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Cannabis Concentrates 101: Common Types of Cannabis Concentrates

In the first part of our guide to medicinal cannabis concentrates, we outlined the fundamentals of how different types of medicinal extracts are made. As we learned, there is a multitude of extraction techniques that can be used to make a variety of different types of cannabis concentrates. So, does the type of medicinal concentrate you consume really matter? 

Absolutely! While different types of cannabis concentrates will have obvious differences in consistency and texture, they will also exhibit a range of potency and therapeutic benefits. In this second installment of our guide, we explore the most common types of cannabis concentrates and how to determine the best one for your needs.

What is Full Spectrum Oil (FSO)?

When extracting full-spectrum cannabis oil, a range of cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids are pulled out creating a literal full-spectrum of active cannabis compounds. So “full spectrum” literally means the maximum amount of active ingredients are retained during the extraction process. This is why full-spectrum cannabis oil is so highly regarded by many medicinal users. 

Full Spectrum oils will typically be quite dark in color, and their flavors can be described as earthy. One of our top cannabis oil products is this Proof full spectrum oil syringe that is great for a variety of applications and easy to measure out with the included applicator. 

How Do You Consume Full Spectrum Oil (FSO)? 

Full-spectrum cannabis oil is not smoked but rather used as a daily supplement. FSO can be applied topically through medicinal lotions or serums, or ingested as a liquid tincture or a gummy candy, or even swallowed in a capsule. 

What is Cannabis Wax?

Wax is an umbrella term for a variety of cannabis concentrate products. Depending on the method used to create wax, these concentrates can come in a wide range of consistencies and textures. Wax extracts can be gooey, buttery, and more malleable, or more hard, flaky, and crumbly. Because cannabis wax can take on so many consistencies, the resulting products can be called things like “honeycomb,” “badder,” or other names that reflect the appearance. Different waxes can also vary in color depending on the type of cannabis flower it was extracted from. 

Wax is highly potent with a THC content averaging between 60 and 80% and it works fast, so it is best used by THC-tolerant users in need of immediate relief. Our Strawnana Badder is a high potency wax with tons of terpenes that delivers a delicious and powerful experience.

How Do You Consume Cannabis Wax?

Cannabis wax can be consumed in a dab rig or oil rig, or vaporized in specific wax vape pens. Wax is also versatile enough to be rolled into a joint (twax) or blunt, which will cause it to be much more potent and burn slower. 

What is Live Resin?

Live resin is created using fresh uncured cannabis flower. Any concentrate categorized as “live” has been extracted from fresh cannabis materials that were immediately frozen after harvesting. To create live resin, the cannabis bud is flash frozen and stored at sub-zero temperatures after harvesting to preserve the aromatic terpenes and flavor. Live Resin is typically a golden amber color with a slightly granular texture but can also be a more syrup-like consistency depending on how the flower was processed. 

A live resin concentrate can have as much as 80-90% THC making it very potent while also providing an extremely flavorful experience that is appealing to many patients.

How Do You Consume Live Resin?

Live resin is commonly smoked using a dab rig or oil rig, or it can be sprinkled on top of flower, or wrapped around a joint or blunt. The floral, sweet taste of our Cake Frosting Curated Live Resin will put you into the perfect relaxed state, complete with an incredible range of flavors.

What is Live Rosin?

Similar to live resin, a live rosin concentrate is also extracted from fresh cannabis flower that has been flash-frozen for preservation. As we examined in part one of this guide, cannabis rosin is a solvent-free concentrate that allows users to enjoy the purest flavors and high potency of some of the most popular cannabis flower available. 

Live rosin concentrates usually average 70% – 80% THC content with up to 10% of this extract containing various flavorful terpenes that enhance the cannabinoid effects. Again, “live” concentrates are highly valued for their amazing terpene and flavor profiles.

How Do You Consume Live Rosin?

Live Rosin is commonly dabbed using a dabbing rig or vaporized in a specialized pen, but many patients also enjoy sprinkling it into a packed bowl or adding it to a joint. Our Creme Brulee Live Rosin Badder is the ideal choice to clear your mind and provide a sense of relaxed euphoria.

Find the Highest Quality Cannabis Concentrates at Abide Dispensary in Napa

At Abide, our team is dedicated to providing you with an elevated dispensary experience and we love sharing our knowledge on medical cannabis with our community. Our cannabis experts are here to guide you through our selection of high-quality medicinal cannabis concentrates and provide personalized recommendations based on your needs.

Stop by our new dispensary in downtown Napa to meet our cannabis sommeliers, or order your favorite medicinal products online for curbside pick-up or same-day local delivery!

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