Companies like DabX, Dabstract, Oleum, Green Rush, and more creates connoisseur level cannabis concentrates. Science and legal freedom have set Washington’s concentrate market on fire. These companies specialize in isolating terpenes and cannabinoids and combine them in amazing ways. Some of the concentrate specializations coming out include THCa isolates, also known as diamonds. Live resin, terp sauce, HTE, HTFSE, delta-8, and delta-9 distillate and RSO (Rick Simpson’s Oil).
These powerful concentrates are starting to become more popular. Some cannabis users make concentrates their main mode of cannabis consumption because of the extreme effects and flavors. Some users have amassed high cannabis tolerances and cannabis concentrates get them more medicated more efficiently. Others use concentrates for medical reasons. People with extreme physical ailments will use distillates and RSO to treat pain in replacement of opioid-based medication.
RSO (Rick Simpson’s Oil)
Rick Simpson’s Oil is one of the first widely recognized cannabis concentrates. RSO is made with the medical patient in mind. RSO is usually dark in color and lacks flavors because the terpenes and flavonoids are destroyed during the extraction process. Rick Simpson used cannabis to treat post-concussion symptoms and help treat his skin cancer.
This leads him to create RSO so others could experience the healing properties of cannabis. Simpson doesn’t sell his oil. He encourages people to make their own. Making your own allows you to control the source of cannabis, dosage, and how you want to use it. Washington’s legal market makes it easy to source clean material. Brands like Emerald Jane’s sell sugar trim for purposes like RSO production.
Also known as THCa crystalline, diamonds, and rocks. THCa is the isolated precursor to THC. THCa, as it stands, is non-psychoactive. THCa must be decarboxylated to turn it into THC. That’s a scientific term for introducing heat. In this case, when the THCa hits your heated nail decarboxylation occurs, transforming it into THC as the vapor travels through your dab rig and into your system.
THCa isolates are raw cannabinoids with little or terpene content. These isolates are highly potent and regularly test upwards of 95 percent.
Live resin comes from plants that are frozen after harvest. Freezing fresh cannabis preserves the terpene profile of the plant, preserving the aromas and flavors as well. Frozen plants produce concentrates that have explosive terpene profiles and moderate cannabinoid percentages.
Live resin has become a popular extract choice because of the intense flavor associated with it. DabX and others are taking live resin one step further. Diamond mining or recrystallization is the process of turning non-decarboxylated concentrates back into crystalline structures, per EdRosenthal.com.
Live resin diamonds pack the benefits of pure terpenes and raw cannabinoids. Expect intense flavors and long-lasting cerebral highs. Dabbing live resin diamonds or terp diamonds allows for a staggering effect that is unique among dabbing experience. Isolated terpenes are volatile by nature and they combust instantaneously on a hat nail. The diamonds are much more stable and melt slowly. This front-loads all of the terps and flavor. The THCa comes once the carb cap stirs the dab, and a second inhale blasts the user with a cerebral high.
HTE (High Terpene Extracts)
HTE stands for high terpene extracts. Terpenes can be separated from cannabinoids through different methods, but DabX uses steam to separate and collect terpenes. HTE’s produce bold flavor profiles with moderate to low THC numbers.
Delta 8 & Delta 9 Distillate
THC’s full name is actually delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol. Delta-9 distillate is a viscous liquid from of THC. Delta-8 distillate is another viscous, distilled version of a commonly found cannabinoid. Delta-8 is incredibly similar to delta-9, but features its own unique properties like lower psychoactive effects and potential cancer-fighting properties, according to Leafly.
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Adults 21 and over can purchase up to one ounce of usable cannabis flower, 16 ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, 72 ounces of cannabis drinkables, and 7 grams of cannabis concentrates.
If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are:
Three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.