An increasing number of marijuana or cannabis users are now accepting the use of its derivatives which is commonly referred to as concentrates, oils, and extracts. This may sound simple but some people may not be conversant with these terms. These terms: oil, concentrate, and extract are all used to describe the oil coming from a hemp plant.
Although a bit confusing, these words describe effective marijuana oil used for vaping and vaporizing. There about three oils which are considered here:
Hemp Oil – This refers to hemp seed oil coming from the seed of the hemp plant itself. The seeds of the hemp plant are a byproduct of hemp production.
CBD Oil – Alternatively called cannabidiol, it is a collective term for oils made from the hemp plant which do not contain THC. The hemp plant used in the production of CBD oil contains a small amount of THC (less than 0.2%). So, during the production of various CBD products, the level of THC in the hemp plant will further reduce.
CBD oil is legally available especially in every part of Europe and most places since it contains no THC and it comes in a variety of types and flavors.
Marijuana Oil – It is the oil made from medicinal (Dutch) marijuana with a high concentration of THC. The aim of making this oil is to become high when taken and reduce a chronic pain or alleviate any other medical condition.
Marijuana oil is the same as THC oil and Cannabis oil and it is the oil made from the resin of the marijuana plant. Marijuana oil is usually produced with a high concentration of THC as well as high concentration of CBD.
There is a large difference between marijuana oil and hemp oil. The amount of THC contained in the plant makes the difference. Marijuana oil contains a higher amount of THC whereas hemp oil contains a negligible amount.
Types of Marijuana Oil Concentrates
There are three main categories of marijuana oil:
- Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
These oils are extracted from marijuana and may seem different, however, they are pretty similar. The only major difference is the mechanism through which they’re extracted.
Butane Hash Oil (BHO)
It is the most common cannabis extract and is widely used for dabbing as well as vaping. It may as well go by the name wax or shatter. The essential oil is extracted from cannabis using butane. It is then evaporated and purged from the product leaving the wax behind which remains sticky or hardens into shatter.
Butane Hash Oil is often used for the treatment of severe pain owing to its high concentration of THC. It has become the strongest concentrate in the mainstream market because it can test between 60-90% of THC. However, it is quite important to ensure that your THC oil is tested for purity and does not contain any trace of butane.
This oil is transparent, solid, and smooth in texture such as amber-colored glass. Due to the processes involved in its production, the taste and fragrance diminish to some extent. Shatter does not last for long and is often difficult to handle. It tests higher in THC.
Wax is opaque, solid and smooth in texture as well. Generally, it is used to describe diverse soft and solid textures. Wax has lower THC content generally but some wax concentrates can have very high THC content.
Soft and sticky waxes are called “budder”, while hard waxes with soft textures may be called “honeycomb” or “crumble”.
Many nicknames exist for THC/Marijuana oil including honeycomb, pull-and-snap, sap, crumble, shatter, budder, etc. Marijuana extract gained these names as a result of its popularity and prevalence in the society.
The topic of THC oil will not be complete without mentioning the name of Rick Simpson whose homemade THC oil helped him cure skin cancer.
THC Oil and True Vaping
The diversity of Butane Hash Oil (BHO) in the market today has left many people especially novice consumers confused about which oil they should choose for their vaporizer plan. You can simply put an extract in an atomizer and hit it up, but you run the risk of destroying the coil or even not get high – the worst case scenario.
Therefore, before you start vaping like an expert, the knowledge of the kinds of extracts you’ll see in a dispensary or with your dealer is quite important. However, the two major categories of extracts are solvent and non-solvent extracts. The non-solvent hash should not be used for vaping.
The solvent hash or extracted oil can be thought of as wax – the oil that is opaque and shatter – the oil that is translucent. With this description, you can easily categorize oil by mere inspection at first glance.
Shatter Versus Wax: What Are The Differences?
Shatter is hard and sticky depending on the room temperature as well as the nature of strain it is made of. The color can be golden, little green and dark amber but highly transparent. The consistency of shatter makes way for it to melt and become liquid easily.
Wax is non-transparent with dryer consistency that looks like a honeycomb. Often times, wax can be called “budder” or “crumble” based on the consistency. Generally, its color can take a shade of yellow but can be dark brown or white.
So among these two general types of solvent, which one do you think is suitable for vape pens?
Shatter is the best because the vape system depends on the oil being liquid enough that it can run through the wick. When this is done properly, the coil will only get hot enough to vaporize the oil – True Vaping.
The translucent hash oil that accompanies the syringe looks sketchy though but it is the best oil you can utilize for a vape pen.
In conclusion, studies relating to marijuana vaping are small but several studies suggest that vaping, in general, is a healthier alternative to smoking. A research paper from the Roswell Park Cancer Institute found that using vapors in place of smoke could significantly reduce the risk of exposure to poisonous substances are created by combustion most times.