5 Differences Between Cannabis Concentrates and Flower

Cannabis concentrates are becoming more popular but it can be intimidating. To help ease into it, explore these different cannabis concentrates to compare with flower.

Concentrate Names

Concentrates is really a larger term that refers to a variety of different cannabis extracts and their nicknames. When you head to the dispensary, imagine looking at the variety of options: shatter, rosin, BHO, CO2, honey oil, tinctures, and more. The different names cover the same thing, essentially. Here’s how to narrow the search:

  • Texture: shatter, wax, sugar, sap, and oil refer to a concentrate’s texture. What matters most is what solvent is used, and how compatible that extract is with the preferred consumption method.

  • Oils: if you prefer to dab it, a friendly budtender can help you look at shatter, hash oil, or other types of oils. Vape pens are a popular method, so be sure to ask about a compatible cartridge with your battery.

  • Ingestibles: if you like ingestible concentrates, ask at the dispensary about dosing tinctures and oil capsules for your situation.

Potent Concentrates

Cannabis flowers and concentrates differ mostly in potency. While bud potency tends to range between 10-25% THC, a concentrate typically falls between 50-80%. Beginners should start with a mild or non-intoxicating CBD-rich concentrate. Hash and tinctures tend to have lower THC contents, but a budtender at your dispensary can help guide your selection.


With bud, you can smoke, vaporize, and roll it, but concentrates have many more options. This includes:

  • Dabbing: apply an extract to a hot nail and inhale through a glass piece

  • Ingestible oils: oils may be high in THC, CBD, or both but capsules are worth checking out

  • Tinctures: drop these under the tongue and let them hit the bloodstream. They act faster than edibles and ingestibles and are often less potent

  • Hash and oils: some vaporizers are compatible with ‘loose’ oils, though some portable pens are designed to be used with specific cartridges of oil

Plant Matter

Extraction processes strip out plant material and isolate compounds you want like THC and CBD. When you smoke flower, you’re also smoking plant material that leaves your glass black with tar. This can be hard on your lungs. Vaporizers heat cannabis below the temperature of combustion, but not enough to extract beneficial compounds. If you’re health-conscious, this may be the method for you.

Flower Flavor

If flavor is something you like, some concentrates will lose aromas and flavors when extracted. Terpenes are volatile, fragrant oils secreted by the cannabis plant. It can be difficult to preserve terpenes in many extraction processes. Some aromatic compounds are reintroduced after, which can produce more flavor overall.


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