As medical and recreational marijuana use has become popularized across the United States, the cannabis industry has exploded with options for patients and recreational users. From a broad range of marijuana concentrates and edibles to strains that are cultivated to produce specific therapeutic effects, if you speak to professionals in the cannabis industry, they’ll tell you the sky’s the limit when it comes to the development of these new forms of relief.
Although a canna-bud by any name is sweet, the options patients and recreational marijuana smokers have at their disposal is not only mind-boggling, but it can also be quite overwhelming for new patients. Even though it’s always important to consult a budtender who is knowledgeable about your needs and the products that can deliver relief, there are some basics that every cannabis consumer should know.
In the simplest terms, marijuana is the most common and least potent forms of cannabis. “Marijuana” is one of the words most commonly applied to the dried leaves and flowers of the cannabis plant. Keep in mind that in America, we used the terms “marijuana” or “flowers” to refer to cannabis that is strictly composed of the dried buds.
Although the variety and known functions of the marijuana plant are still increasing, American marijuana strains typically contain anywhere from 18-20% THC, with high medical grade strains containing as much as 25-30% THC.
THC is the acronym commonly used to refer to tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. After consumption, it works on the nervous system to produce the “high” feeling that many marijuana users experience; the higher the THC content, the more intense the psychoactive experience.
You also want to bear in mind that THC is just one of the almost 100 cannabinoids in cannabis that we know about. Others, like CBD, have numerous medical and therapeutic purposes.
Alternately, hash or hashish is created by eliminating the plant material and collecting what are known as trichomes from the flower tops of female cannabis plants. Both the cannabinoids and terpenes that shape a user’s experience are manufactured in small resin glands present on the flowers and leaves of late-stage cannabis plants called trichomes.
The Greek root of trichomes is trikhōma, which means “growth of hair.” At their essence, trichomes are nearly microscopic, protrusions that appear mostly on the surface of cannabis buds and leaves. Although the functions of trichomes can get pretty complicated, what you need to know now is that trichomes are primarily composed out of a stalk and a mushroom-like head; it is on this head that the production of cannabinoids (like CBD and THC) occurs.
If you think of trichomes as cannabinoid factories, it’s easy to see why they are the most potent parts of the cannabis plant. As a result, the THC content of hash far outpaces the marijuana flower. Depending on the variety of hash, it could contain anywhere from 20% to 60% THC. Not to be confused with hash oil, a hash is never made with a solvent.
Although hash can be made in a variety of ways, two methods are most commonly used:
At Las Vegas ReLeaf, we know that coming into a dispensary for the first time can be overwhelming. You may not know which marijuana concentrate or flower is the best fit for you. Our knowledgeable and compassionate budtenders are the best resources you could ask for, and they’re here for you 24/7. Stop by our shop near the Strip today to learn more about the various kinds of ReLeaf.