Online and offline stores have sprung up across Canada since cannabis was legalized in 2018. You can find high quality concentrates, oils, edibles, vape juices, and more at places like the Just Cannabis Weed Dispensary.
But when you’re new to the market, it can be difficult to tell the difference between good and bad cannabis concentrates. They usually look pretty much the same, and if you don’t have a clue, there’s no telling if they are affecting you the way they should. So how do you find really excellent cannabis concentrates in Canada? Look here.
What makes the best cannabis concentrates?
How large a cannabis concentrate can be depends on three decisive factors – the starting material, the cannabinoid extraction process and the post-processing methods.
The quality of the variety
Cannabis concentrates are extracts that contain a concentrated form of cannabinoids and terpenes, as the name suggests. Every property and characteristic of a hemp plant is enhanced in concentrates. If the plant is strong and has a high cannabinoid content, the concentrate will be even stronger. However, if the plant is of inferior quality, then all of its negative properties are also increased.
The quality of the variety directly affects the quality of the concentrate. As long as your supplier sources their flowers from responsible, sustainable farms, you can rest assured that you are getting great concentrates that can make a difference.
The extraction process
Vendors use a variety of cannabinoid extraction processes – CO2, ethanol, butane extraction, and more. Regardless of the method, however, once the vendor has perfected the process, the end product should be of high quality.
Once a cannabis concentrate has been extracted, technicians must process it further to remove any imperfections or impurities. The extracted crude oil usually contains natural fats and waxes that can affect its taste, quality and shelf life.
Post-processing includes removing these fats and waxes, boiling off any remaining ethanol (in the ethanol extraction method), and more. If the provider uses reliable post-processing methods, you will get a pure, potent concentrate.
How do you know if cannabis concentrate is good?
Most vendors will provide you with a lot of information about their hemp suppliers, extraction processes, and post-processing methods. However, there are easier ways to find out if your cannabis concentrate is good.
It comes from a reputable provider.
The legal cannabis market is growing, so all vendors face tough competition. Well-known cannabis shops are constantly working to improve their products and services and give you the best possible experience – and they can’t if their concentrates are below average.
So when you buy from trusted sources, you can be sure that your product will be nothing short of amazing.
To find trustworthy sources, do a quick Google search, read the reviews, and check out their licenses and certificates.
It’s been laboratory tested.
Avoid buying cannabis concentrates that have not been tested in the laboratory by outside testers. Laboratories evaluate the cannabinoid profile of the concentrate, review the quality of the strain, and test for potential contaminants (heavy metals, harsh chemicals, mold, bacteria, and the like).
Laboratory tested products always come with a certificate and vendors give you easy access to laboratory results.
Lab tests can be expensive, so few seedy pharmacies will ever invest in them.
It comes in high quality packaging.
While you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you should judge a cannabis concentrate by its packaging.
High-quality, legal concentrates must be packaged in a child-proof manner and contain detailed information on ingredients and contents. Clear dosage instructions should also be printed on the packaging.
The best suppliers usually add a QR code somewhere on the packaging that takes you straight to the lab results for your particular batch.
It’s reasonably priced.
Stay away from cannabis concentrates that seem too good to be true. If they’re too cheap, they’re rarely high quality.
Well-known suppliers invest a lot of money in the procurement of high-quality products, laboratory tests, packaging, obtaining the necessary licenses and registrations and more. All of these costs will affect the final price of the concentrates.
If you want to save some cash, buy concentrates while on sale and discount, or buy larger quantities at once.
Users love it.
User reviews tell you everything you need to know about the quality of cannabis concentrates. Check out the reviews right on the supplier’s website, see if there are detailed brand reviews in popular cannabis magazines, check out the comments on social media, and even check out sites like Reddit.
If most users seem to love one supplier’s cannabis concentrates, buy with confidence.
While there are more seedy cannabis sites out there than most users would like, it is relatively easy to find quality products from reputable suppliers. Just do a little research and make an informed decision when buying.