Kief is the most basic of the THC concentrates. It is a powder-like substance that lives on cannabis flowers. If you own a grinder with a small reservoir at the bottom, known as a kief catcher, you are probably familiar with kief.
Hash is, basically, pressed kief or compressed resin. There is finger hash, bubble hash, dry sift. To make hash, THC rich trichomes are separated from the cannabis plant and condensed with high temperature and pressure. It is highly potent.
Rosin is a sticky substance created when heat and compression meet a bud of cannabis flower. Unlike hash which is made with just trichomes, rosin is made with the entire cannabis bud. Rosin can be made commercially but is also able to be safely and easily produced at home with a hair straightener or t-shirt press.
We have different types of cannabis oils, which we will detail in depth in our next chapter.
In the meantime be aware the most popular oils are THC honey oil, CO2 extracted oil, BHO extracted oil, distillate and Rick Simpson Oil.
When made properly, it is a thicker liquid than a tincture, but viscous enough to not be a solid either. It is more popularly utilized in a pre-filled vape pen and can also be placed inside capsules for oral ingestion.
Shatter is a solid substance, which resembles a honey-colored glass shard. When tapped with a dab tool, it breaks into pieces or “shatters,” get it?
Shatter is one of the most recognized concentrates, is easy to manipulate and is far less messy than other varieties of concentrates or extracts.
2) Pull and Snap
Pull and snap looks very similar to shatter but has an almost taffy-like consistency. Instead of shattering into pieces, pull and snap can be…pulled and snapped.
As a piece of this concentrate is pulled, it reaches a breaking point then snaps off the whole. It, too, is honey colored.
3) As the name suggests, wax concentrates resemble the texture of candle wax. Depending on the overall consistency it can be known as budder, badder, crumble or honeycomb.
Budder or Badder wax is the more viscous wax, which is gooey and can almost be stirred.
Crumble and Honeycomb wax have the same consistency but can be in different forms. Crumble is typically used to describe wax that is already broken up, or crumbled. Honeycomb is used to describe wax that is still mostly intact but is filled with holes like, you guessed it, a honeycomb.
Distillate is a refined, or distilled, version of a cannabis extract. After extraction, the distillate is run through a purification process several times. The result is a liquid, clarified distillate, much like honey in color and consistency.
Crystalline is a solid extract that has been through many processes and filters in order to destroy the plant matter remaining in the extract, preserve the THC and remove any leftover solvents. The remnants are clear crystals that boast 99% THC.
How do I smoke a concentrate? You’ll have to wait until Chapter 2 for that answer!
Price of Cannabis Extracts
What is the price of a cannabis extract? Well, it depends. We are going to be talking averages here because nailing down a universal price isn’t realistic.
So you might have seen it go for more, you might have paid less at some point – but for the sake of putting an average number on it, these are the prices we discovered through research.
$20-$35 a gram
At this price point, you can get a gram of kief, hash or wax. From our research $20-25 a gram seems a pretty customary average for kief.
However, you COULD just purchase a grinder with kief catcher and collect your own. Bubble hash can be around $30 a gram, but hash that is a chemically extracted product can cost up to $100 a gram.
As for wax, you will pay around $30 a gram, depending on the wax you are choosing.
$40-$55 a gram
For a little more money, you can get yourself a gram of rosin, shatter, pull and snap, 250-500 mgs of cannabis oil or 32 ml of tincture. Depending on the quality of the rosin, you could pay an average of $45 a gram, with some being less and some being more.
An average cost for quality shatter is about $40 a gram. Pull and snap can range between $30-$50, or an average of $40 per gram. A vape pen cartridge filled with oil can be anywhere from $30-$60. If you want hash oil you’ll be looking at around $50 per gram.
You aren’t going to be buying a gram of tincture because most likely it is going to be measured in milliliters. 32 ml of tincture can go for about $50.
$100-$200 a gram
Yes, this sounds a little crazy, but both distillate and crystalline will cost a pretty penny. Users need to use much less at a time than other concentrates to feel effects, both of these products should last you for some time.
Because of its high quality and high potency, distillate can go for up to $120 a gram! Wowzers!
However, keep an eye out because prices for distillate have been dropping and it can be found for $50 a gram, sometimes even as low as $20 – though you might want to question the purity and quality of such cheap product.
For a gram of Crystalline will be anywhere from $100-$200 for one gram, because again, the high quality and high THC potency are going to cost you.