A Beginner's Guide to Weed Concentrate

Are you considering trying cannabis for the first time? Maybe you've dabbled in it before and want to become more informed on the benefits and terminology? Perhaps you're battling pain issues and you want to get off dangerous pharmaceuticals? Either way, cannabis can be a great choice for you. 

According to a Pew Research poll taken in 2019, 59% of Americans think cannabis should be legalized both medically and recreationally.

If your one of the 59% or even on the fence about the issue you should keep reading to learn more about weed concentrate.

What Is Weed Concentrate?

Since this post is focused on beginners, let's go over precisely what weed concentrate is. Weed or cannabis concentrate is highly potent. It's either tetrahydrocannabinol and or Cannabidiol concentrated mass. 

Weed concentrates contain 40 to 80% THC levels. That's anywhere up to four times stronger than high-grade THC you'd find at a dispensary. The typical cannabis or weed found at a dispensary is about 20% THC. 

Concentrates come in several different forms. You can try each of them out and figure which best suits your body. 


Kief, otherwise known as dry sift, or dry sieve hash is the most simple kind of concentrate. It's got trichomes which are the crystalline structures that coat the outside of flowers. 

Some consider kief to be a lower quality extract but, expert extractors can produce clean forms of kief which are excellent. Kief is my personal favorite and you'll undoubtedly enjoy it when smoked. 

Kief will usually have between 20 and 60% THC and is very enjoyable. Experienced extractors can get huge, perfect trichome heads with no stem and plant shavings.

If your kief doesn't have stems or plant matter you know it's top quality. While if it's clouded with some fo this you'll know it's of lower quality. 

Butane Hash Oil/Shatter

Butane Hash Concentrated Weed Oil is the most common of the different weed concentrates. It also has the most amount of different names it goes by. Names such as, shatter, crumble, wax, errl, honeycombs, nectar moonrock, and simply oil

The principle of how each of these is extracted is the same, but, appearance and textures are different during the finishing process. 

A butane concentrate is made when the butane is pressurized and washed over the dry plant. After that, the solution is collected and any residual solvent is removed. You can even try it with this concentrate oven

Then, heat is applied. All of this makes the process quicker and easier while also producing the most amount of cannabinoids and terpenes in the finished product. 

Butane Hash Oil is usually about 60 to 90% THC which is the strongest concentrate available on the open market. 


Rosin is the hot new weed extract out there. Rosin is made from trim, lower grade dried hash or kief, or dried buds. Rosin is unique because you make it with parchment paper, a basic hair straightener, and some elbow grease. 

You smash the material and heat it through parchment sheets. What results is an oil-like golden shatter. It can even come out looking like solvent-extracted shatter. Rosin isn't easy to find in local dispensaries since it's a fairly new phenomenon. 

Early data show's that rosin is about 50 to 70% THC which is similar to high-grade water hash. 

CO2 Oil

CO2 Oil is made when carbon dioxide is compressed at very high pressures and it becomes what the industry calls a "superficial fluid". When that happens you're able to strip the essential oils from the plant. 

The color is an orange tint and the oil is typically loose. After it's extracted it will become opaque or clear, depending on the type of finishing process used.

What's great about this kind of concentrated weed oil is that there are no chemical solvents and it's not flammable. CO2 Oil runs at about 50 to 75% THC. 

Water Hash

Last but not least of your different weed concentrates is Water Hash. Water Hash can be produced using several different techniques.

Each technique produces a different form of Water Hash. Forms such as ice wax, solventless wax, bubble hash, along with some others. 

How it works is, you use freshly frozen or dried plants and mix it with cold water and ice. Then, you break off the brittle trichome heads by agitating them either mechanically or manually.

After that, you filter them through the right sized screens to catch any unwanted material or shake still left. Water Hash will end up as a pretty clean and clear finished product and give you about 50 to 80% THC levels. 

The most popular way to extract Water Hash is to use "bubble bags". These micro screened fabric bags are great at filtering out various grades of the product which aren't good for the final result. 

The end product should come out brown or golden colored. However, the latest trend in extracted Water Hash is to use heat and parchment paper. When you press it together you get a shatter like/taffy consistency which is lightly colored or clear. 

For this method the higher the quality extraction the clearer the finished product. 

Ways to Consume the Different Weed Concentrates

There are many different delivery methods to get weed concentrates into your system. It's all about personal preference really. Here's a list of them for you to try out and see what works best for you:

  • Dabs
  • Bowls
  • Vaporizers
  • Edibles 
  • Tinctures

You're Ready to Go

You may be a weed concentrate rookie but you're ready to dive in. You know the lingo, the process, and you can even discuss it now with some veterans in the game.

You'll feel more comfortable at a social gathering when the topic comes up or you're in a social circle ingesting some weed extracts. 

Plus, you know which type or extracting process gives the strength level you might want and which sounds the most appealing as well. You also know each method of delivery to try and see what is the most fun and what works best with your body.

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