Exploring the World of Cannabis Concentrates: Types and Uses (Part 1)

Written by Aaron Crooke

October 14, 2023

Cannabis concentrates have gained tremendous popularity in recent years among both medical and recreational users. These potent extracts offer a more concentrated and versatile way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. While many are familiar with traditional marijuana flower, concentrates provide an array of options for users looking for a more potent and efficient way to consume cannabis. In this article, we will delve into the various types of cannabis concentrates, their production methods, and their uses.



Hash, short for “hashish,” is one of the oldest forms of cannabis concentrate, originating from regions like India and the Middle East. It is made by collecting and compressing trichomes, the resinous glands on the cannabis plant. This results in a dense, sticky substance with a higher concentration of cannabinoids. Hash can be consumed in various ways, including smoking, vaporizing, or adding it to other cannabis products.


Kief is essentially the powdered form of trichomes that have been separated from the cannabis plant. It often accumulates in the bottom of grinders and can be collected and used as a concentrate. Kief is versatile and can be sprinkled on top of marijuana flower, mixed with flower in a joint, or vaporized.

Live Resin

Live resin is a relatively new type of concentrate that is known for preserving the original flavors and aromas of the cannabis plant. It is made from freshly harvested cannabis that has not been dried or cured. This process maintains a higher terpene content, resulting in a more flavorful and aromatic product. Live resin is commonly used in dabbing, a method of vaporizing concentrates.


Shatter is a transparent and brittle concentrate that resembles hard candy. It is created using a process that involves extracting cannabinoids and terpenes with solvents and then allowing the mixture to harden. Shatter is typically vaporized or used for dabbing, thanks to its high cannabinoid content.

Wax and Budder

Wax and budder are concentrates that are soft, malleable, and have a creamy or waxy consistency. They are created through various extraction methods and are prized for their potency. Wax and budder can be used in various ways, such as dabbing, vaporizing, or adding them to the top of a bowl of flower.


Crumble is a concentrate with a crumbly texture and is known for its ease of use. It is similar to wax and budder but has a different consistency. Crumble is often vaporized or dabbed and can also be used to enhance the potency of joint or bowl smoking.

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

Rick Simpson Oil, named after its creator, is a highly concentrated cannabis oil. It is typically made using isopropyl alcohol as a solvent to extract cannabinoids and is known for its high THC content. RSO is used for various medical purposes, and is being looked at for things like pain management and cancer treatment.

…concentrates provide an array of options for users looking for a more potent and efficient way to consume cannabis.


Cannabis concentrates offer a diverse range of options for consumers seeking a more potent and efficient way to enjoy the benefits of cannabis. From traditional forms like hash to modern extractions like live resin and shatter, there is a concentrate to suit every preference. It’s important to note that the potency of concentrates can vary greatly, so it’s crucial for users to understand their tolerance and consume responsibly. Always ensure that you are in compliance with your local laws and regulations regarding the use of cannabis concentrates.

If you’d like to continue, click here to read on in Part 2 of our educational piece on cannabis concentrates.