The State of Cannabis Extracts
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

For those not in the know, the resulting variety of concentrates can be overwhelming, to put it mildly. What’s the difference between live resin and rosin? Shatter versus badder? As someone who’s been involved in the legal concentrate business since the very beginning, I thought it would be helpful for novices and concentrate connoisseurs alike to offer up an insider’s view of the current extract scene—detailing recent milestones, highlighting the top varieties of concentrates available today and pondering where we go from here.

For starters, it didn’t take long for extract artists to improve upon that first shatter I sampled a decade ago, finding ways to remove ever more impurities during the extraction process so the resulting concentrates became increasingly lighter in color and progressively flavorful. But the big breakthrough came in 2013, when celebrated hashmaker William “Kind Bill” Fenger derived butane hash oil (BHO) from whole plants that had been freshly harvested and frozen—creating what we now know as live resin.

Scream Flo-G Live Rosin Extraction THC-A crystals soaking in a bath of terpene-rich extract (Soul Cleanser Rocks) Kurple Badder Rosin Temple Ball Green Dot Labs’s vape pens come pre-filled with additive-free live resin extracts