Smoke Reports has launched an extract search for the San Francisco Bay Area. Locating your favorite extract companies and products has never been easier. Read on for an introduction to a handful of the leading companies producing high-quality, strain-specific extracts near you!
Different Forms of Extracts
There are several different forms of extracted cannabis and finding your favorite concentrate products requires a little bit of background knowledge. Today, we will introduce you to hash, kief, water hash, wax and hash oil, budder, shatter and methods of consumption like vaporization.
A common form of cannabis concentrate is hash (hashish), which is the sticky resin that comes directly from the cannabis stalks. Typically, hash is sold in a solid ball that can be chipped into the desired dosage. Many people choose to add tiny portions of hash when smoking cannabis flowers to enhance the psychoactive results. Check out the strains of hash being offered by the dispensary Igzactly 420, including Sugar Kush and Sour Star.
Water hash (aka bubble hash, ice wax, melt) is similar to hash, although considered to be of higher quality due to the complexity of the extraction process. Bubble hash is the result of isolating trichomes (the “crystals” of the cannabis flower) by exposing the cannabis plant matter to cold water, and filtering out undesired material through a series of silk screen bags. SPARC dispensary is currently offering Pineapple Thai Water Hash with a 58% THC content!
Kief is another form of cannabis extract that can be found in San Francisco dispensaries. Kief is the accumulation of cannabis trichomes that come from directly handling cannabis flowers. Many people save their own kief at the bottom of their herb grinders, however the kief sold in dispensaries is the result of a professional carefully sieving the trichomes from a large quantity of cannabis, rather than from a personal grinder.
Wax and Hash Oil
A very popular and available form of cannabis extract is simply referred to as wax. Wax (aka hash oil) is sticky in form and rather potent. There are many solvents that are used in cannabis extraction, including butane, isopropyl alcohol, glycerin, and even water. Shakka Wax Extract Company creates a variety of potent and consistent cannabis waxes and they do a fantastic job of labeling the concentration of THC in their products (see photo below). The dispensary SF FOGG is currently offering ten different strains of wax manufactured by Shakka Wax.
Recently, BHO wax products have taken a backseat to the highly coveted CO2 extracts being produced. The CO2 extraction process is popular because no solvent is needed to separate the resinous cannabinoids from the cannabis vegetative matter, and therefore there is no leftover solvent or alcohol in the finished oil and wax products. PopNaturals uses only CO2 during their extraction process in an effort to create the healthiest, solvent-free medicines.
Budder is cannabis wax in its most stable form, and is generally more expensive than other forms of wax. Budder (not to be confused with the cannabis butter found in edibles) is crumbly and often yellow in color, whereas regular wax is sticky, gelatinous, and much darker in hue. Cannabis wax labelled as “crumble” is often done along the lines of creating the perfect budder, and is still an effective cannabis medicine. Waterfall Wellness in South San Francisco has several strains of crumble available, including some tasty Super Lemon Haze crumble.
Another popular extract product is commonly known as shatter. Shatter is a third form of extraction in which the final product is amber in color, with a consistency similar to taffy. The Green Door in downtown San Francisco cycles through several strains of shatter, such as Cherry AK-47 and Kushberry. Wax, shatter, and budder are commonly mislabeled on menus, so make certain to internalize the differences when purchasing concentrates from your local dispensaries.
Another method of consuming concentrates is through vaporization. There are several brands of vaporizer pens (commonly referred to as vape pens or simply vapes). Certain vaporizers can be filled with hash and wax directly, while others require refills of proprietary cartridges containing medication. There are certainly patients who enjoy the simplicity of disposable vaporizer products, although repurchasing these products can prove costly. A few recommended vaporizer brands to explore include Absolute Xtracts, Black Diamond Vape, Honey Vape, and PopNaturals Premium Oil Products.
Some may wonder why products like tinctures and sprays are not featured in this introduction to extracts. While tinctures and sprays are cannabis in a concentrated form, they have already gone through the decarboxylation process, meaning the cannabinoids present were activated earlier in production. For this reason, we have classified tinctures and sprays as edibles, as they can be consumed without any additional steps.
Products to Look for Around San Francisco
Cowboy Extracts has built a reputation for supplying consistent products and medical integrity. Founded in February of this year (2014), this California extract company can be found in several dispensaries around San Francisco. Cowboy Extracts has become popular in a short time by offering products extracted using CO2, rather than the traditional solvent butane.
With all of the health-centric individuals in the Bay Area, it’s no surprise that there is a large demand for their high-quality products. Cowboy Extracts also distinguishes themselves by offering extracts of over 100 different strains. Currently, waxes produced by Cowboy Extracts are on dispensary shelves and in delivery vehicles ready to be dropped off at your location! For a good time, check out their famous Girls Scout Cookies blend!
Bloom Farms is another very popular extract company with products available in the San Francisco area. Bloom Farms is a producer of some of the finest strain-specific oils as well as their own proprietary vaporizer pen known as the Highlighter. Dispensaries currently carrying several Bloom Farms extracts include Grass Roots and Purple Star MD. There are many popular strains offered by Bloom Farms, but make certain to explore their wax and oil extractions of Cherry Kush, Granddaddy Purple, Sour Diesel, Skywalker OG, Headband, and OG Kush.
O.penVAPE is a well-known cannabis extract company. Known for their excellent vaporizer pens and extract cartridges, O.penVAPE is revolutionizing healthy smoking opportunities. Currently, Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) is offering fourteen different strains of concentrates from O.penVAPE!
Now that you have been introduced to the world of cannabis extracts, it is time to discover which products match your preferences. On Smoke Reports, you can now research extract companies that appeal to you and pinpoint desirable products at your local dispensaries. Like edibles, cannabis extracts can be surprisingly potent for individuals with a low cannabis tolerance. When trying new products, it is always beneficial to start with small doses and work your way up to the level that feels most comfortable for you.