Marijuana Concentrates: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

Marijuana Concentrates: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

As most out there that have heard of hash, butter, wax …or any other slang name for the gooey substance that is known as marijuana concentrates. As some may be aware… and some not. Many of the hash oils that you see today, either on the shelves in any of the many southern California medical marijuana collectives. OR just being made by your handy man “buddy” in the garage… either way many of these products have been created by dissolving the marijuana plants trichomes in some seriously nasty hydrocarbon solvents.

As many may or may not know hash and cannabis oil frequently retains residues from solventsused to extract the THC that is within the try comes. These residues can be a severe health risk. The oils can be very concentrated and potent. Honey oil was somewhat popular in the United States back in the late 1960s and early 70s. This oil was a translucent golden amber color. The oil transformed from a stiff, toffee like consistency to a runny honey looking substance when properly warmed.

Marijuana/cannabis oils are generally dark in color due to the fact that they contain chlorophyll and other potential dust contaminants. There are many ways that one can go about filtering the extracted product from your new sticky substance… But that’s a different topic for a different time.
While many know that marijuana concentrates/hash oil has been around for many years, is never truly caught fire with the marijuana community due to the fact incredibly inconvenient to produce, sticky to handle, a nightmare to clean up… And you tend to look like a serious druggie with the gear that one acquires in order to consume this material, such as a propane blowtorch and all of the accompanying equipment.

Once you’ve created your now sticky batch of marijuana concentrates the substance can beused to spread on rolling papers dripped onto dank bowls a sticky green, or just dabbed on your average oil rig. For those that have never heard of an oil rig is a small glass type with a titanium nail sticking up at the top one takes the butane torch heats the “titanium nail” once the nail has become glowing red, a glass dome is inserted over the titanium nail, and then a dab of marijuana concentrate is applied to the top of the nail. The concentrate is thereby vaporized by the extreme heat of the titanium nail, allowing for the consumer to get a clean hit of extremely potent medicine.

While I am a big fan of marijuana concentrates I have to say that I’m more than a little dubious about some of the extremely volatile solvents that I’ve witnessed being used in the extraction process of these highly valuable cannabinoids. There are many ways to go about the extraction process, and there’s little need to use such dangerous solvents as butane, propane, white gas, Ethel alcohol and isopropyl alcohol.