What’s Up with Weed These Days?
A lot of you guys have posted questions about what the various types of weed and how they differ from each other. Weed is constantly evolving and so it can be difficult to navigate. This is my first shot at a primer where I break down the different types of weed and how they differ in style, texture, and percentages! (Note: The percentages are ranges or estimates of the THC levels for that type of cannabis). I have included pictures for each type of cannabis below its description to help people who haven’t seen them before identify them.
Buds: Everybody knows weed in this form; Nugs are the purest and most natural form of the plant and can have up to 35% THC (35 being the highest I have seen).
Moonrocks/Caviar: This is when you take bud and dip it in warmed up oil/shatter and then roll it around in keif. The THC range for this is hard to gauge because of the many different factors at play in the processing.
Concentrates (Using Butane or Propane):
Shatter: A type of concentrate that is (usually) very stable and closely resembles glass in its texture. Shatter easily breaks apart and testing wise can be anywhere from 40-65% THC.
Wax/Budder: A type of concentrate that has been whipped and has a butter or heavy cream consistency to it. This process is very similar to that for shatter and has the same THC percentage from 40-65%.
Sap: Another type of concentrate that ranges in the 40-65% in THC, but with a more honey and sticky consistency. Sap lives up to its name and can be one of the hardest concentrates to work with for that reason.
Live Resin/Sugar: The process of creating live resin is again similar to shatter but uses fresh frozen whole cannabis flowers instead of dried buds. However, live resin has some of the best flavor profiles due to the freshness of the plant before it goes into the freezers and is made. This type of concentrate yields much better than the others at 40-89% THC, but still can’t reach the levels of distillates.
Distillate: Through the process of fractal distillation we are now able to take products and extract a certain cannabinoid or strain profile. These procedures help us to be able to have “raw” or pure THC and other cannabinoids. Distillate is seen more in a liquid type consistency and is in the 85-99% ranges.
Isolate: Made through a similar but different process, isolate is the “dry” form of distillate. Isolate is seen more as “rocks” or BLANK and can also be found in the 85-99% THC range. Isolate, like distillate, is the product in its purest form and can contain very high ranges of cannabinoids in other concentrates.
Rosin: Rosin is created by taking buds, or kief and pressing it between two hot surfaces. Many heated plates from giant presses to hair straighteners get used in this process and produce a solventless hash. Rosin can be found in the 70-89% THC ranges and is quite flavorful due to zero solvents running through it.
Ice Hash: In this process buds get “washed” using a water based extraction technique to cool the cannabis with ice and extract the THC and other cannabinoids. Ice Hash is solvent free and typically falls in the 70-89% THC range. These two solventless concentrates are considered the “purest” form since there is no residual butane or propane used to extract the cannabinoids.
Weed is always changing and evolving through technology and science. There are always people out there who are going to be pushing the envelope and developing new ways to consume or make types of cannabis. With all the new types and developments, it’s hard to keep up, and know that what your doing isn’t dangerous to yourself and others. How do you guys feel about weed, and what is your favorite type to consume? Comment below and have a great day! <3