Cannabis concentrates come in many forms. Also referred to as dabs their names vary based on the extraction method used, the type of cannabis used, and the consistency. If you’re new to concentrates, many of the words on packages in the extract section of your dispensary may sound confusing. For example, “BHO trim run wax” fills you in on the method used, the type of cannabis and the consistency.
You may have heard of wax. The name wax is given to concentrates that are somewhere between a solid and a liquid. Not all wax is made the same, though. One can be made with butane, and the other could be made with just heat and pressure. The former would be considered Butane Hash Oil or BHO and the latter is made with the Rosin Technique.
It may seem a bit confusing, but we’ll go over every type of cannabis concentrate there is and the differences between them.
Butane Hash Oil (Extraction Method)
Butane Hash Oil or BHO is hash oil that was extracted from cannabis using butane. Most forms of concentrate can be extracted using the Butane Hash Oil method.
The name says nothing about the consistency, however. You may end up with something oily, waxy, or solid like glass.
Butane extracts the concrete oils, waxes, cannabinoids, terpenoids, and sometimes chlorophyll from cannabis plants.
The butane is then purged from the solution because it is harmful to inhale butane. It can cause irritation and damage to the throat or lungs.
This method is ideal for mass production by professionals. However, it is the least safe way to extract cannabis oils at home.
If you don’t want to accidentally set your house on fire find another method or leave it up to the guys with the Ph.D.’s in chemistry.
Trim Run (Type Of Cannabis Used)
If your concentrate is labeled “trim run” that means it was made from the trimmings of the cannabis plant. It’s a good way make sure no part of the plant goes to waste.
Trimmings are less potent, so a large amount is used to match the potency of full nug extracts. Many claim the difference in potency is negligible.
However, the flavor is where trim run falls short. Trim run contains more chlorophyll which has a less pleasant taste than extracts made with the main part of the plant.
Trim run won’t smell as much as an extract made with full nugs because the trimmings of cannabis do not contain many terpenes.
Terpenes are responsible for the smell and flavor that cannabis provides. When combined with THC and other cannabinoids they also provide medical benefits.
The biggest selling point of trim run is that it will get you about as high for a much smaller price. Most people ingest weed to get high not for flavor, so trim run is worth looking into.