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Focus on Your Denver Concentrates

June 15, 2016

One of the joys of living in a state as pioneering as Colorado is the benefit from groundbreaking innovations for the consumption of our state’s favorite big green plant that legalization has encouraged. The abundance of options means your odds of finding a product that suits your needs is certain, though it can be difficult to stay current with the explosion of new trends.

Skyrocketing in popularity are cannabis concentrates, encapsulating a range of cannabis goods that can be vaporized, placed on the tongue, or rubbed right into the skin, from glassy wax or flavored tinctures to golden-hued oils. Any product procured through an extraction process, often entailing the use of a solvent such as butane, CO2, propane, ethanol, olive oil, etc., falls into the concentrate category. These forms tend to be much more potent than their whole plant counterparts, and are gaining a reputation for their enhanced medicinal properties.

These are the seven varieties you’re most likely to encounter in dispensaries in Denver:


Also known as pollen or dry sift, kief is the most basic concentrate, extracted with a sifting screen like those found in three-chambered grinders. The crystalline coatings on the plant, called trichomes, are separated from the rest of the dried plant through this grinding process.


Made from compressing the plant’s resin, hash is one of the oldest forms of cannabis concentrate. An ice water extraction and careful drying technique can be employed to produce hash; the highest-quality product will melt almost entirely while it vaporizes.

Hash Oil

Commonly extracted with butane, butane hash oil (or BHO) comes in a range of textures. Cannabinoids are stripped from the plant through extraction, leaving a sticky wax that can become dry and chunky (called “crumble”), or hard and clear (known as “shatter”). BHO is usually consumed through dabbing, or heating and smoking the wax.

CO2 Oil

Made possible by expensive botanical extractors that use pressure and carbon dioxide in a process called supercritical fluid extraction, CO2 oil is amber in color and is typically consumed through vape pens.

Whole-Plant Cannabis Oil

Also known as CBD Oil and RSO (Rick Simpson Oil), this concentrate can be consumed orally or placed directly on the skin. It’s a cannabis product currently playing a large role in cannabis’s acceptance for medicinal purposes. It’s made by soaking hemp in isopropyl alcohol, producing a tar-like substance.


A liquid concentrate, created through alcohol extraction, pulls out many of the plant’s beneficial cannabinoids for a simple, effective way to medicate without having to smoke.


Gaining traction in the cannabis community, resin is an extraction technique that uses heat and pressure to produce a resinous sap from the whole plant flowers, as well as refining hash and kief. The extraction method doesn’t use any solvents, so some believe the resulting product is cleaner in its simplicity.

Whichever concentrate strikes your fancy, you’ll be sure to find it at Altitude Dispensary, where our friendly and knowledgeable staff at three locations around Denver will help you find the perfect product to begin or continue your cannabis concentrate journey. Call (303) 756-8888 for more information.