What Are Extracts?
Cannabis extracts, or concentrates, can be solid or liquid products and are produced by processing cannabis flower into a concentrated form to be either ingested or inhaled. Extracts is an umbrella term for the variety of products that can be produced. Available extracts include oils, capsules, wax, hash, kief and sift, resin, and rosin.
When Did Extracts Become Legal?
Extracts became legal for purchase in the recreational market in Ontario on October 17th 2019.
Why Use Extracts?
Extracts provide an alternative to dried flower for consumers. Similar to dried flower, extracts can be inhaled through use of a vaporizer or ingested. The biggest benefit of extracts is that they provide a smoke free alternative to consuming cannabis.
Smoke Free Alternative
Through vaporizing or ingestion, extracts offer the consumer a smoke free alternative to consume their cannabis products.
The cannabis extract category brings with it an entirely new selection of products for consumers to choose from. Offerings range from rosin, wax and shatter, to oils, kief and sift. Products such as cannabis infused oils that are meant for ingestion have the terpenes removed and with only varying amounts of THC and CBD remaining – making them odourless.
How Extracts Are Produced
The processes to obtain concentrated cannabis products vary widely, but the basic goal is to isolate and remove the cannabinoids and terpenes. During the extraction process, dried or fresh cannabis can be sifted, exposed to hear or extreme cold, gas (such as carbon dioxide), a solvent, another oil or a combination of these; or further refined using ethanol.
How Extracts Work
The way cannabinoids in the extract enter you body depends on the form of extract and the method of consumption. If ingested, effects may be delayed by digestion and can take 30 minutes to 4 hours to occur. When cannabis extracts are inhaled (such as dabbing or vaping), the THC is absorbed by the blood in the longs and moves quickly to the brain, producing an almost immediate effect that can sometimes be felt within minutes.
Dab rigs are like water pipes in that they often contain a chamber that can be filled with water in their base. Dab rigs are specifically meant to be used with extract products such as wax, oil, and shatter and often contain additional diffusion through added percolators or chambers. Dab rigs vary widely in both shape and size – with some catering to portability and other are best suited for tabletop use.
Vaporizers contain heated chambers that operate through either conduction or convection and operate below combustion levels. Some vaporizers have attachments that allow the user to add the preferred cannabis extract product that can then be inhaled through vaporization. Because combustion does not occur, vaporizers offer a smoke free alternative to cannabis consumption.
The staff at Sparq Retail are passionate about cannabis. You can be confident in our ability to assist you while you search for your next concentrated cannabis product. Our knowledgeable, experienced staff will be delighted to provide any information or resources desired while you ar shopping with us.
At Sparq Retail we offer a curated selection of current legal extracts. We understand that with the variety of options available to consumers, comes the desire for selection. We strive to constantly add to our selection of extract products available to our customers.
Cannabis extracts are an exciting addition to the legal recreational cannabis market in Ontario. At Sparq Retail we aim to offer our customers a selection of extracts coupled with an inclusive, educational experience. As a smoke free alternative to cannabis consumption, extracts provide a variety of consumption methods including inhalation through dabbing and vaporization or ingestion through edible products. Stop by our store to see how we are cultivating a new experience or view our current selection of extracts on our online store.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Why Are Legal Extracts More Expensive?
While the prices of extracts on illegal market can sometimes be lower, it is important to consider why. When you are buying from an AGCO licensed retailer like Sparq Retail, you are receiving a product that is a tested, high-quality cannabis product. The growing conditions for legal cannabis are strictly monitored and regulated by Health Canada as set out in the federal Cannabis Act. These regulations mean regular inspections of production facilities, growing conditions, and product storage. Legal extracts, likewise, undergo similar testing and must meet equally and stringent requirements and undergo regular testing.
2. What Makes Extracts Different From Other Types Of Cannabis?
The main difference between extracts and other forms of cannabis is in their potential to contain much higher concentrations of cannabinoids than the raw flower. For example, extracts can have up to 90% THC whereas dried flower typically contains 1% to 30% THC.
3. What Is The Maximum THC Content In Extracts?
In Ontario, extracts that are meant to be inhaled are permitted to contain up to 1,000mg of THC per package. Extracts that are meant to be ingested (edibles) can contain no more than 10mg per package.