There’s so much to discuss when it comes to cannabis extract. From the products themselves to the preferred methodology used to create them and new medicinal uses, there’s a lot to unpack. General knowledge and understanding of what cannabis extracts are, how they differ from other cannabis products, and what consumers expect when purchasing them is a great place to start.
Cannabis extract falls under the category of cannabis concentrates. Extracts are created using solvents to separate the cannabinoids and terpenes from the cannabis plant. Solvents used for this separation can include butane, propane, ethanol, or supercritical carbon dioxide (CO2). Alternative solventless extraction methods exist as well, but we will primarily focus on cannabis extracts produced with solvent-based extraction for this article.
One of the great allures of cannabis extracts is providing alternatives for cannabis consumers at both ends of the market spectrum. For example, individuals who are averse to the potential smells, tastes, or euphoric highs of smoking flower can consume cannabis extracts instead. For experienced consumers who want to amplify the flower’s flavors and receive a more intense and “fuller” euphoria, several other extracts fit the bill. The range of consumer needs fulfilled with extract products continues to propel the popularity of cannabis extracts, especially in recreationally legal states.
Additionally, extracts are considerably more refined, making for a cleaner product with fewer unnecessary substances. Cannabis extracts vary in texture, elemental state, and processing.