Not all forms of Cannabis are the same. For the average person, when cannabis is mentioned, they think of the pointed plant leaf and a joint. For people in the industry, when cannabis is mentioned, they have to be informed of the specific form. The varieties of concentrates are quite large, and continue to evolve. Only 10 years ago, if you mentioned supercritical CO2 oil to someone within the industry, they would think you were a time traveler. Now, supercritical CO2 oil is commonplace in dispensaries and constantly stocked by delivery companies. As forms of concentrated cannabis continue to develop, it is in your best interest to inform yourself of their pro’s and con’s.
What are the different Extraction Techniques for Medical Cannabis?
Currently, the most used extraction techniques for medical cannabis are as follows –
Hash, kief, dry sift, butane hash oil(BHO), supercritical CO2 oil, cannabis oil, and rosin. Concentrated cannabis is active cannabinoids condensed into a more potent form. The medical effects are stronger in concentrates and it is important patients inform themselves on potency before ingesting any cannabis concentrate. Certain individuals can experience extreme reactions and have adverse effects to cannabis concentrates. Be aware before you indulge.
Does the type of Extraction Technique have an effect on the medicine’s potency?
Yes. The differences are noticeable depending upon administration method. The combination of administration method(vaporizer, bong, joint, etc.) and type of extracted cannabis lead to differing effects. Individual effects vary, but expect a heavy high when compared to a flower high. The concentration has a major effect on the medications relief, and it is advisable that average patients keep cannabis concentrate use to a minimum. Patients who are lifetime sufferers of debilitating ailments are a different story.
What are the side effects from different Extraction Techniques for Medical Cannabis?
Each varying extraction technique for medical cannabis produces a different type of byproduct which has varying amounts of cannabinoids in a concentrated form. Thankfully, the industry has started to label, test, and appropriately warn patients of concentrates potency. Because the cannabinoids vary from each byproduct, the side effects vary depending upon the concentration of cannabinoids. The industry has evolved to the point where creating cannabis concentrates of specific cannabinoids is not only a possibility, but obtainable right now. Dispensaries and delivery companies carry defined cannabinoid concentrates. This helps limit the side effects from different extraction techniques and allows for patients to get the medication that works for their specific ailment.
What is the healthiest type of Extraction Technique?
There are an assortment of natural extraction techniques that would rank among the “healthiest”. Cold water extraction is among the most natural, cleanest form of extraction. Dry sift is also all natural and “clean”. The notion that cannabis concentrates are unhealthier than other forms of cannabis is an idea perpetuated by the idea of processed drugs. The DEA and Federal government have gone out of their way to classify processed drugs as “more dangerous” than naturally processed drugs. However, you can gather hemlock in the wild and easily kill someone, so the Federal government’s argument is fundamentally flawed at a basic scientific level. Unfortunately, we have to follow the law and are not able to claim one form is truly healthy or not.
Cannabis concentrates come in a multitude of forms, including – hash, kief, dry sift, butane hash oil(BHO), supercritical CO2 oil, cannabis oil, rosin, and new forms are often invented. Finding out the best concentrate for your specific purposes depends on how each different concentrate effects you. It is important to understand that concentrates are more potent than the flower form of cannabis.