THC Approximation Guide:
Butane Hash Oil – 40-50%
Budder – 60-70%
Shatter – 80-90%
Live Resin – 90%
Rosin – 90%
Pure Honey Solution – 90%
THC Distillate -95-98%
BUDDER: The difference between wax and budder is subtle, but generally, budder is a softer, pliable product while wax trends more towards the crumbly side. 60%-70% THC, more flavor than shatter but less potent. It can be consumed using a vaporizer, making it an alternative to smoking.
BUTANE HASH OIL (HONEY OIL): BHO, or butane hash oil, is an extremely potent concentrate popularly consumed for dabbing and other vaporization methods. Because its THC content stretches up to 80%, BHO is a popular remedy for chronic pain and other intractable symptoms.
CANNABINOIDS (CBD): Cannabinoids (e.g., THC and CBD) are the chemical compounds secreted by cannabis flowers that provide relief to an array of symptoms including pain, nausea, and inflammation. To put a complex system simply, they mediate communication between cells, and when there is a deficiency or problem with our endocannabinoid system, unpleasant symptoms and physical complications occur. When cannabis is consumed, cannabinoids bind to receptor sites throughout our brain (receptors called CB-1) and body (CB-2). Different cannabinoids have different effects depending on which receptors they bind to.
CONCENTRATES: Concentrates are a potent consolidation of cannabinoids that are made by dissolving marijuana in its plant form into a solvent and can produce varying products that range from thick sticky oils (BHO) to moldable goo (budder/wax) to resinous bits (shatter).
HASH: 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 or ethanol may be used to more effectively strip the plant of their cannabinoid-loaded crystals. Though not as potent as BHO and other cannabis concentrates, hash remains a staple of cannabis culture around the world.
CO2 OIL: Hot on the market is CO2 oil, a concentrate made possible by expensive botanical extractors that use pressure and carbon dioxide to separate plant material. This method, called supercritical fluid extraction, is one of the most effective ways of reducing cannabis to its essential compounds.
HYBRID: Hybrid refers to a plant that is genetically a cross between one or more separate strains of cannabis.
INDICA: Indica is the less scientific name for the Cannabis indica species of cannabis. Compared to their sativa counterparts, the plants are shorter, bushier and have more compact flower structure. This species tends to produce more relaxing physical effects and can have a sedative quality.
KIEF: Kief is a collected amount of trichomes that have been separated from the rest of the marijuana flower. Since trichomes are the sticky crystals that contain the vast majority of the plant’s cannabinoids, kief is known to be extremely potent. Kief is sometimes mistakenly referred to as pollen and is the primary ingredient in hashish production
LIVE RESIN: Instead of using dry plant material as is the norm for BHO extractions, the live resin process used fresh frozen plants, which were harvested only hours earlier; this creates a product which has the terpene profile of the live plant rather than the dried flowers (terpenes degrade and change as the plant is dried). Approx. 90% thc
SATIVA: These strains tend to grow taller as plants (usually over 5 feet), are lighter in color and take longer to flower. When consumed, sativas tend to produce more cerebral effects as opposed to physical and sedative ones.
SHATTER: Shatter is a texture of hash oil and refers to the transparent, shelf-stable oil which breaks into pieces rather than bending. The most popular choices of butane concentrates on the market are either shatter or wax, which are on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to texture, 80%-90%
TINCTURES: A tincture is a liquid concentrate procured through alcohol extraction, which pulls out many of the plant’s beneficial cannabinoids. A few drops under the tongue may be a sufficient dose, but patients can safely apply more as needed. Tinctures, which are now available in a variety of flavors, are a great way for patients to medicate without having to smoke.
TOPICAL: A topical is a type of cannabis product where the active properties of the flowers have been extracted and added to a product such as a lotion or a cream that’s applied to the skin. The medicinal properties are absorbed through the skin and can be used to treat muscle aches, long term soreness, or ailments like dry skin.