Cannabis extracts are solid, semi-solid or liquid forms of concentrated cannabinoids extracted from cannabis flower. They can be turned into hash, tinctures, waxes, and vaporized cannabis oil.
These extracts are more potent than cannabis flower so it takes less extract to achieve the psychoactive effects of consumption.
There are many forms of extracts and many different slang terms depending on what region of the country you are from.
Waxes and Oils: One of the more popular extracts you will hear about are dabs, but “dab” is an umbrella term for more specific types of extracts which use things like solvents, heat, pressure and lab equipment to produce budder, wax, shatter and other concentrates. These are consumed by “dabbing” or heating the concentrate enough to vaporize it but not so high that it combusts.
Rosin: If you are looking for a solvent free “dab” then rosin is what you are looking for. Rosin is produced by squeezing the resin from cannabis flower in a heated press. The result is an activated, solventless concentrate that can now be vaporized in a dab rig. It is a cleaner form of dabbing.
Bubble hash: Bubble hash is a cannabis concentrate comprising countless trichomes, or resinous glands, that have been separated from the plant using icewater, agitation, and a sieve. The process of making bubble hash involves agitating cannabis plant material in ice-filled water. The hash can then been smoked or vaporized.
Should you use extracts?
Concentrates and extracts are definitely not for the novice cannabis user. They are extremely potent and their effects can last longer than smoking cannabis flower. If you are new to cannabis try to learn from an experienced user and start slow. If you are not new to the world of “marijuana” then experimenting with concentrates may bee a good idea if the effects of flower is just not giving you the desired effect you are looking for. Always consult a medical physician when making medical decisions and considering using cannabis.