Those new to cannabis may be surprised to learn how many forms are now available. While flower (sometimes called bud) is the most commonly recognized form of cannabis, cannabis extract and cannabis-based products are becoming increasingly popular.
Why is Cannabis Flower Waning in Popularity?
Cannabis flower comes in a variety of strains. Sativa-dominant, indica-dominant, and hybrid strains can have different effects, so it’s wise for someone new to cannabis to research the different effects of each.
With all this variety, you might think that cannabis flower would be blossoming in popularity. But the main problem with cannabis flower is the smoke itself. Health-conscious consumers are seeking the benefits of cannabis without the impact of smoking on their lungs.
Some people may choose to vaporize their flower in order to bypass the negatives of smoking cannabis while still reaping the benefits. However, vaporizers can be costly and ineffective. Plus, when vaporized in a home vaporizer, cannabis flower can lose its flavor. It’s just not the same as purchasing a prefilled cartridge that has passed the appropriate quality testing.
While the price of flower is dropping along with consumer demand, many users appear to be happy to invest in high-quality cannabis extract products such as edibles and vaporizer cartridges.
Cannabis Extracts: The New Thing
Cannabis extracts and concentrates have grown in popularity thanks to the legalization of medical and recreational cannabis. Cannabis extracts and concentrates can be taken in a variety of forms, including as oils or edibles.
The process of distilling the cannabis is variable; so, if you’re interested in cannabis extracts, it is important to find a high-quality producer that is committed to maintaining the integrity of those highly-sought-after cannabinoids, THC and CBD.
Cannabis extracts are made in two ways: either CO2 and high heat pressure or a hydrocarbon-based solvent. Extracts are especially popular because the process produces a potent product that maintains many terpenes and is easy to use.
Meanwhile, cannabis concentrates are created without heat or pressure, using a mechanical process, CO2, or a liquid like water or ethanol (among others). They do not tend to maintain the flavor profile of the flower and are generally not as flavorful or potent as extracts.
Both extracts and concentrates are used in a variety of products including wax, cannabis oil, CBD oil, vaporizers, edibles, topicals, and more. Extracts can also be used in capsules or as an oil for medical patients. This variety isn’t the only reason that extracts have grown in popularity. Medical cannabis patients are also better served by increased accuracy of dosing with cannabis oils made from extracts.
Those interested in making cannabis extracts should note that it can be exceedingly dangerous. Because of the high heat or pressure involved, it is best left to the professionals. Purchasing cannabis extract from a qualified producer helps ensure your extract will have the potency and purity you need for your products. Just like with any product, it’s important to verify the origin of your cannabis. Learn about NuSierra’s process.
Partnering With a Wholesale Cannabis Extract Producer
At NuSierra, we believe that cannabis extracts are a great way to experience the benefits of cannabis. It’s a versatile substance that cannabis product producers have tested in a variety of ways, leading to some amazing innovation. As a maker and wholesaler of pharmaceutical-grade cannabis oil derived through a careful CO2 extraction process, NuSierra is proud to supply medical cannabis that meets the USDA’s GMP standard and is already approved in Canada. Contact us to learn more.