There are many different forms of cannabis, and to some, they can seem like completely different substances. They may not look alike, but they are comparable since they have the same psychoactive ingredients. While this is true, the potency of marijuana can differ accordingly to how the preparation is handled and the direction of consumption. As one person’s experience can be well tolerated, another can be completely diverse. None the less, it all comes down to the method that is carried out.

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Weed is the most generally used form around when it comes to cannabis and the least potent of all kinds. It’s unprocessed and consists of dried leaves and flowers of the female Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica plants. Other than its noticeable greenish color, the most distinctive characteristic of marijuana is the pungent scent it contains, both burnt and unburnt. The overall range of THC consists anywhere from 3% to 20%, with some reports of up to 33%. Although cannabis and hemp (ruderalis) derive from the same species and contain the psychoactive component (THC), hemp has lower concentrations of THC and higher concentrations of cannabidiol (CBD), which decreases the psychoactive effects.

hashishHASHISH

Hash is a preparation of marijuana that is made from the concentrated resin of the Cannabis Sativa or Cannabis Indica plant. In better terms, it’s from pressed kief, which is detached trichomes and fine material that falls off cannabis flowers and leaves. It contains the same active ingredients such as weed but is often higher in concentration. The resin is usually dried into blocks, producing an oily, but solid substance. The texture can be quite firm and dry but also, on occasion, moist. Hash has a very noticeable pungent smell and is easily recognizable as a form of marijuana. The color can range from black to golden brown depending on the purity that it develops. Quality hashish is determined by the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and can range from none to 70%, as stated in reports.

hashish-oilHASHISH OIL

Hash oil is known to be the most potent of the main cannabis products because of the high level of psychoactive properties it contains. This can differ depending on the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) content since many manufacturers use an assortment of preparation techniques. The most common solvent extraction methods used today are by butane and supercritical carbon dioxide. Once the solvent is filtered and extracted, all that remains is a resinous liquid bearing a strong herbal aroma. Hash oil can contain up to 80% THC, but with certain extraction methods, it can range up to 99%. The most effective way of consuming hash oil is by using a bong with a titanium extension. An individual then heats up the piece to a set temperature and using a needle-like apparatus to “dab” the oil onto the contraption.

kiefKIEF

Kief is a powder-like substance that is heavy in trichomes deriving from the leaves and flowers of cannabis plants. It can be consumed in powder form or compacted to make cakes of hashish, which is one of the steps in producing hashish. It can then be heated and before long becomes hashish. Kief is collected normally by using a three-chamber herb grinder to ground the cannabis finely while the kief crystals fall through a screen and stores in a small section. It has a much higher concentration of psychoactive tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) cannabinoids from cannabis flowers than marijuana itself. Kief can be consumed alone or using it as an additive with dry cannabis when smoking or vaporizing.

infused-ediblesEDIBLES

Cannabis edibles contain cannabinoids, most notably tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive cannabinoid. They are soluble in lipids and alcohols and because of this; cannabis must be cooked with either of these two substances into the food to provide the psychoactive effects. During preparation the marijuana or its extract must be heated adequately to initiate decarboxylation of the cannabinoid, tetrahydrocannabinol acid (THCA), thus converting into psychoactive THC. The most popular edibles consist of pot brownies, cannabutter, and bhang, which is a yogurt-based drink originating from India. There are also cannabis-based drinks that contain the same attributes as the above mentioned.

tinctureTINCTURE

Known usually as “green dragon,” tincture is an alcoholic extract of the cannabis plants and is used in the production of specific extracts. One of those is called Nabiximols (Sativex), which is an FDA botanical drug in the United Kingdom that is utilized as a mouth spray to alleviate neuropathic pain, overactive bladder, spasticity and other related symptoms. Preparation of tincture is usually made by soaking dried female cannabis flowers in ethanol and evaporating the solvent. In the process, the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and other cannabinoids dissipate into the alcohol. The most common method to consume tincture is orally, but can also be applied to the skin as a topical oil.

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