Hash vs Kief vs Wax?

6 May

What is the difference between the different types of concentrates?

Kief

Kief is an unprocessed raw medication.

Particles of trichomes that fall right off the plant are collected and packaged into this powerful product. It is concentrated and fluffy in consistency. Often placed on top of bowls or joints, Kief is often used to increase the potency of the inhalation. This method of use is most effective for patients with extreme pain or physical discomfort, whose condition requires the most powerful result possible.

Hash

Human use of hash, both recreationally and medicinally, has been dated back to 3,000 BC. Purified stalked resins glands (the same as kief), also known as tri-cones, are compressed with heat. Water purified hash is known as “bubble hash” and has a paste like consistency that varies widely in color and texture.

It’s high THC content it is most effectively utilized through a vaporizer.

Hash comes in a variety of forms, including Bubble Hash and Hash Oil.

Bubble Hash is a solid, sometimes crumbly form of the medication, easy to manipulate as it holds it shape. Hash Oil is more fluid, making it easier to apply when it comes in a syringe.

Hash Oils are processed in a variety of different ways, including cold water, butane, and CO2 processing. With CO2 extraction, pressure is applied to carbon dioxide to turn the gas into a liquid which is then used as an inert liquid solvent. When the temperature is brought back up the CO2 evaporates, leaving behind clean and solvent free medication.

One of our favorite solvent free oils is the HGH solvent-free.

Wax

Processed with methods often involving butane, wax is a dense paste from yellow to dark brown. Butane processing involves first infusing dehydrated cannabis with butane then purifying with hot water immersion or a vacuum pump. It is a highly concentrated form that is broken off in small chunks to smoke.

Wax is difficult to use in a dry bud vaporizer due to the fact that it often melts when exposed to temperature. There are specific vapor pen cartridges that have heat coils inside them that are more optimal for vaporizing wax.

Why use concentrates?

Kief, Hash, and Wax all come from the marijuana plant and are powerful forms of medication. The differences range in how they are created, from the raw Kief to extremely processed Wax.

Talk to your doctor to see if concentrates are right for you.

Further Reading:
How to Medicate with Hash or Wax
Do you carry Rick Simpson Oil?
CBD without the THC?
What is the difference between Indica, Sativa, and CBD strains?
How to figure out what medication is right for you.

Citations:

Usaybia, Abu; Notes on Uyunu al-Anba fi Tabaquat al-Atibba, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1965.

Inciardi, James A. (1992). The War on Drugs II. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Publishing Company. p. 19. ISBN 1-55934-016-9

“Dabbing into the World of Marijuana Wax: A Guide”. laist.com.

About CO2 Extracts.” Co2 Extracts, Supercritical Co2. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2014.

Processes. (n.d.). Eden Labs Blog RSS. Retrieved May 1, 2014, from http://edenlabs.com/processes/co2-extraction

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