simply put, the more bioavailability, the more effective the results are felt by the consumer.
Besides any CBD concentrate, there are several other ways to take CBD, from tasty edibles to topical applications. Some even prefer using CBD oil sublingually while others prefer to add it to their favorite meal or drink. All of these methods have their advantages, but none work quicker and have more bioavailability than inhalation. When you inhale CBD, it enters your bloodstream directly from your lungs, giving consumers immediate effects.
How To Use CBD Concentrates – CBD Dabs & CBD Vaporizers
The industry has made using CBD concentrates so easy for consumers. CBD concentrates need to be super-heated before they are inhaled. Unlike CBD flower, which can be ignited using a lighter, CBD concentrates need a higher temperature to release all of its beneficial cannabinoids. In the early days of concentrates, consumers would place the CBD wax on a small metal plate that was heated to over 400 degrees. Consumers would use a torch to heat this metal plate up. This process was both timely, and strange looking. Today, there are much better methods to inhale CBD concentrates.
Dabs rigs with e-nails, and portable vaporizers, have become the most popular and effective way to inhale CBD. Vaporizers are the most popular method for CBD inhalation. Consumers can purchase reloadable vaporizers that look like a pen, and insert their CBD concentrate. This is also the most convenient method to inhale CBD concentrates.
The dab rig e-nail method is typically utilized more by those who are more invested in the CBD lifestyle. An e-nail is simply a heated coil, that works much like the coils on a conventional stove. A consumer simply flips a switch, and the e-nail coil heats a glass bowl to around 400 degrees (consumers can adjust the temperature manually). From there, the consumer can simply drop the CBD concentrate into the heated bowl. At this point, consumers should place a small cap on the bowl, fidgeting it to restrict and then allow airflow. This method allows for maximum consumption.
CBD Concentrate Legalities
The legality of CBD concentrates depends on the source plant that it comes from. Marijuana contains high levels of THC and THC is not yet legal in all 50 states, so any CBD products derived from marijuana (A controlled substance) is not legal. If the CBD is derived from legal hemp and contains less than 0.3% of THC, then it is absolutely legal.
Properly manufactured CBD concentrates will come from hemp plants, resulting in a product that will not cause intoxication and is 100% legal. Some companies will sell products that only come from properly cultivated hemp plants, resulting in a safe, effective, and legal CBD Concentrate.