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What Are Cannabis Extracts?

What Are Cannabis Extracts?

Cannabis extracts take cannabis purity and concentration one step further than dried flowers and oils. Extracts are the future of cannabis consumption, and technology advancement is paving the way for new and innovative methods of cannabinoid extraction.

Cannabis extracts reign supreme with potency when compared to other forms of cannabis. Extracts can contain between 50 – 90 per cent THC concentration, while dried cannabis buds generally range rfom 10 to 25% THC.

The various cannabis extracts come in various form, texture, colour and smell. Each extract is designed for a specific consumption method.

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Cannabis Extracts Consumption Methods

The cannabis extracts intended for vaporizers are currently not available for sale in Canada but as cannabis laws liberalize, these products will be available. Extracts, like oil, wax, shatter and distillates can be vaped successfully; however, oils that are combined with an organic solvent like olive, coconut or sunflower oil are not meant to be consumed through vaporization.

Vaporizing is one of the cleanest ways to inhale a cannabis concentrate. Vaping creates a mist that is non-toxic, taking pressure off the respiratory system and providing a subtle, non-intrusive way to consume cannabis.

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Cannabis Extracts Consumption Methods

How to use cannabis oils

The cannabis oils you can buy from an LP in Canada are meant to be consumed orally, from a dispenser such as a pipette, or added to a food recipe.   It’s very important to know that the oils currently available are not to be smoked or vaporized. Consuming cannabis extracts with an oil base improperly can lead to very serious and harmful side effects.

Different cannabis extractions methods

There are a number of different ways to isolate the valuable cannabinoids found in the cannabis plant. Extraction methods that involve solvents are very popular and provide a quality product, but require professional equipment and knowledge to get right.  Indiva uses an ethanol extraction system which creates extremely clean and pure final product in the form of distillate. 

Final products post extraction

Distillate (or isolate) is pure, potent, odourless and tasteless as a result of the removal of all of the terpenes.  Distillate is at the core of Indiva’s edible products, and as a result our products keep the same taste as they would if no cannabis had been added at all!  In other words, our cannabis chocolate tastes like….chocolate!!

Full spectrum oil, in comparison, retains the terpenes which are naturally part of the cannabis flower.  There is some anecdotal evidence, often referred to as the “entourage effect”, that the medicinal benefit of cannabis oil is optimized if the terpenes are not stripped from the oil. Indiva uses full spectrum oil in its tincture and gel caps products.

Friendly Dosing Tips

To use a cannabis pen or vaporizer, take one shallow inhale (or “pull”) and wait 15 minutes to determine the effect before taking another pull.  Notice how you feel after each dose or vape of cannabis extract. It will help you determine the effects of your cannabis extracts and refine your doses.

Cannabis extracts are very potent and should be used with caution. Always work up gradually from a low dose, recording your experience as you go along.

To read more about cannabis oils and extracts, read our post blog:
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