Over the past couple of decades, the use of cannabis, as well as its extracts, oils, and concentrates, has become highly favored by many people. A central factor in its increasing popularity among physicians, patients, and even recreational users stems from its legality. In many states, it’s legal to consume cannabis for medical reasons, while in a few states, it’s also legal for adult recreational use.
Let’s take a quick look at cannabis concentrates, oils, and extracts, including what they are and how they are being used to treat a variety of health conditions.
What Are Cannabis Concentrates, Oils, and Extracts?
Oils, extracts and concentrates created from cannabis are available in many forms. Some come in the form of tinctures. Some in the form of vape oil. Other forms include hash, CBD oil, and just about any other type of product that a cannabis chemist can think of. When consumed correctly, cannabis products can reduce anxiety, improve insomnia, help promote a healthy appetite, and much more.
The oils, concentrates, and extracts from cannabis usually come from the flower portion, more commonly referred to as bud. It’s important to note, however, that the bud is processed so that it develops into a concentrated form, meaning each cannabis oil is very unique. Some would argue that before you try cannabis oils and extracts, you should first try the bud, but this is completely up to you if you’re using it for recreational use. If you’re using it for medical purposes, you should speak with your physician before deciding which type to try.
If you choose to use cannabis extracts, whether it’s for recreational or medical purposes, you will either ingest them through a vaporized form or concentrate (concentrates are great if you want to consume the product in a smoke-free form).
With cannabis oils, you can take advantage of using a lower amount of the product to achieve your desired effect. And then with cannabis extracts, you get to take advantage of very refined forms of cannabis. When oils are extracted, the cannabinoids are deliberately separated from the cannabis plant as this helps to create a smooth, enjoyable vaping experience. Please keep in mind, though, that many forms of cannabis oil are not extracted safely or under the guidance of professionals, thus leading to products that can harm you. This is why you should always do research on the cannabis products you choose to buy and/or use.
What Are the Most Common Forms of Cannabis Concentrates?
The most common and popular forms of cannabis concentrates can be found below:
- Capsules: Ingested orally by swallowing the capsule
- Tinctures: Ingested orally by dropping the liquid under the tongue
- Shatter, oils, wax: Ingested orally (extremely fast-acting and highly potent)
- Vaporizer cartridges: Vaporized using an oil-filled cartridge
- Hash: Vaporized or smoked with fast-acting effects
Before you rush out to purchase cannabis concentrates, oils or extracts, make sure to familiarize yourself with your state’s regulatory practices relating to cannabis. Many states have legalized cannabis but only for medicinal purposes, meaning you would need a prescription to possess and use it. Some states have legalized cannabis for medical and recreational purposes, while others like Kentucky haven’t legalized it for medical or recreational use.