A Guide to Solventless Cannabis Concentrates
When you think of cannabis, what comes to mind is a cured flower that can be vaporized or smoked. On the other hand, concentrates are subproducts of cannabis made when the flower is refined, separating the plant matter from terpenes, cannabinoids, and essential oils. One of the most common extraction methods used for cannabis is called solventless extraction. It does not involve chemicals, hence producing a high-quality concentrate. Take a look at some common solventless concentrates.
Rosin is a common solventless concentrate California-made. It is popular because of its potency, flavor, and purity. While it may have a shatter-like consistency, it can also be manufactured into various textures that resemble wax, crumble, or budder.
Rosin budder has a creamy consistency that resembles butter. After heating, the rosin is whipped till it achieves a cream-like consistency, then packed.
Dry-sift kief is made by rubbing dried flower buds over various mesh screens that separate or filter powdery kief and fragrant from the plant substance. The resulting powder can be added to edibles or joints.
There are several methods used to make hash, including using ice or water. One of the initial methods used to create hash involved rubbing the flower buds with the hands and then using a knife to scrape off sticky trichomes and form a ball.
These extracts use water, ice, filtration bags, and a variety of mesh screen sizes to filter the cannabis trichomes from the raw material. This method is effective because cannabinoids do not dissolve in water.
Only a small percentage of extractors use freeze driers to prevent their hash from degrading or losing its potency. Freeze drying reduces the hash’s exposure to moisture and air, but this also affects the aroma, flavor, and quality of the hash.
Now that you are familiar with the different solventless cannabis concentrates, you can put a few to the test. When buying, you can also request the budtender to suggest the best, based on the effects you are after.