cannabis concentrate
(Last Updated On: April 18, 2015)

You’re into vaping, so you’ve probably heard about essential oils, tinctures, waxes and even oily waxes. And if you have been using dry herbs for a long time, you may want to try these potent concentrates to get more intense pleasure and experience a new kind of high like never before.

As the use of vaporizers become more and more popular across the United States, it’s high time (no pun intended) that we took a much closer look at the different kinds of concentrates and how each got its own magic and charm.

As we know, cannabis concentrates can come in different forms, density, THC content and other properties. So, here’s a rundown of the most commonly used kinds in the vaping world.

CO2 Oil

We commonly call it essential oil or cannabis oil. But this rather pricier concentrate comes from extracting the cannabis by using carbon dioxide and high pressure using an expensive CO2 extractor. The process, referred to as supercritical fluid extraction (SFE), is so an effective process that it only takes fewer cannabis plant materials to produce the oil. In fact, SFE is also used in extracting oils from other herbs for aromatherapy and medicine. Even making beer hops and decaffeinated coffee makes use of this extraction process.

In cannabis extraction, the end product, an amber-colored oil, is one of the bestsellers because of its genuine property and potent active ingredients. To loosen the oil’s consistency even further, some CO2 cannabis oil suppliers add polypropylene glycol. By far, the CO2 oil is the most popular concentrate with its clean taste and pure flavor.

In the vaporizing world, CO2 oil in a more liquid consistency is a popular choice among those using pen vaporizers designed to vaporize oils.

Butane Hash Oil (BHO)

Another cannabis concentrate that’s equally popular is the butane hash oil. Technically, one can say that CO2 oil and BHO may just share the same properties and the only difference is the kind of solvent used — butane for BHO and carbon dioxide for CO2. But BHO does contain higher percentage of THC mainly because of the extraction process.

To produce BHO, mix liquid butane and shreds of cannabis plant inside a container or a tube. The cool temperature of butane normally crystallizes the dissolved resins from the plant, and the next step is to place the mixture in a glass container, where butane easily boils (at -1°C and above). This leaves behind the crystallized resins.

At this stage, the crystallized resins may contain minute pockets of trapped butane. And because inhaling it is harmful to one’s health, some producers and suppliers vacuums purges the BHO to expel any remaining butane in the oil. The end product may resemble a wax (budder), crumble or shatter, depending on the purification process. Anther common term used for BHO is the ‘honeycomb.’

For obvious reasons, BHO was named as such because of the use of butane in extracting the essential compounds from the cannabis plant. But in reality, other solvents may also be used such as ethanol, rubbing alcohol and hexane. Butane hash oil ideally contains 60% to 80% THC. And that, by comparison with other concentrates, is already very high.

Rick Simpson Oil (RSO)

It was in 2003 when Rick Simpson discovered the power of cannabis to treat skin cancer when he himself had the same condition. The three suspicious spots on his skin that had appeared a few years before turned out to be malignant. In January 2013, he had the spot near his eye removed surgically for biopsy, after which the findings confirmed his fear.

Then, while sitting at his home, Mr. Simpson recalled a three-decade old news report that suggests the effect of THC on cancer. He then tried to use THC by putting a little oil on two Band-Aids to cover the two remaining bumps. After four days, he took away the Band-Aid and, much to his surprise, both bumps disappeared. Then, after a few weeks, the very spot where the first bump was surgically removed showed a reemergence of the tumor. So he tried the same THC-on-Band-Aid technique and successfully had the bump cured.

What transpired after the cure were a barrage of criticisms, skepticisms and minimal support from health organizations and even from medical professionals. But that didn’t stop him from spreading the word and making more of his own version of the oil, which now is famously his namesake: the Rick Simpson Oil.

To produce the oil, soak the hemp in pure isopropyl alcohol or naphthalene and boil the mixture until the solvent evaporates and leaves only the thick oil. But then again, careful preparation must be observed to prevent fire or explosion.

You may apply Rick Simpson oil directly on the skin or you may also take it orally. Internal conditions like lung cancer, of course, call for ingestion.


A more liquid form of the extracts are tinctures, which contain much of the alcohol solvent to keep the mixture in loose form. Vaporizers for liquids perform best for this type of concentrates. However, you might need to wait for a couple more seconds to let much of the solvents to evaporate first before vaporizing. This prevents irritation in the respiratory system.

Safety Warning

Take note that all of these solvents (except CO2) are highly flammable. We’ve heard a number of mishaps that happened somewhere in the extraction stage just because of pure ventilation or contact with static or fire. Thus, we at do not recommend replicating any of these processes on your own or without prior knowledge and appropriate equipment for extracting concentrates using this method.

Caution on Health

Also take caution when purchasing concentrates from unknown suppliers. In an effort to mass-produce these oils and waxes, some do not properly filter and purify the compounds, leaving behind butane or other solvents that are harmful when ingested. So, buy only from trusted sources.

Want to know more about how our pen vaporizers work for these concentrates? Read about the 6 Ultimate Pen Vaporizers now. 

Bottom Line

If you can’t get enough of dry herbs, you can always try these powerful concentrates to give you a more pleasurable high. Their therapeutic properties will be an added bonus for as long as you buy your budder, oils or other concentrates from trusted sources.

Have you been using one of these concentrates lately? Tell us your experience to spread the word. We at Smokazon predict that these concentrates will dominate the vaporizing world. They’re simply neat, clean and more powerful to use!


Written by Brian Martin