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3 Reasons Why You Should Prefer Dark Extracts
Most people have a preference for light colored concentrates, here are some reasons to join the dark side.
Published on May 24, 2017
If you’ve ever gone shopping for a cannabis extract you have probably seen how much variety there is. Light or dark extracts, clear or opaque, gooey or hard and brittle; there are a lot of options.
Personally, I’ve always loved darker concentrates. But when I started working for an extract company, I realized what a bad reputation dark extracts have. The dark concentrates that I strongly preferred were going for far less money than those that were more light and clear. The market clearly preferred light extracts and buyers at dispensaries all had the same message, “If it’s too dark, it won’t sell.” But why? Could it be that we don’t have much reason to prefer light colored concentrates beyond visual bias?
Humans are actually very particular about color in items we consume. It is part of how we tell if something is safe. If something has a strange color, we don’t want to risk that it has gone bad so we avoid it. In food marketing, this has led to artificial dyes for a variety of common foods. Oranges are dyed to a vibrant orange, butter to the perfect creamy yellow. Flour and eggs are bleached to achieve the ideal white.
In our current extract market, there is definitely a similar bias towards extracts that are clear and light in color. The myth is that color is a marker of quality, and the lighter the color — the purer and more refined the extract is. Still this myth doesn’t hold up to the scientific facts — there is no real correlation between light color and quality. In fact, there are a variety of reasons to prefer darker concentrates.
Less Processing – Less Solvents
Extracts are made through a variety of processes, and those processes can affect the resulting color. The process used to achieve clear transparent shatter usually involves solvents like BHO and when those solvents are removed, the temperature must be kept low. This means that it is more difficult to purge the remaining chemical solvents and more likely to be residual solvents left in the extract. That isn’t to say that there are no clean clear extracts, but according to cannabis testing company, Steep Hill Labs, there is an increased likelihood of contamination.
Completely solventless options like rosin or water hash are guaranteed to be solvent-free (because no chemical solvents are used in the process) but they tend to be darker in color.
Feels like the Flower
Darker concentrates contain more of the plant. Some see this as undesirable and strive to isolate everything but certain cannabinoids like THC or CBD. Still, many find that when the plant is processed down to this level, you get a much different high than what you would have experienced with the original cannabis flower. While we have identified a large number of efficacious compounds in the cannabis plant, we have also found that these compounds are enhanced when combined. This is called the entourage effect.
When cannabis flower is smoked, there are many different chemicals in the plant all working together in synergistic ways to provide the complex profile of that particular strain. Extracts with more of the plant leftover tend to give a medicinal experience closer to the flower itself. Why strip away everything that we were enjoying in our joint?
Dark Extracts Deliver a Grounded Body High
Darker concentrates also provide a more grounded body high; unlike the high from clear and extremely concentrated THC (which tends to be a very cerebral and energetic). While effects vary from strain to strain, dark color tends to come either because of the type processing or because the plant itself was dark. Indicas and more sedative hybrids tend to have a darker color than sativa varieties, so often the more sedative plants produce darker concentrates. Keeping more of the dark plant matter with less processing also tends to keep more of the “heavy” effects. If you are looking more for the sedative, calming, pain relieving side of the medicine, darker concentrates are much more likely to provide.
Cannabis is all about personal preference and there are definitely people who prefer the effects of lighter or more processed extracts. But light color doesn’t always mean quality, and for some, it could mean the exact opposite. Patients looking for concentrates with the feel of flower or a more grounded high should put away “the clear” and find something dark and minimally processed. Darker isn’t always better, but it certainly can be.
What Does Good BHO Look Like? Dabbing and Hash Oil Myths: Part One
Posted By Bailey Rahn On April 2, 2014 @ 4:00 pm In Cannabis 101 |
One of the most exciting developments to come from the union of cannabis technology is hash oil
, a highly potent form of marijuana that can deliver therapeutic compounds
patients need without involving combusted plant material. Unfortunately the practice of cannabis extraction is still in its infancy, and not every processor has the scientific finesse to create a clean, pure product. In a market that remains largely unregulated, it can be difficult to determine hash oil quality, and it is in this under-informed climate that myths take root.
There may not be a legal obligation for purity (yet), but X-Tracted Labs
in Seattle is setting a new standard for hash oil through rigorous testing
and scientifically informed processes. With the help of Steep Hill Labs
, X-Tracted established a process so exemplary that Washington state lawmakers designed the rules of recreational extracts by studying their operation. In an attempt to separate the myths from the facts, Leafly spent a morning with X-Tracted’s CEO Ryan, who founded their elite concentrate brand called Refine Seattle.
In this session, we asked about the different consistencies of BHO. What makes them different? Which is best?
Myth #1: You Can Determine Hash Oil Quality Based on Its Texture
As consumers, we don’t have much criteria to work with when evaluating hash oil: at best, the product will be labeled with the strain’s name and maybe the cannabinoid content. Because of this, many people have taken to assessing hash oil based on its appearance and texture.
Hash oil can be soft or hard, runny or solid, brittle or crumbly, sticky or dry. These textures are often loosely categorized under a variety of terms, including shatter, wax, honeycomb, budder, and pull-and-snap. As diverse as these oils might be, their differences are only skin deep.
“The biggest misconception that most people have is there’s some chain of hierarchy in how your oil, concentrate, wax, and shatter ends up looking,” Ryan said. “The difference could be as simple as a few molecules of H2O, that’s it.”
If any points are given out for texture, it would be for how easy the oil is to handle, dose, and dab
with. Both crumbly and runny wax can be difficult to administer, so many prefer an in-between like the malleable pull-and-snap waxes.
Myth #2: Transparent Shatter is the Mark of Quality
Consumers tend to think that the prime cut of hash oil is shatter so clear you can see right through it. With a glass-like consistency and transparency, shatter is an impressive specimen to behold, but what is the scientific basis of its superiority? According to Refine Seattle and their partners at Steep Hill, this notion also has mythical origins.
has done over 10,000 tests, and when we test these concentrates, it’s more likely that clear shatter is going to have higher parts-per-million residual solvents,” Ryan told us. “That doesn’t mean there’s not clear shatter that doesn’t come out with zero PPMs, it just means that more times than not, shatter will have higher parts per million.”
Parts per million, or PPMs, refers to trace solvents (e.g., butane) that weren’t fully purged from the product. Ryan explained that shatter tends to have higher PPMs because it undergoes a different process involving lower purging temperatures. Even with hash oil, looks aren’t everything.