Apparently, a dispensary out of Southern California has discovered a way to produce a concentrate that tests out at 99.99% THC! This is pretty amazing considering that the best hash is about 80% THC. Guild Extracts is the name of the company that has pulled this off and they are keeping their process a secret as it is valuable knowledge. The cost for one gram of crystalline hash is $200!
Being a long time Cannabis enthusiast, I am surprised that I just now heard of this. It's probably because even though I've enjoyed concentrates from time to time, I really prefer buds. To me, the buds seem to produce a more well rounded high. A friend once explained to me that when smoking the buds, there are more alkaloids which produce different effects. In my experience, the high from concentrates is more "clean" - where you are just feeling the cerebral effects, but this is exactly why I don't prefer it.
The other reason I go for the buds is that I love the taste. One problem with getting to 99.99% THC is that you've gotten rid of all those wonderful tasting terpenes that give different strains of cannabis their unique flavors. Luckily for people like me, who care a lot about the taste, Guild Extracts has a solution. They have something they call "dip n dab" in which the crystalline is dipped into tasty terpenes that have been extracted from the most delicious buds available!
All that being said, I will definitely try this when I have a chance. Also, I've noticed that many people I know don't experience cannabis the same way I do and it seems they prefer the "cleaner" more cerebral high from concentrates because it does not make them as lethargic. Some strains can have a lethargic effect on me, but I can be very productive on almost any strain. Many people prefer extracts though for that "clean high". If that's what you're going for then this looks like the quintessential extract!
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