What are marijuana extracts?

Published Jul 16, 2019 10:11 p.m. ET
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What are marijuana extracts?

Marijuana extracts are a huge part of the growing cannabis industry. Consumers are becoming more aware of the health benefits of marijuana extract. These extracts are an alternative of other forms of cannabis consumption and include extracts made from the cannabis plant whether it be from marijuana or hemp. A cannabis extract also has a high level of cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD.

Types of cannabis extract

Extracts
Extracts from hemp usually contain a high concentration of CBD, while extracts from marijuana have a higher concentration of THC. The high concentrations of THC mean that vaping is easier and more effective. These extracts are made by putting a solvent, which includes butane and hextane, through fresh cannabis plant material. Some of these solvents can be toxic if not purified from the extract.

Rosin
Hot pressing marijuana buds can be used to make marijuana extracts called Rosin. Pressed Rosin can be purchased but can also be made at home. All you need is heat and pressure. When cannabis oil is extracted, it can be processed in other forms such as Shatter, Wax, Budder and Sap. Cannabis Isolate can also be made from this.

Terpenes
Terpenes are responsible for the flavour of a cannabis strain, and so it is needed to give cannabis extract its flavour. Terpene is extracted by removing it from the cannabis plant material which should be done before cannabinoids are extracted as the heat may destroy the terpenes.

Uses of cannabis extract

Since the cannabis extracts can take different forms, they can be used to complement other ways of consuming cannabis like dabbing, vaping and edibles.

Cannabis vaporization
Cannabis vaporization is a common way of using cannabis extract. It is portable and easy to use. Vaping is simply heating the extract and then inhaling it so the cannabinoids can reach the lungs and bloodstream.

Smoking
Consumers may use marijuana extract to increase the potency of their cannabis flower or any other herb. Before smoking, the cannabis extract can be placed on the marijuana in the pipe, but users should be cautious as the lighting of the pipe may cause the flame to flare up as the extract is flammable.

On a joint
Cannabis extracts can be used when lighting a joint as well. Extracts such as Hashish oil or Isolate is added onto the marijuana flower and extracts such as Shatter is added to the outside paper of the joint for hold, as Shatter is a sticky substance.

Edibles
Cannabis extracts can also be added to your favourite food. The cannabinoids' potency level may decrease when heated at high temperatures, so it is best to cook your food first and then add the cannabis extract to the pot. It is also better to use the decarboxylated form of the cannabis extracts so to get the use of THC or CBD.

Cannabis extracts can be easily consumed, and they have long lasting effects. This makes cannabis extracts more effective for patients suffering with various ailments. Finally, the variety of cannabis extracts mentioned are available and can be purchased from marijuana dispensaries.

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