A Guide to Cannabis Concentrates

“Concentrate” is an umbrella term for any product comprised of cannabis resin glands or “trichomes,” the glistening stalks of resin we see with the naked eye on the surface of the cannabis leaf. This resin contains most of what the consumer wants from cannabis: terpenes (responsible for the aroma and taste) and the host of cannabinoids (the chemicals in the plant) such as THC-9, CBD, CBN, THC-V, etc. Cannabinoids are what gives cannabis all of its psychoactive and non-psychoactive power.
Concentrates come in many forms, colors, smells, and shapes. The can vary greatly in potency, quality and form. The introduction of water pipes made exclusively for concentrate consumption, as well as a plethora of vaporizers have resulted in the wide spread availability of concentrates. A growing number of recreational consumers are using concentrates as their primary form of cannabinoid consumption.

Why Concentrates?

As mentioned earlier, cannabinoids are what the consumer is trying to ingest when smoking/vaporizing dried cannabis. These cannabinoids are perfectly fitted to receptors already present in our brain. Many have found cannabis as a way to manage a variety of ailments and conditions.
Much like an edible, the cannabinoid payload from a quality concentrate can intoxicate the consumer for much longer periods than raw cannabis. However, while edibles can take a considerable amount of time to achieve the desired effect, these effects occur almost instantaneously with concentrates. As a result, concentrates allow a consumer to spend less time dealing with consumption and more time enjoying life.

How Are Concentrates Produced?

The method of producing concentrates is relatively simple: cannabis (ideally sugar leaf, tight budlings and whole buds are exposed to a solvent (typically hydrocarbons or ethanol) that strips the plant matter of its trichomes. Once the solvent has dissolved the resin, the resulting solvent/cannabinoid slurry is purged of the solvent and filtered until a pure and potent extract is left. On average it takes about 6 grams of dried cannabis to create 1 gram of concentrate.

What Determines Quality?

The quality of concentrates is determined by the quality of the starting material used to produce it. Cannabis that has been handled delicately, cured properly and stored properly will make the highest quality concentrates. At Xtracted Laboratories we source our material from only the finest cannabis producers in Washington. This ensures only clean, quality, pesticide free material is processed, resulting in a cannabis concentrate that is exemplary in aroma, flavor and also aesthetically pleasing.

Can I order online?

Our product is only available through licensed and registered marijuana retail stores in the State of Washington. It is federally illegal to ship or carry cannabis infused products across state lines, even if cannabis is legal in both states.

Where can I find Xtracted products?

Use our store finder to find a licensed and registered marijuana retailer near you.

How old do I have to be?

You must be at least 21 years of age to purchase Xtracted products.

Do I have to have a WA State ID to purchase?

No. Both residents and non-residents over the age of 21 can legally purchase small amounts of marijuana. These products may be unlawful outside Washington state and currently illegal to cross state lines.

What is your return policy?

All returns must go through the store where you purchased your product and follow their policy.

Do you add terps?

Terpene reintroduction is only found in our Refine Activated Distillate product line. RAD™ is a 100% solvent-free cannabis concentrate, unmatched in its potency, purity, and flavor. RAD™ is a translucent oil, up to 99% pure cannabinoids, and is activated by our specially-developed process to make it effective in a wide variety of applications. available in raw form as Original , and with introduced all-natural flavors and terpenes, RAD™ is setting the standard in recreational cannabis.

What is CBD?

Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a compound found in cannabis that does not cause the user to feel a high. Instead, it provides a number of therapeutic effects, allowing its user to use it as a form of medicine. Some of the many conditions that CBD can help treat are rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, chronic pain, and epilepsy.

What is THC?

Tetrahyrdocannabinoil, or THC, is the active chemical in cannabis. It is responsible for most of the psychological effects that the user feels. By stimulating the brain cells to release dopamine, THC provides the user with a feeling of euphoria. While it does typically cause the user to feel a high, it also has several therapeutic effects such as reducing nausea and pain.

What is HHO?

Hydrocarbon Hash Oil is a product made from extracting high concentrations of THC from a marijuana plant.

What is a hydrocarbon?

Hydrocarbons are organic compounds that are made of only hydrogen and carbon atoms. They are found in many places, including certain plants and natural gas.

Hydrocarbons are commonly used to extract fragile material such as jasmine, spearmint, hops, hyacinth, narcissus and tuberose, which would not be able to handle the heat of steam distillation.

What is the difference between shatter, wax, budder, hash oil etc?

Hash oil can be soft or hard, runny or solid, brittle or crumbly, sticky or dry. These textures are often loosely categorized under a variety of terms, including shatter, wax, honeycomb, budder, and pull-and-snap. As diverse as these oils might be, their differences are only skin deep.

What determines the quality, flavor and color of an extract?

Many factors can play into the quality of an extract. The first an most important piece to this puzzle is premium grade starting material. Selecting cannabis that has been properly grown, handled,is fresh and properly cured is key. Equipment also assumes a large roll in production, as being able to control all of the parameters of the process helps ensure an aromatic and bountiful yield.


Color is typically dictated by the age of the trichomes, the freshness of the material and in some cases the hue of the plant. Yes, purple plants have been know to create an extract with a deeper hue.

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WARNING: Marijuana has intoxicating effects and may be habit forming and addictive. Marijuana impairs concentration, coordination, and judgment. Do not operate a vehicle or machinery under its influence. There are health risks associated with consumption of marijuana. For use only by adults twenty-one and older. Keep out of the reach of children. Marijuana should not be used by women who are pregnant or breast feeding.