Concentrates, oils, tinctures, extracts; these are all umbrella terms that are used interchangeably to describe cannabis flower that has been processed into a concentrated form. For the purpose of this blog, we’ll refer to this form of cannabis as a concentrate.
Concentrates can come in many forms, such as hash, budder, wax, shatter, hash oil, and rosin. There are different types of hash, such as bubble hash, iso hash, and blonde hash. Each type of concentrate is made in its own unique way, however they all have the same intention: to concentrate cannabis’ trichomes into a more potent form (hence the name concentrate). Trichomes are the resin glands found on cannabis flowers and leaves, which, under a microscope, look like hairs with a bulbous head at their tips [*].
There are many ways to consume a concentrate; many people choose to vaporize it, but there are also the options of smoking it, ingesting it orally or sublingually (under your tongue), adding it to your favourite recipe, or making your own cannabis edibles. Keep in mind that cannabis concentrates are much stronger than your normal dried cannabis flower, so first-time users should start off with small amounts to avoid experiencing adverse effects.
In this post, we’re addressing the two most commonly asked questions related to cannabis concentrates:
The best way to store concentrates is in an airtight glass container in a dark, dry place, such as a cupboard or pantry. If you’re planning on storing your concentrates for an extended period of time, consider storing them in the fridge, and if you want an even longer term storage solution, consider the freezer. Keep in mind that when you take your concentrates out of the fridge or freezer, you’ll want to let it warm up to room temperature slowly before breaking the seal, otherwise you risk some of the moisture condensing and entering the concentrate. If your container isn’t airtight, you pose the risk of moisture contamination, which will lead to a harsher smoke. If freezing correctly, your product can last up to 12 months.
If stored properly, concentrates have no expiry date. However, they may begin to lose potency over time since THC can start to degrade into CBN depending on temperature, humidity, oxygen levels, and UV exposure.