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Types of Shatter

It is alarming how popular cannabis products have grown all over the world over the past years. Sometimes when people hear the words “Medical Cannabis” most people tend to think of paper rolled joints, marijuana buds, and half-baked smokers.

But what is getting more and more popular these days are different marijuana extracts.  The extracts can have a similar makeup but the method of extracting the THC and their potency can vary.  For these reasons, extracts can be more beneficial for patients yielding up to 80% of the medicinal properties of marijuana.

Concentrates

Concentrates are an all-embracing term used for marijuana plant extracts. As mentioned earlier, they come in different forms, consistencies and can be produced to create waxes, shatters, oils, dabs – to name a few.  But at the end of the day the main purpose is to take the main components from the marijuana plants which are namely the chemical compounds (Cannabinoids) like THC and CBD.

The marijuana plant contains hundreds of chemical compounds that are responsible for the flower psychotropic and medicinal qualities. More than 85 chemical compounds—cannabinoids – were detected in cannabis plant but the most commonly studied ones are THC and CBD.

The chemical compound percentage, also known as potency can also vary depending on the cannabis plant which is affected by certain factors such as soil conditions, climates, temperature, and humidity for growing the plant. Plants that are grown outdoors usually have less potency compared to those grown indoors under a controlled process. The potency of the extracts is important as patients would have to use fewer products to get the required result needed.

Cannabis Oil

Oil extracts look like a thick, sticky resinous liquid. They are sometimes called honey oil due to its gold colour or butane oil due to the solvent used. The extracted cannabis oil from the plant comprises of a number of cannabinoids such as CBD and THC. This concentration is very potent as such it is used to treat a number of medical conditions like epilepsy, anxiety, inflammatory disease.

Cannabis oil can also be taken orally through a capsule, an oral syringe or as a drop under the tongue. It can also be mixed with other ingredients while cooking because it has more viscosity than shatters and wax, although it should only be prepared with edible solvents such as butter and olive oil for it to be edible.

Cannabis Wax

Also known as crumble, budder and flake extracts are opaque, thick and flaky though moist in nature due to its similarity with beeswax and earwax which results from condensation caused by rapid heating or stirring– it also vary in texture from thick liquid to candle wax. It has a similar extraction process as cannabis oil; the cannabis plant is immersed in a long pipe or tube with butane to extract the THC and making wax through a BHO (Butane hash oil) extraction process.

Cannabis Shatter

Shatter appears to be more brittle and clear and almost glass-like in appearance. It looks like a very thick honey with some degree of transparency and colour. However, when warmed up it has a consistency similar to a thick honey but when it is cold, its consistency changes to resemble that of a glass and as such, it got the name “shatter” because it looks like a thin piece of glass or ice that can be shattered.  Shatter is most often made using a Rosin Press.

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